1. The Replacements Rock Homecoming Concert at Minnesota Stadium

    September 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Replacements played 31 songs at its first hometown appearance in 23. The Replacements took the stage Saturday (Sept. 13) night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., clad in identical matching plaid suits, as the final notes of “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen faded out. Watch The…

  2. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first…

  3. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. It worked well for KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) Los…

  4. Wallpaper's Ricky Reed: "Pitbull Is the Coolest Guy In the Whole Industry"

    August 04, 2014 4:34 PM EDT Ricky Reed -- leader of the genre-melding California group Wallpaper -- scored a huge hit this year via Jason Derulo 's inescapable song "Wiggle," which Reed produced. When Billboard sat down with Reed at Lollapalooza 2014 , he chatted Wallpaper, Derulo and another A-lister he&…

  5. Kendrick Lamar-Inspired Short Film to Debut at Sundance's Next Fest

    July 31, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar is headed to Sundance, sorta. A new short film inspired by the acclaimed rapper's debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city , will debut at the Sundance Institute's first annual Next Fest at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Aug. 9. More Kendrick Watch: Childish Gambino…

  6. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Beyonce Scores First Solo No. 1

    July 07, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, Beyonce landed her first of five solo Hot 100 leaders with 'Crazy in Love.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Prince, Starland Vocal Band and Duran Duran Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  7. Chart Moves: Michael Jackson Tops Adult R&B; Kenny Chesney Soars Onto Hot Country Songs; Michelle Williams' Destiny's Child Reunion Leads Hot Gospel Songs

    June 27, 2014 1:09 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while MAGIC! (No. 3) takes over atop Digital Songs with "Rude." Who else makes moves on Billboard song charts this week? -- Enrique Iglesias: The…

  8. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  9. Justin Bieber Loses Again: How His Racist Jokes Will Impact His Career

    June 05, 2014 5:40 PM EDT The leaked videos are a short-term disaster for Bieber -- but don't necessarily spell doom for his long-term outlook. Remember when Justin Bieber was a precocious pop star, peddling inoffensive hooks and religious-leaning autobiographies , lookalike dolls and tween-friendly fragrances ?…

  10. Jack White, 'Lazaretto': Track-By-Track Review

    June 03, 2014 1:15 PM EDT That rattle and clang can only mean one thing: Jack White 's comin' 'round the mountain, pushing his trusty rusty shopping cart of American musical artifacts and curiosities. This time, he's peddling his second solo album, "Lazaretto," the latest in a long line…

  11. Lucy Hale Takes The Appealing 'Road Between': Track-By-Track Review

    June 02, 2014 1:16 PM EDT "Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale is more than just another actor trying to crossover into the music world. She's been singing most of her life, and before she started spending most of her days on sets, she placed in the top 5 of a one-and-done "American Idol"…

  12. Aaliyah, 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The first of Aaliyah's three studio albums is a tease, an outlier and, above all, an annunciation. The rising R&B star was just 15 years old at the time of its 1994 release, and thanks to the risqué title and sultry way she sings these dozen songs, she manages to transcend spotty…

  13. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Olympians in Jeopardy

    May 13, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Where were YOU the day that three Olympians were in jeopardy (though not necessarily in the bottom two)? I’ll always remember: I was on the couch. I’m surprised there wasn’t a breaking news ticker on the bottom of the screen to accompany Tom and Erin’s repeated mentions of this American Icon…

  14. 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    January 29, 2014 10:55 AM EST Another Super Bowl is upon us, and that means another star-studded halftime show. For this Sunday (February 2) at Super Bowl XLVIII, Bruno Mars is prepping an epic set that will include the Red Hot Chili Peppers , but what about the past? Break out the beer and wings, and watch as we…

  15. Neil Young at Carnegie Hall: Live Review

    January 08, 2014 10:30 AM EST The legendary singer-songwriter delivers classic performances of classic songs on night two of his Carnegie run When tickets went on sale for Neil Young's four-night run at Carnegie Hall, there was no announcement regarding the format of the shows: would it be solo acoustic? Would…

  16. Three 6 Mafia's Lord Infamous Dead at 40

    December 21, 2013 7:04 PM EST Three 6 Mafia founding member Lord Infamous has died. He was 40. As MTV reports , the rapper was found dead in his mother's home in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday night (Dec. 21). Fellow Three 6 member Gangsta Boo broke the news on Twitter, tweeting Saturday morning in memory of his…

  17. Arty, 'Flashback' Video: Watch First Here

    November 27, 2013 10:00 AM EST The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and we thank them for it. But Arty, the Anjunabeats trance wunderkind, has his eyes on the moon, or at least his alter-ego does in the new video for his track “Flashback.” Watch the exclusive CODE premiere here: In some ways, “Flashback” plays as a…

  18. 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Character Playlists: New Songs For Katniss & More

    November 21, 2013 5:39 PM EST Check out the songs that capture the inner desires of Katniss, Peeta and more "Catching Fire" characters. "The Hunger Games," last year's blockbuster film adaptation of author Suzanne Collins' young adult sci-fi novel, is finally slaking fans' thirst for…

  19. CODE Picks of the Week: Tiësto and Michael Brun, Bastille & MNEK, more

    November 01, 2013 5:26 PM EDT Tiësto: “Take Me” featuring Kyler England (Michael Brun remix) [Musical Freedom] Tiesto's radio-hit-that-could-have-been (and might still be?) gets a lush, clubby remix from Haitian DJ/producer Michael Brun. Bastille: “Of The Night” (MNEK remix) [Virgin] No ‘90s cheese here. MNEK drops…

  20. The Who's 'Quadrophenia' At 40: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    October 19, 2013 4:52 PM EDT The Who's second rock opera, "Quadrophenia," released 40 years ago in October 1973, was Pete Townshend's homage to an earlier moment in British youth culture. Composed entirely by Townshend, the 17-song opus told the story of Jimmy, a member of the Mods -- a U.K.…

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