1. Robin Thicke Ties Record Run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 19, 2013 6:01 PM EDT With a 15th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) ties the Nielsen-era record for the chart's longest No. 1 run. Since the chart migrated to monitored airplay by Nielsen BDS and SoundScan sales data in December…

  2. J. Cole Returns To No. 1 On Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    September 17, 2013 4:17 PM EDT In its 12th week on Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio airplay chart, J. Cole's "Crooked Smile" (featuring TLC) steps 2-1 to mark his second chart-topper on the list. Prior single "Power Trip" (featuring Miguel) was the rapper's first song to…

  3. Chart Highlights: Bruno Mars' 'Gorilla' Swings Onto Pop Songs

    September 16, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Mars looks to continue his perfect top 10 streak on Pop Songs with his latest single. Plus, new No. 1s for Selena Gomez, Carlos Vives, Enrique Iglesias and Mandisa Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  4. CHVRCHES' Hype Dreams: Can Blog Buzz Produce A Hit Album?

    September 16, 2013 11:50 AM EDT The Scottish alt-pop trio captured the Internet's attention with its first singles. Next up: a Glassnote debut with high expectations. On July 18, the members of Chvrches strode onstage at the Stadio San Siro football stadium in Milan for a sold-out show with nearly 58,000 people in…

  5. Ariana Grande Video Interview: Pop Star Talks 'Baby I' Video & Touring Future

    September 13, 2013 3:37 PM EDT "I'd love to do a worldwide tour," the rising star told Billboard last week. Ariana Grande is enjoying a landmark week, as her debut album, "Yours Truly," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 138,000 copies sold in its first frame, according to Nielsen…

  6. TLC Returns To Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    September 12, 2013 6:36 PM EDT As featured on J. Cole's 'Crooked Smile,' the act logs its first top 10 since 1999. Celebrated R&B trio TLC logs its first Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 since 1999, and 10th overall, as J. Cole's "Crooked Smile," on which it's featured, jumps 12-9.…

  7. Tamar Braxton Sets New Record On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart With 'Love and War'

    September 12, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Tamar Braxton sets the female record for longest time between an initial chart listing and a first No. 1 in this chart's SoundScan era (December 1992 to present). Four R&B sets debut in the top 10 of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums lead by Tamar Braxton's "Love and War"…

  8. Ariana Grande Evokes 90s Music Videos in 'Baby I' Clip: Watch

    September 06, 2013 1:40 PM EDT Ariana Grande's debut album "Yours Truly" is gunning for the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week, and to remind R&B fans why they should pick up a copy of her sparkling full-length, the 20-year-old singer has released a light, likable music video for the album's…

  9. Song of the Summer 2013: Watch Avicii, Big Sean, TLC & More Stars Weigh In

    September 05, 2013 10:36 AM EDT “You already know what it is, man; the song of the summer is ‘Blurred Lines,’” said Cee Lo Green back in August when we asked him – and dozens of other music stars -- which tune ruled the season. His pick happened to actually match the Robin Thicke jam that was just officially crowned 2013…

  10. Fall Music Preview 2013: The 52 Hottest Albums

    September 03, 2013 3:41 PM EDT Summer's over and that means fall 2013's slate of new albums is heating up. From Avicii to Lady Gaga, Eminem to Pearl Jam, Enrique Iglesias to Miley Cyrus and Keith Urban to Cher, Billboard spotlights the hot hip-hop, pop, rock, R&B, latin, and country releases that will…

  11. TLC: Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 9:22 AM EDT Title: TBD Release Date: Oct. 15 Label: Epic As the first collection of new music from T-Boz and Chilli since 2002's "3D," this half-hits, half-originals compilation already has two confirmed tracks: "Posh Life," co-written by Lady Gaga and longtime TLC producer…

  12. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same': The Billboard Cover Story

    August 30, 2013 12:12 PM EDT From the bottom to the voice of his generation, Drake has sold 4.5M albums in less than four years, won a Grammy and left his mark on popular culture -- all by 26 This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's hard enough to make a hit…

  13. Liberace’s One-Time Las Vegas Mansion Sells For Just $500,000

    August 30, 2013 12:20 AM EDT A 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace was sold for $500,000 in cash to a British businessman who said he learned to play the piano after being inspired by the flamboyant performer. The buyer - Martyn Ravenhill - closed the deal on Aug. 23 for $29,000 below its list…

  14. MTV Video Music Awards 2013: 10 Things You Didn’t See On TV

    August 26, 2013 2:40 PM EDT The VMAs descended upon Brooklyn New York, bringing legions of folks from the surrounding neighborhood to the corners surrounding Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues hopeful to catch a glimpse of some of music’s biggest stars. 

 I happen to live nearby, and it was quite surreal seeing the…

  15. TLC Preps More New Music 'With Guests,' Talks Lil Mama 'Repping' For Left Eye

    August 26, 2013 2:04 PM EDT TLC has been "in the studio daily" prepping new music for an October 15 release, T-Boz and Chilli said Sunday from the red carpet at the Video Music Awards. The singers already announced two songs, the Ne Yo-penned "Meant To Be" and Lady Gaga and Dallas Austin’s "…

  16. A$AP Ferg Previews 'Trap Lord' In NYC: First Listen

    August 06, 2013 12:43 PM EDT A$AP Ferg is a self-proclaimed "Trap Lord." So it made sense that last night (August 5) the restaurant at NYC's The Darby had been turned into a sanctuary for a listening party of Ferg's debut album, "Trap Lord." A$AP Ferg stickers and lit candles adorned…

  17. Drake's OVO Fest Surprises With Kanye West, Lil Wayne, TLC and J. Cole

    August 06, 2013 11:55 AM EDT Drake outdid himself at the 4th annual OVO Fest at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto last night -- even before the two-hour show ended. TLC, Diddy, Mase, Miguel, J. Cole, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Wale, Lil Mama and The Weeknd would have been more than enough to rival past OVOs…

  18. Chart Highlights: Luke Bryan Scores His Highest Debut Ever on Country Airplay Chart

    August 05, 2013 8:43 PM EDT Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" bows at No. 21 as Romeo Santos scores a big bow on the Latin Airplay chart. Luke Bryan scores his highest debut ever on Country Airplay, as 'That's My Kind of Night' bows at No. 21. Over on the Latin Airplay chart, Romeo…

  19. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs Word Cloud, Top Artists Map & More

    August 04, 2013 2:35 PM EDT The 55th anniversary celebration of Billboard's Hot 100 rolls on today (August 4), the chart's birthday, with a visual look at the all-time top 100 songs and artists in the form of a special word cloud, map, icons and more.  HOT 100 ALL-TIME TOP 1OO SONGS: FULL LIST HOT 100…

  20. Hot 100 55th Anniversary By The Numbers: Top 100 Artists, Most No. 1s, Biggest No. 2s & More

    August 02, 2013 9:54 AM EDT In the course of charting over a half-century of music, the Billboard Hot 100 -- which now celebrates its 55th anniversary -- has seen some songs transform into hits, but it has also chronicled major chart feats. So in addition to the Hot 100 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs…

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