1. Quotes of the Week: Lady Gaga Apologizes for Eating Pizza, Taylor Swift Is Blown Away By Madonna and More

    January 30, 2015 5:56 PM EST "Oh my god what am I doing with my life?" -- El-P The Run the Jewels producer-rapper, captioning an Instagram video showing him working on beats for Meow the Jewels, a Kickstarter-funded joke-remix album entirely composed of cat sounds. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete…

  2. Billboard Cover: Behind the Scenes With Katy Perry as She Rehearses for the Super Bowl -- 'The Biggest Event of My Career'

    January 30, 2015 9:00 AM EST Backstage at the top-secret rehearsals for the biggest gig in American showbiz, in a large, stuffy room marked "Wardrobe," a dozen or so half-naked female dancers wriggle into candy-colored, body-hugging costumes and pull on matching socks and sneakers. At the center of the action…

  3. Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading Back to No. 1

    January 28, 2015 8:33 PM EST After a two-week vacation from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 , it appears Taylor Swift 's 1989 is heading back to the top of the chart. While it's too early to project how many units the album will earn in the week ending Feb. 1, industry sources seem confident that…

  4. Sam Smith on Adele Comparisons: 'It Just Annoys Me'

    January 28, 2015 4:20 PM EST Sam Smith is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone , and in a video accompanying the story, the singer talks about the secrets behind his sudden rise to stardom. "I picture things happening in my head," he says. "And when I picture things happening every…

  5. Who Will Play The Next 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows? An Educated Guess

    January 27, 2015 5:15 PM EST Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake seem like locks... but what about 5SOS and Miley Cyrus? Here are the 10 best bets for the next 10 Super Bowls. Guessing next year's Super Bowl halftime performer is a relatively easy task: after all, there are only a handful of current artists…

  6. Howard Stern on Sam Smith: 'He's an Ugly Motherf---er'

    January 27, 2015 12:36 PM EST Mike Huckabee gained a lot of attention this month for his foolish comments about Beyonce and Jay Z ; now well-known provacateur Howard Stern seems to be aiming to achieve the same type of publicity. Stern has a different target, Sam Smith . You can hear the radio-host's thoughts on…

  7. The Bellowing, British Blues of 'Budapest' Singer George Ezra

    January 27, 2015 12:35 PM EST When it comes to what aspects of musical Britannia have worked best on American soil in recent years, blue-eyed R&B has traveled well ( Adele , Amy Winehouse ), and so have acoustic-strumming lads ( Ed Sheeran ). But what would happen if you somehow combined the soul-man stirrings of…

  8. Watch Lady Gaga Take a Pole Dancing Class During Bachelorette Party Weekend

    January 25, 2015 4:01 PM EST Lady Gaga has a new interest: pole dancing. Will Lady Gaga & Adele's 'Bro-Down' Lead to a New Song? The 28-year-old pop star spent part of her weekend taking a pole dancing class as part of her high school friend's bachelorette party. Gaga shared snapshots of…

  9. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  10. Britney Spears Rules Billboard.com's Best of 2010s (So Far) Readers Poll

    January 23, 2015 1:16 PM EST Lady Gaga, Adele and Beyonce also score big votes in the half-decade fan poll. Last week, Billboard.com celebrated the end of the first half of the 2010s by compiling multiple lists of the best (and the worst) of the half-decade's popular music, including the 20 best songs,…

  11. Will Lady Gaga & Adele's 'Bro-Down' Lead to a New Song?

    January 22, 2015 2:48 PM EST Bring on the applause. Is  Lady Gaga  going to guest on  Adele 's new album? Will Adele guest on Gaga's forthcoming record? Will they pull a Gaga/ Beyonce and guest on each other's works with two similiarly titled tracks? So many possibilities are now potentially on the table…

  12. Swift Approval: Taylor Swift's Favorite Covers of Her Songs

    January 21, 2015 6:43 PM EST For Taylor Swift , a seven-time Grammy winner and owner of 16 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 , some fans express their adoration of the superstar's music in one of the most personal ways possible: producing a cover of one of Swift's songs. And for a select few, Swift may…

  13. 'Beautiful' Star Jessie Mueller Talks Carole King, Sara Bareilles & Recording an Album

    January 19, 2015 2:42 AM EST In 2011, Jessie Mueller was just another actress from the Midwest when she got cast opposite Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever . After nabbing a Tony Award nomination for the role (and her impressive scatting), she's become something of a fixture on…

  14. New NFL-Related Venue Heating Up Already-Competitive L.A. Concert Market

    January 16, 2015 5:01 PM EST The announcement of two new live-music facilities in Los Angeles has made the city's fiercely competitive venue market even more intense. On the larger side, Stan Kroenke , owner of the NFL's St. Louis Rams, has revealed plans to include a 6,000-capacity venue as part of his…

  15. Adele's New Album May Not Arrive Until End of 2015: Report

    January 16, 2015 4:44 PM EST Bad news for Adele fans: Her third studio album might not be arriving until the end of the year -- if then. Sources "close to Team Adele" tell Music Business Worldwide that "logically, there's now almost no chance" of the full-length album being ready…

  16. Idina Menzel & John Legend to Perform at Super Bowl XLIX Pregame

    January 16, 2015 8:54 AM EST Before Katy Perry roars into the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Idina Menzel and John Legend will perform as part of the Super Bowl XLIX pregame festivities at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1. No, Menzel isn't bringing "Let It Go" to the NFL, but she is singing a…

  17. The 10 Defining Artists of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 15, 2015 5:09 PM EST 0 From Taylor to Drizzy to Gaga, we think these 10 artists made the biggest impact on popular music in the 2010s' first five years. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, a decade that has been defined by larger-than-life personalities in the world…

  18. Pop Shop Podcast: Tyler Oakley Co-Hosts Our 2015 Pop Preview!

    January 15, 2015 10:57 AM EST Listen to a special episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  19. The 20 Best Music Videos of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 14, 2015 6:00 PM EST From the insane "Turn Down For What" clip to Kanye's epic "Runaway" to Miley's naked "Ball," these 20 music videos defined the half-decade. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, a decade in which the music video expanded…

  20. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

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