1. Ryan Tedder On Secrecy Behind Beyonce’s Album: 'I Knew 90 Minutes Before It Dropped’

    December 19, 2013 4:21 AM EST Beyonce's new album was so secret, one of its producers only knew of its release 90 minutes before it dropped. Beyonce released her self-titled album in surprise form last week. Ryan Tedder produced the single "XO," and he learned about the release not long before it went…

  2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars Highlight Year-End Hot 100 Chart

    December 13, 2013 8:05 AM EST The duo's 'Thrift Shop' is the chart's top song of 2013, while Bruno Mars is the ranking's top artist of the year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut chart smash "Thrift Shop," featuring vocalist Wanz, is the No. 1 song of the year on the Billboard Hot…

  3. Justin Timberlake's '20/20 Experience' Tops Billboard 200 Year-End Albums Chart

    December 13, 2013 8:03 AM EST Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' leads the year-end Top Billboard 200 Albums chart , the first time a solo male artist has crowned the tally since 2005. That year, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (on Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records) claimed the prize.…

  4. How We Charted the Year 2013

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Streaming data shakes up tallies, tracking viral hits It’s amazing how quickly a year goes by. It feels like just yesterday Billboard was honoring Adele and One Direction as top artist and top new artist, respectively, of 2012. But then again, that was before the world revisited the merits of…

  5. Katy B's Sophomore Album Gets February Release Date

    December 12, 2013 3:45 PM EST "Little Red" features collaborations with Diplo and Sampha. Back in March , one of Pop Shop's favorite up-and-comers -- British dancefloor siren Katy B -- told Billboard her sophomore album was "95 percent done" and due for a summer 2013 release. The new album wound…

  6. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  7. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  8. Jason Bentley Talks About His 5 Years as KCRW Music Director

    December 04, 2013 12:13 PM EST On Monday (Dec. 2), Jason Bentley quietly passed his five-year anniversary as music director of Santa Monica, CA radio station KCRW and host of its flagship show, “Morning Becomes Eclectic” without fanfare or celebration. “I keep my head down, keep working,” says Bentley, at once amused and…

  9. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  10. Glass Animals Choose Music Over Med School, Work With Adele's Producer

    November 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST U.K. band was discovered by Paul Epworth and were promptly signed to his label. When Glass Animals mastermind Dave Bayley placed the earliest demos of his musical project with a friend online a few years ago, the songs garnered attention almost immediately. Bayley’s next move was a bit…

  11. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 For Ninth Week

    November 27, 2013 11:30 AM EST The song just barely holds off Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, at No. 2, for a third week. Plus, Passenger rides into the top 10 with "Let Her Go" Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week, keeping Eminem's …

  12. Ryan Tedder Joins 'The Voice' Team as Producer and Songwriter

    November 26, 2013 9:47 PM EST The OneRepublic frontman will write a song for the three finalists Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic has joined NBC's "The Voice" as the show's first-ever in-house producer and songwriter. Related Articles Ryan Tedder Q&A: On OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars,' New…

  13. Ryan Tedder Q&A: On OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars,' New Beyonce & Bono's Advice

    November 26, 2013 5:22 PM EST "I'd rather have a song that peaks at No. 15 that's meaningful and embedded in the cultural framework we live in than a No. 1 song that explodes for five seconds," says the OneRepublic frontman. Slow and steady has been the approach for all of OneRepublic's…

  14. The Beatles, U2, Eminem, One Direction Contribute To 'Songs For The Philippines' Relief Album

    November 26, 2013 5:22 AM EST The recorded music industry is responding to the disastrous typhoon in the Philippines with a fundraising compilation which features the biggest names in the business. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, U2, Eminem, One Direction and Katy Perry are among the superstars who have contributed tracks for the…

  15. Marc 'MK' Kinchen Talks Surprise UK Hit 'Look Right Through' and Stardom Abroad

    November 21, 2013 3:20 PM EST Two weeks ago, Marc Kinchen, better known as MK, took a remix of an underground house track by Storm Queen to the top of the UK charts. While it was dethroned by Martin Garrix earlier this week, the MK remix of “Look Right Through” is still lodged in the Top 10, giving Kinchen, an American,…

  16. AWOLNATION's 'Sail' Keeps On Cruising

    November 15, 2013 11:05 AM EST With a 62nd week on the Billboard Hot 100, the song becomes one of the survey's 10 longest-charting hits As it tallies a 62nd week on the Billboard Hot 100 (ranking at No. 35), AWOLNATION's "Sail" becomes one of the 10 longest-charting singles dating to the list's…

  17. Celine Dion Loves Fans 'Back to Life' at Intimate NYC Show: Review

    October 30, 2013 1:38 PM EDT Watching Celine Dion play to a crowd one-twentieth of the size she sells out some 100 nights a year in Las Vegas Tuesday night was not unlike watching LeBron James nail an hour's worth of slam dunks during a private session. Dion performed an intimate concert for Pandora Presents at…

  18. Celine Dion Shows Edge, and Tries Out New Characters, on 'Loved Me Back to Life'

    October 29, 2013 2:00 PM EDT For her first English-language album in six years, Celine Dion has tapped current songwriters like Sia and Ne-Yo for a sound that reminds people-or at least her son-of Rihanna Celine Dion packs two ­albums right now as she travels the country, and soon Europe -- Adele's "21"…

  19. Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want' Change-Up: The Big Bet On Her R. Kelly Duet

    October 25, 2013 2:05 PM EDT "Venus" was supposed to be the second single from "ARTPOP" -- until "Do What U Want" was released and quickly changed plans. Inside an unexpected move from one of the world's biggest pop stars. At 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday morning (Oct. 21), Lady Gaga…

  20. Lorde's 'Royals' Expands Reign To R&B Radio

    October 25, 2013 12:05 PM EDT The song's crossover continues to its most unlikely format yet, garnering major-market R&B/hip-hop airplay Even though its lyrics decry some of the clichés of R&B/hip-hop ("Every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom"), Lorde's …

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