1. Darren Criss Is the First 'Glee' Star to Write Music for the Show

    February 27, 2015 5:14 PM EST Singer-actor & Broadway star becomes the first castmember to write original songs for the Fox musical. Fox's  Glee  has set another milestone. Star  Darren Criss  has become the first castmember to write (and co-write) original songs specifically for the Fox musical,  The Hollywood…

  2. Exclusive: Watch Angelique Kidjo Sing Spellbinding 'Malaika' Live With Orchestral Backing

    February 26, 2015 3:03 PM EST For her new album, Grammy-winning Beninese vocalist Angelique Kidjo collaborated with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, which brought a lush, classical feel to her African standards. Billboard is excited to give an exclusive first look at a live video of that team-up. Check out the…

  3. Bruno Mars Scores Longest Hot 100 Reign, Taylor Swift Hits Top 10

    February 18, 2015 3:12 PM EST As 'Uptown Funk!' rules for a seventh week, Mars rewrites his longest stay at No. 1. Plus, Swift moves into the top 10 with 'Style.' Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, granting…

  4. RCA's John Fleckenstein on the Shifting Record Business, D'Angelo's Mysterious Release

    February 17, 2015 3:41 PM EST John Fleckenstein hasn't just been around the block -- he's been around the world (and yes, that's also a reference to Daft Punk , whose Random Access Memories he marketed to international success). The executive vice president of RCA Records came into his new position from…

  5. Paul McCartney, Santana & More: Artists With Longest Gaps Between Top 10 Hits

    February 17, 2015 12:50 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> After a 29-year, two-week gap, Paul McCartney has returned to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to his Rihanna / Kanye West collaboration "FourFiveSeconds," which leaps 15-6. As previously reported by Gary Trust, this…

  6. Reik Premieres 'Reik: En Vivo Desde el Auditorio Nacional' on HBO Latino

    February 13, 2015 12:30 PM EST Coinciding with Valentine's Day weekend, Mexican pop trio Reik premieres their concert Reik: En Vivo Desde el Auditorio Nacional this Friday (Feb. 13) on HBO Latino. The 90-minute special was originally recorded live by HBO Latino from Mexico's Auditorio Nacional in Nov. 2012. It…

  7. Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney & Ellie Goulding Hit Hot 100's Top 10; Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Still No. 1

    February 11, 2015 1:24 PM EST As 'Uptown Funk!' leads for a sixth week, the all-star trio vaults with 'FourFiveSeconds' and Goulding soars with 'Love Me Like You Do.' Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while…

  8. Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias Lead List of Finalists for Billboard Latin Music Awards

    February 09, 2015 9:45 AM EST Awards to Air Live April 30 on Telemundo Following groundbreaking years that saw them set records in multiple arenas, Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias lead the list of finalists for the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards , presented by State Farm. Santos, who made history last year when he…

  9. Here's the Last 30 Album of the Year Grammy Winners By Age

    February 06, 2015 2:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> With the 2015 Grammys coming up fast, we're looking back on the last 30 years of artists to nab the night's top honor: album of the year. Specifically, we're running through 1985 to 2014 and looking at the age of each artist…

  10. Meet Chicano Batman: Jack White's Opening Act Talks 'Championing the Underdog'

    February 03, 2015 11:15 AM EST After a string of dates on White’s tour, the grooving Latin power band are set to play Coachella. "We're a bunch of Latinos and we're opening up for Jack White ," Chicano Batman's Bardo Martinez says with a laugh that expresses a mix of disbelief and pride. Chicano…

  11. From Aretha Franklin to Puff Daddy, Industry Heavyweights Share Inside Stories From Clive Davis' Legendary Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 02, 2015 2:25 PM EST When Clive Davis formed Arista Records in 1973, the label lacked the renown of its competitors. To level the playing field and heighten Arista's profile during Grammy season, Davis used not just his business acumen, but his love of showbiz -- and the spotlight -- to promote his new…

  12. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 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…

  13. 'Glee' Music Recap: Watch All the Performances From 'Jagged Little Tapestry'

    January 17, 2015 11:05 AM EST How has this show not mashed up   Alanis Morissette   and   Carole King  before? On Glee last night, the program stepped away from Katy Perry to celebrate an album each from two iconic singer/songwriters, mashing together in a way only Glee can tunes from Jagged Little Pill and Tapestry .…

  14. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. 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…

  15. 'Glee' Premiere Music Recap: We Rank The Songs

    January 10, 2015 10:45 AM EST For its first two episodes back, Glee took on Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and even 'Frozen.' It's the beginning of the end. The first two episodes of Glee 's final season premiered last night, and -- as has become the standard over the last few years -- the two hours were…

  16. Grateful Dead Promoter Bill Graham Gets First Museum Retrospective

    January 09, 2015 10:30 AM EST The first comprehensive exhibition on music impresario Bill Graham will be mounted at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles starting May 7. "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" will include memorabilia, photographs, archival concert footage, historical and new…

  17. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Latin Pop Album and Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:03 PM EST BEST LATIN POP ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN Tangos Ruben Blades Label: Sunnyside Salsa icon Ruben Blades refashioned his greatest hits including "Pedro Navaja" and "Pablo Pueblo" as tangos with help from Argentine musicians. The resulting album, on indie Sunnyside…

  18. Gregg Alexander Reflects on Joe Cocker's Peerless Talent & Ridiculous Rock Hall Snub

    December 23, 2014 9:50 AM EST I can still remember the first time I heard Joe Cocker sing, which is what they always say is the sign of a truly great singer or song: if you can remember the first time. I was in a "music appreciation class" (whatever the hell that is) before I even hit my teens and our teacher…

  19. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' and Why Waiting 14 Years For Music Isn't a Bad Thing

    December 16, 2014 4:55 PM EST Imagine going to a steakhouse, ordering the best steak in the restaurant after being told the best steak will take an hour to properly cook, waiting impatiently as everyone around you gets their food before you, angrily wondering why YOUR steak has to take so damn long... and then…

  20. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Barbra Streisand on Her No. 1 Album 'Partners' Proving 'That I've Stood the Test of Time'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Comeback Queen Partners 1 Week on Billboard 200 Hello, Gorgeous! This summer, at 72, Barbra Streisand joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote her 34th studio album, Partners . Her second album of duets, several of which are interpretations of her iconic works, saw her team…

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