1. 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…

  2. Pras of the Fugees on 'Sweet Micky' Doc, Getting Diaper-Clad Pop Star Elected President of Haiti

    January 23, 2015 3:20 PM EST The ex-Fugee's road to politics is paved with... well, you'll see. "It's just so ridiculous, it's just one of the most ridiculous stories ever," says Pras Michel the former Fugee about his new documentary Sweet Micky for President , which makes its festival…

  3. Artist on the Verge Kwabs Goes From YouTube Fame to Next Big Thing

    January 21, 2015 4:00 PM EST Billboard caught up with Kwabs , a next-generation English soul singer, before the release of his debut full-length. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A) From: London Age: 24 Soundalikes: Kwabs' windowpane-rattling baritone has drawn comparisons to Seal…

  4. Watch Jessie J Sing 'Bang Bang' With Her Mouth Closed

    January 20, 2015 11:25 AM EST We don't know whether to be completely weirded out or totally impressed (probably both), but Jessie J is capable of singing with her lips sealed.  Jessie J showed off her special talent during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show : She can sing -- belt, really -- with…

  5. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM 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…

  6. Madonna's 'Devastating' Album Leak: Guy Oseary on the 'Circus Show' of Getting 'Rebel Heart' to Fans

    December 29, 2014 3:46 PM EST Longtime manager Guy Oseary spoke to Billboard just days after successfully launching Madonna's new album... four-and-a-half months ahead of schedule. Madonna 's surprise pre-release of six songs from her upcoming album Rebel Heart on Dec. 20 was a hard-fought victory: the result…

  7. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  8. Elton John & David Furnish to Marry This Weekend

    December 17, 2014 4:35 PM EST The couple has been in a civil partnership since 2005. Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday (Dec. 17) that the weekend ceremony…

  9. Bobby Shmurda Arrested After Long-Term NYPD Investigation

    December 17, 2014 1:49 PM EST The rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested today after a long-term investigation by the NYPD related to his possible involvement in shootings and narcotics trafficking. This is Shmurda's third brush with the law in recent months, following charges for possessing a gun and marijuana. Anatomy…

  10. No Doubt, System of a Down & More Ring in 25 Years of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    December 15, 2014 3:19 PM EST What the Jingle Ball tour has become to the pop world, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has been to the alternative scene for more than two decades. The L.A. radio station's annual December show, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, had its status as arguably the…

  11. Testament's Alex Skolnick on 'Dimebag' Darrell: He 'Never Stopped Being A Music Fan'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Testament 's Alex Skolnick credits…

  12. Dave Koz Partners With Spaghettini for New Restaurant & Music Venue

    December 04, 2014 3:48 PM EST Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Santana's Andy Vargas & Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss kick off performance slate. Starting Friday, live music will begin a new residency in Beverly Hills. Adopting the tagline "harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment,"…

  13. On This Day In 1983, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Premiered On MTV

    December 02, 2014 1:00 PM EST Thirty-one years ago today (Dec. 2), MTV aired the full 13-minute version of Michael Jackson 's “Thriller” music video for the first time. In 1984 the single peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100  and at No. 3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs . Following Jackson’s death in 2009, the…

  14. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Sarah Jones' Family Fights to Keep Train Video Public

    December 02, 2014 2:46 AM EST In a strongly worded brief filed Monday in Georgia state court, lawyers for the parents of Sarah Jones sought to maintain public access to videos and photographs of the train accident that killed their daughter during production of the film Gregg Allman biopic  Midnight Rider in February,…

  15. Exclusive: Craig Campbell Signs to RED BOW Records

    December 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' singer also just scored a song on Garth Brooks' new album. Country singer Craig Campbell is kicking off December in a big way, with the announcement of a new recording deal with RED BOW Records, a division of BBR Music Group. Campbell tells…

  16. How Jimmy Iovine Made It 'A Very Special Christmas' in 1985

    November 28, 2014 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Iovine recalls the exact moment he decided to make  A Very Special Christmas . It was January 1985, the day of his father Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine's funeral. A Brooklyn longshoreman "who loved Christmas," the elder Iovine had fallen sick during the holidays and…

  17. Lorde Was Taylor Swift's 'Manager' for a Night: Watch

    November 26, 2014 2:59 PM EST She may never be a royal, but Lorde will be a manager -- at least if BFF Taylor Swift has anything to say about it.  Stopping by The Tonight Show on Tuesday, Lorde discussed her friendship with Swift, including the moment when she knew they were going to be BFFs.  Lorde Won the AMAs Without…

  18. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on cassette, Island/Mercury's limited edition …

  19. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  20. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

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