1. The Soul of 'Scandal': How Shonda Rhimes Soundtracks TV's Most Dramatic Show

    April 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT "Finding that moment where you placed that perfect song -- there's nothing like it," Rhimes tells Billboard. During season three of ABC's hit show "Scandal," a montage scene closes out the eighth episode, "Vermont Is For Lovers, Too," where we see a…

  2. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  3. Sergio Mendes Talks 'Rio 2,' World Cup Music and The Legacy of Jobim

    April 09, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Sergio Mendes did his first music for film, 50 years after he started his recording career with "Dance Moderno" in 1961. Three years after celebrating his career with the compilation "Celebration" and the animated film "Rio," Mendes returns with "Rio 2"…

  4. Kanye West Announces June Release of Adidas Line: Watch His Speech from Germany

    April 08, 2014 3:09 PM EDT The first pair of Kanye West’s Adidas sneakers will drop this June, and will now be called the “YEEZi." The Vogue-fronting artist just finished flashing his unique swagger, performing for the Adidas Brand Global Conference in Germany. Kanye West Signs with Adidas: Clothing Line Coming in…

  5. Pharrell Williams' Swarovski Adidas: The Story Behind the 1600-Crystal Luxury Sneakers

    April 08, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Pharrell Williams has spent the last three months either leading the pack, as he’s done on the Hot 100 with his chart-topping anthem “Happy,” or standing out in the fashion world as he did with his attention grabbing Vivienne Westwood buffalo hat that made its mainstream debut at the 2014…

  6. Pharrell Williams Signs with Adidas, Line Expected this Summer

    March 27, 2014 6:29 PM EDT With one lift of his quirky Vivienne Westwood hat from a lavish marble coffee table, Pharrell Williams confirmed that he’s officially the newest member of the Adidas team. After a few months of a rumored affiliation with the brand known for their three stripes logo and appearances wearing the…

  7. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  8. 5 Most Musical Presidents: From Barack Obama to Thomas Jefferson

    February 17, 2014 8:20 AM EST President Obama has made the Internet collectively squeal by simply singing a few lines of "Let's Stay Together" and "Sweet Home Chicago" in the past, but he isn't the only president with minor musical chops up his suit sleeve. With President's Day afoot,…

  9. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  10. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (Sticking only to…

  11. Justin Bieber's Court Cases May Result in More Than Legal Woes

    February 01, 2014 6:18 PM EST Bieber's court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border could complicate the pop star's jet-setting ways as his troubles bring more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors. Legal experts said a decision by Toronto authorities to charge the 19-year-old Bieber with assault on…

  12. Mary Lambert's 'She Keeps Me Warm' Rises At Radio After Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Success

    January 27, 2014 5:20 PM EST The singer of the chorus of the GRAMMY event track "Same Love" expanded her vocal into a full song that's now scaling Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart. After appearing on last night's Grammy Awards during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love"…

  13. GRAMMYs' 10 Most Shocking Moments

    January 25, 2014 3:05 PM EST They crashed the stage to ramble about children and do interpretive dances. They challenged the laws of decency, traveled in giant eggs, and got busted for faking the funk. From a famous fight and a ballsy boycott to one untimely passing, these are the 10 weirdest, wildest and most…

  14. 10 Best GRAMMY Performances, 2000-2013

    January 22, 2014 2:57 PM EST With tons of musicians scheduled to appear onstage at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday (Jan. 26), we're expecting great performances and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. But this year's event has a lot to live up to, especially considering the unforgettable performances…

  15. A Pop Shop New Year's Resolution: It's Time To Stop The 'Flop' Talk

    January 07, 2014 10:55 AM EST Pop fans reflexively slandered compelling projects in 2013. Let's not let that happen again. It's fashionable to be making ambitious resolutions around this time every year, so here's mine for 2014: I resolve to cease using the word "flop" when it comes to…

  16. 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…

  17. Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 'Badlands Here We Come': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 22, 2013 12:00 PM EST Robinson puts Black Crowes on the back burner to focus on CRB, which will tour through 2014; As for the Crowes? "I don't see us getting any new music out right now" Chris Robinson hopes no one takes lightly the fact that the namesake of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood's new…

  18. CODE’s EDM Soundtrack to 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

    November 15, 2013 2:11 PM EST Welcome to PanEDM. No disrespect to Alexandra Patsavas and her original soundtrack for “Catching Fire” (we still can’t get enough of Sia’s “Elastic Heart” ), but we thought this installment of “The Hunger Games” deserved an alternate EDM soundtrack as well. Check out our selection of…

  19. Dido Reminisces on 'Greatest Hits,' Teaming with Eminem for 'Stan'

    November 15, 2013 10:56 AM EST Career-spanning collection due months after 'Girl Who Got Away' album. Best-of albums can be simple victory laps, but they're also a great time for personal reflection. For British adult-pop singer Dido, her upcoming "Greatest Hits" compilation has provided a…

  20. Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Eminem’s demons are as present on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as they were on its 2000 predecessor -- except 13 years later, they have mutated from being his prey to now being his muse. Familiar affairs  — revenge, resentment and heartbreak — re-emerge as heavy-breathing voices which…

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