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. 'Empire' Episode Three Recap: The Devil Quotes Scripture

    January 22, 2015 1:25 PM EST If there's one thing we must never forget, it's that Lucious is a gangster. Don't let the sharp suits fool you, lest you want to end up like Mel in the first scene of episode 3 of Empire . Mel is a manager for one of Empire Entertainment's artists, Veronica. He decides…

  3. Malcolm-Jamal Warner on His Grammy Nom, Next Album & 'Love-Hate Relationship With Hip-Hop'

    January 21, 2015 5:31 PM EST He may remain best known for playing Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show , but Malcolm-Jamal Warner is hardly living in the past. Grammy Awards 2015: All Our Coverage Fresh off a Grammy nomination for his spoken-word contribution to Robert Glasper 's Black Radio 2, Warner spoke with…

  4. Here Are Fall Out Boy's Ten Best Songs

    January 21, 2015 1:03 PM EST Fall Out Boy version 2.0 stays winning. The rebooted band reclaimed the radio with its 2013 comeback album Save Rock and Roll and is again snugly tucked in the Top 40 with the hit single "Centuries." More than almost any band from the mid-2000s Warped Tour boom, FOB has…

  5. It's Volume, Silly: Thinking Global on Digital Music Revenues

    January 21, 2015 12:42 PM EST Global digital revenues will explode in the next five years, according to a new market research report from Technavio . But where will new digital consumers come from and how much will they pay? Technavio, a market research company that covers sectors ranging from healthcare to aerospace…

  6. Beastie Boys Want Another $2.4M From Monster Energy to Cover Legal Fees

    January 19, 2015 8:14 PM EST The Beastie Boys want to force the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly $2.4 million in legal fees and costs so the rappers' $1.7 million jury award is not dwarfed by expenses in a copyright violation case, lawyers say. A Manhattan federal court jury awarded the group most of…

  7. Is Panama the Next Hot Spot for EDM Festivals?

    January 16, 2015 1:00 PM EST As North America began to launch more EDM festivals than it could support, organizers cast their eyes toward Latin America as an affordable destination for top DJs and brightly clad fans. First came Mexico: The BPM Festival, which launched in 2008 as a modest gathering, has grown into a 10…

  8. Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump: 'I Don't Take for Granted That We Get a Second Chance'

    January 16, 2015 10:41 AM EST Fall Out Boy is seated in an NBC golf cart, being ferried from its dressing room on the network's Los Angeles lot to the set of The Voice , where it will soon perform. It's a triumphant moment, though not without its unease. "It's strange for us to be here," says…

  9. Spike Lee on Finding '12 Gems' From Unsigned Artists for His Kickstarter-Funded Film

    January 15, 2015 6:48 PM EST The director had fans submit potential songs for 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' soundtrack. From Radio Raheem pumping "Fight the Power" in Do the Right Thing to the "Baba O'Riley" montage in Summer of Sam to New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard 's score…

  10. TuneCore Partners With Drag & Drop Mastering Program MixGenius

    January 15, 2015 9:00 AM EST Between the Pono Music store's imminent arrival  and Sony's recently unveiled $1,200 Walkman redux , it seems like the demand for high-definition audio has skyrocketed. But the process that produces the perfect balance of bass to vocals, mastering an album or a track, seems to be…

  11. Are Vinyl Subscription Clubs the Future of Analog Listening?

    January 13, 2015 1:11 PM EST Nick Alt anticipated the recent resurgence of vinyl pretty early on. For years, the Los Angeles-based musician and producer (he counts St. Paul Peterson of Prince 's bands the Family and the Time as an acquaintance and did production for Pomplamoose 's Nataly Dawn) has been buying…

  12. Miley Cyrus Cheers Tiffany & Co.'s Same-Sex Couple Ad Campaign

    January 11, 2015 12:33 PM EST Miley Cyrus has given the thumbs up to Tiffany & Co.'s latest advertisement campaign, which features a same-sex couple on the verge of getting married. Miley Cyrus Topless: The Year in Her Photos Cyrus expressed her approval by posting a photo of the jewelry company's black…

  13. 'Discovering Lucy Angel' Cast & Exec Producer Dish on What to Expect From the Reality Show

    January 10, 2015 2:59 PM EST Country music fans will get a inside look at the path to stardom on Jan. 13 with the premiere of Discovering Lucy Angel . The 13-episode series will chronicle the story of the Anderton family, better known as Lucy Angel. 615 Spotlight: Lucy Angel Has Fame in Reach The series captures the…

  14. 'Empire' Premiere: For Better or Worse, Fox's Hip-Hop Soap Gives Us Plenty to Chew On

    January 08, 2015 10:43 AM EST If there is a more absurd hour of television than what we just saw on the series premiere of Empire , we haven't seen it lately. Fox's hip-hop soap opera -- headlined by Terrence Howard as record industry tycoon Lucious Lyon and Taraji P. Henson as his fresh-out-of-prison ex-wife…

  15. BottleRock 2015 Lineup: No Doubt, Imagine Dragons & Robert Plant Headlining

    January 06, 2015 6:50 PM EST The "bottle" part of Napa Valley's BottleRock festival is the flowing wine and beer, and now we know more about the "rock" portion: Imagine Dragons , No Doubt and Robert Plant will headline the three-day fest May 29-31. Coachella 2015 Lineup Revealed: AC/DC, Drake …

  16. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  17. Rdio CEO Anthony Bay Talks Taylor Swift, Global Expansion and the Battle for 'Listening Market Share'

    December 23, 2014 5:14 PM EST Founded by Skype co-creator Janus Friis and launched in August 2010, Rdio was one of the first wave of music streaming services. Today it operates in 60 countries, including the U.S, United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Australia, offers a catalog of 30 million songs and provides customers…

  18. Fat Possum Opens Its Own Vinyl Pressing Plant to Meet (Its Own) Demand

    December 23, 2014 10:55 AM EST Memphis Record Pressing, a new vinyl pressing plant dreamed up and run by Fat Possum founder Matthew Johnson , in partnership with Bruce Watson and AudioGraphics Masterworks owners Mark Yoshida and Brandon Seavers , is ready for business 10 months after construction began in March of this…

  19. Sony Hack Was Not All That Sophisticated, Cybersecurity Experts Say

    December 21, 2014 10:30 AM EST The Sony hack is a hydra-headed monster of a story, emerging from the sea late last month to descend on Los Angeles before going on to smash across the country, sprouting new heads as it went, dragging the badly battered body of a colossal global corporation in its dust. A previously…

  20. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

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