1. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM 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 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits 4 Million in U.S. Sales

    January 23, 2015 9:35 PM EST Plus: Ella Henderson debuts & Donny Osmond returns. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart , Meghan Trainor 's Title zoomed in to the No. 1 slot, moving 238,000 overall units in the week ending Jan. 18, according to Nielsen Music. It was one of three arrivals in the top…

  3. Slash on His Famous Guns N' Roses Riff, His Grandma's Inspiration and How Les Paul Once 'Wiped the Stage' With Him

    January 23, 2015 10:48 AM EST The late guitar pioneer Les Paul once "wiped the floor" with Slash when the former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist played with the veteran instrument inventor at a New York City club some years back.  Now, on Jan. 24, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Slash…

  4. 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…

  5. Album Review: Belle & Sebastian's 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance' Gets Sonically Adventurous

    January 20, 2015 12:10 PM EST On "Nobody's Empire," which opens Belle & Sebastian 's ninth album, an energized Stuart Murdoch chronicles his recent bout with chronic fatigue syndrome and poses a question his fans will relate to: "If we live by books, and we live by hope, does that make us…

  6. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 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…

  7. Musicians Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Social Media

    January 19, 2015 3:11 PM EST Music celebrities across all genres celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19) by sharing their tributes on social media. MTV Will Air in Black and White on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice," Beyonce…

  8. Fleetwood Mac Cuts Nebraska Concert Short Due to Illness

    January 18, 2015 8:38 PM EST Fleetwood Mac had to cut a Nebraska concert about an hour short on Saturday night after drummer Mick Fleetwood became ill. Stevie Nicks told the crowd of roughly 14,000 at Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena that Fleetwood was throwing up backstage before the end of the 90-minute show. Mac…

  9. Billboard Cover: Mark Ronson on His Surprise No. 1 Hit, Amy Winehouse and His Neurotic Ways

    January 16, 2015 10:00 AM EST Four hours from now, Mark Ronson will learn, via text, that his song "Uptown Funk" has dislodged Taylor Swift from her perch atop the U.S. singles chart, giving him his first No. 1 hit as an artist. For now, he's in his recording studio in an industrial area of North London,…

  10. Common & John Legend's 'Glory' Wins on MLK's Birthday at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

    January 15, 2015 10:29 PM EST A Hollywood movie couldn't have scripted it any better. On Thursday (Jan. 15) -- on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 86th birthday -- Common accepted best song at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for "Glory," his and John Legend 's sweeping track…

  11. 7 Weird Genre-Crossing Hits From Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphy, Hayley Williams & More

    January 15, 2015 1:50 PM EST Last week's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart featured a promising hip-hop game newcomer. Unlike most rising rap stars, he's from Britain, he's over 70 and he's named Paul McCartney . Thanks to Kanye West , the classic rock icon -- who plays organ on "Only One" …

  12. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars No. 1 on Hot 100 for Second Week With 'Uptown Funk!'

    January 14, 2015 2:08 PM EST The collab could be in for a lengthy reign, as it also takes over atop the Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs charts. Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , could be settling in for a long run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , as it leads the chart…

  13. Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin & More to Perform at Grammy Tribute to Stevie Wonder

    January 14, 2015 9:00 AM EST Usher, Janelle Monae & Willie Nelson will also honor the legendary singer. In addition to performing at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, nominee Ed Sheeran will join Coldplay 's Chris Martin, Janelle Monae , Willie Nelson and Usher two days later as performers on Stevie Wonder: Songs…

  14. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong & His Instagram Followers Help Find Lost Dog

    January 13, 2015 8:16 PM EST Green Day 's Billie Joe Armstrong recently put the power of social media to use by helping find a missing dog, along with his legions of Instagram followers.  Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The owners of a missing pitbull…

  15. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 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…

  16. Snoop Dogg Confirms Title of Pharrell-Produced Album

    January 10, 2015 5:24 PM EST Drum roll, please! Snoop Dogg 's next release will be called Bush . The Pharrell -produced album will likely drop in March, the rapper confirmed earlier this week during the Omnicom Media Group panel during the CES Expo in Las Vegas, according to Rolling Stone . As reported by…

  17. Thanks to Kanye West, Paul McCartney Debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    January 09, 2015 12:54 PM EST A Beatle arrives on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, thanks to Kanye West. Kanye West 's new single "Only One," featuring Paul McCartney on keyboards (though not vocals), debuts at No. 11 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs . It's the fourth charting single for McCartney,…

  18. Courtney Love Talks Kurt Cobain, Trent Reznor and Rocking the Opera: 'I Wanted to Do Something Different'

    January 08, 2015 6:21 PM EST "I'm wearing my jammies 'cause mommy's got a cold," quips Courtney Love , holed up in New York's Gramercy Park Hotel in Anna Sui silk pajamas and a sweater, sipping from an array of green juices that her latest collaborator, playwright-composer Todd Almond,…

  19. Universal Music Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Mixtapes Sent to Prisoners

    January 08, 2015 6:12 AM EST In the past year, record companies have been in court claiming copyright infringement on planes in the sky and in automobiles on the road. Not every target has to be moving. Some are in prisons. On Tuesday, Universal Music filed a lawsuit against a group of companies including the Centric…

  20. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Hot 100 With 'Uptown Funk!'

    January 07, 2015 2:42 PM EST The song dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' after seven weeks, and after a record-tying 19 consecutive weeks of only women at No. 1. If 2014 was the year of women dominating the Billboard Hot 100's upper reaches , men are wasting no time in trying to reclaim the…

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