1. Madonna Talks 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ('Not Very Sexy'), the Pope and Why the 'Word Police Can F--- Off'

    February 13, 2015 10:20 AM EST Strutting into Universal's Manhattan headquarters on a bleak, frigid evening, Madonna looks like a naughty princess come to toss off some knowledge to the peons. It's an image enhanced not only by her outfit -- a form-fitting black blazer with arm poufs; a silver Chanel whistle,…

  2. Robyn & Royksopp Primer: 10 Songs To Know Before 'Do It Again'

    May 27, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Listen to these 10 tracks before exploring the new mini-album from the Scandinavian pop auteurs. This week, Swedish pop princess Robyn and Norwegian production duo Royksopp teamed up to ignite the pop blogosphere, as their collaborative "mini-album," "Do It Again," was…

  3. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  4. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  5. The Henningsens Talk 'Beautiful' Success, Pranking Paisley and New Single

    August 30, 2013 5:15 PM EDT So far, 2013 has been a year to remember for Arista's The Henningsens. The family trio watched as their debut single, "American Beautiful," climbed to the top 30 on Hot Country Songs. They also released their very first EP in May, and joined the Brad Paisley 'Beat This…

  6. Selena Gomez, 'Stars Dance': Track-By-Track Review

    July 23, 2013 6:56 PM EDT Although she's been in the public eye for over a decade as a child actress-turned-pop star, Selena Gomez has always come across as somewhat hard to decipher compared to her fellow ex-Disney peers. Sure, she has a very public relationship with Justin Bieber under her belt, and a…

  7. Bonnaroo 2013: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 17, 2013 12:10 PM EDT From Icelandic hipsters to Malian maestros to Robert Sylvester Kelly, check out the best of the best from the 'Roo. Boiling down the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival to 10 great performances is always a fool's errand -- how can hundreds of shows and four days of memorable…

  8. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2013

    February 22, 2013 12:00 PM EST Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past 12 months. The world may be going more digital by the second, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 40 earners on our annual musician Moneymakers list. Read More: Madonna, Springsteen Lead 2013 Money Makers Reported…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Traci Lords

    November 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Now with 11 Hot 100 No. 1s, what chance might Rihanna have at passing the Beatles for the most leaders in the chart's history? BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES?: "We are watching history in the making." Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels Wednesday (Nov. 2) praised Rihanna in a…

  10. 6 Questions With Paul Van Dyk

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul Van Dyk is a musician, DJ, producer and artist. He is also a label owner (Vandit) and the founder of Vonyc.com, a 24-hour radio station and digital music store for dance/electronic music. The Ger Paul Van Dyk is a musician, DJ, producer and artist. He is also a label owner (Vandit) and…

  11. Chart Beat

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Paris Bennett, Maroon 5, Barbra Streisand and more! WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE BENNETT: As the sixth season of "American Idol" is about to come to an end, another contestant from season five makes a debut on the Billboard charts. Fifth place finalist Paris Bennett shows…

  12. Calexico

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST So we all go get some food close by the hotel. On the menu tonight the house specialty: horse sashimi. 1/20: I wandered around for a while in Fukuoka weaving in and out of shops and promenades where boutique stores and small shops displayed their impressive goods. volker mentioned a vinyl…

  13. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity relating to Duran Duran, Usher, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson. SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: The reunion of the original lineup of Duran Duran has paid off with the group's highest-charting set on The Billboard 200 in 11 years.…

  14. 'Lean Back' Gets Comfy At No. 1

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For the second week in a row, Terror Squad's "Lean Back" tops Billboard's Hot 100. The East Coast rap act's latest single is also No. 1 on the Hot Rap Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, For the second week in a row, Terror Squad's "Lean Back…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart escapades of Green Day, 'Princess Diaries,' Prince and Terror Squad. GREEN'S DAY HAS COME: It might be difficult to believe, but 10 years after scoring its first hit, Green Day finally makes its debut on Billboard's Hot 100. The…

  16. Ja Rule Feels No 'Pain' At No. 1

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Ja Rule has full command of this week's charts, soaring, as expected, to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally with "Pain Is Love" (Murder Inc./Def Jam). The set Ja Rule has full command of this week's charts, soaring, as expected…

  17. Chart Beat Bonus

    August 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Julie Andrews, Stevie Nicks, and Neal Diamond. TRULY JULIE: It's not every week you can say that a soundtrack to a movie starring Julie Andrews has debuted on The Billboard 200. But you can say it this week. "The Princess Diaries" (Walt Disney) is new to the chart at No…