1. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs Word Cloud, Top Artists Map & More

    August 04, 2013 2:35 PM EDT The 55th anniversary celebration of Billboard's Hot 100 rolls on today (August 4), the chart's birthday, with a visual look at the all-time top 100 songs and artists in the form of a special word cloud, map, icons and more.  HOT 100 ALL-TIME TOP 1OO SONGS: FULL LIST HOT 100…

  2. Man Band Takeover: Exploring New Albums From Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, 98 Degrees & Hanson

    August 02, 2013 2:48 PM EDT All four once-inescapable groups have released new albums this year. Which ones are worth a listen? It's been just another ordinary week for the biggest boy band in the world, One Direction: the quintet scored its best Hot 100 rank ever this week when new single "Best Song Ever…

  3. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  4. Hot 100 55th Anniversary By The Numbers: Top 100 Artists, Most No. 1s, Biggest No. 2s & More

    August 02, 2013 9:54 AM EDT In the course of charting over a half-century of music, the Billboard Hot 100 -- which now celebrates its 55th anniversary -- has seen some songs transform into hits, but it has also chronicled major chart feats. So in addition to the Hot 100 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs…

  5. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  6. The 10 Best Charting Movie Soundtracks Ever: 'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Purple Rain' and More

    May 07, 2013 3:23 PM EDT This Friday (May 10) will mark the release of the Baz Luhrmann-directed incarnation of book-based classic “The Great Gatsby.” Ahead of its theatrical debut, today (May 7) the effort’s soundtrack, “Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film: The Great Gatsby,” hits stores. Acclaimed rapper Jay…

  7. 'American Idol' Recap: No Clear Front Runner With Only Four to Go

    April 25, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Many things set the 12th season of "American Idol" apart from its recent predecessors (namely, ALL DEM GIRLS), but one of the most noticeable changes has to do with the front runner. And by that, I mean that there really isn't one. Last season, everyone pretty much knew…

  8. No Joke! The 20 Biggest Tunes for 'Fools'

    April 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Another April Fools' Day is upon us, and although many "fools" will be busy pulling lame pranks on Monday (Apr. 1), the fools with a thirst for chart history should explore this list of the 20 biggest songs with the word "fool" in the title. From Aretha Franklin to…

  9. Grammy Album of the Year: How Much Does Being a Billboard No. 1 Help?

    February 11, 2013 2:39 AM EST Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' is the 37th Billboard chart-topper to win Grammys' top prize The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. So artistic merit trumps sales and fan popularity. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, but is it possible to make an informed…

  10. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  11. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Iman Shumpert, J.J. Redick, Corey Brewer

    December 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST From A$AP to Milo Greene, check out what three basketball stars and their team mates are listening to lately. Christmas is always one of the most special days on the NBA calendar: with five marquee match-ups taking place on Tuesday (Dec. 25), basketball fans are gifted a full day of high…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Jordan Hill's 'Someday' Finally Arrives

    December 15, 2012 11:05 AM EST The former teen pop singer is back with her first Billboard chart entry in 13 years. Plus, 'heaven'-ly and holiday hits ascend. Jordan Hill has come home to Billboard's ROCK & ROLL 'HEAVEN': Speaking of "Too Much Heaven," a new "heaven"-ly…

  13. 'The Voice': Cee Lo Green & Christina Aguilera Talk Rule Changes, AMAs

    November 14, 2012 12:30 PM EST Taking the role of eliminator out of "The Voice" coaches' hands sits well with at least two of the stars in the oversized red chairs. "My trust has been replenished," Cee Lo Green said after the Nov. 13 live show that saw the cast of singers whittle to 10 from a dozen…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Josh Doyle Breaks Through

    November 07, 2012 12:10 PM EST This week, the 615 wants to give you a look at an artist that might very well be the "Next Big Thing" on an international level. There are some elements of country, or even bluegrass in the music of Josh Doyle, but the Nashville-based singer-songwriter is much too varied musically…

  15. Ask Billboard: Chart Ch-ch-Changes

    October 12, 2012 4:05 PM EDT A deeper look at the decisions behind Billboard's renovation of the Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock and Latin Songs charts. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and…

  16. Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb Pair Up on New Album

    September 26, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Unlikely Duo Sing 'Soldier's Son,' Off Bluegrass Icon's 'Music to My Ears' Not too long before Bill Monroe passed away in September 1996, Ricky Skaggs made the "Father of Bluegrass" a promise -- that he, along with acts such as Vince Gill and Alison…

  17. Olympics Closing Ceremony: Spice Girls, George Michael + More

    August 12, 2012 7:40 PM EDT British Music Royalty Light Up London in Psychedelic Farewell to Games With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun. The closing…

  18. Rick Ross Scores Fourth No. 1 Album With 'God Forgives, I Don't'

    August 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "God Forgives, I Don't" bows atop the list with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales week yet, topping the 198,000 that "…

  19. Gary Barlow Tops U.K. Charts, Ed Sheeran Storms Back

    June 11, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Take That member Gary Barlow confirmed his expected double victory on the new U.K. sales charts on Sunday (June 10). His Diamond Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project with the Commonwealth Band secured a second week atop the album chart, while the title track raced 11-1 on the singles…

  20. At Robin Gibb's Funeral, Brother Recalls a 'Beautiful Heart'

    June 08, 2012 2:45 PM EDT B arry Gibb led a heartfelt tribute to his brother Robin on Friday, telling mourners at the singer's funeral in Thame, Oxfordshire that his fellow Bee Gee , who died May 20 at age 62, was taken way too early. "Life is too short," Gibb said during his eulogy. "In Robin'…

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