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. 10 Insights Learned From 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Documentary Premiere at Sundance

    January 25, 2015 12:12 PM EST Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic had a single-word opinion on Brett Morgen's film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck : "Terrific." The musician attended the Jan. 24 world premiere at Sundance Film Festival and the after party at the Social House, which featured a post-midnight…

  3. The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Antony and the Johnsons, James Blake, Interpol to Play Primavera Sound

    January 21, 2015 3:16 PM EST The organizers of Primavera Sound have announced the line-up for the 15th edition of the festival, to take place May 28-30 in Barcelona. The Black Keys , Patti Smith ("Horses" tour), Antony and the Johnsons, Alt-J , The Replacements , James Blake , Interpol , Belle & Sebastian…

  4. Slash Talks Dave Grohl's Star-Studded Birthday Bash & More Insider Scoop

    January 20, 2015 3:35 PM EST Grohl-ing Older With Slash Slash   says Dave Grohl 's 46th birthday celebration at the Los Angeles Forum was "one of the coolest ... I've witnessed in my time" -- and the former Guns N' Roses   guitarist almost missed it. Slash tells Overheard he was unaware of the…

  5. Nicki Minaj Shares 'Emotional Journey' On MTV 'My Time Again' Documentary: Review

    January 15, 2015 1:21 PM EST As Nicki Minaj was prepping to release her third studio album The Pinkprint , MTV followed the artist through the latter end of the "emotional journey." The artist's second MTV documentary, My Time Again , was shot within a span of four and a half-months, starting "from…

  6. 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…

  7. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  8. 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…

  9. The 10 Worst Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 4:30 PM EST Woman-hating, Instagramming and Achy Breaky-ing were among the worst musical offenses of the half-decade. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, and although the half-decade has included some soaring highs for popular music, the past five years has also…

  10. Watch Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Celebrate Birthday at All-Star L.A. Forum Concert

    January 11, 2015 11:00 AM EST Nearly a dozen rockers, including David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell, Slash and Alice Cooper, toasted the Foo Fighters frontman. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl celebrated his 46th birthday in true rock star style, taking over Los Angeles' the Forum on Saturday (Jan. 10) for a concert…

  11. Adele Producer Paul Epworth Says Her Long-Awaited Follow-Up 'Will Come When It's Ready'

    January 09, 2015 12:49 PM EST Paul Epworth may very well hold all the secrets to 2015's most anticipated album -- Adele 's follow-up to 21 -- but right now, on this late-December evening, the 40-year-old producer seems more eager to discuss how he has just put his two young children to bed at his North London…

  12. 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!…

  13. Grammys 2015 Preview: Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor & More on Their Record of the Year-Nominated Songs

    December 26, 2014 9:20 AM EST Check out the five tracks nominated for the Record of the Year Grammy. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Producer: Kevin Kadish Engineer/Mixer: Kevin Kadish Mastering Engineer: Dave Kutch Label: Epic "My producer [Kadish] had the title and said that none of his prior co…

  14. 'Salad Days,' Washington D.C. Hardcore Doc, Gets Hometown Premiere

    December 19, 2014 1:08 PM EST A long-awaited documentary on the influential 80s D.C. hardcore scene Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. , makes its hometown premiere tonight (Dec. 19) at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center  in Silver Spring, MD. The first of the four-sold out screenings this…

  15. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  16. Drake on 'Drake Night': 'My Goal Is to Stay With the Raptors as Long as They'll Have Me'

    December 18, 2014 1:45 PM EST The Raptors “Drake Night” couldn’t have gone any better last night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre when the NBA team took on the Brooklyn Nets for the first time since the U.S. team knocked them out of the first-round playoffs this spring in Game 7 by just one point. Rap superstar Drake ,…

  17. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Director James Gunn Talks No. 1 Soundtrack for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Mixmaster Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 2 Weeks on Billboard 200 Awesome Mix Vol. 1 , the soundtrack album for comic sci-fi action movie Guardians of the Galaxy , tripped a sonic time warp with the best record K-tel never made. Director James Gunn's adaptation of the…

  18. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  19. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  20. Quotes of the Week: Madonna Prefers Recording in 'Prison,' Ariana Grande Gets Smacked By an Angel and More

    December 05, 2014 5:52 PM EST "You are my favorite rapper, but dude ShadyXV is f---ing ASS...why won't someone who loves him tell him NO." -- Tyler, The Creator The rapper, in tweets he has since deleted, dissing the new compilation from Eminem 's Shady Records. "Kurt heard that, and kissed me…

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