1. 10 Songs That Aren't About What You Think They Are

    August 08, 2016 6:45 PM EDT Once a song is out in the world, its lyrics no longer belong to the person whose brain they sprang from. That’s part of what makes pop music such a unique art form: Two listeners will hear the same seemingly straightforward three-minute pop tune in completely different ways. In a sense, the…

  2. Rewinding the Charts: In 1983, a Risque Video Helped Bonnie Tyler Hit No. 1

    October 01, 2015 9:05 AM EDT The Welsh singer didn't like cavorting with barely dressed boys, but asked director Russell Mulcahy back after she scored a smash. BONNIE TYLER'S WAGNERIAN POWER ballad "Total Eclipse of the Heart" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Oct. 1, 1983, giving the then-32-year…

  3. Director Russell Mulcahy and Duran Duran's John Taylor Look Back on Their Classic Music Videos

    November 03, 2014 6:24 PM EST Chances are, if you turned on MTV in the early 1980s, you watched dozens of videos directed by Russell Mulcahy . He's the Australian visionary that brought the world more than 80 videos in all, including most of Duran Duran 's classic early clips, plus memorable shorts for the…

  4. Britain Counts On Bonnie Tyler to Play Eurovision Hero

    March 08, 2013 5:08 AM EST After years of abject failure, insipid pop singers and an infamous “nil points” effort, Britain is betting on a veteran to cure its Eurovision heartache. Husky-voiced ‘80s pop singer Bonnie Tyler has been chosen to represent the nation at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to be held…

  5. 'Glee' Recap: 'Dynamic Duets' Saves the Day With Kelly Clarkson, Fun.

    November 23, 2012 10:00 AM EST Apparently that bit about Blaine joining the superheroes club a few episodes ago was not a typical throwaway "Glee" gag, but a setup for "Dynamic Duets," an episode of "Glee" that brings the show both back to its roots of a specific mix of insanity and…

  6. Lady Gaga 'Born This Way': Track-By-Track Review

    May 23, 2011 6:00 AM EDT L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" album is her first as an international superstar -- and in her mind, as queen leader to a needy coven of "little monsters," outsiders who for one reason or another don't fit into the mainstream. Lady Gaga: The 'Born This Way'…

  7. 'Glee's' 'Teenage Dream' Targeting Big Chart Bow Next Week

    November 11, 2010 7:48 PM EST "Dream" on, Gleeks: It looks like the show's rendition of "Teenage Dream" is going to debut big on the Billboard charts next week. The "Glee" cast's take on Katy Perry's No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single -- with lead vocals by guest star Darren Criss …

  8. Brandy Rules 'Dancing With the Stars' For Second Week

    October 26, 2010 12:58 PM EDT After weeks of playing tip-toe around the top of the leader board, Brandy is finally showing she can own the top spot. The R&B singer took the top spot during "Rock Week" this week, getting the highest score not only in her individual dance but winning the swing marathon as well…

  9. Extreme Makeovers: Billboard Charts Edition, Part 1

    October 12, 2010 11:15 AM EDT In recent years, from songs performed by "American Idol" contestants to tracks that have spurred the "Glee" cast's assault on Billboard's record books , inventive remakes have regularly infused the Hot 100. Most notably, the "Glee" ensemble has covered…

  10. Ask Billboard: Covering Cover Songs

    August 13, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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 last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. COMPLETE COVERAGE…

  11. Keane Arrives At U.K. Chart Summit

    May 17, 2010 8:17 AM EDT British melodic rock band Keane achieved their fourth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album with "Night Train" (Universal Island) as the Official Charts Company confirmed the new sales charts on Sunday night (May 16). Roll Deep 's "Good Time" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI) moved into…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Club Of Hits Expands

    May 13, 2010 4:05 PM EDT "GLEE": THE ROAD TO THE RECORD BOOK: While the members of William McKinley High School's glee club initially feared that joining the singing troupe would hurt their potential popularity, this week's Billboard Hot 100 illustrates that the ensemble's coolness can't…

  13. Eminem Leads Host Of High Debuts On Hot 100

    May 13, 2010 11:00 AM EDT As mentioned in a breaking story yesterday , Eminem scores his third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the chart-topping debut of "Not Afraid." The song is one of two top 10 debuts and five top 40 entries for the week. Eminem also announced a pair of stadium concerts with Jay-Z yesterday…

  14. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1983

    September 29, 2009 4:37 PM EDT 'TOTAL ECLIPSE' OF THE CHART: This week in 1983, Bonnie Tyler ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The song's all-star cast included E Street Band members Roy Bittan on keyboards and Max Weinberg on drums, as well as Rick…

  15. This Day in Music

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are joined by Dave Matthews, Steel Pulse, Gov't Mule, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer for the orga 2006 - Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are…

  16. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she hopes to release her then as-yet-untitled 10th studio album in late October or early November via Warner Bros. She adds that the album ("Confessi 2005 - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she…

  17. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  18. This Day in Music

    September 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are joined by Dave Matthews, Steel Pulse, Gov't Mule, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer for the orga 2006 - Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she hopes to release her then as-yet-untitled 10th studio album in late October or early November via Warner Bros. She adds that the album ("Confessi 2005 - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she…

  20. This Day in Music

    September 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1997 - </b>Patty Loveless releases her ninth album "Long Stretch of Lonesome."<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - Rockabilly singer/guitarist Ronnie Dawson dies at his East Dallas home after a yearlong fight with throat cancer.…

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