1. Happy 10th Lucrative Valentine's Birthday YouTube, It's Been Weird

    February 14, 2015 12:15 PM EST I don't even remember when I first met You. Maybe that is because the average human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to eight seconds now, dipping below that of goldfish. We've spent so much time together, but I still keep coming back for more. YouTube&…

  2. Bob Dylan: 'I Wasn't Dissing Merle' in MusiCares Award Speech

    February 13, 2015 7:02 PM EST Bob Dylan is downplaying his comments about Merle Haggard from his MusiCares Person of the Year Award acceptance speech last week, saying he has "the highest regard for him, his songs, his talent." In his bold speech at the gala, Dylan gave thanks to those who had his back when he…

  3. 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,…

  4. Terrace Martin on Kendrick Lamar's 'The Blacker the Berry' & Delivering a Message

    February 12, 2015 2:58 PM EST 'We don't give a f--- about record sales, first-week numbers [or] who's hot or not. We just want to touch somebody's soul.' An entire episode of Unsung could be dedicated to Terrace Martin . The producer/rapper/multi-instrumentalist has been key in strengthening his…

  5. As Miranda Lambert Sang 'Little Red Wagon' at the Grammys, Its Co-Writer Bartended Universal's Afterparty

    February 12, 2015 10:21 AM EST The business of music can be strange. One of the beautiful things about the music industry is that as stratified as the upper echelons may seem, there are myriad ways for new talent to break in. It can happen to anyone at anytime -- even, say, to a random guy behind the bar, while one of…

  6. Remembering Vince Pellegrino: 'A Cheerleader for Artists, Radio and the Record Industry'

    February 06, 2015 9:17 PM EST The story of Vince Pellegrino , founder and president of the Pellegrino Entertainment Group   and publisher of  S.I.N.  (Street Information Network), is one of a man who not only loved music, but clearly loved people a whole lot more, and was loved by everyone he worked with and whose lives…

  7. Super Bowl Music Placements Generate Record Revenues

    February 03, 2015 5:33 PM EST Reps from Sony/ATV and Warner/Chappell say they had a record year. The Halftime viewing audience wasn't the only record broken by Super Bowl XLIV this past Sunday (Feb. 1). Synchs -- songs licensed for commercials that aired during the big game -- reached new highs at the top three…

  8. Shonda Rhimes' New Show: 6 Musical Do's & Don'ts

    January 29, 2015 9:00 AM EST Who's ready to get emotional with their television?  When it was announced this week that a pilot was ordered from Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland, we were already pretty excited. The Catch is reportedly "a thriller about a woman about to get married and about to get conned.…

  9. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  10. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  11. Why Were Jay Z, Justin Timberlake & Taylor Swift Hanging Out? 10 (Not-So-Likely) Theories

    December 16, 2014 2:24 PM EST "I stay out too late...then have music titans come over the following afternoon." Even by Taylor Swift 's high standards, she's having a pretty great weekend. After receiving Billboard 's Woman of the Year Award on Friday, she had her 25th birthday party attended by…

  12. Cat Stevens Wraps First U.S. Tour in 35 Years

    December 15, 2014 4:35 PM EST The word "journey" was spoken multiple times during the final concert of Yusuf/ Cat Stevens ' brief U.S. tour, his first in 35 years. It was used as a metaphor and literally, Yusuf speaking both about his life, the lyrics of songs from the early 1970s and his two most recent…

  13. BSBB Round 4: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z JAMIESON COX: At this stage in the competition, it’s harder and harder for me to point to musical qualities when making decisions. I like all of these songs,…

  14. BSBB Round 1: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Let It Go Idina Menzel KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: My dad keeps telling me I simply HAVE TO watch "Frozen." He’s probably right! But there’s no way I can listen to “Let It Go” with a…

  15. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  16. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: November 2014

    December 10, 2014 12:17 PM EST G-Dragon, Taeyang, Hi Suhyun, AOA, Kyuhyun, GOT7, Apink and more captivated YouTube viewers this month. As K-pop only male solo acts with Billboard 200 chart entries, it should come as no surprise that a collaboration between  G-Dragon and Taeyang   (aka GD x Taeyang) was the video fans…

  17. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  18. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  19. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  20. Mad Decent Boat Party Highlights: Skrillex's Surprise, Dillion Francis' Alter Ego & More

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST Ever since HARD's Holy Ship! set a lofty standard for dance music cruises, few have succeeded in meeting it. However, Diplo 's label Mad Decent has the star power and curatorial credibility necessary to field a serious contender. Fans from across the globe clamored aboard the…

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