1. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  2. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  3. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  4. Pentatonix Marches Onto Hot 100 With 'Little Drummer Boy'

    December 13, 2013 1:35 PM EST Thanks to strong streaming and sales, the song debuts at No. 13, instantly ranking as one of the highest-charting holiday hits of all-time. It also tops the Holiday 100 A new version of a holiday favorite by a cappella quintet Pentatonix quickly beats a path up multiple Billboard charts.…

  5. 'Glee' Recap: Christmas Special Takes a Trip To An Alternative Universe

    December 06, 2013 4:39 AM EST What to do when faced with the holiday season in the midst of a bloated timeline that leaves the world of "Glee" in June when it’s December for the rest of us? Take a mallet to the pesky remaining fragments of the 4th wall, smash it to hell and have Jane Lynch introduce a…

  6. 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…

  7. J. Cole, 'Born Sinner': Track-By-Track Review

    June 07, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Perhaps inspired by his release-date rival, Kanye West, J. Cole has learned how to make an entrance. Last night (June 6), in a more intimate, high-tech version of the premiere of Yeezy's "New Slaves" — which was shown via projector in public spaces in 66 cities worldwide —…

  8. Nicki Minaj Protégé Parker Ighile Releases Clip for 'Beneath the Silence': Watch

    May 15, 2013 4:53 AM EDT Nicki Minaj takes a turn behind the camera for the new video of her protégé Parker Ighile. Minaj and Grizz Lee co-direct the clip for “Beneath the Silence,” a track from Ighile’s forthcoming mixtape “Young Dumb and 21,” which is slated for release this year. If you blink, you’ll miss the…

  9. Justin Timberlake Scores First UK No. 1 Since 'SexyBack'

    March 04, 2013 9:01 AM EST Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" became his first solo U.K. No. 1 single for six-and-a-half years on Sunday's new sales charts, as Emeli Sandé's "Our Version of Events" stayed atop the album survey. Timberlake's one previous chart-topping single in the…

  10. Parker Ighile, First Signing to Nicki Minaj's Label, Talks 'So Beautiful’

    March 04, 2013 6:28 AM EST Parker Ighile is stepping away from the mixing desk to grab his own piece of the spotlight. Ighile produced "What Now" by Rihanna and "Do it like a Dude" for Jessie J, and has worked with Chip, Angel and Nicki Minaj. But it’s the music man’s association with Minaj which is…

  11. 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Sales Sizzle, Top 10 Bound on Billboard 200

    December 29, 2012 8:00 AM EST The "Les Miserables" musical film soundtrack is on course to jump straight into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters are suggesting the 20-song "Highlights" set may sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec.…

  12. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' At 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 30, 2012 10:45 AM EST Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson unleashed nine tracks that thrilled the world. Here's our look back at each song on his iconic 1982 album, "Thriller." • How 'Thriller' Changed Music • PHOTOS: Michael Jackson's Life • MJ's Biggest Chart Thrills Michael…

  13. Britney Spears Crushes Old Duet Partner in 'X Factor' Debut

    September 13, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Singer Offers Breathless Critiques Throughout Premiere: "You need a new teacher. To teach you how to sing" Britney Spears got down to business in her "X Factor" debut Wednesday night, dispensing blunt-but-fair rulings on some singers, cheery encouragement to others and…

  14. 'X Factor's' Britney Spears Is Stern and Opinionated

    September 12, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Judge Britney Spears is in control on "The X Factor." During the season debut airing Wednesday on Fox, the audience cheers her, Simon Cowell defers to her and Spears is crisp, if not a wit, in her contestant verdicts. We get the pop princess who knows how to hold the spotlight, not…

  15. Mindless Behavior Talks Upcoming Sophomore Album

    July 27, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Boy bands ruled the childhoods of many, especially through out the late '90s, early '00s. Within R&B realm there was the inception of B2K, the reconfiguration of Immature into IMX and the short-lived, but impactful success of groups such as 3rd Storee and B5. But, now that we&…

  16. Passion Pit, 'Gossamer': Track-By-Track Review

    July 24, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Listening to "Gossamer" is only getting half the story of Passion Pit 's much-anticipated sophomore album. As detailed in Larry Fitzmaurice's excellent recent feature on the group for Pitchfork , Michael Angelakos, the frontman and mastermind of the Boston-born electro-pop…

  17. Keane Nab Fifth Straight U.K. No. 1

    May 14, 2012 9:30 AM EDT East Sussex melodic rock quartet Keane scored their fifth consecutive No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (13) with "Strangeland." London starlet Rita Ora debuted atop the singles survey with "R.I.P.", which follows her chart-topping guest appearance on DJ Fresh's…

  18. Madonna Tops Elvis With 12th U.K. No. 1

    April 02, 2012 9:50 AM EDT On Singles Chart, Chris Brown Earns First Topper With 'Turn Up the Music' M adonna landed her 12th U.K. No. 1 album on Sunday (April 1) with "MDNA" to overtake Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums in the market. Chris Brown 's "Turn…

  19. Emeli Sande Talks Career Start: 'People Didn't Know What to Do With Me'

    March 29, 2012 10:00 AM EDT What makes Emeli Sandé -- born Adele Emeli Sandé -- so captivating is her passion. It resonates loudly through her vocal prowess, which pilots her debut album, "Our Version of Events," and acts as the anchor of the intimate stories the 25 yr. old tells in each one of her songs. That…

  20. Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 40 on U.K. Charts

    February 20, 2012 8:25 AM EST Scottish Singer Emeli Sande's Debut Album Opens at No. 1 As Whitney Houston singles and albums re-entered the U.K. sales charts yesterday (19) with over 200,000 units sold across the week, top sales honors went to Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. Her debut album "Our Version…

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