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. Exclusive: Turbo Fruits to Release Patrick Carney-Assisted Album, Share New Track

    January 20, 2015 11:10 AM EST In seven years, Nashville's raucous garage-rawk royalty  Turbo Fruits have upgraded like car models: increasingly streamlined without losing their power. Their 2007 debut's supernova of thrashing tempos and crashing snares has been slowing down and growing up, injecting 2009'…

  3. The Do's And Don'ts of Justin Bieber's Next Album

    January 06, 2015 2:11 PM EST 0 How does Bieber pull off the crowd-pleasing redemption story? By following these simple artistic and personal steps. Bieber season is coming. You can feel it in the air, in the whispers of the blogosphere, in each and every endlessly favorited tweet and Instagram post. In the…

  4. Madonna Apologizes for Posting 'Rebel' Images of Mandela, MLK: 'I'm Not Comparing Myself'

    January 03, 2015 2:51 AM EST Madonna has responded to critics of her recent social media posts, saying that she is "not comparing" herself to anyone, but "admiring and acknowledging" them. On Jan. 2, the diva drew attention after she shared altered photographs of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson…

  5. Cheo Feliciano, Paco de Lucia, Gustavo Cerati & Other Latin Greats We Lost in 2014

    December 30, 2014 5:10 PM EST As the year winds down, we remember seven Latin music greats who passed in 2014, leaving lasting legacies through music that broke ground and that remains relevant. Gustavo Cerati (Aug. 11, 1959-Sept. 4, 2014) The emblematic Argentine rock star was a man before his time. Despite his…

  6. BSBB Finals: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Latch'

    December 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith ERNEST BAKER: “Latch" is a hot song. "Drunk In Love" is a definitive moment in pop culture history. It's the most honest, personal look at…

  7. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  8. 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…

  9. Watch: Timbaland Blasts Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic on Social Media

    November 16, 2014 2:34 PM EST Timbaland obviously isn’t a fan of the new Aaliyah biopic. The famed music producer took to social media on Saturday night (Nov. 15) to express his disapproval of Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B , which premiered on the network the same evening. 'Aaliyah: The Princess…

  10. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  11. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  12. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  13. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  14. ACL Music Festival 2014 Preview: Double Weekends, Cashless Wristbands and a Golden Porta Potty

    October 02, 2014 4:32 PM EDT When the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas expanded to two consecutive weekends in October 2013, Austin-based producer C3 Presents proved that Coachella wasn’t the only North American festival that could sell out back-to-back weekends with all-star lineups. “We’ve had ACL festival…

  15. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

  16. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  17. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  18. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  19. Kings of Leon Cancel Two More Shows

    August 26, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Drummer Nathan Followill is still recovering from injuries he suffered in a bus crash earlier this month. Kings of Leon will cancel two more shows as Nathan Followill recovers from a tour bus accident that happened earlier this month. Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill 'Banged Up'…

  20. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

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