1. Kim Kardashian's Forgotten 'Jam': Revisiting The Bid (Or Was It?) For Music Stardom

    February 24, 2015 5:20 PM EST The-Dream on Kim's 2011 solo single: "Thirty years from now, I can be like, 'Yeah, I did it for the Marilyn Monroe of that time.'" "Just finished my piano lesson in time to watch the Oscar's red carpet!!!" Kim Kardashian West posted to Twitter…

  2. From the International Space Station, Astronauts Talk Beyonce's Grammy Snub, Alien Life

    February 19, 2015 2:55 PM EST The last few years have seen a rekindling of imagination and interest in space exploration and the loopy fundamentals of our understanding of the universe, from the mind-bending Interstellar to Neil deGrasse Tyson 's Seth MacFarlane -assisted reboot of Cosmos . According to rough…

  3. Chris Brown & Trey Songz Bring 'Between the Sheets' Show to Brooklyn: Live Review

    February 17, 2015 3:10 PM EST After NBA's All-Star Weekend subsided, Chris Brown and Trey Songz held court at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for their fourth show on the joint Between the Sheets tour Monday night. The 26-date gig was postponed last month after a judge ordered Brown to complete 1,000 hours of…

  4. Exclusive: Ultra Music Marks 20th Anniversary With 2015 Dance Compilation

    February 17, 2015 12:15 PM EST It's been a good year for Ultra Music, and now fans will have a chance to relive it. The Sony-affiliated record label today announced the release of Ultra Dance 16 , exclusively revealing to Billboard its flagship dance compilation series' latest installment. The two-disc and 24…

  5. The 10 Steps Sia Took To Becoming a Pop Star

    February 13, 2015 5:35 PM EST Retiring, writing hits for others and reviving the music video: these are the ways Sia went from outsider to pop icon. It's been a big week for Sia -- one that was impossible to imagine just a few short years ago. Days after Sia performed at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, where…

  6. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  7. Katy Perry Roars to New Billboard Artist 100 Peak, Taylor Swift No. 1 for 16th Week

    February 12, 2015 2:00 PM EST Perry hits a new high following her high-profile performances, while Swift remains in her usual spot atop the tally. Despite having ranked on the Billboard Artist 100 for all 32 weeks of the chart's existence, Katy Perry reaches a new peak this week, flying 12-6. Her vault is no surprise…

  8. Classic Rock Veterans The Dead Daisies Playing Havana, But They Won't Get Paid

    February 12, 2015 10:43 AM EST Despite new diplomacy with Cuba, playing there is still not about making money. The classic rock veterans who make up the band The Dead Daisies will slake their curiosity about Cuba when they fly to Havana at the end of February to give a concert at the historic outdoor dance hall El Tropical…

  9. Taylor Swift on Madonna Praise: 'Now I'm Dead'

    January 28, 2015 1:17 AM EST Madonna has flattened Taylor Swift … with a compliment.  The reigning Queen Of Pop has invited Taylor into her realm by suggesting the ever-rising superstar was a "princess" of the genre.  Speaking to Australian presenter Richard Wilkins for Network Nine's Today show ,…

  10. 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…

  11. Here Are Fall Out Boy's Ten Best Songs

    January 21, 2015 1:03 PM EST Fall Out Boy version 2.0 stays winning. The rebooted band reclaimed the radio with its 2013 comeback album Save Rock and Roll and is again snugly tucked in the Top 40 with the hit single "Centuries." More than almost any band from the mid-2000s Warped Tour boom, FOB has…

  12. Vijay Iyer on Ferguson, Teaching at Harvard & Jazz's Relationship With Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 6:00 PM EST Pianist Vijay Iyer, known for moving between jazz, classical, Indian and electronic music, will perform 12 different sets of music in a residency at The Stone in New York City between Jan. 20 and 25. His shows on Jan. 23 and 24 will feature expanded versions of his longtime trio, which…

  13. Why 'American Idol' Needs To Say Farewell (For Now)

    January 13, 2015 5:36 PM EST How does 'American Idol' battle falling ratings and a lack of innovation? By starting fresh... next decade. On the same night last week that Fox's hip-hop soap opera Empire debuted to stellar ratings , another Fox empire, American Idol , continued to slowly crumble.…

  14. Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

    January 12, 2015 2:26 PM EST Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the ­gargantuan task of pleasing a diverse audience of 243 million ­listeners a week (91 percent of all Americans 12 or older, ­according to Nielsen…

  15. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. 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…

  16. Rap Duo Rae Sremmurd: 'We Want You to Know Who the F--- We Are'

    January 08, 2015 1:00 PM EST "I'm going to go out there and pop those balloons, man," says Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown. "I love breaking shit." It's 10 a.m. on a frigid December morning and Jxmmi (pronounced Jimmy) and his younger brother Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown,…

  17. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM 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…

  18. 15 (Or More …) No. 15 Hot 100 Hits for 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:05 AM EST Happy New Year! As 2015 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers 15 songs that rose to No. 15 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling five spots shy of the top 10, all remain memorable hits among the Hot 100's five-decade-plus history. Actually … in looking through the Hot 100…

  19. 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!…

  20. 10 Artists To Watch in 2015

    December 31, 2014 10:00 AM EST These 10 artists are not household names by any means, but based on their musical output thus far and stated 2015 plans, we're betting that you'll know some (or all) of them by the end of 2015. From rising female pop voices to a faceless EDM whiz to a spunky country duo…

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