1. Madonna Covered Don McLean's 'American Pie' 15 Years Ago Today

    March 03, 2015 11:20 AM EST On this day (Mar. 3) in 2000, Madonna released her version of "the day the music died" by covering singer-songwriter Don McLean 's 1971 hit "American Pie" (which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in 1972) for the soundtrack of her film The Next Best…

  2. Leading Music Execs Call on UK Government to Rein In Ticket Resales

    January 12, 2015 10:53 AM EST Leading figures from the music, entertainment and sport industries have called upon the British Government to implement tighter controls in the secondary ticketing industry. Pink Floyd's Nick Mason , promoter Harvey Goldsmith , One Direction manager Richard Griffiths and Iron Maiden…

  3. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  4. Iggy Azalea Means Big Business for Brands

    August 01, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Two of summer’s biggest hits could lead to a $5 million year as branding deals and a revived House of Style rev up the female rapper. Iggy Azalea has been dominating the summer, holding down the top two slots of Billboard ’s Summer Songs chart for an uninterrupted nine weeks with “Fancy” and…

  5. 20 Awesome 'America' Songs

    July 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know about schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. To celebrate the 4th of…

  6. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  7. Ariana Grande, LL Cool J, Others Offer Justin Bieber Their Support

    January 29, 2014 7:08 PM EST Billy Ray Cyrus, Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean also reach out to troubled singer Though more than 100,000 Americans want Justin Bieber deported back to Canada following his arrest in Miami Beach , a handful of celebrities are reaching out with more welcoming words. Immediately, Ariana…

  8. Lance Bass Talks New Music, Moving Beyond 'N Sync and Wedding Plans (Exclusive Video)

    January 23, 2014 4:20 PM EST The first thing Lance Bass did after performing his new single for friends and family was to walk up to his boyfriend. It was a tender embrace that capped off a night in celebration of his single "Walking On Air."   The gathering at Pearl's Liquor Bar on the Sunset Strip…

  9. Stagecoach Festival Lineup: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church to Headline

    October 10, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Other artists include Florida Georgia Line, Loretta Lynn and country-rock pioneer (and Monkee) Michael Nesmith A big batch of artists for next year's Stagecoach music festival was announced on Thursday (Oct. 10), with organizers tapping party-country hitmakers Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean…

  10. Fantasy Boy Band Draft 2013: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    August 21, 2013 1:35 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of boy band members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! The NFL football season is fast approaching, which means that it's currently the season for fantasy football drafts. Across the globe, friends…

  11. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  12. 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…

  13. Baby News: Jessica Simpson Pregnant, Backstreet Boy Has Girl + Adele's Secret

    November 28, 2012 10:25 AM EST Jessica Simpson is reportedly pregnant (and "overjoyed") a mere seven months after giving birth to her first child, this according to a report in Us Weekly this morning. "It definitely wasn't planned. But yes, Jessica is pregnant again," the magazine's source…

  14. Ask Billboard: More Soundtrack Stopgap Hits

    October 30, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Long before Adele's 'Skyfall,' artists have bridged the gap between breakout albums and follow-ups with soundtrack smashes. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  15. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?, Continued

    April 22, 2012 12:05 PM EDT More reader views on Madge, plus a tribute to Dick Clark, whose 'American Bandstand' helped launch her career. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  16. Drake, 'Take Care': Track-by-Track Review

    November 15, 2011 12:40 PM EST Drake 's sophomore studio album, "Take Care," is as much for his fans as it is for him. The 25-year-old Toronto native took his time and care -- no pun intended -- to craft a project that best showcases his life behind the lens. Drake brought along only close friends and family…

  17. Simon Curtis' DIY Pop, Plus a Preview of His New Album

    March 14, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Simon Curtis ' mix of emotional electro-pop, Lady Gaga references and social-networking savvy have helped him rack up some impressive numbers as an unsigned act. In the last year, he's earned nearly 1 million plays on Last.fm, more than 400,000 YouTube views and 20,000 Twitter…

  18. Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"'s Record?

    February 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST 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. WHO COULD BREAK …

  19. James Blunt Starts Over with 'Some Kind of Trouble'

    January 17, 2011 12:00 PM EST Industry rebels don't come more polite than James Blunt . In keeping with his pre-music military career, Blunt speaks and acts with officer-class poshness and reserve. But the one-time army captain who led a column of NATO tanks in Kosovo in 1999 is resolute nevertheless.

 Ask him…

  20. The Script Heads Toward Sophomore Sprint with 'Science & Faith'

    December 02, 2010 1:55 PM EST Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan -- frontman and guitarist with soulful Irish trio the Script -- know how to hustle. And not simply because their single "Breakeven" (Phonogenic/Epic) took 36 weeks -- the longest climb ever -- to hit the summit of Billboard's Adult Top 40…

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