1. Chuck D Q&A: The Record Store Day Ambassador Looks to the Past for Music's Future

    March 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood this week to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…

  2. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  3. Thomas Dolby Teaching College Course at Johns Hopkins

    March 05, 2014 9:02 PM EST The man who blinded us with science will now don a professor’s robe. Thomas Dolby, the creator of the ‘80s new wave anthem will join Johns Hopkins University as the first Homewood Professor of the Arts. A creative leader at the forefront of digital music and merging music with film and…

  4. Chart Highlights: A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Beyonce & Jay Z Add New No. 1s

    February 18, 2014 11:20 AM EST The former pair's 'Say Something' tops Adult Pop Songs, while the latter's 'Drunk in Love' dominates Rhythmic Songs. Plus, more new leaders for Jason Aldean, Arctic Monkeys, Enrique Iglesias and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  5. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  6. Celine Dion Loves Fans 'Back to Life' at Intimate NYC Show: Review

    October 30, 2013 1:38 PM EDT Watching Celine Dion play to a crowd one-twentieth of the size she sells out some 100 nights a year in Las Vegas Tuesday night was not unlike watching LeBron James nail an hour's worth of slam dunks during a private session. Dion performed an intimate concert for Pandora Presents at…

  7. Celine Dion Shows Edge, and Tries Out New Characters, on 'Loved Me Back to Life'

    October 29, 2013 2:00 PM EDT For her first English-language album in six years, Celine Dion has tapped current songwriters like Sia and Ne-Yo for a sound that reminds people-or at least her son-of Rihanna Celine Dion packs two ­albums right now as she travels the country, and soon Europe -- Adele's "21"…

  8. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2012

    December 24, 2012 1:35 PM EST From Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' to Fiona Apple, your top picks for 2012. 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,…

  9. Analysis: How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

    October 02, 2012 9:05 AM EDT A pure pop boom coincides with the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's two-decade anniversary. Happy birthday, Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart! Two decades in, the ranking continues to track the trends at, and reveal the realities of, U.S. mainstream top 40 radio. The…

  10. Field Report: Exclusive First Listen

    September 04, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield talks debut album: "It's sort of a snapshot of two or three years of my life" Fall is almost upon us, and Field Report has the exact soundtrack for you. The artfully crafted self-titled debut album from Wisconsin's Chris Porterfield…

  11. Field Report Find 'Good Place' on Debut

    August 29, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Come for the Bon Iver connection; Stay for the layered, gentle songs about death, self-sabotage and redemption If you were to follow the thread of Field Report's name and ask what findings the band's first album reveals, the answer would be this: "Disappointment, and family and…

  12. Field Report Making Bon Iver-Aided Debut in September

    June 13, 2012 9:20 PM EDT Field Report will showcase its findings with its self-titled debut on Sept. 11. The new project's the latest from musician Chris Porterfield, who formerly played in DeYarmond Edison with Bon Iver 's Justin Vernon and members of Megafaun. When it came time to record "Field…

  13. Graceland (the Tourist Attraction) Turns 30

    June 13, 2012 9:30 AM EDT When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making business that's helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.…

  14. Q&A: Hit-Boy on 'Ni--as in Paris' Success & His Own Rap Career

    May 11, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Hit-Boy is living up to his name. The Southern California native (born Chauncey Hollis in Pasadena) co-produced "Ni**as in Paris," the double-platinum hit from Jay-Z and Kanye West 's "Watch the Throne." With another West track ("Way Too Cold") under his…

  15. Diggy, 'Unexpected Arrival': Track-By-Track Review

    March 20, 2012 4:05 PM EDT "Unexpected Arrival" is a cheeky title for Diggy 's debut album. After all, Diggy Simmons has been bouncing around the public consciousness for a few years now: The middle son of hip-hop legend Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, he appeared on the MTV show "Run's…

  16. Mayer Hawthorne's Style Council

    November 18, 2011 12:20 PM EST Chart Article Mayer Hawthorne's combination of classy blazers with flashy dunks upholds his style standard - flashy but classy. Taking cues from swagger greats such as Frank Sinatra, Hawthorne pays homage both musically and aesthetically to the past. "Frank was a G, man. His fedora…

  17. Lady Gaga in Moving Tribute to 'Big Man' at Little Kids Rock

    October 21, 2011 5:55 PM EDT At Thursday night's Little Kids Rock benefit at New York's Edison Ballroom, surprise guest In addition to a silent auction featuring signed drumsticks by Ringo Starr and signed guitars by Slash and Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, the event featured a spirited live auction hosted by…

  18. Westlife Announces Break-Up

    October 20, 2011 1:20 PM EDT After 14 years as one of Ireland's most successful boy bands, Westlife are finally handing in their mics. The pop group members issued a statement announcing their split, saying "the decision is entirely amicable." They said after spending "all of our adult life together…

  19. Marvin Sapp Plans First Album Since Wife's Death: 'I'm Still Standing'

    August 21, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Gospel superstar Marvin Sapp is planning to follow up his highly successful 2010 album "Here I Am" with a live album of all new songs, which he's gearing up to record on Oct. 7 at Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Md., near Washington, D.C., for a 2012 release. "It'…

  20. Bon Iver: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 20, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Four winters ago, Justin Vernon retreated to his father's secluded cabin in northern Wisconsin, purging his sorrow through a falsetto that no one would probably ever hear. He spent three brutally cold months alone, piecing songs together using antiquated recording equipment. "It…

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