1. 7 Things About One Direction's Historic No. 1 Debut

    November 27, 2014 12:20 PM EST When One Direction debuted at No. 1 with their fourth album -- appropriately titled Four --  they made history . Below, here are all the ways the album's debut was notable: One Direction Hits 1 Billion Plays on Spotify 1. They are the only group -- in the 58-year history of the…

  2. Bruce Springsteen Tribute Concert With Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James to Air on PBS

    November 26, 2014 8:53 PM EST Bruce Springsteen 's MusiCares Person of the Year for 2013 tribute concert with Neil Young , Elton John , Jim James and others is headed to PBS next month.  Bruce Springsteen Fans Can Relive the Boss' Top Gigs on New Website The star-studded show from February 2013 at Los Angeles&…

  3. One Direction’s ‘Four’ Makes Historic No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST D is only group to debut at No. 1 with their first four albums One Direction makes history, again, as the act’s new album Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. They are the only group in the 58-year history of the chart to see their first four albums debut at No. 1. (A year ago,…

  4. Billy Joel to Set Madison Square Garden Record

    November 21, 2014 8:12 PM EST Billy Joel will set a record for the most performances by any artist at Madison Square Garden with his upcoming 65th show scheduled for this summer. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress The 65-year-old piano man will surpass the record set by his former tour mate…

  5. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  6. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  7. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige Reveals 5 Important Life Lessons

    November 20, 2014 6:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Mary J. Blige has plenty of reasons to celebrate. She's marking two years of sobriety and set to release her crazily anticipated new album The London Sessions, a thrilling new LP featuring contributions from soul newcomer Sam Smith and…

  8. 'The Voice' Recap: Saved by Coaches, Sent Home by America

    November 18, 2014 9:24 PM EST Two hopefuls were eliminated, while one endangered singer nabbed the #InstantSave from viewers at home. The Voice has had its first weekly double-elimination, but, as Carson Daly announced at the beginning of the broadcast, all eliminated top-12 singers will get a chance to rejoin the…

  9. Bonnaroo Thanksgiving Special Coming to VH1: Metallica, McCartney, Macklemore & More

    November 18, 2014 12:39 PM EST This Thanksgiving, curl up with live performances from Bonnaroo's past. You oughta know about a cool new music special hitting television this Thanksgiving. As if we needed any further proof that music festivals have gone mainstream (which is totally fine!), VH1 is hosting a Bonnaroo…

  10. Rewinding the Charts: 40 Years Ago, A Solo John Lennon Hit No. 1

    November 16, 2014 9:05 AM EST The ex-Beatle topped the Hot 100 with 'Whatever Gets You Thru the Night' and, after losing a bet with Elton John, made his last live concert appearance. ELTON JOHN knew a No. 1 hit when he heard one. In the summer of 1974, the 27-year-old piano man had recorded "Whatever…

  11. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Doobie Brothers Earn Highest Charting Album Since 1980

    November 14, 2014 10:05 PM EST Also debuting: Ellen DeGeneres’ new holiday compilation On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 , selling 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only two new albums started in the top 10: Bette Midler’s It’s the…

  12. Go Inside Jimmy Page's Rock All-Star Dinner With Ringo Starr, Kirk Hammett, Joe Walsh & More

    November 14, 2014 2:49 PM EST Never one for a big media blitz, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has probably done more interviews in the last six weeks promoting the Zeppelin remasters and his new book, Jimmy Page On Jimmy Page , than he did throughout the entirety of the '70s. Last night, Page put the finishing…

  13. Listen to Jamie Lidell's 'Runaway' From 'Grand Theft Auto V' Relaunch, Music Head Talks Soundtrack: Exclusive

    November 14, 2014 1:00 PM EST When Grand Theft Auto V dropped last year, it was a big deal across all realms of the entertainment industry. Aside from turning heads breaking a number of sales records -- like being the fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion, which it did in 24 hours -- it also featured a…

  14. Quotes of the Week: J.Lo Quizzes Potential Boyfriends, Rita Ora Likes What She Sees When She’s Naked & More

    November 07, 2014 5:12 PM EST "Stand naked in front of the mirror and say, 'I'm f--ing sexy.' That's where it starts." -- RITA ORA The British singer, to Cosmopolitan , on how to "come to terms with loving your body." Rita Ora, 'Grateful': Exclusive Song Premiere from…

  15. Billy Joel to Break His Own Record at Madison Square Garden

    November 07, 2014 11:32 AM EST The Piano Man's Jan. 9 date will mark his 13th in a row and 59th overall at the famed NYC arena Madison square Garden has announced a record-breaking 13th show in the ongoing Billy Joel "franchise" residency at the arena, breaking his own record of 12 shows in a series from…

  16. Howard Shore, Billboard/THR Maestro Award Honoree, Talks Legendary Film Scores (and Naps)

    November 06, 2014 6:31 AM EST To hear Maestro Award winner Howard Shore tell it at the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, you might think he was the inspiration behind the film Forrest Gump  -- which is surprisingly not among the 80-plus films he's scored. Shore, who spoke at the…

  17. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  18. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  19. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1990s

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). The '90s were full of world-conquering ballads, the stuff of future American Idol performances: Toni…

  20. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

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