1. Elvis Presley's Billboard Chart Records

    January 08, 2015 8:05 AM EST On what would've been the King of Rock & Roll's 80th birthday, a look back at five of his most impressive chart achievements. Elvis Presley wasn't just the King of Rock & Roll. He remains Billboard chart royalty. On the anniversary of the Jan. 8, 1935 birthday of…

  2. 'American Idol' Premiere: Top Three Who Shined in Nashville

    January 08, 2015 4:03 AM EST American Idol is back. After a cold open where the top 24 singers traded vocals on "Feeling Good" in shrouded secrecy, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest assured viewers of its mission statement: The show is "in the business of making superstars." "This year, business…

  3. Iggy Azalea Says Criticism of Her Has '100,000 Percent to Do With the Fact That I Have a Vagina'

    January 07, 2015 5:08 PM EST Iggy Azalea  has seen a fair amount of criticism directed her way this month, following remarks (and a resulting back-and-forth) with  Azealia Banks , among others, about cultural appropriation.  Shakira & Iggy Azalea Collaboration in the Works In a  new interview with  Vanity Fair ,…

  4. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Hot 100 With 'Uptown Funk!'

    January 07, 2015 2:42 PM EST The song dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' after seven weeks, and after a record-tying 19 consecutive weeks of only women at No. 1. If 2014 was the year of women dominating the Billboard Hot 100's upper reaches , men are wasting no time in trying to reclaim the…

  5. 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…

  6. Elvis Presley's Planes, Janis Joplin's Vest Up for Auction

    January 05, 2015 10:15 AM EST If you made a New Years Resolution that involved upgrading your personal wardrobe or your private plane collection, 2015 is off to a great start: Lelands is auctioning off a vest once worn by Janis Joplin  and Julien's will do the same for two jets formerly owned by Elvis Presley .…

  7. George Ezra, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Grab U.K.'s First No. 1s for 2015

    January 05, 2015 3:52 AM EST New weekly sales of 72,000 helped British singer-songwriter George Ezra's debut album Wanted On Voyage  (Columbia/Sony) return to No. 1 on yesterday's (Jan. 4) new U.K. charts. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars , also on Columbia, began a second…

  8. Elvis Presley's 'Blue Christmas' Backup Singer Millie Kirkham Dies at 91

    December 17, 2014 11:43 AM EST Millie Kirkham -- a backup singer for Elvis Presley who featured on numerous vintage rock and country songs from the '50s to the '80s -- has passed away at age 91 . Kirkham died on Sunday in Nashville after complications from a stroke she suffered last week. Kirkham lent her high…

  9. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  10. Taylor Swift & Christmas Crooners Rule Artist 100

    December 11, 2014 2:44 PM EST Swift reigns for an eighth week while a sleighful of artists with holiday hits soar. Taylor Swift and Christmas have long been a perfect fit (as the yuletide devotee grew up on a Christmas tree farm). On this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart, Swift and the season also pair up, as she…

  11. Joe Perry Christmas Video Premiere: Watch 'Run Run Rudolph,' with Guitar from Johnny Depp

    December 11, 2014 11:53 AM EST There was a time we might have expected an Aerosmith Christmas celebration to involve tossing Santa from the sleigh and stealing all the presents.  But Joe Perry says that he's long wanted to record some holiday songs with the group. Watch the video for his rendition of Chuck Berry &…

  12. Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

    December 05, 2014 4:09 PM EST At the 57th annual Grammy Awards , late comedy legend Joan Rivers will be up for just her second Grammy ever, following her 1984 Best Comedy Album nomination for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? This time, she'll compete for Best Spoken Word Album with her Diary of a Mad Diva .…

  13. José Feliciano Reflects on 44 Years of 'Feliz Navidad'

    December 05, 2014 12:50 PM EST The bilingual evergreen rises again while Feliciano plays seasonal shows and plans a new holiday album. It’s December, which means it’s a busy month for the man who taught the world to say Merry Christmas in Spanish. “Every year, it becomes bigger and bigger,” says José Feliciano , who will…

  14. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Belinda Carlisle's 'Place' Was at No. 1

    December 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST The solo Go-Go reigned at last with the pop gem 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Elvis Presley and Pearl Jam. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 1, 2012 A…

  15. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  16. Taylor Swift or One Direction: Who's No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100?

    November 27, 2014 9:05 AM EST The superstars staged a close battle for the summit this week. In a tight race for the top, Taylor Swift narrowly bests One Direction for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across…

  17. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  18. Album Review: Rick Ross Puts Quantity Over Quality With 'Hood Billionaire,' His Second LP of 2014

    November 25, 2014 11:46 AM EST Rick Ross is at an impasse. The Miami rapper, 38, is still one of hip-hop's most commercially successful acts, with five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 . But on Hood Billionaire , Ross' second LP this year, he's clinging to an increasingly charmless drug-kingpin kabuki act…

  19. This Monty Python Song Is Played at More British Funerals Than Any Religious Tune

    November 25, 2014 11:39 AM EST Oh, those Brits and their irreverent sense of humor. According to The Telegraph , the most popular song to be played at British funerals is not a somber, traditional tune, but a comedy tune from national treasures Monty Python . “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” the lighthearted…

  20. John Stamos Lights Up Elvis Presley's Graceland

    November 22, 2014 12:25 PM EST Sporting Elvis Presley -like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday (Nov. 21) on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit An avid fan…

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