1. Billboard Cover: Behind the Scenes With Katy Perry as She Rehearses for the Super Bowl -- 'The Biggest Event of My Career'

    January 30, 2015 9:00 AM EST Backstage at the top-secret rehearsals for the biggest gig in American showbiz, in a large, stuffy room marked "Wardrobe," a dozen or so half-naked female dancers wriggle into candy-colored, body-hugging costumes and pull on matching socks and sneakers. At the center of the action…

  2. Travi$ Scott Releases Two New Songs, Announces Tour with Young Thug

    January 27, 2015 11:35 AM EST On Monday night, Jan. 26, Travi$ Scott took to Twitter to announce the release of two new songs and his March U.S. tour -- which will be co-headlined by Young Thug and Metro Boomin. ME AND THUG CO HEADLINING A TOUR IN MARCH. -- TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) January 27, 2015 NEW MUSIC https://t.co…

  3. The 6 Best Musical Super Bowl Commercials

    January 26, 2015 2:00 PM EST It's almost Super Bowl time! Yes, yes, the actual game is quite exciting, but everyone knows another major reason to tune in is the commercials. Here at Billboard, we get particularly excited when the commercials prominently use iconic songs (like Fleetwood Mac in Budweiser), or even…

  4. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM 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 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  5. 'Empire' Episode Three Recap: The Devil Quotes Scripture

    January 22, 2015 1:25 PM EST If there's one thing we must never forget, it's that Lucious is a gangster. Don't let the sharp suits fool you, lest you want to end up like Mel in the first scene of episode 3 of Empire . Mel is a manager for one of Empire Entertainment's artists, Veronica. He decides…

  6. New Signings: AM Only Signs ILoveMakonnen, Juvenile Returns to Cash Money, WME Inks Passion Pit

    January 16, 2015 8:10 AM EST Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more. RECORD LABELS -- Sub Pop Records signs psychedelic pop artist Morgan Delt and rock band Doldrums . Delt is currently…

  7. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 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…

  8. 'High-Definition' Music Explained: Can You Really Tell the Difference?

    January 07, 2015 11:47 AM EST Delusion? Bliss? Waste of money? Sound investment? A look at what exactly high-definition audio is, and whether it matters. In the past 48 hours, a story has trickled out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that has many internet pundits asking: "what is Sony thinking?"…

  9. Chart Highlights: U2 Debuts Biggest AC Hit Since 1992 With 'Every Breaking Wave'

    January 05, 2015 3:20 PM EST The band reaches the chart's top 30 for the first time since 'One' 23 years ago. Plus, new No. 1s for Brad Paisley, Gerardo Ortiz & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio…

  10. Exclusive: XS Nightclub Unveils Sweeping Production Renovation

    January 05, 2015 1:06 PM EST When XS Nightclub rang in 2015 last week, it had more than just a new year to celebrate. As the culmination of a two-year renovation effort, the venue at Wynn Las Vegas revealed $10 million worth of new lighting, sound effects and technology implemented in partnership with SJ Lighting.…

  11. So You Know You Can't Dance: Watch Sisqo Teach His New Moves

    January 05, 2015 12:14 PM EST I don’t know how to dance — but I’m ready to learn. Watch Sisqo show me how to perform choreography from his new “A-List” video. Welcome to the latest episode of So You Know You Can't Dance , a new Billboard.com web series in which music biggest stars teach me, the Most Awkward…

  12. 20 (and 15) Songs About New Year's

    December 31, 2014 2:05 PM EST What are you doing New Year's Eve? Whatever your party plans, Billboard has the perfect music mix to accompany the arrival of 2015. To paraphrase Adam Sandler in "The Chanukah Song," there are a lot of Christmas songs out there, but not too many songs about New Year's.…

  13. New Year's Eve 2014: A Musical Guide

    December 30, 2014 7:31 PM EST Nevermind that snow may hit Las Vegas on New Year's Eve -- the desert destination may have quietly usurped New York City as the country's most banging music hotspot to ring in 2015. This year, everyone from Jennifer Lopez , Lady Gaga (with Tony Bennett ) and Britney…

  14. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best R&B Song and Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:19 PM EST BEST R&B SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Drunk In Love" Performers: Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z Songwriters: Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosley, Andre Eric Proctor, Brian Soko Publishers: Andre Eric Proctor Publishing Designee,…

  15. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  16. Going With The Pitch: More and More, R&B and Hip Hop Artists Are Also TV Spokespersons

    December 23, 2014 4:48 PM EST Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Waka Flocka Flame and newcomer Kevin Ross are among a growing number of R&B/hip-hop acts doubling as TV spokespersons. Waka Flocka Flame left many viewers scratching their heads and wondering if it was April Fool’s in November when his television spot extolling the…

  17. Scooter Braun Teams with The CW on Music TV Drama

    December 23, 2014 12:07 AM EST The CW is getting into the music industry. The network is teaming with uber-producer Scooter Braun and Tony nominee Todd Graff to develop a music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, is set in the ever-evolving world…

  18. Azealia Banks Now Beefing with Action Bronson on Twitter

    December 19, 2014 5:17 PM EST "THE DEVIL LIVES IN THERE," Bronson says of Azealia's nether regions. Happy holidays, everybody! The Young Gunz song “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” might have been written about Azealia Banks ’ tendency to argue with other artists on Twitter! After taking aim at Iggy Azalea for the…

  19. Miley Cyrus Posts Photo of Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne With a Dildo

    December 17, 2014 1:41 PM EST Drugs, Beatles covers , matching tattoos -- we know Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne like to have a little fun. Maybe a lot. Last night sure looks like it skewed towards “a lot.”   Running truuuu deeeez stweeeeetz till we pass out Een foto die is geplaatst door Miley Cyrus …

  20. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

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