1. Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens Tapped for 'Grease: Live'

    January 17, 2015 1:35 PM EST The Marc Platt production will air live at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2016. Fox has found its Sandy and Rizzo. The network has tapped Footloose star Julianne Hough and High School Musical 's Vanessa Hudgens to co-star in its musical installment of Grease . In a bid to defeat the increasingly…

  2. New Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Singles Headed for Debuts on Hot 100

    January 16, 2015 4:19 PM EST The band's 'Sugar' should sweeten the chart in the top 25, while Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song' is also set to thump its way in. Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson should storm next week's Billboard Hot 100 with newly-released singles. The Adam Levine-led group…

  3. Robin Schulz's 'Prayer' Progresses, Madonna Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    January 15, 2015 8:53 PM EST Robin Schulz scores his first top five hit on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Prayer in C," with Lillywood, rises 6-5. The song posts strong downloads (24,000 sold, up 6 percent, according to Nielsen Music) in a weak post-holiday sales frame, good for a six…

  4. Cledus T. Judd on His Decision to Bow Out of the Music Business for a 'Higher Purpose'

    January 15, 2015 2:39 PM EST "I just lost the desire to go stand on the back of a hay truck and sing 'If Shania Was Mine' at 50," says the country music funnyman. Last month in Nashville, a beaming Cledus T. Judd walked the red carpet at the American Country Countdown Awards with his 10-year-old…

  5. 7 Weird Genre-Crossing Hits From Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphy, Hayley Williams & More

    January 15, 2015 1:50 PM EST Last week's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart featured a promising hip-hop game newcomer. Unlike most rising rap stars, he's from Britain, he's over 70 and he's named Paul McCartney . Thanks to Kanye West , the classic rock icon -- who plays organ on "Only One" …

  6. 2015 Oscar Nominations: Nods for Common & John Legend, But Nothing for Lorde

    January 15, 2015 9:36 AM EST Two songs that provide the musical backbone of their respective films will be competing for the 87th annual Academy Awards' best original song Oscar, along with Golden Globe winner "Glory," the final recording from Glen Campbell , and a Diane Warren song. The two songs …

  7. Rock in Rio USA Lineup: Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Jessie J & More Added

    January 13, 2015 9:00 PM EST Bleachers, Tove Lo, Empire of the Sun, Echosmith & more have also been added to the Las Vegas fest's two weekends. A bunch of new A-listers have been added to 2015's Rock in Rio USA , as the international festival celebrates its 30th year by hitting Las Vegas for back-to…

  8. 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…

  9. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  10. Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

    January 12, 2015 2:26 PM EST Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the ­gargantuan task of pleasing a diverse audience of 243 million ­listeners a week (91 percent of all Americans 12 or older, ­according to Nielsen…

  11. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. 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…

  12. Holy Ship! Highlights: Griz, ODESZA, Disclosure & Armand Van Helden and More

    January 09, 2015 11:19 AM EST With a lineup that largely catered to West Coast live acts and U.K. deep house, broken beats and funk bass were in vogue on 2015's first Holy Ship! sailing (Jan. 3-6). HARD Events' beloved cruise party entered its fourth year by honoring its fervent "Shipfam" fan base,…

  13. Tomorrow's Hits: Natalie La Rose, Wash & Josh Dorr

    January 09, 2015 10:05 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Natalie La Rose New Republic signee Natalie La Rose nears her first Billboard chart appearance, as the Jeremih-assisted "Somebody"…

  14. Foo Fighters Flex Their Dual Mainstream & Alternative Appeal

    January 08, 2015 5:54 PM EST The band is the only act to lead both Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs airplay charts simultaneously in the past five years, a feat they've accomplished with three hits. Foo Fighters continue to flex their rare appeal across multiple rock formats. The band's "…

  15. 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…

  16. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  17. Destructo's Holy Ship! Guest Playlist

    January 02, 2015 9:43 PM EST All aboard for dance music's premiere cruise party. Holy Ship! sets sail for its sold-out fourth edition this weekend (Jan. 3-6), bringing approximately 4,000 fans to the Bahamas for three full days of top notch music and bumping beach parties. The January sailing's diverse and…

  18. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  19. The Year in Tomorrow's Hits: Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Meghan Trainor & More

    December 30, 2014 10:05 AM EST A look back at 14 breakout acts of 2014 whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. What do acts like Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Tove Lo and Meghan Trainor have in common? Were they all all about that bass? Perhaps, although we can only confirm one. More to the point, all these…

  20. Chart Highlights: Top 40 Clicks 'Like' on New 5 Seconds of Summer Remake

    December 29, 2014 3:45 PM EST The boy band's cover of the Romantics' 1980 classic debuts. Plus, new No. 1s for Nick Jonas, Big Sean and E-40. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs,…

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