1. The Year In Pop 2013: Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Anna Kendrick Score Offbeat Hits

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST In 2012, the No. 1 Hot 100 song of the year was "Somebody That I Used To Know," the hushed, xylophone-led single from Australia-based artist Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra. "Somebody That I Used To Know" was Gotye's debut single on the…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Rihanna, P!nk, Icona Pop Interview & More

    December 12, 2013 11:00 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  3. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  4. Grammy Predictions 2014: Who Will Land The Major Nominations?

    December 04, 2013 7:00 PM EST Expect big nights for JT, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde. But who else is striding into the major categories? On Friday night (Dec. 6), the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's…

  5. ‘Flume’ Wins Australia’s J Award

    November 22, 2013 5:37 AM EST Flume’s irresistible rise to the top is near complete with the electronic music producer today winning the J Award for his debut self-titled album. “Flume” beat out recordings from the likes of the Drones, RUFUS, Cloud Control, Jagwar Ma and Big Scary for the annual honor, awarded by the…

  6. Pentatonix, 'PTX Volume 2': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 30, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Hear the new album from the "Sing-Off" champions a week early Pentatonix , the a cappella quintet who won the third season of NBC's "The Sing-Off," have a new studio album and Billboard has an exclusive advance stream a week before it hits shelves. "…

  7. Lorde's 'Royals' Expands Reign To R&B Radio

    October 25, 2013 12:05 PM EDT The song's crossover continues to its most unlikely format yet, garnering major-market R&B/hip-hop airplay Even though its lyrics decry some of the clichés of R&B/hip-hop ("Every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom"), Lorde's …

  8. Avicii's Dance/Folk Hit 'Wake Me Up!' Tops Triple A Chart

    October 14, 2013 12:05 PM EDT The EDM cornerstone scores the unlikely feat of topping the adult alternative and dance airplay tallies Avicii's dance/folk fusion hit "Wake Me Up!" (featuring vocals by Aloe Blacc) rises 2-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Triple A radio airplay chart. It…

  9. Mayday Parade's 'Monsters In The Closet': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 07, 2013 1:20 PM EDT Florida-based pop punkers Mayday Parade are back with their brand new, fourth studio album "Monsters In the Closet," and Billboard has an exclusive sneak peak a day prior to its official release on Fearless Records. Last month, Mayday Parade debuted the catchy, slick guitar…

  10. Ask Billboard: The #PraiseTheLorde Edition

    October 04, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As 'Royals' reaches the top of the Hot 100 this week, readers weigh in for an-all Lorde 'Ask Billboard' mailbag. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  11. Sky Ferreira Talks Drug Arrest, Perils of Pop Stardom: 'I Know I'm Not a Drug Addict'

    September 30, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Two weeks after she and her boyfriend were arrested in possession of ecstasy and heroin, Sky Ferreira opens up about being labeled a drug addict, finally being proud of her music and the price of fame. Sky Ferreira wants you to see her flaws. The 21-year-old ascendant pop star has spent…

  12. CHVRCHES' Hype Dreams: Can Blog Buzz Produce A Hit Album?

    September 16, 2013 11:50 AM EDT The Scottish alt-pop trio captured the Internet's attention with its first singles. Next up: a Glassnote debut with high expectations. On July 18, the members of Chvrches strode onstage at the Stadio San Siro football stadium in Milan for a sold-out show with nearly 58,000 people in…

  13. Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    September 09, 2013 11:37 AM EDT The alternative radio format is built upon the promise of what's coming next, so it's no surprise that the music played by alternative stations has experienced multiple changes during the last 25 years. The wide-ranging format of 1988 (when the chart debuted  with the name, …

  14. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry Singles Could 'Roar' Toward Digital Chart History

    August 12, 2013 8:24 PM EDT Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "Roar" should each make big starts on the Billboard Digital Songs chart next week -- perhaps marking the first week with two 400,000+ download debuts. This week could be a historic one for digital song sales. New singles…

  15. Lorde First Woman In 17 Years To Top Alternative Songs With 'Royals'

    August 12, 2013 1:05 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, is the first lead solo female to rule the ranking since Tracy Bonham in 1996 (months before Lorde was born) With the aptly-titled "Royals," Lorde becomes the first lead solo female to crown Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based…

  16. Robin Thicke Extends Hot 100 Run to Nine Weeks, Sets Audience and Sales Records

    August 07, 2013 2:18 PM EDT "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, breaks the mark for highest weekly audience impressions in Nielsen BDS history with 219.8 million and becomes the first track to sell more than 400,000 downloads in four different weeks Robin Thicke, the newly crowned Billboard 200…

  17. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Chubby Checker, Rihanna, LMFAO Highlight New All-Time Rankings

    August 02, 2013 10:40 AM EDT Upon the Billboard Hot 100's 55th birthday, new artists and songs rank among the top 100 in each category since we celebrated the chart's golden anniversary in 2008. Meanwhile, a historic classic remains the survey's all-time top song. "The Twist" by Chubby…

  18. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  19. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  20. 'Radioactive' Explosion: How Imagine Dragons' Hit Has Conquered Multiple Radio Formats

    July 27, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Radio programmers discuss how a song that's 'a little alternative, a little pop, a little dubstep' has become a multi-format smash Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" has turned into one of the most prophetic titles in Billboard chart history. The track links a…

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