1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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, …

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. '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…

  11. Robin Thicke: Longest Hot 100 Reign This Year

    July 24, 2013 2:15 PM EDT 'Blurred Lines,' featuring T.I. and Pharrell, leads the list for a seventh week, the most time spent atop the list this year. Plus, Bruno Mars enters the top five Robin Thicke notches a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines" (featuring…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Jay-Z's 'Magna'-ificent Week On The Hot 100

    July 19, 2013 2:35 PM EDT With seven debuts, including his 20th top 10, the rapper solidifies his standing among the most elite performers in the chart's history. Plus, Lorde is the first lead female soloist to reach the Alternative Songs top 10 since 1997 As Jay-Z scores his lucky 13th No. 1 on the Billboard…

  13. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week

    July 10, 2013 1:20 PM EDT The song, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, also takes over Radio Songs and On-Demand Songs. Plus, Anna Kendrick hits the Hot 100's top 10 with "Cups" Robin Thicke racks a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell.…

  14. What Gotye Did Next - The Basics’ ‘So Hard For You’: Watch

    July 04, 2013 1:37 AM EDT Before his star went supernova, Gotye was simply Wally De Backer -- drummer with the Basics. The Australian artist behind the 2012 smash “Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring Kimbra) has returned to his roots with the Basics, playing up-front in the group’s new blues-rock song, “So Hard…

  15. Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons Lead 2013 Mid-Year SoundScan Rock Charts

    July 03, 2013 7:08 PM EDT At the halfway point of 2013, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" lead as the year's top-selling rock album and digital song in the U.S., respectively, selling 884,000 and 3.25 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  16. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Holds Atop Hot 100

    July 03, 2013 1:20 PM EDT The song, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, logs a fourth week at No. 1 while setting a notable sales mark. Plus, Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' roars 5-3 Robin Thicke tallies a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and…

  17. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 03, 2013 11:30 AM EDT At the mid-way point in 2013, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz), lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the United States, respectively -- selling 2 million…

  18. From 'Harlem' (Shake) To (Bruno) Mars, 2013 Hasn't Been Half-Bad

    July 02, 2013 12:40 PM EDT As we begin the second half of 2013, a look back at some of the most notable chart feats from January through June You've already weighed in on your favorites of the first six months of 2013 in Billboard.com's mid-year awards poll . Let's see how your picks matched up with…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Lorde's 'Royals' Roars Onto Alternative Radio

    June 21, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, makes the best start on Alternative Songs for a female soloist charting her debut hit in five years With the aptly-titled single "Royals," Lorde could be on her way to fitting chart domination. The 16-year-old New Zealander sends her…

  20. Gotye Gets Back to Basics, His Band Before 'Somebody' Blew Him Up

    June 20, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Wally De Backer returns to his old band for Australian tour dates -- and new recordings haven't been ruled out Wally De Backer -- better known as Gotye -- isn’t your typical musician. He’s talented, restless, unpretentious and loyal. It’s rarer still for an artist to imbue all those…

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