1. 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 …

  2. Meghan Trainor's 'Title' Album Earns Mighty Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 21, 2015 3:10 PM EST 'Title' nets biggest debut for a female pop act's first full-length album in over five years. Meghan Trainor debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her first full-length album, Title . The set arrives with 238,000 equivalent units earned in the week ending Jan. 18…

  3. How Dropping Gas Prices Have Helped the Live-Music Industry Save Big

    January 20, 2015 4:01 PM EST Acts that have been out pounding the road through the fall into the new year have received an unexpected holiday gift, as decreases in prices at the pump are saving the touring industry at large millions of dollars over the past several months. The cost of fuel has been dropping since June…

  4. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  5. 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…

  6. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pentatonix Earns 2014's Top Selling Christmas Album

    January 02, 2015 8:51 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the big news was at the top of the list, where Taylor Swift's 1989 easily collected a seventh nonconsecutive week at No 1 . In total, Swift has been at No. 1 for 31 weeks with her four different No. 1 albums. Among all women, only Whitney…

  7. Love Taking Over: Dusky Reflect on Their Beatport Breakthrough

    December 30, 2014 8:14 PM EST The chart-topping duo discuss production partnership & ditching offbeat day jobs. Dusky is fast becoming deep house's gold standard. The North London outfit -- comprised of Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell -- has emerged as a Beatport powerhouse, scoring coveted No. 1…

  8. Skrillex on His New Year's Eve Madison Square Garden Takeover With Diplo and Jack U

    December 30, 2014 4:29 PM EST "Let's get weird." The Grammy-winning DJ speaks to Billboard about headlining the Garden, and why DJs should embrace obscure music. After four consecutive years of Phish , Madison Square Garden is turning things up this New Years Eve with a high-octane dance party headlined…

  9. Kiss to Perform 'Alive!' Album in Entirety on 2015 Kiss Kruise

    December 28, 2014 8:10 PM EST Attention, Kiss Navy! The legendary rock’n’roll band has announced that it will perform its classic 1975 live album, Alive! , in full during Kiss Kruise V in 2015. From Train to Motorhead, Inside the Big Business of Music Cruises “What better way to celebrate the rise of these rock legends…

  10. Warner Music Group Becomes Founding Partner of YouTube Competitor Interlude

    December 22, 2014 4:12 PM EST Warner Music Group's 2014 has been bookended with forward-thinking partnerships. In February, they collaborated with song identification service Shazam , which allowed the major label access to Shazam's data to find and sign promising artists; making a digital push in China by…

  11. Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane on His Hall of Fame Induction, Inviting Robert Plant to His Basement

    December 22, 2014 12:16 PM EST Ahead of his induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next spring, Steve Kane talks about hitting up the record store every Saturday and his 15,000-strong music collection. Every Friday, Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane posts to his Facebook page a message like…

  12. Celebrate! Austin Mahone Parties with Fifth Harmony

    December 21, 2014 7:46 PM EST With a guest list that included Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony , it seems that actress Hailee Steinfeld had a pretty epic birthday party. The pop stars were among the guests at the actress' big 18th birthday bash. 5H's Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello as well as Mahone posted…

  13. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST If 2013 marked a comeback year for the dance album, 2014 saw its momentum multiply. From top-earning DJs to underground mainstays, many rising artists made much-anticipated debuts on the LP format, while some veterans returned after significant hiatuses. Read on for our picks for the…

  14. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

  15. 'Source Energy and Universal Truths': Exploring The New Music of Jaden & Willow Smith

    November 26, 2014 3:55 PM EST The world focused on an outlandish interview, but what about the music the interview was promoting? It's been a little over a week, and yet, I still can’t get over this . Jaden and Willow Smith 's joint exclusive with the New York Times ' T Magazine is difficult to wrap one…

  16. Latin Grammys 2014 Preview: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

    November 19, 2014 5:06 PM EST The 15th Latin Grammy Awards are a little more than 24 hours away, with artists vying for awards in 48 categories. Here are our picks on who will nab awards this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. " alt="" width="510"> Enrique Iglesias (Getty…

  17. ZHU Delivers Audiovisual Odyssey in North American Debut

    November 05, 2014 5:29 PM EST Faceless artist plays HARD Day of the Dead. Towering palm trees frame gray and lavender tones while purple lights dance in stuttered steps below. "This is the Nightday," says Jake Udell, ZHU 's manager. "Look at the sky." The setting couldn't have been better…

  18. HARD Day of the Dead: 10 Standout Performances

    November 03, 2014 6:26 PM EST Over the weekend, some of the most talented emissaries from all corners of the dance-music world descended on Pomona, Calif., for HARD's annual Day of the Dead festival. Live Nation's HARD has made its name on curation, consistently showcasing credible talents while excavating and…

  19. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  20. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

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