1. Beyonce's 'Partition' Shakes Up Charts Thanks To... YouTube Dance Crews?

    February 13, 2014 11:48 AM EST The "Beyonce" cut is the latest hit fueled by choreographers' popular online videos. Two months after Beyoncé dropped her surprise self-titled album, it's still shaking up the music industry. Two weeks ago, album cut "Partition" reached No. 49 on the…

  2. Nina Persson Talks 'Animal Heart' Solo LP, The Cardigans' Future

    February 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST "We're in a little bit of 'I'll do anything, just as long as we can do things together' period," the singer says of her best-known band. Nina Persson has performed under several different monikers over the years – most famously as the frontwoman for The Cardigans…

  3. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  4. Russia's Police Choir Covers Daft Punk at Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremonies

    February 07, 2014 5:30 PM EST In a move designed to appeal to the world, the Sochi Olympics chose the most popular song in the world as a centerpiece of Friday’s opening ceremonies at the 2014 Olympics. No, not “Clarity” by Russian-born Zedd, but another Grammy-winning record: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk of France…

  5. Early Kanye West Videos: Never-Before-Seen ‘College Dropout’ Footage (Exclusive)

    February 07, 2014 2:56 PM EST Directors Coodie & Chike give Billboard a look at exclusive footage from Kanye's early days. "The College Dropout" introduced a relentless rapper, Kanye West, with extravagant musical and visual ideas. Two men that filled in the bubble that is West's vision were…

  6. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  7. Billboard’s Nile Rodgers Google+ Hangout

    January 31, 2014 4:20 PM EST Watch Again! Rodgers shared new music, talked about his long career, and chatted with fans during this exclusive online event. Nile Rodgers, the legendary songwriter, producer and guitarist, took the spotlight on Feb. 5 in Billboard's Google+ Hangout , which you can watch right here…

  8. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  9. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Lands Her First No. 1 With 'Just Dance'

    January 13, 2014 8:05 AM EST Five years ago this week, Mother Monster topped the Hot 100 for the first time. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Janet and Michael Jackson, Men at Work and U2 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 13,…

  10. Amiri Baraka, Poet and Activist, Dead at 79

    January 09, 2014 8:02 PM EST The writer authored several nonfiction music books in addition to recording his own music Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died.…

  11. Fall Out Boy, Paramore Announce 'Monumentour'

    January 09, 2014 10:26 AM EST Fall Out Boy and Paramore have announced a co-headlining summer tour, dubbed the Monumentour, that will take the alt-rock powerhouses to more than 30 North American cities. Fall Out Boy Q&A: Talking Career, Ramones and Chicago Presented by Live Nation, the bands will begin their trek June…

  12. Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Sets Broadway Plans

    January 08, 2014 2:18 PM EST Rap is not among the customary sounds of Broadway, but that looks set to change with the arrival this season of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," a new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Casting has not yet been announced, but the show is set to begin performances on May 26, with…

  13. Eminem, Rihanna Rule Hot 100 for a Fourth Week; Miley Cyrus Returns

    January 02, 2014 1:46 PM EST 'The Monster' rules for a fourth week, granting Rihanna another piece of chart history. Plus, Miley Cyrus re-enters at No. 22 with new single 'Adore You,' which bows atop the Streaming Songs chart Eminem and featured artist Rihanna tally a fourth week at No. 1 on…

  14. No. 14 Hits for '14: David Bowie, Drake, the Doors & More

    January 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST As 2014 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 14 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling four spots shy of the top 10, these No. 14 hits remain among the most memorable songs of the past five-plus decades. Happy New Year!   " Surfin' Safari,…

  15. Top 20 Music Moments of 2013

    December 26, 2013 12:30 PM EST It was a year of blockbuster comebacks, surprise albums, game-changing moves in hip-hop, twerking teddy bears and tearful goodbyes of all kinds. For sure, 2013 kept us busy. These are the 20 biggest music moments in a 12 month span that was crammed with milestones. BEST OF 2013: Year-End…

  16. Top 50 Game-Changing EDM Tracks of 2013

    December 19, 2013 4:50 PM EST When a track gets the world’s attention, when it changes an artist’s career forever or drives an entire genre forward, when it has staying power or brings a whole new audience to dance music, it’s a gamechanger. These aren’t necessarily the biggest sellers or the critically acclaimed …

  17. Lady Gaga Rules Billboard.com's Readers Poll 2013

    December 19, 2013 4:45 PM EST Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande also scored major wins, but Gaga was the Billboard.com readers' MVP. Put your hands up, make 'em touch: Lady Gaga is the ruler of Billboard.com's 2013 Readers' Poll, which allowed pop music fans far and wide to vote for their…

  18. Red Hot Chili Peppers to Headline 'Big Hello to Brooklyn' Bash at Barclays Center

    December 16, 2013 3:16 PM EST Extravaganza comes the night before Super Bowl XLVIII takes place in nearby East Rutherford, NJ To cap off the first-ever Kickoff In Brooklyn three-day event, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline a Super Bowl weekend concert Saturday, Feb. 1 in Brooklyn's Barcays Center. Also on the…

  19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars Highlight Year-End Hot 100 Chart

    December 13, 2013 8:05 AM EST The duo's 'Thrift Shop' is the chart's top song of 2013, while Bruno Mars is the ranking's top artist of the year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut chart smash "Thrift Shop," featuring vocalist Wanz, is the No. 1 song of the year on the Billboard Hot…

  20. 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…

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