1. How Super Bowl Halftime Shows Sell Music: From MJ to Bruno Mars (1993-Present)

    January 30, 2015 5:24 PM EST From Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars, how stars' Super Bowl performances scored on the charts. Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance in 1993, the Super Bowl halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. Super Bowl 2015: Full…

  2. Allan Reid, Newly Appointed Head of Canada's Recording Academy, Talks Junos

    January 28, 2015 5:35 PM EST Allan Reid has been a towering, affable presence in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years. The newly named president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), based in Toronto, Reid was behind contracts with artists such as Jann Arden , Sam Roberts and…

  3. Kid Cudi Dishes on His Deleted Male-on-Male Kissing Scenes in New Film 'James White'

    January 25, 2015 10:59 AM EST James White , which premiered Friday (Jan. 23) on the second day of the Sundance film festival, is a hard-hitting drama that takes an unflinchingly close-up look at a twenty-something New Yorker enduring his father's death, his mother's cancer and deep personal demons. Click…

  4. BPM Festival Highlights: Innervisions, Cadenza Meets Planet E, Vatos Locos & More

    January 23, 2015 4:39 PM EST Since 2008, the international party crowd has congregated in Mexico's Playa del Carmen for 10 days of house and techno parties set against a beautiful paradise backdrop. Drawing more than 55,000 attendees last year (with more estimated this year), the BPM Festival's eighth edition…

  5. TLC's Chilli Talks Their Kickstarter-Funded Final Album: 'We Have to Involve the Fans'

    January 19, 2015 10:25 AM EST Scrubs better run for the hills -- TLC are headed back to the studio. The legendary group just announced plans for a fifth and final album -- to be funded directly by fans. Yep, TLC are going Kickstarter. Sixteen years ago they included thousands of fans' names on a pull-out poster in…

  6. Latin Grammy Winner Mariana Vega Takes a Different Route

    January 14, 2015 5:13 AM EST The winner of the Latin Grammy for best new artist speaks about her 2015 plans This past November, Venezuelan singer/songwriter Mariana Vega won the Latin Grammy for best new artist, thanks to her beautiful, dreamy pop songs. Vega, whose latest album was the independently released EP Te…

  7. Dance Festival BPM Offers a Sweeping Lineup, Cultural Alternative to Miami and Ibiza

    January 12, 2015 10:42 AM EST The festival's founders talk about how they built the annual underground EDM event as an alternative to Ibiza and Miami nightlife. Electronic music fans, particularly those who have burned out on mega-festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra , are flocking to Mexico this week…

  8. The Do's And Don'ts of Justin Bieber's Next Album

    January 06, 2015 2:11 PM EST 0 How does Bieber pull off the crowd-pleasing redemption story? By following these simple artistic and personal steps. Bieber season is coming. You can feel it in the air, in the whispers of the blogosphere, in each and every endlessly favorited tweet and Instagram post. In the…

  9. Nick & Vanessa Lachey Welcome Baby Girl

    January 06, 2015 12:10 PM EST Sounds like Nick Lachey needs to break out   A Father's Lullaby once again: Nick and Vanessa Lachey are parents to a baby girl. "She's HERE!!!! Nick, Camden and I are SO excited to announce the birth of our sweet, beautiful baby girl, Brooklyn Elisabeth Lachey!,"…

  10. 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!…

  11. 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Preview: Ryan Seacrest & Jenny McCarthy on the Insanity of Times Square Nudity

    December 30, 2014 12:40 PM EST Ryan Seacrest is once again ready to ring in the new year as the emcee of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve , hosting the annual countdown for the 10th year and ringing in 2015 with Jenny McCarthy , who will be on hand for the fourth straight year. Taking over the tradition…

  12. 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…

  13. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  14. What the U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough Could Mean for Music

    December 17, 2014 9:43 PM EST Could Obama's 'fresh approach' strengthen both Cuba's draw as a music destination and Cuban artists' popularity in the United States? How could restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba impact musicians in both countries? According to…

  15. Hot Creator: The Dance World According to Jamie Jones

    December 17, 2014 4:20 PM EST The Welsh pioneer discusses the shifting sands of Ibiza, Burning Man and dance music at large in rare interview. No wonder Jamie Jones seldom does interviews. When we tried at TomorrowWorld, it cost him his phone. "I literally must have lost it between finishing the interview with…

  16. BSBB Round 1: MAGIC!, "Rude" vs. Maroon 5, "Maps"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rude MAGIC! Maps Maroon 5 CHRIS PAYNE: At this point in their career, Maroon 5 sound like they’re just re-writing themselves, so it’s appropriate “Maps” is going up against a new band that’s basically piggybacking off the last…

  17. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Enrique Iglesias 'Always Knew There Was Something Magical' About No. 1 Hit 'Bailando'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Crowd Pleaser "Bailando" 32 Weeks on Hot Latin Songs ; 1 Week on Dance Club Songs When Enrique Iglesias , 39, premiered "Bailando" during the Billboard Latin Music Awards in April, the consensus was immediate: The song was a hit. By midsummer, the irresistible mix of…

  18. Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM EST From rock, punk, folk, metal, and whatever Grimes is, here are our 10 favorite tracks from 2014. 10. Fireworks, “Bed Sores” These days, it seems pop-punk is so far from being cool that it might be on the verge of being really freaking cool. In other words, the mainstream’s been ignoring…

  19. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  20. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

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