1. Drake's Surprise Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 18, 2015 12:00 PM EST Drake 's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as expected , easily scoring the hip-hop star his fourth chart-topper. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric…

  2. 'Whitney Houston' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 14, 2015 9:00 AM EST Few debut albums launch artists from complete obscurity into the heights of cultural and commercial appreciation like Whitney Houston 's 1985 eponymous set. Crafted under the careful eye of Arista Records' Clive Davis, the 10-song collection was the result of Davis' two-year…

  3. Jonathan Groff Q&A: On 'Looking' Season 2, 'Frozen' Musical & His Britney/Broadway Mash-Up

    February 14, 2015 1:31 AM EST What exactly is it that Jonathan Groff can't do? The Tony Award-nominated actor/singer is currently the star of HBO's critically acclaimed series Looking and played the voice of Kristoff in Walt Disney Pictures' smash hit film Frozen . Indeed, that's him singing "…

  4. 'Glee' Premiere Music Recap: We Rank The Songs

    January 10, 2015 10:45 AM EST For its first two episodes back, Glee took on Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and even 'Frozen.' It's the beginning of the end. The first two episodes of Glee 's final season premiered last night, and -- as has become the standard over the last few years -- the two hours were…

  5. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  6. 20 (and 15) Songs About New Year's

    December 31, 2014 2:05 PM EST What are you doing New Year's Eve? Whatever your party plans, Billboard has the perfect music mix to accompany the arrival of 2015. To paraphrase Adam Sandler in "The Chanukah Song," there are a lot of Christmas songs out there, but not too many songs about New Year's.…

  7. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  8. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  9. Op-Ed: Ben Horowitz Explains What Public Enemy's 'Prophets of Rage' Taught Him About Management

    November 04, 2014 12:56 PM EST As Public Enemy said: "You're quite hostile / I've got a right to be hostile, my people been persecuted." A while back I wrote a post called " When Smart People are Bad Employees ." In that post, I wrote about employees that you think will be incredible, but…

  10. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  11. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  12. William H. Macy Dishes on His Selena Gomez-Starring Film and Why One Direction Are 'Wankers'

    October 27, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Music is a main character in Rudderless , actor William H. Macy's directorial debut. The film, released Oct. 17 by Samuel Goldwyn Films, follows a father (Billy Crudup) forming a band in the wake of his son's death, and features songs penned by Simon Steadman and Charlton Pettus…

  13. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  14. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Florida Georgia Line Reveals 5 Surprising Facts About Their Music

    October 09, 2014 7:05 PM EDT   For a country duo that smokes up on Saturdays, goes to church on Sundays and mentions Eminem in the same breath as Garth Brooks , Anything Goes is the perfect title for their upcoming second album. In this week's Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line ( Brian Kelley and Tyler…

  15. Exclusive Premiere: Urban Cone's 'Sadness Disease'

    October 03, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Swedish electro-pop outfit featured on Porter Robinson's "Lionhearted" has an upbeat new single for sad times. Urban Cone, an electro-pop outfit of five high school friends from Stockholm, are building a dynamic catalog. Their sound tends to drift between synth-heavy…

  16. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  17. Vanessa Hudgens Is Coming to Broadway

    September 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Thank heaven for this girl. Vanessa Hudgens is moving from high school musicals to the big leagues. Producers announced Wednesday (Sept. 10) that the High School Musical star will take on the title role in the new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe 's Gigi , which will…

  18. Beyonce! Bruce Springsteen! Miley Cyrus! Check Out Some of the Coolest College Courses

    September 02, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Now that summer is over, it's time for school and between History 101 and English 300, several institutions of higher learning are offering courses on some of the country’s most influential artists. (We're looking at you, Beyonce!) Ultimate Stuyding Playlist | 20 Best Videos Set in…

  19. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

  20. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

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