1. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  2. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  3. 'The Voice' Recap: Contestants Cover Radiohead, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran & More

    November 18, 2014 9:57 AM EST Later this season on The Voice , the final singers will perform original songs, created with the help of their coach, Carson Daly announced at the beginning of Monday's episode. It will only mark the second time contestants will compete with new work -- though winners have performed…

  4. Exclusive: The Flavr Blue Premiere 'Hearts Racing' Video

    November 13, 2014 1:57 PM EST The Flavr Blue -- a Seattle-based electronic trio composed of members Hollis Wong-Wear, Lace Cadence, and Parker Joe -- have raised their profile immensely since their debut album Pisces , self-released in 2012, thanks in part to front woman Hollis' pals Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.…

  5. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  6. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  7. Pete Seeger Honored at First Clearwater Festival Since His Death

    June 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Music luminaries honored Pete Seeger on the shore of the Hudson River at Saturday's Clearwater Festival, the first of the annual music and environmental program he started to be held after his death. Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94 Pete Seeger Taught Me We Only Move…

  8. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  9. Holly Williams Pregnant with First Child

    May 15, 2014 3:35 AM EDT Americana songstress Holly Williams and her husband Chris Coleman are expecting their first child this fall. "We are so ecstatic to have this little miracle coming,” comments Williams, who is the granddaughter of Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Jr, in a statement.   Holly Williams…

  10. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  11. Merle Haggard to Headline MerleFest (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 9:01 AM EST The music festival known as MerleFest is a celebration of Traditional Music, and the organizer of the North Carolina event have pulled off a major coup with the announcement of a country music legend who defines that term perfectly. Billboard has learned that Merle Haggard has been added to…

  12. Pharrell Gets 'Happy' With Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:24 PM EST "Happy" marks singer/producer's first stop on the chart as a solo artist since 2006 After posting four songs on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a featured artist in 2013 -- including 17 weeks at No. 1 with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” -- Pharrell Williams opens 2014 with his own…

  13. Hollis Talks 'White Walls,' Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Early Days: Q&A

    December 10, 2013 6:21 PM EST "Even now, with them firmly in the mainstream, they still have that 'get your hands dirty' attitude," says the singer. "Singer-songwriter," "video producer" and "spoken-word artist" are just a few hats that Hollis has worn in the past five…

  14. Stagecoach Festival Lineup: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church to Headline

    October 10, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Other artists include Florida Georgia Line, Loretta Lynn and country-rock pioneer (and Monkee) Michael Nesmith A big batch of artists for next year's Stagecoach music festival was announced on Thursday (Oct. 10), with organizers tapping party-country hitmakers Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean…

  15. Emmylou Harris, Shovels & Rope Win Big at Americana Awards

    September 19, 2013 9:56 AM EDT The power of two voices raised in harmony was on display Wednesday night at the Americana Music Honors & Awards as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and the husband-wife duo Shovels & Rope earned top honors. Each duo won two awards during the annual roots rock celebration at Ryman…

  16. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  17. Jay Z Scores 13th No. 1 Album On Billboard 200, Ciara Bows At No. 2

    July 17, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Update: July 17, 1 PM PST, Nielsen SoundScan has updated its sales figures. The new numbers have been adjusted in the story below. As reported last night (July 16), Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the rap titan's…

  18. 'The Voice' Top 10 Revealed: Blake and Adam Top the Rookies

    May 15, 2013 10:37 AM EDT After a night of heated performances and risky choices on "The Voice," two singers were sent home on Tuesday night, leaving 10 singers to vie for the winning title. Robin Thicke kicked off the live results show by performing his new single "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and…

  19. Austin City Limits Lineup: Depeche Mode, The Cure and Kings of Leon Are Texas Bound

    May 07, 2013 1:01 AM EDT Muse, Lionel Richie, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and Wilco will also headline the two-weekend event Austin City Limits' two-weekend debut will have plenty of music to go around. The Texas festival, which will run Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, will see headlining performances from Depeche Mode, the…

  20. 615 Spotlight: The Henningsens Are Looking 'American Beautiful'

    February 13, 2013 4:45 PM EST Family band scores a hit with bright single 2013 has been a year to remember so far for the Henningsens. The Illinois family act is enjoying watching "American Beautiful," their current single, navigate the Billboard charts where it reaches No. 40 on Hot Country Songs and No. 28…

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