1. James Taylor: 'It's So Unlikely That I Should Be Considered a Pillar of Society'

    June 19, 2015 1:55 PM EDT “It's been a while,” James Taylor writes with typical wry humor in the liner notes to Before This World , his first album of new material in 13 years, released by Concord Records on June 16. Rare among his peers, Taylor has never made a stylistic digression; like the 15 releases…

  2. James Taylor Heading for His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 17, 2015 9:15 PM EDT Forty-five years after debuting on the Billboard 200 chart, James Taylor is set for his first No. 1 album. Industry forecasters suggest the singer/songwriter’s new studio effort, Before This World , could earn around 75,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 21. The album is…

  3. Chart Highlights: Jason Derulo Jumps to No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Want to Want Me'

    June 15, 2015 6:32 PM EDT Derulo dominates with his fourth leader on the chart. Plus, new No. 1s for Rihanna, X Ambassadors, Kenny Chesney & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below, dated June 27, are based on radio airplay except for Dance…

  4. Concord Continues Acquisition Binge with Fearless Records, Wind-Up Deals (Exclusive)

    May 06, 2015 9:30 AM EDT Concord Bicycle Music continues its acquisition spree by buying in separate deals Fearless Records and the rest of Wind-up Records, giving the company more than $140 million in annual revenue. Terms of the deals with the two rock labels were not disclosed. The deals adds about 150 albums from…

  5. 'The Voice' Recap: Top Six Celebrate Moms

    May 05, 2015 12:32 AM EDT This week on The Voice , the top six had the chance to sing twice for America’s vote, with one of their song selections going out to their moms in honor of Mother’s Day. Last week’s instant save recipient India Carney from Christina Aguilera’s team opened the show with the Academy Award…

  6. James Taylor Debuts New Song About Boston Red Sox at Fenway: Watch

    May 03, 2015 10:21 PM EDT James Taylor inherited his love for the Boston Red Sox from his father and grandmother, and his newest song follows his fandom through three generations from the sale of Babe Ruth to the team's cathartic 2004 World Series title. The Boston troubadour was back at Fenway Park on Sunday…

  7. Charlie Puth Talks Meghan Trainor Duet 'Marvin Gaye' & His Plea to James Taylor

    March 17, 2015 1:00 AM EDT The rising pop star also discusses his "Tonight Show" debut, working with Wiz Khalifa & co-writing "Slow Motion" for Trey Songz. To say that 2015 should be a busy year for Charlie Puth is an understatement. The 23-year-old singer first arrived on listeners'…

  8. James Taylor & Paul Simon Play Benefit for Late Jazz Great Michael Brecker

    January 21, 2015 5:24 AM EST James Taylor and Paul Simon paid tribute to late jazz great Michael Brecker with performances and kind words at a cancer benefit for their friend who died in 2007. Taylor, who Brecker's widow said had the flu, performed "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" -- the first song…

  9. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 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…

  10. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  11. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your 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,…

  12. Smokey Robinson Records Duets Album With Elton John, James Taylor & More Friends

    May 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Helmed by Randy Jackson and set for a September release, "Smokey & Friends" will feature new versions of Robinson's signature songs, including "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ain't That Peculiar" Smokey Robinson is partnering with an all-star slate of…

  13. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  14. Mary J. Blige, James Taylor to Sing National Anthem at World Series

    October 23, 2013 5:09 PM EDT Taylor looks to continue his winning ways -- he sang the anthem before a pair of other World Series game 2 victories for the Red Sox A lifelong Yankees fan and a folk-rock crooner will sing the national anthem before the first two games of the World Series, launching tonight at Fenway…

  15. 'Glee' Recap: Cory Monteith 'Quarterback' Tribute Leaps Into the Grief

    October 11, 2013 1:04 AM EDT There's no perfect way to do this. "Glee" suffered one of the harshest blows a TV series can withstand, and had to move forward in paying both respects to a lead actor and a fundamental character. Instead of dealing with the shock-and-awe of a character death, or the Very…

  16. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  17. Amy Grant: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    May 24, 2013 1:20 PM EDT The format icon performs two new tracks live as she extends her record for the most No. 1s on Christian Albums As Amy Grant's "How Mercy Looks From Here" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, the genre star extends her record for the most leaders – 16 …

  18. James Taylor Remembers George Jones and Their 'Bartender's Blues' -- 'It Was Like Life Imitates Art'

    April 27, 2013 10:00 AM EDT "It's sort of an amazing turn of events that he would cover a song that had been so much informed by him in the first place," Taylor says of their late-70s hit Sweet Baby James and The Possum -- it sounds like a children's book title. But when James Taylor and George…

  19. Beyonce to Sing at Obama's Inauguration

    January 09, 2013 9:25 AM EST Kelly Clarkson Also Announced, Will Perform 'My Country 'Tis of Thee' Beyonce will perform the National Anthem at President Barack Obama's second inauguration later this month, a major honor for the singer who four years ago crooned Etta James' "At Last" at…

  20. Taylor Swift's Top 10 Biggest Career Moments

    December 13, 2012 11:55 AM EST The Oct. 22 release of "Red," Taylor Swift's fourth album and another surefire hit, represents a watershed moment for the 22-year-old. After taking the music industry by storm as an upstart singer-songwriter with great tunes and an instantly relatable persona, Swift has now…

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