1. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  2. James Blunt Confesses: ‘You’re Beautiful’ Became ‘Annoying’

    October 23, 2014 3:19 AM EDT James Blunt offered a mea culpa for his biggest hit "You're Beautiful," admitting after all these years that the treacly love song "was force-fed down people's throats" and that "it became annoying." In the latest issue of Hello! magazine, Blunt says…

  3. Exclusive: Watch Sting Tell All on Tantric Sex in New 'Inside the Actors Studio' Clip

    October 22, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Remember when Sting got everybody talking about his alleged marathon sex sessions? Well, even if you don’t, the man himself is here to give the details on what he thinks of “tantric sex.” The former Police frontman/ ringtone master is set to appear on Thursday's (Oct. 23) episode of…

  4. Meghan Trainor Rules Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Hits Top 10, Glen Campbell Returns

    October 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' leads for a seventh week, matching a record set by Michael Jackson; Campbell's back after 33 years; and Taylor Swift debuts atop Digital Songs. Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, tying a…

  5. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  6. One Direction Tops U.K. Under 30 Rich List

    October 22, 2014 5:39 AM EDT One Direction were named the U.K.'s richest entertainers under 30, but don't tell second placed Daniel Radcliffe who wasn't too amused by the result.  Heat Magazine released its annual rich list of young British stars on Tuesday, and for the second year in a row, global pop…

  7. Drake, Avicii, the Prodigy Confirmed to Play Australia's Future Music Fest

    October 22, 2014 4:39 AM EDT Drake will tour Australia for the first time next February and March as a headliner on the dance-oriented Future Music Festival.  Drizzy, whose third album Nothing Was the Same  opened on the ARIA chart last year at No. 2, his highest charting release here, will join the likes of performers…

  8. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  9. Reba McEntire Becomes Nash Icon Music Label's Inaugural Signing

    October 21, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Reba McEntire is about to hit the comeback trail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member signed a new recording pact earlier this morning with Nash Icon Music, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media -- for which the prolific McEntire will be the flagship artist.…

  10. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  11. 20 Things We Learned From Paul McCartney's Twitter Chat

    October 20, 2014 5:26 PM EDT In advance of two Wings reissues -- Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound in November -- Paul McCartney took to Twitter to answer questions from fans young and old. Venus and Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) are the fourth and fifth albums released by Wings. Both peaked at…

  12. Glen Campbell Doc Director on the Alzheimer-Stricken Country Star: 'I Want Taylor Swift Fans to Know How Important He Was'

    October 20, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Having produced the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line , James Keach was cautious when meeting with Glen Campbell and his producer Julian Raymond, not wanting to be typecast as a guy who makes films about country singers. But their sit-down, when Campbell was in the early stages of…

  13. Kelly Clarkson Covers Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    October 20, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Performing over the weekend in Chicago, Kelly Clarkson decided to bring her formidable voice to bear on a cover of Sam Smith 's "Stay With Me." "I just like the word 'stay' in songs," she joked, unveiling her version of Smith's hit after singing …

  14. Flaming Lips' 'Sgt. Pepper's' Covers Album Is Streaming Now

    October 20, 2014 12:29 PM EDT It was 47 years ago that Sgt. Pepper's taught the band to play, and in the process, changed popular music forever. The Beatles ' magnum opus certainly doesn't lack for lauds (and backlash), but that didn't stop Beatlemaniac Wayne Coyne from leading the Flaming Lips into…

  15. Watch: LeBron James Backed by Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’ in Powerful New Beats by Dre Ad

    October 19, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Basketball star LeBron James’ return to Cleveland is celebrated in the latest Beats by Dre commercial, which features Hozier ’s hit single “Take Me to Church” playing in the background. LeBron James' Cleveland Playlist: 15 Songs For His Homecoming James, who grew up in Akron, Ohio, is…

  16. James Franco, Photographer Scuffle After Lana Del Rey Concert: Report

    October 18, 2014 7:08 PM EDT James Franco reportedly had an altercation with a photographer while leaving a Lana Del Rey concert Friday (Oct. 17) in Los Angeles. The scuffle allegedly took place after he saw Del Rey's show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery , according to TMZ . The photo posted on the website…

  17. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ and 'Hunger Games,' Oh My! How This Was the Year of the Soundtrack

    October 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Frozen was just the tip of the iceberg at a time where music triumphed at the movies Not since "Greased Lightnin'" and "Night Fever" electrified the movies in 1978 have soundtracks proven to be such an indomitable force in the music industry. Triple-platinum sales…

  18. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  19. Dave Grohl's 'Good Guy' Status Landed the President For 'Sonic Highways' Series

    October 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Ever wanted to travel the country with the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters and record an album with them? Well the band's new docuseries, Sonic Highways , gives fans and music lovers alike the chance to do just that. It premieres on HBO Friday (Oct. 17) and spans the country,…

  20. How Do You Get Nominated for a Grammy? Behind the ‘Mysterious’ Voting Process

    October 17, 2014 11:47 AM EDT The Grammy vote begins with its 21,000-strong membership (industry personnel, singers, musicians, producers, engineers, conductors, songwriters, arrangers, art directors, music video artists and technicians) of whom only 12,000 are eligible to cast ballots because they meet the criteria of…

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