1. Legalize It: Marijuana's Relationship with Reggae and Its Future Prospects in Jamaica

    January 07, 2015 1:39 PM EST Despite Jamaican reggae's pro-cannabis stance over the past six decades, the plant remains illegal in the music's birthplace. Jamaica's reggae artists are unrivaled in their vociferous championing of marijuana usage and persistent rallying for its legalization. A primary…

  2. Luke Bryan Tops One Direction on Ticketmaster's Most-Searched List

    January 05, 2015 11:58 AM EST A pop-country hunk topped international boy bands, music icons and pro wrestling to be Ticketmaster's most-searched subject of 2014. The Live Nation ticket retailer places Luke Bryan as being the search bar's most frequent guest, above One Direction , Garth Brooks , Beyonce and…

  3. Taylor Swift's '1989' Beats 'Frozen' As Top Selling Album of 2014

    December 31, 2014 11:56 AM EST In the final tracking week of 2014, '1989' surpassed 'Frozen' as year's top seller Leave it to Taylor Swift to spoil Disney's Frozen party. It came down to the wire, but in the final week of 2014, Swift's 1989 finishes as the year's top…

  4. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rock Album, Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Metal Performance Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:40 PM EST BEST ROCK ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN Ryan Adams Ryan Adams Producers: Ryan Adams, Mike Viola, Charlie Stavish Engineers/Mixers: David Labrel, Charlie Stavish Label: Blue Note Records Ryan Adams' 14th album -- in a nearly 20-year career -- brings the prolific songwriter his fourth…

  5. One Direction, George Strait Top StubHub's Year-End List of Biggest Sellers

    December 30, 2014 12:12 PM EST Back in June, country music icon George Strait drew a crowd of over 100,000 people for the final concert of his farewell tour in Arlington, Texas. It's no surprise, then, that a big chunk of those tickets were picked up on StubHub, the online ticket seller, which now says Strait&…

  6. Take That Back on Top in U.K., Olly Murs Leads Albums Chart

    December 01, 2014 4:08 AM EST Now That’s What I Call Music! 89  (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014. The latest edition of the venerable series sold 289,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on the Official Charts Company’s compilation chart Sunday. On the artist…

  7. Streaming Drives Sales, According to New Study

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST YouTube might be "the devil" to Garth Brooks , but in another's eyes, it's a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more likely to buy music after being exposed to it on…

  8. 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. …

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Pop Shop Podcast: Ask The Pop Shop, Carrie Underwood, Lorde, Adele

    October 09, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  12. Who Will Dominate Country Music’s Packed Year-End?

    October 06, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Garth Brooks bring firepower to an already beefy fall release schedule. The fourth quarter is looking robust, with big releases ranging from Kanye West to Barry Manilow , but its secret weapon is an unusually strong slate from the country sector. “It’s the…

  13. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  14. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  15. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  16. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  17. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

  18. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. We reflect on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT understanding, acceptance and…

  19. Coldplay Chills For Second Week At No. 1, Mariah Carey Debuts At No. 3

    June 04, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Austin Mahone and Crowder also score Top 10 debuts on the albums chart Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while the top debut is Mariah Carey's "Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse" at No. 3. "Ghost…

  20. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

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