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. Sundance Review: 'What Happened, Miss Simone' Details Nina Simone's Troubled Life & Legacy

    January 23, 2015 10:30 AM EST John Legend is currently enjoying award recognition for "Glory," his emotional song for the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma . But 50 years ago, jazz pianist and iconic vocalist Nina Simone paved the way for generations of musicians to come and put her promising career at risk…

  3. Elton John Tops Hot Tours Recap

    January 22, 2015 5:25 PM EST Elton John rang in the new year in New York City for the first time ever in his legendary five-decade career, selling out Brooklyn's Barclays Center with 16,470 fans joining the party on Dec. 31. With ticket sales topping the $3 million mark, the concert earns the Rock & Roll Hall…

  4. 'Empire' Episode Three Recap: The Devil Quotes Scripture

    January 22, 2015 1:25 PM EST If there's one thing we must never forget, it's that Lucious is a gangster. Don't let the sharp suits fool you, lest you want to end up like Mel in the first scene of episode 3 of Empire . Mel is a manager for one of Empire Entertainment's artists, Veronica. He decides…

  5. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 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…

  6. Statler Brothers Celebrate 50 Years in the Business -- And Retirement

    January 16, 2015 6:35 PM EST For Country Music Hall of Fame members the Statler Brothers , 2015 is a year of celebration: It marks five decades since the Virginia-based quartet first released Tom T. Hall 's "The Ballad of Billy Christian." Wait. You haven't heard of it? Well, unless you have their…

  7. John Kerry Brings James Taylor to France After Facing Criticism

    January 16, 2015 10:29 AM EST Taylor assures the French "You've Got a Friend" after recent terrorist attacks. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid respect in both English and French on Friday to the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris in a show of American solidarity with the French…

  8. Neil Patrick Harris Talks 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Grammy Nomination & More

    January 13, 2015 5:02 PM EST When it was announced in 2013 that  Hedwig and the Angry Inch -- the cult favorite, off-Broadway 1998 hit -- was finally coming to Broadway, people had high hopes, of course, but no one was exactly sure how it would go.  Fans needn't have been concerned. The show, which  follows Hedwig…

  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. New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 Lineup: Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga & More

    January 12, 2015 4:52 PM EST Elton John, No Doubt, Tony Bennett & more also headed to the festival in April. Elton John , The Who , Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are scheduled to headline this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival . The festival annually draws hundreds of thousands of music fans to New…

  11. Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

    January 12, 2015 2:26 PM EST Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the ­gargantuan task of pleasing a diverse audience of 243 million ­listeners a week (91 percent of all Americans 12 or older, ­according to Nielsen…

  12. R.I.P. Andrae Crouch: Remembering the Gospel Great's Immense Influence

    January 09, 2015 11:00 AM EST A Grammy winning legend in the gospel music field, the late Andrae Crouch 's influence extended well beyond the walls of the church -- artists across all music genres are mourning the passing of the acclaimed singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, musician and pastor. Crouch, 72,…

  13. BottleRock 2015 Lineup: No Doubt, Imagine Dragons & Robert Plant Headlining

    January 06, 2015 6:50 PM EST The "bottle" part of Napa Valley's BottleRock festival is the flowing wine and beer, and now we know more about the "rock" portion: Imagine Dragons , No Doubt and Robert Plant will headline the three-day fest May 29-31. Coachella 2015 Lineup Revealed: AC/DC, Drake …

  14. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 'Grease' Reunion: Olivia Newton-John & Didi Conn Perform 'Summer Nights'

    January 05, 2015 7:01 PM EST The actresses reprise their roles as Sandy & Frenchy on stage for the first time in nearly 40 years. It was a high school reunion for Olivia Newton-John and Didi Conn in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The Grease girls, who played memorable best buds and cousins Sandy and Frenchy in the…

  17. Katy Perry Down Under Leads Latest Hot Tours Recap

    January 02, 2015 7:40 PM EST Katy Perry dominates the weekly Hot Tours tally (see list, below) with more than $42 million in ticket sales reported from her Prismatic tour's final stand of 2014: a six-week run through Australia and New Zealand. The pop diva sold out 25 performances in six venues during the…

  18. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit 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, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  19. New Year's Eve 2014: A Musical Guide

    December 30, 2014 7:31 PM EST Nevermind that snow may hit Las Vegas on New Year's Eve -- the desert destination may have quietly usurped New York City as the country's most banging music hotspot to ring in 2015. This year, everyone from Jennifer Lopez , Lady Gaga (with Tony Bennett ) and Britney…

  20. 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…

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