1. ScHoolboy Q Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 26, 2014 5:35 PM EST ScHoolboy Q is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. His major label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 2 – so say industry forecasters. ScHoolboy Q, "Oxymoron":…

  2. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  3. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' Breaks Record For Longest Hot 100 Run

    February 19, 2014 3:23 PM EST With a 77th week, the rock band's multi-format hit bests the 76-week chart life of Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours' in 2008-09. Meanwhile, AWOLNATION's 'Sail' ties for second with its 76th frame Imagine Dragons rewrite Billboard Hot 100 history, as "…

  4. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  5. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  6. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  7. Lou Reed Tribute Concert to Feature Members of TV on the Radio, the Vaccines

    November 22, 2013 8:52 PM EST An extensive Lou Reed tribute concert in New York will feature a number of notable musicians, including members of TV on the Radio and the Vaccines. According to Brooklyn Vegan , the concert, named "Last Great American Whale: A Concert in Memory of Lou Reed," will take place this…

  8. 'Duck Dynasty' Star Sadie Robertson on Chart-Topping Christmas Album: 'It's Crazy'

    November 21, 2013 11:30 AM EST Over the past couple of years, there have been a lot of changes for the Robertson family of 'Duck Dynasty' fame. According to Sadie Robertson – daughter of Willie and Korie, nowhere is that any more apparent than when she and her mother make a trip to the local Walmart. "Every…

  9. George Strait, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:41 PM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the future of the format was served, the big…

  10. Marilyn Manson to Appear in TV Show 'Once Upon a Time'

    October 18, 2013 9:32 PM EDT "Once Upon a Time" is going to the dark side. Marilyn Manson will be joining ABC's fairy tale drama in the third season as a voice guest star, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. In the eighth episode, expected to air mid-November, Manson will make his "Once Upon a Time…

  11. Usher to Exec Produce Education Documentary 'Undroppable'

    October 18, 2013 3:59 AM EDT Usher has joined on as an executive producer for "Undroppable," the documentary exploring the dropout epidemic in the U.S. educational system. Directed and written by Jason Pollock, the film will be completed this year and released in 2014. Usher was introduced to the film by…

  12. William Shatner Gathers Stellar Line-up for Prog-Rock Set 'Ponder the Mystery'

    October 03, 2013 2:09 AM EDT William Shatner, 82, who startled Star Trek fans by recording tunes like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on his 1968 debut "The Transformed Man," will release a new album -- his fifth -- on Oct. 8. “Ponder the Mystery,” a prog-rock effort with Billy Sherwood of Yes,…

  13. Lady Antebellum Point to 'Compass' as New Single

    September 30, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Lady A takes an anthem, adds banjo and fiddle: "All of those elements that we've missed – from our music, and the country genre," Hillary Scott tells us There's a saying that the music business is a case of "Hurry Up and Wait." That term definitely does not…

  14. Britney Spears 'Work'-ing Toward Top 20 Hot 100 Debut

    September 20, 2013 5:15 PM EDT 'Work B**ch!' is headed for a lofty launch on next week's chart. And, while radio is excited about the track's potential, programmers concerned about the song's title and lyrics are playing an edited version One more time, Britney Spears has caused a circus-like…

  15. 'Sapphires' U.S. DVD Art Could be Scrapped After Racism Complaints

    August 06, 2013 12:09 AM EDT The U.S. distributor of the Australian feel-good film "The Sapphires" is apologizing for the DVD cover, which has had complaints of sexism and racism levelled against it. Anchor Bay Entertainment said in a statement Monday that it "regrets any unintentional upset"…

  16. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  17. 'Radioactive' Explosion: How Imagine Dragons' Hit Has Conquered Multiple Radio Formats

    July 27, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Radio programmers discuss how a song that's 'a little alternative, a little pop, a little dubstep' has become a multi-format smash Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" has turned into one of the most prophetic titles in Billboard chart history. The track links a…

  18. Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Has a Girl

    July 22, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Lady Antebellum's leading lady has given birth to a little lady. Hillary Scott's representative says the country singer gave birth to Eisele Kaye Tyrrell on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Scott is married to Nashville-based drummer Chris Tyrrell. Eisele is the couple's first…

  19. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Tops Adult Pop Songs; Pearl Jam Returns

    July 15, 2013 5:50 PM EDT JT scores his first No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs with 'Mirrors.' Plus, Pearl Jam roars back with 'Mind Your Manners,' the first single from its album 'Lightning Bolt,' due Oct. 15 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  20. Ask Billboard: Why Do Some Songs Fade Out And Others End Cold?

    July 05, 2013 9:05 PM EDT In our newest mailbag, insight into the minds of artists as to how they decide to end recordings. Plus, sales updates on Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne and ... Is Lady Gaga's new single on the way soon? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

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