1. Ask Billboard: Belinda's Back, JT Too, Mariah Carey's Album Sales & More

    March 31, 2013 6:05 AM EDT Belinda Carlisle releases her first single since the '90s, Justin Timberlake posts back-to-back No. 1 albums seven years apart and a look at Carey's album sales. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  2. Quincy Jones' 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 14, 2013 3:23 PM EDT As Q turns 80, we rank the top 20 Hot 100 hits he's ever produced. Quincy Jones celebrates his 80th birthday today (March 14) and over his many fruitfull years in music, the legendary producer and musician has worked with countless greats including Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and…

  3. Ask Billboard: A Whole Lotta 'Shake'-in' Going On

    March 03, 2013 5:05 AM EST Readers share thoughts on YouTube data joining the Hot 100, Baauer's big points lead at No. 1 and the sales of the original 'American Idol.' As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

  4. 'Nevermind' the Covers: 13 Nirvana Odes

    February 20, 2013 12:42 PM EST More than 20 years after "grunge" became more than a synonym for dirt, learning a Nirvana cover remains rite of passage for young rock bands and rock veterans alike. Remembering frontman Kurt Cobain on what would have been his 46th birthday today (February 20), we present a stellar…

  5. 'American Idol' Recap: The 'Zoanette Era' Begins

    February 15, 2013 12:46 PM EST This "American Idol" contestant continuously defies expectations by putting in stranger performances each effort. Her vocals are on the border between kind of great and exceedingly over-the-top. She played a song that she made up on the spot about the judges, playing drums…

  6. Texas Is the Reason, 'Do You Know Who You Are?': Exclusive Album Premiere

    February 05, 2013 12:00 PM EST Hear the emo band's career-spanning collection, including a pair of new songs Seventeen years after the band's first and only full-length album, Texas is the Reason is ready to put the group to rest for good. "I want to leave a nice-looking corpse," singer/guitarist…

  7. Mindless Behavior to Release Sophomore Album in March

    January 16, 2013 2:35 AM EST Debut peaked at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Mindless Behavior are back. The R&B quartet -- comprised of Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray, and Roc Royal --  will release their sophomore studio album, "All Around the World," on March 12. "All Around the World"…

  8. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  9. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  10. Gotye, Kimbra Win Big at ARIA Awards

    November 30, 2012 4:40 PM EST Gotye, Kimbra and The Temper Trap took the glory Thursday night at the ARIA Awards, between them collecting most of the big honors. The Australian record industry's flagship awards ceremony is a showcase of the Australian success stories over the previous year. Though on this occasion,…

  11. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 9:05 AM EST On the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Thriller,' a look back at the late King of Pop's most memorable chart reigns. • EXCLUSIVE: How 'Thriller' Changed Music • REVIEW: 'Thriller' At 30, Track By Track • GALLERY: Michael Jackson's Life In Photos As…

  12. Michael Jackson's Duet Partner Siedah Garrett Talks 'Bad25'

    November 21, 2012 1:30 PM EST There's a moment in Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary "Bad25" that Siedah Garrett - co-writer of "Man in the Mirror" and the late Jackson's duet partner on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - particularly favors. "When Michael said…

  13. Kelly Rowland Enlists Jam & Lewis for 'Year of the Woman'

    November 19, 2012 6:35 PM EST "I think that it's probably the most vulnerable I've been on a record," the R&B star says of her new music Kelly Rowland is not just excited about "Year of the Woman," her upcoming fourth studio solo album, she's can't-stop-smiling happy about it.…

  14. Brandy, 'Two Eleven': Track-By-Track Review

    October 16, 2012 3:05 PM EDT The road to "Two Eleven," Brandy 's sixth studio album, hasn't exactly been smooth. In the years since 2008's "Human," the singer parted ways with label Epic Records when the album underperformed, took a break from singing to dabble in rap (under the name…

  15. Brandy & Reps Talk 'Two Eleven' Album & Four-Year Hiatus

    October 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy Norwood is making a return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven "Two Eleven,"…

  16. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' at 25: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    August 31, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Released exactly 25 years ago today (August 31), "Bad" -- the multi-platinum tour de force that was FLIP TO SIDE 2: 'Man in the Mirror' + 'Dirty Diana' 6. "Another Part of Me" With classics such as "We Are the World" and "Man in the…

  17. Aug. 27, 2011: Katy Perry Scores Record Fifth No. 1 From 'Teenage Dream'

    August 27, 2012 9:05 AM EDT A year ago today, the star tied Michael Jackson's mark for the most No. 1s from an album. A year ago today, Katy Perry tied Michael Jackson 's record for the most Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s from an album. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," the fifth single from her album "…

  18. Brandy Talks 'Wildest Dreams' Single, Possible Drake Collabo, & Touring with Monica

    August 23, 2012 2:00 PM EDT After spending the years since 2008's "Human" largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy is making a strong return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven "Two Eleven" (Oct. 16, RCA Records…

  19. First Listen: Breyon Prescott Previews Brandy's 'Two Eleven' Album in NYC

    August 21, 2012 1:05 PM EDT As Brandy preps her first release for RCA Records -- "Two Eleven" (October 16) -- Breyon Prescott, founder of Chameleon Records (which will jointly release the project with RCA) previewed tracks Monday afternoon at Germano Studios in NYC. Prescott had been wanting to work with the…

  20. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery in early August to remove a polyp on his…

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