1. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM 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 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  2. Live Review: Father and Awful Records Electrify at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right

    January 24, 2015 3:15 PM EST In an age when every rapper's project seems to run long, having the courage to produce something short can be radical. Father , an Atlanta rapper, showed the virtues of brevity on 2014's Young Hot Ebony , a streamlined set of 10 songs that offered a distilled dose of his unique…

  3. Skrillex Salutes Sundance Party Culture at Billboard's Winterfest

    January 24, 2015 10:28 AM EST "Who came here to party and not watch any damn movies?" Skrillex , manning the turntables onstage at Park City Live during the second night of Billboard's Winterfest concert series, knew the score. Sundance Film Festival , which brings tens of thousands to the sleepy ski town…

  4. Jarrod Niemann on Life After 'Lover, Lover': 'People Singing Along -- That Never Gets Old'

    January 23, 2015 5:31 PM EST It's been almost five years since Jerrod Niemann hit the top of the charts with "Lover, Lover." Though the singer has written the bulk of his material, his first hit was actually a song that he and his sister Amy had been fans of for a few years. "We grew up in a small…

  5. D'Angelo's 'Voodoo' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 23, 2015 4:53 PM EST Some music comes armored in myth -- Brian Wilson 's Smile sessions, My Bloody Valentine 's Loveless , Nas ' Illmatic . In these cases, the stories of all-star personnel, torturous recording sessions, or delayed release dates are almost as important as the actual songs. D'…

  6. Pras of the Fugees on 'Sweet Micky' Doc, Getting Diaper-Clad Pop Star Elected President of Haiti

    January 23, 2015 3:20 PM EST The ex-Fugee's road to politics is paved with... well, you'll see. "It's just so ridiculous, it's just one of the most ridiculous stories ever," says Pras Michel the former Fugee about his new documentary Sweet Micky for President , which makes its festival…

  7. Michelle Williams Argues About Beyonce With Mike Huckabee on 'The View'

    January 22, 2015 3:30 PM EST Like most people considering a presidential run in 2016, Mike Huckabee appeared on The View today to argue about Beyonce with Michelle Williams. Yes, the former governor and Fox News host continued his talk-show tour to promote family values (i.e., his book) by slamming Beyonce. This time,…

  8. Jazmine Sullivan's 'Reality Show' Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums

    January 22, 2015 1:00 PM EST Also: Usher earns a new No. 1 while Common and John Legend's 'Glory' debuts. Jazmine Sullivan 's first studio album in over four years, Reality Show , debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums , and No. 2 on T op R&B/Hip-Hop Albums . The singer's third studio release…

  9. The Best Bluetooth Speakers From $400 to $100

    January 22, 2015 9:00 AM EST Wireless audio has come a long way in a very short time, with speakers getting more powerful, versatile, and compact at a rapid pace. Whether you're in the market for something to replace your receiver, blast out some jams on your desk, or bring to the beach, there are plenty of…

  10. Artist on the Verge Kwabs Goes From YouTube Fame to Next Big Thing

    January 21, 2015 4:00 PM EST Billboard caught up with Kwabs , a next-generation English soul singer, before the release of his debut full-length. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A) From: London Age: 24 Soundalikes: Kwabs' windowpane-rattling baritone has drawn comparisons to Seal…

  11. Here Are Fall Out Boy's Ten Best Songs

    January 21, 2015 1:03 PM EST Fall Out Boy version 2.0 stays winning. The rebooted band reclaimed the radio with its 2013 comeback album Save Rock and Roll and is again snugly tucked in the Top 40 with the hit single "Centuries." More than almost any band from the mid-2000s Warped Tour boom, FOB has…

  12. It's Volume, Silly: Thinking Global on Digital Music Revenues

    January 21, 2015 12:42 PM EST Global digital revenues will explode in the next five years, according to a new market research report from Technavio . But where will new digital consumers come from and how much will they pay? Technavio, a market research company that covers sectors ranging from healthcare to aerospace…

  13. Johnny Depp: Actors Making Music Is 'Sickening'

    January 20, 2015 4:30 PM EST 'I hate the idea, 'Come see me play the guitar because you've seen me in 12 movies.'' In comments that are unlikely to endear him to Russell Crowe and Jared Leto , Johnny Depp took aim at actors who capitalize on their fame to make music, reports the Sydney Morning…

  14. How Dropping Gas Prices Have Helped the Live-Music Industry Save Big

    January 20, 2015 4:01 PM EST Acts that have been out pounding the road through the fall into the new year have received an unexpected holiday gift, as decreases in prices at the pump are saving the touring industry at large millions of dollars over the past several months. The cost of fuel has been dropping since June…

  15. Album Review: The Decemberists Loosen Up on 'What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World'

    January 20, 2015 3:00 PM EST On "The Singer Addresses His Audience," the opening track to The Decemberists ' seventh LP What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World , when singer-guitarist Colin Meloy sings, "We had to change some," it makes sense. The Portland, Ore., quintet has previously…

  16. Corner Office: Maroon 5 Manager Jordan Feldstein on Adam Levine's Aspirations and Losing Sara Bareilles

    January 20, 2015 2:55 PM EST Nearly a year after his dust-up at the Clive Davis party, the Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke manager makes amends: "I was arrogant." Jordan Feldstein 's industry bona fides date back to childhood. Long before Maroon 5 's Adam Levine could even conceive of having moves like…

  17. K-Pop Star Earnings Swell in Recent Years

    January 19, 2015 4:57 PM EST The Korean wave is helping singers like Girls' Generation and BIGBANG make big bank. Your favorite K-pop stars are making bank and largely have their international fans to thank for it. According to  a recent report by South Korea's National Tax Service, the average annual…

  18. Lifetime's 'Whitney': What the Critics Are Saying

    January 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic aired Saturday night (Jan. 17), with Yaya DeCosta portraying the iconic songstress and Arlen Escapeta playing her husband, R&B star Bobby Brown . Whitney Houston's Estate Releases Statement Ahead of Lifetime Biopic The controversial telepic --…

  19. Sleater-Kinney Talks New Album & More With 'Broad City' Stars Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer

    January 17, 2015 1:00 PM EST It seemed almost too good to be true. On Friday night (Jan. 16), in the flatteringly lit basement of midtown Manhattan's Ace Hotel, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of  Broad City , the scrappy webisode turned TV show cum cultural (and, as Glazer's eponymous character might say,…

  20. President Obama's High-Speed Broadband Proposal Explained

    January 17, 2015 10:41 AM EST Many people in the U.S. music industry have thrown their support behind net neutrality. If the goal is to ensure a healthy digital music business, efforts to provide better, cheaper broadband service may deserve support, too. Broadband Internet Looks Set for Reclassification as a Utility…

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