1. R. Kelly Talks 'Black Panties,' Possible Cruise & Best '12 Play' Memory

    December 02, 2013 12:18 PM EST The singer-songwriter/producer will film 10 more installments of 'Trapped in the Closet' in 2014. It's as if R. Kelly has stepped out of a time machine. He was previewing his upcoming 12th studio album, "Black Panties," out Dec. 10 on RCA Records, at New York's…

  2. Paul Walker Mourned By 'Fast' Co-Stars Tyrese, Ludacris, Bow Wow

    December 02, 2013 10:32 AM EST A stunned Hollywood continues to reflect on the life of Paul Walker, the "Fast & Furious" actor who died Saturday in a fiery car crash in Valencia, Calif. Among friends of the 40-year-old leading man were many stars of music, including some who co-starred with him for his most…

  3. R. Kelly Reveals 'Black Panties' Cover Art, Tracklist

    November 19, 2013 9:45 PM EST R. Kelly's "Black Panties" was originally slated for a release this month, but it looks like the album's shiny new Dec. 10 release date could come to fruition, after the singer revealed the album's cover art and tracklist today (Nov. 19), according to Rolling Stone …

  4. Lorde's 'Royals' Leads Hot 100, Lady Gaga's 'Dope' Debuts At No. 8

    November 13, 2013 2:34 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem's 'The Monster,' featuring Rihanna, lifts 3-2. Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, while new Billboard 200 leader Eminem rises 3-2 with "The Monster," featuring Rihanna. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga scores a…

  5. Ask Billboard: They Are Women, Hear Them 'Roar'

    November 10, 2013 9:05 AM EST A look at eras in which female vocals have dominated the Hot 100, plus Drake's latest achievement and Kelly Clarkson's career sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and…

  6. Rihanna Scores 25th Hot 100 Top 10

    November 07, 2013 11:15 AM EST The singer ties Elvis Presley for eighth place for the most top 10s in the chart's history. She also bests Madonna to become the woman to reach 25 top 10s the fastest Perhaps lost in yesterday's bevy of chart feats by Eminem, who this week becomes the first lead artist to land…

  7. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 for Sixth Week

    November 06, 2013 1:10 PM EST The song holds off debuts from Eminem, who blasts in at No. 3 with "The Monster," and One Direction, which enters at No. 6 with "Story of My Life" Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Eminem and One Direction soar…

  8. Ask Billboard: Is Katy Perry's 'Prism' Better Than 'Teenage Dream'?

    October 25, 2013 7:35 PM EDT A look at possible singles from - and the future success of - Perry's new album. Plus, women are ruling the Hot 100 at a nearly historic level As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  9. Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar To Headline Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival

    September 19, 2013 3:25 AM EDT Imagine Dragon's Wayne "Wing" Sermon remembered hearing all the childhood stories drummer Daniel Platzman used to tell about the Music Midtown Festival. "He made it seem like an epic thing," said Sermon, the guitarist of the four-man rock group. They're among…

  10. Katy Perry Dethrones Robin Thicke Atop Hot 100

    September 04, 2013 1:17 PM EDT 0 Perry's 'Roar' rises 2-1, snapping the 12-week reign of Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Plus, Eminem's 'Berzerk' debuts at No. 3 and Lorde's 'Royals' leaps into the top 10 With the eye of the…

  11. Robin Thicke Leads Hot 100, Katy Perry Holds At No. 2

    August 28, 2013 1:27 PM EDT 'Blurred Lines' rules for a 12th week, again holding off 'Roar,' which remains at No. 2. Plus, Lady Gaga enters the top five and Avicii, Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais land their first top 10s Robin Thicke tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a 12th week with "…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: The 27 Songs To Spend At Least 10 Weeks Atop The Hot 100

    August 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is the latest such lengthy leader. Chart Beat analyzes the characteristics of these monster hits. Plus, radio gets in on the Katy Perry/Sara Bareilles similarities and the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart celebrates a birthday The latest chart…

  13. Robin Thicke's Rare Double No. 1 Album, No. 1 Song

    August 09, 2013 4:00 PM EDT This week, Robin Thicke scores the uncommon feat of having both the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 song and Billboard Hot 100 charts, with "Blurred Lines." He's the first artist to concurrently reign at No. 1 on both lists since the Dec. 8, 2012-dated charts,…

  14. 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…

  15. Hot 100 55th Anniversary By The Numbers: Top 100 Artists, Most No. 1s, Biggest No. 2s & More

    August 02, 2013 9:54 AM EDT In the course of charting over a half-century of music, the Billboard Hot 100 -- which now celebrates its 55th anniversary -- has seen some songs transform into hits, but it has also chronicled major chart feats. So in addition to the Hot 100 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs…

  16. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Jay-Z's 'Magna'-ificent Week On The Hot 100

    July 19, 2013 2:35 PM EDT With seven debuts, including his 20th top 10, the rapper solidifies his standing among the most elite performers in the chart's history. Plus, Lorde is the first lead female soloist to reach the Alternative Songs top 10 since 1997 As Jay-Z scores his lucky 13th No. 1 on the Billboard…

  18. Robin Thicke Tops Hot 100 For Sixth Week; Jay Z, Justin Timberlake Debut In Top 10

    July 17, 2013 1:25 PM EDT "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, matches the year's longest reign. Plus, Jay Z blasts in at No. 8 with "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake Robin Thicke racks a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines,"…

  19. Ciara Aiming for No. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart Next Week

    July 13, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The set will be Ciara's first trip to the top 10 since 2009 album "Fantasy Ride" as Jay-Z takes No. 1. After Ciara's last album missed the top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart, the R&B/pop singer is making a comeback with her new self-titled set. Industry sources…

  20. WALLA's 'Nature': Exclusive EP Premiere

    July 08, 2013 12:14 PM EDT Hear the Los Angeles band's buzzy new release. Los Angeles indie rock band WALLA's rise has come naturally. The group, which formed after singer/guitarist Jonathan Hoonch Kim put out a call online, self-released its "Animal of Love" EP in 2012. The set drew the attention…

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