1. Gimme Five: St. Lucia's Biggest Musical Influences

    October 17, 2013 11:24 AM EDT Jean-Philip Grobler breaks down the music that shaped his new album, "When The Night." The first time Jean-Philip Grobler started playing people the music he'd made as part of his project St. Lucia, many were taken aback by the "unabashed, joyful quality to it, which…

  2. Katy Perry's 'PRISM' Collaborators: 10 People You Need To Know

    October 16, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Want to embrace the full ROAR of Katy's latest? Get to know these key behind-the-scenes players. On "PRISM," Katy Perry's third studio album, the pop artist has re-upped with a handful of the producers and songwriters that made her a mega-selling star over the past…

  3. Audra McDonald Balances NBC's 'Sound of Music' With Tour

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Full cast rehearsals begin today (Oct. 14) in New York for NBC's live "The Sound of Music," bringing together Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti and Audra McDonald, who is squeezing in rehearsals around a national concert tour. "When you consider that this…

  4. Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Macklemore to Headline Inaugural Jingle Ball National Tour

    October 12, 2013 11:10 AM EDT The celebration of all things pop and Christmas will hit 12 U.S. cities -- and the CW Network -- in December. Jingle Ball, the annual Christmas celebration hosted by such pop stations as New York's Z100 and Los Angeles' KIIS-FM, is taking its superstar lineup on the road. As…

  5. Gimme Five: Ariana Grande's Most Inspirational Female Singers

    October 09, 2013 1:59 PM EDT The "Yours Truly" singer shows love for Whitney Houston, Judy Garland & more. Last month, Ariana Grande's first studio album, "Yours Truly," scored a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart , making the 20-year-old Nickelodeon star just the 15th solo…

  6. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  7. Pussy Riot Member Goes on Prison Hunger Strike

    September 25, 2013 2:13 AM EDT Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has gone on hunger strike in protest against cruel prison conditions and an alleged threat to her life from prison officials. “I refuse to participate in the camp’s slave labor until the prison’s authorities begin to abide the law and treat female…

  8. Sepultura Talks 'Tricky' 'Mediator' Album, Tour Dates Announced

    September 24, 2013 9:37 PM EDT Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser gets thoughtful about upcoming album “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be the Heart." Sepultura will kick off a 19-city North American tour in Los Angeles right after the release of their new album, “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be…

  9. Steven Curtis Chapman, 'Something Beautiful': Exclusive Song Premiere

    September 24, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Christian music star talks about his 18th album, "The Glorious Unfolding," and the surprising support he's received from One Direction's drummer With an unprecedented 57 Dove Awards to his credit as well as five Grammys and dozens of No. 1 singles, Christian music…

  10. Chart Highlights: Britney Spears Bows, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga Leap To No. 1

    September 23, 2013 5:15 PM EDT Britney Spears' 'Work B**ch!' blasts onto Pop Songs, while Katy Perry scores a record-tying No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs and Lady Gaga lands her lucky 13th No. 1 on Dance/Mix/Show Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  11. Chart Highlights: Bruno Mars' 'Gorilla' Swings Onto Pop Songs

    September 16, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Mars looks to continue his perfect top 10 streak on Pop Songs with his latest single. Plus, new No. 1s for Selena Gomez, Carlos Vives, Enrique Iglesias and Mandisa Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  12. Gimme Five: Emblem3 Names Their Favorite Pop-Punk Albums (Video)

    September 04, 2013 3:50 PM EDT Emblem3 has beguiled pop fans with debut album "Nothing To Lose" -- which started at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart last month -- as well as hummable breakout single "Chloe (You're The One I Want)." However, the "X Factor" finalists grew up devouring…

  13. 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…

  14. Gimme Five: Bonnie McKee's Best Pop Star Stories

    August 15, 2013 10:49 AM EDT The songwriter talks about saving Katy Perry's life and how Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" happened. Bonnie McKee has accrued an impressive amount of jaw-dropping pop music anecdotes over a half-decade of writing with artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Taio…

  15. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry & The Perils of Impossible Hype (Opinion)

    August 14, 2013 1:40 PM EDT 0 "Applause" and "Roar" are strong pop singles. But with all the pre-release buildup, is that enough? Is it possible for two sky-high-profile, sure-to-be-smash pop songs to both be undervalued? Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "…

  16. Singles Lady: Bonnie McKee Is Looking Out for Number One

    August 13, 2013 7:00 PM EDT She's helped write some of the biggest multimillion-selling hits in recent history -- including four Hot 100 No. 1s for Katy Perry. But now Bonnie McKee wants to sell a few more for someone else: herself "Welcome to Casa de Bambi!" Bonnie Mc­Kee exclaims as she makes her way…

  17. Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

    August 13, 2013 4:46 PM EDT If you were to look at just his chart statistics as a solo artist, the career of Tompall Glaser might not seem particularly legendary. He only placed eight singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart between 1973 and 1978, with only two rising to the top 40. However, Glaser --…

  18. Charly García: The Billboard Q&A

    August 13, 2013 3:00 PM EDT The storied Argentine rocker spoke exclusively to Billboard Argentina for the cover story of the magazine's debut issue. Translated by Judy Cantor-Navas In contrast to more chaotic days when Charly himself would answer the phone in his legendary apartment at the corner of Coronel…

  19. Katy Perry, 'Roar': Track Review

    August 12, 2013 11:30 AM EDT KATY PERRY Roar (3:42) Producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut Writers: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter Publishers: various Capitol Record s Katy Perry kicks off her hotly anticipated "Prism" era with a stylistic return to the arena-sized…

  20. Carrie Underwood Builds An Uncertain Future On Classic Past

    August 07, 2013 4:16 PM EDT "I'm too proud to drop keys," says country superstar as she prepares to release "The Blown Away Tour: Live" DVD A blonde country singer in her late 20s sits nearly motionless, knees crossed while she belts out a from-the-gut power ballad. If you closed your eyes,…

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