1. The 10 Worst Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 4:30 PM EST Woman-hating, Instagramming and Achy Breaky-ing were among the worst musical offenses of the half-decade. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, and although the half-decade has included some soaring highs for popular music, the past five years has also…

  2. Top 5 Producers Shifting the Sound of Atlanta Rap in 2014

    December 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Super producers such as Organized Noize have paved the way for others to craft the way Atlanta is represented sonically. Now it seems that the current role of the producer in Atlanta is to dictate the way the Billboard chart sounds, with songs like "Tuesday" (produced by Metro…

  3. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

  4. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  5. Take That Back on Top in U.K., Olly Murs Leads Albums Chart

    December 01, 2014 4:08 AM EST Now That’s What I Call Music! 89  (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014. The latest edition of the venerable series sold 289,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on the Official Charts Company’s compilation chart Sunday. On the artist…

  6. 5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

    July 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Seconds of Summer wants you to know they're a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe. With their debut…

  7. The Vamps Make Billboard Chart Debut on Social 50

    June 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT As Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer rises 5-2 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, their British counterparts the Vamps debut at No. 34. It's the first appearance on any U.S. Billboard chart for the Vamps. While both acts are not your standard boy band -- since they are actual bands…

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Lil Jon, G.R.L. Interview & More

    April 03, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  9. Drake Bell Talks 'Ready Steady Go!' Album: Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Video

    February 28, 2014 3:13 PM EST The former "Drake & Josh" star is readying a throwback album executive-produced by Brian Setzer. Drake Bell has no interest in becoming a conventional pop star in 2014. Instead, the former star of the hit Nickelodeon series "Drake & Josh" likens himself to a…

  10. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy,…

  11. ‘Back to the Future’ Musical Heading To London’s West End

    January 31, 2014 4:28 AM EST Director Robert Zemeckis is literally going back into the past for his next project - a stage musical of "Back to the Future." Producers said Thursday night that a show adapted from the sci-fi comedy franchise starring Michael J. Fox will open in London's West End in 2015, the…

  12. One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Enjoys Huge Opening Week in U.K.

    December 02, 2013 1:09 AM EST One Direction have achieved the U.K.’s fastest-selling artist album of 2013 to date, and of their career, with an opening 237,000 sales for their third set “Midnight Memories” (Syco Music/Sony). Calvin Harris debuted atop the singles chart with “Under Control” (Columbia/Sony), featuring…

  13. Haim's 'Days Are Gone' Wins U.K. Chart Battle, Justin Timberlake No. 2

    October 07, 2013 7:16 AM EDT In two of the closest finishes in recent chart history, Haim’s “Days Are Gone” album (Polydor/Universal) debuted at No. 1 and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” (Interscope/Universal) climbed 3-1 on the singles chart Oct. 6 to give each act its first U.K. No. 1. The Haim album had been second…

  14. Justin Timberlake vs. JC Chasez: Why *N SYNC Only Spawned One Superstar

    March 14, 2013 5:30 PM EDT Billboard.com's Pop Shop examines the solo career of *N SYNC's other vocal star. In February 2004, the National Football League had a tough call to make. The cold reality of Super Bowl XXVIII's "Nipplegate" -- you know, when budding pop superstar Justin…

  15. One Direction Sweeps U.K. Charts With Top Song, Album

    November 19, 2012 7:35 AM EST One Direction completed a U.K. chart takeover yesterday, debuting at No. 1 with both their "Take Me Home" album and "Little Things" single. There were also top three debuts for Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones on the album chart and Bruno Mars and Little Mix on the…

  16. One Direction, 'Take Me Home': Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2012 3:20 PM EST When Simon Cowell issues a challenge, the pop world tends to accept it. That's what happened with One Direction on album number two, arriving in the U.S. eight months after its predecessor. Following the massive success of "Up All Night" and the single "What Makes You…

  17. McFly: A Long, Hot Video Q&A With the U.K. Pop-Rock Band

    September 14, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Group Talks U.S. Shows, New Music, Natalie Portman and Answers Fan Questions McFly is hot. Literally. The British band is in the sweltering green room of the Roxy Theatre, where, just a few hours after our video interview, the group played its second of two sold-out shows in Los Angeles. ↑…

  18. One Direction Reveals 'Take Me Home' Album Cover

    August 30, 2012 1:35 PM EDT One Direction 's debut album "Up All Night" was released less than six months ago, but the U.K. vocal group is already moving on to its second full-length. The album artwork for the group's "Take Me Home" was released Thursday (Aug. 30) and features the five well…

  19. One Direction Returning with New Album in November

    August 23, 2012 10:40 AM EDT First single, 'Live While We're Young,' hits iTunes on October 1. One Direction 's debut album "Up All Night," which spawned the hits "What Makes You Beautiful" and "One Thing," was released less than six months ago, but the U.K. vocal group…

  20. McFly Announces First U.S. Tour Dates

    July 06, 2012 5:30 PM EDT After years of waiting, American fans of the British pop/rock band McFly will finally get to see the band on stage in the U.S. On July 6, the group announced that it will play two intimate gigs at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre (Sept. 10) and New York City's Gramercy Theatre (Sept. 13). …

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