1. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  2. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 1

    July 07, 2014 1:00 PM EDT In 2014, it's easier than ever for fans of different pop stars to connect with each other. With the explosion of social media making it simpler than ever to find other fanatics of your favorite artist, "fan armies" have become a shorthand for singers' most dedicated…

  3. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and was released June 23 through Atlantic…

  4. The Who's Roger Daltrey: 'We're Lucky To Be Alive & Still Touring'

    July 01, 2014 2:14 PM EDT The legendary frontman discusses the just-announced dates for this fall's The Who Hits 50 tour. The Who will begin its 50th anniversary -- and perhaps final -- tour later this year on home turf. The group announced on Monday (June 30) that The Who Hits 50 trek will begin Nov. 26 at the…

  5. Old Crow Medicine Show Sees Bob Dylan As 'An Ethereal Muse'

    June 30, 2014 3:51 PM EDT The folk group's Critter Fuqua discusses Dylan's impact on new album "Remedy." After a four-year break between albums before 2012's "Carry Me Back" -- long by its standards -- Old Crow Medicine Show is happy to be getting something new out sooner rather than…

  6. Robin Thicke & Paula Patton: A Love Timeline Through His Music

    June 24, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Robin Thicke is determined to get Paula Patton, his estranged wife and high-school sweetheart, back. Yesterday (June 23), Thicke released the accompanying music video to his apologetic single, "Get Her Back," which portrays a text message conversation between Thicke and Patton about…

  7. Justin Moore's 'Night' Tops Country Airplay Chart, Kenny Chesney Returns

    June 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Moore notches his fourth No. 1, while Chesney tallies his record-extending 10th top-30 debut Justin Moore snares his fourth No. 1, and best weekly audience, on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Lettin' the Night Roll" steps 2-1. The Arkansas previously led (for a week…

  8. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  9. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  10. Ed Sheeran Plays New ‘x’ Songs, Shares Stories at iHeartRadio Theater LA Album Release Party

    June 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT How did a Passover dinner lead to Ed Sheeran in the studio with Pharrell, Diplo and Skrillex? Ed Sheeran Announces 'x' Album Release Party, IHeartRadio Festival Performance When Sheeran took to the stage at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on June 17 for a Pepsi-sponsored release…

  11. Lana Del Rey's 'Shades Of Cool' Video: Lana Dances For Another Older Man

    June 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence" album is about many things, but her music videos for the album have tended to be about something very specific: entering hopeless relationships with older gentlemen who happen to have slicked-back hair. In the visual for "Shades Of Cool,"…

  12. deadmau5, 'while(1 <2)': Track-By-Track Review

    June 17, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Joel Zimmerman – aka deadmau5 – has seen his fair share of strife and success in the two years since his last album release. From a tumultuous ended engagement with tattoo artist Kat Von D to a new record deal with Astralwerks, change has been the only constant for the globetrotting Canadian…

  13. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  14. Bonnaroo 2014: Arctic Monkeys Conquer the Main Stage After U.S. Breakthrough

    June 16, 2014 2:43 AM EDT Pssst: the Arctic Monkeys are a big deal in America now, too. Five albums into their career, Alex Turner and company are riding their biggest hit single to date, and have evolved into a formidable live force. Amongst alt-rock’s upper echelon, the Monkeys are right up there with the Muses and…

  15. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  16. 'Philosophy of Phish': Oregon State Offers Course Tied to Band's Summer Tour

    June 11, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Phish fans wanting to get a bit deeper during the band's upcoming summer tour will have a new outlet to explore their favorite jams. As long as they're willing to do some homework. Oregon State University is offering a course this summer called "Philosophy School of…

  17. Summer of Iggy Azalea: 'Fancy' Rapper Defends Her Cred, Talks Lorde (Cover Story)

    June 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The say-anything, foulmouthed, lightning rod rapper suddenly owns summer as she ties a Beatles chart record (but she doesn't even care): "I'd rather be the Stones" Late one early-summer Saturday night, Iggy Azalea , one of the hottest pop stars on the planet,…

  18. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  19. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  20. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your 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…

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