1. Going With The Pitch: More and More, R&B and Hip Hop Artists Are Also TV Spokespersons

    December 23, 2014 4:48 PM EST Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Waka Flocka Flame and newcomer Kevin Ross are among a growing number of R&B/hip-hop acts doubling as TV spokespersons. Waka Flocka Flame left many viewers scratching their heads and wondering if it was April Fool’s in November when his television spot extolling the…

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: J. Cole's Trio of No. 1 Albums Puts Him in Elite Hip-Hop Company

    December 19, 2014 9:49 PM EST J. Cole is one of six rap acts to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their first three full-length studio albums On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, J. Cole 's 2014 Forest Hills Drive debuted at No. 1 , his third consecutive album to reach the top slot (his entire output of…

  3. Watch Out Boy! Hall & Oates Took on a 'Maneater' 32 Years Ago Today

    December 17, 2014 10:12 AM EST “Watch out boy, she’ll chew you up.” On this day in 1982 (Dec. 18), Hall and Oates started a four week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their song “Maneater,” giving the world this valuable piece of advice: “I wouldn't if I were you." In the music video for this…

  4. YG & Eric Bellinger Link Up With K-Pop Hitmaker Brave Brothers in the Studio

    December 15, 2014 10:00 PM EST Sources tell Billboard the producer behind 2013's biggest K-pop hit may meet with DJ Mustard and Nelly too. After establishing himself as one of the top producers in K-pop, Brave Brothers is expanding Stateside. Brave Brothers (just one person, real name Kang Dongchul) has already…

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Band Aid 30 Debuts, Nicki Minaj Ties Madonna's Hit Total

    November 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' returns, while Minaj ties for the third-most visits among women. Plus, chart action for Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Pentatonix and Fergie. As previously reported , Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank…

  6. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  7. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 8 Has Only One Blank Space, Baby

    November 25, 2014 9:43 PM EST Not even advice from Clive Davis, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera & Patrick Stump could save them from spending Thanksgiving at home. Despite this week's enriching guest mentorship from Clive Davis, Diana Ross , Colbie Caillat , Christina Aguilera and Patrick Stump…

  8. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM 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 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  9. Taylor Swift Makes Hot 100 History With 'Blank Space'

    November 19, 2014 3:53 PM EST Taylor Swift makes history on the Billboard Hot 100 , where her single "Blank Space" blasts from No. 13 to No. 1 . As the song dethrones her prior smash, "Shake It Off," after four weeks atop the chart, Swift becomes the first woman in the Hot 100's 56-year…

  10. Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group Is Joining Forces With L.A. Reid (Thanks to Michael Jackson)

    November 07, 2014 5:00 PM EST After nearly a decade at universal's Interscope, hitmaker Timbaland has jumped ship to Sony, entering into a joint venture with Epic Records for his Mosley Music Group. The MMG label, which officially came under the Universal umbrella in 2006, counts among its top sellers the group…

  11. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  12. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 2000s

    October 31, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). R&B and Hip-Hop accounted for almost every one of the top 20 Hot 100 hits from the 2000s. There were two…

  13. Musicians React to Giants' World Series Win

    October 30, 2014 12:30 AM EDT The World Series is done and dusted. Elite club baseball is finished for another season (spoiler alert: the Giants beat the Royals in Game 7). San Francisco fans can rejoice, and the ban on Lorde's "Royals" is now lifted .   Musicians pitched in with their own special moments…

  14. Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Stay a Step Ahead of the Bros on ‘Anything Goes'

    October 14, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It's appropriate that Florida Georgia Line took its name from both sides of a boundary, because the duo (Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29) used its multiformat smash "Cruise," and the party-themed album Here's to the Good Times , to…

  15. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  16. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  17. Ciara Is Back in the Studio

    October 08, 2014 7:43 AM EDT Thanks to a new Instagram post, we now know Ciara is back in the studio , likely working on her follow-up to her 2013 self-titled album. In the photo, CiCi is hanging with producer Polow da Don, who did Ciara's " Promise ," one of her biggest singles, back in 2006. Polow da…

  18. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  19. '90210' Celebrates 24th Anniversary: Watch 10 Classic Musical Moments

    October 04, 2014 10:40 AM EDT From the Flaming Lips to Christina Aguilera, here are 10 musical moments to help celebrate the 24th anniversary of "90210." Twenty-four years ago today (Oct. 4), the world was introduced to Minneapolis transplants Brenda and Brandon Walsh, the gang at West Beverly High and…

  20. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music

    September 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT 0 After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band? When all is said and done, what will One Direction 's legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of…

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