1. Billboard Debuts Expanded, Revamped Weekly Charts

    January 21, 2015 11:00 AM EST Following Billboard's successful reimagining of the online Billboard Hot 100 chart, Billboard is excited to share the revamped online layout for our entire slate of renowned weekly charts. The new changes follow the more intuitive, informative layout of the revamped Hot 100 that…

  2. Nashville's Music Row Gets Preservation Boost From National Trust

    January 20, 2015 10:55 AM EST Fresh off their successful effort to prevent the demolition of a Nashville studio that once recorded the likes of Elvis Presley  and  Willie Nelson ,   advocates want to include all of the city's Music Row area in their preservation efforts. The National Trust for Historic Preservation…

  3. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Debut; Cage the Elephant Tops Alternative Songs

    January 19, 2015 3:15 PM EST Maroon 5 and Clarkson soar onto multiple charts, while Cage the Elephant stomps to its fifth No. 1 on Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which…

  4. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 50 Years Ago, Petula Clark Topped the Hot 100 With 'Downtown'

    January 19, 2015 8:05 AM EST Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 19, 1980 Michael Jackson crowns the Billboard Hot 100 with "Rock With You." The song marks his first of nine No. 1s in the '80s, the most of any artist during the…

  5. James Blake Reveals Name of New 2015 Album

    January 14, 2015 11:15 AM EST The LP may have collaborations with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. James Blake's new studio album -- which is rumored to contain collaborations with  Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon -- has finally got a title. Blake announced on his BBC Radio 1 show that the…

  6. Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin & More to Perform at Grammy Tribute to Stevie Wonder

    January 14, 2015 9:00 AM EST Usher, Janelle Monae & Willie Nelson will also honor the legendary singer. In addition to performing at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, nominee Ed Sheeran will join Coldplay 's Chris Martin, Janelle Monae , Willie Nelson and Usher two days later as performers on Stevie Wonder: Songs…

  7. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. 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…

  8. Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Victoria Justice Gain Big on Social 50 After New Years Eve

    January 09, 2015 2:52 PM EST Star-studded, televised New Year's Eve appearances spur several notable movements on the first Social 50 chart released in 2015. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology…

  9. Bill Cosby Receives Standing Ovation at Canadian Show while Protesters Gather Outside

    January 08, 2015 5:49 AM EST Bill Cosby said he had a "wonderful time" and got a standing ovation from polite Canadian fans at his first show following a string of cancellations in the wake of sexual assault allegations from more than 15 women. But outside protesters braved below-freezing weather to shame the…

  10. Jimmy Carter to Present Bob Dylan With MusiCares Honor

    January 06, 2015 11:16 PM EST Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter will present  Bob Dylan  with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honor next month in Los Angeles. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Bruce Springsteen ,  Willie Nelson  and  Jack White  will perform at the pre-Grammy show Feb. 6 at the Los…

  11. Chart Highlights: U2 Debuts Biggest AC Hit Since 1992 With 'Every Breaking Wave'

    January 05, 2015 3:20 PM EST The band reaches the chart's top 30 for the first time since 'One' 23 years ago. Plus, new No. 1s for Brad Paisley, Gerardo Ortiz & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio…

  12. Madonna Apologizes for Posting 'Rebel' Images of Mandela, MLK: 'I'm Not Comparing Myself'

    January 03, 2015 2:51 AM EST Madonna has responded to critics of her recent social media posts, saying that she is "not comparing" herself to anyone, but "admiring and acknowledging" them. On Jan. 2, the diva drew attention after she shared altered photographs of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson…

  13. Madonna Compares Herself to Fellow 'Rebel Hearts' Nelson Mandela, MLK Jr. on Social Media

    January 02, 2015 3:20 PM EST The pop superstar edited images of the civil rights icons to match her 'Rebel Heart' album artwork. Madonna 's Rebel Heart album artwork, which shows the pop queen's face entangled in black string, has created a slew of memes that have translated the effect to other…

  14. 10 Hot Country Artists to Watch in 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:30 AM EST From female country stars-in-waiting Mickey Guyton and Lauren Jenkins to duo Native Run, find out the country artists to watch for in 2015.  Mickey Guyton Simply put, she's at the head of the class. A series of showcases at Nashville club 3rd and Lindsley helped to spread the word…

  15. Frankie Randall, Singer, Actor & Frank Sinatra Pal, Dies at 76

    December 31, 2014 4:40 PM EST Frankie Randall, a vocalist, pianist, actor and favorite of Frank Sinatra who performed the theme song for the 1960s NBC adventure series Flipper , has died. He was 76. Randall, who starred in and performed in the 1965 beach comedy film Wild on the Beach -- which marked the film debut of…

  16. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rock Album, Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Metal Performance Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:40 PM EST BEST ROCK ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN Ryan Adams Ryan Adams Producers: Ryan Adams, Mike Viola, Charlie Stavish Engineers/Mixers: David Labrel, Charlie Stavish Label: Blue Note Records Ryan Adams' 14th album -- in a nearly 20-year career -- brings the prolific songwriter his fourth…

  17. Cheo Feliciano, Paco de Lucia, Gustavo Cerati & Other Latin Greats We Lost in 2014

    December 30, 2014 5:10 PM EST As the year winds down, we remember seven Latin music greats who passed in 2014, leaving lasting legacies through music that broke ground and that remains relevant. Gustavo Cerati (Aug. 11, 1959-Sept. 4, 2014) The emblematic Argentine rock star was a man before his time. Despite his…

  18. Watch a Holiday Jokester Reenact Sia's 'Chandelier' at IKEA

    December 28, 2014 1:13 PM EST Sia 's artful music video for “Chandelier” has been parodied by everyone from late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to Jim Carrey on Saturday Night Live . Jimmy Kimmel Attempts to Learn Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ Dance: Watch Now, some jokesters on YouTube have taken it to the next level…

  19. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  20. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

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