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. Judas Priest Shares The Story Behind 'Redeemer of Souls': Video Premiere

    July 08, 2014 10:26 AM EDT "Most of this music is very classic Priest," says Rob Halford. Rob Halford and his bandmates wanted to "reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest" for "Redeemer of Souls," the Metal Gods' 17th studio album and first set of new material since the concept…

  3. Weird Al Joins Epic Rap Battles of History as Sir Isaac Newton

    June 18, 2014 8:33 PM EDT With a new Weird Al album coming next month, we may be seeing the joke rocker more than usual in the coming days.  The parodist appeared this week in a new installment of "Epic Rap Battles of History." In it he trades in his trademark curls for, well, even more curls, going a few…

  4. Calvin Harris Heats Up Hot 100 With Latest 'Summer' Hit

    June 07, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The EDM star's new hit is the 23rd Hot 100 top 10 with the word 'summer' in its title Calvin Harris heats up the Billboard Hot 100, where his latest hit "Summer" sizzles 12-9 . The EDM star adds to the list of top 10s with the word "summer" in their titles…

  5. Christopher Lee Delivers Heavy Metal Don Quixote

    May 27, 2014 8:00 PM EDT To mark his 92nd birthday, on Monday actor Sir Christopher Lee released a covers album of heavy metal versions including two numbers from the Don Quixote musical “Man of La Mancha” and two other songs.  “'Impossible Dream', in my opinion, is one of the greatest songs ever written,”…

  6. Jamie O'Neal Returns With 'Eternal,' First Album In 9 Years

    May 23, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Though it's been close to a decade since her last album, Jamie O'Neal -- who releases "Eternal" on Tuesday -- hasn't exactly been idle. She's had a few singles during that period, and has also lent her time and support to many younger female artists, such as…

  7. Top 30 Summer Songs

    May 22, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Chart Article The sun is shining, and the beaches will soon be crowded, which can only mean one thing: Summer is underway. To celebrate the return of our favorite season, we've scoured the Billboard chart archives and updated this definitive list of the most popular songs about…

  8. Michael Travis, Liberace's Costume Designer, Dies at 86

    May 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Michael Travis, the costume designer who created the outlandish and flamboyant outfits for Liberace's stage extravaganzas, died Thursday at his home in Studio City. He was 86. Liberace Biopic 'Behind the Candelabra' Wins Big at Emmy Awards Travis recently had been hospitalized…

  9. The Longest-Leading Hot 100 No. 1s

    May 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' becomes the 28th leader to reign for at least 10 weeks As reported yesterday , Pharrell Williams' "Happy" tallies a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is just the 28th in the chart's 55-year history to hit…

  10. 'Grease' Live Coming to Fox TV

    April 28, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Fox is taking a page from NBC's "The Sound of Music Live." The network has ordered a three-hour live broadcast of "Grease" set to air during 2015, Fox announced Monday. The live event will feature a young ensemble cast and be based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the…

  11. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Faulkner Debut 'NY Anthem' on ESPN's 'Draft Academy'

    April 23, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Every NFL draft hopeful needs a solid theme tune, and who better to perform it than RZA from Wu-Tang Clan and rock band Faulkner? The mastermind producer teamed up with the California alt-rock quartet to create the new collaboration single "NY Anthem," which debuted on ESPN's …

  12. 15 Awesome Billboard Music Award Performances

    April 22, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Before the BBMAs hit Las Vegas, check out 15 of the most memorable moments from the show's history. Like the Billboard charts themselves, the Billboard Music Awards have a history of celebrating a diverse cross-section of the music landscape. From the girl-powered punch of Beyoncé’s …

  13. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Don't You Wanna Danica?

    April 22, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Party Anthem Night turned out to be the perfect “Dancing With the Stars” episode to attend liiiiiiive, as this is pretty much the flagship theme of the show (People Gone Wild) just as much as last week’s Disney motif. At the time, I’d regretted delaying my visit to Planet Mirrorballus because…

  14. Chrissy Amphlett’s ‘I Touch Myself’ Reworked for Breast Cancer Campaign: Watch

    April 14, 2014 12:59 AM EDT The late Chrissy Amphlett’s iconic song “I Touch Myself” is enjoying an all-star makeover for an Australian breast cancer awareness campaign. The song, originally a hit in the early '90s for the rocker's band the Divinyls, has been covered by a cast of home-grown stars including…

  15. Coachella Party Guide: The Festival's Most Exclusive Events

    April 08, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Parties by Adidas, H&M and Lacoste are among the most sought-after invitations for the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which kicks off this Friday (Apr. 11) in Indio, California. Before you head to Coachella, check out our round-up of the hottest parties,…

  16. Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

    March 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT "Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this…

  17. Australia’s Jessica Mauboy To Perform at Eurovision Song Contest

    March 25, 2014 11:58 PM EDT Jessica Mauboy is about to go where no Australian-born artist has gone before; she’s been selected to perform during the Eurovision Song Contest this May in Denmark.  The indigenous Australian pop star and actor is the reigning ARIA female artist of the year , and one of the biggest-selling…

  18. St. Vincent Delivers 'Groove Element' at Grammy Museum Show, Q&A

    March 21, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Rarely does a Grammy Museum presentation of a Q&A and a performance feel like two different people are contained within a single person. Thursday night, Annie Clark eloquently and gracefully explained her history and art, creative process, upbringing in Dallas and the influence of…

  19. Pharrell's 'Happy' Holds at No. 1 On Hot 100

    March 05, 2014 1:06 PM EST The "Happy" track spends a second week at the summit and takes over atop the Radio Songs chart Pharrell Williams' "Happy" may not have won best original song honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), but the jubilant track remains atop of the Billboard Hot…

  20. Nell Stays Clever & Consistent on 'Four Times Around the Sun' Single, 'Newton's Apple' Album

    February 28, 2014 9:23 PM EST The critically-acclaimed four piece bring one of the strongest rock releases of the year In the midst of K-pop sensations like Girls' Generation, 2NE1, TVXQ! and CNBLUE going head-to-head with a slew of new releases this week -- read about them all at K-Town -- critically-acclaimed…

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