1. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson Enjoys a No. 1 'Moment'

    September 29, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2002, Clarkson notched the first Hot 100 leader by an 'American Idol' contestant. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Cher, Tony Bennett and Boyz II Men. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  2. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  3. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back…

  4. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  5. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  6. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Tops Hot 100; Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Falls to No. 2

    July 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group ends Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign with 'Fancy.' Plus, Disclosure's 'Latch,' featuring Sam Smith, reaches the top 10 Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song?   MAGIC!'s "Rude," the Canadian pop…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. '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…

  15. 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 …

  16. '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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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