1. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 30, 2014 9:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, a recap of Gaga's best-selling albums, songs and more; Soko's quick Hot 100 run; and your favorite one-word-titled hits As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  2. Christina Perri on 'Head or Heart,' Her Musical 'Soul Mate' & What Makes Her Heart Explode

    March 28, 2014 4:37 PM EDT For her 2011 debut LP "lovestrong," which spawned the hit single "Jar of Hearts" and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, pop singer/songwriter Christina Perri hit the road hard, enduring a relentless touring schedule that saw her riding nine tours straight over 27…

  3. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  4. Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos Released

    March 28, 2014 2:40 PM EDT The images show Cobain's heroin kit, suicide note and more New photos have surfaced depicting the death scene police found when they discovered the body of Kurt Cobain on April 8, 1994. The green-tinted, 35mm photos show Cobain's suicide note, his driver's license and a heroin…

  5. Billboard Cover Star Idina Menzel's Look: How to Get It

    March 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Turning up Idina Menzel's glam factor for Billboard's latest cover shoot was nothing but a treat for Kemal Harris of bi-coastal styling duo, Kemal & Karla, who ranks at No. 4 on The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists List in 2014 . The Broadway legend was…

  6. Luke Bryan, Randy Houser Crack Hot Country Songs Top 10

    March 27, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The singers score their 15th and fourth top 10s, respectively. Plus, moves for Dan + Shay, Brantley Gilbert, Jo Dee Messina and more Luke Bryan and Randy Houser freshen up the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart , as Bryan's "Play It Again" flies 18-9 and Houser&…

  7. Run-D.M.C.'s 'Run D.M.C.' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 27, 2014 11:08 AM EDT It's been thirty years since the release of Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut LP, which made its way to record stores on March 27, 1984. The album is a cultural landmark, introducing legendary rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, plus their…

  8. 'Frozen' May Chill for 8th Week at No. 1, Shakira Aiming for No. 2

    March 26, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Soundtrack is coming off best sales week yet in wake of film's home video release The "Frozen" soundtrack should continue to loom large at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- securing its eighth week atop the list. Industry sources suggest the album will easily…

  9. Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Outkast to Play Milwaukee's Summerfest 2014

    March 26, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A slew of other acts from virtually every genre imaginable will populate the massive, 11-day fest Billed as the "World's Largest Music Festival," Milwaukee's Summerfest has announced its massive 2014 lineup. Spread over 11 days, Summerfest features daily headliners (who…

  10. 615 Spotlight: Sarah Davidson of 'Nashville Wives' Releases Debut EP

    March 26, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Check out the exclusive lyric video premiere for Davidson first single, "Drink You Up" So, you think that you know Sarah Davidson – one of the stars of TNT's "Private Lives of Nashville Wives?" According to the Georgia-bred songstress, a lot of people are getting to…

  11. 'Roar,' 'Royals,' 'Radioactive': Why Hit Songs Now Have One-Word Titles

    March 26, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Simply named tunes are dominating the Billboard Hot 100. "Roar." "Royals." "Timber." "Demons." "Happy." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered…

  12. Lollapalooza 2014 Lineup: Outkast, Eminem, Kings of Leon to Headline

    March 26, 2014 7:43 AM EDT It's official: Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys will rock this year's Lollapalooza. The acts, named in a previous report by the Chicago Tribune , will be joined by Calvin Harris and reunited rap duo Outkast atop the bill at the festival, which is set for Aug. 1…

  13. Lollapalooza Heads to South America, 'Where the Money's Great'

    March 25, 2014 12:35 PM EDT A trio of South American Lolla­paloozas scheduled for this spring, including a first foray into Argentina, underscore how the events' organizers are mining the buzzy South American market and could provide a road map for similar festivals looking to expand internationally. The first leg…

  14. CODE First Play: Alex Metric with Oliver, 'Hope'

    March 25, 2014 10:10 AM EDT An uncredited 12-inch record released back in 1992 inspired “Hope,” Alex Metric’s new collaboration with L.A. duo Oliver on Skrillex’s OWSLA label via Big Beat. It premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC radio show on Friday, but CODE beat the rip to share it here first. Metric’s excellent three-track …

  15. Christian Rap Gains Traction, Chart Cred

    March 25, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Savvy marketing and a wholesome image are turning religious rappers into mainstream players "Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus." The religious artist's passion was…

  16. Chuck D Q&A: The Record Store Day Ambassador Looks to the Past for Music's Future

    March 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood this week to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…

  17. Cher Delivers Classic Hits, Outrageous Costumes, at Dazzling 'Dressed to Kill' Tour Opener

    March 23, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The legendary singer kicked off her 49-date North American run in Phoenix last night Two hours before Cher was scheduled to hit the US Airways Center stage in Phoenix, AZ to kick off her "final" farewell tour, the 67-year-old multi-hyphenate entertainer said she was…

  18. Lady Gaga Seeks Sweet Revenge in 'G.U.Y.' Video: Watch

    March 22, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Lady Gaga has no problem attaching art to music -- she named her last album "ARTPOP" and had a performance artist vomit on her at South By Southwest , after all -- and she's not showing signs of stopping anytime soon with her new music video, which nearly hits a 12…

  19. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  20. Jerrod Niemann Talks New Album, Lee Brice: 'He's Saved My Neck More Than I Realize'

    March 21, 2014 6:19 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jerrod Niemann and you will find a performer who can quote country lyrics from album cuts from the 1970s or 1980s. But, just because he cherishes the history of the format doesn't mean that he feels compelled to be a clone of the artists he grew up admiring.…

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