1. Gimme Five: SPICA's Most Inspirational Singers (Video)

    August 18, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Listen to any SPICA  record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop ( "I Did It," "You Don't Love Me" ) to EDM ( "Tonight" ) to straight-up R&B ( "Painkiller…

  2. Gimme Five: IU's Favorite Singers (Video)

    August 14, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Though she's only 21,  IU  has proven in her six years on the K-pop scene that she has a musical taste far beyond her years. The singer has earned No. 1s on the K-Pop Hot 100 after dabbling in everything from big band swing  to  classic Korean tunes . After telling Billboard she'd…

  3. British 'X Factor' Coming to U.S. TV Screens

    August 06, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Simon Cowell is coming back to U.S. TV — and reuniting with Ryan Seacrest . AXS TV, the music-focused network created by Mark Cuban and Seacrest — has inked an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Thames TV to broadcast season 11 of The X Factor…

  4. One Direction Guides U.K. to Take 13% of Global Album Sales

    August 01, 2014 8:19 AM EDT U.K. artists have had the top-selling global album for six of the last seven years. One in every eight artist albums sold around the world in 2013 -- totaling 13% of the global market -- was by a U.K. act, according to a new report from British labels trade body the BPI. The popularity of…

  5. Gimme Five: Little Mix's Favorite Boy Bands (Video)

    May 15, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The British group members each list their all-time favorite boy bands. With their rock-solid harmonies, lock-step choreography and rhythmic sound, the U.K.'s Little Mix is one of the more promising girl groups to emerge in recent years. The quartet, which won the British "X…

  6. Gimme Five: Passenger's Biggest Influences on New 'Whispers' Album

    May 07, 2014 5:11 PM EDT The "Let Her Go" star discusses which artists inspired his next full-length. After scoring a surprise Top 5 hit with his single "Let Her Go," British singer-songwriter Passenger is readying a new batch of material, "Whispers," for a June 10 release date. The…

  7. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  8. Gimme Five: Betty Who Lists Her Go-To Karaoke Jams (Video)

    April 08, 2014 1:27 PM EDT Destiny's Child, Usher, and of course, Britney: see who else made the "Somebody Loves You" singer's list. On Tuesday (Apr. 8), Betty Who's magnetic sophomore EP "Slow Dancing" officially arrives at retail, offering five more lush pop delicacies from the…

  9. Gimme Five: MKTO's Favorite Classic Singles (Video)

    April 01, 2014 6:20 PM EDT From "Remember The Time" to "Georgia On My Mind," watch the guys list their favorite oldies. MKTO's single "Classic" has been winning over pop fans -- the song hits a new peak at No. 70 of the current Hot 100 chart -- by name-checking Michel Jackson,…

  10. One Direction, Katy Perry, Austin Mahone Among Nominees for 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards

    February 26, 2014 9:17 PM EST One Direction is among the major nominees at the Kids' Choice Awards announced earlier this week, and now the boy band is included as a potential award winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards. The Brits are one of many nominees at the awards -- to be held April 26 in Los Angeles --…

  11. Gimme Five: Lucy Hale's Biggest Album Influences

    February 12, 2014 12:33 PM EST From Dolly to Britney, check out the "You Sound Good To Me" singer's list of inspirations. Last month, "Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale launched her music career in grand fashion with the debut single "You Sound Good To Me," a country music offering…

  12. Gimme Five: A Great Big World Choose Their Dream Collaborators (Video)

    February 04, 2014 3:00 PM EST A Great Big World scored a breakout hit thanks to a fortuitous vocal collaboration: Christina Aguilera heard the duo's single "Say Something" and was so taken with the ballad that she asked to re-record the song as a guest vocalist. A few months later, A Great Big World's…

  13. Disclosure, Bastille, David Bowie Lead Brit Awards: Full Nominees List

    January 09, 2014 2:46 PM EST David Bowie is starting the year with two nominations for Britain's leading music awards, the Brits. Bowie, who turned 67 on Wednesday, is up for male British artist of the year and album of the year, for his first release in a decade, "The Next Day." Related Articles No. 14…

  14. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  15. 'X Factor' Winner Sam Bailey Grabs U.K. Christmas No. 1 with 'Skyscraper,' One Direction Narrowly Denied Top Album

    December 23, 2013 2:07 AM EST Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) narrowly held off…

  16. Gimme Five: AJR Lists Their Favorite Songwriting Artists

    December 16, 2013 5:23 PM EST From Sia to Simon & Garfunkel, check out the brothers' biggest songwriting influences. AJR will bestow fans with an early stocking stuffer later this week, as their five-song "6foot1" EP will be released on Dec. 20. After being endorsed on Twitter by Sia and championed…

  17. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Back to No. 1 in U.K., Lily Allen Continues Streak Atop Singles Chart

    December 16, 2013 4:12 AM EST In the last charts before this week’s sales battle for the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1s, Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) moved back to the top of the album survey and Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) started a third non-consecutive…

  18. One Direction Sells 124,000 More 'Memories' in U.K., Topping Album Chart Again

    December 09, 2013 9:16 AM EST One Direction sold a further 124,000 copies of "Midnight Memories" (Syco Music/Sony) to top the U.K. album chart for a second week, with a two-week total of 361,000 units. Lily Allen's "Somewhere Only We Know" (Parlophone/Warner Music), which fell three places to No.…

  19. Gimme Five: Leona Lewis' Favorite Christmas Movies

    December 03, 2013 11:45 AM EST Check out the U.K. songstress' list of holiday staples -- and an explanation of her love for Macaulay Culkin. Tuesday (Dec. 3) marks Leona Lewis' long-awaited return to U.S. retailers, as the "Bleeding Love" singer has offered "Christmas, With Love," her debut…

  20. One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Enjoys Huge Opening Week in U.K.

    December 02, 2013 1:09 AM EST One Direction have achieved the U.K.’s fastest-selling artist album of 2013 to date, and of their career, with an opening 237,000 sales for their third set “Midnight Memories” (Syco Music/Sony). Calvin Harris debuted atop the singles chart with “Under Control” (Columbia/Sony), featuring…

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