1. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM EST 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 country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  2. 'Glee' Music Recap: The Hurt Locker Pt. 1

    January 24, 2015 10:05 AM EST If you'd told me last week that during last night's Glee we'd have Sue hypnotizing Sam to break up the coaches so that she could finally, once and for all, ruin Will and Rachel's lives, that would seem like par for the course with respect to Sue's increasingly…

  3. D'Angelo's 'Voodoo' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 23, 2015 4:53 PM EST Some music comes armored in myth -- Brian Wilson 's Smile sessions, My Bloody Valentine 's Loveless , Nas ' Illmatic . In these cases, the stories of all-star personnel, torturous recording sessions, or delayed release dates are almost as important as the actual songs. D'…

  4. Maroon 5, Børns, Charli XCX & Rita Ora: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 33

    January 23, 2015 2:50 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on…

  5. Sundance Review: 'What Happened, Miss Simone' Details Nina Simone's Troubled Life & Legacy

    January 23, 2015 10:30 AM EST John Legend is currently enjoying award recognition for "Glory," his emotional song for the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma . But 50 years ago, jazz pianist and iconic vocalist Nina Simone paved the way for generations of musicians to come and put her promising career at risk…

  6. Selena Gomez & Zedd Rumors Spur Big Chart Gains

    January 22, 2015 7:03 PM EST Also gaining on the Social 50 chart: Justin Bieber & Taylor Swift. Nearly two years after Zedd 's breakthrough hit single "Clarity" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the superstar producer/DJ finally arrives on the Social 50 chart, thanks to online chatter and…

  7. Music Sharing Apps Begin to Proliferate – But Are They Useful?

    January 22, 2015 2:00 PM EST Scott Vener , music supervisor for  Entourage , may just have the next big music app -- but that doesn't mean he's without competition. In the past year, a slew of personalized music sharing apps, which allow users to directly send songs via text-based messages (as opposed to…

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: Dawn Richard Interview, Meghan Trainor, Fall Out Boy & More

    January 22, 2015 10:48 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  9. Michael Hutchence's Legacy Remembered: Revisit 5 INXS Hits

    January 22, 2015 10:42 AM EST Today (Jan. 22), on what would have been INXS frontman Michael Hutchence's 55th birthday, we're celebrating his legacy by revisiting five of the band's best hits. 1. "Need You Tonight" "I've got to let you know, you're one of my kind" We'll…

  10. The Best Bluetooth Speakers From $400 to $100

    January 22, 2015 9:00 AM EST Wireless audio has come a long way in a very short time, with speakers getting more powerful, versatile, and compact at a rapid pace. Whether you're in the market for something to replace your receiver, blast out some jams on your desk, or bring to the beach, there are plenty of…

  11. New Kids on the Block on New Boybands: 'Come to the Show and See How it's Done'

    January 22, 2015 12:19 AM EST New Kids on the Block are ready to take new boy bands on the block to school. The Boston-based veteran group, which announced a summer tour with TLC and Nelly this week, said contemporary boy bands should check out their live concerts to learn from the experts. "As far as boy bands,…

  12. Malcolm-Jamal Warner on His Grammy Nom, Next Album & 'Love-Hate Relationship With Hip-Hop'

    January 21, 2015 5:31 PM EST He may remain best known for playing Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show , but Malcolm-Jamal Warner is hardly living in the past. Grammy Awards 2015: All Our Coverage Fresh off a Grammy nomination for his spoken-word contribution to Robert Glasper 's Black Radio 2, Warner spoke with…

  13. Meghan Trainor Joins Elite Company With Debut No. 1 Single & Album

    January 21, 2015 4:00 PM EST Trainor becomes just the 13th female artist with a debut No. 1 song and album, as 'Title' zooms to the top of the Billboard 200. Following the upgrade of Meghan Trainor 's debut EP Title to a full-length, the set roars to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . It blasts to the…

  14. Annie Lennox Says 'Strange Fruit' Criticism Was 'Painful'

    January 20, 2015 10:35 PM EST Annie Lennox says online criticism leveled at her remarks about the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit" was hurtful and unfair. "It was so painful. I can't even begin to tell you. I'm the last person who would disrespect that history," Lennox said. Annie Lennox…

  15. Harry Styles & Meghan Trainor Songwriting Partners?

    January 20, 2015 7:24 PM EST One Direction 's Harry Styles and Meghan Trainor teamed up recently for a song writing session, the "All About the Bass" singer says was "unbelievable." One Direction Tweet Overtakes President Obama's Historic 'Four More Years' Tweet Trainor talked…

  16. Vijay Iyer on Ferguson, Teaching at Harvard & Jazz's Relationship With Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 6:00 PM EST Pianist Vijay Iyer, known for moving between jazz, classical, Indian and electronic music, will perform 12 different sets of music in a residency at The Stone in New York City between Jan. 20 and 25. His shows on Jan. 23 and 24 will feature expanded versions of his longtime trio, which…

  17. Why the Rap Veterans Behind Atlanta Indie Label Quality Control Music Are the Smartest Guys in Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST Two middle-aged guys in hoodies named Coach and Pee run what may be the most important hip-hop label in America. This spring, they'll release 2015's most anticipated rap debut, a Lil Wayne -featuring full-length from trap-rap trio Migos , who have already collaborated with Justin…

  18. TLC's Chilli Talks Their Kickstarter-Funded Final Album: 'We Have to Involve the Fans'

    January 19, 2015 10:25 AM EST Scrubs better run for the hills -- TLC are headed back to the studio. The legendary group just announced plans for a fifth and final album -- to be funded directly by fans. Yep, TLC are going Kickstarter. Sixteen years ago they included thousands of fans' names on a pull-out poster in…

  19. Lifetime's 'Whitney': TV Review

    January 18, 2015 11:33 AM EST A luminous Yaya DaCosta embodies Whitney Houston's talent and tragedy The biggest decision facing any biographical film is how much of the subject's life to include. Will childhood be broached, or will there be flashbacks? Will it sweep across time, lingering only on late tragedy?…

  20. Lifetime's 'Whitney': What the Critics Are Saying

    January 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic aired Saturday night (Jan. 17), with Yaya DeCosta portraying the iconic songstress and Arlen Escapeta playing her husband, R&B star Bobby Brown . Whitney Houston's Estate Releases Statement Ahead of Lifetime Biopic The controversial telepic --…

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