1. 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    January 30, 2015 2:30 PM EST 0 Before Katy Perry takes the stage this Sunday (Feb. 1), we countdown the ten most spectacular Super Bowl halftime performances ever. Agree with our picks? Disagree? Tweet us at @Billboard with your comments. 10. Michael Jackson, 1993 Eager to keep viewers glued to their…

  2. Blink-182 Soap Opera: What Other Bands Can Learn

    January 28, 2015 6:00 PM EST Full-time force or part-time nostalgia? It’s a crossroads that veteran bands often struggle with, and it’s what ultimately wrecked Blink. What went down among Mark, Tom and Travis never should have been put on blast for the Internet at large. Tom doesn't want to play with Mark and…

  3. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  4. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  5. Jerrod Niemann on Life After 'Lover, Lover': 'People Singing Along -- That Never Gets Old'

    January 23, 2015 5:31 PM EST It's been almost five years since Jerrod Niemann hit the top of the charts with "Lover, Lover." Though the singer has written the bulk of his material, his first hit was actually a song that he and his sister Amy had been fans of for a few years. "We grew up in a…

  6. Net Neutrality: Just Like the Railroad Robber Barons or Disneyland's Indiana Jones Ride

    January 22, 2015 1:24 PM EST With so much confusion around such an important topic, Billboard explains the convoluted issue via the magic of analogy. The issue of "net neutrality" has been steamy for some time, and now finally looks ready for a full boil. It received an oblique mention in this week's…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. The 20 Best Music Videos of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 14, 2015 6:00 PM EST From the insane "Turn Down For What" clip to Kanye's epic "Runaway" to Miley's naked "Ball," these 20 music videos defined the half-decade. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, a decade in which the music video expanded…

  10. Neil Patrick Harris Talks 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Grammy Nomination & More

    January 13, 2015 5:02 PM EST When it was announced in 2013 that  Hedwig and the Angry Inch -- the cult favorite, off-Broadway 1998 hit -- was finally coming to Broadway, people had high hopes, of course, but no one was exactly sure how it would go.  Fans needn't have been concerned. The show, which  follows Hedwig…

  11. Pentatonix's Kevin Olusola: 'There's a Uniqueness Inherent in What We Do'

    January 13, 2015 3:42 PM EST Billboard caught up with Pentatonix 's Kevin Olusola to talk about the success of their Christmas album and their plans for 2015. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pentatonix Earns 2014's Top Selling Christmas Album How was your New Year's? It was great. The band was in Anguilla.…

  12. The 20 Best Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 2:15 PM EST 0 The best tracks of the half-decade so far: "We Can't Stop," "Climax," "Get Lucky" and many more. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, a decade thus far marked by fantastic popular music from sources expected (…

  13. AC Radio Felt Less Christmas Cheer in 2014 Amid Format Landscape Changes

    January 09, 2015 12:03 PM EST It's been about 20 years since the all-Christmas format became more than a stunt for radio stations that were in the process of changing format. It's been over a decade since going to all-Christmas music mid-November became an inevitability for any successful mainstream Adult…

  14. Coachella Lineup Takeaways: Drake Gets His Shot, AC/DC's Back (In Black) & The Troubling Lack of Females

    January 06, 2015 3:34 PM EST On Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 6), the Coachella 2015 lineup was unveiled in full , as the annual Indio, Calif. music extravaganza is set to touch down from Apr. 10-12 and Apr. 17-19 this year. With AC/DC , Jack White and Drake confirmed as headliners, "Coachella" immediately started…

  15. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  16. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  17. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  18. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at…

  19. Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine 'Praying' Lil Wayne & Birdman Resolve Beef; New Mixtape Coming 'Soon'

    December 15, 2014 9:41 PM EST It's got to be a bit awkward to have your two rap-star bosses at extreme odds, as Lil Wayne and Birdman have been over the last couple weeks. So now Nicki Minaj is speaking up saying she supports both her Young Money captain and the Cash Money CEO.  "We're good. Love conquers…

  20. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

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