1. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  2. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  3. Watch Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips Cover the Beatles on 'Conan'

    November 07, 2014 7:53 AM EST "A Day in the Life" might be an all-time classic  Beatles song, but that didn't stop the Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus from covering it on With a Little Help From My Fwends , along with the rest of  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . Or from performing the track…

  4. Clean Bandit No. 1 on Dance Chart: No Place They'd 'Rather Be'

    October 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Clean Bandit crowns Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne. Plus, moves for Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Olivia Somerlyn and more. Clean Bandit crowns Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne …

  5. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  6. Exclusive Premiere: Olivia Somerlyn's 'Parachute' Video

    October 20, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The Nick Jonas collaborator even did her own stunts in this video. When most of her peers were hanging out in the mall and coming up with creative ways to avoid doing their homework, Olivia Somerlyn was honing her skills as a songwriter. Somerlyn tells Billboard she's been "…

  7. 10 Things We Learned from Joe Perry's Reddit AMA

    October 17, 2014 10:06 PM EDT The guitar-slinging Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry has been rocking hard for 40 years and lately he's been making a victory lap of sorts, celebrating his achievements with a new book, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith .  Friday Perry joined Reddit fans for an Ask Me Anything (AMA)…

  8. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  9. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Drake Begins R&B/Hip-Hop Domination

    June 23, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week five years ago, the rapper/singer scored his first No. 1 with 'Best I Ever Had.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for M.C. Hammer, Carole King and Nelly Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 23…

  10. Coldplay Collects Third No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    May 29, 2014 5:40 PM EDT With "Ghost Stories," Coldplay returns to an old haunt, the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart for a third time, as the set starts with 383,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported , the album arrives as the group's fourth leader…

  11. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Bows At No. 1 in U.K.

    May 26, 2014 7:25 AM EDT First-week sales of 168,000 made Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music) both the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of the year and the new No. 1 title, in sales data published Sunday (May 25) by the Official Charts Company. British pop-dance star Sam Smith scored his third chart…

  12. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history 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…

  13. 'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Ready to 'Celebrate' With Sophomore Release

    April 21, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Season 10 alum James Durbin’s second album blasts onto four Billboard charts this week, but the "American Idol" finalist started thinking about his sophomore set quite a while ago. "Celebrate" is a new entry on The Billboard 200 at No. 83, and also bows on Top Rock Albums…

  14. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  15. 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'…

  16. 15 Best Albums of 2013: Critics' Picks

    December 19, 2013 1:41 PM EST From ultra-ambitious musical comebacks to hype-surviving debuts to a certain unexpected album released right before the end-of-year buzzer sounded, 2013 contained a beautifully diverse array of full-length statements. After many, many repeated listens, the Billboard staff voted…

  17. P!nk's Billboard Woman of the Year Acceptance Speech: Watch Event Highlights and Interview With Andy Cohen

    December 12, 2013 1:34 PM EST This week, P!nk accepted the award for Woman of the Year at Billboard's annual Women in Music luncheon in New York City. Watch highlights from the event as well as her full interview with Bravo's Andy Cohen, further down. Below is a complete transcript of her acceptance speech. Just…

  18. The American Music Awards 2013: 14 Things You Didn’t See On TV

    November 25, 2013 2:32 AM EST In between Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and One Direction racking in their American Music Awards, we were entertained by captivating performances at this year’s show – Katy Perry in a geisha outfit, Lady Gaga and R. Kelly in the Oval Office, and Miley Cyrus and her lip synching kitten.…

  19. Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' Sales Forecast Grows to Half-Million

    August 16, 2013 5:32 PM EDT The sales forecast for Luke Bryan's new album just keeps getting brighter. Two days ago , industry prognosticators suggested Bryan's "Crash My Party" album might sell 450,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Aug. 18. Now, that forecast has been upgraded…

  20. Luke Bryan Heading for Big Sales Week, Second No. 1 Album

    August 14, 2013 8:23 PM EDT The country star could notch the year's third-highest debut with "Crash My Party." Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" is set to crash in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- with a very big bow. Industry sources forecast the country star's latest…

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