1. The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:22 PM EST Few genres ranged as widely as R&B in 2014. DJ Mustard was a ubiquitous presence on radio -- and he produced two of Billboard's top ten R&B tracks of the year ( Tinashe , Jeremih ) -- but you didn't need a Mustard beat to make a vibrant track. Elle Varner and Usher…

  2. Christian Music Business Diversifies Into Film, Television and More to Battle Declining Sales

    October 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As the faith-based music community gathers Tuesday night (Oct. 7) for the 45th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, there’s more to celebrate than just the top songs and artists of the past year. Evidence points to businesses growing beyond music to incorporate film, live…

  3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As Tom Petty told us three decades and 10 albums ago, on Southern Accents , he’s got his “own way of talking.” He doesn’t drawl quite like the other Floridians, and among the words he pronounces in a wholly unique fashion is “town.” It comes up a lot in his songs -- often when he’s singing…

  4. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  5. Fleetwood Mac Revives Chemistry In Studio: 'We Get Chills,' Says Christine McVie

    May 07, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie talk about collaborating ahead of the band's upcoming tour. "We've been working very closely together, so there is a freshness" It appears that Christine McVie will be returning to Fleetwood Mac to do more than play some old…

  6. 'Glee' Recap: New Waters 'Tested' As New York Matures

    April 16, 2014 3:12 AM EDT "Glee continues" to pull the curtain back on the wonderland of New York City. Dreams come true, but everything isn’t as simple as a musical in that town. Finding yourself isn’t a straight-line process, and the tests that you take to get to who you are and how you relate to those…

  7. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  8. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  9. Lady Gaga, R. Kelly To Perform 'Do What U Want' At American Music Awards

    November 12, 2013 11:48 AM EST "We have a great chemistry when we perform together," says Gaga of Kellz. While Lady Gaga has performed her latest "ARTPOP" single "Do What U Want" by herself on the U.K. "X Factor" and during her "artRAVE" showcase on Sunday night (Nov. 10)…

  10. Celebrated Producer Andy Johns Dead at 61

    April 08, 2013 3:33 AM EDT Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61. The news was confirmed to Billboard.biz by guitarist Stacy Blades, who was working on an untitled…

  11. Rock On the Range 2013: Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Korn Performing

    January 23, 2013 9:05 AM EST Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Papa Roach and many more will be featured at Rock On The Range, the long-running hard rock festival returning to Columbus, Ohio in its seventh year. The 2013 fest will take place May 17-19 at Columbus Crew Stadium. The lineup, which…

  12. Christina Aguilera Knocks Tabloid 'Trash,' Talks Artistic Pivot: 'I Was Tired of Singing About Fluff'

    October 26, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Part of the way she maintains that balance, she said, is by avoiding the tabloids. "I'm a mother. I'm a businesswoman. I have a zillion and one things going on in my head, on my plate, creatively. I put my son to bed then I go right into my backyard, which is my studio house.…

  13. 'Glee' Recap: 'The Break Up' Brings Cheating, Coldplay & Taylor Swift

    October 05, 2012 12:05 PM EDT An episode called "The Break Up" can only mean heartbreak, and even though you know from the title going on that things can't go well for our favorite relationships, when "Glee" wants to gut you, it will you gut you. It's a ruthless machine in that way, taking…

  14. Q&A: Queensryche Talks Lawsuit, Plans 'Return to History' Tour

    August 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's been a long, strange summer for rock that's heralded plenty of shocks. The news bulletins for 2012 include the overseas incarceration of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe; the deaths of such talents as Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and engineer George Marino; Van Halen's…

  15. Critics' Picks: 10 Best Albums of 2011

    December 13, 2011 1:20 PM EST Chart Article From weirdo R&B to epic hardcore to a certain heartbroken British singer-songwriter, 2011 offered a diverse array of quality full-lengths that we kept replaying in our offices. The whole team weighed in and the votes have been tallied, so now it's time to check out the…

  16. The 40 Biggest Duets Of All Time

    February 14, 2011 9:50 AM EST One big name on a red-hot hit is great, but sometimes two superstar voices come together in an inspired pairing that is truly special. With Valentine's Day's celebration of couples in mind, our experts dove into over 50 years of Hot 100 hits to single out the biggest songs by two…

  17. Shiny Toy Guns

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST The show was perfect... but I walked from the venue in confusion and heartache. As we stood behind the merch table signing things and talking to our friends a girl who was one of our voices in the are 30 november. 1000hrs. we land in LaGuardia Airport in cold New York City .. but not quite as…

  18. Velvet Revolver Rediscovers Inspiration On New Album

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hard rock combo Velvet Revolver is eyeing a mid- to late-spring release for its second RCA album. The group is recording in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien, who stepped in for the band's ori Hard rock combo Velvet Revolver is eyeing a mid- to late-spring release for its…

  19. Chart Beat

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses George Strait, Kellie Pickler, JoJo and more! THE STRAIT LIFE: All chart records, even the ones that go unchallenged for years, are bound to be broken one day. For the last 20 years and three weeks, Conway Twitty has held the record for having the most No. 1s on the Hot Country…

  20. News And Notes From Backstage At The VMAs

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Billboard goes behind the scenes at last night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York to get the latest from Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Method Man, Mario and more. Billboard goes behind the scenes at last night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York to get the latest scoop from Ne-Yo, Rick Ross,…

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