1. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  2. Rewinding The Charts: 25 Years Ago, New Kids On The Block Were 'Hangin' ' At No. 1

    September 09, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Boston boy band topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with its breakthrough album and the set's title cut, respectively In every era of pop music, boy bands have elicited irrepressible shrieks from adoring female fans. In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '70s, the…

  3. Maya Angelou's Work Mixed With Hip-Hop for Album

    September 03, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Maya Angelou 's iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called Caged Bird Songs . Shawn Rivera , the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet , and RoccStarr , who co-wrote Chris Brown 's "Fine China," produced the 13-song set, to be released…

  4. Ariana Grande's Fashion Focus: Breaking Down Her Many Confident Looks

    August 26, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Ariana Grande is frequently compared to young Mariah Carey for her vocal and emotional range, but that's not where the similarities end. Both Carey's debut, Emotions , and Grande's latest, My Everything , depict the vocalists in whimsical generational repose, Carey mid…

  5. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  6. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  7. Nils Lofgren Talks Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young While Touting Massive Box Set

    August 06, 2014 7:28 PM EDT "I love being in bands," Nils Lofgren told a sold out crowd at the Grammy Museum Aug. 5, midway through stories about his experiences in Grin and groups that backed Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr . Most importantly, it's the live show aspect of being in a band. …

  8. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  9. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matthew Addell's June 24 exit, the door opened…

  10. Dynamic Duo Team With DJ Premier for 'A Giant Step' Album, Korean Showcase

    July 18, 2014 6:21 PM EDT How the legendary producer linked up with one of K-pop's top hip-hop acts With more than a decade of crafting hip-hop masterpieces, Korean rap maestros Dynamic Duo have unquestionably left an indelible mark by bringing the genre to South Korea's mainstream. Now K-pop veterans,…

  11. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse…

  12. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  13. Pierce Fulton's 'Runaway' Hits No. 1 on Billboard Twitter Trending 140

    July 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Pierce Fulton, a Brooklyn-based beatmaker with just over than 11,000 followers to his name on Twitter, has hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 with his track "Runaway." The title, which was originally released back in March on Soundcloud and on iTunes …

  14. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more 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,…

  15. Jose Feliciano Records New Single With 'The Madonna or Lady Gaga of Serbia'

    July 03, 2014 12:50 PM EDT The legendary "Light My Fire" artist talks about working on new music: "I'm always trying to reinvent myself." It's been 50 years since Jose Feliciano's first album, but even at 68, the Puerto Rican-born artist of "Light My Fire" and "Feliz…

  16. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

  17. Dave Chappelle Brings Out Janelle Monae, Busta Rhymes at Radio City Music Hall

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM EDT DJ Premier also performed -- with a 45-piece orchestra! -- at Chappelle's latest show. On Wednesday night (June 25), Dave Chappelle continued his tour de force music/comedy residency at New York's Radio City Music Hall by bringing out Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, DJ Premier and a…

  18. Beatles' Mono LPs Given a First Listen: Catalog Box Set Preview

    June 26, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory listening.   To illuminate that point,…

  19. Bill and Hillary Clinton Musical to Make U.S. Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:59 AM EDT Bill and Hillary Clinton are headed to New York City—in a musical. The former president and first lady are the center of a production that is set to open for a week of performances in mid-July, as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong …

  20. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 12:23 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, publisher of all but six of…

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