1. Presidents and Pop Music: Biggest Hot 100 Hits for Each President Since JFK

    February 20, 2017 11:45 AM EST From Frank Sinatra retooling “High Hopes” for John F. Kennedy's run for the White House, to Ronald Reagan’s ironic use of “Born in the U.S.A” in his re-election bid, and Bill Clinton’s iconic saxophone cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” on  The Arsenio Hall Show , popular music and U.S.…

  2. Ryan Kinder Chases Risky Business With Soulful Single 'Close'

    February 16, 2017 11:54 AM EST The new country artist draws on Hootie, Kenny Wayne Shepherd in unique single. Most successful people can point to at least one or two moments in their lives that led to their winning stature, and invariably, those moments required them to jump off a proverbial cliff, not knowing how their…

  3. Rob Thomas Shows His 'Smooth' Side in Performance for New Series of 'Front and Center': Exclusive Premiere

    January 16, 2017 10:00 AM EST Rob Thomas turns on the charm and charisma for his “Smooth” performance at the historic Iridium jazz club in NYC. ` The arena-filling Matchbox Twenty   singer switches gears for the show, which was shot for the upcoming nine-part Front and Center series. And he’s in fine company. The likes of…

  4. Rob Thomas Reveals He Wrote 'Smooth' With George Michael In Mind

    January 06, 2017 8:34 AM EST At the time when I wrote "Smooth" with Itaal, I had just gotten off the road with Matchbox Twenty on what turned out to be a three-year-long tour. We started in clubs and ended in arenas all over the world. We were tired. When I got the call that a writer was working on a track for…

  5. Rob Thomas and VNTANA to Offer First-Ever Hologram Karaoke on Summer Tour

    June 23, 2016 9:00 AM EDT The Grammy-winning singer and tech start-up are debuting a backstage interactive hologram experience. Rob Thomas wants to sing karaoke with you -- he just won't necessarily be there while it's happening. Thanks to a partnership with VNTANA, a "social augmented reality company,…

  6. Maroon 5 Top Artist, Santana's 'Smooth' Top Song of Adult Pop Songs Chart's First 20 Years

    March 16, 2016 12:08 PM EDT Billboard has ranked the top performers since the radio airplay chart's 1996 launch. Maroon 5 is the top artist of the first 20 years of Billboard 's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, while Santana 's "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas , is the ranking's top all…

  7. Rob Thomas Apologizes For Making Offensive Joke in Australia

    February 22, 2016 11:03 AM EST Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has apologized after being accused of making a racist joke during a solo concert in Australia. Thomas apologized on Facebook following the Saturday night show in Melbourne, where he made a joke about dealing with jetlag by drinking. "And then I drink…

  8. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 30 Years Ago, a-ha's 'Take on Me' Topped the Hot 100

    October 19, 2015 8:05 AM EDT In 1985, the pop classic reigned, thanks in part to its memorable video. Plus, remembering chart feats by Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins & Tim McGraw. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. Oct. 19, 1985 With…

  9. Tomorrow's Hits: Alvaro Soler, Shy Carter & Dallas Smith

    October 16, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Alvaro Soler Spanish singer-songwriter Alvaro Soler, 24, scales Billboard 's Latin charts with his Jennifer Lopez -assisted version of his…

  10. Ask Billboard: Chart Beat's 'Piano Man' Returns!

    October 11, 2015 9:05 AM EDT Piano-player extraordinaire Alfie Magliano is back with his latest hits medley. Plus, Carrie Underwood's career sales & more. 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…

  11. Rob Thomas Postpones Solo Tour Due to Wife's Surgery

    July 10, 2015 5:42 PM EDT Rob Thomas is hurting, and so are his fans. On Friday (July 10), Uptown Ampitheatre Charlotte announced more postponed concert dates for Thomas' Great Unknown Tour due to his wife Marisol needing brain surgery. Rob Thomas on Next Album, Solo Tour & Matchbox Twenty: 'Unless…

  12. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Adds Another No. 1, With 'Style'

    June 29, 2015 7:25 PM EDT While 'Bad Blood' holds atop Pop Songs, prior single 'Style' tops AC. Plus, Selena Gomez soars in and other new No. 1s for Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Beck, Blake Shelton & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  13. Chart Highlights: Shawn Mendes Sews Up First Pop Songs Airplay Hit With 'Stitches'

    June 08, 2015 6:25 PM EDT After tallying a No.1 Billboard 200 album, the teen star receives his warmest radio welcome yet. Plus, new No. 1s for Chic, Florida Georgia Line & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below, dated June 20, are based on…

  14. Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Miranda Lambert to The Weeknd

    June 05, 2015 5:00 PM EDT Miranda Lambert "Roots And Wings" Sony Music Nashville Country's Miranda Lambert finally ­releases "Roots and Wings" ­after supplying a snippet for a car ad. While it's ­pleasant, the song overstays its welcome. "Roots" draws from the wisdom she…

  15. Rob Thomas on Next Album, Solo Tour & Matchbox Twenty: 'Unless Somebody Knows Something I Don't, We're Still a Band'

    June 04, 2015 8:47 PM EDT Rob Thomas had every intention of having his third solo album, The Great Unknown , ready and out for his Great Unknown 2015 tour, which gets under way June 11. But it hasn't worked out that way -- though he has released a single, "Trust You." "A long time ago I just…

  16. Exclusive: Fun. Frontman Nate Ruess to Receive Hal David Starlight Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    March 18, 2015 8:00 AM EDT Fun. frontman Nate Ruess will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard can reveal. The honor, which each year recognizes a brilliant young songwriter, will be presented at the 46th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner, set for June 18 at the…

  17. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Britney Spears' 'Womanizer' Ruled Hot 100

    October 20, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week six years ago, Spears scored her first No. 1 in a decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John and Santana and the premiere of Billboard's first R&B ranking. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  18. Rixton's 'Heart' Breaking In The U.S.

    April 22, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Brit band is scaling the Hot 100 and Pop Songs charts with 'Me and My Broken Heart,' with help from Scooter Braun, Benny Blanco and Rob Thomas You may not know Rixton, but you're probably familiar with the big names behind it. The British pop-rock band is managed by…

  19. Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart

    March 04, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song becomes one of the elite titles to spend at least 26 weeks atop an airplay ranking Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" joins an exclusive club of songs that have led an airplay chart (that Billboard currently produces each week) for half a year or more, as the track…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: The 27 Songs To Spend At Least 10 Weeks Atop The Hot 100

    August 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is the latest such lengthy leader. Chart Beat analyzes the characteristics of these monster hits. Plus, radio gets in on the Katy Perry/Sara Bareilles similarities and the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart celebrates a birthday The latest chart…

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