1. Ask Billboard: Can Kanye, Rihanna & Paul Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100?

    February 01, 2015 9:15 AM EST Will 'FourFiveSeconds' clock in atop the Hot 100? Plus, another new McCartney achievement & more everlasting, if not high-charting, hits. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  2. Happy Birthday, Harry Styles: 5 Great Performances from the One Direction Star

    February 01, 2015 9:00 AM EST From the man bun to the hats, Mr. Styles certainly gave us a lot to talk about this year. Harry Styles, arguably One Direction 's goofiest member and not-argueably the one who has most dated Taylor Swift , turns the big 21 today. (The significance of the birthday is a bit anticlimactic…

  3. Joey FATTS, Rae Morris & Pete Doherty: Emerging Picks of the Week

    January 31, 2015 9:45 PM EST Spice up your playlist this weekend with Billboard 's weekly roundup of tracks from the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart . For artists to qualify, they must meet three qualifications: have fewer than 100,000 followers on Twitter, have yet to place an album in the top half of…

  4. Super Bowl vs. Grammys: Analyzing Their Sales Impact on Artists

    January 31, 2015 3:11 PM EST Even though record label executives tend to choose the Super Bowl halftime show as the most powerful marketing tool in Billboard's annual Maximum Exposure issue, the event can be hit or miss in driving sales for the artist who perform there. How Super Bowl Halftime Shows Sell Music:…

  5. D'Angelo on 'SNL': 5 Things We Want To See

    January 31, 2015 11:15 AM EST Thankfully, D'Angelo 's live performances are much more frequent than his album releases: last December, listeners got to hear new recordings from the singer for the first time in more than a decade, but dedicated fans have been able to catch his gigs in the last couple years. D&…

  6. Imagine Dragons' Bassist: Don't Make Seahawks the Super Bowl Hero

    January 31, 2015 10:53 AM EST Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl -- he doesn't want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes. 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows McKee is a native of Forestville in Northern California and roots for the…

  7. Happy Birthday, Justin Timberlake: 5 Great Performances

    January 31, 2015 9:00 AM EST Justin Timberlake has been entertaining us since he was a little kid (never forget The Mickey Mouse Club! ) For his 34th birthday, we're looking back and celebrating all the different eras of Mr. Timberlake's musical career, from *NSYNC to "Mirrors."  Check out five of…

  8. Gorillaz Co-Creator, Artist Jamie Hewlett Confirms Group's Return With New Art

    January 30, 2015 9:59 PM EST Damon Albarn promised a return of his animated Gorillaz project last October but has since been silent. Now his co-creator and the band's comic artist Jamie Hewlett has revealed new artwork of the group's beloved fictional members Murdoc and Noodle to his Instagram page,…

  9. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Grammy Nominees' Album Debuts in Top 20

    January 30, 2015 8:28 PM EST On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart , Fall Out Boy earned the largest sales week for a rock album in nearly a year, as the band's American Beauty/American Psycho arrived in the No. 1 slot . It shifted 218,000 album equivalent units in the week ending Jan. 25, of which 192,000 were…

  10. In Defense of Adam Lambert's 'Trespassing': Why His Last Album Should Be Rediscovered

    January 30, 2015 7:15 PM EST 0 Ostensibly, Adam Lambert 's sophomore album, Trespassing , was not a success. Upon its May 2012 release, the album did become Lambert's first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart , selling 77,000 copies and making the former American Idol runner-up the first openly…

  11. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kate Pierson (The B-52's) Interview, Plus Joey Badass & More

    January 30, 2015 6:06 PM EST We were lucky to get a very special guest on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast: Kate Pierson of (one of my favorite bands!)  The B-52's. Pierson's solo debut, Guitars and Microphones , comes out Feb. 17, and she stopped by to explain how the album came together with help…

  12. Quotes of the Week: Lady Gaga Apologizes for Eating Pizza, Taylor Swift Is Blown Away By Madonna and More

    January 30, 2015 5:56 PM EST "Oh my god what am I doing with my life?" -- El-P The Run the Jewels producer-rapper, captioning an Instagram video showing him working on beats for Meow the Jewels, a Kickstarter-funded joke-remix album entirely composed of cat sounds. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete…

  13. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Rihanna, Kanye & Paul McCartney to Zac Brown Band

    January 30, 2015 5:50 PM EST Giorgio Moroder Featuring Kylie Minogue "Right Here, Right Now" RCA At 74, Moroder is still crafting opulent dance productions. His collaboration with Minogue lacks the heart-stopping hooks of his greatest disco achievements, but still sparks movement with robotic synths that…

  14. How Super Bowl Halftime Shows Sell Music: From MJ to Bruno Mars (1993-Present)

    January 30, 2015 5:24 PM EST From Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars, how stars' Super Bowl performances scored on the charts. Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance in 1993, the Super Bowl halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. Super Bowl 2015: Full…

  15. Author Pamela Des Barres' Tribute to Kim Fowley: 'He Had Faith in Humanity and We Constantly Disappointed Him'

    January 30, 2015 5:00 PM EST The Runaways svengali and L.A. scenester Kim Fowley, who died of cancer Jan. 15, is remembered by his friend of nearly 50 years, 'I'm With the Band' author Pamela Des Barres You know how some moments are burned into your psyche like an eternal Technicolor snapshot? I was a 17…

  16. Sundance 2015: New Pharrell Songs, KT Tunstall Ready to Score, Rashida Jones Sings & More

    January 30, 2015 3:13 PM EST The 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival was lean on music-related documentaries -- films on Nina Simone and Kurt Cobain were pretty much it -- limiting the festival's music scene to showcases, potential soundtracks and composers' scores. From a music perspective, Dope is…

  17. 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…

  18. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Drenge Previews New Album 'Undertow'

    January 30, 2015 11:30 AM EST The brothers take us behind the scenes of their 'Letterman' session the previous day. The morning after making their American television premiere on The Late Show , fraternal U.K. duo Drenge stopped by Billboard's New York office to chat with Chris Payne for a new episode of…

  19. Sleater-Kinney Hits New High on Billboard 200 & Top Rock Albums

    January 30, 2015 10:28 AM EST Sleater-Kinney scores its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 18) and starts at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums with its eighth full-length album, and first in nearly 10 years, No Cities to Love . The influential punk trio (Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein, also of Portlandia…

  20. Tomorrow's Hits: Starling Glow, Marlon Roudette & Saint Motel

    January 30, 2015 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Starling Glow Starling Glow, fronted by Orange County native Liz Anne Hill, nears Pop Songs with the hooky, guitar-infused "Ignite,"…

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