1. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  2. Mary Mary: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    May 31, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The sister duo takes a break from dominating Billboard's gospel charts for one of the Marys to score a solo hit "Mary Mary is not putting out new music, but Erica Campbell is," Campbell said, pointing to herself, at a recent visit to Billboard's New York offices. …

  3. Queens of the Stone Age, '...Like Clockwork': Track-By-Track Review

    May 29, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Much has changed for Queens of the Stone Age during the six-year interim between "Era Vulgaris" and the new LP "...Like Clockwork." The band has been rebuilt yet again, with bassist Michael Shuman (Wires on Fire, Mini Mansions) and multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita …

  4. Janet Jackson Talks 'janet.' 20th Anniversary: Exclusive

    May 18, 2013 11:05 AM EDT 'I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music. ' - Janet Jackson Janet Jackson's "janet." celebrates its 20th anniversary today, May 18. Her groundbreaking fifth album has sold over 7 million copies and…

  5. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  6. Fantasia Talks 'Side Effects of You' Album & Confidence

    May 03, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Strong sales and musical identity propel the 'Idol' winner's fourth album. As the "American Idol" final four tuned up for another showdown recently, season-three winner Fantasia found herself back in the spotlight as well. That's because her fourth album, "…

  7. Op-Ed: When Beyonce's Inspiration Turns Into Imitation

    May 01, 2013 11:48 AM EDT 0 They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but what if the person imitating is a polarizing icon that should be doing otherwise -- someone like Beyoncé? On Monday (April 29), pop singer Kerli posted a side-by-side photo on her Facebook page of her and Beyoncé donning…

  8. Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Is Year's Best-Seller in U.K., Rises To No. 1

    April 29, 2013 7:10 AM EDT Tastemaker French act Daft Punk racked up the U.K.’s biggest weekly singles sales total for any act in 2013, with 155,000 downloads, to get their first No. 1 in the territory yesterday (April 28) with “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) featuring Pharrell Williams. Michael Bublé…

  9. Billy Currington Dropped from NASCAR Gig After Arrest

    April 26, 2013 10:19 PM EDT The country singer, facing felony charges, has lost his spot at the Charlotte Motor Speedway All-Star race to Josh Turner. Charlotte Motor Speedway has replaced country singer Billy Currington as the pre-race act before next month's All-Star race. Currington was charged Thursday with…

  10. Pistol Annies Give Birth to 'Annie Up': Our Happy Hour Q&A With Country's Hottest Mavericks

    April 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT It's happy hour at the Timothy Demonbreun House, a dignified Nashville mansion with historical significance, and as Pistol Annies knock back a couple after a long media day for new album "Annie Up," the ladies are very much enjoying each others' company as they…

  11. Tracy Morgan to Host Billboard Music Awards

    April 17, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Comedic actor Tracy Morgan, whose eight seasons on "Saturday Night Live" and seven on "30 Rock" solidified him as one TV's funniest stars, will host the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand on Sunday, May 19, airing on ABC. CLICK FOR…

  12. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Daylight' Dawns Atop Pop Songs

    March 25, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The group manages a feat that hadn't been achieved on the chart since 1994. Plus, new No. 1s for Afrojack and Drake and Thirty Seconds to Mars returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  13. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Ladies Lay Down the Law

    March 06, 2013 10:38 AM EST Ryan Seacrest has promised "brutal" cuts all season on "American Idol," but no eliminations have been that surprising or, indeed, brutal. That may change this Thursday. Because... wow. Often in 2013, the crop of singing ladies on the show has been touted as one of the…

  15. Songwriting Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees: Aerosmith, Foreigner Members & More

    February 22, 2013 10:23 PM EST Tony Hatch, Holly Knight and JD Souther will also be honored at the June 13 ceremony. The Songwriting Hall of Fame's 44th annual slate of inductees have been announced: Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry will join previous…

  16. Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty Headlining

    February 19, 2013 1:50 PM EST Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, Pretty Lights also on tap for the massive Tennessee festival. Paul McCartney will take center stage at this year's Bonnaroo festival, which will invade Manchester, Tenn. from June 13-16. Macca, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers…

  17. Beyonce's 'Life Is But a Dream' Documentary Debuts in New York: Review

    February 13, 2013 9:50 AM EST Oprah Winfrey helps R&B's Queen B pull back the curtain on her personal life at star-studded premiere Among media types, the verdict has been clear for nearly a decade now: Beyonce is a boring interview. For an artist as famous as she, opportunities to pull back the curtains and…

  18. Music World Helps Newtown Heal Following Massacre

    February 07, 2013 8:08 PM EST Artists from Paul Simon to Jennifer Hudson have helped Newtown recovery after its tragedy When 6-year-old Dylan Hockley was memorialized at a service following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, his parents were especially moved by one song. A writer, Dushyanthi Satchi, had…

  19. 'Glee' Recap: A Very Naked Episode

    February 01, 2013 9:17 AM EST "Glee" stripped down this week in an episode that highlighted nakedness (physical and emotional) of it's characters, plus provided fans with the utter eye candy of shirtless dudes in crazy costumes, a landscape of equal parts nostalgia and current pop hits, and realistic…

  20. 'Glee' Recap: Baby It's Back... and Awkward

    January 25, 2013 10:55 AM EST Hiatus over, we're dropped back into a world of "Glee" that's ready to remind you just how embarrassing youth can be If you ever wanted to experience a bucketload of secondhand embarrassment, this episode of "Glee" was the one for you. A lot of things happened…

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