1. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  2. Fall Out Boy & Paramore 'Save Rock and Roll' at New York Monumentour Stop

    June 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT The Monumentour’s second date sails into Long Island, N.Y.’s Jones Beach Theater June 21 Fall Out Boy and Paramore have a lot common. Sure, they’re tag-team repping pop-punk in the mainstream almost singlehandedly, but their likeness these days runs deeper than that. They’re two bands…

  3. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's New Album: 10 Song Parodies We'd Like To Hear

    June 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT From Jennifer Lawrence shout-outs to donut odes, here are 10 suggestions for "Weird Al's" upcoming opus. On July 15, master spoofer "Weird Al" Yankovic will return with "Mandatory Fun," his 14th studio album and first full-length since 2011's "…

  4. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash…

  5. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  6. 'N Sync's 'Gone' Comes Back: Why Michael Jackson's Proposed Duet is an Essential Justin Timberlake Track

    May 09, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Improbably, 'N Sync's "Gone" is back in the news: in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey's OWN , Justin Timberlake reveals that "Love Never Felt So Good," his new single featured on Michael Jackson's upcoming posthumous album "Xscape," was…

  7. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  8. Coachella 2014: 6 Reasons Why Weekend 2 Rocked (And Was Different From Weekend 1)

    April 21, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Three years ago, when Coachella announced that it was going to put on two festivals on concurrent weekends with the same lineup, many fans hypothesized that the second weekend could never feel as "special" as the first: after all, any surprises or major performance pieces would be…

  9. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  10. Foster The People On Following Up A Breakthrough: 'I Was at War with Myself'

    March 26, 2014 2:21 PM EDT For Foster The People, the antidote to writer's block was hiding on the coast of Morocco. "There's something mystical that floats in the air there," says frontman/multi-instrumentalist Mark Foster, calling in from somewhere between France and London on the band's…

  11. 'Frozen' Earns Its Biggest Sales Week Yet, Tops Billboard 200 a Seventh Time

    March 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Thanks to the March 18 release of "Frozen" on DVD and Blu-ray, its soundtrack has scored its best sales week yet. The album spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 202,000 copies in the week ending March 23 (up 104 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  12. 'Frozen' Going for Lucky 7th Week at No. 1, YG for No. 2 on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2014 7:00 PM EDT The cold front that's sitting atop the Billboard 200 -- also known as the "Frozen" soundtrack -- seems set for a seventh week at No. 1. Industry forecasters suggest the album could sell over 200,000 copies in the week ending March 23. If the "Frozen" album sells…

  13. Foster the People, 'Supermodel': Track-By-Track Review

    March 17, 2014 1:16 PM EDT What's harder than making America dance to a song that's ostensibly about a school shooting? Figuring out how to follow that out-of-nowhere success, of course. With the 2010 single "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People mastermind Mark Foster proved he could do the former,…

  14. (Don't) Call Me: Blondie Rejects Offer to Perform at Sochi Olympics

    February 10, 2014 9:30 AM EST Blondie has revealed that they rejected an offer to perform at the Sochi Olympics because of Russia's violations against human rights, including the country's recent anti-gay laws.  On her Twitter account, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry published a scan of the printed offer to…

  15. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (Sticking only to…

  16. Chart Highlights: Pitbull & Ke$ha, Beyonce & Jay Z Score New No. 1s

    January 20, 2014 4:55 PM EST The former pair takes over atop Pop Songs with 'Timber,' while the latter twosome's 'Drunk in Love' crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Plus, new leaders for Demi Lovato, Avenged Sevenfold, Zac Brown Band and Elvis Crespo (also with Pitbull) Chart Highlights offers a…

  17. Foster the People Drops New Single, Announces Second Album

    January 13, 2014 7:39 PM EST "Supermodel" arrives March 18 via Columbia Records After teasing a 2014 return at the beginning of the month, Foster the People is fully back, with a new single and an upcoming album to show for it. The Los Angeles alternative rock act will release "Supermodel," its second…

  18. Foster The People Announces 2014 Return In New Teaser Clip: Watch

    January 02, 2014 11:40 AM EST Foster The People was mostly absent from the music scene in 2013 after releasing its debut album, "Torches," in 2011, and subsequently touring in 2012 while making a pitstop at the Grammys to perform with Maroon 5 and the Beach Boys. This year will not be as quiet for Mark Foster…

  19. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  20. 20 Best Songs of 2013: Critics' Picks

    December 18, 2013 1:30 PM EST Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year, from Lorde to Yeezus. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks songs list is always difficult to cobble together -- with thousands of great songs released this year to consider, how can a group responsibly highlight the…

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