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. Veteran Producer Ron Fair to Exec-Produce TLC's New Album

    January 30, 2015 1:05 PM EST Long before social media became a required weapon in a pop star's arsenal, TLC was closer to its audience than most acts -- the trio included thousands of fans' names on a pull-out poster inside of its third album, 1999's FanMail . So when TLC turned to Kickstarter to fund…

  3. Above & Beyond, Hardwell Reach Career Highs on Top Dance/Electronic Albums

    January 30, 2015 1:00 PM EST Above & Beyond banks its first No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart -- and best career sales week -- as We Are All We Need starts with 14,000 units, according to Nielsen Music. The sum easily bests the English trio's previous top sales frame of 5,000 units,…

  4. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Style' Soars, Nicki Minaj Notches 60th Hit

    January 30, 2015 11:15 AM EST 'Style' enters the top 40, while Minaj bows with 'Truffle Butter.' Plus, moves for Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd & Natalie La Rose. As previously reported, Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth…

  5. 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…

  6. Ex-Silverchair Frontman Daniel Johns Releases First Solo Song: Listen

    January 29, 2015 1:51 AM EST It's taken eight years, but Daniel Johns has finally shared new music.  The Australian singer, who led Silverchair to "superstar" status Down Under, has released "Aerial Love," a soulful, dreamy pop song he created with producer  Joel Little ( Lorde,  Broods ). The…

  7. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney Debut on Hot 100 With 'FourFiveSeconds'

    January 28, 2015 6:22 PM EST The first single from Rihanna's next studio album enters the Hot 100 at No. 54 following the song's arrival on Jan. 24. It also launches on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 12. "FourFiveSeconds," from super-trio Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney , enters the…

  8. Blink-182 Soap Opera: What Other Bands Can Learn

    January 28, 2015 6:00 PM EST Full-time force or part-time nostalgia? It’s a crossroads that veteran bands often struggle with, and it’s what ultimately wrecked Blink. What went down among Mark, Tom and Travis never should have been put on blast for the Internet at large. Tom doesn't want to play with Mark and…

  9. Mark Hoppus: Blink-182 Was Never Going To Part with Travis Barker

    January 28, 2015 2:08 PM EST Despite the claims of Tom DeLonge, the drummer was never considered in danger of losing his spot in the band. As the battle between Blink-182 members rages on, bassist Mark Hoppus has clarified in a new interview that the group was never going to part with drummer Travis Barker, despite…

  10. Rewinding the Charts: 20 Years Ago, TLC's 'Creep' Crowned the Hot 100

    January 28, 2015 8:05 AM EST 'Creep' became the first of four top five Hot 100 hits that helped make the trio's 'CrazySexyCool' the biggest-selling album by a female pop group in history, but bankruptcy – and worse – were looming. IN 1995, THE FUTURE LOOKED BRIGHT for TLC. After a string of…

  11. San E, Ailee & Jay Park Team Up for Unite the Mic Tour 2015

    January 27, 2015 8:20 PM EST From San Francisco to Istanbul, the K-pop superstars are coming together for a global joint tour. While the number of international K-pop concerts  steadily climbs , it's still a rare treat to to see multiple acts tour together. But San E , Ailee and Jay Park will come to America,…

  12. Tom DeLonge on Blink-182 Split: 'Never Planned on Quitting, Just Find it Hard as Hell to Commit'

    January 27, 2015 7:10 PM EST After Blink-182 founding member Tom DeLonge released a somewhat convoluted response denying he had recently quit his longtime band, the guitarist took to Facebook Tuesday to clarify what went down.  In a lengthy post, DeLonge claimed he had tried to regroup the trio through a personal…

  13. Watch ZZ Top's Texas-Sized Riffs on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    January 27, 2015 12:40 PM EST Check out their live performances of "Tush," "La Grange," and "I Gotsta Get Paid." On Jan. 26, Houston took over Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles. First, Houston Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt appeared as a guest, and later, the legendary ZZ Top…

  14. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  15. Blink-182's Mark Hoppus & Travis Barker Expose Tom DeLonge in Tell-All Interview

    January 27, 2015 10:30 AM EST Barker implies the band only reunited because of his near-death in a plane crash. First, Tom DeLonge was out of Blink-182 . Then he said he wasn't . Either way, the veteran pop-punk band clearly has its dysfunctions, so bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker cleared the air…

  16. Hear Lil Wayne Team Up With Migos on 'Amazing Amy'

    January 27, 2015 10:00 AM EST The release of Lil Wayne 's Tha Carter V has been delayed again, but the rapper is doing his best to keep supplying his fans with new music despite label shenanigans. Last week he put out a mixtape , Sorry 4 The Wait 2 , and this week another new track surfaced featuring Wayne…

  17. Iggy Azalea Owns Winterfest Ahead of 2015 Arena Tour

    January 26, 2015 3:15 PM EST In what will likely be one of her last gigs before embarking on her first arena tour on April 14, Iggy Azalea had high expectations for her Saturday night performance at Billboard's WinterFest on Jan. 24, where the Sundance Film Festival crowd was packed nearly twice as tight as it…

  18. Bleachers, Kevin Ross Climb Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials, Powered by Shazam

    January 26, 2015 3:14 PM EST "What's the name of the song playing in that commercial?" It's a common question with an easy answer, thanks to Shazam's song-recognition technology. Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming tracked by Nielsen Music, Billboard has partnered…

  19. Tom DeLonge Didn't Quit Blink-182: Update

    January 26, 2015 2:33 PM EST The guitarist corrects an earlier report that he'd left the band. Despite reports earlier today (Jan. 26) that Blink-182 had lost its longtime guitarist, Tom DeLonge maintains he hasn't left the band.  DeLonge stated his case via a post on his official Facebook page,…

  20. Cuban Reggaetón Singer Who Fled U.S. Flaunts Bling, Gets Arrested in Havana

    January 26, 2015 10:56 AM EST Gilbert Man is wanted for credit card fraud in Florida -- could the artist's arrest signal a new era of cooperative law enforcement with Cuba? Gilberto Martinez Suarez , a Cuban reggaetón singer who calls himself Gilbert Man , posted on his Facebook page that he was "Doing…

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