1. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. 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 well as your city, state and…

  2. Chart Highlights: Top 40 Clicks 'Like' on New 5 Seconds of Summer Remake

    December 29, 2014 3:45 PM EST The boy band's cover of the Romantics' 1980 classic debuts. Plus, new No. 1s for Nick Jonas, Big Sean and E-40. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs,…

  3. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  4. Can The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' Top the U.K.'s Cherished Christmas Charts?

    December 19, 2014 5:38 PM EST Following the U.K.'s Official Charts inclusion of digital streaming this year, the new accounting is causing some shake-ups this holiday season. Now the highly coveted Christmas No. 1 could be poised for takeover by a song that's nearly three decades old: The Pogues ' …

  5. Sinead O'Connor's New Managers Have No Plans to Silence the Singer

    December 11, 2014 11:17 AM EST After an affair with her last manager, new rep Simon Napier-Bell assures, "I'm rather old & gay; she's on safe ground." No one uses her blog as a substitute for placing classified ads quite like Sinead O’Connor . Three years ago, she famously blogged in search of a…

  6. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  7. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  8. Record Store Day Black Friday Exclusives: The Shopping List Is In!

    October 20, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Yes, even 5 Seconds of Summer is down with Record Store Day. Record Store Day 2015 won’t be here until April 18, but plenty of collectible vinyl exclusives are just around the corner. Record Store Day just announced its hit list for Nov. 28 -- aka Black Friday -- and there are dozens of…

  9. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  10. New Kids on the Block After Dark Las Vegas Concert: The Top 10 Moments

    July 11, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Donnie Wahlberg has a mouth like a sailor and an affinity for sparkly sneakers. Joey McIntyre possesses a remarkable sense of balance and loves him a V-neck tee. Jonathan Knight is a pro at weak-kneeing the ladies, his brother Jordan can still give it to you with those dance moves and Danny…

  11. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  12. '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…

  13. Chart Highlights: KONGOS No. 1, Black Keys Blast In At Alternative Radio

    March 31, 2014 4:05 PM EDT KONGOS' 'Come With Me Now' crowns Alternative Songs, while the Black Keys make a splashy return with 'Fever.' Plus, new No. 1s for Kylie Minogue, Blake Shelton and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  14. George Michael’s 'Symphonica' Opens At No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

    March 24, 2014 6:55 AM EDT George Michael’s live “Symphonica” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) won the battle of the heavyweight releases with Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” (Parlophone/Warner Music) on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (March 23).  London DJ-producer Duke Dumont scored his second chart-topping single in…

  15. Heartbreak Hits: Top 30 Breakup Songs

    February 14, 2014 9:05 AM EST Not everyone equates Valentine's Day with red hearts and roses. For those that have not found cupid to be so kind, February 14 can be a reminder that sometimes, love really can suck. This fact has not been lost on pop musicians; for every whimsical song about love's dizzying…

  16. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Bon Jovi Spends Valentine's Day, 1987, At No. 1

    February 10, 2014 11:05 AM EST Twenty-seven years ago this week, the band reigned with 'Livin' on a Prayer.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Paula Abdul, Roxette, Rascal Flatts and Whitney Houston Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  17. George Michael Releases Piano Ballad 'Let Her Down Easy': Listen

    February 03, 2014 8:31 PM EST The Terence Trent D'Arby cover will appear on "Symphonica," out March 17 A few weeks after announcing a new album for this March, George Michael is back with its first single. The former Wham! singer debuted "Let Her Down Easy" on Magic Radio UK today (Feb. 3),…

  18. George Michael Announces New Album for March

    January 20, 2014 4:49 PM EST "Symphonica" will hit shelves March 17 After a spell of making headlines for mishaps rather than music, George Michael is coming back with a new album. Michael announced Monday (Jan. 20) that his sixth solo album, "Symphonica," is due for release March 17. Related Articles…

  19. Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return

    December 05, 2013 10:10 AM EST 'Tis the season for Billboard to rank the 100 hottest holiday songs and the 50 best-selling Yuletide albums each week It's already looking a lot like Christmas on Billboard.com and Billboardbiz, as the Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts return, while a new seasonal ranking,…

  20. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 For Ninth Week

    November 27, 2013 11:30 AM EST The song just barely holds off Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, at No. 2, for a third week. Plus, Passenger rides into the top 10 with "Let Her Go" Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week, keeping Eminem's …

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