1. John Lennon & Paul McCartney's Songwriting Magic Reaches Billboard Chart Milestone

    June 28, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Fifty years ago this week, on the Hot 100 dated June 29, 1963, a songwriting team from the United Kingdom made its Billboard chart debut. The two Liverpudlians receiving their first song credit in America were named John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Their credits weren’t linked to a…

  2. Black Sabbath Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 19, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Big Time Rush, Goo Goo Dolls, the Lonely Island all crash Top 10 of this week's tally. Almost 43 years after Black Sabbath debuted on the Billboard 200 chart, the iconic rock band earns its first No. 1 album this week with the arrival of "13." The set starts at No. 1…

  3. Kanye West's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 12, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Kanye West: the narcissistic icon, pompous revolutionary and the man who wore a leather kilt. With a wired jaw and a collection of beats and rhymes, 'Ye came into the game in 2004 with his debut album, "The College Dropout." Nine years later and the artist has achieved…

  4. Kanye West: I'm the 'Michael Jordan of Music'

    June 12, 2013 6:19 AM EDT When Kanye West talks, people listen. When he rants, masses tune in. The rapper gave a rare interview to the New York Times in which he talks at some length about his career. And he rants. And he delivers some bravado-filled soundbites that should reverberate until his new album “Yeezus”…

  5. 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 .…

  6. Governors Ball 2013: Kanye West, The xx, Haim Shine on Sunday

    June 10, 2013 1:53 PM EDT Grizzly Bear, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, and Deerhunter rock Randall's Island on the fest's final, sunniest day. With Friday's rain long gone and Saturday's mud settled, Governors Ball wrapped Sunday (June 9) with a day of perfect weather that culminated with…

  7. Kanye West Debuts 'Yeezus' Songs, Rants About Album Rollout at Governors Ball

    June 10, 2013 9:46 AM EDT "Honestly at this point, I could give a f--k about selling a million records as long as I put out an album for the summer that y'all can rock to for all f---in' summer" Kanye West "could give a fuck" about how much money he'll pocket from upcoming album…

  8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Still Atop Hot 100, Robin Thicke Reaches Top 10

    June 05, 2013 2:29 PM EDT The duo maintains its command for a fifth week with 'Can't Hold Us,' while 'Blurred Lines' soars upward. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis notch a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton. Robin Thicke,…

  9. Daft Punk Leads Debut-Filled Top Four on Billboard 200 Album Chart

    May 29, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Darius Rucker, The National and French Montana all see new albums arrive on the albums chart Led by Daft Punk at No. 1, the entire top four on the Billboard 200 albums chart are debuts this week. The dance/electronic duo sees its new "Random Access Memories" launch at atop the…

  10. Astronaut Chris Hadfield Creates Offworld Cover of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity': Watch

    May 13, 2013 12:49 AM EDT David Bowie’s 1969 classic “Space Oddity” has always been out of this world. Now, an astronaut has re-imagined the song by taking it into orbit -- quite literally. Commander Chris Hadfield has remade “Space Oddity” with a remarkable video shot from the International Space Station. In…

  11. Michael Buble Tops Billboard 200, Fantasia Arrives at No. 2

    May 01, 2013 11:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday (April 30), pop singer Michael Buble earns his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week with the arrival of "To Be Loved." The set sold 195,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Buble's last album, 2011's "…

  12. 20 Songs Named After Other Musicians: The Wanted's 'Walks Like Rihanna' & More

    April 30, 2013 2:44 PM EDT So far this week, the Wanted has returned with a new single that tips its cap to the body language of a certain Barbadian pop princess ("She can't sing, she can't dance/But who cares, she walks like Rihanna!" goes the chorus), and Lil Kim has jumped on a Tiffany Foxx…

  13. 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…

  14. Paramore Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    April 17, 2013 8:38 AM EDT Rock group starts in top spot while Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Tyga are among Top 10 debuts. Rock band Paramore nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week, beating out Brad Paisley, who debuts at No. 2. The former's self-titled set starts with 106,000…

  15. Darius Rucker Rolls 'Wagon Wheel' to No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    April 04, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The song marks Rucker's sixth leader on the list. Plus, Blake Shelton bows atop Top Country Albums, Hunter Hayes reigns on Country Airplay and Taylor Swift starts 'Trouble' on country radio Darius Rucker ends a two-year absence from the top of Hot Country Songs, as "…

  16. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 03, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne, OneRepublic, Blake Shelton and more score Top 10 debuts. Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" easily spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 318,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's more than 100,000 ahead…

  17. Blake Shelton Set for His Best Sales Week Ever on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 29, 2013 7:35 PM EDT Shelton will look to beat 2011's "Red River Blue" bow as Lil Wayne heads to the top of the chart. Led by Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being II," the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 should welcome six new entries next week. The rap star's latest…

  18. 'American Idol': Devin Velez Exit Interview

    March 29, 2013 10:22 AM EDT After Wednesday night’s shaky group performance of “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” it was no surprise that “American Idol’s” latest castoff was a male. “Idol” celebrated its 450th episode last night, sending Devin Velez packing and leaving only Burnell Taylor and Lazaro…

  19. Justin Timberlake Hits No. 1 for First Time on Social 50 Chart

    March 28, 2013 9:00 PM EDT The "20/20" star is experiencing the top of the chart thanks to his new album. Move over Bieber, there's a new Justin in town (again). Concurrent with the release of Justin Timberlake's first album in 6 years, "The 20/20 Experience," the pop star has propelled…

  20. Lil Wayne Set for Top Debut Next Week on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 27, 2013 8:15 PM EDT The rapper's "I Am Not a Human Being II" should launch atop debuts from Blake Shelton and Depeche Mode. Lil Wayne should earn the highest debut on next week's Billboard 200 chart, as the rapper's new album, "I Am Not a Human Being II," is on course to…

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