Metallica Help Tribute Band Replace Their Equipment After It Was Stolen

When a Washington-based Metallica tribute band called Blistered Earth played in Portland on Saturday (April 23), their tour van was robbed and their equipment—guitars, amps,…
Taylor Weatherby, Billboard / April 28, 2017

Revisit 15 Classic Tracks by the Cure

Robert Smith has been making music with the Cure since the goth-rock band formed in 1976 – and in 41 years' time, his group has given us quite…
Leslie Richin, Billboard / April 21, 2017

Prince Sold More Albums Than Any Other Artist in 2016

In the year after Prince's death on April 21, 2016, the Purple One's catalog of albums and songs have sold a combined 7.7 million copies in…
Ed Christman, Billboard / April 20, 2017

A History of ‘The Simpsons’ on Billboard’s Charts

Mmm, charts … Exactly 30 years ago, on April 19, 1987, The Simpsons' first skit appeared on Fox's The Tracey Ullman Show. Minute-long bits aired during…
Xander Zellner / April 19, 2017

Future Is the First Artist to Release #1 Albums in Consecutive Weeks Since 1968

As expected, Future has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 18) with HNDRXX, his fifth chart topper. It replaces his…
Keith Caulfield, Billboard / March 6, 2017

Every Song From the Weeknd’s Starboy Debuted on the Hot 100

You know you're a Toronto pop star when you overstuff your album to pimp streaming numbers. Following in Drake and Tory Lanez's footsteps, the Weeknd…
Brian Josephs / December 5, 2016

Frank Ocean’s ‘Endless’ Is Ineligible for the ‘Billboard’ Charts

Frank Ocean's primary new album Blonde is expected to debut at number one on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart, but its immediate predecessor Endless doesn't qualify, the…
Anna Gaca / August 27, 2016

2016, the Worst Year for Album Sales Since the Last One

There's been plenty of notable records released this year, but seemingly no amount of great music can fix the industry's declining album sales. Billboard and Nielsen Music (formerly…
Anna Gaca / July 6, 2016

Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Sia, and More Sign Open Letter Calling for Gun Control

As U.S. Democrats and Republicans continue to grapple with passing (or not passing, as the news has revealed) new gun-control measures in the wake of this…
Rachel Brodsky / June 23, 2016

Taylor Swift Dethrones Herself on Soon to Change Billboard Charts

These days it seems like Taylor Swift makes some sort of chart history every week. Last night, it was announced that for the third week…
Andrew Unterberger / November 20, 2014

‘Weird Al’ Finally Has a No. 1 Album

Musical funnyman "Weird Al" Yankovic has finally achieved his first No. 1 album, just 31 short years after he released his debut self-titled LP in…
Elissa Stolman / July 23, 2014

Twitter and Billboard’s Interactive Real-Time Charts Are Here

Music listeners find and share new songs through social media, and now Billboard and Twitter have launched the newest campaign to measure and track those…
Marc Hogan / May 27, 2014

Billboard Launches Twitter Music Chart

Twitter recently shuttered its confusing and underused #music initiative, but the company hasn't given up on our world just yet. They're now teaming with Billboard…
Mike Ayers / March 27, 2014

The RIAA’s On-Demand Stream Policy Is Hostile to Hip-Hop

As SPIN reported via Billboard last week, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that it will now count the number of streams an album…
Brandon Soderberg / May 13, 2013

How Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ Hit the Jackpot Under Billboard’s New Hot 100 Rules

Buoyed by a recent dance-video craze built around a 35-second snippet of the song, Baauer's "Harlem Shake" entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the No.
Philip Sherburne / February 21, 2013
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