Billboard Wants Artists to Stop Gaming the Charts With Album-Merch Bundles
Artists like Nicki Minaj have been skeptical about how album-merch bundles manipulate the charts. Now, Billboard is changing the rules.
How an Early Christmas Single Helped Hip-Hop Explode
Kurtis Blow's 1979 track "Christmas Rappin'" was proof that rap had a place in the money-or-nothing recording industry. It was also just really sweet.
Precisely 420 Words on John Mayer Not Being a Dick Now
In a new Billboard feature, the guitarist talks blowing up a Winnebago on his 40th birthday, making Sunday morning omelette music, and Mason Ramsey, whom he's been thinking about a lot. Wonderful.