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  • GQ
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  • theScore

Recent articles by Andrew:

New Kids on the Block's 10 Best Songs: Staff Picks

From earnest ballads to stomping sing-alongs to highlights from the surprisingly successful second act of their career, here are the 10 best NKOTB tracks. → Read More

How Much Do You Know About the History of Female MCs on the Billboard Charts? Take Our 20-Question Quiz!

Take a look below at our 20-question quiz -- you'll need to score 60% or better to pass -- and see how good you are putting "Ladies First" in your hip-hop history. → Read More

Liner 'Notes': The 1975's Matty Healy Talks Releasing an Opus Under Quarantine

The 1975 frontman talks about the band's sprawling fourth LP 'Notes on a Conditional Form,' as well as his own quarantine living, and his band's new status as critics' darlings entering their second decade as The 1975. → Read More

Who's the Biggest Pop Star Right Now Without a Hot 100 No. 1 Hit? (2020 Edition)

With Nicki Minaj recently taking herself out of the discussion with her appearance on Doja Cat's "Say So," below is a brief rundown of the artists currently in the debate for the biggest pop star still lacking a Hot 100 No. 1. → Read More

Betty Wright's 10 Best Songs: Staff Picks

Betty Wright was one of the most venerated figures in '70s soul, funk, gospel and disco -- not just a brilliant singer- songwriter, but also an accomplished producer and even an instinctive A&R woman, helping singers and eventual disco stars George & Gwen McCrae sign their first record deal in the late '60s while just a teenager herself. While Wright's multi-faceted career has seen her… → Read More

The 10 Best Samples of Betty Wright Songs: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Chance the Rapper & More

Billboard pays tribute to the way Betty Wright's music has lived on through its repurposing by future generations here, with a list of our 10 favorite samples of her classic jams. → Read More

Little Richard's 10 Greatest Moments: From 'Tutti Frutti' to 'Full House'

Following his death this week at age 87, we're looking back at the 10 greatest moments from the legendary career of the man born Richard Wayne Penniman. → Read More

Andre Harrell, Founder of Uptown Records, Dies at 59

Andre Harrell, music mogul and founder of influential R&B and hip-hop label Uptown Records, has died, DJ D-Nice announced on his Instagram Live and Billboard can confirm. → Read More

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The Sopranos Is the Hottest Show of 2020

In the middle of a global pandemic, viewership for the HBO hit The Sopranos, which ended 13 years ago, shot through the roof. Here's why. → Read More

Surprise Streaming Hits: 10 Songs From the 2010s You Wouldn't Expect Still Get Millions of Weekly Plays

Here are ten songs that are at least five years old that weren't necessarily chart smashes upon their initial release -- and aren't old enough to have been bronzed as classics -- but which were still streamed at least 2.5 million times last week. → Read More

Kraftwerk's 10 Best Songs: Staff Picks

Like only a select number of artists from the last century, it's truly impossible to imagine modern music without Kraftwerk. → Read More

Damian Lillard Talks #4BarFriday Freestyle Competition Series & Whether He Sees the NBA Season Returning This Year

The NBA season may be hanging in limbo for All-Star point guard Damian Lillard -- whose Portland Trailblazers were in the midst of mounting a playoff push when the season got suspended due to COVID-19 concerns -- but that doesn't mean that he isn't keeping busy. → Read More

'Hanging By a Moment' Is the Ultimate Minivan Rock Song

After his band's "Hanging By a Moment" was named the Billboard staff's No. 1 song of the Minivan Rock era, the Lifehouse frontman shares his memories of the song. → Read More

Teddy Riley Talks 'Bringing R&B Back' With Babyface Battle, Denies Trying to Move Event Off Instagram

On Monday night (Apr. 20), legendary R&B writer, producer and performer Teddy Riley engaged in the most-watched (and also most-delayed) Instagram Live battle yet put on by the Verzuz team of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland -- facing off with fellow decades-spanning great Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Over 500k watched simultaneously at the event's peak, with Riley later posting on IG that four… → Read More

Babyface vs. Teddy Riley in Classic R&B 'Verzuz' Battle: See Billboard's Scorecard and Winner For the Showdown

Even with a late-inning quasi-rainout, there was still enough for a full ballgame. Check out how Billboard scored Monday night's writer-producer's duel between Babyface and Teddy Riley below. → Read More

Babyface vs. Teddy Riley Verzuz Battle Postponed For Technical Issues, Twitter Cackles at the Messy Event

Around 10:30, Babyface announced on his Instagram that his battle with Teddy Riley would be postponed, explaining, "I think that it’s only right that we postpone this thing until another time when there aren’t any technical difficulties." → Read More

Eddie Vedder Performs Solo Version of Pearl Jam's 'River Cross' For 'One World' Benefit

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performed a spine-chilling solo version of "River Cross" at the One World: Together at Home benefit event on Saturday night (Apr. 18). Dressed in a black shirt and black ballcap and surrounded by candles, Eddie Vedder performed the song -- which appears on Pearl Jam's Gigaton album -- with his own groaning organ work as the lone accompaniment. The song's closing… → Read More

Paul McCartney Plays 'Lady Madonna' in Tribute to Nurses and Doctors During 'One World'

Paul McCartney performed a special solo rendition of The Beatles' 1968 single "Lady Madonna" on the One World: Together at Home special on Saturday night (Apr. 18). → Read More

10 Artists We're Still Hoping Will Finally Drop Their Long-Awaited New Album

While the rest of the world has been in a pretty dismal all-around state, it's been a year of dreams coming true on a regular basis for long-suffering music fans when it comes to much-anticipated projects from their schedule-adverse favorites. → Read More

7 Ways the 'Verzuz' Series Could Step Up Their Beat Battles

After a couple weeks of steadily building momentum -- a crescendo that hit an early peak with Saturday night's Lil Jon vs. T-Pain battle, watched simultaneously by over a quarter-million viewers on Instagram Live -- the Timbaland- and Swizz Beatz-curated "Verzuz" battle series finally hit a snag. Sunday's much-anticipated face-off between R&B legends Babyface and Teddy Riley was postponed,… → Read More