The 2013 Billboard Music Awards' star-studded extravaganza Sunday (May 19) celebrated the best music of the past year not just by handing out trophies, but with an impressive slate of performances that included Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Prince, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and many more.
Daft Punk makes a leap on the Social 50 tally, rising 38-5 and breaking the top five for the first time. The French dance duo made its just-released album, "Random Access Memories" (May 21), available for streaming in the iTunes Store on Monday, May 13.
"Clouds," by late singer/songwriter Zach Sobiech, appears headed for a potentially high debut on next week's Billboard Hot 100, possibly in the top 20, fueled largely by strong sales and likely increasing streaming activity following his passing.
Three up-and-coming groups -- Little Mix, Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony -- have particularly caught our attention, and all promise big things in the months ahead; but which new pop group will become inescapable this summer?
The music business has changed a lot in the past few years, let alone since 1990. It was the summer of that year when MCA Nashville released "Too Cold At Home," the traditional-styled debut single from Mark Chesnutt. As the singer was taking part in a media day to promote his new single, he reflected about the changes since then.