1. Jennifer Lopez TV Drama 'Shades of Blue' Ordered Straight To Series at NBC

    February 22, 2014 11:46 AM EST NBC is making a big bet on Jennifer Lopez: the network has made a straight-to-series 13 episode order for the "American Idol" judge's star vehicle. The drama, "Shades of Blue," will center on a on Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother and dirty cop recruited to work…

  2. Wiz Khalifa Talks 'Blacc Hollywood' & Hanging with Miley Cyrus: Watch

    February 21, 2014 1:45 PM EST Wiz Khalifa has a big year ahead of him -- a new album, headlining tour, and a host of intriguing collaborations. Billboard convinced him to take a break from chilling with Miley Cyrus in LA to stop by its New York studio for an in-person update.  "The music is pretty much there for the…

  3. Ty Dolla $ign & DJ Mustard Hit Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 20, 2014 4:44 PM EST In its 13th week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid," featuring B.o.B, steps 11-10 to mark the former's first top 10 on the list. The track gains in all three of the chart's metrics with a 13% lift to 33,000 downloads, its best sales week yet …

  4. Bette Midler to Perform at the Oscars

    February 20, 2014 12:39 AM EST Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, it was announced Wednesday. The Divine Miss M has received two Oscar nominations and won several Grammys. “We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meronsaid…

  5. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' Breaks Record For Longest Hot 100 Run

    February 19, 2014 3:23 PM EST With a 77th week, the rock band's multi-format hit bests the 76-week chart life of Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours' in 2008-09. Meanwhile, AWOLNATION's 'Sail' ties for second with its 76th frame Imagine Dragons rewrite Billboard Hot 100 history, as "…

  6. Eric Church Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'The Outsiders'

    February 19, 2014 11:00 AM EST Eric Church's "The Outsiders" easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 288,000 in its first week (ending Feb. 16), according to Nielsen SoundScan.   It's the largest sales week of the year, and the biggest since Beyonce's self-titled album sold 310…

  7. NEEDTOBREATHE Announces Tour, Debuts New Track 'State I'm In' (Exclusive)

    February 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST When NEEDTOBREATHE kicks off their upcoming tour May 1st  at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO most fans will have no idea what a rocky road it was for the band to get there. In fact, lead vocalist Bear Rinehart admits they came very close to calling it quits, but somewhere in making…

  8. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  9. Pharrell Williams Rattles Through Hits & Guest Stars at NBA All-Star Player Introductions: Watch

    February 16, 2014 9:09 PM EST Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Nelly all helped the singer-producer deliver the goods. Pharrell Williams continued his year-long hot streak with a hits-laden, crowd-dazzling performance at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night (Feb. 16) at New Orleans Arena, as part of the…

  10. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  11. DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014

    February 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST The DJ Mustard sound, like a Van Gogh painting or a good avocado, is easy to spot when you know what to look for. It's taut and spare, snappy and insistent. There are usually gruff chants in the background, like the song is a boozy party where a dance circle has just taken shape. …

  12. Heartbreak Hits: Top 30 Breakup Songs

    February 14, 2014 9:05 AM EST Not everyone equates Valentine's Day with red hearts and roses. For those that have not found cupid to be so kind, February 14 can be a reminder that sometimes, love really can suck. This fact has not been lost on pop musicians; for every whimsical song about love's dizzying…

  13. Nick Jonas to Co-Star in 'Navy St.' TV Drama

    February 14, 2014 1:24 AM EST Nick Jonas is returning to the small screen full time. The singer-actor and The Glades alum Kiele Sanchez have nabbed co-starring roles in DirecTV's family MMA drama Navy St., The Hollywood Reporter has learned.  From Endemol Studios, Navy St. is a gritty drama set against the backdrop…

  14. Top 10 Latin 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 13, 2014 10:50 PM EST Billboard Hot Latin Songs' biggest ever canciones de "amor" "Amor" is a word that needs no translation, and it's one that Spanish-language songwriters have always used with abandon to create the romantic songs that are cornerstones of Latin music. We salute all…

  15. Pharrell's 'Happy' Hits No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    February 13, 2014 7:14 PM EST The song is the singer's second No. 1 song as a solo artist on the chart and first since 2003 Following his Nielsen era record of 16 weeks atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs last year with his featured turn on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (also featuring T.I.), Pharrell scores his second…

  16. 5 Reasons to Love the ‘90s: Duke Dumont, Bastille and More Dance Producers Lead the Revival

    February 13, 2014 2:05 PM EST Remember the ‘90s, an era of multi-million dollar music videos, Bill Clinton and a pre-social media internet. It’s also the decade that some of today’s hottest stars of dance music were born (the boys of Disclosure, Martin Garrix, and Krewella’s Yasmine Yousaf are all ‘90s babies).…

  17. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  18. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Bon Jovi Spends Valentine's Day, 1987, At No. 1

    February 10, 2014 11:05 AM EST Twenty-seven years ago this week, the band reigned with 'Livin' on a Prayer.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Paula Abdul, Roxette, Rascal Flatts and Whitney Houston Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  19. Bombay Bicycle Club Rides To U.K. Chart Summit

    February 10, 2014 6:01 AM EST London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club landed their first U.K. No. 1 album with their fourth set “So Long, See You Tomorrow” (Universal Island) as the weekly sales figures were published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Feb. 9). Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne, started a third week…

  20. Paul Simon and Sting Merge Voices, Styles in Tour Opener: Live Review

    February 09, 2014 10:38 AM EST Paul Simon and Sting apparently meant it when they decided to title their joint concert tour On Stage Together. On opening night at Houston's Toyota Center the two veteran headliners spent plenty of time in each other's company, standing side by side for 10 of the two-hour…

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