1. Amazon Launches Prime Music Streaming Service

    June 12, 2014 9:45 AM EDT When Amazon launched its Amazon Prime music subscription service this morning, it immediately became one of the largest paid interactive music services in the U.S., if you're measuring by subscriber base. While Amazon hasn't admitted how many subscribers its Amazon Prime service…

  2. 'Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran': 9 Things to See in MTV's Docuseries Premiere (Video)

    June 10, 2014 9:08 PM EDT MTV's docuseries "Nine Days and Nights" kicks off on Tuesday night with its first subject: Ed Sheeran, the hit singer-songwriter whose latest turn for a touch of hip-hop has him nervous about whether he will "be a career artist, or [the guy who] had a very big album in…

  3. Andy Grammer's 'Back Home' Video Premiere: Watch The Colorful Clip

    June 10, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is returning this summer with "Magazines or Novels," a new album due out Aug. 5 on S-Curve Records. The one-time Los Angeles street performer is previewing the follow-up to his 2011 self-titled debut with the track "Back Home," which…

  4. 'Fault In Our Stars' Soundtrack Surges With Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Birdy

    June 09, 2014 1:06 PM EDT The epic tearjerker about two cancer patients topped the weekend box office with $48.2 million in sales Can a song change your life? So read the original title of the forthcoming music-themed rom-com "Begin Again," set for national release July 11 and starring Keira Knightley and…

  5. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    June 09, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) as…

  6. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  7. Jimmy Iovine's 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:25 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with most Beats promotional spots, is the song. The…

  8. Ringo Starr Producing His New Album; Talks Tour, Beatles & His 'Incredible Year'

    June 05, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Ringo Starr has had a ball celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America this year as well as some of his own honors. But, he says, it's put a bit of a crimp in plans for his next album. Starr tells Billboard that he's "probably two-thirds through…

  9. Pop Shop Podcast: Mariah Carey, Nico & Vinz Interview, Rixton Interview & More

    June 05, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  10. Shawn Mendes, Vine Superstar, Signs with Island Records: Exclusive

    June 04, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Last August, Shawn Mendes noticed that of all the six-second videos uploaded to the sharing service Vine -- from a tutorial on making steak tartare  to RiFF RaFF's ode to his shampoo bottle -- no one had uploaded a clip of a simple song. Sensing an opportunity, the Toronto 15-year-old,…

  11. Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran to Perform at 2014 Much Music Video Awards

    May 30, 2014 11:11 AM EDT Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran have been added to the lineup for the 2014 Much Music Video Awards, to air nationwide from Toronto on June 15. Grande has a hit single in "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, which is now platinum in the U.S. market. Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith…

  12. Ed Sheeran Debuts Cheating Song 'Don't' in Beats by Dre Ad (Watch)

    May 30, 2014 4:52 AM EDT Ed Sheeran may be the star of a new Beats by Dre commercial, revealed Thursday, but the brand new track he sings in the ad allegedly centers on former flame who cheated with a close friend.  "Don't," featured in the ad ahead of Sheeran's upcoming album x, is the groove…

  13. Pop Shop Podcast: What's The 2014 Song of the Summer?

    May 29, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly pop music breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  14. Jimmy Iovine Leaving Interscope Geffen A&M

    May 28, 2014 5:10 PM EDT John Janick to succeed Iovine as chairman and CEO of label group John Janick has been named chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, succeeding Jimmy Iovine, the most successful head of a major label for the last 25 years. The announcement was made to coincide with the finally confirmed…

  15. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 With 'Fancy,' Matches Beatles' Historic Mark

    May 28, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As the Australian rapper rises 2-1 with 'Fancy' and 3-2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's 'Problem,' Azalea joins the Beatles as the only artists to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits It's a fab week for Iggy Azalea,…

  16. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Starts at No. 1 With Biggest Debut of 2014

    May 28, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" debuts at No. 2 with the country star's best sales week. Coldplay crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with "Ghost Stories," collecting its fourth No. 1 album and the biggest sales week of the year. "Ghost…

  17. Ed Sheeran Announces 'x' Album Release Party, IHeartRadio Festival Performance

    May 27, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Ed Sheeran will preview his sophomore album “x” for fans at Clear Channel’s IHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on June 17 with the “IHeartRadio Album Release Party,” presented by Pepsi. Sheeran will perform songs from the album and participate in a live Q&A with host Mario Lopez. As part…

  18. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  19. Ed Sheeran Debuts New Song 'Thinking Out Loud'

    May 24, 2014 6:09 PM EDT The ballad is the latest cut from the Billboard cover star's forthcoming album, 'x' Following the release of the video for his latest single "Sing," Ed Sheeran went on "Late...With Jools Holland" last night (May 23) to debut a brand-new song, "…

  20. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series

    May 23, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Kidz Bop, the series of compilation albums of youngsters singing current pop hits that has become a commercial juggernaut, is on the block, according to sources. And The Walt Disney Co. is prominent among the possible suitors, these sources say. The brand released the 25th volume of its basic…

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