1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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, "…

  6. 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…

  7. On the Road With Brantley Gilbert: The 'Just As I Am' Star Hits His Hometown

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week has been a time of looking forward for Brantley Gilbert, but also one for a little bit of nostalgia. Gilbert began a week-long promotional trek on Monday in his home near Athens, GA. The singer, promoting his just-released album "Just As I Am," hosted members of the media…

  8. Aaliyah, 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The first of Aaliyah's three studio albums is a tease, an outlier and, above all, an annunciation. The rising R&B star was just 15 years old at the time of its 1994 release, and thanks to the risqué title and sultry way she sings these dozen songs, she manages to transcend spotty…

  9. EDM's Mainstream vs. The Underground: Time to End the Hate (Op-Ed)

    May 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT My iPod is not the only place where Skrillex and Speedy J can coexist. Yet as dance music's mainstream and underground gain additional adherents from the current boom, these different worlds seem set on a collision course. This rift reared its head in the debate following…

  10. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are the returns of J. Lo and Mariah, highly…

  11. Pop Shop Podcast: Chromeo Discuss 'White Women' Album & How They're Like Strippers

    May 22, 2014 12:40 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.…

  12. Ed Sheeran's 'Sing' Video: The Great Muppet Bender

    May 22, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Watch Ed, Muppet Ed and Pharrell embark on a wild night out. What does a folk-pop superstar like Ed Sheeran do when he wants to get wild in a music video -- pop bottles, visit the strip club, nuzzle up against some breasts -- without tainting his nice-guy image? Employ a Muppet lookalike to…

  13. Josh Kaufman Wins 'The Voice' Season 6: Watch

    May 20, 2014 11:01 PM EDT After weeks of competition, the sixth season of "The Voice" was trimmed down to Blake Shelton's country teen Jake Worthington, Usher's soul man Josh Kaufman and Adam Levine's YouTube star Christina Grimmie. All three comeback kids performed their last competition…

  14. California Breed's Debut Impacted By Singer Glenn Hughes' Heart Surgery

    May 20, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Deep Purple alum talks about having heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. "I'm singing about life and death," Hughes says of his new band with drummer Jason Bonham. Watch an exclusive video premiere below California Breed and its self-titled new album and near and dear…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: Billboard Music Awards Recap!

    May 19, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Listen to our special BBMAs wrap-up, with interview snippets with Nicki Minaj, 5 Seconds of Summer, Carrie Underwood & more. Welcome to a special Billboard Music Awards episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the…

  16. La Roux Returns After 'Burnout' and Vocal Problems: 'I Wasn't As Hardcore As I Thought'

    May 19, 2014 2:32 PM EDT The U.K. singer returns with a bold new look and a thrilling new sound on "Trouble in Paradise." As she glides into an East London photo studio, the first thing you notice about Elly Jackson, better-known as British electro-pop artist La Roux, is invariably her radiant auburn…

  17. Maroon 5 to Release New Album 'V' in September

    May 19, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Maroon 5 are gearing up for a busy summer. The Grammy-winning band announced on Monday they'll release their fifth studio album, "V," on Sept. 2 via Interscope Records. The album will be preceded by a new single in the coming months. Adam Levine and company teamed up with…

  18. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  19. Ask Billboard: What's 2014's Song Of The Summer?

    May 16, 2014 4:05 PM EDT A (sort of) confident attempt to (hopefully) pick the 40 biggest hits of the (hopefully) warm months 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, state and…

  20. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

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