1. 5 Seconds of Summer Makes Chart Debut As EP's Sales Forecast Sizzles

    March 27, 2014 7:29 PM EDT Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer is red-hot. The group, which opened for One Direction on the bulk of its 2013 arena tour, is tracking to make a very splashy debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart in two weeks. Its four-song EP, "She Looks So Perfect," is due out April 1 in…

  2. LL Cool J to Host ACM Special Saluting Military

    March 27, 2014 7:14 PM EDT The rapper and actor Chris O'Donnell will helm the ACM's annual special, airing May 20 LL Cool J is adding more hosting duties to his resume. The rapper, actor and Grammy Awards host will co-host the Academy of Country Music's annual television special with "NCIS: Los…

  3. Pharrell Williams Signs with Adidas, Line Expected this Summer

    March 27, 2014 6:29 PM EDT With one lift of his quirky Vivienne Westwood hat from a lavish marble coffee table, Pharrell Williams confirmed that he’s officially the newest member of the Adidas team. After a few months of a rumored affiliation with the brand known for their three stripes logo and appearances wearing the…

  4. Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways' Dropped From 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    March 27, 2014 4:55 PM EDT A quick update on the litigation involving Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," one of last year's biggest songs. Thanks to an agreement between the parties, Bridgeport Music is no longer a defendant as of Wednesday. That means that the lawsuit won't be considering whether…

  5. Country Stars to Invade Talk Shows in Lead-Up to ACM Awards

    March 27, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The lead-up to April 6's 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS will feature a country music invasion of network television. Co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, along with Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw have shot customized ACM promos for CBS, Brad Paisley will guest star…

  6. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  7. 'America's Next Top Model' Nabs K-Pop Groups 2NE1 and BTOB for Upcoming Season

    March 26, 2014 8:25 PM EDT The news follows 2NE1 appearing on an episode of "The Bachelor" in January K-pop stars are getting ready for their close-up -- with Tyra Banks. girl group 2NE1 and boy band BTOB reportedly slated to appear on the supermodel's long-running "America's Next Top Model…

  8. Pharrell's 'Happy' Gets a 'Sad' Remix From Woodkid

    March 26, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Clap along if you feel like *SOB*. Hate turning your frown upside down and dancing your troubles away? Woodkid has the downcast remix to Pharrell's No. 1 smash "Happy" that you've been waiting for. The French musician has released a "Sad" remix to "Happy…

  9. Pharrell Williams Leads Hot 100; John Legend, Idina Menzel On the Move

    March 26, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' reigns for a fifth week, and moves closer to a radio audience record, while John Legend's 'All of Me' rises to No. 2 and Idina Menzel's 'Let It Go' leaps to No. 5 Pharrell Williams' "Happy" tops the Billboard Hot…

  10. 'Roar,' 'Royals,' 'Radioactive': Why Hit Songs Now Have One-Word Titles

    March 26, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Simply named tunes are dominating the Billboard Hot 100. "Roar." "Royals." "Timber." "Demons." "Happy." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered…

  11. Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

    March 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT "Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this…

  12. 'Frozen' Earns Its Biggest Sales Week Yet, Tops Billboard 200 a Seventh Time

    March 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Thanks to the March 18 release of "Frozen" on DVD and Blu-ray, its soundtrack has scored its best sales week yet. The album spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 202,000 copies in the week ending March 23 (up 104 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  13. Rihanna, Justin Timberlake Top Finalists for iHeartRadio Music Awards

    March 26, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons are among the leading finalists for the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, set to air May 1 on NBC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The "Stay" singer landed seven total entries in five categories, including artist of the…

  14. 'Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Debuts Docu-Series About Making Album

    March 25, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Kat Graham is known for showing her face onscreen -- she's predominantly an actress, after all, starring as Bonnie Bennett in the supernatural drama "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW. But she also has a solid music career, one that's been active for over a decade and…

  15. Lollapalooza Heads to South America, 'Where the Money's Great'

    March 25, 2014 12:35 PM EDT A trio of South American Lolla­paloozas scheduled for this spring, including a first foray into Argentina, underscore how the events' organizers are mining the buzzy South American market and could provide a road map for similar festivals looking to expand internationally. The first leg…

  16. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 25, 2014 12:32 PM EDT The celebrated "blueshound" talks about his new album, "Life Journey" (out April 1), and his friendship with collaborator Elton John: "He's changed my life" Though it's not a strictly collaborative effort like 2010's Grammy Award-nominated "…

  17. Pharrell Williams Covers GQ’s April Issue

    March 25, 2014 12:08 PM EDT We can’t get enough of Pharrell’s colorful style lately. The way that huge, funky hat keeps changing color is quite amazing. So you can imagine how excited we were to see the “Happy” singer fronting the April cover of GQ.  On the spring issue, the 40-year-old hit maker rocks a bright yellow…

  18. Voting for ACM Entertainer, New Artist Awards Now Live

    March 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Voting for the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award is now open online. The distinction, which is awarded to the highest vote-getter at the ACM Awards in April, can now be contested at the ceremony's website . Related Articles ACM Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda…

  19. Folk-Pop Duo Us Becomes Vine's First Major Label Signing (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Just four months ago, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado, a husband-and-wife folk-pop duo known as Us, were trying to promote their just-released album "No Matter Where You Are" via YouTube videos and covers of popular songs. They fared reasonably well, amassing 18 million…

  20. Chart Highlights: Passenger, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley Score New No. 1s

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Among this week's new leaders, Passenger's 'Let Her Go' crowns AC, Williams' 'Happy' takes over atop two more tallies and Bentley parks 'I Hold On' atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

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