1. Coldplay Heading for Year's Best Sales Week

    May 21, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Coldplay's new album, "Ghost Stories", is on track to score the largest sales week of the year. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on May 19, may sell upwards of 350,000 to 375,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 25. That figure…

  2. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias Extends Latin Airplay No. 1s Record

    May 19, 2014 5:55 PM EDT The superstar scores his 26th topper, doubling the total of runner-up Ricky Martin. Plus, new No. 1s for DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Luke Bryan and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Code Picks of the Week: Porter Robinson, Nero and More

    May 16, 2014 1:47 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Nero, "Satisfy" [MTA Records] British trio Nero are back in stunning fashion with “Satisfy,” a dark techno-inspired track whose…

  6. Hunter Hayes 'Storyline' Storms Top Country Albums Chart

    May 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second No. 1 set. Plus, Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett reach new chart highs Hunter Hayes notches his second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and his first to debut atop the list, as "Storyline" bows with 69,000 sold, his best-ever…

  7. Florida Georgia Line Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On 'Cruise,' Nelly & Blackjack

    May 15, 2014 12:38 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Florida Georgia Line to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  8. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  9. Chart Highlights: Trey Songz Tops Rhythmic Songs With 'Na Na'

    May 12, 2014 8:35 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader on the list. Plus, new No. 1s for Avicii, the Black Keys, Thomas Rhett and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  10. Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 10, 2014 8:41 PM EDT The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The song, "Rise Like a Phoenix," helped Wurst --…

  11. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever

    May 09, 2014 5:32 PM EDT The days are getting longer, summer is almost here, and stars like Hunter Hayes and Jack White are trying their hands at music record-breaking. We're celebrating the best way we know how: with a long, long look at the record-breaking "longest" moments on the Billboard charts.…

  12. Miley Cyrus' Music Director Talks Bangerz Tour Behind-the-Scenes

    May 08, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Miley Cyrus music director/American Hi-Fi frontman Stacy Jones tells us why Miley Cyrus is as punk rock as they come. Billboard recently chatted with Stacy Jones, frontman of the "Flavor of the Weak" power pop band American Hi-Fi. Aside from giving some inside information on his…

  13. Eurovision Spotlight Falls On Austria's Bearded Drag Queen

    May 08, 2014 4:00 AM EDT When Austria's entry takes the stage Thursday at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, the spotlight will slowly reveal a lone figure with wide sensual eyes, glossy painted lips, high cheekbones - and a man's full dark beard. Conchita Wurst - the alter ego of 25-year-old…

  14. John Legend's 'All Of Me' Tops Hot 100, Ariana Grande Debuts At No. 3

    May 07, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Legend dethrones Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' after 10 weeks on top, while Grande storms in at No. 3 with 'Problem,' featuring Iggy Azalea. John Legend takes over the Billboard Hot 100 at last, as his piano ballad "All of Me" unseats Pharrell Williams…

  15. Miranda Lambert Leads Nominees for CMT Music Awards (See Complete List)

    May 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan tie for second with five nominations each Miranda Lambert has turned a diverse, productive year of music into an impressive set of nominations at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Lambert leads the field with six nominations-- two for her independent work, two for…

  16. Peaches Geldof's Death: Heroin Played A Role, Authorities Confirm

    May 01, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Heroin likely played a role in the death of British model and television personality Peaches Geldof, authorities said Thursday. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate told an inquest into the death of the second daughter of Live Aid…

  17. The Longest-Leading Hot 100 No. 1s

    May 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' becomes the 28th leader to reign for at least 10 weeks As reported yesterday , Pharrell Williams' "Happy" tallies a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is just the 28th in the chart's 55-year history to hit…

  18. Peaches Geldof Died Of Heroin Overdose (Report)

    May 01, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Though Peaches Geldof's autopsy results won't be officially revealed until Thursday, as of late Wednesday, The Times of London is reporting that the British television presenter and fashion personality died of a heroin overdose.  Peaches Geldof Funeral Draws Famous Mourners Geldof…

  19. Fantasy Girl Group Draft 2014: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    April 30, 2014 5:39 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of girl group members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! After the Billboard.com team conducted the first-ever Fantasy Boy Band Draft last summer in an effort to piece together the best five-person group of…

  20. Why Girl Groups Rule: TLC's Chilli On The 'Shared Responsibility'

    April 28, 2014 4:18 PM EDT On each day of Billboard.com's Girl Group Week, we'll be posting an interview with a member of an all-female musical artist about some of the finer points of being in a girl group. A lot of us listen to girl group songs, follow their dance moves and buy tickets to their shows --…

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