1. Mastodon's 'Sun' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    July 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The band scores its first No. 1 on the survey and highest rank on the Billboard 200. Also, chart action for Phish, KONGOS and Imagine Dragons Mastodon notches its first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Once More 'Round the Sun"…

  2. 'URL Badman' Video Kicks Lily Allen to No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 02, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Lily Allen blew up the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart at 11am ET this morning, hitting No. 1 . This was in response to her fans buzzing on Twitter about the release of her music video “URL Badman” on YouTube, July 2.  “URL Badman” appears on Allen’s album “Sheezus”, which debuted on…

  3. Mike Stud's 'Closer' Hits No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 01, 2014 8:12 PM EDT From All-American baseball player to YouTube sensation to Billboard charter, Mike Stud is making immediate waves online after the release of his latest album “Closer” earlier this afternoon.  Stud’s song “Closer” debuted at No. 1 on the Real-Time chart around 3 pm ET today (July 1) after…

  4. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem'

    June 30, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Grande grabs her first No. 1 on each tally, while Azalea earns the honor of replacing herself at the top of each ranking Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea," rises 2-1 on both the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs radio airplay charts,…

  5. Busta Rhymes and Eminem Team Up For 'Calm Down' Collaboration

    June 30, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Busta Rhymes and Eminem do the contrary of "Calm Down" on their new collaboration. Busta's Scoop DeVille-produced single features the two rappers spitting rapid rhymes about those who hate on them, or simply who they hate. While Busta is more discreet on who he's aiming at…

  6. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  7. Mariachi USA Festival: Founder Rodri Rodriguez Talks Hollywood Bowl, New Day of the Dead Festival and Being Julio Iglesias’ Boss

    June 29, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Just as Rodri Rodriguez is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the producer is already busy making plans for an new festival themed around Day of the Dead.  The Cuban-born Rodriguez first made her mark in the music business in the mid-1970s when…

  8. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  9. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    June 27, 2014 5:41 PM EDT The Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart tracks some of the newest releases being shared on Twitter, in real time. An emerging artist on Twitter is defined as an artist who has less than 50,000 Twitter followers and who has not appeared in the top 50 on the Billboard 100. Below are our…

  10. Chart Moves: Michael Jackson Tops Adult R&B; Kenny Chesney Soars Onto Hot Country Songs; Michelle Williams' Destiny's Child Reunion Leads Hot Gospel Songs

    June 27, 2014 1:09 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while MAGIC! (No. 3) takes over atop Digital Songs with "Rude." Who else makes moves on Billboard song charts this week? -- Enrique Iglesias: The…

  11. J.Lo Tops R&B/Hip Hop Albums, T.I. & Iggy Team Up for a Top 10 Hit

    June 26, 2014 8:04 PM EDT JLO, A.K.A. CHART LEADER: Jennifer Lopez crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with "A.K.A.," which arrives with 33,000 copies sold in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The entrance marks her third No. 1 on the chart (and eighth top 10). She…

  12. Chris Brown's Plea Deal Negotiations Fall Apart

    June 25, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday when attorneys couldn't agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest. Brown was arrested in October and…

  13. Ryn Weaver's 'OctaHate' Tweets A Loud Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:07 PM EDT New York and Los Angeles based singer Ryn Weaver’s song “OctaHate”, which premiered on Soundcloud late yesterday afternoon, is heating up the Twitter Charts . The track, which is the first single from her upcoming yet-to-be-named release, experienced quite a bit of love online with tweets…

  14. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  15. Lance Bass Among Producers of 'Kidnapped for Christ,' Trailer Arrives Online (Watch)

    June 24, 2014 4:55 AM EDT Former 'N Sync member Lance Bass is one of the executive producers behind the award-winning documentary Kidnapped for Christ, set to premiere on Showtime on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). 5 Things To Know About Lance Bass The film chronicles the controversial Escuela Caribe, a…

  16. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  17. '22 Jump Street' Soundtrack Makes Top 5 Chart Debut on Dance Chart

    June 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The soundtrack to the box office champion “22 Jump Street” debuts at No. 4 on Dance/Electronic Albums with 2,000 units sold in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The companion album to the action comedy, starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube, is chock full of…

  18. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence': The 5 Most Tragic Lyrics on the Abum

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Even when she’s singing about Coca Cola, prom queens, Hollywood, and video games—stuff Americans are supposed to like—Lana Del Rey has a way of bumming everyone out. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review Her 2012 breakthrough, “Born to Die,” more than lived up…

  19. Lady Gaga 'Judas' Plagiarism Lawsuit Dismissed

    June 17, 2014 7:23 PM EDT A judge has dismissed a plagiarism lawsuit against Lady Gaga that claimed the pop star's hit single "Judas" ripped off elements of Chicago musician Rebecca Francescatti's 1999 track "Juda." Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett Surprise NYC School on Last Day of Classes In his…

  20. Amy Grant Dance Remix Album Set for August; Hear 'Baby, Baby' (Exclusive)

    June 16, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Amy Grant 's sugar-soaked 1991 gem "Baby, Baby" has been amped up and reimagined for the singer's first-ever album of remixes. "In Motion: The Remixes" will be released Aug. 19 via Sparrow Records, and is slated to include other Grant pop classics like …

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