1. Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Robin Thicke Debut In Top 40 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 30, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Nicki Minaj debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 13, taking the Hot Shot Debut prize with her latest single "Pills N Potions."  The song – from her upcoming "The Pink Print" album – opens with 84,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending May 25 (according to…

  2. 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.…

  3. Beyonce, Shakira, Lady Gaga Make Forbes' Most Powerful Women List

    May 28, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Forbes released its annual list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women on Wednesday, and this year's ranking is topped by German chancellor Angela Merkel. Yet in the American political sphere, former first lady Hillary Clinton clocks in at number six -- two spots ahead of current…

  4. Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Returns To Hot 100; Legend Lands 50th Hit

    May 28, 2014 5:44 PM EDT The late King of Pop's 1983 smash returns thanks to a viral video. Plus, 'Slave to the Rhythm' debuts, marking Jackson's milestone 50th Hot 100 hit A week after becoming the first artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in five different decades (and…

  5. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  6. 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,…

  7. First Pitch Disasters: 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey & More

    May 28, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Juuust a bit outside! Yesterday (May 27), 50 Cent showed up at the New York Mets' Citi Field and threw one of the worst ceremonial first pitches in recent memory. While 50 looked like he could hold his own on the mound – wearing a personalized Mets jersey with "Jackson"…

  8. 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…

  9. 50 Cent Throws Dreadful First Pitch (Watch)

    May 28, 2014 12:44 AM EDT Cent was on the mound, but not on the money. The rap star was comically off target when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday night before the Pittsburgh Pirates played the New York Mets at Citi Field. Standing on the rubber 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, 50 Cent wound up…

  10. Wanted for Radio: More Country Greats

    May 27, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Big Machine is looking to sign country stars like Faith Hill, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain to its new label, Nash Icons The ink has barely dried on the deal between Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group creating a new country music record label (Nash Icons) and live events business. Now…

  11. Ron Weisner on Michael Jackson's Happiness, Shoving Jann Wenner, Passing on Madonna in New Memoir

    May 27, 2014 3:58 PM EDT In Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music—Managing McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson, veteran manager Ron Weisner , 69, shares inside dirt about his handling some of the top music talent of his generation. His goal: “An honest story of my involvement with these remarkable artists and the play…

  12. Lil Wayne Threatens Justin Bieber's Manager Scooter Braun

    May 27, 2014 1:28 PM EDT "Anything you got to say, when you see me, say it to my motherf-in' face," the Young Money rapper says in defense of Lil Twist Lil Wayne has Lil Twist's back. The rapper recorded a message to Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, after hearing that Braun was …

  13. The Black Keys' Biggest Beefs: Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson & More

    May 27, 2014 1:03 PM EDT These days, it's not too hard being the Black Keys. The Ohio-bred duo of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney earned its first No. 1 album this week, as new LP "Turn Blue" beat out Michael Jackson's posthumous album "Xscape" by about 7,000…

  14. 20 Bands as Legos: Nirvana, Fall Out Boy, U2, The Rolling Stones & More

    May 27, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Legos are the favorite medium of artist Adly Syairi Ramly and he's been using them to take the internet by storm. Riding the Lego revival wave that's recently included a movie and video games, Ramly has made a name for himself by crafting Lego renditions of famous bands like U2,…

  15. Jamie Lynn Spears Video Exclusive: The Stories Behind 'The Journey' EP Songs

    May 27, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Fans of rising country sensation Jamie Lynn Spears will be very happy about the release of her new EP, "The Journey," today (May 27). As she shares a special playlist of video clips in which she explains the stories behind the songs, the singer tells Billboard says she'…

  16. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  17. Queen to Release New Album, Unreleased Freddie Mercury Songs

    May 26, 2014 1:18 PM EDT In an interview Friday with BBC Wales , Queen guitarist Brian May revealed the iconic rock band would be releasing a new collection of music later this year that will include previously unreleased songs sung by Freddie Mercury. “We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us…

  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. Josh Thompson Breakup Inspires Snarling Party Single, 'Wanted Me Gone'

    May 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." Painter Chuck Close's creative philosophy suggests Josh Thompson and the team around him must be a bunch of pros, because they were able to build a grinding, energetic single, "Wanted Me Gone,…

  20. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Bows At No. 1 in U.K.

    May 26, 2014 7:25 AM EDT First-week sales of 168,000 made Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music) both the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of the year and the new No. 1 title, in sales data published Sunday (May 25) by the Official Charts Company. British pop-dance star Sam Smith scored his third chart…

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