1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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"…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 …

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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'…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. Beyonce's Memorial Day Playlist Is Full of Classic Summer Soul

    May 25, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Now, don't ever say the Queen Bey never did anything for you There's a crazed thirst that befalls this country on Memorial Day weekend. It's a thirst that can only be quenched by sunlight, grilled food items, and music -- not just any music, but the kind that can't help…

  18. Brantley Gilbert Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry forecasters. The Billboard 200's new top…

  19. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Sales Forecast Grows

    May 23, 2014 2:11 PM EDT The sales forecast for Coldplay's new "Ghost Stories" album has grown. The set, which was already on course for the largest sales week this year, is now aiming to sell between 370,000 and 390,000 copies in the week ending May 25 (according to industry sources). That figure…

  20. 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…

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