1. Justin Bieber Makes Surprise SXSW Performance, Dedicates Song To Selena Gomez: Watch

    March 10, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Justin Bieber has kicked off the music portion of South by Southwest before the real program begins. Full SXSW Coverage | Lady Gaga To Deliver Keynote The 20-year-old pop star surprised a small crowd at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night (Mar. 9).…

  2. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  3. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  4. Notorious B.I.G.'s 15 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 09, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Today (March 9) marks 17-years since The Notorious B.I.G.'s untimely death, but the celebrated MC continues to live on through his music. You can hear his influence on every other rapper in the game. And Biggie not only left a mark on fans and fellow hip-hip artists, but also on the…

  5. Ask Billboard: Shakira's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 07, 2014 6:35 PM EST This week's mailbag looks at the top chart hits by ths week's Billboard cover act, Pharrell's rapid-fire rise to No. 1 on Radio Songs and Demi Lovato's career song and album sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings,…

  6. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  7. Chart Highlights: American Authors Are 'Best' On Adult Pop Songs

    March 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST The band takes its breakthrough single, 'Best Day of My Life,' to the top of the tally. Plus, moves for Pharrell, Cher, Mariah Carey, Ray LaMontagne, Juanes & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  8. Ex-Pearl Jam Accountant Receives Jail Sentence for Embezzlement

    March 02, 2014 4:20 PM EST A former financial officer of Pearl Jam's management company has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the band. The Seattle Times reports that Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff agreed Friday to allow Rickey Goodrich of Novato, Calif., to remain…

  9. Demi Lovato Shimmers on Neon Lights Tour: Live Review

    March 02, 2014 11:28 AM EST Openers Little Mix and Fifth Harmony also offered highlights at the Camden, NJ performance. Demi Lovato's latest headlining tour is named after her latest Top 40 hit, the EDM-biting synth spectacle "Neon Lights" that reached a new peak at No. 38 on this week's Hot 100…

  10. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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…

  11. 'American Idol' Lands New Low for a Winner's Debut Album

    February 28, 2014 2:48 PM EST After a number of delays, Candice Glover's debut album, "Music Speaks," has arrived on the Billboard 200 starting at No. 14. It's the 2013 "American Idol" winner's first album, and sold 19,000 copies in its first week (ending Feb. 23), according to Nielsen…

  12. Cole Swindell Makes Record Start On Billboard 200

    February 27, 2014 12:17 PM EST The singer scores the highest debut for a non-"American Idol" country male in the chart's history. Plus, moves for Home Free, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert and more Cole Swindell makes a record start on the Billboard 200, and joins a throng of rookie male artists that have…

  13. 'Glee' Recap: Focus on 'Frenemies' Hints At a Maturing Series

    February 26, 2014 1:47 AM EST After a lengthy hiatus “Glee” returns to address the prickly topic of Frenemies. Drama is “Glee’s” middle name, and shifting alliances, friendships and relationships is the bread and butter of the series, but this episode deals head-on with this particular dilemma -- what if the enemy you…

  14. Sara Bareilles Hires Bruno Mars' Manager

    February 25, 2014 10:52 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has found herself a new manager in Brandon Creed, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Creed, via his own The Creed Co., handles the careers of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, along with award-winning songwriting-production collective The Smeezingtons and the…

  15. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, HAIM, Pharrell & More Make Moves

    February 24, 2014 3:05 PM EST Perry sets the Pop Songs weekly plays mark with 'Dark Horse'; HAIM hits its first airplay chart; and Pharrell's 'Happy' continues its multi-format surge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  16. CNN To Axe ‘Piers Morgan Live’

    February 24, 2014 4:55 AM EST CNN's prime-time talk show "Piers Morgan Live" is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday. Morgan, who succeeded Larry King in the 9 p.m. EST time slot three years ago, was drawing lackluster ratings. In contrast, King had a 25-year run on CNN. The airdate for Morgan&…

  17. Justin Bieber Shares 'Broken,' His First Song Since Arrest: Listen

    February 22, 2014 10:43 AM EST Overnight, Justin Bieber shared "Broken," his first song since his January arrest in Miami Beach, and on the track the teen pop star tells the world that even though "they're persistent, trying to break me down / I cannot be broken." Just before midnight last night…

  18. Lawsuit: Sony Cheated 'American Idol' Victors

    February 21, 2014 7:24 PM EST A federal lawsuit filed in New York charges that Sony Music Entertainment cheated "American Idol" contestants including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood out of at least $10 million in royalties. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by 19 Recordings, a music company founded by "…

  19. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  20. Lady Gaga Brings 'ARTPOP' Title Track To 'Jimmy Fallon': Watch

    February 19, 2014 9:47 AM EST Lady Gaga became the second musical guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday night (Feb. 18), presenting a half-stripped-down version of her "ARTPOP" title track -- perhaps the next single from her latest full-length? The studio version of "…

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