1. Lorde First Woman In 17 Years To Top Alternative Songs With 'Royals'

    August 12, 2013 1:05 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, is the first lead solo female to rule the ranking since Tracy Bonham in 1996 (months before Lorde was born) With the aptly-titled "Royals," Lorde becomes the first lead solo female to crown Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based…

  2. Bubbling Under: Panic! at the Disco Lifts Lolo Onto Charts

    August 09, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Lolo, Andre Mieux, Bush Hawg and Jenny and the Mexicats. LOLO Thanks to a featured vocal turn on Panic! At the Disco's new…

  3. Former 'Idol' Elise Testone Looks Ahead to Debut Album 'In This Life'

    August 09, 2013 12:10 AM EDT "American Idol" alum Elise Testone makes her home in Charleston, South Carolina, but last week, she returned to her New Jersey roots to celebrate a special occasion: her 30th birthday. The season 11 finalist ushered in the milestone with friends, family and fans who packed into…

  4. Chart Highlights: Luke Bryan Scores His Highest Debut Ever on Country Airplay Chart

    August 05, 2013 8:43 PM EDT Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" bows at No. 21 as Romeo Santos scores a big bow on the Latin Airplay chart. Luke Bryan scores his highest debut ever on Country Airplay, as 'That's My Kind of Night' bows at No. 21. Over on the Latin Airplay chart, Romeo…

  5. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  6. Royal Baby Playlist: Songs to Celebrate Prince William & Kate Middleton's New Arrival

    July 22, 2013 11:50 AM EDT Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are the proud parents of a healthy baby boy, born Monday at St. Mary's Hospital in London. The young Prince, whose name has not been released, arrived at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces. In honor of Will and Kate's new…

  7. Molotov Working on New Album, Announce U.S. Tour Dates

    July 15, 2013 2:52 AM EDT It’s been a couple of years since the sharp-tongued members of Mexican rap-metal group Molotov went on a full-fledged tour in the United States, and even longer since they put out a studio album. Known for their explicit bilingual power-anthems like “Here We Kum,” “Gimme the Power” and --…

  8. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Protests Guantanamo Force-Feeding In Chilling Video

    July 08, 2013 2:02 PM EDT Warning: Some viewers may find the following video to be disturbing Yasiin Bey -- the artist formerly known as Mos Def -- is going to gut-wrenching measures to raise awareness of the controversial treatment of prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay detention center. In the video above, directed by…

  9. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell Set The Mood

    July 06, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott and Maxwell were among the big names who kicked off the Essence Music Festival Friday night (July 5) at the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But even before the first performance started around 7p.m. CDT, the 19th annual event had already achieved…

  10. Cady Groves Returns With 'Forget You': Watch New Music Video

    June 25, 2013 5:37 PM EDT "Smurfs 2" soundtrack entry is engrossing -- and a long time coming. Pop singer-songwriter Cady Groves has been on our radar ever since the chorus of her underrated 2011 single "This Little Girl" included the line "This little girl is capable of murder, if you hurt…

  11. Lil Wayne Dances On American Flag in 'God Bless Amerika' Video

    June 17, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Even before the premiere of the music video for new single "God Bless Amerika," Lil Wayne has already sparked controversy after behind-the-scenes footage from song's video leaked earlier today (June 17). Shot in his hometown of New Orleans, the footage features Weezy singing…

  12. Kanye West: How the Rapper Grew From 'Dropout' to 'Yeezus'

    June 14, 2013 11:40 AM EDT The college dropout is now an icon. Read up on Kanye's musical journey to "Yeezus." It's been nearly a decade since Kanye West--elite artist and at times social pariah--released his debut album "The College Dropout," a soulful multi-platinum album. Since then…

  13. NBA Finals Showdown: Music of Miami vs. San Antonio

    June 06, 2013 4:19 PM EDT Which Finals city has the coolest musical history? Vote now! On Thursday night (June 6), the 2013 NBA Finals tip off with one of the most exciting championship match-ups in recent history. LeBron James, the greatest player on the planet, leads the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs,…

  14. Chief Keef Threatens to ‘Smack’ Katy Perry as Twitter Feud Boils Over

    May 27, 2013 4:02 PM EDT Katy Perry has offered an olive branch in what quickly escalated from a mindless tweet to a full-blown feud. The pop star on Tuesday referenced a song by 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef, saying that the title “I Hate Being Sober” caused her to “have serious doubt for the world.” The…

  15. Jennifer Nettles Goes Solo: 'Nobody Panic,' Sugarland Isn't Done

    May 20, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Days after announcing she's working with Rick Rubin on her debut solo album, Jennifer Nettles made it clear on Sunday that no, this doesn't signal the end of her partnership with Kristian Bush in Sugarland. BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS PHOTOS: Show + Performances Highest Ratings in 12…

  16. Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles Working on Solo Album With Rick Rubin, Sara Bareilles

    May 17, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles announced today that she'll release her debut solo album this fall. The as-yet-untitled project is being produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin, who has flexed his rootsy side in the past with work on albums by Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks and the…

  17. Emeli Sandé Takes Two Trophies at the Ivor Novello Awards

    May 17, 2013 6:27 AM EDT Emeli Sand é was the big winner Thursday at the 58th Ivor Novello Awards, held in central London. Sand é ’s “Next to Me” was the only multiple winner on the day, collecting honors for best song musically and lyrically, and the PRS for Music award for most performed work. The Scottish singer…

  18. George Jones Funeral: Alan Jackson, Wynonna, Kid Rock, Laura Bush and More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 2:08 PM EDT George Jones performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funeral has turned out to be a farewell fit for a…

  19. Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba Trip Was Legal, But Questions Linger

    April 10, 2013 2:39 AM EDT Was Beyonce and Jay-Z's anniversary trip a holiday in Havana or a spectacular show of America's "People to People" Cuba policy in action? Thousands of American musicians and music industry personnel have visited Cuba over recent decades. In 1999, more than thirty…

  20. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Daylight' Dawns Atop Pop Songs

    March 25, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The group manages a feat that hadn't been achieved on the chart since 1994. Plus, new No. 1s for Afrojack and Drake and Thirty Seconds to Mars returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

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