1. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan — her best sales week yet.   Del Rey&…

  2. Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban Confirmed To Join Harry Connick Jr., Ryan Seacrest in 'American Idol' Return

    June 24, 2014 2:28 AM EDT American Idol has locked down talent for its upcoming 14th season. The long-running singing competition series is bringing back its trio of judges, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban, along with host Ryan Seacrest. The news follows the April announcement that Fox’s reality…

  3. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  4. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  5. 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'…

  6. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence' Hits No. 1 in U.K.

    June 23, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Lana Del Rey’s sophomore set “Ultraviolence” (Polydor/Universal) made it two U.K. No. 1 albums in a row for the New York-born singer-songwriter, as the new sales charts were unveiled Sunday (June 22). Former “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson started a second week atop the singles list with…

  7. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The British singer's aiming for No. 2 Billboard 200 next week, behind Lana Del Rey's likely No. 1 British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums -- though it looks like Lana Del Rey will…

  8. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's New Album: 10 Song Parodies We'd Like To Hear

    June 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT From Jennifer Lawrence shout-outs to donut odes, here are 10 suggestions for "Weird Al's" upcoming opus. On July 15, master spoofer "Weird Al" Yankovic will return with "Mandatory Fun," his 14th studio album and first full-length since 2011's "…

  9. Pitbull Addresses His Short Pants, Plays 'Giant Beer Pong' on 'Tonight Show'

    June 20, 2014 11:32 AM EDT Last night, musician Pitbull appeared on the ‘Tonight Show’ and brought his now infamous short pants with him. Pitbull sat down to talk with host Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his recent World Cup performance with Jennifer Lopez. “Who would have…

  10. Luis Miguel Announces West Coast Tour with SBS Entertainment

    June 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Latin pop star Luis Miguel, who earlier this year took home the Billboard Latin Music Award for Tour of the Year, is teaming up with SBS Entertainment for a 5-city west coast tour launching Sept. 17 in Phoenix, Ariz. The 44-year-old Grammy winning singer is also scheduled to perform shows in…

  11. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  12. World Cup Wins on Billboard Social 50 Chart: J.Lo Hits New High

    June 19, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez jumps 13-2 following World Cup performance, while Pitbull and Claudia Leitte also gain. It’s all about the World Cup and Jennifer Lopez on the Social 50, as Lopez rises 13-2 to achieve her highest position ever in the list’s three-and-a-half year history. The Social 50…

  13. Nicki Minaj, John Legend & More To Perform At 2014 BET Awards

    June 19, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Tracy Morgan will not be attending the award show following his accident. He's recovering. After killing her performance at Hot 97's Summer Jam on June 1, Nicki Minaj will grace the stage at the 2014 BET Awards. The Juice Podcast 6/13/14: Nicki Minaj's 'The Pink Print,&…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: The Vamps Interview, Lana Del Rey, Jack White & More

    June 19, 2014 12:20 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. Casual…

  15. Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Finalize Divorce, Must Shield Children From Paparazzi

    June 18, 2014 7:32 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's divorce has been finalized nearly three years after the singers separated. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Sandoz finalized the couple's breakup Monday, awarding the former couple joint legal custody of their 6-year-old twin children, court…

  16. Jennifer Hudson Shares A Bikini Pic On Instagram

    June 18, 2014 4:47 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson is fit and summer ready. The “American Idol” alum and Oscar winner took to Instagram to share some bikini pics. Although the singer is no longer with Weight Watchers, she’s definitely not having a problem staying fit. The 32-year-old caption herphoto saying: “It would take…

  17. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 18, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Sam Smith and Linkin Park set for debuts in the top three Lana Del Rey is on course for her first No. 1 album, as "Ultraviolence," which was released on June 17, should debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set, which is her second full…

  18. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  19. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' No. 1 On Hot 100 For Fourth Week; PSY Debuts In Top 30

    June 18, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The Australian rapper rules again with "Fancy," while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, Korean rap star PSY returns with Snoop Dogg on "Hangover" Iggy Azalea spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  20. 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…

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