1. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  2. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  3. Jon Bon Jovi's Wife Rushed to Emergency Room

    May 31, 2014 8:43 PM EDT Dorothea Hurley accidentally sliced her hand while cooking and required multiple stitches. Jon Bon Jovi's wife, Dorothea Hurley , was rushed to New York's Beth Israel Medical Center after accidentally slicing her hand on Saturday, May 31. Hurely , 51, was cooking in the couple&…

  4. 'Arsenio Hall Show' Canceled After One Season

    May 31, 2014 11:20 AM EDT "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market. Prince Debuts…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  9. 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,…

  10. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  11. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  12. Michael Jackson, Coldplay Hit Hot 100's Top 10; John Legend Still No. 1

    May 21, 2014 4:26 PM EDT The King of Pop makes history as the only artist with top 10 Hot 100 hits in each of five decades. Meanwhile, Legend's 'All of Me' leads for a third week, Coldplay lands its third top 10 and Iggy Azalea tops Streaming Songs John Legend's "All of Me" rules…

  13. The Black Keys Earn First No. 1 Album, Michael Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    May 21, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rascal Flatts also score a Top 5 debut, while Dolly Parton scoops up just her second Top 10 album with "Blue Smoke" Rock duo the Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue" debuting at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's …

  14. Gloria Estefan's 'On Your Feet' Musical Coming to Broadway

    May 21, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio hope to have the musical based on their life dancing on Broadway next year. Producers said Tuesday "On Your Feet!" will premiere in Chicago next summer before landing at a Nederlander theater in the fall of 2015. Jerry Mitchell, who directed …

  15. Usher Says He's 'Keeping It Sexy' with Next Album and 'Good Kisser' Single

    May 20, 2014 2:48 PM EDT If nothing else, Usher considers himself a facilitator. “I try to make the conversation between men and women easier with my records,” the veteran R&B singer and Cupid of sorts says. His efforts have been fruitful for nearly 20 years, with sultry R&B hit singles like 1998'…

  16. California Breed's Debut Impacted By Singer Glenn Hughes' Heart Surgery

    May 20, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Deep Purple alum talks about having heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. "I'm singing about life and death," Hughes says of his new band with drummer Jason Bonham. Watch an exclusive video premiere below California Breed and its self-titled new album and near and dear…

  17. Anatomy Of A Hit: 'Turn Down For What'

    May 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT How an unknown French DJ, a rapper without a recent hit and their team took a song with just 12 words to the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 How has DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" ruled Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for seven weeks running and…

  18. 'Jem and the Holograms' Adds Juliette Lewis

    May 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT The live-action film, directed by Jon M. Chu, is based on the popular Hasbro animated TV series Juliette Lewis has joined the cast of the live-action adaptation "Jem and the Holograms." Lewis, who most recently starred in "August: Osage County," joins Aubrey Peeples,…

  19. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias Extends Latin Airplay No. 1s Record

    May 19, 2014 5:55 PM EDT The superstar scores his 26th topper, doubling the total of runner-up Ricky Martin. Plus, new No. 1s for DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Luke Bryan and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna 'Vogue's To Top Of Hot 100

    May 19, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, the Material Girl struck a pose at No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Usher and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 19, 1990 Madonna had been inspired by…

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