1. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  2. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Set For Biggest Week Yet Thanks to Easter

    April 18, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Thanks to Easter-fueled shopping, the "Frozen" soundtrack is on course for its biggest sales week yet. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 225,000 to 250,000 copies in the week ending April 20, Easter Sunday. That would easily surpass the album's best frame (202…

  3. Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' Set For Strong Hot 100 Debut

    April 18, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Her new song appears headed for the list's top half next week thanks to expected high sales following her buzzworthy Coachella set Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" looks likely to debut in the upper half of next week's Billboard Hot 100. Highlights of the…

  4. Black Label Society Lands First No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    April 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Zakk Wylde-led group also starts atop Hard Rock Albums. Plus, Jack White debuts on Hot Rock Songs, Chevelle tops Mainstream Rock Songs and more Black Label Society scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" launches at…

  5. Prince Gains His Catalog in Landmark Deal With Warner Bros.; New Album Coming

    April 18, 2014 10:08 AM EDT The legendary artist returns to Warner Bros. Records, will re-release "Purple Rain" and "other planned projects" Prince has returned to Warner Bros. Records after 18 years with a deal that will see him regain ownership of his catalog. His classic Warner albums like…

  6. Billboard Finalists Debut, J Balvin Rules Tropical Chart

    April 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The 2014 edition of the "Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists" compilation enters Top Latin Albums as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 6, moving 1,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Compared to previous Billboard Latin Music Awards sets, the 2014 entry nets the highest ranking…

  7. SoMo Debuts & Future Makes 'Move' on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    April 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Twenty-six-year old Texas native SoMo starts his self-titled debut at No. 2 on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and R&B Albums with 23,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In terms of new R&B acts, "SoMo" is the biggest debut since Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out…

  8. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Springs Up Dance Charts to Top 10

    April 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT The lead single from Harris' forthcoming album posts video-aided gains. Plus, chart moves for Disclosure, David Guetta, Dada Life, SOHN and Scotty Boy The momentum of Calvin Harris' "Summer" continues to build, as the track claims both Digital and Streaming Gainer tags and…

  9. Pop Shop Podcast: Coachella Recap (Outkast, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell & More)

    April 17, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio 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 pop…

  10. Luke Bryan, Martina McBride Top Country Songs, Albums Charts

    April 17, 2014 12:49 PM EDT The April 6 ACM Awards generate multiple moves on Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums. Plus, chart action for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Carlene Carter Luke Bryan is the new leader on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, while Martina McBride earns her first No. 1 in five years on…

  11. Aretha Franklin Filing $10 Million Lawsuit Over Fake Patti LaBelle Fight Story

    April 17, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Back on April 11, the Onion-esque parody site The News Nerd published a fake story about Patti LaBelle punching Aretha Franklin at "an R&B/Soul concert" on March 20. Franklin didn't appreciate the clunky dose of internet humor and posted a formal denial of the scuffle on…

  12. Juan Gabriel in 'Stable Condition' After Falling Ill, Adds Replacement Tour Dates

    April 16, 2014 9:09 PM EDT Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, who on Monday was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia , is now listed in "very stable condition " in Las Vegas where he is resting. Additionally, new tour dates have been announced for shows he canceled this week in Los Angeles.  The legendary…

  13. Billboard Latin Music Conference 25th Anniversary: 1999-2003 Rewind

    April 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. In honor of the 25 anniversary of Billboard's Latin Music Conference, Billboard is breaking out the greatest moments from Latin music's premiere…

  14. No Stopping 'Frozen' Album as 11th Week at No. 1 Seems Likely

    April 16, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so suggest industry forecasters. While it's too early to tell just how many copies the hit album will sell in the week ending April 20, it should be a very handsome figure. The…

  15. 'Scandal' Character Playlist: 10 Songs For Season 3

    April 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT It's been a jaw-dropping ride for Gladiators. The third season of ABC's "Scandal" comes to an end Thursday night (April 17), and it's bound to shock and pull at the strings of avid viewers. The season has left many at the edge of their couches with wine glasses…

  16. Pharrell Williams Tops Hot 100; Ed Sheeran Blasts In at No. 15

    April 16, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' rules for an eighth week, while Ed Sheeran soars in with 'Sing' (which Williams co-wrote and co-produced), instantly marking his best-ever Hot 100 rank Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week.…

  17. 'Frozen' Spends 10th Week at No. 1 On Billboard 200; Sales Climb Past 2 Million

    April 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down 11 percent compared with the…

  18. Golden Gods to Air in May on VH1 Classic; Axl Rose and Joan Jett Lead Honorees

    April 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT The Golden Gods Awards, a ceremony devoted solely to hard rock and heavy metal, is returning to TV on Saturday, May 24 via VH1 Classic at 8 p.m. ET/PT, produced by Dick Clark Productions and Revolver magazine. The four-hour live show will tape Wednesday, April 23, at Los Angeles' Club…

  19. Juan Gabriel Cancels 3 Shows Due to Pneumonia

    April 15, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Juan Gabriel, the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter, has postponed his first three California shows after being rushed to the hospital early on Monday in Las Vegas where he was diagnosed with pneumonia, according to representatives for the 64-year-old crooner.   Gabriel was scheduled to…

  20. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

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