1. Coldplay Heading for Year's Best Sales Week

    May 21, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Coldplay's new album, "Ghost Stories", is on track to score the largest sales week of the year. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on May 19, may sell upwards of 350,000 to 375,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 25. That figure…

  2. 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…

  3. Miley Cyrus Covers Beatles' 'Lucy In the Sky' at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 10:46 PM EDT Along with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, Cyrus delivered a faithful cover of the "Sgt. Pepper's" classic. Miley Cyrus threw fans a curveball at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards , taking on one of the greatest songs of all time instead of delving into her many "…

  4. Katy Perry Throws 'Birthday' Bash at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 9:17 PM EDT Katy Perry brought her fast-rising hit "Birthday" to the Billboard Music Awards in stunning fashion, performing the smashing dance single for the first time on television during the 2014 ceremony on Sunday night (May 18). Billboard Music Awards : Winners | Photos | Milestone…

  5. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  6. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

  7. Code Picks of the Week: Porter Robinson, Nero and More

    May 16, 2014 1:47 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Nero, "Satisfy" [MTA Records] British trio Nero are back in stunning fashion with “Satisfy,” a dark techno-inspired track whose…

  8. Rob Zombie, "Superbeast" (Live): Exclusive Video Premiere

    May 16, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Given his predilection for visuals and theatrics, it's almost shocking that shock rocker Rob Zombie has never released a concert DVD before. But " The Zombie Horror Picture Show ," which rolls out May 19, is indeed his first foray into that realm. "It would always…

  9. Hunter Hayes 'Storyline' Storms Top Country Albums Chart

    May 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second No. 1 set. Plus, Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett reach new chart highs Hunter Hayes notches his second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and his first to debut atop the list, as "Storyline" bows with 69,000 sold, his best-ever…

  10. Florida Georgia Line Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On 'Cruise,' Nelly & Blackjack

    May 15, 2014 12:38 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Florida Georgia Line to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  11. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  12. Chad Smith Talks New Chili Peppers Album: 'We're Always Trying to Change and Grow'

    May 14, 2014 4:32 PM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers are early in the recording process for their follow-up to 2011's "I'm With You,"which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and hit No. 1 in 18 countries, including the U.K., Mexico, Ireland, Italy and Brazil. "It's only been a couple of…

  13. Chromeo: Is Pop Finally Ready for a Former Barnard Professor and Accountant?

    May 13, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Dave Macklovitch, 36, hastily unsheathes a whole-wheat veggie wrap from pastel green butcher paper and digs in heartily. He's sorry to be impolite. It's 4:00 in the afternoon and the lead singer of wry, Canadian, electro-funk duo Chromeo has forgotten to eat lunch. In a snug,…

  14. Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2014 1:29 PM EDT To answer your first question: Yes, it is any good. And about your second: Better than you think.   To be sure, it's a strange project: a Michael Jackson record of vocals out of the vault and all-new music from Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Stargate, Rodney…

  15. Chart Highlights: Trey Songz Tops Rhythmic Songs With 'Na Na'

    May 12, 2014 8:35 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader on the list. Plus, new No. 1s for Avicii, the Black Keys, Thomas Rhett 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 the surveys listed below. All…

  16. Happy Mother’s Day: Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West Shout-Out Moms on Twitter

    May 11, 2014 3:28 PM EDT In honor of Mother’s Day, musical artists from across all genres are coming out of the woodwork to pay tribute to their moms on this special day. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom In addition to Billboard’s Mother’s playlist - which includes everything from from 2Pac…

  17. Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 10, 2014 8:41 PM EDT The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The song, "Rise Like a Phoenix," helped Wurst --…

  18. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever

    May 09, 2014 5:32 PM EDT The days are getting longer, summer is almost here, and stars like Hunter Hayes and Jack White are trying their hands at music record-breaking. We're celebrating the best way we know how: with a long, long look at the record-breaking "longest" moments on the Billboard charts.…

  19. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles On Dance Charts

    May 09, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Calvin Harris catapults to No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Summer," the chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer (4-2). It reaches new heights on the Billboard Hot 100 (26-18), Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (3-2; 63,000 downloads sold for the…

  20. Miley Cyrus' Music Director Talks Bangerz Tour Behind-the-Scenes

    May 08, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Miley Cyrus music director/American Hi-Fi frontman Stacy Jones tells us why Miley Cyrus is as punk rock as they come. Billboard recently chatted with Stacy Jones, frontman of the "Flavor of the Weak" power pop band American Hi-Fi. Aside from giving some inside information on his…

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