1. J.Lo Tops R&B/Hip Hop Albums, T.I. & Iggy Team Up for a Top 10 Hit

    June 26, 2014 8:04 PM EDT JLO, A.K.A. CHART LEADER: Jennifer Lopez crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with "A.K.A.," which arrives with 33,000 copies sold in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The entrance marks her third No. 1 on the chart (and eighth top 10). She…

  2. 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&…

  3. Clean Bandit Puts Classical Music In The House With 'Rather Be'

    June 24, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British quartet hits the Hot 100 with its former four week U.K. No. 1, an unlikely mix of live strings and dance beats "We try not to see boundaries between genres. We believe you can just do whatever you want," says Jack Patterson, multi-instrumentalist of Clean Bandit. For the…

  4. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  5. Lionel Richie Gets 65th Birthday Tribute From Kid Rock at Concert Near Detroit

    June 21, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Lionel Richie turned 65 in style on Friday night (June 20), with Kid Rock in the flesh and a bunch of his other friends via video. The veteran pop icon had just finished the main portion of his set at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in the Detroit suburb of Independence Township when crew and…

  6. 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,&…

  7. 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…

  8. Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Debuts at No. 1, Sets Vinyl Sales Record

    June 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rocker Jack White claims his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Lazaretto" bows in the top slot with 138,000 sold in the week ending June 15, according to NielsenSoundScan.   The effort follows his solo debut, "Blunderbuss," which also opened atop the…

  9. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Linkin Park, deadmau5: Which New Album Are You Buying?

    June 17, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Vote now! Tuesday, June 17 is one of the most jam-packed album release dates of the calendar year, as stars in the dance world, pop universe and rock sphere are all dropping long-awaited projects. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and Linkin Park all have new albums that are projected to sell…

  10. Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett Surprise NYC School on Last Day of Classes

    June 16, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City Monday, performing and hosting a master class in the school’s Tony Bennett Concert Hall.  Bennett opened the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2001 in his hometown of…

  11. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay 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 our…

  12. Cole Porter's 'The Ambassador Revue' to be Staged In New York City

    June 16, 2014 12:56 PM EDT For the first time later this month, a few lucky people will get to hear what no one in America has - a collection of lost Cole Porter songs. The one-night-only June 27 premiere of "The Ambassador Revue" at The Town Hall near Times Square will mark the first time the 1929 show has…

  13. Bonnaroo 2014: J. Roddy Walston & the Business Plays to ‘Gnarly’ Crowd, Talks ‘Eastbound and Down’ Song (Video)

    June 14, 2014 3:40 PM EDT After making its Bonnaroo debut in 2011, J. Roddy Walston & the Business returned to the Manchester, Tenn., festival to play tunes from its 2013 album, “Essential Tremors," released on ATO/RED. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More Bonnaroo 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at…

  14. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  15. Iggy Azalea Continues Record-Tying Run Atop Hot 100; Sam Smith Soars Into Top 10

    June 11, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The rapper rules for third frame with 'Fancy,' while holding at No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, Sam Smith vaults to his first top 10 with 'Stay With Me' Iggy Azalea tallies a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "…

  16. Spice Girl Mel B Joining 'X Factor' U.K.

    June 11, 2014 9:04 AM EDT Former Spice Girl Mel B has been named as the fourth judge for the 11th season of the "X Factor" U.K. Mel B told the U.K. press she is "so excited" to be joining the show. She reportedly signed a deal worth $1.67  million (£1 million). The 39-year-old signer served as a…

  17. Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' v. J Balvin's '6 AM': Which Is Summer's Best Song En Español?

    June 10, 2014 9:54 AM EDT It's a summer for (flamenco and reggaeton) dancing in the streets: Enrique Iglesias ' "Bailando," with Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, has emerged as summer 2014's leading Latin song.  The runaway single from "Sex and Love" is currently no. 1 on five of…

  18. Governors Ball 2014: 'Can't Get Enough' of J. Cole

    June 09, 2014 6:42 PM EDT J. Cole kicked off his one-hour set at the Honda stage on Sunday (June 8) with a snippet of mixtape song, “Return of Simba” and “Who Dat.”  Governors Ball 2014: Videos, Photos and More Fans, most of which walked to and away from the stage through out the entire set, warmed up to J. Cole by…

  19. BET, Louder Than Life Partner For 'Music Matters' Compilation Series

    June 09, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Miguel, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Mack Wilds, The Internet among featured acts BET Networks and its new artist program Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/Red Associated Labels to launch the new compilation album series, "BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1." Featuring…

  20. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number

    June 08, 2014 9:28 PM EDT The Tony Awards kicked off with a high-energy song-and-dance spectacle on the Radio City Music Hall stage, featuring Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Barrino and the cast of “After Midnight.” Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star…

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