1. Album Chart Preview: Kanye West's Lead Over J. Cole Shrinks

    June 22, 2013 10:00 AM EDT J. Cole's "Born Sinner" is edging closer to West's "Yeezus" as the albums enter the weekend. After three full days on sale, Kanye West's "Yeezus" is still forecast to be No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. However, its lead over J.…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Lorde's 'Royals' Roars Onto Alternative Radio

    June 21, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, makes the best start on Alternative Songs for a female soloist charting her debut hit in five years With the aptly-titled single "Royals," Lorde could be on her way to fitting chart domination. The 16-year-old New Zealander sends her…

  3. Big Time Rush, 'Man of Steel' Soundtrack Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 15, 2013 9:13 AM EDT Big Time Rush and the "Man of Steel" film soundtrack are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Big Time Rush's new "24/Seven" album could sell around 45,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday,…

  4. Simon Cowell Egged During 'Britain's Got Talent' Finale

    June 08, 2013 10:51 PM EDT Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" wrapped up its seventh season Saturday night with Hungarian shadow theater troupe Attraction emerging as the winner of the talent competition on commercial network ITV. The live final went down with a surprise twist, though, as a…

  5. Sleeping With Sirens Headed for Best Week Ever on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 08, 2013 8:40 AM EDT Rock act Sleeping With Sirens is primed for its best week ever on the Billboard charts. The band's new album "Feel" is aiming to debut in the top five on next week's Billboard 200, so suggest industry sources, with perhaps 60,000 copies sold. The new Billboard 200 chart&…

  6. Capital Cities On 'Safe and Sound,' Andre 3000 & Possibly Returning To Jingle-Writing

    June 05, 2013 11:09 AM EDT "It's an anti-doomsday song in some ways," says Ryan Merchant of the duo's breakout hit. A half-decade after meeting on Craigslist, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian are enjoying a long-overdue moment of mainstream recognition as the indie-pop duo Capital Cities. The…

  7. Alice in Chains, Little Mix & John Fogerty Bound For Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 01, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Rock band Alice in Chains are set for their highest charting album since 1995, as "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" might start in the No. 2 slot on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album might sell around 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking…

  8. Court Yard Hounds to Release 'Amelita' in July

    May 31, 2013 10:03 AM EDT A new Court Yard Hounds album is on the way. The post-Dixie Chicks group featuring sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire announced today they will release "Amelita," their sophomore album, on July 16 via Columbia Records. "I think we’ve approached it differently because we…

  9. Be a Billboard Festival Photo Correspondent!

    May 30, 2013 12:10 PM EDT Tweet us a favorite music festival shot you took for your chance to be our guest photographer at a NYC music festival! Want to be Billboard.com's guest photo correspondent at New York's Governors Ball? Show us your favorite music fest shot that you took and you'll have a…

  10. Shapeshifters, 'Lola’s Theme (2013 Remix)': First Listen

    May 29, 2013 1:22 PM EDT Shapeshifters revive its groovy 2003 hit just as house music stages an international comeback. Back in 2003, The Shapeshifters had as close to a crossover moment as there was for dance music at the time with house anthem “Lola’s Theme.” Named after Shapeshifter Simon Marlin’s wife (Swede…

  11. Chart Highlights: Stone Temple Pilots Make Return Flight To Rock Radio

    May 27, 2013 5:00 PM EDT The band is back with its first chart entry since 2010 - and with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington on vocals. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, J. Cole and Banda Carnaval Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  12. Natalie Cole Crosses Over: Spanish Album on the Way

    May 27, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Yes--or in this case, sí­-Natalie Cole's first album in Spanish includes a duet with her late father. And like "Unforgettable," the song that won a Grammy Award in 1992 and foreshadowed today's holographic performance trend, the black-tie rumba "Acercate Mas" (…

  13. The National, Darius Rucker Heading for Top 3 Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 24, 2013 4:37 PM EDT Rock band the National is aiming for its best sales week ever -- and perhaps highest-charting album -- with its new "Trouble Will Find Me" LP. The set should arrive at No. 2 on next week's Billboard 200 chart, with perhaps 70,000 sold -- so say industry forecasters. Their…

  14. Henrix's Capital Cities 'Safe & Sound,' Remix: Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 24, 2013 3:03 PM EDT Taking a break from a series of releases for Steve Angello's Size Records, Miami native Henrix premieres his remix of Capital Cities' "Safe & Sound," exclusively on CODE. As a producer accustomed to making hard-driving anthems, Henrix was careful to make strategic…

  15. Marianas Trench, Drake Lead 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT Vancouver's pop-rock band Marianas Trench -- now a headlining arena act in Canada after a dozen years of hard work, and whose frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" -- leads the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards with six nominations,…

  16. Chart Highlights: Christina Aguilera's 'Love' Lifts To No. 1 On Dance/Club Play Songs

    May 20, 2013 5:55 PM EDT 0 Plus, Wale, the Neighbourhood and Marc Anthony log new leaders 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 charts are refreshed on billboard.com…

  17. George Strait and Demi Lovato Bound for Top Three on Billboard 200

    May 18, 2013 8:30 AM EDT Country icon George Strait is heading for a No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week with his new album, "Love Is Everything." Meanwhile, Demi Lovato's fourth studio effort, "Demi," is aiming for a No. 3 bow. According to industry sources, the albums are…

  18. Candice Glover Wins 'American Idol' Season 12

    May 16, 2013 10:29 PM EDT Third time's a charm for Candice Glover. The South Carolina native, on her third "American Idol" after auditioning in seasons 9 and 11, became the first female winner of the show since season 6's Jordin Sparks, scoring the largest number of votes to defeat runner-up…

  19. 'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack Selling Big, Heading for No. 2 on Billboard 200

    May 11, 2013 10:55 AM EDT The Baz Luhrmann film's all-star soundtrack looks to land below Lady Antebellum's "Golden." The all-star soundtrack to the film "The Great Gatsby" is off to a fast start. Industry forecasters suggest the new compilation album, which was released this past…

  20. What's Next for Randy Jackson After 'American Idol'?

    May 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The goal of “American Idol,” a dozen seasons ago when it started, was to create stars out of unknowns. It did so for Simon Cowell, perhaps the most famous A&R man on the planet, who has surrounded himself with television and music projects here and in the U.K. since his days as a judge…

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