1. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  2. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Bows At No. 1 in U.K.

    May 26, 2014 7:25 AM EDT First-week sales of 168,000 made Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music) both the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of the year and the new No. 1 title, in sales data published Sunday (May 25) by the Official Charts Company. British pop-dance star Sam Smith scored his third chart…

  3. EDM's Mainstream vs. The Underground: Time to End the Hate (Op-Ed)

    May 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT My iPod is not the only place where Skrillex and Speedy J can coexist. Yet as dance music's mainstream and underground gain additional adherents from the current boom, these different worlds seem set on a collision course. This rift reared its head in the debate following…

  4. Usher Gets Good News in 'Bad Girl' Dispute

    May 23, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Usher and others involved in the creation of the song "Bad Girl" have escaped a songwriter's copyright infringement claims. However, this might be one of those rare instances where news of a superstar singer's success takes a back seat to the misconduct of the lawyer who…

  5. 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…

  6. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund manager Steven Lamar fired a legal salvo…

  7. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  8. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: D.J. Freestyles

    May 20, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Following Monday’s Season 18 Finals, shirtless tuxedoed man James Maslow and his partner Peta Murgatroyd have been eliminated, despite earning near-perfect scores on their post-apocalyptic freestyle sponsored by Victoria’s Secret (The Secret Is She’s On Acid) and a tango “tighter than a…

  9. Meek Mill Releases New Song, 'I Don't Know': Listen

    May 19, 2014 1:51 PM EDT The Philly rapper recruits Paloma Ford for his first 'Dreams With More Than Money' single. Meek Mill offers the official first single "I Don't Know," off his sophomore studio album, "Dreams With More Than Money." Over production by Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and…

  10. The 10 Best & 'WTF?!?' Moments of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2014 1:29 PM EDT So, yeah, the 2014 Billboard Music Awards happened last night (May 18). And the show was eventful, to say the least—full of moments that made the audience applaud, clamor and maybe even upset. The 10 Best GIFs of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards: Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and More…

  11. Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Debuts At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 19, 2014 5:28 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” (MJJ/Epic/Sony Music) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 18), as Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” (Roc Nation/Universal) opened at the singles summit. Sony’s previous posthumous Jackson collection, “Michael,” peaked at No. 4 in a ten-week…

  12. The 10 Best GIFs of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards: Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and More

    May 19, 2014 1:39 AM EDT From the red carpet to the main stage, the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 18) in Las Vegas was packed with memorable moments. King of Pop Michael Jackson somehow rocked the house. Ariana Grande made a case for why she may be princess of the genre. And Miley Cyrus rocked the…

  13. 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 "…

  14. Sturgill Simpson Shuns 'Tailgating and Spring Breaks' on New Album

    May 16, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Sturgill Simpson's latest album, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music," has been garnering some great early reviews. Not that he's had a lot of time to read them, as he's got other things on his mind. "Our first child is coming in about a month, and everything…

  15. Brad Paisley's New Album Has a Name: 'Moonshine In the Trunk' (Exclusive)

    May 14, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Still smarting from the controversy around last year's "Accidental Racist," the country star talks about shaking up his sound on album number ten (due Aug. 26). "The rulebook's gone, or was there ever one?" Brad Paisley still doesn't have a name for his…

  16. Paloma Faith's 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This' Gets MS MR Remix: Song Premiere

    May 14, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Paloma Faith's latest single, "Only Love Can Hurt Like This," can become another U.K. hit for the pop performer, who worked with legendary songwriter Diane Warren on the track. Now, that single is being re-imagined by New York indie-pop duo MS MR -- check out their official…

  17. 'Glee' Recap: New York Gets Grand Send-Off In Season Finale

    May 14, 2014 4:21 AM EDT Season 5 was rough for "Glee," but “The Untitled Rachel Berry Project” made it feel easy. There’s no changing the hardships that "Glee" as a show faced this year with the loss of Cory Monteith , but in the fictional world at least, everything got to make sense by the end.…

  18. Rick Springfield Opens-Up On Writing, Religion, Sex & Suffering

    May 13, 2014 1:42 AM EDT When Rick Springfield arrives just before 4 p.m. for a soundcheck at the Barnes and Noble in Manhattan’s Union Square -- the location for a 7 o’clock acoustic performance and the first signing for his new book, "Magnificent Vibration" -- there are already several dozen fans in line.…

  19. Lily Allen’s 'Sheezus' Bows At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 12, 2014 5:12 AM EDT British pop favorite Lily Allen’s “Sheezus” (Parlophone/Warner Music) has become her second U.K. No. 1 album. The Official Charts Company’s new sales data, published Sunday (May 11), also showed Dutch hip-hop star Mr. Probz reclaiming the singles chart crown with “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings…

  20. Rihanna Is Still Instagram-less

    May 07, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Last week Rihanna posted some racy pictures to her Instagram feed and on Monday her account went M.I.A.  So what gives? Instagram has confirmed that they did not delete the singer's account, rather, it was suspended briefly by mistake and then quickly restored. Rihanna Now a Roc Nation…

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