1. Hunter Hayes Partners With ConAgra Foods, P&G to Fight Child Hunger

    March 03, 2014 3:50 PM EST Hunter Hayes, ConAgra Foods, and P&G announced a partnership today that will help raise awareness of the issue of child hunger. On specifically marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products, one can find an eight-digit code. For each code entered Child Hunger Ends Here's website or…

  2. Oscar Music Nominees Honored, and Drenched, at Society of Composers and Lyricists Event

    March 02, 2014 12:29 PM EST The heavy rains that pummeled Southern California on Saturday (march 1) created a divide between the film music industry at the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists champagne reception for Oscar nominees. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' Fight…

  3. Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Hits 1 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:00 PM EST The album is the first debut by a woman to sell a million copies since 2011 Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album has crossed the 1 million sales mark, becoming the first debut set to do so since last October. The set rises 7-6 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling another 30…

  4. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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…

  5. International Artists Pay Tribute to Paco de Lucia

    February 27, 2014 8:57 PM EST The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake…

  6. Cole Swindell Makes Record Start On Billboard 200

    February 27, 2014 12:17 PM EST The singer scores the highest debut for a non-"American Idol" country male in the chart's history. Plus, moves for Home Free, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert and more Cole Swindell makes a record start on the Billboard 200, and joins a throng of rookie male artists that have…

  7. Bubbling Under: Chainsmokers Get Their Shot With '#Selfie'

    February 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Chainsmokers, Snootie Wild and Sam Hunt   The Chainsmokers Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, aka the Chainsmokers, debut on Hot Dance…

  8. Cole Swindell Scores First Hot Country Songs No. 1

    February 20, 2014 5:40 PM EST The singer reigns with "Chillin' It," his debut hit. Plus, moves for Eric Church, Frankie Ballard and Scotty McCreery, while a nearly five-year-old Carrie Underwood song surges thanks to a viral video Cole Swindell tops Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with his debut…

  9. Andy Garcia Shows 'Cachao' More Love, Says He's 'Threatening to Record' an Album

    February 17, 2014 3:15 PM EST Andy Garcia has directed another tribute to his longtime musical idol, Israel Lopez "Cachao." The pioneering Cuban bassist and mambo originator, first profiled by Garcia in his 1993 documentary "Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos," is the subject of a six-minute film produced for…

  10. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  11. Shakira's Valentine's Gift? Sexy Album Art

    February 14, 2014 8:33 PM EST Shakira has given her fans a Valentine's gift of her own by revealing some skin in the new artwork of her upcoming self-titled album, posing straight into the camera in black lingerie-like garb, while holding a guitar. The Colombian songstress, who on Twitter alone has nearly 24 million…

  12. Eric Paslay Debuts In Country Albums Chart's Top Five

    February 13, 2014 3:10 PM EST The singer's debut set bows, fueled by hit single 'Friday Night.' Plus, moves for Brantley Gilbert, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and more Singer/songwriter Eric Paslay makes his first appearance on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut set, which…

  13. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  14. Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes Show Grammy Growth On Country Charts

    February 06, 2014 4:05 PM EST The singers translate Grammy Awards exposure into sizable chart gains. Plus, moves for Eric Church, Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan The first complete airplay/streaming/sales tracking week following the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards yields noteworthy results for Kacey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. Musgraves&…

  15. Grammy Awards Rock Charts, Daft Punk Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200

    February 05, 2014 11:06 AM EST Now that a full week has passed since the Grammy Awards, the Billboard charts are properly rocked by the show and its many winners and performers. (The latest Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking week ended on February 2. It captures the first seven days after the Grammys, which aired on CBS…

  16. Chart Highlights: Passenger Rides To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Let Her Go'

    February 03, 2014 6:30 PM EST The song tops another chart, months after breaking through in the U.K. Plus, new No. 1s for John Legend, Lorde, 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 the surveys…

  17. Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Ride GRAMMY Wave On Country Charts

    January 30, 2014 4:45 PM EST The singers soar, with more gains expected on next week's charts. Plus, moves for Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and David Nail Hunter Hayes claims his highest-ever debut ranks on Billboard's Hot Country Songs (No. 23) and Country Digital Songs charts (No. 7) with "Invisible,…

  18. 'You Got Served' 10th Anniversary: Omarion & Marques Houston Look Back On Their Dance Hit

    January 30, 2014 2:35 PM EST "It became more than just a movie -- it became a part of culture," Omarion tells Billboard about the 2004 dance film. Before there was the "Step Up" franchise, or "So You Think You Can Dance," or  "Dancing With The Stars," there were a few suckers,…

  19. Madonna, Miley Cyrus Team for Country-Themed MTV 'Unplugged' Special

    January 29, 2014 5:37 AM EST Madonna joined Miley Cyrus for a mash-up of "Don't Tell Me" and "We Can't Stop" at Cyrus' barn dance-themed "Unplugged" show that will air on MTV tonight (Jan. 29) at 9 p.m. Cyrus embraced her Nashville roots for the special, giving a…

  20. Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94

    January 28, 2014 2:26 AM EST Pete Seeger, who used his voice as a musician, folk song curator, environmentalist and humanitarian to demand justice for less-privileged, died Jan. 27 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He touched lives by singing for unions, children and presidents, performing mining camps, folk festivals…

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