1. Bastille, Sam Smith, Arctic Monkeys Enjoy Post-BRIT Awards Sales Spikes

    February 24, 2014 4:26 AM EST Winners and performers at last week’s BRIT Awards ceremony dominated the new sales charts when they were published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (Feb. 23). Best British Breakthrough act Bastille returned to the album summit with “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal) and Critics’ Choice…

  2. Chris Brown Sets New 'X' Release Date: May

    February 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST Chris Brown has set a new date for his next album, "X": May 5, 2014. Breezy tweeted the new release date today (Feb. 22), calling "X," "by far my best album yet." "X" is by far my best album yet.... Setting the date for MAY 5 pic.twitter.com/cFrfpgsBcD …

  3. CODE Picks of the Week: Plastic Plates & Sam Sparro, Andrea Oliva and More

    February 21, 2014 5:26 PM EST Each Friday CODE brings you the freshest new tunes of the week. Listen to them here. Plastic Plates featuring Sam Sparro, “Stay in Love” [Plastic Plates] Sam Sparro’s voice is a rare bird that only the most skilled of producers knows how to work from just a pretty canary to solid gold. New…

  4. 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…

  5. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 9:30 PM EST Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean and a Superjam with Skrillex will also be showcased at the Tennessee fest. Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted…

  6. BRIT Awards Live Stream feat. Katy Perry, Lorde, Bruno Mars & More: WATCH NOW

    February 19, 2014 3:00 PM EST Bastille, Pharrell, Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding -- and possibly, Beyonce -- will also take the O2 Arena stage on Wednesday to celebrate Britain's top music honors. watch it all go down right here, starting at 3PM ET The BRIT Awards may be hosted by James Corden for the fifth -- and…

  7. Drake Apologizes For Rolling Stone Controversy

    February 14, 2014 12:04 PM EST Drake says the magazine was "completely justifiable" in replacing his cover with Philip Seymour Hoffman, but disagrees with the decision to run his article now. "I would have waited until it was my time" Less than a day after Drake slammed Rolling Stone magazine, which…

  8. Arcade Fire Nominated for Three mtvU Woodie Awards

    February 14, 2014 1:02 AM EST Canadian alternative rockers Arcade Fire leads this year's mtvU Woodie Awards nominations with three. Other artists receiving multiple nominations include Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams, Jay Z, Imagine Dragons, Disclosure and Chance the Rapper, all with two apiece. Arcade Fire will vie…

  9. Drake Slams Rolling Stone for Giving 'My Cover' to Philip Seymour Hoffman

    February 13, 2014 11:22 AM EST Drizzy says he's "done doing interviews for magazines" after publication revokes cover and runs story with negative comments he made about Kanye West's "Yeezus" Update: Rolling Stone published the full interview on their site after Drake's tweets. Drake&…

  10. Angel Haze Reviews Alexander Wang’s Fall 2014 Runway Show

    February 12, 2014 5:15 PM EST Angel Haze’s quirky, but no-nonsense style has caught our attention. So we tapped the edgy rapper to be the latest fashion week correspondent for The Hook. We had Angel cover the Alexander Wang show held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard last Saturday (Feb. 8). The “Werkin' Girls” singer took us…

  11. Lonestar at Full Strength as Acoustic Tour Revs Up

    February 11, 2014 6:00 PM EST In 2008, Richie McDonald – longtime lead singer of the group Lonestar parted ways with the group to concentrate on a solo career. Though the band pressed on with Cody Collins taking over the main vocals, McDonald's return in 2011 gave the band a well-needed shot in the arm. "It'…

  12. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History On Alternative Songs With 'Invisible'

    February 10, 2014 6:05 PM EST The band rewrites the mark for the most entries in the chart's 25-year archives. Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Yandel, and Miranda Lambert returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  13. Ricky Martin's World Cup Song Written By Elijah King; Salaam Remi to Produce

    February 10, 2014 4:00 PM EST Ricky Martin will record a 2014 World Cup song written by Elijah King, an artist who has made several appearances on the Billboard Latin charts since 2009. Sony Music announced today (Feb. 10) that King is the winner of Sony's "Supersong" World Cup song contest. The…

  14. Cady Groves' Waiting Game: How A Promising Artist Ended Up Back At The Beginning

    February 10, 2014 2:15 PM EST The 24-year-old's dream came true when she found a major label home. Somehow, everything went wrong. Inside a songwriter's lost period, and why she's still someone to watch. Three months ago, Cady Groves was on Rock Road in Wichita, driving down the main drag in a crappy…

  15. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Beatles Songs

    February 09, 2014 8:05 AM EST On the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. breakthrough, readers share favorite Fab Four songs, covers, solo hits and 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…

  16. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (Sticking only to…

  17. The Beatles' U.S. Invasion: 28 Stars Discuss The Fab Four's 50th Anniversary (Video)

    February 06, 2014 4:00 PM EST A genre-spanning assortment of musicians from Ed Sheeran to Willie Nelson discuss favorite Beatles moments and memories. It's no secret that the Beatles have been a massive force and influence on music for generations, and their arrival in the U.S. 50 years ago on Feb. 7, 1964 and…

  18. Happy New Zealand Day! 10 NZ Artists Who Could Make A Lorde-Like Leap

    February 06, 2014 2:07 PM EST From pop-rock to indie to EDM to a boy band, we salute the country's most promising contemporary music. Today is February 6, which means that it's Waitangi Day, better understood to Yanks as New Zealand Day, celebrating the 174th anniversary of the signing of the country&…

  19. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Beatles Songs?

    February 06, 2014 10:05 AM EST As we approach the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. arrival, 'Ask Billboard' asks you to choose your favorite Fab songs, covers and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  20. NBA All-Star 2014: Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar Among Performers

    February 06, 2014 10:00 AM EST Earth, Wind & Fire, Dr. John and Gary Clark Jr. all playing halftime of the All-Star Game. The NBA has unveiled the list of headlining musical artists at its All-Star Weekend in New Orleans later this month, with Pharrell Williams continuing his hot streak by headlining the…

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