1. Calle 13 Frontman Crowned King of NYC's Puerto Rican Day Parade

    May 19, 2014 5:30 PM EDT "I'm still the king though I have no kingdom," Calle 13's René Pérez Joglar rapped on the group's popular song "Muerte en Hawaii." Pérez has now found a throne - on a float in New York's upcoming Puerto Rican Day Parade. The artist, known as much for…

  2. Michael Jackson Hologram at Billboard Music Awards: What Do You Think? (Poll)

    May 19, 2014 1:44 PM EDT What's your opinion? Weigh in below. The Michael Jackson hologram performing "Slave to the Rhythm" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards has been the talk of the show ever since the lithe illusion moonwalked across the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage live on ABC last night (May 18).…

  3. 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…

  4. 5 Other Awesome Holograms: Tupac, Janelle Monae and M.I.A., More

    May 19, 2014 12:45 AM EDT Michael Jackson may have invented the moonwalk, and he certainly inaugurated his signature strut as a hologram -- and the MJ hologram was certainly the talk of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards . But the King of Pop was not the first artist to perform 2D on a 3D stage. From Tupac's…

  5. Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Watch & Go Behind the Scenes

    May 18, 2014 9:29 PM EDT The Michael Jackson performance on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards was the result of nearly half a year of planning, choreography and filming, not to mention the development of new technology. Producers of the Billboard Music Awards did not see even a portion of the film until…

  6. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  7. Michael Jackson, Black Keys Vie for No. 1

    May 16, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton and Tori Amos Heading for Top 10 There's a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as both Michael Jackson's "Xscape" and the Black Keys' "Turn Blue" have their sights set on the top slot.  Industry sources suggest…

  8. Ask Billboard: What's 2014's Song Of The Summer?

    May 16, 2014 4:05 PM EDT A (sort of) confident attempt to (hopefully) pick the 40 biggest hits of the (hopefully) warm months 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, state and…

  9. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

  10. Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

    May 16, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to Los Angeles this August. The two-day festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup. More festival news:…

  11. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  12. Code First Play: NERVO 'Inspired' Mini-Mix

    May 15, 2014 1:02 PM EDT After inspiring others to pursue careers in dance music, NERVO are now paying homage to those that inspired them. The Australian songwriting sisters have taken the reins for the second edition of Ministry of Sound’s “Inspired” compilation series, providing a glimpse into the tracks that have…

  13. The Black Keys vs. Michael Jackson for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 14, 2014 6:45 PM EDT The new albums from the Black Keys and Michael Jackson are both in the running for the No. 1 slot on next week's Billboard 200 chart. As of May 14, the Black Keys' eighth album, "Turn Blue", has the edge over Jackson's "Xscape", but not by much. Industry…

  14. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 6:55 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes…

  15. Usher Talks Michael Jackson, Says the King's 'Fueling' His Next Album

    May 13, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Today Epic Records released the "Xscape,” the second posthumous album from Michael Jackson. While the King of Pop is gone, his spirit lives on in current stars. Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': Track-By-Track Review Usher, currently wrapping up production on his forthcoming…

  16. Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By Metallica, Joe Walsh at MusiCares Event

    May 13, 2014 1:58 PM EDT "It's really a battle to get sober," Walsh tells Billboard at the 10th annual MAP event. "Ozzy has his set of demons, but he's stacked up some days of consecutive sobriety here and he's never been better" Ozzy Osbourne and the Village CEO Jeff Greenberg were…

  17. Rewinding The Charts: In 1978, The Bee Gees Sparked Disco Fever

    May 13, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Gibb brothers' 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack broke chart records that still stand today Thirty-six years ago, the Bee Gees became the kings of disco and made chart history in the process. At the height of bell-bottom and satin-shirt mania in 1978, the pop group's…

  18. Chart Highlights: Trey Songz Tops Rhythmic Songs With 'Na Na'

    May 12, 2014 8:35 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader on the list. Plus, new No. 1s for Avicii, the Black Keys, Thomas Rhett 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 listed below. All…

  19. Mac Miller on New Mixtape 'Faces': 'Don’t Tell My Mama I Got a Drug Problem'

    May 11, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Mac Miller may not always keep it mom-friendly but there are surely a few out there stoked the Pittsburg rapper opted to drop a new mixtape on their special holiday.  Miller’s 24-track “Faces” includes features from the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Sir Micheal Rocks, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul,…

  20. Happy Mother’s Day: Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West Shout-Out Moms on Twitter

    May 11, 2014 3:28 PM EDT In honor of Mother’s Day, musical artists from across all genres are coming out of the woodwork to pay tribute to their moms on this special day. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom In addition to Billboard’s Mother’s playlist - which includes everything from from 2Pac…

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