1. Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey: What's Your New Spring Jam?

    April 23, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Vote now! April has been a month of several high-profile single releases, with pop stars tossing out a few bids to soundtrack both this month's showers and May flowers. Three songs -- the latest radio offerings from Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey -- have us hitting the repeat…

  2. Pharrell Williams Still Atop Hot 100; Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown Reach Top 10

    April 23, 2014 2:59 PM EDT 'Happy' leads for a ninth week and takes over atop Streaming Songs, while Timberlake and Brown add to their top 10 totals. Pharrell Williams' "Happy" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week and reaches No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart at last. Meanwhile,…

  3. 'Frozen' Scores Biggest Sales Week Yet, No. 1 For An 11th Week

    April 23, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Meanwhile, August Alsina, NEEDTOBREATHE, Jason Derulo & Ingrid Michaelson all invade the Top 5. The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen," fueled by Easter shopping, earns its biggest sales week yet and 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.   The album sold 259,000 copies…

  4. Lily Allen Name-Checks Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Lorde On 'Sheezus': Watch Music Video

    April 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT "Give me that crown, bitch/I wanna be Sheezus," declares the "Hard Out Here" singer on her album's title track. Our eyebrows shot up when we first heard the title track to Lily Allen's upcoming "Sheezus" album last month, and now, the bait of the…

  5. Latin Conference: RCA's Tom Corson 'Can't Imagine' the World Cup Without Music

    April 23, 2014 10:37 AM EDT An estimated 6 billion people will watch soccer star Leo Messi get his shots on goal come June, but less than two months from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's official Cup song, “We Are One (Ole Ola)," has already found the back of the net. Starting…

  6. Kaskade Pairs Running With Dance Music for Spark Run Race Series (Exclusive)

    April 23, 2014 9:01 AM EDT Kaskade's fans are used to breaking a sweat to his music, but not quite like this. The American dance music star tells Billboard that he will be producing a series of 5K nighttime running and walking events in at least five cities this summer. Called “The Spark Run,” each race will…

  7. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  8. Steve Aoki Announces New Double Album, Madison Square Garden Release Party

    April 22, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Steve Aoki today (April 22) announced that the first half of his forthcoming double record “Neon Future I” will be released August 12 on Dim Mak/Ultra Music. Its companion half “Neon Future II" is scheduled to hit stores early next year. Steve Aoki Discusses 'Neon Future' Album…

  9. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  10. Katy Perry Plays Elderly Dancer, Spoiled Princess In 'Birthday' Video Teaser: Watch

    April 22, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Want to watch Katy play a depressed clown, a wise-cracking rabbi and an animal trainer? Of course you do. Katy Perry has described her upcoming music video for new single "Birthday" as "the most insane one I've ever done"… and judging from the two-minute teaser clip…

  11. Rixton's 'Heart' Breaking In The U.S.

    April 22, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Brit band is scaling the Hot 100 and Pop Songs charts with 'Me and My Broken Heart,' with help from Scooter Braun, Benny Blanco and Rob Thomas You may not know Rixton, but you're probably familiar with the big names behind it. The British pop-rock band is managed by…

  12. Brian Williams Raps About 'Gin and Juice' on 'The Tonight Show': Watch

    April 22, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon invited one of his favorite guests back to "The Tonight Show" on Monday -- "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams. True to form, Williams was the subject of another "Rapper's Delight" video , which featured the familiar formula of clips of him…

  13. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy,' John Legend's 'All Of Me' Expand Reigns

    April 21, 2014 6:05 PM EDT 'Happy' takes over atop a sixth singular-format Billboard airplay chart, while 'All of Me' grants Legend his first Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs No. 1s. Plus, new No. 1s for A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Fitz and the Tantrums and more Chart Highlights offers a…

  14. Pharrell, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga To Appear At iHeartRadio Music Awards

    April 21, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Luke Bryan, Pitbull, Ariana Grande and Thirty Seconds to Mars will also perform during the telecast. Pharrell, Drake and Blake Shelton are among the A-listers set to perform at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards. Rihanna, Justin Timberlake Top Finalists for iHeartRadio Music Awards Clear…

  15. SummerStage 2014: Ty Dolla $ign, Passenger, Andrew Bird, Dr. John Among Performers

    April 21, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The 2014 series begins June 3 with rapper Ty Dolla $ign and closes on Aug. 24 with the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Ty Dolla $ign, Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory, Passenger, Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Blood Orange are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of…

  16. 'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Ready to 'Celebrate' With Sophomore Release

    April 21, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Season 10 alum James Durbin’s second album blasts onto four Billboard charts this week, but the "American Idol" finalist started thinking about his sophomore set quite a while ago. "Celebrate" is a new entry on The Billboard 200 at No. 83, and also bows on Top Rock Albums…

  17. Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join NBC's 'The Voice'

    April 18, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani may be headed headed for The Voice. The No Doubt singer is in talks join the NBC competition series for season seven as a coach, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. She would take over for Christina Aguilera, who  announced in February that she was pregnant with her…

  18. 5 Things We Learned About Sia From Her NY Times Magazine Story

    April 18, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Read on to find out the shy artist's new album title and what Britney Spears has to say about her. On Friday (Apr. 18), the New York Times Magazine published "Sia Furler, the Socially Phobic Pop Star," a revealing profile of the ultra-shy pop singer-songwriter by Steve Knopper.…

  19. Play Ball: The Baseball Project Talks Los Angeles Dodgers' 2014 Season

    April 17, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Steve Wynn of the Baseball Project assesses baseball's highest paid and most hyped team April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview…

  20. Coachella Boosts Justin Bieber and Beyonce Up Social 50 Chart

    April 17, 2014 5:12 PM EDT During a slow week on the Social 50 chart, the first weekend of the Coachella festival (April 11-13) in Indio, Calif. spurs some big gains for a couple superstar acts. 14 Surprise Coachella Performers: Beyonce, Bieber, Gwen & More The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube,…

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