1. Rick Ross Rules With Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    March 12, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams' second solo album starts at No. 2, and Lea Michele scores a Top 5 debut. Rapper Rick Ross collects his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mastermind" arrives atop the list. The set sold 179,000 copies in the week ending March 9,…

  2. Coldplay, Imagine Dragons Launch iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 12, 2014 2:39 AM EDT “We’ve been away a long time,” Coldplay’s Chris Martin told fans on Tuesday night at South By Southwest, “and I can’t think of a better place to come back into the world.” Or a more auspicious one. Coldplay’s first North American show in more than 14 months had the eyes of the world…

  3. SXSW 2014's 10 Must-See Shows: Lady Gaga, Skrillex, 50 Cent & More

    March 11, 2014 2:47 PM EDT As usual, SXSW has a lot to offer this year, with non-stop music taking over Austin, Texas through March 16. Deciding which concerts to hit is always a daunting task, but with the line-ups nearly solidified we're giving our intel on this year's 10 must-see SXSW shows. SXSW 2014:…

  4. Justin Bieber Makes Surprise SXSW Performance, Dedicates Song To Selena Gomez: Watch

    March 10, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Justin Bieber has kicked off the music portion of South by Southwest before the real program begins. Full SXSW Coverage | Lady Gaga To Deliver Keynote The 20-year-old pop star surprised a small crowd at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night (Mar. 9).…

  5. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  6. Pharrell Williams’ ‘G I R L’ Grabs Top Spot in U.K.

    March 10, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony). Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 go straight to the top of the singles chart…

  7. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  8. Raury Premieres New Song 'God's Whisper' & Talks 'Indigo Child' Album: Exclusive

    March 03, 2014 1:12 PM EST Raury’s hands are trembling to a small degree. Still, the 17-year-old singer's ambition is tenacious, like his talent. When visiting the Billboard New York office on Friday (Feb. 28), along with his management (LoveRenaissance) and marketing (GFCnewyork) teams, it's visible that…

  9. Coldplay Announces Release Date for 'Ghost Stories,' Drops New Single 'Magic': Listen

    March 03, 2014 1:25 AM EST Coldplay has quietly unveiled “Magic,” the first single from their anticipated new album "Ghost Stories." The album, the British band’s sixth, will arrive May 19 via Parlophone/Atlantic Records. Fans who pre-order "Ghost Stories" will receive an instant download of…

  10. Lea Michele, 'Louder': Track-By-Track Review

    February 28, 2014 1:52 PM EST "It's more than just an album to me," "Glee" star Lea Michele recently told Billboard about her debut album "Louder." "It's a piece of my life that I'm so glad is here for me to have for the rest of my life. Now that it's coming out,…

  11. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  12. Soundgarden to Perform All of 'Superunknown' at SXSW's iTunes Festival

    February 26, 2014 12:20 PM EST Two deluxe reissue packages also announced to celebrate the album's 20-year anniversary This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Soundgarden's Seattle grunge classic "Superunknown" and the Chris Cornell-led band is marking the occasion with a special performance at…

  13. Red Bull Sound Select in Austin: Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt to Perform

    February 26, 2014 10:00 AM EST Red Bull Sound Select will again feature its own set of music showcases in Texas next month, with its "4 Days in Austin" series coming March 12-15 to the Belmont in Austin. This year's lineup features headlining sets from an array of artists spanning multiple genres, including…

  14. Coldplay Debuts Trippy 'Midnight' Video: Watch

    February 25, 2014 1:07 PM EST Coldplay has unveiled a haunting video for new song "Midnight," an atmospheric track absent of the anthemic rock elements of earlier chart-toppers, but overflowing with hints that Chris Martin and company have been spinning Bon Iver records pretty hard as they prep a sixth…

  15. CNBLUE Serves Sweet Rock-Pop on 'Can't Stop'

    February 24, 2014 9:45 PM EST The Korean rock quartet return with a new six-track EP boasting a broad range of rock-pop compositions After earning its biggest hit on the K-Pop Hot 100 yet  last February with the angsty "I'm Sorry," CNBLUE returns with "Can't Stop," which sounds sure to send…

  16. Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs Chart Upgrades

    February 21, 2014 4:50 PM EST The tally welcomes several influential radio stations in major markets, further solidifying the chart's status as a launch pad for multi-format hits Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs radio airplay chart (known by its industry term, Triple A, in Billboard magazine) undergoes a…

  17. Coldplay, Pitbull & More Set For 2014 iTunes Festival At SXSW

    February 19, 2014 11:17 AM EST Apple's iTunes Festival is coming to SXSW this year.  Today (Feb. 19), Apple announced the lineup for the 2014 iTunes Festival taking place at SXSW. The free concert series, running from March 11 - 15, will include performances by Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, ZEDD, Keith Urban,…

  18. Draco Rosa Shutters L.A. Studio Phantom Vox With a 'Yard Sale'

    February 13, 2014 4:12 AM EST Phantom Vox, the West Hollywood studio owned by Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning artist Draco Rosa, is set to close at the end of the month. The studio has hosted musicians ranging from Mexican band Kinky and Spanish rock star Enrique Bunbury to Coldplay and Sara Bareilles. Over the past year,…

  19. Poll: Who Should Perform at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show?

    February 03, 2014 2:20 PM EST Vote now! With Bruno Mars' epic Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show now in the books, it's officially time to start speculating about next year's big game, and which artist will be the one to take center field at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona…

  20. Oscars: Surprise Song Nom 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Riles Up Contenders

    January 17, 2014 9:29 AM EST How did a song few people have heard in a movie nearly no one has seen beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay Z for an Oscar nomination? "I can't figure any of this shit out with the music branch," said someone who missed out on a best original song Oscar…

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