1. 50 Cent Nabs Fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    June 12, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Nick Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' hits top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Big Smo Debuts 50 Cent debuts atop Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his first album in five years, "Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win," which opens with 47,000 copies sold in the week…

  2. Miranda Lambert Scores Record Fifth Career-Opening No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

    June 12, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The singer passes Carrie Underwood, who's begun with four No. 1s. Plus, moves for Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town. As "Platinum" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the…

  3. Rita Ora Breaks Silence on Calvin Harris Breakup

    June 12, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Less than a week after Scottish producer Calvin Harris announced on Twitter that he and Rita Ora had officially ended their romantic relationship, the 23-year-old British singer has addressed the breakup on her own Twitter account . Calvin Harris Confirms Split with Rita Ora: ‘I Wish Her All…

  4. Jennifer Lopez Will Kick Off The World Cup

    June 11, 2014 4:11 AM EDT Not so fast: J.Lo is performing at the World Cup after all. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On? Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop? World Cup Panel at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with The Associated Press that she is flying to…

  5. Governors Ball 2014: The Kills Let Drummers Take The Lead (Video)

    June 09, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As the Kills took to the Big Apple stage on Sunday (June 8), the sun started to creep under clouds. The audible long time fans cheered for the rockers to start their set, as frontwoman Alison Mosshart wore her signature bleached blonde hair, jean vest, and patterned bulky shirt. There was not…

  6. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  7. Governors Ball 2014: AlunaGeorge on Touring & New Album Work with Diplo

    June 09, 2014 11:59 AM EDT The UK’s AlunaGeorge brought out a huge crowd at Governors Ball 2014’s Gotham tent. Opening with “Attracting Flies,” a cut a about a guy that’s stinking up the joint with his words, lead Aluna and her band got the fans rocking early. GOVERNORS BALL FULL COVERAGE: Photos, Video, News &…

  8. Governors Ball 2014: RJD2 Plays DJ Set With Live Band, Talks EDM Growth at Fests (Video)

    June 08, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Producer and musician RJD2 performed a live DJ set at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7) that won over both new and loyal fans. GOVERNORS BALL FULL COVERAGE: Photos, Video, News & More While on the Honda stage, RJD2, whose real name is Ramble John Krohn, scratched a majority (but not…

  9. Calvin Harris Confirms Split with Rita Ora: ‘I Wish Her All the Best’

    June 06, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Calvin Harris and Rita Ora have officially broken up. The Scottish producer confirmed the news Friday, tweeting : “To address speculation - myself and Rita ended our relationship some time ago. She is a beautiful, talented woman & I wish her all the best.” Pop Star Hookups &…

  10. Justin Bieber Loses Again: How His Racist Jokes Will Impact His Career

    June 05, 2014 5:40 PM EDT The leaked videos are a short-term disaster for Bieber -- but don't necessarily spell doom for his long-term outlook. Remember when Justin Bieber was a precocious pop star, peddling inoffensive hooks and religious-leaning autobiographies , lookalike dolls and tween-friendly fragrances ?…

  11. Luke Bryan No. 1 'Again' On Hot Country Songs, Lee Brice 'Dance's Into Top 10

    June 05, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Bryan extends the reign of 'Play It Again' to eight weeks. Plus, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer soar Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, marking the fourth-most weeks at the…

  12. Jennifer Lopez Brings 15 Years of Hits Home to The Bronx (Review)

    June 05, 2014 2:31 PM EDT It's hard to believe, but Jennifer Lopez had never played a concert in The Bronx until Wednesday night (June 4). Lopez and her home neighborhood have been inextricably linked ever since the release of her debut album, "On The 6," 15 years ago exactly this week -- an…

  13. Doc Neeson, Frontman with Australia’s The Angels, Dies At 67

    June 04, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Bernard "Doc" Neeson, the frontman of hitmaking Australian rock group the Angels (also known as Angel City and The Angels from Angel City), has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 67. At its peak, the Angels was the quintessential Aussie pub-rock band; a group blessed with…

  14. The Strokes Deliver Passionate Set During First Concert Since 2011 at New York’s Capitol Theatre

    June 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT It was easy to get skittish before the Strokes’ concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Saturday night (May 31), the band’s first performance since late 2011.  For one thing, the set list possibilities were completely up in the air. Would the Strokes focus, on material off…

  15. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  16. Vance Joy, Birds of Tokyo Top APRA Awards Nominations

    May 29, 2014 7:06 AM EDT With four nods each, Vance Joy and Birds of Tokyo lead the nominations for this year’s APRA Music Awards. Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) is up for breakthrough songwriter of the year, and his international hit “Riptide” is in the hunt for most played Australian work, pop work of the year,…

  17. How Eels Got Steve Perry to Sing Live Again: 'It Was Such a Beautiful Moment'

    May 28, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Eels leader Mark Oliver "E" Everett says he's "trying to get used to my new role as Neal Schon" after former Journey frontman Steve Perry's surprise performance with the group over Memorial Day Weekend. Perry sang a pair of Journey hits -- "Open Arms"…

  18. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Outfits: Roberto Cavalli, Jeremy Scott & More Talk Designing

    May 28, 2014 1:50 PM EDT When Katy Perry began plotting the Prismatic tour - her worldwide jaunt in support of her "Prism" album and the follow-up outing to 2011's candy-coated California Dreams tour - one thing was clear: "We went into this tour knowing the costumes had to be bigger and better…

  19. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 With 'Fancy,' Matches Beatles' Historic Mark

    May 28, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As the Australian rapper rises 2-1 with 'Fancy' and 3-2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's 'Problem,' Azalea joins the Beatles as the only artists to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits It's a fab week for Iggy Azalea,…

  20. O-Town Returns With 'Skydive' Single, Sets August Album Release

    May 28, 2014 10:44 AM EDT O-Town's decade-long hiatus from recorded music officially ends on Wednesday (May 28) with the comeback single "Skydive," from the forthcoming album "Lines & Circles." Listen to the guys give it their all -- or nothing at all -- below: The "Liquid Dreams…

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