1. Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' Set For Strong Hot 100 Debut

    April 18, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Her new song appears headed for the list's top half next week thanks to expected high sales following her buzzworthy Coachella set Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" looks likely to debut in the upper half of next week's Billboard Hot 100. Highlights of the…

  2. Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years

    April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with 'Duets,' which spurs her best chart rank since 1990 New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto the Billboard 200 , as her new compilation "Duets" debuts at No. 32. The bow…

  3. 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.…

  4. Black Label Society Lands First No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    April 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Zakk Wylde-led group also starts atop Hard Rock Albums. Plus, Jack White debuts on Hot Rock Songs, Chevelle tops Mainstream Rock Songs and more Black Label Society scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" launches at…

  5. Bubbling Under: It's A 'Rude' Awakening For Magic!

    April 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Magic!, Mila J and Grizfolk   Magic! Canadian reggae/pop quartet Magic! is crossing to U.S. pop and adult pop radio with its debut RCA single…

  6. Sharon Jones On the Dap-Kings: There's 'Enough Material To Work On Another Album'

    April 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT You can't keep a good woman and her band down -- which is why Sharon Jones promises there's more where "Give the People What they Want," her fifth album with the Dap-Kings, came from. Jones tells Billboard that the group "did like 22, 23 songs" for the album,…

  7. Randy Houser Talks 'Kiss' Success, Tees Up Next Single 'Like a Cowboy'

    April 17, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Randy Houser is in the midst of the hottest streak of his career. The Stoney Creek recording artist has notched back-to-back chart toppers with "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," and with his latest, "Goodnight Kiss," sitting at No. 2 on the…

  8. 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' Explores the Mythology of Rock's Jekyll and Hyde

    April 17, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Alice and "Super" director talk about the new "doc opera" premiering at Tribeca. "You can't just do a documentary on Alice Cooper" You wouldn't expect a film about Alice Cooper to be a normal documentary, would you? Of course not. So here comes "…

  9. Luke Bryan, Martina McBride Top Country Songs, Albums Charts

    April 17, 2014 12:49 PM EDT The April 6 ACM Awards generate multiple moves on Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums. Plus, chart action for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Carlene Carter Luke Bryan is the new leader on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, while Martina McBride earns her first No. 1 in five years on…

  10. Saliva, 'Lost': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 17, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Bobby Amaru says his marching orders were pretty clear when he joined Saliva at the beginning of 2012 to replace original frontman Josey Scott.  "They wanted a new energy," Amaru, who was leading his own band and had also been the drummer for Burn Season prior to joining Saliva,…

  11. Pair of Detroit EDM Festivals Called Off

    April 17, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Two new electronic music festivals scheduled for July 4th weekend in Detroit have been canceled for this year -- but have already announced dates for 2015. The Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) was slated to take place July 4-6 at the city's Campus Martius Park as a free event,…

  12. Pharrell Williams Tops Hot 100; Ed Sheeran Blasts In at No. 15

    April 16, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' rules for an eighth week, while Ed Sheeran soars in with 'Sing' (which Williams co-wrote and co-produced), instantly marking his best-ever Hot 100 rank Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week.…

  13. Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 'Beggar's Moon': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 16, 2014 11:15 AM EDT After taking a year off for its frontman and keyboardist to fly with the Black Crowes, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is back in action and particularly excited about its upcoming third studio album, "Phosphorescent Harvest," according to its namesake. "We took a year off and…

  14. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  15. AC/DC Not on Cusp of Retirement: Sources

    April 15, 2014 1:10 PM EDT UPDATE: The band has announced that guitarist Malcolm Young is taking a leave of absence because of poor health. Earlier, lead singer Brian Johnson described the illness as "debilitating." Get the full story Rumors of AC/DC's imminent demise appear to be exaggerated.…

  16. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  17. Chart Highlights: Jason Derulo Dominates Pop Songs With 'Talk Dirty'

    April 14, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The singer scores his first format leader since 2010. Plus, new No. 1s for the Black Keys, Jerrod Niemann 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 our…

  18. Ian Anderson Releases New Solo Album, Talks 'End' of Jethro Tull

    April 14, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Stream Anderson's new album, "Homo Erraticus" A second consecutive Ian Anderson solo album -- "Homo Erraticus," due out April 15 -- is affirming to Jethro Tull fans what they mostly already suspected, that the long-lived group is effectively no more. Anderson writes…

  19. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  20. Sevendust, 'Bonfire': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The Atlanta rockers go acoustic on their new "Time Travelers & Bonfires" album. "We went in full guns blazin', man" Sevendust, frontman Lajon Witherspoon points out, "is an electric band." But a decade of warm feelings for "Southside Double…

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