1. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  2. Nick Carter and Jordan Knight Form 'Nick & Knight' Duo, Share New Song & Tour Dates

    April 30, 2014 3:40 PM EDT The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block members have joined forces for an album and tour Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and New Kid on the Block Jordan Knight have joined forces for a new duo the pair are calling Nick & Knight. The two are releasing an eponymous album on Sept. 2…

  3. Ariana Grande Talks 'Problem' Single & Second Album, Due Out August/September

    April 28, 2014 10:20 AM EDT The "Yours Truly" follow-up will feature a "fantastic and super-experimental" song with Zedd, along with collaborations with Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Max Martin and Rodney Jerkins. When Ariana Grande's first album, "Yours Truly," started at No. 1 on…

  4. Jeff Bridges Performs at Annual Lebowski Fest In Los Angeles

    April 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Bridges and his band performed a 30-minute set that included songs from 2009's "Crazy Heart" There were bowling pins, bathrobes, white Russians, and even The Dude himself. Jeff Bridges and his band performed Friday at Lebowski Fest, but Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 campy…

  5. Gregg Allman Begs 'Midnight Rider' Director Not to Resume Filming

    April 26, 2014 6:00 AM EDT The subject of the controversial biopic doesn't want production to continue after the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. “Midnight Rider” subject Gregg Allman, a founding member of the iconic Southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band, is urging director Randall Miller not to…

  6. 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,…

  7. Watch Macklemore Producer Ryan Lewis Discuss His Mother's Battle With HIV

    April 22, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Julie Lewis is launching the 30/30 Project with the help of her son. Julie Lewis, the mother of Ryan Lewis -- the non-rapping half of the Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- is celebrating 30 years of surviving the HIV virus with the launch of a new pro-healthcare campaign…

  8. Blondie Releasing New Two-Disc Album To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

    April 22, 2014 12:23 PM EDT First disc “Ghosts of Download” is Blondie’s 10th studio album and will feature guests like the Gossip and Miss Guy. Blondie is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the release of a two-disc set, titled “Blondie 4(0) Ever,” featuring new music and a greatest hits collection.…

  9. 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…

  10. Jason Derulo's Make-Or-Break Moment: Inside The Pop Singer's New Identity

    April 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT An accident left the singer nearly paralyzed and put a career on pause. How he's got the hits, but does he have the "swag" to become an urban star? It's 6:05 p.m. and things are bustling inside 1 OAK, the exclusive Sunset Strip nightclub that's known for hosting…

  11. 'The Voice' Season 6 Goes Live: Meet the Top 12

    April 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Season 6 of NBC's "The Voice" begins its live rounds April 21 as each coach settled on their final three singers last week. The dozen finalists gathered at Universal City Walk last week to perform a song each and meet the media. Each of the singers discussed their musical…

  12. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Rihanna's 'Rude Boy' Rules Hot 100

    April 21, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2010, she scored her sixth of 13 No. 1s so far. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Richard Marx and Little Peggy March Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history April 21, 2007 Timbaland scores his…

  13. 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…

  14. New Kid Donnie Wahlberg Engaged to Jenny McCarthy

    April 16, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are engaged. "The View" co-host revealed on Wednesday's show that she and her New Kids on the Block boyfriend are set to tie the knot, unveiling a large, yellow sapphire. After some squealing from her co-hosts -- just watch Sherri Shepherd --…

  15. 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…

  16. The Tax Man Cometh: 10 Artists That Got Unpleasant IRS Attention

    April 15, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Time to pony up to the IRS. Those that have failed to historically have had to deal with them eventually, whether they liked it or not. Willie Nelson, Ja Rule, Toni Braxton and more can confirm. With the deadline for IRS Tax filing today (Tuesday, April 15, folks!), here's a reminder…

  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…

  18. Tribeca Taps Winners of First Music Challenge

    April 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winner of its first music film challenge, in which people from around the world were invited to create interactive music videos for songs by Ellie Goulding, Damon Albarn and Aloe Blacc, who provided vocals for Avicii's "Wake Me Up."…

  19. Billboard Music Awards 2014: Tickets Are On Sale

    April 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Want to see Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Lorde contend for trophies at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on May 18 in Las Vegas? How about getting to watch Luke Bryan, Jason Derulo or Imagine Dragons hit the stage for dynamic performances? Tickets for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards are now via a…

  20. Pharrell Williams Leads Hot 100; John Legend Gains At No. 2

    April 09, 2014 1:28 PM EDT Williams' "Happy" reigns for a seventh week, while John Legend's "All of Me" continues its push toward the summit Pharrell Williams' "Happy" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, fending off John Legend's "All of Me,"…

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