1. Eminem Marks Sales, Hot 100 Milestones

    March 21, 2014 5:14 PM EDT The rap superstar tallies two key sales achievements and notches his landmark 50th Hot 100 hit It's a monster week for rap god Eminem, who scores two significant sales feats and marks a milestone on the Billboard Hot 100.   SALES SURGE   Eminem's latest album reaches a notable…

  2. Madonna Producer Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

    March 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like "Live to Tell," "Open Your Heart," "Frozen" and "…

  3. Avicii Goes Country: 'Hey Brother' With 'Less Thump' Crosses Over on Radio

    March 21, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Swedish DJ Avicii makes his introduction to Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Hey Brother" bows at No. 59.  Avicii … country? Certain country programmers say that despite Avicii's status as one of EDM's cornerstones, the bluegrass-tinged "Hey Brother"…

  4. Bubbling Under: Birds Of Tokyo Take Flight

    March 21, 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: Birds of Tokyo, Anthony Lewis and Viennie V   Birds Of Tokyo Already a breakout hit in the band's native Australia, Birds of Tokyo&…

  5. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  6. Terri Clark Enlists Fans' Help for New Album

    March 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Veteran country hitmaker Terri Clark is working on a brand new album – one that teams her with one of Nashville's top producers, Michael Knox. "I've known him for a long time," she told Billboard of the man behind the glass on hits by acts such as Jason Aldean and…

  7. Pop Stars' First Tweets: 50 Thoughts from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem and More

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In celebration of Twitter's eighth year of chatting us up 140 characters at a time, it's time to find out what stars like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and more said during their first time at bat. They range from Katy Perry gushing about joining in on the fun to Drake admitting…

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: Lady Gaga, Ryan Tedder, Soko & More

    March 20, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  9. Idina Menzel, 'Let It Go' (Papercha$er Club Remix): Exclusive Dance Track Premiere

    March 20, 2014 10:46 AM EDT "Frozen" is about to put a chill on the dance floor: its top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single "Let It Go" has been remixed for clubs and Billboard has the premiere of its first official remix. The Academy Award-winning tune, as performed by Idina Menzel, has been…

  10. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Sing Billboard Hits By Lady Gaga, One Direction, Avicii + More

    March 20, 2014 12:14 AM EDT From the beginning of the season, all eyes have been on Harry Connick Jr. as the judge to watch. During last night's "Billboard Hits" themed episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez took center stage as she seriously stepped up her judging game, dispensing…

  11. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Aiming For Its Biggest Week Yet

    March 19, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Album could return to No. 1 in light of film's home video release Disney's "Frozen" runaway hit soundtrack shows no signs of slowing down. Currently in its sixth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the album is heading for a seventh week atop the list -- and…

  12. Rolling Stones Voice Support for Mick Jagger: 'We're Feeling for the Man'

    March 19, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Mick Jagger's bandmates in The Rolling Stones are voicing moral support for their frontman following the death of his longtime girlfriend , model-turned-fashion designer L'Wren Scott. "No-one saw this coming," said guitarist Keith Richards in a newly released statement. …

  13. 'Frozen' Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200 For Sixth Week

    March 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT New albums by Aloe Blacc, 311, Young Money & Sara Evans arrive in the Top 10. Spring is just around the corner, but don't tell the "Frozen" soundtrack. The wintry Disney album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16 (down…

  14. Coldplay's Chris Martin Joins 'The Voice' As NBC Reboots Format

    March 19, 2014 12:49 AM EDT NBC's spinning-chair singing competition is shifting once again -- this time, with Chris Martin. "The Voice" has recruited the Coldplay frontman as a universal advisor to all four coaches in a rebooted round. For the first time, the remaining contestants will be paired off…

  15. Rolling Stones Tour in Australia, New Zealand Postponed Due to L'Wren Scott's Death

    March 18, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Following the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, The Rolling Stones have postponed the remainder of their 14 On Fire tour in Australia and New Zealand. In a statement, "Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans…

  16. Willie Nelson and Keith Urban Wrap Inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival at SXSW with Classics

    March 16, 2014 10:21 AM EDT A sampler plate of country music closed out the inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival on Saturday (March 15) at South By Southwest, giving the genre a wide and varied berth after four previous days of rock, pop and rap. The exuberant crowd at the ACL Live at Moody Theater was up for all of it,…

  17. 'Let It Go' Helps Idina Menzel Make Hot 100 History

    March 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Idina Menzel has made history on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The singer's rise into the top 10 with "Let It Go" makes her the first person with both a top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel's Oscar-winning "Let It Go" (from the film "Frozen"…

  18. Bottoms Up! The 15 Biggest Drinking Songs

    March 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There are four songs charting on the Hot 100 this week (May 15) that allude to either being tipsy from love or just flat out tossing back a brew for the heck of it. Beyonce's Cognac-soaked "Drunk in Love" collab with husband Jay Z rests no. 7, Brantley Gilbert says "…

  19. Big Albums, But No Big Hot 100 Hits

    March 14, 2014 8:11 PM EDT New Billboard 200 leader Rick Ross is among artists who repeatedly dominate the chart despite having not landed a top 10 Hot 100 hit With the arrival of "Mastermind" atop the Billboard 200 chart , Rick Ross continues his streak of earning No. 1 albums without ever having tallied a…

  20. 'Frozen' Vs. Luke Bryan for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Bryan's "Spring Break" EP could hit No. 1, unless "Frozen" returns for its sixth nonconsecutive week at the top Industry sources forecast a battle of the seasons for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The "Frozen" soundtrack might bring a wintry…

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