1. Top 20 Cool Songs With 'Hot' Titles

    May 22, 2014 1:31 PM EDT What better to go along with another sizzling summer than the 20 highest-charting songs with 'hot' and 'heat' in the title? PHOTOS: 65 Hot Celebrity Beach Bodies | Top 30 'Summer' Songs The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100.…

  2. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  3. Michael Jackson, Coldplay Hit Hot 100's Top 10; John Legend Still No. 1

    May 21, 2014 4:26 PM EDT The King of Pop makes history as the only artist with top 10 Hot 100 hits in each of five decades. Meanwhile, Legend's 'All of Me' leads for a third week, Coldplay lands its third top 10 and Iggy Azalea tops Streaming Songs John Legend's "All of Me" rules…

  4. Spotify Reveals Big Growth in Paid Subscribers

    May 21, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The number of paying Spotify subscribers has grown to ten million globally driven by mobile usage -- noting a major landmark number for the music industry as it looks to monthly streaming services as the future of the business. Yet it is the rate of growth in the music business’ No. 1 market…

  5. Lykke Li at The Theater at Ace Hotel: Live Review

    May 20, 2014 7:42 PM EDT The Swedish pop star led the audience through pop and melancholia at The Theater at Ace Hotel Monday. Midway through her 75-minute show Monday, Lykke Li sensed that the sold-out crowd at downtown’s Theater at Ace Hotel had come to dance. She half-apologized for writing “a pretty sad album” --…

  6. Luke Bryan Locks Up Nos. 1 And 2 On Country Airplay Chart

    May 20, 2014 12:05 PM EDT The star becomes the first act in the chart's 24-year history to command the top two spots simultaneously Luke Bryan dominates Billboard's Country Airplay chart with his ninth No. 1, as "Play It Again" lifts 3-1 in its 12th chart week. The ascent matches Bryan's…

  7. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Announce North American Tour

    May 20, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Tour features special guest Steve Winwood Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will hit the road late this summer in support of their new studio album "Hypnotic Eye." Today, Petty and his band announced a slew of North American tour dates beginning Aug. 3 in San Diego, CA. The tour hits…

  8. Macklemore Issues Lengthy Apology for Offensive Costume

    May 20, 2014 4:52 AM EDT Rapper Macklemore (real name: Ben Haggerty) has apologized for wearing a costume onstage that many in the Jewish community felt was offensive and borderline anti-Semitic. Criticism over a video showing Macklemore wearing a prosthetic nose and fake hair first gained traction via a tweet from…

  9. Wiz Khalifa Says 'Blacc Hollywood' Will 'Come Right After the Tour' (Video)

    May 19, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa and his wife, Amber Rose, walked the red carpet, hand-in-hand, at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 19). The couple stopped for a few minutes to talk to Billboard about Wiz's upcoming album, "Blacc Hollywood," and revealed that the album will come on or…

  10. Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Debuts At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 19, 2014 5:28 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” (MJJ/Epic/Sony Music) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 18), as Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” (Roc Nation/Universal) opened at the singles summit. Sony’s previous posthumous Jackson collection, “Michael,” peaked at No. 4 in a ten-week…

  11. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  12. Jamiroquai's 'Canned Heat' Jams on Dance Charts Thanks To Viral Video

    May 16, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Jamiroquai returns with a 15-year-old song following YouTube action. Plus, Disclosure hits the top five on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Cascada is back and Avicii adds another Dance Club Songs No. 1 Jamiroquai jams its way onto Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (No. 10) and…

  13. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  14. Tech N9ne & Atmosphere Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 15, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Kansas City, Mo. rapper Tech N9ne scores his second Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 1 as the fifth installment of his Tech N9ne Collabos series, "Strangeulation," opens with 36,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first chart-topper, the solo set "All 6's & 7's…

  15. Outkast Brings Amazing Set & Apparent Tension To Private NYC Party: Live Review

    May 15, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The veteran rappers performed at Adult Swim's private Upfront showcase on Wednesday night. Watching Outkast perform "B.O.B." live in 2014, surrounded by gentlemen in shiny suits and women swilling free cocktails, is a strange experience. On one hand, you're watching "…

  16. Brad Paisley's New Album Has a Name: 'Moonshine In the Trunk' (Exclusive)

    May 14, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Still smarting from the controversy around last year's "Accidental Racist," the country star talks about shaking up his sound on album number ten (due Aug. 26). "The rulebook's gone, or was there ever one?" Brad Paisley still doesn't have a name for his…

  17. 'Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Committed Suicide: Brother

    May 14, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The brother of Malik Bendjelloul has told a Swedish newspaper that the acclaimed filmmaker behind the documentary Searching for Sugar Man committed suicide. 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Dead at 36 Johar Bendjelloul told Swedish daily Aftonbladet on Wednesday…

  18. Joan Jett Settles 'Blackheart' Hot Topic Lawsuit

    May 13, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Joan Jett has settled a lawsuit against major retailer Hot Topic for use of her "Blackeart" logo in the company's lingerie line, reports Law360 . Filed last year, the suit claims the store's merchandise line "Lingerie for Girls Who Rock & Roll," featuring…

  19. NBC Announces 'Music Man' Live TV Production

    May 12, 2014 6:34 PM EDT NBC will be doing a live production of "The Music Man". Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, announced during the network's upfront presentation Monday morning that the network has closed a deal to bring a broadcast version of the 1957 musical, which won five Tony Awards…

  20. Pitbull to Host Fox's New Year's Eve Bash

    May 12, 2014 8:33 AM EDT Fox will ring in the New Year with Pitbull. Much as ABC does with Ryan Seacrest, and before him Dick Clark, Fox is putting its money on the pop-rap star formally known as Armando Christian Perez. Beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, he’ll be broadcasting live from Miami, where he’ll…

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