1. 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…

  2. Melissa Etheridge Marries Partner Linda Wallem

    May 31, 2014 9:44 PM EDT The couple of four years tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in Montecito, California Melissa Etheridge married Linda Wallem, her partner of four years, in an intimate outdoor ceremony Saturday night (May 31). People reports that the ceremony, which included Etheridge's four children,…

  3. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Hits 2 Billion YouTube Views

    May 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT The track's success has led a surge in K-pop's popularity on YouTube PSY's "Gangnam Style" has hit an unprecedented milestone – again. The mega-hit has just become the first video in history to surpass two billion views on YouTube, a little more than 17 months after…

  4. Mariah Carey Heading for No. 3 on Billboard 200

    May 30, 2014 3:51 PM EDT 'The Elusive Chanteuse' will mark the lowest SoundScan-era first-week sales of a non-holiday studio album for Carey Diva Mariah Carey is heading for her 17th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- but the No. 1 slot will likely elude the singer. Carey's new effort, …

  5. Blink-182's 'Enema of the State' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 30, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Five years after Green Day's "Dookie," punk purists had another platinum-selling trio to yell "Sellout!" at. But for everyone not taking themselves so seriously, there was another reason to rock out to teenaged angst (real or remembered), with three dudes in…

  6. 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Original Broadway Cast Recording To Get July Release

    May 30, 2014 2:17 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris is adding another credit to his resume: Broadway recording artist. The Tony-nominated actor and former How I Met Your Mother star will be featured on the original cast album for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in which Harris plays the title character,…

  7. Susan Boyle 'So Excited' for First U.S. Tour

    May 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Susan Boyle is ready to conquer America. The Grammy-nominated singing sensation, who burst to fame after singing "I Dreamed a Dream" on the TV show Britain's Got Talent in 2009, will undertake a 21-date U.S. tour to begin Oct. 8 in San Diego at the Balboa Theatre before…

  8. Pioneering Radio DJ Dave Herman Dies While in Federal Custody for Sex Charge

    May 29, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Dave Herman, a pioneering New York City radio personality who was in a New Jersey jail awaiting trial on charges in a child sex sting, died Thursday. He was 78. Herman died at University Hospital in Newark, attorney Marc Agnifilo said. Herman was rushed to the hospital late Wednesday from…

  9. Jimmy Iovine Part of Group Bidding For L.A. Clippers (Report)

    May 29, 2014 6:46 PM EDT The Beats by Dre founder, who cashed out for a cool $3 billion yesterday, is already putting that windfall to work, according to ESPN.com, which cites him as part of a group bidding for the L.A. Clippers along with Guggenheim Partner principals, co-founder Mark Walter and president Todd…

  10. Coldplay Collects Third No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    May 29, 2014 5:40 PM EDT With "Ghost Stories," Coldplay returns to an old haunt, the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart for a third time, as the set starts with 383,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported , the album arrives as the group's fourth leader…

  11. Becky G, Dr. Luke Land First Latin No. 1 With 'Can't Get Enough'

    May 29, 2014 4:27 PM EDT The teen singer and writer/producer extraordinaire's collab takes over Latin Rhythm Airplay. Plus, Optimo and Luis Fonsi make notable moves Newcomer Becky G climbs to No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay with "Can't Get Enough" (featuring Pitbull), marking the 17-year…

  12. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

  13. John Mellencamp Signs 'Lifetime' Deal With Republic; New Album This Fall

    May 29, 2014 11:13 AM EDT Republic Records has signed rock veteran John Mellencamp to what they're calling a "lifetime" recording contract. The label announced the deal on Thursday, adding that Mellencamp will release his 22nd full-length album, titled "Plain Spoken," this fall. "Not…

  14. Dolly Parton Longs for 'Home' in Playful Video (Watch)

    May 29, 2014 9:07 AM EDT Dolly Parton has just released a new video, "Home," from her hit "Blue Smoke" album. The playful video follows Parton as she prepares for a photo shoot. True to form, her wardrobe is colorful throughout, and she even breaks out the banjo for part of the clip. The…

  15. Billy Idol Autobiography Gets Release Date

    May 29, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Billy Idol was there at the birth of punk-rock in the U.K., and now he’s telling his story for the first time. "Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned autobiographical memoir, is set for publication on Oct. 7, on Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. The book recounts Idol’s…

  16. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company behind the legendary Fender guitar lines.…

  17. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Channels Jimi Hendrix in Right-Leaning Film (Video)

    May 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Megadeth co-founder Dave Mustaine is marking the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a heavy metal guitar version of his own that will appear in "America," Dinesh D'Souza's follow-up to "2016: Obama's…

  18. Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Returns To Hot 100; Legend Lands 50th Hit

    May 28, 2014 5:44 PM EDT The late King of Pop's 1983 smash returns thanks to a viral video. Plus, 'Slave to the Rhythm' debuts, marking Jackson's milestone 50th Hot 100 hit A week after becoming the first artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in five different decades (and…

  19. 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"…

  20. 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,…

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