1. Queen to Release New Album, Unreleased Freddie Mercury Songs

    May 26, 2014 1:18 PM EDT In an interview Friday with BBC Wales , Queen guitarist Brian May revealed the iconic rock band would be releasing a new collection of music later this year that will include previously unreleased songs sung by Freddie Mercury. “We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us…

  2. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  3. Josh Thompson Breakup Inspires Snarling Party Single, 'Wanted Me Gone'

    May 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." Painter Chuck Close's creative philosophy suggests Josh Thompson and the team around him must be a bunch of pros, because they were able to build a grinding, energetic single, "Wanted Me Gone,…

  4. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Bows At No. 1 in U.K.

    May 26, 2014 7:25 AM EDT First-week sales of 168,000 made Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music) both the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of the year and the new No. 1 title, in sales data published Sunday (May 25) by the Official Charts Company. British pop-dance star Sam Smith scored his third chart…

  5. Beyonce's Memorial Day Playlist Is Full of Classic Summer Soul

    May 25, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Now, don't ever say the Queen Bey never did anything for you There's a crazed thirst that befalls this country on Memorial Day weekend. It's a thirst that can only be quenched by sunlight, grilled food items, and music -- not just any music, but the kind that can't help…

  6. Brantley Gilbert Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry forecasters. The Billboard 200's new top…

  7. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Sales Forecast Grows

    May 23, 2014 2:11 PM EDT The sales forecast for Coldplay's new "Ghost Stories" album has grown. The set, which was already on course for the largest sales week this year, is now aiming to sell between 370,000 and 390,000 copies in the week ending May 25 (according to industry sources). That figure…

  8. On the Road With Brantley Gilbert: The 'Just As I Am' Star Hits His Hometown

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week has been a time of looking forward for Brantley Gilbert, but also one for a little bit of nostalgia. Gilbert began a week-long promotional trek on Monday in his home near Athens, GA. The singer, promoting his just-released album "Just As I Am," hosted members of the media…

  9. KimYe's Wedding Playlist: Kanye West's 10 Most Romantic Songs

    May 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Toast the impending nuptials with these 10 Kanye songs and features that will tug your heartstrings. If you haven't heard -- and how could you not hear, since we're all shouting it from the rooftops! -- Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rumored to be getting married this weekend…

  10. EDM's Mainstream vs. The Underground: Time to End the Hate (Op-Ed)

    May 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT My iPod is not the only place where Skrillex and Speedy J can coexist. Yet as dance music's mainstream and underground gain additional adherents from the current boom, these different worlds seem set on a collision course. This rift reared its head in the debate following…

  11. Kid Ink Sets Record For Most Weeks at No. 1 on Rap Airplay Chart

    May 22, 2014 6:04 PM EDT On Rap Airplay, Kid Ink scores the record for most weeks at No. 1 as his breakout hit "Show Me," featuring Chris Brown, spends its 18th consecutive week at the top (31 million audience – down 6 percent – in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen BDS). The California…

  12. Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton Soar Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Rascal Flatts scores its seventh No. 1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (and starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 ), as "Rewind" arrives with 61,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since the beginning of 2000, the year that the band…

  13. Pop Shop Podcast: Chromeo Discuss 'White Women' Album & How They're Like Strippers

    May 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly pop music 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Gets High School Talent Show Treatment, Goes Viral: Watch

    May 22, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif. recently hosted a talent rally that was highlighted by one young lad absolutely nailing a re-creation of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" dance. Even holograms don't have moves like this dude. The performance, which starts around…

  16. Jay Z Opens 40/40 Club In Atlanta Airport

    May 21, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Jay Z brought his 40/40 Club to the world's busiest airport on Wednesday, with the opening the swanky bar's third location. 40/40 is open to ticketed passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to spokeswoman Victoria Hong of Delaware North Companies,…

  17. 'American Idol': Caleb Johnson Wins Season 13

    May 21, 2014 10:07 PM EDT It came down to Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene on "American Idol" on Wednesday, and before naming a winner of the thirteenth season, the two enjoyed a slew of performances. Johnson and Irene first opened the show with a head-banging medley of Queen's "We Will Rock You,…

  18. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  19. Coldplay Heading for Year's Best Sales Week

    May 21, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Coldplay's new album, "Ghost Stories", is on track to score the largest sales week of the year. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on May 19, may sell upwards of 350,000 to 375,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 25. That figure…

  20. Katy Perry Added to US National Portrait Gallery

    May 21, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Katy Perry is getting an honor usually reserved for later in life. Her portrait is joining the collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. The museum said Wednesday that a 2010 portrait of Perry by artist Will Cotton, entitled "Cupcake Katy," will go on view…

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