1. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 6:55 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes…

  2. Tribeca Film Picks Up Nas Documentary, Eyes October Release

    May 13, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Time Is Illmatic, the documentary by the artistOne9 which recounts the creation of Nas’ classic 1994 hip-hop album Illmatic. The film had its world premiere as the opening night selection at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca Film is…

  3. Katy Perry To Perform ‘Birthday’ At 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 13, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Katy Perry will have a “Birthday” party at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The pop superstar will give the world-premiere TV performance of her new song “Birthday” at the May 18 BBMAs in Las Vegas. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! ?• Video:   Top BBMA…

  4. Phillip Phillips Expands His Sound on 'Behind The Light': Album Review

    May 12, 2014 1:50 PM EDT When Phillip Phillips won "American Idol" in season 11, it wasn't due to his outgoing personality. In fact, on-air interviews with the Georgia native during the Fox show's 2012 run often felt more like an exercise in single-syllable vocabulary -- as in, how many Scrabble…

  5. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea to Perform on 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards has a huge problem on its hands. Breakout stars Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea will perform their hit single "Problem" at this year's ceremony, being held on Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas. Azalea is also scheduled to perform her song "Fancy…

  6. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Tom Petty's 'Fever' Rises

    May 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Twenty-five years ago this week, his first solo album began its Billboard 200 climb (and wouldn't back down). Plus, remembering key chart feats for Hunter Hayes, Janet Jackson, and R.E.M. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard…

  7. Lorde to Perform 'Tennis Court' on 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards just became a little more royal: Lorde, one of the biggest breakout artists of the year, will perform her new single "Tennis Court" at this year's ceremony, being held on Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas. The performance will mark the first…

  8. Michael Jackson to Unleash World Premiere Experience At Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2014 6:00 AM EDT The Estate of Michael Jackson created the spot, which will present the superstar “like you’ve never seen him before.” Michael Jackson will create another slice of history at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! 
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  9. Enrique Iglesias Scores 25th No. 1 With 'Bailando'

    May 07, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias is a force to be reckoned with. He holds the record for most songs to ever top the Hot Latin Songs chart, and now scores his 25th No. 1 with the ever catchy "Bailando" featuring his co-writer on the song, Descemer Bueno, and the Havana-based reggaeton duo Gente…

  10. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood to Debut Duet on Billboard Music Awards

    May 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, two of the most dynamic women in country music, have been announced as performers at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards , being held Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! 
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  11. Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin to Perform on Billboard Music Awards

    May 06, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland, Pete Wentz and Wiz Khalifa are among the presenters for the May 18 event on ABC Miley Cyrus and Ricky Martin have joined the growing list of performers on the upcoming 2014 Billboard Music Awards . The BBMAs will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand…

  12. Chart Highlights: Beyonce Scores 20th Dance Club Songs No. 1 With 'Partition'

    May 05, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Queen Bey tallies her latest landmark leader. Plus, new No. 1s for John Legend, Jhene Aiko, Linkin Park, Eric Church 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…

  13. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Ricky Martin's 'Loca' Leads Hot 100

    May 05, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Fifteen years ago this week, the superstar helped ignite a Latin crazy on U.S. charts. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Live, Pet Shop Boys and Roxette Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 5, 1962 The "…

  14. Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias Surge On Charts Following Billboard Latin Music Awards

    May 02, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin and Chayanne enjoy sales spikes following their performances at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards With a bevy of performances consisting of hit songs and new releases, the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards , broadcast live on Telemundo on April 24,…

  15. Ricky Martin Performs ‘Vida’ At China Music Awards: Watch

    April 30, 2014 2:20 AM EDT Ricky Martin and David Beckham joined the biggest stars in China for the 18th Channel (V) China Music Awards.  Taiwan's David Tao and the mainland's Sun Nan took the best male singer awards, with Cheer Chen from Taiwan and Chris Lee from China sharing the best female singer award.…

  16. Santana, Wyclef, Avicii, Alexandre Pires 'Find a Way' to the World Cup

    April 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Featuring the Brazilian drum beats that have become the soundtrack theme of the 2014 World Cup, and Santana’s signature electric guitar, the FIFA single “Dar Um Jeito” (“We Will Find A Way”) is now out on digital music outlets and Vevo. Wyclef, Avicii and Brazilian singer Alexandre…

  17. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart from the rest.  Deer Lodge Records, a…

  18. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: No Shirts, Full Service

    April 29, 2014 6:38 AM EDT What a night to be on Planet Mirrorballus (again)! The liiiiiiive peep show Team Loca gave the studio audience on Latin Night has to be the best thing I’ve ever seen on "Dancing With the Stars." And I have seen it ALL! (Except Bruno’s dignity.) Let me back up, butt-first, Maks-style…

  19. 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…

  20. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history 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…

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