1. 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…

  2. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  3. Robin Thicke Performing at Billboard Music Awards

    May 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Robin Thicke is the latest performer set to light up the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday. The R&B crooner will take the mic at the May 18 ceremony in Las Vegas, where he joins previously announced performers including Shakira, Katy Perry, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande,…

  4. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  5. Joe Walsh Records With Foo Fighters, Talks Eagles & Blues Album

    May 14, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Joe Walsh was on hand to honor Ozzy Osbourne at the MAP MusiCares benefit in Los Angeles, though given the pair's notorious partying ways back in the day Walsh couldn't say how long the two had been friends.  "Neither of us really know for sure, but we have been able to…

  6. Ludacris to Host 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are getting a dose of Southern hospitality. Hosting this Sunday's annual music celebration on ABC is one of hip-hop's all-time most successful artists -- Ludacris. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! • Video:  …

  7. Shakira to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Shakira is the latest superstar confirmed to perform at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! • Video:   Top BBMA Performances • GIFs:  See the Finalists • Photos:   60 Memorable Moments BBMAs HOME The Colombian pop singer,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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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  16. 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…

  17. 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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  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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 "…

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