1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 2014 Billboard Music Awards Spur 1.6 Million Song Download Sales

    May 28, 2014 10:07 PM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) spark major sales action, as the May 18 ABC broadcast's performances spurred 1.58 million song downloads in the week ending May 25 (according to Nielsen SoundScan). The 20 songs performed during the show that were also available for purchase…

  4. Coldplay Aiming for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 28, 2014 6:27 PM EDT After Coldplay's big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Ghost Stories," it seems the rock band has a good chance of holding atop the list for a second week. "Ghost Stories" bowed with 383,000 copies sold in the week ending May 25. But how much will the album…

  5. 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…

  6. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  7. Metallica's 'Black Album' Hits 16 Million in Sales

    May 28, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Metallica's mega-selling self-titled 1991 album has hit a new sales threshold. The album, which continues to be the best-selling release of the Nielsen SoundScan era, has become the first album to sell 16 million copies since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. ENTER SANDMAN SAD…

  8. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Starts at No. 1 With Biggest Debut of 2014

    May 28, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" debuts at No. 2 with the country star's best sales week. Coldplay crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with "Ghost Stories," collecting its fourth No. 1 album and the biggest sales week of the year. "Ghost…

  9. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 'American Idol' Season 13 Gets Bad Lip Reading Parody: Watch

    May 23, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Did you miss season 13 of "American Idol"? Don't worry -- you weren't alone . For those looking for a way to summarize the season and inject a little extra panache into the long-running reality competition, however, Bad Lip Reading has you covered: Among the highlights:…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  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. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. The Black Keys Earn First No. 1 Album, Michael Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    May 21, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rascal Flatts also score a Top 5 debut, while Dolly Parton scoops up just her second Top 10 album with "Blue Smoke" Rock duo the Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue" debuting at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's …

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