1. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  2. XXL Bought by Townsquare, to End Print Edition Next Month

    September 22, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Townsquare Media, the media and entertainment company that operates 311 radio stations in 66 North American markets, has announced its acquisition of legacy hip-hop publication XXL , as well as men's magazine King and lifestyle website Antenna . Online, the company also owns music…

  3. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Brad Paisley & The Ever-Elusive No. 1 Album

    September 05, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Paisley, who has yet to earn a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, nets his fifth No. 2 set. Also: Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' sells a half-million & Ed Sheeran's new EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Ariana Grande 's My Everything debuted…

  4. Dirty Heads Extend Fall & Winter Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Change -- and the Sound of Change -- has been good for Dirty Heads . The genre-blending California group's fifth album logged its first-ever No. 1 release, on the Top Alternative Albums chart in July, as well as career-high No. 2 and No. 8 slots on the Top Rock Albums and Billboard 200…

  5. The Weeknd Charts At No. 1 On Trending 140 With 'King Of The Fall'

    July 21, 2014 1:23 PM EDT This morning (July 21), The Weeknd charts at No. 1 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart with the debut of his new song, "King Of The Fall." "King Of The Fall" stays within The Weeknd's realm of compelling and progressive R&B/soul, with scintillating production.…

  6. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A new album by the indie duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is expected in the fall, a rep for the Sony label confirms. She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob…

  7. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  8. Pitbull & Jennifer Lopez Open the Billboard Music Awards With 'We Are One (Ole Ola)'

    May 18, 2014 8:19 PM EDT Pitbull and  Billboard Award Icon Award winner Jennifer Lopez , along with Claudia Leitte, performed 'We Are One (Ole Ola)" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, opening the show with a bang. Pitbull began the tune with several scantily clad dancers backing him up, then kicked…

  9. KCON 2014 Grows to 2 Days of Concerts, More Artists to Perform at the U.S. K-Pop Convention

    May 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The Los Angeles festival lineup will begin its reveal next week To supplement the swelling interest of K-pop in America, KCON is growing. The U.S.-based convention devoted to all things K-pop culture will boast two separate nights of concerts. KCON says more artists will perform at…

  10. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  11. Idina Menzel's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the (Not So) New 'It' Girl

    March 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT It's taken her 18 years, but Idina Menzel has finally cracked the top 10 with "Let It Go," her soaring ballad from "Frozen." The singer-actress is flawless on the cover of our issue dated March 29. She talks about her long road to stardom -- from "Rent…

  12. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  13. 'Frozen' Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200 For Sixth Week

    March 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT New albums by Aloe Blacc, 311, Young Money & Sara Evans arrive in the Top 10. Spring is just around the corner, but don't tell the "Frozen" soundtrack. The wintry Disney album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16 (down…

  14. 'Frozen' Vs. Luke Bryan for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Bryan's "Spring Break" EP could hit No. 1, unless "Frozen" returns for its sixth nonconsecutive week at the top Industry sources forecast a battle of the seasons for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The "Frozen" soundtrack might bring a wintry…

  15. Parahoy! Day 1: Paramore Rock the Norwegian Pearl Out to Sea

    March 08, 2014 10:00 AM EST The lyrics of Paramore's "Daydreaming" might as well be changed to "daydrinking all of the time." "How many of you here have ever been on a cruise before?" asks Tegan & Sara' s Tegan Quin midway through the duo's 9 PM set on Parahoy!'s…

  16. Miley Cyrus Lashes Out At Katy Perry on Twitter

    March 06, 2014 4:02 PM EST Months after lashing out at Sinead O'Connor on Twitter, Miley Cyrus has now sunk her teeth into another female musical artist -- this time, pop superstar Katy Perry. It all started on Feb. 22, at Cyrus' Bangerz tour show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles , where the "…

  17. We Are Toonz' 'Drop That #NaeNae' Dances onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 27, 2014 4:58 PM EST Atlanta's latest dance craze, the Nae Nae, makes its presence felt on multiple Billboard charts this week, via We Are Toonz's addictive debut single "Drop That #NaeNae." The cut opens at No. 38 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 20 on Hot Rap Songs, due primarily to a…

  18. Galantis, 'Smile' (Kaskade Edit): First Listen

    January 10, 2014 3:42 PM EST On first listen, Galantis’ debut single “Smile” is a song about unconditional love and support--one partner soothing another during troubled times. “Smile / Cause you ain’t got nothing to worry about,” it earnestly coos. But the NSFW video puts a different slant on the proceedings, showing…

  19. Justin Bieber 'Believe' Doc Bombs at Box Office

    December 29, 2013 9:07 AM EST The film may only take in $4.5 million in its first-five days, a fraction of what Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" made and by far the worst showing among concert documentaries featuring the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and One Direction. How Justin Bieber's fortunes have…

  20. 311 Going Indie for March Album (Exclusive)

    December 16, 2013 9:00 AM EST The Omaha rockers will release their 11th LP in conjunction with 311 Day, taking place in New Orleans It may be the band's 11th album, but 311's first new release in nearly three years will be a first for the Nebraska rockers: fully independent. The band confirmed today (Dec. 16)…

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