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New Pop Albums April 22, 2014

The return of Neon Trees leads the week's top new pop albums.  Find out about the other great new collections in stores this week.

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Pharrell Williams Makes It Nine Weeks At the Top In This Week's US Pop Music Charts

Thursday April 24, 2014
Pharrell Williams - Happy

It is nine big weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week for Pharrell Williams and his massive hit "Happy." Consequently, John Legend is held at #2 for a fifth consecutive week. There is also another long-term resident at the top of the album chart this week. Find out more details in this week's coverage of the US pop music charts.

Single cover courtesy Back Lot

Lana Del Rey Storms Into the Top 20 Of the Billboard Hot 100 With "West Coast"

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Lana Del Rey at Coachella 2014

Despite a lack of radio airplay, Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" is set to debut at #17 when the Billboard Hot 100 chart is officially released tomorrow morning. She has the wind of her top 10 hit "Summertime Sadness" at her back as well as two well received Coachella Music Festival performances. "West Coast" sold 118,000 digital copies last week and it leapt on to the Streaming Songs chart at #16. It instantly becomes Lana Del Rey's second highest Hot 100 charting single and her third top 40 hit. Nearly a year ago Grammy Award nominated "Young and Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby became her first top 40 hit peaking at #22. "West Coast" is the first single from the upcoming album Ultraviolence which is expected later this year. Lana Del Rey's previous studio album Born To Die has been certified platinum and sold over five million copies worldwide.

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Disco Pioneer Giorgio Moroder Remixes Coldplay's "Midnight"

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Giorgio Moroder

Daft Punk brought legendary disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, age 73, back to the spotlight last year with his contributions to the Grammy Award winning Album Of the Year Random Access Memories. Now Coldplay are introducing the dance music master to their fans through an epic eight minute reworking of their chilly sounding song "Midnight" which was revealed back in February. The new track helps publicize Coldplay's upcoming sixth studio album Ghost Stories which is due for release May 16, 2014.

Giorgio Moroder is given credit for helping create disco in the mid 1970s with his groundbreaking work with Donna Summer. The pair's single "I Feel Love" is still considered to be one of the most influential electronic dance songs of all time. In addition to producing multiple hits by Donna Summer, Blondie's #1 smash "Call Me," and Berlin's #1 ballad hit "You Take My Breath Away," Giorgio Moroder also won a Best Original Score Academy Award for his work on the soundtrack to the film Midnight Express. Giorgio Moroder is reportedly at work on a new album of his own. Check out the Coldplay remix below.

Photo by Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Top 7 Are the Same For a Record Setting Third Week In This Week's US Pop Music Charts

Thursday April 17, 2014
Pharrell Williams - Happy

For a record setting third straight week, the top 7 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 are exactly the same and in the same positions. That has never happened in the more than fifty year history of the chart. One song that may soon break up the log jam is Ed Sheeran's new song "Sing" which debuts at #15 this week. Read more details in this week's coverage of the US pop music charts.

Single cover courtesy Back Lot

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