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Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" Leads the Week's Hottest Pop Songs

Tuesday May 27, 2014
Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo's career resurgence continues. His most recent single "Talk Dirty" went all the way to #3 on the US pop singles chart. He is following it with a new smash "Wiggle." It is the hottest song of the week. Check out all of the hot songs on this week's Top 10 Hot Pop Songs chart.

Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Sam Smith Continues To Explode In This Week's UK Pop Music Charts

Tuesday May 27, 2014
Sam Smith - Stay With Me

As 2014 began, the BBC identified Sam Smith as the winner of their Sound Of 2014 poll to identify the most promising new artist of the year. Since then he released the #1 pop hit in the UK "Money On My Mind" and reached the US pop charts as featured artist on Naughty Boy's "La La La" as well as Disclosure's "Latch." This week in the UK he hits #1 once again with the new single "Stay With Me." Read much more detail in this week's coverage of the UK pop music charts.

Single cover courtesy Capitol Records

Coldplay and Phillip Phillips Lead the Week's Top New Albums

Wednesday May 21, 2014
Coldplay - Ghost Stories

It is one of the biggest release weeks of 2014 so far, and the lead album is Coldplay's sixth studio album Ghost Stories. The band is in a quieter, reflective mood, and the new album includes the Avicii assisted single "A Sky Full Of Stars." Also, the second album from American Idol champion Phillip Phillips is not to be missed. Read more details about these and eight other great new collections in this week's list of the Top 10 New Albums.

Album cover courtesy Atlantic

Josh Kaufman Wins The Voice Season 6

Wednesday May 21, 2014
Josh Kaufman

For Season 6 on The Voice, it was the veteran artist who took home the top prize. 38-year-old Josh Kaufman from Indianapolis, Indiana emerged victorious. He defeated 18-year-old Jake Worthington and 20-year-old Christina Grimmie. With Josh Kaufman coached by Usher, it is also the first season not won by a contestant coached by either Adam Levine or Blake Shelton. When season 7 debuts in the fall, Usher and Shakira will be taking a break from coaching again. They will be replaced by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams in their first seasons of coaching. Adam Levine was Josh Kaufman's coach at first on season 6, but after losing a battle, he was stolen by Team Usher. When speaking about the likely direction of his first album, Josh Kaufman said, "At the root of everything I do is a kind of soulfulness. You can add a pop element, you can add rock into that. ... I want to find a balance between something that's classic and something that's modern."

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Find Out More About The Voice's Final Three

Monday May 19, 2014
The Voice Season 6 Final 3

Who will be season 6's The Voice champion? Will it be Christina, Josh, or Jake? How much do you know about these great singers? Find out many more details about and see performances by the final 3 for The Voice season 6. All three perform tonight before tomorrow night's finale.

Photos courtesy NBC

Singer-Songwriter Andy Grammer Shares Deeper Things

Friday May 16, 2014

Andy Grammer

Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer just released his new single "Back Home" in advance of a new concert tour kicking off in June and a new album due later this summer. I had the opportunity to sit down and talked to him about the new music, his approach to songwriting, and the recent music that gets him excited. Check out much much more in the Andy Grammer interview.

Photo courtesy S-Curve Records

John Legend's "All Of Me" Holds a Razor Thin Grip On the Top In This Week's US Pop Music Charts

Thursday May 15, 2014
John Legend - All Of Me

Last week John Legend's "All Of Me" took over from Pharrell Williams' "Happy" at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 by just under a 1% chart point difference. This week the margin is even narrower at approximately 0.1% A win is a win in chart history. Check out more detail on this and other stories in this week's coverage of the US pop music charts.

Single cover courtesy Columbia Records

And Then There Were Three - American Idol's Top 3 Contestants

Wednesday May 14, 2014

American Idol Season 13 has entered the final stages and there are three contestants remaining. One is an American Idol veteran, one has recording fame in his family, and the third is the rare wild card contestant who makes it the final three. Read much more in a profile of the American Idol top three.

Photo courtesy Fox Television

Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande Soar In This Week's US Pop Music Charts

Thursday May 8, 2014
Iggy Azalea

When 2014 began few US pop fans knew anything about Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. That has all changed very quickly. This week she has two of the four top hit singles in the US. Her solo breakthrough "Fancy" surges to #4 while she is the featured artist on Ariana Grande's big #3 debut with "Problem." That massive opening for Ariana Grande is powered by the eighth biggest debut sales week of all time. Look for both of these songs to be major summer hits. Read more in this week's coverage of the US pop music charts.

Photo courtesy Island Records

Jennifer Lopez Reveals A.K.A. Cover Art And Will Receive Billboard Icon Award

Tuesday May 6, 2014

Jennifer Lopez A.K.A.

Superstar Jennifer Lopez makes 44 look stunningly glamorous on the cover for her upcoming eighth studio album to be titled A.K.A. The new collection will hit stores June 17, 2014. It will include the single "I Luh Ya Papi." Six of Jennifer Lopez' seven studio albums have reached the top 10 on the album chart. Her first three received multi-platinum certifications.

An announcement was also made on Monday that Jennifer Lopez will receive the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards May 18, 2014. Among past winners are Prince, Neil Diamond, and Stevie Wonder. She is scheduled to perform live at the event with Pitbull. They will present the FIFA World Cup official song "We Are One (Ole Ola)."

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Album cover courtesy Capitol

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