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Billboard Music Awards: Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé and Robin Thicke

9 April 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With help from pop R&B singer Jason Derulo live this morning on “Good Morning America,” dick clark productions and Billboard, the ultimate authority in music and home of the iconic Billboard charts defining success in music, today announced the finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, honoring the year’s most successful artists in 40 categories. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC from 8:00 Pm–11:00 Pm Et, with performances from music’s biggest stars. The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein and Barry Adelman are Producers. Derulo appeared in the 8:00 Am Et hour of “Good Morning America” today, to announce his participation as a performer in this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Derulo also announced five of the 40 finalist categories, including: Top Artist, »

- Josh Abraham

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Lorde, Imagine Dragons Lead Pack of Finalists Announced for 2014 Billboard Music Awards

9 April 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Alternative rock quartet Imagine Dragons and New Zealand-born teen singer-songwriter Lorde lead the finalists announced Wednesday morning for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which honor musical artists across 40 categories. Both earned nods in 12 categories for breakthrough records, including Imagine Dragons's Night Visions record and Lorde's album Pure Heroine. Others named as finalists in 11 categories each were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake, who is vying for his first win in the solo artist category. Other first-time finalists this year are Lorde, Avicii, Capital Cities, Zedd and Sidewalk Prophets. The top country artist, earning nods in seven categories, »

- Andrea Billups

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Billboard Music Awards: Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake Lead 2014 Finalists

9 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lorde and Imagine Dragons lead the finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live May 18 beginning at 8 p.m. Est on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The two acts appear in twelve categories each with the former up for its first Billboard Music Award this year. Imagine Dragons' Night Visions album spawned the hit single "Radioactive," which broke the record for the most weeks ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Video: Bruce Springsteen Covers Lorde in New Zealand Finalists Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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Music Sales: ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Ices Competition

15 January 2014 3:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The soundtrack for Disney’s toon hit “Frozen” clung to the top of the U.S. album chart for a second frame last week amid typically quiet January music sales.

Despite a slip of 48% from its previous week’s tally, “Frozen” still collected sales of 86,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Jan. 12. That tally – the first under 100,000 units for a No. 1 album since September — was big enough to retain the crown for the soundtrack for a second week. The album has moved 589,000 to date. “Frozen” has grossed $318 million in eight weeks on domestic screens.

Another late-2013 star performer, Beyonce’s self-titled Columbia release, also held its ground at No. 2 with 79,000 sold )down 40%).

L.A. rapper Kid Ink had the distinction of becoming the first new artist to grace the top 10 in 2014, as his major-label debut “My Own Lane” (RCA) bowed at No. 3 with a 50,000-unit score. »

- Christopher Morris

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‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Heats Up SoundScan Album Chart

8 January 2014 3:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showing its seasonal strength, the soundtrack for Disney’s animated hit “Frozen” moved into the top slot on the U.S. album chart last week despite wintry post-New Year sales.

The album, drawn from the Mouse’s animated hit based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” climbed three slots and took the national crown in its sixth chart frame with 165,000 copies sold (up 55%), according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Jan. 5.

The album, featuring songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, is the first Disney soundtrack release to reach the top of the national chart since “Pocahontas” pulled off the feat in 1995. Two decades ago, the soundtrack for Disney’s “The Lion King” became one of the biggest movie-driven hits ever, holding No. 1 for 10 weeks and shifting more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

The “Frozen” set, which has sold 503,000 to date, has benefited »

- Christopher Morris

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