Taylor Swift, Fun. and Maroon 5 lead the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, while One Direction, Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen will also content in several major categories. See all the finalists for the 2013 BBMAs, which will air live Sunday, May 19 on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: http://blbrd.co/ZI6L6Y
Paramore is aiming for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its new self-titled release could fend off Justin Timberlake and Brad Paisley to bow atop the list next week. Read more: http://blbrd.co/YqyLjC
Bruno Mars has landed his fifth Hot 100 No. 1 this week with “When I Was Your Man.” It marks just the second No. 1 in the chart’s more than five-decade history for a song featuring piano and vocals exclusively.
On Avril Lavigne’s new single, “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” she offers an acoustic anthem for listeners who have stuck with her, referencing Radiohead and singing over the sort of chiming guitars that helped make “Complicated” a hit in 2002. Listen to the new track here.
Paramore’s new self-titled fourth album focuses on the best and worst parts of love, the angst that comes along with the uncertainty of the future, and being totally against whoever suggests they conform to, well, anything.