It's been an eventful past 12 months for Hozier. Nearly a year ago (on Sept. 25, 2013), the Irish singer/songwriter posted his video for "Take Me to Church" on YouTube. It's now amassed more than 8.7 million worldwide views.
On this week’s Hot 100 chart, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” climbs to No. 1 in its ninth week on the chart, giving the 20-year-old her first No. 1 single on the chart with her first chart entry. With that achievement, Trainor joins an elite group of female artists that have guided their debut Hot 100 entry to a No. 1 spot on the chart — Madonna, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Adele can’t claim to have had their first Hot 100 hit reach the peak position, but these ladies can brush their shoulders off and tout the accomplishment.
Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara, Mexico, the last of 501 shows at 157 venues in 28 countries worldwide. The production celebrating the music of the late King of Pop began in Montreal on Oct. 2, 2011, and included legs in four continents during its run that logged a total attendance count of 3,369,207.
Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum. With Greatest Gainer honors, the set scores a sixth week at No. 1 with a 94 percent blast to 17,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's sold 455,000 to-date.
When One Direction announced the title and release date of their fourth album, "FOUR" (due Nov. 17 on SYCO/Columbia Records), they did so with a twist. To celebrate the occasion on Monday, the pop group gifted their fans with a free download song, "Fireproof," from the upcoming album. The catch? It was only available for 24 hours, and only from OneDirectionMusic.com.