Ladies and gentlemen, brush up on your Taylor Swift knowledge while you still can. The 21st century’s greatest country singer-turned-pop star is getting ready for a monster close to 2014 (and beyond) with a new studio album in the works and a major motion picture appearance coming very soon.
U.K. pop band The Vamps make a splash at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 with their debut EP, "Somebody to You." The quartet's effort sold 20,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is the fifth EP to debut in the top 10 this year.
LeAnn Rimes debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums for the first time, as Dance Like You Don't Give A... Greatest Hits: Remixes bows at No. 16. The album features all-new remixes of Rimes hits, including her biggest Billboard Hot 100 smash "How Do I Live," remixed by Cahill. (The song reached No. 2 in 1997 in a 69-week run.)
This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack blasted to No. 1, selling 109,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The week previous, it bowed at No. 3 with 60,000 sold. Of course, aside from "Guardians of the Galaxy" there was -- as usual -- lots of chart action. Let's take a closer look at the rest of the chart.
As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Rude" and Charli XCX charges into the top 10 with "Boom Clap," which rises 11-10. Who else thunders up the Hot 100 this week?
Drake experienced notable social gains during the charting week (ending Aug. 10) as his joint tour with Lil Wayne kicked off on Aug. 8 in Darien Lake, N.Y. The Street Fighter-inspired Drake vs. Lil Wayne trek launched with the release of a new collaboration track, "Grindin'," which the pair performed on opening night. It quickly reached the No. 1 spot on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart for the following two days.
Godsmack's new album "1000HP" debuts on Top Rock Albums at No. 2 and the Billboard 200 at No. 3, selling 58,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Spoon bows at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums with They Want My Soul, selling 39,000.
Regional Mexican singer El Dasa reaches the Billboard album charts for the first time as Alegre y Enamorado opens at No. 2 on Latin Albums and No. 1 on Regional Mexican Albums with 2,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts. The country headliners are all on the road in North American cities performing primarily in outdoor amphitheaters, but arena dates and stadium events are also included in the mix.