In 2013, Austin Mahone opened for Taylor Swift on her Red tour, scored his Hot 100 debut and won the Artist To Watch award at the MTV VMAs. In 2014, Mahone will at long last release his debut album on Chase/Republic -- a moment the 17-year-old can't wait to see come to fruition.
Strange Talk has made a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to stateside listeners with the single "Climbing Walls," which has sold 10,000 downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Climbing Walls" now has a brand-new, sun-kissed music video, exclusively premiering on Billboard.com.
The 10th week of Justin Bieber's 'Music Mondays' series included the announcement that the pop superstar would be packaging all 10 songs, as well as five new tracks, into a temporary collection titled "Journals." As exciting as the news may be to Beliebers, it shouldn't completely overshadow the release of "Confident," a new song featuring Chicago up-and-comer Chance The Rapper, and one of the strongest 'Music Mondays' releases.
One Direction sold a further 124,000 copies of "Midnight Memories" to top the U.K. album chart for a second week, with a two-week total of 361,000 units. Lily Allen's "Somewhere Only We Know," which fell three places to No. 4 on last week's singles survey, promptly climbed three to regain the top spot.
The touring radio festival, which hit Staples Center on Dec. 6, featured mini-sets by such stars as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande and its share of technical problems.
The boys of One Direction got the chance to test out their acting abilities, appearing alongside the stars of "Anchorman" on "Saturday Night Live" last night (Dec. 7). The band appeared in two sketches in addition to performing two cuts from new No. 1 album "Midnight Memories."
Culturally resonant singles received their due in the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards as songs and artists that dominated radio airplay, streaming and social media were represented in the four major categories.
The Grammy Nominations concert had its share of surprises in the shortlists for many of its big awards Friday night, but the performance aspect of the show also included a few fairly interesting collaborations and renditions of some of the year's biggest songs, providing what could be a nice precursor to a jam-packed Grammy telecast in February.