1. Ed Sheeran to Record New Album on Taylor Swift Tour

    January 16, 2013 12:45 PM EST Ed Sheeran Is Already Honing In In His Sophomore Effort. Ed Sheeran's debut album "+," is still yielding active dividends -- including a Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year ("The A Team"), a pair of Brit Award nods, and an upcoming tour with Taylor Swift. But…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Pop Radio's Folk Balancing Act

    January 11, 2013 4:12 PM EST With the Lumineers, Phillip Phillips and Ed Sheeran in heavy rotation, how is the format handling an influx of folk/rock strumming? After last year brought a marked shift to an acceptance of unlikely alternative hits at pop radio from the likes of Gotye, fun., Alex Clare and more, early 2013…

  3. Trey Songz Makes 'Chainsaw'-Fueled Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 10, 2013 7:50 AM EST New Chart Peak For Ed Sheeran Trey Songz rides the buzz (so to speak) from his role in the slasher flick "Texas Chainsaw 3D" to a re-entry on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week.   The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter,…

  4. Pink, Carly Rae Jepsen Top Australia's Year-End Sales

    January 09, 2013 12:35 PM EST International acts have again dominated Australia's year-end sales charts, which are led by a pair of female North American pop singers -- P!nk and Carly Rae Jepsen . P!nk has proven again she's this country's Queen of Pop. According to the full-year sales charts published by…

  5. Calvin Harris Returns to No. 1 on UK Chart, Ed Sheeran Leaps to Top 3

    January 07, 2013 9:05 AM EST Emeli Sande Claims Record for Most Consecutive Weeks in Top 10 for a Debut Solo Artist Album Scottish producer-DJ Calvin Harris ' "18 Months," which debuted atop the U.K. album chart in November, returned to the summit yesterday (Sunday) with a 7-1 climb. Emeli Sandé 's …

  6. Kenna Op-Ed: It's Time for Action on the Clean Water Crisis

    January 03, 2013 9:10 AM EST Kenna ( @okkenna ) is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter. He founded SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT in 2010 to address the clean water crisis in the developing world. As a musician, I often derive the inspiration for lyrics from the world around me. The ability to put our most intimate thoughts in…

  7. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  8. The Year In Chart Beat Meet & Greets: Gotye, The Wanted, Alicia Keys & More

    December 29, 2012 11:05 AM EST Chart Beat had your passes to up-close performances and interviews all year long. A new venue opened in New York this year that's since welcomed star acts from various genres. No, not Brooklyn's Barclays Center (although that's had some good shows, too). The tight spaces of…

  9. Holiday Season Album Sales Have the No-Buble Blues

    December 28, 2012 8:20 AM EST Without blockbusters like Michael Buble's "Christmas" or Adele's "21, sales were down 10% from last year In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele 's "21" or Michael Buble 's "Christmas," 2012's holiday music…

  10. Janet Jackson Engaged To Billionaire: Report

    December 26, 2012 3:50 PM EST Janet Jackson has found someone to call her fiancee: the R&B/pop superstar is reportedly engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana. According to Us Weekly , Jackson and her fabulously wealthy beau are planning to trade vows in spring 2013, after the singer was…

  11. 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2012: BIGBANG, PSY, 2NE1 & More

    December 21, 2012 5:55 PM EST These 20 K-Pop songs represent a fantastic array of veteran artists, popular idols, ballad crooners and talented rookies. 2012 was the year that PSY, an unlikely K-pop veteran, surpassed his contemporaries with international stardom and an inescapable single ("Gangnam Style," of…

  12. Ed Sheeran: The Breakout Star of 2013?

    December 18, 2012 1:40 PM EST How the singer-songwriter positioned himself to have a massive year. Justin Bieber may have been the headliner at the annual Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden Dec. 7, but the night secretly belonged to Ed Sheeran . Not only did the English folk-pop singer-songwriter, 21, cowrite "…

  13. Jenni Rivera's Death Spurs Re-Entry on Social 50 Chart at No. 3

    December 14, 2012 4:40 PM EST Two late artists return to Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, with Jenni Rivera re-entering at No. 3 and John Lennon debuting at No. 40.   The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart&…

  14. One Direction: Q&As With Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Two weeks ago, I knew just about as much as a 29-year-old American male should know about One Direction -- that they were a boy band who got their start on the "UK Factor," had a couple genuinely solid pop songs that reminded people of the Backstreet Boys and that the one with the…

  15. The Best of 2012: The Year In Music

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Chart Article _ _ Chart Article _ _ Gone But Not Forgotten These huge talents passed away this year, but they'll always be remembered. _ Music Photos of the Year Gaga kissed the mayor, Bieber met Oprah and over 100 more great images. _ The Top 20 Music Moments of 2012 From Whitney to PSY…

  16. One Direction Q&A: Louis Tomlinson

    December 14, 2012 8:55 AM EST The elder statesman of the group, Louis Tomlinson, 20, is also known in inside circles as the defacto leader and resident perfectionist in One Direction . In our conversation about being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012 , Tomlinson doesn't exactly dispute the labels. "I…

  17. One Direction Q&A: Liam Payne

    December 14, 2012 8:55 AM EST Liam Payne, 19, stands out in One Direction -- for starters he has the shortest hair of the bunch, but behind the scenes he's stepped forward as one of the band's strongest musical assets. "He's growing to become a great songwriter," says writer/producer Savan Kotecha…

  18. Jenni Rivera Plane Crash: DNA Tests Begin

    December 11, 2012 4:25 PM EST Mexican authorities were performing DNA tests Tuesday on remains believed to belong to Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera and six other people killed when her plane went down in northern Mexico. Investigators said it would take days to piece together the wreckage of the plane…

  19. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, One Direction and More Light Up NYC at Z100 Jingle Ball

    December 08, 2012 8:30 AM EST Z100's annual Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden Friday night (December 7) was bookended by an opening performance from One Direction and a closing headline set from Justin Bieber , with plenty of teen pop, British imports and R&B thrown in to make this year's event an…

  20. Hunter Hayes 'Blown Away' By Best New Artist Grammy Nod

    December 06, 2012 6:30 PM EST Hunter Hayes was just hoping to nail his duties as a performing presenter at the Grammy Nominations Concert on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Atlantic Nashville singer couldn't have expected to end the night a three-time nominee on top of singing the choruses of the five Song of the Year…

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