1. Rewinding the Charts: 27 Years Ago, Tiffany Was 'Alone' Atop the Hot 100

    November 07, 2014 9:05 AM EST It remains one of the shrewdest marketing campaigns in music history: In 1987, Tiffany Renee Darwish, better-known as Tiffany (then 16), performed shows in shopping malls across the United States to promote her self-titled debut MCA album. By visiting fellow teens at their second home, the…

  2. Stevie Wonder Reveals Two New Projects on the Way

    November 06, 2014 4:38 PM EST One is a set of orchestral remakes of his songs with David Foster. Even as he readies his anxiously awaited Songs in the Key of Life Performance tour, Stevie Wonder has two new recording projects in motion. Wonder tells Billboard that he's "about eight songs" into When the…

  3. Taylor Swift Dominates Billboard Artist 100

    November 06, 2014 3:33 PM EST Swift stays atop the chart -- with a nearly 10-to-1 lead in points over runner-up Meghan Trainor. It might be easier simply to mention the charts that Taylor Swift doesn't lead this week. Swift is the top music act in the U.S. for a second week, holding at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist…

  4. ZHU Delivers Audiovisual Odyssey in North American Debut

    November 05, 2014 5:29 PM EST Faceless artist plays HARD Day of the Dead. Towering palm trees frame gray and lavender tones while purple lights dance in stuttered steps below. "This is the Nightday," says Jake Udell, ZHU 's manager. "Look at the sky." The setting couldn't have been better…

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100

    November 05, 2014 2:40 PM EST Plus, four more songs debut from her new No. 1 Billboard 200 album '1989,' including 'Blank Space,' which enters atop Digital Songs. Taylor Swift -mania extends to the Billboard Hot 100, where "Shake It Off" rebounds 2-1 for a third total week on top . The…

  6. Concert Review: Usher Kicks Off His UR Experience Tour in Detroit With Mixed Results

    November 05, 2014 1:02 PM EST "I've been doing this shit for 20 years," Usher told an exuberant crowd on Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit during the first U.S. concert of his UR Experience Tour. His tone was one of bemusement, his look a mix of pride and subtle disbelief.  But…

  7. Lindsey Stirling Scores First Airplay Chart Hit, 'Shatter Me,' With Lzzy Hale

    November 04, 2014 2:10 PM EST After charting two albums on the Billboard 200, including Shatter Me , which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in May, violinist/performance artist Lindsey Stirling is rising with her first airplay chart hit. The Shatter Me title cut, featuring vocals from Lzzy Hale, of alt-metal band Halestorm,…

  8. Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight AIDS

    November 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Queen is using one of the previously unreleased tracks from its upcoming Queen Forever compilation for a good cause. The group has released "Let Me In Your Heart Again" via iTunes, with proceeds going to Coca-Cola's RED campaign to benefit the Global Fund, which fights AIDS,…

  9. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  10. Seether, Papa Roach Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    November 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Because "it's fun to tour with your friends," according to Seether bassist Dale Stewart, his band and Papa Roach will start 2015 with a co-headlining tour that begins Jan. 9 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla., and wraps up Feb. 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino's The…

  11. HARD Day of the Dead: 10 Standout Performances

    November 03, 2014 6:26 PM EST Over the weekend, some of the most talented emissaries from all corners of the dance-music world descended on Pomona, Calif., for HARD's annual Day of the Dead festival. Live Nation's HARD has made its name on curation, consistently showcasing credible talents while excavating and…

  12. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  13. Motley Crue Teams With Dodge in Dallas, Talks 'Great Things' Ahead on Final Tour

    November 03, 2014 9:57 AM EST A big sponsorship deal brought Motley Crue back to a small hall over the weekend in Dallas. The group played a special, semi-public show on Saturday at "Fast N' Loud" host Richard Rawlings ' Gas Monkey Live concert club as part of the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey event…

  14. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Begins 12-Week Hot 100 Reign

    November 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 2002, the rap god began his longest chart rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Roxette and the Beach Boys. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov. 3, 2001 Nine years after her…

  15. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  16. Rewinding the Charts: 45 Years Ago, Elvis Presley Ruled the Hot 100 for the Last Time

    November 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT After a fruitful recording session in Memphis, the King of Rock & Roll notched his seventh No. 1 on the chart on Nov. 1, 1969 with 'Suspicious Minds.' In the wake of the success of Elvis Presley's December 1968 NBC TV special, Elvis – often referred to as the '68…

  17. R5 Finished Second Album, Set For Spring 2015 Release

    October 31, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "We have all sorts of different things on the record, but we like that," says frontman Ross Lynch. In the wake of its Heart Made Up On You EP earlier this year, pop-rockers R5 are planning a spring 2015 release for their second full-length album, the follow-up to 2013's…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Mr. Probz Makes 'Waves,' Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea Debut

    October 31, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Mr. Probz dances 27-22, while Stefani scores the top new entry with 'Baby Don't Lie' and Azalea enters with 'Beg for It.' Plus, moves for Pitbull and an 'emotional' Alesso. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass"…

  19. Calvin Harris Sets Dance/Electronic Chart Records

    October 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Calvin Harris becomes the first act to place three songs simultaneously in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, as "Outside," featuring Ellie Goulding , debuts at No. 7. It joins "Blame," featuring John Newman (No. 2) and "Summer" (No. 9) in the upper tier. …

  20. The First Billboard: All That Was 'New, Bright and Interesting on the Boards'

    October 31, 2014 4:00 PM EDT On Nov. 1, 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue arrived, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand On Nov. 1 1894, Billboard published its first issue … one that's vastly different from today's magazine (and Billboard 's expanded…

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