1. Garth Brooks & Taylor Swift: A Study in Country Contrasts

    November 21, 2014 1:57 PM EST It's an interesting time in country music. The format's biggest-selling star of the last decade, Taylor Swift (25 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), has departed for pop music with her latest album, 1989 . Meanwhile, Garth Brooks , who has sold more albums than…

  2. Jonny Greenwood Says Radiohead 'Fumbling' Around to Create New Album

    November 20, 2014 1:05 PM EST Are you ready to see Thom Yorke dance again ? Well, we can’t promise any videos as wacky as “Lotus Flower” from 2011's King of Limbs , but Radiohead is indeed in the studio, working on its follow-up album. Guitarist/experimentalist Jonny Greenwood confirmed the news in a Nov. 19 radio…

  3. Pop Shop Podcast: Vance Joy Interview, One Direction, ‘Mockingjay’ Soundtrack & More

    November 20, 2014 10:35 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  4. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold…

  5. Brantley Gilbert on Getting Sober: 'Success Wasn't Punching Me in the Face'

    November 19, 2014 12:24 PM EST The country star reflected on his decision to quit drinking, and how it impacted his life-of-the-party brand and business. At a panel during Billboard's Touring Conference this morning, country star Brantley Gilbert shared a few personal reflections about his decision to get sober.…

  6. One Direction's 'Four' Heading for 400,000-Plus Debut

    November 18, 2014 7:20 PM EST D set for second-largest sales week of 2014. Pop group One Direction is on course for its fourth No. 1 album in less than three years, as Four is set to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week. The Five Essential Songs on One Direction's 'Four' Industry sources suggest the…

  7. Drake's 'November 18th' Tops Twitter Chart on... Nov. 18

    November 18, 2014 6:39 PM EST Song is from his 2009 mixtape 'So Far Gone.' For Drake fans, today might as well be a national holiday. An obscure track from the rapper's So Far Gone mixtape (remember that?) has fittingly resurfaced to top the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 on the date that shares its…

  8. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  9. Olly Murs on His 'Disco-y' New Single & Band Aid 30's 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?'

    November 17, 2014 6:37 PM EST 'I just really hope people around the world get behind the song,' he says of the latest Band Aid effort. "It's fun, it's happy, it's cheeky, it's feel-good," Olly Murs says about his new single, "Wrapped Up," which was released Monday (Nov…

  10. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  11. Marlisa, SIYA & Shamir: Emerging Picks of the Week

    November 17, 2014 11:17 AM EST Today Billboard is spotlighting another triple play of tracks that all debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart . Be sure to give them a listen and check back each week for a new set of selections. “Stand By You,” Marlisa The winner of the sixth season of The X…

  12. Rewinding the Charts: 40 Years Ago, A Solo John Lennon Hit No. 1

    November 16, 2014 9:05 AM EST The ex-Beatle topped the Hot 100 with 'Whatever Gets You Thru the Night' and, after losing a bet with Elton John, made his last live concert appearance. ELTON JOHN knew a No. 1 hit when he heard one. In the summer of 1974, the 27-year-old piano man had recorded "Whatever…

  13. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Doobie Brothers Earn Highest Charting Album Since 1980

    November 14, 2014 10:05 PM EST Also debuting: Ellen DeGeneres’ new holiday compilation On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 , selling 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only two new albums started in the top 10: Bette Midler’s It’s the…

  14. Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd Set for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    November 14, 2014 9:37 PM EST Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album should rule for third straight week Foo Fighters , Pink Floyd and Garth Brooks are all heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week with their latest new albums. Industry forecasters suggest Foo Fighters' new Sonic Highways will likely debut…

  15. Bette Midler Scores Fifth Straight Decade of Top 10 Albums

    November 14, 2014 7:29 PM EST Bette Midler celebrates a fifth consecutive decade of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, as It’s the Girls debuts at No. 3. She's only the second woman, following Barbra Streisand , to notch top 10 albums in each of the last five decades (1970s through 2010s). The new album&…

  16. Exclusive Sneak Peek From The Rolling Stones' $10,000 Photo Book

    November 14, 2014 5:10 PM EST The Rolling Stones are not just the world's greatest rock 'n, roll band, they also are its most well-documented. That's not just a mattter of longevity (52 years and counting). The Stones recognized the power of the camera right from the start: the U.K. cover of their…

  17. Tomorrow's Hits: MisterWives, Raskins & Kyle Dion

    November 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. MisterWives New York-based MisterWives cruise onto Alternative Songs with their first airplay chart hit, "Reflections." The quirky alt…

  18. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  19. Beatles' 'Blackbird' Becomes Dad's Lullaby to Dying Newborn

    November 13, 2014 7:24 PM EST A new father -- who lost both his wife and son just days apart -- has found some solace thanks to a classic Beatles track. Chris Picco sang a tender version of "Blackbird" to his newborn son, Lennon, who was born via emergency C-section at Loma Linda University Hospital in…

  20. Taylor Swift's '1989' Set for Third Week at No. 1

    November 13, 2014 4:04 PM EST '1989' may sell 300,000 in its third week. There's little stopping Taylor Swift 's 1989 album, as it is on course to spend a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Big Machine Records release may sell upwards of 300…

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