1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first…

  2. Brad Paisley & Kem Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Country star Brad Paisley is aiming for his ninth top 10 album. Country star Brad Paisley is set to collect his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Moonshine in the Trunk , is aiming for a high arrival on the chart. Industry sources forecast the new album,…

  3. Nick Jonas Says New Single Is 'New-Agey Lionel Richie'

    August 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT "New-agey Lionel Richie ." That's how Nick Jonas describes his new single, "Jealous," which is due for release on Sept. 7. "It is an uptempo song," Jonas told us at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards . "It's kind of a new-agey Lionel Richie vibe,…

  4. 2014 VMAs Cause Early Sales Gains for Beyonce, Nicki Minaj & More

    August 29, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Sales of VMA-related music up by 25 percent in week of show, further gains expected. The annual MTV Video Music Awards can always be counted on to encourage big gains for the artists that perform on the show. The 2014 edition of the broadcast -- its 31st installment -- was no different. The…

  5. Ace Frehley: Chart 'Invader' As New Album Rules Rock Charts

    August 29, 2014 11:20 AM EDT The former Kiss guitarist lands his first solo No. 1 ranks. Plus, chart action for Nickelback and Tove Lo. Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley nets his highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200 , and his first top 10, as Space Invader debuts at No. 9 with 19,000 sold, according to…

  6. Lindsay Ell (The 'Female Keith Urban') Talks Singing With Keith Urban

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT From hearing her debut single, "Trippin' On Us," on the airwaves to sharing the stage with the Band Perry and Keith Urban , 2014 has been one incredible moment after another for Canada-born songstress Linsday Ell . "Any time I think about it all, it seems like such a…

  7. Max Martin Scores 18th No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

    August 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The co-writer and co-producer of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' increases his impressive tally of leaders. With the No. 1 debut of Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" on the Billboard Hot 100 , the song's co-writer and co-producer, Max Martin , adds yet another…

  8. Bruce Springsteen to Release Children's Book Based on a Mid-Century Cowboy

    August 28, 2014 12:52 PM EDT 'Outlaw Pete,' inspired by Cowboy Bill. The Boss is getting into the picture book business. Related Singer Who Sold Investors on Fake Project With Springsteen, Pearl Jam Sentenced to Prison Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Album…

  9. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift Hits No. 1, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Wiz Khalifa & More

    August 28, 2014 10:57 AM EDT 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 pop…

  10. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  11. Album Sales Hit A New Low

    August 28, 2014 8:59 AM EDT The market for albums continues to recede, following a (now) long-standing trend that has been accelerated by streaming's success. As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind.   This week's 3.97-million album sales tally…

  12. Ariana Grande Aiming for Second No. 1 Album

    August 27, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The young diva's second album, 'My Everything,' is on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Ariana Grande is set to notch her second No. 1 album in less than a year. Industry sources forecast the 21-year-old's new release, My Everything , to sell over 160…

  13. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

  14. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  15. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  16. Pop Shop Podcast: MTV VMAs Recap!

    August 25, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Listen to the special VMAs episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to a special Video Music Awards 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…

  17. Ed Sheeran: I Recorded Two Songs with David Guetta

    August 25, 2014 1:41 AM EDT The 23-year-old tells Billboard that he was in the studio with the dance maestro. Before Ed Sheeran took the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. singer-songwriter dished to Billboard on his most recent collaboration.…

  18. 2014 MTV VMAs: What You Didn't See on TV

    August 25, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Ariana Grande fangirls out over Jim Carrey, Nicki Minaj explains that wardrobe malfunction & more from behind the scenes. At Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , you saw Sam Smith's no-frills performance , you saw Miley Cyrus put a spotlight on homelessness , and you…

  19. Capitol's Steve Barnett, Manager Troy Carter, UMG's Jeff Harleston Get Into ALS Ice Bucket Act

    August 22, 2014 9:34 PM EDT The Capitol Music Group chairman likes his ice water in a silver pitcher. As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to snowball in virality at a furious rate, the music industry is getting into the act, with Republic Records EVP Charlie Walk and now Capitol Music Group chairman Steve Barnett…

  20. Motley Crue Tribute Set for Rocking Debut on Billboard 200

    August 22, 2014 7:39 PM EDT The country-meets-rock tribute album to Motley Crue is heading for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Paging all "Girls, Girls, Girls!" The new Motley Crue tribute album is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. Vince Neil Talks Motley Crue Country Tribute Album…

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