1. 615 Spotlight: Sam Riggs Ready to Bust Out of the Lone Star State

    January 08, 2014 3:45 PM EST Sam Riggs has a lot to be excited about as 2014 begins. His new album, "Outrun The Sun," recorded with his band The Night People, has been garnering some very strong reviews of late and the video for "When The Lights Go Out" rose to No. 1 on the CMT's "Pure 12…

  2. Pitbull & Ke$ha's 'Timber' Lands First U.K. No. 1 for 2014

    January 06, 2014 3:09 AM EST   “Timber” (Mr.305/Polo Grounds/J/Sony) by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha debuted atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 5) to become the market’s first No. 1 single of 2014. Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) climbed 6-1 to top the album bestsellers for the first time, in its…

  3. Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams Lead Final U.K. Sales Charts For 2013

    December 30, 2013 7:12 AM EST Pharrell Williams claimed the final U.K. No. 1 single of 2013 on Sunday (Dec. 29) as “Happy” (Back Lot) moved 2-1. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) started another week as the best-selling artist album, while “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin…

  4. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  5. 'X Factor' Winner Sam Bailey Grabs U.K. Christmas No. 1 with 'Skyscraper,' One Direction Narrowly Denied Top Album

    December 23, 2013 2:07 AM EST Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) narrowly held off…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Robby Johnson's Debut Single Goes 'South'; Album Set for 2014

    December 18, 2013 6:30 PM EST Though the weather outside might be a little bit frightful, "South Of Me," the romantic new single from newcomer Robby Johnson has many fans feeling delightful as the year comes to an end. He told Billboard that the sound of song stems from being on a winning team. "When you…

  7. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Back to No. 1 in U.K., Lily Allen Continues Streak Atop Singles Chart

    December 16, 2013 4:12 AM EST In the last charts before this week’s sales battle for the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1s, Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) moved back to the top of the album survey and Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) started a third non-consecutive…

  8. Trent Reznor Signs With New Management

    December 10, 2013 12:56 AM EST Barely 24 hours after news broke that Trent Reznor was splitting from longtime manager Jim Guerinot of Rebel Waltz, the Nine Inch Nails mastermind landed new management with Silva Artist Management, which counts Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Ryan Adams and Beck among its stable of…

  9. One Direction Sells 124,000 More 'Memories' in U.K., Topping Album Chart Again

    December 09, 2013 9:16 AM EST One Direction sold a further 124,000 copies of "Midnight Memories" (Syco Music/Sony) 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" (Parlophone/Warner Music), which fell three places to No.…

  10. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  11. Nine Inch Nails Split Up With Manager

    December 06, 2013 6:12 PM EST Nine Inch Nails has parted ways with its longtime manager Jim Guerinot of Rebel Waltz, Billboard has confirmed. Guerinot confirmed the split, but declined to comment further. Representatives for Nine Inch Nails hadn't responded for comment at deadline. Related Articles Nine Inch Nails,…

  12. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  13. Chart Highlights: Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Rihanna, Ricky Martin Score New No. 1s

    December 02, 2013 5:45 PM EST Also taking over Billboard charts: Martin Garrix, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Passenger, Joe Nichols and more. Plus, the Holiday Airplay chart returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  14. One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Enjoys Huge Opening Week in U.K.

    December 02, 2013 1:09 AM EST One Direction have achieved the U.K.’s fastest-selling artist album of 2013 to date, and of their career, with an opening 237,000 sales for their third set “Midnight Memories” (Syco Music/Sony). Calvin Harris debuted atop the singles chart with “Under Control” (Columbia/Sony), featuring…

  15. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Into Pole Position on U.K. Album Chart, Equals Elvis' Record

    November 25, 2013 5:04 AM EST Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) has become the 1,000th No. 1 in the history of the U.K. chart. The set sold close to 109,000 copies to take the honor, as Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) moved up 2-1 on the singles chart.…

  16. Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Stone' Video a Clever Novelty, But Can It Sell a 47-CD Box Set?

    November 20, 2013 11:30 AM EST Jugglers and clowns or innocent lip-synchers? The first-ever video for Bob Dylan’s "Like a Rolling Stone"  is a user-driven novelty item, a chance to listen to one of rock 'n' roll's greatest monuments while channel surfing. It's ultimate message is as fuzzy as…

  17. Lady Gaga’s 'ARTPOP' Knocks Eminem's 'MMLP2' From U.K. Chart Summit

    November 18, 2013 6:09 AM EST Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” (Interscope/Universal) became her third U.K. No. 1 album Sunday (Nov. 17), as 17-year-old, Dutch-born Martin Garrix became the second DJ in a row, after Storm Queen, to debut at the singles chart summit, with “Animals” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal). "ARTPOP"…

  18. Marilyn Manson to Appear in TV Show 'Once Upon a Time'

    October 18, 2013 9:32 PM EDT "Once Upon a Time" is going to the dark side. Marilyn Manson will be joining ABC's fairy tale drama in the third season as a voice guest star, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. In the eighth episode, expected to air mid-November, Manson will make his "Once Upon a Time…

  19. R5 Gets 'Louder' As Ross Lynch's Profile Grows

    October 04, 2013 1:16 PM EDT The five-piece's debut album scores a Top 30 debut on this week's Billboard 200 chart. R5, the pop-rock family band fronted by 17-year-old Disney Channel star Ross Lynch, has scored a top 30 debut with first album "Louder," which sold 15,000 first-week copies, according…

  20. William Shatner Gathers Stellar Line-up for Prog-Rock Set 'Ponder the Mystery'

    October 03, 2013 2:09 AM EDT William Shatner, 82, who startled Star Trek fans by recording tunes like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on his 1968 debut "The Transformed Man," will release a new album -- his fifth -- on Oct. 8. “Ponder the Mystery,” a prog-rock effort with Billy Sherwood of Yes,…

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