1. Taylor Swift Collects Fourth No. 1 Album, 'Now 52' Debuts at No. 2

    November 05, 2014 11:35 AM EST As reported earlier , Taylor Swift's 1989 debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with the largest sales week in over 12 years. 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the largest week for any album since…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Taylor Swift's '1989' May Sell 1.25 Million in Debut Week

    October 31, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's unstoppable new album, 1989 , may sell 1.25 million copies in its first week, so suggest industry forecasters. The album could even approach 1.3 million, if the weekend is especially kind to the release. The album is the singer/songwriter's fifth studio…

  5. Album Review: Country Singer Sam Hunt Already Sounds Post-Country on His Debut Album

    October 30, 2014 2:13 PM EDT In the past, singers used to climb the ranks in their own genre before breaking into the mainstream. In country, rap, or R&B, there was a path: first, you showed that you could play by the rules. After proving your ability to color within the lines, you could peel off. But in a fast…

  6. Taylor Swift's '1989' Surging Toward 1.2 Million Debut

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 2). It's thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012's Red (which was also the last release to…

  7. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  8. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  9. Johnny Cash's Son John Carter Cash Arrested in Canada

    October 28, 2014 6:17 PM EDT John Carter Cash , son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash , was arrested Monday at an airport in Newfoundland, Canada, after allegedly stripping down to his underwear. According to the St. John's Telegram , Carter Cash was on his way home from a hunting trip when he was…

  10. Wade Bowen on His Self-Titled Album: 'It's Different From Anything I've Done'

    October 28, 2014 5:58 PM EDT For his just-dropped seventh album, Texas singer Wade Bowen decided to go in a different direction. For starters, instead of brainstorming about an album title for weeks, he went with the self-titled approach -- a rarity for an established country artist. "I had a few different ideas…

  11. Don't Judge Country Star Sam Hunt Because He Was a Football Player: ‘I Had to Break Down That Stereotype’

    October 28, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Billboard talked with the country singer Sam Hunt about his hit "Leave The Night On," currently at No. 38 and climbing on the Hot 100 . I'd love to hear a little bit about how the song came together, when you first wrote it, the whole trajectory. It's a song I wrote…

  12. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

    October 24, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Smith flies 25-20 with his new ballad. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Nico & Vinz. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Billie Jean" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No.…

  13. Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Stay a Step Ahead of the Bros on ‘Anything Goes'

    October 14, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It's appropriate that Florida Georgia Line took its name from both sides of a boundary, because the duo (Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29) used its multiformat smash "Cruise," and the party-themed album Here's to the Good Times , to…

  14. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

  15. Jason Aldean's 'Old Boots, New Dirt': Track-by-Track Review

    October 07, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's Old Boots, New Dirt, the singer's sixth studio album (out Tuesday on Broken Bow Records) is a mixture of the party songs he has become known for -- but also shows a little bit more of an emotional and sensual side than listeners might be accustomed to. As much…

  16. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: Rufus Du Sol Gives Zhu's 'Paradise Awaits' a Euphoric Remix

    October 07, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Billboard is in a remix mood this morning, and we’re excited to present a pounding, propulsive new take on a song that already boasted strong dance floor vibes -- Zhu’s “Paradise Awaits,” re-imagined by the Australian indie-house trio Rüfüs Du Sol . Check it out below:   The original…

  18. Chet Faker, Sia, 5SOS, Iggy Azalea Nominated for ARIA Awards

    October 07, 2014 4:23 AM EDT With a total of nine nominations, electronic-beat singer-songwriter  Chet Faker  is the frontrunner heading into the 2014 ARIA Awards. Though the likes of Sheppard , Sia , Dan Sultan , 5 Seconds Of Summer , Iggy Azalea   and Violent Soho aren’t far behind. Over the past two years, it would…

  19. 'SNL' Accused of 'Stealing' Tina Turner Sketch

    October 06, 2014 3:55 PM EDT A teacher at the Groundlings in Los Angeles has accused Saturday Night Live of "stealing" a sketch idea that aired on Saturday's episode of the NBC variety series. 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Why Is Adam Levine Here? Ian Gary took to his Facebook page early Monday …

  20. Blake Battling Babs for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 03, 2014 9:34 PM EDT Blake Shelton is in the hunt for his second No. 1 album, but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way Blake Shelton might nab his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Bringing Back the Sunshine … that is, unless Barbra Streisand ’s Partners puts up a fight. Blake…

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