1. Watch Iggy Azalea's Pre-Stardom Music Video: She Wasn’t Always Rapping

    August 15, 2014 5:51 PM EDT The Internet may have just uncovered an untold chapter in the Iggy Azalea story -- a song that sounds nothing like her. In her June 2014 Billboard cover story , Iggy Azalea said she’d been writing raps since the age of 14, long before she topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fancy.” A…

  2. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  3. Sam Smith Back Atop Billboard Artist 100

    August 14, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Brit singer returns to No. 1, while Nicki Minaj blasts into the top 5. Sam Smith remains the only artist to have led the Billboard Artist 100 chart for multiple frames (over the list's first six weeks), as he rebounds 2-1 for a third cumulative week at No. 1. The list provides the first…

  4. MAGIC! Still No. 1 On Hot 100 as Meghan Trainor & Charli XCX Soar

    August 13, 2014 2:21 PM EDT The Canadian quartet rules for a fifth week with 'Rude,' while Trainor's 'All About That Bass' bounds and Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' enters the top 10. MAGIC!'s "Rude" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor&…

  5. Songs of Summer 2014 Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Season's Biggest Artists!

    August 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT How well do you know the voices behind summer's most inescapable hits? Take our brain-busting quiz on Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith & more! While last summer's biggest hits were helmed by a parade of familiar faces -- Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Miley Cyrus among…

  6. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 13, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Also, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" hits No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014.  The blockbuster film's set, subtitled Awesome…

  7. What's The Best Girl-Power Anthem of the Summer?

    August 11, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Vote for the best new ladies' anthem in the poll below! While the biggest pop hits of last summer were all about guys blurring lines and getting lucky, the summer of 2014 has primarily belonged to the ladies: a slew of female artists have ruled the Hot 100 chart this summer,…

  8. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  9. Pop Shop Podcast: Jessie J's 'Bang Bang' Acoustic Performance & Interview

    August 07, 2014 12:00 PM 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.…

  10. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Should Play The Super Bowl, New Petition Argues

    August 06, 2014 6:14 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic collected the first No. 1 album of his 30-year career this year. What's next? Performing during the Super Bowl halftime show, of course. A new petition has urged the White House to influence the National Football League's Super Bowl halftime…

  11. MAGIC! Maintains No. 1 Perch on Hot 100; 'Bang Bang,' Meghan Trainor Soar Into Top 10

    August 06, 2014 3:14 PM EDT While "Rude" rules for a fourth week and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps to No. 2, the top 10 is shaken up by the arrival of a super-trio and a chart newcomer. "Rude's" ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues for a fourth week as MAGIC!'…

  12. Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 06, 2014 11:14 AM EDT After a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . The band's new Hypnotic Eye arrives atop the chart, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales…

  13. President Obama 'Singing' Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Is Perfect

    August 06, 2014 10:48 AM EDT By now you've heard at least one presidential pop song dub, be it Barack's take on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" or his incendiary cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Maybe you think they're growing tired. Maybe you're right. But at…

  14. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: Live at Lollapalooza! Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Lorde & More

    August 04, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Listen to a special festival edition of Billboard.com's weekly audio 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.…

  16. Ed Sheeran, MAGIC! Rule U.K. Charts

    August 04, 2014 3:41 AM EDT MAGIC! have made “Rude” a chart-topper on both sides of the Atlantic, after climbing 2-1 with the RCA/Sony single in the U.K. yesterday (Aug. 3). Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) moved into a sixth week atop the album chart.  The MAGIC! single made the lower rungs of the U.K. chart on…

  17. Kings Of Leon Cover Robyn, Close Out Lollapalooza in Style

    August 04, 2014 2:26 AM EDT The Nashville band’s set included a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” Kings of Leon closed out Lollapalooza 2014 with a Sunday night main stage set back-ended by their biggest hits and a rather out-of-character cover. Caleb Followill may not be the chattiest of frontmen, but he and the…

  18. Lollapalooza 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Calvin Harris, Spoon Heat Up a Diverse Day 2

    August 03, 2014 1:42 AM EDT Temperatures rose, tank tops were on display and Chicago's Grant Park welcomed back the masses on Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2014 , which featured an even more diverse array of top-line talent on Saturday (Aug. 2). From rising rock artists to veteran MCs, from banging bass drops to quiet…

  19. 12 Things Witnessed in Iggy Azalea's Lollapalooza Audience

    August 02, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Puking, twerking and prosthetic arms: it was all there for the "Fancy" star's set. Iggy Azalea's performance at Lollapalooza was one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend, and easily the most well-attended outside of the main stage performers on Friday (Aug.…

  20. Lorde Talks 'Mockingjay,' 'Weird Al' and New Music Backstage at Lollapalooza 2014

    August 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Staring out into the sprawling sea of bodies — a crowd so dense that it spilled over into the neighboring stage’s real estate — Lorde took time out in the middle of her maiden Lollapalooza performance to sit on the edge of the stage and breathe in the impressive scene. Lollapalooza 2014: …

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