1. Pentatonix Hits Top Three on Billboard 200, Nickelback Debuts in Top 10

    November 26, 2014 11:01 AM EST As earlier reported , One Direction's Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 387,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the second-largest debut sales week of 2014 (after Taylor Swift's 1989 arrival of 1.287 million),…

  2. One Direction’s ‘Four’ Makes Historic No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST D is only group to debut at No. 1 with their first four albums One Direction makes history, again, as the act’s new album Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. They are the only group in the 58-year history of the chart to see their first four albums debut at No. 1. (A year ago,…

  3. David Bisbal Debuts New Song 'Closer Tonight' in Bubbly Freixenet's New Year's Eve Ad

    November 26, 2014 10:30 AM EST Spanish pop star David Bisbal has debuted his swinging new English-language song “Closer Tonight” in a New Year's Eve ad for Freixenet bubbly. The track with a jazz hot vibe will be included on a gold edition of his album Tu y Yo , set for Dec. 9. David Bisbal Surprises Fan With Ride…

  4. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring as an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  5. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  6. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  7. Is Jordin Sparks Taking Aim at Ex Jason Derulo on New Mixtape?

    November 25, 2014 9:11 PM EST Since breaking up with Jason Derulo in September, Jordin Sparks has stayed relatively quiet on the subject. Instead, it seems she's been channeling her energy in the studio working on new music to follow-up 2009's Battlefield .  Jordin Sparks Tweets About Jason Derulo Breakup But…

  8. Apink's 'Luv' Blends '90s Hip-Hop & Ballad Melancholy

    November 25, 2014 8:27 PM EST The sweet girl group long for a lost lover over a beat that recalls TLC and Will Smith's early hits. After snatching their second No. 2-peaking K-Pop Hot 100 hit with "Mr. Chu" in April,  Apink return with a complex new single. On the surface, "Luv" is a peppy pop…

  9. Check Out One Direction's New Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

    November 25, 2014 8:10 PM EST After taking home three American Music Awards this weekend, One Direction  continues to dominate the United States -- only now it's by proxy. New Taylor Swift Wax Figures Coming to Madame Tussauds Monday the pop quintet's likeness was enshrined in wax at Madame Tussauds Hollywood…

  10. Retailers & Indie Labels Pushing for Monday Global Release Day

    November 25, 2014 5:41 PM EST In August, it was reported that the music industry had its eye on a Friday global release day that would take effect July 2015. Now that proposition is getting some pushback from a cohort of retailers and indie record labels, who are endorsing a Monday over a Friday street date.  Record…

  11. Darius Rucker's First Christmas Album a Mix of Crooner & Modern

    November 25, 2014 5:31 PM EST Home for the Holidays is the first holiday album from Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker . The Grand Ole Opry member tells Billboard it was something he had been considering for awhile. "The label has been asking for the last four or five years if I was going to do a…

  12. Spotify's 2013 Financials: What You Need to Know

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST The company yearly financial reports, filed in Luxembourg, point to... well, it's complicated. The release of Spotify's 2013 financial information (via an article at The Guardian ) comes amidst heavy criticism about the company's freemium business model and the amount of…

  13. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit 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 @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of …

  14. Dev Video Premiere: Watch The Kreayshawn-Directed ‘Honey Dip’ Video

    November 25, 2014 2:46 PM EST Also, get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video! Dev, the L.A.-based pop singer best known as the voice of Far*East Movement’s Hot 100 No. 1 “Like a G6,” is back with an impressive new EP, Bittersweet July , and a colorful music video for standout track “Honey Dip.”…

  15. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  16. 'The Bodyguard' Anniversary: Remembering the Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 1:30 PM EST On this day in 1992 (Nov. 25), Whitney Houston made her big screen debut, as The Bodyguard premiered in theaters. In the film, the second-highest-grossing film of the year, she co-stars with Kevin Costner. Houston plays a music superstar (not a far reach), while Costner plays a former…

  17. Becky G’s ‘Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dance Pop’ Playlist Tips Hat to Influences: Exclusive

    November 25, 2014 12:15 PM EST When you ask an artist to name their favorite song, they sometimes answer with whatever pops into their mind at the moment. Such is not the case for Becky G ; the 17-year-old pop sensation takes her tunes – and her playlists– very seriously. Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dance Pop…

  18. Bob Dylan Plays 'Unbelievable' Show for One Superfan

    November 25, 2014 11:42 AM EST On Sunday (Nov. 23), Bob Dylan performed for just one person -- probably the smallest audience the singer has encountered since his days as Robert Zimmerman. Who was the lucky guy? Fredrik Wikingsson, a Swedish TV personality. He was told Dylan would play for him, but given the empty room,…

  19. This Monty Python Song Is Played at More British Funerals Than Any Religious Tune

    November 25, 2014 11:39 AM EST Oh, those Brits and their irreverent sense of humor. According to The Telegraph , the most popular song to be played at British funerals is not a somber, traditional tune, but a comedy tune from national treasures Monty Python . “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” the lighthearted…

  20. Ted Nugent Posts Offensive, Illogical Ferguson Rant

    November 25, 2014 11:32 AM EST For better or worse (hint: worse), classic rocker turned conservative pundit Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Ferguson decision that let police officer Darren Wilson walk scot-free after shooting and killing unarmed civilian Michael Brown. While the decision drew outrage from pop stars…

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