1. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga First Artist With Two 7-Million-Selling Downloads

    October 02, 2015 4:05 PM EDT As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, tweet @gthot20 LADY GAGA FIRST ARTIST WITH TWO 7-MILLION-SELLING DOWNLOADS…

  2. Sam Smith's Bond Theme 'Writing's on the Wall' Hits No. 1 on Trending 140

    September 25, 2015 9:50 PM EDT Sam Smith 's theme from upcoming James Bond film  Spectre , "Writing’s on the Wall," slinked to No. 1 on the real time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart earlier Friday (Sept. 25) upon its release. After months of speculation, including  rumors that Lana Del Rey, Adele (for…

  3. Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift & More: What's the Song of the Fall?

    September 23, 2015 9:05 AM EDT As the weather cools, what songs will heat up? Radio programmers make their picks. As of 4:21 EDT this morning, it officially became fall. While we'll soon be covering our ears with earmuffs, we'll also be exposing them to some of the new season's biggest hits. What…

  4. Taylor Swift & Her Pop Music Heat Check

    May 29, 2015 1:07 PM EDT The irony of Taylor Swift  hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week is that she did it with a song about weakness -- at a point in her career where she couldn’t be more impenetrable. Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Blasts to No. 1 on Hot 100 The new single edit of “Bad…

  5. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2011, Adele Began 'Rolling' at No. 1

    May 18, 2015 8:05 AM EDT Three years ago, the top song of the year began its reign. Plus, remembering chart feats by R.E.M., Usher and Mariah Carey. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. May 18, 1991 Powered by the biggest hit of the group's…

  6. Chris Stapleton Starts With Best Sales for a New Country Artist in 2015

    May 14, 2015 11:40 AM EDT Best-known for writing No. 1 hits for other acts, Stapleton bows with his debut album. Chris Stapleton , who has written four No. 1s on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart for other acts, makes his solo album debut with Traveller . The set enters the Top Country Albums survey (dated May…

  7. Adele Thanks for Fans for Birthday Wishes In George Michael Costume

    May 06, 2015 7:25 AM EDT May 5 is notable for two reasons. And both of them are all about celebrating. One, it's Cinco de Mayo . And, two, it's also Adele 's birthday. And while the singer has kept pretty much out of the spotlight as of late, she did take to Twitter on May 6 to thank her fans who sent…

  8. Watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Queens Impersonate Adele, Little Richard

    April 14, 2015 7:04 PM EDT Monday night's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race had a special treat for music fans, with the show's queens impersonating a couple notable stars.  Exclusive First Look: Watch Ariana Grande on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Adele and Little Richard were among the celebrities…

  9. Tobias Jesso Jr. on Taylor Swift Rumors and How His 'Jaw Just Dropped' From Adele's Co-Sign

    April 13, 2015 3:13 PM EDT Meet Tobias Jesso Jr., your favorite stars' favorite self-effacing, 6-foot-7 balladeer. Tobias Jesso Jr. 's debut album, Goon , out March 17 on True Panther Sounds, has sold only 8,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. But if there was a chart for hype, he'd be vying for No…

  10. Taylor Swift Is Feelin' 22… Weeks in the Billboard 200's Top Five

    April 03, 2015 6:17 PM EDT Her '1989' album has yet to leave the top five of the chart after 22 weeks. Taylor Swift 's smash album 1989 continues its incredible chart run on the Billboard 200 , as the former No. 1 set spends its 22nd consecutive week in the top five dating to its debut. On the current…

  11. Tomorrow's Hits: Lunchmoney Lewis, Life of Dillon & Tobias Jesso Jr.

    March 06, 2015 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Lunchmoney Lewis Dr. Luke's new signee Lunchmoney Lewis makes his Pop Songs debut at No. 38 with his catchy and comedic "Bills" …

  12. Ask Billboard: Will 'Uptown Funk!' Be the Hot 100's No. 1 Song of 2015?

    March 03, 2015 11:05 AM EST With an array of honors - including global - for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' smash, has the race for the year's top hit already been won? As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first and…

  13. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1983, Michael Jackson Moonwalked to No. 1

    March 02, 2015 8:05 AM EST The King of Pop began a seven-week reign on the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Baauer, Britney Spears and 50 Cent. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 2, 2013 Two years ago today, Baauer blasted in…

  14. Grammys 2015: Beck's Win Is a Win for Adult Alternative Radio, Too

    February 10, 2015 9:05 AM EST While the mainstream catches up on 'Morning Phase,' the niche radio format championed the Grammy-winning set early on, marking the latest example of its importance as a tastemaker. Who is Beck? A fair portion of music fans might be searching for the answer to the part-meme…

  15. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  16. Adele Responds to Split Rumors With Longtime Boyfriend

    December 28, 2014 5:07 PM EST Adele doesn’t often comment about her private life, but the British singer has addressed rumors that she split with longtime boyfriend Simon Konecki. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S. Sales U.K. tabloid The Sun wrote on Saturday (Dec. 27) that Adele and Konecki, who…

  17. 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 [email protected] . 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…

  18. Adele's Manager: 'Streaming Is the Future’

    November 09, 2014 10:57 AM EST Adele ’s manager has spoken out in favor of music streaming, following high profile hold-outs such as Taylor Swift , whose decision to pull her entire catalog from Spotify has renewed debate about the economics of the streaming model. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S.…

  19. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna's 'Music' Tops Hot 100

    September 15, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2000, the Material Girl scored her 12th, and most recent, No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 15, 1990…

  20. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jack White’s Vinyl Sales Still Sizzle, Adele’s ‘21’ Nears 11 Million Sales & More

    August 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer saw its self-titled debut full-length album arrive atop the list , selling 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is not only the third-biggest debut of the year, but also more than…

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