1. Taylor Swift or One Direction: Who's No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100?

    November 27, 2014 9:05 AM EST The superstars staged a close battle for the summit this week. In a tight race for the top, Taylor Swift narrowly bests One Direction for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across…

  2. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' No. 1 on Hot 100 for Second Week

    November 26, 2014 3:05 PM EST Swift holds at the summit, while Hozier becomes the first solo male in the top five in nearly three months. Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank Space," while Hozier surges 6-3 with "Take Me to Church," becoming the first solo…

  3. 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…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 8 Has Only One Blank Space, Baby

    November 25, 2014 9:43 PM EST Not even advice from Clive Davis, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera & Patrick Stump could save them from spending Thanksgiving at home. Despite this week's enriching guest mentorship from Clive Davis, Diana Ross , Colbie Caillat , Christina Aguilera and Patrick Stump…

  5. 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…

  6. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  7. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  8. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  9. AMAs Best & Worst Moments: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More

    November 24, 2014 12:43 AM EST So who won the 2014 AMAs? One Direction won the coveted Artist of the Year and two other awards, while Taylor Swift captured the Dick Clark Award of Excellence, and Lorde was generally awesome. But plenty of other artists brought their A-game, as this was a star-studded night for the…

  10. 2014 AMAs: Best, Worst & Weirdest Performances

    November 24, 2014 12:40 AM EST Obviously the American Music Awards are about awards, but the real reason we tune in is to see hit artists delivering performances of their new material. Sometimes they're spectacular, sometimes they're snoozy -- even the best pop stars can swing and miss at the AMAs -- but they…

  11. British Invasion: One Direction Conquer 2014 American Music Awards

    November 23, 2014 11:26 PM EST Even though they're called the American Music Awards , you don't have to be an American to get one.  British-Irish boy band One Direction nabbed three AMAs -- Artist of the Year, Favorite Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Album: Pop/Rock -- Sunday night in Los Angeles. 1D's dominance…

  12. Taylor Swift Wins Dick Clark Award at AMAs, Hits Back at Spotify

    November 23, 2014 10:30 PM EST The prize was presented by the venerable Diana Ross. At the 2014 AMAs, the Dick Clark Award of Excellence was awarded for the first time, and it went to none other than Taylor Swift . Of course, she’s done everything possible to earn it with the performance of her new album 1989 . While …

  13. Selena Gomez Delivers Somber ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’ Performance at AMAs: Watch

    November 23, 2014 9:46 PM EST 0 Although Selena Gomez is known for upbeat dance-pop hits like “Come & Get It” and “Love You Like a Love Song,” the 22-year-old slowed down the tempo of the 2014 American Music Awards with her personal new single “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” The performance was part of a…

  14. Charli XCX Brings Prom, 'Boom Clap' & 'Break the Rules' to 2014 AMAs

    November 23, 2014 8:25 PM EST Taylor Swift doing "Blank Space" is a hard act to follow, but she might've gotten one-upped at this year's AMAs. Wearing a bright red pair of Lolita sunglasses,  Charli XCX hit the stage to perform a medley of songs from her upcoming second album Sucker , "Boom Clap…

  15. Taylor Swift Gives 'Blank Space' Dazzling Live Debut at AMAs

    November 23, 2014 8:05 PM EST Days after “Blank Space” became Taylor Swift ’s third No. 1 single on the Hot 100 chart , the pop superstar gave the 1989 single the splashy live debut it deserves when she opened the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 23) from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los…

  16. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Whitney Houston Returns to the Top 40

    November 21, 2014 6:38 PM EST Plus: Queen nets its highest-charting album since 1992. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift 's 1989 spent a third straight week at No. 1, selling another 312,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A total of five albums bowed in the…

  17. Quotes of the Week: Willow Smith Likes to Climb Trees, Lorde Defends Dissing Diplo and More

    November 21, 2014 5:40 PM EST "'Will you guys please get Lorde to really sing it?' They said no." --Jennifer Lawrence The actress, who sings a song in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 , telling David Letterman that the filmmakers denied her request. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West,…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Meghan Trainor Hits Top 40, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Debut

    November 21, 2014 3:24 PM EST Trainor soars with her second hit, while Ronson's scorching soul/pop track brings the writer/producer out from behind the scenes. Plus, chart action for Vance Joy, Lorde & One Direction. As previously reported, Taylor Swift makes history by becoming the first woman to replace…

  19. AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's Hosting Skills & More

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST American Music Awards producer Larry Klein has worked on the long-running awards show for nearly 40 years, but when he organizes it each year, "I still feel like a kid," he admits.  American Music Awards Photos: 42 Years Of AMAs History “I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I’m…

  20. Nicki Minaj Set For Second ‘Saturday Night Live’ Musical Guest Appearance

    November 20, 2014 10:51 PM EST Nicki Minaj is returning to Saturday Night Live ! One Direction to Perform on 'Saturday Night Live' The rapper will serve as SNL ’s musical guest on Dec. 6 with actor James Franco taking on hosting duties.   Minaj’s SNL booking arrives ahead of her third album, The Pinkprint ,…

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