1. 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&…

  2. '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…

  3. Spotify & BandPage Team to Put Merch Right In Front of Fans, Optimize It for Artists

    August 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spotify and BandPage have announced a partnership that will bring BandPage's digital storefront to the market-leading subscription streaming music service and its 40 million users. The deal will allow the 500,000-plus artists using the BandPage platform to list merchandise -- widely…

  4. Asian-Americans Outspend Average Music Fans, New Study Shows

    August 12, 2014 5:39 PM EDT If you want to better understand affluent, digitally savvy music consumers, get to know the 19 million Asian-Americans in the United States. A new Nielsen report , "Listen Up: Asian-American Consumers and Music," details a multi-cultural group that spends more on music and that…

  5. 'Nashville' Cast to Perform Live During Premiere

    August 12, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Charles Esten and Chris Carmack will perform in the Sept. 24 episode live from the show's Bluebird Cafe set. Actor Charles Esten has more at stake in the new season of the ABC drama Nashville than resolving the cliffhanger that left his character, singer-songwriter Deacon Claybourne, in…

  6. Bebe Rexha Video Premiere: Watch The 'I Can't Stop Drinking About You' Clip

    August 12, 2014 2:16 PM EDT The "Take Me Home" singer finds sanctuary in a Los Angeles home in her debut video. Pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha is finally having her solo moment, after fronting a band, co-writing a monster hit single and performing vocals on an EDM smash last year. Best known for her spot…

  7. Jason Derulo Announces First U.S. Headlining Tour: Exclusive

    August 11, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Jason Derulo will continue the successful campaign behind new album Talk Dirty by wiggling across the States on his first U.S. headlining tour this fall, Billboard can exclusively confirm. The 13-date trek kicks off on Oct. 15 in Royal Oak, Mich. Jason Derulo's Make-Or-Break…

  8. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Top Jazz Digital Songs Chart, Again

    August 11, 2014 6:19 AM EDT Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have teamed up for a second No. 1 on Billboard's Jazz Digital Songs chart, as “Anything Goes” debuts atop the list. The song sold 16,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the first offering from the duo’s upcoming…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Edges Closer to No. 1

    August 08, 2014 9:50 PM EDT Plus: Jeremih has his biggest hit in years with 'Down On Me,' Coldplay returns to the top 40, and Echosmith reaches the top 50. As previously reported , MAGIC! leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Rude" while Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass…

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Shawn Mendes and the Great EP Comeback

    August 08, 2014 8:58 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers finally claimed its first No. 1 album , as Hypnotic Eye bowed in the top slot, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of course, aside from Petty there was -- as usual --…

  11. Godsmack Aiming for Sixth Top 10 Album on Billboard 200

    August 08, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Rock band Godsmack seems set to secure its sixth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with its new album 1000HP . Industry forecasters suggest the set, which was released on Aug. 5, could sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Aug. 10. The Billboard 200'…

  12. Watch Taylor Swift Tease 'Tonight Show' Appearance With Dorky Video

    August 08, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Eww. Is Taylor Swift gunning for another Saturday Night Live hosting gig? The singer -- who will be ramping up public appearances in the coming weeks to promote her as-yet-unofficial new music -- is featured in a new video from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . Swift will be on the program…

  13. Lance Bass Talks Surprise 'N Sync Album: 'I Was Shocked'

    August 08, 2014 5:48 PM EDT A July 29 post on Joey Fatone ’s Facebook page said it all: “Who knew we had another album out today? I didn’t! Lol.” Indeed, the most surprised ’N Sync loyalists were the group’s own members: Justin Timberlake , JC Chasez , Lance Bass , Chris Kirkpatrick and Fatone . J.C. Chasez: '…

  14. 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! &…

  15. The Inside Story of How Lorde Came to Rule 'The Hunger Games'

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT A nontraditional deal with Lionsgate finds the 17-year-old curating a major soundtrack. The Hunger Games franchise has a new heroine on the horizon: Lorde.  The 17-year-old singer-songwriter has been commissioned by Lionsgate and music publisher Songs to deliver the first single from…

  16. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  17. Diplo’s 'White Dude' Dances To No. 2 Debut

    August 08, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Diplo draws a No. 2 debut on Dance/Electronic Albums with Random White Dude Be Everywhere , selling 2,000 units in the week ending Aug. 3 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, named after a comment posted on YouTube for one of his videos, contains a mix of new and previously released…

  18. Maddie & Tae's 'Girl' Jumps Into Top 20 on Hot Country Songs

    August 07, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" hits a half-million in sales and Florida Georgia Line's Motley Crue cover debuts. Rookie duo Maddie & Tae make a notable jump on Hot Country Songs with their counterculture anthem "Girl In a Country Song," which leaps 26-16…

  19. Mexican Star's Death Spurs No. 1 Chart Return

    August 07, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Following the death of Banda Los Recoditos' Luis Fernando Muñoz Castro  on July 25, the group re-enters Regional Mexican Digital Songs at No. 1 with "Mi Ultimo Deseo." The track sold 3,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a 685…

  20. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack Battling for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 07, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The hot-selling Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack is battling the new Now 51 compilation for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Awesome album could sell just over 100,000 in the week ending Aug. 10, while the Now 51 set is also…

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