1. Taylor Swift's '1989' May Sell 1.25 Million in Debut Week

    October 31, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's unstoppable new album, 1989 , may sell 1.25 million copies in its first week, so suggest industry forecasters. The album could even approach 1.3 million, if the weekend is especially kind to the release. The album is the singer/songwriter's fifth studio…

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10.…

  3. Aretha Franklin Earns Her Highest-Charting Album Since 1985

    October 31, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Aretha Franklin scores her highest-charting album since 1985 with the arrival of Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics . The new covers effort starts at No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 13 on the Billboard 200 . It matches the peak of 1985's Who's…

  4. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Mr. Probz Makes 'Waves,' Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea Debut

    October 31, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Mr. Probz dances 27-22, while Stefani scores the top new entry with 'Baby Don't Lie' and Azalea enters with 'Beg for It.' Plus, moves for Pitbull and an 'emotional' Alesso. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass"…

  5. Calvin Harris Sets Dance/Electronic Chart Records

    October 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Calvin Harris becomes the first act to place three songs simultaneously in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, as "Outside," featuring Ellie Goulding , debuts at No. 7. It joins "Blame," featuring John Newman (No. 2) and "Summer" (No. 9) in the upper tier. …

  6. The First Billboard: All That Was 'New, Bright and Interesting on the Boards'

    October 31, 2014 4:00 PM EDT On Nov. 1, 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue arrived, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand On Nov. 1 1894, Billboard published its first issue … one that's vastly different from today's magazine (and Billboard 's expanded…

  7. Will Fox Score Another 'Glee' With 'Dynasty'-Style Hip-Hop Soap Opera 'Empire'?

    October 31, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The network that launched 'American Idol' and the studio that birthed 'Glee' team up with Columbia Records and Timbaland for a 'Dynasty'-inspired hip-hop soap, but will it produce stars and sales? "Once I picked my mouth up off the floor, the idea of…

  8. The Big Names in Booking Bands for Television Share Their Secrets

    October 31, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Scott Igoe, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Title: Music executive Held since: 2002 Age: 46 Previous job: Assistant to former Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine Artists booked in 2014: Pharrell Williams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Disclosure, Taylor Swift…

  9. Tomorrow's Hits: Jonathan Jackson + Enation, Anna Calvi, Marwan (Soulflow)

    October 31, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Jonathan Jackson + Enation Jonathan Jackson, 32, has basked in the entertainment spotlight for more than 20 years: he joined ABC's General…

  10. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  11. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  12. Juan Luis Guerra Goes to No. 1 on Tropical Airplay Chart

    October 30, 2014 10:05 PM EDT Juan Luis Guerra notches his 11th No. 1 hit on Tropical Airplay as "Tus Besos" (Capitol Latin/Universal Music Latin Entertainment) steps 2-1. The doo-wop-inspired bachata track rises 7 percent (to 611 plays) at the format in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen BDS. The…

  13. Annie Lennox 'Thrilled and Delighted' to Have No. 1 Jazz Album

    October 30, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Annie Lennox lands her first No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart, as her new release, Nostalgia , grabs the top slot. The set -- which features interpretations of such tunes as "Summertime," "I Put a Spell On You," "Strange Fruit" and "Memphis in June…

  14. Little Big Town Leaps Onto Top Country Albums

    October 30, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The harmony-focused foursome claims its fourth top 10, as 'Pain Killer' bows at No. 3; Plus, chart moves for Keith Urban, Billy Currington, RaeLynn & Carrie Underwood. Harmony-focused foursome Little Big Town claims its fourth top 10, all tallied consecutively, on Billboard&…

  15. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 30, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Swift returns to the top for what could be a lengthy stay. Plus, Neil Diamond shines in the top 10 and Gwen Stefani & Fergie debut. In what shouldn't come as a surprise, Taylor Swift is the top music act in the U.S., rising 2-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . What might be more…

  16. Where Are People Buying Taylor Swift's '1989'? A Retail Breakdown of (Probably) the Year's Biggest Album

    October 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT The debut week sales forecast for Taylor Swift 's 1989 is now upped to 1.2 million units as the artist's album has already sold nearly 727,000 copies at just three merchants, iTunes, Target and Walmart, according to industry sources. In its first two days of availability, the…

  17. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  18. Taylor Swift's '1989' Surging Toward 1.2 Million Debut

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 2). It's thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012's Red (which was also the last release to sell…

  19. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  20. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's…

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