1. Taylor Swift's Birthday Boosts Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 19, 2014 3:24 PM EST It pays to have famous friends -- or, in Taylor Swift ’s case, friends with large online followings who will tweet about attending your 25th birthday party. An array of A-listers (like Nick Jonas , Selena Gomez , Lorde , Haim and more) did just that on the night of Dec. 13, spreading online…

  2. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up, 2013's…

  3. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned down billions from Facebook earlier this year…

  4. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100, Meghan Trainor Scores Second Top 10

    December 10, 2014 2:56 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' reigns for a fourth week, while Trainor's 'Lips Are Movin' leaps 13-8 … after the pair teamed up to break a record first set by the Beatles. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

  5. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 10, 2014 11:10 AM EST 0 Taylor Swift's 1989 holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth non-consecutive week. Swift has now spent a cumulative total of 29 weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping albums. Among women, only Whitney Houston (with 46 weeks at No. 1) and…

  6. O.T. Genasis, Frank Ocean, One Direction: Digital and Social Movers

    December 04, 2014 10:11 AM EST O.T. Genasis has a viral hit on his hands with his track “CoCo,” where the Long Beach, California-based hip-hop artist not-so-subtly raps about his love for cocaine. Many users on social sites like YouTube and Vine have used the song as the backing track in their homemade videos, causing…

  7. Art Basel Miami Beach: Your Music Guide

    December 03, 2014 6:40 PM EST FKA Twigs, Miguel, Theophilus London, James Blake & more artists provide a musical backdrop to the Miami art fest. An estimated 70,000 global visitors will descend on southern Florida this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, a socialite smorgasbord of contemporary art shows, forward…

  8. Exclusive: David Guetta, Tiesto, Hardwell to Headline Ultimate Music Experience 2015

    December 02, 2014 11:00 AM EST Next spring, the Ultimate Music Experience will descend upon Texas' South Padre Island, celebrating the 20th anniversary of co-promoter Disco Donnie Presents with the largest attendance (50,000) in the three-day event's  five-year history. Exclusive: Tiësto, Zedd, Bassnectar To…

  9. 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…

  10. Lecrae on Ferguson: 'The System We Have in Place Has Biases'

    November 26, 2014 2:45 PM EST Two dominant views pervade public opinion regarding Ferguson. The first view, held by many people, sees the incident in Ferguson and the decision that followed as an isolated issue. They believe that the grand jury made a decision based on the evidence, and the justice system worked as well…

  11. 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…

  12. Taylor Swift Makes Hot 100 History With 'Blank Space'

    November 19, 2014 3:53 PM EST Taylor Swift makes history on the Billboard Hot 100 , where her single "Blank Space" blasts from No. 13 to No. 1 . As the song dethrones her prior smash, "Shake It Off," after four weeks atop the chart, Swift becomes the first woman in the Hot 100's 56-year…

  13. Ariana Grande Hits No. 1 on Social 50 for First Time

    November 13, 2014 6:18 PM EST After 103 weeks on the Social 50 chart, Ariana Grande finally hits No. 1 for the first time, rising 2-1 on the latest tally (dated Nov. 22). The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart&…

  14. Taylor Swift Still No. 1 on Hot 100, Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Hit Top 10

    November 12, 2014 2:25 PM EST Taylor Swift spends a personal-best fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shake It Off," which also reaches No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart.   Plus, Ariana Grande and The Weeknd vault into the Hot 100's top 10 with "Love Me Harder," Tove Lo '…

  15. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 12, 2014 11:00 AM EST Meanwhile, Bette Midler and Calvin Harris score Top 10 debuts on the albums chart. As expected , Taylor Swift 's blockbuster 1989 album spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The set sold 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan —…

  16. Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth Signs With ICM Partners for Concerts

    November 11, 2014 7:30 PM EST The Tony winner will star in a live PBS special on Nov. 28 Kristin Chenoweth has signed with ICM Partners in concerts, The Hollywood Reporter and sister publication Billboard have exclusively learned. She continues to be repped by CAA for acting and WME in commercials.   Chenoweth will…

  17. Taylor Swift Collects Fourth No. 1 Album, 'Now 52' Debuts at No. 2

    November 05, 2014 11:35 AM EST As reported earlier , Taylor Swift's 1989 debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with the largest sales week in over 12 years. 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the largest week for any album since…

  18. HARD Day of the Dead: 10 Standout Performances

    November 03, 2014 6:26 PM EST Over the weekend, some of the most talented emissaries from all corners of the dance-music world descended on Pomona, Calif., for HARD's annual Day of the Dead festival. Live Nation's HARD has made its name on curation, consistently showcasing credible talents while excavating and…

  19. 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…

  20. The Real Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic ‘Like a Virgin’ Performance at the 1984 VMAs

    October 28, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Ahead of MTV's first Music Video Awards, broadcast Sept. 14, 1984, the network was having difficulty booking top talent. Co-hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler were in their 30s, old for the MTV crowd, and ZZ Top had refused to play -- until the network pulled the band's videos and…

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