1. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Clean Bandit Continues U.S. Invasion With 'Rather Be'

    August 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British group's hit is yet another by a foreign act. Plus, moves for Jeremih, Echosmith, Rae Sremmurd and Hozier. As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Rude" and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in…

  2. Revenues Plunge at 'American Idol' Parent Company FremantleMedia

    August 21, 2014 8:51 AM EDT Revenues and profits at reality TV giant FremantleMedia, producers of X Factor , American Idol and America's Got Talent , dipped sharply in the first half of this year. Operating profits at Fremantle, which is owned by European broadcaster RTL Group, plunged to $38 million (€29 million)…

  3. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  4. Watch Microsoft Brilliantly Shade Apple With 2NE1's K-Pop Hit in New Ad

    August 13, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Microsoft lets the girl group do the talking to declare (in Korean) 'I Am the Best.' Technology companies doing side-by-side comparisons in TV ads is nothing new. But subtly shading your competition by soundtracking the ad with a foreign language hit is rather brilliant. For its new…

  5. Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

    August 12, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Hollywood's icon of cool won two Tonys for best actress in a musical. Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has…

  6. 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! &…

  7. Warner Music Group Sees Revenue Growth After Parlophone Buy, Streaming Strengthens

    August 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Digital revenue continued its upward trend, with streaming helping to offset some download losses. Warner Music Group revenue increased 18.9 percent to $788 million in the quarter ended June 30 with the help of its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group and gains from music streaming services.…

  8. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  9. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  10. Eddie Vedder Pens Impassioned Anti-War Essay After Onstage Rant

    July 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The Pearl Jam frontman bites back at his critics: "I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say 
nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution" One week after delivering a mid-concert anti-war diatribe in England that some critics dubbed "anti-Israel,…

  11. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  12. Trey Songz and Robin Thicke Take Top Two on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 12, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Plus: Busta Rhymes and Eminem debut with "Calm Down," Lil Wayne's "Believe" hits No. 1 Trey Songz crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his newest set "Trigga," opening with 105,000 copies sold in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The…

  13. Taeyang Gives Track-By-Track Review of Record-Breaking 'Rise' Album (Exclusive Video)

    July 09, 2014 8:45 PM EDT In Billboard's first-ever track-by-track review for a K-pop album, the singer/rapper gets deep and reflects on his new tracks While fans around the world knew and loved Taeyang through his group BIGBANG, it wasn't until the release of his second solo album, "Rise," that…

  14. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  15. Styx and Foreigner Tour Buses Damaged By Fire in Philadelphia

    July 02, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Tour buses belonging to summer tourmates Styx and Foreigner caught fire today in Philadelphia, where they were parked ahead of the bands' performance in town tomorrow night (July 3). CBS reports that the flames ignited around noon today while the vehicles were parked in a tour bus…

  16. How Grown-Up Beliebers Influenced Ed Sheeran's Pop Stardom

    June 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Years after the Biebs' breakthrough, are his teen fans turning to a new male artist? Exploring the similarities between Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. Ed Sheeran released his second full-length album, "x" (as in "multiply") in the U.S. on Monday (June 23), and…

  17. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  18. Akdong Musician on Debut Album, Working as Siblings & Overseas Reactions (Video Q&A)

    June 18, 2014 5:40 PM EDT The K-pop brother-sister duo admit there's sometimes "friction" between them, but have charmed domestic and international audiences Upon releasing their debut album "Play," sibling duo Akdong Musician sent their breezy single "200%" to No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot…

  19. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  20. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    June 09, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) as…

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