1. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  2. Seether, Papa Roach Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    November 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Because "it's fun to tour with your friends," according to Seether bassist Dale Stewart, his band and Papa Roach will start 2015 with a co-headlining tour that begins Jan. 9 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla., and wraps up Feb. 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino's The…

  3. 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…

  4. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  5. Motley Crue Teams With Dodge in Dallas, Talks 'Great Things' Ahead on Final Tour

    November 03, 2014 9:57 AM EST A big sponsorship deal brought Motley Crue back to a small hall over the weekend in Dallas. The group played a special, semi-public show on Saturday at "Fast N' Loud" host Richard Rawlings ' Gas Monkey Live concert club as part of the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey event…

  6. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Begins 12-Week Hot 100 Reign

    November 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 2002, the rap god began his longest chart rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Roxette and the Beach Boys. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov. 3, 2001 Nine years after her…

  7. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  8. Rewinding the Charts: 45 Years Ago, Elvis Presley Ruled the Hot 100 for the Last Time

    November 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT After a fruitful recording session in Memphis, the King of Rock & Roll notched his seventh No. 1 on the chart on Nov. 1, 1969 with 'Suspicious Minds.' In the wake of the success of Elvis Presley's December 1968 NBC TV special, Elvis – often referred to as the '68…

  9. R5 Finished Second Album, Set For Spring 2015 Release

    October 31, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "We have all sorts of different things on the record, but we like that," says frontman Ross Lynch. In the wake of its Heart Made Up On You EP earlier this year, pop-rockers R5 are planning a spring 2015 release for their second full-length album, the follow-up to 2013's…

  10. 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"…

  11. 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. …

  12. 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…

  13. Ozzy Osbourne Talks Black Sabbath's ‘Last Hurrah’ & Return to Solo Material

    October 31, 2014 3:53 PM EDT “We're disbanding the name and everything,” he says of the group’s upcoming last stand. With one more Black Sabbath album and tour on the drawing board, Ozzy Osbourne is also planning a return to his solo career and sees the new Memoirs of a Madman compilation as a "bridge"…

  14. Def Leppard on Performing Without Vivian Campbell, Making a 'Big Push' in 2015

    October 31, 2014 3:44 PM EDT After a successful summer tour with Kiss , Def Leppard gets back on the horse for a one-off show Saturday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., which will be slightly odd for the group, since Vivian Campbell -- currently getting treatments as he continues to battle cancer -- sits out, with Steve Brown…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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&…

  18. 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…

  19. Man Jailed for Posting Song Lyrics to Facebook Won't Face Charges

    October 29, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page. The lyrics 31-year-old James E. Evans posted in August included the words "student bodies lying dead in the halls" and…

  20. 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…

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