1. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

  2. G-Eazy, AB-Soul Claim Top Debuts on Rap Albums, Despite Lack of Airplay

    July 03, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Neither G-Eazy or AB-Soul have charted a hit on the Rap Airplay chart, yet their albums debut at Nos. 1 and 2 on Rap Albums. Independently-distributed rapper G-Eazy -- who has yet to notch a hit single on the Rap Airplay chart -- enters the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts at…

  3. Mastodon's 'Sun' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    July 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The band scores its first No. 1 on the survey and highest rank on the Billboard 200. Also, chart action for Phish, KONGOS and Imagine Dragons Mastodon notches its first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Once More 'Round the Sun"…

  4. Ariana Grande Poll: Is 'Problem' Or 'Break Free' Your Favorite New Single?

    July 03, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Vote now! On Wednesday night, Ariana Grande finally released "Break Free," the second single from her upcoming sophomore album "My Everything" and her debut collaboration with EDM maestro Zedd. "Break Free" has already made an impact on the Billboard Twitter…

  5. Shakira Confirmed to Perform 'La La La' at World Cup Closing Ceremony

    July 03, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Shakira has confirmed she’ll perform “La La La (Brazil 2014)” featuring Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown at the closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup. The track, which has been billed as this year’s official World Cup anthem (not to be confused with the official SONG, which is “We Are One,”…

  6. Born in the U.S.A.: The Top 50 Artists by State

    July 03, 2014 12:52 PM EDT From Billy Joel's New York state of mind to the Beach Boys being synonymous with sunny California, each state has given us some amazing music. A clever entry on the website "Thinking Pseudogeographically," entitled "50 States, 50 Television Shows," considered…

  7. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' Turns 20: Darius Rucker Q&A

    July 03, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Reminiscing on a breakthrough Letterman performance, competing with grunge and a big assist from Garth Brooks This weekend (July 5) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Cracked Rear View” – the Atlantic debut from Hootie & The Blowfish. The album changed the lives of…

  8. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  9. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  10. Ariana Grande to 'Break Free' at MTV VMAs

    July 02, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Ariana Grande took over MTV’s New York studio July 2 to announce she will be perform her new single “Break Free” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande Perform at Billboard Music Awards Grande appeared on a special edition of MTV’s former hit “TRL,” re…

  11. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT These are the top selling country albums & digital songs of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The mid-year sales stats give Luke Bryan plenty of reason to flash his trademark ivory smile once more -- he's featured on the two most-downloaded country songs thus far in 2014,…

  12. Lorde, Bastille Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Rock Charts

    July 02, 2014 5:55 PM EDT Bastille's breakthrough hit 'Pompeii' perks up mid-year rock sales lists, while Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' is still red-hot. At the mid-year mark, Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album and Bastille's "Pompeii" lead as 2014's top-selling…

  13. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

  14. Trove of Bob Dylan Acetates, ca. 1969-70, Found in NYC Closet

    July 02, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Most people discover a rogue sock or a handful of wire hangers when emptying a closet during a move. One music historian ended up with much, much more this spring, when two boxes jammed with rare Bob Dylan acetates turned up in a New York City apartment building once used by the rock 'n&…

  15. 'URL Badman' Video Kicks Lily Allen to No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 02, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Lily Allen blew up the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart at 11am ET this morning, hitting No. 1 . This was in response to her fans buzzing on Twitter about the release of her music video “URL Badman” on YouTube, July 2.  “URL Badman” appears on Allen’s album “Sheezus”, which debuted on…

  16. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

  17. Rewinding The Charts: 54 Years Ago, Connie Francis Became 'Somebody'

    July 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT On this date in 1960, the then-21-year-old Jersey girl scored the first-ever Hot 100 No. 1 by a female artist, just one of her 53 career hits Nearly two years into the Billboard Hot 100's existence, the top of the chart was essentially a boys' club. Starting with Ricky Nelson'…

  18. Trey Songz's 'Na Na' Translated for Old People on 'Kimmel' (Video)

    July 02, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Last night, R&B pretty boy Trey Songz came on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" so Kimmel could tell everyone how good Songz is at sex. Well, that's not exactly what the plan was, but that's how it turned out. As part of the segment "New Lyrics For Old People," Songz…

  19. g.o.d. Apologizes for Long Hiatus in 'Sky Blue Promise': Listen

    July 01, 2014 7:45 PM EDT The feel-good R&B tune is the second buzz track ahead of the veteran K-pop group's comeback album When g.o.d's first song in 10 years shot to No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100, it was evident fans were more than willing to welcome the classic Korean act back. But the quintet still…

  20. Charli XCX Turned Down A Christina Aguilera Collaboration

    July 01, 2014 5:30 PM EDT "She's cool, but it just wasn't right," says the songwriting phenom of Xtina. Charli XCX is still sharing the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart with Iggy Azalea, as "Fancy" spent a fifth week atop the chart last week. The U.K. singer-songwriter guested on another…

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