1. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Martin Kierszenbaum Talks New Madonna, Summer's Winners & Losers, Ariana Grande Hits No. 1 & More

    September 04, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  3. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J Hit Artist 100 With a 'Bang Bang'

    September 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to Grande's debut atop the Billboard 200 and the trio's hit song, the singers all surge on the Artist 100 chart. As Ariana Grande , Nicki Minaj and Jessie J soar 9-4 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Bang Bang," and as Grande blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with…

  4. VMA-Related Music Sales Up 41%, 'Beyonce' Rises By 181%

    September 03, 2014 3:40 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , broadcast on Aug. 24, spurred a 41 percent gain in VMA-related music in the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen SoundScan. VMA-related music is defined as songs performed on the show -- that were not brand-new or impacted by iTunes' Complete My…

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Holds At No. 1 On Hot 100

    September 03, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Swift spends a second week on top, fending off runner-up Meghan Trainor and the surging trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Taylor Swift scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Shake It Off." The song debuted at the summit last week.  …

  6. Ariana Grande Nabs Second No. 1 Album In Less Than A Year

    September 03, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Meanwhile, Brad Paisley and Kem enjoy Top 5 debuts below "My Everything." As reported earlier , Ariana Grande has scored her second No. 1 album in less than a year, as her new release, My Everything , opens atop the Billboard 200 .   The album, which was released Aug. 25, sold…

  7. Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

    September 02, 2014 8:13 PM EDT It's Grande's second No. 1 album in less than a year, following her 'Yours Truly' debut. Ariana Grande 's new album My Everything has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the 21-year-old pop singer two No. 1 albums in less than a year. She&…

  8. Sleater-Kinney's 'Start Together' Box Set Out in October

    September 02, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Sleater-Kinney will get the box set treatment next month when Start Together , a 3,000-copy limited edition deluxe release, will be issued on Oct. 21 through Sub Pop. The box set will include remastered editions of the punk rock trio's seven studio albums, all pressed on colored vinyl…

  9. Hear Jessie Ware's New Dev Hynes Collaboration, 'Want Your Feeling'

    September 01, 2014 8:30 PM EDT With Jessie Ware prepping the release of her sophomore LP, Tough Love , next month, Monday the British singer dropped a new song she worked on with Blood Orange 's Dev Hynes called "Want Your Feeling." Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival The…

  10. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  11. 5 Seconds of Summer, Miley Cyrus & Beyonce: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 13

    August 29, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  12. VMAs: Which Performance Triggered the Biggest Sales Spike?

    August 29, 2014 3:57 AM EDT MTV doled out the Moonmen during Sunday's Video Music Awards, but the musicians who really won at the awards show are the ones who performed. After performing a snippet from every single trackduring a 16-minute medley and receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Beyonce saw…

  13. Jessie J Joins 'Finding Neverland' Concept Album

    August 28, 2014 3:43 PM EDT The 'Sweet Talker' can fly. Jessie J  is recording a song for the Finding Neverland Broadway musical's concept album, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 'Finding Neverland' Musical Coming to Broadway The track is called "Stronger," which producer Harvey…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift Hits No. 1, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Wiz Khalifa & More

    August 28, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  15. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  16. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  17. Ariana Grande Aiming for Second No. 1 Album

    August 27, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The young diva's second album, 'My Everything,' is on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Ariana Grande is set to notch her second No. 1 album in less than a year. Industry sources forecast the 21-year-old's new release, My Everything , to sell…

  18. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer…

  19. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  20. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" blasts in at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a massive debut. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was…

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