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. Director Russell Mulcahy and Duran Duran's John Taylor Look Back on Their Classic Music Videos

    November 03, 2014 6:24 PM EST Chances are, if you turned on MTV in the early 1980s, you watched dozens of videos directed by Russell Mulcahy . He's the Australian visionary that brought the world more than 80 videos in all, including most of Duran Duran 's classic early clips, plus memorable shorts for the…

  3. Watch Johnny Depp Play Guitar During Marilyn Manson's Halloween Concert

    November 02, 2014 3:06 PM EST Perhaps Johnny Depp has found another guitarist to inspire one of his characters. Q&A: Marilyn Manson on 'Born Villain,' Johnny Depp and Label 'Stupidity' Depp surprised the audience at Marilyn Manson 's concert on Halloween night at the Roxy in West…

  4. Taylor Swift's '1989' Set for Biggest Sales Week Since 2002: 1.3 Million-Plus

    November 01, 2014 8:55 PM EDT 0 '1989' also aiming to beat Britney Spears' record sales week for a woman As the days tick by, the sales forecast for Taylor Swift 's 1989 album continues to grow. As of Nov. 1, with only one full day left in the album's debut tracking week, industry…

  5. 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…

  6. Taylor Swift's '1989' May Sell 1.25 Million in Debut Week

    October 31, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's unstoppable new album, 1989 , may sell 1.25 million copies in its first week, so suggest industry forecasters. The album could even approach 1.3 million, if the weekend is especially kind to the release. The album is the singer/songwriter's fifth studio…

  7. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10.…

  8. Aretha Franklin Earns Her Highest-Charting Album Since 1985

    October 31, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Aretha Franklin scores her highest-charting album since 1985 with the arrival of Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics . The new covers effort starts at No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 13 on the Billboard 200 . It matches the peak of 1985's Who's…

  9. Sheppard on Keith Urban, Playing Ball with ‘the Dream Team’, & Dining at Ariana Grande’s Home

    October 30, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Sheppard’s flock is fast growing, and its going global.  Just 18 months ago, the band was riding a wave of buzz back home in Brisbane, Australia, when their breezy singalong song “Let Me Down Easy” took flight and was certified platinum. Now, the six-piece is one of the hottest new indie…

  10. Annie Lennox 'Thrilled and Delighted' to Have No. 1 Jazz Album

    October 30, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Annie Lennox lands her first No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart, as her new release, Nostalgia , grabs the top slot. The set -- which features interpretations of such tunes as "Summertime," "I Put a Spell On You," "Strange Fruit" and "Memphis in June…

  11. 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&…

  12. Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift '1989' Extravaganza! Plus: Enrique Iglesias Interview!

    October 30, 2014 5:16 PM 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.…

  13. Keith Urban Has 'Literally Carried' Nicole Kidman Through Dad's Death

    October 30, 2014 5:03 PM EDT When Nicole Kidman 's dad died suddenly last month, husband Keith Urban canceled his upcoming concerts and rushed to be by his wife's side. During an appearance Wednesday on Ellen , Kidman opened up about how the country superstar has helped her through her loss. "I recently…

  14. Album Review: Country Singer Sam Hunt Already Sounds Post-Country on His Debut Album

    October 30, 2014 2:13 PM EDT In the past, singers used to climb the ranks in their own genre before breaking into the mainstream. In country, rap, or R&B, there was a path: first, you showed that you could play by the rules. After proving your ability to color within the lines, you could peel off. But in a fast…

  15. Exclusive: Enrique Iglesias Talks Record-Breaking No. 1 Run for 'Bailando'

    October 29, 2014 7:00 PM EDT 'This one just felt special,' Iglesias tells Billboard after setting Hot Latin Songs record. "The song to me was always a special song, but you never really know," Enrique Iglesias tells Billboard exclusively about "Bailando." "You don't know how…

  16. Taylor Swift's '1989' Surging Toward 1.2 Million Debut

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 2). It's thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012's Red (which was also the last release to sell…

  17. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

  18. 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 group's…

  19. Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading for 1 Million Sales Debut

    October 28, 2014 2:33 PM EDT 0 Swift set to become first act to earn three million-selling weeks. Taylor Swift 's 1989 just keeps getting bigger. Industry sources now forecast the album to sell at least one million copies in its first week. That would make 1989 just the 19th album to sell a million in…

  20. Autographed Rolling Stones Book, Yours for $5,000

    October 27, 2014 11:51 PM EDT The next Rolling Stones project will cost you a lot more than the average concert ticket. A boxed, collector's edition of "The Rolling Stones," a coffee table book featuring hundreds of famous and little-known photographs, will be released in December. Rolling Stones…

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