1. Pop Shop Podcast: U2 Returns, Nick & Knight Interview, Meghan Trainor Hits No. 1 & More

    September 11, 2014 10:56 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.…

  2. Lecrae vs. Jhene Aiko for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    September 10, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Rapper Lecrae is battling R&B singer Jhene Aiko for the top slot on the albums chart. Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae and rising R&B star Jhene Aiko are both on course for the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Jhene Aiko's 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track…

  3. U2 Album Downloads Off To Decent Start

    September 10, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that, following Apple's press event on Sept. 9, when the company announced it was giving away U2 's new album Songs of Innocence to all 500 million iTunes account holders, the collection was downloaded about 200,000 times in the United States. A Universal…

  4. One Direction's Free 'Fireproof' Scores 1.1 Million Downloads

    September 10, 2014 6:23 PM EDT When One Direction announced the title and release date of their fourth album, FOUR (due Nov. 17 on SYCO/Columbia Records), they did so with a twist. To celebrate the occasion on Monday, the pop group gifted their fans with a free download song, "Fireproof," from the upcoming album.…

  5. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  6. Maroon 5 Tops Billboard 200 With 'V'

    September 10, 2014 11:00 AM EDT 0 Jeezy starts at No. 2 on the chart, while Bob Marley earns his highest-charting album ever. Pop band Maroon 5 nabs its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its fifth studio release -- appropriately named V -- debuts atop the list. It sold 164,000 copies in the week…

  7. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After Three-Decade NBC Ban

    September 10, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Twenty eight years ago, the Replacements drunkenly stumbled through one of the worst musical performances in SNL history (at least from NBC’s perspective) and were famously banned from ever playing 30 Rock again. Well, Lorne Michaels be damned -- the ‘Mats returned to NBC on Sept. 9 for a…

  8. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Not Eligible For Next Grammys

    September 09, 2014 7:54 PM EDT The iTunes-exclusive album's 'commercial' release date misses the 57th Grammy Awards' Sept. 30 eligibility period deadline. Despite the introduction at Tuesday's iPhone unveiling as the most Grammy Award-winning band in history, U2 's surprise album Songs of…

  9. U2's 'Songs' Arrives, But Giveaway Model Will Push Back Its Billboard 200 Debut

    September 09, 2014 6:57 PM EDT While U2 surprised the music world by releasing its new album, Songs of Innocence , today as a free download to iTunes Store account holders and for streaming on Beats Music, you won't see it on the Billboard 200 albums chart for another month and a half. U2's Surprise '…

  10. Dustin Lynch Talks New Album 'Where It's At,' Career Tips From Garth Brooks

    September 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT With his second album Where It's At dropping this week, Dustin Lynch admits he was worried about the sophomore slump -- at least, until he started writing songs for his new album. "For me, this album was easy to make. I was always afraid of album two because you always hear about…

  11. Keith Richards On Writing, Jetlag & His Next Solo Project

    September 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT There's one person who knew Keith Richards would become Keith Richards: his grandfather. The Rolling Stone  member said Augustus Theodore Dupree introduced him to the guitar and taught him about music as a child growing up in England. "I think in a way he sort of had plans for me I…

  12. Jimmy Barnes Undergoes Back Surgery, Bags Another No. 1 Album Down Under

    September 08, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Jimmy Barnes has another No. 1 Down Under, but he’s on doctor’s orders to keep celebrations to a minimum.   The Australian rock hero is recovering from emergency back surgery which kept him in hospital on Fathers Days (Sept. 7) as the new ARIA Albums Chart was published, showing Barnes’  30…

  13. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Brad Paisley & The Ever-Elusive No. 1 Album

    September 05, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Paisley, who has yet to earn a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, nets his fifth No. 2 set. Also: Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' sells a half-million & Ed Sheeran's new EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Ariana Grande 's My Everything debuted…

  14. Bob Marley's 'Legend' Finally Heading for Top 10

    September 05, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Thanks to a 99-cent sale deal, Bob Marley's mega-selling 30-year old album is set for its first visit to the Billboard 200's top 10. A Legend is heading for the top 10 for the first time. Bob Marley & the Wailers ' greatest-hits album Legend is on course for the Billboard…

  15. Tomorrow's Hits: Catey Shaw, George Ezra & Deorro

    September 05, 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. Catey Shaw Thanks to the reach of Reddit, popster Catey Shaw has another semi-viral hit on her hands with "Human Contact." The singer'…

  16. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  17. 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.…

  18. Maroon 5 On Course for Second No. 1 Album

    September 03, 2014 9:24 PM EDT The pop band's new 'V' will likely debut atop next week's Billboard 200. Maroon 5 are set for their second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the group's fifth studio effort -- appropriately titled V -- should debut atop the list next week. Maroon 5…

  19. 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…

  20. 2014 CMA Noms: Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Score Big, Jason Aldean Gets Snubbed

    September 03, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the nominations for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town -- and, as usual, there were a few surprises. The biggest head-scratcher of all was the omission of Jason Aldean -- who headlined…

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