1. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  2. August Alsina Cancels Brooklyn Bowl London Show, Citing Medical Reasons

    October 11, 2014 12:19 PM EDT R&B singer August Alsina has canceled his performance at London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (Oct. 11), citing medical reasons. August Alsina Wakes From Three Day Coma Following Onstage Fall In mid-September, Alsina took a nasty spill from the stage at New York’s Irving Plaza and went…

  3. Janet Jackson Scored Her First Hot 100 No. 1 Hit 28 Years Ago

    October 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT On “Nasty,” the 1986 single that nearly became her first No. 1 pop hit, Janet Jackson told the world exactly what she thought about a certain overused term of endearment. “My first name ain’t baby,” she said. “It’s Janet. Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.” “Nasty” snarled and strutted…

  4. Hozier's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 10, 2014 7:32 PM EDT Weezer, Alex & Sierra and Stevie Nicks set for top 10 as well. Country star Jason Aldean is nearly guaranteed his second No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his latest effort, Old Boots, New Dirt , could sell 270,000 to 290,000 copies in the…

  5. Kanye West's Private Shopping Trip (With His Own Music as the Soundtrack) & More Insider Scoop

    October 10, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Kanye West Shops Alone Kanye West  took the idea of private showroom shopping to an extreme during Paris Fashion Week. An informed source says the rapper checked out designer lines while in the City of Light, but insisted that he spend time with the fashions completely alone -- and…

  6. One Direction's Where We Are Tour Attended by 3.4 Million Fans

    October 10, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour leads the pack in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $48.4 million in ticket sales reported from concerts in North America, Europe and Australia. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music…

  7. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S. Sales

    October 10, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Adele 's mega-selling second studio album, 21 , has surpassed the 11 million sales mark in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. The set, released in 2011 on XL/Columbia Records, is only the 12th album to sell at least that many copies since SoundScan started tracking sales in…

  8. What Would Happen If the Smiths Got Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

    October 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Smiths were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time this week. There’s no way they could get in… right? So first thing’s first -- this year's set of Rock Hall nominations is the most “alt” ever. Green Day , Nine Inch Nails , Lou Reed , Joan Jett & the…

  9. SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Bad news keeps mounting with the roll of the tape. So far this year, 60 digital songs have sold over 1 million units as compared to 83 last year. And after nine months, not one artist-album has yet to hit the million-unit mark, although the Frozen  soundtrack is the year's best…

  10. Nas: 'I Don't Listen to 'Illmatic''

    October 10, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Aging gracefully in hip-hop isn't easy. Year after year, old rappers, old sounds, old styles are swept under the rug in favor of the new and youthful. Which is partly what makes the longevity of Nas and his 1994 debut LP, Illmatic -- considered by many critics and fans to be the…

  11. Jimmy Fallon, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams & Flying Lotus Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 19

    October 10, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Welcome back 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. Joe Levy takes a visit to…

  12. Steve Aoki, Iggy Azalea, Enrique Iglesias Net New Dance/Electronic No. 1s

    October 10, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The stars score new leaders on three surveys. Plus, David Guetta, Jack U (aka Diplo and Skrillex) and Avicii debut. Steve Aoki earns his best sales week for an album as Neon Future . I starts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums , selling 10,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen…

  13. From Panic Attacks to Family Estrangement, Reggaeton Star J Balvin’s Struggle to Make It to the Top

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Two years ago, J Balvin should have been on top of the world. A steady stream of tracks that mixed tropical lightness with the heavy beat of reggaeton had made him a star at home in Colombia. Girls climbed the walls of his house in Medellin to get a picture with him. The stars of the…

  14. Lucinda Williams Tops Folk Albums Chart, U2 Hits Alternative Songs Milestone

    October 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rocker Lucinda Williams leads the Folk Albums chart for the first time. Plus, chart action for Prince, Eddie Vedder, Spoon and U2. As previously reported , Prince scores his first entry, and first No. 1, on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart , with the debut album from his funk-n-roll…

  15. Inside Garth Brooks' Master Plan to Launch the Biggest Tour of All Time

    October 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against Machine (due Nov. 11), he has got an even…

  16. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  17. Take That Announces New Album, Shares First Song ‘These Days’: Listen

    October 10, 2014 3:28 AM EDT No Robbie Williams . No Jason Orange . No problem.   British boy band Take That is getting to grips with life as a trio. The pop hitmakers have announced a new album , appropriately titled III , which will drop Dec. 1 in the U.K. via Polydor. The first single, "These Days," has…

  18. Ariana Grande's 'SNL' Performance Prompts Twitter Chart Rise

    October 09, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Ariana Grande soars on the weekly Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart, along with her collaborator The Weeknd , as "Love Me Harder" rises 22-5. The jump in position comes after a full week of online buzz following the duo's Sept. 27 appearance on NBC's Saturday Night…

  19. Drake Extends Rap Airplay Chart Record

    October 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Drake, Chris Brown & Rich Gang take over atop three of Billboard's R&B/hip-hop airplay charts. On Rap Airplay , Drake extends his record for the most No. 1s, as "0 to 100/The Catch Up" climbs 2-1, marking the rapper's 18th chart-topping title. He widens his…

  20. Carrie Underwood's 'Water' Splashes Onto Hot Country Songs, Hot Christian Songs Charts

    October 09, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Plus, moves for Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean & more. Carrie Underwood 's "Something in the Water" boils on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Hot Christian Songs charts. The Christian conversion theme is a new song to be included on her Greatest Hits:…

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