1. Ariana Grande's 'Break Free' Flies onto Billboard's Social Charts

    July 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Grande had a big week online as her newest single, "Break Free," dropped on Wednesday, July 2. On July 2, pop princess Ariana Grande premiered her new single, "Break Free," on a special rebooted edition of MTV's "Total Request Live" (or, in this case, Total…

  2. Comic-Con: MGMT, Grimes to Perform on an Aircraft Carrier

    July 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT MGMT and Grimes are heading to San Diego's 2014 Comic-Con International, where MGMT will play a live set and Grimes will DJ at a party for CraveOnline on July 25. The event will take place aboard the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier docked adjacent to the Convention Center, and…

  3. Drake's '0 to 100' Surges to No. 2 on Twitter Top Tracks Chart Thanks to Remixes

    July 03, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Also: Beyonce charges up the Social 50 chart following the launch of her On the Run tour with Jay Z Following the June 1 release of Drake's song "O to 100," more than 80 remixes of the song have surfaced online -- according to Vice's Noisey -- helping the track zoom back…

  4. 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'…

  5. 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…

  6. World Cup Wins on Billboard Social 50 Chart: J.Lo Hits New High

    June 19, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez jumps 13-2 following World Cup performance, while Pitbull and Claudia Leitte also gain. It’s all about the World Cup and Jennifer Lopez on the Social 50, as Lopez rises 13-2 to achieve her highest position ever in the list’s three-and-a-half year history. The Social 50…

  7. Steamy One Direction Fan Fiction Being Shopped to Hollywood

    June 13, 2014 12:57 PM EDT A 25-year-old Texan just landed a six-figure book deal for her wildly popular fan-fic starring Harry Styles and the boy band. What's next? If One Direction fan Anna Todd wrote her own lyrics to the group's hit "Story of My Life," it would sound like a fairytale. The…

  8. 5 Seconds of Summer and Diddy Hit New Highs on Social 50 Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Diddy notches his best week yet on the three-and-a-half-year old Social 50 chart, as a teaser for his new video “I Want the Love” spurs a re-entry for the hip-hop mogul at No. 23. The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and…

  9. Summer of Iggy Azalea: 'Fancy' Rapper Defends Her Cred, Talks Lorde (Cover Story)

    June 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The say-anything, foulmouthed, lightning rod rapper suddenly owns summer as she ties a Beatles chart record (but she doesn't even care): "I'd rather be the Stones" Late one early-summer Saturday night, Iggy Azalea , one of the hottest pop stars on the planet,…

  10. Hot 97 Co-Hosts Respond to Chuck D’s Harsh Criticism of Summer Jam

    June 06, 2014 9:16 PM EDT In a wide-ranging stream of tweets that began by calling Hot 97’s Summer Jam a “sloppy fiasco” on June 2 and has continued as recently as Thursday evening, Chuck D’s timeline has been scattered with the remnants of a conversation about hip-hop, social activism and radio business. Hot 97 on…

  11. Jamie Lynn Spears’ Country Career Gathers Pace

    June 06, 2014 12:31 AM EDT Expect to see a lot more of Jamie Lynn Spears this summer, but not in her former role as an actress. She's putting out new music, getting radio play and introducing herself to country music fans all over the country. Spears, making an appearance at this week's CMA Music Fest in…

  12. Nicki Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' Pushes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 29, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Nicki Minaj continues her rise up the Social 50 chart, moving 5-2 after releasing a new single, “Pills N Potions,” on May 21. It matches her peak on the tally, registered on the Feb. 25, 2012 list, after she performed with Madonna on that year's Super Bowl. The Social 50 incorporates the…

  13. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 With 'Fancy,' Matches Beatles' Historic Mark

    May 28, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As the Australian rapper rises 2-1 with 'Fancy' and 3-2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's 'Problem,' Azalea joins the Beatles as the only artists to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits It's a fab week for Iggy Azalea,…

  14. 5 Seconds of Summer Hit Top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    May 22, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pop/rock quartet 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) is quickly becoming an online force that can sway its online fan army to achieve Social 50 chart success. This week, following 5SOS’ performance on the May 18 Billboard Music Awards, the band surges into the top five (23-4) -- their highest position…

  15. Made In America: Imagine Dragons, John Mayer Headliners In Los Angeles

    May 22, 2014 6:09 PM EDT The same afternoon Budweiser announced the lineup for this year's Philadelphia edition of Made in America, the festival's Los Angeles lineup has also been made public. Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Kendrick Lamar and others will lead the bill for Made in America's inaugural LA…

  16. Mysteryland USA vs. Electric Daisy NYC: EDM Festival Previews

    May 22, 2014 2:30 PM EDT It’s a good weekend to be a New York dance fan. This Memorial Day, top dance acts will descend on the Empire State where two marquee dance music festivals are squaring off in serious fashion. CODE breaks down all the necessary details and differences between ID&T’s Mysteryland USA and…

  17. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  18. Miley Cyrus' Mom and Tyrese's 'Billionaire' Video Stir Big Social Chart Gains

    May 15, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Thanks in part to revised chart methodology, Miley Cyrus zooms from No. 18 to No. 2 on the latest Social 50 chart. As the chart has been reconfigured to emphasize reactions of fans to an artist's postings on social networks, a well-liked photo on Instagram can cause a huge chart jump.…

  19. John Legend Leads Hot 100, Paramore Hits Top 10

    May 14, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Legend rules for a second week with 'All of Me,' while Paramore scores its first top 10 with 'Ain't It Fun' John Legend 's "All of Me" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, while Paramore, which has been charting on the Hot 100 for seven…

  20. John Legend and Iggy Azalea Hit No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    May 08, 2014 8:46 PM EDT After eight weeks of sitting at No. 2 behind Pharrell’s “Happy” on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, John Legend’s “All of Me” steps 2-1 to mark the first leader in his 10-year chart history. Legend first appeared on the list in 2004 as a featured artist on Slum Village’s “Selfish,” also featuring…

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