1. Rod McKuen's Surprising Chart History: From Frank Sinatra to Madonna

    January 29, 2015 10:27 PM EST Rod McKuen , a prolific poet and songwriter who died at age 81 on Thursday (Jan. 29), made a name for himself in the '50s, but his surprising career stretched to not long before his death, as he worked with artists from Frank Sinatra to Madonna . McKuen won a Grammy Award for best…

  2. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  3. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  4. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  5. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Ke$ha Kicked Off the 2010s at No. 1

    December 29, 2014 8:05 AM EST Her debut smash 'TiK ToK' clocked in as the first new leader of the decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Beatles, the Monkees and Beyonce. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 29, 2007…

  6. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  7. AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’ Debuts at No. 1 Down Under

    December 08, 2014 1:16 AM EST Call it: AC/DC’s latest album is no bust. The Australian rock legends’  Rock or Bust  (Alberts/Sony Music Entertainment Australia) has opened at No. 1 in their homeland, and debuted at No. 3 in the U.K. In Australia, Rock Or Bust has shipped platinum and reportedly sold 26,730 first-week…

  8. Neil Diamond’s 'Melody Road' Tour to Hit Australia, NZ

    December 01, 2014 1:20 AM EST Neil Diamond’s fans Down Under won’t have to miss out on his latest comeback. The veteran singer has confirmed a seven-date tour that will visit arenas and wineries in Australia and New Zealand next October and November. And his itinerary has the flexibility to fit in many more shows.…

  9. Glastonbury Festival 2015: Lionel Richie Announced as First Performer

    November 30, 2014 12:45 PM EST Lionel Richie is the first confirmed performer for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival. Richie, who was recently named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, will make his debut U.K. festival appearance in the Sunday teatime slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, according to…

  10. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  11. Thief Steals Instruments From Leon Russell's Band

    November 25, 2014 4:15 AM EST A guitarist in Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell's band says San Antonio police are investigating the theft of about $4,000 worth of instruments from the group's tour bus. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere The show went on Sunday night for Russell,…

  12. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    October 30, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Swift returns to the top for what could be a lengthy stay. Plus, Neil Diamond shines in the top 10 and Gwen Stefani & Fergie debut. In what shouldn't come as a surprise, Taylor Swift is the top music act in the U.S., rising 2-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . What might be more…

  13. 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…

  14. Ben Howard, Meghan Trainor Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    October 27, 2014 4:37 AM EDT In a week of four new entries in the top five of the U.K. album chart, British singer-songwriter Ben Howard came out on top with a No. 1 entry for his sophomore album I Forget Where We Were  (Universal Island). Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) leads the singles pack again,…

  15. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  16. Rewinding the Charts: 34 Years Ago, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb Hit No. 1

    October 25, 2014 1:30 PM EDT The diva teamed with the Bee Gee for 'Guilty' and, on Oct. 25, 1980, the album and her single 'Woman in Love' both topped the charts. AT THE START OF 1980, BARBRA STREISAND, then 37, was in the middle of a red-hot streak on the Billboard Hot 100, having landed eight…

  17. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: '5 Seconds of Summer' Hits Half-Million in Sales

    October 24, 2014 9:19 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Florida Georgia Line claimed its first No. 1 with Anything Goes . The set, released through Republic Nashville Records, sold 197,000 in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the third consecutive country album to top the…

  18. Neil Diamond Aiming for 18th Top 10 Album

    October 24, 2014 8:41 PM EDT Pop great  Neil Diamond  is on course for his 18th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Billboard Icon Award winning-artist's new release, Melody Road , could sell around 75,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. The set was released Oct. 21 on…

  19. Neil Diamond on His Walk Down 'Melody Road': 'I Was...Under the Spell Of Love'

    October 22, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fueled his work on "Melody Road," out Tuesday. Neil…

  20. Slipknot Heading for Second No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Rock band Slipknot is on course for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters say the act’s new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , which was released on Oct. 21 through Roadrunner Records, could sell a little over 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. It&…

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