1. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM EST 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 your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Kelly Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song' Debuts in Top 40

    January 23, 2015 10:50 AM EST The first single from her new album bows at No. 37. Ellie Goulding reaches the top 40, too, while Ella Henderson, Lillywood & Robin Schulz and Prince Royce also make moves. As previously reported, Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the…

  3. Australia's Record Biz Recedes in 2014, Subscription Services Surge Ahead

    January 23, 2015 3:56 AM EST Australia's record biz has paid a heavy price for the erosion in demand for physical product and, to a lesser extent, downloads.  New wholesale figures published by trade body ARIA reveal the recorded music market contracted by close to double-digits in 2014, though streaming and…

  4. Paula Abdul & Jason Derulo Join 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    January 22, 2015 3:20 PM EST Paula Abdul  is back at Fox. After a three-year break from her last regular TV gig, she'll join  So You Think You Can Dance  for the competition's upcoming 12th season. With Abdul, who has been eyed as a full-time addition since Mary Murphy's departure became imminent, comes…

  5. Carrie Underwood Has Her Longest Reign at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Chart

    January 22, 2015 3:18 PM EST Plus: Kenny Chesney celebrates the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Country Airplay chart with a new leader. Carrie Underwood rewrites her longest chart-topping run on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Something in the Water" rules for a seventh week. She logged…

  6. Billboard Exclusive Album Premiere: Nashville-Based Band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors' 'Medicine'

    January 22, 2015 1:16 PM EST Nashville-based band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors are set to release their new studio album,  Medicine,  on Jan. 27 on Holcomb's own Magnolia Music Group.  "Honestly, I couldn't be more thrilled with a record than I am with this one," Holcomb tells Billboard. "…

  7. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Hot 100, Maroon 5 Debuts at No. 8

    January 21, 2015 3:13 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' rules for a third week. Plus, the police helps escort Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' back into the top five and Maroon 5's 'Sugar' sweetens the chart at No. 8. Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads…

  8. Billboard Debuts Expanded, Revamped Weekly Charts

    January 21, 2015 11:00 AM EST Following Billboard's successful reimagining of the online Billboard Hot 100 chart, Billboard is excited to share the revamped online layout for our entire slate of renowned weekly charts. The new changes follow the more intuitive, informative layout of the revamped Hot 100 that…

  9. Why Katy Perry's 'Prism' Era Is More Impressive Than You Think

    January 20, 2015 5:05 PM EST Are we appreciating Katy Perry enough? That's a strange question to ask in January 2015, when Katy Perry is a massive pop star, one who's once again Grammy-nominated and selling out arenas. She's about to headline the Super Bowl halftime show, the biggest musical platform in…

  10. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 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…

  11. Looking at Top 40 Radio's Decade of Change, Through the Lens of Kelly Clarkson's Career

    January 20, 2015 10:51 AM EST It was Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Mainstream top 40 radio was a mix of hip-hop, "extreme" alternative crossovers and, for pop balance, teen punk. WHTZ (Z100) New York, which had just launched an urban sister station, WWPR (Power 105), was trying to make its way back to the mainstream…

  12. Led Zeppelin Shares Unreleased Demo of 'Houses of the Holy'

    January 20, 2015 10:15 AM EST The 40th anniversary reissue of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti will arrive Feb. 24, complete with a second disc of early, alternative takes of its songs. To get ready for the bounty of bonus material, the band has shared an alternate mix of the classic "Houses of the Holy."…

  13. A$AP Yams, Founder of A$AP Mob, Mourned by Hip-Hop Community

    January 18, 2015 12:41 PM EST The rap community is mourning the loss of A$AP Yams, a founding member of New York rap collective A$AP Mob, who has died at the age of 26. Further details of Yams' (real name: Steven Rodriguez) death were not available at time of publication. "All of us at RCA Records are shocked…

  14. The Hollywood Reporter Teams With YouTube For 'THR Talks' at Sundance Film Festival

    January 16, 2015 4:36 PM EST Plus: YouTube sensation Hoodie Allen will open for Iggy Azalea at Sundance's Billboard Winterfest. The Hollywood Reporter and YouTube are joining forces at 2015's Sundance Film Festival for conversation-leading discussions on how digital media impacts film. Iggy Azalea to Headline…

  15. New Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Singles Headed for Debuts on Hot 100

    January 16, 2015 4:19 PM EST The band's 'Sugar' should sweeten the chart in the top 25, while Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song' is also set to thump its way in. Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson should storm next week's Billboard Hot 100 with newly-released singles. The Adam Levine-led group…

  16. J Balvin Bounds To No. 1 on Latin Pop Airplay

    January 16, 2015 1:00 PM EST The rising Latin star earns his first No. 1 on the chart. J Balvin continues his climb up the charts with his latest single "Ay Vamos," as it rises to become his first No. 1 on Latin Pop Airplay. After nine straight weeks stuck at Nos. 2 and 3, the song climbs 2-1 wth a 1 percent…

  17. German Music Market Up in 2014 on Continued Strength of CDs, Rise in Streaming

    January 15, 2015 1:31 PM EST BMG emerges as the top publisher in Germany Sales in the German music market rose slightly in 2014 for the second consecutive year, according to initial projections. This was announced today by the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin and the German market research…

  18. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 for 13th Week, Prince Royce Debuts

    January 15, 2015 11:50 AM EST Swift matches her total weeks on top to her favorite number. Plus, Prince Royce arrives thanks to the fast-building success of his first English-language hit. Taylor Swift continues atop the Billboard Artist 100 , upping her record total weeks at No. 1 to 13 (her favorite number, of course)…

  19. Dave Matthews Band Announces Summer Tour Dates

    January 15, 2015 1:13 AM EST Dave Matthews Band will embark on a large-scale tour of North America this summer. DMB has shared the itinerary for the 2015 Summer Tour , which kicks off May 13 at Austin 360 Amphitheatre and concludes Sept. 13 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.  On each night of the tour, DMB will play…

  20. Chase Bryant on Hearing Himself on the Radio: 'You Don't Know Whether to Cry or What to Do'

    January 14, 2015 7:56 PM EST Country newcomer Chase Bryant has a lot to be excited about these days -- including his new cell phone. Though the RED BOW artist considers himself an old soul in his approach to listening to music, he loves the technological advancements that make his job a little easier, including using…

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