1. 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)…

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Bounds Back Into Top Three

    January 09, 2015 10:31 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift 's 1989 collected an eighth nonconsecutive week atop the list , moving 244,000 equivalent units in the week ending Jan. 4, according to Nielsen Music. (That figure was comprised of 172,000 in pure album sales, with the rest…

  3. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' New Year Leads to Gains on Artist 100

    January 08, 2015 5:03 PM EST The singer soars thanks to renewed year-end airplay and sales for his smash 'Happy.' Meanwhile, Taylor Swift tops the chart for a 12th week. Pharrell Williams is one of several artists whose 2014 success translates to upward action on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, thanks to year…

  4. Taylor Swift Tops Artist 100, Fabolous Debuts

    January 02, 2015 9:35 AM EST Swift remains far ahead of all competition, while Fabolous bows thanks to sales of his new album. Taylor Swift continues to distance herself from the pack atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending 11th week at No. 1. Meanwhile, rapper Fabolous scores the chart's…

  5. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  6. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 for 10th Week

    December 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Swift is the first artist to reach a reign of double-digit weeks. Plus, Nicki Minaj blasts to No. 2. Taylor Swift stays atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart this week, logging a record-extending 10th week at No. 1, while Nicki Minaj soars 12-2, fueled by sales for her new album. The…

  7. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith Brings 'Merry Little Christmas' to Chart for First Time

    December 19, 2014 12:15 PM EST Smith's version of the 70-year-old ballad makes its first Hot 100 appearance, joining carols by Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande. Plus, moves for Usher and Charli XCX. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week,…

  8. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Soars With Two Songs, Mariah Carey Returns

    December 12, 2014 5:56 PM EST Two Sheeran tracks surge, while Carey makes her now-annual 'Christmas' comeback. Plus, moves for Jennifer Lawrence, Lillywood & Robin Schulz and Sheppard. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

  10. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  11. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran & Hozier Dazzle at Victoria Secret's Fashion Show

    December 09, 2014 11:32 PM EST Music was everywhere at Victoria Secret's 2014 Fashion Show that aired Tuesday night, with Taylor Swift , Ariana Grande , Ed Sheeran and Hozier providing the show's soundtrack live on the catwalk.  2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: Photos of Taylor Swift, Ariana…

  12. Ed Sheeran Explains Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Face: Ariana Grande's Dirty Joke Made Him Laugh

    December 08, 2014 4:08 PM EST Ed Sheeran would like to clear something up. Taylor Swift & Ariana Grande Dress for the Occasion at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show He knows the Internet had a bit of a laugh when photos emerged from last week's taping of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, where he looked…

  13. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM Jingle Ball

    December 06, 2014 5:21 PM EST Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Jessie J and special guests galore joined the Los Angeles radio station's annual extravaganza. With the moment the lights dropped at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles Friday night (Dec. 5), so launched more than four hours of excited teenage…

  14. New Report on Global A&R Illustrates Some Less-Than-Rosy Facts of the Business

    December 02, 2014 6:10 PM EST Last week the IFPI, the global trade organization representing record labels, released its A&R report titled "Investing in Music." A follow-up to the 2012 edition, the latest A&R report details the $4.3 billion record labels spent globally on A&R -- down from $4.5…

  15. Ed Sheeran Accepts Engagement Ring From Fan With Cancer

    November 04, 2014 4:35 PM EST Warning: This one might make you cry. Backstage at a concert in Glasgow, Scotland, last Thursday,  Ed Sheeran met Katie Papworth, a 19-year-old fan who has battled an aggressive form of cancer for eight years, per  iHeartRadio . She gave the "Sing" performer an engagement ring,…

  16. Ed Sheeran's First U.S. Arena Tour Doing Big Business

    October 30, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Ed Sheeran heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $8.1 million in ticket sales reported from his first arena headlining tour in North America. On the road behind the June release of his most recent album, x , the British singer-songwriter kicked off the tour Aug.…

  17. Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran Added to Rock in Rio USA Line-up

    October 28, 2014 5:03 AM EDT MGM Resorts International and the organizers of Rock in Rio USA announced additions to the music festival's lineup Monday and offered a glimpse of what to expect when the event comes to Las Vegas next year. Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran will join Taylor Swift , Metallica and No Doubt…

  18. Enrique Iglesias to Perform at MTV EMAs

    October 27, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias has joined the lineup of performers at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow next month, organizers said Monday. Following the performance, Iglesias will embark on the European leg of his Sex and Love world tour. At the EMAs, he is nominated in the Best World Stage category. After being…

  19. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

    October 24, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Smith flies 25-20 with his new ballad. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Nico & Vinz. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Billie Jean" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No.…

  20. Florida Georgia Line Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

    October 23, 2014 3:30 PM EDT As its album 'Anything Goes' debuts atop the Billboard 200, FGL continues the succession of country acts ruling the Artist 100. Plus, Tove Lo reaches the top 10. Florida Georgia Line is the top music act in the U.S., vaulting 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . The jump makes the…

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