1. Chart Moves: 'Beyonce' Hits 2 Million in Sales, 'Purple Rain's 30th Anniversary on the Charts and a 5 Seconds of Summer Sales Update

    July 03, 2014 9:36 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Ed Sheeran's "x" notched the largest debut week for a pop album in 2014, as it arrived at No. 1 on the chart with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29 -- according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  2. Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 Mid-Year Streaming Chart

    July 03, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Six months into the year, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" leads the pack as 2014's most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million pays across streaming services ...

  3. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Radio's Most-Played Song of 2014 (So Far)

    July 03, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Radio never sounded more "Happy" than it did in the first half of 2014.   Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads Nielsen BDS' mid-year report of the most-played songs in the first half of the year on U.S. terrestrial radio ...

  4. Pharrell, Coldplay Top Mid-Year 2014 Singles, Album Sales in U.K.

    July 03, 2014 9:56 AM EDT Classical crossover act Clean Bandit had the fastest-selling single of the year in Britain with "Rather Be" Pharrell Williams, Clean Bandit and John Legend have sold the most singles in the U.K. during the first half of the year, while C ...

  5. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:25 PM EDT 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 a sixth week at the summit, she passes Lil' Kim, who spent five weeks a ...

  6. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and ...

  7. Rebelution Scores Best-Selling Debut Sales Week with 'Count Me In'

    July 01, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “Count Me In," the fourth album from California reggae band Rebelution, released on June 10 as a joint venture between the band’s 87 Music label and New York City's reggae independent Easy Star Records, is their second consecutive debut ...

  8. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Fastest-Selling of the Year in U.K.

    June 30, 2014 8:13 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s sophomore set “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014 to date. It sold 182,000 units to Saturday at midnight to debut atop the Official Charts Company’s new survey, 14,000 more than Coldplay’s pre ...

  9. Chart Moves: Dave Matthews Band's 'Remember' Debuts, Keith Jarrett Clocks First No. 1, 'Lego' Soundtrack Has 'Awesome' Gain

    June 27, 2014 10:44 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Lana Del Rey scored her first No. 1 album as her latest release, "Ultraviolence," arrived in the top slot. The singer/songwriter's second full-length set for Polydor/Interscope Records so ...

  10. Tomorrow's Hits: Kiesza Moves Front And Center With 'Hideaway'

    June 27, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kiesza, Ella Henderson and Justin Quiles. Artist on the Verge: Kiesza Kiesza Kiesza has g ...

  11. Chart Moves: Michael Jackson Tops Adult R&B; Kenny Chesney Soars Onto Hot Country Songs; Michelle Williams' Destiny's Child Reunion Leads Hot Gospel Songs

    June 27, 2014 1:09 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while MAGIC! (No. 3) takes over atop Digital Songs with "Rude." Who else makes moves on Billboard son ...

  12. The Vamps Make Billboard Chart Debut on Social 50

    June 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT As Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer rises 5-2 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, their British counterparts the Vamps debut at No. 34. It's the first appearance on any U.S. Billboard chart for the Vamps. Related Articles World Cup Wins o ...

  13. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 on Top Country Albums in 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 4:01 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more. With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longes ...

  14. BPI's Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards Will Tally Streams, Too

    June 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) has announced that its Certified Awards Programme will include single streams when awarding sales certifications to singles, starting next month, as Music Week reports . Lana Del Rey, Ella Henderson Lead U ...

  15. Ed Sheeran Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Ed Sheeran should easily score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with his new release "x." Industry sources suggest the set, which was released on June 23, could sell upwards of 200,000 copies by the end of the trackin ...

  16. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week; Magic! Tops Digital Songs; Maroon 5 Debuts

    June 25, 2014 2:46 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts just below the Hot 100's t ...

  17. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  18. U.K. Singles Chart To Incorporate Music Streams For First Time

    June 23, 2014 8:59 AM EDT The United Kingdom’s Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62-year history next month when it begins incorporating audio streams for the first time.   The first Official Singles Chart Top 40 to include streaming ...

  19. Lana Del Rey, Ella Henderson Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    June 23, 2014 2:08 AM EDT Lana Del Rey’s sophomore set “Ultraviolence” (Polydor/Universal) made it two U.K. No. 1 albums in a row for the New York-born singer-songwriter, as the new sales charts were unveiled Sunday (June 22). Former “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson st ...

  20. Chart Moves: Katy Perry Sets Mainstream Top 40 Record; Michael Jackson Back In AC Top 10; Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 21, 2014 12:36 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, and holds at No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's "Problem," while PSY returns with " ...

  21. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums -- though it looks like Lana Del Rey will block both acts from the No. 1 slot. Industry sources forecast D ...

  22. Tomorrow's Hits: Meg Myers' 'Desire' Grows At Alternative; Jungle, RaeLynn Rise

    June 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Meg Myers, Jungle and RaeLynn. Meg Myers Having charted her debut Atlantic EP "Make ...

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

    June 19, 2014 6:23 PM EDT 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 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans acro ...

  24. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 18, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Lana Del Rey is on course for her first No. 1 album, as "Ultraviolence," which was released on June 17, should debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set, which is her second full-length effort for Pol ...

  25. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' No. 1 On Hot 100 For Fourth Week; PSY Debuts In Top 30

    June 18, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Iggy Azalea spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, and holds at No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's "Problem." "Fancy" also takes over atop the Radio Son ...

  26. Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Debuts At No. 1, Sets Vinyl Sales Record

    June 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rocker Jack White claims his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Lazaretto" bows in the top slot with 138,000 sold in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The effort follows his solo debut, "Blunderbuss, ...

  27. Kasabian, 'X Factor' Alum Ella Henderson Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    June 16, 2014 6:42 AM EDT British rock staples Kasabian notched their fourth U.K. No. 1 album as “48:13” (Columbia/Sony) debuted at the top with 70,000 sales on Sunday (15), according to Official Charts Company data. 2012 “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson scored an inst ...

  28. Rewinding The Charts: 17 Years Ago Diddy Toasted An Icon (And Friend)

    June 14, 2014 3:07 PM EDT June 14, 1997 was a new day for rap. Fans still were mourning the unsolved March 9 murder of 24-year-old star The Notorious B.I.G. in Hollywood as the one-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur's killing approached. Both were icons, helping bridge ...

  29. Passenger Riding to Best Week Ever on Billboard 200

    June 13, 2014 6:50 PM EDT Passenger -- aka singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg -- is buckled in for his best week yet on the Billboard 200 chart.  The act's fifth album, "Whispers," released on June 10, could start just outside the top 10 on next week's Bi ...

  30. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and Linkin Park Lead Mini-Super Tuesday

    June 13, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Next week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 seems secure, as industry forecasters say Jack White's "Lazaretto" should bow atop the list without competition. But, look to the following week's list, and the tally should be ...

  31. Chart Moves: Lucy Hale's Album Debuts, Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' Returns

    June 13, 2014 12:33 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Miranda Lambert claimed her first No. 1 , as "Platinum" bowed with 180,000 sold in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's her fifth top 10 effort overall, and it mad ...

  32. Chart Moves: Florida Georgia Line On A 'Roll' With Jason Derulo Remix; Jamie N Commons, X Ambassadors Surge Thanks To Beats, 'Orange Is The New Black' Synchs; Ricky Martin's 'Vida' Vaults

    June 13, 2014 12:29 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while holding at No. 2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, Sam Smith soars 19-10 with ...

  33. Tomorrow's Hits: Good Charlotte's Madden Brothers Return … With Pharrell

    June 13, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Madden Brothers, Milky Chance and Mike Jay   The Madden Brothers After leading pop/pu ...

  34. 5 Seconds of Summer and Diddy Hit New Highs on Social 50 Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:42 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 ...

  35. Jack White Aiming for Second No. 1 Album Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 11, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Rocker Jack White is heading for his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Related Articles Album Review: Jack White, "Lazaretto" Jack White’s 'Lazaretto' ULTRA Vinyl: Dual Grooves, Hidden Tracks, Floating Angel Hologr ...

  36. Idina Menzel's 'If/Then' Scores Show-Stopping Chart Debut

    June 11, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Earns highest debut for a cast recording since 1996's 'Rent.' The original Broadway cast recording of "If/Then" makes a show-stopping start on the Billboard 200 chart. Debuting at No. 19, the set marks the highest debut fo ...

  37. Iggy Azalea Still 'Fancy' Atop Hot 100; Sam Smith Soars Into Top 10

    June 11, 2014 2:02 PM EDT The rapper rules for a third frame with 'Fancy,' while holding at No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, Sam Smith vaults to his first top 10 with 'Stay With Me.' Iggy Azalea tallies a third ...

  38. Miranda Lambert Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of "Platinum." The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is L ...

  39. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Top U.K. Charts

    June 09, 2014 8:50 AM EDT Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “ ...

  40. Chart Moves: Idina Menzel's Remixed 'Go' Tops Dance Club Songs; Lil Wayne Extends Record

    June 06, 2014 4:26 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while holding at No. 2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, MAGIC! and Calvin Harris ...

  41. Chart Moves: Neil Young's 50th Album, 'Chef' Cooks Up a Debut and Journey's Steve Perry-Fueled Gain?

    June 06, 2014 10:28 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , Coldplay hung out for a second week at No. 1, leading the chart again with "Ghost Stories." The band's album sold 83,000 copies in its second week of availability -- down 78 percent from ...

  42. Tomorrow's Hits: Glenn Morrison Says Hello With 'Goodbye'

    June 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Glenn Morrison, Ryan Kinder and Reykon   Glenn Morrison Canadian DJ Glenn Morrison is hea ...

  43. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Dominate Billboard's Twitter & Social Charts

    June 05, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Ariana Grande takes the lead of the first weekly Twitter Top Tracks chart as "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, comes in as the most shared song on the social service for the week. Azalea's own "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX ...

  44. Miranda Lambert Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 04, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Country star Miranda Lambert is set for her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- and her best sales week yet. The singer's new release, "Platinum," could sell upwards of 175,000 copies in the week ending June 8 -- accordi ...

  45. Iggy Azalea Remains Atop Hot 100 With 'Fancy'; MAGIC!, Calvin Harris Hit Top 10

    June 04, 2014 2:13 PM EDT The Australian rapper holds at No. 1 with 'Fancy' and No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC! and Calvin Harris reach the top 10. Iggy Azalea spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 10 ...

  46. Coldplay Chills For Second Week At No. 1; Mariah Carey Debuts At No. 3

    June 04, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while the top debut is Mariah Carey's "Me. I Am Mariah . . . The Elusive Chanteuse" at No. 3. "Ghost Stories" sold 83,000 co ...

  47. Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' Opens at No. 1 in U.K.

    June 02, 2014 4:52 AM EDT Twenty-two-year-old rising British star Sam Smith followed the No. 1 U.K. singles chart debut of “Stay With Me” last week with a chart-topping start for the Capitol/Universal album “In The Lonely Hour.” Techno/house producer SecondCity scored an i ...

  48. Mariah Carey Heading for No. 3 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    May 30, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Diva Mariah Carey is heading for her 17th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- but the No. 1 slot will likely elude the singer. Carey's new effort, "Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse," could sell around 55,000 to 60,000 c ...

  49. Why Apple Needed Beats (In Graph Form)

    May 30, 2014 3:18 PM EDT On the same day Apple announced its $3 billion acquisition  of Beats Electronics, Morgan Stanley released research that shows why Apple needed the acquisition. Per-account spending at iTunes has fallen 34% to $1.90 in the first quarter of this yea ...

  50. Chart Moves: Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Nicki Minaj, Shakira Hit Hot 100; Becky G Tops Latin Rhythm Airplay; 'Idol' Champ Caleb Johnson Rocks On

    May 30, 2014 12:09 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, and lifts 2-1 as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem," thus becoming the first act since the Beatles in 1964 to ran ...

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