1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 “ ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Chart Moves: R.E.M. Gets 'Unplugged' With 18th Top 40 Album, Billy Joel's 'Russia' Concert Returns

    May 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Coldplay secured the largest sales week of the year , as the band's "Ghost Stories" album debuted at No. 1 with 383,000 copies sold in the week ending May 25 (according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  32. Nicki Minaj's 'Pills' Pushes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 29, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Nicki Minaj continues her rise up the Social 50 chart, moving 5-2 after releasing a new single, “Pills and 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&# ...

  33. Billboard Music Awards Spur 1.6 Million Song Download Sales

    May 28, 2014 10:07 PM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) spark major sales action, as the May 18 ABC broadcast's performances spurred 1.58 million song downloads in the week ending May 25 (according to Nielsen SoundScan). The 20 songs performed during the sho ...

  34. Coldplay Aiming for Second Week Atop Billboard 200

    May 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT After Coldplay's big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Ghost Stories," it seems the rock band has a good chance of holding atop the list for a second week. "Ghost Stories" bowed with 383,000 copies sold in the week ...

  35. Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Returns To Hot 100; Legend Lands 50th Hit

    May 28, 2014 5:44 PM EDT A week after becoming the first artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in five different decades (and six including his work with the Jackson 5 ), as "Love Never Felt So Good," with Justin Timberlake zoomed 22-9, Michael Ja ...

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

    May 28, 2014 1:05 PM EDT It's a fab week for Iggy Azalea, who earns a chart honor not achieved since the Beatles swarmed the U.S. in early 1964. The Australian rapper crowns the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut hit "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX (2-1). As A ...

  37. Metallica's Best-Selling 'Black Album' Hits 16 Million in Sales

    May 28, 2014 11:06 AM EDT Metallica's mega-selling self-titled 1991 album has hit a new sales threshold. The album, which continues to be the best-selling release of the Nielsen SoundScan era, has become the first album to sell 16 million copies since SoundScan starte ...

  38. Coldplay Collects Fourth No. 1 Album with Biggest Debut of 2014

    May 28, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Coldplay crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with "Ghost Stories," collecting its fourth No. 1 album and the biggest sales week of the year. "Ghost Stories" sold 383,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to ...

  39. Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts Go Live

    May 27, 2014 9:23 AM EDT Today, Billboard and Twitter officially launch the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts . These new, interactive charts redefine how fans interact with, and influence, popular content by ranking the most popular songs being shared on Twitter in ...

  40. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Opens At No. 1 in U.K. With Year-Best Sales

    May 26, 2014 3:13 AM EDT First-week sales of 168,000 made Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music) both the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of the year and the new No. 1 title, in sales data published Sunday (May 25) by the Official Charts Company. British pop-da ...

  41. Chart Moves: Demi Lovato's 'Demi' Returns, Chart Hosts First World Cup Album, Carole King's 'Beautiful' Debut

    May 23, 2014 7:21 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , the Black Keys tallied its first No. 1 album, as "Turn Blue" debuted atop the list with 164,000 sold in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Michael Jackson came in second ...

  42. Brantley Gilbert Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry f ...

  43. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Sales Forecast Grows, on Track for 2014's Biggest Week

    May 23, 2014 3:29 PM EDT The sales forecast for Coldplay's new "Ghost Stories" album has grown. The set, which was already on course for the largest sales week this year, is now aiming to sell between 370,000 and 390,000 copies in the week ending May 25 (a ...

  44. Tomorrow's Hits: St. Paul & The Broken Bones Break Through With 'Call Me'

    May 23, 2014 1:57 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: St. Paul & the Broken Bones, El Mayor Clasico and Ben Rue St. Paul & the Broken B ...

  45. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan Makes History on Country Airplay; Kid Ink Rewrites Rap Airplay Record; Marc Anthony Reclaims No. 1 Mark on Tropical Airplay

    May 23, 2014 11:38 AM EDT As previously reported , John Legend rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All of Me" and Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good" and Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" s ...

  46. 5 Seconds of Summer Hit Top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    May 22, 2014 8:22 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 ...

  47. Coldplay Heading for Year's Best Sales Week

    May 21, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Coldplay's new album, "Ghost Stories", is on track to score the largest sales week of the year. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on May 19, may sell upwards of 350,000 to 375,000 copies by the end of the tracki ...

  48. Michael Jackson, Coldplay Hit Hot 100's Top 10; John Legend Still No. 1

    May 21, 2014 4:42 PM EDT John Legend's "All of Me" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All of Me," while Michael Jackson rewrites a pair of vaunted Hot 100 records, as "Love Never Felt So Good," with Justin Timberlake, bla ...

  49. The Black Keys Earn First No. 1 Album; Michael Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    May 21, 2014 11:31 AM EDT Rock duo the Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue" debuting at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's "Xscape" starts at No. 2. "Turn Blue" sold 164,000 copies in the week e ...

  50. Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Bows At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 19, 2014 5:08 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” (MJJ/Epic/Sony Music) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 18), as Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” (Roc Nation/Universal) opened at the singles summit. Sony’s previous posthumous Jackson collect ...

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