1. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battl ...

  2. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the buzzing Brit's first full-length album, "In the L ...

  3. Backstreet Boys Cancel Israel Concerts Amid Hostilities

    July 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT 7 0 1 Israeli promoter Tal Sherf clarified that alternative dates will be examined for a future tour leg next year. Following recent cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka , now the Backstreet Boys are officially calling off their end ...

  4. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Glastonbury in Numbers: Mud, Toilets, Wi-Fi Cows and Zero Metal

    June 27, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Glastonbury, the world’s biggest green-field music and performing arts festival, officially begins today with Elbow, Lily Allen, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant, The Black Keys, Metallica, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran, Pixies, Kasabian, Ellie Go ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence' Hits No. 1 in U.K.

    June 23, 2014 3:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 star ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The British singer's aiming for No. 2 Billboard 200 next week, behind Lana Del Rey's likely No. 1 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 ...

  12. Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 3

    Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 3

    June 20, 2014 4:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 3 June 20, 2014 twitter , lana del rey , Maroon 5 , ab soul , Lana Del Rey Videos Lana Del Rey ...

  13. Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 3 (Watch)

    June 20, 2014 10:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the a ...

  14. Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 3

    Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 3

    June 20, 2014 10:37 AM EDT 7 1 0 Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 3, June 20, 2014. chartroundup , ab-soul , lana del rey , Maroon 5 , Lana Del Rey Videos Lana Del Rey ...

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

    June 18, 2014 4:12 PM EDT 5.118 k 784 0 Sam Smith and Linkin Park set for debuts in the top three 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 ...

  16. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debut ...

  17. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Linkin Park All Have Super Sales Week Ahead

    June 13, 2014 2:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 fl ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Brian Wilson Tells Doubters to Back Off, It ‘Kind Of Bums Me Out’

    June 11, 2014 5:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brian Wilson doesn’t dig negativity. It kind of, well, bums him out. The Beach Boys great has hit back at detractors who’re putting out bad vibes on his current recording project. According to a Rolling Stone article re-published by Wilson on his of ...

  20. Calvin Harris Heats Up Hot 100 With Latest 'Summer' Hit

    June 07, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The EDM star's new hit is the 23rd Hot 100 top 10 with the word 'summer' in its title Calvin Harris heats up the Billboard Hot 100, where his latest hit "Summer" sizzles 12-9 . The EDM star adds to the list of top 10s with ...

  21. Jack White Apologizes For Comments About Black Keys and Meg White In Lengthy Letter

    May 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jack White posted a lengthy note on his website Saturday (May 31) to apologize for comments he made in a recent Rolling Stones cover story about the Black Keys ripping off his sound and past creative frustrations with ex-White Stripes bandmate Meg W ...

  22. Lana Del Rey Debuts New Song “Shades of Cool”: Listen

    May 26, 2014 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Aside from serenading guests at Kim and Kanye’s wedding rehearsal dinner Friday night, Lana Del Rey is taking advantage of the holiday weekend to drop her new track “Shades of Cool”.  The icy singer debuted the single Monday with the iTunes pre-sale ...

  23. Lana Del Rey's 'West' Coasts Onto Hot 100 At No. 17

    April 23, 2014 8:16 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 17. (Check out the chart, which blends songs' sales data, via Nielsen SoundScan, and airplay and streaming figures, according to Nielsen BDS, in fu ...

  24. Lana Del Rey's 'West' Coasts Onto Hot 100 At No. 17

    April 23, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Her new song storms the chart, thanks to high sales and streaming following her well-received Coachella set Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 17. (Check out the chart, which blends son ...

  25. Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' Set For Strong Hot 100 Debut

    April 18, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Her new song appears headed for the list's top half next week thanks to expected high sales following her buzzworthy Coachella set Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" looks likely to debut in the upper half of next week� ...

  26. Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die' Sells 1 Million Copies

    March 26, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's major label debut album "Born To Die" has sold its 1 millionth copy in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set, released by Polydor/Interscope Records on Jan. 31, 2012, sold another 5,000 copies in ...

  27. Sweetlife Festival 2014: Lana Del Rey, Foster the People Top Lineup

    February 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Foster the People and Lana Del Rey are the main headliners at this year's Sweetlife Festival . The fest, which is spearheaded by East Coast organic food shop chain Sweetgreen, will focus primarily on music and food, with an array of artists and ...

  28. Lana Del Rey Teases Potential 'Ultraviolence' Release Date for May

    February 08, 2014 2:48 PM EST 0 0 0 Singer may have let date slip in fan video Barring any delays, Lana Del Rey's next album may have a release date. A YouTube video from the account 'lanadelreyrussia' surfaced today (Feb. 8) during which the singer met with fans. One a ...

  29. Jay Z, Imagine Dragons Among Rdio's Top Streams of 2013

    December 19, 2013 11:38 AM EST Jay Z and Imagine Dragons were among the top artists in both the U.S. and around the world at on-demand streaming service Rdio in 2013 . Rdio listeners in 51 countries also heavily streamed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus.  The U.S. an ...

  30. Lana Del Rey's Best Song Oscar Bid Being Sabotaged: Report

    December 18, 2013 2:22 PM EST 1.732 k 134 5 A few guns are always loaded during awards season in Hollywood to try to takedown the competition. The most common tactic is to take aim at the veracity of movies based on true stories, smear campaigns basically, against a filmmaker's i ...

  31. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released i ...

  32. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released ...

  33. Miley Cyrus Unleashes Sexy-Santa Theme For Jingle Ball Performance

    December 09, 2013 4:08 AM EST 0 0 0 The now touring radio festival Jingle Ball hit Los Angeles on Friday night, where pop radio station KIIS-FM played host to such stars as Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo and Enrique Iglesias at a packed Staples Center. The high-wattage performers delivere ...

  34. Macklemore's 'Can't Hold Us' Spotify's Most-Streamed Song of 2013

    December 03, 2013 7:38 PM EST 0 0 0 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis first broke into the mainstream with "Thrift Shop," but according to music streaming service Spotify, it wasn't even their biggest song of the year. Spotify has released its year-end totals, and the rap/pro ...

  35. Top 10 Artists Shazam Expects To Break in 2014, Based on User Curiosity

    December 03, 2013 1:25 PM EST When people hold their phones in the air to identify a song, they are essentially saying, “I don’t know what this song is, but I like it.” As such, Shazam has unique insight into where our collective music taste is headed. Which artists are people ...

  36. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Inks Deal With U.K. Banner Pulse Films

    November 19, 2013 3:33 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which reps artists from Avicii, Lana Del Rey and Arctic Monkeys to Motown and the Beatles, has sealed a "creative collaboration" agreement with U.K. production and finance house Pulse Films. The deal will fue ...

  37. Lana Del Rey Releases 'Tropico' Teaser: Watch

    November 06, 2013 9:37 PM EST Lana Del Rey's short film "Tropico" doesn't have a release date just yet, but that didn't stop the singer from releasing a teaser for the film today (Nov. 6). "Dear John, forgive us our sins," Del Rey repeatedly ...

  38. Q4 Label Special: Interscope's John Janick on Eminem, Lady Gaga's Albums, Setting up New Artists, 'Quality Over Quantity'

    October 25, 2013 8:45 AM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD Imagine Dragons, "Night Visions" 1.9M TEA, 1M copies No. 2, 58 weeks Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines" 1.1M TEA, 505,000 copies No. 1, 11 weeks BIG Q4 RELEASES Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" Relea ...

  39. Chart Moves: Badfinger's 'Baby Blue' Enters Hot Rock Songs; Paramore Scores A First; Justin Bieber Returns

    October 11, 2013 11:22 AM EDT As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. Who else are queens (and kings) on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week? -- Badfinger: In its first full week following the finale of A ...

  40. Lorde's 'Royals' Remains Atop Hot 100

    October 09, 2013 1:18 PM EDT The song logs a second week at the summit, takes over atop the On-Demand Songs chart and claims top Airplay Gainer honors for a second straight week. Plus, Miley Cyrus reaches the Radio Songs top 10 and Britney Spears bounds back up the Hot 10 ...

  41. Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' Swings To Top Of Hot 100

    September 18, 2013 12:55 PM EDT Miley Cyrus smashes her way to her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Wrecking Ball" rockets 22-1 with top Streaming and Sales Gainer honors. The song knocks Katy Perry's "Roar" out of the top spot after two weeks. Cyrus ...

  42. Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' Swings Atop Hot 100

    September 18, 2013 12:38 PM EDT 2.761 k 5.616 k 18 0 The song becomes Cyrus' first No. 1 on the chart, blasting 22-1 on the strength of lofty streaming and sales totals following the release of its much buzzed-about video Miley Cyrus smashes her way to her first Billboard Hot 100 N ...

  43. Keith Urban Edges the Weeknd for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    September 18, 2013 12:06 PM EDT Last week's race for the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 between Ariana Grande and Tamar Braxton was nothing compared to the showdown on this week's tally. Country star Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 with "Fuse," edging out t ...

  44. Sony/ATV Extends Co-Publishing Deal with Avicii

    September 16, 2013 4:54 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a long-term extension to its co-publishing deal with Swedish DJ, songwriter and producer Avicii, which covers all music in his catalog including his new album "True," out tomorrow and such songs as ...

  45. Go Behind Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime' Surge

    September 15, 2013 4:00 PM EDT A surprise success story even in a summer filled with them ("Blurred Lines," "The Fox"), Lana Del Rey is celebrating the first crossover hit of her career and a recent re-entry into the top 20 of the Billboard 200 thanks to ...

  46. Katy Perry's 'Roar' Rules Hot 100 For Second Week, Lorde Reaches Top 3

    September 11, 2013 2:27 PM EDT Once again, Katy Perry's "Roar" makes the loudest noise on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song rules the survey for a second week, fueled in large part by the premiere of its video last week. Meanwhile, Lorde and Lana Del Rey & ...

  47. Katy Perry Roars To U.K. Chart Summit With Her Best Opening Sales

    September 09, 2013 4:30 AM EDT “Roar” (Virgin/Universal) gave Katy Perry her best-ever opening sales week to become her fourth U.K. No. 1 single, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its weekly sales data yesterday (Sept. 8). Manchester band The 1975’s eponymous debut album ...

  48. Katy Perry Roars Into Top Spot on U.K. Sales Chart

    September 09, 2013 4:12 AM EDT “Roar” (Virgin/Universal) gave Katy Perry her best-ever opening sales week to become her fourth U.K. No. 1 single, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its weekly sales data yesterday (Sept. 8). Manchester band The 1975’s eponymous debut albu ...

  49. Katy Perry Dethrones Robin Thicke Atop Hot 100

    September 04, 2013 1:17 PM EDT 2.966 k 2.282 k 12 0 Perry's 'Roar' rises 2-1, snapping the 12-week reign of Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Plus, Eminem's 'Berzerk' debuts at No. 3 and Lorde's 'Royals' l ...

  50. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias' 'Loco' Launches At No. 1 On Latin Airplay

    September 02, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Plus, Kylie Minogue scores her seventh consecutive No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, Eminem bows with 'Berzerk' and Paul McCartney debuts on Adult Contemporary Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts e ...

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