1. Worldwide Independent Network Endorses Apple Music

    June 24, 2015 6:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple Music is on a roll. The tech giant’s recently announced streaming music service, Apple Music, has now been endorsed by the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), an organization that represents the interests of the global independent music commu ...

  2. Apple Music Signs Beggars Group, Merlin: Sources

    June 23, 2015 11:27 PM EDT 1.816 k 266 39 Beggars comprises the labels 4AD, XL, Matador and Rough Trade and has had a hand in the careers of Adele, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, among others; Merlin represents 20,000 labels and distributors worldwide. Apple Music, the hardware giant&# ...

  3. Kelsea Ballerini First Female To Lead Country Airplay Chart With Debut Single Since 2006

    June 23, 2015 11:12 AM EDT 2.279 k 139 0 Kelsea Ballerini scores the first debut No. 1 by a woman on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated July 4) in more than nine years, as "Love Me Like You Mean It" (Black River) rises 2-1 in its 38th week. The song tops the ch ...

  4. Chart Highlights: Andy Grammer Gets 'Good' Marks Atop Adult Pop Songs

    June 22, 2015 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 'Honey, I'm Good.' becomes his first leader on the list. Plus, new No. 1s for Ricky Martin, Omarion, Kelsea Ballerini & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts bel ...

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Tops Pop Songs Chart

    June 22, 2015 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hitting No. 1 in just five weeks, the track makes the quickest climb to the top in 10 years. Taylor Swift 's "Bad Blood," featuring Kendrick Lamar , hits No. 1 on Billboard 's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, rising 2-1 on the Niel ...

  6. Fallout from Taylor Swift's Letter: Apple's Eddy Cue Answers 9 Burning Questions

    June 22, 2015 1:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 There's no more bad blood between Apple and Taylor Swift .  After the singer took the hardware giant to task in an open letter, for deal terms specifying that no labels would be paid during a user's free 90-day-trial of Apple Music, the co ...

  7. Taylor Swift Pens Open Letter Explaining Why '1989' Won't Be on Apple Music

    June 21, 2015 11:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift has penned an open letter explaining why her newest album, 1989 , won't be available on Apple Music when the new streaming service launches on June 30. The pop star began her note -- titled "To Apple, Love Taylor" -- by f ...

  8. Singer-Songwriter The-Dream: 'Artists Are Treated Like Slaves'

    June 19, 2015 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Umbrella" songwriter, entrepreneur and R&B singer Terius Nash, aka The-Dream, 37, calls major labels "evil" and carries only cash.  The artist expounded to Billboard about race and and the music industry -- and how there are ...

  9. Taylor Swift's 'Tim McGraw' Turns 9: Celebrate Flashback Friday With an Early Performance

    June 19, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When she sings "Tim McGraw," we hope you think of her.  It's been a long time since we started fangirling over Taylor Swift : Her very first single, "Tim McGraw," officially dropped on June 19, 2006. If you were an early ado ...

  10. Billboard Cover: Eddie Van Halen on Surviving Addiction, Why He's Still Making Music and What He Really Thinks of David Lee Roth (and Other Past Van Halen Bandmates)

    June 19, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eddie Van Halen doesn't listen to music.  This is not a fake-out or a misdirection, nor is it a seemingly straightforward statement that actually means its opposite. Eddie Van Halen does not listen to music. “I don’t listen to anything,” he tel ...

  11. Taylor Swift's '1989' Won't Be on Apple Music When It Launches

    June 18, 2015 9:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift is holding strong, abstaining from licensing  1989 to any digital streaming service -- including Apple Music.  Ask Billboard: Is Taylor Swift's '1989' the Next 'Teenage Dream'? A rep for Swift's label Big M ...

  12. Taylor Swift's '1989' Won't Be on Apple Music When It Launches

    June 18, 2015 9:15 PM EDT Taylor Swift is holding strong, abstaining from licensing  1989 to any digital streaming service -- including Apple Music.  Ask Billboard: Is Taylor Swift's '1989' the Next 'Teenage Dream'? A rep for Swift's label Big ...

  13. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100, Justin Bieber Hits New Peak

    June 18, 2015 7:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Swift remains the country's top musical act, while Bieber returns to the chart's top 40 for the first time in more than nine months. Taylor Swift leads the Billboard Artist 100 (dated June 27) for a record-extending 29th week, remaining th ...

  14. Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour Stays on Top of Hot Tours Tally

    June 18, 2015 6:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift reigns atop Billboard ’s Hot Tours tally for the second consecutive week with $15.2 million in ticket sales reported from the finals three stops on the first North American leg of her 1989 World Tour. (See list, below.) Performances at ...

  15. Which of Taylor Swift's Friends Jokingly Called the Squad a 'Witches' Coven'?

    June 18, 2015 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jealous of  Taylor Swift 's seemingly perfect friend group?  Lena Dunham gets where you're coming from, because she's here to tell you: It is pretty great.  Which of Taylor Swift's BFFs Are You? Take Our Quiz! "I feel that T ...

  16. Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' & 'Bitch, I'm Madonna': Listen to a Mash-Up Now!

    June 18, 2015 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Well, this was inevitable (and super catchy). One excellent Internet user has gone ahead and mashed up Taylor Swift 's "Bad Blood" with Madonna 's "Bitch I'm Madonna." The resulting mix (which, yes, does also featu ...

  17. High School Graduates 'Shake It Off' Flash Mob-Style to Taylor Swift: Watch

    June 17, 2015 7:31 PM EDT 5.874 k 245 118 Graduating high school is a big deal, so you might as well make a big deal out of it. The seniors at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., did just this, with some help from Taylor Swift .  Taylor Swift Shares High School's Amaz ...

  18. T-Pain Talks 'Stoicville,' Kanye West & How He's 'Not Done Making Hits'

    June 17, 2015 4:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 T-Pain , the vocalist/producer who had a hand in just about every hip-hop/R&B hit of the late 00's (when he collaborated with everyone from Taylor Swift to Lil Wayne ), is getting ready to drop Stoicville: The Phoenix , his first full-lengt ...

  19. Kendrick Lamar Talks Taylor Swift, Boxers or Briefs & More on His Birthday

    June 17, 2015 3:54 PM EDT For Kendrick Lamar 's birthday (today!), why not spend 60 seconds with the hip-hop icon? In Vevo's "Sixty Seconds With" series, Lamar answers a string of questions about his personal preferences: "P-Funk, G-Funk or Uptow ...

  20. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' No. 1 on Hot 100, OMI's 'Cheerleader' Hits Top 10

    June 17, 2015 3:15 PM EDT .299 k 117 'Again' leads for a ninth week, holding off Taylor Swift's former No. 1 'Bad Blood.' Plus, OMI charges into the top 10 with 'Cheerleader.' Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack smash "See You Agai ...

  21. Taylor Swift Superfan's Dreams Come True Thanks to Delaware Police

    June 15, 2015 4:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Officers behind that viral "Shake It Off" video give their concert tickets to teen with cancer -- and help her meet her idol. Victoria Marsh -- a 13-year-old with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, as well as Down syndrome -- had a major ...

  22. Watch Taylor Swift Bring Out Rachel Platten for 'Fight Song' in Philadelphia

    June 14, 2015 10:44 AM EDT 11.912 k 454 1.091 k Less than a week after performing "Fight Song" with Rachel Platten in front of one other person, Taylor Swift and the rising singer-songwriter played it in front of 50,000. Taylor Swift No. 1, Florence + The Machine & Ja ...

  23. Taylor Swift No. 1, Florence + The Machine & Jason Derulo Hit Top Five on Billboard Artist 100

    June 12, 2015 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Swift logs a 28th week as the country's top musical act, while new albums by Florence + the Machine & Derulo help the acts surge. Taylor Swift tops the Billboard Artist 100 (dated June 20) for a record-extending 28th week. She remains the t ...

  24. Hot 100 Chart Moves: How I Became the Bomb Debuts With Viral Hit 'Ulay, Oh'

    June 12, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The song also spurs a new record deal for the act. Plus, moves for Rachel Platten, Echosmith, Eminem & Rod Stewart. As previously reported , Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth , leads the Billbo ...

  25. Taylor Swift Donates $15,000 to Firefighter Who Saved His Own Family

    June 11, 2015 6:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 In between sold-out  1989  World Tour shows ,  Taylor Swift  took a moment to quietly help out a family in need. On Saturday, Texas volunteer firefighter Aaron Van Riper responded to a 911 call regarding a car crash when he made a heartbreaking disc ...

  26. Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour Has Earned $17 Million… And Counting

    June 11, 2015 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift heads up this week’s slate of Hot Tours (see list, below), earning the No. 1 ranking with the first U.S. box office grosses reported from her 1989 World Tour. With both arenas and stadiums in the mix, the pop star kicked off the first N ...

  27. Taylor Swift Shows Off Calvin Harris, Swan Raft & Bikini Body in Instagram Pic

    June 10, 2015 7:14 PM EDT If floating on a swan in an infinity pool with your significant other was among your life goals, prepare yourself to be jealous of Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris .  The pop star posted a picture to Instagram on Wednesday of her and Harris in thei ...

  28. Taylor Swift Fan Corrects Pop Star's Grammar -- And Gets Her Own Grammar Lesson Back

    June 10, 2015 5:26 PM EDT Taylor Swift is keeping it real with fans who have grammar concerns. When a fan pointed out that there was an apostrophe missing in the caption for one of the Polaroid photos from the 1989 deluxe package (said caption appears to read: "Say ...

  29. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Stays at No. 1 on Hot 100

    June 10, 2015 2:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The track rules for an eighth week, again fending off Taylor Swift's former No. 1 'Bad Blood.' Plus, Andy Grammer reaches the top 10 with 'Honey, I'm Good.' Wiz Khalifa' s Furious 7 s oundtrack hit "See You Ag ...

  30. Taylor Swift Shares High School's Amazing One-Take 'Shake It Off' Video: Watch

    June 09, 2015 6:10 PM EDT Word to the wise: If you're trying to get Taylor Swift to notice you online, making a music video to her smash "Shake It Off" seems like a pretty effective way to get the job done. Back when the song first hit, Swift gave some soci ...

  31. Watch Taylor Swift Mashed Up With Taylor Swift in 'We Are Never Getting Bad Blood' Video

    June 08, 2015 4:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 No one does kiss-off anthems like Taylor Swift , and now an enterprising Internet craftsman has brought two of her greatest together. That's right: You can now hear "Bad Blood" and "We Are Never Getting Back Together" in one ...

  32. What Happened to Women In Country? An Investigation Using Year-End Billboard Charts

    June 08, 2015 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 New York Magazine , Entertainment Weekly , and Rolling Stone Country called it "Country Music's Women Problem." The New York Times used more incendiary language -- "Country's war on women." At this point, it's a co ...

  33. Watch Taylor Swift Perform 'Girl Crush' Backstage With Little Big Town

    June 08, 2015 9:38 AM EDT 6.19 k 209 151 Taylor Swift is remembering to have some serious fun while on her 1989 World Tour. Over the weekend, Little Big Town joined her onstage for her show in Pittsburgh, and Swift also uploaded a video to her Instagram of the group singing " ...

  34. Florence + the Machine Take No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

    June 08, 2015 4:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Six years after Florence + the Machine’s Lungs  became the act’s first U.K. No. 1 album and four after their second with Ceremonials , they scored a third chart-topper as How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful  (Universal Island) debuted at the summit, wi ...

  35. Vance Joy at Governors Ball 2015: Taylor Swift Is 'So Lovely'

    June 06, 2015 8:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 With five shows under his belt as an opener of Taylor Swift 's 1989 stadium tour, Vance Joy couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity. Governors Ball 2015: Photos From the Festival! "She's so lovely and told me she's exc ...

  36. Vance Joy at Governors Ball 2015: Taylor Swift Is 'So Lovely'

    Vance Joy at Governors Ball 2015: Taylor Swift Is 'So Lovely'

    June 06, 2015 10:39 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vance Joy at Governors Ball 2015: Taylor Swift Is 'So Lovely' musician interviews , Backstage , festivals , Vance Joy , governors ball 2015 , Taylor Swift , Vance Joy Videos Taylor Swift Vance Joy ...

  37. Lil Mama's 'Sausage' Sizzles on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart

    June 05, 2015 7:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 The rapper's comeback hit nets a top 20 debut, while The Weeknd crashes in at No. 1. Plus, new tracks from Diplo and Disclosure! Rapper Lil Mama returned to the Billboard charts this week for the first time since 2008, as her new single "S ...

  38. Hot 100 Chart Moves: OMG! OMI Hits Top 20 With 'Cheerleader'

    June 05, 2015 2:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 The reggae/pop smash heats up. Plus, moves for Andy Grammer, Rachel Platten, Sam Hunt & Shawn Mendes. As previously reported , Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack hit "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth , returns to the top of ...

  39. 'Pitch Perfect' Star Hailee Steinfeld on Having Her Own Pop-Star Moment and Why 'Bad Blood' Was the 'Coolest': Exclusive

    June 05, 2015 2:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 At just 18, Hailee Steinfeld has a No. 1 movie ( Pitch Perfect 2) , an Oscar nomination (for 2010's  True Grit ), a cameo in Taylor Swift 's all-star " Bad Blood " mega-video and a freshly inked label deal with Republic Records u ...

  40. Billboard Cover: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Taylor Swift, His 'Freemium' Business Model and Why He's Saving the Music Industry

    June 05, 2015 9:00 AM EDT “It’s hard to criticize someone who’s hugely successful,” says Daniel Ek. The Spotify CEO is sitting inside a diner-style booth, in one of the many thoughtfully placed nooks at the company’s 100,000-square-foot Manhattan office, the day after a M ...

  41. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: 'I Haven't Seen Any of Taylor Swift's Latest Videos'

    Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: 'I Haven't Seen Any of Taylor Swift's Latest Videos'

    June 05, 2015 8:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 The tech mogul talks to Billboard about the pop star and the future of his company. Videos Taylor Swift Daniel Ek ...

  42. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things You Should Know About Spotify CEO Daniel Ek

    June 04, 2015 7:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 " width="510"> As the CEO of Spotify, the company leading the charge through the uncharted, murky waters of music streaming, Daniel Ek has his fair share of supporters and critics. Chief among the naysayers, as anyone who looked at ...

  43. Taylor Swift No. 1, A$AP Rocky No. 2 on Billboard Artist 100

    June 04, 2015 3:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Swift narrowly fends off the rapper for her 27th week as the country's top act. Taylor Swift defends her crown on the Billboard Artist 100 (dated June 13), as she leads the list for a 27th week. She remains the top musical act in the U.S. over ...

  44. Brits Share of Global Market Hits Five-Year High

    June 04, 2015 9:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 A new generation of British artists and performers, led by Sam Smith , Ed Sheeran , One Direction and Coldplay , has helped the U.K. grow its share of global music sales, according to new research from labels body BPI. In 2014, just over one in ever ...

  45. Taylor Swift Explains That Whole 'Backwards Hiking' Thing

    June 04, 2015 9:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Are we out of the woods yet? A paparazzi photo of Taylor Swift walking backwards down a hiking trail with a security guard appearing to guide her started floating around the Internet earlier this week, leading many fans to ask, "Yo, Taylor, wha ...

  46. Ellie Goulding Explains Why She Deleted That Katy Perry Instagram

    June 03, 2015 4:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ellie Goulding  made headlines Tuesday when she posted a goofy photo of herself with Katy Perry and  Lorde , then quickly deleted it. Some fans suspect that axing it from the record might have been because of Goulding's friendship with Taylor S ...

  47. Hear Screaming Females Do a Punk Cover of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

    June 02, 2015 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 In case you ever doubted poptimism, here is Taylor Swift  being covered by one of the realest bands in punk or DIY or whatever you want to call it over the past decade. It's Screaming Females putting their spin on "Shake It Off."  Tra ...

  48. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Ties Record as 'Bad Blood' Hits Pop Songs Top 10

    June 01, 2015 6:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 The song matches the mark for the quickest ascent to the top 10. Plus, A Thousand Horses gallop to No. 1 on Country Airplay. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below, dated June 13, a ...

  49. Will Young, Jason Derulo Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    June 01, 2015 5:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 British pop vocalist Will Young scored his fourth No. 1 album on the U.K. charts last night (May 31) with 85% Proof  (Universal Island). Jason Derulo also has his fourth chart-topper in the market, but on the singles survey, after “Want To Want Me” ...

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