Future Is the First Artist to Release #1 Albums in Consecutive Weeks Since 1968

As expected, Future has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 18) with HNDRXX, his fifth chart topper. It replaces his…
Keith Caulfield, Billboard / March 6, 2017

Every Song From the Weeknd’s Starboy Debuted on the Hot 100

You know you're a Toronto pop star when you overstuff your album to pimp streaming numbers. Following in Drake and Tory Lanez's footsteps, the Weeknd…
Brian Josephs / December 5, 2016

Frank Ocean’s ‘Endless’ Is Ineligible for the ‘Billboard’ Charts

Frank Ocean's primary new album Blonde is expected to debut at number one on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart, but its immediate predecessor Endless doesn't qualify, the…
Anna Gaca / August 27, 2016

2016, the Worst Year for Album Sales Since the Last One

There's been plenty of notable records released this year, but seemingly no amount of great music can fix the industry's declining album sales. Billboard and Nielsen Music (formerly…
Anna Gaca / July 6, 2016

Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Sia, and More Sign Open Letter Calling for Gun Control

As U.S. Democrats and Republicans continue to grapple with passing (or not passing, as the news has revealed) new gun-control measures in the wake of this…
Rachel Brodsky / June 23, 2016

Taylor Swift Dethrones Herself on Soon to Change Billboard Charts

These days it seems like Taylor Swift makes some sort of chart history every week. Last night, it was announced that for the third week…
Andrew Unterberger / November 20, 2014

‘Weird Al’ Finally Has a No. 1 Album

Musical funnyman "Weird Al" Yankovic has finally achieved his first No. 1 album, just 31 short years after he released his debut self-titled LP in…
Elissa Stolman / July 23, 2014

Twitter and Billboard’s Interactive Real-Time Charts Are Here

Music listeners find and share new songs through social media, and now Billboard and Twitter have launched the newest campaign to measure and track those…
Marc Hogan / May 27, 2014

Billboard Launches Twitter Music Chart

Twitter recently shuttered its confusing and underused #music initiative, but the company hasn't given up on our world just yet. They're now teaming with Billboard…
Mike Ayers / March 27, 2014

The RIAA’s On-Demand Stream Policy Is Hostile to Hip-Hop

As SPIN reported via Billboard last week, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that it will now count the number of streams an album…
Brandon Soderberg / May 13, 2013

How Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ Hit the Jackpot Under Billboard’s New Hot 100 Rules

Buoyed by a recent dance-video craze built around a 35-second snippet of the song, Baauer's "Harlem Shake" entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the No.
Philip Sherburne / February 21, 2013

Who Charted? Incumbents Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 Stay on Top of Billboard’s Best

First! After enjoying the biggest album debut sales week in over a decade, our pal Taylor Swift still sits strong in music's metaphorical oval office.
Chris Martins / November 8, 2012

How Did PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Become the No. 1 Rap Song in the Country?

Despite receiving little to no airplay on rap and R&B radio, PSY's witty K-Pop behemoth "Gangnam Style," currently sits at No. 1 on Billboard's Rap…
Brandon Soderberg / October 23, 2012

Billboard Adds Digital Twist to Genre Chart Methodology

Billboard is updatings its genre charts methodology to include input from people who buy and stream music online. The music business publication will incorporate digital…
Marc Hogan / October 11, 2012

Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna Up for Tons of 2012 Billboard Awards

The Grammys may manage to squeeze in a couple of eyebrow-raising wild-card nominees every year, but the Billboard Music Awards provide few surprises since they're…
Devon Maloney / April 20, 2012
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