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  • ARIANA GRANDE & HALSEY FIRST TWO WOMEN TO SCORE THE TOP TWO CHART SPOTS IN MORE THAN A YEAR / MARIAH CAREY SCORES HIGHEST-CHARTING HOLIDAY HIT IN 60 YEARS

  • Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Ariana Grande and Halsey are currently holding down the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 – Ariana with "thank u, next," which spends a fifth week at No. 1, and Halsey with "Without Me," which has risen to No. 2.

    The last time two women held the top two spots on the chart was in September of 2017, when Taylor Swift’s "Look What You Made Me Do" and Cardi B’s "Bodak Yellow" were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

    The last time it happened before that was all the way back in 2014, when songs by Taylor and Meghan Trainor swapped positions for 14 weeks.

    Meanwhile, Mariah Carey’s 1994 holiday classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has just become the highest-charting Christmas song on the Hot 100 in 60 years.

    When it was first released in 1994, it wasn’t eligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 because it wasn’t commercially available as a single, and Billboard’s rules back then prohibited any such song from charting on the Hot 100.

    The last time a Christmas song ranked higher on the Hot 100 was in 1958, when "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville hit No. 1. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now also Mariah’s highest-charting hit since 2008, when "Touch My Body" hit No. 1.



  • BBMAK ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 15 YEARS

  • Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:00:00 EST

    BBMAK is back. The British boy band – Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Ste McNally – announced that their as-yet-untitled new album will be released on April 26, 2019.

    The "Back Here" trio also launched a Pledge Music campaign, selling merchandise that includes a handwritten and signed lyric sheet for one BBMAK song of your choosing, a signed Polaroid photo of the band and a signed copy of the new album.

    "We are so happy to be working with Pledge this year in support of our new record!" the band said in a statement. "This is the first album of new material that we’ve released in fifteen years and we are incredibly excited to be back."

    They add, "The support that you have shown us throughout the years is so very appreciated, and we can’t wait to get back out on the road and to play this new music for all of you."

    The first single from the album is set to be released in February, followed by a late spring and summer North American tour.

    In the meantime, the band has released a new music video for their cover of the Nat King Cole classic, "The Christmas Song." In the clip, the three sit by a crackling fireplace with Christmas decorations behind them as they sing an acoustic version of the song.

    Billboard recently named "Back Here" the 9th Greatest Boy Band Song of All Time, according to a press release.



  • CLEAN BANDIT AND DEMI LOVATO'S 'SOLO' MOST-SHAZAMED SONG OF 2018

  • Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato’s collaboration "Solo" tops the list of the most-Shazamed songs of 2018, according to the song recognition app.

    No. 2 on the list was "X," by Nicky Jam and J Balvin, followed by "One Kiss" by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, which was also the most added track to a playlist worldwide after being Shazamed.

    Last year’s most-Shazamed artist, Ed Sheeran, made a splash this year as well. His song "Perfect" was the fifth most-Shazamed song of the year, as well as the No. 1 Shazamed pop track of the year.

    "Perfect" was also the longest-running No. 1 song in Shazam’s global charts this year, reigning for nine weeks, and was the most shared song worldwide after being Shazamed.

    As for the most-Shazamed artist of the year, that honor goes to Drake, with J Balvin coming in at No. 2.



  • DUA LIPA ANNOUNCES 'SWAN SONG' OFF 'ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL' SOUNDTRACK

  • Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Dua Lipa has co-written a song for the upcoming motion-capture action flick, Alita: Battle Angel.

    "Swan Song" is described as an "inspiring and empowering anthem" for the film, which is produced by Avatar’s James Cameron and Jon Landau and directed by Robert Rodriguez.

    "I am intrigued at both Alita herself, and the amazing team of creators that came together to make this movie possible," Dua says. "I see a little of myself in her, in both her bada** spirit and our shared haircut." She adds, "Alita is all about empowerment and standing up for who you are, which are two things that resonate with me."

    Dua also teases on Instagram that a music video for the song is coming soon.

    Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters February 14th. It features Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali.



  • ED SHEERAN'S 'DIVIDE' TOUR BREAKS 30-YEAR POLLSTAR RECORD

  • Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour grossed just over $432.4 million dollars in a calendar year, with sales of 4,860,482 tickets across 53 cities and 94 shows. That’s the highest tour gross and most tickets sold in any year in Pollstar’s 30 year history.

    Ed’s tour isn’t the highest grossing tour in history – that would be U2’s 360 tour, which took in $736 million and 7.36 million tickets. But U2’s tour took over two years to reach that amount, 2009 through its 2011 end.

    Not only is Ed’s tour impressive for the money it earned, but it’s even more impressive that his top ticket price was about $89. The average ticket price for 2018 for a top 10 tour was over $126. Not only that, but Ed also didn’t sell any VIP tickets for the tour, which other artists make big bucks on.

    Stuart Camp, Ed’s manager, tells Pollstar, "Our adage has always been to be as democratic and fair as possible. We do meet and greets, but they’re for disadvantaged kids or contest winners; we don’t sell them, and similarly with VIP ticketing... Some kid who’s there and hasn’t got a job should have the same chances and the same access as anyone else."

    The Divide tour resumes in February and wraps up in August. By the end of 2019, Ed may have broken U2’s record.

    According to Pollstar, 2018 saw the Top 10 of the Worldwide Tours chart surpass $2 billion in grosses for the first time, up from 2017’s $1.8 million, as the whole concert industry saw a record-setting amount of $10.4 billion.



  • QUICKIES: TAYLOR SWIFT

  • Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:00:00 EST

    MAN GOES ON RAMPAGE HOPING TO GET TAYLOR SWIFT’S ATTENTION: An Ohio man was arrested following a destructive rampage that he hoped would draw Taylor Swift’s attention. Cody Hann, 29, is accused of driving his car onto a local airport runway, and then into the playground equipment at a park on Saturday night. After his car got stuck in the mud, he started hitting it with a metal pipe – which is how police found him. They also found an inert hand grenade in his car. Hann was charged with reckless operation, criminal damage and inducing panic. He told police that he’s in love with Taylor and wanted her to notice him. A day earlier, police responded to a report that Hann had been pacing back and forth and screaming on the street. Hann told police then he was yelling "I love you" because he was in love with Taylor. According to family members, Hann has been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and was trying to get sober.