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A small selection of artists performing on stage at the 2016 Billboard Hot 100 Festival. New York, United States - Saturday 20th August 2016

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Billboard and Fetty Wap
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Billboard and Fetty Wap

Dinah-Jane Hansen , 5th Harmony - Celebrities arrive to the 2016 Billboard Music Awards afterparty held at Drai's Nightclub inside The Cromwell Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at Billboard Music Awards - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 23rd May 2016

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Billboard, Dinah-jane Hansen and 5th Harmony
Billboard, Dinah-jane Hansen and 5th Harmony
Billboard, Dinah-jane Hansen and 5th Harmony

Jenn McAllister - 2016 Billboard Music Awards Arrivals at T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena, Billboard Music Awards - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 22nd May 2016

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Billboard and Lauren Giraldo
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Lindsey Sterling - 2016 Billboard Music Awards Winners at T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena, Billboard Music Awards - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 23rd May 2016

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Billboard and Serayah
Billboard and Serayah
Billboard and Serayah
Billboard and Serayah

Betty Cantrell - 2016 Billboard Music Awards Arrivals at T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas at Billboard Music Awards - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 23rd May 2016

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Billboard and Betty Cantrell
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Billboard and Bryshere Y. Gray
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Twenty One Pilots Score First US Number 1 Album With 'Blurryface'


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Indie pop duo Twenty One Pilots are celebrating their first ever US Number 1 album, after the group’s second major label record Blurryface entered at the top of the Billboard 200. It sold 146,000 copies in the week ending May 24th, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Of that figure, a solid 134,000 were direct album sales, a healthy indication of the recent resurgence in physical music purchasing. Blurryface is Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun’s fourth album in total, following their Fueled By Ramen debut Vessel back in 2013.

Twenty One PilotsTwenty One Pilots score their first ever US Number 1 album

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Taylor Swift And Sam Smith Score Multiple Nominations For Billboard Music Awards


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The nominations have been released for the annual Billboard Music Awards, and it’s Taylor Swift and Sam Smith who lead the field, with both artists in the running for five of the six biggest prizes.

Swift and Smith, whose respective albums 1989 and In The Lonely Hour are still in the Top 5 of the Billboard Albums Chart well over four months after their release, are both gunning for the Top Artist, Top 100 Songs, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artists categories, while each is up for the Top Artist in their gender-specific prizes.

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Taylor Swift scored the most BMA nominations with 14

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Licorice: Madonna's New Album


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Madonna's 11th studio album – and her last with Warner Bros – will be named Licorice, stateside reports have said.

Former Billboard editor Larry Flick's OutQ radio show said the 13-track album would be released next April.

Two of the Queen of Pop's new tracks also got an airing; Candy Shop and the Kanye West-featuring The Beat Goes On.

According to fan websites, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams all guest on the new CD.

OutQ also claimed that Licorice, understood to have been presented to Warner Bros bosses this week, will include a reworked version of The Devil Wouldn't Recognise You.

Licorice is set to be Madonna's last studio album with Warner Bros, not withstanding a new greatest hits collection, before she begins her ten-year contract with Artist Nation.

The groundbreaking deal encompasses the entire Madonna brand, from music and tours to DVDs and official merchandise.

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