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Mariah Carey Performs "Joy to the World" at Rockefeller Center

Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return With Mariah On Top!

Billboard's Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts return, while a new seasonal ranking, Holiday Streaming Songs, launches.  

Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" crowns the Holiday 100 songs chart, which expands from 50 positions last year to 100 online. 

Carey's hit tops Holiday Digital Songs with 29,000 downloads sold (up 89%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Holiday Streaming Songs with 833,000 U.S. streams (up 71%), according to Nielsen BDS. It ranks at No. 4 on Holiday Airplay with 24.2 million audience impressions (up 127%), according to BDS.  

Ariana Grande claims the chart's top holiday song released this season, "Love Is Everything," at No. 15.

Lana Del Rey Announces New Album ‘Ultraviolence’ & Premieres ‘Tropico’!

Madonna Joins Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Community

Madonna has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) new "Love Conquers Hate" T-shirt campaign in support of Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Queen of Pop penned a poignant email to HRC members, a copy of which can be found on the advocacy group's official website. She writes:  
"Even with the 2014 Sochi Olympics just a few months away, fair-minded Russians are facing fines, harassment, and violence at the hand of thugs. 

"At this dangerous moment in Russian history, we as advocates have a responsibility to speak up and take our hopeful message global."


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Miley's "Wrecking Ball" Wrecks Lorde's Nine Week Stint At No.1!

Thanks to the viral explosion of a new parody video of the song, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The song halts the command of Lorde's "Royals" after nine weeks.

Meanwhile, Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, and Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" take over atop the Digital Songs and Radio Songs charts, respectively, and A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera soar into the Hot 100's top 10 with their duet "Say Something."

With top Streaming Gainer honors, "Ball" (3-1) reclaims the Hot 100's top rung for a third total week after "Royals" had ruled for nine frames. "Ball" first topped the chart in the two weeks (Sept. 28, Oct. 5), following the premiere of its official video, prior to Lorde's coronation.

The song storms back to the top of the Streaming Songs chart for a ninth week at No. 1 (14-1) with a 137% increase to 18.6 million U.S. streams last week, according to Nielsen BDS.


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Britney Spears Gears Up For "Piece of Me" Vegas Residency

Fire-breathers, contortionists, snake charmers and hunky dancers welcomed Britney Spears to the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Tuesday afternoon in a staged event kicking off the pop icon's two-year Las Vegas residency.

One block of the Strip was briefly shut down as the star pulled up to the casino in a convoy of black Cadillac Escalades.

Spears' show debuts Dec. 27, just in time for Sin City's massive New Year's crowds. She will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015, in a relatively small theater with nightclub touches, including table and bottle service.

Casino executives say the residency will feature top hits and more recent material, and could be extended if it's a success.

Wearing a black cocktail dress with a rhinestone top, Spears, who turned 32 on Monday, signed autographs for a few of the more than 1,000 fans who came to see her arrival. She walked up a red-carpeted staircase to a soundtrack of her own music, passing a display of her name spelled out in pink, glittery 6-foot Styrofoam letters, and accepted a bouquet of roses.


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Katy Perry & John Mayer 'Who You Love' Official Single Cover