Taylor Swift has rocketed to the top of the U.S. pop charts thanks to the fourth biggest download sales week ever. The singer's new single Shake It Off debuts at number one, ahead of Nicki Minaj's Anaconda, which slithers up the chart from 39 to two.
The track is Swift's second Hot 100 number one following 2012's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which spent three weeks on top, and her 60th U.S. chart hit.
The new all-girl top three is completed by Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass.
Sam Smith's Stay With Me and MAGIC!'s former number one Rude round out the new top five.
Taylor Swift is breaking records again - her new single Shake It Off has become the highest debut on America's Adult Pop Songs chart.
The track is expected to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 countdown on Wednesday (27Aug14) but it has started off high on other charts. It debuts at number nine on the Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, becoming the first single to bow in the top 10. The previous record was set by Alanis Morissette, who debuted Thank U at 13 in 1998.
Shake It Off also enters America's Pop Songs countdown at 12, tying the previous highest debut, Mariah Carey's 1993 tune Dreamlover.
A campaign to drive Sir Cliff Richard to the top of the U.K. charts has flopped after the song failed to crack the top 40. The music veteran's devotees launched the scheme last week (ends24Aug14) in a bid to support the star as police investigate an allegation of sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s.
However, the plan to get 1992 track I Still Believe In You to number one ended in failure on Sunday (24Aug14) when the track entered the chart at a disappointing number 57.
The single's return to the chart came just a day after Richard was questioned by police over claims a boy under the age of 16 was sexually assaulted in 1985. The star vehemently denies the allegation, calling it "completely false".
Dance music superstar David Guetta has scored his fifth number one single on the U.K. music charts with Lovers On The Sun. The song, which features singer Sam Martin, has debuted at the top of the countdown.
Reacting to the news, Guetta says, "Wow, this is amazing! The UK has shown me so much love and support over the years, since I was an unknown DJ there. To be number one with the first song off my next album is taking a little bit of the pressure off finishing it, which is what I'm doing now."
Last week's number one, Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong, drops to two while Magic!'s Rude takes the third spot.
Rounding out the top fie are Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Wankelmut & Emma Louise's My Head Is A Jungle.
Meanwhile, boy band Collabro have scored their first number one album with their debut Stars.
Ed Sheeran's X falls to number two after spending much of the summer on top, and the Courteeners' Concrete Love comes in at number three.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage complete the new top five.
Nico & Vinz have scored a second week on top of the U.K. pop charts with their Am I Wrong hit. The Oslo, Norway-based duo, became the first Norwegian act to have a number one hit in Britain since A-ha's The Sun always Shines on TV nearly three decades ago when they hit number one last week (10Aug14).
Rude by Magic! and OneRepublic's Love Runs Out round out the top three, as they did last week.
On the albums chart, Ed Sheeran lands an eighth week at number one with X, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour swaps places with Dolly Parton's hits compilation Blue Smoke - The Best Of to round out the top three.
British jazz musician Acker Bilk has announced he is to retire from performing at the age of 85. The clarinet player, whose theme tune Stranger On The Shore topped the U.S. music charts in 1961, has been in the business for more than 60 years. Bilk blamed his poor health for the move.
Singer/songwriter Gary Wright is set to open up about his relationship with late Beatles star George Harrison in a new memoir. The Dream Weaver and Really Wanna Know You hitmaker will publish Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison in October (14).
A press release announcing the new book reads: "Dream Weaver is ultimately a story of a spiritual journey and Gary's lifelong friendship with George Harrison. At 33, Gary Wright was at the highest point in his career. His album, The Dream Weaver, had been on top of the charts for months with two hit singles - Dream Weaver and Love is Alive - and during the summer of '76, he was part of a massive arena tour with Peter Frampton and Yes.
"Earlier, while still living in England, he recorded music with legendary musicians Eric Clapton, B.B King, and George Harrison, who would later become one of his best friends.
"In Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Wright illuminates key moments in his journey and offers an insider’s look at a tumultuous and revolutionary time in both the music and spiritual realms. Wright details how he formed the legendary rock group Spooky Tooth, and how his close friendship with 'The Quiet Beatle' began and developed over the years as they wrote songs together, pondered philosophical issues, and journeyed to India."
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Guardians of the Galaxy cruised to the top of the box office last week, bashing several records in its wake, including the highest August opening of all time. But what's harder than getting to the top is staying there. The film's second weekend faces some stiff competition from a big group of new releases, including the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, the Daniel Radcliffe rom-com What If, the Helen Mirren-starring Disney family movie The Hundred-Foot Journey, the dance flick Step Up All In, and the tornado-laden Into the Storm. Can Marvel's misfits withstand the onslaught and reclaim box office gold once again? We analyze each films chances of winning the weekend.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Guardians of the Galaxy's fiercest competition comes by way of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is likely to be the second biggest moneymaker in August. It's a strong contender, and the turtles might have the muscle (and the ninja skills) to knock Guardians off of its pedestal.
Previous Films in the FranchiseTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $25 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze: $20 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: $12 million TMNT: $24 million
The Past Five Michael Bay FilmsTransformers: Age of Extinction: $100 million Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $97 million Transformers: Rise of the Fallen: $108 million Transformers: $70 million
The opening weekends for the previous four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films have topped out at about $25 million, which on its own wouldn't be enough to topple Guardians of the Galaxy. But the film's attachment to producer Michael Bay, who is a proven money maker in Hollywood, will likely give this latest reboot a significant boost. The film's marketing has been smart to smatter the Transformers director's name all over the promotional material for the film. The hype for this film is huge and the Guardians might not survive this fight.
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INTO THE STORM
The effects-driven disaster film is facing some stiff competition, but disaster films in the past have been able to carve out a nice chunk of box-office cash. Into the Storm is also looking to capitalize on the last legs of the found footage trend. Could Into the Storm rain on Guardians of the Galaxy's parade?
Notable Natural Disaster FilmsThe Impossible: $3 million2012: $65 millionThe Day After Tomorrow: $69 millionTwister: $41 million
The Past Five Found Footage FilmsEarth to Echo: $8 millionA Haunted House 2: $9 millionDevil's Due: $8 millionParanormal Activity: The Marked ones: $18 millionA Haunted House: $18 million
Sadly, Into the Storm likely doesn't have the momentum to reach the top of the charts this weekend. The public's interest in found footage films is slowing in earnest, and Into the Storm doesn't have the same hype surrounding it as the best in the genre. The film's negative reception from critics certainly won't help matters either.
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Can Daniel Radcliffe make it in Hollywood without Harry Potter? It's been a question surrounding the actor ever since the massive franchise came to an end in 2011. Radcliffe has boatloads of charm, but all of the likeability in the world doesn't equal movie tickets sold.
The Past Five Romantic ComediesAbout Last Night: $26 millionThink Like a Man Too: $29 millionThe Other Woman: $25 millionBlended: $14 millionAnd So It Goes: $5 million
The Past Five Daniel Radcliffe FilmsKill Your Darlings: $53,000The Woman in Black: $20 millionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $169 millionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: $125 millionHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $78 million
What If is an indie export from Britain, and the film isn't opening up in nearly enough theaters to give Guardians of the Galaxy any reasonable competition, but even if the film was widely distributed, the romantic comedy genre isn't a strong enough contender to compete with the superheroes wizzing around in Marvel's latest smash hit. Daniel Radcliffe was a massive box office draw in the Harry Potter franchise, but the actor still hasn't proved himself a moneymaker out of his wizard robes.
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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
This delightful comedy-drama featuring two competing restaurants stationed right across the street from each other is going after a completely different market than Guardians of the Galaxy, but is this slice of feel good counter programing good enough to contend with not one but two comic book films?
Notable Feel Good ComediesChef: $2 millionAdmission: $6 millionThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $6 millionThe Help: $26 million
The Past Five Helen Mirren FilmsRed 2: $18 millionMonsters University: $82 millionHitchcock: $287,000The Debt: $10 nillionArthur: $12 nillion
The Hundred-Foot Journey looks like a great film to take your mom to in the crush of CGI adventures clogging the theaters, but we highly doubt it will come anywhere close to Guardians of the Galaxy. Helen Mirren isn't as big of a draw as you might expect, and similar films in the same vein have only enjoyed moderate success.
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STEP-UP: ALL IN
The improbably long-running dance movie franchise has somehow reached its fifth entry, but will it reach the top of the box office by weekends end?
Previous Films in the FranchiseStep Up: $21 millionStep Up 2 the Streets: $19 millionStep Up 3-D: $16 millionStep Revolution: $12 millionThe Step Up franchise certainly has its work cut out for it. The series' box office totals have been steadily declining with each release, with the last one only managing to secure $12 million in its opening weekend. There's no possible way the newest Step Up film will top Guardians. In fact, with how crowded this weekend is, Step Up might get lost in the shuffle entirely.
Canadian pop band Magic! have scored a fourth week at the top of the U.S. pop charts as their Rude tune holds off a surging Sam Smith. In its ninth week in the Hot 100 top 10, Smith's Stay With Me jumps up a spot to two, while Iggy Azalea's Fancy drops to three and Nico & Vinz spend a sixth non-consecutive week at number four with Am I Wrong.
Ariana Grande's Problem rounds out the new top five and the pop sensation scores another high 2014 chart debut at six as her Bang Bang collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj storms into the top 10 at six.
The hit gives Minaj her 10th Hot 100 top 10.
Country star Jesse Winchester is set to make a posthumous return to the charts with the release of his final album. The singer completed work on A Reasonable Amount of Trouble shortly before he died in April (14) at the age of 69, and now fans will be able to hear his last tracks when the project hits retailers in September (14).