The stealth Thursday evening (9 p.m PT) release of Beyonce's self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when that chart's top 10 is revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Martina McBride is no stranger to covers. Her quickest selling album yet, 2005's "Timeless," was a collection of country music classics including "Love's Gonna Live Here" and "Satin Sheets." Her next musical release will feature her take on a few other classic songs.
Pop music in 2013 was composed of a multitude of songs that were rewarded for their brazen originality with millions of spins. From French robots busting disco moves to a New Zealand teen spitting bars against opulence, the most successful artists in 2013 were many things, but never generic.
Blue-eyed soul and hip-hop. New R&B breakthroughs. Rap icons still holding it down. Those are just a few of the key takeaways from 2013 in R&B and hip-hop. Monitoring all this activity to draw a more detailed picture: a host of new R&B and rap charts.