1. 'Duck,' Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith Storm Top Country Albums

    November 07, 2013 4:35 PM EST A trio of albums debuts in the top three for just the third time in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Plus, Florida Georgia Line lands in the Hot Country Songs top 10 again For only the third time in the 22-year Nielsen SoundScan era, three titles debut in the top three of Top Country Albums, led…

  2. Josh Thompson Cracks 'Cold Beer' Ahead of Second Album

    November 05, 2013 9:00 AM EST Josh Thompson's brand new single, "Cold Beer With Your Name On It" marks a return to radio for the singer, and nobody is more pumped than the singer himself. "I'm very excited to have some new music out. It's been awhile. It feels good to have a single out. You…

  3. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:59 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occasionally, and seemingly accidentally,…

  4. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Returns, Fitz And The Tantrums Rule Rock, Yandel Leads Latin Airplay

    September 30, 2013 5:50 PM EDT Rihanna extends her mark for the most Pop Songs visits, Fitz and the Tantrums take over atop two rock tallies and Yandel leads Latin Airplay, while duo partner Wisin debuts with his own track Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find…

  5. British Pop Star Leona Lewis to Make Film Debut

    September 24, 2013 1:48 AM EDT "X Factor U.K." winner Leona Lewis will make her big-screen debut in "Holiday!," a British musical directed by the StreetDance franchise team Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini. The movie, produced by U.K. indie production and distribution banner Vertigo Films, stars fresh…

  6. Testimony Ends in Michael Jackson Civil Trial

    September 20, 2013 8:55 PM EDT Closing arguments are expected to begin Tuesday as the case over the King of Pop's death heads for a conclusion. Testimony ended Friday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson's planned comeback concerts was negligent in hiring the doctor convicted of…

  7. AEG Live Wraps Its Defense In Civil Trial Over Michael Jackson’s Death

    September 18, 2013 10:17 PM EDT Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live LLC rested their defense Wednesday with testimony from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael Jackson in the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother over his death. The trial is in its 21st week and jurors are expected to begin deliberations next…

  8. Sheryl Crow Takes Country By Storm

    September 06, 2013 3:15 PM EDT Nine-time Grammy winner talks "Feels Like Home," her first album of country music. "It's great to be in a format where music and songwriting are still alive and well" Sheryl Crow is entering new territory on Tuesday (Sept. 10) with the release of "Feels Like…

  9. Frankie Valli Q&A: Looking Back at 50 Years of The Four Seasons

    September 03, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There is a scene in the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" that represents the sustained success of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and their group, the Four Seasons, for more than 50 years. It portrays a pact made by Valli, the singer, and Gaudio, a founding performer who soon stepped…

  10. Luke Bryan Doubles Up Atop Hot Country Songs, Top Country Albums

    August 22, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The singer is the fourth artist to crown both lists simultaneously this year. Plus, big news on Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge As previously reported, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with the third-largest sales week…

  11. Debbie Rowe Testifies About Michael Jackson's Fear of Pain

    August 14, 2013 5:35 PM EDT Michael Jackson's ex-wife broke into tears on Wednesday when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer's fear of pain and trust of physicians. Debbie Rowe said the pop star trusted doctors to prescribe pain medication to him, but they sometimes tried to…

  12. Robin Thicke Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    August 07, 2013 11:00 AM EDT "Blurred Lines" starts on top and leads five new arrivals in the Top 10. Slightly more than 10 years after his debut album was released, Robin Thicke has scored his first No. 1 album. "Blurred Lines," his sixth studio effort, starts atop the Billboard 200 with 177…

  13. Bob Dylan Inducted Into American Academy of Arts and Letters

    May 16, 2013 8:32 PM EDT Michael Chabon had long been mystified by that Bob Dylan lyric about "midnight's broken toe." The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the keynote speaker Wednesday at the annual induction ceremony of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was explaining his undiminished…

  14. Lady Antebellum Set for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    May 08, 2013 8:39 PM EDT "Golden" will mark Lady A's third straight studio set to debut at No. 1. Country trio Lady Antebellum should nab its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with "Golden." Industry sources project the new release will sell around 150,000 copies by the…

  15. Juno Awards 2013: Carly Rae Jepsen, Leonard Cohen Are Early Winners

    April 21, 2013 3:09 PM EDT The "Call Me Maybe" singer won her first trophy at Canada's music awards, which hands out its top prizes Sunday night. Rush, Leonard Cohen, Carly Rae Jepsen, Metric and The Weeknd were among the winners at the 2013 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards in Regina, Sask., last night …

  16. Randy Houser, Chris Janson Hit the Street During ACM Weekend

    April 08, 2013 1:18 AM EDT Las Vegas is quite different from places like Birmingham or Des Moines. To many, Vegas -- and not NYC -- is the "City That Never Sleeps." Nowhere is that more apparent during ACM Week than on Fremont Street. Impersonators of stars such as Jack Nicholson, Elvis Presley, and John…

  17. The Beatles’ ‘Let it Be…Naked’ Finally Arrives on iTunes

    April 03, 2013 2:44 AM EDT The Beatles’ stripped-back, Phil Spector-free version of “Let It Be” has finally made its debut on the iTunes store – a decade after its physical release. The 11-track “Let It Be…Naked” album arrived today on Apple’s digital music service carrying some bonus content, EMI has announced. The…

  18. David Allan Coe Injured in Florida Crash

    March 20, 2013 10:07 AM EDT Police in north Florida cited country music singer David Allan Coe for running a red light before being struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala. The Ocala Star-Banner reports the crash occurred early Tuesday. A message on his website says 73-year-old Coe is "recuperating from…

  19. Stanley Snadowsky, Co-Founder of N.Y.'s The Bottom Line, Dies at 70

    March 03, 2013 8:25 PM EST Stanley Snadowsky, a co-founder and the co-operator of The Bottom Line nightclub in New York's Greenwich Village during its eclectic three-decade run, died Feb. 25 of diabetic complications in Las Vegas. He was 70. The well-respected attorney, who also was one of the first managers…

  20. Demi Lovato, 'Heart Attack': Track Review

    February 26, 2013 2:28 PM EST DEMI LOVATO Heart Attack (3:32) Producers: The Suspex Writers: Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Sean Douglas, Nikki Williams, Aaron Phillips, Demi Lovato Publishers: various Hollywood Records "Give Your Heart a Break," Demi Lovato's 2012 hit that became biggest single to date, is an…

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