1. Weekly Chart Notes: Jay-Z's 'Magna'-ificent Week On The Hot 100

    July 19, 2013 2:35 PM EDT With seven debuts, including his 20th top 10, the rapper solidifies his standing among the most elite performers in the chart's history. Plus, Lorde is the first lead female soloist to reach the Alternative Songs top 10 since 1997 As Jay-Z scores his lucky 13th No. 1 on the Billboard…

  2. Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP': Top 10 Dream Collaborations

    July 18, 2013 2:30 PM EDT From Bowie to Britney to the Weeknd, here are 10 collaborators we'd like to see in the liner notes to Gaga's next album. Last week's announcement that Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" album was finally arriving in November was coupled with the news that the long…

  3. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead MTV VMA Nominations

    July 17, 2013 9:45 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top nominees for the 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards with six apiece followed by Bruno Mars with four. MTV unveiled nominations Wednesday morning via the network's Instagram and Vine accounts, a first for the network and…

  4. John Legend Makes A Fashion Statement with Gucci

    July 09, 2013 12:51 AM EDT Soulful singer John Legend is hitting the stage in style with designs by Gucci for his "Summer Love" international tour, which kicked off on July 5 at Rock Wercheter Festival in Werchter, Belgium. Designed by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, Legend's tour wardrobe…

  5. Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons Lead 2013 Mid-Year SoundScan Rock Charts

    July 03, 2013 7:08 PM EDT At the halfway point of 2013, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" lead as the year's top-selling rock album and digital song in the U.S., respectively, selling 884,000 and 3.25 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  6. Daft Punk, Will.i.am & Britney Spears Lead 2013 Mid-Year SoundScan Dance/Electronic Charts

    July 03, 2013 6:08 PM EDT At the mid-way point of 2013, Daft Punk's recently released album "Random Access Memories" is by far the year's top selling dance/electronic album. With 614,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the set has sold more than 500,000 copies more than…

  7. Lorde Breaks Onto U.S. Charts, Preps September Album

    July 01, 2013 2:01 PM EDT The 16-year-old is already a chart-topper in her native New Zealand. Is America next? Popping up on the lower reaches of the Billboard 200 chart last week was Lorde's "The Love Club" EP, which entered the tally at No. 191 following its release in March on Lava/Republic. The…

  8. Susanne Sundfør, 'White Foxes' (Big Black Delta mix): First Listen

    June 25, 2013 12:26 PM EDT The eerie-voiced M83 collaborator gets a droning makeover. Susanne Sundfør is an uneasy artist. Her latest album “The Silicone Veil” is leftfield pop, a thrilling effort that has hit No. 1 in her native Norway. It’s icy, gothic, and strange, with moments of intentional dissonance. Her…

  9. Valerie June Talks 'Pushin' Against a Stone'

    June 11, 2013 2:00 PM EDT There's a special group of fans who've been waiting a long time for Valerie June's powerful, genre-defying debut album, "Pushin' Against a Stone," due August 13: investors. The Tennessee-born singer financed the project through the Kickstarter program.  She can…

  10. The xx Release Dark, Meandering 'Fiction' Video

    June 06, 2013 2:00 PM EDT British indie rockers The xx have just released a new music video for their latest single, "Fiction," off their sophomore album, "Coexist." The gritty black and white music video for "Fiction" features lead singer Oliver Sim walking through a deserted resort in…

  11. Beyonce Headlines 'Chime for Change' Charity Concert for Women in London

    June 01, 2013 10:30 PM EDT Beyonce and a few famous friends — including John Legend , Jennifer Lopez and Madonna — turned the home of English rugby into a fortress for women's rights at a star-studded charity concert . Beyonce headlined a concert at Twickenham rugby stadium in London in support of Chime for…

  12. Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Looking at the Fall' to Begin Work on Next Album

    May 30, 2013 1:45 PM EDT As the Red Hot Chili Peppers wind down their touring in support of 2011's "I'm With You," drummer Chad Smith predicts it won't be too long before the group starts working on its next album. "We're probably looking at getting together in September and…

  13. Beyonce, Madonna Join 'Sound of Change' Concert

    May 29, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Beyonce and Madonna will be lending their support to the "Sound of Change Live" concert, being held in London on Saturday to raise funds for over a hundred worldwide projects that support women and girls. A billion people are expected to watch the concert, which is taking place…

  14. The Best and Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Lana Del Rey and Florence Welch

    May 17, 2013 6:00 PM EDT At the close of the workweek, we have sorted through countless looks from Saturday (May 11) to today (May 17) and selected the best and worst dressed of the bunch. This week we honed in on the Cannes Film Festival and found the good and bad. Check out who is rocking killer threads and who…

  15. Eve's Style Council: Hip-Hop Beauty Discusses All Things Fashion

    May 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Eve barked her way into the rap game years ago. It's been more than a decade since the "pit bull in a skirt" dropped her debut album "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady" with her paw print tattoos exposed on her chest and rugged, short blonde-bleached…

  16. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  17. Little Boots Unveils 'Nocturnes' at Brooklyn Bash: Live Review

    May 08, 2013 3:55 PM EDT "Disco is from New York, house is from Chicago, so something about this album seems to really resonate (in America)," says U.K. singer. New York's Music Hall of Williamsburg was a fitting stage for the unveiling of Little Boots Version 2.0. After chasing major label pop…

  18. Foxes: 'I Don't Want To Be That 'Featured' Artist'

    May 06, 2013 2:45 PM EDT U.K. singer has big solo plans after guesting on Zedd, Fall Out Boy tracks. Top 40 fans would likely recognize the voice of Louisa Rose Allen, better known as Foxes, as the guest on Zedd's hit single "Clarity." Or, if you're a Fall Out Boy diehard, Foxes is the artist…

  19. How Great Will the 'Gatsby' Soundtrack Be?

    May 04, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Baz Luhrmann, Jay-Z and other music partners assembled a collection of songs that could revive the fortune of the out-of-favor-movie soundtrack The high-profile soundtrack, an artifact of the '80s and '90s largely dormant during the last five years, is being revived by "…

  20. The Civil Wars to Release New Album in Summer

    May 01, 2013 1:31 PM EDT The Grammy winning duo finished the self-titled effort before breaking up in November Columbia Records will release the Civil Wars' follow-up to their debut, "Barton Hollow," the 2011 album that earned them two Grammys, in late summer. The Civil Wars, Joy Williams and John…

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