1. Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dead at 67

    August 06, 2013 6:14 PM EDT George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for…

  2. Five Finger Death Punch, Backstreet Boys Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Robin Thicke will land his first No. 1 as Five Finger Death Punch marks its best chart week yet. According to industry sources, Robin Thicke is seemingly a lock to earn his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. His latest set, "Blurred Lines," was released on…

  3. 'Spider-Man' Broadway Musical Needs New Star

    July 31, 2013 10:26 AM EDT Reeve Carney, who donned the Spidey suit when the show began, will leave in September. The hit Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is losing its longtime superhero but producers are holding open casting calls for anyone who wants to don the red and blue suit. Reeve…

  4. Marc Anthony, Rich Gang Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 27, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Anthony could land his first Spanish-language top 10 with "3.0" as Selena Gomez heads for No. 1. As previously reported, Selena Gomez is heading for her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest her new set "Stars Dance" could…

  5. Chart Highlights: Jonas Brothers, One Direction Debut On Pop Songs

    July 22, 2013 6:20 PM EDT The boy bands begin with new singles from forthcoming albums. Plus, new No. 1s for Robin Thicke, the Band Perry and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  6. Sara Bareilles Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 20, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The singer-songwriter's "The Blessed Unrest" will bow below Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail." Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles is heading for No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with her new album "The Blessed Unrest." Industry sources say the…

  7. Court Yard Hounds Play for Keeps on 'Amelita': This Ain't No 'Side Project'

    July 15, 2013 9:35 AM EDT Martie Maguire casts doubt on future Dixie Chicks albums: "I really learned to kind of let go, and I'm so happy where everything is right now" On its second album, Emily Robison says, Court Yard Hounds "felt like a band." Robison and her sister and Dixie Chicks…

  8. Ciara Aiming for No. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart Next Week

    July 13, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The set will be Ciara's first trip to the top 10 since 2009 album "Fantasy Ride" as Jay-Z takes No. 1. After Ciara's last album missed the top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart, the R&B/pop singer is making a comeback with her new self-titled set. Industry sources…

  9. Joe and Relient K Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 06, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The R&B singer and rock act could mark returns to the top tier. R&B singer Joe and rock band Relient K could both earn new top 10 albums next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast Joe's new "Double Back: Evolution of R&B" may sell 25,000 or so…

  10. Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole Top Latin Charts

    July 03, 2013 4:10 PM EDT Reaching nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, Marc Anthony's "Vivir Mi Vida" sets the decade's record for a salsa song at No. 1. The group Son By Four holds the overall record for the 20-week run of their song "A Puro Dolor" in 2000.…

  11. Chart Highlights: Selena Gomez 'Get's New No. 1 On Dance/Club Play Songs

    July 01, 2013 3:05 PM EDT The singer ties for the fastest climb to No. 1 on the ranking since 2000 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard…

  12. Natalie Cole Releases Spanish-Language Album

    July 01, 2013 2:43 AM EDT It's been four years since Natalie Cole received a kidney from a Salvadorian donor, and the singer says it not only connected her to Hispanic culture, it has given her the strength to record her first post-operation album — totally in Spanish. "I don't believe in coincidences…

  13. Skillet and August Burns Red Heading for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 29, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Rock acts Skillet and August Burns Red are on track for their second and first top 10 albums, respectively. New albums from rock bands Skillet and August Burns Red are heading for the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the former's "Rise"…

  14. Bruno Mars Romps Through 'Moonshine Jungle' Tour in Philadelphia: Live Review

    June 25, 2013 10:40 AM EDT One of the most impressive things about Bruno Mars' performance on Monday night at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center was, in fact, the list of songs that he left off the set list. The 27-year-old has been famous as a solo artist for roughly three years, and has already reached…

  15. Firefly 2013: Delaware’s Summer Fest Grows Bigger, Better In Second Year

    June 24, 2013 1:30 PM EDT In more ways than one, Firefly has doubled down on Delaware. From June 21-23, the First State hosted a first-class event, as the annual Firefly Festival once again took over the lush Woodlands area behind the Dover International Speedway. With nearly double the number of bands on its…

  16. Album Chart Preview: Kanye West's Lead Over J. Cole Shrinks

    June 22, 2013 10:00 AM EDT J. Cole's "Born Sinner" is edging closer to West's "Yeezus" as the albums enter the weekend. After three full days on sale, Kanye West's "Yeezus" is still forecast to be No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. However, its lead over J.…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Lorde's 'Royals' Roars Onto Alternative Radio

    June 21, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, makes the best start on Alternative Songs for a female soloist charting her debut hit in five years With the aptly-titled single "Royals," Lorde could be on her way to fitting chart domination. The 16-year-old New Zealander sends her…

  18. Big Time Rush, 'Man of Steel' Soundtrack Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 15, 2013 9:13 AM EDT Big Time Rush and the "Man of Steel" film soundtrack are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Big Time Rush's new "24/Seven" album could sell around 45,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday,…

  19. Simon Cowell Egged During 'Britain's Got Talent' Finale

    June 08, 2013 10:51 PM EDT Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" wrapped up its seventh season Saturday night with Hungarian shadow theater troupe Attraction emerging as the winner of the talent competition on commercial network ITV. The live final went down with a surprise twist, though, as a…

  20. Sleeping With Sirens Headed for Best Week Ever on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 08, 2013 8:40 AM EDT Rock act Sleeping With Sirens is primed for its best week ever on the Billboard charts. The band's new album "Feel" is aiming to debut in the top five on next week's Billboard 200, so suggest industry sources, with perhaps 60,000 copies sold. The new Billboard 200 chart&…

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