1. Thievery Corporation, Zedd Zoom On Dance Charts

    April 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Thievery Corporation debuts its first album in nearly three years, as "Saudade" enters Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 2 with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Featuring songs from five guest vocalists, the album's unique brand of…

  2. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  3. Flamenco Great Paco de Lucia Dead at 66

    February 26, 2014 9:26 AM EST Paco de Lucía, the man whose name was synonymous with flamenco guitar and who popularized the music worldwide with his mix of virtuosity and accessible melodies, died of a reported heart attack this morning near the Mexican resort city of Cancún. De Lucía was 66. According to published…

  4. Controversial Mini-Series Puts INXS Back on Top in Australia

    February 17, 2014 1:42 AM EST INXS are the hottest thing in Australia, again.  The homegrown hitmakers opened at No. 1 on the latest ARIA albums chart and have three in the top 20 and a swag of re-entries to the singles chart, thanks largely to the power of the small screen. INXS' “The Very Best” compilation opened…

  5. K-Pop Hot 100: IU Hits No. 1 With 'Friday,' Ties Chart Record

    December 30, 2013 6:30 PM EST Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring TVXQ!, Brown Eyed Soul, Super Junior, SISTAR, Busker Busker The lead single from the repackage version of IU's impressive "Modern Times" album , the bouncy "Friday," debuts at No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100 --…

  6. Jake Owen Rolls the Dice With 'Days of Gold'

    December 03, 2013 1:30 PM EST "I think that as an artist, sometimes for you to grow, you have to take those risks rather than put out the same song each time" Jake Owen has taken his share of risks over the past few years. His last album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," firmly established him as one of the…

  7. Dick Dodd, Drummer for the Standells, Dies at 68

    December 02, 2013 5:07 AM EST Dick Dodd, a Mouseketeer who went on to become a member of the Standells, the garage rock pioneers who recorded the Boston sports anthem "Dirty Water," has died. He was 68. Dodd, who also sang and played drums with the surf band the Bel-Airs (the 1961 instrumental "Mr. Moto…

  8. Documentary on J.D. Fortune, One-Time INXS Singer, Gets World Premiere

    November 06, 2013 2:21 AM EST Former INXS lead singer J.D. Fortune had his glorious highs and crushing lows as the frontman for the Aussie rockers. But the Canadian musician's lower lows are the subject of Andrew Nisker's rock doc Chasing Fortune, set for its world premiere in Toronto on Nov. 11, with Fortune…

  9. IU Exudes Maturity on New LP 'Modern Times'

    October 09, 2013 7:40 PM EDT South Korea's "little sister" triumphs over growing pains with a throwback-inspired album. A young female talent, IU (given name Lee Jieun) shot to super stardom in 2011 with a pristine set of pipes and angelic charm. She proved herself on the charts with slew of K-Pop Hot…

  10. Ryan Hemsworth Reveals 'Guilt Trip' Tracklisting, Talks Album's Diversity

    September 10, 2013 3:42 PM EDT The Canadian DJ/producer talks about his new label and making an eclectic record. Ryan Hemsworth Plenty of DJs have nicknames, but only Ryan Hemsworth is known as both the “Remix Ryan Gosling” and the “Internet Zack Morris.” As for what these appellations mean is anyone’s guess; both were…

  11. Sean Paul, Victoria Justice Rock Zumba Fitness Concert in Orlando

    August 16, 2013 12:55 PM EDT More than 8,000 Zumba instructors and enthusiasts rocked -- or rather, did their Zumba moves -- to live performances by Sean Paul, Victoria Justice, Brazilian Claudia Leitte, and a slew of up and comers during the annual Zumba Fitness Concert held as part of the Zumba Instructor Convention…

  12. Singer Eydie Gorme Dead at 84

    August 10, 2013 8:24 PM EDT Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday (August 10) at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas…

  13. Marianas Trench, Drake Lead 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT Vancouver's pop-rock band Marianas Trench -- now a headlining arena act in Canada after a dozen years of hard work, and whose frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" -- leads the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards with six nominations,…

  14. Janet Jackson, 'janet.': Classic Track-By-Track Review

    May 18, 2013 9:12 AM EDT Which of 'janet.''s 28 tracks (there's a lot of interludes) has endured the most? Read on for our classic track-by-track review. "Control" may have been her breakout, and "Rhythm Nation 1814" her breakthrough with a whopping seven singles reaching the…

  15. Billboard Music Awards Post-Party: Fans Pick G-Eazy As Opening Act

    May 16, 2013 12:45 PM EDT 0 Billboard & Sonicbids teamed up to find one new talent as the opening act for the BBMAs' Post-Party. The votes are in: Congratulations, G-Eazy! Billboard and Sonicbids teamed up to find a new talent that will get to play at the post-party of the Billboard Music Awards…

  16. Harry Connick, Jr. Breaks Free on New Album: 'Screw It, I'm Just Going to Write and Create'

    May 07, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Harry Connick, Jr. is feeling empowered in the walk-up to his upcoming album, "Every Man Should Know," which he dabbles in nearly every genre of music, save for hip-hop. "I'm tired of being a slave to the record company," he joked backstage at a recent "…

  17. Canada's 'First Lady of Song' Rita MacNeil Dies

    April 18, 2013 6:09 AM EDT Award-winning country and folk singer Rita MacNeil, a beloved Canadian icon who hosted her own variety show in the 90s, was a member of the Order of Canada, and had 10 albums certified gold, platinum to triple platinum,died last evening (April 16) from post-surgical complications. She was…

  18. No Joke! The 20 Biggest Tunes for 'Fools'

    April 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Another April Fools' Day is upon us, and although many "fools" will be busy pulling lame pranks on Monday (Apr. 1), the fools with a thirst for chart history should explore this list of the 20 biggest songs with the word "fool" in the title. From Aretha Franklin to…

  19. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  20. Quincy Jones Video Q&A: The Legend At 80

    March 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT The maestro looks forward (and back). Q reflects on working with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and more, embracing a milestone birthday while his creativity continues apace. Stop. It’s the one concept Quincy Jones steers clear of while reflecting on his storied career on the eve of his…

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