1. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  2. Hear Yoko Ono & the Flaming Lips Cover John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'

    November 20, 2014 4:44 PM EST Around this time of year, John Lennon 's 1971 song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" becomes one of the most-covered songs on radio -- but we've got a promising one here with some strong connections to the original. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends':…

  3. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold 312…

  4. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST The standoff involves works by Pharrell Williams and other popular songwriters. YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of…

  5. Prague's John Lennon Wall Painted Over

    November 18, 2014 4:07 PM EST Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over, leaving just a single message: "Wall is over!" The wall, located at the heart of the Czech capital in the picturesque Little Quarter neighborhood, began to be painted with Lennon's…

  6. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. 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…

  7. Rewinding the Charts: 40 Years Ago, A Solo John Lennon Hit No. 1

    November 16, 2014 9:05 AM EST The ex-Beatle topped the Hot 100 with 'Whatever Gets You Thru the Night' and, after losing a bet with Elton John, made his last live concert appearance. ELTON JOHN knew a No. 1 hit when he heard one. In the summer of 1974, the 27-year-old piano man had recorded "Whatever…

  8. TLC's 'CrazySexyCool' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    November 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST Technically, they should’ve called it CoolCrazySexy. After all, each word in the title of this Atlanta R&B trio’s sophomore album corresponds to one of the group’s members, just like the letters T, L, and C. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was undeniably cool. Rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Selena Gomez's 'Heart' Starts at No. 25

    November 14, 2014 12:00 PM EST The new track from her first best-of set is the week's top debut. Plus, chart action for Big Sean, Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker and Walk the Moon. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , marking…

  10. Daniel Glass, Martin Bandier, Robb McDaniels and More Discuss the Launch of YouTube Music

    November 14, 2014 10:17 AM EST From very exciting to rectifying a wrong, responses to the music world's newest digital gramophone. Two days ago, YouTube announced the launch of its music streaming service. The wise move on Google and YouTube's part, however, was that this streaming service was simply an…

  11. Beatles' 'Blackbird' Becomes Dad's Lullaby to Dying Newborn

    November 13, 2014 7:24 PM EST A new father -- who lost both his wife and son just days apart -- has found some solace thanks to a classic Beatles track. Chris Picco sang a tender version of "Blackbird" to his newborn son, Lennon, who was born via emergency C-section at Loma Linda University Hospital in…

  12. Ariana Grande Hits No. 1 on Social 50 for First Time

    November 13, 2014 6:18 PM EST After 103 weeks on the Social 50 chart, Ariana Grande finally hits No. 1 for the first time, rising 2-1 on the latest tally (dated Nov. 22). The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart&…

  13. Throwback Thursday: The LOX vs. Diddy in 2005 Hot 97 Interview

    November 13, 2014 5:44 PM EST Nine years ago this month (November 2005), the LOX 's Jadakiss and Styles P turned it up on Diddy while being interviewed on NYC’s Hot 97. It feels like ages ago, doesn't it? I bet it doesn't for the LOX though. Diddy has a reputation for allegedly mistreating his artists. We…

  14. Irving Azoff Says YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive)

    November 12, 2014 7:19 PM EST Industry heavyweight, representing Pharrell and others, believes YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new subscription service & is prepared to take his clients off of the YouTube ecosystem. Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell…

  15. After Atlantic: An Independent Sean Paul Moves Forward

    November 11, 2014 12:25 PM EST Throughout his scorching 90-minute set aboard the inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae cruise (October 20-25), a sweat soaked Sean Paul  put down some impressive dance moves as he tore through his repertoire of EDM-influenced tracks, pop-reggae hits and core dancehall singles. In the latter…

  16. Ariana Grande Covers InStyle: 'I Would Literally Give a Limb for My Fans'

    November 10, 2014 10:44 AM EST Ariana Grande wants to break free from the rumors. The 21-year-old singer covers the December issue of InStyle , and in the accompanying article, Grande opens up about the diva rumors that have accompanied her rising fame. When asked about a rumored incident where a website claims…

  17. Madonna's Sean Penn Wedding Dress Sells for More Than U.S. Median Annual Income

    November 10, 2014 10:11 AM EST The Material Girl has still got it. Julien's Auctions said Saturday that bidders worldwide sought items from Madonna 's professional and personal life during the two-day Icons & Idols: Rock n' Roll auction in Beverly Hills that started Friday. The auction house says the…

  18. Three 'Boyhood' Songs, Including Two by Ethan Hawke, Enter Oscar Race

    November 08, 2014 1:32 PM EST As the Oscar race approaches the Thanksgiving break, with only a small handful of major awards hopefuls that haven't yet screened, IFC Films' summer release Boyhood continues to look like the film to beat. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15…

  19. Tove Lo Feels Up a Fan’s Nipple Piercings and More Insider Scoop

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  20. Watch Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips Cover the Beatles on 'Conan'

    November 07, 2014 7:53 AM EST "A Day in the Life" might be an all-time classic  Beatles song, but that didn't stop the Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus from covering it on With a Little Help From My Fwends , along with the rest of  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . Or from performing the track…

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