1. Sandy Concert Rocks NYC With Stones, McCartney and a Reunited Nirvana

    December 13, 2012 2:30 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF • Stones, The Who, Joel,…

  2. Alicia Keys Puts On One-Woman Show at Sandy Concert

    December 13, 2012 2:15 AM EST CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF • PHOTOS: Live & Backstage Pics • Stones, The Who, Joel, Bon Jovi • McCartney/Nirvana Debut Song • Keys Puts on One-Woman Show • Kanye Doesn't Skirt His Duties The 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief featured some of the biggest names in popular music…

  3. 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief: Musicians React on Twitter

    December 13, 2012 1:05 AM EST Thousands of fans packed into New York City's Madison Square Garden Wednesday night at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, where an A-list line-up of stars rotated on and off the stage for a solid five hours. The concert, broadcast online and on televisions across the world, was…

  4. 12-12-12: Stream The Concert For Sandy Relief RIGHT NOW!

    December 12, 2012 7:30 PM EST Stars Talk Sandy Paul McCartney Bruce Springsteen Bon Jovi 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief will bring a star-studded lineup to New York's Madison Square Garden to perform a once-in-a-lifetime concert for thousands of fans. Fortunately, those who can't make it to MSG can…

  5. Paul McCartney 'Joins' Nirvana for Sandy Concert, New Song

    December 12, 2012 12:45 PM EST Eighteen years after Kurt Cobain took his own life, putting an end to the most influential rock band of the '90s, Nirvana has found its new lead singer in former Beatle Paul McCartney. Well, for one night at least. CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF • Stream the Event Right Here • Rolling Stones…

  6. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Back at No. 1, Wiz Khalifa and Ke$ha Debut Top 10

    December 12, 2012 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as her "Red" set steps 2-1 with 167,000 (up 22%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week's leader, Alicia Keys ' "Girl On Fire," falls to No. 7 with 77,000 (down 52%). This is "…

  7. Alicia Keys 'Thinking About' Shaving Head After New 'Do

    December 10, 2012 9:00 PM EST Alicia Keys recently chopped off most of her hair, and the singer is looking to go even shorter. The R&B superstar debuted her bob hairdo this summer. In a recent interview, Keys said she wants to go "even shorter." Alicia Keys Earns Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart When…

  8. Chart Highlights: will.i.am, Britney Spears Bound Onto Pop Songs Chart

    December 10, 2012 4:45 PM EST Dropkick Murphys, meanwhile, bring their brand of holiday cheer to the Alternative Songs tally. 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…

  9. Kesha's 'Warrior' Headed for Top 10, Taylor Swift Set for No. 1 Return

    December 08, 2012 9:10 AM EST After vacating the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks, it looks like Taylor Swift 's "Red" will return to the No. 1 slot. While the current tracking week isn't over yet, industry forecasters are suggesting that the Big Machine Records album will swoop back…

  10. Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

    December 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a Who's Who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, including Eric…

  11. Shakira's Baby 'Bumps' Her Into Top Five on Social 50 Chart

    December 07, 2012 10:00 AM EST While Shakira hasn't been particularly active on the music scene as of late, she still manages to keep her fans as engaged via social networks. This week, she jumps into the top five of Billboard's Social 50 chart after tweeting and Facebook sharing a photo (through Instagram) of…

  12. Alicia Keys Raises $2.9M at Gala, Honors Oprah Winfrey

    December 07, 2012 7:30 AM EST During the auction portion of Alicia Keys' Black Ball Redux, one man was ready to jump his bid from $100,000 to $250,000 for a trip to South Africa - if Keys would join him and his friends. "I'll go for a little more," Keys said Thursday night at the Apollo Theater, where…

  13. The Beat 12/6: One Direction Gets Wild in NYC, Afrojack Remixes PSY

    December 06, 2012 7:20 PM EST Welcome to the Thursday, December 6 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. has the headlines…

  14. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Alicia Keys

    December 06, 2012 9:05 AM EST As she crowns the Billboard 200, the girl on fire discusses healing in her hometown, bringing R&B to pop radio and her respect for songwriting. Alicia Keys collects her fifth Billboard 200 No. 1 this week, as "Girl on Fire" launches atop the list . The set's title cut,…

  15. Rihanna Remains Atop Hot 100, Adds Radio Songs Reign

    December 05, 2012 4:00 PM EST As 'Diamonds' dominates the Hot 100 for a third week, it takes over Radio Songs. Plus, will.i.am and Britney Spears start just outside the top 10 As' "Locked Out of Heaven" (4-2) by approximately 2,500 chart points. "Diamonds" dips by 9% in overall points,…

  16. Alicia Keys Earns Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 05, 2012 11:00 AM EST Alicia Keys crowns the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth time in her career, as her fifth studio album "Girl On Fire" debuts atop the list with 159,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keys previously led the list with her first four albums (three studio sets and a live release)…

  17. 50 Cent Taps Chris Brown, Ne-Yo for 'Street King Immortal'

    December 04, 2012 10:08 PM EST Though 50 Cent 's upcoming "Street King Immortal" has been plagued by delays, at least the album's had enough time to put together its guest list. The hip-hop mogul told Billboard.com that his fifth studio album will feature Chris Brown , Ne-Yo and Trey Songz , as well as…

  18. Mateo Exclusive Video: 'How I Got Here'

    December 04, 2012 1:55 PM EST Music is undeniable to Mateo. "Music has always been around. My grandpa did music, and my dad's mom was a singer. Everyone played music," Mateo says. In the video, "How I Got Here," exclusively premiered on The Juice, Mateo gives fans a look at the road to his 2013…

  19. Sandy Benefit Concert, Now With Clapton & Coldplay, Going Global

    December 04, 2012 10:20 AM EST The 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert will be broadcast across 34 U.S. and international television, radio and Internet across six continents. Producers said in a Monday news release the concert will be available to 1 billion people across six continents. Eric Clapton and Coldplay have…

  20. Rod Stewart, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton Holiday Sets Primed For Billboard 200 Top 10

    December 01, 2012 8:00 AM EST As previously reported, Alicia Keys ' new album "Girl on Fire" is set to earn the highest debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart, with a No. 1 entrance likely. Industry sources suggest that the set, which hit retailers on Nov. 27, might sell between 145,000 to 170,000…

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