1. Carly Rae Jepsen Defends Justin Bieber, Sheds Light on Next Album

    June 20, 2013 3:02 PM EDT "I stand by him… he's doing the best he can," pop singer tells Billboard of her friend and recent touring partner. Though she has a full slate of summer shows ahead of her, Carly Rae Jepsen is honing in on her next album, which she says will be "a pop album, but...…

  2. Barenaked Ladies: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    June 18, 2013 11:15 AM EDT The quartet chats about its new album 'Grinning Streak' and its 25-year history as a band known for humor (as well as the financial climate of New Brunswick …) "I think the record is more upbeat. It's our second as a four-piece. When we made the last record, it was…

  3. Black Sabbath Snare First No. 1 UK Album in 42 Years

    June 17, 2013 8:39 AM EDT The reunited Black Sabbath have established a new U.K. chart record for the longest gap between No. 1 albums. Their new set "13" (Vertigo/Universal) debuted at the summit yesterday (Sunday), 42 years and eight months after their second album "Paranoid" hit the peak, thus…

  4. Barenaked Ladies Chart Their Five Favorite Songs

    June 13, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Sure, we could rank Barenaked Ladies' top five songs. But ... why not go right to the source - the group members themselves - and ask them to pick their faves? We did. Hear what they chose. At Billboard, we like to think we know a little bit (and hopefully a lot more) about how to…

  5. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  6. Robin Thicke Retains No. 1 Slot on U.K. Singles Chart, Disclosure Beat QOTSA For No. 1 Album

    June 10, 2013 6:07 AM EDT A week after Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013, that record has been broken again — by Thicke himself. The track followed its opening sales of 190,000 by selling close to 199,000 in…

  7. 615 Spotlight: The Statesboro Revue

    June 05, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Americana band releases "Ramble On Privilege Creek" ... Frontman talks of coming painfully close to a big break on "The Voice" Stewart Mann, lead singer of the critically acclaimed group The Statesboro Revue, has been around the business for quite a while. That being…

  8. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Rushes To No. 1 in U.K., Daft Punk Retain Albums Chart Crown

    June 03, 2013 7:28 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, has smashed the rapidly-changing record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year. With sales last week of 190,000, it dramatically raised the bar of 145,000 set on the previous chart by …

  9. Sly Stone's Dodgy Deals & Money Problems Explored in Court Case

    June 03, 2013 5:20 AM EDT Anyone curious how a mega-successful musician -- one inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- can go 30 years nearly penniless should read a decision by a California appeals court on Thursday. The subject of the ruling is Sly Stone, born as Sylvester Stewart, who as the frontman for…

  10. Mavis Staples Talks Collabing With Wilco's Jeff Tweedy On New Album

    June 02, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Mavis Staples has achieved every one of her life goals -- except for starring in a movie. “I told Justin Timberlake, ‘Look, Justin, your next movie, don’t forget about me. I’ll play the grandma,” says the 73-year- old singer, who began her career with family band the Staples Singers as a…

  11. Daft Punk Bow At No. 1 on Britain's Albums Chart

    May 27, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) made its expected powerful debut on the U.K. album chart Sunday (May 26), becoming the fastest-selling artist set of the year to date with opening sales of 165,000. Its single “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell…

  12. Rod Stewart Finds 'Time' At No. 1 On U.K. Albums Chart, Daft Punk Continue Singles Chart Reign

    May 20, 2013 6:23 AM EDT Rod Stewart’s “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal) debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. yesterday (May 20) to become the veteran rock and easy listening artist’s first chart-topping studio album in his home territory for 37 years. According to the Official Charts Company, Stewart's sales feat sets…

  13. George Strait and Demi Lovato Bound for Top Three on Billboard 200

    May 18, 2013 8:30 AM EDT Country icon George Strait is heading for a No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week with his new album, "Love Is Everything." Meanwhile, Demi Lovato's fourth studio effort, "Demi," is aiming for a No. 3 bow. According to industry sources, the albums are…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey Adds To Hot 100 Legacy

    May 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT With the debut of "#Beautiful," Carey pads her historic Hot 100 discography. Plus, Michael Jackson's music is reaching new generations and Rod Stewart returns As "#Beautiful" bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 24, Mariah Carey continues as one of the chart&…

  15. Lady Antebellum Scores Third No. 1 Album, 'Gatsby' Debuts Strong at No. 2

    May 15, 2013 1:45 PM EDT "Now 46," Pistol Annies, Rod Stewart also notch Top 10 debuts this week. Country trio Lady Antebellum earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as its new "Golden" debuts with 167,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album sold slightly better than…

  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. Justin Bieber to Make Cameo on 'The Simpsons'

    May 11, 2013 7:02 PM EDT Last summer, Justin Bieber announced he'd done voice work for "The Simpsons" and that he'd make a guest appearance on the show's upcoming 24th season. That day has arrived. Tomorrow night (May 12)'s episode of the long-running series will feature a brief cameo…

  18. 'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack Selling Big, Heading for No. 2 on Billboard 200

    May 11, 2013 10:55 AM EDT The Baz Luhrmann film's all-star soundtrack looks to land below Lady Antebellum's "Golden." The all-star soundtrack to the film "The Great Gatsby" is off to a fast start. Industry forecasters suggest the new compilation album, which was released this past…

  19. Shakira, Adam Levine and Remaining 'Voice' Singers Come Together for Club Show

    May 09, 2013 3:16 PM EDT Meanwhile, the NBC hit topped Fox's "American Idol" in the 18-49 demo on Wednesday After the four teams on "The Voice" were whittled down to three singers each, the contestants and the coaches journeyed from Burbank to West Hollywood to entertain an invited crowd at…

  20. 10 Awesome Las Vegas Music Residencies in 2013

    May 02, 2013 11:15 AM EDT In a town of over-the-top attractions, these are Las Vegas' must-see musical events on right now. Harking back to the Rat Pack's glory days at the Sands Hotel and Casino, or Elvis Presley's more than 800 sold-out shows at the Las Vegas Hilton, Vegas's tradition of…

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