1. R. Kelly's 'Black Panties' Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    December 11, 2013 7:00 PM EST R. Kelly is set to collect his 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The singer's latest album, "Black Panties," is on course to sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15 -- so say industry forecasters. That should be enough…

  2. Rod Stewart Confirms Faces Reunion: 'We're Earmarking 2015'

    December 11, 2013 12:37 AM EST Rod Stewart, who told The Hollywood Reporter in May, "Me and Ronnie [Wood] were out plotting the Faces’ future," confirmed in a Dec. 2 interview on Boston's WZLX radio that the Faces, founded in 1965, would reunite as a live band after Wood's next tour with the Rolling…

  3. John Hammond, 'Further On Up The Road': Exclusive Song Premiere

    December 10, 2013 10:45 AM EST It's been 50 years since John Hammond, Jr. released his first album. And he can think of no better way to commemorate it than with a new live album that finds him doing what he does best -- playing solo with just his guitar, harmonica and voice at one of his favorite regular venues.  …

  4. On 'Hava Nagila'

    December 01, 2013 10:05 AM EST The power of music can last a lifetime I don't think music was a major part of most of her life, but in her later years, it revealed its power to connect her to those she loved, and, in turn, us to her. And, throughout, music still weaved its way into meaningful moments. Not that life…

  5. Yo Gotti Debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 29, 2013 6:00 AM EST Yo Gotti's "I Am" debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 47,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, his biggest weekly sales figure to date. His previous best came on Jan. 28, 2012, when "Live From the Kitchen" opened with 16,000 first-week units,…

  6. Does One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Follow The Boy Band Third-Album Trend?

    November 27, 2013 2:38 PM EST Revisiting the changes in sound and creative input on the third efforts by NKOTB, BSB, N' Sync & more. This week, British heartthrobs One Direction -- the most successful boy band in a decade by just about any standard -- release their third studio album, "Midnight Memories.…

  7. Chris Brown Ordered Back To Court in January

    November 25, 2013 11:27 PM EST R&B singer Chris Brown's next court appearance in Washington is now scheduled for Jan. 8. A D.C. Superior Court judge granted the new date Monday. Brown's attorneys successfully argued that he should not be forced to leave anger management rehabilitation in Los Angeles to travel…

  8. Chris Brown Allowed to Skip D.C. Court Date

    November 22, 2013 7:36 PM EST A judge says R&B singer Chris Brown doesn't have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court. D.C. Superior Judge Robert Tignor agreed Friday to let Brown waive his scheduled appearance on Monday. Brown is facing a misdemeanor assault charge. He and bodyguard…

  9. CODE Picks of the Week: Pryda, Kastle and More

    November 22, 2013 2:29 PM EST Pryda: “Lycka” [Pryda Recordings] A staple and a fan fave during his recent EPIC shows, Eric Prydz at last releases this flourish-filled trancey melodic house instrumental under his Pryda alias. Justin Bieber: “All That Matters” (Kastle remix) [Symbols Recordings] Does Justin Bieber always…

  10. Pharrell Debuts 24-Hour Music Video for 'Happy'

    November 21, 2013 8:28 PM EST Just days after Bob Dylan's highly interactive "Like a Rolling Stone" music video debuted, Pharrell has debuted what's being described as the first 24-hour music video. Today (Nov. 21), the singer/rapper/producer dropped a video for "Happy" that runs 24 hours and…

  11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Earn Fourth Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    November 21, 2013 6:54 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' stellar year on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs continues as "White Walls," featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis, jumps 11-8 in its 11th week. The move spurs the Seattle duo's fourth top 10 on the list following the record-setting "Thrift Shop,…

  12. Five Finger Death Punch Heading for Top Debut on Billboard 200

    November 20, 2013 7:13 PM EST Rock band Five Finger Death Punch is on course for its second top five album this year. The group's new release, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2" may sell around 80,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 24.   That should…

  13. Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2013 1:13 PM EST I didn't enter the Wu-Tang on November 9, 1993, the date that "36 Chambers" was released. I, like many others, discovered that they were nothing to fuck with years later -- specifically, 11 years later, when a friend gave me a 2004 compilation album, "Legend of the Wu…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Hannah Bethel Enjoys Her 'Freedom' on New EP

    November 06, 2013 6:45 PM EST With the holidays just around the corner, Hannah Bethel remembers her very first public performance. It was Amy Grant's classic "Tennessee Christmas."  "That was my very first solo when I was in fourth grade," she recalled to Billboard. "I had cowboy boots on,…

  15. DJ Khaled and TLC Rule on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 31, 2013 7:47 PM EDT Miami radio jock-turned-artist DJ Khaled scores his eighth consecutive top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as “Suffering From Success” opens at No. 2 with 27,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The second-place debut makes Khaled only the fifth artist in the Nielsen era (Dec. 1992…

  16. Kelly Clarkson's Wedding, 'Wrapped in Red' Album Spur Social 50 Chart Gain

    October 31, 2013 9:26 AM EDT Getting married can do wonders for your social life. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who tied the knot on Oct. 20 and, in turn, hits a new high on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and…

  17. Morrissey's 'Autobiography': 10 Things We Learned About Moz

    October 24, 2013 1:28 PM EDT key takeaways from Moz's tell-all, from his feelings about the Smiths and his first serious relationship to that time he was almost on "Friends." Published in the United Kingdom late last week, "Autobiography" is Morrissey's long-awaited life story,…

  18. Alison Gold Sure Loves 'Chinese Food,' the Latest Video From the 'Friday' Creators

    October 15, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Zany "Food" video explodes on YouTube You've hit the jackpot, Internet persons who enjoy Chinese food, Asian stereotypes and videos of old guys wearing panda suits while tickling a little girl. The Jack. Pot. Courtesy of the tween-focused men who birthed Rebecca Black's …

  19. Audra McDonald Balances NBC's 'Sound of Music' With Tour

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Full cast rehearsals begin today (Oct. 14) in New York for NBC's live "The Sound of Music," bringing together Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti and Audra McDonald, who is squeezing in rehearsals around a national concert tour. "When you consider that this…

  20. Justin Timberlake Crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart Again

    October 10, 2013 7:10 PM EDT Just six months after “The 20/20 Experience” first reached No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (on its way to a 10-week reign), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)” debuts atop the chart with 350,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last time an artist posted two…

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