1. Pharrell Williams' Record-Breaking 'Happy' Returns to No. 1 in U.K.

    March 03, 2014 3:41 AM EST Pharrell Williams was in record-breaking form as the Official Charts Company unveiled the U.K.’s weekly sales data on Sunday (March 2). His smash hit “Happy” (Back Lot) became the first single for 57 years to start a third separate run at No. 1. It sold its millionth copy in the territory…

  2. 'American Idol' Lands New Low for a Winner's Debut Album

    February 28, 2014 2:48 PM EST After a number of delays, Candice Glover's debut album, "Music Speaks," has arrived on the Billboard 200 starting at No. 14. It's the 2013 "American Idol" winner's first album, and sold 19,000 copies in its first week (ending Feb. 23), according to Nielsen…

  3. Girls' Generation, 'Mr.Mr.': Track-By-Track Review

    February 27, 2014 10:38 PM EST With nearly 14 months away from the K-pop scene, Girls' Generation -- arguably one of the biggest girl groups in the world, not just in K-pop -- returning with a six-track EP might, at first, seem like a bit of a letdown. But on "Mr.Mr.," the group brings six strong tracks…

  4. Backstage With St. Vincent: New Style, New Label and a Bold New Album

    February 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST The alt-goddess strikes a new pose with her first major-label album: "The music industry is the wild west" Inside a dimly lit and cavernous studio space in Manhattan's SoHo district, assorted members of the world's fashion elite jostle for rickety chairs while Annie…

  5. Sammy Hagar Mixes Rum, Rock Music & A Book Project

    February 24, 2014 4:45 AM EST One is a rock star and the other a rock star chef, but Sammy Hagar and Emeril Lagasse have a shared passion for food and music. "He loves music as much as I love cooking," Hagar said before giving a weekend concert at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, where he teamed up with…

  6. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  7. Chris Brown Sets New 'X' Release Date: May

    February 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST Chris Brown has set a new date for his next album, "X": May 5, 2014. Breezy tweeted the new release date today (Feb. 22), calling "X," "by far my best album yet." "X" is by far my best album yet.... Setting the date for MAY 5 pic.twitter.com/cFrfpgsBcD …

  8. Trisha Yearwood Touring ‘Just Because,' Writing Third Cookbook and Recording New Album

    February 18, 2014 4:05 PM EST In the past few years, Trisha Yearwood’s career has expanded from Grammy winning country chanteuse to best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host of the Food Network show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.” But when a fan recently posed the question online, “Are you done with music?” Yearwood…

  9. Jill Scott Talks 'The Voice,' James Brown Biopic and New Album

    February 18, 2014 9:30 AM EST Tapped as guest mentor for Team Usher on the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice" -- which kicks off Feb. 24 -- Jill Scott has also been busy juggling two other major projects: a co-starring role in the James Brown biopic "Get On Up" and a new album for Atlantic. Given…

  10. Kelis to Host Show on Cooking Channel

    February 17, 2014 8:18 PM EST Announcement precedes release of new album "FOOD" Kelis enjoys food. That much has been known since she announced "FOOD," her sixth LP, for an April release and included a first single titled "Jerk Ribs" -- not to mention a worldwide hit in "Milkshake"…

  11. Mariah Carey's Long-Delayed Album Has Been Cooking 'Like a Honey-Baked Ham'

    February 14, 2014 3:30 PM EST In the last two years, Mariah Carey has cycled through three managers, two album release dates and four new tracks-will her fifth be the charm? On Feb. 12, Carey unveiled the latest single from her long-delayed new album. The finger-snapping ballad "You're Mine (Eternal)"…

  12. DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014

    February 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST The DJ Mustard sound, like a Van Gogh painting or a good avocado, is easy to spot when you know what to look for. It's taut and spare, snappy and insistent. There are usually gruff chants in the background, like the song is a boozy party where a dance circle has just taken shape. …

  13. Cuban Singer Santiago Feliu Dead at 51

    February 12, 2014 3:11 PM EST Renowned member of the island's Nueva Trova movement dies of a heart attack Cuban musicians and music fans mourned the death Wednesday (Feb. 12) of Santiago Feliu, a singer/songwriter who brought rock edge to the socially-conscious Nueva Trova genre. Feliu, 51, was found dead of a heart…

  14. Cady Groves' Waiting Game: How A Promising Artist Ended Up Back At The Beginning

    February 10, 2014 2:15 PM EST The 24-year-old's dream came true when she found a major label home. Somehow, everything went wrong. Inside a songwriter's lost period, and why she's still someone to watch. Three months ago, Cady Groves was on Rock Road in Wichita, driving down the main drag in a crappy…

  15. Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

    February 10, 2014 11:02 AM EST "Slang" (1996) gets an expanded edition... "We could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s" Nearly 18 years later, the members…

  16. Bombay Bicycle Club Rides To U.K. Chart Summit

    February 10, 2014 6:01 AM EST London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club landed their first U.K. No. 1 album with their fourth set “So Long, See You Tomorrow” (Universal Island) as the weekly sales figures were published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Feb. 9). Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne, started a third week…

  17. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Beatles Songs?

    February 06, 2014 10:05 AM EST As we approach the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. arrival, 'Ask Billboard' asks you to choose your favorite Fab songs, covers and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  18. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  19. Foreigner, Styx, Don Felder Announce 'Soundtrack of Summer' Tour (Exclusive)

    February 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST All three co-headliners have recorded a new version of the Eagles' "Hotel California" (which Felder co-wrote) and will release a compilation album to accompany the tour Styx, Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder are joining forces to provide The Soundtrack…

  20. Howard Stern's 60th Bash: The Full Report From The Birthday Blowout

    February 01, 2014 11:18 AM EST Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive producer Gary Dell'Abate noted that, last year,…

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