1. Blake Shelton Nets First Million-Selling Album

    July 25, 2013 8:29 PM EDT The country star's "Red River Blue" crosses the mark this week. This week, Blake Shelton's "Red River Blue" becomes his first million-selling album. The country singer's set, which re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 194 with a little more than 2…

  2. The Seed: Lil Kim, Jim Jones, Jay-Z

    July 14, 2013 9:00 PM EDT On her 37th birthday (July 11, 2011), Lil Kim announced that she'd release a new single titled "Looks Like Money" off her fifth studio album. Neither the single nor the album ever materialized until last week when the Queen Bee unleashed the single in celebration of her 39th…

  3. Beyoncé Shines On U.S. Tour Launch In L.A.: Live Review

    June 29, 2013 3:36 PM EDT “She brought it all and turnt it up!” “She brought it all and turnt it up!” That was just one in a litany of comments buzzing up and down the aisles following Beyoncé’s bar-raising performance at L.A.’s Staples Center last night (June 28). The sold-out concert marked the launch of the U.S.…

  4. 2NE1's CL Defines 'Baddest Female,' Women Empowerment & Ideal Type: Exclusive Video

    June 25, 2013 6:00 PM EDT "I want people all around the globe to know that there are girls in Asia, like me, who like hip-hop and dress uniquely." Her fans are fanatical. CL is the snazzy leader of K-pop's famous girl group 2NE1 (under YG Entertainment, home to PSY, BIGBANG, Se7en and more).…

  5. The 10 'Baddest Females' in K-Pop

    June 17, 2013 6:00 PM EDT "This is for my bad girls all over the world. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good, you know?" -CL Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Christina, Shakira... the top divas of the West all ooze sex appeal and confidence. The same is not true in South Korea as most top acts have an…

  6. Tom Petty Disputes Fire Marshall in Shutdown of Hollywood Show

    June 10, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Twenty-four hours after the fire marshal brought an abrupt end to Tom Petty's fourth concert at the Henry Fonda Theater, the rocker was already considering remedying the situation himself. "We had to quit a little early last night," Petty said early in Sunday's set…

  7. Daft Punk Scores Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 05, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Alice in Chains, John Fogerty and Little Mix all make Top 5 debuts. Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, as the set shifts another 93,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's down 73% in its…

  8. Meat Puppets, A-Trak and Omarion Added to Summerfest Lineup

    May 17, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Summerfest is adding to its already massive lineup for the Milwaukee-based music festival, with '90s rockers Meat Puppets and Cracker joining the mid-summer party, along with indie band Rogue Wave among others. A-Trak, Umphrey's McGee, Omarion, JC Brooks & The Upown Sound, The…

  9. Pharrell Williams Joins Rihanna's 'Styled to Rock' Competition Series

    May 15, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and designer Pharrell Williams will lend his fashion savvy to a new reality competition. Produced by Rihanna, Williams will serve as one of the mentors on Style Network’s “Styled to Rock,” a new competition series from that searches for the next trendsetting designer. 12…

  10. Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards With 12 Nominations

    May 14, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Chris Brown announces an upcoming Aaliyah-assisted single. He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations. The BET nominees were announced today (Tuesday, May 14) at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, just up…

  11. Pharrell Williams and Designer Mark McNairy Reunite for BBC's Blacked-Out New Line

    May 14, 2013 1:31 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams and clothing designer Mark McNairy prove that black is the new black in their new noir collection, BBC Black. We already know of the cool urban swagger that Pharrell and Mark McNairy capture in their individual clothing lines and the awesomeness that…

  12. Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2013 6:43 PM EDT There's a point on "Doin' It Right," the penultimate track on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," where the album's utter lack of post-modern ambitions smacks the listener in the face. "Everybody will be dancing and be feeling all right!…

  13. Florida Georgia Line Doubles Up Atop Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay Charts

    May 09, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line is the first act to simultaneously dominate Hot Country Songs and the Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay tally with separate titles since the former chart adopted a multi-tiered methodology (airplay, sales and streaming) last fall, while also becoming the first rookie…

  14. The 10 Best Charting Movie Soundtracks Ever: 'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Purple Rain' and More

    May 07, 2013 3:23 PM EDT This Friday (May 10) will mark the release of the Baz Luhrmann-directed incarnation of book-based classic “The Great Gatsby.” Ahead of its theatrical debut, today (May 7) the effort’s soundtrack, “Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film: The Great Gatsby,” hits stores. Acclaimed rapper Jay…

  15. Bubbling Under: Emblem3 Rises At Radio

    May 03, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Emblem3, Dan Croll, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Tim Timmons EMBLEM3 Emblem3, which finished fourth on Fox's "The X Factor…

  16. 'American Idol' Recap: No Clear Front Runner With Only Four to Go

    April 25, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Many things set the 12th season of "American Idol" apart from its recent predecessors (namely, ALL DEM GIRLS), but one of the most noticeable changes has to do with the front runner. And by that, I mean that there really isn't one. Last season, everyone pretty much knew…

  17. DJ Marky & Makoto, 'Bloody Mary': Listen

    April 09, 2013 1:28 PM EDT Pianos roll and trumpets sound in this hot slab of drum ‘n’ jazz. Drum and bass stalwart DJ Marky teams up with long-time collaborator Makoto on “Bloody Mary,” a jazzy roller scheduled for release next week on Marky’s own Innerground. Its piano vamps and trumpet noodling, all set to turbo…

  18. Darius Rucker Rolls 'Wagon Wheel' to No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    April 04, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The song marks Rucker's sixth leader on the list. Plus, Blake Shelton bows atop Top Country Albums, Hunter Hayes reigns on Country Airplay and Taylor Swift starts 'Trouble' on country radio Darius Rucker ends a two-year absence from the top of Hot Country Songs, as "…

  19. No Joke! The 20 Biggest Tunes for 'Fools'

    April 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Another April Fools' Day is upon us, and although many "fools" will be busy pulling lame pranks on Monday (Apr. 1), the fools with a thirst for chart history should explore this list of the 20 biggest songs with the word "fool" in the title. From Aretha Franklin to…

  20. The Band Perry Gets It 'Done' On Hot Country Songs Chart

    March 21, 2013 5:05 PM EDT The sibling trio launches its new single at No. 23. Plus, Darius Rucker storms the top five and Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift's new duet soars The Band Perry draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 23 on Hot Country Songs with "Done.," the second single from "Pioneer,"…

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