1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Reaches 500,000 in Sales

    February 20, 2015 10:13 PM EST On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late opened atop the list with a huge first week while the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack sizzled with a No. 2 debut . Billboard 200 chart ranks the week's most popular…

  2. Anna Kendrick Admits to Being a Musical 'Amateur' and Why Bette Midler Is the 'Wayne Gretzky of Double Threats'

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Natural Anna Kendrick will be the first to tell you she's not really a musician; she just plays one on the big screen. Her ­humility belies the mezzo-soprano belt that drove the actress' cover of "Cups" from Pitch Perfect , the 2012 hit movie about a cappella…

  3. Without Lesley Gore This Famous 'First Wives Club' Scene Would Never Have Happened: Watch

    February 16, 2015 10:35 PM EST Lesley Gore died of cancer Monday. The singer-songwriter had multiple hits under her belt, but "You Don't Own Me" is one of the songs she will be remembered for most. The lyrics of the powerful feminist anthem proudly declare the singer's independence: "Don't…

  4. Miley Cyrus Parts Ways With Longtime Publicist

    February 11, 2015 8:30 PM EST PMK•BNC's Meghan Prophet had represented the singer since her Disney days. Miley Cyrus and longtime publicist Meghan Prophet of PMK•BNC have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed. Cyrus is now being represented by public relations firm ID PR. Miley Cyrus Video Removed From NYC Porn Film…

  5. The Inside Story of How Mariah Carey and L.A. Reid Reunited (at a Fraction of Her Former $80 Million Deal)

    January 30, 2015 11:00 AM EST Just months shy of the 10-year anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi , Mariah Carey and Antonio "L.A." Reid are prepping another kind of comeback. According to multiple sources, the 45-year-old singer is returning to Sony Music through Epic Records, where Reid has served as…

  6. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  7. TLC Surpasses 'Last Album' Kickstarter Fundraising Goal

    January 22, 2015 9:57 PM EST It's official: TLC will be recording its final album.  After launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the iconic girl group's last LP earlier this week, their goal of $150,000 has been met and exceeded thanks to the help of Katy Perry and other excited fans.  Katy Perry Donates…

  8. Tim Drummond, Bassist for Neil Young, CSNY, Dylan, Dies at 74

    January 12, 2015 1:04 PM EST Tim Drummond , the session bassist who gained acclaim for his work on Neil Young 's recordings in the 1970s before playing with a who's who of singer-songwriters including Bob Dylan , died Jan. 10 in St. Louis County, Mo. He was 74. Crosby, Stills and Nash biographer David Zimmer…

  9. Solange vs. Jay Z and More: 2014's Music Beefs by the Numbers

    December 31, 2014 2:29 PM EST This past year was filled with artists beefing with one another, both in and out the e-streets. Even Ariana Grande jumped in. From the hilarious ( Cam'Ron vs. Nick Cannon ) to the severe ( Jay Z vs. Solange ), below are 2014's music beefs by the numbers. No. of music beefs in 2014…

  10. Joe Cocker Remembered by Ringo Starr, Randy Newman & More Musicians

    December 22, 2014 2:14 PM EST Legendary rock singer Joe Cocker died Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70 after his battle with lung cancer, and his loss is being felt across the music world. Joe Cocker Dies at 70 Randy Newman , who wrote Cocker's hit song "You Can Keep Your Hat On," told Billboard : "He was…

  11. Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More: Who Won the Internet in 2014?

    December 10, 2014 2:41 PM EST Katy Perry knows her Mean Girls (and shade). That was just one revelation fans learned this year thanks to the star's Twitter account. But it was far from the only one. This year on social media, stars got in touch with their inner-fangirls, settled feuds, let the public know they had…

  12. Bette Midler's Birthday Wish: To Work With Ariana Grande

    December 01, 2014 5:52 PM EST Bette Midler has the perfect idea to bury the hatchet with Ariana Grande . Ariana Grande Responds to Those Bette Midler Comments... As a refresher: Midler made some comments last week that Grande looks "ridiculous" when she tries to be sexy, and the pair exchanged a few more…

  13. Bette Midler on Her Ariana Grande Comments: 'All I Can Say Is...'

    November 25, 2014 9:19 PM EST The Bette Midler - Ariana Grande back-and-forth continues... After Midler told the U.K.'s Telegraph that Grande looks "ridiculous" trying to seem sexy and that "you don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead," the pop star had her own comments on…

  14. Ariana Grande Responds to Those Bette Midler Comments...

    November 25, 2014 5:39 PM EST 'Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! not sure where that Bette went,' Grande tweets. Brenda Morelli would  never. Ariana Grande  has responded on Twitter to  Bette Midler 's  remarks  about the…

  15. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  16. Bette Midler Says Ariana Grande Looks 'Ridiculous' Trying to Be Sexy

    November 24, 2014 9:04 PM EST 'You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead,' Midler says in U.K. interview. So what did Bette Midler think about those AMAs on Sunday night? According to a new interview with the U.K.'s Telegraph , she probably didn't think too highly of it --…

  17. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  18. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Doobie Brothers Earn Highest Charting Album Since 1980

    November 14, 2014 10:05 PM EST Also debuting: Ellen DeGeneres’ new holiday compilation On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 , selling 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only two new albums started in the top 10: Bette Midler’s It’s the…

  19. Bette Midler Scores Fifth Straight Decade of Top 10 Albums

    November 14, 2014 7:29 PM EST Bette Midler celebrates a fifth consecutive decade of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, as It’s the Girls debuts at No. 3. She's only the second woman, following Barbra Streisand , to notch top 10 albums in each of the last five decades (1970s through 2010s). The new album&…

  20. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 12, 2014 11:00 AM EST Meanwhile, Bette Midler and Calvin Harris score Top 10 debuts on the albums chart. As expected , Taylor Swift 's blockbuster 1989 album spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The set sold 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan —…

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