1. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 this week, as…

  2. Grammy Album of the Year: How Much Does Being a Billboard No. 1 Help?

    February 11, 2013 2:39 AM EST Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' is the 37th Billboard chart-topper to win Grammys' top prize The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. So artistic merit trumps sales and fan popularity. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, but is it possible to make an informed…

  3. 2 Chainz Celebrates Grammy Nominations in ATL

    February 07, 2013 11:30 AM EST 'Words can't explain how I feel right now,' the rapper says of Grammy nods. Wih three Grammy nominations under his belt, 2 Chainz has much to celebrate. Last night (Feb. 5), the rapper invited tastemakers from his hometown of Atlanta to Vanquish Lounge to join in his…

  4. Bruce Springsteen's MusiCares Tribute: Sting, Neil Young to Honor The Boss

    January 02, 2013 10:05 AM EST Other Artists to Perform at Grammy Week Event Include Kenny Chesney, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith; Jon Stewart to Host Bruce Springsteen will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week with a tribute event featuring performances by some of the biggest names in music,…

  5. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Yesterday, we heralded…

  6. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 1

    December 20, 2012 11:35 AM EST Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Today: January through June. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. We'll start with highlights…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna Mines A Gem Of A Hit With 'Diamonds'

    November 24, 2012 11:05 AM EST RiRi registers the latest rock-era-appropriate chart-topping title. Rihanna is giving new meaning to the term "rock era." As "Diamonds" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 , the song joins the list of geologically-inclined No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. …

  8. Meek Mill & Rod Stewart Albums Headed for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 03, 2012 9:00 AM EDT As previously reported, rapper Meek Mill and pop veteran Rod Stewart are both aiming for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the former's "Dreams & Nightmares" is on course to sell between 170,000 to 185,000 by the end of…

  9. Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Tops Billboard 200

    October 31, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Tony Bennett, Gary Clark Jr., Stone Sour and Lady Antebellum also debut in the Top 10 of this week's chart. As earlier reported , Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen…

  10. Lady Gaga Jazz Album Will 'Reaffirm She's One of the Best,' Says Tony Bennett

    October 29, 2012 12:10 PM EDT As if a new album ("Viva Duets"), book ("Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett") and a movie also titled "The Zen of Bennett" aren't enough, Tony Bennett already has his next project in motion -- a jazz album with Lady Gaga . Bennett, who recorded "The…

  11. Updated Projections: Taylor Swift To Launch Atop Billboard 200 With 'Red'

    October 27, 2012 9:45 AM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift is charging toward a million-unit sales week and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her fourth album, "Red." Industry sources still peg final week sales (which run through Sunday, Oct. 28) at around the 1.1 million mark,…

  12. Vicente Fernandez Has 'Small Lump' on Liver, Cancels Shows

    October 26, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Iconic Mexican Singer, Featured on Tony Bennett's New Duets Album, Undergoes More Testing Vicente Fernández , the iconic Mexican singer known for his popular ranchera songs, has canceled two early November shows in Mexico due to issues with his liver, according to a representative with…

  13. Taylor Swift Ready To Paint Billboard 200 'Red,' Kendrick Lamar Heading For No. 2

    October 24, 2012 8:09 PM EDT As reported yesterday, Taylor Swift 's "Red" is trending toward a million-plus sales week and a non-surprising Billboard 200 No. 1 debut, as industry sources seem certain that the title will eclipse the seven-figure sales threshold. Indications are that "Red" will…

  14. Captain Barkey, Jamaican Dancehall Artist, Fatally Shot in Bronx

    October 17, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Captain Barkey, a veteran Jamaican dancehall deejay, was fatally shot in front of a Bronx motel in the early morning hours on Saturday (Oct. 13). Best known for the mid '90s No. 1 dancehall hits "Go Go Wine" and "Bun Fi Bun," his sound was characterized by quick paced…

  15. Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera Duet on 'Steppin' Out With My Baby': Listen

    October 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera have teamed up on a classic, "Steppin' Out With My Baby," in preparation for his latest collaboration collection, "Viva Duets." Listen below. Bennett has made a career out of recording and re-recording standards, and in recent years…

  16. Gene Simmons Q&A: On Kiss Empire, New Album and Advice for Lady Gaga

    October 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT "You wanted the best, you got the best!" has been Kiss' battle cry for nearly 40 years. Anyone making that boast can't afford to be modest, something Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is clearly not. His public confidence seldom falters, but after selling 100 million…

  17. The Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012, From No. 100 To No. 1

    October 03, 2012 5:05 AM EDT Who has the top-charting hit on pop radio over the past 20 years? The week of Oct. 3, 1992, Billboard premiered the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as then-new Nielsen BDS-based monitoring technology allowed for unprecedented accuracy in gauging the biggest hits on mainstream top 40 radio.…

  18. The Beat 10/1: Justin Bieber Gets Sick, Lady Gaga Goes Jazz, Obama Has '99 Problems'

    October 01, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Welcome to the Monday, Oct. 1 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. dishes out the latest…

  19. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga to Make 'Big Swinging' Jazz Album

    September 28, 2012 8:38 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will team up once again -- this time on a full album. The multi-generational duo, who performed "The Lady is a Tramp" together on Bennett's "Duets II" album, intend to make a jazz album together. "'Of all things, she called me from…

  20. Alejandro Sanz Q&A: On 'Big' New Album, Reality TV & Surrounding Himself With Women on Tour

    September 25, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Alejandro Sanz -- the top-selling act in Spain's history -- has released "La Música No Se Toca" (Music Is Not To Be Touched), his 12th studio album and his first on Universal Music Latino. Release of the set, produced by Sanz with Julio Reyes-Copello, comes after Sanz's…

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