1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Dave Matthews Band Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 19, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 'Away From the World' is DMB's sixth straight No. 1; Top six on this week's chart are all debuts For only the second time in history, the entire top six albums on the Billboard 200 chart are debuts. Led by Dave Matthews Band 's "Away From the World" at No. 1…

  12. Rod Stewart Returns to HSN for First Holiday Album

    September 17, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Two years ago, Rod Stewart smashed previous figures at HSN with his exclusive debut of "Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook: Volume V," moving more than 25,000 units during his hour-long performance and sales pitch, according to HSN. The singer remains the largest…

  13. Dave Matthews Band, 'Away From the World': Track-By-Track Review

    September 11, 2012 11:30 AM EDT About halfway through his band's first new album in three years, Dave Matthews announces, "I'm too old to wanna be younger now." It's an apt summation of where his head's at on this 11-song set, which reunites the Dave Matthews Band with original producer Steve…

  14. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Is Billboard's Song of the Summer

    September 06, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hey, we just met her, but this doesn't seem so crazy: After a season of pop culture ubiquity, Carly Rae Jepsen 's debut U.S. hit "Call Me Maybe" is Billboard's top Song of the Summer . The Canadian pop singer's maiden American hit spent nine weeks atop the…

  15. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  16. Barbra Streisand Announces New Fall Tour Dates

    August 07, 2012 11:40 AM EDT After announcing a pair of October performances at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center, Barbra Streisand has plotted six additional tour dates for that month. The trek, promoted by Live Nation and S2BN, will begin on Oct. 8 in Philadelphia and conclude with a performance at Vancouver's…

  17. Tony Bennett To Release Latin Music 'Duets' Album in October

    August 02, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 'Viva Duets' to feature collaborations with Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan and more. After a pair of "Duets" albums allowed Tony Bennett to revisit classic songs with the help of some younger stars, the 85-year-old singing legend is returning to the format, this…

  18. Incubus Going Back on Hiatus After Honda Civic Tour

    July 31, 2012 5:15 PM EDT "I have been tinkering around, potentially, with a second solo record," says frontman Brandon Boyd. As it nears the end of its cycle promoting 2011's "If Not Now, When?," Incubus ' plan "is to have no plan" according to frontman Brandon Boyd. "We…

  19. Amy Winehouse's Death Led to Surge in Sales, Chart Moves

    July 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Singer has sold 855,000 albums, 1.15 million song downloads in U.S. since July 23, 2011 While the late singer Amy Winehouse -- who died a year ago today (July 23, 2011) -- didn't leave behind an incredibly deep catalog of music, her legacy has continued to live on Billboard's charts…

  20. Emmys 2012: 'The Voice' Scores, 'Glee' & 'Idol' Snubbed in Nominations

    July 19, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Nominations for the 64th Emmys were announced today, and noticeable among the long list of nods for "Mad Men," "Modern Family" and "American Horror Story" was a striking lack of nominations for "Glee," "American Idol" and "The X Factor.…

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