1. Chart Highlights: Madonna's 'Living for Love' Debuts on Pop Songs, Leads Dance Club Songs

    February 23, 2015 4:45 PM EST The Queen of Pop returns to top 40 radio and, as previously reported, celebrates her historic coronation on Dance Club Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Calvin Harris, Thomas Rhett & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below…

  2. New Signings: Q Prime Signs Volbeat, Incubus Joins Island Records, Downtown Nabs Atticus Ross

    February 13, 2015 2:19 PM EST Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more. RECORD LABELS -- Incubus signs an exclusive worldwide contract with Island Records . The band will release a four-song…

  3. Reba McEntire Returns to Hot Country Songs Chart

    January 15, 2015 5:00 PM EST After a three-year absence, Reba scores a career-high debut. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood & more. Reba McEntire scores a career-high bow at No. 28 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Going Out Like That," her first single in more than three years…

  4. Michael W. Smith Finds 'Spirit of Christmas' With Help From His Country Friends

    December 05, 2014 7:03 PM EST To Michael W. Smith , Christmas really is that most wonderful time of the year, and the three-time Grammy winner has parlayed his passion for the season into four successful holiday albums, including his latest, The Spirit of Christmas , which recently hit No. 1 on Billboard's Holiday…

  5. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  6. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  7. 'Frozen' Spends 10th Week at No. 1 On Billboard 200; Sales Climb Past 2 Million

    April 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down 11 percent compared with the…

  8. Black Label Society, SoMo To Heat Up Billboard 200, 'Frozen' Expected To Stay At No. 1

    April 11, 2014 7:29 PM EDT As previously reported, the "Frozen" soundtrack will likely spend a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The album will easily outpace the rest of the chart, as industry forecasters suggest it could sell more than 130,000 copies in the week ending April 12.…

  9. D'Angelo Added to James Brown Tribute Lineup

    March 19, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The R&B singer joins Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo and other special guests for "Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration" at the Hollywood Bowl While a release date for his long-awaited RCA album is still forthcoming, D'Angelo has been announced as the latest guest artist…

  10. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  11. Angélique Kidjo to Release 'Eve' Album in January: Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 23, 2013 9:00 AM EDT The Grammy winning African artist has a busy 2014 lined up; Listen to "Eva," featuring Asa, off her upcoming album For Angélique Kidjo, "Eve" represents a fresh start. The world music icon has struck a new recording deal with 429 Records, from which a new album, "…

  12. Martina McBride Launches 'Cozy' Christmas Tour

    November 27, 2012 5:30 PM EST Martina McBride knows a thing or two about Christmas. Released in 1998, her classic holiday set "White Christmas" has sold 1.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and her version of "O Holy Night" has become a standard. McBride continues to share her love of…

  13. Chart Highlights: Ke$ha Climbs To No. 1 on Pop Songs

    November 26, 2012 4:55 PM EST The singer scores her third format leader with 'Die Young,' the lead single from her Dec. 4 album 'Warrior.' Plus, a host of new holiday songs enter AC and Jake Owen's 'One' tops Country Airplay. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  14. Joe Jackson Taking 'Duke' on the Road

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT After opening at No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, Joe Jackson is now looking to take his tribute to Duke Ellington on the road. Jackson and his six-piece band featuring the violinist Regina Carter are booked for 16 shows in the U.S. between Sept. 15 and Oct. 6 and 22 in Europe…

  15. Herbie Hancock Launching International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year. That date coincides…

  16. Ricky Skaggs Inspires Top Wins at ICM Awards

    October 31, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Faith, family and country music were celebrated Friday night (Oct. 28) at the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ricky Skaggs was the evening's top winner, claiming the Entertainer of the Year award as well as the trophy…

  17. Paris Fashion Week Roundup

    October 07, 2011 4:00 PM EDT The sun has set on Spring/Summer 2012 fashion weeks. Luxury and art was abound during this week of fashion in Paris and blossomed in the most decadent and pomp infused ways. Where else would you come across an all white carousel spinning with Louis Vuitton models? Here is our bite sized round…

  18. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera's 'Jagger' Tops Adult Pop Songs

    September 26, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon…

  19. Ask Billboard: Country, Where The Girls Aren't

    July 29, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  20. Billboard Bits: First Tom Cruise 'Rock of Ages' Pic, Cee Lo Denies Homophobia Charge

    June 17, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Tom Cruise Rocks in First 'Ages' Look A photo of Tom Cruise playing the character Stacee Jaxx in the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Rock of Ages" has been released, and it's…

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