1. Candid Covers: Wynter Gordon Sings Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn'

    July 31, 2012 12:00 PM EDT "It's one of those songs that defines my youth," Wynter Gordon said of Natalie Imbruglia "Torn," the song she covered for her Billboard Candid Covers session. The '90s song was a small moment of influence in her childhood that helped to shape the big picture in…

  2. D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 13, 2012 12:45 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo , stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies, sly two-steps and his signature falsetto.…

  3. Essence Festival 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    July 09, 2012 5:10 PM EDT If there was any ever doubt whether R&B was alive and progressing, the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans debunked each and every doubter. No gimmicks or special affects were needed, as pure vocal prowess and legacy resonated loudly throughout the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. PHOTOS:…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: LMFAO, Katy Perry, Fiona Apple

    June 30, 2012 9:05 AM EDT LMFAO has something new to celebrate: the longest Hot 100 residence for a former No. 1 in the chart's 54-year history. UP, UP AND 'AWAKE': As "Wide Awake" bullets at No. 4 on the Hot 100, Katy Perry ascends to the Pop Songs top 10 with the track, which blasts 14-9 in…

  5. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200 Debuts

    June 27, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Justin Bieber 's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bieber's highest sales frame. …

  6. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Now Aiming For 390-410k Debut Week

    June 22, 2012 9:25 PM EDT Justin Bieber 's new "Believe" album is still on course for the largest debut sales week of the year, as industry sources say the set will move between 390,000 and 410,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, June 24. "Believe" will easily debut at No. 1 on the…

  7. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney Headed for Top Two on Billboard 200

    June 20, 2012 7:38 PM EDT Justin Bieber 's just-released "Believe" album has all but locked up a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the album will sell in the range of 410,000 to 440,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 24. It is poised to earn the…

  8. Four Play: 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, Kelly Rowland, T.I.

    June 19, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Melanie Fiona clocks-in, 2 Chainz gets monochromatic, Kelly Rowland embraces summer and T.I. keeps it classy. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring, Melanie Fiona, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz, T.I., with a bonus treat from B.o.B. Melanie Fiona pleads for a second chance in…

  9. Fan Challenge: Write A 23-Word Review of Fiona Apple's New Album

    June 19, 2012 3:10 PM EDT Over the course of her career, Fiona Apple has established herself as the master of: haunting alt-pop compositions, taking her time between records, and of course, the wordy album title! After releasing a (fantastic) album in 1999 with a 90-word title that was quickly shortened to "When…

  10. Candid Covers: Yuna Sings Incubus

    June 19, 2012 11:50 AM EDT "I grew up in Malaysia, and all the kids there, they love Incubus. And 'I Miss You' is kind of like one song everybody knows," said indie rock songstress Yuna, before launching into a cover of the band's late-'90s track. Even today, she still looks back on those…

  11. Fiona Apple's "The Idler Wheel...": Track-by-Track Review

    June 19, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Fiona Apple is completely okay with declaring "it's not you, it's me." As much as she takes the brunt of her own lyrical lashings on fourth album "The Idler Wheel…," she saves just enough guilt to share amongst former lovers. Most adult relationships require a…

  12. Fiona Apple: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 18, 2012 2:30 PM EDT A few days after her Billboard interview, Fiona Apple will leave her home in Venice, Calif., for a month-long tour supporting her fourth album, "The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do." This is remarkable…

  13. Watch Fiona Apple Fight Her Brain in 'Every Single Night' Video

    June 12, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Snails, gators, octopus hats, a man with a bull's head. Fiona Apple 's new video for her single "Every Single Night" is an abstract, stream-of-consciousness stew of dreamlike imagery from the quirky singer. Apple sings in a particularly tortured fashion on the track, which…

  14. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  15. Big K.R.I.T., 'Live From The Underground': Track-By-Track Review

    June 05, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. 's individual career moves -- specifically, the trio of full-length, critically acclaimed, uniformly great mixtapes that he released over the two years leading up to his Def Jam debut "Live From The Underground" -- have had their positives and negatives. 2010'…

  16. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris" and "Otis"). (West earned…

  17. Best Coast Team With Jon Brion, Urban Outfitters for Sophomore Album

    May 07, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Best Coast 's Bethany Cosentino still writes all of her songs in her bedroom in Los Angeles, describing the setting as her "safe place." As the indie-pop duo continues developing a national identity and prepares for another U.S. tour, Cosentino feels most relaxed in her native…

  18. Track Review: Fiona Apple, 'Every Single Night'

    April 30, 2012 8:30 AM EDT FIONA APPLE "Every Single Night" (3:33) Producers: Fiona Apple, Charley Drayton Writer: F. Apple Publisher: FHW Music (ASCAP) Clean Slate/Epic Records One thing can be said for the elusive Fiona Apple: She lets the voices in her head speak, even if the words that come out don't…

  19. Track Review: Fiona Apple, 'Every Single Night'

    April 30, 2012 8:30 AM EDT FIONA APPLE "Every Single Night" (3:33) Producers: Fiona Apple, Charley Drayton Writer: F. Apple Publisher: FHW Music (ASCAP) Clean Slate/Epic Records One thing can be said for the elusive Fiona Apple: She lets the voices in her head speak, even if the words that come out don't…

  20. Listen To Fiona Apple's New Single, 'Every Single Night'

    April 23, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Fiona Apple 's forthcoming album may have a 23-word title attached to it, but the first single from the beloved singer-songwriter's fourth album is short, sweet and simple. "Every Single Night" was released on Monday morning (Apr. 23) and previews "The Idler Wheel is…

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