1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'The Heist' Passes 1 Million Sold

    August 28, 2013 5:03 PM EDT Mere days after their videos took home three Moonmen from the MTV Video Music Awards – including Best Hip-Hop Video for "Can't Hold Us" -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut opus "The Heist" crosses the million copies sold mark. The set sold 19,000 copies this…

  2. Kid's Author Sandra Boynton Goes Country, Enlists Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Ryan Adams and Others for New Album

    August 13, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Famed children's author Sandra Boynton is set for a career first come Sept. 3. The famous scribe – who mixes her words with music – will be releasing "Frog Trouble and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs" via Warner Brothers. It's her first collaboration with country music…

  3. Former 'Idol' Elise Testone Looks Ahead to Debut Album 'In This Life'

    August 09, 2013 12:10 AM EDT "American Idol" alum Elise Testone makes her home in Charleston, South Carolina, but last week, she returned to her New Jersey roots to celebrate a special occasion: her 30th birthday. The season 11 finalist ushered in the milestone with friends, family and fans who packed into…

  4. Jay Z Scores 13th No. 1 Album On Billboard 200, Ciara Bows At No. 2

    July 17, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Update: July 17, 1 PM PST, Nielsen SoundScan has updated its sales figures. The new numbers have been adjusted in the story below. As reported last night (July 16), Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the rap titan's…

  5. Toni Braxton, Babyface Reunite For Duet Album

    July 11, 2013 3:44 PM EDT News of Toni Braxton retiring from music may have come prematurely. The singer-songwriter has announced that she will team up with legendary singer-songwriter, producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds for a duet album slated for the fall.  The Grammy Award-winning musicians are no…

  6. Danielle Bradbery Wins 'The Voice'

    June 18, 2013 11:05 PM EDT A Texan teenager whose singing experience was limited to performing in her bedroom was crowned the winner of the fourth season of “The Voice” on Tuesday.   Danielle Bradbery, 16, from the Houston suburb of Cypress, Texas, bested two more experienced acts, the Swon Brothers and Michelle…

  7. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

  8. David Lynch Talks Second Album: 'The Big Dream'

    June 03, 2013 11:30 AM EDT "Sometimes the lyrics come first but mostly the music is talking to you about how it wants to be, and then the lyrics are born out of that. It's a strange phenomenon, but I love doing it," he says David Lynch says he felt "more confident" making his second…

  9. Darius Rucker Debuts At No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    May 30, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Darius Rucker posts his third consecutive leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "True Believers" debuts at No. 1 with 83,000 sold, his second-best weekly sales sum, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rucker recorded his biggest week when "Charleston, SC 1966…

  10. Adam Levine Loses 2 Strong Singers on Shocking 'Voice' Episode

    May 29, 2013 8:47 AM EDT Adam Levine did not have a good night on Tuesday's live episode of "The Voice." In one of the most shocking episodes to date, two members of Team Adam were sent home on Tuesday. America decided that both Sarah Simmons and Judith Hill would not continue on the show. Simmons, a…

  11. 'The Voice' Top 10 Critique Song Choices, Talk Most Stressful Moments

    May 21, 2013 4:40 PM EDT The top 10 finalists of "The Voice" came out with performances Monday that ranged from acceptable to polished, a sign that in its fourth season, "The Voice" may have its strongest overall class yet. Based on Monday's show, observed live inside the studio on the…

  12. 'The Voice' Top 10 Revealed: Blake and Adam Top the Rookies

    May 15, 2013 10:37 AM EDT After a night of heated performances and risky choices on "The Voice," two singers were sent home on Tuesday night, leaving 10 singers to vie for the winning title. Robin Thicke kicked off the live results show by performing his new single "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and…

  13. Austin City Limits Lineup: Depeche Mode, The Cure and Kings of Leon Are Texas Bound

    May 07, 2013 1:01 AM EDT Muse, Lionel Richie, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and Wilco will also headline the two-weekend event Austin City Limits' two-weekend debut will have plenty of music to go around. The Texas festival, which will run Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, will see headlining performances from Depeche Mode, the…

  14. 20 Songs Named After Other Musicians: The Wanted's 'Walks Like Rihanna' & More

    April 30, 2013 2:44 PM EDT So far this week, the Wanted has returned with a new single that tips its cap to the body language of a certain Barbadian pop princess ("She can't sing, she can't dance/But who cares, she walks like Rihanna!" goes the chorus), and Lil Kim has jumped on a Tiffany Foxx…

  15. Jake Bugg's 'Lightning Bolt' Strikes U.S. Charts (Exclusive Video)

    April 19, 2013 1:03 AM EDT After scoring a No. 1 in his native U.K. with his debut album, the rockabilly/folk singer/songwriter arrives in the U.S. Check out his live performance at Billboard's New York offices. "Before age 12, I had no interest in music," folk/rock singer-songwriter Jake Bugg…

  16. SXSW Twitter Diary: Surfer Blood, Wallpaper & More (Part Two)

    March 16, 2013 11:48 AM EDT As the end of SXSW 2013 nears, the bands involved in the Twitter Music/Billboard SXSW Twitter list of up and coming performers have now chosen music over sleep for a number of nights. The acts on the list are tweeting about their time at SXSW and giving an inside, band's-eye-view at…

  17. Songwriting Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees: Aerosmith, Foreigner Members & More

    February 22, 2013 10:23 PM EST Tony Hatch, Holly Knight and JD Souther will also be honored at the June 13 ceremony. The Songwriting Hall of Fame's 44th annual slate of inductees have been announced: Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry will join previous…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: The 'Zoanette Era' Begins

    February 15, 2013 12:46 PM EST This "American Idol" contestant continuously defies expectations by putting in stranger performances each effort. Her vocals are on the border between kind of great and exceedingly over-the-top. She played a song that she made up on the spot about the judges, playing drums…

  19. 615 Spotlight: The Henningsens Are Looking 'American Beautiful'

    February 13, 2013 4:45 PM EST Family band scores a hit with bright single 2013 has been a year to remember so far for the Henningsens. The Illinois family act is enjoying watching "American Beautiful," their current single, navigate the Billboard charts where it reaches No. 40 on Hot Country Songs and No. 28…

  20. Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Dance/Club Play Songs: Chart Highlights

    January 28, 2013 3:19 PM EST Bieber scores his first leader on the list. Gary Allan, meanwhile, takes over top Country Airplay and Lady Antebellum soars onto the survey in with 'Downtown.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

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