1. Pharrell Enters Social 50 Thanks to 'Happy' Hit

    January 24, 2014 10:53 AM EST His new single, from 'Despicable Me 2,' spurs his debut. Plus, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira soar up the chart Pharrell Williams debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 43, thanks to the surging popularity of his single "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack.…

  2. U2 to Premiere 'Invisible' Song in Super Bowl Ad for (RED) and Bank of America

    January 23, 2014 3:28 PM EST U2 will premiere a new song, "Invisible," via a commercial from (RED) and Bank of America that will air during next Sunday's Super Bowl (Feb. 2.) As previously reported by Billboard , the song will set up U2's forthcoming album – a follow-up to 2009's "No…

  3. Will Smith, U2 Confirmed for Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Premiere

    January 19, 2014 8:21 PM EST When Jimmy Fallon's reign as the host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" begins next month, he'll have a fairly worthy duo of guests to help ring in his premiere: Will Smith and U2. In a release today (Jan. 19), NBC confirmed that the actor/rapper will be featured as a guest…

  4. Oscars: 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Singer Dismisses Critics of Surprise Nomination

    January 18, 2014 8:59 AM EST Joni Eareckson Tada says allegations of backroom dealings by the song's well-connected writers are false and insists no one "pushed their influence." As a mini-controversy develops about an Oscar-nominated song from a micro-budget Christian film called 'Alone Yet Not…

  5. Oscars: Surprise Song Nom 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Riles Up Contenders

    January 17, 2014 9:29 AM EST How did a song few people have heard in a movie nearly no one has seen beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay Z for an Oscar nomination? "I can't figure any of this shit out with the music branch," said someone who missed out on a best original song Oscar…

  6. Pharrell ‘Speechless’ Ahead of Oscars, GRAMMY Awards

    January 17, 2014 1:19 AM EST A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy — and speechless — over his Oscar nomination. The producer-rapper-singer's "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is nominated for best original song. "Uh, speechless," Pharrell…

  7. Pharrell, U2, Karen O Score Oscar Nominations

    January 16, 2014 9:35 AM EST "Frozen" highlight "Let It Go" also scores an Academy Award nod. U2, Pharrell Williams and the bassist of Arcade Fire are all contending for trophies at the 86th annual Academy Awards -- as is a film about the singers who sang the oohs, ahs and la-la-las on thousands of…

  8. Mary Chapin Carpenter Gives Old Songs a New Setting on 'Movie' Album

    January 13, 2014 5:10 PM EST The music business has changed a lot since Mary Chapin Carpenter released her debut album, "Hometown Girl," back in 1987. She tells Billboard that some of the changes have definitely been for the better. "I was just speaking with someone, and we were talking about what I would…

  9. Everly Brothers' Song Sales Up 696% Following Death of Phil Everly

    January 09, 2014 10:00 AM EST "The Very Best of the Everly Brothers" hits No. 8 on Country Catalog Albums chart The death of Phil Everly -- one-half of the singing duo the Everly Brothers -- resonates on the charts this week. Everly passed away on on Jan. 3 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74.…

  10. Pusha T Announces, 'Clipse Working on New Album'

    January 07, 2014 4:35 PM EST Pusha takes to Facebook to confirm rumors sparked by a photo of the Neptunes he tweeted Jan. 2 Long-running rumors of a Clipse reunion just got a lot more credible. Yesterday (Jan. 7) evening, Pusha T posted "Clipse working on a new album" to his official Facebook page , linking to…

  11. Don Everly on Losing His Brother Phil Everly

    January 04, 2014 2:05 PM EST Don Everly has released a statement on the passing of his little brother Phil , who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday. The elder Everly writes that the love they shared "will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had" during their wildly…

  12. The Everly Brothers' 20 Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    January 04, 2014 12:14 PM EST In honor of the Everly Brothers, following the passing yesterday (Jan. 3) of Phil Everly , Billboard has ranked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo's 20 biggest Billboard Hot 100 chart hits. The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dead at 74 PHOTOS: The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers…

  13. The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dead at 74

    January 03, 2014 9:10 PM EST The vocalist passed away Friday from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease January 4 / 2:15 PM EST: This article was updated with Don Everly's statement. Phil Everly, who made up one-half of iconic rock and country duo The Everly Brothers, has died. He was 74. According to the…

  14. TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang Tackle 'Iconic Duets'

    December 17, 2013 11:08 AM EST TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang have been married since 2007. In the years since their nuptials, many of their fans have been asking about a possible duets record. The two have obliged those requests with the release of "Iconic Duets" -- a collection that features their take on many…

  15. Judge Finalizes Jack White, Karen Elson Divorce

    December 12, 2013 7:50 PM EST A Nashville judge has finalized the divorce between Jack White and British model and singer Karen Elson. Court records show the final divorce agreement was signed by a judge on Nov. 26. The agreement names Elson as the primary residential parent for the couple's two children and White…

  16. Bob Dylan's Newport Stratocaster Going to Auction

    December 06, 2013 3:33 AM EST Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster made rock history when he played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Now it is again set to make news when it goes on the auction block, where it could sell for half a million dollars. The festival was a defining moment that marked Dylan's…

  17. Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return

    December 05, 2013 10:10 AM EST 'Tis the season for Billboard to rank the 100 hottest holiday songs and the 50 best-selling Yuletide albums each week It's already looking a lot like Christmas on Billboard.com and Billboardbiz, as the Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts return, while a new seasonal ranking,…

  18. Documentary on J.D. Fortune, One-Time INXS Singer, Gets World Premiere

    November 06, 2013 2:21 AM EST Former INXS lead singer J.D. Fortune had his glorious highs and crushing lows as the frontman for the Aussie rockers. But the Canadian musician's lower lows are the subject of Andrew Nisker's rock doc Chasing Fortune, set for its world premiere in Toronto on Nov. 11, with Fortune…

  19. August Alsina Feels the 'Luv' on R&B Charts With Debut Single

    October 28, 2013 12:30 PM EDT "Raw honesty." That's what convinced Island Def Jam executive VP/head of A&R Karen Kwak to sign New Orleans native August Alsina. Now the 21-year-old singer/songwriter's unflinching style is attracting national attention. Alsina recently earned his first Billboard…

  20. Drake Celebrates Birthday With Emotional Toronto Show: Live Review

    October 25, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Drake is not the type of person to say, "Birthdays? Nah, I don't like to celebrate my birthday."  Even non-diehard fans of the Toronto-born rapper know his birthday is in October — October 24, to be exact. His company brand is OVO, an acronym for October's Very Own,…

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