1. Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' Reaches 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    August 22, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Linkin Park 's "Hybrid Theory" album becomes the latest release to join the 10 million-sellers club, as it crosses the mammoth threshold this week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the band's debut set -- released in 2000 -- sold another 3,000 this week, bringing its to…

  2. Banned Music: 21 Artists Censors Tried To Silence

    August 17, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, radio stations, TV networks and even entire countries have sought to silence controversial musicians by making their music, videos, and, in some cases, the artists themselves less accessible to the public. Provocative punk band Pussy Riot felt the…

  3. Chart Juice: Elle Varner Debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    August 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Elle Varner bows at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her debut "Perfectly Imperfect," selling 33,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is home to three charting singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs . "Only Wanna Give It To You," Varner's breakthrough song …

  4. Q&A: Snoop Lion & Diplo Discuss Their 'Reincarnated' Reggae Project

    July 31, 2012 12:25 PM EDT If you thought Snoop Dogg 's journey into Rastafarian culture was a passing whim, think again. As he prepares to release his 12th studio album, "Reincarnated," the veteran rapper's reggae rebirth as Snoop Lion is to be taken seriously. Teaming up with VICE and world…

  5. Chart Juice: Nas Nets Ninth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Nas debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Life Is Good," securing the veteran artist his ninth topper on the tally. The set starts with a larger-than-expected 149,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1. (Last week, industry…

  6. Nas Bows at No. 1 with 'Life is Good'

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Life Is Good" bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin with around 125,000. Nas…

  7. Nas Set For Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 9:08 PM EDT Nas is set for his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his just-released album, "Life Is Good," is heading for the top slot next week. Industry sources suggest that the title will sell perhaps 120,000, which should be enough to secure a No. 1 bow. The new Billboard 200 chart&…

  8. Mara Hruby Video Premiere: 'Alright'

    July 16, 2012 3:25 PM EDT If you have yet to listen to the soulful sounds of Mara Hruby, we recommend you do so as soon as possible. The gifted songstress from Oakland, Calif., delivered a passionate EP, "From Her Eyes," last year, which is laced with covers she recorded, arranged and engineered herself. One…

  9. Usher's 'Confessions' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    July 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Usher's 2004 "Confessions" album hits a milestone sales achievement this week, surpassing 10 million in U.S. sales according to Nielsen SoundScan. The feat is notable in that it is only the 19th album to sell 10 million since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. In the week…

  10. Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges, Could Face Prison Time

    June 29, 2012 1:48 PM EDT Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007. She faces a maximum one-year sentence on…

  11. Watch Joss Stone's Acoustic Tastemakers Session

    June 28, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Video: Joss Stone performs "The High Road" It's been nine years since Joss Stone released her multi-platinum debut, "The Soul Sessions," a record of covers made with producer Steve Greenberg when she was just 15 years old. Since then the singer's schedule has…

  12. Usher Can't Beat Gary Barlow on U.K. Album Chart

    June 18, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" became the market's fastest-selling single of 2012 to date, with first-week sales of 152,000. The news comes soon after the…

  13. 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&…

  14. Akon Talks 'Stadium' Album, Upcoming Movie & More

    May 08, 2012 2:15 AM EDT Last week (May 1), Akon stepped back into the ring with the video for "Hurt Somebody;" the French Montana -assisted new single off his fourth studio album, "Stadium." The collaboration with his close friend, who was initially signed to Konvict Muzuk back in 2009 before now…

  15. 10 Awesome Adam Yauch Rhymes: Beastie Boy MCA's Best Lyrics

    May 04, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Each of the Beastie Boys brandished a style of rapping that set him apart from the pack. But for many fans, it was the distinctive growl of MCA that consistently rose above the beats. From the trio's rough and rowdy early tracks to their refined and respected final cuts, Adam Yauch…

  16. Darren Criss Covers Bob Dylan's 'New Morning': Watch

    April 20, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Darren Criss and brother Chuck, of indie band Freelance Whales , teamed up last fall to record a cover of Bob Dylan's "New Morning" for Amnesty International's "Chimes of Freedom" tribute album. A music video for the cover has now been released, showing how the…

  17. Rihanna Responds to Marijuana Photo Controversy

    April 19, 2012 8:02 PM EDT Photos of Rihanna appearing to roll a marijuana blunt at the Coachella Music Festival over the weekend have sparked online criticism of the R&B star -- but she has some strong words for the haters. "Yikes. @Rihanna's marijuana photos from Coachella spark controversy," MTV…

  18. Train, 'California 37': Track-By-Track Review

    April 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Train were the comeback kids of 2010-11, saved by San Francisco, a ukulele and a soul sister. "Save Me, San Francisco" put the Bay City trio back on track after some mid-decade commercial, personal and business-side doldrums, all through the magic of their monster hit "Hey,…

  19. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  20. Bob Marley Doc to Stream on Facebook While in Theaters

    April 12, 2012 9:50 AM EDT The Bob Marley documentary "Marley" will stream on Facebook simultaneously during its theatrical opening, a signal that social media may also play a role in shifting movie release windows. Such day-and-date releases have become increasingly common in recent years for smaller…

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