1. Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    December 15, 2014 3:20 AM EST Artist-producer Mark Ronson has landed his first U.K. No. 1 single, after “Uptown Funk” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars , entered at the top Sunday (Dec. 14). Ed Sheeran’s   X  (Asylum/Warner Music) rose again for its tenth aggregate week at the album summit. Ronson’s collaboration…

  2. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  3. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  4. Take That, Ed Sheeran Return To U.K. Chart Summits

    December 08, 2014 1:51 AM EST Take That’s   III  (Polydor/Universal), the British pop staple’s first album as a three-piece, debuted atop the new U.K. chart yesterday (Dec. 7) to become their sixth No. 1 on the survey. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (Asylum/Warner Music) returned to the top of the singles chart,…

  5. Art Basel Miami Beach: Your Music Guide

    December 03, 2014 6:40 PM EST FKA Twigs, Miguel, Theophilus London, James Blake & more artists provide a musical backdrop to the Miami art fest. An estimated 70,000 global visitors will descend on southern Florida this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, a socialite smorgasbord of contemporary art shows, forward…

  6. Bastille Share Haim Collaboration 'Bite Down'

    November 28, 2014 6:28 PM EST Even though Bastille have one studio album to their name (2013's Bad Blood featuring the breakthrough hit "Pompeii,") the prolific newcomers are about to release their third mixtape on Dec 10. Vs. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III) features the U.K. rockers working…

  7. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  8. Pentatonix Hits Top Three on Billboard 200, Nickelback Debuts in Top 10

    November 26, 2014 11:01 AM EST As earlier reported , One Direction's Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 387,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the second-largest debut sales week of 2014 (after Taylor Swift's 1989 arrival of 1.287 million…

  9. Shawn Mendes Exclusive: Watch Episode III of His ‘Life On The Road’ Series

    November 17, 2014 5:00 PM EST The teen star shares his feelings from the road and gets a special surprise on the tour’s last stop. Shawn Mendes ’ video tour diary keeps rolling with episode three of Life On The Road , in which the 16-year-old shares more behind-the-scenes action from his first major tour and receives a…

  10. Grand Theft Auto Vinyl Box Set Giveaway

    November 15, 2014 11:50 AM EST Vinyl Box Set Giveaway   Sponsored by Billboard (“Sponsor”)   OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS GIVEAWAY. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. CONSUMER DISCLOSURE You have not yet won.     OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS…

  11. Code Picks of the Week: Yogi, Theophilus London, Craig Williams & More

    November 14, 2014 3:30 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Yogi ft. Pusha T , "Burial" ( Skrillex & Trollphace Remix) [OWSLA] Joining Crookers and Moody Good on a recently released…

  12. Check Out the Custom Sneakers Drake Got the Toronto Raptors

    November 13, 2014 10:30 AM EST The NBA’s Toronto Raptors are prowling atop the Atlantic Division with a 7-1 record, and it was their team ambassador Drake who helped them to their lucky seventh win Wednesday night (Nov. 12). In their game against the Orlando Magic, a pair of Raptors players -- Lou Williams and Amir…

  13. Ex-Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Died of Stroke, Drugs

    November 11, 2014 6:54 PM EST An autopsy report shows that Jimi Jamison , the lead singer on Survivor hits such as "Burning Heart" and "Is This Love," died of a stroke with methamphetamine intoxication. The report released Tuesday (Nov. 11) by the Shelby County medical examiner says the 63-year-old…

  14. Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj & More Give Booty Business a Bump

    November 11, 2014 5:09 PM EST Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out. The U.S. booty business is getting a big bump. Companies are cashing in on growing…

  15. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  16. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  17. Leland Video Premiere: Watch The Clip for 'Aware'

    November 04, 2014 12:55 PM EST 0 Leland’s debut single “Aware” has been making waves ever since tastemaking program We Found New Music discovered the track back in July. Soon, the cut began racking up the spins on Soundcloud (over 60,000 to date), drawing notice on Hype Machine and garnering plays on…

  18. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the…

  19. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  20. Can Anyone (Even Taylor Swift) Hit the First-Week Million-Selling Mark Anymore?

    October 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Candidates include Taylor Swift, whose 1989 arrives Oct. 27, Adele and... well...? Will the U.S. music industry ever see another first-week million-selling album? That was an open question even as the CD suffered double-digit sales declines for the last seven years. But with digital sales…

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