1. 'Frozen' Earns Its Biggest Sales Week Yet, Tops Billboard 200 a Seventh Time

    March 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Thanks to the March 18 release of "Frozen" on DVD and Blu-ray, its soundtrack has scored its best sales week yet. The album spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 202,000 copies in the week ending March 23 (up 104 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  2. Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Banda el Recodo to Perform at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    March 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Pop star Ricky Martin, crooner Luis Fonsi and Mexican act Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga will perform during the upcoming telecast of the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The awards show, presented by State Farm, will also include the previously announced performers Andrea Bocelli, Laura…

  3. Birds of Tokyo Find Their Nest in the U.S.

    March 26, 2014 2:15 AM EDT Birds of Tokyo are taking off in the U.S. right now, but theirs is anything but an overnight success story.  The alternative rock group is grabbing traction with “Lanterns” (Republic), already a huge hit in the band’s homeland, Australia. This is much more than a border-crossing single. It’s…

  4. Johnny Cash's 'Lost' Album: Son John Carter Cash Shares the Story of 'Out Among The Stars'

    March 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT On the shelves of his former label Columbia since 1984, Johnny Cash's "lost" album "Out Among The Stars" has finally been released, via Sony Legacy. Despite its long, rocky road to an official release, "Stars" holds up among Cash's best work -- even if…

  5. Shakira, 'Shakira': Track-By-Track Review

    March 25, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Love, motherhood, rock roots, a dab of country here, a drop of reggae there, and of course, Latin dance rhythms. Shakira's "Shakira," her first studio album in four years, may at first blush sound as if it could be a disparate affair, but instead, it's a cohesive,…

  6. Against Me! Singer Laura Jane Grace On Gender Transition, Struggles & New Album

    March 25, 2014 1:42 AM EDT Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she's able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band's latest album because she's no longer hiding. Grace, 33, came out as transgender in 2012. She was born Tom Gabel and has performed as the lead singer of…

  7. Chart Highlights: Passenger, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley Score New No. 1s

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Among this week's new leaders, Passenger's 'Let Her Go' crowns AC, Williams' 'Happy' takes over atop two more tallies and Bentley parks 'I Hold On' atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  8. Charlie Daniels Does Dylan on New Album: 'He Doesn't Have Boundaries'

    March 24, 2014 5:12 PM EDT The country rock veteran played on three Dylan albums -- now, he's paying tribute with "Off The Grid: Doin' It Dylan' The names Bob Dylan and Charlie Daniels might not necessarily go together, but the southern rock giant says there is a definite tie between them. "…

  9. Who Are Broadway's Next Great Singers & Songwriters?: Top 10 Picks

    March 24, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Singer Idina Menzel's stage-to-screen crossover bodes well for Broadway's would-be stars, while the Lopezes scored Oscar gold for writing "Let It Go" and kicked open the door for future composers of stage and screen. Here are 10 picks for the Great White Way's…

  10. Taylor Momsen's The Pretty Reckless Cracks Rock Radio's Boys Club

    March 24, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Former 'Gossip Girl' star is just second female singer to top Mainstream Rock Songs in 24 years The same Taylor Momsen who once starred on the CW hit "Gossip Girl" is far away from New York's tony Upper East Side. She's half-naked, gothed up in black eye…

  11. George Michael’s 'Symphonica' Opens At No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

    March 24, 2014 6:55 AM EDT George Michael’s live “Symphonica” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) won the battle of the heavyweight releases with Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” (Parlophone/Warner Music) on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (March 23).  London DJ-producer Duke Dumont scored his second chart-topping single in…

  12. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  13. 'Frozen' Going for Lucky 7th Week at No. 1, YG for No. 2 on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2014 7:00 PM EDT The cold front that's sitting atop the Billboard 200 -- also known as the "Frozen" soundtrack -- seems set for a seventh week at No. 1. Industry forecasters suggest the album could sell over 200,000 copies in the week ending March 23. If the "Frozen" album sells…

  14. Ellie Goulding Aches For Downtime: 'I Need To Sort My Life Out'

    March 21, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The electro-dance heroine (and closet bookworm) talks about being "pulled home" as she continues playing shows and collecting hits. "I need to sort my life out," says Ellie Goulding with a sigh, fiddling with her bright blonde hair as she talks. "And if I don'…

  15. Madonna Producer Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

    March 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like "Live to Tell," "Open Your Heart," "Frozen" and "…

  16. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  17. Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer." By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the…

  18. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Aiming For Its Biggest Week Yet

    March 19, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Album could return to No. 1 in light of film's home video release Disney's "Frozen" runaway hit soundtrack shows no signs of slowing down. Currently in its sixth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the album is heading for a seventh week atop the list -- and…

  19. 'Glee' Recap: The Club's Future Hangs In Limbo As Cast Notch Episode '100'

    March 19, 2014 5:52 AM EDT One hundred episodes is a lot of “Glee”, and as the focus shifts it’s the time to start the grieving process for the club, which Sue is eliminating after their Nationals loss. As much as “Glee” is about ambition and future, it’s also bound by the limitations of the past, and this week takes…

  20. The National Q&A: On 'Weird' New Film, Dead Project and What Makes a Bad Show

    March 18, 2014 2:40 PM EDT "Mistaken for Strangers" follows frontman Matt Berninger's relationship with his brother Tom. The indie rocker talks possible new music and enduring rough nights on the road. "Sometimes I walk off stage and I hate myself" The National spent a bulk of 2013 on the…

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