1. Adele's '21' Claims 14th Week Atop Billboard 200

    January 04, 2012 11:00 AM EST As predicted, Adele 's "21" album jumps back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking its 14th non-consecutive week at the top of the tally. The set sold 144,000 copies last week (down 64% according to Nielsen SoundScan) and continues to be the album with the most weeks at…

  2. Michael Buble, Military Wives Top U.K. Charts

    December 27, 2011 11:35 AM EST As expected, "Wherever You Are" (Decca/Universal) by the Military Wives with Gareth Malone was confirmed on Christmas Day as the U.K.'s festive No. 1 single. It smashed the record for best first-week sales by any track in the market in 2011, sellling a mighty 556,000 units to…

  3. Mary J. Blige, the National on Oscar Original Song Shortlist

    December 19, 2011 7:38 PM EST The National , Chris Cornell , Melissa Manchester and Mary J. Blige are among the acts shortlisted for the original song Oscar. Thirty-nine tunes were selected in all, and now move on to the next elimination round. The National's "Think You Can Wait" appeared in the Tom…

  4. The Year in Touring: U2's Mighty Roar

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST Any year in touring that includes the figure $736,421,586 can only be considered a good year for business. That mind-blowing sum is the final tally for U2 's historic 360° tour, a three-year behemoth that shattered preconceived notions (and capacities) for stadium shows, forever changed…

  5. Top 25 Tours of 2011

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST Chart Article 2011 turned out to be a resounding comeback year for the live music business, including a new record for the highest-grossing and most widely-attended tour of all time, U2's three-year 360° tour. The list of the Top 25 Tours comprises a healthy mix of genres and generations…

  6. An Oak Ridge Boy Known for His Beard Turns to Painting

    November 15, 2011 5:15 PM EST He's known as the "Mountain Man" of the legendary Oak Ridge Boys . But, underneath that long beard and rugged exterior beats a heart of gold -- and as his friends know, quite the artist. On Monday (Nov. 14), a group of industry professionals and friends gathered in Music City…

  7. Mac Miller Talks 'Blue Slide Park': Video Track-by-Track

    November 09, 2011 1:00 PM EST Mac Miller has been hustling for this moment: the release of his debut effort, "Blue Slide Park" (Nov. 8). In three years the 19 yr. old has sold out shows, rounded up 176 million and plus YouTube views and has even got the nod by Donald Trump, all without a record deal. Mac Miller:…

  8. Weezer's Mikey Welsh: His Demons & His Twitter-Predicted Death

    October 10, 2011 6:50 PM EDT When former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh -- who died at age 40 on Saturday (Oct. 8) at a Chicago hotel -- turned up at the band's show at Long Island's Jones Beach on July 29, the security guard struggled to locate his name on the guest list, albeit just momentarily. Welsh, carrying a…

  9. Florence Welch's Fashion: 'It's Not Inner Turmoil. It's Total Escapism'

    October 04, 2011 11:30 PM EDT Florence Welch graces the cover of this week's Billboard Magazine , and while the singer revealed her musical inspirations in the piece, I thought it would be beyond appropriate to see what makes this fiery singer's style tick. The Florence + The Machine singer not only inspires…

  10. Insane Clown Posse: Jack White 'Arse' Single was 'Collaboration in the Fullest Sense'

    September 01, 2011 1:10 PM EDT The members of Insane Clown Posse were a bit disappointed -- at first -- when they found out what Jack White had in mind for "Leck Mich Im Arsch," their new collaborative single on White's Third Man Records label. "He explained to us the song was basically called '…

  11. Insane Clown Posse: Juggalos Will Love Charlie Sheen, Bobby Brown at Gathering

    July 29, 2011 5:00 AM EDT Driving away from last year's Gathering of the Juggalos at Cave-in-Rock, Ill., Insane Clown Posse 's Violent J says that he and partner Shaggy 2 Dope felt that "this year (2011) was gonna be the one. We knew it for sure. We were like, 'next year is gonna be THE Gathering.&…

  12. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PEN PALS, READERS…

  13. Pusha T's 'Trouble On My Mind' Feat. Tyler, the Creator Debuts: Listen

    July 08, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Without the rapper's knowing, Pusha T 's track, "Trouble On My Mind," featuring Tyler, the Creator , hit the 'net. Red Bull exclusively premiered the track today (July 8), but it seems as if Pusha T wasn't made aware it was to debut today. Pusha T: G.O.O.D. Music…

  14. Lady Gaga's 'Born' Holds Atop Billboard 200, Despite Steep Sales Drop

    June 08, 2011 11:00 AM EDT L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" continues to rule the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week as the set shifts 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down a steep 84% from its historic 1,108,000 start last week. While it's not unusual for albums…

  15. Skatalites Drummer Lloyd Knibb Dies in Jamaica

    May 13, 2011 2:11 PM EDT Lloyd Knibb, an influential Jamaican drummer who played with the Skatalites and helped develop the ska beat, has died, his wife said Friday. He was 80. Enid Knibb said her husband died from liver cancer late Thursday. He had been receiving treatment in the U.S. but returned to Jamaica this…

  16. Was Tyler, the Creator's Arrest a Publicity Stunt?

    May 11, 2011 11:10 AM EDT On the release day (May 10) of his first studio album, 'Goblin,' Odd Future 's Tyler, the Creator was placed in mighty iron bracelets. Tyler was cuffed when roaming the streets of the left coast -- specifically Fairfax, Westchester and Palisades --hours before his show in West…

  17. A Tribe Called Quest Documentary to Hit Theaters Starting July 8

    April 26, 2011 10:49 PM EDT Michael Rapaport will be hitting the road this summer with his documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest , "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest." The roll out across the country starts July 8 in New York City and Los Angeles. "I'll be…

  18. 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano: 5 Theories Behind Her Elimination

    April 08, 2011 11:17 AM EDT I know what you're thinking: how did this happen? Why did Pia Toscano, the frontrunner of all "American Idol" frontrunners, get sent home in ninth place? And how is it that Ryan Seacrest didn't better prepare us for the outcome? Where was the buzz of a "shocker you…

  19. Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide

    March 31, 2011 11:16 AM EDT It used to be that the school of hard knocks was enough to land you a gig in the music business-but no longer. With the contraction of the industry increasing the competition for jobs and the advent of ever-evolving digital technologies, graduates need a strong foundation in business to start…

  20. 'American Idol': Scotty McCreery Gives His 'Heart,' Casey Abrams' 'Spirit' Low

    March 17, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Oh how the mighty have fallen! On last night's (Mar. 16) "American Idol," fan favorites including Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald delivered less-than thrilling performances of, respectively, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Elton John's "I Guess…

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