Etta James was known for hits like "At Last," but ZZ Ward connected with one of the legend's lesser known hits, "Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home)." Watch her perform the song in this installment of our Women In Music-themed Candid Covers series.
ZZ Ward's label deal with Hollywood Records happened almost instantaneously. The musician, who had already moved to Los Angeles and signed with Evan Bogart's management company, Boardwalk Music Group, performed four acoustic songs for a slew of label executives in June 2011 and, according to Disney Music Group executive VP Ken Bunt, everyone was ready to sign her. "We wanted to partner with her a
Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" album maintains its hold on the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 as it sells 527,000 in its second week, bringing its two-week sales total to 1.2 million . . . Meanwhile, in the runner-up slot on the chart, Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas" continues to surge in sales as it moves 428,000 in its fifth week on the list (up 97%) . . . The tally's best debut this week—and the only one in the top 10—is R. Kelly's "Untitled," which begins at No. 4 with 114,000 . . . Next week's Billboard 200 will welcome new albums from Chris Brown, Timbaland and 30 Seconds to Mars, in addition to the second installment of the "Glee" TV soundtrack.