1. Grammy Awards Send Sales Surging on Billboard Charts

    February 13, 2013 12:01 PM EST Though Nielsen SoundScan's latest sales tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 10 -- the same day as the Grammy Awards -- the Billboard charts still feel the force of music's biggest night. While we will se ...

  2. Video: Clive Davis on Billboard Power 100, This Year’s Grammys and Remembering Whitney Houston

    February 08, 2013 12:23 PM EST Clive Davis with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Power 100 event in Los Angeles Thursday night (Photo: Phil McCarten)   “I never ever thought that music would become my profession or passion. But I found I loved it. To t ...

  3. 2013 Grammy Week Parties: All The Sights, Sounds, Hotspots

    February 05, 2013 2:50 PM EST Pre-parties, afterparties, brunches, dinners, galas galore -- it's the music industry's week to shine. Here's a roundup of everything we know about that's going on (that we're allowed to write about, anyway). Caveat empt ...

  4. R&B Divas Rule the Super Bowl: Why the Game was Bigger Than Beyonce

    February 04, 2013 1:55 PM EST Last night (Feb. 3) wasn't only a triumphant night for Beyoncé, but for R&B divas across the board. Bey/ Destiny's Child, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson -- i.e. some of the biggest and boldest voices in the genre -- performed at Sup ...

  5. Beyonce Top-Tweeted Artist for Super Bowl 2013 by a Mile: Brand Bowl

    February 03, 2013 11:59 PM EST Not only was Beyonce the likely ratings winner of Sunday’s Super Bowl , she was far and away the winner on Twitter, as well. Billboard teamed up with Boston.com’s Brand Bowl to track the most talked-about artists on Twitter and the relative sent ...

  6. Beyonce Rocks Fierce Super Bowl Halftime Show

    February 03, 2013 9:30 PM EST Destiny's Child reunites; Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson handle pre-game; Music takes center stage during Super Bowl Week in New Orleans A fierce and clearly possessed Beyonce emerged from a cloud of smoke and lingering suspicion about her ...

  7. Shakira's Baby News Spurs Fan Growth, Rises to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    February 01, 2013 6:35 PM EST On Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, Shakira jumps to No. 1 for the first time, following the birth of her son Milan on Jan. 22. She displaces Justin Bieber, who falls to the No. 2 spot. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artis ...

  8. Alicia Keys, Maroon 5 & Frank Ocean Performing at the Grammys

    January 31, 2013 10:47 AM EST Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 will team up for a joint performance, and this year's breakout nominee Frank Ocean will also take the stage at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, the show announced today. The artists join previously announced performers ...

  9. Alicia Keys Named BlackBerry's Global Creative Director

    January 30, 2013 2:22 PM EST BlackBerry announced Wednesday that Alicia Keys has become the company's new Global Creative Director. Keys was brought on board to "lead an array of new business initiatives that will drive engagement with BlackBerry and perception of ...

  10. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  11. Alicia Keys to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

    January 20, 2013 5:55 PM EST Alicia Keys is adding her voice to the Super Bowl show for the third time. The Grammy-winning R&B singer will perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. The league said Friday that Keys' three p ...

  12. Beyonce, Katy Perry, More Head to D.C. for Packed Slate of Obama Inauguration Events

    January 20, 2013 2:25 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and th ...

  13. New Dance/Electronic Songs Chart Launches With Will.i.am & Britney at No. 1

    January 17, 2013 9:54 AM EST Billboard also introduces new R&B Albums and Streaming Songs charts Billboard expands its coverage of the burgeoning dance scene by launching Dance/Electronic Songs, the first-ever ranking of the nation's top dance songs combining digital ...

  14. CES 2013 Backbeat: Alicia Keys Headlines Monster Products' Star-Studded Party

    January 11, 2013 3:46 PM EST Alicia Keys had a busy Wednesday evening. After performing at the People's Choice Awards , she hopped a plane and headed to Vegas, where she headlined a star-studded party for Monster Products . Check Out All Our CES Coverage Right Here As ...

  15. Chart Juice: Alicia Keys' 'Girl On Fire' Returns to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    January 11, 2013 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Despite decreased album sales across the board this week, two albums managed to rise in sales and position in the entire top 40 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.   Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" returns to No. 1 for a second week with ...

  16. Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons Lead BRIT Award Nominations

    January 10, 2013 7:05 PM EST 0 0 0 British music stars Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and Rita Ora lead the nominations for the 2013 BRIT Awards, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 10). The annual salute to U.K. artists will be held on Feb. 20, with performances from One ...

  17. Alicia Keys Annnouces 'Set The World On Fire' North American Tour

    January 10, 2013 4:10 PM EST 4 1 0 Miguel will join Keys on the 24-city tour. Alicia Keys will bring her fifth studio album, "Girl On Fire," to stadiums across the States. The singer-songwriter will embark on a 24-city North American tour. The "Set The World On Fire To ...

  18. 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 09, 2013 11:00 AM EST 1 0 0 The "Les Miserables" soundtrack album jumps to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week with 92,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first No. 1 soundtrack on the Billboard 200 since the "Hunger Games" ...

  19. T.I. Leads R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart for Second Week

    January 04, 2013 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 As the latest R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Jan. 12, 2013) reflects the final sales tracking week of 2012, T.I. closes out the year with its final No. 1: "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head." It clocks a second week atop the chart despit ...

  20. Jay-Z, Coldplay Ring In 2013 With Epic Brooklyn Show

    January 01, 2013 7:40 AM EST 1 0 0 Jay-Z took the stage at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Barclays Center at 11:59pm on New Year's Eve Monday night and rang in 2013 with Coldplay's Chris Martin singing along to "Auld Lang Syne." The singer and the rapper hugged, and then t ...

  21. Bruno Mars Hits High Note on Social 50 Chart

    December 28, 2012 8:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Bruno Mars continues his ascension towards the top of the Billboard Social 50, jumping to a new personal high of No. 2 (up three spots). The rise comes a week after his new album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ...

  22. Bruno Mars Hits High Note on Social 50 Chart; PSY's Billion Views Boost

    December 28, 2012 4:59 PM EST Bruno Mars continues his ascension towards the top of the Billboard Social 50, jumping to a new personal high of No. 2 (up three spots). The rise comes a week after his new album "Unorthodox Jukebox" arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ...

  23. Chart Juice: T.I. and Chief Keef Albums Arrive in Top Five

    December 28, 2012 10:50 AM EST 0 0 0 The self-proclaimed King reclaims the throne for a sixth time as T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head" debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 179,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new set launches with 179,000 -- ...

  24. Bon Jovi's New Album Will Include 'Some Different Elements,' says Sambora

    December 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 "What About Now?" due out this spring, with lead single "Because We Can" dropping Jan. 7. Bon Jovi's upcoming "What About Now?" will mark a musical "evolution" for the band, but not to the point that migh ...

  25. Jenni Rivera Hits No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 21, 2012 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Jenni Rivera , who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wedn ...

  26. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  27. 2013 Grammy Awards: R&B Album, Song Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST veterans and next-generation crooners go head to head best contemporary r&b album Fortune Chris Brown LABEL: RCA Records EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Brown, Tina Davis, Mark Pitts, Team Breezy PRODUCERS: The Underdogs, Fuego, Andrew "Pop&qu ...

  28. Chart Juice: Game's On a Roll With 5th No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album

    December 20, 2012 7:49 PM EST 0 0 0 As "Jesus Piece" opens with 86,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), Game now counts five No. 1 titles on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the last four coming consecutively. His major label debut, "The Documentary," spent five ...

  29. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  30. Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Still Rules

    December 19, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The debut of "Unorthodox Jukebox" gives Bruno his best sales week ever. Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (u ...

  31. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album Rules at No. 1, Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2

    December 19, 2012 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 25%). It's the Big Machine album's fifth non-consecutive week at No. ...

  32. '12-12-12' Digital Album Drops; Concert Producers Announce First $50 Million to Be Distributed to Sandy Victims

    December 18, 2012 9:44 PM EST The producers of the "12-12-12" concert announced in a statement today that the Robin Hood Foundation will distribute the first $50 million of initial proceeds for "12-12-12" to organizations helping to aid victims of Hurricane ...

  33. Alicia Keys Sued Over 'Girl On Fire'

    December 18, 2012 2:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys ' single, "Girl on Fire," is featured prominently in a current American Express commercial and this week sits at No. 12 on the Hot 100 chart. It's also the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed last week i ...

  34. Alicia Keys Bows New Looks in 'Brand New Me' Video: Watch

    December 18, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys is starting a fresh story in her "Brand New Me" video -- with style to match. The second video from "Girl on Fire" finds Keys, her recent straight, shorter hair replaced by a curlier look, at the piano for the mid-tem ...

  35. Wiz Khalifa Scores Second No. 1 Album on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    December 17, 2012 5:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Wiz Khalifa 's "O.N.I.F.C." debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 141,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the Pittsburgh rapper's second leader on the list. It follows his major label debut "Rol ...

  36. RCA Names Samantha Selolwane VP of Promotions

    December 17, 2012 4:46 PM EST Samantha Selolwane has been promoted to VP of promotion at RCA Records. Formerly senior national director of urban promotion for the label, Selolwane will continue to be based in New York and report directly to Geo Bivins, senior VP of urban promo ...

  37. '12-12-12' Concert Watched by 19 Million-Plus Americans

    December 15, 2012 11:25 AM EST 0 0 0 More than 19 million Americans watched at least part of the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief on Wednesday. CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF • Stones, The Who, Joel, Bon Jovi • PHOTOS: Live & Backstage Pics • McCartney/Nirvana Debut Song • Keys Put ...

  38. '12-12-12' Concert Watched by 19 Million-Plus Americans

    December 15, 2012 3:22 AM EST More than 19 million Americans watched at least part of the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief on Wednesday. Nielsen said Friday that 19.3 million viewers in the U.S. tuned in to at least a portion of the concert, which aired on 15 channels ...

  39. '12-12-12' Album Pre-Orders Grow to 50,000

    December 14, 2012 7:56 PM EST 0 0 0 The pre-orders continue to come in for the "12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief" album. Industry sources say that through the close of business on Thursday night (Dec. 13), iTunes' pre-orders for the set numbered around 50,000. Thro ...

  40. '12-12-12' Album Sales at 40,000 in Pre-Orders

    December 13, 2012 7:10 PM EST 0 0 0 The "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief" benefit album is already off to a fast start -- even though it hasn't been released yet. Industry sources say that through Wednesday night (Dec. 12), pre-orders for iTunes' exclusive d ...

  41. '12-12-12' Album Sales at 40,000 in Pre-Orders

    December 13, 2012 4:17 PM EST The " 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief " benefit album is already off to a fast start -- even though it hasn't been released yet. Industry sources say that through last night (Dec. 12), pre-orders for iTunes' exclusive d ...

  42. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  43. '12-12-12' Producer John Sykes on Show's Boomer-riffic Lineup, Raising $36 Mil, McCartney Calling Grohl (Video)

    December 13, 2012 11:47 AM EST Sure, last night's " 12-12-12" concert featured one of the most impressive lineups in years, if not ever, between Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, The Who, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, ...

  44. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Rocks NYC With Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Nirvana; Raised $36 Million Before a Note Was Played

    December 13, 2012 8:14 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. 12- ...

  45. 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief Setlist

    December 13, 2012 5:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Many of music's biggest stars including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys and Kanye West played and played and played… and played during the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief Wednesday night, to the tune of nearly six hours. Our f ...

  46. 12-12-12: 12 Things You Didn't See At the Sandy Concert

    December 13, 2012 2:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Though there was tons to see onstage during the nearly 6-hour 12-12-12 Concert, which benefited the Robin Hood Relief Fund, there was plenty going on backstage amid a frenzy of set changes, rock legends and celebrity guests. Here are 12 highlights f ...

  47. Sandy Concert Rocks NYC With Stones, McCartney and a Reunited Nirvana

    December 13, 2012 2:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. CONCE ...

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