1. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboa ...

  2. Miley & Noah Cyrus Dance to Bob Marley's 'Could You Be Loved' (Video)

    June 10, 2014 11:47 AM EDT 2 1 0 You know what’s to love? Miley & her sister Noah Cyrus doing a choreographed dance to Mr. Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” And what’s more summer than a little Bob Marley in your life, Miley & Noah get it, that’s for sure. This isn't the ...

  3. Chart Moves: Metallica's Best-Selling Black Album Approaches 16 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:19 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to "Frozen" returned to No. 1 for a fifth nonconsecutive week, marking the longest run at No. 1 for a soundtrack since 1998. The highest debut this week was owned by Cole Swinde ...

  4. Bob Marley's Birthday Sends Reggae Legend Up Social 50 Chart

    February 13, 2014 3:35 PM EST Fans celebrating Bob Marley's birthday send the reggae legend flying up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. Marley's birthday, February 6, was marked by the social awareness campaign #BobMarleyWeek. In turn, Marley zips 35-14 on ...

  5. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Declares 'Bob Marley Day'

    February 07, 2014 2:53 AM EST 0 0 0 Toronto's ganga-smoking mayor Rob Ford declared Thursday as Bob Marley Day in the city. Ford, who has admitted to smoking crack cocaine and other drugs, was not at City Hall for the annual tribute to the reggae king. But this year's celebr ...

  6. Jay Z in Legal Dispute Over Sampling of 1960 Egyptian Film Tune

    December 06, 2013 1:55 PM EST Jay Z is having an even tougher week than most people realize. He's not only dealing with baseball general managers and enduring social media snark for his handling of second basemen Robinson Cano, but he's also battling Egyptians. The s ...

  7. Bob Marley Rises to New High on Social 50 Chart

    September 26, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Bob Marley, who has second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (second only to Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37-8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into the ...

  8. Bob Marley Rises to New High on Social 50 Chart

    September 26, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Bob Marley, who has second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (second only to Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37-8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into th ...

  9. Chart Moves: Bastille's 'Bad Blood' Debuts, Fleetwood Mac's 'Opus' Opens, Little Big Town's 'Tornado' Celebrates Anniversary

    September 13, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, budding pop princess Ariana Grande claimed her first No. 1. Her debut album, "Yours Truly," has sold 138,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Behind Grande at No. 2, ...

  10. One Direction Returns to No. 1 on Social 50; Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande Hit Top 10

    August 02, 2013 12:30 PM EDT One Direction reaches the No. 1 spot for the fourth time on the Social 50 chart,  thanks to excitement generated by the debut of the group's "Best Song Ever." The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook ...

  11. Bob Marley Hits Top 10 on Social 50 Chart For First Time

    July 19, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Bob Marley breaks into the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 chart for the first time. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodolog ...

  12. Chart Moves: 'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Climbs, Bob Marley's 'Legend: Remixed' Debuts, Lorde's 'Love' Leaps

    July 05, 2013 4:05 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Wale celebrated his first No. 1 , as "The Gifted" opened atop the list. The set sold 158,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in the top 10 ...

  13. VP Records Launched Dub Rockers Imprint For U.S. Reggae Acts, Partners With Vans

    June 04, 2013 3:04 PM EDT California based skate-shoe company Vans who have developed numerous footwear/merchandise lines inspired by bands ranging from Bad Brains to Metallica have entered into a partnership with Queens, New York based Reggae independent VP Records to ...

  14. Snoop Lion Wishes Bob Marley Was Alive to 'Show Me a Few Tricks': Video

    March 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Snoop talks film ahead of SXSW premiere: "Whether it's in the studio or on the screen, when magic happens it all comes together and that's unscripted magic" Snoop Dogg will reveal his reggae identity Snoop Lion during SXSW wi ...

  15. Grammy Sales Bumps: Retailers Banking on Mumford, Black Keys, Frank Ocean, Sheeran

    February 08, 2013 10:20 PM EST   While retail's money is still riding on Mumford & Sons to get the biggest sales gain after Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, now that the lineup is more complete than when we last checked in a couple of weeks ago, they see a slew of other ...

  16. Lloyd Charmers, Jamaican Musician and Producer, Passes

    December 31, 2012 12:10 PM EST Lloyd Charmers, an accomplished singer, pianist/organist and producer who played a significant role in popularizing reggae in England throughout a career that spanned six decades, suffered a heart attack on Thursday Dec. 27 while driving himself t ...

  17. Reggae Grammy Nominations Honor Veteran Acts, Snub Emerging Talent

    December 26, 2012 4:00 PM EST The nominations for the 2013 Best Reggae Album Grammy, as in previous years, acknowledge the genre's veteran acts while overlooking popular releases by a younger generation of artists. The nominees are Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" ( ...

  18. Business Matters: Joining Spotify Hasn't Been Good for Metallica's Sales

    December 20, 2012 8:18 PM EST Sales data suggests that the sales of Metallica's studio albums were negatively impacted after the band added its catalog to Spotify on Dec. 6. The world's leading subscription service has been a source of controversy in spite of a lack ...

  19. Ziggy Marley On 'In Concert,' Working on 'One Man' Studio Album

    December 18, 2012 7:11 PM EST 0 0 0 With his first live album about to be released, Ziggy Marley is already back in the studio, working on songs for his next album. "I'm thinking about putting a record out next year, but I'm not sure if I'm gonna make that," M ...

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  21. Jenni Rivera Billboard Q&A Videos: The Singer Talks Career & Family

    December 10, 2012 2:42 PM EST As Billboard continues to honor singer Jenni Rivera, who tragically died in a plane crash on Sunday (December 9), we bring you five exclusive videos of Rivera's extensive appearance on a panel at the April 2012 Billboard Latin Music Conferenc ...

  22. Jenni Rivera Billboard Q&A Videos: The Singer Talks Career & Family

    December 10, 2012 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 As Billboard continues to honor singer Jenni Rivera, who tragically died in a plane crash on Sunday (December 9), we bring you five exclusive videos of Rivera's extensive appearance on a panel at the April 2012 Billboard Latin Music Conference, ...

  23. Trey Songz Brings Out Jeezy, Fabolous & Trinidad James At NYC Show

    December 07, 2012 3:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Elle Varner, Miguel make fans swoon before the headlining act. An overwhelming sentiment of desire billowed through the air Wednesday night (Dec. 5) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden for Trey Songz 's "Chapter IV" World Tour fea ...

  24. Branding the Firebrand: How Peter Tosh's Estate Is Revitalizing An Iconic Reggae Artist's Legacy

    December 07, 2012 12:58 PM EST Peter Tosh, a reggae icon whose estate is helping to revive his legacy. (Photograper: Peter Simon; courtesy of The Peter Tosh Estate) Peter Tosh's groundbreaking achievements in taking reggae to the mainstream are remarkable: A founding membe ...

  25. Best Selling Albums Since 1991 (Soundscan Era): Adele Joins Elite Club

    November 29, 2012 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Adele 's "21" joins a rare group of albums this week, as the XL/Columbia set steps past the 10 million U.S. sales mark according to Nielsen SoundScan. It becomes one of only 21 titles to reach that rare threshold since SoundScan start ...

  26. Where Does Adele's '21' Rank in the Best-Selling Albums of Nielsen SoundScan Era?

    November 29, 2012 11:42 AM EST Adele's "21" joins a rare group of albums this week, as the XL/Columbia set soars past the 10-million U.S. sales mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It becomes one of only 21 titles to reach that rare threshold since SoundScan sta ...

  27. Adele's '21' Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    November 27, 2012 9:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Adele 's mega-selling "21" album continues to rewrite the record books. This week, the XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, " ...

  28. Adele's '21' Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    November 27, 2012 8:08 PM EST Adele's mega-selling "21" album continues to rewrite the record books. This week, the XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, &quo ...

  29. Backbeat: Richie Spice Launches Album at Usain Bolt's Kingston Club With Shaggy, Tad's Records Chief

    November 09, 2012 4:05 PM EST Boombastic: Raggae artist Richie Spice, founder/CEO of Tad's Records Tad A. Dawkins, Sr ; and recording artist Shaggy (Photo: Patricia Meschino) Kingston sports bar/restaurant Tracks and Records , where Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold me ...

  30. Pistol Annies Bring Nashville to New York for Tour Kickoff

    September 14, 2012 8:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Despite first show jitters, the Pistol Annies didn't let their nerves get the best of them in New York on Thursday night. Their 75-minute Terminal 5 set included many of the tracks off the country trio's debut release "Hell On Heels&q ...

  31. Top 7 British Female Rappers Making Noise

    September 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop has been dominated mostly by men. Along the way, though, we have been blessed with some strong females who like to rock the mic too, and even best their male counterparts. From Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj , ea ...

  32. How Summer Music Fests Are Helping Caribbean Economies

    August 30, 2012 3:28 PM EDT What happens when international superstars such as the late Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Ne-Yo, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton, Roberta Flack, and Damian Marley, just to name a few, ...

  33. Chart Moves: Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Hits New Peak on Billboard 200 Chart, Fleetwood Mac Tribute Debuts

    August 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Chainz claimed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this week with his debut studio effort "Based On a T.R.U. Story." The Def Jam set arrived atop the list with 147,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan and marked the third debut albu ...

  34. 2 Chainz' 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' Leads To Debut Discussion

    August 23, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Rapper 2 Chainz' debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly more robust figure than had initially been projected ...

  35. Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' Reaches 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    August 22, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" album becomes the latest release to join the 10 million-sellers club, as it crosses the mammoth threshold this week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the band's debut set -- released in 2000 -- sold ...

  36. Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' Reaches 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    August 22, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Linkin Park 's "Hybrid Theory" album becomes the latest release to join the 10 million-sellers club, as it crosses the mammoth threshold this week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the band's debut set -- released in 2000 -- sold ...

  37. Chart Moves: John Mayer's Live EP Debuts on Billboard 200, David Archuleta Returns, Marvin Hamlisch Remembered

    August 17, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise collected its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week, as "Now 43" arrived atop the list. The set sold 111,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  38. Matisyahu's 'Spark Seeker' Spotify App: Developer, Manager Break Down Design Process, Tech Details

    August 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT When Spotify first launched its app platform, it was with aspirations towards providing an easy way for third-party developers to enhance Spotify's music listening experience and ultimately build a vibrant marketplace. Though development on t ...

  39. Q&A: Snoop Lion & Diplo Discuss Their 'Reincarnated' Reggae Project

    July 31, 2012 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you thought Snoop Dogg 's journey into Rastafarian culture was a passing whim, think again. As he prepares to release his 12th studio album, "Reincarnated," the veteran rapper's reggae rebirth as Snoop Lion is to be taken seri ...

  40. Catalpa Festival's Dave Foran on Why NYC Is a 'Graveyard for Music Fests,' and Why His Will Be Different

    July 24, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Dave Foran, seen here at the Florianopolis leg of the recent Snoop Dogg Brazilian tour, is the founder and promoter of NYC's inaugural Catalpa festival and believes the event has staying power. Dave Foran, founder of this summer's inaugu ...

  41. Michael 'Mighty Mike' Jones, Jamaica's Beloved Irie-FM DJ, Dead at 52

    July 09, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The banner on Irie FM's homepage paid tribute to the passing of famed DJ Mighty Mike. Prominent Jamaican radio broadcaster Michael Jones, known professionally as Mighty Mike of the island's popular radio station Irie FM (107.5, broadcast ...

  42. Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges, Could Face Prison Time

    June 29, 2012 2:54 PM EDT Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 20 ...

  43. Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges, Could Face Prison Time

    June 29, 2012 1:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007 ...

  44. Universal Promotes Michael Seltzer to SVP, Business and Legal Affairs for East Coast Labels

    June 07, 2012 7:10 PM EDT 0 0 Universal Music Group announced it has promoted Michael Seltzer to senior vice president, business and legal affairs for its east coast labels, which include Island Def Jam and Universal Republic. He will report to Steve Gawley, executive vice preside ...

  45. Skatalites Lloyd Brevett Laid To Rest, While His Financial Estate Remains Unsettled

    June 06, 2012 7:40 AM EDT A series of events commemorating the late Lloyd Brevett, upright bassist and cofounder of seminal Jamaican ska group The Skatalites, were held in Jamaica on Sunday June 3. A church service at Kingston's Mona Chapel was followed by a public pr ...

  46. Akon Talks 'Stadium' Album, Upcoming Movie & More

    May 08, 2012 2:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last week (May 1), Akon stepped back into the ring with the video for "Hurt Somebody;" the French Montana -assisted new single off his fourth studio album, "Stadium." The collaboration with his close friend, who was initially sig ...

  47. Business Matters: Is Music Still Core to Sony Corp's Mission?

    April 12, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Music May Be Losing Significance to Sony Sony Corp. wants to revitalize its electronics business, but how will it use music to get there? The company announced a transformation plan Thursday that includes shedding 10,000 jobs , or 6% of its global ...

  48. How German Reggae Star Gentleman Found Success By Keeping It Real

    March 27, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Richie Stephens (left) and Gentleman perform at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge March 13. (Photo: Marjorie Flash) In 1998, German sing-jay Gentleman flew to Kingston, Jamaica to further his career in reggae. Seeking recording opportunities, ...

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