1. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 7:46 PM EST It’s hard not to feel happy for Pharrell Williams. The eternally boyish producer, 40, is currently enjoying a career renaissance on the level of Mariah Carey in 2005 or Bryan Cranston in 2008, emerging after a presumed definitive career arc to st ...

  2. UMG's Digital Sales Outpace Physical as New Vivendi Content Head Outlines Priorities

    February 25, 2014 4:41 AM EST Vivendi's new head of media and content businesses on Tuesday outlined some of his early priorities after the French entertainment and telecom conglomerate's latest earnings report. The company, which owns Universal Music Group, Canal Pl ...

  3. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST 6.687 k 383 59 No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. ...

  4. Pharrell Williams’ Solo Album ‘G I R L’ Gets Release Date

    February 19, 2014 4:56 AM EST Pharrell Williams’ Columbia Records debut “G I R L” will drop globally on March 3. The album will feature the worldwide hit “Happy,” which Pharrell will perform this evening at the annual BRIT Awards in London.  "When Columbia Records prese ...

  5. Robin Thicke Headlining Los Angeles Dodgers' Opening Weekend

    February 13, 2014 9:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Robin Thicke will perform at the opening weekend extravaganza for the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 5, in the second game of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants. As well as presenting a three-song pre-game concert at Dodger Stadium, ...

  6. Katy Perry Rules Hot 100, Pharrell Flies To No. 2

    February 12, 2014 5:15 PM EST Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, notches a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Pharrell's "Happy" blasts from No. 8 to No. 2. As we do each Wednesday, let's happily scrutinize the num ...

  7. Ga In Mixes K-Pop & 'Blurred Lines' for New Single 'Truth or Dare'

    February 10, 2014 9:36 PM EST 0 0 0 PSY's "Gentleman" video co-star, the "most rumored about" Korean singer, gets the last laugh in jazzy song's accompanying vid After kicking off her comeback with the brazen buzz track "Fxxk U," Ga In returns w ...

  8. Midem 2014: Takeaways & Survival Tips



    February 06, 2014 8:15 PM EST While its impossible to take in the entirety of Midem, the international music conference, over the course of its four bustling days several recurring themes became readily apparent, including, Google bashing, going all-in on streaming and major n ...

  9. Robin Thicke To Headline Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba: Exclusive

    February 06, 2014 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Robin Thicke has been locked-in as the first headliner for the Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba, taking place again over Memorial Day weekend, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal. Thicke will play the Nikki Beach Amphitheatre on the closing night ...

  10. Katy Perry Tops Hot 100, Beyonce Bounds To No. 2

    February 05, 2014 2:41 PM EST Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, spends a second week at No. 1, while Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love,' featuring Jay Z, roars to the runner-up spot. Plus, Pharrell blasts into the top 10 Katy Perry's "Dark ...

  11. CARAS CEO Melanie Berry Talks Juno Noms, Winnipeg, Robin Thicke's Canadian Passport (Q&A)

    February 05, 2014 11:37 AM EST Yesterday, the nominees for Canada’s 2014 Juno Awards were announced at a press conference in Toronto. Held this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the majority of the trophies will be handed out at a private gala dinner March 29, followed by the nationa ...

  12. Franz Ferdinand Frontman Accuses Pharrell of 'Borrowing' 'Take Me Out' Riff

    January 31, 2014 9:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Alex Kapranos notes similarities in Paloma Faith's "Can't Rely on You" Pharrell Williams was involved in his share of lawsuits last year -- from a spat with will.i.am over his i am OTHER brand to his part in a suit from Marvin Ga ...

  13. Sara Bareilles Fires Manager Jordan Feldstein After GRAMMYs Scuffle With Osbournes

    January 28, 2014 7:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Sara Bareilles has fired manager Jordan Feldstein, who also counts Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke as clients, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. The singer, who performed with Carole King at the GRAMMYs , went home empty handed after being nomina ...

  14. Lorde, Robin Thicke Lead Pre-GRAMMY Universal Music Showcase

    January 25, 2014 8:25 PM EST 2 0 0 Kacey Musgraves, Zedd, Juanes also performed at Hollywood showcase Robin Thicke, Lorde and another 11 acts signed to Universal Music Group acts performed Saturday afternoon at Lure nightclub in Hollywood for an audience of label and publishing execu ...

  15. Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor Rock Hard at GRAMMY Rehearsals

    January 24, 2014 7:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Between rehearsals of Chicago with Robin Thicke and a super group that brings together Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham and Queens of the Stone Age, the GRAMMYs' consulting sound engineer Doug Mountain took us on a tour of Staples C ...

  16. Chart Moves: Beyonce Crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay; Aloe Blacc Bounds Up Hot 100; Hillsong United Makes History

    January 24, 2014 10:00 AM EST As previously reported , Pitbull and Ke$ha rule the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber" and Lorde and Bastille soar into the chart's top 10. Who else scales Billboard song charts this week? -- Beyonce: In just its sixth week on R&B/ ...

  17. Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

    January 23, 2014 6:04 PM EST In just its sixth week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" (featuring Jay Z) jumps 5-1 to mark her sixth leader on the list. She last topped the chart in 2012 when "Love on Top" reigned for seven weeks. ...

  18. Spotify Predicts Grammy Winners

    January 21, 2014 8:52 PM EST Predicting Grammy Winners has now become a sort of parlor game among digital music companies over the past few years. The idea is to see if large sets of data on listener behavior can be used to pick the winners. The answer is: It depends. If list ...

  19. Chart Highlights: Pitbull & Ke$ha, Beyonce & Jay Z Score New No. 1s

    January 20, 2014 4:55 PM EST The former pair takes over atop Pop Songs with 'Timber,' while the latter twosome's 'Drunk in Love' crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Plus, new leaders for Demi Lovato, Avenged Sevenfold, Zac Brown Band and Elvis Crespo (al ...

  20. Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar to Play ESPN's Pre-Super Bowl Party

    January 17, 2014 7:54 PM EST 0 0 0 Before the teams take to the football field, Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar will take center stage at the ESPN The Party. The pre-game bash will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Lower Manhattan’s Pier 36/Basketball City -- just a few miles from M ...

  21. Pharrell ‘Speechless’ Ahead of Oscars, GRAMMY Awards

    January 17, 2014 1:19 AM EST A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy — and speechless — over his Oscar nomination. The producer-rapper-singer's "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is nominated for best original ...

  22. Pitbull & Ke$ha's 'Timber' Remains Atop Hot 100

    January 15, 2014 1:19 PM EST The collaboration rules the chart for a second week. Plus, 'Dark Horse' becomes Katy Perry's milestone 10th No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart and tops On-Demand Songs. Pitbull and Ke$ha spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard H ...

  23. 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit: Sony/ATV Settles With Marvin Gaye's Family

    January 13, 2014 7:03 PM EST The heavyweight copyright lawsuit over "Blurred Lines" isn't over, but thanks to a settlement among some of the parties, the case will no longer put one music giant in an uncomfortable position. Robin Thicke was the first to bring l ...

  24. Canada’s Digital Music Sales Rise in 2013 Unlike the U.S.; Eminem, Robin Thicke Among Top Selling Artists

    January 10, 2014 4:37 PM EST Digital music sales for 2013 were up in Canada from the previous year, according to a year-end report released today by Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales rose 9% from 2012, moving 11.4 million units from 10.5 million, while digital track sale ...

  25. Pharrell Gets 'Happy' With Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:24 PM EST 0 0 0 "Happy" marks singer/producer's first stop on the chart as a solo artist since 2006 After posting four songs on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a featured artist in 2013 -- including 17 weeks at No. 1 with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” ...

  26. Lorde, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke Added To Grammy Performers List

    January 07, 2014 12:28 PM EST Katy Perry, Lorde, Robin Thicke and Metallica are the latest additions to the performers list at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, set to take place live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on Jan. 26. Up for four awards, including record of the ye ...

  27. Chart Highlights: Beyonce Bounds Up Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop Charts With 'Drunk In Love,' 'XO'

    January 06, 2014 3:25 PM EST Both songs from the million-selling 'Beyonce' soar, while Pitbull, Ke$ha, Katherine Alexander and Big Daddy Weave notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the t ...

  28. Chart Moves: Imagine Dragons, AWOLNATION Extend Lengthy Hot 100 Stays; Beyonce Bounds At R&B/Hip-Hop Radio; DJ Snake, Lil Jon Debut With 'Turn Down For What'

    January 03, 2014 3:06 PM EST As previously reported, Eminem and Rihanna rule the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "The Monster" and Miley Cyrus re-enters at No. 22 with "Adore You" following the release of the song's video. Who else starts the ...

  29. Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013

    January 03, 2014 9:21 AM EST .301 k 1.134 k 75 For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales. Nielsen SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Digital Album and Single Sales Slow Justin Timberlake&# ...

  30. Morning Fix: Why Springsteen Previewed 'High Hopes' on CBS; Inside Alicia Keys' Troubled Blackberry Partnership; Depeche Mode Dominates Hot Tours

    January 03, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WHY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CHOSE 'THE GOOD WIFE' AND CBS.COM TO PREVIEW 'HIGH HOPES' (ANALYSIS) For the fifth album in a row, Columbia Records and Bruce Springsteen are turning to tel ...

  31. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' 2013's Best Selling Album, 'Blurred Lines' Top Song

    January 02, 2014 7:18 PM EST Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" finish 2013 as the year's top selling album and song in the United States, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Timberlake� ...

  32. Eminem, Rihanna Rule Hot 100, Miley Cyrus Returns

    January 02, 2014 1:59 PM EST 'The Monster' rules for a fourth week, granting Rihanna another piece of chart history. Plus, Miley Cyrus re-enters at No. 22 with new single 'Adore You,' which bows atop the Streaming Songs chart Eminem and featured artist Rih ...

  33. U.K. 2013 Albums Sales Drop As Streaming, Singles Spike

    January 02, 2014 5:37 AM EST Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines," featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, and Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky," featuring Nile Rodgers and Williams, were the biggest-selling singles of 2013 in Britain. Overall singles sales for the year in t ...

  34. No. 14 Hits for '14: David Bowie, Drake, the Doors & More

    January 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST As 2014 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 14 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling four spots shy of the top 10, these No. 14 hits remain among the most memorable songs of the past five-plus decades. Happy ...

  35. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke, Bastille End Year With New No. 1s

    December 30, 2013 6:00 PM EST Thicke's 'For the Rest of My Life' tops Adult R&B Songs, Bastille's 'Pompeii' takes over atop Adult Alternative Songs and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday ...

  36. Behind the 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Scenes with Producer Barry Adelman

    December 30, 2013 1:22 PM EST The day after Christmas, Barry Adelman leaves Los Angeles for New York's Times Square, where he is finalizing the production of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014.” This year's show will feature performances fro ...

  37. Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams Lead Final U.K. Sales Charts For 2013

    December 30, 2013 7:12 AM EST Pharrell Williams claimed the final U.K. No. 1 single of 2013 on Sunday (Dec. 29) as “Happy” (Back Lot) moved 2-1. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) started another week as the best-selling artist album, while “Now! That’s Wh ...

  38. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Tops Final U.K. Singles Chart For 2013

    December 30, 2013 7:04 AM EST Pharrell Williams claimed the final U.K. No. 1 single of 2013 on Sunday (Dec. 29) as “Happy” (Back Lot) moved 2-1. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) started another week as the best-selling artist album, while “Now! That’s Wha ...

  39. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 1.627 k 204 4 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, 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. Or, Tweet questions to ...

  40. Robin Thicke, Fair Use, Jackson v. AEG: Entertainment's Top Legal Disputes of 2013

    December 27, 2013 2:56 PM EST Harvey Weinstein, Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise made the list. But none of the three was No. 1. It's hard to top the final season of AMC's Breaking Bad for edge-of-your-seat thrills, but overall, there's a good argument to be made ...

  41. Beyonce's 'Drunk In Love' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    December 27, 2013 10:15 AM EST 0 0 0 The song marks the singer's highest debut on the chart Just one week after "Beyonce" surprised the world and debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, its lead single "Drunk in Love," featuring Jay Z, opens at No. 2 on ...

  42. Billy Joel Added to Lineup For 'Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 23, 2013 9:00 AM EST Once the ball drops in Times Square, Billy Joel will be the first singer to welcome in 2014 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." The ABC telecast will cross the East River to Joel’s concert at Broo ...

  43. Billy Joel Joins 'Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 23, 2013 9:00 AM EST Once the ball drops in Times Square, Billy Joel will be the first singer to welcome in 2014 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." The ABC telecast will cross the East River to Joel’s concert at Broo ...

  44. Miley Cyrus Fans Seek Refund for No-Show at Boston Jingle Ball

    December 21, 2013 12:30 PM EST Leading up to Boston's KISS 108 Jingle Ball, fans had plenty of reason to believe headliner Miley Cyrus would be performing. Although Winter Storm Electra had left the singer stranded in New York, the radio station allegedly continued to air ...

  45. Def Leppard Denies It'll Take Legal Action Against One Direction for Similar-Sounding Song

    December 19, 2013 7:30 PM EST Mirror UK originally reported potential legal action for similarities between "Midnight Memories" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" The boys of One Direction may have a sticky situation on their hands over the chorus of the group' ...

  46. Jay Z, Imagine Dragons Among Rdio's Top Streams of 2013

    December 19, 2013 11:38 AM EST Jay Z and Imagine Dragons were among the top artists in both the U.S. and around the world at on-demand streaming service Rdio in 2013 . Rdio listeners in 51 countries also heavily streamed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus.  The U.S. an ...

  47. 'Beyonce' Already No. 24 Biggest-Selling Album of 2013

    December 18, 2013 4:01 PM EST After only three days on sale, Beyonce's new self-titled album is the No. 24 biggest-selling album of 2013 in the U.S. With 617,000 sold through Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Beyonce" is sandwiched between Robin Thicke&# ...

  48. Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Added to 'Rockin' Eve' Lineup

    December 18, 2013 2:02 AM EST Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Icona Pop are confirmed to the lineup for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" telecast. The traditional New Year's Eve party will again be air ...

  49. Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Added to Ryan Seacrest's NYE Lineup

    December 18, 2013 2:02 AM EST 2 0 0 Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Icona Pop are confirmed to the lineup for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" telecast. The traditional New Year's Eve party will again be aired ...

  50. Ross On Radio: Songs That Made A Difference In 2013

    December 17, 2013 5:11 AM EST Hits that changed what the hits were. In the early-to-mid '90s, when Garth Brooks was the biggest superstar in any format and leading the charge for a younger-leaning, more rockin' country format, radio still resisted two of his singles. ...

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