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  • On the Charts: Paul Simon Earns Highest Solo Debut

    On the Charts: Paul Simon Earns Highest Solo Debut | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The downsizing of Paul Simon. Just five years ago, Simon was still acting like a huge pop star, putting out albums for his longtime major record label, Warner Music, and performing in...

    April 20, 2011 2:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: The Resurrection of Rap-Rock

    On the Charts: The Resurrection of Rap-Rock | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Current Rolling Stone cover subject Adele (Number One, 88,000 this week, 1.03 million total) is old news. Our fave album of the year so far, Britney Spears' Femme Fatale, has not...

    April 14, 2011 10:50 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Britney's 'Femme Fatale' Hits Number One

    On the Charts: Britney's 'Femme Fatale' Hits Number One | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Britney Spears – although in historical context, she could easily be Loser of the Week. Her Femme Fatale hit Number One on the Billboard charts with 276,000 copies. (The album's really...

    April 7, 2011 1:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Chris Brown Hits Number One and Rebecca Black Sticks Around

    On the Charts: Chris Brown Hits Number One and Rebecca Black Sticks Around | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Songs for Japan – a 38-song compilation of mostly existing hits such as U2's "Walk On" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," plus live tracks by Madonna, R.E.M. and Sting – landed at...

    March 30, 2011 5:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Adele Regains Top Spot; Rise Against Sell 85,000 Albums

    On the Charts: Adele Regains Top Spot; Rise Against Sell 85,000 Albums | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Adele's 21 is proving resilient on the Billboard albums chart – it hit Number One again this week, selling 98,000 copies, after dropping to Number Two last week in favor of Lupe Fiasco's...

    March 23, 2011 5:25 PM ET
  • Britney Spears On Her New Album, Her Favorite Music and Working With will.i.am

    Britney Spears On Her New Album, Her Favorite Music and Working With will.i.am | ARTICLE

    Britney Spears will release her seventh studio album Femme Fatale on March 29th. It's her most thrilling and inventive record yet, a set of songs that just as danceable as they are unusual and forward-thinking. Rolling...

    March 17, 2011 7:55 AM ET
  • Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons Win Big at Grammy Awards

    Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons Win Big at Grammy Awards | ARTICLE

    Arcade Fire's surprise Album of the Year win at the February 13th Grammy Awards was a major victory for indie rock. The Canadian...

    March 17, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Mariah Carey Responds to Calls That Qaddafi Money Be Returned

    Mariah Carey Responds to Calls That Qaddafi Money Be Returned | ARTICLE

    Mariah Carey announced today she feels "horrible and embarrassed" for performing on behalf of Muatassim Qaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who hired her to sing four songs on the Caribbean island of St. Bart's during...

    March 3, 2011 6:30 PM ET
  • Beyoncé Says She Donated Qaddafi Money to Haiti

    Beyoncé Says She Donated Qaddafi Money to Haiti | ARTICLE

    On Monday, several prominent music-business sources told Rolling Stone that Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher, 50 Cent and others who've performed shows funded by Libyan leaders should donate their fees to charity. Today, Beyoncé's rep is...

    March 2, 2011 4:25 PM ET
  • Mariah, Beyoncé, Usher Face Calls to Donate Qaddafi Money to Charity

    Mariah, Beyoncé, Usher Face Calls to Donate Qaddafi Money to Charity | ARTICLE

    Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher and 50 Cent are facing industry calls to give back the money they earned performing at lavish parties thrown by family members of Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi. "If it were me, it would...

    February 28, 2011 1:10 PM ET
  • Industry Lashes Out at Mariah, Beyoncé and Others Who Played for Qaddafi's Family

    Industry Lashes Out at Mariah, Beyoncé and Others Who Played for Qaddafi's Family | ARTICLE

    Over the past few years, some of music’s biggest names, including Mariah Carey, Usher and Beyoncé, have taken as much as a million dollars to play private shows for the family of Libya’s brutal dictator, Col....

    February 25, 2011 12:05 PM ET
  • Exclusive: Britney Spears' Producer Dr. Luke Reveals 'Femme Fatale' Details

    Exclusive: Britney Spears' Producer Dr. Luke Reveals 'Femme Fatale' Details | ARTICLE

    Britney Spears announced today that her new album, due March 15, is titled Femme Fatale – but the superstar singer and her Los Angeles producers are still choosing songs and determining the final direction of the...

    February 2, 2011 12:35 PM ET
  • Despite Deal With Sony, Spotify Unlikely to Launch in U.S. Anytime Soon

    Despite Deal With Sony, Spotify Unlikely to Launch in U.S. Anytime Soon | ARTICLE

    Spotify, the free streaming-radio service that has generated 10 million European listeners over the past two years, may be one step closer to a U.S. launch now that the Swedish company has signed a deal with...

    January 21, 2011 8:55 AM ET
  • Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Tops the Charts

    Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Tops the Charts | ARTICLE

    Taylor Swift – the bestselling artist of 2009 – got even bigger in early November, when her third album, Speak Now, broke a million...

    November 25, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • Don Henley Airs Conservative Views on Copyright Law

    Don Henley Airs Conservative Views on Copyright Law | ARTICLE

    Earlier this month Don Henley settled his lawsuit against U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore, a California Republican, for the politician's unauthorized use of "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance"...

    August 25, 2010 11:35 AM ET
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Lilith Fair Loses 10 Dates, Kelly Clarkson Quits

    Lilith Fair Loses 10 Dates, Kelly Clarkson Quits | ARTICLE

    The worst-selling summer concert season in recent memory has claimed another victim — Lilith Fair, which on Thursday canceled 10 shows, adding to a grim list that includes U2, Christina Aguilera, Limp Bizkit, Simon & Garfunkel, certain...

    July 2, 2010 1:34 PM ET
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Attorney General Investigates Lollapalooza

    Attorney General Investigates Lollapalooza | ARTICLE

    The Illinois attorney general's office is reportedly investigating Lollapalooza, the Chicago rock festival featuring Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Soundgarden, on antitrust grounds. As Rolling Stone first reported early this month, like Coachella, Bonnaroo and others, Lollapalooza...

    June 25, 2010 3:45 PM ET
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Google to Go After Apple With New Digital Music Service

    Google to Go After Apple With New Digital Music Service | ARTICLE

    Google is in "very preliminary" talks with executives in the record business to launch a new music service to compete with Apple's dominant iTunes, according to a source at a major record label and recent media reports....

    June 22, 2010 4:42 PM ET
  • AT&T's New Data Plan Won't Slam Music Fans

    AT&T's New Data Plan Won't Slam Music Fans | ARTICLE

    This week, AT&T announced new monthly smartphone data-plan rates, abandoning its popular unlimited-data pricing plans in favor of charging users $15 a month for 200 megabytes of usage or $25 for two gigabytes. The shift will mean...

    June 3, 2010 4:14 PM ET
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Prices Slashed on Concert Tickets

    Prices Slashed on Concert Tickets | ARTICLE

    Attempting to lure fans to summer concerts in a bad economy, promoter Live Nation Entertainment announced "no-service-fee June" Monday at its 50 U.S. amphitheatres — covering 700 shows by 110 artists, including the Dave Matthews Band, Tom...

    June 1, 2010 5:08 PM ET
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