The year in tough lovers, elusive chanteuses, purple royalty and more
Atlanta rapper rides colorful video to Def Jam deal
Plus: Album sales continue their dangerous slide
'If you have to change the way your music sounds to achieve success, it suppresses art'
First time in 10 years R&B singer will take stage in U.S.
R&B singer will make his acting debut in horror movie
Trey Songz, Best Coast, Easton Corbin and our critic's other picks for the year's top albums and singles
A mere 1,000 copies separate 'A Thousand Suns' and 'Passion, Pain & Pleasure,' as the 'Billboard' 200 recovers from last week's record low