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Beyonce tops U.S. Billboard album chart for third straight week

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Beyonce's self-titled album claimed the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for the third week running with 310,000 copies sold during the Christmas week, according to figures released Thursday from Nielsen SoundScan.

The pop star's fifth solo album has sold a total of 1.3 million copies in the United States in the 17 days from its surprise release through December 29, the final...

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2014 music preview: Big albums dropping next year

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Daft Punk. Jay Z. Kanye West. Katy Perry. Lady Gaga. Britney Spears. Drake. Arcade Fire. Beyonce (out of nowhere). Justin Timberlake (twice!). It feels like every mega-artist in the music industry released a record in 2013. How could 2014 follow that list? Here's a look at the albums, some confirmed and some rumored, that will try:...

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Top concerts in New York City this New Year's Eve

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On New Year's Eve, most real New Yorkers avoid Times Square like the plague and prefer to not pay twice as much to eat at the same restaurants they can visit the other 364 nights of the year. That leaves concerts as a good option for locals looking for a party. As usual, choices abound, from classic rock legends and jam bands to dance parties and hip-hop. Here are 10 highlights:...

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame names new class of inductees

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Nirvana and Kiss lead this year’s class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, with their celebration set to be the first ceremony open to the public in New York.

Also set to be inducted at the Barclays Center on April 10 are: Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens. The E Street Band will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, while Beatles manager Brian...

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Kelly Rowland reveals she's engaged

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It’s confirmed! Kelly Rowland is getting hitched.

In an advance clip from an upcoming episode of the “Queen Latifah Show,” the “X Factor” judge and former Destiny’s Child singer said she is engaged to her manager Tim Witherspoon.

Rowland, 32, said Witherspoon proposed to her in a webchat.

“He put a ring on it,” Rowland says in the clip. “It actually happened on Skype.”

“I...

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KKB Talk: Chatting with Elvis Duran on how to make it in radio

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Texas native and longtime New Yorker Elvis Duran is undeniably one of the most famous radio hosts in the country. And Z100’s Jingle Ball, presented by Aeropostale on Friday at Madison Square Garden, is Elvis’ “Super Bowl,” he says. His morning show is nationally syndicated in more than 70 markets around the U.S. on iHeartRadio. He has his own segments on NBC with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb...

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Q&A with Matthew E. White, founder of Spacebomb records

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When soul and jazz-influenced singer-songwriter Matthew E. White put together the group that recorded his debut album, "Big Inner," he wasn't just looking to form a band. He was trying to build a community.

He did exactly that, partnering with his fellow musicians to create Spacebomb Records, a label and recording studio with house band, in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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Catching up with electro-pop duo Phantogram

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Songs that caught the ear of Big Boi from Outkast, that ended up in commercials and on the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack and that made up set lists at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza were produced not in a multimillion-dollar studio, but in a barn in Saratoga Springs.

Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, known to a growing fan base as the moody electro-pop duo Phantogram, sound...

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Album review: 'Jetlag' -- Milosh: 3 stars

Milosh "Jetlag"

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As the vocal half of reclusive duo Rhye, whose early-year debut "Woman" reminded everyone how great smooth, steely, Sade- adjacent soul can sound, Mike Milosh confounded listeners just by being a man with a high, sensual voice, but as a solo artist he's been actively releasing nakedly emotional electronica for years. Fortuitously timed to his preferred down-tempo heartache sound being...

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Q&A with jazz singer Jose James

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Jose James describes himself as "a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation." Unlike most jazz singers, he didn't discover the music by being exposed to the all-time greats. He got into it by listening to acts like A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets, and then learning about the jazz artists they were sampling.

James melded his influences together into a soulful sound reminiscent...

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