Michael Buble Remains No. 1, Adele’s ’21′ Has Best Sales Week Yet

Tweet Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album spends a fifth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 467,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its sales were up 4% in the tracking week that ended on Dec. 25, Christmas day. Buble’s “Christmas” is now — so far — the year’s second-best selling album with 2.43 million sold. Adele’s...
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Jazz Saxophonist Sam Rivers Dies at 88

Tweet by David Greenwald, L.A.   Jazz great Sam Rivers died on Monday, the saxophonist’s family announced. He was 88. According to the New York Times, pneumonia was the cause of death. Rivers’ multi-decade career included stints with Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, including his contributions to the 1964 “Miles in Tokyo” live album. With bands of his...
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Lady Gaga to Join New Year’s Show in Japan

Tweet by Rob Schwartz, Tokyo   Lady Gaga has announced she will appear on Japanese national broadcaster NHK’s four-hour plus year-end music extravaganza special called Kohaku Uta Gassen, or the Red and White Singing Contest. Kohaku is broadcast every year in Japan from 7:15pm to 11:45pm on Dec. 31. The show is considered one of the leading musical platforms in the country and garnered...
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DJ Earworm’s ‘United State of Pop 2011′ Mashes Adele, Rihanna, Gaga

Tweet It’s that time again: DJ Earworm’s closely watched “United State of Pop” mashup of the year’s 25 hottest pop songs. For his fifth installment of the holiday treat, dubbed “World Go Boom,” the real-life Jordan Roseman kicks things off with Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and flows through tracks from Adele, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, LMFAO and...
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John Legend Engaged to Model Chrissy Teigen

Tweet by Billboard Staff   John Legend and his model girlfriend are tying the knot. “John Legend and his girlfriend, model Chrissy Teigen, got engaged over the holidays while vacationing in the Maldives,” the R&B singer’s rep, Cindi Berger, confirmed to PEOPLE. As of press time, the “Ordinary People” singer-actor, 32, has made no mention of the engagement...
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Bon Iver to Appear in 2012 Fitness DVD

Tweet by Billboard Staff/The Associated Press  50 Cent’s not the only musician getting into the personal fitness market. Bon Iver, the Grammy-nominated band from western Wisconsin, will appear in a fitness DVD. Personal trainer Jeff Rogers met singer, songwriter and frontman Justin Vernon several years ago while playing basketball at an Eau Claire YMCA. Noticing “something wasn’t...
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‘American Idol’s Danny Gokey Is Engaged

Tweet by Lauren Schutte, THR  Three years after the death of his wife Sophia, “American Idol” season 8 alum Danny Gokey announced his plans to marry girlfriend Leyicet Peralta. The musician made his announcement via the website Sophia’s Heart, which raises money in honor of Gokey’s late wife, Sophia, who died in 2008 after a routine heart surgery. According to the site,...
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Heavy D Died of Blood Clot, Autopsy Reveals

Tweet by Erika Ramirez, N.Y.  An autopsy shows that the Nov. 8 death of legendary rapper, Heavy D, was caused by a pulmonary embolism, according to a report released Tuesday (Dec. 27). Photos: Heavy D & His Famous Friends Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, died of a blood clot in his lung, according to the coroner’s office. The blood clot was “most likely formed during an extended...
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Festival Roundup: Skrillex Joins The Bamboozle, Ultra Fest Announces Lineup

Tweet by Jason Lipshutz, N.Y.  Skrillex has been added as a headliner to The Bamboozle, the pop/rock festival that will invade Asbury Park, N.J. from May 18-20, 2012. The electronic wunderkind joins previously announced Bamboozle performers Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters and Blink-182. Alt-rockers Incubus, which returned with “If Not Now, When?” in 2011, and independent rapper Mac Miller,...
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Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Top ‘Celebs Gone Good’ List

Tweet Lady Gaga may sing about being one of the “Bad Kids” on her chart-topping album “Born This Way,” but the pop star is undoubtedly good when it comes to charity.For the second consecutive year, Gaga tops the Celebs Gone Good Top 20 list, courtesy of DoSomething.org. Hot on her heels is another pop superstar, Justin Bieber, who jumps to the No. 2 spot from last year’s...
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