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Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Tops Billboard Charts

March 26th, 2015 9:27am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Takes 'To Pimp A Butterfly' To Number One
After dropping a ‘five-star masterpiece’ with his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar reaps the benefits from topping the Billboard 200 – his first career number-one album. To Pimp A Butterfly easily topped the charts, selling 324,000 copies and impacting even more robustly with 363,000 units according to Billboard. The two best debuting albums of 2015 come by way of hip-hop efforts, an interesting fact. For Kendrick, he has definitely ‘come up.’

Kendrick Lamar might’ve been the star pupil of this week’s charts, but two others got in on some top 10 action. Modest Mous...

Review: Mark Ronson Delivers Vibrant Funk On 'Uptown Special'

January 19th, 2015 3:20pm EST
Review: Mark Ronson Delivers Vibrant Funk On 'Uptown Special'
“They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no!” If you’ve ever heard those immortal lyrics from Amy Winehouse Grammy-winning “Rehab,” then you’ve heard the awe inspiring work of Mark Ronson. Ronson gained notoriety for producing Winehouse’s Back To Black album, one of the more important releases of the 00s. Though his work with Winehouse really brought Ronson to the forefront, he’s released a couple of albums himself. His latest, the infectious, soul-driven Uptown Special marks his first in five-years (Record Collection dropping in 2010) and is led by killer funked-up Bruno Ma...

Meghan Trainor Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music

January 13th, 2015 9:30am EST
 Meghan Trainor Leads Albums To Check Out
After a “deader than a doornail” release week – newcomer southern rap duo Rae Sremmurd’s SremmLife was the biggest release – the week of January 13 is chocked full of new blood for the charts. For mid-January, it is quite surprising to see releases of this magnitude, particularly Meghan Trainor, who should have some firm support behind her. Here are six albums to check out this week.

1) Meghan Trainor, Title (Epic)

22-year old Pop upstart Meghan Trainor feels like an established artist as she releases the full-length edition of Title (an EP version arrived in 2014). “All About That...

Taylor Swift Makes It An Eight-Peat Atop Billboard 200

January 8th, 2015 11:33am EST
Taylor Swift Makes It An Eight In A Row Atop Billboard 200
Maybe DJ Khaled and Drake said it best: “No New Friends.” Applied to the current Billboard 200, the phrase is best attributed, “no new releases” of note. That said no one is shocked to hear that the invincible Taylor Swift rules the charts for an eighth non-consecutive week. Even with units and sales alike down from the previous week, 1989 still stood tall, selling 172,000 copies.

Swift was unopposed at the top spot, with the next closest album in sales (Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack) and impact (Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint) not coming anywhere close. 172,000 versus 70,000 copies ...

Taylor Swift Easily Keeps The Number One Spot Red Hot On The Billboard 200

January 2nd, 2015 8:27am EST
Taylor Swift Easily Keeps The Number One Spot Red Hot On The Bil
She's bleeping unstoppable – like totally! As much as the talk of the queen – aka Taylor Swift – has grown old, she just keeps on dominating the music industry like it’s never been dominated before. She's beastly – in the most distinguished and ladylike manner possible. Cutting to the chase and the 'pure' sales total, Swift sold another 326,000 copies of 1989, impacting with an even more robust number of 'units'. Nobody seems to be able to 'shake off' Swift and if she was shakable, the industry would be left with a void - a "Blank Space" (get it?).

Speaking of “Blank Space,” it adds fur...

What Albums Should You Be Looking Forward To In January?

January 1st, 2015 1:00pm EST
9 Highly Anticipated January Albums
In the dead of January, some artists and record labels seek to rollout some new albums to keep folks musically stimulated. It’s a splendid idea considering nothing big seems to go down after the Holiday season – absolutely nothing. Still, there are nine brave souls looking to leave their mark early in 2015.

1) Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife (Interscope, January 6)

The southern hip-hop duo has two notable hits in “No Flex Zone” and second single “No Type.” Recently, a third single, “Throw Sum Mo” featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug was unveiled to the world.

2) Meghan Trainor, Title (E...

‘SNL’ Recap: Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson And Bruno Mars

November 24th, 2014 8:20am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 7 Review: Cameron Diaz/
When people look back through the annals of “SNL,” this episode may go down as the one when the Season 40 cast fully discovered its confidence. But since episodes are usually cataloged by the guests, this one might be hard to identify, because the guests did not do anything spectacular. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars came in and performed a couple of songs, while host Cameron Diaz did not have any showcase performances. She gamely slotted in to whatever role she was needed in, but this episode was about the likes of Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, and Beck Bennett asserting themselve...

Mark Ronson Creating London Olympics Anthem

October 2nd, 2011 2:30pm EDT
Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson has been chosen to create the theme tune for 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The superproducer, famed for his work with late singer Amy Winehouse, will come up with an anthem for the highly-anticipated event in the U.K.'s capital city.

The track will feature singer Katy B on vocals and will include sounds of athletes from around the world, including grunts and the sound of tennis balls hitting racquets.

Ronson was particularly inspired by British table tennis champ Darius Night's sounds, saying, "Sometimes he uses it to put off his opponents, and sometimes it is a sound of vict...

Mark Ronson Marries In Southern France

September 4th, 2011 10:30am EDT
Mark Ronson
Superproducer Mark Ronson has married his girlfriend, model Josephine De La Baume, in a lavish ceremony in her native France.

The DJ, who began dating the actress in 2009 and proposed earlier this year, wed the beauty on Saturday afternoon in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence.

Celebrity guests including Lily Allen and supermodel Kate Moss watched as de la Baume walked down the aisle in a Zac Posen bridal gown, while Ronson wore a flamboyant pink-striped suit jacket and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Scottish rockers The View, who collaborated with Ronson on track "The Bike Song," featuring de la...

Amy Winehouse Cremated After Funeral Service

July 26th, 2011 12:40pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
Tragic singer Amy Winehouse has been cremated following an emotional funeral service in London on Tuesday.

The Rehab hit-maker was found dead at her home on Saturday and her family and close friends attended a private service at a cemetery in north London on Tuesday.

The star's dad Mitch delivered a touching eulogy at the funeral and according to reports, his last words to his daughter were, "Good night, my angel. Sleep tight. Mummy and daddy love you ever so much."

Mourners in attendance included Kelly Osbourne, who carried a single white rose and sported a Winehouse-style beehive ha...

Rapper Nate Dogg Dies At 41

March 16th, 2011 8:23am EDT
Nate Dogg
Rapper Nate Dogg has died at age 41.

Snoop Dogg's cousin - real name Nathaniel Hale - passed away on Tuesday following a lengthy battle with numerous health issues, reports the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Hale, whose cause of death is not yet known, suffered a series of strokes in 2007 and 2008, which left him paralyzed down the left side of his body.

His pal Warren G appealed to fans in November asking them to help contribute to the star's medical costs as he underwent a lengthy rehabilitation process to regain the ability to walk and talk.

Hale rose to fame with Snoop Dogg and Warr...

Boy George Confirms 2012 Culture Club Reunion

October 12th, 2010 11:05pm EDT
Boy George
Boy George has confirmed Culture Club will reunite in 2012 to mark the band's 30th anniversary.

Superproducer Mark Ronson recently revealed he had made it his mission to bring former bandmates Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss and Sam Baker back together, eight years after they split.

And flamboyant frontman George O'Dowd - aka gay icon Boy George - has revealed a plan is in place to celebrate the anniversary of the release of Culture Club's first ever single on April 30, 2012.

He says, "We're definitely doing it, yeah, yeah, in 2012. Our D-Day is April 30, which is the same day...

Samantha Ronson Facing Criminal Investigation Over Dog Death

August 31st, 2010 11:10pm EDT
Samantha Ronson
Samantha Ronson is reportedly at the center of a criminal investigation after her pet bulldog killed a small Maltese dog on Monday.

Lindsay Lohan's ex girlfriend's bulldog, Cadillac, is said to have attacked a smaller pet while he was being taken for a walk in Los Angeles. He also attacked the dog's owner.

Ronson was left devastated by the dog fight, taking to shortly after the incident to tell fans, "I feel incredibly sad and wish I could offer more than condolences, unfortunately there are no words to describe how sorry I am."

And now the beatmaker, who was not with her pet...

Amy Winehouse Seems To Have A Wardrobe Malfunction Heading To A Mark Ronson Gig

July 11th, 2010 12:07am EDT
Amy Winehouse
Oops! Amy Winehouse bared a little too much boob on the way to Mark Ronson's gig at the 100 Club in Oxford Street London this week.

Later the songstress then left to head to the after party at the Sanderson Hotel revealing a little more than intended. Still in the party spirit, Amy then continued on to Bungalow 8 Club.

Amy forgot the words to her hit "Valerie" during the rare onstage performance Tuesday. The singer joined her "Valerie" collaborator Ronson at an intimate gig at the 100 Club as the producer launched his new band The Business Intl.





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Plastic Looking Amy Winehouse Forgets Song Lyrics

July 7th, 2010 11:32am EDT
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse was left red-faced after forgetting the words to her hit "Valerie" during a rare onstage performance in London on Tuesday.

The singer joined her "Valerie" collaborator Mark Ronson at an intimate gig at the British capital's 100 Club as the producer launched his new band The Business Intl.

Ronson performed tracks from his upcoming album before Winehouse stepped onstage during the encore.

The duo began their version of The Zutons' track, the final number of the night, but the singer stumbled through the first verse as she struggled to remember the lyrics.

The "Rehab" hitmake...

Amy Winehouse Shows Off Her Cookies

July 6th, 2010 3:45pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse showed off her cookies and chocolates outside the Jazz Cafe in London yesterday where she was partying with music producer Mark Ronson. The recovering British train wreck is practically falling out of her blouse. She looks healthier though, that's for sure!

Amy is forming a new supergroup with The Roots' drummer ?Uestlove. However, she has been unable to move the plans forward because she is struggling to obtain a visa to enter America to visit record producer Raphael Saadiq, who will be on guitar.

Amy was previously denied entry to the U.S. for the 2008 Grammy Awards after ...

'Harry Potter' Star To Marry 'Twilight' Star?

April 22nd, 2010 1:43pm EDT
Bonnie Wright
Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright has worked her magic on boyfriend Jamie Campbell Bower - the two young Brits are reportedly engaged.

The couple was overheard talking about the happy news at a Gucci party hosted by music producer Mark Ronson in London on Wednesday night.

A source says, "Bonnie was even showing off her glittering engagement ring."

Wright recently went public with the romance six months after she started dating The Twilight Saga: New Moon star.

She cooed, "We met at a party and we just really clicked straight away. He's a great guy, and we just enjoy spending time toge...

Foreigner To Release Three-Disc Collection, 'Can't Slow Down', Sept. 29

September 22nd, 2009 5:19pm EDT
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Foreigner, one of the world's most popular and enduring rock bands, will release a new three-disc collection, including a CD album of all new music, a CD album of the band's original hit recordings, and a DVD of the band in concert and beyond. Foreigner's latest will be available from Rhino Entertainment September 29, exclusively through Walmart, for $12.00.

Twelve tracks on the new album are produced by Mick Jones and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith and Buckcherry), with celebrated Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse) contributing the Mick Jones-penned "Fool For You Anyway....

Lily Allen's 'It's Not Me, It's You' Set For Feb. 10 Release

January 11th, 2009 11:00am EST
Lily Allen
On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It's Not Me, It's You, the follow-up to Lily Allen's critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still. Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender's recent "In The Studio" feature described as "part God, part country and all middle finger." Allen wrote and recorded the album's 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on three songs for Alright, Still - "Everything's Just Wonderful," "Alfie" and "Not Big."

"We decided to try and make ...

Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

October 15th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It's no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka's triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On September 23, 2008 the legendary Stax Records will release the album in conjunction with Nikka's ow...

Mark Ronson Eyes Eminem Duet

September 22nd, 2008 4:07pm EDT
Mark Ronson
Superproducer Mark Ronson is keen to collaborate with Eminem - insisting he is "really excited" about the rapper's new album. The "Without Me" hitmaker is currently working on his eagerly-awaited follow up to 2004 LP Encore.

And Ronson, who has previously teamed up with Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, admits he would love to get involved.

He says, "I'm really excited about his comeback. I'd love to work with him. I wouldn't rule out doing a duet with anyone."

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'Radiohead: The Best Of' DVD To Be Released June 3

June 1st, 2008 9:00am EDT
-Companion To Radiohead: Best Of CD, Special Edition 2-CD, Quadruple Vinyl LP & Digital Releases Features 21 Videos, Including 9 Making DVD Release Debuts

Parlophone Records and Capitol Records have announced that the much anticipated CD, 2-CD, quadruple vinyl LP and digital release, Radiohead: The Best Of will also be available June 3 as a DVD video collection. The collection's details are announced today. 21 videos are featured on the new Radiohead: The Best Of DVD, including "Just," "Street Spirit," "Karma Police," "Paranoid Android," "No Surprises," "Knives Out," "Pyramid Song" and...

Estelle Discusses Her Album 'Shine,' American Boys And Her Sense of Fashion

April 28th, 2008 9:00am EDT
UK sensation Estelle has been dubbed John Legend's protégé. She's been compared to Lauryn Hill and has collaborated with a number of great artists (Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean,, Mark Ronson and Cee-lo & Jack Splash) to come up with an amazing album called "Shine," which drops in the states tomorrow.

This 28-year-old dynamo is one artist who is comfortable in her own skin. She is willing to take risks to further her career, which characterizes an extreme sense of self-determination that cannot be ignored. Being the first artist to be signed to John Legend's new lab...

Desconstructing Grammy

February 8th, 2008 3:57pm EST
Amy Winehouse
"The Grammys at 50 are showing their age," crows the latest headline from Newsday. Have the Grammys ever showed anything but? It takes years for them to even deign career artists buzzworthy enough for the Best New Artist trophy. (The most glaring example? Alt country siren Shelby Lynne taking home Best New Artist prize 13 years into her career.)

Yes, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is about as hip as sitting through an Al Gore earth documentary on Current.

For a better gauge of 2007, bless sweet Robert Christgau's still-kicking "Pazz and Jop" poll. The Pazz an...

2008 Honda Civic Tour, Featuring Panic At The Disco, Announces Tour Dates

January 25th, 2008 4:00pm EST
Panic At The Disco
For the past seven years, the Honda Civic Tour (HCT) has been acclaimed as a "must see" music tour, and this year is no exception. Following the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Pretty. Odd., on March 25, Panic At The Disco will be ready to take the wheel as 2008 HCT headliners. They begin their nationwide tour April 10 in San Francisco at the Warfield (see all dates below). Panic will be joined on the annual spring outing by Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and Phantom Planet.

Honda Civic Tour general on-sale begins Feb. 2 in select cities. Beginning Jan. 30,...

Daniel Merriweather Brings Us His Soulful Singing

December 10th, 2007 1:26pm EST
Daniel Merriweather
Daniel Merriweather is primarily known from his work with celebrated New York DJ and producer Mark Ronson and for the cover of The Smiths' classic single, "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before".

Merriweather has also released two singles, "City rules" and "She's Got Me" (from Ronson's 2004 solo debut Here Comes The Fuzz), both of which have been popular at clubs in London, Paris and New York. In just a short amount of time, Merriweather has culled anticipation of his upcoming, as-yet-untitled solo album, due out on J/ Allido next year.

Allido Records was co-founded ...

Paul Oakenfold Debuts At #1 With 'Greatest Hits & Remixes'

November 11th, 2007 10:30am EST
Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold debuted on two significant charts in electronic/dance music this week with the his Greatest Hits & Remixes album via Perfecto/Ultra Records. A marquee name in the genre that has crossed over into the mainstream, Oakenfold garnered the #1 top spot on Billboard's Electronic Album chart and iTunes Dance Album Sales chart.

Paul Oakenfold's Greatest Hits & Remixes--a 20-selection strong collection of his seminal dance recordings and remixes--celebrates the career of an artist whose combined releases have totaled almost two million in sales in the U.S. alone. Its track listi...

Mark Ronson Remixes Modern Classics On 'Version'

May 3rd, 2007 6:32pm EDT
Mark Ronson
It's hard to imagine how Producer, DJ, Artist, and Allido label boss Mark Ronson found the time to bring this album to fruition. Somehow, in the midst of producing some of the most defining sounds of 2006 and 2007 (Lily Allen's debut Check. Sessions with Christina Aguilera Check. Amy Winehouse's stunning album with its hit song "Rehab" Check.), Ronson was able to conceive, curate, create, record and compile Version - an album nothing short of perfect. Taking its impetus from a Radiohead cover ("Just") he redefined in 2005 with Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald, a Stax-spirited version was ...

Hard Rock Hotels And Casinos Launch Limited Edition CD Series Curated By DJ/Producer Mark Ronson

April 18th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Mark Ronson
Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos will pay homage to its distinctive music heritage with the launch of a limited-edition CD series, Mark Ronson Presents Hard Rock, curated by DJ/producer Mark Ronson. The debut CD, featuring 14 rock songs hand selected by Ronson, will be available for purchase beginning May 22 at all Hard Rock Hotel and Casino locations, select Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shops and online at Hard Rock partnered with Allido Records and music executive and producer Rich Kleiman, to release the series exclusively for the brand.

Hard Rock has enlisted Ronson to curat...

Rhymefest Drops Major Label Debut July 11

June 23rd, 2006 12:55pm EDT
With the humor of Biz Markie, the lyrical viciousness of Kool G Rap and the storytelling brilliance of Slick Rick, Grammy Award winning rapper Rhymefest is confirmed to release his highly anticipated major label debut album Blue Collar on July 11 on Allido/J Records.

Since winning a Grammy in 2004 for co-writing Kanye West's "Jesus Walks," along with the release of his first single (and Dave Meyers-directed video) "Brand New," -- and countless exclusive mixtapes in between -- Rhymefest has been dubbed the "one to watch" by critics and fans alike. Now with the July 11 release of Blue Co...