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'Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1'

'Guardians of The Galaxy' Soundtrack: 'Awesome Mix Vol. 1' Goes Platinum...Fans Looking Forward to Sequel, 'Vol. 2'

Buzz 12:23PM EDT

Something skipped the attention of both Billboard and ourselves when reporting the Billboard 200 and album sales totals this week: Guardians of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 broke the million-albums sales mark last week with its 35,000 haul last week, bringing it to platinum status. Had it managed to sell just a tad faster in the last weeks of 2014, the mainstream soundtrack accompaniment to the film Guardians of The Galaxy would have been just the third album released during the year to attain platinum status, joining Taylor Swift and 1989 as well as Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour as albums reaching platinum. The soundtrack for Frozen was the second highest-selling album of 2014, being the last soundtrack album to reach the million-album mark (although it was technically released during 2013).READ MORE


Eminem, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Marvin Gaye Recordings Used for Illegal Prison Mixtapes...Universal Music Bringing Lawsuit

Buzz 08:52AM EDT

No good deed goes unpunished. Or at least no profitable act disguised as a good deed goes unpunished. The Centric Group and Keefe Groups, two of several such institutions cited by Billboard, have been selling "care packages" to families of incarcerated individuals, which can include music mixtapes as part of their appeal. Universal Music is calling these agencies out on it in a new lawsuit, alleging that selling these mixtapes for profit doesn't constitute fair use and the record is owed legal restitution. Among the acts represented on the tapes are Eminem, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Marvin Gaye.READ MORE


Miguel Drops Surprise 'Art Dealer Chic' EP, Three Tracks Follow 2012's 'Kaleidoscope Dream' [LISTEN]

Buzz 14:10PM EDT

Miguel wants to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. The R&B singer dropped three new tunes in the form of an EP today (Dec. 19). The untitled effort is the first new music since Miguel's 2012 LP 'Kaleidoscope Dream,' aside from guest spots on tracks by Jessie Ware, Mariah Carey and Ludacris. The EP looks to be part of his 'Art Dealer Chic' series.READ MORE

Lorde at BBC Radio 1

10 Best Cover Songs Of 2014: Lorde, Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, And More [LISTEN]

Buzz 16:41PM EDT

Because cover songs don't garner nearly as much traction on the radio or the charts as they once did, artists these days treat them more like fun little experiments, where they can try out things they normally wouldn't on one of their albums or original singles. This has resulted in plenty of inventive and fascinating covers, especially this past year. Here are the year's 10 best cover songs (in no particular order).READ MORE

Steve Carell

Jimmy Fallon and Steve Carrell Cover Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' in Barbershop Quartet The Ragtime Gals [WATCH]

Buzz 16:32PM EDT

Jimmy Fallon has done it again. The 'Tonight Show' host and his Ragtime Gals, featuring the talents of Steve Carell, transformed Marvin Gaye's 1982 soul hit "Sexual Healing" into a Barbershop masterpiece. While the skit is extremely funny, like most of Fallon's singing bits, it also sounds killer. It doesn't even compare to those rainbow suit jackets, though.READ MORE


Kygo Teases New Single 'Firestone' Featuring Conrad [WATCH]

Buzz 21:53PM EDT

Dance music's new golden boy, Norwegian producer Kygo has previewed a new song on his Facebook. "Firestone" featuring 300-signed Australian singer Conrad will be released according to Dancing Astronaut on Dec. 2 exclusively via Spotify. The preview is included in a recap video for the last leg of his "Endless Summer" tour with sold out shows in New York City and Los Angeles, while having him discuss the making of the track, how his time on tour was and what he has coming up.READ MORE

Marvin Gaye

5 Covers Celebrating 50 Years of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)": James Taylor, Michael Bublé and More

Buzz 15:16PM EDT

Fifty years ago on this date Marvin Gaye entered the charts with "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)". The track was far from his first on the Motown label but it did have the most chart success among the singles he had released up to that point, peaking at no. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. We hesitate to call it his most recognizable song—because he's had an unusual number of tracks that have become cultural standards compared to most in his era—but "I wanna stop and thank ya baby" is an instantly recognizable line. Enough so that a number of performers have tried their hands at the song over the last five decades.READ MORE

Taylor Swift and her new hometown are getting along just nicely.

Taylor Swift Donating "Welcome to New York" Download Profits to New York City Public School System

Buzz 07:34AM EDT

Our natural reaction to someone else's massive success is to be bitter and assume the worst about their product ("haters gonna hate") but Taylor Swift is making things difficult for us. The star announced October 29 that all of the proceeds from her single "Welcome to New York" will be donated to the New York City public school system.READ MORE

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke, Pharrell May Lose "Blurred Lines" Lawsuit, Judge Believes It Rips Off Marvin Gaye

Buzz 20:52PM EDT

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" lawsuit is starting to look like it won't end in their favor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt has denied Thicke and Williams' motion for a summary judgment in a copyright lawsuit concerning their 2013 megahit, concluding that the song may have too much in common with Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up."READ MORE

'Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics' Album Cover

Aretha Franklin On New Diva Covers Album: "I Like The Whole CD, From Cut To Cut"

Trending News 10:52AM EDT

Aretha Franklin latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, was released Tuesday on vinyl and will be available digitally and in stores on Oct. 21. In a new interview with Billboard, she says the cover project, which features tracks such as "Midnight Train To Georgia" and "Rolling In The Deep," has given her an excitement she hasn't felt since 1982.READ MORE

Robin Thicke performs at Wireless Festival 2014

Robin Thicke Responds to Drug Addiction Admission, "Blurred Lines" Deposition Release in Statement

Genres 10:44AM EDT

Yesterday (Sept. 15), there was a big shake up in Robin Thicke's camp when his deposition from the "Blurred Lines"/Marvin Gaye "Got To Give It Up" lawsuit was released to the public. Now, his lawyers are firing back saying the release of the testimony is just a pawn in the Gaye kids' case.READ MORE

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke Admits Stealing Songwriting Credits, Drug Addiction and Reason for Paula Patton Split in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit Deposition

Genres 13:16PM EDT

The lawsuit between Marvin Gaye's family over copyright infringement for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" has just gotten a lot messier. Today (Sept. 15), transcripts of Thicke's and Pharrell's depositions were released, and there are admissions of drug abuse and lying on the part of Thicke regarding the song's writing process.READ MORE

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams hope they're not in too deep.

Marvin Gaye's Children Use Mash Up Audio To Prove Robin Thicke’s 'Blurred Lines' Is A Remake

Genres 21:46PM EDT

Marvin Gaye's children hope to prove the songs are identical by laying Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" vocals directly over the instrumental version of "Got To Give It Up."READ MORE

George Harrison

12 Famous Musicians and Their Ashes: Find Out The Final Resting Places of Kurt Cobain, Marvin Gaye, Freddie Mercury(?) and More

Genres 17:17PM EDT

The spat over Alan Freed's remains is just another example where the keeping of ashes can only lead to bad things. Having the remains of loved ones in the house leads to experiences ranging from traumatic (theft) to horrifying (a la Keith Richards father). If you want to visit the remains of the performers listed below, you'll have to settle for a very general view of a very general area.READ MORE

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams hope they're not in too deep.

Pharrell Williams Accuses Marvin Gaye's Family of 'Smelling Money' in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Genres 11:13AM EDT

You have to imagine that a performer such as Pharrell Williams has to be a loyal fan of Marvin Gaye. But that doesn't mean the vocalist/producer is holding any punches when it comes to the late R&B icon's familial lawsuit against himself, Robin Thicke and T.I. regarding similarities between last year's smash "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's "Got To Give It Up."READ MORE

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