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September 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Billboard just gave Pink's fans another reason to raise a glass. The ever-spirited pop star, who got her fourth-ever No. 1 radio single this year with "Just Give Me a Reason," will receive the publication's Woman of the Year award at its Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York.   Pink, born Alecia Moore, released her latest LP, "The Truth About Love," about a year ago. It became her first to top Billboard's album chart and got a Grammy nomination for best pop vocal album.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Katy Perry isn't the only female musician roaring this week. In a pronounced about-face from last week -- when each of the 10 top-selling albums in the country was by a male act -- women took the top spots on the new Billboard 200, the trade magazine reported early Wednesday. The Nickelodeon star Ariana Grade debuted at No. 1 with "Yours Truly," her set of early-'90s-inspired R&B numbers that many ( including yours truly ) have compared to the " Emotions "-era work of Mariah Carey.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is still No. 1. The hip-hop mogul's latest disc easily held onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 for a second week,  selling 129,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The disc debuted at No. 1 last week with 527,000, the year's second-biggest opening after Justin Timberlake's comeback record, "The 20/20 Experience," moved nearly 1 million when it was released in March. Jay's 12 th  solo effort continues a hot streak of rap albums consecutively topping the chart, starting with Jay's collaborator/friend Kanye West early last month.  Recent efforts from Wale and J. Cole knocked one another off before Jay's album debuted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | Titania Kumeh
Last year in South Los Angeles, billboards overlooking Crenshaw Boulevard showed two shirtless black men standing and embracing each other on a beach. "Our Love is Worth Protecting .... We Get Tested," read the sign. The ads, 10 in total, were developed by Jeffrey King, executive director of the Los Angeles advocacy group In the Meantime Men. The message's purpose, King said, was to promote love and HIV testing among black men who have sex with men. After the billboards went up, however, "the immediate reaction of the community was shock," said the Rev. Eric P. Lee, president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
SPORTS
June 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers' campaign to keep free-agent center Dwight Howard continued Wednesday with two public pleas for Howard to stay. The first, a billboard at Staples Center, features a photo of the center with the words, " Stay. #stayD12. " Another variation of the theme has been erected in Hollywood.   If you're walking Hollywood Blvd. looking down at the stars, don't miss the one above you. #STAYD12 pic.twitter.com/iI5DIWSb1R - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 26, 2013 Howard will officially become a free agent on July 1. The Houston Rockets may be the Lakers' greatest competition for Howard but the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and a number of other NBA franchises are also expected to make a pitch.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West this week landed in a very familiar place: on top of the Billboard charts. West's polarizing but critically acclaimed sixth album, “Yeezus,” took the No. 1 spot after it moved 327,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album's sales were the highest for a rap album since 2011, when Drake moved 631,000 units of “Take Care.” ESSENTIAL TRACK: Kanye West's 'Yeezus' chopped and screwed Though releases from the provocative rapper have long dominated the charts -- only his 2004 debut, “The College Dropout,” failed to bow at No. 1 -- “Yeezus” fell well short of West's 2010 release “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” which moved 496,000 copies out the gate.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Jay-Z may have sold a million copies of his upcoming album to Samsung, but those sales won't count on the influential Billboard 200 chart, which ranks album sales, the magazine said. Bill Werde, Billboard's editorial director, said in a letter posted Friday that Jay-Z had approached the chart giant to include the Samsung deal in its sales ranking, but Billboard declined, because it only counts sales of albums when people actually buy them. “The ever-visionary Jay-Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy,” Werde said . “But in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Werde explained that the chart's threshold for a sale is $3.49, and if Samsung were to sell the album at that price to customers, then it would count.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It's full of doomy imagery and gloomy guitars, but Black Sabbath's latest album has hardly scared off listeners: "13" debuted this week atop the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of 155,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The record is the hugely influential heavy-metal band's first No. 1 in a career that stretches back to 1969, when frontman Ozzy Osbourne formed Black Sabbath in Birmingham, England, with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Singer Miguel is insisting that producers did not warn him against jumping during his Billboard Music Awards performance, a maneuver that appears to have seriously injured an audience member. The "Adorn" singer leaped over the audience to another part of the stage during his award show performance May 19, but he missed the landing and ended up falling into the audience, allegedly kicking a fan in the back of the head and slamming her head against the stage. Producers recently said that they had warned him against the leap; however, the singer's camp is refuting those statements.
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