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Bruno Mars is Billboard's 2013 Artist of the Year

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Bruno Mars was named Billboard's 2013 Artist of the Year by the industry trade magazine on Friday. Hawaiian-born Mars, 28, topped eight of Billboard's year-end music chart lists, including the Hot 100 Artists, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Digital Songs, and his 2012 album "Unorthodox Jukebox" has becoming one of this year's best-selling records with more than 1.8 million copies sold in the United States.

Psy sweeps Billboard's six year-end charts

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean rapper Psy topped six categories of the U.S. Billboard magazine's year-end charts for 2013, his local management company said Wednesday. Psy, who rose to global stardom for "Gangnam Style" featuring his horse-riding dance in 2012, was chosen as the top "Dance/Electronic Streaming Song Artist," "Rap Streaming Song Artist" and "World Digital Song Artist" of 2013 in the year-end charts to be included in the December issue of the monthly music magazine, according to YG Entertainment.

Boy band One Direction makes chart history with third No. 1 album debut

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British boy band One Direction made chart history on Wednesday as its third album debuted at No. 1 on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, the only group to have its first three albums top the chart in opening week sales. The quintet's "Midnight Memories" sold 546,000 copies, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Eminem ousts Lady Gaga to reclaim top spot on Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Eminem climbed back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday after ousting last week's chart-topper Lady Gaga. Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" reclaimed the top spot on the weekly album chart with sales of 120,000, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

A Minute With: James Franco on villains and being James Franco

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - James Franco has played a wizard, a doctor, a gangster rapper, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and himself, all in the past year. In addition to acting, Franco is a teacher, a spokesman for the Italian fashion brand Gucci, a published author, artist and director. Does the 35-year-old actor ever feel like he's taking on too much?

New musical brings Carole King's life, music to Broadway stage

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - While most teenagers in the early 1960s were swooning over the pop stars, Carole King was busy writing songs for their idols that would send them to the top of the music charts. From "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" for The Shirelles and "Take Good Care of My Baby" for Bobby Vee to "The Loco-Motion" for Little Eva, King and her first husband Gerry Goffin penned a string of hits before she launched a solo career and produced her 1971 multiple Grammy Award-winning second album "Tapestry."

Lady Gaga album hits number one despite weaker sales

Lady Gaga entered the Billboard 200 album chart at number one Wednesday with her new release "Artpop," though it sold less than its predecessor. The recording industry trade journal said fans bought 258,000 copies of "Artpop" in its first week, compared to "Born This Way" in 2011 which moved 1.1 million copies in the same time frame. Fifty-seven percent of those sales were digital downloads, said Billboard, which bases on its charts on Nielsen SoundScan data.

Troubled rapper Chris Brown gets new penalty

A US judge ordered troubled rapper Chris Brown on Wednesday to complete a 90-day drug abuse and anger management program, in his latest judicial blow. The 24-year-old, who is still on probation after infamously assaulting former girlfriend pop star Rihanna in 2009, was also ordered to carry out 24 hours a week of community labor and submit to alcohol and drug testing. Brown checked into a California rehab facility last month after allegedly punching a man in Washington, but was thrown out after less than two weeks, according to the TMZ celebrity news website.

Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' tops U.S. Billboard 200 album chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lady Gaga's third studio album, "ARTPOP," debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday after three months of steady promotion behind singles "Applause" and "Do What U Want." The album sold 258,000 copies in its first week of release, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Fifty-seven percent of those sales were digital downloads, Billboard said.

Still the "Material Girl", Madonna out earns Lady Gaga on Forbes list

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Material Girl" still has it. Madonna easily surpassed singer Lady Gaga and veteran rockers Bon Jovi as the highest-paid musician in 2013, Forbes said on Tuesday. Madonna earned $125 million, most of which was from her hugely successful MDNA tour, which grossed $305 million, as well as merchandise sold at concerts and a clothing line and fragrance. "Madonna is living up to her nickname: the Material Girl tops our list of the top-earning musicians by a wide margin," Forbes said.
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