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US Album Sales Dip in 2012: Rock Rises / R&B Suffers

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2012 marked a bittersweet for US album sales, it has emerged today.

Falling by 4.4% despite contributions from Pink, Drake and Miguel, overall sales dipped in the market while sales of digital items enjoyed- making digital outlets responsible for 37.2% of all album sales.

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First Look: Usher & Shakira Take Their Seats On ‘The Voice’

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Season 3 of The Voice may have wrapped just a few weeks ago, however production for season 4 is already underway!

The hit NBC show, which now airs twice yearly (Spring and Fall cycles), is welcoming Pop forces Usher and Shakira to its panel of Coaches.

Indeed, as earlier reported, the pair have been tapped to replace departing judges Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera – who are taking a season (or so) off to re-engage with their musical mainstays.

With the New Year upon us and the show’s March return looming, producers have today unveiled new promotional shots for the new panel.

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Shakira The Voice Coach First Look: Usher & Shakira Take Their Seats On The Voice

Randomness: Interestingly, Shakira is heavily pregnant with her first child. And while the Columbian star is reportedly due any day now, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how this factors into the upcoming series. For, though premiering on March 25th, filming is either underway already or will be in the next few weeks.

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Watch: Usher Performs ‘Numb’ On Ellen

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Usually when an album under-performs, the project is quickly sucked into a black hole never to be seen or spoken of again. In Usher‘s case, his latest LP ‘Looking 4 Myself’ may not have set the charts ablaze, yet the LP’s so-so sales haven’t deterred his hustle.

Like many a megastar, selling or not selling, Mr Raymond is clearly welcome on any and every stage. Case, point his performances at most of this year’s major award shows, as well as this afternoon’s showcase on ‘Ellen’.

Watch below as the 34 year old performs the project’s latest offering ‘Numb’ on the daytime show…

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2013 Grammy Nominations Revealed *Updated*

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Nashville played host to the 2012 Grammy Nomination special where the likes of music’s biggest names gathered for the unveiling of the 2013 Grammy nominations.

While we won’t find out who will be walking away with the coveted gram-o-phones until the show airs live on CBS February 10th, click below to find out if your fave was able to nab a nomination. 

Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Jay Z are among the males dominating this year’s nominations (with 6 each) while pop tart pals Katy Perry & Rihanna nabbed multiple mentions as well.

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Elijah Blake & Usher: ‘Time’ Names ‘Climax’ Top Song Of 2012

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For many a Pop fiend, Usher‘s 18 year chart reign has made him an ever present/welcome force in the world of music- just as influential today as he was upon the launch of his self titled debut.

Now, in what is a testament to his ability to both spot and craft a hit, his smash hit single ‘Climax’ has been named the Top Song of 2012 by ‘Time’ Magazine.

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The Duplication Debate: “Inspiration” Vs. Swagger-Jacking

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“To Catch A Thief”

Much like “epic”, “diva”, and “underrated”, recent years have seen the term “swagger-jacking” used in overabundance.  Indeed, even the slightest note, move, or visual reminiscent of art past has found fans defending their favorites against accusations of copycatting…

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UK Charts: Ludacris’ ‘Rest Of My Life’ Climbs 68 Spots In A Week

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Ludacris is coming for that #1 spot.

Yes, after releasing his new single ‘Rest Of My Life’ in partnership with Usher & David Guetta, he has watched it soar in the UK this week. Soar, on the wings of a mind blowing 68 chart spots.

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Winner’s List: 2012 Soul Train Awards (Complete)

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Many a star came out to play at the 2012 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The show, which aired tonight, saw R&B’s finest go head-to-head for the coveted trophies.

So, now the show is over, find out who picked up which awards at the high profile outing below…

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