1. 50 Years of AC: Vanilla Is Licking the Competition

    July 19, 2011 11:15 AM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said As music progresses - Bruno Mars ' "Just the Way You Are" taking its place at AC alongside Billy Joel 's - a constant has been the format's presentation between the songs. It doesn't play rap or hard rock, and doesn…

  2. R. Kelly Faces Foreclosure on Chicago Mansion

    July 13, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion. Crain's Chicago Business reported Tuesday that JPMorgan Chase Bank filed the foreclosure lawsuit last month in Cook County Circuit Court. The complaint states that Kelly hasn't made…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Pitbull, Jill Scott, Weird Al Yankovic

    June 30, 2011 7:55 PM EDT PET SOUNDS: Dog days are just beginning atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as Pitbull celebrates his first No. 1 with "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor…

  4. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears, Rihanna, Hits Of The World

    April 22, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. RIH-GARDING RIH…

  5. Glasvegas Aims for 'Epic' Sound on 'Euphoric Heartbreak'

    April 17, 2011 9:26 AM EDT Rab Allan, guitarist in U.K. alt-rock act Glasvegas , likens his experiences from the past few years to "being right in the middle of a tornado." "I remember certain times and key gigs, but my memory is quite hazy," says Allan, who formed the band in Glasgow, Scotland,…

  6. Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber Win Big at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 28, 2011 12:30 AM EDT As expected after their Grammy win and banner year, Arcade Fire took home the most Juno Awards in Toronto over the weekend, in part of a 40th anniversary celebration of the Canadian awards show that included Shania Twain , Neil Young and many others, with Drake as host. Thirty-two awards were…

  7. Eminem Revives Dr. Dre in 'I Need a Doctor' Video

    February 24, 2011 6:55 PM EST E minem must save his mentor Dr. Dre from death -- and recording inactivity -- in the dramatic music video for "Detox" single "I Need a Doctor," which premiered today (Feb. 24). At 7:31, the Allan Hughes-directed clip for "Doctor" features a narrative arc, as Dre…

  8. Billboard, CMA Reteam For Country Music Summit

    February 18, 2011 9:00 AM EST The second annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Assn. (CMA), will take place June 6-7 in Nashville. The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as artist showcases and networking opportunities.…

  9. Neil Young to Receive Humanitarian Award at Junos

    January 27, 2011 11:37 AM EST N eil Young will be honored with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at Canada's 40th annual Juno Awards Mar. 27 in Toronto, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced. Young, who was forced to cancel an appearance at the 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg to recuperate…

  10. Hot Tours: The Eagles, Roger Waters, Michael Buble

    December 09, 2010 12:21 PM EST The Eagle s top this week's Hot Tours rankings with $5.8 million in box office grosses from two performances at Acer Arena in Sydney on Dec. 6-7. The band is wrapping its 2010 Long Road out of Eden tour schedule with concerts in five Australian venues during December. The two sellouts at…

  11. Brad Paisley Wins Entertainer of the Year at CMA Awards

    November 10, 2010 11:20 PM EST The Country Music Association Awards were Miranda Lambert 's and Blake Shelton 's party, but Brad Paisley crashed the festivities. Lambert won three awards, including album of the year, on her 27th birthday and her fiance Shelton grabbed two. But an emotional Paisley, a young gun…

  12. Country Albums Rule Top Three on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 11:17 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan), Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party…

  13. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Finishes New Songs, Kurt Cobain's Anti-MTV Letter Up for Auction

    October 06, 2010 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Finished with Three New Songs Following her appearance on last week's episode of "Glee," Britney Spears is reportedly hard at work on her next album and has finished three new songs. …

  14. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Luis Miguel

    September 30, 2010 2:45 PM EDT Country acts take center stage on this week's Hot Tours chart, claiming four of the top 10 slots on the list. Leading the pack at No. 1 is Brad Paisley who takes the top ranking with $4.5 million in box office grosses reported from eight dates on his H2O World Tour. All of this week'…

  15. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rihanna

    July 21, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'FALL' ARRIVES: Two of the four highest debuts on Billboard's Country Songs chart since the survey's adoption of Nielsen BDS-monitored data in 1990 belong to Kenny Chesney , as "The Boys of Fall" storms the chart at No. 17. (Country Songs will be refreshed…

  16. Lee Brice Makes History with 'Love Like Crazy'

    July 18, 2010 10:59 AM EDT L ee Brice made history when the Garth Brooks hit "More Than a Memory" -- a song Brice co-wrote with Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana -- became the first single to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Now he's making history of a different sort. Brice's…

  17. Chart Beat Thursday: Bret Michaels Rocks On

    July 15, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ROSY: Veteran rocker/"Celebrity Apprentice 3" champion Bret Michaels inks his highest rank on the Billboard 200 i n almost 20 years, as "Custom Built" arrives at No. 14. His prior charted solo effort, "Rock My World," debuted and peaked at No. 40 in June 2008. As…

  18. Hear Jerrod Niemann's Debut, Win Tickets

    July 09, 2010 9:27 AM EDT Best-known as a songwriter who has penned tracks for JERROD NIEMANN: SIX QUESTIONS As a successful songwriter, why release a cover tune as your lead single? I've always loved the song, but I wasn't sure the first song should be a cover. Then I realized coming from the songwriting…

  19. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins

    July 08, 2010 5:45 PM EDT PARTY IN THE U.S.A.: Before the release of "California Gurls," Katy Perry revealed her inspiration for co-writing the song: "It's so great that ( Jay-Z and Alicia Keys ') 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but ... what…

  20. Video: Country Summit Stars Get Candid

    June 10, 2010 3:17 PM EDT Tennessee is wall-to-wall with special music events this week from the CMT Music Awards to Bonnaroo , and Billboard was part of the action as the genre's stars converged for our Country Summit on June 7 and 8. Our cameras caught up with a number of artists who shared thoughts on the…

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