1. 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. …

  2. 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'…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Ask Billboard: Beyonce Vs. Gaga Vs. Rihanna

    May 28, 2010 3:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BEYONCE VS. GAGA VS. RIHANNA Hi Gary, I was wondering if you could run a…

  10. Michael Jackson's Family To Face Doctor In Court

    April 05, 2010 9:21 AM EDT More than a dozen members of Michael Jackson 's family plan to appear in a courtroom where the doctor charged with causing his death is due for a hearing. Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The hearing agenda Monday is procedural - assigning…

  11. Ludacris Lands Fourth No. 1 Album With "Battle of the Sexes"

    March 17, 2010 1:23 PM EDT Ludacris scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the tally with 137,000 copies. The album is the rapper/actor's follow-up to 2008's "Theater of the Mind," which peaked at No. 5. Counting "Battle," Ludacris (aka…

  12. Stooges, Genesis, ABBA Enter Rock Hall of Fame in NYC Ceremony

    March 15, 2010 11:00 PM EDT An English band steeped in harmony, a reggae pioneer, progressive rockers who thrived despite a defection, four Swedes who combined their nation's traditions with their rock heroes and a man who prowled a ballroom floor singing "I Wanna Be Your Dog" wouldn't seem to have…

  13. Gary Allan, "Get Off on the Pain"

    March 12, 2010 3:37 PM EST Gary Allan 's albums are as comfortable as the day is long, and his fans usually know what to expect. That could be a problem in the hands of a lesser talent, but it works in Allan's favor. The artist's familiar smoky vocals and the consistently rich production draw the…

  14. Best Bets 2010: The Year In Music Ahead

    January 15, 2010 2:15 PM EST Out with the old, in with the new... and the loud, the soft, the twangy, the melodic, the weird and the just plain brilliant. The new year is shaping up to be a great one for music, with banner releases in almost every genre hitting shelves and online retailers in 2010. Artists are swapping…

  15. Hot Tours: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Gary Allan, Zac Brown Band

    January 13, 2010 2:06 PM EST Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes a fifth appearance on the Hot Tours rankings - and a third stint at No. 1 - since beginning its 2009 winter tour in November. This week's No. 1 ranking is based on reported totals from 12 venues, eleven U.S. arenas and one Canadian. With a combined gross of…

  16. Gary Allan "Get Off On The Pain" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:59 PM EST Gary Allan, "Get Off The Pain" (MCA Nashville) Release Date: March 9, 2010 Since debuting in 1996 with the gold-certified album "Used Heart for Sale," Gary Allan has earned a reputation as a country maverick who wears his heart on his sleeve. Devastatingly poignant in its…

  17. Black Eyed Peas Singer Brings Aid To Philippines

    October 15, 2009 8:36 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas singer apl.de.ap has flown to his native Philippines following devastating back-to-back storms to perform a benefit concert and deliver much-needed aid. Apl planned to stage the concert Thursday (Oct. 15) evening in Manila during a brief trip to the country. "I just want…

  18. Keith Urban, Sugarland To Headline 2010 Stagecoach Festival

    October 08, 2009 2:09 PM EDT Keith Urban , Toby Keith , Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are confirmed to headline the fourth annual Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival, it was announced today (Oct. 8). The two-day outdoor fest will take place April 24-25, 2010 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.…

  19. Kiss, Genesis, Chili Peppers Among Nominees For Rock Hall Of Fame

    September 23, 2009 9:00 AM EDT KISS , the Red Hot Chili Peppers , Genesis , the Hollies , LL Cool J and Jimmy Cliff are first-time nominees among a dozen finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to a list released this morning by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. They join returning…

  20. The Beatles: Repaving 'Abbey Road'

    September 04, 2009 2:54 PM EDT The Beatles' Albums Are Considered National Treasures—So Remastering Them Requires Some Interesting Decisions Any appointment at Abbey Road still involves walking over the most famous pedestrian crossing in popular music. And the history of the north London studio hangs heavy in the air…

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