1. Chart Beat Thursday: Barbra Streisand, Foreigner, Jay Sean

    October 08, 2009 5:07 PM EDT SUPER-STREIS-ED: This week's Billboard is 200 bursting with all kinds of records. Literally and figuratively. Dating to the chart's March 24, 1956, launch as a weekly survey, not until this week had eight titles debuted in the top 10. The entire chart's sum of 43 new entries…

  2. Illfonics Hope Kid Cudi Production Sends Them Over The 'Moon'

    October 07, 2009 5:13 PM EDT Last month, producer Matt Friedman got his first taste of the upper tier of the Billboard 200 when Kid Cudi 's debut album, "Man on the Moon: The End of Day," for which he produced a track titled "Enter Galactic," entered at No. 4. Now, Friedman and partner Jedd…

  3. Chart Beat Wednesday: Jay Sean, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood

    October 07, 2009 4:55 PM EDT 'DOWN' IS UP: What goes up must come down. In this case, it's because of "Down." After a record 26-week reign with "I Gotta Feeling" (the last 14 weeks) and "Boom Boom Pow" (12 weeks directly prior), the Black Eyed Peas cede the Billboard Hot 100…

  4. Pearl Jam Tops Album Chart, Chris Brown Steps Out

    September 30, 2009 4:34 PM EDT In this edition of the Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Pearl Jam takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 as predicted with their album "Backspacer". It's the band's first No. 1 in 13 years, and sold just under 200,000 copies in its first week. Chris…

  5. Chris Brown Premieres New Track

    September 29, 2009 5:20 PM EDT Chris Brown released a track titled "I Can Transform Ya" today on his blog site, Mechanicaldummy.com . The song, the first official track Brown has released since the February altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna that resulted in his guilty plea to an assault charge, is said to be…

  6. Wolfmother Evolves On 'Cosmic Egg'

    September 25, 2009 5:24 PM EDT Like all animals, Wolfmother faced two choices: evolve or die. Citing "longstanding frictions," keyboard/bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett left in 2008. But frontman Andrew Stockdale wasn't about to give up after achieving so much -- the band sold 537,000 U.S. copies…

  7. Joshua Bell, "At Home With Friends"

    September 25, 2009 2:28 PM EDT The Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell returns with "At Home With Friends," a star-studded album of marquee-level duets with guest artists like Sting , Josh Groban and Chris Botti . If the term "classical crossover" sends you running for cover, fear not: This is…

  8. Chris Brown To Headline First Concert Since Conviction

    September 25, 2009 11:33 AM EDT New York radio station Power 105.1 (WWPR) announced this week that Chris Brown will be headlining its Powerhouse concert this year, taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at New Jersey's Izod Center. The singer will be joined by Fabolous , Keri Hilson , Trey Songz , The-Dream , Mario , Day26…

  9. Hollywood Rock Royalty Band Together For Ailing Bassist

    September 23, 2009 3:35 PM EDT When Billy Morrison heard his friend, bassist Scott Ford ( Twilight Singers , the Gutter Twins , Camp Freddy), was suffering from an advanced bone loss medical condition resulting in severe blood infections, the guitarist and former member of The Cult sprung into action. The result is the…

  10. Big Star, "Keep an Eye on the Sky"

    September 18, 2009 3:20 PM EDT Big Star may not have achieved the level of success that many had predicted for the '70s Memphis band, but the group's meaty guitar hooks and Beatles -esque harmonies helped launch the power-pop subgenre and inspired acts like Cheap Trick , R.E.M. , the Replacements and Fountains of…

  11. Wolfmother Returns: Video Q&A

    September 16, 2009 12:32 PM EDT "Our EP had gone gold before we had a manager... now I have my own makeup artist making me look good, now I'm a professional," Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale joked with a mischievous grin for Billboard's cameras in Los Angeles recently. "That's how much…

  12. No Doubt, Chris Martin To Play Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit

    September 14, 2009 5:24 PM EDT The lineup has been unveiled for the 2009 Bridge School Benefit concert, to be held Oct. 24-25 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. School co-founder Neil Young anchors a bill that also features No Doubt , Jimmy Buffett , Coldplay 's Chris Martin, Sheryl Crow and Monsters…

  13. Organizers Cancel Michael Jackson Vienna Tribute Concert

    September 11, 2009 10:40 AM EDT A scheduled Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna has been canceled and the event will be shifted to London next year, Organizers said on Friday. Michael's brother Jermaine Jackson had struggled to get R&B stars Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown and veteran singer Natalie Cole to…

  14. Michael Jackson Concert Line-Up Still Unsure, Brother Says

    September 10, 2009 1:13 PM EDT Jermaine Jackson said on Thursday he hoped R&B star Mary J. Blige would perform at the concert he planned to stage later this month in memory of his brother Michael , but the line-up was still being checked. Jackson and organizers attempted to play down the lack of confirmed big names for…

  15. Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 2:32 PM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift , Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to co-host the Nov. 11 ceremony with Carrie…

  16. Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 09, 2009 11:19 AM EDT Dave Brubeck just wishes his mom could see him now: On Dec. 6, the same day the jazz composer and pianist turns 89, he'll be among the leading artists feted at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala. Dignitaries from President Barack Obama on down will celebrate Brubeck's career, along…

  17. Keith Urban: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 3:13 PM EDT Two of the Clorox Company's premier brands -- KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Sauce and Kingsford® Charcoal -- put American barbecue on tour as headline sponsors of the Keith Urban Escape Together World Tour, which hit 49 cities across the U.S. this summer. CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE In order…

  18. Mary J. Blige, Akon, Chris Brown Confirmed For Vienna Michael Jackson Tribute

    September 08, 2009 8:25 AM EDT Artists including R&B stars Mary J. Blige , Akon and Chris Brown as well as veterans Natalie Cole and Sister Sledge will perform at the Vienna Michael Jackson tribute concert later this month, organizers said on Tuesday. Thirteen artists so far have been confirmed to perform at the…

  19. The Black Crowes, "Before the Frost...Until the Freeze"

    September 04, 2009 3:15 PM EDT It took the Black Crowes seven years to release last year's "Warpaint," but now that the Robinson brothers are back in the studio album business, they're making up for lost time. Fans who buy "Before the Frost . . ." will receive a digital password entitling them…

  20. Three Tracks From Upcoming Lebron James Movie Hit Charts

    September 03, 2009 2:47 PM EDT "More Than A Game" the Lebron James documentary directed by Kristopher Belman for Lionsgate and Harvey Mason Media, isn't slated to hit theaters until October 2nd but three tracks from the film's soundtrack are already making moves up the Billboard charts. Ester Dean'…

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