1. Lady GaGa Leads Hot 100 Amid Static Top 5

    January 22, 2009 10:49 AM EST Amid a static top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis is No. 1 for a third week after selling 192,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Also staying put at Nos. 2-5 are Beyonce's "Single…

  2. Say Anything Says It All On Third Album

    January 21, 2009 12:05 PM EST Say Anything will follow 2007's high-concept double album "In Defense of the Genre" with a new project this summer on J Records, frontman Max Bemis tells Billboard.com. Bemis says the album will be self-titled because it functions as a statement revealing where the band is now.…

  3. Ryan Adams Taking Hiatus From Music?

    January 14, 2009 12:05 PM EST Ryan Adams will take a hiatus from his band the Cardinals and music in general starting this spring, according to a lengthy blog post on the band's Web site. Adams says upcoming U.S. shows with the Cardinals, concluding March 20 in Atlanta, will be his last with the group. "I am…

  4. Kara DioGuardi Drops 'American Idol' Hints

    January 08, 2009 6:03 PM EST She's the new kid on the block, but she's ready for the spotlight. The newest judge on "American Idol," songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi, gave reporters a preview of what to expect during the eighth season of the show, which debuts Jan. 13 on Fox. 1. She's keeping…

  5. Underwood Wins Big At People's Choice Awards

    January 08, 2009 8:49 AM EST Carrie Underwood was a big winner at the People's Choice Awards last night (Jan. 7) at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, picking up favorite female singer, country song for "Last Name," and star under 35 years old. "Fans and people voting for me are what gave me a…

  6. iTunes Dumps DRM, Adds Variable Pricing

    January 06, 2009 2:35 PM EST At the MacWorld conference today (Jan. 6) in San Francisco, Apple Inc. confirmed reports that all four majors were now onboard to deliver DRM-free music through the iTunes Music Store. The company will also embrace a variable pricing model starting in April; the price points are listed as 69…

  7. Ask Billboard: Top 10 Lists, Fleetwood Mac, Mixi, The Veronicas

    January 02, 2009 2:01 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. First off, this will be my last "Ask Billboard," as next week, fellow Billboard…

  8. Artist Of The Year: Chris Brown

    December 30, 2008 11:21 AM EST "Chris is just coming out of the shower, so we'll call you back in a couple of minutes." There's no doubt that many young females (as well as older ones, as you'll read below) would give anything to hear Chris Brown's assistant say those words. Bursting out of…

  9. Soulja Boy: Soulja Of Fortune

    December 23, 2008 2:51 PM EST Looking like a spoiled kid forced to sit in on his dad's business meeting, DeAndre "Soulja Boy Tell'em" Way slumps in a black leather chair at Billboard's New York offices, twiddling his thumbs on his two-way. He's distracted. With BlackBerry in hand, the 18-year…

  10. Brandy: People Are People

    December 18, 2008 11:35 AM EST You can't blame Brandy for being a little nervous stepping back into the recording studio. Four years have elapsed since the release of her fourth album, "Afrodisiac." And it has been just two years since her headline-making car accident in which another driver died. "Once…

  11. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is 83. Ertegun was critically injured when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at New Yor 2006 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell…

  12. Chris Brown Pairs With Rihanna, McGraw

    December 12, 2008 10:20 AM EST Still riding high on the success of his 2007 sophomore Jive set "Exclusive," which has sold 1.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Chris Brown is wrapping up a banner 2008. Not only did he snare two more Grammy Award nominations -- best pop…

  13. This Day in Music

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Legendary singer and 22-time Grammy award winner Stevie Wonder is honored at the Grammy Jam at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. The event also features performances by India.Arie, Eric Benet 2005 - Legendary singer and 22-time Grammy award winner Stevie Wonder is honored at the…

  14. Trail Of Dead Readies New 'Century'

    December 09, 2008 1:10 PM EST And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead has put the finishing touches on its next album, "The Century of Self," which is due Feb. 17. It will be the first release on the band's Richter Scale imprint in conjunction with Justice Records. The tracks "Bells of Creation…

  15. Oasis, Ryan Adams / Dec. 4, 2008 / Los Angeles (Staples Center)

    December 08, 2008 5:54 PM EST Although famous as much for their Mancunian bluster as for redefining British pop back in the mid-1990s, even the Gallagher brothers themselves must be more than mildly surprised at how well Oasis's following in America has endured and grown in the decade since they became global…

  16. Dwele / Dec. 7, 2008 / San Diego (Anthology)

    December 08, 2008 11:27 AM EST Chargers wide receiver Chris Chambers and his label, King Ape Entertainment, brought some soul to San Diego Dec. 7 with their inaugural Soul Hop, which featured performances by King Ape artist MC Pryslezz and soul crooner Dwele at Anthology. Hosted by radio personality Vanya from San Diego&…

  17. Take That, Leona Lewis Rule U.K. Charts

    December 08, 2008 11:21 AM EST Take That's "The Circus" (Polydor/Universal) gave the latter-day boy band another U.K. No. 1 album yesterday with a massive opening sales total of 432,000. Leona Lewis' cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) went straight to the top of the…

  18. Lil Wayne Producers Shocked By Grammy Nod

    December 05, 2008 3:43 PM EST Sibling duo Play-N-Skillz scored their first Grammy last year for best rap performance by duo or group for their production on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'." But for Play, this week's album of the year nomination for Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" is by far…

  19. Joe Satriani Sues Coldplay For Plagiarism

    December 05, 2008 10:08 AM EST Rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs. Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed yesterday (Dec. 4) in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" incorporates …

  20. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Already on track to have the best-selling album of 2008, rapper Lil Wayne leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight, including album of the year and best rap album for "Tha Carter III," best rap song for "Lollipop" and best rap/sung collaboration…

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