1. Prince Royce: 2012 Album Preview

    January 16, 2012 1:54 PM EST Prince Royce Title: TBA | Release Date: Summer; TBA Bronx-born Prince Royce ( @planetroyce ), 22, is a former cellphone salesman turned one of the Latin music's most notable artist development success stories. Known for his cool and suave Spanish-language hits, his self-titled Latin…

  2. Adele's a Social Climber: Hits No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    January 13, 2012 9:11 PM EST Adele becomes just the sixth act to reach No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart since it launched on Dec. 11, 2010 as the diva skips 3-1 in her 49th week on the tally. She follows Justin Bieber (38 weeks), Lady Gaga (11 weeks), Rihanna (six weeks), Selena Gomez (one week) and the Black…

  3. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond, Continued

    January 07, 2012 1:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. Just like our…

  4. Beyonce's (Non) Baby Mama Drama Bounces Her Up Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    January 05, 2012 9:52 PM EST Leave it to some (non) baby mama drama to boost Beyonce up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, as the expectant mother strolls from No. 35 to No. 15 on the tally. During the tracking week that ended Jan. 1, Beyonce 's official Twitter account ( @beyonce ) saw a 146% gain in…

  5. Adele Rules 2011 With Top Selling Album & Song

    January 04, 2012 9:40 AM EST Though it seemed a foregone conclusion months ago, Adele 's "21" and her "Rolling in the Deep" single finish 2011 as the United States' top-selling album and song, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" sold 5.82 million copies last year, while "…

  6. A New Year's Tradition That Never Gets Auld

    January 03, 2012 4:35 PM EST As radio evolves, one old stand-by is alive and well: New Year's countdowns. (After all, the holiday is ushered in with a countdown at midnight. Why shouldn't radio follow suit?) A flip through the radio dial here in New York revealed stations in a variety of formats counting down…

  7. Cee Lo Green Adds Religion to 'Imagine,' Fueling Outrage

    January 03, 2012 10:25 AM EST Singer Deletes Apology From Twitter C ee Lo Green rang in the new year with a fresh controversy. The "Forget You" singer fueled outrage after his performance on NBC's Times Square telecast for doing what many John Lennon fans deemed sacrilege: changing the lyrics to the late…

  8. Bieber & Santana Duet, Gaga Smooches Mayor Bloomberg: Watch New Year's Eve Performances

    January 01, 2012 11:33 AM EST While you were out last night letting the bubbly flow and counting down to ten, music stars strutted their stuff alongside Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly and Anderson Cooper. PHOTOS: Stars Perform on New Year's Eve Another night, another crazy outfit for Lady Gaga , who shed her…

  9. Alex Day's 'Forever Yours' Sends Him Flying on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    December 29, 2011 8:37 PM EST The biggest leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week belongs to YouTube phenomenon Alex Day, who profits from the buzz generated by his top five debut on the Official U.K. Singles chart. On the Social 50 tally, he flies 47-28 in just his second week on the list. The chart's…

  10. Dick Clark: 40th New Year's Eve Bash to Feature Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    December 29, 2011 5:10 PM EST Forty years ago, Dick Clark's New Year's Eve special was created to give young people an alternative to a seasonal institution, bandleader Guy Lombardo. Now Clark's annual show is the institution. "New Year's Rockin' Eve," with Clark and Ryan Seacrest, pays…

  11. DJ Earworm's 'United State of Pop 2011' Mashes Adele, Rihanna, Gaga

    December 27, 2011 10:35 AM EST It's that time again: DJ Earworm's closely watched "United State of Pop" mashup of the year's 25 hottest pop songs. For his fifth installment of the holiday treat, dubbed "World Go Boom," the real-life Jordan Roseman kicks things off with Bruno Mars' …

  12. 'X Factor' Winner Melanie Amaro Has Producers Lining Up

    December 23, 2011 10:35 AM EST 'Shocked' Singer to Surprise With Debut Album; Simon Says 3 Other Finalists on His Wish List Big, soaring ballads brought the first "X Factor" crown to Melanie Amaro, but the young singer says she cannot be pigeonholed so easily. "I'm not going to tell anyone,…

  13. Melanie Amaro Crowned 'X Factor' Winner

    December 22, 2011 10:35 PM EST Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and 50 Cent Perform During Two-Hour Special Although two people went home with nothing (except the knowledge that the record labels will soon be clamoring for their signatures), spirits were high at tonight's "X Factor"…

  14. Vazquez Sounds, Kids Who Covered Adele, Vault Into Social 50 Chart

    December 22, 2011 10:30 AM EST YouTube hitmakers Vazquez Sounds comes bounding in at No. 17 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, capping a wild month for the Mexican kid trio. It marks the second-highest debut ever on the chart since it launched a year ago. Only Rebecca Black, of "Friday" fame, bowed higher -- at…

  15. 'X Factor' Recap: Final 3 Get Help From Avril, Alanis & R. Kelly

    December 21, 2011 11:45 PM EST Night Before Big Decision, Simon Says Melanie 'Should Be the Winner' With a $5 million decision hanging over the contestants' heads, the pressure during the final "X Factor" performances was on for Josh, Chris and Melanie. Alanis Morissette , Avril Lavigne and R.…

  16. Lady Gaga, Pitbull Rock Z100's Jingle Ball in NYC

    December 10, 2011 12:05 PM EST Also at Annual Bash: Half of LMFAO, Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, Plus Surprise Guests Lady Gaga 's career came full circle for a moment Friday night. The singer headlined Z100's annual Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden, an event that holds special meaning to the New York…

  17. Pitbull and Chris Brown Dance Atop Skyscrapers in 'International Love' Video

    December 09, 2011 1:50 PM EST Atop a skyscraper, Pitbull gazes out upon the rest of the world, thinking about the many countries he's traveled to and whipping his tie around at will. "I don't play football, but I touch down everywhere!" declares the pop star, also known as Mr. Worldwide. He soon…

  18. The Year in Latin: Shakira's Digital Domination

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST This year, Shakira didn't have the top-selling Latin album in the United States -- her "Sale el Sol" landed at No. 4 on the Top Latin Albums year-end chart. Nor did she land any singles within the top 10 on the year-end Hot Latin Songs recap. Year In Music Main Page: See All…

  19. Mac Lethal Rides 'Pancake Rap' to Big Social 50 Debut

    December 08, 2011 9:45 PM EST Rapper Mac Lethal debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 31 after launching two viral memes -- the "Pancake Rap" and "Texts From Bennett" -- on Nov. 30. The first, a video of him rhyming over the beat of Chris Brown's single "Look At Me Now" while cooking…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Greg Laswell, Adele, Justin Bieber

    December 08, 2011 4:45 PM EST The "Glee" cast isn't the first act to to turn Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" into a ballad. Singer/songwriter Laswell first stripped the song down in 2007. 'GIRLS' POWER: For the first time this TV season, the A VERY SHE & HIM '…

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