1. Rick Ross On Pace For Third Straight Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 22, 2009 5:53 PM EDT Rick Ross is on his way to his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Deeper Than Rap" looks like it will debut atop the list this week. Industry prognosticators project the Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam album will sell over 150,000 copies in its first week. Ross' last set, 2008&…

  2. Chart Beat: Rodney Atkins, Green Day, Anberlin

    April 22, 2009 12:14 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. COUNTRY…

  3. 'Hannah Montana' Takes Top Spot On Billboard 200

    April 22, 2009 11:00 AM EDT In its fourth week on the Billboard 200, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney) reaches No. 1 for the first time, vaulting to the top of the chart with 133,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a decline of 32% compared to last week's haul of 196,000…

  4. 'Anvil!' Movie A Hit, 'Metal on Metal' Headed To 'Rock Band'

    April 17, 2009 11:10 AM EDT The surprising success and universal acclaim for the documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is "opening a lot of doors" for the Canadian headbangers, according to drummer Robb Reiner -- among them tour possibilities, inroads into video games, and re-recording some of the…

  5. Chart Beat:  Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Jason Mraz

    April 16, 2009 12:45 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. AIN'T…

  6. 'Hannah Montana' Boosts Six Songs On Hot 100

    April 16, 2009 11:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" still reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100, but a big opening weekend for "Hannah Montana: The Movie" boosts or debuts six of the soundtrack's songs on the Hot 100. Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," which moves up two…

  7. Rascal Flatts Vs. 'Hannah Montana' For Next Week's No. 1

    April 16, 2009 8:06 AM EDT The Disney family is gearing up for another showdown for the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart next week, as reigning chart champ "Unstoppable" by Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street) is looking to fend off the revived "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney), which…

  8. Matt Giraud Spared, Miley Cyrus Appeared on 'American Idol'

    April 16, 2009 12:55 AM EDT The four "American Idol" judges used their one-time-only veto power on Wednesday to spare Matt Giraud from being sent home after the hit talent show's fans cast the fewest votes for his performance of "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" "Matt, it's good…

  9. Chart Beat: Rascal Flatts, Seal, Eminem

    April 15, 2009 12:13 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. '…

  10. Rascal Flatts Scores Fourth Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 15, 2009 11:09 AM EDT Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "Unstoppable," (Lyric Street) bows with 351,000 copies. That's the band's third fattest opening week and their biggest one-week sum since…

  11. 'Hannah Montana' Rocks Box Office With $34 Million Opening

    April 13, 2009 7:57 AM EDT OMG! OMG! Sixteen-year-old actress Miley Cyrus became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood on Sunday as her first nonconcert movie topped the North American box office, earning twice as much as Disney had forecast. Walt Disney Co's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" sold $34 million…

  12. Keith Urban Soars To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Keith Urban celebrates his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as his Capitol Nashville set "Defying Gravity" arrives with 171,000. The country star had previously gone as high as No. 3 twice, with "Be Here" in 2004 and "Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing" in…

  13. Chart Beat: Lady GaGa, "Now 30", Taylor Swift

    April 02, 2009 12:22 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. SPIN THOSE…

  14. Lady GaGa Scores Hot 100 Milestone With 'Poker Face'

    April 02, 2009 10:15 AM EDT Lady GaGa unseats Flo Rida at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, becoming the first artist in nearly ten years to reach the top of the chart with her first two chart entries. The New York native, born Stefani Germanotta, previously led the list for three weeks with "Just…

  15. Chart Beat: Flo Rida, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood

    April 01, 2009 1:18 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. GOING WITH…

  16. 'Now 30,' 'Hannah Montana' Lead Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 11:00 AM EDT After last week, where the top debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart was at No. 8, this week the chart gets blasted with a bevy of new arrivals. A full dozen debuts bow in the top 20 -- the most the chart has ever seen. Leading the pack of new entries are the "Now 30" compilation …

  17. 'Hannah Montana' And 'Now 30' Building Big

    March 26, 2009 12:36 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart will find a pair of albums perhaps vying for the top slot. Both Walt Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack and the "Now 30" compilation (UMe) are on track to start with more than 120,000, but it's too early to…

  18. Chart Beat: U2, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus

    March 12, 2009 3:30 PM EDT AND THE BEAT GOES ON: After the renowned Fred Bronson's 16-year run at the helm, and fellow music expert Paul Grein's 12-year stewardship before Fred, Chart Beat will continue to be a landmark feature on billboard.com. Please look for updates each week, reported by members of…

  19. Miley Cyrus' 'Climb' Debuts High On Hot 100

    March 12, 2009 10:04 AM EDT While Flo Rida's "Right Round" (featuring Ke$ha) retains the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week in a row, Miley Cyrus is the big chart news this week, as her single "The Climb" crashes in at No. 6 in its debut week. The track, from the "Hannah…

  20. Soulja Boy Climbs Hot 100

    March 05, 2009 11:50 AM EST Soulja Boy logs another leap on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with “Kiss Me Thru The Phone,” which jumps from No. 9 to No. 4 and earns the week’s biggest airplay gainer title. “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” was last week’s greatest digital gainer, but this week that honor goes to “Jai Ho! (You…

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