1. 'American Idol' Moves from Hollywood to Las Vegas

    December 15, 2010 1:08 PM EST "American Idol" has lost its mean streak. The hit Fox television show once exalted equally for its sensational singing and cutting criticism is embracing a softer approach this year, following the exit of top villain Simon Cowell and the addition of new judges Jennifer Lopez and…

  2. Ask Billboard: Celine Dion Celebrates Chart Anniversary

    December 10, 2010 5:35 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. PLENTY IN TWENTY…

  3. Lady Gaga's 8 Wax Figures Unveiled at Madame Tussauds

    December 09, 2010 1:10 PM EST For a celebrity with as many outlandish styles as Lady Gaga , one life-like wax figure simply isn't enough . Eight replicas of the pop singer were unveiled today (Dec. 9) at different branches of Madame Tussauds wax museums across the globe, with each figure showcasing one of Gaga's…

  4. Ask Billboard: Actors, Actresses On Billboard Charts

    December 06, 2010 12:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated each 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. We're featuring…

  5. Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"

    November 15, 2010 1:23 PM EST It's only been five years since Jason Aldean debuted on the country scene with the single "Hicktown," but the singer has already become one of the format's most consistent hitmakers. On "My Kinda Party," the title track of his recently released fourth album, the…

  6. Brandy Rules 'Dancing With the Stars' For Second Week

    October 26, 2010 12:58 PM EDT After weeks of playing tip-toe around the top of the leader board, Brandy is finally showing she can own the top spot. The R&B singer took the top spot during "Rock Week" this week, getting the highest score not only in her individual dance but winning the swing marathon as well…

  7. Kenny Chesney Claims Sixth No. 1 Album with 'Hemingway's Whiskey'

    October 06, 2010 11:13 AM EDT K enny Chesney easily grabs his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Hemingway's Whiskey" bows atop the list with 183,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer's last studio effort, 2008's "Lucky Old Sun," also entered at No. 1, but…

  8. Daniel Cros, "Las Vueltas Que de la Vida"

    August 27, 2010 7:50 PM EDT Sufficiently seduced by Cuban music to study percussion in Havana, Daniel Cros, a veteran of Barcelona's rock scene, came home to form a band that includes Cuban musicians and record his latest album, "Las Vueltas Que da la Vida" ("The Turns That Life Takes"). If, on…

  9. Best Coast, "Crazy For You"

    August 13, 2010 12:02 PM EDT "I want you." "I miss you." "I wanna be with you all the time." "Wish he was my boyfriend." The ideas on Best Coast 's debut album, "Crazy for You," don't get much more complicated than these. Led by Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno,…

  10. 'Jersey Shore' Soundtrack Crashes Billboard 200

    July 30, 2010 5:15 PM EDT Our national obsession with the tanned, gelled, fist-pumping cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" doesn't look like it will end anytime soon -- and Universal Republic plans on taking full advantage of that trend as it continues to market the "Jersey Shore Soundtrack."…

  11. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 6/19/2010

    June 19, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funniest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @hansonmusic (Hanson): It was a real bummer to have the…

  12. Gabourey Sidibe's Mother Sings on 'America's Got Talent'

    June 16, 2010 4:30 PM EDT "Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe's mother, Alice Tan Ridley, has been singing on the subway platforms of NYC for years, but on Tuesday's epsiode of "America's Got Talent," the proud Mom finally got her moment in the spotlight. The 58-year-old Tanley wowed the…

  13. 'Jersey Shore' Cast Crashes Enrique Iglesias Concert in 'I Like It'

    June 07, 2010 2:06 PM EDT Snooki, "The Situation" and their "Jersey Shore" castmates crash an Enrique Iglesias concert in the video for "I Like It," the Latin star's collaboration with Pitbull that's helping to kick off the MTV reality smash's second season. Video: Enrique…

  14. Top 20 Tweets Of The Week 5/8/2010

    May 08, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @ladygaga : lady gaga + steven klein= une Pièce de…

  15. HIM Hopes 'Screamworks' Hooks New Fans

    December 29, 2009 3:47 PM EST H IM frontman Ville Valo says that "accessibility was a key factor" in making the Finnish hard rockers' seventh studio album, "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice," which is due out Feb. 9. Acknowledging that the 13-song set is the group's most "…

  16. Linkin Park's Bennington Talks New Band, Debut

    September 18, 2009 11:22 AM EDT Dead By Sunrise's debut album, "Out of Ashes," doesn't come out until Oct. 13, but frontman Chester Bennington is guaranteeing it will be a going concern, though always subject to the demands of his other band, Linkin Park . "We'll make records when we can,"…

  17. Stephen Stills Mines Archives For Two New Sets

    August 18, 2009 2:00 PM EDT As he continues to work on his own box set retrospective, Stephen Stills has mined his distant and recent pasts for a pair of fall archival releases. On Sept. 22 the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will release "Manassas -- Pieces," a 15-song collection of outtakes and…

  18. Jarvis Cocker / July 30, 2009 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)

    August 07, 2009 1:41 PM EDT Part of what dates British Invasion-era footage, besides the black-and-white film stock, is the high-pitched hysteria that artists elicited from otherwise rational grown-ups. But there are still a handful of magnetic artists who manage to turn middle-aged men and women into shrieking…

  19. Chart Beat Chat: No. 1 Jumps, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the biggest movers before 2000, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney and more! THIS QUESTION IS SO LAST CENTURY Dear Fred, As an "American Top 40" listener back in the '70s and '80s, I hope you'll answer this question: Now that "Live Your Life"…

  20. Chart Beat Chat: The Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, AC/DC

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss songs that return to No. 1 on the Hot 100, African-American artists on the country chart, AC/DC and more! THEY'RE BAAAAACK! Dear Fred, T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" is the third song this calendar year to return to the top of The Billboard Hot 100…

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