1. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 3

    July 15, 2011 6:55 PM EDT 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  2. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  3. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 7/25/2011

    June 25, 2011 11:25 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 !) @atrak : Don't hurt the biebz. @thegame : A man has 2…

  4. Bad Meets Evil Project with Eminem Is 'God's Work,' Says Royce da 5'9''

    June 09, 2011 6:55 AM EDT R oyce da 5'9" says he and Eminem had "already ruled out the possibility of having time to do a project with each other a long time ago." So he considers "Hell: The Sequel," the new EP the two Detroit MCs are releasing June 14 under the moniker Bad Meets Evil, to…

  5. Brad Paisley 'This Is Country Music': Track-By-Track Review

    May 24, 2011 11:47 AM EDT Country Music has sometimes been described as three chords and the truth, but leave it to Brad Paisley to demonstrate just how much more expansive the genre can be on his new album, "This is Country Music." Produced by his longtime collaborator Frank Rogers, Paisley's ninth…

  6. Las Vegas Spotlight: Incubus

    May 17, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Chart Article Las Vegas Spotlight: Incubus The members of Incubus showed their love for Las Vegas in a photoshoot at The Palms Casino's Pool & Bungalows , which we featured in our recent Billboard Music Awards special issue (photo shown above). Now we go behind the scenes at the…

  7. Listen: Drake 'Smells Like a Vacation' on DJ Khaled's "I'm On One"

    May 13, 2011 1:20 PM EDT D rizzy warns of his return on DJ Khaled 's "Im On One," also featuring Rick Ross and Lil Wayne . The T-Minus and Noah "40" Shebib produced track is off Khaled's "We the Best Forever," debuting this summer, June 28. Listen: Hot 97 Announces 'Summer…

  8. Brad Paisley: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 08, 2011 2:19 PM EDT When Brad Paisley and longtime friend/collaborator Chris DuBois wrote "This Is Country Music," they knew they'd penned more than a catchy title track. They had a blueprint. "The song itself is what inspired the album, which is the best way to have an album come about,"…

  9. Music Exec Slams Grammys in NY Times for Snubbing Eminem, Justin Bieber

    February 21, 2011 9:35 AM EST A veteran music executive has lambasted the Grammy Awards as "a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," in a full-page New York Times advertisement that ran a week after last Sunday's annual ceremony. Steve Stoute's open letter to Grammy organizers ripped the…

  10. Grammy Fashions 2011: Best and Worst Dressed

    February 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST Niki Schwan, Vibe Magazine's Fashion Director and the celebrity stylist who brought the world some of WORST-DRESSED PICK: Nicki Minaj NIKI SCHWAN: "I love that BEST-DRESSED PICK: Bruno Mars, B.o.B & Janelle Monae NIKI SCHWAN: "With everyone trying to outdo one another at…

  11. '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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. '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."…

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