1. Keith Urban Says 'Get Closer' Tour Will Be 'Inviting'

    June 16, 2011 9:05 AM EDT Country star Keith Urban wants his new concert tour to live up to the title of his latest album, "Get Closer." After using ramps that took him down to audience-level on his 2009-10 dates, Urban says his latest trek -- which kicks off Thursday (June 16) in Biloxi, Miss. -- will…

  2. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 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. READERS'…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, Romeo Santos

    May 19, 2011 6:55 PM EDT THE LOVE OF 'GLORY': As previously reported , Lady Gaga blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3 with "The Edge of Glory." The third single from "Born This Way," due Monday (May 23), follows the title cut, which spent its first six chart weeks at No. 1…

  4. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition

    May 06, 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. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Adele, Richard Marx

    May 05, 2011 5:55 PM EDT 'MEAN' STREAK: Taylor Swift is having the last laugh on the brand of critic she skewers in her latest Country Songs top 10, "Mean." As the song lifts 12-9, Swift has reached the chart's top 10 with all 13 of her singles (excluding holiday fare) promoted to country…

  6. Steven Tyler Q&A: On Making 'Noise in My Head,' Aerosmith & 'Idol,' Johnny Depp & More

    May 03, 2011 12:52 PM EDT It's a sunny day in Laurel Canyon, and Steven Tyler is shouting, "Author! Author!" before he heads to work to hear the "American Idol" contestants sing a bunch of Carole King songs. There's reason for his ebullience, of course; besides his stint as an "…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Adele, Bruno Mars

    April 28, 2011 6:15 PM EDT PERFECT 10: As the "Glee" cast maintains its perfect attendance record in the Billboard 200 's top 10, the troupe receives even higher marks on the Soundtracks chart. "Glee, the Music Presents: The Warblers" enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2, marking the Fox series&…

  8. The Top 40 Adult Pop Songs

    March 16, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Chart Article « Previous 40-31 30-21 20-11 10-1 Next » 30 "If You're Gone" matchbox twenty 2000 While this ballad was the band's third Adult Pop Songs No. 1, it served as the group's breakthrough hit at Adult Contemporary, crossing over to a two-week stay at the…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Britney Spears, 'Country Strong,' Louis C.K.

    January 20, 2011 2:05 PM EST AND THE BRITNEY SONG IS ON: (To paraphrase Yoji "Pop" Asano, whose take on Miley Cyrus ' "Party in the U.S.A." proved one of the many highlights of last night's "American Idol" 10th season premiere). Britney Spears expands the elite group of chart…

  10. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 4

    December 22, 2010 4:05 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  11. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha, Band-Aid, Eddie Murphy

    December 17, 2010 4:05 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. SHOCK AND AWARDS…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars

    December 09, 2010 3:35 PM EST 'GLEE' MARKS MILESTONE: The "Glee" cast becomes the second act in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history to total at least 100 chart entries. With five new titles, including the Hot Shot Debut, its rendition of Florence + the Machine 's "Dog Days Are Over…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: P!nk, Bruno Mars, Band Perry

    December 02, 2010 4:45 PM EST 'GLASS' CEILING: As previously reported , "Raise Your Glass" is the toast of the Billboard Hot 100 , rising 2-1 to become P!nk 's third No. 1. The artist born Alecia Moore last led with "So What" the week of Sept. 27, 2008. She first held sway for five…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Mark Salling

    November 04, 2010 5:55 PM EDT QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 1: While "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200 , becoming the first album since 2005 to begin with sales of more than a million , according to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift 's chart domination extends to the Billboard Hot 100 . Ten titles from the…

  15. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists on single releases. Below are two more follow…

  16. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga

    June 25, 2010 5:25 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PERRY POWER Hi Gary, With Katy Perry 's "California Gurls,"…

  17. Ask Billboard: Will Young, Miranda Lambert & More

    April 16, 2010 6:30 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HOME SWEET HOME Hi Gary, Wouldn't it be wise for Will Young 's …

  18. Ask Billboard: Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

    April 02, 2010 4:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BEST VARIETY OF THE 70s, 80s AND 90s Hi Gary, I enjoyed your Chart Beat…

  19. Ask Billboard: Energizer-Bunny Albums

    February 12, 2010 4:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HANGIN' TOUGH Hi Gary, I've noticed that over the past year-plus,…

  20. Ringo Starr, "Y Not"

    January 19, 2010 3:20 PM EST Ringo Starr has always done best with a little help from his friends, be it with the Beatles in the '60s or the company of high-profile contributions to his solo albums. The big guns are firing again on his newest release, "Y Not," and to good effect. Joe Walsh , Dave Stewart ,…

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