1. Ask Billboard: As Years Go By

    August 06, 2010 5:55 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. AS YEARS GO BY,…

  2. POTW: Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Katy Perry, Chris Brown

    August 06, 2010 2:58 PM EDT Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz sealed it with a kiss, Katy Perry rocked an ice cream sunday, Snoop Dogg and Chris Brown put the deuces up, Ke$ha showed off her G-Shock watches and blue lipstick, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato shared a stage, Steven Tyler was in a choke-hold, the Black Eyed…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Avenged Sevenfold, Usher

    August 05, 2010 4:05 PM EDT SWEET AND STICKY: Sugarland 's "Stuck Like Glue" affixes itself to the Billboard Hot 100 , arriving as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 20. The song is the 222nd in the Hot 100's history to enter inside the top 20. (The first was Herman's Hermits' "Mrs. Brown You&…

  4. Lady Gaga, Green Day Showcase Lollapalooza's Diversity

    August 04, 2010 7:25 PM EDT More than 250,000 music fans will gather on the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend for an expanded three-day Lollapalooza music festival, which hopes to buck a dismal summer concert season of cuts and cancellations. The iconic music carnival, born as a traveling road show nearly 20 years…

  5. That's How Country Boys (And Girls) Roll

    August 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'GOOD' JOB, JERROD: Billboard's Country Songs chart, to be refreshed, along with all surveys, Thursday on billboard.com, sports several notable feats this week, beginning at the summit. Jerrod Niemann notches his first No. 1, as "Lover, Lover" lifts 3-1. With the…

  6. Of Montreal and Solange Knowles Sing 'Sex' On Fallon

    July 30, 2010 8:57 AM EDT We haven't seen or heard much from Solange Knowles lately -- the R&B/pop singer has reportedly been recording her new album. But Beyonce's little sister took a break from the studio to make a musical appearance last night (July 29), performing with Of Montreal on "Late…

  7. Maroon 5 Live Q&A Archived Video

    July 29, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Maroon 5's Adam Levine & Jesse Carmichael Watch The Archived Video Below With new album "Hands All Over" due in September, lead single "Misery" scorching up the Hot 100 and a massive world tour starting up, Maroon 5 has a lot going on this year. We knew there were…

  8. REO Speedwagon Plans 'Hi Infidelty' 30th Anniversary Reissue, Tour

    July 28, 2010 4:20 PM EDT Though REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin says that he's "not one for nostalgia," he's enthusiastic about the band's two-year plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its biggest-selling album, 1980's "Hi Infidelity" -- which includes a deluxe…

  9. Eminem Still No. 1, Rick Ross Bows at No. 2 on Billboard 200

    July 28, 2010 11:43 AM EDT E minem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000 (down just 4%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" arrives in the runner-up spot with 176,000. Ross' last three studio albums all debuted…

  10. Q&A: Paul McCartney on Playing the White House

    July 26, 2010 4:17 PM EDT Perhaps only Paul McCartney could call a performance at the White House a little club gig. In June, McCartney was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an honor bestowed by the Library of Congress. Accepting it, McCartney performed in the East Room of the White House for President…

  11. Burnham Looks On The Killers' "Brightside"

    July 26, 2010 9:59 AM EDT Teenage brothers with a cute lead singer and an undeniably catchy pop sound? It's been a winning equation since long before the Jonas Brother s and Hanson and even before the Jackson 5 . In this week's Mashup Monday, the latest group of up-and-comers in this tradition, Burnham, take…

  12. KISS Tour Is for the Children, Says Gene Simmons

    July 24, 2010 11:48 AM EDT K ISS For Kids could well be the theme of the iconic rock group's just-started North American tour. In a novel move for its amphitheater dates, the costumed quartet is giving free lawn tickets to up to four children with each paying adult. "It's time to give back," bassist…

  13. POTW: Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha

    July 23, 2010 2:40 PM EDT Britney Spears showed her roots -- literally, Justin Bieber touched his fans -- figuratively, Amy Winehouse made faces while riding shotgun, Ke$ha rocked out, Joe Jonas posed on the red carpet, Rihanna wore polka dots, Rick Ross was interviewed, Sheryl Crow hit a note, Common looked frail,…

  14. Jack White Covers Beatles' 'Mother Nature's Son' at White House

    July 22, 2010 2:07 PM EDT We've already seen video of Paul McCartney's "Hey Jude" singalong with President Obama, Kevin Jonas and others at the White House, where the former Beatle was honored June 2 with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. Now, another video has been released, this time of…

  15. Rick Ross Likely to Unseat Eminem on Billboard 200 Next Week

    July 21, 2010 6:22 PM EDT Next week, it looks like Rick Ross' fourth studio album "Teflon Don" could be the Billboard 200's new No. 1, as industry prognosticators predict the set might sell somewhere around the 150,000 to 180,000 range. Ross' first three studio efforts all debuted at No. 1 as…

  16. Billboard Bits: Lil Wayne Blogs About LeBron, 'Glee' Wins Do Something Award

    July 20, 2010 7:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lil Wayne Blogs About LeBron James Lil Wayne shared his thoughts on LeBron James joining the Miami Heat on WeezyThankYou.com today (July 20). "Oh Lebron!" exclaimed the rapper and dedicated sports buff on…

  17. Kevin Rudolf, "To the Sky"

    July 16, 2010 4:27 PM EDT Singer/songwriter/producer Kevin Rudolf's rocker croon is paired with an assortment of dance and hip-hop beats on his second album, "To the Sky." And while guest appearances from such acts as Lil Wayne (who performed on Rudolf's 2008 hit "Let It Rock"), Flo Rida …

  18. Pete Wentz Live Q&A Archive Video

    July 16, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Pete Wentz Watch The Archived Video Below Pete Wentz knows a thing or two about earning fans, both for his own music with Fall Out Boy and as a record label, philanthropic, art and fashion impresario. We knew there were lots of you out there who wanted to know the very latest details from him…

  19. Guided By Voices Unveils Reunion Tour Dates

    July 15, 2010 12:32 PM EDT Beloved indie rock group Guided By Voices has revealed details of its reunion with its classic 1992-1996 lineup, which, as previously reported , will include an Oct. 3 performance in Las Vegas as part of Matador Records' 21st birthday celebration. Guided By Voices to Reunite for Matador…

  20. Iron Maiden Explores 'The Final Frontier'

    July 01, 2010 11:59 AM EDT Speed and warmth are the hallmarks of "The Final Frontier," Iron Maiden 's 15th studio album. The British metal sextet recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas -- returning to the spot where the group had previously recorded between 1983-86. "We breezed through the…

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