1. Chris Brown Headed for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    March 23, 2011 5:14 PM EDT At this time next week, Chris Brown might be celebrating his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his fourth set, "F.A.M.E.," is on course to bow with over 250,000 sold in its first week. Industry prognosticators suggest the set, released yesterday (Mar. 22), could shift…

  2. INXS: 'We're Dying to Record New Material'

    March 01, 2011 11:54 AM EST After "reimagining" some of its older songs with guest singers for the new "Original Sin" compilation, Australia's INXS is starting to feel the pull to make some fresh music again -- and perhaps its first new studio album since "Switch" in 2005. "We&…

  3. Adele: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 28, 2011 1:31 PM EST A half an hour before her second album goes on sale in the United Kingdom, Virtually all of the album's lyrics refer to a single breakup Adele experienced between "19" and "21," often in disarming detail, as in the disc's hushed closer, "Someone Like You…

  4. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, Drake

    January 27, 2011 1:53 PM EST Trey Songz picks up a 13th week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs making "Can't Be Friends" the longest-running chart-topper since Maxwell 's "Pretty Wings" spent 14 weeks at the summit in 2009. Besides Maxwell's hit, only Mary J. Blige 's "Be Without You…

  5. Debbie Gibson, Tiffany Preview Syfy Film In New York

    January 25, 2011 11:05 AM EST Last night (Jan. 24), '80s teen queens Debbie Gibson and Tiffany celebrated the release of their two-decades-in-the-making TV movie, "Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid," which premieres on Syfy Saturday (Jan. 29). The pair, whom Gibson dubbed "Debany," walked the red carpet at…

  6. 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…

  7. William Shatner Covers Cee Lo's 'F**k You' on 'Lopez Tonight'

    November 05, 2010 12:05 PM EDT We've seen our fair share of Cee Lo Green covers recently, but without a doubt, William Shatner's is the best. Captain Kirk, who's still kicking it at 79 years old, took to George Lopez's stage on Wednesday (Nov. 3) to say "F**k You" -- to censors, and to, you…

  8. John Legend & ?uestlove: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 17, 2010 10:36 AM EDT "America seems to always be at war," John Legend muses as he casually plinks the keys of his piano at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. "While politicians go home safe to their families, we've got a government willing to sacrifice people's lives every day.…

  9. 'American Top 40' Flashback: July 4, 1970

    July 06, 2010 1:35 PM EDT Sunday (July 4) marked the 40th anniversary of the first airing of "American Top 40" with Casey Kasem . The National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame icon co-created the show that brought the Billboard Hot 100 into the homes of millions in audio form. Since, multiple…

  10. Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj Big Winners At BET Awards

    June 28, 2010 10:09 AM EDT A licia Keys and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 10th annual BET Awards, both taking home two statuettes during the ceremony held last night (June 27) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. However, the evening's real buzz centered around several captivating…

  11. Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul With Special Club Gig

    June 10, 2010 8:01 AM EDT Jeff Beck honored his late friend and mentor, Les Paul , with an intimate performance at his favorite haunt, the Iridium Jazz Club. The legendary Paul played there every Monday night until his death last August, so it was an appropriate place for a celebration on the night he would have…

  12. Videos of the Week: Green Day's Broadway Surprise, B.o.B. on Ellen, Biz Markie Salutes Earth Day

    April 23, 2010 4:36 PM EDT In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing: Green Day gives "American Idiot" Broadway fans a special treat, Lauryn Hill hints at new music, B.o.B . stops by Ellen, Biz Markie salutes Earth Day, Lin Yu Chun (a.k.a. Taiwan's Susan Boyle ) and William Shatner duet…

  13. Ash Cloud Grounds Metallica Tour But Show Goes On

    April 21, 2010 7:08 AM EDT Metallica braved long bus and boat rides - and bitter memories of a band member's death - to dodge the fallout of an Icelandic volcano and stick to its rigorous European tour schedule. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett told reporters in Vilnius, where the band was giving its second concert…

  14. Ask Billboard: Ushering In Another No. 1

    April 09, 2010 6:45 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. 'RAYMOND V RAYMOND,' VS. WHO ELSE? Hi Gary, With Usher having his…

  15. Ask Billboard: Happy 40th, Mariah!

    March 26, 2010 6:55 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. 'TOGETHER' FOREVER Hello Gary, My question is concerning Mariah…

  16. Chart Beat Thursday: Marvin Sapp, Lady Antebellum, J-Lo

    March 25, 2010 4:45 PM EDT PRAISE: Although Marvin Sapp is a newcomer to the Billboard 200's upper reaches , loyal fans have long been aware of the gospel superstar. The singer, who doubles as founder and senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, launches at No.…

  17. Lady Antebellum Returns To No. 1, Marvin Sapp Debuts Big On Billboard 200

    March 24, 2010 11:26 AM EDT L ady Antebellum 's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth non-consecutive week (93,000; down 11%), but the big album chart news is the arrival of Marvin Sapp 's "Here I Am" at No. 2 with 76,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's…

  18. Playboy Announces 2010 Festival Lineup

    February 26, 2010 11:18 AM EST The Chick Corea Freedom Band , George Benson and the Manhattan Transfer are among the headliners for the 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 32nd year, the annual festival will be held June 12-13 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Serving once again as master of ceremonies is comedian…

  19. Chris Brown, Chrisette Michele, Pharrell, Nas Join BET's Haiti Telethon

    February 05, 2010 2:31 PM EST C hris Brown , Chrisette Michele , Nas and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are the latest celebrities added to the roster for BET's "SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti" telethon taking place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami tonight (Feb. 5). Pharrell will join…

  20. Gospel Artists Unite For Haiti

    January 22, 2010 4:27 PM EST Another all-star benefit effort on behalf of earthquake-ravaged Haiti is on the way, helmed by gospel singer Kirk Franklin . He's the impetus behind Artists United For Haiti: a collective of gospel artists who gathered together after the 25th annual Stellar Awards (Jan. 17) to record a…

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