1. Tenacious D Announces New Album, 'Rize of the Fenix'

    February 03, 2012 10:35 AM EST Tenacious D , the mock-rock duo comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, will release its third album and first effort in six years, "Rize of the Fenix," in May. "Fenix" follows the group's 2001 self-titled album, which featured funny-but-actually-awesome-and-well…

  2. 'Idol' Alum Kellie Pickler Toughens Up With '100 Proof'

    January 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST It's been more than three years since Kellie Pickler's self-titled sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (No. 9 on Billboard 200), but the "American Idol" alumna has hardly been idle. "I jumped, not giving a shit whether my…

  3. Yaaawn: 'Idol' Underwhelms in San Diego - Plus Jim Carrey's Daughter Auditions

    January 23, 2012 11:30 AM EST Miss the third audition round of "American Idol" Sunday night after the NFL's NFC Championship Game went into overtime? It's OK. You didn't miss much of anything. In what was one of the most lackluster "Idol" episodes ever, Randy, Jennifer and Steven…

  4. Was 2011 the Beginning of the End of 'Selling Out' in Indie Rock?

    December 10, 2011 10:00 AM EST Australian act the Avalanches recently called out Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, on Twitter, for selling out. The conversation that ensued made indie headlines. Bon Iver: The Billboard Cover Story Vernon, recently nominated for four Grammy Awards, had been quoted days earlier on a New York…

  5. Nickelback, Michael Buble Post Social 50 Chart Gains

    December 02, 2011 8:35 AM EST Nickelback returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 30 -- a new high -- thanks to the debut of a new video and a lot of NFL chatter. The clip for "When We Stand Together" arrived Nov. 23, while the band performed a hotly debated halftime show during the Thanksgiving Day…

  6. A Year of Social 50 Breakthroughs, With Rebecca Black, Karmin & More

    November 25, 2011 8:06 PM EST This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Billboard's Social 50 chart, our tally that ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. While a good number of acts have never left the tally (we're looking at you, Justin Bieber, Lady…

  7. Wonder Girls & One Direction Arrive on Social 50 Chart

    November 18, 2011 12:15 AM EST K-Pop group Wonder Girls arrives onto Billboard's Social 50 chart, jumping into the tally at No. 33 -- this week's highest debut. The release of the video for their latest single "Be My Baby" on Nov. 5 prompted a burst of 8 million YouTube views, boasting their profile…

  8. Kina Grannis' 'Arms' Video Grants Social 50 Chart Debut

    November 10, 2011 2:20 PM EST After taking home a win at MTV's O Music Awards and releasing her latest music video, YouTube starlet Kina Grannis debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart, arriving at No. 49. On Oct. 31, she earned the best Web-born artist O award, and two days later, her video for "In Your Arms…

  9. R. Kelly Sings About Surgery, Tells Critics to 'Shut Up' on New Track

    November 10, 2011 1:10 PM EST After undergoing throat surgery in July and apparently being doubted by each and every one of the haters, R. Kelly has triumphantly returned to the microphone to tell his apparent critics, succinctly, "Shut Up." The R&B vet posted the new song on his Twitter account early on…

  10. Kelly Clarkson Makes 'Strong' Social 50 Chart Debut

    November 03, 2011 11:15 AM EDT With the release of Kelly Clarkson 's latest album "Stronger" on Oct. 24, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week, the singer also edges her way into Social 50 tally and debuts at No. 45. In the days following "Stronger's" bow, she made appearances…

  11. 12-Year Old Maddi Jane Makes Social 50 Chart Splash

    October 27, 2011 12:35 PM EDT -year old Maddi Jane -- who has been lighting up YouTube with covers and Adele and Jessie J -- returns to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, re-entering at No. 36. The youngster, who curated a playlist for YouTube Music Tuesdays on Oct. 17, raised her YouTube profile views from 104…

  12. Rihanna's Racy Week Bumps Her Up the Social 50 Chart

    October 20, 2011 9:35 AM EDT A racy Esquire magazine cover and a fan-driven Facebook promotional campaign sends Rihanna flying 10-5 on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, just as the music video for her single "We Found Love" premiered. As for the rest of the top five, she joins the usual suspects of…

  13. Vince Gill on Career, Album & 'Criminal' Trend in Music Biz

    October 14, 2011 1:25 PM EDT Nashville Gives Vince Gill a Big Hug... and a Bobblehead He's one of the most loved personalities in Music City, and many of Nashville's finest turned out at Bridgestone Arena yesterday to celebrate the career and accomplishments of MCA Nashville recording artist Vince Gill . A…

  14. Mindless Behavior Shimmies Onto Social 50 Chart

    October 13, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Vocal group Mindless Behavior makes its Social 50 debut this week, coming in at No. 47 thanks to being featured on Vevo's emerging artist platform "Lift" and their relentless fan engagement on Facebook and Twitter. Starting on Oct. 5, Vevo featured video interviews with band…

  15. Adele Ascends Social 50 Chart After 'Someone' Video Debut

    October 06, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The arrival of Adele 's video for her No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Someone Like You" sparks a rally for the singer on the Social 50 chart, as she flies 6-2 this week. Since premiering on Sept. 29, the somber ballad has pulled in 3.3 million Vevo plays, boasting her total week…

  16. South Park's 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 05, 2011 10:15 AM EDT Hard to believe it, but Kenny, Cartman, Stan and the whole 'South Park' gang came into our lives 15 seasons ago (which fittingly makes them snarky teenagers now). To celebrate a decade and a half of brilliant, silly humor and the beginning of the new season tonight (Oct. 5), we'…

  17. Go 'Papi': Jennifer Lopez's Busy Week Pays Off on Social 50 Chart

    September 29, 2011 11:17 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez leaps into the top 30 of Billboard's Social 50 chart, climbing 38-29, thanks to buzz generated by her TV commercial with Fiat, a new music video, and a red-hot performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. During ESPN's "Monday Night Football" telecast on…

  18. Simon Faces Off With 'Nasty Diva' Xander Alexander on 'X Factor'

    September 23, 2011 9:40 AM EDT million viewers tuned in for the U.S. premiere of The stand-out performance of the night was college freshman Melanie Amaro (18), whose performance of Beyoncé's "Listen" brought the cheering crowd and judges to their feet. Nicole Scherzinger was crying as she told Amaro: …

  19. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 15, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemorate Mercury, with stars like Katy Perry (7-11)…

  20. Red Hot Chili Peppers + Ambitious Marketing = No. 2 for 'I'm With You'

    September 10, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Utilizing a comprehensive promotional strategy targeting specialized digital platforms in tandem with traditional marketing tools, Warner Bros. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are celebrating the fruits of their endeavors. While Lil Wayne may have copped the Billboard 200 crown this week , the…

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