1. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. transcends his legal woes on his new album, Jennifer Hudson makes her long-awaited debut, Robin Thicke tries to build on his sophomore success and Faith Hill gets serious about a Christmas album Holiday albums from Bela Fleck and Flecktones ("Jingle All the Way," Rounder) and…

  2. Jay-Z, Stargate Form Label, Publishing Company

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Norwegian songwriting/production duo Stargate have joined forces under the StarRoc banner, which will encompass a record label and publishing company under Jay-Z's Roc Nation venture with Li Jay-Z and Norwegian songwriting/production duo Stargate have joined forces under the…

  3. Jennifer Hudson: The Triple Threat

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson doesn't drink coffee. Doesn't like it, she says. Doesn't need it, counters her manager, Miguel Melendez. Jennifer Hudson doesn't drink coffee. Doesn't like it, she says. Doesn't need it, counters her manager, Miguel Melendez. It's 6:20 a.m.…

  4. Jazmine Sullivan / Sept. 17, 2008 / New York (Knitting Factory)

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just a week shy of the release of her debut album, "Fearless," R&B singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan performed a short but electric set on Wednesday (Sept. 17) for a capacity crowd at New York's Just a week shy of the release of her debut album, "Fearless," R&…

  5. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" (19 weeks),…

  6. T.I.'s 'Like' Starts Third Week Atop Hot 100

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" begins a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the fastest-growing track at radio. It remains a digital hit as well, having sold 145,000 copies in the United S T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" begins a third week at No. 1 on the…

  7. Chart Beat Chat: Estelle, Kid Rock, Tami Chynn, Coldplay

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Estelle, Kid Rock, Tami Chynn, Coldplay and more! 'BOY' OVERBOARD Dear Fred, Nowadays we are accustomed to seeing songs immediately peak high on The Billboard Hot 100 with the sudden availability of digital downloads, then fall down with a thud the…

  8. Corbin Bleu Tunes In For Sophomore Album

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Currently on tour playing festivals and fairs in support of his 2007 debut, "Another Side," singer-actor Corbin Bleu tells Billboard.com he's begun recording his follow-up album. Currently on tour playing festivals and fairs in support of his 2007 debut, "Another Side,…

  9. THR/Billboard To Honor Songwriter Diane Warren

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard will honor songwriter Diane Warren with the inaugural Film & TV Music Career Achievement Award at an exclusive lunch reception in Los Angeles on Nov. 14. The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard will honor songwriter Diane Warren with the inaugural Film …

  10. Producer Jerry Finn Taken Off Life Support

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Blink-182 and Morrissey producer Jerry Finn has been taken off life support after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage last month. Blink-182 and Morrissey producer Jerry Finn has been taken off life support after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage last month. According to a post on the…

  11. Radiohead Rocks All Points West All Over Again

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the second night in a row (Aug. 9), Radiohead fans descended upon New Jersey's Liberty State Park to hear the band rock the inaugural All Points West music festival. For the second night in a row (Aug. 9), Radiohead fans descended upon New Jersey's Liberty State Park to hear the…

  12. Radiohead Dazzles At All Points West Opener

    August 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead played a dazzling headlining set Friday (Aug. 8) to crown the first day of the inaugural All Points West festival, set just across the Hudson River from Manhattan at New Jersey's Liberty Sta Radiohead played a dazzling headlining set Friday (Aug. 8) to crown the first day of…

  13. Chart Beat Chat: Madonna, Worldwide Divas, ABBA

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Madonna's hits, divas' sales worldwith, ABBA and more! NO 'HANKY PANKY' IN HERE Hey Fred! Chart Beat is the greatest! Thanks for all of the work you put into it each week! I have one question about the string of Madonna songs to top the Hot…

  14. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following…

  15. Lloyd's 'Lessons'

    August 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the noteworthy success stories of 2006-07 was Lloyd's gold-certified the Inc./Universal Motown debut, "Street Love." Now the singer/songwriter is hoping to parlay gold into platinum with its fo One of the noteworthy success stories of 2006-07 was Lloyd's gold…

  16. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross. 2002 - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard…

  17. Chart Beat Chat: Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry, Jill Sobule, ABBA, Madonna

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Erin Hamilton, Katy Perry and Jill Sobule, the year-end singles charts, ABBA and more! I'M SO GLAD WE HAD THIS TIME TOGETHER Hi, Fred. I love Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat. Your knowledge of and interest in music extends far beyond a single genre, which I…

  18. Chart Beat: Meryl Streep, Madonna, Miley Cyrus

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Meryl Streep, Madonna, Miley Cyrus and more! MERYL: Winning Oscars is all very nice, but now Meryl Streep really has something to brag about. She makes her Hot 100 debut this week, as her take on ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” (Decca) enters at No. 99. While it’s Streep’s first turn on the…

  19. Fergie 'Thrilled' To Play Prostitute In 'Nine'

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fergie is excited about adding the role of a prostitute to her acting portfolio. Fergie is excited about adding the role of a prostitute to her acting portfolio. The Grammy-winning singer has been cast as Saraghina in "Nine," a big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning musical. She…

  20. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the longest consecutive run at No. 1 by solo…

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