1. Owl City's Adam Young Releases A New Old Project

    July 02, 2010 12:26 PM EDT When Steve Bursky started managing Adam Young at the end of 2008, the mastermind behind synth-pop act Owl City played him a handful of acoustic songs from his hard drive. He told Bursky that he hoped the unrefined tracks, which were recorded in the summer of 2007 before he began making music…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper

    July 01, 2010 5:35 PM EDT SIX-SHOOTER: As previously reported , Eminem roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Recovery." The set becomes the rap superstar's sixth consecutive leader on the list. He first appeared with the No. 2-peaking "The Slim Shady LP," on March 13, 1999, and then…

  3. Katy Perry Holds Off Eminem Atop Hot 100

    July 01, 2010 11:00 AM EDT K aty Perry 's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100. The summer anthem earns the chart's Airplay Gainer award for a third consecutive frame , rising 3-2 on Radio Songs (140 million audience impressions, up 14%),…

  4. Jennifer Hudson Speaks About Family Murders for First Time

    June 29, 2010 12:05 PM EDT J ennifer Hudson has opened up for the first time about the murders of her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. On Monday night's (June 28) episode of VH1's "Behind the Music," Hudson said her family tragedy "was surreal...It was like I was outside of myself." …

  5. Chart Beat Thursday: Veterans Victorious

    June 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ROCK OF AGES: While rookie rapper Drake rules the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Thank Me Later," certain venerable acts aren't quite ready to cede the survey's spotlight. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers become the second group, following the Rolling Stones , to…

  6. 25 Stars Remember Michael Jackson, A Video Tribute

    June 22, 2010 1:53 PM EDT Among the over two dozen artists who shared their love for Michael Jackson on camera with Billboard.com recently, it was Jason Derulo who summed up how everyone felt. "It's crazy, I can't believe one year has passed," Derulo said. "It's still surreal for me. How…

  7. Release Of The Week: The-Dream

    June 22, 2010 9:45 AM EDT Chart Article T he-Dream's forthcoming album, "Love King" (set for release June 29 on Radio Killa/Def Jam) is the third set in a triology of albums from the singer/songwriter/producer, following 2007 "Love/Hate" and 2009's "Love vs Money." "Love…

  8. 'California Dorks' Parody Is As Catchy As Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'

    June 17, 2010 9:52 AM EDT You thought Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was addictive . "California Dorks," a new parody of Perry's No. 1 hit made by YouTube user JasonMundayMusic , makes a convincing case for why "you can search Google Maps, but nothing comes close to the Gold Coast!…

  9. Crystal Castles, "Crystal Castles"

    June 16, 2010 10:23 AM EDT Electronic duo Crystal Castles generally operates in two distinct modes--its songs are either angry dancefloor scorchers built around videogame blips or expansive shoegaze numbers that sail off upon waves of synth lines. Although the group's 2008 self-titled debut was furiously…

  10. Kanye West featuring Dwele, "Power"

    June 11, 2010 11:19 AM EDT Kanye West followed the warm, synth-laden hip-hop of "Graduation" with the introspective, Auto-Tuned R&B of "808s & Heartbreak," making it difficult to predict the direction of upcoming album "Good Ass Job." With its stunning mix of rock-leaning…

  11. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At CMT Awards

    June 10, 2010 10:00 AM EDT The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it again during the CMT Music Awards. The former "American Idol" champ won Wednesday night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year for "Temporary Home" two months…

  12. Roots Picnic / June 5, 2010 / Philadelphia (Festival Pier at Penn's Landing)

    June 07, 2010 1:30 PM EDT In only its third year, the Roots Picnic has established itself as Philadelphia's premiere outdoor summer festival thanks to a mix-and-match collection of bands and relaxed atmosphere. Although a few aggravating scheduling problems threatened the easygoing vibe, Saturday's show at…

  13. Jack Johnson Scores Third U.K. No. 1

    June 07, 2010 7:52 AM EDT Jack Johnson 's third No. 1 album and David Guetta 's third chart-topping single, "Gettin' Over You," were the highlights of the Official Charts Company's new U.K. sales data. Johnson's "To The Sea" (Brushfire/Universal Island) made a bestselling…

  14. Lee DeWyze, "Beautiful Day"

    June 04, 2010 11:32 AM EDT After defeating Crystal Bowersox for the "American Idol" season-nine crown, Lee DeWyze has offered a soaring take on U2 's "Beautiful Day" as his debut single. As the first "Idol" winner to use a cover song as his introduction to the pop charts, DeWyze…

  15. Live Nation Cuts All Service Fees In June

    June 01, 2010 10:29 AM EDT Live Nation will roll out a massive price promotion this week, No Service Fee June, which will eliminate service fees on nearly 8 million tickets, more than 700 shows and 110 artists. "Every show, every ticket, every artist, every amphitheater we own will have no service fees in June,…

  16. The National, "High Violet"

    June 01, 2010 10:26 AM EDT Brooding Brooklyn indie-rock band the National arrives at its fifth studio album, "High Violet," in a precarious position. Because 2007 breakthrough set "Boxer" featured breathtakingly quiet arrangements and a more self-contained mood than previous efforts, a follow-up was…

  17. Miley Cyrus: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 28, 2010 2:45 PM EDT M THE WRITE STUFF "Can't Be Tamed" is Cyrus' seventh studio album-ranging from the four soundtracks she's released under the "Hannah Montana" imprimatur to two as herself and one Walmart-exclusive EP-and it will be released on Hollywood Records. And while…

  18. Katy Perry, "California Gurls"

    May 28, 2010 10:19 AM EDT With their tongue-in-cheek lyrics and forceful vocals, "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot N Cold" established Katy Perry as a distinctive pop starlet upon their successful chart runs in 2008. While "California Gurls," the lead single off Perry's upcoming album, …

  19. 3OH!3: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 1:04 PM EDT "Streets of Gold" (Photo Finish, June 29) After second album "Want" spawned pop smashes "Don't Trust Me" and "Starstrukk," boisterous electronic duo 3OH!3 entered the studio for its third album knowing that its circumstances had changed. "The…

  20. Dierks Bentley: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 3:55 PM EDT "Up on the Ridge" (Capitol Records Nashville, June 8) For his sixth album, Dierks Bentley shifted away from his straight-ahead country sound and committed to his longtime interest in bluegrass. While the experimental nature of "Up on the Ridge" may seem like a risky career…

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