1. Steve Lillywhite Seriously Seeking Simon's 'Idol' Seat

    March 05, 2010 8:37 AM EST Steve Lillywhite wants to "help America find the next Elvis Presley." And that's why the Grammy Award-winning producer -- with U2 , the Dave Matthews Band , Jason Mraz , Morrissey , the Rolling Stones , Phish and scores of others on his resume -- wants to be "American Idol…

  2. Sade, Ke$ha Rule Euro Charts

    March 05, 2010 7:45 AM EST Billboard's new pan-European sales charts show Sade starting a third week atop European Albums with "Soldier of Love" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), while Ke$ha 's "Tik Tok" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) moves into a fifth week at No. 1 on Hot 100 Singles. The…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, Black Eyed Peas

    March 04, 2010 2:05 PM EST BACK IN BLACK: Two days after Johnny Cash 's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" was released Feb. 23, Apple announced that the iTunes store had sold its 10 billionth song: Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield muses…

  4. Peas Persist on Hot 100 with "Imma Be"

    March 04, 2010 11:10 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas hold at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Imma Be." The track returns to the top of Digital Songs for a second frame after abdicating the lead spot to "We Are The World 25: For Haiti" by Artists for Haiti for the past two weeks.…

  5. Blake Shelton's 'Bone' To Debut Big On Billboard 200

    March 04, 2010 9:49 AM EST The highest debut on the Billboard 200 next week will likely come from country singer Blake Shelton , as industry observers suggest his new "Hillbilly Bone" may sell in the range of 60,000 to 75,000 by week's end on Sunday, March 7. That figure will probably place the album…

  6. Jennifer Lopez Plays Rihanna In SNL's 'We Are the World' Sketch

    March 01, 2010 5:54 PM EST J ennifer Lopez pulled double duty as host and performer on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and her funniest moment by far was her first one. In a sketch about "We Are the World 3" -- a new all-star recording "raising awareness of the 'We Are the World 2'…

  7. Jason Derulo Scores First U.K. No. 1

    March 01, 2010 8:02 AM EST Jason Derulo 's "In My Head" (Warner Bros.) became the American singer's first U.K. No. 1 single, as Lady Gaga 's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) started a new stint atop the album chart, and the top ten welcomed new hit albums by Marina and the Diamonds ,…

  8. Drowning Pool, "Feel Like I Do"

    February 26, 2010 3:20 PM EST In the nine years since Drowning Pool 's debut single, "Bodies," hit the floor (and No. 6 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart) in 2001, its mettle has been tested by the unexpected death of singer Dave Williams and the departure of his replacement, Jason Jones. As a…

  9. 'American Idol' Eliminates Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez, Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz

    February 25, 2010 9:21 PM EST "American Idol" voters said goodbye to the first four contestants of season nine on Thursday night (Feb. 25), eliminating Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz, Ashley Rodriguez and Tyler Grady. The eliminations followed two shaky performance nights that saw nearly all of the top 24 "Idol…

  10. iTunes Sells 10 Billionth Track, Black Eyed Peas Back On Top

    February 25, 2010 5:50 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Apple's iTunes store sold its 10 billionth song on Wednesday, and awarded the winning purchaser with a $10,000 iTunes gift card. The Black Eyed Peas have unseated Ke$ha from the top of the Hot 100, and Sade takes the…

  11. Black Eyed Peas Back On Top Of Hot 100 With 'Imma Be'

    February 25, 2010 11:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas become the first duo or group in 19 years to plate three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles from one album, as "Imma Be," from the act's "The E.N.D.," beelines 3-1. The quartet set a record last year withh 26 successive weeks at No. 1 when "Boom…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Michael Lynche Can't Salvage Sub-Par Night

    February 25, 2010 1:53 AM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- When Simon Cowell said before this week's performances that he thought a woman was going to win this season, I figured he was…

  13. iTunes Sells 10 Billion Songs

    February 24, 2010 9:35 PM EST Apple's iTunes store sold its 10 billionth song on Wednesday (Feb. 24), thanks to massive sales of tracks by Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. Apple revealed that Black Eyed Peas ' "I Gotta Feeling" is iTunes' all-time most-downloaded song, with "Boom Boom…

  14. "We Are The World 25," Radio's Reaction, Pt. 2

    February 24, 2010 1:05 PM EST As previously reported , "We Are the World 25: For Haiti" by Artists for Haiti launched at No. 2 last week on the Billboard Hot 100. This week, the all-star benefit track debuts at No. 40 on the Adult R&B radio airplay survey and bubbles under Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and…

  15. Lifehouse, "Smoke & Mirrors"

    February 19, 2010 3:16 PM EST Despite the title of their fifth studio album, "Smoke & Mirrors," the members of rock act Lifehouse don't engage in any unexpected trickery. Like its predecessors, the new album is another solid set of no-frills, meat-and-potatoes rock, with plenty of catchy melodies,…

  16. Ke$ha: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 19, 2010 3:00 PM EST If you want insight into a celebrity's self-image, you could do worse than watch one make the brief walk from the star's chosen chariot to the red carpet prior to an awards show. The frenzied VIP drop-off area at the 2010 Grammy Awards reveals more than any klieg-light TV interview…

  17. Hot Tours: Elton John & Billy Joel, Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses

    February 18, 2010 12:27 PM EST Elton John & Billy Joel 's Face 2 Face Tour ranks at the top of the latest Hot Tours tally based on two performances at Seattle's KeyArena on Feb. 3 and 6. The shows were make-up dates originally scheduled for last November but postponed due to John taking ill. Both concerts…

  18. Ke$ha Stops 'World' From Spinning A No. 1 On Hot 100

    February 18, 2010 10:27 AM EST K e$ha's "TiK ToK" holds off the impressive arrival of charity single "We Are the World 25: For Haiti" by Artists for Haiti to remain at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth consecutive week. "TiK ToK" has now persevered over a pair of No. 2-debuting…

  19. Apple Celebrates a Milestone, the Who Shrug Off Super Bowl Set

    February 12, 2010 6:22 PM EST In Friday's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Apple has launched the Countdown to 10 Billion Songs, where they'll give away a $10,000 gift card to person who buys the 10 billionth track on iTunes. The service also released list of all-time best-selling songs,…

  20. iTunes Approaches 10 Billion Downloads, Reveals Top Selling Songs

    February 11, 2010 6:00 PM EST Apple's iTunes Music Store today launched "Countdown to 10 Billion Songs," and is planning to give away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the customer who buys the song that puts that turns the counter to eleven digits. In addition to announcing the give-away, iTunes released a…

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