1. '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…

  2. 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…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, k.d. lang

    February 25, 2010 4:05 PM EST THREE-PEA-T: As previously reported , the Black Eyed Peas halt Ke$ha 's nine-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "TiK ToK," as "Imma Be" ascends 3-1. The latter track is the third Hot 100 No. 1 from the Black Eyed Peas' album "The E.N.D.,"…

  4. 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…

  5. 50 Cent Sued For Posting Sex Tape While Feuding With Rick Ross

    February 25, 2010 10:51 AM EST A Florida woman has sued rapper 50 Cent in New York City, claiming he unlawfully distributed her homemade sex video over the Internet after editing himself into it as a wig-wearing narrator. Lastonia Leviston filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Manhattan claiming unauthorized use of her name or…

  6. '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…

  7. 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…

  8. "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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. Billboard Bits: Kings of Convenience, Travis Barker, Courtney Love and More

    February 12, 2010 6:17 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Film director Jim Jarmusch has signed on as curator for a day of the New York edition of All Tomorrow's Parties festival in upstate New York this coming Labor Day weekend. Sonic Youth, the…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Midlake, "The Courage of Others"

    February 05, 2010 2:31 PM EST With its layered melodies and gentle guitar progressions, Midlake 's 2006 breakout album, "The Trials of Van Occupanther," was a hypnotizing riff on classic-rock conventions. For third album "The Courage of Others," the Texas-based band draws upon its strength while…

  18. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks the unofficial end of the summer festival…

  19. Q&A: Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood

    February 03, 2010 5:49 PM EST They've been called America's greatest rock band by more than one critic, and they're certainly one of the busiest. Which comes easiest to you, melody or lyrics? It all either happens, or it doesn't. If it happens, it happens pretty easily. I've been writing a long…

  20. Quincy Jones Gathers Stars For 'We Are The World' Haiti Session

    February 01, 2010 10:15 PM EST More than 75 mega-stars gathered Monday to re-record the 1985 charity anthem "We are the World" in the same Hollywood recording studio where the original was cut 25 years ago. Pink , Celine Dion , Natalie Cole , the Jonas Brothers , Kanye West , Tony Bennett , Jennifer Hudson , Akon…

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