1. Twenty Tweets From Musical Minds

    October 06, 2009 11:05 AM EDT Chart Beat is back from a visit to the Twitterverse. Here is a random sampling of recent musings from the personalities who impact our charts. Lady Gaga "In studio writing music, already used up a whole can of hairspray. Feels like home." "They can't scare me, if I scare…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Pearl Jam, Frank Sinatra

    October 01, 2009 2:43 PM EDT STILL HAVIN' A BALL: Days after the 2009 Major League Baseball season began, the Black Eyed Peas settled into the leadoff spot on the Billboard Hot 100, on the charted dated April 18. This week, as the campaign reaches its 162-game conclusion and October postseason glory beckons, the…

  3. 'Feeling' Steady: Black Eyed Peas Match Decade Mark On Hot 100

    October 01, 2009 10:48 AM EDT With its 14th week at the Hot 100 summit, "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas matches Mariah Carey 's "We Belong Together" for longest No. 1 stay this decade. The Peas have now held firm at No. 1 for 26 straight weeks, with "Boom Boom Pow" preceding …

  4. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 29, 2009 4:20 PM EDT J ason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. 12 in Minneapolis, Minn. before wrapping Nov.…

  5. Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive' Turns 30

    September 28, 2009 11:41 AM EDT To Gloria Gaynor , it seems like only yesterday that she recorded the iconic disco/pop hit "I Will Survive." Now she's celebrating the anthem's 30th anniversary. "How is that possible?" she asks with a laugh during a concert stop earlier this week in Bologna,…

  6. Wolfmother Evolves On 'Cosmic Egg'

    September 25, 2009 5:24 PM EDT Like all animals, Wolfmother faced two choices: evolve or die. Citing "longstanding frictions," keyboard/bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett left in 2008. But frontman Andrew Stockdale wasn't about to give up after achieving so much -- the band sold 537,000 U.S. copies…

  7. Honor Society, "Over You"

    September 25, 2009 2:51 PM EDT Honor Society wraps post-breakup angst into a cathartic, three-minute package on "Over You," the opening track from the group's just-released debut album, "Fashionably Late." The song is delivered with fierce precision by band members (and Jonas Brothers protégés)…

  8. Andrew W.K., "55 Cadillac"

    September 25, 2009 1:09 PM EDT Hard rock fans itching for Andrew W.K. to release a new single like his 2001 hit "Party Hard" will be sorely disappointed by the musician's fifth album, "55 Cadillac," which consists entirely of piano improvisations. The wordless set will likely be perceived as too…

  9. Ghostface Killah, "Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City"

    September 25, 2009 12:53 PM EDT In the past decade, Ghostface Killah has moved away from the esoteric beats of his Wu-Tang Clan cuts to explore buttery soul rhythms. On his new album, "Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City," the rapper dives head-first into R&B and the results are more mixed than his…

  10. Eminem, DMX, The Roots Pay Tribute To Def Jam At 2009 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    September 24, 2009 6:14 PM EDT Since its inception five years ago, VH1's Hip-Hop Honors has paid tribute to the preeminent figures in hip-hop history. For the sixth annual show, taped at Brooklyn's Academy of Music in New York last night (Sept. 23) and set to air on the network on Oct. 13, event coordinators…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Live-Blogging The Hot 100

    September 24, 2009 1:58 PM EDT HOW HOT IS IT?: There's so much action on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, perhaps it makes the most sense to simply run down the chart's most notable positions, number-by-number, dissecting the numerous highlights. Kind of like a live blog of the survey, the way you might've…

  12. Taylor Swift Climbs Hot 100, Black Eyed Peas Still No. 1

    September 24, 2009 10:55 AM EDT The Black Eyes Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" reigns for a 13th week on the Billboard Hot 100, besting the 12-week stay at the summit of "Boom Boom Pow," the Peas' previous single that directly preceded its follow-up at No. 1. Meanwhile, after becoming the first country…

  13. Chart Beat Wednesday: Hall & Oates Come On Over To The Country

    September 23, 2009 6:58 PM EDT 'SMILE,' YOU'RE ON COUNTRY SONGS: Jimmy Wayne nets the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Sara Smile," featuring the classic song's original performers, Daryl Hall & John Oates . The latter two artists, who make their first visit to Country Songs, took the…

  14. Islands Lightens Up With 'Vapours'

    September 22, 2009 10:57 AM EDT "Vapours," the title of Islands ' third full-length album, materialized after a particularly boisterous show last year in Switzerland. After his opening set, Los Angeles rapper Subtitle watched the Montreal indie-pop band put on a dazzling performance. "After the show he…

  15. Fall Out Boy Tells 'Toy Story' In New Comic Series

    September 21, 2009 5:32 PM EDT Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz admits to not being an avid fan of comic books. When he started chatting with Los Angeles designer Darren Romanelli about developing a visual project with the band, however, the idea of creating a comic seemed like a natural fit. "We were both kindred…

  16. Ask Billboard: Madonna, Yoko Ono, Gospel

    September 18, 2009 5:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. DANCING QUEEN Hi Gary, While I enjoyed Tuesday's Chart Beat column on…

  17. Alice In Chains Are Back In 'Black'

    September 18, 2009 3:43 PM EDT In the midst of its first reunion tour in the summer of 2006, veteran hard rock act Alice in Chains played to a crowd of 30,000 at Portugal's Super Bock Super Rock festival. As the band performed a set of its classic cuts, a handful of fans unfurled a 25-foot-long sign that read, "…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Jay-Z, The Beatles, "Glee"

    September 17, 2009 1:30 PM EDT RUN THIS CHART: With the 400th debut ever at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Jay-Z notches his 11th chart-topping album with "The Blueprint 3." With his grand entrance, Jay-Z passes Elvis Presley as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in the 53-year history of the Billboard 200.…

  19. 'Glee' Songs Liven Up Billboard Hot 100

    September 17, 2009 10:55 AM EDT The top six songs on the Billboard Hot 100 hold steady this week, but the new season of Fox's "Glee" brings joy to the chart. The television show's cast recording of Rihanna's hit "Take A Bow" is the week's top debut at No. 46. The song scored 53,000…

  20. Chart Beat Wednesday: Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Muse

    September 16, 2009 3:48 PM EDT A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY ...: Kanye West and Taylor Swift continue to bump into each other in the unlikeliest of places. This week, West debuts at No. 30 on the Rhythmic airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz) as a featured act on Drake's star-studded "Forever." Lil Wayne and…

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