1. M.I.A., "/\/\ /\ Y /\"

    August 06, 2010 1:29 PM EDT Anticipation was feverishly high for M.I.A. 's third album, "/\/\ /\ Y /\," and why shouldn't it have been? Aside from finally breaching the U.S. pop charts with "Paper Planes" in 2008, Maya Arulpragasam has founded her career on a seamless pattern of musical…

  2. M.I.A. Blasts Oprah and Gaga, Drops on Billboard 200

    July 28, 2010 2:02 PM EDT M. I.A. is once again in the headlines for making incendiary comments about a fellow celebrity, but this time she's taken on a lofty target -- the "Queen of Media" herself, Oprah Winfrey. In a new interview with Time Out London , M.I.A. said Winfrey gave her the "cold…

  3. M.I.A. Promises Free Show After HARD Fest Flameout

    July 27, 2010 12:09 PM EDT To amend for her disappointing performance at HARD Festival on Saturday (July 24) at Governor's Island in New York, M.I.A. announced on Twitter last night that she will play a free live show in New York City. The singer expressed her frustration with the show's sound problems and…

  4. Eminem's 'Recovery' Tops Billboard 200 for a Fourth Week

    July 21, 2010 11:08 AM EDT E minem' s "Recovery" album hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth consecutive week, selling 195,000 (down 15%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first set to notch four straight frames at No. 1 since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream"…

  5. Eminem's 'Recovery' On Course to Spend Fourth Week At No. 1

    July 14, 2010 11:06 PM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, while Eminem's "Recovery" is on course to spend a fourth straight week at No. 1, Korn is looking to collect its 10th top 10 album with " Korn III: Remember Who You Are." Eminem Notches Three Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200…

  6. M.I.A. Clones Herself, Channels Eminem on 'Letterman'

    July 14, 2010 3:28 PM EDT Never one to play it safe, M.I.A . made the most of her performance on Tuesday's "Late Night with David Letterman," where she sang "Born Free" to promote her just-released new album, "/\/\ /\ Y /\." Video: M.I.A. performs "Born Free" on "…

  7. Critics React to M.I.A.'s '/\/\ /\ Y /\'

    July 13, 2010 3:50 PM EDT Few albums in 2010 have stirred up more anticipation and discussion than M.I.A. 's "/\/\ /\ Y /\," out today. The buzz is thanks in part to the British-Sri Lankan artist's outspoken personal and political image, recently highlighted in the shocking video for single "…

  8. M.I.A., "/\/\ /\ Y /\"

    July 13, 2010 12:36 PM EDT Anticipation is feverishly high for M.I.A. 's third album, and why shouldn't it be? Aside from finally breaching the U.S. pop charts with "Paper Planes," Maya Arulpragasm has founded her career on a seamless pattern of musical innovation. If 2007's "Kala"…

  9. Electronic Music Festival Hard L.A. Canceled

    July 12, 2010 6:59 PM EDT Hard L.A., the electronic music festival scheduled for July 17 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, has been canceled, a representative for the event has confirmed. Published reports suggest the event was called off due to security concerns. "Due to events beyond our control, Hard L.A…

  10. Sleigh Bells Encourages 'Mayhem' on Tour, Eyes Return to Studio

    July 12, 2010 12:14 PM EDT The Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells is handling the buzz around its debut album, "Treats," by ignoring it. "We're on the road right now, so we're kind of just worried about the day-to-day minutiae, getting to the venue and sound-checking and putting on a good show,"…

  11. M.I.A.: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 11, 2010 4:06 PM EDT During "Space," the dreamy future-shock ballad that closes her upcoming third album, M.I.A. repeatedly coos, "My lines are down/You can't call me," over a gently percolating beat that sounds like a Sega Genesis practicing its pillow talk. It's just one of the…

  12. Marvin Isely of Isley Brothers Dies at Age 56

    June 07, 2010 6:53 PM EDT Marvin Isley, bass player for the legendary funk band the Isley Brothers , died of undisclosed causes in Chicago on Sunday (June 6) at age 56. Marvin joined the Isley Brothers in 1973 after the original lineup -- comprised of older brothers O'Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald -- scored hits…

  13. M.I.A. Blasts New York Times Writer, Racists in New Song

    June 01, 2010 1:16 PM EDT M.I.A. takes aim at "journalists," "haters" and "racists" in a new song called "I'm a Singer," which she posted to her official website on Sunday (May 30) in response to a New York Times profile that breaks down her controversial image . "So…

  14. M.I.A.: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 3:28 PM EDT "/\/\/\Y/\" (read as 'Maya') (Interscope, July 13) M.I.A. veers all over the musical map on her latest effort, which features grime-tinged lo-fi efforts like "Tequila" and "Steppin Up" and radio-ready pop tracks like "XXXO." Previous album and…

  15. Sleigh Bells Ring In Brooklyn

    May 21, 2010 1:28 PM EDT If an air traffic controller at London's Heathrow airport had been a little less diligent, Sleigh Bells' success story would've been over before it started. "We almost crash landed in London," guitarist/programmer Derek Miller recalls from the safe confines of his…

  16. Keane Arrives At U.K. Chart Summit

    May 17, 2010 8:17 AM EDT British melodic rock band Keane achieved their fourth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album with "Night Train" (Universal Island) as the Official Charts Company confirmed the new sales charts on Sunday night (May 16). Roll Deep 's "Good Time" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI) moved into…

  17. Ask Billboard: Records About Records

    May 07, 2010 7:55 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. THE SO-LO-DOWN Hi Gary, Get ready for an extremely geeky chart-related e-mail…

  18. Taking Peaks, Part 2: Nos. 75-51

    January 12, 2010 1:30 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  19. Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails Plan New Music In 2010

    January 04, 2010 12:05 PM EST K anye West and Trent Reznor , two of the most iconoclastic and discussed musicians of the past decade, each took to their blogs over the New Year holiday to announce new projects. While short on details, Reznor's message on nin.com hints at much activity in the coming months, despite…

  20. Jingle Bell Rock ... And Pop ... And R&B ... And Country ...

    December 08, 2009 12:05 PM EST Billboard's Holiday Songs chart ranks airplay of seasonal tracks on U.S. adult contemporary radio. Because a hefty 75% of the format switches to all-holiday programming by Thanksgiving each year, the format's airplay effectively serves as the barometer for mainstream yuletide fare.…

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