1. Chart Beat Wednesday: Carrie Underwood, Kings Of Leon, Miley Cyrus

    September 09, 2009 5:31 PM EDT CARRIE ON: Carrie Underwood collects the highest debut by a female artist this year on Country Songs, as "Cowboy Casanova" ropes a No. 26 start. Among all acts, Underwood's new hit ties Brad Paisley 's "Then" for the year's second-best bow on Country Songs.…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Colbie Caillat, Black Eyed Peas, Prince

    September 03, 2009 4:46 PM EDT HOT COCO: If it seems like the Billboard 200 this week is bursting with debuts, it is. 39 new titles arrive, led by Colbie Caillat 's sophomore set, and first No. 1, "Breakthrough." Her debut album, "Coco," peaked at No. 5 upon its entrance on Aug. 4, 2007. While this…

  3. Ask Billboard: Madonna vs. Whitney: Who's Sold More?

    August 14, 2009 3:20 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. MATERIAL GIRL VS. EVERY WOMAN Hi Gary, Whitney Houston and Madonna are making…

  4. T.I., Jay Sean Post Big Numbers On Billboard Hot 100

    August 06, 2009 11:22 AM EDT T.I. and U.K. singer Jay Sean tear up the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as T.I. scores the week's highest debut and Jay Sean earns his first top 10 on the chart. The incarcerated T.I.'s "Remember Me," featuring Mary J. Blige , debuts at No. 29, boosted by 81,000 downloads.…

  5. Chart Beat Thursday: Whitney Houston, Black Eyed Peas, Demi Lovato

    July 30, 2009 4:18 PM EDT MANY HAPPY RETURNS: A host of veterans enjoy warm welcomes back to Billboard charts this week. After co-hosting listening parties in Los Angeles, New York and London, attended by such collaborators as Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats and celebrities including Martha Stewart and Diane Sawyer,…

  6. Chart Beat: Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Kris Allen

    May 27, 2009 1:45 PM EDT PERFECT 'T(H)EN': Brad Paisley becomes one of just five acts in the 65-year history of Hot Country Songs to collect 10 consecutive No. 1s (excluding unpromoted album cuts and holiday songs), as "Then," his 14th career leader, rises 2-1. Paisley takes his place alongside…

  7. May 5, 2009

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering a heart attack and a stroke. He is 70. 1999 – At the 34th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Garth Brooks is named artist of the decade. 1997 – Gracie Katherine McGraw is born to husband-and-wife country singers…

  8. Ask Billboard

    April 24, 2009 2:05 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 NUMBER 50, PART 1 Hi Gary, I love, love, love reading your Q&A column…

  9. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 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. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  10. April 13, 2009

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Britney Spears and her husband, rapper and dancer Kevin Federline, confirm she is pregnant with her first child. 2004 – Songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell dies in New York of pancreatic cancer. He is 61. 2004 – The Pixies unleash a 27-song set at Minneapolis’ Fine Line Music Cafe…

  11. April 9, 2009

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” tour, the country singer’s first solo outing, kicks off in Minneapolis. 1997 – Country singer-songwriter Mae Axton, 82, dies at home in Hendersonville, Tenn. 1988 – Singer-songwriter Brook Benton dies from complications of spinal meningitis in Queens, N.Y., at…

  12. Darius Rucker's Country Triumph Is No Fluke

    March 24, 2009 8:30 AM EDT With his second No. 1 country single, Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker feels like his welcome to the country world isn't a fluke. "The acceptance has been really great, much more than I ever expected," says Rucker, who's spending a second week atop the Hot…

  13. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Hough, Barack Obama, Darius Rucker

    March 19, 2009 3:05 PM EDT MOST 'WANTED' : Kelly Clarkson's fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 255,000, granting the original "American Idol" her second chart-topper. She first reigned with her 2003 debut, "Thankful," which…

  14. Chart Beat: Darius Rucker, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Pearl Jam

    March 18, 2009 10:47 AM EDT TWICE AS NICE: Effective this week, Chart Beat will now offer a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. Tomorrow, when all of our online charts are refreshed with this week's data, Chart Beat will appear as always in its regular Thursday form, spotlighting…

  15. Stars Salute Neil Diamond At MusiCares Event

    February 07, 2009 12:02 PM EST Good times never seemed so good for Neil Diamond as they did last night (Feb. 6). The pop icon was named MusiCares Person of the Year at the annual fundraiser for the charity, which helps musicians who have fallen on hard times. "This is a great honor, of course," Diamond said at…

  16. Jennifer Hudson Returns To Performance At Super Bowl

    February 01, 2009 7:01 PM EST Jennifer Hudson returned to the spotlight tonight (Feb. 1) with a flawless performance of the national anthem before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Wearing a flowing white top with black pants and a cropped black jacket, the 27-year-old singer/actress took a deep breath before launching into…

  17. Stars Debut 'America's Song' On 'Oprah'

    January 19, 2009 4:21 PM EST Bono, will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Faith Hill premiered a new patriotic song, "America's Song," yesterday (Jan. 18) during a special edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. The episode aired today; "America's…

  18. New U2 Single Hits Radio, iTunes

    January 19, 2009 9:29 AM EST U2's new single, "Get on Your Boots," has hit radio all over the world this morning (Jan. 19) and is also available for sale from Apple's iTunes Music Store. In addition, U2's official Web site is streaming the song. "Get on Your Boots" is driven by a garage…

  19. Hill, Hudson To Sing At Super Bowl XLIII

    January 15, 2009 10:50 AM EST The voices of Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson will ring out loud and clear at Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla. Hill will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of the pre-game festivities, while Hudson will perform the National Anthem. Hill, who sang the National Anthem at…

  20. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, T.I.

    December 11, 2008 12:29 PM EST CIRCUSES : Britney Spears has the highest-debuting song of her career, thanks to the No. 3 bow of “Circus” (Jive) on The Billboard Hot 100. This latest single wrests the title from Spears’ first chart entry, “…Baby One More Time,” which opened at No. 17 the week of Nov. 21, 1998. Those doing…

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