1. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Score Big Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 01, 2010 11:00 AM EST As expected, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj arrive in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, respectively, on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Mr. West sold 496,000 of his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while Minaj moved 375,000 of her "Pink Friday" debut according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  2. Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey Ascend On Adult Contemporary

    November 30, 2010 2:05 PM EST TAYLOR'S TOPS: Taylor Swift 's "Mine" advances 2-1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, marking the star's third No. 1 on the survey. Swift led for six weeks with "Love Story" beginning in June 2009 and for 14 weeks with "You Belong With Me…

  3. John Mellencamp, "Save Some Time to Dream"

    November 30, 2010 12:50 PM EST For all of his studied recalcitrance-he did dub himself the Little Bastard, after all- John Mellencamp is at heart an optimist whose songwriting yearns for a better world. That hopeful sentiment kicks off his 25th album, "No Better Than This," as "Save Some Time to Dream"…

  4. Faith Evans Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving

    November 30, 2010 10:32 AM EST Authorities say Faith Evans has pleaded no contest to reckless driving after being arrested in August for investigation of drunken driving. Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says the Grammy-winning singer entered the plea Monday and was sentenced to three years of informal…

  5. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Set for Huge Billboard 200 Debuts

    November 24, 2010 5:34 PM EST Early prognostications from industry gurus are pointing to a very handsome first week for Kanye West 's new "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." Sources say the set could sell perhaps 550,000 by week's end on Sunday, Nov. 28, easily securing it a No. 1 bow on the Billboard…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Beatles

    November 24, 2010 1:05 PM EST FOUR-MIDABLE: Having set the record for most No. 1s in the 18-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, Rihanna continues her winning week, lifting 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Only Girl (In the World)" and debuting on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 1 with…

  7. Natasha Bedingfield Talks 'Strip Me' Meaning, Nicki Minaj Collab

    November 23, 2010 2:00 PM EST N atasha Bedingfield promises that the title of her new album, "Strip Me," does not refer to wardrobe malfunctions or any kind of prurient desires. "The album's called 'Strip Me' because it's all about stripping it down to who we are as humans," the…

  8. New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys Add NKOTBSB Tour Dates

    November 22, 2010 4:10 PM EST On the heels of their show-closing mashup performance at the 2010 American Music Awards Sunday night (Nov. 21), New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys have announced additional dates for their joint tour as NKOTBSB next summer. The veteran boy bands will now begin their trek on June 2,…

  9. Keith Urban Announces 2011 Tour, Says New Songs Are 'Gonna Soar in Concert'

    November 22, 2010 12:05 PM EST K eith Urban is "very much in the early stages" of creating his new live show, but the country singer, songwriter and guitarist is rolling out the 44 dates that he'll play in North America during 2011 to support his new album, "Get Closer." Urban will kick off his Get…

  10. Brandy Eliminated From 'Dancing With the Stars'

    November 17, 2010 10:49 AM EST B randy was eliminated in another surprising results show on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" last night (Nov. 16). Adding to the controversial results is that teen activist Bristol Palin will be advancing to the finals, despite landing in last place on the judges' leader…

  11. Lea Michele to Receive Billboard's First-Ever Triple Threat Award At Women in Music

    November 17, 2010 9:00 AM EST L ea Michele , the 24-year-old Broadway ingenue-turned-breakout star of Fox's "Glee," will receive the Triple Threat Award at the 2010 Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York, it was announced today (Nov. 16). Michele will be celebrated alongside Jazmine Sullivan ,…

  12. Jay-Z Says Oprah, Belafonte Are Inspirations During 'Decoded' Reading

    November 16, 2010 10:25 AM EST Jay-Z held a book reading/signing at the New York Public Library last night (Nov. 15), moderated by Dr. Cornel West and the Director of the "Live" program at the NYPL, Paul Holdengraber. Dubbed "Jay-Z In Conversation With Dr. Cornel West and Paul Holdengraber," the…

  13. Jazmine Sullivan, "10 Seconds"

    November 15, 2010 1:28 PM EST Affecting soul music often feeds off emotional pain, as Jazmine Sullivan demonstrates when she turns her hurt into a source of relief throughout her latest single. On "10 Seconds," the singer is fed up with a former lover: her tone is miserable yet firm when she belts, "You…

  14. Lauryn Hill Performs At Parkinsons Event In NYC

    November 15, 2010 11:42 AM EST Lauryn Hill came out of brief hiding for Michael J. Fox's annual fundraiser event, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Cure Parkinsons," at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City this past Saturday (Nov. 13). Video: Lauryn Hill performs "Is This Love" Lauryn Hill Is &…

  15. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, Cher

    November 11, 2010 1:41 PM EST Bon Jovi 's Circle Tour takes the No. 1 position on the Hot Tours chart this week with box office totals reported from the last four dates on the Latin American leg of the tour. Tickets sales topped $14.5 million (US$) from the four sold out concerts that were all held at outdoor venues…

  16. Pete Wentz's New Band Premieres First Video

    November 10, 2010 5:30 PM EST P ete Wentz is back! The Fall Out Boy bassist unveiled the video for "Club Called Heaven," the first track from his new band Black Cards , yesterday (Nov. 9). Video: Black Cards, "Club Called Heaven" Tour photographer and filmmaker Shane Valdes directs the vintage horror…

  17. Nelly's 'Dream' Makes No. 1 A Reality

    November 10, 2010 1:05 PM EST SWEET 'DREAM': Nelly extends his lead for most Pop Songs No. 1s among rappers, as "Just a Dream" rises 2-1. The song is the hip-hop star's fifth No. 1, distancing him further from Eminem , who ranks second with three rap toppers. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow …

  18. Taylor Swift Named BMI Songwriter Of The Year

    November 10, 2010 7:17 AM EST Taylor Swift was named country songwriter of the year at the BMI Awards, becoming the youngest person to win the award at age 20. The pop sensation also won country song of the year with co-writer Liz Rose for "You Belong With Me." She's the first songwriter to win that award…

  19. Michael Jackson Glove, John Lennon Jacket Up for Auction

    November 09, 2010 6:30 PM EST A military band jacket worn by John Lennon , X-rays of Albert Einstein's head and a costume made for Michael Jackson 's pet chimp Bubbles are among more than 650 lots of pop culture memorabilia up for auction in Beverly Hills next month. The Icons and Idols sale on December 3 and 4.…

  20. Gwyneth Paltrow Talks 'Country Strong' At Premiere

    November 09, 2010 8:04 AM EST Gwyneth Paltrow learned to play guitar and immersed herself in country music to pull off her latest role. Paltrow told the Associated Press at the world premiere of "Country Strong" on Monday (Nov. 8) in Nashville, Tenn., that she wanted her portrayal of a superstar singer to be as…

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