1. Bubbling Under: Cheers to Sam Adams Pitchman Tim McMorris

    July 20, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Tim McMorris, Ross Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen and DJ Alex Sensation Tim McMorris If you've watched TV recently, you may have…

  2. Talking Arts: Q&A With Decemberists-Loving, Pro-Arts Portland Mayor Sam Adams

    February 14, 2011 5:45 PM EST It's a skit from the new IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia."The mayor of Portland, Ore., portrayed by Kyle McLachlan, commissions the show's two actors, Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney ) and Fred Armisen (of "Saturday Night Live" fame) to write a theme song…

  3. Sam Adams Spins Sublime

    April 05, 2010 9:30 AM EDT Sam Adams is the upstart electro-rapper who got his own party started right to the top of the iTunes digital hip-hop charts last month. But now you can open your ears to the Boston MC, who recently told Billboard.com that he thanked all the haters for their attention, tackling the SoCal…

  4. Sam Adams Plays 'Crazy,' Thanks Haters

    March 31, 2010 12:30 PM EDT Earlier this month, Sam Adams was under the spotlight after accusations that he gamed the iTunes system to top their digital hip-hop charts surfaced on the web. But the Boston rapper, who recently sat down with Billboard.com to discuss the allegations, says he's thankful for the…

  5. Rapper Sam Adams Brews Fame On iTunes, Billboard Charts

    March 19, 2010 2:15 PM EDT The name "Sam Adams" most commonly has been associated with several American historical figures and a favored Boston beer. But the city of Boston is laying claim to yet another Sam Adams: an upstart Trinity College rapper who emerged from virtual obscurity when his primarily self…

  6. Sam Adams Says Sales 'Legit,' SoundScan Data Revealed

    March 15, 2010 7:49 AM EDT Boston-area rapper Sam Adams has had quite the roller-coaster month. His debut album, "Boston's Boy" debuted at the top of the iTunes hip-hop digital album charts after selling just under 8,000 digital units in its first week. But the Cinderella story quickly faded after rumors…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100…