1. Mac Lethal Rides 'Pancake Rap' to Big Social 50 Debut

    December 08, 2011 9:45 PM EST Rapper Mac Lethal debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 31 after launching two viral memes -- the "Pancake Rap" and "Texts From Bennett" -- on Nov. 30. The first, a video of him rhyming over the beat of Chris Brown's single "Look At Me Now" while cooking…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Greg Laswell, Adele, Justin Bieber

    December 08, 2011 4:45 PM EST The "Glee" cast isn't the first act to to turn Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" into a ballad. Singer/songwriter Laswell first stripped the song down in 2007. 'GIRLS' POWER: For the first time this TV season, the A VERY SHE & HIM '…

  3. Black Keys' 'El Camino' Revs Up, Leaves Spotify & Streaming Services in the Dust

    December 08, 2011 4:40 PM EST Many artists have doubts about music-streaming services, largely due to the fear that companies like Spotify and Rhapsody detract from already declining music sales. The Black Keys are the latest addition to that group: their recently released "El Camino" LP is nowhere to be found…

  4. 'X Factor': Top 5 Take on Two Songs Each, Simon Wants A Nicole Voodoo Doll

    December 08, 2011 10:50 AM EST With only five contestants left and an hour and a half time slot to fill, each "X Factor" performer sang two songs Wednesday night: one of their own choosing and the second a hit transformed into a dance track. In true "X Factor" fashion, the show was more about the judges…

  5. Michael Buble Set for Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 07, 2011 6:55 PM EST Next week, Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album will easily spend a third week atop the Billboard 200 chart, while Amy Winehouse 's posthumous album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" and the Black Keys ' "El Camino" are both aiming for top 10 arrivals.…

  6. Katy B Rocks the Roof: Live From Billboard Tastemakers

    December 07, 2011 3:30 PM EST Our Tastemakers video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- the cool artists hitting the Billboard Tastemakers chart , which brings you the top-selling albums each week based on an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains. With her cascade…

  7. Jay-Z, Kanye West Reach Hot 100's Top 10 with 'Paris'; Rihanna Still No. 1

    December 07, 2011 1:30 PM EST LMFAO Stay 'Sexy' at No. 2, with Bruno Mars Close Behind Rihanna registers a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, while Jay-Z and Kanye West say "bonjour" to the top 10 with a 15-8 surge for "Ni**as in…

  8. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Jingles At No. 1 for Second Week

    December 07, 2011 11:00 AM EST Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week, selling 293,000 (up 29%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its cumulative sales crossed the 1 million mark this week (1.03 million), marking the seventh album to sell a million in 2011…

  9. 'Glee' Recap: Chord Overstreet Returns in Jam-Packed Episode

    December 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST Adulthood versus childhood is the theme of this week's "Glee", where the emphasis was on telling instead of showing how the kids of "Glee" pushing into their own at the same time as they should be embracing their youth and freedom. We got a lot of overwrought speeches…

  10. 'Glee' Cast: Changes in Store for 2012

    December 06, 2011 3:00 PM EST New Themes, Big Solos & Dianna Agron Tells Us Quinn Will 'Leave Her Evil Ways Behind' While there may still be two weeks of "Glee" left in 2011, the cast and crew are already looking ahead to the new year at McKinley High. Fans can expect more themed episodes when the…

  11. 'Glee' Official: Ricky Martin & Gloria Estefan Join 'Spanglish Episode'

    December 05, 2011 5:00 PM EST Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan are confirmed to be joining "Glee" for an episode in the new year, according to the show's executive music producer Adam Anders. "We just announced Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan for a Spanglish episode," he told Billboard.com Sunday…

  12. Darren Criss Says He Wrote Song for 'Adele's Voice'

    December 05, 2011 11:35 AM EST Darren Criss has been envisioning Adele 's voice singing his songs since well before "Glee" propelled him to fame. Criss told a room of friends, family and fans at a Festival of New American Musicals event in Los Angeles on Sunday (Dec. 4) that he wrote "Not Alone," a…

  13. Adele Reaches Milestone in 'X-Factor'-Heavy U.K. Chart Week

    December 05, 2011 9:30 AM EST Singer Overtakes Amy Winehouse to Have Century's Top-Selling Album The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" and the charity release by the show's 2011…

  14. Kanye West Shrugs Off Album of the Year Grammy Snub at Concert

    December 02, 2011 5:25 PM EST Of all the surprising results at the Grammy Nominations Concert on Wednesday night (Nov. 30), none were quite as head-scratching as the omission of Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- the most critically acclaimed album of 2010 -- from the Albums of the Year…

  15. Nickelback, Michael Buble Post Social 50 Chart Gains

    December 02, 2011 8:35 AM EST Nickelback returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 30 -- a new high -- thanks to the debut of a new video and a lot of NFL chatter. The clip for "When We Stand Together" arrived Nov. 23, while the band performed a hotly debated halftime show during the Thanksgiving Day…

  16. Grammy Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

    December 01, 2011 11:05 AM EST On a night when the Recording Academy recognized the genius of The 54th Grammy Awards nominations reveal love for music softer than the dance-party tracks that fill the pop airwaves, a victory of sorts for indie rock. Record and song of the year has artists (Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons )…

  17. Grammy Nominations Concert: Things You Didn't See on TV

    December 01, 2011 10:05 AM EST You may think you saw it all on the Grammy Nominations Concert , but the nominees had more to share backstage. Here are four moments from behind the scenes. Bruno Mars' Big Night Bruno Mars couldn't wait to talk to reporters after notching his six nominations: the "Grenade"…

  18. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  19. Adele May Be Rolling Deep With Grammy Nominations

    November 30, 2011 8:41 PM EST She likely won't get "21," but Adele is poised to take the biggest share of nods when the Grammy nominations are announced Wednesday night. The British singer-songwriter has had a great year, thanks to her sophomore album, "21." The mournful album about a failed…

  20. Rihanna Remains Atop Hot 100, American Music Awards Spur Gains

    November 30, 2011 4:50 PM EST Rihanna notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris), while LMFAO is among a host of acts that benefit from performances on the American Music Awards, broadcast live Nov. 20 on ABC. "Found," the lead single from…

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