1. Lady Gaga Tops MTV European Music Awards Nominees

    September 19, 2011 1:40 PM EDT After taking home multiple MTV Video Music Awards last month -- in drag, no less -- Lady Gaga continues a banner year with six nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 6 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena. Behind the widespread acclaim for new album "Born This Way,"…

  2. Ed Sheeran Tops U.K. Chart; Tony Bennett in First Top 40 Hit in 46 Years

    September 19, 2011 10:40 AM EDT British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran followed his two recent top ten U.K. singles with an instant No. 1 album as the Official Charts Company's new data was published Sunday (18). Sheeran's "+" opened at the top, while new boy band and former "X Factor"…

  3. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry First With Five 4-Million Sellers

    September 17, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. KATY PERRY FIRST…

  4. Young The Giant Ride Post-VMAs Momentum

    September 17, 2011 9:37 AM EDT The performance lineup at this year's MTV Video Music Awards included such pop, R&B and hip-hop stars as Lady Gaga , Beyoncé , Lil Wayne , Adele , Bruno Mars and Chris Brown . However, there was only one act holding down the rock front: up-and-coming indie outfit Young the Giant .…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Kelly Clarkson, the Beatles, George Strait

    September 16, 2011 12:15 PM EDT B IG 'MR.' STUFF: Kelly Clarkson roars onto the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Mr. Know It All" launches as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 18. An impressive debut, certainly. But, just where does the song rank among other like-prefixed titles? Let's see where that overconfident …

  6. Kelly Clarkson's 'Know It All' Debuts on Hot 100, Rihanna's 'Cheers' Rises

    September 14, 2011 3:45 PM EDT As Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , rebounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson 's "Mr. Know It All" launches on the chart as the list's highest debut at No. 18. Rihanna , meanwhile, banks another Hot 100 top…

  7. Katy Perry's Sixth 'Teenage Dream' Single Will Be...

    September 14, 2011 11:32 AM EDT "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Such is the thinking, as voiced by EMI Music/Capitol Records EVP/marketing and promotion Greg Thompson, behind the label's decision to release a sixth pop radio single from Katy Perry 's album, "Teenage Dream." The set's …

  8. George Strait Lands Top Debut on Billboard 200, Beatles' 1' Re-enters Top 5

    September 14, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne 's "Tha Carter IV" easily holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, as it sells another 219,000 (down 77%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It arrived atop the list with 964,000 last week -- 2011's second-largest sales frame. Its sizable…

  9. Fashion Week: Avril Lavigne and (Underage) Kardashian Sister Take to the Runway

    September 13, 2011 3:45 PM EDT We have officially reached the halfway point of fashion week and the style choices, music and celebrities only get grander as the festivities go on. Yesterday, new contrasting trends of purity and sex appeal emerged on the runway. From Betsey Johnson's "T&A"-inspired line…

  10. Is Adele's 'Someone Like You' The First No. 1 Piano-And-Vocal-Only Ballad?

    September 13, 2011 12:05 PM EDT H ello Gary! I was amazed (and very, very happy) that Adele 's wonderful and mesmerizing ballad "Someone Like You" has made it all the way to the top of the Hot 100 , helped by her incredible performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 28 . I really thought that, being a…

  11. Hot Tours: Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, American Idol

    September 13, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Ranking No. 1 on this week's Hot Tours recap is country superstar Kenny Chesney who takes the top spot in the weekly rankings for the third time since launching the Goin' Coastal Tour back in March. This week's top ranking is based on ticket sales totals reported from the final…

  12. The Beatles and Doris Day Crack Top 10 on U.K. Album Chart

    September 12, 2011 9:27 AM EDT London rapper/vocalist Example followed his No. 1 single last week with a bestselling album yesterday (Sunday), debuting at the top with "Playing in the Shadows." There was a veteran presence in the album top ten with the return of the Beatles and, at 87 years of age, Doris Day.…

  13. Adele Makes Billboard Hot 100 History With 'Someone Like You'

    September 09, 2011 4:30 PM EDT With Adele 's leap from No. 19 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Someone Like You," the singer achieves the biggest jump to No. 1 in the chart's 53-year history that wasn't spurred by the release of a single. Every other larger vault to No. 1 in Hot…

  14. Adele Brings A Ballad Back To The Hot 100 Summit

    September 09, 2011 12:05 PM EDT H ey Gary, Remember when you said in a recent "Ask Billboard" column that a ballad likely wouldn't hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 anytime soon? I think that with "Someone Like You" reaching the top , Adele has proven that an artist can still rule the chart with a…

  15. Blink-182 Stirs Social 50 Chart With 'Up All Night' Video Debut

    September 08, 2011 3:27 PM EDT Blink-182 debuts at No. 21 on Billboard's Social 50 due to the buzz generated by the release of the video for their latest single "Up All Night." Since debuting on Aug. 25, the video has accumulated 2.2 million YouTube views. The next day, the group challenged fans to upload…

  16. Electric Zoo Fest: 16 Things Seen & Heard

    September 08, 2011 2:50 PM EDT Capping off a summer that saw the biggest electronic music events in U.S. history, Electric Zoo marked its third and biggest year yet this weekend, Sept 2-4. Comparatively smaller than the country's other three-day dance fests - Ultra Music Festival in Miami (150,000 estimated attendees)…

  17. Weekly Hot Summer Playlist 2011

    September 08, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Chart Article Chart Article August 25, 2011 More on: August 16, 2011 More on: August 9, 2011 More on: Chart Article Chart Article Chart Article More on: Adele More on: "Rolling In The Deep" More on: OneRepublic More on: "Good Life" More on: Lady Gaga More on: "The…

  18. Adam Levine Calls 'Moves Like Jagger' a 'Risk' for Maroon 5: Video Interview

    September 08, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Adam Levine may be Maroon 5's outspoken frontman, but as the band's keyboardist Jesse Carmichael reveals to Billboard.com, Levine isn't always on-point about their song selections. "In the past we had this barometer, which was that if Adam hated a song, we knew it was…

  19. LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' Named Billboard's 2011 Song of the Summer

    September 08, 2011 9:55 AM EDT With its lyrics imploring revelers to "get up, get down, put your hands up to the sound!," LMFAO 's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, is, fittingly, Billboard's 2011 song of the summer. The hi-energy dance track tops this year's…

  20. Fashion Week: Top 10 Songs We Want on the Runway

    September 07, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Not only does Fashion Week seduce and amaze us with the best in modern fashion, but the hottest in contemporary sound will also play its part in shaking the runway. From Lady Gaga premiering "Bad Romance" at Alexander McQueen's "Plato's Atlantis" Spring/Summer…

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