1. POTW: Alicia Keys, Steven Tyler, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Katy Perry

    July 01, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Alicia Keys meets her match, Justin Bieber models for Chris Brown , Steven Tyler rides a tricked-out motorcycle and Katy Perry celebrates Gay Pride. It all happened this week, and we've got the pics to prove it. SEE THE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK | LAST WEEK'S PHOTOS News of the Week:…

  2. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  3. Poll: Billboard.com's 2011 Mid-Year Music Awards

    June 30, 2011 1:53 PM EDT With calendars rolling over to July on Friday, 2011 is officially half-over -- and its first six months have offered some incredible moments for popular music. So far, 2011 has been the year in which Adele took her talents to the next level; Arcade Fire owned the big festivals; Jennifer Lopez…

  4. Pitbull's 'Give Me Everything' Powers to No. 1 on Hot 100

    June 29, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Pitbull unleashes his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (June 30) on Billboard.com, as "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo , AfroJack and Nayer, rises 2-1. "Give" dips by 7% in digital sales to 187,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen…

  5. Jill Scott Celebrates First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 29, 2011 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott celebrates her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her fourth studio effort, "The Light of the Sun," debuts atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been notching hits on the chart beginning with her 2000 debut,…

  6. Linkin Park Covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep': Watch

    June 28, 2011 5:29 PM EDT Just when you thought you couldn't hear Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" anywhere else, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park have released their own cover of the smash single. Video was recorded of the two doing an unplugged version for a few fan club members…

  7. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Talks New Album, Adele Loves Bon Iver

    June 27, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber on New Album: 'I Want to Work a Lot with Myself' Speaking about his forthcoming album, Justin Bieber says that he's dabbled with self-producing and is trying on a bunch of different…

  8. Bon Iver Debuts at No. 4 on U.K. Charts; Derulo Has Top Single

    June 27, 2011 8:24 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) started a second stint (and third week in total) as the U.K.'s No. 1 album yesterday, as Jason Derulo debuted atop the singles chart with "Don't Wanna Go Home" (Warner Bros./Warner Music). Earlier this month…

  9. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals

    June 24, 2011 6:05 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. PEN PALS Hi Gary,…

  10. Katy Perry Nears Michael Jackson No. 1s Record

    June 24, 2011 3:55 PM EDT To say that Katy Perry has been on a roll lately would be a grand understatement. But now, the star is nearing a feat only previously achieved by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson . On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Perry's latest single from her "Teenage Dream" album, …

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Katy Perry, Barry Manilow

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT CHOICE LADIES: To paraphrase Beyonce , girls run the Billboard Hot 100 . The 2011 Billboard Millennium Award winner 's "Run the World (Girls)" stopped at No. 29 earlier this month, but its subject material summarizes the state of the Hot 100. With a seventh week at No. 1 for…

  12. Cody Simpson Makes Social 50 Debut, Chris Brown Leaps Into Top 20

    June 23, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Australian pop singer Cody Simpson debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 32 thanks to the premiere of the video for his ballad "On My Mind." Since its release on June 17, the video has earned 293,000 plays, respectively (200% week-to-week increase). Simpson owes his success to…

  13. Adele Gets Billboard's Summer Songs Chart 'Rolling'

    June 23, 2011 12:40 PM EDT It's now officially the summer season -- not just according to the calendar, but also the launch of Billboard's Summer Songs 2011 ranking, a week-by-week tally of the top songs based on Billboard Hot 100 activity from Memorial Day through Labor Day (i.e., charts dated June 11-Sept.…

  14. Adele Reschedules North American Tour Dates

    June 23, 2011 10:45 AM EDT After cancelling a string of North American tour dates in June due to laryngitis, Adele has announced that the rescheduled shows will take place in August and October. The newly announced trek will include stops in six additional cities: Las Vegas, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Durham, N.C.;…

  15. Summer Music Central 2011

    June 23, 2011 9:50 AM EDT _ _ Chart Article _ _ LMFAO, Swizz Beatz Rock Our Summer Party Photos, video & more: LMFAO, Swizz, Gentlemen Hall & DJ Homicide rule. _ Summer Songs Chart: Who'll Be No. 1? Can Katy carry it? Will Adele or Gaga triumph? _ Hot Summer Weekly Playlist Heating it up this week: Jill…

  16. Katy Perry's 'Friday' Flies Up Hot 100, Adele Still No. 1

    June 22, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" banks a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (June 23) on Billboard.com, while Katy Perry 's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" rockets into the top five. Katy Perry Parties With Rebecca Black, '…

  17. Eminem & Royce da 5'9" Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 with Bad Meets Evil EP

    June 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Bad Meets Evil -- the hip-hop duo of Eminem and Royce da 5'9" -- bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its "Hell: the Sequel" launches with 171,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set beats out 11-year old Jackie Evancho's first major-label full-length effort, …

  18. Drake Has 'Trust Issues': Listen

    June 21, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Without warning, Drake releases yet another track on his site, "October's Very Own," titled, "Trust Issues." "Did my own little thing using some other thing I did. You know," Drizzy Drake says about " Trust Issues. " Drake opens the slow tempo…

  19. Rick Rubin on New Chili Peppers & Metallica Albums, Why Adele's Hot Streak Is 'Just Beginning'

    June 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT As Adele's "21" enjoys its tenth non-consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 -- though it's projected to be knocked out this week by the "Hell: The Sequel" debut by Bad Meets Evil ( Eminem and Royce da 5'9" ) -- Rick Rubin says he doesn't think the…

  20. Jeremih Strips Adele's 'Rumour' Down

    June 20, 2011 9:58 AM EDT Let the man stand up with a drum kit to his right, keys to his left, and a reverb-heavy guitar backing him up, and R&B hitmaker Jeremih has his way with the retro soul of Adele 's "Rumour Has It," in this week's Mashup Mondays. Photos: Jeremih's Mashup Behind-The…

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