1. Rihanna's 'S&M' Reigns on Hot 100, Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Debuts

    April 20, 2011 12:16 PM EDT R ihanna's "S&M" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to be released tomorrow (Apr. 21) on Billboard.com, granting the singer her 10th No. 1 on the survey and ownership of a pair of historic chart records. Having first reigned atop the Hot 100 the week of May 13, 2006, with …

  2. Foo Fighters Earn First No. 1 Album with 'Wasting Light'

    April 20, 2011 10:50 AM EDT As forecasted last week, Foo Fighters finally get their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Wasting Light" debuts atop the list with 235,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The start is the band's second-largest sales week -- trumped only by the No. 2 launch…

  3. Hits Of The World: Around The World In Five Songs

    April 19, 2011 1:05 PM EDT The Hits of the World section of Billboard magazine has always emitted an aura of exoticness. Pre-internet and, especially, pre-YouTube, a scan of the Hits of the World international chart listings afforded a rare snapshot of the dance music thumping in U.K. clubs; hit Australian songs by…

  4. Foo Fighters Top U.K. Charts, End Adele's 11-Week Run

    April 18, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Adele's 11-week unbroken run of supremacy on the U.K. album chart was ended yesterday (Sunday) by Foo Fighters , as "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at No. 1. The singles chart also welcomed a new leader, as "Party Rock Anthem" (Interscope…

  5. POTW: Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin, Rick Ross, Dave Matthews

    April 15, 2011 5:39 PM EDT J ennifer Lopez takes us to Mexico, Jamie Foxx drops it low, Kelis , Solange , Hayley Williams and Robyn strut the red carpet, Dave Grohl and Mark Hoppus face off and celebrities hit courtside. It all happened this week and we've got the pics to prove it. SEE THE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK POTW…

  6. Plan B, "She Said"

    April 15, 2011 10:00 AM EDT A slight departure from his debut hip-hop album, British musician Benjamin Paul Balance-Drew, better-known as Plan B , showcases his vocal range and affinity for soul music on sophomore set "The Defamation of Strickland Banks." The album chronicles the plight of the titular…

  7. Foo Fighters Flying Towards First No. 1 Album

    April 14, 2011 10:10 AM EDT After nearly 16 years, six studio albums, a live set and a greatest hits package -- Foo Fighters are finally heading for its first No. 1 album next week. Industry prognosticators suggest their new "Wasting Light" album could sell over 200,000 copies by week's end on Sunday,…

  8. Katy Perry Takes Third Week Atop Hot 100 with Airplay Boost

    April 13, 2011 4:00 PM EDT K aty Perry 's "E.T.," featuring Kanye West , tallies a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tacking on the chart's Airplay Gainer award as it has in its prior two frames at the summit. "E.T." - the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 from Perry's album "…

  9. Adele's '21' Hits 1 Million, Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A dele 's "21" album not only returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (up two spots), but also becomes the first to sell more than a million copies this year. With 88,000 sold this past week (down 6%) according to Nielsen SoundScan, "21's" total rises to 1.03…

  10. Jessie J Aims for Stadium Status with 'Who You Are'

    April 12, 2011 10:13 AM EDT It's not often that one's music career becomes a matter of life and death. But for burgeoning U.K. singer/songwriter Jessie J , the limelight has bordered on harrowing. "We finished a tour stop in Bristol [England] last night and there were more fans than I've seen in my…

  11. Adele, Jennifer Lopez Extend Reign on U.K. Charts

    April 11, 2011 10:32 AM EDT A dele's "21" (XL Recordings) started the 11th week of its U.K. reign yesterday (Sunday) to achieve the longest consecutive run at No. 1 for a studio album by a solo artist in British chart history. Jennifer Lopez' "On The Floor" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring…

  12. Christina Perri, "Arms"

    April 08, 2011 10:00 AM EDT In less than a year's time, Christina Perri has morphed from an unknown singer/songwriter to a rising pop-rock star, thanks to the sorrowful anthem "Jar of Hearts." On the other hand, Perri's follow-up, "Arms," is an effervescent love song that pairs the voracity…

  13. Adele Headed Back to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 07, 2011 2:09 PM EDT A dele's "21" is on track to head back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as this past Tuesday's crop of new releases aren't posing a threat to the British singer's return to the top. Adele: The Billboard Cover Story According to industry…

  14. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani Covers Elle's Women in Music Issue, Beastie Boys Release New Single

    April 06, 2011 7:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwen Stefani Covers ELLE's Women in Music Issue In ELLE's Women in Music issue hitting newsstands April 12, Gwen Stefani appears on the cover and in a portfolio also featuring Adele , Willow Smith , Robyn…

  15. Katy Perry's 'E.T.' Widens Lead Atop Hot 100

    April 06, 2011 1:03 PM EDT K aty Perry's "E.T.," featuring Kanye West, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, solidifying its top standing by claiming dual Digital and Airplay Gainer honors. Katy Perry's 'E.T.' Rockets to No. 1 on Hot 100 Spurred by the premiere of its…

  16. Britney Spears Snares Sixth No. 1 on Billboard 200 with 'Femme Fatale'

    April 06, 2011 10:30 AM EDT B ritney Spears flies in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her sixth chart-topping album, "Femme Fatale," selling 276,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The feat ties her for the third-most No. 1s among women with Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson .…

  17. Adele Smashes Madonna's U.K. Chart Record in 10th Week at No. 1

    April 04, 2011 8:20 AM EDT With XL Recordings' Adele continuing to rewrite the U.K. album sales record book, Jennifer Lopez scored her third No. 1 single in the territory yesterday (Sunday) with "On The Floor" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Pitbull . Adele's current release "21" achieved…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection's fourth single, "E.T.,"…

  19. Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Aiming for No. 1

    March 30, 2011 6:30 PM EDT All eyes are on Britney Spears , as the pop diva is poised to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with her new album, "Femme Fatale." Her seventh studio effort, released on Tuesday (Mar. 29), is on course to top the tally with around 280,000 copies sold by…

  20. Chris Brown Nets First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As predicted, Chris Brown achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "F.A.M.E." bows atop the tally with 270,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. "F.A.M.E." is his fourth top 10 album, following his self-titled debut (No. 2, 2005), "Exclusive…

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