1. Hot Tours: Usher, Dave Matthews Band, Phish

    December 27, 2010 10:56 AM EST Usher takes hold of the No. 1 rung on Hot Tours with box office totals reported from the November dates on his OMG Tour that kicked off on Nov. 10 in Seattle. The R&B entertainer grossed $11.3 million from 12 performances. Toronto's Air Canada Centre sold the most tickets among the…

  2. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 2

    December 15, 2010 2:35 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  3. Video Ban: 30 Seconds to Mars Too Sexual For MTV

    November 30, 2010 2:00 PM EST Jared Leto and his arena rock outfit 30 Seconds to Mars have always produced cinematic music videos that strive to push the envelope, but this time they may have pushed too far. The band released a 13-minute video for its song, "Hurricane," to MTV yesterday (Nov. 29) only to be…

  4. Alejandro Sanz Back in Venezuela Despite Tension with Chavez

    November 17, 2010 8:36 AM EST Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz is in Venezuela to perform for the first time in years after concerts in 2007 and 2008 were canceled amid friction between the entertainer and President Hugo Chavez's government. Sanz was in the western city of Maracaibo on Tuesday (Nov. 16) to sing in the…

  5. Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper Toast Lennon's Legacy at Concert

    November 15, 2010 5:05 PM EST "I looked to Yoko [Ono] for how to carry oneself as a widow," Patti Smith told concertgoers Friday (Nov. 12) at the 30th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert at New York City's Beacon Theater, just before ripping into "Oh Yoko!" Ono was not at the performance, a benefit…

  6. 2010 Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 12, 2010 8:52 AM EST Not all the action at the 2010 Latin Grammys took place on the stage. Here's 10 memorable moments that you dind't see on TV. 1. Alejandro Sanz , winner of Best Male Pop Album, gave a sharp answer when asked if Bolivian president Evo Morales had influenced Hugo Chávez's decision…

  7. Camila, Juan Luis Guerra Win Big at 2010 Latin Grammy Awards

    November 12, 2010 12:05 AM EST Latin Grammy voters gave a big thumbs up to developing acts by awarding Mexican trio Camila -- a group that has taken Latin pop in a new direction -- major awards during the 11th annual Latin Grammys. Their hit single, "Mientes," penned by lead vocalist Mario Domm with songwriter…

  8. Placido Domingo Honored As Latin Grammy Person of the Year

    November 11, 2010 11:45 AM EST Rock and pop crooners from throughout Latin America praised opera icon Plácido Domingo as an inspiration to all Hispanics during a star-studded tribute concert in Las Vegas honoring the Spanish tenor's career. Domingo, known to popular music audiences for his "Three Tenors"…

  9. Latin Grammy 2010 Predictions: And the Winner Is...

    November 10, 2010 5:00 PM EST It's time again for us to make our annual predictions for the Latin Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday night (Nov. 11.) Alejandro Sanz , Juan Luis Guerra , Jorge Drexler and Camila lead the nominees , but who will emerge…

  10. Hot Tours: Alejandro Fernandez, George Strait and Reba, Justin Bieber

    November 04, 2010 11:44 AM EDT Alejandro Fernández tops Hot Tour this week with box office stats reported from his recent 10-show run at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. Eight of the shows occurred in September (8-10, 18-19, 23-25) and the final two performances were on Oct. 8-9. Gross totals surpassed 72.8 million pesos…

  11. Pitbull Crosses Over with Two New Albums

    October 08, 2010 5:18 PM EDT During an early afternoon in Miami in January, over drinks with two local radio PDs, the conversation turned to Pitbull . "He should come over and join us," said one, and impulsively picked up his cell phone and dialed. No more than 20 minutes later, there was Armando Christian…

  12. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Nearing 1 Billion YouTube Views

    October 04, 2010 4:20 PM EDT L ady Gaga and Justin Bieber are both approaching a major milestone of the new music industry: one billion all-time YouTube views. Lady Gaga should pass one billion views around Oct. 20 if she continues on her current pace, according to David Birch, communications director at TubeMogul.…

  13. Hear Los Lonely Boys Rock The Rolling Stones On New Live Album

    September 27, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Los Lonely Boys ' new concert album, "Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live!," isn't due out until tomorrow (Sept 28), but exclusively on Billboard.com we've got a special stream of their cover of the Rolling Stones classic, "Beast Of Burden" featuring the Texican…

  14. Alejandro Sanz Appeals to Hugo Chavez

    September 10, 2010 11:38 AM EDT Spanish singing star Alejandro Sanz wants to declare peace with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and play in Caracas. The Miami-based artist saw his November 2007 concert in the Venezuelan capital canceled for "security reasons," after Sanz had criticised Chávez at a Caracas press…

  15. Katy Perry Tops Songs of the Summer 2010 Chart

    September 09, 2010 11:40 AM EDT A song that evokes imagery of palm trees, bikinis and sun-kissed beaches fittingly earns top honors on Billboard's Songs of the Summer 2010 survey, as Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , crowns the ranking. The chart encapsulates the most popular songs…

  16. Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra Lead Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 08, 2010 12:45 PM EDT Latin Grammy darlings Alejandro Sanz and Juan Luis Guerra , along with past nominee Jorge Drexler , led the nominations for the 11th edition of the awards with four nods each, tying Mario Domm, the lead singer and songwriter of pop group Camila . The nominees for the 2010 Latin Grammys, which…

  17. Kanye West's Embrace of Twitter Reveals Broader Trend in Album Promotion

    August 27, 2010 5:02 PM EDT Ticked off by a rash of fake Twitter accounts created in his name, Kanye West turned to his blog in May 2009 to unleash an expletive-laden rant against the microblogging site. "I DON'T HAVE A F**KING TWITTER," West wrote. "WHY WOULD I USE TWITTER???" But with a new…

  18. Lady Gaga: Break Those Records, Baby

    August 18, 2010 10:05 AM EDT L ady Gaga couldn't keep her poker face when the nominations for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards were announced Aug. 3. The performer gushed to her fans after being honored with a record-breaking 13 nods, including Video of the Year, Best Pop Video and Best Female Video for "Bad…

  19. Lady Gaga's New Album Will Be 'Shocking,' Says RedOne

    August 17, 2010 3:07 PM EDT On June 24, 2010, Lady Gaga leaned into a microphone and said five words that Little Monsters around the world had been dying to hear. "This is a brand-new record." Seated behind a deconstructed piano at Elton John's 12th annual White Tie & Tiara Ball -- wearing nothing but…

  20. Arcade Fire Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    August 13, 2010 7:32 AM EDT Arcade Fire scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums chart with "The Suburbs" (Merge/Mercury/Universal), as "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) by Shakira featuring Freshlyground starts a third week atop European Hot 100…

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