1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Alejandro Escovedo, "Street Songs of Love"

    August 06, 2010 1:49 PM EDT Given Alejandro Escovedo 's struggles in the early '00s with near-fatal health problems, we should be grateful that the man is simply alive, much less making music as vibrant as what's found on his latest album. An exhilarating, life-affirming blast of no-bullshit rock'n&…

  9. Katy Perry: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 23, 2010 1:29 PM EDT K aty Perry is dangerously close to falling. Not because she's launching herself into the air with a harness like Pink, or clomping through a Heathrow terminal in a dozen-inch platforms, like Lady Gaga. This pop star's potential collapse is due to an unfortunate combination of sand,…

  10. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rihanna

    July 21, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'FALL' ARRIVES: Two of the four highest debuts on Billboard's Country Songs chart since the survey's adoption of Nielsen BDS-monitored data in 1990 belong to Kenny Chesney , as "The Boys of Fall" storms the chart at No. 17. (Country Songs will be refreshed…

  11. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga Vs. ...

    July 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. LADY GAGA VS. ... TAYLOR SWIFT Dear Gary, After your analysis last week of…

  12. Lady Gaga Plays 'Today' Show, Announces 'Remix' U.S. Release

    July 09, 2010 10:35 AM EDT L ady Gaga threw a monster of a ball in New York's Rockefeller Plaza Friday morning (July 9), performing hits, new songs, and even a throwback cover for an estimated 20,000 fans as part of NBC's "Today" show summer concert series. Video: Lady Gaga performs "Bad…

  13. Lady Gaga / July 6, 2010 / New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)

    July 07, 2010 3:12 PM EDT L ady Gaga may be best known for her gaudy outfits and over-the-top stage shows, but at her hometown headlining debut at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night (July 6), the pop phenomenon proved she's a regular girl at heart. Although extravagant attires (including a nun-like transparent…

  14. Summer Songs Playlist

    July 07, 2010 2:35 PM EDT Chart Article All summer long, we've posted a new weekly, ten-song playlist of tunes from the Hot 100 to listen to get you in the mood for warm weather fun. Now that September's here, it's time to look back on the summer that was with one final mega collection of tracks. From…

  15. Eminem Holds Off Scissor Sisters On U.K. Chart

    July 05, 2010 7:57 AM EDT Eminem 's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) started a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 album and Katy Perry a second atop the singles chart with "California Gurls" (Virgin/EMI), featuring Snoop Dogg. "Recovery" thus matches the performance of Eminem'…

  16. Ask Billboard: Madonna Vs. Lady Gaga

    July 02, 2010 4:30 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. MADONNA VS. LADY GAGA Hey Gary, I am a longtime reader of Chart Beat and…

  17. Katy Perry Holds Off Eminem Atop Hot 100

    July 01, 2010 11:00 AM EDT K aty Perry 's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100. The summer anthem earns the chart's Airplay Gainer award for a third consecutive frame , rising 3-2 on Radio Songs (140 million audience impressions, up 14%),…

  18. Eminem Scores Sixth U.K. No. 1 Album

    June 28, 2010 8:16 AM EDT Eminem achieved his sixth U.K. No. 1 album with "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) and Katy Perry surged straight to the top of the singles chart with "California Gurls" (Virgin/EMI) in new sales data unveiled by the Official Chart Company. "Recovery" is the…

  19. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga

    June 25, 2010 5:25 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PERRY POWER Hi Gary, With Katy Perry 's "California Gurls,"…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Veterans Victorious

    June 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ROCK OF AGES: While rookie rapper Drake rules the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Thank Me Later," certain venerable acts aren't quite ready to cede the survey's spotlight. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers become the second group, following the Rolling Stones , to…

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