1. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Thursday

    March 11, 2011 3:30 PM EST We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Enrique Iglesias, Katy Perry, Aaron Lewis

    March 10, 2011 4:55 PM EST DUAL DOMINATION: A week after notching his first No. 1 on Pop Songs , Enrique Iglesias becomes the first artist to top the survey and Latin Songs simultaneously with different songs. As "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E, tops Pop Songs for a…

  3. NBA All-Star Weekend: The Top 5 Music Moments

    February 22, 2011 8:50 PM EST Basketball was clearly the main attraction at NBA All-Star Weekend, but there was also plenty of music to go around, as everyone from Rihanna and Kanye West to Lenny Kravitz and Cee Lo Green performed at events tied to the three-day extravaganza. Through it all, Billboard.com was front and…

  4. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jamie Foxx & Drake Break Songz's Streak

    February 03, 2011 6:44 PM EST There's a new King on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week as Jamie Foxx 's "Fall For Your Type," featuring Drake , jumps 5-1, snapping Trey Songz 's "Can't Be Friends'" No. 1 run at 13 weeks. Ironically, Foxx's last chart-topper was the 2009 smash…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Amos Lee, Far*East Movement, Kelly Clarkson

    February 03, 2011 4:15 PM EST 'MISSION' ACCOMPLISHMENT: A week after the Decemberists became just the 16th act to rule the Billboard 200 album chart without a Billboard Hot 100 song on their chart resume, singer/songwriter Amos Lee repeats the feat, as "Mission Bell" begins atop the former listing. …

  6. Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Carlos Santana, Blue Man Group

    February 03, 2011 3:03 PM EST CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley tops the Hot Tours chart with the first totals reported from his H2O Frozen Over Tour that kicked off on Jan. 20 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. From the tour's first seven venues, three in the U.S. and four in Canada, revenue exceeded $4…

  7. Jay-Z Partners with Will, Jada Smith For Film Venture, Preps 'Annie' Remake

    January 26, 2011 1:05 PM EST Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and their partners at Overbrook Entertainment have formed a joint-venture with Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter to develop and produce major motion pictures. First up? A remake of the Broadway musical "Annie," in which Will and Jada's daughter,…

  8. MNDR: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 11:36 AM EST MNDR Genre: Dance If hipster pop icon Robyn is aching to take a break after putting out three mini-albums in 2009, Amanda Warner-who records as MNDR with collaborator Peter Wade-is ready to take her place. Warner has looks (attractive blonde; favors oversized eyeglasses), a back story …

  9. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 1/22/2011

    January 22, 2011 11:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @JLo (Jennifer Lopez): Just heard #onthefloor on the radio…

  10. Amanda Palmer Champions Pubic Hair in 'Map of Tasmania'

    January 21, 2011 12:39 PM EST A manda Palmer : de facto leader of the Dresden Dolls , master Twitter user and now, pubic hair activist? Video: Amanda Palmer, "Map of Tasmania" In her new video, Palmer prances about, exposing her flower and glitter-covered, er, downstairs business. Folks, this one's…

  11. 'American Idol' Top 5 New Orleans Auditions, from Jacee Badeaux to Jovany Barreto

    January 20, 2011 11:00 PM EST S teven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez , Randy Jackson and the rest of the "American Idol" crew headed south for the New Orleans round of auditions last night, and while no performers were as spectacular as Yoji "Pop" Asano from the New Jersey auditions , a handful of singers…

  12. 'American Idol' Hits New Orleans, Steven Tyler & Randy Jackson's Shirts Come Off

    January 20, 2011 9:42 PM EST While Wednesday night's (Jan. 19) season premiere of "American Idol" saw the judges mostly playing it safe , things got a whole lot feistier during Thursday's New Orleans episode -- so feisty, in fact, that at one point Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson even showed some skin.…

  13. Ask Billboard: Readers' 2010 Top Picks, Continued

    January 07, 2011 5:15 PM EST 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. BACK TO DECEMBER …

  14. 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…

  15. Foo Fighters Debut New Songs at Secret L.A. Show

    December 22, 2010 9:11 AM EST The Foo Fighters played a secret show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (Dec. 21), returning to one of singer Dave Grohl's favorite "Valley" haunts, rock club Paladino's. In advance of their last album, 2007's "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace," Grohl and…

  16. Usher's Second Night At MSG Flawless, Justin Bieber Makes Cameo

    December 15, 2010 12:43 PM EST During the first night of his "O.M.G." tour stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, R&B crooner Usher got mistakenly kicked in the face by an overly-excited fan after bringing her on stage for some serenading. But last night's (Dec. 14) performance, while it came…

  17. Enrique Morente, Flamenco Star, Dies at 67

    December 14, 2010 4:49 PM EST E nrique Morente , one of the great living flamenco singers and a composer and musician who pushed the boundaries of the genre to unimaginable directions, died Dec. 13 in a clinic in Spain. Morente suffered complications following an ulcer operation. Morente's prowess as a singer was…

  18. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Kanye West

    December 10, 2010 3:43 PM EST Despite a 78% decline, Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, logging sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nicki Minaj remains at No. 2 with "Pink Friday" (103,000, down 73%…

  19. Soulja Boy, Flo Rida Flop On Billboard Album Chart

    December 08, 2010 3:59 PM EST A couple of notable hip-hop and R&B artists dropped albums this week, but according to Billboard's latest 200 chart, it appears no one went out to buy them. *tear* Susan Boyle Likely to Top Billboard 200 Next Week Jazmine Sullivan dropped her sophomore album "Love Me Back,"…

  20. Billboard Bits: Jamie Foxx Announces New Album, Christina Aguilera's New Guy Takes Time Off from Band

    December 03, 2010 7:30 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jamie Foxx Announces New Album Jamie Foxx has announced the release of his third studio album, "Best Night of My Life," for Dec. 21. The follow-up to 2008's "Intuition" features guest spots…

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