1. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

  2. Avril Lavigne Gives Ke$ha's 'TiK ToK' an Acoustic Treatment

    March 08, 2011 6:39 PM EST BBC's Radio 1 Live Lounge is quickly becoming the destination for pop stars put their own stripped-down touches on others' Top 40 hits. First Bruno Mars morphed Katy Perry's "California Gurls" into an earnest slow jam , and now Avril Lavigne gives Ke$ha's "…

  3. Avril Lavigne Battles Her Label, Works with Ex-Husband on 'Goodbye Lullaby'

    March 08, 2011 2:05 PM EST A vril Lavigne has enjoyed a decade-long career of fashioning emotional but radio-friendly pop-rock -- singles like "Complicated," "I'm With You" and "My Happy Ending" have helped push her career U.S. album sales to 11.5 million, according to Nielsen…

  4. Uncharted Territory: Tyler Ward and Porta Climb, Big Sean Graduates

    March 01, 2011 2:19 PM EST Surprise, surprise: Long Beach's up-and-still-coming rapper Traphik rounds out yet another week, his sixth, as the reigning king of Uncharted , Billboard's newest chart for emerging artists. The ranking features independent, never-before-charted musicians who are breaking new ground…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Cee Lo Green, 'Glee,' Justin Bieber

    February 24, 2011 5:55 PM EST GO, GREEN: As Lady Gaga reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Born This Way" - marking the first No. 1-debuting title to remain in charge in its second frame since Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night" in 2003, and the first such song to do so since the…

  6. Justin Bieber Scores Second No. 1 Album with 'Never Say Never' Remixes

    February 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST J ustin Bieber notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Never Say Never: The Remixes" opening in the top slot with 165,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first topper came with "My World 2.0," which debuted at No. 1 as well, on the April…

  7. Ask Billboard: You Can't Say That On Radio

    February 04, 2011 1:05 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. YOU CAN'T…

  8. Avril Lavigne Gives 'Em 'Hell' with Social 50 Leap

    February 03, 2011 12:00 PM EST Among the big shake-ups on the Social 50 chart this week: Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift vault into the top 10 while Slayer debuts straight in at No. 18. Lavigne zips 21-8, marking her first visit to the top tier, seemingly basking in the glow of the debut of the music video for "What…

  9. 'American Idol' Top 5 Austin Auditions, from Casey Abrams to Janelle Arthur

    February 03, 2011 9:00 AM EST S teven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson were able to uncover a slew of talented singers -- some single, others paired with their significant other -- when "American Idol" headed to Austin on Wednesday night (Feb. 2). Country music was the predominant genre of the night,…

  10. Ask Billboard: What-The-Forget Is Going On?

    January 28, 2011 5:35 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. WHAT-THE-FORGET…

  11. Avril Lavigne Strips Down, Goes Bad in 'What The Hell' Video

    January 24, 2011 11:26 AM EST In the lead video from her first album in four years, Avril Lavigne going full-on bad girl. The Canadian pop star strips down, locks her boyfriend in the closet and steals a taxi in the just-released clip for "What The Hell" -- and that's all in the first minute. Video: "…

  12. Ask Billboard: Albums, Avril & 'American Idol'

    January 21, 2011 6:55 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. BOTTOMS DOWN Hi…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Britney Spears, 'Country Strong,' Louis C.K.

    January 20, 2011 2:05 PM EST AND THE BRITNEY SONG IS ON: (To paraphrase Yoji "Pop" Asano, whose take on Miley Cyrus ' "Party in the U.S.A." proved one of the many highlights of last night's "American Idol" 10th season premiere). Britney Spears expands the elite group of chart…

  14. Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' Debuts Atop Hot 100

    January 19, 2011 12:13 PM EST B ritney Spears becomes just the second artist in the Billboard Hot 100's 52-year history to debut multiple songs at No. 1, as "Hold It Against Me" blasts in at the summit. Spears previously launched at the apex with "3" the week of Oct. 24, 2009. She joins Mariah…

  15. Cake Scores Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album in SoundScan History

    January 19, 2011 11:00 AM EST The Digital Songs and Billboard 200 charts couldn't look anymore different this week. Sales at the top of the Billboard 200 continue to slide, as the No. 1-debuting set -- from a rather unlikely band -- sold 44,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, Britney Spears' …

  16. Paramore Controversy Sparks Social 50 Chart Climb

    January 06, 2011 12:27 PM EST As the soap opera-worthy drama of Paramore's recent lineup change continues to make headlines, the rock band sees a corresponding surge in social network buzz, as it re-enters Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 36. On Tuesday, Paramore spoke out for the first time since a scathing…

  17. Lost Avril Lavigne Video for 'Mobile' Surfaces

    January 06, 2011 11:48 AM EST To some, today's Avril Lavigne may be a shadow of her former self, known now as she who sang that catchy "Girlfriend" song a few years back and married/divorced Sum 41's Deryck Whibley. In more simpler times, she was a sk8er girl, lamenting about how things were so "…

  18. Michael Jackson Cracks Top 10 of Social 50, Peas Hold at No. 1

    December 16, 2010 12:20 PM EST The Black Eyed Peas become the first act to score multiple weeks at No. 1 on the recently launched Social 50 chart, which ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites -- MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and iLike -- using a formula blending weekly…

  19. Avril Lavigne to Release 'Goodbye Lullaby' Album in March

    December 07, 2010 3:53 PM EST Nearly four years after the release of "The Best Damn Thing," Avril Lavigne has finally set a date for her long-awaited fourth studio album. The Canadian pop star will drop her new set, entitled "Goodbye Lullaby," Mar. 8 on RCA Records, and premiere its first single, "…

  20. Fergie Co-Hosting 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 06, 2010 3:00 PM EST B lack Eyed Peas singer Fergie will host the Hollywood portion of TV's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011" for the second straight year in the star-filled celebration. Dick Clark counting down the New Year celebration from Times Square…

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