1. 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' …

  2. 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…

  3. 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 "…

  4. 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…

  5. 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, "…

  6. 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…

  7. Adam Lambert Says Malaysian Concert Will Reflect His Sexuality

    October 14, 2010 11:36 AM EDT A dam Lamber t said his Malaysian concert on Thursday (Oct. 14) would reflect his sexuality despite Islamist anger over his show, which has been accused of promoting "gay culture." Lambert said at a news conference ahead of the concert that the only thing he would omit from his show…

  8. Adam Lambert To Play It Safe For Malaysia Concert

    October 12, 2010 7:24 AM EDT Adam Lambert has pledged to obey Malaysian government rules that forbid the flamboyant, openly gay glam rocker from kissing anyone onstage and wearing revealing clothes for a concert this week, a show organizer said Tuesday (Oct. 12). The "American Idol" runner-up, who is currently…

  9. Malaysian Islamists Object to Adam Lambert Concert

    October 11, 2010 5:14 PM EDT Malaysia's Islamist opposition party on Monday demanded that authorities cancel a planned concert by Adam Lambert that they say is promoting "gay culture" in the mainly Muslim country. The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has also threatened to call "as many of its…

  10. Billboard Bits: Album Updates from Beyonce and Radiohead, Mariah Carey on HSN

    September 17, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Working on 'Biggest Album Ever' After taking a break from the studio earlier this year, Beyonce is set to record her "biggest album ever," according to songwriter-producer Sean Garrett.…

  11. Train Rolls To 100th Adult Pop Songs No. 1

    September 08, 2010 1:05 PM EDT With a 2-1 advance for "If It's Love," Train collects the 100th No. 1 title in the 14-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart. The survey premiered in the Billboard issue dated March 16, 1996, as an offshoot of the Adult Contemporary chart, a…

  12. Dr. Luke: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 03, 2010 4:02 PM EDT The doctor is in, at the tree-shrouded Conway Studios compound in Hollywood, and he won't be out any time soon. Lukasz Gottwald -- the writer/producer better-known to the explosive-chorus-loving world as Dr. Luke -- has booked all three rooms at Conway for the entire month of September.…

  13. Sex Pistols Fragrance Hits U.S. Shores

    August 31, 2010 5:00 PM EDT The Sex Pistols' latest attempt to get up people's noses comes in the form of their own branded perfume. While fragrance launches from music stars like Britney Spears , Sean "Diddy" Combs and Avril Lavigne have become commonplace, it's still an eyebrow-raising move…

  14. Justin Bieber Joins Proactiv's Zit-Geist

    August 20, 2010 11:00 AM EDT It's come to this: No one is more willing to talk about acne than a musician. With celebrity acne-fighter Proactiv's signing earlier this month of Justin Bieber as a spokesman, the teen star joins Katy Perry , Avril Lavigne , Sean "Diddy" Combs , Jessica Simpson , Alicia…

  15. Chart Beat Tuesday: Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift, Pink

    August 10, 2010 1:05 PM EDT BRAND NEW MEN: Zac Brown Band banks its fourth No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Free" rises 2-1. The new leader makes the group's album "The Foundation" the first major-label debut set to yield four No. 1s on the list since Brooks & Dunn 's …

  16. Rihanna Ties For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    August 09, 2010 11:21 AM EDT With a 2-1 lift on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart for Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," the song's featured artist Rihanna ties the mark for most No. 1s in the Nielsen BDS-based survey's 18-year history. Rihanna joins Mariah Carey , who tallied six chart leaders…

  17. POTW: Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha

    July 23, 2010 2:40 PM EDT Britney Spears showed her roots -- literally, Justin Bieber touched his fans -- figuratively, Amy Winehouse made faces while riding shotgun, Ke$ha rocked out, Joe Jonas posed on the red carpet, Rihanna wore polka dots, Rick Ross was interviewed, Sheryl Crow hit a note, Common looked frail,…

  18. Korn Returns To Its Roots With 'Remember' Album

    June 25, 2010 1:31 PM EDT The new Korn album comes by its title honestly: Following a pair of efforts on which the pioneering nü-metal band pushed its sound in unlikely new directions, "Remember Who You Are" presents a return to the moody but muscular style that drove such late-'90s landmarks as "…

  19. Chart Beat Wednesday: Ke$ha, Phil Collins, Phoenix

    June 09, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ADDICTED TO 'LOVE': Ke$ha becomes the fifth female artist since the beginning of 2000, and the third in the last two years, to earn at least two No. 1s from a debut album on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as "Your Love Is My Drug," the third single from …

  20. Butch Walker Busy With Music, Memoir On The Road

    May 11, 2010 12:05 PM EDT Musician and producer Butch Walker is "about halfway done" with a memoir that he says will offer some insight into a career of making music, both on his own and for other, more celebrated friends. "It's not all just sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," the Georgia…

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