1. Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Lady Antebellum Win Big at BMI Pop Music Awards

    May 18, 2011 11:05 AM EDT L ady Gaga , Jason Derul o and JR Rotem were saluted as BMI's pop songwriters of the year Tuesday evening (May 17) at the organization's 59th annual Pop Music Awards. Earning pop song of the year honors was the Lady Antebellum hit "Need You Now," while Sony/ATV Songs LLC…

  2. Dennis Coffey Taps Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini for Solo Album

    April 30, 2011 8:36 AM EDT D ennis Coffey , the man who brought wah-wah to Motown (on the Temptations ' "Cloud Nine") and has a Hall of Fame-caliber sessions resume, brings his own music to the fore again this week with the help of some famous friends. Paolo Nutini, Mayer Hawthorne, Lisa Kekaula of the…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Adele, Bruno Mars

    April 28, 2011 6:15 PM EDT PERFECT 10: As the "Glee" cast maintains its perfect attendance record in the Billboard 200 's top 10, the troupe receives even higher marks on the Soundtracks chart. "Glee, the Music Presents: The Warblers" enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2, marking the Fox series&…

  4. 'Glee' Goes Gaga For 'Born This Way,' Kurt Returns to McKinley High

    April 27, 2011 2:45 PM EDT On last night's (Apr. 26) supersized episode of " Glee ," McKinley High saw two major -- and well, related -- milestones: The glorious return of Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and the performance of Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way." It would have been simple to present …

  5. 10 All-Female Hit Collaborations

    April 26, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With Rihanna and Britney Spears sharing space atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "S&M," and with Spears having released a remix of "Till the World Ends" featuring Ke$ha (the song's co-writer) and Nicki Minaj , all-female collaborations are enjoying a rare spotlight.…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Paul Simon

    April 21, 2011 4:05 PM EDT CHAINED MELODY: As previously reported , "S&M" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , granting Rihanna her 10th No. 1, a milestone that only eight other artists have reached in the chart's 52-year history. "S&M" ascends to the summit fueled by the first full…

  7. Britney Spears Snares Sixth No. 1 on Billboard 200 with 'Femme Fatale'

    April 06, 2011 10:30 AM EDT B ritney Spears flies in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her sixth chart-topping album, "Femme Fatale," selling 276,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The feat ties her for the third-most No. 1s among women with Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson .…

  8. Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Aiming for No. 1

    March 30, 2011 6:30 PM EDT All eyes are on Britney Spears , as the pop diva is poised to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with her new album, "Femme Fatale." Her seventh studio effort, released on Tuesday (Mar. 29), is on course to top the tally with around 280,000 copies sold by…

  9. Happy 30th Birthday, Chart Beat

    March 28, 2011 4:05 PM EDT On this date 30 years ago, Billboard introduced a new column that "look(s) behind the numbers and, hopefully, put(s) it all in some perspective." In the March 28, 1981, issue of the print magazine, Billboard published the first Chart Beat. The page three news item "New Feature:…

  10. 'Glee' Warblers Album Confirmed for April 19 Release

    March 23, 2011 5:40 PM EDT "Glee" has already issued five official soundtrack albums and four episode-themed EPs, but season 2's breakout club, the Dalton Academy Warblers, is finally making its full-length debut. "Glee: The Music presents The Warblers" will be released Apr. 19 on Columbia…

  11. Rock Hall Inducts Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits

    March 15, 2011 9:10 AM EDT T om Waits went for laughs, Alice Cooper for shock value, Leon Russell was quietly humble and Neil Diamond may still be talking following their induction Monday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The acts were joined New Orleans piano maestro Dr. John and "Wall of Sound" singer…

  12. Grammys 2011: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 14, 2011 1:50 AM EST Not all of the excitement at the 2011 Grammy Awards happened on the stage. Here's 15 memorable moments that you didn't see on TV. 1. Arcade Fire was in quite the celebratory mood over its Album of the Year win for "The Suburbs." The group entered the press room singing the…

  13. Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum Big Winners at 2011 Grammys

    February 14, 2011 12:45 AM EST The 2011 Grammys ended with a major shocker, as Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire beat out platinum pop stars Eminem , Lady Gaga and Katy Perry for the night's big award, Album of the Year, for "The Suburbs." The seven-member ensemble expressed shock over the unexpected win,…

  14. Bruno Mars Plays Grammy Week Smeezingtons Party, Joined by Monica, Keri Hilson

    February 12, 2011 8:26 PM EST While much of the music industry was still schmoozing at MusiCares Person of the Year Gala paying tribute to Barbra Streisand , the industry's up-and-comers were lined up to get into the Smeezingtons Celebration (starting at 10 p.m.), saluting singer/songwriter/producer Bruno Mars for…

  15. Billy Preston Debut Re-Released for Black History Month

    February 10, 2011 12:06 PM EST In recognition of Black History Month, ABKCO Records will release "16 Year Old Soul," the album that launched the career of Billy Preston , on Feb. 22. The release will mark the first time the LP is available in more than 45 years. "16 Year Old Soul" not only reflects the…

  16. Bob Dylan to Perform at Grammys with Mumford & Sons, Avett Bros.

    February 10, 2011 10:50 AM EST The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) has saved its biggest performance news for last: Today the music industry association announced legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will perform at Sunday night's 53rd annual Grammy Awards in a tribute to acoustic music.…

  17. Dr. Dre to Perform with Eminem At Grammys

    February 10, 2011 1:47 AM EST Continuing the annual Grammy Awards tradition of pairing A-list artists for musical collaborations, Dr. Dre will join his protege Eminem onstage at this Sunday's show (CBS, 8 p.m.). It will mark the rap icon's first live television performance in more than a decade and comes on the…

  18. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson to Honor Aretha Franklin at Grammys

    February 09, 2011 12:00 PM EST A retha Franklin will receive a special tribute from an all-star lineup of female singers, including Christina Aguilera , Jennifer Hudson and Florence & the Machine 's Florence Welch, at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday (Feb. 13). Esperanza Spalding , a nominee for Best New…

  19. Barbra Streisand Performing at Grammys

    February 08, 2011 10:35 AM EST Another legend is going to be appearing at this Sunday's Grammy awards - this time, it's Barbra Streisand . Streisand is a nominee for best traditional pop vocal album for "Love Is The Answer," and she'll be performing on the live telecast. She'll be introduced…

  20. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Is No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST T he Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That easily beats its initial first week estimate of around 70,000. The Decemberists Folk Around on…

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