1. Reality Star Will Young Clocks Third No. 1 on U.K. Charts

    August 29, 2011 10:01 AM EDT Former reality show winners rule the new U.K. sales charts, in a double victory for Sony Music Entertainment. Original "Pop Idol" victor Will Young 's "Echoes" album (RCA/Sony) entered at No. 1 and his "Jealousy" single at No. 5, while 2009 "X Factor…

  2. Game's 'R.E.D.' Could Make Kanye & Jay-Z Blue Next Week

    August 24, 2011 10:09 PM EDT The Game might be seeing red next week at the top of the Billboard 200 . Industry prognosticators suggest that the rapper's new "The R.E.D. Album" (Geffen/Interscope) could sell more than 90,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 28. If the set does hit No. 1, it will mark Game&…

  3. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  4. Lauren Ambrose 'Humbled' to Be New 'Funny Girl'

    August 04, 2011 11:50 AM EDT Lauren Ambrose, best known for HBO's "Six Feet Under," will star as Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl," the role Barbra Streisand originated in 1964. It will be the first Broadway production of the musical that gave the world "People" and "Don't Rain on…

  5. The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Ever

    July 15, 2011 12:55 PM EDT To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, we're counting down the top 100 songs in the entire history of one of Billboard's signature (and smoothest) surveys. Some of the genre's earliest giants infuse the list, including Elton John,…

  6. Billboard Bits: Big 'Glee' Departures, Rilo Kiley Breaks Up

    July 13, 2011 7:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer Not Returning for "Glee" Season 4 After "Glee's" upcoming third season, cast regulars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will depart "…

  7. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  8. Eminem, Royce da 5'9" Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 16, 2011 10:24 AM EDT While it's still early on in the week, it looks like super hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil ( Eminem and Royce da 5'9" ) is headed for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart with "Hell: the Sequel." Industry sources suggest the set could sell around 150,000…

  9. Beyonce's 'Till the End of Time' Single Leaks

    May 23, 2011 12:00 PM EDT There's no stopping Beyoncé . The morning after Bey' hit the stage at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards stage for an epic, first-ever performance of first single, "Run this World (Girls)," a tag-less version of a new single -- "Till the End of Time" -- has surfaced…

  10. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Eminem Top 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 11:00 PM EDT Veteran rapper Eminem and teen pop sensation Justin Bieber dominated the 2011's Billboard Music Awards, each taking home a total of six official awards. There was a six-way tie for second place between Rihanna , Lady Gaga , Usher , Taylor Swift , Mumford & Sons and Taio Cruz , who…

  11. Beyonce Accepts Billboard Millennium Award, Delivers Show-Stopping Performance

    May 22, 2011 9:05 PM EDT B eyoncé 's reign is stronger than ever -- that was clear at tonight's Billboard Music Awards on ABC, where the star received the Billboard Millennium Award and performed her new single, "Run the World (Girls)," for the first time on network television. Beyoncé: The…

  12. Beyonce To Be Honored by Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Bono at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 21, 2011 2:25 PM EDT B eyonce will receive an all-star tribute when she is honored with the Billboard Millennium Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which will air Sunday night (May 22) on ABC at 8-11pm ET/PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Among the luminaries saluting the first lady of R&…

  13. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 PM EDT 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. READERS'…

  14. 'Glee' Kicks It Old School With Streisand, Otis Redding, 'Willy Wonka'

    May 18, 2011 1:40 PM EDT No album odes , no episodes based on Lady Gaga's philosophies -- on last night's (May 17) "Glee," a death brought the New Directions back to what they do best. Not only did Rachel belt out her beloved Barbra , but Kurt went to Broadway and Mercedes obliterated the…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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&…

  18. '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 …

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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