1. Susan Boyle 'Perfect Day' Video Premieres, Directed By Lou Reed

    November 07, 2010 4:00 PM EST S usan Boyle ventures through gorgeous natural settings and sings under a rainbow in the epic music video for "Perfect Day," which precedes the Nov. 9 release of sophomore album "The Gift." The clip for the track, which is a cover of Lou Reed's 1972 version, was…

  2. Ask Billboard: How 'Hot' Are Taylor Swift's Songs?

    November 05, 2010 6:55 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. WELL-SPOKEN Hello…

  3. Billboard Bits: Metallica Honors Armed Forces, Lil Wayne Buys 48 Bottles of Champagne

    November 05, 2010 6:47 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Metallica Headlines 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' Launch Event, Honors U.S. Armed Forces Metallica headlined the launch event for the Activision "Call of Duty: Black Ops" video game last night (Nov.…

  4. Jay-Z Joins List Of Artists-Turned-Authors With 'Decoded'

    November 05, 2010 3:00 PM EDT Reading music is taking on a different meaning of late. That's due to a growing number of high-profile autobiographies and memoirs written by music artists. Among the artists-turned-authors hitting bookstore shelves this year are Susan Boyle , Justin Bieber , Keith Richards, Vince Neil,…

  5. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  6. Susan Boyle to Sing 'Perfect Day' for Prince Charles

    November 03, 2010 10:49 AM EDT First she sang for Pope Benedict XVI , and now Susan Boyle is going to perform for Prince Charles. The 49-year-old British singing sensation will perform her version of Lou Reed 's "Perfect Day" for Charles and his wife Camilla at the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards…

  7. 'Regis and Kelly' Spoof Gaga, Bieber, Katy Perry for Halloween

    October 29, 2010 5:26 PM EDT Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa are known for throwing down with the best Halloween-costumed celebrities in the business (see last year's Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and "Thriller" tributes), but the daytime duo outdid itself this year, taking on Justin Bieber , Cher , the cast of …

  8. Ask Billboard: Sugarland's Sweet Success

    October 29, 2010 4:05 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. TWO TO 1 Hey Gary…

  9. Annie Lennox Draws Upon Childhood for Christmas Album

    October 29, 2010 3:10 PM EDT A nnie Lennox was born on Christmas Day 1954-and her plans for a holiday album have been gestating almost ever since. "I remember hearing all these beautiful Christmas carols in choir when I was 6," she recalls with a laugh. Five decades on, the singer/songwriter, activist and '…

  10. Susan Boyle's 'Gift' Poised for More Modest Start Than Debut

    October 29, 2010 12:56 PM EDT T aylor Swift's blockbuster week may have raised the bar on album sales expectations, but the team behind Susan Boyle remains cautious in its projections for her imminent sophomore album. Taylor Swift on Track for Massive Billboard 200 Debut Boyle will release "The Gift" (Syco…

  11. Susan Boyle Gives Oprah's 'Biggest Performance Ever'

    October 20, 2010 12:58 PM EDT P erforming for the Pope was a huge accomplishment for Susan Boyle , but on yesterday's (Oct. 19) episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the singer gave what Oprah called the biggest performance the show has ever seen. Video: Susan Boyle Performs "Don't Dream It's…

  12. Elton John: Today's Songwriters 'Pretty Awful'

    October 19, 2010 11:30 AM EDT British singer Elton John described today's songwriters as "pretty awful," pop music as uninspiring and talent shows like "American Idol" as boring in an interview published on Tuesday. The 63-year-old singer of "Your Song" and "Candle in the Wind,"…

  13. Billboard Bits: Eve Announces New Album, Susan Boyle Stopping By 'Oprah'

    October 18, 2010 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Eve Announces Date for New Album After multiple delays, Eve 's forthcoming album "Lip Lock," has been given a March 11 release date on EMI records. The rapper says that the album is "definitely…

  14. Extreme Makeovers: Billboard Charts Edition, Part 2

    October 13, 2010 11:15 AM EDT In recent years, from songs performed by "American Idol" contestants to tracks that have spurred the "Glee" cast's assault on Billboard's record books , inventive remakes have regularly infused the Hot 100. Most notably, the "Glee" ensemble has covered…

  15. Bristol Palin Foxtrots to Bruno Mars on 'Dancing with the Stars'

    October 05, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Last night (Oct. 4) the cast members of "Dancing With The Stars" waltzed, sambaed and foxtrotted their way through the third round of competition. The challenge put before all couples for this round of elimination was to tell a story through their dances -- and as usual some were…

  16. Billboard Bits: Black Eyed Peas Mark Date for 'The Beginning,' Susan Boyle Cancels 'DWTS' Appearance

    October 04, 2010 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Black Eyed Peas Announce Nov. 30 Release of 'The Beginning' The Black Eyed Peas will follow last year's chart-topping "The E.N.D." with "The Beginning," their new album slated for…

  17. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Expected to Lead 2011 Grammy Nominations

    October 01, 2010 12:08 PM EDT The nominees for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards won't officially be revealed until tonight (Dec. 1) at 10pm EST at the Recording Academy's annual nominations special, broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia in Los Angeles. But we have a pretty good idea about who is likely to get the…

  18. Billboard Bits: Susan Boyle Stalked, Eminem Challenged to Fight by Nick Cannon

    September 27, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Susan Boyle Pestered By Stalker Susan Boyle has been hounded by a stalker who managed to get the singer's personal phone number. According to Boyle's brother Gerry, the crazed fan is "calling Susan…

  19. Will Kanye, Susan Boyle or Taylor Swift Rule the Holiday Season?

    September 27, 2010 9:34 AM EDT The fate of music retailers' holiday sales season may rest not with a country-crossover auteur or a hip-hop oversharer or even the King of Pop, but with a momsy 50-year-old Scot drawn to show tunes. Yes, Taylor Swift and Kanye West will release chart-topping new albums, and a posthumous…

  20. Susan Boyle's 'The Gift' Already a Best Seller

    September 24, 2010 2:40 PM EDT Although Susan Boyle announced the Nov. 9 release of her second album "The Gift" only three days ago, the set has already shot to No. 1 on Amazon's Bestsellers chart based on pre-order sales. The singer's sophomore effort reached the top spot on Wednesday (Sept. 22) in its…

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