1. Ke$ha Controls Hot 100 Summit For A Second Week

    December 31, 2009 8:00 AM EST As reported yesterday on Billboard. com , Ke$ha maintains her perch atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "TiK ToK" while setting the record for most single-week downloads by a female artist (610,000). The prior female mark was set by Lady Gaga 's "Just Dance…

  2. Amy Winehouse Charged in Alleged Theater Assault

    December 23, 2009 4:11 PM EST Amy Winehouse was charged Wednesday in connection with an assault at a theater, police said. The 26-year-old soul diva was arrested after she presented herself at a police station with her lawyer, Thames Valley Police said in a statement. She was charged with a public order offense and common…

  3. Ask Billboard: "Idol" Worship

    December 04, 2009 4:55 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CHARTING THE DECADE Dear Gary, Hope you're well. I was just wondering…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

    December 03, 2009 2:45 PM EST NEW 'MOON': With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles , one of the chart's landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd 's "Dark Side of the Moon" re-enters the chart for the first time…

  5. Montgomery Gentry Back In The Studio

    November 03, 2009 1:09 PM EST After spinning off a couple of No. 1 country singles from the 2008 "Back When I Knew It All," Montgomery Gentry is finishing work on the duo's seventh studio album. The set is due in early 2010, with a first single expected to be released shortly. "We've got all the…

  6. Saving Abel Road-Testing New Songs, Album Due In 2010

    November 02, 2009 2:26 PM EST S aving Abel could "put out a new album today if we wanted to," according to drummer Blake Dixon. But the Mississippi hard rockers plan to do some more work before finishing their sophomore effort -- and follow-up their gold-certified 2008 debut -- for release during the first half…

  7. Michael Jackson Doc Adds Advanced Screenings

    September 22, 2009 9:50 AM EDT Michael Jackson just moonwalked back in time a few hours. Movie theaters will show the Jackson musical documentary "This Is It" as early as 9 p.m. PT on Oct. 27. Sony still has the Kenny Ortega-helmed pic officially slotted to open for a two-week run in more than 3,000 theaters on…

  8. Miranda Lambert , "Revolution"

    September 18, 2009 2:05 PM EDT Miranda Lambert has grown up. The angry young woman who famously sang about setting kerosene fires and waiting with a loaded gun for her abusive beau has found love with new boyfriend Blake Shelton , and it's reflected on the diverse "Revolution." The song "Makin'…

  9. Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary Dead At 72

    September 17, 2009 8:26 AM EDT Mary Travers, one-third of the popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary who were perhaps best known for their hit "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," died in a Connecticut hospital after battling leukemia for several years. She was 72. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, said…

  10. Amy Winehouse Acquitted Of Assault In Britain

    July 24, 2009 9:20 AM EDT A judge acquitted Amy Winehouse on Friday of assaulting a fan who asked to take her picture. District Judge Timothy Workman found the 25-year-old singer not guilty of punching dancer Sherene Flash in the eye after the fan asked to take her picture following a charity ball in September.…

  11. Amy Winehouse, Blake Fielder-Civil Granted Divorce

    July 16, 2009 6:20 PM EDT Amy Winehouse 's tempestuous marriage ended Thursday when the singer and Blake Fielder-Civil were granted a divorce by a judge in London. A judge read out the divorce decree for "Fielder-Civil B. v Winehouse A.J." along with those of other estranged couples at a brief Family…

  12. Amy Winehouse, Blake Fielder-Civil Granted Divorce

    July 16, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Amy Winehouse's tempestuous marriage ended Thursday when the singer and Blake Fielder-Civil were granted a divorce by a judge in London. A judge read out the divorce decree for "Fielder-Civil B. v Winehouse A.J." along with those of other estranged couples at a brief Family…

  13. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 26, 2009 11:34 AM EDT Friends, music luminaries and fans from around the world and around the web reacted to the news of Michael Jackson's death on June 25 with thoughts on his life and legacy. "I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of…

  14. Lambert, Allen Ready For 'Idol' Finale

    May 18, 2009 7:55 AM EDT The final "American Idol" performance episode could be the weirdest concert ever televised. In one corner, there's over-the-top Adam Lambert, the dominating presence who transformed Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" into a sitar-infused spectacle and tackled "…

  15. Il Divo

    May 14, 2009 11:34 AM EDT <sub_headline>The quartet takes opera to the masses. <br /> </sub_headline> The opening chords are unmistakable. It's one of the most iconic British pop songs of the '80s, with some of the most peculiar lyrics ("Protect you from the hooded claw, keep the…

  16. Sonic Youth, Jesus Lizard Headed To Seattle's Captiol Hill Block Party

    April 28, 2009 12:19 PM EDT The Capitol Hill Block Party will return once again this summer in downtown Seattle on the weekend of July 24-25. Sonic Youth, the Jesus Lizard, the Gossip, Deerhunter, The Black Lips and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart anchor this year's lineup, which will feature over 40 acts. Early…

  17. Update: LA Jury Convicts Phil Spector In Murder Of Actress

    April 14, 2009 8:28 AM EDT Two trials involving one legendary music producer. The first jury couldn't reach an unanimous decision, but the second found Phil Spector guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Six years after Clarkson was found dead in the foyer of Spector's…

  18. Eminem, Lil Wayne: Billboard Bits

    April 07, 2009 12:31 PM EDT Eminem Premieres New Song, Video Eminem debuted the video to "We Made You," the first single off his forthcoming "Relapse" album, today (April 7) on MTV's "AMTV." The video, directed by Joseph Kahn, mercilessly spoofs a slew of celebrities, including Jessica…

  19. Chart Beat: Lady GaGa, "Now 30", Taylor Swift

    April 02, 2009 12:22 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. SPIN THOSE…

  20. Chart Beat: Flo Rida, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood

    April 01, 2009 1:18 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. GOING WITH…

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