1. Linkin Park Squeaks By Maroon 5, Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 04, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Maybach Music Group, R. Kelly Also Score Top 5 Debuts As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be…

  2. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Tops Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs

    July 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Plus, Beloved veteran acts Whitney Houston, the Beach Boys and Cyndi Lauper make chart returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  3. Madonna Rules Billboard.com's 2012 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 02, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Madonna proved to be 2012's ultimate pop star in Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which let fans weigh in on their favorite artists, songs, albums and performances of the first half of this year. After voting ended on Friday (June 29) and the hundreds of thousands of…

  4. Ask Billboard: Oh, Canada Is Taking Over U.S. Charts

    July 02, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Before Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen, when had two Canadians last ruled the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously? Plus, updates on ELO and Adele. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music…

  5. Carly Rae Jepsen Finally Pays 'Call' to Social 50, Despite Single's Ubiquity

    June 29, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen finally creeps her way onto the Billboard Social 50 chart this week with a No. 44 debut. The arrival comes after she performed on and won Video of the Year at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards on June 17. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo,…

  6. Carly Rae Jepsen Q&A: 'My Life Has Changed In Every Way'

    June 25, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Read the online-exclusive Q&A from the Billboard cover story on Carly Rae Jepsen At age 26, Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen has turned heads by storming the U.S. pop charts with her indelible hit single "Call Me Maybe," which recently celebrated its second week at No…

  7. Carly Rae Jepsen: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 25, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Read an excerpt from Billboard's cover story on the 'Call Me Maybe' phenomenon "It's been a cool day today," Carly Rae Jepsen , calling in from Los Angeles, says casually. "I ran into RedFoo from LMFAO at the airport, and we've been writing a song…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Usher, LMFAO, Grouplove

    June 22, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Usher helped popularize Justin Bieber ... who helped Carly Rae Jepsen reach No. 1. A star's endorsement can work wonders. This week, 'PARTY ROCK' ON: LMFAO 's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, holds at No. 45 in its 65th week on the Hot…

  9. Chris Brown, Drake Club Brawl Causes Social 50 Chart Gains

    June 22, 2012 4:20 PM EDT It's no coincidence that both Drake and Chris Brown received significant online gains this week as news that the two and their respective camps were involved in an altercation at a nightclub in New York. The pair rises 28-20 and 18-12 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, respectively.…

  10. Carly Rae Jepsen Continues New Artists' Dominance Atop Hot 100

    June 20, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Jepsen, Gotye and fun. are the first trio of new acts to top the Hot 100 consecutively in 35 years Carly Rae Jepsen spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her first entry on the ranking, "Call Me Maybe." As the song follows previous leaders "Somebody That I…

  11. Poll: Billboard.com's 2012 Mid-Year Music Awards

    June 19, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Amazingly enough, 2012 will be halfway done in less than two weeks' time -- and the first six months of this year have offered some unforgettable moments in popular music. So far, 2012 has seen Nicki Minaj , Justin Bieber and Carrie Underwood come back in big ways; boy bands brought us…

  12. Ask Billboard: Is Madonna Ready to 'Turn Up the Radio'?

    June 19, 2012 6:05 AM EDT A look at Madonna's next potential single, the significance of Carly Rae Jepsen's new No. 1 and Billboard's Bubbling Under chart. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings,…

  13. GZA, of Montreal, Jens Lekman Rock Northside Festival

    June 18, 2012 1:05 PM EDT For the fourth year, an onslaught of bands and fans descended upon Brooklyn's Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods for the Northside Festival for four days of non-stop shows featuring bills filled with recognizable names and promising young guns. Northside now includes film, art,…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billboard Hot 100, where her "Call Me Maybe…

  15. The 10 Best 'Call Me Maybe' Covers

    June 14, 2012 3:00 PM EDT With Carly Rae Jepsen's hit at No. 1 on the Hot 100, we've rounded up a list of the most entertaining "Call Me Maybe" viral videos the Internet has to offer. After months of covers, flashmobs and radio play, Carly Rae Jepsen has finally dethroned Gotye to take the top spot…

  16. Carly Rae Jepsen, Scooter Braun Talk Hot 100 Coronation

    June 13, 2012 4:25 PM EDT The singer and record executive share a 'wonderful feeling' after her ascension to No. 1 (Update: Jepsen's manager was previously misidentified. She is managed Jonathan Simkin.) Carly Rae Jepsen and Scooter Braun, founder of her imprint Schoolboy Records, are basking in the…

  17. Carly Rae Jepsen Hits No. 1: 'Call' Connects Atop Hot 100

    June 13, 2012 11:15 AM EDT The singer is the first lead female artist to send her first Hot 100 entry to No. 1 since Ke$ha Carly Rae Jepsen sends her pop culture juggernaut "Call Me Maybe" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Gotye 's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra ,…

  18. Justin Bieber Goes Dubstep with 'As Long as You Love Me': Listen

    June 11, 2012 8:31 PM EDT Justin Bieber continues to showcase his evolving musical style with each new track, debuting the dubstep-heavy "As Long As You Love Me" on Monday. "As Long As You Love Me" is the latest song to be released off his upcoming "Believe," due out on June 19. The track…

  19. Chart Highlights: Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Songs With 'Good Girl'

    June 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Underwood's 'Good Girl' is better than good: it's the new No. 1 on Country Songs. Plus, fellow former 'American Idol' queen Kelly Clarkson tops AC and One Direction rules Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  20. Gary Barlow's Diamond Jubilee Album Tops U.K. Chart

    June 04, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Other Big Debuts Include Releases From Rumor, Scissor Sisters Gary Barlow of Take That scored an instant U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (June 3) with his Diamond Jubilee-inspired project with the Commonwealth Band, "Sing." East London electronic quartet Rudimental debuted atop the…

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