1. My Morning Jacket Having a Blast with Fan-Curated Set Lists

    August 15, 2012 2:10 PM EDT My Morning Jacket 's Spontaneous Curation Series for its summer tour has shaken the band out of some "habits" it had grown into. The series allows fans to help put together each show's set list, with MMJ's official fan club members picking the opening songs and others…

  2. 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…

  3. Lil Kim Brings Out Missy Elliott, Eve For NYC Show

    May 19, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Last night (May 18), Lil' Kim brought her "Return of the Queen" tour to Bronx's Paradise Theater for a comeback show that promised surprise guests as well as billed opening acts Saigon , Papoose , Cassidy and Shyheim. Her rolodex still runs deep, with rappers including…

  4. Spotlight: Jason Cassidy Connects With 'What If'

    March 28, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Texan Jason Cassidy has steadily been building a fan following in the Lone Star State for quite some time. The singer is beginning to reap some of the rewards for the long years of hard work that he has put into his career. His latest A-Blake Records single, "What If," has been…

  5. Ask Billboard: Say Good 'Night' to Gaga's Streak?

    January 15, 2012 6:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. We'll take a…

  6. Rick Ross & Wale: The Billboard Cover Story, Part II

    November 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST The latest issue of Billboard features an in-depth look at the partnership of Rick Ross and Wale , hip-hop's latest odd couple who joined forces on Maybach Music Group and have created a buzz online, on the radio, and on the Billboard 200 albums chart. See how Wale went from written-off…

  7. Michael Bolton: Recording Duets Album was 'Like Giving Birth 21 Times'

    July 07, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Michael Bolton says his latest album, "Gems -- The Duets Collection," was "like giving birth 21 times or something." And it wasn't initially planned as a duets album, either. Bolton tells Billboard.com that he was thinking duets would comprise "maybe half"…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Pitbull, Jill Scott, Weird Al Yankovic

    June 30, 2011 7:55 PM EDT PET SOUNDS: Dog days are just beginning atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as Pitbull celebrates his first No. 1 with "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor…

  9. John Rich Wins 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    May 23, 2011 8:22 AM EDT Country singer John Rich went all the way on "The Celebrity Apprentice," claiming victory and $250,000 for charity. He was up against actress Marlee Matlin on Sunday's finale of the NBC reality show. Host Donald Trump said it was his toughest "Apprentice" ruling yet. …

  10. Adele Smashes Madonna's U.K. Chart Record in 10th Week at No. 1

    April 04, 2011 8:20 AM EDT With XL Recordings' Adele continuing to rewrite the U.K. album sales record book, Jennifer Lopez scored her third No. 1 single in the territory yesterday (Sunday) with "On The Floor" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Pitbull . Adele's current release "21" achieved…

  11. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

  12. Adele Stays Strong on U.K. Album Chart

    February 14, 2011 10:00 AM EST A dele 's "21" (XL Recordings) sold another 130,000 units last week to win a third week atop the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Jessie J 's "Price Tag" (Lava/Universal Island), featuring B.o.B. , started a second week at No. 1 in the singles chart. The…

  13. Jessie J Earns No. 1 U.K. Single with 'Price Tag'

    February 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST British pop-R&B breakthrough artist Jessie J scored her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday as "Price Tag" (Lava/Universal Island), featuring B.o.B , debuted at the top. Adele 's "21" (XL Recordings) started a second week atop the album chart. Jessie J will be the…

  14. Trent Reznor: Oscar Nom 'Amazing and Flattering'

    January 25, 2011 6:10 PM EST "Completely surreal" is how composer Trent Reznor describes his best original score nom for "The Social Network," adding that he almost missed the announcement thanks to some technical difficulties at home. "It was panic this morning because somehow my internet and TV…

  15. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha, Band-Aid, Eddie Murphy

    December 17, 2010 4:05 PM EST 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. SHOCK AND AWARDS…

  16. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites like 'Baby, It's Cold Outside."…

  17. David Cassidy Arrested for DUI

    November 04, 2010 1:45 PM EDT Former "Partridge Family" heartthrob David Cassidy has been charged with driving under the influence in Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol says his car was stopped around 6 p.m. Wednesday for weaving and nearly causing an accident. Cassidy told a trooper that he had a glass of wine…

  18. Lil Jon, Meat Loaf Sell Pizzas in New York

    October 19, 2010 6:25 PM EDT M eat Loaf , Lil Jon , Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and John Rich of country duo Big & Rich were among the celebrities selling pies at Famiglia's Pizza in downtown New York on Tuesday (Oct. 19). The stunt, which attracted a growing crowd of onlookers throughout the day, was part of a…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a lead artist, following his turn as a…

  20. 'Glee' Cast Has Big Plans for Summer Vacation; Matthew Morrison to Record Solo LP

    June 07, 2010 2:28 PM EDT The "Glee" cast may have a summer break from shooting and touring, but that doesn't mean they're taking it easy. Matthew Morrison, who stars as earnest, upbeat glee club coach Will Schuester on the hit Fox series, planned to spend part of June in London working on his…

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