1. 50 Years of AC: Vanilla Is Licking the Competition

    July 19, 2011 11:15 AM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said As music progresses - Bruno Mars ' "Just the Way You Are" taking its place at AC alongside Billy Joel 's - a constant has been the format's presentation between the songs. It doesn't play rap or hard rock, and doesn…

  2. Billboard Bits: Bette Midler Vs. Gaga, Take That Beats Springsteen's Tour Record

    July 18, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bette Midler Accuses Lady Gaga Of Stealing 'Mermaid in a Wheelchair' Routine Angry fans threw eggs at Lady Gaga when she went onstage in Sydney last week dressed as her alter-ego Yuyi, a mermaid in a…

  3. Lady Gaga, Coldplay Help iHeartRadio Fest Sell Out in Under 10 Minutes

    July 18, 2011 3:08 PM EDT A sold out music festival is a feat in itself; but to sell out in just 10 minutes is a feat the first ever iHeartRadio Music Festival can boast. The two-day concert, taking place in Las Vegas on Sept. 23 and 24, sold out within the first 10 minutes of being on sale to the general public this…

  4. Dom Kennedy Talks Upcoming Mixtape, DVD Project and Tupac's Legacy

    July 18, 2011 2:30 PM EDT "I feel like I haven't done 10 percent of what I could do," Dom Kennedy says. The Los Angeles rapper has put out six mixtapes in just three years, built a strong fan base and performed everywhere from Philly to Africa. He is known for his colorful videos, such as "…

  5. The Wombats Rock Jessie J

    July 18, 2011 10:25 AM EDT With a synth and guitars, The Wombats turn Jessie J 's poppy "Price Tag" into a Brit-rock confection in this week's Mashup Mondays installment. Photos: The Wombats' Mashup Behind-The-Scenes The Wombats at Billboard "We saw Jessie J perform at a TV show in France…

  6. Adele Replaces Beyonce Atop U.K. Album Chart

    July 18, 2011 10:17 AM EDT Adele 's "21" (XL Recordings) moved back to the top of the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as British boy band The Wanted scored their second No. 1 single in the territory with "Glad You Came" (Geffen/Universal). "21," already easily the U.K.'s…

  7. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 7/16/2011

    July 16, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @BrunoMars : @Billboarddotcom I've always wanted to…

  8. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 3

    July 15, 2011 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  9. 311 Find 'Freedom and Control' with No Major Label

    July 15, 2011 5:15 PM EDT This past January, 311 took a bold step: After nearly two decades on a major label, the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Omaha, Neb., reggae-rock quintet founded its own label, 311 Records. "We've realized we don't need a major label," vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum says. "As…

  10. Darren Hayes Talks Savage Garden's 'Truly' Big AC No. 1

    July 15, 2011 4:05 PM EDT In the 50-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary songs chart, which launched July 17, 1961, no other single is bigger than Savage Garden 's "Truly Madly Deeply." The 1998 hit from the pop duo ranks at No. 1 on the all-time top 50 AC songs list, besting the likes of…

  11. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever

    July 15, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Chart Article Obviously, people mock Adult Contemporary radio. It's called "vanilla" and bland. Tedious. Monotonic. Strictly for the elevator. We beg to differ: AC is absolutely captivating. And, to celebrate the chart's 50th anniversary, we've ranked its 50 biggest…

  12. 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,…

  13. Mathew Knowles: 'We Absolutely Have Not Taken Any Money From Beyonce'

    July 15, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Mathew Knowles insists he still has an amicable relationship with his daughter Beyonce - even though she dumped him as her manager two months ago - but is alleging that people close to her have tried to destroy his reputation with allegations that he stole from her. Knowles filed papers in a…

  14. Rihanna Takes Lady Gaga's Facebook Crown

    July 15, 2011 11:16 AM EDT Rihanna has overtaken Lady Gaga to become the most popular female artist on Facebook. According to social media statistics site Famecount.com , Rihanna passed Gaga early Thursday morning (July 14), with the Barbados native currently sitting at 40,598,000 Facebook fans compared to Gaga's…

  15. Bruno Mars: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 15, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "I don't know," says Bruno Mars , kicking back in the opulence of a penthouse suite at the five star Sanderson Hotel on London's West End, "if it ever goes down like this." The following day he'll play a blistering late-afternoon show to 64,000 sun-kissed…

  16. Taylor Swift Makes 'Sparks Fly' On Social 50 Chart

    July 14, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Taylor Swift flies up the Social 50, rising 21-14 following buzz generated by the news of her latest single, "Sparks Fly." Swift took to Facebook on July 5 to make the announcement. Currently, the song has 19,000 Facebook plays and 12,300 MySpace plays. One day later, news came that…

  17. Billboard Bits: Beyonce's 14K Shopping Spree, New Red Hot Chili Peppers Single

    July 14, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyoncé Spends $14,000 In 90 Minutes On London Shopping Spree When is it OK to drop more than $14,000 on clothes? When you're Beyoncé and you have 90 minutes to spare, apparently. The superstar went shopping…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Sherwood Schwartz

    July 14, 2011 4:55 PM EDT 'ROLLING' THUNDER: "Deep" has depth. With a title like "Rolling in the Deep," '21' = 20, '4' = 1: The dominance of "Rolling in the Deep" has helped Adele's parent album "21" remain in the top three of the Billboard 200…

  19. Chart Juice: Monica's First Single Debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Without Lil' Kim

    July 14, 2011 4:00 PM EDT One week after hitting the 'net, Monica 's first single, "Anything (To Find You)," featuring Rick Ross , debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 71. The track from Monica's upcoming seventh studio album, "New Life" (October 18), charts with Rick Ross as a…

  20. Adele's '21' Hits 1 Million Downloads, 'Rolling' is 2011's Best-Selling Song

    July 14, 2011 2:46 PM EDT Just a week after Eminem 's "Recovery" became the first album to sell 1 million digital downloads in the U.S., now Adele 's "21" has hit the milestone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, "21" goes further -- as it surpasses "Recovery's"…

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