1. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 01/03/11

    January 03, 2011 11:36 AM EST 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 !) @Kanye West : Fur Coats and shit... I KNOW YALL MISSED…

  2. Billboard Bits: System of a Down Announce Reunion, Kelly Osbourne Dresses Up Like Miley Cyrus

    December 23, 2010 4:55 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. System of a Down Announce 2011 Reunion After being defunct for over three years, hard rockers System of a Down has announced that they will return with new tour dates in 2011. In a new message on the band's…

  3. Garth Brooks Wows Nashville at First of Nine Benefit Concerts

    December 17, 2010 7:25 PM EST If Garth Brooks intended to pace himself at the first of nine sold out shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, that plan changed when he hit the stage for the 7PM Thursday night (Dec. 16) concert. From the moment he hit the stage, serving up the one-two punch of "Rodeo" and …

  4. Katy Perry's 'Firework' Clocks Second Week at No. 1 on Hot 100

    December 16, 2010 10:53 AM EST The spinning wheel atop the Billboard Hot 100 comes to a halt for the first time in almost two months, as "Firework" by Katy Perry spends a second consecutive week at No. 1. The track also leads Digital Songs for a third straight week with 201,000 downloads (down 5%), according to…

  5. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 2

    December 15, 2010 2:35 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  6. Ke$ha: Billboard's Q&A with the Hot 100 Artist of the Year

    December 10, 2010 10:00 AM EST "Sometimes I need to remind myself that 'TiK ToK' only went to No. 1 in January," Ke$ha says of her party-hearty electro-pop jam. "Because it kind of feels like it was 17 years ago." Photos: Behind-the-Scenes on Ke$ha's Billboard Cover Shoot Doesn't it,…

  7. Watch: Diddy Shows Fans 'His' New York

    December 09, 2010 2:05 PM EST D iddy is back in New York and making that interesting web content. And by "interesting" we mean that he has truly lost his mind. In his latest effort to promote the new Diddy-Dirty Money album "Last Train to Paris," which will be released Dec. 14, Diddy hung out near his…

  8. Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"

    December 03, 2010 4:19 PM EST With debut album "19," Adele displayed an understanding of the importance of a sweeping chorus: Well-written ballads like "Chasing Pavements" and "Hometown Glory" became outstanding when their powerful hooks unfolded. "Rolling in the Deep," the first…

  9. Sylvia Tosun, "Above All"

    December 03, 2010 4:00 PM EST There aren't many Juilliard-trained sopranos releasing dance records, and Sylvia Tosun 's "Above All" is all the more listenable because of that uniqueness. The songwriter and former Trans-Siberian Orchestra vocalist specializes in traditionally arranged cuts that recall…

  10. Fergie Q&A: Billboard's Woman of the Year 2010

    December 03, 2010 11:32 AM EST By the time she turned 27, Stacy Ann Ferguson had spent two years as the voice of Sally in animated "Peanuts" features, six years belting out perky, inspirational covers on the children's TV show "Kids Incorporated," 10 years chasing fame as a bottle blonde in the R…

  11. John Lennon's 'I'm Only Sleeping' Lyrics Headed to Auction

    November 23, 2010 10:30 AM EST J ohn Lennon 's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song "I'm Only Sleeping" will go on sale next month, Bonhams auctioneers said on Tuesday. The lyrics, appearing on the back of a letter chasing payment for a radiophone bill, are expected to fetch 250-350,000 pounds ($400…

  12. Nicki Minaj Does MTV Doc, MAC Lipstick, Wendy Williams

    November 18, 2010 1:12 PM EST On the eve of the release of her highly-anticipated "Pink Friday" debut album (Nov. 22), MTV has announced the premiere of an hour-long documentary about Nicki Minaj 's road to success titled "My Time Now." The clip will air on MTV on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 10pm ET/PT.…

  13. Christina Aguilera Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    November 15, 2010 6:42 PM EST It's no Mickey Mouse thing. Christina Aguilera has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With some 1,000 fans jamming a Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk to watch, Aguilera gushed with delight Monday as the star was unveiled in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. "Oh my goodness! How amazing it…

  14. Nicki Minaj: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 12, 2010 2:20 PM EST On the surface, Nicki Minaj is a cartoon: a vivacious, va-va-va-voom 26-year-old girly girl with a fondness for silly voices, hip-hugging Barbie-doll costumes, anime facial expressions and day-glo accessories. But three years ago, Minaj, born Onika Maraj and raised in Jamaica, Queens, was…

  15. Chris Brown Settles Lawsuit With Photographer

    November 09, 2010 4:20 PM EST Court records show a photographer has settled his lawsuit against Chris Brown claiming the singer's bodyguards injured him. Robert Rosen sued in May 2009, claiming he was seriously hurt at a gym after being chased by Brown's bodyguards after snapping photos of the R&B singer.…

  16. What Taylor Swift's Million-Selling Album Means for Music

    November 05, 2010 1:10 PM EDT The extraordinary first-week sales for Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" have struck at the heart of ironclad assumptions that had risen among beleaguered recording industry executives. No way an album could still sell a million U.S. units in its first week? "Speak Now"…

  17. Rock Mafia Recruits Miley Cyrus For 'The Big Bang' Video

    November 02, 2010 4:50 PM EDT Welcome to the latest stop on Miley Cyrus 's path to prove that she's a fully grown woman and ensure that she is never called Hannah Montana again. In her most recent endeavor, Cyrus is playing video star for the Rock Mafia song, "The Big Bang." Video: Rock Mafia, "…

  18. Steven Van Zandt, 'Sopranos' Creator David Chase Reunite for Rock Movie

    October 15, 2010 1:30 PM EDT David Chase has gotten the band together, and it's turned into a reunion tour. The writer-director has been on a nationwide search for young, relative unknowns to star in his untitled rock 'n' roll coming-of-age film, and he's found them in John Magaro, Jack Huston and…

  19. Daft Punk's 'Tron: Legacy' - First Listen

    September 30, 2010 7:08 AM EDT Disney previewed two of their most anticipated movies of the holiday season Wednesday (Sept. 29), giving press and employees a look at the scenes and sounds from the still-under-construction "Tron: Legacy" and "Tangled." (Watch out, movie fans: spoilers ahead.) At an event…

  20. 21 Under 21: Never Shout Never

    September 23, 2010 12:13 PM EDT No. 17: Never Shout Never Birthday: Christofer Drew Ingle: February 11, 1990 (age 20) Why He's Hot: Thousands of unknown musicians drop their music on the Internet, praying to get discovered. Not all of them wind up cracking the Billboard Top 20 three years later. But that's what…

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