1. Weekly Chart Notes: Britney Spears, 'Country Strong,' Louis C.K.

    January 20, 2011 2:05 PM EST AND THE BRITNEY SONG IS ON: (To paraphrase Yoji "Pop" Asano, whose take on Miley Cyrus ' "Party in the U.S.A." proved one of the many highlights of last night's "American Idol" 10th season premiere). Britney Spears expands the elite group of chart…

  2. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 2003

    July 13, 2010 1:05 PM EDT B'DAY: Seven years ago this week, Beyonce bounded to her first solo No. 1s on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. The singer jumped 3-1 on the Hot 100 dated July 12, 2003, with "Crazy in Love," featuring then-future husband Jay-Z . On the Billboard 200 the same week,…

  3. Clay Aiken Ready For Tour, Would Return to 'Idol' As Judge

    June 23, 2010 12:32 PM EDT "American Idol's" second season runner-up Clay Aiken has his own idea of what the show should do to replace departing judge Simon Cowell. "I've always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who's a former contestant and knows what it&…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, "Glee"

    June 10, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 'CALIFORNIA' COASTS TO NO. 1: As previously reported , Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rises 2-1 in its fourth week on the chart. Perry'…

  5. Chart Beat Wednesday: Ke$ha, Phil Collins, Phoenix

    June 09, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ADDICTED TO 'LOVE': Ke$ha becomes the fifth female artist since the beginning of 2000, and the third in the last two years, to earn at least two No. 1s from a debut album on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as "Your Love Is My Drug," the third single from …

  6. Jack Johnson's "To The Sea" Sets Sail At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 09, 2010 11:00 AM EDT J ack Johnson claims his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "To The Sea" debuts atop the tally with 243,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album breaks an eight-week long streak of No. 1s selling less than 200,000 -- where five of those weeks were sub…

  7. "Idol" Chart Battle Of The Sexes

    May 25, 2010 1:05 PM EDT One Tuesday night TV mystery (sort of) down, two to go. Sunday night (May 23), ABC aired the heartwarming "Lost" series finale, a satisfying two-and-a-half hours, even if many of the island's questions remain unanswered. (It's a good bet that executive producers Carlton…

  8. Chart Beat Wednesday: B.o.B, Kris Allen, Blake Lewis

    May 12, 2010 1:55 PM EDT BOYS CLUB: B.o.B becomes the 12th solo male to lead Billboard's Pop Songs chart with a first entry, as "Nothin' on You," featuring Bruno Mars, rises 2-1. While eight male rookies ruled the list between the chart's inception in 1992 through 2008, B.o.B is the fourth…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Usher, will.i.am, B.o.B

    May 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT 'OMG,' FYI: Usher adds to his already impressive Billboard Hot 100 history, as "OMG," featuring will.i.am , flies 6-1. With the coronation, Usher ties for ninth-place among artists with the most leaders in the chart's almost 52-year history. Here is a look at the most…

  10. Chely Wright Comes Out As Country Music's First Openly Gay Singer

    May 04, 2010 2:19 PM EDT Growing online buzz and speculation came to a head this past weekend when it was revealed that country artist Chely Wright , 39, would announce that she is gay in this week's People Magazine. The move is obviously not without precedent; Ricky Martin came out in the same way just a month…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: B.o.B, Bobby & Billboard

    April 22, 2010 4:05 PM EDT NOTHING BEATS 'NOTHIN' ': As previously reported , B.o.B ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Nothin' On You," featuring Bruno Mars. The 21-year-old B.o.B, born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., is the just the fifth male rapper to take a maiden Hot 100 entry to No.…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: 'Hope' Helps Haiti

    January 28, 2010 6:55 PM EST HIGH 'HOPE': If an album is going to set a sales record, best that its proceeds go to charity . "Hope for Haiti Now" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to reign in the chart's history. All proceeds from the MTV Networks…

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Colbie Caillat, Sade

    December 10, 2009 5:29 PM EST 'LAST'-ING IMPRESSIONS: Although it has become a modern-day holiday standard - it ranks at No. 13 on this week's Holiday Songs chart, between carols by Paul McCartney and Gene Autry - Wham! 's "Last Christmas" never charted on the Billboard Hot 100. It was…

  14. Dolly Parton Gets Big Buzz, Eminem Lyric Targets Adam Lambert

    December 08, 2009 2:38 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Dolly Parton is getting a lot of buzz this week after appearing on Carrie Underwood 's holiday special on Fix last night. At one point Underwood donned some, uh, enhancements to dress like the star. Adam Lambert is…

  15. 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…

  16. Chart Beat Wednesday: Britney By The Numbers

    October 14, 2009 5:16 PM EDT '3' IS THE NEW 1: As previously reported , Britney Spears ' "3" rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1. The song's arrival at the summit marks just the 15th song in the Hot 100's history to open at No. 1: Sept. 2, 1995, "You Are Not Alone,"…

  17. '3' To 1: Britney Beats Odds To Debut Atop Hot 100

    October 14, 2009 10:34 AM EDT Britney Spears becomes the first artist in over three years to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (Oct. 15), as "3" opens at the pinnacle of the chart. Her new track, a racy paean to the joys of three-way sex from the upcoming hits set "The Singles…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Barbra Streisand, Foreigner, Jay Sean

    October 08, 2009 5:07 PM EDT SUPER-STREIS-ED: This week's Billboard is 200 bursting with all kinds of records. Literally and figuratively. Dating to the chart's March 24, 1956, launch as a weekly survey, not until this week had eight titles debuted in the top 10. The entire chart's sum of 43 new entries…

  19. Chart Beat Wednesday: Madonna, Taylor Swift, Jim Brickman

    August 12, 2009 1:07 PM EDT 'CELEBRATION' CELEBRATION: Madonna extends her lead as the artist with the most hits in the history of Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Celebration" ignites at No. 29. The title cut from her third greatest hits collection, due Sept. 29, is her 56th entry.…

  20. Ask Billboard: Kelly Clarkson, UB40, LeAnn Rimes, Tim McGraw

    May 29, 2009 3:12 PM EDT 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. CUBAN STARS Hi Gary, Always a pleasure to read your column, one of the things…

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