1. 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…

  2. 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,"…

  3. '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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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 [email protected] . 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…

  7. May 21, 2009

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Lou Pearlman, manager of the Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding. 2008 – David Cook wins Season Seven of “American Idol.” David…

  8. Matt Giraud Exits 'Idol'

    April 30, 2009 7:25 AM EDT The judges could not save Matt Giraud again on Wednesday as "American Idol" fans eliminated the singer by casting the fewest votes for him this week based on his rendition of "My Funny Valentine." Giraud, 23, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was on the brink of elimination two…

  9. Double Elimination On 'Idol' As Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai Exit

    April 23, 2009 8:37 AM EDT Two of the seven remaining finalists on TV's "American Idol," Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai, were sent home on Wednesday when fans cast the fewest votes for their performances during the hit talent show's disco-themed week. Rounds, who sang "I'm Every Woman,"…

  10. Matt Giraud Spared, Miley Cyrus Appeared on 'American Idol'

    April 16, 2009 12:55 AM EDT The four "American Idol" judges used their one-time-only veto power on Wednesday to spare Matt Giraud from being sent home after the hit talent show's fans cast the fewest votes for his performance of "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" "Matt, it's good…

  11. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Hough, Barack Obama, Darius Rucker

    March 19, 2009 3:05 PM EDT MOST 'WANTED' : Kelly Clarkson's fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 255,000, granting the original "American Idol" her second chart-topper. She first reigned with her 2003 debut, "Thankful," which…

  12. Clay Aiken Parts Ways With RCA

    February 20, 2009 11:28 AM EST Season two "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken has parted ways with RCA. A source tells Billboard Aiken left the label a couple of months ago, on the heels of his 2008 album, "On My Way Here." That set sold just 159,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen…

  13. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the all-time record by teleporting 97-1 with …

  14. Chart Beat: Bruce Springsteen, Lil Wayne, John Rich

    February 05, 2009 8:55 AM EST ‘WORKING’ FOR A LIVING: It’s a familiar story: Bruce Springsteen releases a new album; Bruce Springsteen adds another No. 1 album to his career total. It doesn’t happen every time but his batting average is not bad at all: “Working on a Dream” (Columbia) is the Boss’ ninth No. 1 out of 28…

  15. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, 'At Last,' Coldplay

    January 29, 2009 5:49 PM EST THIS IS YOUR 'LIFE': For the second time in her career, Kelly Clarkson sets the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on the Hot 100. This week she does it with a 97-1 bound for "My Life Would Suck Without You" (RCA), narrowly surpassing the 96-1 jump Britney Spears'…

  16. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, T.I.

    December 11, 2008 12:29 PM EST CIRCUSES : Britney Spears has the highest-debuting song of her career, thanks to the No. 3 bow of “Circus” (Jive) on The Billboard Hot 100. This latest single wrests the title from Spears’ first chart entry, “…Baby One More Time,” which opened at No. 17 the week of Nov. 21, 1998. Those doing…

  17. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Dylan, Lindsay Lohan

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson and more! A HIT, ONE MORE TIME: For the second week in a row, the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 has been broken. Just seven days ago, I was writing about T.I. and Rihanna racing…

  18. Chart Beat: T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler and more! T.I., T.I., OH!: In a very newsy chart week, one newsmaker stands out above the rest: T.I. rewrites chart history, not only replacing himself at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 but replacing himself as the artist…

  19. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  20. Clay Aiken To 'People': 'Yes, I'm Gay'

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Clay Aiken is finally confirming what many people already knew: He's gay. The cover of the latest People magazine shows Aiken holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: "Yes, I'm Clay Aiken is finally confirming what many people already knew: He's gay.…

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