1. Oct. 5, 2002: Kelly Clarkson Scores First 'American Idol' No. 1

    October 05, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Ten years ago today, an 'Idol' alum reigned for the first time. Ten years ago today, an "American Idol" contestant crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, as original series champion Kelly Clarkson blasted from No. 52 to No. 1 with coronation ballad "A…

  2. Chart Highlights: Ke$ha, Rihanna Blast Back Onto Pop Songs

    October 01, 2012 3:05 PM EDT The singers soar onto the chart, which Maroon 5 leads with 'One More Night.' Also: new No. 1s for Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons and Carlos Vives. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  3. Craig Morgan and Friends Team Up for 'Billy's Place'

    August 15, 2012 11:20 AM EDT This past weekend was a big one for Craig Morgan, who hosted his 6th annual Charity Weekend for Billy's Place in Dickson, Tennessee. The event kicked off on Saturday with a motocross exhibition followed by a group trail ride and lunch that featured some of the top riders in the sport.…

  4. Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Fests: Avett Brothers, Grace Potter + More

    August 02, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Reflecting the diversity of music enjoyed by country music fans and the band's own popularity, Zac Brown Band has unveiled lineups for their two Southern Ground Music & Food Festivals, set for Nashville's Riverfront Park this Sept. 21-22, and returning to Charleston, S.C.'s…

  5. Usher's 'Confessions' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    July 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Usher's 2004 "Confessions" album hits a milestone sales achievement this week, surpassing 10 million in U.S. sales according to Nielsen SoundScan. The feat is notable in that it is only the 19th album to sell 10 million since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. In the week…

  6. Craig Morgan Nearly Hung It Up Before 'This Ole Boy'

    June 27, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Country Star Talks 'Finicky Business,' New Label & Small Screen Success on 'All Access Outdoors' It's been a great year for Craig Morgan , and we're only halfway through it. The country star hit the top 15 on the Country Songs chart with "This Ole Boy,…

  7. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Dee Snider (Exclusive Video)

    June 26, 2012 9:05 AM EDT The Twisted Sister frontman discusses 'Rock of Ages,' his new Broadway covers album and 'Celebrity Apprentice' (and doesn't pull any punches). No Billboard employees were harmed in the making of this interview. "In the '80s, if you had said I would've…

  8. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith, Rihanna

    June 01, 2012 9:05 PM EDT Phillips' 'Home' is the 30th song by an 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As his "Home" debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 , 2012 "American Idol" victor Phillip Phillips becomes the series' 13th…

  10. Phillip Phillips Makes 'Idol' History as 'Home' Sells 278,000 Downloads

    May 30, 2012 4:15 PM EDT "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips earns the highest debut on the Digital Songs chart this week as his "Home" bows at No. 2 with 278,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Even better: It's the second-best digital sales week ever for any "Idol…

  11. Adam Lambert Snags First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as Adam Lambert 's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week's leader, Carrie Underwood 's …

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: LMFAO, 'The Voice,' Dee Snider

    May 18, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 'Party' on! LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' is just the ninth single to spend at least 60 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 For an act that's sorry for party rocking, it continues to do a lot of it. 'THE VOICE' IS HEARD: Six songs performed on the May 7 live…

  13. Dee Snider on Broadway Album: 'Career Suicide or Brilliance'

    May 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Dee Snider recently unveiled the first video from "Dee Does Broadway," his album of show tunes, which Razor & Tie released on May 8 . The video is for "Mack the Knife," the English language translation of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's "Moritat" from …

  14. Bubbling Under: Aubrey O'Day Is Having a 'Ball' Solo

    May 04, 2012 10:05 AM EDT This week, Chart Beat premieres "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up first: Aubrey O'Day, Cazwell, Rhett Akins and Brandon Hines. Former Danity Kane member Aubrey O'Day (above, right, with "…

  15. Creed's Mark Tremonti Releasing Solo Debut

    April 26, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Guitarist Mark Tremonti will step out from behind the axe on solo debut "All I Was" this summer. The longtime Creed and Alter Bridge musician's new project, bowing under the name Tremonti, is due July 10. It'll see release on his own Fret 12 Records, a label founded with…

  16. Carrie Underwood: Billboard Cover Story

    April 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Few female vocalists in any genre can boast a more stylistically diverse résumé than Carrie Underwood . In the past year alone, she's scored a No. 1 country hit with pal Brad Paisley , partnered with rock icon Steven Tyler for top-rated CMT show "Crossroads" and performed with…

  17. Musicians Hit Sour Note on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    April 02, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider fired and Aubrey O'Day storms off, leaving Clay Aiken the show's lone survivor (maybe?) among musical acts. Sunday night will go down as the day the music (maybe/mostly) died on the 2012 season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice," as Debbie…

  18. Rihanna Has 'Pitch Problems,' Says Clay Aiken

    March 30, 2012 1:50 PM EDT The 'American Idol' runner-up also dished on his recent plastic surgery During an appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken sat down with Jenna Jameson and host Andy Cohen for a quick, controversial segment. When…

  19. Creed's Next Album A Return To Classic Sound, Says Guitarist

    March 26, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Mark Tremonti has projects coming up with both of his bands -- Creed and Alter Bridge -- as well as a solo album. But he promises he's not getting confused. "I've always just felt I've got a lot of material," the guitarist tells Billboard.com, "and a lot if it…

  20. Ask Billboard: What Are the Billboard 200's Longest-Charting Albums Ever?

    March 19, 2012 5:15 PM EDT A look at the chart's history reveals that Johnny Mathis and Metallica aren't so different after all. Plus, analysis of Alanis Morissette's sales and the new On-Demand Songs chart. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts,…

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