1. David Cook Storms The Hot 100 At No. 3 With 'The Time Of My Life'

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “American Idol” champion David Cook. Hot Shot Debuts: There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “American Idol” champion David Cook. The rock…

  2. Chart Beat

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses David Cook, 'American Idol,' Jesse McCartney and more! MANY COOKS: David Cook may have dreamed big when he auditioned for "American Idol," but it's doubtful he ever envisioned having 11 songs debut on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, the highest number of…

  3. Lil Wayne Tops Hot 100 Amid 'Idol' Infusion

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne is No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Lollipop," amid the debut of 14 tracks from "American Idol" contestants David Cook (11) and David Archuleta (three). As previously re Lil Wayne is No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100 with "…

  4. Costello, The Roots Set For Whistler Music Festival

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello and the Imposters, the Roots and Broken Social Scene have been tapped for this year's inaugural Whistler Music Festival, to be held July 19-20 at Tube Park at Base II on the side of Bla Elvis Costello and the Imposters, the Roots and Broken Social Scene have been tapped…

  5. This Day in Music

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th annual Polar Music Prize on by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. The prestigious prize is presented du 2006 - Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th…

  6. Poll Recap

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Which tour or festival do you think will be the best show of the summer? Last week, we asked our readers: Which tour or festival do you think will be the best show of the summer? Here are the responses from the 1,662 respondents: Rothbury Festival near Detroit with Dave Matthews Band, John…

  7. Coldplay Is Hot Shot Debut On Billboard Hot 100

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. Hot Shot Debuts Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. The song is one of two Coldplay tracks to enter…

  8. Chart Beat

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart feats from Rihanna, Neil Diamond, New Kids On The Block and more! 'BOW' WOWS: It's getting to be a habit with Rihanna. Her "Take a Bow" (SRP/Def Jam) rockets 53-1 on the Hot 100, the third giant leap on that tally in her career. That's the…

  9. Rihanna Overtakes Leona Lewis On Hot 100

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here yesterday, Rihanna's "Take a Bow" makes a near-record-breaking jump on the Hot 100 this week to overtake Leona Lewis' four-week No. 1, "Bleeding Love." "Take a Bow" soars 53-1 thanks to As tipped here yesterday, Rihanna's "Take…

  10. Scooter Unseats Madonna On U.K. Album Chart

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German techno band Scooter scored a big upset on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 11), unseating Madonna's "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.) to debut at No. 1 with "Jumping All Over the World" (All A German techno band Scooter scored a big upset on the new U.K. album…

  11. Coldplay Sets Dates For Extensive Viva La Vida Tour

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's Viva La Vida world tour -- which will land in North America, Europe and Japan -- is set to begin at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center on June 29 and extend well into next year, Billboard.com c Coldplay's Viva La Vida world tour -- which will land in North America,…

  12. This Day in Music

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Performances from some of the world's most popular and influential bands highlight the conclusion of sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. A 2005 - Performances from some of the world's most popular and influential bands…

  13. Yorke: Radiohead's 'Rainbows' Strategy Was A 'One-Off'

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It was a pivotal moment for the music industry which many thought sounded the death knell for recorded music sales, but Radiohead won't be repeating their decision to let fans choose what to pay for t It was a pivotal moment for the music industry which many thought sounded the death…

  14. Coldplay Download Freebie Proves A Hit

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's free download offering proved to be no shrinking violet when it went live on the band's Web site today (April 29). Coldplay's free download offering proved to be no shrinking violet when it went live on the band's Web site today (April 29). The site slowed to a…

  15. Coldplay Prep Album With Free Download, Concerts

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay will allow fans a free download of the lead single from their upcoming fourth studio album "Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends." Starting tomorrow, the song "Violet Hill" will be avail Coldplay will allow fans a free download of the lead single from their…

  16. Chart Beat Chat

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Static Major, "Lollipop," "4 Minutes" and more. STATIC ON THE RADIO Fred, I am surprised that you did not mention Static Major in Chart Beat this week, since he is credited as a featured artist on Lil Wayne's "Lollipop." Steve …

  17. Live Nation To Announce Summer Tours

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, is expected to announce the bulk of its North American summer tours on Monday, a list that includes proven box office performers and artists who rare Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, is expected to announce the…

  18. Coldplay Indulges Experimentation On Fourth Album

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay lets its creative flag fly on its fourth studio album, "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," due June 17 via Capitol. "We're still obsessed with making songs that can be sung to the ra Coldplay lets its creative flag fly on its fourth studio album, "…

  19. The Billboard Q&A: Taylor Swift

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift has accomplished a lot for someone who turned 18 in December. Taylor Swift has accomplished a lot for someone who turned 18 in December. At 11 she was dropping off CDs of her singing to karaoke tracks to Nashville labels; at 14 she signed with Sony/ATV Tree Publishing; and at 16…

  20. Coldplay Reveals Album Title, Release Date

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's fourth album, "Viva la Vida," will arrive June 17 in North America via Capitol and a day earlier internationally, according to the band's spokesperson. Coldplay's fourth album, "Viva la Vida," will arrive June 17 in North America via Capitol and a…

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