1. Michael Jackson Cameo Shocks Akon Songwriter

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Claude Kelly wrote the recently leaked Akon song "Hold My Hand" featuring Michael Jackson, but he confesses hearing the legendary singer's voice on the track the first Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Claude Kelly wrote the recently leaked Akon…

  2. 'High School Musical 4' Already In The Works

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even before "High School Musical 3" hits movie theaters in the fall, Disney Channel is starting work on "High School Musical 4." Even before "High School Musical 3" hits movie theaters in the fall, Disney Channel is starting work on "High School Musical 4.…

  3. MMW Plotting Three Records, Summer Camp

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Feeling free from the confines of traditional label standards of write, release, tour, jazz-fusion trio Medeski Martin and Wood have slated three unique albums for 2008, with the material being writte Feeling free from the confines of traditional label standards of write, release, tour, jazz…

  4. Tunes On TV

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television for the week of September 3 - 9. MONDAY, Sept. 3 "The Daily Habit," FUEL Featured artist(s): The Cribs. "Justin Timberlake: FutureSex / LoveShow," HBO Featured artist(s): Justin Timberlake. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured…

  5. 'High School Musical 2' Blasts In At No. 1

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With the second biggest first-week sales tally of the year, the soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical 2" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The set sold 615,000 copies in the United States acco With the second biggest first-week sales tally of the year, the soundtrack to…

  6. 'High School Musical' Kids Soaking Up Success

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The "High School Musical" kids were expecting big things for the just-premiered "High School Musical 2." But they weren't taking the big ratings for granted, either. Now, the accompanying soundtrack l The "High School Musical" kids were expecting big things…

  7. Music On TV Aug. 20-26

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television listings from Aug. 20-26. MONDAY, Aug. 20 "The Sauce," FUSE Featured Artist(s): Silverstein, Luis Guzman. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s): The New Pornographers, Jeff Goldblum, Hayden Panettiere. "The Tonight Show with…

  8. Chart Beat

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses American Idols, Rihanna, the Beach Boys and more! 'UMBRELLA' REIGNS: When Rihanna leapt 34-1 with "SOS" in May 2006, it was the second-biggest move to No. 1 in the history of The Billboard Hot 100. This week, the Barbadian-born singer takes an even bigger…

  9. Ne-Yo Scores Second No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo scores his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Because of You" enters at the summit. Amid a heavy week for new releases, the Def Jam set moved 251,000 copies in the United States, accord Ne-Yo scores his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Because of You…

  10. Chart Beat

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Akon, Tim McGraw, Elton John and more! AKON BREAKING CHART: Akon is the first artist to hold down the top two spots on The Billboard Hot 100 since... well, Akon. His "Don't Matter" (Konvict/Upfront) remains No. 1 for a second week, while "The Sweet Escape…

  11. Chart Beat

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Avril Lavigne, Chris Daughtry, Top Blues Albums and more! IF YOU WISHED 'GIRLFRIEND' WAS HOT: Like me, you might have expected a high debut on The Billboard Hot 100 this week for Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" (RCA), based on a high volume of digital…

  12. Chart Beat

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses song titles with celebrity names, Pat Boone, Norah Jones and more! CULT OF PERSONALITY: What do Johnny Cash, Jane Fonda, Grace Kelly and Tim McGraw have in common? They're all on the Billboard charts this week -- not as artists, but as song titles. "Tim McGraw" …

  13. Hanson Walks Tall On New Album

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Last year, sibling trio Hanson spent time lecturing performance and entertainment law students in college about its bumpy 5-year arc of major-label heartache, chronicled in the documentary "Strong Eno Last year, sibling trio Hanson spent time lecturing performance and entertainment law…

  14. Chart Beat

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, Diana Ross, American Idol and more! 'SCENE' IS BELIEVING: "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) by Beyonce holds off a powerful challenger and remains No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for the eighth week, making it the longest-running chart-topper that advanced…

  15. Beyonce Slips By Fall Out Boy To Remain Atop Hot 100

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" begins an eighth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 but barely edges out Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race," which debuts at No. 2 thanks to 162,000 digital dow Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" begins an…

  16. Ask Billboard

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Christina Aguilera, Spears v. Federline, Ricky Martin and more! Dear readers: We're doubling up on 'Ask Billboard' this week. Our newest three questions are followed by last week's three questions (which were posted belatedly on Jan…

  17. Chart Beat Chat

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Nelly Furtado, Oscar-nominated songs, Corbin Bleu and more! AROUND THE WORLD WITH NELLY Dear Fred, At the beginning of the 1980s, the United States, Great Britain and Germany had the biggest singles sales in the world. I don't know if that's still…

  18. 'Dreamgirls' Remains No. 1 As Sales Keep Sliding

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST In yet another slow week for sales and new releases, the Sony soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" remains atop of The Billboard 200 for a second week straight. The set, which features performances by Beyonce a In yet another slow week for sales and new releases, the Sony soundtrack to "…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Eurovision, the Top 100 and Hot 100 debuts . FROM ESC TO ASC Hello Mr. Bronson, I know that you are an avid follower of the Eurovision Song Contest. I hear that a major U.S. TV network is working on an American version of Eurovision. Will it be called "…

  20. 27OnTV

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 3-10, 2006. MONDAY, JULY 3 "Today," NBC Featured artist(s): Nick Lachey. "The Late Show With David Letterman," Featured artist(s): Rob Zombie (also scheduled: Jennifer Aniston). "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Featured artist…

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