1. Best Of The 2000s: Part 1

    December 22, 2009 11:30 AM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Ask Billboard: Swift's Latest 'Fearless' Feat

    November 06, 2009 5:27 PM EST 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. WHAT'S HER 20? Hi Gary, I was just wondering if Taylor Swift is the…

  5. Ask Billboard: Going Gaga For Album Re-Releases

    October 30, 2009 5:29 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. NOT AS EASY AS ABC Hey Gary, In reference to your stating in last week's…

  6. Chart Beat Thursday: Happy (Early) Holidays

    October 22, 2009 6:49 PM EDT IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE ...: More than a week before Halloween, and five weeks before Thanksgiving, the Billboard 200 is being decorated with a sleighful of yuletide albums. Five new holiday sets enter the Billboard 200, led by Bob Dylan 's "Christmas in the Heart…

  7. Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date On Twitter

    August 28, 2009 12:53 PM EDT "American Idol" winner Kris Allen will release his debut album on Nov. 17, the singer announced Thursday night (Aug. 27). A rep for 19 Entertainment has also confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.com: "It is a confirmed release date." Allen broke the news himself…

  8. Chart Beat: Hannah Montana, Mariah Carey, Maxwell

    July 16, 2009 4:14 PM EDT BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Miley Cyrus' TV alter ego Hannah Montana claims her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, as "He Could Be the One," co-written by "American Idol" judge (and newlywed) Kara DioGuardi, debuts at No. 10. It makes an accompanying entrance on Hot Digital…

  9. Producer RedOne: Making Hits with Lady Gaga 'Feels Incredible'

    June 20, 2009 6:45 PM EDT If you're an artist looking to make a comeback, RedOne is apparently the man to bring onboard. Recently, the Moroccan and Swedish-bred music maker masterminded the bulk of New Kids on the Block's comeback album, "The Block," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200…

  10. Chart Beat: The Black Eyed Peas, Lynda Carter, Paulina Rubio

    June 18, 2009 1:14 PM EDT THE B.E.G.I.N.N.I.N.G.: Once they wondered, where is the love? This week, all the Black Eyed Peas need to do to answer that question is peruse a host of Billboard charts, where evidence of adoration for the quartet is abundant. The Peas' fifth studio album, "The E.N.D.,"…

  11. Demi Lovato Focusing On Songs, Not Spectacle, For Summer Tour

    June 04, 2009 10:22 AM EDT With the start of her first headlining tour less than three weeks away, Demi Lovato is preparing a show that she hopes will focus on songs rather than spectacle. "I'm not really one to have a lot of, like, crazy stuff on stage," the 16-year-old Disney singer and actress, whose…

  12. Idols Inundate Hot 100, But 'Glee' Gloats With Top Debut

    May 27, 2009 1:42 PM EDT Nine combined tracks from "American Idol" winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert enter this week's Hot 100 tally, but each track lags behind "Don't Stop Believin'" by the cast of the Fox series "Glee," which is the chart's Hot Shot Debut…

  13. Kris Allen's Road To 'Idol' Victory

    May 21, 2009 8:38 AM EDT Not much has changed about Kris Allen since his mostly forgettable "American Idol" audition. Well, except for the winning-it-all part. When the 23-year-old college student from Conway, Ark., first auditioned with Leon Russell's "A Song for You" in Louisville, Ky., he…

  14. 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…

  15. Adam Lambert Defeated in 'American Idol' Upset

    May 20, 2009 10:48 PM EDT Kris Allen's smooth vocals and boy-next-door image propelled him to "American Idol" victory Wednesday, turning the theatrical powerhouse Adam Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans . "I'm sorry, I don't even know what to feel right now. This is crazy,"…

  16. Chart Beat: AI, Taylor Swift, Annie Lennox

    February 26, 2009 5:14 PM EST ADULT EDUCATION: Ever since Kelly Clarkson made her first appearance on a Billboard chart, finalists from "American Idol" have been showing up on surveys that cross all genres -- pop, R&B, country, rock, Christian, reggae... O.K., not reggae. At least, not yet. One radio format…

  17. 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 …

  18. 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…

  19. 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'…

  20. Chart Beat: T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Usher, Flo Rida, T-Pain

    November 26, 2008 2:02 PM EST Fred Bronson discusses T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Christmas albums and more! DOUBLING UP: For the first time in the 50-year history of the Hot 100, two lead artists hold down the top four positions on the chart, dividing this territory equally between them. T.I. stands pat at No. 1 and slides…

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