1. Ashton Jones Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 12 Remain

    March 10, 2011 9:30 PM EST Ashton Jones -- the contestant Steven Tyler once praised for having "the confidence of a queen" -- was voted off during tonight's (Mar. 10) "American Idol" results show. Photos: 'American Idol' Top 12 Jones weathered the elimination alongside Karen Rodriguez…

  2. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  3. 29 Black Music Milestones: Berry Gordy Starts Motown

    February 02, 2011 4:06 PM EST In the late 1950s, rhythm and blues was still largely marginalized to tiny clubs in the inner cities of America. With his ear for talent and his vision for a powerhouse new label, Michigan-raised music mogul Berry Gordy would be a major force in changing all of that. After proving his mettle…

  4. Christina Aguilera to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

    January 24, 2011 1:54 PM EST C Other stars to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl include Carrie Underwood , Billy Joel , Diana Ross , Neil Diamond , Mariah Carey and Beyoncé Knowles . The previously announced halftime show will feature the Black Eyed Peas . The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Green Bay…

  5. Keri Hilson Channels the Supremes on 'Letterman'

    January 05, 2011 12:37 PM EST We've already seen Keri Hilson pay tribute to one of her idols -- Diana Ross -- in the video for "Pretty Girl Rock," but Hilson decided to take it up a notch in channeling Miss Ross again when she performed the song on last night's (Jan. 4) "The Late Show with David…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Tim McGraw

    December 30, 2010 2:05 PM EST MARS' RETURN TRIP: Bruno Mars becomes the sixth solo male in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history to send his first two radio singles as a lead act to No. 1, as "Grenade" ignites 2-1. Mars first topped the Hot 100 as a lead artist with "Just the Way You Are"…

  7. Keri Hilson Imitates TLC, Janet, Diana Ross in 'Pretty Girl Rock'

    November 12, 2010 1:20 PM EST This video just made me have a new apprecation for this song. "Pretty Girl Rock," which has gotten some backlash for its message -- confidence or cockiness? -- pays homage to the "pretty girls" in music, as Keri Hilson taps her inner Janet Jackson , TLC , Diana Ross and…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

    November 11, 2010 5:55 PM EST RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97. "What's My Name?" becomes Rihanna's eighth…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Mark Salling

    November 04, 2010 5:55 PM EDT QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 1: While "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200 , becoming the first album since 2005 to begin with sales of more than a million , according to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift 's chart domination extends to the Billboard Hot 100 . Ten titles from the…

  10. John Lennon Cover Song Contest Winners

    October 08, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Few people can truly be called music icons, but the late John Lennon is more than that: he's the quintessential rock legend. What better way to honor one of the world's greatest musicians than to show how his music lives on? As part of our celebration of his 70th birthday on Oct. 9,…

  11. Ask Billboard: Should Cee Lo's Song Be Banned?

    September 10, 2010 4:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TRAIN TRACKS Dear…

  12. Ask Billboard: Rating Rihanna

    July 23, 2010 5:55 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. GOOD GIRL NOT GONE TO NO. 1 Dear Gary, Thank you for all your insights every…

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Sting

    July 22, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 'LOVE' IS ...: As previously reported , Eminem 's "Love the Way You Lie" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , becoming the rapper's fourth chart leader. The song's coronation is likewise noteworthy for featured artist Rihanna , who, in just more than five…

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: Bret Michaels Rocks On

    July 15, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ROSY: Veteran rocker/"Celebrity Apprentice 3" champion Bret Michaels inks his highest rank on the Billboard 200 i n almost 20 years, as "Custom Built" arrives at No. 14. His prior charted solo effort, "Rock My World," debuted and peaked at No. 40 in June 2008. As…

  15. Prince To Be Honored By BET

    June 15, 2010 8:06 AM EDT This month's BET Awards will be a royal affair: Prince is getting a lifetime achievement honor. The 51-year-old joins the likes of James Brown , Whitney Houston , Diana Ross and Al Green in being honored by the BET Awards, which will celebrate its 10th year in Los Angeles on June 27.…

  16. Chart Beat Wednesday: Ke$ha, Phil Collins, Phoenix

    June 09, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ADDICTED TO 'LOVE': Ke$ha becomes the fifth female artist since the beginning of 2000, and the third in the last two years, to earn at least two No. 1s from a debut album on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as "Your Love Is My Drug," the third single from …

  17. Ask Billboard: "Glee," Olivia Newton-John, Bee Gees

    May 14, 2010 4:35 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. TOTAL "GLEE"-CLIPSE OF THE CHART? Hi Gary, With the "Glee"…

  18. 'Glee' Sets Off Waterworks with 'Beautiful,' 'House Is Not a Home'

    April 28, 2010 2:39 PM EDT Instead of asking its cast to pound out "Hello" covers and tributes to Madonna , last night's episode of "Glee" directed its challenge outward: How many times can viewers get misty-eyed in an hour? Between Mercedes' brief brush with an eating disorder, Finn and…

  19. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland

    March 18, 2010 4:15 PM EDT ATTA 'BOY'!: Rihanna rules the Billboard Hot 100, as "Rude Boy" rides 4-1. With the ascension, the singer improves upon an already impressive chart history that began less than five years ago. The song marks Rihanna's sixth trip to the Hot 100 summit, tying her with…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, k.d. lang

    February 25, 2010 4:05 PM EST THREE-PEA-T: As previously reported , the Black Eyed Peas halt Ke$ha 's nine-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "TiK ToK," as "Imma Be" ascends 3-1. The latter track is the third Hot 100 No. 1 from the Black Eyed Peas' album "The E.N.D.,"…

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