1. Hot 100 Recap: Katy Caps List, Peas Place Another Top 10

    June 10, 2010 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Katy Perry jumps the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time in her career with "California Gurls," the lead single from her album "Teenage Dream," due August 24. Perry previously led the list for seven weeks with "I Kissed a Girl…

  2. How U2 Paired With ESPN and Soweto Gospel Choir for World Cup

    June 09, 2010 12:35 PM EDT After teaming with ESPN for its coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Bono pulled aside ESPN senior director of sports marketing Seth Ader and said, "This is just a warm-up for the one that really matters: South Africa." DJ's Mix It Up to Celebrate South African…

  3. Jack Johnson's "To The Sea" Sets Sail At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 09, 2010 11:00 AM EDT J ack Johnson claims his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "To The Sea" debuts atop the tally with 243,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album breaks an eight-week long streak of No. 1s selling less than 200,000 -- where five of those weeks were sub…

  4. Soulja Boy "Pretty Boy Swag" Video and Dance Tutorial

    June 08, 2010 11:29 AM EDT Soulja Boy Tell 'Em 's been busy in the studio collaborating with the likes of Kanye West , Justin Bieber and Lil Jon . But the "Crank That" MC decided to bring some heat of his own this summer with the official release at iTunes of his new single "Pretty Boy Swag.…

  5. Drake, Trey Songz, Usher, DJ Khaled Heat Up Summer Jam Show

    June 07, 2010 4:22 PM EDT The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam 2010 delivered the heat last night (June 6) as it ushered in the season with a all-star lineup that included Drake, Trey Songz and Usher. But it was the surprise guests during DJ Khaled's set that received possibly the warmest -- and loudest -- welcome during…

  6. Top 20 Tweets Of The Week 6/5/2010

    June 05, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funniest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @ladygaga : Hair-Bleach party. Red nails, Red lipstick,…

  7. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 2:12 PM EDT This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Willie D from the Geto…

  8. Album Sales Plummet To Lowest Total In Decades

    June 04, 2010 1:01 PM EDT Bad times just got worse. For the week ending May 30, the U.S. music industry sold a total of 4,984,000 albums, according to Nielsen Soundscan. This figure, which includes new and catalog releases, represents the fewest number of albums sold in one week since Soundscan began compiling this…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crowned champ bows atop Billboard's Rock…

  10. Drake Visits Lil Wayne, Hosts Album Listening In NYC

    June 03, 2010 2:11 PM EDT Shortly after his full album leaked, rapper Drake held a listening session in New York City yesterday (June 2) for his much-anticipated debut, "Thank Me Later." Reporters joined some of the Toronto rapper's famous friends -- including Chris Brown , Jay Sean , Bow Wow , Baby and…

  11. Drake's Leaked 'Fireworks' Addresses Rihanna Relationship

    May 28, 2010 12:28 PM EDT In the last week, two new songs from Drake 's highly-anticipated debut, "Thank Me Later," have leaked on the internet: the hyped track with Jay-Z titled "Light Up" and "Fireworks," featuring Alicia Keys . But The Toronto MC's manager, Al Branch, says…

  12. Drake, "Find Your Love"

    May 28, 2010 10:14 AM EDT Part of the reason for Drake 's mass appeal is his ability to strike a balance between flossy lyrics (found in abundance on "Over," the first single from his upcoming "Thank Me Later") and vulnerable ones. Those of second single "Find Your Love" are squarely…

  13. Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 7:57 PM EDT While the record industry's glory days may never return, the summer blockbuster release schedule, which fell out of favor when Justin was still dating Britney, is back in a big way, with banner releases in each genre. From Disturbed to Katy Perry to Drake, fans have plenty of reasons to…

  14. Jamie Foxx: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 1:37 PM EDT "Body" (J/RMG, July 20) Jamie Foxx collaborates with Drake , Rico Love, David Guetta and Justin Timberlake on his forthcoming album. Timberlake is responsible for Foxx 's current "Winner" track, which also features T.I. and can be heard in ads for the NBA playoffs.…

  15. Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 11:31 AM EDT Chart Article ORDER THE SUMMER PREVIEW ISSUE OF BILLBOARD HERE From Lady Gaga's first proper arena tour to a 'Sick' underground punk festival, this summer's robust touring slate offers something for everyone. It's time. Tour books are being printed, merch is being…

  16. Drake: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 4:53 PM EDT "Thank Me Later" (Aspire/Young Money/Cash Money, June 15) After numerous delays, Drake 's debut finally arrives this summer. So far, the rapper/songwriter has released one single, "Over." Another song, "Shut It Down" featuring the-Dream , leaked in March. …

  17. Drake: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 3:59 PM EDT Dates: May-Aug. Support: Francis & the Lights , Mike Posner Ticket prices: $40-$45 (Purchase tickets here ) Most rappers don't dedicate time to building a strong touring fan base. But even before the June 15 release of his debut full-length album, "Thank Me Later," Toronto…

  18. Drake: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 21, 2010 4:47 PM EDT On a clammy Saturday afternoon in May, thousands of nose-ringed, suburban teens are crammed into the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J., to catch their favorite emo, dance, punk and emo-dance-punk acts at the two-day Bamboozle Festival. While middle-aged chaperones waited…

  19. Drake Leads MuchMusic Video Awards Nods

    May 19, 2010 8:30 AM EDT Drake has received a field-leading seven nominations for the MuchMusic Video Awards. The Canadian rapper received a nod for best hip-hip video for the song "Successful," and separate best international video nods for the singles "Over" and "Forever," which also…

  20. Jay-Z Leads BET Awards Noms; Justin Bieber Gets New Artist Nod

    May 18, 2010 3:44 PM EDT Artist/actress/entrepreneur Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the BET Awards. Leading with five nominations is Jay-Z, followed by Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona, tied at four nods each. Among this year's best new artist nominees is pop star…

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