1. Photos of the Week: Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, Justin Bieber

    October 16, 2009 12:25 PM EDT Lady Gaga took a stand for gay rights. Leona Lewis caused a scene at a London bookstore. Justin Bieber hit the Today show, Justin Timberlake hit the golf course, and Christina Aguilera hit a pumpkin patch. It all happened this week … and we've got the photos to prove it. SEE THE PHOTOS…

  2. Hot Soundtracks: Twlight New Moon, This Is It, Where the Wild Things Are

    October 15, 2009 12:17 PM EDT Billboard chronicles what's hot in movie music with our weekly Soundtracks chart , and right here on Billboard.com you can listen to some of the biggest soundtracks of the week in their entirety. Just click on the "play" buttons below. While you're at it, cruise back in…

  3. T.I. Wins BET Awards From Prison

    October 12, 2009 6:02 AM EDT T.I. didn't need to attend the BET Hip-Hop Awards to win two trophies. The rapper, who is locked up in an Arkansas penitentiary on a federal weapons conviction, won the best collaboration award with Rihanna for the song "Live Your Life" and the album of the year award for "…

  4. Drake Confirms The-Dream Collaboration, Back To Recording After Knee Surgery

    October 09, 2009 2:11 PM EDT With his knee nearly healed from a July stage injury, Drake says he's ready to get back to work in earnest on his debut album, still tentatively titled "Thank Me Later" and due out in February. "I'm able to walk around, so I'm working very hard on the album,"…

  5. Illfonics Hope Kid Cudi Production Sends Them Over The 'Moon'

    October 07, 2009 5:13 PM EDT Last month, producer Matt Friedman got his first taste of the upper tier of the Billboard 200 when Kid Cudi 's debut album, "Man on the Moon: The End of Day," for which he produced a track titled "Enter Galactic," entered at No. 4. Now, Friedman and partner Jedd…

  6. Various artists, "Music Inspired by More Than a Game"

    October 06, 2009 4:12 PM EDT The soundtrack to the sports documentary "More Than a Game," a coming-of-age story about friendship and loyalty among five young basketball players in the face of adversity, is much like the film: inspiring, with a star-studded lineup. Most of the songs exude a sense of motivation,…

  7. Pearl Jam Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200 In 13 Years

    September 30, 2009 10:53 AM EDT Veteran Seattle band Pearl Jam bows atop the Billboard 200 chart this week with its ninth studio album, "Backspacer," shifting 189,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the group's fourth chart-topper and first since 1996, when "No Code" landed in the…

  8. Drake Readies First 'Thank Me Later' Single

    September 25, 2009 3:01 PM EDT Drake 's long-awaited debut, "Thank Me Later," was recently pushed from a fall release to early 2010. But one of the album's producers, Harlem-based Omen, says the Toronto MC is ready to release first single, "Shut It Down" featuring The-Dream , in the coming…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Live-Blogging The Hot 100

    September 24, 2009 1:58 PM EDT HOW HOT IS IT?: There's so much action on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, perhaps it makes the most sense to simply run down the chart's most notable positions, number-by-number, dissecting the numerous highlights. Kind of like a live blog of the survey, the way you might've…

  10. Taylor Swift Climbs Hot 100, Black Eyed Peas Still No. 1

    September 24, 2009 10:55 AM EDT The Black Eyes Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" reigns for a 13th week on the Billboard Hot 100, besting the 12-week stay at the summit of "Boom Boom Pow," the Peas' previous single that directly preceded its follow-up at No. 1. Meanwhile, after becoming the first country…

  11. Jay-Z Still Reigns On Billboard 200, Muse And Kid Cudi Bow High

    September 23, 2009 10:53 AM EDT J ay-Z remains in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with his new album "The Blueprint 3" shifting 298,000 copies (down 37%) in its second week. The set bowed atop the list last week with 476,000 . Traditionally, No. 1-debuting albums that start with monster sales…

  12. Jay-Z, Whitney, Muse And Kid Cudi To Dominate Billboard 200

    September 17, 2009 4:38 PM EDT Jay-Z may make it a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Blueprint 3" could fend off some hot competition from two just-released sets, along with a diva's surging album. Muse 's "The Resistance" and Kid Cudi 's debut album…

  13. Chart Beat Wednesday: Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Muse

    September 16, 2009 3:48 PM EDT A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY ...: Kanye West and Taylor Swift continue to bump into each other in the unlikeliest of places. This week, West debuts at No. 30 on the Rhythmic airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz) as a featured act on Drake's star-studded "Forever." Lil Wayne and…

  14. Jay-Z, "Blueprint 3"

    September 11, 2009 3:50 PM EDT Out of Jay-Z 's 11 releases, his latest album, "Blueprint 3," has taken him the longest to record and deliver. But as expected, the new set is worth the wait. On the synthesizer-heavy track "What We Talking About" (featuring Luke Steele), Jay-Z calls out the Game and…

  15. Listen to Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3" For Free

    September 11, 2009 3:23 PM EDT Eight years after the release his first "Blueprint," Jay-Z has returned with the much-anticipated third installment of the career-defining album series. And if you've paid any attention to the buzz surrounding "The Blueprint 3," you know that the ruler's not only…

  16. Mariah Carey Returns To Hot 100 Top 10

    September 10, 2009 10:55 AM EDT After eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Obsessed," Mariah Carey leaps over the top 10 hurdle as the song breaks through to No. 7. "Obsessed" spent the last three weeks at No. 11, just shy of the top tally, but jumps to No. 7 this week - making the song Carey'…

  17. Lil Wayne 2008-2009 Tours Gross $42 Million

    September 08, 2009 3:13 PM EDT The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne 's 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year -- and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked. Seventy-eight Lil Wayne headlining arena and amphitheater…

  18. Kid Cudi Makes Peace With 'Man On The Moon'

    September 04, 2009 2:00 PM EDT At the beginning of the year, Kid Cudi threatened to quit the music industry because "the drama that comes with it is more overwhelming than the shit I was dealing with when I was piss-poor broke," he wrote on his blog. He says he felt pressured to top the success of his…

  19. Three Tracks From Upcoming Lebron James Movie Hit Charts

    September 03, 2009 2:47 PM EDT "More Than A Game" the Lebron James documentary directed by Kristopher Belman for Lionsgate and Harvey Mason Media, isn't slated to hit theaters until October 2nd but three tracks from the film's soundtrack are already making moves up the Billboard charts. Ester Dean'…

  20. Pearl Jam Posts Week's Highest Hot 100 Debut, Peas Stay On Top

    September 03, 2009 10:48 AM EDT Pearl Jam scores the week's highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100, which also sees the Black Eyed Peas , Jay Sean and Creed all making waves. Entering at No. 56 is the Seattle rock band's "The Fixer," which earns Pearl Jam its best-ever download sales week with 32,000…

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