1. Ian Astbury In 'Love' With Film, Theater, Music Projects

    June 01, 2009 12:38 PM EDT In between gigs with the Cult and recent studio collaborations with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, the Cult's Ian Astbury is in the process of adding the titles of theater producer and filmmaker to his resume. The singer is donating his time and talents to help raise funds for a production of…

  2. Black Eyed Peas Head Guinness Celebrations

    May 13, 2009 8:32 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas top an international bill of artists set to honor the 250th anniversary of Guinness. It was announced today (May 13) that the Grammy Award-winning act will perform in Asia on Sept. 24 as part of Guinness' global anniversary celebrations, which will simultaneously see 24…

  3. Kings of Leon, Lily Allen Top U.K. Charts

    February 23, 2009 11:22 AM EST Kings of Leon’s double triumph at the BRIT Awards last week delivered a big sales boost on the new U.K. charts Sunday (Feb. 22). The Hand Me Down/Sony BMG quartet returned to No. 1 with the album “Only By The Night” and, on the singles survey, jumped back 12-3 with “Use Somebody” and 19-14…

  4. Chart Beat: Flo Rida, Atlantic, Mac McAnally

    February 19, 2009 4:11 PM EST SPINNING THE 'RIGHT' STUFF: If it had happened less than two years ago, this week's 58-1 leap for Flo Rida's "Right Round" (Poe Boy/Atlantic) would have set the record for the biggest jump to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. But in this era of digital sales…

  5. Duffy Triumphs With Three BRIT Awards

    February 18, 2009 7:31 PM EST Welsh vocalist Duffy was the big winner at the 2009 BRIT Awards, taking home three trophies tonight (Feb. 18) at London's Earls Court. Duffy, whose debut album, "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), was the U.K's top seller in 2008, won BRITS for British female, British…

  6. Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center, tallying five trophies, including album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand" and record of the year for "Please Read The Letter." "…

  7. Brits Dominate Grammy Pre-Telecast Awards

    February 08, 2009 7:18 PM EST Brits won big in the pop categories during the 51st annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast tonight (Feb. 8), with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" winning for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and Radiohead's "In Rainbows" snaring best alternative music…

  8. U2, Kid Rock, Plant/Krauss Added To Grammys

    January 29, 2009 10:42 AM EST U2, Kid Rock, Rihanna and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have joined the performance lineup for the 51st Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS. They join previously announced performers Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas…

  9. Stars Sign On For Couric Grammy Special

    January 23, 2009 11:00 AM EST Justin Timberlake, Lil' Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift will join Katie Couric for her "All Access Grammy Special," to air Feb. 4 on CBS. The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Rascal Flatts, Duffy, Adele, Kid Rock, Jazmine Sullivan, Jordin…

  10. Coldplay, Duffy Atop BRIT Awards Nominees

    January 20, 2009 2:49 PM EST With four nominations each, Coldplay and Duffy lead the field for the BRIT Awards 2009, announced today (Jan. 20) at London's Roundhouse. Adele, Elbow and Scouting For Girls scored three nominations apiece. The latter British trio was one of three acts to perform live at the announcement…

  11. Lady GaGa Still In Charge On U.K. Charts

    January 19, 2009 9:32 AM EST Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis (Interscope) started a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 single yesterday (Jan. 18), while its parent album, "The Fame," debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart. Irish pop-rock band the Script returned to the…

  12. Lady GaGa, Kings Of Leon Lead U.K. Charts

    January 12, 2009 10:29 AM EST Lady GaGa mirrored her current Billboard Hot 100 success by moving to the top of the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 11) with "Just Dance" (Interscope) featuring Colby O'Donis. Kings Of Leon's "Only by the Night" started a second stint at No. 1 on the…

  13. Burke, Take That Reign Again On U.K. Charts

    January 05, 2009 10:52 AM EST As Alexandra Burke's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) started a third week as the U.K.'s No. 1 single yesterday (Jan. 4) and Take That's "The Circus" (Polydor) a fifth atop the album chart, top newcomer status went to much-feted electronica star Lady GaGa.…

  14. Ask Billboard: Top 10 Lists, Fleetwood Mac, Mixi, The Veronicas

    January 02, 2009 2:01 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. First off, this will be my last "Ask Billboard," as next week, fellow Billboard…

  15. Take That, Alexandra Burke Rule U.K. Charts

    December 29, 2008 10:18 AM EST The U.K.'s final weekly sales charts of 2008, published yesterday (Dec. 28), saw Alexandra Burke and Take That retain their singles and album crowns, respectively. "X Factor" winner Burke's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) sold another 311,000 copies during the…

  16. Chart Beat Chat

    December 12, 2008 10:43 AM EST RECURRENT EVENTS Hi Fred, I’ve noticed a couple things on the recent country chart that you could clear up for me. Has the recurrent policy changed? I know [the rules called for removal of songs after] 20 weeks [that were] below the top 10, however Kenny Chesney was No. 16 with “Everybody…

  17. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Already on track to have the best-selling album of 2008, rapper Lil Wayne leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight, including album of the year and best rap album for "Tha Carter III," best rap song for "Lollipop" and best rap/sung collaboration…

  18. American Acts Win Big At MTV EMAs

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST American pop artists dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards last night (Oct. 6) at Liverpool Echo Arena, and the performers and winners were also keen to bask in President-elect Barack Obama's election American pop artists dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards last night (Oct. 6) at…

  19. Duffy Testing Out New Songs On Tour

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to keep her wits while crisscrossing the globe in support of her gold-selling debut effort, "Rockferry," U.K. singer/songwriter Duffy has been busy writing material for future releases. In an effort to keep her wits while crisscrossing the globe in support of her gold…

  20. War Child Benefit Album Postponed Until Feb.

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The War Child charity and Parlophone Records have postponed the U.K. release of the multi-artist fund-raising album "Heroes" to early 2009 from its scheduled date of Nov. 24. The set will be issued in The War Child charity and Parlophone Records have postponed the U.K. release of…

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