1. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 3

    December 21, 2010 5:35 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  2. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs. Reba…

  3. Q&A: Jamey Johnson Gets Serious on 'Guitar Song'

    September 15, 2010 2:04 PM EDT The setting is Music Row, specifically RCA Studio A on the last day of August, and It doesn't seem you were writing songs to get on the radio, but it has to feel great that so many people love this record ("That Lonesome Song" has sold 815,000 copies in the U.S., according to…

  4. 10 Awesome & Awful Lollapalooza Moments

    August 04, 2010 3:30 PM EDT Since kicking off in 1991, Lollapalooza has had its fair share of ups and downs. With a comfortable residence in Chicago's Grant Park and an all-star 2010 lineup that includes Lady Gaga, Green Day and Arcade Fire, Lollapalooza is set to produce even more rock memories this year. Before…

  5. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rihanna

    July 21, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'FALL' ARRIVES: Two of the four highest debuts on Billboard's Country Songs chart since the survey's adoption of Nielsen BDS-monitored data in 1990 belong to Kenny Chesney , as "The Boys of Fall" storms the chart at No. 17. (Country Songs will be refreshed…

  6. Jamey Johnson Reveals 'Guitar Song' Details

    June 09, 2010 10:28 AM EDT J amey Johnson will give fans plenty of new material when he releases "The Guitar Song," his follow-up to 2008's award-winning, gold-certified "That Lonesome Song," on Sept. 14. "The Guitar Song" spreads 25 songs across two CDs -- including "Macon,"…

  7. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with "What I Got" in 1996. (Rome did…

  8. Did Gorillaz Steal 'Stylo' From Eddy Grant?

    March 16, 2010 5:18 PM EDT Gorillaz has long been applaudedas one of pop music's most unique outfits. But now, Damon Albarn 's virtual band is being accused of plagiarism. Reggae singer Eddy Grant , best known for his 1982 hit "Electric Avenue," has claimed that the animated band took significant…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, Black Eyed Peas

    March 04, 2010 2:05 PM EST BACK IN BLACK: Two days after Johnny Cash 's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" was released Feb. 23, Apple announced that the iTunes store had sold its 10 billionth song: Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield muses…

  10. Exclusive: How Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Changed The Music Business

    July 03, 2009 1:12 PM EDT In early 1984, when Epic Records executives presented their slate of upcoming releases at the CBS Records convention in Hawaii, they couldn't resist playing up the success they were already having. So between the pitches for new albums, Epic inserted stock footage of semi trucks and a…

  11. Chart Beat: Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 12:45 PM EDT As music fans mourn the loss of the King of Pop, we offer a special tribute edition of Chart Beat. Below are some examples of the astounding dominance of Michael Jackson on Billboard surveys. NO. 1 FROM THE START : Jackson was on his way to chart royalty beginning with the debut of the…

  12. March 5, 2009

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST – Three 6 Mafia becomes the first African-American hip-hop group to win an Academy Award for best song and also became the first hip-hop artists to perform at the ceremony. The group wins for the song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” 2004 – Guitarist John McGeoch of Magazine, PiL and…

  13. Virgin Festival Launching In South Africa

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Group has confirmed the launch of the V Festival brand in South Africa, which was first tipped by Billboard in July. Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic will all appear. Virgin Group has confirmed the launch of the V Festival brand in South Africa, which was first tipped by Billboard…

  14. Dizzee Rascal, Coldplay Lead U.K. Charts

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British rapper Dizzee Rascal achieved his first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (July 6) with "Dance Wiv Me" (Dirtee Stank), featuring Calvin Harris & Chrome. Meanwhile, Coldplay began week number fou British rapper Dizzee Rascal achieved his first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (July…

  15. Billboard Bits: Siren Festival, Nelson Mandela, Gang Of Four, Tilly And The Wall

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Annual Siren Fest lineup revealed; Queen, Lennox rock for Mandela; Gang Of Four becomes gang of two; Tilly and the Wall talk new album Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Broken Social Scene, Annuals and Beach House are among the top acts announced for The Village Voice's annual Siren Music…

  16. Rarities-Packed Film Traces The Who's 'Journey'

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Never-before-seen concert and archival footage is at the center of "Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who" and its companion film "Six Quick Ones," due Nov. 6 on DVD via Universal Studios Home Enterta Never-before-seen concert and archival footage is at the center of "…

  17. Tunes On TV

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television for the week of September 10 - 16. MONDAY, Sept. 10 "The Sauce," Fuse Featured artist(s): The Used. "Access Granted,"BET Featured artist(s): Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Akon, Niia. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): Glen…

  18. Muse, Spoon, Interpol Rock Rainy Lollapalooza Day Two

    August 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In startling contrast to the beautiful weather on Friday, gray skies and intermittent rain showers were the backdrop for the second day of Lollapalooza (Aug. 4) at Chicago's Grant Park. But a host of In startling contrast to the beautiful weather on Friday, gray skies and intermittent…

  19. Pearl Jam Proffers Rarities At Lollapalooza Warmup

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Shaking off the rust from a month-long break between shows, Pearl Jam treated a fan club-only crowd to a rarities-packed set last night (Aug. 2) at Chicago's intimate Vic Theatre. Shaking off the rust from a month-long break between shows, Pearl Jam treated a fan club-only crowd to a…

  20. Farrell Taking Lollapalooza Into The Green, Black

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Perry Farrell says he's excited about a lot of things happening at this year's Lollapalooza '07 festival (Aug. 3-5 in Chicago) -- from the ecologically friendly greening of the festival to, well, fina Perry Farrell says he's excited about a lot of things happening at this…

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