1. Imogen Heap, "Ellipse"

    August 14, 2009 4:56 PM EDT As tangible as it is ethereal, Imogen Heap 's new album, "Ellipse" (the follow-up to her 2005 Grammy Award-nominated breakthrough "Speak for Yourself"), could be the bit of magic she seeks-it's full of Heap's gauzy falsetto and sprightly sounds that seem to…

  2. May 17, 2009

    May 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Hard Candy,” Madonna. 2008 – A pregnant Ashlee Simpson marries Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy in the backyard of her parents’ home in Encino, Calif. 1992 – Bandleader Lawrence Welk dies in Santa Monica, Calif., of pneumonia at age 89. 1983 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:…

  3. Beyonce Starts 'Fierce' Atop Album Chart

    November 26, 2008 7:50 AM EST Beyonce scores her third straight No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week as the double-disc "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) shifts a whopping 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, split between material credited to Beyonce…

  4. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 2:24 PM EST THE 'DIE' IS CAST : Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl Crow ("Tomorrow Never Dies"). Jack White and Alicia Keys have avoided such a fate, as…

  5. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, AC/DC, Beyonce and more! THE 'DIE' IS CAST: Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl…

  6. Taylor Swift Soars To No. 1 Debut

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST With the best sales week for a country album in a year, 18-year-old Taylor Swift debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with her sophomore set, "Fearless." The Big Machine release With the best sales week for a country album in a year, 18-year-old Taylor Swift…

  7. Il Divo Soars To No. 1 In The U.K.

    November 17, 2008 3:18 PM EST Crossover classical group Il Divo debuted at No. 1 on yesterday's new U.K. album chart with "The Promise" (Syco Music/ Sony BMG ), and the label also continues its stranglehold on the singles survey with the X Factor Finalists' charity release "Hero." It's…

  8. Il Divo Soars To No. 1 In The U.K.

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Crossover classical group Il Divo debuted at No. 1 on yesterday's new U.K. album chart with "The Promise" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), and the label also continues its stranglehold on the singles survey wit Crossover classical group Il Divo debuted at No. 1 on yesterday's new U…

  9. Taylor Swift On Track For No. 1 Debut

    November 12, 2008 1:56 PM EST Taylor Swift is on course to earn her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 , based on data from Nielsen SoundScan 's Building chart, released today (Nov. 12). Unweighted sales of the teen star's "Fearless" (Big Machine) through the close of yesterday stood at 217,000.…

  10. Taylor Swift On Track For No. 1 Debut

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift is on course to earn her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, based on data from Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (Nov. 12). Taylor Swift is on course to earn her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, based on data from Nielsen SoundScan's…

  11. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    November 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift broadens her global reach on her sophomore album, T-Pain keeps the party going, the Flaming Lips complete their long-in-the-works Christmas movie and an "Idol" runner-up unveils his debut "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta's self-titled debut (19…

  12. Enya, Sarah Brightman Releasing Holiday Albums

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Age titans Enya and Sarah Brightman will each release holiday albums this fall. Brightman's "A Winter Symphony" arrives Nov. 4 via Manhattan/EMI, while Enya's "And Winter Came" follows a week late New Age titans Enya and Sarah Brightman will each release…

  13. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, AC, ABBA

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss chart action from the Jonas Brothers, ABBA, women on the AC chart and more! WALKING BACK TO HELEN Hi Fred, What happened to last week's No. 8 song? Did it fall out of the top 50? Have you heard the music of British singer Helen Shapiro? I have only recently…

  14. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the longest consecutive run at No. 1 by solo…

  15. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Wilson was the surprise winner in the female voca 2005 - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music…

  16. Chart Beat Chat

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Garth Brooks, T-Pain, "Across the Universe" and more! FOR A GOOD CAUSE Hello Sir, Garth Brooks is releasing his "The Ultimate Hits" CD on Nov. 6. He announced that there will be a special pink edition for the Susan G. Komen organization. Will…

  17. Billboard Bits: 50 Cent, 'Saturday Night Live,' Spider Loc

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent and New York's Hot 97 Radio Station (WQHT) have teamed up for "50 Cent's 5 Borough Tour," a four-day trek during which the Queens MC will perform tracks from his upcoming album, "Curtis" (G-Un 50 Cent and New York's Hot 97 Radio Station (WQHT) have…

  18. Chart Beat

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses American Idols, Enrique Iglesias, Snow Patrol and more! SEPTEMBER TO MAY ROMANCE: Does September of last year seem like a long time ago? In chart terms, it's almost an eternity. But for those of you who can recall last fall, the week of Sept. 16, 2006 was when Carrie…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Wilson was the surprise winner in the female voca 2005 - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music…

  20. 48OnTV

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 27 "Dew Circuit Breakout Challenge," MTV2 Featured artist(s): Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer, Brandtson. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): Tom Waits (also scheduled: Kate…

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