1. Rihanna / Aug. 12, 2010 / New York

    August 20, 2010 2:27 PM EDT "New Yo-ork, where you at?" asked Rihanna . She bowed for everyone at New York's Madison Square Garden and they screamed. Rihanna's "Last Girl On Earth Tour" stop on Thursday (Aug. 12) was the perfect summer night entertainment. The 22-year-old Barbadian turned…

  2. Chelsea Handler Wants Kanye, Taylor Swift Reunion at VMAs

    August 20, 2010 10:40 AM EDT Chelsea Handler would like to bring Kanye West and Taylor Swift together at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which she is hosting. According to The New York Post , Handler talked about last year's VMA controversy on Ryan Seacrest's radio show Thursday. West last year…

  3. Kenny Chesney's 'Hemingway's Whiskey': Track-By-Track Preview

    August 20, 2010 10:11 AM EDT Kenny Chesney 's new album "Hemingway's Whiskey" isn't out until Sept. 28, but the Country chart-topper gave Billboard an in-depth preview, discussing the record's 11 songs track by track, and in the process revealing how he sees himself in his fans, his thoughts…

  4. Norah Jones To Release Collaborations Albums

    August 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Norah Jones will release "…Featuring," an album featuring her musical collaborations of the past decade. The 18-songs set will be released on Nov. 2 on EMI's Blue Note Records. Ray Charle s, Willie Nelson , Dolly Parton , Outkast and Foo Fighters are among those appearing on…

  5. Lady Gaga's 'Monster Ball' to Gross Nearly $200 Million Worldwide

    August 18, 2010 10:32 AM EDT L ady Gaga quickly became one of the most recognizable artists on the planet in 2009, but by the end of that year, relatively few people had seen her perform live. That changed this summer, as Gaga embarked on her first arena tour. The pop phenomenon hit North American shores on June 28 in…

  6. Trey Songz Massages Ciara On Stage

    August 16, 2010 12:22 PM EDT Trey Songz made sure things got steamy at the Aug. 13 Atlanta stop of his "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" tour. Video: Trey Songz' massages Ciara during tour stop. The "I Need A Girl" singer showed that he doesn't need any help landing ladies when he pulled…

  7. Ra Ra Riot Tries to Beat Sophomore Slump

    August 15, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Just as the members of indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot were getting ready to hit the big time in 2007, tragedy struck when original drummer John Pike drowned. But the band rebounded, releasing "The Rhumb Line" on Barsuk in 2008, selling 66,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan,…

  8. Ask Billboard: Covering Cover Songs

    August 13, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. COMPLETE COVERAGE…

  9. Best Coast, "Crazy For You"

    August 13, 2010 12:02 PM EDT "I want you." "I miss you." "I wanna be with you all the time." "Wish he was my boyfriend." The ideas on Best Coast 's debut album, "Crazy for You," don't get much more complicated than these. Led by Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno,…

  10. 50 Cent Prank Calls Shyne

    August 12, 2010 1:07 PM EDT The war between rappers 50 Cent and Shyne continues, but for now 50 is triumphant. Video: 50 Cent prank calls Shyne The Queens-born 50 Cent pretended to be a journalist when he prank-called Shyne during a conference call recently. He recorded the whole conversation and posted it on his…

  11. Owl City Dreams of Taylor Swift Duet for Next Album

    August 11, 2010 2:11 PM EDT Adam Young says he's "halfway done" with the next Owl City album, and he's hatching plans for at least one eyebrow-raising collaboration. "One of my dreams has been to get Taylor Swift to do a song," Young, who remixed John Mayer's "Half of My Heart…

  12. Britney Spears to Appear on 'Glee'

    August 10, 2010 5:59 PM EDT B ritney Spears is set to play a cameo role in an episode of TV musical comedy "Glee" that will be devoted to the pop star's music, the show's creator Ryan Murphy said on Tuesday (Aug. 10). But the episode in the upcoming second season of the hit television show will not…

  13. David Gray Shows Softer Side on 'Foundling'

    August 10, 2010 10:22 AM EDT The "quieter moments" of the sessions for David Gray's 2009 album "Draw the Line" are yielding "Foundling," the British singer-songwriter's ninth studio album, just 11 months later. "It was recorded during the same session...when we weren't…

  14. Chromeo Plays In Dark In 'Don't Turn The Lights On'

    August 09, 2010 5:11 PM EDT Chromeo shows why it's fun to play in the dark with the new video for "Don't Turn The Lights On." Video: Chromeo's "Dont' Turn The Lights On." Suave singer Dave 1 croons seductive lyrics as the lights fade from light to pitch black and back again. The…

  15. Sara Bareilles Switches Up 'Single Ladies'

    August 09, 2010 10:00 AM EDT For this week's edition of Mashup Mondays, Sara Bareilles puts a piano-pop twist on Beyoncé 's 2008 smash hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." The singer-songwriter turns the bouncy anthem into a slow, jazzy track, complete with creeping bassline and vocal harmonies.…

  16. 14 Things Seen & Overheard At Lollapalooza Friday

    August 07, 2010 9:49 AM EDT The headlines were grabbed by Lady Gaga's showstopping headlining set, complete with fireworks on Friday night at Lollapalooza (Aug. 6), but here are some of the wacky, fun things from the Chicago fest's opening day that made it more than just another big gig. Photos: World Of Lady…

  17. Lady Gaga Fires Up Lollapalooza, Stage-Dives

    August 07, 2010 9:43 AM EDT L ady Gaga's first Lollapalooza performance was on a small side stage in 2007, where she received more than a few bewildered stares and was unapologetically called a "trainwreck." So when she headlined the first night of this year's Lollapalooza, wearing the same silver…

  18. Nicki Minaj Finishing Next Single, Says Young Money 'Keeps Me Grounded'

    August 06, 2010 8:00 PM EDT Two days after announcing her "Pink Friday" album , due Nov. 23, Nicki Minaj visited Billboard's Los Angeles office for a live video Q&A hosted by Billboard.com, during which she answered fans' questions sent via Twitter. Nicki Minaj Live Q&A The Harajuku Barbie…

  19. Ask Billboard: As Years Go By

    August 06, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. AS YEARS GO BY,…

  20. Trey Songz: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 06, 2010 1:30 PM EDT Five years ago, a newly signed And that's when the strategic array of singles began. In March 2009 the heartfelt "I Need a Girl," which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and sold 247,000 downloads, was released. The playful and catchy "LOL :…

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