1. Ryan Tedder Planning New OneRepublic Material for Early 2012

    June 28, 2011 9:00 AM EDT After he finishes up a loaded songwriting slate that includes work with B.o.B , Carrie Underwood and Cobra Starship , Ryan Tedder plans on focusing solely on his band OneRepublic 's follow-up to 2009 sophomore album "Waking Up." "We have probably eight or nine ideas, but…

  2. Uncharted Territory: Tyler Ward and Porta Climb, Big Sean Graduates

    March 01, 2011 2:19 PM EST Surprise, surprise: Long Beach's up-and-still-coming rapper Traphik rounds out yet another week, his sixth, as the reigning king of Uncharted , Billboard's newest chart for emerging artists. The ranking features independent, never-before-charted musicians who are breaking new ground…

  3. Bruno Mars Leads 'The Way' To Pop Songs Summit

    October 20, 2010 1:05 PM EDT MARS STARS: After eight lead males had ruled Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart in their first chart visits between the list's launch in 1992 and 2008, six have now reigned in the last year. Bruno Mars continues the format's rookie male domination, as …

  4. Pop Songs: Where The Boys Are

    May 18, 2010 2:05 PM EDT The revolving door atop Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart ushers in another rookie male artist, as Taio Cruz rises 3-1 with his introductory track "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The British-born Cruz commands the list a week after B.o.B became the 12th lead…

  5. Chart Beat Wednesday: B.o.B, Kris Allen, Blake Lewis

    May 12, 2010 1:55 PM EDT BOYS CLUB: B.o.B becomes the 12th solo male to lead Billboard's Pop Songs chart with a first entry, as "Nothin' on You," featuring Bruno Mars, rises 2-1. While eight male rookies ruled the list between the chart's inception in 1992 through 2008, B.o.B is the fourth…

  6. 'American Idol' Recap: Tim Urban Mounts A Comeback

    March 02, 2010 11:00 PM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- Ryan Seacrest begins the evening on a weird note, mentioning Crystal Bowersox's inability to sing as a result of "doctor&…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Andrea Bocelli, Neil Diamond

    December 17, 2009 3:35 PM EST 'TIS THE 'SEASON': As the students go on winter break until their return to prime time in April, the soundtrack "Glee: Season One: The Music: Volume 2" starts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The first edition of the show's covers opened at No. 4 last month. The …

  8. Chart Beat Wednesday: Jay Sean, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood

    October 07, 2009 4:55 PM EDT 'DOWN' IS UP: What goes up must come down. In this case, it's because of "Down." After a record 26-week reign with "I Gotta Feeling" (the last 14 weeks) and "Boom Boom Pow" (12 weeks directly prior), the Black Eyed Peas cede the Billboard Hot 100…

  9. Adam Lambert Pre-'Idol' Debut Album Due This Summer

    June 19, 2009 9:16 PM EDT It looks like Adam Lambert's debut album may not be released on 19 Recordings/RCA after all. Sources confirm to Billboard.com that an album's worth of tracks Lambert co-wrote and recorded before "Idol" will be released in the summer by Hi Fi Recordings and Wilshire Records…

  10. New Album Lets Gavin DeGraw's Brother Improve Old Songs

    May 11, 2009 8:10 AM EDT Joey DeGraw's upcoming sophomore album gave him a chance to better some songs from his debut as well as showcase his new material. "Say Something Strong," due out June 9, features re-recordings of three songs -- "Tragedy," "Sunny" and "Your Last Day…

  11. Matt Giraud Looks Towards What's Next On The 'Idol' Horizon

    April 30, 2009 2:58 PM EDT Matt Giraud is ready for what's next. The Michigan singer, who was booted from "American Idol" on Wednesday night by a season-high viewer vote of 47 million says he's looking forward to a quick trip home, a return to Los Angeles for the season finale, touring North America…

  12. Gavin DeGraw Unveils Stripped-Down Sound On 'Free'

    March 31, 2009 8:20 AM EDT Gavin DeGraw says the main creative goal for his new album, "Free," "was to really have a chance to make an indie record, really," even though the New York singer-songwriter remains in the major ranks, on J Records. "Free," which comes out March 31 follows DeGraw…

  13. Fergie, Pussycat Dolls To Play NCAA Final Four Concerts

    March 09, 2009 12:08 PM EDT The Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, Staind, Gym Class Heroes and Gavin DeGraw have been tapped as headliners for The Big Dance, a three-day concert series taking place during the NCAA Final Four basketball championship weekend next month in Detroit. The Dolls, taking a break from their run on Britney…

  14. 'American Idol' Selects First Three Semifinalists

    February 19, 2009 11:49 AM EST Tatiana Del Toro had something else to cry about. The emotional 28-year-old crooner from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was one of nine "American Idol" semifinalists sent packing yesterday (Feb. 18). Del Toro, whom judge Simon Cowell called a "drama queen" after her performance…

  15. Gavin DeGraw Works Speedily On New Album

    February 17, 2009 3:07 PM EST Less than a year after his last J album, Gavin DeGraw will release a new set of self-described low-key songs, "Free," on March 31. "We kept the production very minimal in order to get everything that lies between me and the audience out of the way. By removing all the bells and…

  16. Billboard Underground: Todd Alsup

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Todd Alsup called Billboard Underground from a busy convention center in Lancaster, Pa., where he was performing and networking with the National Assn. of Campus Activities in the hopes of future book Todd Alsup called Billboard Underground from a busy convention center in Lancaster, Pa.,…

  17. The Billboard Q&A: Chikezie

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At 22, California native Chikezie proved to be one of the most mature contestants in this seventh season. With his faith in check, and a love of the Beatles and bluegrass, this young singer discusses At 22, California native Chikezie proved to be one of the most mature contestants in this…

  18. Coldplay Is Hot Shot Debut On Billboard Hot 100

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. Hot Shot Debuts Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. The song is one of two Coldplay tracks to enter…

  19. Chart Beat

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart feats from Rihanna, Neil Diamond, New Kids On The Block and more! 'BOW' WOWS: It's getting to be a habit with Rihanna. Her "Take a Bow" (SRP/Def Jam) rockets 53-1 on the Hot 100, the third giant leap on that tally in her career. That's the…

  20. Rihanna Overtakes Leona Lewis On Hot 100

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here yesterday, Rihanna's "Take a Bow" makes a near-record-breaking jump on the Hot 100 this week to overtake Leona Lewis' four-week No. 1, "Bleeding Love." "Take a Bow" soars 53-1 thanks to As tipped here yesterday, Rihanna's "Take…

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