1. Chart Beat Thursday: Loretta Lynn, Madonna, Peter Wolf

    April 15, 2010 4:15 PM EDT MINING ANOTHER HIT: George Strait isn't the only country legend making chart headlines this week. While the King of Country notches a top 10 on Country Songs in a record 30th consecutive year , as "I Gotta Get to You" zips 12-9, Loretta Lynn adds to her legacy with a debut on…

  2. Volcanic Dust Threatens U.K. Acts' Coachella Sets

    April 15, 2010 1:45 PM EDT U.K. acts Gary Numan, the Cribs and Bad Lieutenant could miss their Coachella Festival appearances this weekend because of volcanic ash affecting flights. All flights in and out of Britain have been stopped because of a volcanic eruption in Iceland. The ash has been moving south and has also…

  3. Amy Macdonald Holds On To Euro Chart No. 1

    April 09, 2010 3:43 PM EDT Billboard's new European Albums listing shows a third week at No. 1 for Amy Macdonald 's "A Curious Thing" (Mercury/Universal), and there's a third consecutive, and fourth aggregate, week atop European Hot 100 Singles for Stromae's "Alors On Danse" …

  4. Big Audio Dynamite Reignited

    April 08, 2010 1:25 PM EDT A new version of Big Audio Dynamite 's debut album may have stoked interest in a band reunion. Co-founder Don Letts tells Billboard.com that while compiling "This is Big Audio Dynamite -- Legacy Edition," an expanded version of the 1985 set that comes out April 12 -- he and…

  5. Amy Macdonald Sophomore Set Tops Euro Chart

    March 25, 2010 11:48 AM EDT There are new leaders on both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts this week, with Amy Macdonald 's "A Curious Thing" (Mercury/Universal) rising 3-1 on European Albums and Stromae's "Alors On Danse" (Mosaert/Vertigo/Universal) moving back 2-1 for a…

  6. Lady Antebellum Returns To No. 1, Marvin Sapp Debuts Big On Billboard 200

    March 24, 2010 11:26 AM EDT L ady Antebellum 's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth non-consecutive week (93,000; down 11%), but the big album chart news is the arrival of Marvin Sapp 's "Here I Am" at No. 2 with 76,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's…

  7. Lady Gaga Retakes UK Singles, Albums Charts

    March 22, 2010 2:23 PM EDT Lady Gaga scored another U.K. chart double as the Official Charts Company's new sales data was published yesterday. The Interscope/Universal single "Telephone," featuring Beyoncé, jumped 12-1 in its 16th week, while Gaga's "The Fame" album moved back 5-1 in its…

  8. Gorillaz Scores Third Euro Chart No. 1

    March 18, 2010 9:06 AM EDT Parlophone/EMI's "virtual band" Gorillaz maintains its perfect record on Billboard's European Albums chart, scoring its third No. 1 from three studio releases with "Plastic Beach." On European Hot 100 Singles, meanwhile, Ke$ha 's "Tik Tok" (RCA…

  9. Marvin Sapp To Earn Highest Debut On 200 Chart Next Week

    March 17, 2010 1:51 PM EDT As for next week's Billboard 200, it's looking like gospel singer/minister Marvin Sapp will earn the highest debut as industry prognosticator foresee his "Here I Am" album selling as many as 70,000 copies by week's end on Sunday March 21. That sales figure may place…

  10. Ludacris Lands Fourth No. 1 Album With "Battle of the Sexes"

    March 17, 2010 1:23 PM EDT Ludacris scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the tally with 137,000 copies. The album is the rapper/actor's follow-up to 2008's "Theater of the Mind," which peaked at No. 5. Counting "Battle," Ludacris (aka…

  11. 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…

  12. Boyzone Beats Gorillaz To U.K. No. 1

    March 15, 2010 9:04 AM EDT Reunited Irish boy band Boyzone 's "Brother" (Polydor/Universal), named for the memory of their colleague Stephen Gatley, who died suddenly last October, debuted at the top of the new U.K. album chart. South London rapper Tinie Tempah's "Pass Out" (Parlophone/EMI…

  13. Broken Bells, "Broken Bells"

    March 12, 2010 3:30 PM EST Since becoming a hipster-household name six years ago with the release of "The Grey Album," Danger Mouse has assembled an impressive roster of collaborators from all over the art-pop map, including Beck , Damon Albarn and David Lynch . The producer's latest musical partner,…

  14. Gorillaz, "Plastic Beach"

    March 12, 2010 2:51 PM EST Gorillaz may have originated as a way for Damon Albarn to sidestep the limelight, but on the cartoon group's third album, "Plastic Beach," he very much takes center stage. Self-producing for the first time, Albarn also sings more than on previous Gorillaz releases, despite an…

  15. Videos of the Week: Adam Lambert Glams Up Leno, T-Pain & Estelle Get Freaky, Mini Lady Gaga Entertains

    March 05, 2010 12:22 PM EST In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing, Adam Lambert helps bring Jay Leno back to late night, a "Mini Lady Gaga " takes Brazilian TV by storm, T-Pain and Estelle both get freaky, Jay-Z teases his new concert doc, and more. 1) Adam Lambert Glams Up Jay Leno "…

  16. Billboard Bits: Pavement, Regina Spektor, T.I., Gorillaz and More

    March 02, 2010 6:01 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Lo-fi rockers Pavement played their first show in ten years on their reunion tour last night (March 1) in Auckland, New Zealand, featuring songs from all five of the band's albums. The group…

  17. Young Money Debuts Comic Book-Inspired 'Roger That' Video

    March 02, 2010 4:45 PM EST Lil Wayne 's jail sentence might've been postponed again today (March 2) due to a courthouse fire, but that didn't stop the rapper from firing off with the first of nearly 20 videos he's filmed recently. The Young Money collective's comic book-inspired "Roger…

  18. Bruce Willis Takes Aim At Gorillaz In 'Stylo' Video

    March 02, 2010 3:34 PM EST The Gorillaz ' new music video for "Stylo" pits them against none other than action hero Bruce Willis, who plays a gun-toting assassin in high-speed pursuit of the crew's animated alter-egos. Watch Gorillaz "Stylo" Video on YouTube In the clip, Murdoc Niccals,…

  19. OK Go's Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine

    March 02, 2010 12:55 PM EST O k Go is known for filming mesmerizing music videos, but the Chicago rockers may have outshined their infectious tredmill choreography with their latest clip, "This Too Shall Pass." The single-shot video features an enormous, two-story Rube Goldberg machine -- a complex contraption…

  20. Ask Billboard: Alternative's Slow Rides

    February 26, 2010 6:55 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. RESISTANCE Dear Gary, I was looking at the top portion of the Alternative…

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