1. Pop Rocks: fun. Times for Alternative at Top 40 Radio

    April 16, 2012 12:05 PM EDT As fun. and Gotye's alternative smashes cross to top 40, lines are blurring between the two formats. Alternative music isn't quite so alternative lately. With Julie Pilat shares a similar perspective, as she serves as PD of Clear Channel alternative KYSR and asst. PD/music director…

  2. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  3. Alabama Shakes Debut at No. 3 on U.K. Chart

    April 16, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Adele Jumps 3-1 on Album Chart; Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Is No. 1 Single for 2nd Week Adele's "21" is back at the top of the U.K. album chart, for a 22nd aggregate week, climbing 3-1 to depose Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded."…

  4. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?

    April 15, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Some fans aren't quite pleased with the Queen of Pop's new material. Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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,…

  5. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Pulp, Mazzy Star, James, Refused... (What Decade Is This?) Also: Scorching Rock From Black Keys & Gary Clark, Jr. on Day 1 More than the dry wit of Pulp , Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia , the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012…

  6. Gotye's Smash Hit Almost Didn't Happen

    April 13, 2012 6:20 PM EDT After a Six-Month Build, 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Is a Breakout Hit, With Nearly 4.5 Million Copies Sold It's the hit that almost wasn't, a simple song that's become a ­worldwide smash but nearly disappeared before it was even finished. Gotye's "…

  7. 'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez Shine on 'Modern' Tunes

    April 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT The night "American Idol" contestants sing modern songs is always an intriguing episode because, hey, the music's relevant for once! Make no mistake -- I'm not discounting the allure of the past and belting out tunes that older viewers will recognize, but it's always…

  8. Hot 100: Fun. Makes Digital Sales History in Sixth Week at No. 1

    April 11, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Fun. 's "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae , leads the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a sixth week. In doing so, it becomes the first song ever to log six weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales. With 390,000 downloads sold in the April 2-8 tracking period, according…

  9. 'Glee' Recap: He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother Edition

    April 11, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Ever since Blaine Anderson became the hot commodity in the Glee-verse, fans have been waiting on bated breath for further character development for the dashing boy who swept Kurt Hummel off his feet, especially more info about his family and home life. "Glee" took a step in that…

  10. Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Reloaded' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" debuts atop the list with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly better-than-expected sales figure, as industry sources had suggested last week that…

  11. Nicki Minaj's 'Roman' Conquers U.K. Chart

    April 09, 2012 9:50 AM EDT On Singles Chart, Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Rises to No. 1 Former "Canadian Idol" contestant Carly Rae Jepsen scored the second-highest first-week sales of the U.K. singles chart year as her current Billboard Hot 100 top tenner "Call Me Maybe" raced…

  12. Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot 100

    April 04, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Fun. Leads Chart for a 5th Week, but Bieber Notches Biggest Hit & 2nd-Highest Debut Digital Sales Week Ever F un. 's "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, tops the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a fifth week, just holding off Justin Bieber 's "Boyfriend,…

  13. Shinedown Has Its Best Week Ever on Madonna-led Billboard 200

    April 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As earlier reported , Madonna 's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" bow at Nos. 1 and 2 this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Madonna has now etched a total of eight No.…

  14. 'The Voice' Recap: Lindsey Soars as the Show Goes Live

    April 03, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Professional experience won the first round of live shows in the second season of "The Voice," as viewers are given the opportunity to help determine which five of each judge's six hand-picked contestants move on to the next round. The live shows, which began Monday with the…

  15. Chart Highlights: Beyonce 'On Top' of Dance/Club Play Songs

    April 02, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Bey banks her 18th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, moving her within one of Janet Jackson for the seond-most leaders in the chart's history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the…

  16. Emeli Sande Talks Career Start: 'People Didn't Know What to Do With Me'

    March 29, 2012 10:00 AM EDT What makes Emeli Sandé -- born Adele Emeli Sandé -- so captivating is her passion. It resonates loudly through her vocal prowess, which pilots her debut album, "Our Version of Events," and acts as the anchor of the intimate stories the 25 yr. old tells in each one of her songs. That…

  17. Fun. Notch Fourth Week Atop Hot 100

    March 28, 2012 5:45 PM EDT 'We Are Young' Makes Historic Moves, While Kelly Clarkson Scores First No. 1 on Radio Songs F un. 's "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 , while Kelly Clarkson collects her first topper on the Radio Songs survey and…

  18. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 11:00 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since " As for the rest of the Billboard 200's top 10, …

  19. Katy Perry, Paul Weller Top U.K. Charts

    March 26, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Former Jam Singer Outsells David Guetta By Only 150 Copies; Perry's 'Part of Me' Her Third No. 1 Single In a photo-finish that saw him beat David Guetta's "Nothing But The Beat" by a sales margin of just 150 copies, Paul Weller scored his fourth solo U.K. No. 1…

  20. 'Hunger Games,' Shins and Odd Future Are Top 10 Bound

    March 23, 2012 7:38 PM EDT The just-released "The Hunger Games" soundtrack seems to be on a steady course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that the album will sell at least 175,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, March 25. Adele's "…

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