1. Justin Bieber's Shadow Hovers Over 'American Idol' Milwaukee Auditions

    January 26, 2011 10:56 PM EST "American Idol" continues to treat its youngest auditioners extra kindly, as Wednesday night's (Jan. 26) episode showcasing the Milwaukee, Wis., tryouts saw every single 15-year-old getting a golden ticket to Hollywood, according to host Ryan Seacrest. From Thia Megia, a…

  2. Taylor Swift Gets Christmas Boost on Billboard 200, Foxx Earns Highest Debut

    December 29, 2010 11:00 AM EST Last-minute Christmas shopping -- and post holiday purchases -- impact both the Billboard 200 albums chart and Digital Songs tally this week. As forecasted, Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" continues to reign on the albums tally with 276,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, while over…

  3. Billboard Bits: Bieber Plays Santa, Ultimate Last-Minute Holiday Playlist

    December 24, 2010 1:14 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Plays Santa for Sick Children Justin Bieber went the extra mile to give back to fans on Thursday, bringing a busload of toys to sick children in extra need of holiday cheer. The singer parked his tour…

  4. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Michael' Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 11:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. 1 "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift and…

  5. Boyle's 'Gift' Keeps Giving on Billboard 200, 'Tron' Hits Top 10

    December 15, 2010 11:16 AM EST S usan Boyle's "The Gift" racks up its fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling another 243,000 (down 10%) according to Nielsen Soundscan. In its five weeks of release, the set has moved 1.43 million. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now…

  6. Boyle Back to No. 1 on Billboard 200, Peas Begin At No. 6

    December 08, 2010 11:09 AM EST Weeks ago -- on paper, at least -- it seemed like the Black Eyed Peas' "The Beginning" was a safe bet for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart, especially considering how their last set, 2009's "The E.N.D.," blasted in atop the list with 304,000 in its…

  7. Mariah, Susan Boyle Come Out For 'Christmas at Rockefeller Center'

    December 01, 2010 2:46 PM EST Last night (Nov. 30) the Christmas festivities were in full swing with some of the biggest females in music coming out to sing for 78th Annual Tree Lighting at NYC's Rockefeller Center. Mariah Carey , Kylie Minogue , Susan Boyle , Annie Lennox , Charice , and Jessica Simpson sang to the…

  8. The Top-Charting Holiday Albums Of The Past 25 Years

    December 01, 2010 2:45 PM EST It's the most wonderful time of the year for holiday albums. Make that the most wonderful time of the past 52 years . On the Billboard 200 released Thursday (Nov. 25), Susan Boyle 's holiday-themed "The Gift" spent a second week at No. 1, fending off Jackie Evancho 's…

  9. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Score Big Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 01, 2010 11:00 AM EST As expected, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj arrive in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, respectively, on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Mr. West sold 496,000 of his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while Minaj moved 375,000 of her "Pink Friday" debut according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  10. Susan Boyle's 'Gift' Tops Rihanna, Kid Rock on Billboard 200

    November 24, 2010 11:00 AM EST S usan Boyle 's "The Gift" scores a rare second-week increase from a No. 1 debut as it sells 335,000 (up 5%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, and holds atop the Billboard 200. It bowed at No. 1 last week with 318,000. The last No. 1 debut to post a sales jump in its second week…

  11. Susan Boyle's 'Gift' to Keep Giving on Billboard 200

    November 18, 2010 2:40 PM EST Though a hefty number of blockbuster new albums reached the marketplace on Tuesday, Nov. 16, none of them look like they'll topple Susan Boyle's "The Gift" from No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that the Christmas-flavored "Gift…

  12. Billboard Bits: Metallica Honors Armed Forces, Lil Wayne Buys 48 Bottles of Champagne

    November 05, 2010 6:47 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Metallica Headlines 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' Launch Event, Honors U.S. Armed Forces Metallica headlined the launch event for the Activision "Call of Duty: Black Ops" video game last night (Nov.…

  13. Ask Billboard: Sugarland's Sweet Success

    October 29, 2010 4:05 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. TWO TO 1 Hey Gary…

  14. Susan Boyle Gives Oprah's 'Biggest Performance Ever'

    October 20, 2010 12:58 PM EDT P erforming for the Pope was a huge accomplishment for Susan Boyle , but on yesterday's (Oct. 19) episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the singer gave what Oprah called the biggest performance the show has ever seen. Video: Susan Boyle Performs "Don't Dream It's…

  15. Billboard Bits: Eve Announces New Album, Susan Boyle Stopping By 'Oprah'

    October 18, 2010 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Eve Announces Date for New Album After multiple delays, Eve 's forthcoming album "Lip Lock," has been given a March 11 release date on EMI records. The rapper says that the album is "definitely…

  16. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Katy Perry, Billy Ray Cyrus

    August 19, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ONE OF THE BOYS: As "Recovery" spends a sixth week atop the Billboard 200 and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth frame, Eminem joins an elite group of male artists who have led both lists with albums and accompanying singles…

  17. 'Got Talent' Kid Jackie Evancho Makes Chart Impact

    August 19, 2010 10:30 AM EDT -year-old "America's Got Talent" contestant Jackie Evancho quickly profited from her buzzed-about performance on the NBC show last week. Her self-released album, "Prelude to a Dream," starts at No. 121 on the Billboard 200, No. 20 on Digital Albums and No. 2 on…

  18. Final Daily Noise: Bill Werde Says Goodbye in Style

    August 13, 2010 5:28 PM EDT In today's final edition of the Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Bill Werde says farewell after a year of bringing you the top music news every day--but you can still get your Fuse news fix on "A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus," launching Sept. 16. We…

  19. 'Got Talent' Kid Jackie Evancho Earns Susan Boyle Comparisons

    August 12, 2010 11:38 AM EDT Watch out, Susan Boyle . Here comes Jackie Evancho. A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who was chosen by YouTube viewers to compete on NBC's "America's Got Talent" stunned the judges and audience Tuesday night with her big voice. Video: Jackie Evancho on "America's…

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