1. Duke Grad Mike Posner Heats Up The Charts

    June 25, 2010 12:24 PM EDT Before Mike Posner graduated from Duke University in May with a 3.6 GPA and a degree in sociology, he had already locked in something many college seniors covet: a job. Great news, especially in this roiling economy. But some might not consider Posner's real-world job-as a singer…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Veterans Victorious

    June 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ROCK OF AGES: While rookie rapper Drake rules the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Thank Me Later," certain venerable acts aren't quite ready to cede the survey's spotlight. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers become the second group, following the Rolling Stones , to…

  3. Hot Tours: Black Eyed Peas, Rammstein, Vasco Rossi

    June 24, 2010 12:01 PM EDT Black Eyed Peas take the week's No. 1 spot on Hot Tour with box office totals reported from nine arenas on the European leg of its E.N.D. World Tour. Following a 34-city North American trek which took place during the first four months of the year, the L.A.-based hip-hop group kicked off…

  4. Tupac, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. Among Inductees To National Recording Registry

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recordings by Tupac Shakur , Willie Nelson , R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of "Gypsy" are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. Under the terms of 2000's National Recording Preservation…

  5. 25 Stars Remember Michael Jackson, A Video Tribute

    June 22, 2010 1:53 PM EDT Among the over two dozen artists who shared their love for Michael Jackson on camera with Billboard.com recently, it was Jason Derulo who summed up how everyone felt. "It's crazy, I can't believe one year has passed," Derulo said. "It's still surreal for me. How…

  6. Release Of The Week: The-Dream

    June 22, 2010 9:45 AM EDT Chart Article T he-Dream's forthcoming album, "Love King" (set for release June 29 on Radio Killa/Def Jam) is the third set in a triology of albums from the singer/songwriter/producer, following 2007 "Love/Hate" and 2009's "Love vs Money." "Love…

  7. Ask Billboard: Jewel, Ciara, Ricky Martin

    June 18, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 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. A JEWEL IS FOREVER Hi Gary, I was ecstatic when I saw that Jewel 's…

  8. Free Snoop Dogg Concert Banned In The Hague

    June 17, 2010 12:29 PM EDT U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg , a frequent visitor to the Netherlands and aficionado of its readily available marijuana, will not be allowed to perform at a free concert in The Hague, authorities said on Thursday. The mayor of the Dutch city, public prosecutors and the police have asked organizers…

  9. 'California Dorks' Parody Is As Catchy As Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'

    June 17, 2010 9:52 AM EDT You thought Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was addictive . "California Dorks," a new parody of Perry's No. 1 hit made by YouTube user JasonMundayMusic , makes a convincing case for why "you can search Google Maps, but nothing comes close to the Gold Coast!…

  10. Michael Jackson: It's A Wonderful Afterlife

    June 17, 2010 4:00 AM EDT On March 5, 2009,when music legend Michael Jackson announced that he would perform a run of 50 concerts at London's O2 Arena in a comeback tour called This Is It, the media largely greeted the news with skepticism and derision. The Guardian wrote that a quickly erected stage at the press…

  11. Crystal Castles, "Crystal Castles"

    June 16, 2010 10:23 AM EDT Electronic duo Crystal Castles generally operates in two distinct modes--its songs are either angry dancefloor scorchers built around videogame blips or expansive shoegaze numbers that sail off upon waves of synth lines. Although the group's 2008 self-titled debut was furiously…

  12. Comedians Play Rock Stars at Bonnaroo

    June 12, 2010 12:07 AM EDT Comedians were living out their rock star (or bluegrass star) dreams throughout the first full day of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. And they showed they can carry a tune, too. Bonnaroo Main | Bonnaroo 2010 Photos 10 Awesome Bonnaroo Moments Conan O'Brien started the day with a…

  13. Kanye West featuring Dwele, "Power"

    June 11, 2010 11:19 AM EDT Kanye West followed the warm, synth-laden hip-hop of "Graduation" with the introspective, Auto-Tuned R&B of "808s & Heartbreak," making it difficult to predict the direction of upcoming album "Good Ass Job." With its stunning mix of rock-leaning…

  14. R. Kelly Kicks Off World Cup In South Africa

    June 11, 2010 10:37 AM EDT A sold-out crowd of 84,490 at Soweto's Soccer City celebrated the launch of the World Cup in South Africa today (June 11) at the opening ceremony - a music and dance spectacular that confirmed Africa's status as a global cultural hotbed. Video: R. Kelly performs "Sign of…

  15. Kickoff Concert Opens 2010 FIFA World Cup

    June 10, 2010 6:26 PM EDT "South Africa, South Africa, are you ready?" Black Eyed Peas will.i.am shouted to the 30-000 strong crowd 12 minutes into the live broadcast - and from that moment, the first-ever FIFA World Cup Kick-Off concert hit its stride and the pace never let up. Dressed in glitzy military…

  16. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, "Glee"

    June 10, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 'CALIFORNIA' COASTS TO NO. 1: As previously reported , Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rises 2-1 in its fourth week on the chart. Perry'…

  17. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At CMT Awards

    June 10, 2010 10:00 AM EDT The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it again during the CMT Music Awards. The former "American Idol" champ won Wednesday night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year for "Temporary Home" two months…

  18. Will World Cup Make South Africa a Long-Term Touring hot Spot?

    June 09, 2010 12:15 PM EDT If the World Cup is the greatest sporting show on earth, then FIFA's accompanying Kick-Off Celebration Concert is certainly one of the biggest gigs ever seen on the African continent. "In terms of scale, [it's] definitely up there with the 46664 concert," says John…

  19. Jamey Johnson Reveals 'Guitar Song' Details

    June 09, 2010 10:28 AM EDT J amey Johnson will give fans plenty of new material when he releases "The Guitar Song," his follow-up to 2008's award-winning, gold-certified "That Lonesome Song," on Sept. 14. "The Guitar Song" spreads 25 songs across two CDs -- including "Macon,"…

  20. Kid Rock Ready to Party as CMT Awards Host

    June 08, 2010 12:34 PM EDT Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of the Country Music Television Awards. It will be kind of like throwing a party. "They're just kind of loose and fun, and they're geared that way - to have fun," he said of Wednesday's event, to be aired…

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