1. The Wombats Rock Jessie J

    July 18, 2011 10:25 AM EDT With a synth and guitars, The Wombats turn Jessie J 's poppy "Price Tag" into a Brit-rock confection in this week's Mashup Mondays installment. Photos: The Wombats' Mashup Behind-The-Scenes The Wombats at Billboard "We saw Jessie J perform at a TV show in France…

  2. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  3. Beyonce's '4' Debuts Atop U.K. Album Chart, Has Six Singles in Top 75

    July 04, 2011 12:46 PM EDT Yesterday's new U.K. sales charts from the Official Charts Company revealed a week of triumph for Beyoncé , in the wake of her headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival June 26. "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) sold 89,000 units to become her second No. 1 album…

  4. Billboard Bits: Jessie J Talks Death Threats, J. Cole Named Rihanna Opener

    June 29, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jessie J Admits to Receiving Death Threats In an interview with Q Magazine, Jessie J admitted to receiving physical threats since crossing over to the U.S. with debut album "Who You Are." "I've…

  5. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 7/25/2011

    June 25, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @atrak : Don't hurt the biebz. @thegame : A man has 2…

  6. SBTRKT Catches 'Fire' with Drake Remix, Self-Titled Debut

    June 25, 2011 11:00 AM EDT For European dance music producers looking to broaden their audience in the United States, it's hard to beat a Drake remix. The platinum-selling rap superstar is known for hopping on songs by artists that fall far outside the confines of rap- Lykke Li , Jamie xx , Jai Paul -and expanding…

  7. Britney Spears Battles Paparazzi in 'I Wanna Go' Video

    June 22, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Britney Spears literally fights off paparazzi and flashes her, ahem, humorous side in the music video for "I Wanna Go," the third single from "Femme Fatale." The Chris Marrs Piliero-directed clip premiered Wednesday morning (June 22) on MTV, just in time to qualify for…

  8. Britney Spears Sparkles at Femme Fatale Tour's Los Angeles Stop

    June 21, 2011 3:10 PM EDT Britney Spears brought her Femme Fatale tour to Los Angeles' Staples Center last night (June 20), where the packed crowd heard a plethora of hits from the singer's decade-plus career. Among the tunes included in the evening were all five of her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits: "..…

  9. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  10. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida after an extended illness. As a statement on the…

  11. 'The Voice' Debuts Live with Team Aguilera Vs. Team Shelton

    June 08, 2011 1:08 PM EDT C hristina Aguilera was a ball of energy backstage Tuesday (June 7) when "The Voice" wrapped its first live show, as the singer shared her thoughts on her team's performance with a crammed line of journalists. "Tonight I saw enormous growth," Aguilera told Billboard…

  12. Watch Britney Spears Get Giddy Over Femme Fatale Tour Stage

    June 07, 2011 6:15 PM EDT It's always fun to remember that pop stars are just like us. In an oversized t-shirt, sweatpants, a messy bun, and can of Coca-Cola in hand, Britney Spears was all kinds of giddy at her first viewing of the stage set up for her upcoming Femme Fatale Tour. Exclaiming "I love it"…

  13. Lady Gaga and Pitbull Top U.K. Charts, Sister Act the Pierces Debuts Strong

    June 06, 2011 8:48 AM EDT Lady Gaga started a second week atop the U.K. album chart and Pitbull a third on the singles survey in new data published by the Official Charts Company Sunday. Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) rules the album chart with second-week sales of 67,000, ahead of Adele&…

  14. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Blasts Onto U.K. Chart

    May 30, 2011 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" album made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart Sunday (May 29), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top ten titles combined. "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring…

  15. Fleet Foxes Debut at No. 2 on U.K. Chart, Ellie Goulding Climbs

    May 09, 2011 8:32 AM EDT For the 14th time in the 15 weeks since its release, Adele 's "21" (XL Recordings) tops the U.K. album chart, outselling Fleet Foxes ' new entry at No. 2, "Helplessness Blues" (Bella Union) by 70%, according to the Official Charts Company. "Party Rock Anthem…

  16. Billboard Bits: Cee Lo Thanks Volunteer Firefighters, The Cure to 'Reflect' on Classic Albums

    May 06, 2011 6:36 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Cee Lo Green Thanks Volunteer Firefighters Cee Lo Green, in conjunction with a Duracell campaign, has reworked his mega-hit "F**k You" in honor of volunteer firefighters, dubbing the lyrically reworked…

  17. Rick Springfield Arrested for DUI in Malibu

    May 02, 2011 5:53 PM EDT Singer Rick Springfield was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk through Malibu in his vintage Corvette over the weekend, police said on Monday. Springfield, 61, was taken into custody on Sunday night after failing a field sobriety test, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman said in…

  18. Adele's '21' Returns to Top of U.K. Charts, Foo Fighters at No. 2

    April 25, 2011 8:31 AM EDT Adele 's "21" (XL Recordings) resumed its supremacy yesterday (Sunday) on the U.K. album charts moving back 2-1 after the Foo Fighters ' "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) last week broke its 12-week run at No. 1. "Party Rock Anthem" …

  19. Foo Fighters Earn First No. 1 Album with 'Wasting Light'

    April 20, 2011 10:50 AM EDT As forecasted last week, Foo Fighters finally get their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Wasting Light" debuts atop the list with 235,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The start is the band's second-largest sales week -- trumped only by the No. 2 launch…

  20. Hits Of The World: Around The World In Five Songs

    April 19, 2011 1:05 PM EDT The Hits of the World section of Billboard magazine has always emitted an aura of exoticness. Pre-internet and, especially, pre-YouTube, a scan of the Hits of the World international chart listings afforded a rare snapshot of the dance music thumping in U.K. clubs; hit Australian songs by…

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