1. Chart Beat Chat

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," foreign language titles and Coldplay. KISS THE GIRL Hi Fred, I deeply empathize with Tommy Marx's letter about pop music's rising acceptance for the gay and lesbian community. We've come a long way from…

  2. Lil Wayne And Montgomery Gentry Make Hot Shot Debuts

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne grabs Hot Shot Debut prizes on The Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Hot 100 while George Straits scores Greatest Gainer on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums this Hot Shot Debuts: Lil Wayne blows away the competition this week on the Billboard 200 as he…

  3. Chart Beat: Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou Harris and more! THE STATE OF CAPITOL: The stars have aligned for the Hollywood-and-Vine label. With Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" moving up one rung from 2-1 and Katy Perry's "I Kissed…

  4. Digital Sales Drive Coldplay To Top Of Hot 100

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here yesterday, Coldplay scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Viva La Vida," which jumps from No. 2 spurred by digital sales of 246,000 copies. The group's fourth As tipped here yesterday, Coldplay scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot…

  5. Coldplay Headed To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Hot 100

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of Lil Wayne's 1 million-plus debut sales week with "Tha Carter III," Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (Capitol) will post similarly lofty numbers and bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week On the heels of Lil Wayne's 1 million-plus debut sales…

  6. Katy Perry, "One of the Boys"

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT She name-checks Gwen Stefani in her press materials, and the title track here covers similar thematic territory as No Doubt's "Just a Girl." But Katy Perry's true foremother is Alanis Morissette. She name-checks Gwen Stefani in her press materials, and the title track here…

  7. Summer Of 'Rock'

    June 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Jonas Brothers won't release their new album for two months, but the soundtrack to the Disney film "Camp Rock" should tide their millions of fans over nicely. The Jonas Brothers won't release their new album for two months, but the soundtrack to the Disney film "…

  8. 'Girl' Talk

    June 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "I'm not afraid to be pop and I can't wait to be super-mainstream," says new Capitol signing Katy Perry, whose debut, "One of the Boys," arrives this week. "I'm not afraid to be pop and I can't wait to be super-mainstream," says new Capitol…

  9. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    June 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay lets a little experimentation into its gazillion-selling pop/rock, the Jonas Brothers pack their things for "Camp Rock" and newcomer Katy Perry indulges her mainstream ambitions in this week' An expanded edition of Rihanna's 2007 album "Good Girl Gone Bad…

  10. Sparks

    June 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT I only agreed to do it because I thought it wouldn't happen. Twenty-one albums in 21 nights? More than 270 songs? Are you nuts? Sure, let's do it. As Christmas 2007 approached, "Sparks 21X21" was evol Cult rock act Sparks is in the midst of performing all 21 of its albums…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Fellowship, which comes with a $20,000 prize, 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National…

  12. Six Questions: The Jonas Brothers

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Jonas Brothers took time off from making little girls' hearts pitter-patter to chat with Billboard about touring in Europe, the film "Camp Rock," their new album titled "A Little Bit Longer," and "Look at him!" shrieks the 11-year-old girl in the…

  13. Lil Wayne Continues Hot 100 Dominance

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With his new album "Tha Carter III" poised to debut next week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Lil Wayne begins a fifth week atop the Hot 100 with "Lollipop" featuring Static Major. Five songs from "Tha With his new album "Tha Carter III" poised to debut next…

  14. Disturbed Scores Third Straight No. 1 Album

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Disturbed claims its third Billboard 200 No. 1 as "Indestructible" bows atop the chart this week. Moving 252,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Warner Bros. set follows in the footsteps of Disturbed claims its third Billboard 200 No. 1 as "Indestructible" bows…

  15. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Brussels after meeting European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, Bono s 2005 - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the…

  16. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

  17. Usher and Al Green Lead This Week's Hot Shot Debuts

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher and Al Green score Hot Shot Debuts this week while Katy Perry and Rihanna earn Greatest Gainers stripes and Fergie and Kirk Franklin grab Pacesetter honors. Hot Shot Debuts: Usher makes an impressive return to The Billboard 200 this week, earning the Hot Shot Debut prize and the No. 1…

  18. Chart Beat

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Capitol Records' Coldplay and Katy Perry, Al Green, Bobby Womack and more! CAPITOL IDEA: Soaring singles from Coldplay and Katy Perry give the Capitol label two titles in the top five of the Hot 100 for the first time since the week of Sept. 15, 1990. On the current chart,…

  19. Lil Wayne Fends Off Coldplay, Perry On Hot 100

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With his long-delayed new album "Tha Carter III" finally due out next week, Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" begins a fourth frame at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But there's strong competition from Coldplay With his long-delayed new album "Tha Carter III"…

  20. My Morning Jacket

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The guiding principle that "music is everything" has helped My Morning Jacket grow from humble roots in Louisville into the American rock band many feel is most likely to take it to the proverbial nex It's 4 a.m. on the last night of South by Southwest, and Jim James is belting…

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