1. Court Tosses FCC 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Fine

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal appeals court today (July 21) threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction. A federal appeals court today (July 21) threw out a $550,000 indecency fine…

  2. Bit of a Blur: The Autobiography

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former Blur bassist Alex James recounts his ascent to rock stardom in mid-1990s London and the subsequent rapid explosion of his ego with plenty of wit in hindsight. London in the mid-1990s was an epicenter of the music and art worlds, verging on a major political shift. James, formerly the…

  3. Ask Billboard

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' burning questions on Olivia Newton-John, the Pussycat Dolls and Missy Elliott. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city,…

  4. Lyle Lovett Looks Toward The Future

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lyle Lovett is starting to think about the future, including a follow-up to his 2007 album "It's Not Big It's Large," but he's in no hurry. Lyle Lovett is starting to think about the future, including a follow-up to his 2007 album "It's Not Big It's…

  5. 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…

  6. Weller Returns To No. 1 On U.K. Album Chart

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul Weller claimed a new No. 1 album on the U.K. charts with "22 Dreams" (Universal Island), five years after his last bestseller, "Illumination," and 25 since the Jam, first hit the British summit w Paul Weller claimed a new No. 1 album on the U.K. charts with "22…

  7. Nine Inch Nails Reshuffles Touring Lineup

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nine Inch Nails has reshuffled its new touring lineup announced in early April, with bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Garbage) replacing Rich Fownes. Nine Inch Nails has reshuffled its new touring lineup announced in early April, with bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Garbage)…

  8. 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"…

  9. Usher, Rihanna Lead The Way On U.K. Charts

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher scored an instant No. 1 yesterday (June 1) on the new U.K. album chart with "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Sony BMG) as Rihanna's "Take a Bow" (Def Jam/Universal) started a second week atop the singles Usher scored an instant No. 1 yesterday (June 1) on the new U.K.…

  10. Lil Wayne Tops Hot 100 Amid 'Idol' Infusion

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne is No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Lollipop," amid the debut of 14 tracks from "American Idol" contestants David Cook (11) and David Archuleta (three). As previously re Lil Wayne is No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100 with "…

  11. Back To The 'Club'

    May 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After telling all on his juicy 2004 disc "Confessions," Usher is all about settling down on "Here I Stand," due this week via Jive. Here, the new husband and father embraces his maturation on cuts lik After telling all on his juicy 2004 disc "Confessions," Usher…

  12. Ting Tings, Rihanna In Control On U.K. Charts

    May 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British punk-dance duo the Ting Tings conceded top spot on the U.K. singles chart yesterday with "That's Not My Name" (Columbia) to Rihanna's "Take a Bow" (Def Jam/Universal), but had the major consol British punk-dance duo the Ting Tings conceded top spot on the…

  13. Lil Wayne's 'Lollipop' Returns To Hot 100 Peak

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a three-week break, Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" featuring Static Major returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It's the longest chart-topping hiatus since Usher's "U Got It Bad" went fou After a three-week break, Lil Wayne's "Lollipop…

  14. Neil Diamond Debuts Atop U.K. Album Chart

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond repeated his Billboard 200 feat by entering the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (May 18) with "Home Before Dark." It's his second album chart-topper in the territory, and first with a Neil Diamond repeated his Billboard 200 feat by entering the U.K. album chart…

  15. Chart Beat Chat

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "The Twist," "Take a Bow" and more! LET'S 'TWIST' AGAIN Dear Fred, Twice in the last few weeks you have run letters reminding us that Chubby Checker's "The Twist" went to No. 1 on two separate occasions, separated…

  16. Chart Beat

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart feats from Rihanna, Neil Diamond, New Kids On The Block and more! 'BOW' WOWS: It's getting to be a habit with Rihanna. Her "Take a Bow" (SRP/Def Jam) rockets 53-1 on the Hot 100, the third giant leap on that tally in her career. That's the…

  17. Rihanna Overtakes Leona Lewis On Hot 100

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here yesterday, Rihanna's "Take a Bow" makes a near-record-breaking jump on the Hot 100 this week to overtake Leona Lewis' four-week No. 1, "Bleeding Love." "Take a Bow" soars 53-1 thanks to As tipped here yesterday, Rihanna's "Take…

  18. Scooter Unseats Madonna On U.K. Album Chart

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German techno band Scooter scored a big upset on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 11), unseating Madonna's "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.) to debut at No. 1 with "Jumping All Over the World" (All A German techno band Scooter scored a big upset on the new U.K. album…

  19. Leona Lewis Holds Onto Hot 100 No. 1

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" keeps the lead on The Billboard Hot 100 as the track holds tight at No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week. Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" keeps the lead on the Billboard Hot 100 as the track holds tight at No. 1 for a fourth non…

  20. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200 With 7th No. 1

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200 , with…

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