1. Chart Juice: Kanye West and Jay-Z Earn First 'Watch the Throne' No. 1 Single

    November 03, 2011 1:10 PM EDT "Ni**as in Paris" becomes the first song from Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaborative album "Watch the Throne" to reach No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as the song rises 2-1. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne': Track-by-Track…

  2. 'X Factor' Live Voting Begins After Final 12 Perform

    November 03, 2011 9:50 AM EDT After 162 contestants emerged from "X Factor" auditions, the judges have slowly been narrowing down the competition. With 12 contestants left, it's finally America's turn to have a say. After tonight's live two-hour episode of "X Factor," viewers were able…

  3. Tyrese Returns to Music With Assists From Rick Ross, T.I. -- And His Own Label

    October 28, 2011 3:15 PM EDT After a tumultuous hiatus from music, filled with a "nasty divorce," successful international film debuts and a departure from his record label, Tyrese Gibson returns with a new album that he says is the best of his career. "Open Invitation," arriving Nov. 1 on the singer…

  4. Chart Juice: Drake Vaults 50 Spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    October 28, 2011 12:30 PM EDT It's been quite a birthday week for Drake . The same week Drake turns 25 years old (Oct. 24), the rapper earns Greatest Gainer honors on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as "Make Me Proud," featuring Nicki Minaj , blasts 50 spots from No. 94 to No. 44. That's…

  5. Album Review: Martina McBride, 'Eleven'

    October 26, 2011 8:30 AM EDT MARTINA MCBRIDE Eleven Producers: Martina McBride, Byron Gallimore, Dann Huff Republic Nashville Release Date: Oct. 11 You can take the girl out of Nashville, and apparently you can take some Nashville out of the girl, too - or at least out of Martina McBride on her 11th studio album. The…

  6. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Kicks Off in Wales

    October 08, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Three generations of Michael Jackson's family -- with a few notable absentees -- joined an eclectic roster of entertainers Saturday to pay tribute to the King of Pop, a celebration of the late star's life overshadowed by the Los Angeles manslaughter trial of his doctor. On a stage…

  7. Michael Jackson Tribute 10,000 Short of a Sell-Out

    October 07, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Organizers of Saturday's Michael Jackson tribute event in Cardiff, Wales announced they've sold 40,000 tickets ahead of the Millennium Stadium concert, short of a sellout. "I'm excited about tomorrow's event, especially with ticket sales going so well," said…

  8. Black Eyed Peas to Play at Michael Jackson Tribute

    September 23, 2011 3:30 PM EDT The Black Eyed Peas will perform at next month's Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales. They'll join Christina Aguilera , Smokey Robinson and Cee Lo Green at the "Michael Forever" show. Frontman Will.i.am -- who worked with Jackson before the pop star's death in…

  9. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Has a Host: Jamie Foxx

    September 12, 2011 5:42 PM EDT Jamie Foxx has been named to host the Michael Jackson tribute concert planned for October in Wales. Foxx's spokesman said Monday that the Oscar-winning star of "Ray" would host "Michael Forever - The Tribute Concert." It is scheduled for Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales. Fans…

  10. John Hiatt Finally Records His 10-Year-Old Song About 9/11

    August 01, 2011 8:00 PM EDT John Hiatt 's artistic life this year has been marked by two of America's great 21st-century tragedies: the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. In May, his performance of his song "Feels Like Rain" at the New Orleans House of Blues appeared in an episode of HBO's …

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Pitbull, Jill Scott, Weird Al Yankovic

    June 30, 2011 7:55 PM EDT PET SOUNDS: Dog days are just beginning atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as Pitbull celebrates his first No. 1 with "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor…

  12. Pitbull, "Planet Pit"

    June 24, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Colombia has a dish called salpicon, where finely chopped fruit is mixed with its juice. It's similar to Pitbull's newest album, "Planet Pit," which blends everything but the kitchen sink in a frenetic jumble that's facile yet unadulterated fun. He borrows widely,…

  13. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  14. Madonna, Beyonce, Usher Highlight Oprah's Final Shows

    May 18, 2011 8:48 AM EDT More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winfrey's second and third final shows. Before the show even started, a man proposed to his girlfriend on-stage -- who accepted as the audience cheered on. Among those in the…

  15. LL Cool J, Charice, Tyrese & Jamie Foxx Perform at Pacquiao-Mosley Fight

    May 09, 2011 11:08 AM EDT Before Saturday night's (May 8) 12-round fight during which Manny Pacquiao defeated "Sugar" Shane Mosley, entertainers took the ring for performances. Charice belted out the Filipino National Anthem, while Tyrese Gibson and special guest Jamie Foxx tackled the U.S. National…

  16. David Banner on New Single, Company Launch and Not Giving Up

    May 03, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Having worked on the soundtrack for Gatorade's campaign "G Series: Evolve & Before/During/After," taking on the world of advertising (Gillette and Marvel Vs Capcom 3), and most recently producing a song for Mercedes-Benz, there's no denying that David Banner is taking…

  17. POTW: Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin, Rick Ross, Dave Matthews

    April 15, 2011 5:39 PM EDT J ennifer Lopez takes us to Mexico, Jamie Foxx drops it low, Kelis , Solange , Hayley Williams and Robyn strut the red carpet, Dave Grohl and Mark Hoppus face off and celebrities hit courtside. It all happened this week and we've got the pics to prove it. SEE THE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK POTW…

  18. 'Treme' A Vital Platform For New Orleans Musicians

    April 08, 2011 2:54 PM EDT At any of "Until we were on the air, we had to overcome the New Orleans suspiciousness of Hollywood, which has portrayed the city somewhat poorly," Overmyer says. "We're over that hump. I may be blissfully unaware, but people in the city have been very cooperative."…

  19. Naima Adedapo, Thia Megia Voted Off 'American Idol'

    March 31, 2011 9:56 PM EDT While last week's "American Idol" elimination saw Casey Abrams saved by the judges , tonight's (Mar. 31) episode sent two contestants packing, with nine remaining. 'American Idol': Hailey Reinhart, Stefano Langone Nail Elton John Classics The show's pattern…

  20. Rise Against, "Help Is On the Way"

    March 25, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Rise Against might represent one of the most unorthodox major-label success stories in recent memory: Since making the leap to Universal Music Group in 2003, the group has thrived by sticking to an ironclad punk ethos and a penchant for political activism. New single "Help Is On the Way…

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