1. Taylor Swift: By-The-Numbers

    October 26, 2010 9:05 AM EDT Upon the release of Taylor Swift 's third studio album, "Speak Now," Chart Beat looks at the numerous records that the star country singer/songwriter/producer has already set since her arrival just more than four years ago. Swift first graced a Billboard tally when her debut…

  2. Superchunk Ends Nine-Year Break with 'Majesty Shredding'

    September 14, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Take heart, Superchunk fans: Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan weren't just procrastinating for the last nine years. After all, they had a little outfit to run-Merge Records, which just scored a Billboard 200 No. 1 with Arcade Fire , as well as releasing records by critical darlings like…

  3. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears' Romantic Getaway, Usher Added to VMAs

    August 26, 2010 6:14 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Takes Romantic Hawaiian Getaway Taking a break from the studio and taping "Glee," Britney Spears enjoyed a romantic vacation in Hawaii with boyfriend Jason Trawick, People reports. The…

  4. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 7/17/2010

    July 17, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funniest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @justinbieber : there is no beef here. @ nickjonas is a…

  5. Bruce Springsteen: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    November 30, 2009 2:43 PM EST It's a cool, crisp November evening in Nashville, Tenn., and Bruce Springsteen knows where the hell he is. A few days ago, Springsteen committed what he called "every frontman's nightmare" by confusing Michigan during an onstage callout with neighbor and rival Ohio. But if…

  6. Chart Beat Wednesday: Hall & Oates Come On Over To The Country

    September 23, 2009 6:58 PM EDT 'SMILE,' YOU'RE ON COUNTRY SONGS: Jimmy Wayne nets the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Sara Smile," featuring the classic song's original performers, Daryl Hall & John Oates . The latter two artists, who make their first visit to Country Songs, took the…

  7. June 2, 2009

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies of heart failure in Archer, Fla., at the age of 79. 2006 – Vince Welnick of the Grateful Dead commits suicide in Sonoma County, Calif. He is 55. 2000 – Western swing pioneer Adolph Hofner dies at his home in San Antonio. He is 84. 1999 – Junior Braithwaite,…

  8. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 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. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  9. Katy Perry / April 7, 2009 / New York (The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza)

    April 15, 2009 3:14 PM EDT Katy Perry was surrounded by giant, inflatable fruit and a Hello Kitty doll when she hit the stage at New York City's Irving Plaza Tuesday night for her "Hello Kitty" tour, but it was ultimately her cheeky performance and banter that sweetened up the sold-out crowd. After an…

  10. Coldplay, Beasties, Tool Headlining All Points West

    March 30, 2009 7:05 AM EDT Coldplay, Tool and the Beastie Boys will headline the second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31- Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. Other bands and musicians confirmed for the multi-stage festival…

  11. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year during the non-profit organizations annual summit in Washington, D.C. McGraw, married to country singer Faith Hill, is 2000 - Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year…

  13. Chart Beat

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat and more! 'JUNO' AND THE PAYDIRT: Last week, I asked if the "Juno" soundtrack will be "Uno," as in No. 1 on The Billboard 200. We didn't quite get an answer this week, but we're a…

  14. Chart Beat

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Kimberley Locke and more! BIGGEST JUMP OF THE CENTURY: Thanks to street date violations, the physical CD release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (TBD/ATO) entered The Billboard 200 last week at No. 156. This week, the album becomes the…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley dies at Nashville's St.…

  16. Chart Beat

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Yoko Ono, Taylor Swift, Vince Guaraldi and more! YES ON 'NO': Normally, it's not polite to discuss a woman's age, but when it comes to reporting chart records, civility goes out the window. In 2003, less than a month after turning 70, Yoko Ono topped the Hot…

  17. This Day in Music

    December 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly sco 2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is…

  18. Federici Has Melanoma, Takes E Street Hiatus

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Keyboardist Danny Federici, an original member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, is taking a leave of absence from the group while undergoing treatment for melanoma. Keyboardist Danny Federici, an original member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, is taking a leave of absence…

  19. Chart Beat Chat

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Carrie Underwood, DeFranco Family hits, Fergie and more! LIVING IN CARRIE'S NATION Mr. Fred Bronson, In your Chart Beat column of July 5, 2007, Carrie Underwood was featured for having the longest-running title ("Before He Cheats") among all of the…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year during the non-profit organizations annual summit in Washington, D.C. McGraw, married to country singer Faith Hill, is 2000 - Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year…

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