1. Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

    December 03, 2009 2:45 PM EST NEW 'MOON': With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles , one of the chart's landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd 's "Dark Side of the Moon" re-enters the chart for the first time…

  2. Susan Boyle Sees 'Dream' Soar To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    December 02, 2009 7:55 AM EST YouTube sensation and former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle 's debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 701,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the best sales week for an…

  3. Video: Kara DioGuardi Looks Ahead To 'Idol'

    November 25, 2009 1:22 PM EST Kara DioGuardi's written plenty of pop hits, turning love woes and triumphs into catchy hooks for everyone from Pink to Cobra Starship , Britney Spears to Kelly Clarkson and more. But when asked to pick her all-time favorite song from the pack, she doesn't hesitate for a second. …

  4. John Mayer Snares No. 1 On Busy Billboard 200

    November 25, 2009 10:57 AM EST J ohn Mayer brings home his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Battle Studies" bows with 286,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer/songwriter's first chart-topper came with "Heavier Things" in 2003, when it bowed with 317,000.…

  5. Kris Allen: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    November 20, 2009 1:10 PM EST 'American Idol' season-eight champ talks about his new album, his upcoming tour - and what he learned from Wikipedia. Plus: The Adam Lambert Billboard cover feature and video. Skip To: Kris Allen Q&A | Adam Lambert feature One year ago, Kris Allen was attending the University of…

  6. John Mayer Headed To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 19, 2009 8:55 AM EST The annual onslaught of big album releases has begun in earnest as a bevy of superstar acts are in the hunt for high debuts on next week's Billboard 200 chart. John Mayer is on track to debut at No. 1 with "Battle Studies," which could sell somewhere between 275,000 and 300,000…

  7. John Mayer's Live Concert Event with Daily Noise Guest Host

    November 18, 2009 5:28 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Bill is joined by Matthew Efflandt, winner of our contest to come see Tuesday night's John Mayer concert in New York and guest host the Daily Noise. Matthew gives his review of the show, and reports that Lady GaGa…

  8. Bon Jovi Comes Full 'Circle' At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 18, 2009 11:15 AM EST B on Jovi claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its new album "The Circle" lands in the penthouse with 163,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's Bon Jovi's second chart-topper in a row, following its 2007 release "Lost Highway,…

  9. Jason Derulo Breaks Out, U2 Breaks Noise Ordinances

    November 17, 2009 4:59 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Jason Derulo 's "Whatcha Say" hits No. 1 at pop radio after topping the Hot 100 last week. The artist, who started in the business as a songwriter, is working on his debut album due early next year.…

  10. Chart Beat Thursday: Barbra Streisand, Foreigner, Jay Sean

    October 08, 2009 5:07 PM EDT SUPER-STREIS-ED: This week's Billboard is 200 bursting with all kinds of records. Literally and figuratively. Dating to the chart's March 24, 1956, launch as a weekly survey, not until this week had eight titles debuted in the top 10. The entire chart's sum of 43 new entries…

  11. Jay Sean Leads Packed Hot 100 Top Five

    October 08, 2009 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Jay Sean has halted the Black Eyed Peas ' record reign atop the Billboard Hot 100. Sean's debut single "Down," featuring Lil Wayne , crowns the list with a 2-1 jump. Video: Jay Sean performs "Down" at the Billboard.com studios. Video: Jay…

  12. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 29, 2009 4:20 PM EDT J ason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. 12 in Minneapolis, Minn. before wrapping Nov.…

  13. 'Idol' Finalist Danny Gokey Signs Record Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:07 PM EDT It took him a bit longer than his fellow contestants, but "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey has landed a record deal. The 29-year-old Wisconsin native -- who finished third on the show behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert -- has inked a recording contract with 19 Recordings and RCA…

  14. Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta Close To Finishing Debut Albums

    August 31, 2009 2:05 PM EDT There's no rest for the signed on the American Idols Live! tour -- just ask runner-up Adam Lambert and fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta, who are using any down time on the road to continue working on their debut albums, which are both due in November. Lambert tells Billboard.com…

  15. Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date On Twitter

    August 28, 2009 12:53 PM EDT "American Idol" winner Kris Allen will release his debut album on Nov. 17, the singer announced Thursday night (Aug. 27). A rep for 19 Entertainment has also confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.com: "It is a confirmed release date." Allen broke the news himself…

  16. Hot Tours: Madonna, U2, AC/DC, Idols Live Top Tours Chart

    August 12, 2009 5:41 PM EDT Madonna tops Hot Tours with more totals from "Sticky & Sweet," her world tour that kicked off last August. The shows reported during the most recent tabulation week include the singer's only show in Russia, an outdoor performance in St. Petersburg's Palace Square (Aug.…

  17. Video: 'American Idol' Top 10 Ready To Hit The Road

    June 24, 2009 4:50 PM EDT As the American Idols Live tour gets ready to kick off its 50-city trek July 5 in Portland, Ore., Billboard sat down with this year's Top 10 contestants to talk about their struggles and triumphs during "Idol," how excited they are to finally hit the road, and their plans for…

  18. 'Idol' Finalist Allison Iraheta Signed To 19/Jive

    June 10, 2009 11:22 AM EDT On the heels of record deal announcements by Kris Allen and Adam Lambert , fellow "American Idol" finalist Allison Iraheta has inked a deal with 19 Recordings and Jive Records to release her debut album in the fall, it was announced today (June 10). The 17-year-old singer finished…

  19. 'Idol' Runner-Up Adam Lambert Signs With 19 Recordings/RCA

    June 09, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Adam Lambert's bad luck apparently begins and ends with losing "American Idol." The 27-year-old has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings and RCA Records and is prepping his debut album for a fall release, 19 Entertainment announced Tuesday (June 9). The news comes one day…

  20. 'American Idol' Winner Kris Allen Inks Record Deal With 19, Jive 

    June 08, 2009 11:21 AM EDT It was inevitable, but now it’s official – Kris Allen has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records just weeks after winning the eighth season of “American Idol,” 19 Entertainment announced today. The singer’s debut album is slated for release in the fall. "As exciting as the…

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