1. Ask Billboard: Olympic-Sized Gold (Medal) Records

    July 29, 2012 6:05 AM EDT The latest reader mailbag looks at Olympic theme songs, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, No Doubt and Washington, D.C.'s best musicians. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  2. TV on the Radio: Don't Confuse These Songs for TV Themes

    July 20, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Despite no affiliation, Ed Sheeran's song 'The A Team' is conjuring thoughts of B.A. Baracus, mohawks and a cool black van. A new hit by an artist born in 1991 is bringing back memories of a TV show that went off the air in 1987. British newcomer Ed Sheeran enters the Billboard…

  3. Don Was Is Busy: Talks Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & Detroit Love

    July 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Grammy Award-winning producer and Blue Note Records president Don Was (the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan) is giving some love to his home town's jazz scene. Was (ne Fagenson) is back in Detroit this week for his annual All-Star Revue at the 20th Concert of Colors festival. But…

  4. Zac Brown Band Joins Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters at DeLuna Fest

    June 18, 2012 9:48 PM EDT Zac Brown Band will bring a dose of country to the beach at the DeLuna Fest this fall. The band is the latest headliner to join the three-day Pensacola Beach, Fla., festival, joining Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters at the top of the bill. More new additions to the seaside weekend fest, set for…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billboard Hot 100, where her "Call Me Maybe…

  6. Phillip Phillips Storms Hot 100's Top 10, Gotye Has Year's Longest-Running No. 1

    May 30, 2012 6:10 PM EDT Phillips logs the first Hot 100 top 10 'American Idol' coronation song since 2008, while Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' reigns for a seventh week. Newly-crowned "American Idol" champion Phillip Phillips is the first artist to send a coronation single…

  7. John Mayer Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    May 30, 2012 2:10 PM EDT John Mayer 's "Born and Raised" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 219,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer/songwriter's third No. 1 set, following 2009's "Battle Studies" and 2003's …

  8. Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11

    May 23, 2012 10:40 PM EDT During the long, grueling "American Idol" season, Phillip Phillips was never once revealed to be in the group of lowest vote-getters on the show. On Wednesday night, his name was finally announced -- but for a totally different reason. The Leesburg, Ga. native became the 11th winner…

  9. John Mayer Going for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2012 9:00 PM EDT John Mayer 's new album "Born and Raised" is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest it could sell around 220,000 to 240,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, May 27. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the…

  10. Police Shut Down Kris Allen. Kris Allen!

    April 30, 2012 2:45 PM EDT "American Idol" season eight champ Kris Allen's surprise concert Sunday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier was shut down by the police due to a lack of a permit, according to eyewitness footage posted on YouTube. Watch: Allen's impromptu decision to promote his forthcoming…

  11. Gotye Tries to Clarify 'Glee' Critique

    April 24, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Australian newcomer Gotye has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks thanks to his chart-topping hit, "Somebody That I Used To Know," but not all of it has been positive. Taking on the Glee cover of his song in last week's episode -- performed by Darren Criss and Matt Bomer …

  12. Willie Nelson Releases 'Roll Me Up' with Snoop Dogg and More For 4:20

    April 20, 2012 5:35 PM EDT They may seem like an odd musical pairing, but one thing that Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have in common is an appreciation for weed. And so today being 4/20, the two made sure that their enthusiast fans were treated to a musical celebration of the outlawed substance. Nelson's website…

  13. 'American Idol' Recap: Colton Dixon Sent Packing in Major Upset

    April 20, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Two weeks, two "Idol" contestants unexpectedly facing elimination. Unfortunately for Colton Dixon, he had the misfortune of earning the distinction the week after the judges' one and only save was used, thereby becoming no more than the seventh-place finisher of season eleven.…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Hopefuls Take on Old Soul, New Hits

    April 19, 2012 10:25 AM EDT The old met the new on Wednesday night's (Apr. 18) "American Idol," and if the juxtaposition between the performances of soul classics and post-millenium No. 1 hits indicate anything, it's that old-time soul does not fit in some of the top seven's vocabularies, while…

  15. Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

    April 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known song, "This Land is Your Land."…

  16. TMI w/ Kris Allen: Watch Again

    April 05, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Kris Allen: Watch the 4/5 Episode Plus Tune In Live Every Thursday at 3pm ET On the April 5 episode of TMI, Kris Allen , winner of "American Idol" Season 8, was live in the TMI studio in all senses of the word and you can watch all of the action again in the video player above. Not…

  17. Kanye West and DJ Khaled Release 'Theraflu' Song: Listen

    April 04, 2012 10:15 PM EDT Hours after the G.O.O.D. Friday announcement , Kanye West gave his fans a great Wednesday night: "Theraflu," a new collaboration with DJ Khaled, premiered on Funkmaster Flex's radio show on Wednesday (April 4). Produced by Hit-Boy, who helmed The Throne's "N***as in…

  18. Miike Snow, 'Happy To You': Video Track-By-Track

    March 29, 2012 3:10 PM EDT Miike Snow , the Swedish indie pop group that released sophomore album "Happy To You" earlier this week, first delivered captivating dance tracks like "Animal" and "Silvia" on their surprisingly successful 2009 self-titled debut album. In retrospect, we should…

  19. Aretha Franklin To Reunite With Clive Davis For New Album

    March 26, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album. In an interview at her swanky birthday party on Saturday, Franklin said she and Davis, who helped engineer her comeback in the 1980s, would…

  20. Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time

    February 28, 2012 1:30 PM EST Chart Article When a singer wins "American Idol," it's undoubtedly his or her biggest music moment to-date. But as we've seen time and time again, winning "Idol" does not necessarily mean that one's career will follow the trajectories of 12-7 6-1 Next » 24…

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