1. Cyndi Lauper, "Memphis Blues"

    July 23, 2010 3:25 PM EDT Everyone knows this girl just wants to have fun, but Cyndi Lauper means business on her new album, "Memphis Blues," a guest-studded trip toward Beale Street. And we'll give her a pass for treating Buddy Johnson 's "I'm Just Your Fool" more like Chicago than…

  2. Heart Kicks Off 'Red Velvet Car' Album with Lilith Fair Gigs

    July 15, 2010 5:32 PM EDT A desire to work with a specific producer, Ben Mink, drove Heart to record its forthcoming new album, "Red Velvet Car." "We've always wanted to work with Ben Mink, and we've actually been sort of romancing him for a couple of years, just trying to get him in our…

  3. Maroon 5, "Misery"

    July 09, 2010 6:14 PM EDT Maroon 5 is back and in strong form with "Misery," the first single from its upcoming third album, "Hands All Over." The band's collaboration with reclusive producer "Mutt" Lange ( Def Leppard , AC/DC , Shania Twain ) has proved to be a fruitful one--in its…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Jason Derulo, Cyndi Lauper

    July 01, 2010 5:35 PM EDT SIX-SHOOTER: As previously reported , Eminem roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Recovery." The set becomes the rap superstar's sixth consecutive leader on the list. He first appeared with the No. 2-peaking "The Slim Shady LP," on March 13, 1999, and then…

  5. Maroon 5 Announces Fall Tour Dates

    June 28, 2010 6:13 AM EDT M aroon 5 has announced a second leg of its North American tour, this one coming after the Sept. 21 release of the group's third album, the Mutt Lange-produced "Hands All Over." The quintet's latest set of dates commence Oct. 2 in Denver and wrap up Oct. 29 in Mahnomen,…

  6. Maroon 5 to Play NYC Charity Concert. Win Tickets!

    June 25, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Maroon 5 is kicking off support of its first album in three years with a special benefit show at New York City on July 27. "Fuse Presents: Maroon 5 Live From The Beacon Theatre," presented by Coca-Cola, will be broadcast live that night beginning at 9pm ET in HD on the Fuse network …

  7. Taylor Swift Among Diverse Honorees At Songwriters Hall

    June 18, 2010 8:28 AM EDT The iconic ballad "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was so stirring that even a young Paul Simon knew he was onto something special when he composed it 40 years ago. "I thought, 'Hmm. That's better than I usually write,'" Simon recalled. "I was completely…

  8. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Gleans 2nd No. 1

    May 27, 2010 5:15 PM EDT TV SETS: With an album that opens with a cover of the Beatles ' "Hello Goodbye," the "Glee" cast breaks a Billboard 200 record that the Fab Four had held for almost 44 years. Just four weeks after the troupe topped the Billboard 200 with "Glee: the Music, the…

  9. Maroon 5 Details Summer Tour, Album Plans

    May 10, 2010 10:00 AM EDT M aroon 5 has set a Sept. 21 release for its third album, "Hands All Over," and will preview some of the new tracks during a month-long summer tour that kicks off July 30 in Saratoga, N.Y. Frontman Adam Levine tells Billboard.com that "Hands All Over" "kind of…

  10. Jonas Brothers World Tour Will Be 'Unlike Anything We've Ever Done'

    April 27, 2010 1:10 PM EDT If their just-announced tour dates are any indication, the Jonas Brothers are not breaking up anytime soon. The pop sibling trio is rolling out an extensive, three-continent trek this summer that vanced/langs/en.js" type="text/javascript"> will take Kevin, Joe and Nick…

  11. Billboard Bits: My Morning Jacket, SPIN Magazine, Allman Brothers, Gorillaz and more

    April 26, 2010 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip each day. SPIN magazine turns 25 years old this month, and as part of its anniversary issue the magazine's editors have compiled a list of the 125 best albums of the last quarter century. Check out the whole…

  12. 'American Idol' Eliminates Didi Benami, Top 9 To Perform Lennon & McCartney Hits

    March 31, 2010 10:14 PM EDT Didi Benami has a reason to be brokenhearted on "American Idol." The 23-year-old waitress from Los Angeles was eliminated from the ninth season of the Fox singing competition Wednesday. Benami, who was panned for her overdramatic rendition of Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes…

  13. 'My Dick' Rises To Become First Charting Student Musical

    March 18, 2010 7:14 PM EDT For the first time in memory -- and quite possibly ever -- a student-produced college musical's cast recording debuts on a Billboard chart. And the student show album that takes the honor is the, ahem, cheeky "Me And My Dick" from a troupe at the University of Michigan. Kudos…

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, k.d. lang

    February 25, 2010 4:05 PM EST THREE-PEA-T: As previously reported , the Black Eyed Peas halt Ke$ha 's nine-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "TiK ToK," as "Imma Be" ascends 3-1. The latter track is the third Hot 100 No. 1 from the Black Eyed Peas' album "The E.N.D.,"…

  15. Black Eyed Peas Back On Top Of Hot 100 With 'Imma Be'

    February 25, 2010 11:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas become the first duo or group in 19 years to plate three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles from one album, as "Imma Be," from the act's "The E.N.D.," beelines 3-1. The quartet set a record last year withh 26 successive weeks at No. 1 when "Boom…

  16. Ask Billboard: Olympics, Monica, Smokey Robinson

    February 19, 2010 4:55 PM EST 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. RINGS TONES Hi Gary, I enjoyed your list this week of Olympics-related titles…

  17. Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 4:35 PM EST As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics , "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red Hot Chili Peppers and "What Would Brian…

  18. Ask Billboard: Energizer-Bunny Albums

    February 12, 2010 4:45 PM EST 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. HANGIN' TOUGH Hi Gary, I've noticed that over the past year-plus,…

  19. Lady Antebellum: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 12, 2010 12:15 PM EST How's this for cultural whiplash: Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott-better-known as the country act Lady Antebellum -are calling prior to a performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, less than a week after rubbing designer-cloaked elbows with the likes of Beyoncé…

  20. Taking Peaks, Part 3: Nos. 50-26

    January 19, 2010 1:55 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

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