1. Chart Beat Thursday: Colbie Caillat, Black Eyed Peas, Prince

    September 03, 2009 4:46 PM EDT HOT COCO: If it seems like the Billboard 200 this week is bursting with debuts, it is. 39 new titles arrive, led by Colbie Caillat 's sophomore set, and first No. 1, "Breakthrough." Her debut album, "Coco," peaked at No. 5 upon its entrance on Aug. 4, 2007. While this…

  2. Arctic Monkeys' 'Humbug' Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    September 03, 2009 9:52 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys ' third album "Humbug" (Domino) becomes the British modern rock band's first No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Black Eyed Peas ' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" is relegated to No. 3 in the new data, but the…

  3. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kiss, Beyonce, David Gray

    September 02, 2009 12:57 PM EDT KISS AND SAY HELLO: Kiss ends a 10-year absence from Billboard's rock airplay charts, as "Modern Day Delilah" debuts at No. 26 on the Heritage Rock survey (viewable every other week in the print issue of Billboard magazine). Not a bad birthday present for the legendary group&…

  4. Mayer Hawthorne, "A Strange Arrangement"

    September 01, 2009 3:10 PM EDT Listing Curtis Mayfield , Smokey Robinson and Barry White as influences, up-and-coming soul singer Mayer Hawthorne isn't your typical freckled face from Ann Arbor, Mich. His debut album, "A Strange Arrangement," appears to pay tribute to these legends. Confident in his…

  5. Ask Billboard: Battle of the Divas, Round 3

    August 28, 2009 4:30 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. DIVA DOMINANCE, ROUND 3 Hi Gary, I have found your recent analysis of album…

  6. 10 Must-Hear Back To School Albums

    August 28, 2009 10:48 AM EDT As the last of the summer festivals move the masses one more time before the weather turns and the bright, inescapable hits of the summer become nostalgia for the season passed, it's time to put on a sweater and head back to campus armed with Billboard's chronological crib sheet of…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Reba, Black Eyed Peas, Daughtry

    August 27, 2009 3:47 PM EDT IF YOU SEE HER (SHE'S PROBABLY AT NO. 1): Billboard's Country Albums chart first appeared in the magazine issue dated Jan. 11, 1964, and this week, the 45-year-old survey coronates a new queen. Reba McEntire claims her 11th No. 1 on Country Albums, "Keep On Loving You" …

  8. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Preview

    August 27, 2009 12:14 PM EDT Following last weekend's successful V Fest in the U.K. -- which featured a buzzed-about appearance by Amy Winehouse during The Specials' headlining set -- its organizers are bringing big name bands to U.S. shores this Sunday (Aug. 30) for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a one-day…

  9. Colbie Caillat Cruising To First No. 1 Album

    August 27, 2009 8:13 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat is on track to score her first No. 1 album next week with her sophomore release "Breakthrough." Industry prognosticators predict that the Universal Republic set may sell in the neighborhood of 90,000 to 100,000 copies in its first week, which would…

  10. Beyonce Is Billboard's Woman Of The Year

    August 25, 2009 8:00 PM EDT Billboard announced today (Aug. 25) that Beyoncé will be accepting its Woman Of The Year Award at the 2009 Billboard Women In Music Event, taking place on Oct. 2 in New York City. The honor, given to a female recording artist that has inspired the music business with her success, leadership…

  11. Weezer Filled With 'Raditude' This Fall

    August 21, 2009 12:19 PM EDT Although a final track listing is still being fleshed out, Weezer is set to release "Raditude," the group's seventh studio album, on October 27 on DGC Records. Rivers Cuomo says that the band is currently choosing from fifteen different songs for possible inclusion, but songs…

  12. The Disco Biscuits Draw Big Crowds To Camp Bisco

    August 19, 2009 1:14 PM EDT As Camp Bisco's founders, hosts and headliners, the Disco Biscuits -- drummer Allen Aucoin, bassist Marc Brownstein, guitarist/midi keyboardist Jon Gutwillig and keyboardist Aron Magner -- are the annual music festival's biggest draw. But the addition of electronic and hip-hop acts…

  13. Chart Beat Wednesday: Linkin Park, Eagles, Shakira

    August 19, 2009 1:03 PM EDT 'NEW' NO. 1: Same as the old one, and that lifts Linkin Park into elite territory in the history of the Alternative Songs chart. "New Divide" leads the airplay list for a 10th week, making Linkin Park just the second act in the chart's 21-year archives to enjoy reigns…

  14. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 2001

    August 18, 2009 6:09 PM EDT ROO-KEYS OF THE YEAR: One of pop and R&B/hip-hop's leading ladies was just beginning her dominance eight years ago this week, as Alicia Keys stormed 7-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut track, "Fallin'." The song simultaneously lifted 2-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop…

  15. Willie Nelson, "American Classic"

    August 14, 2009 4:48 PM EDT More than 30 years after the release of Willie Nelson 's highly acclaimed 1978 standards album "Stardust," the artist cracks open the Great American Songbook once again for his second Blue Note Records release. Produced by renowned adult contemporary producer Tommy LiPuma , …

  16. Ask Billboard: Madonna vs. Whitney: Who's Sold More?

    August 14, 2009 3:20 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. MATERIAL GIRL VS. EVERY WOMAN Hi Gary, Whitney Houston and Madonna are making…

  17. Chart Beat Wednesday: Madonna, Taylor Swift, Jim Brickman

    August 12, 2009 1:07 PM EDT 'CELEBRATION' CELEBRATION: Madonna extends her lead as the artist with the most hits in the history of Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Celebration" ignites at No. 29. The title cut from her third greatest hits collection, due Sept. 29, is her 56th entry.…

  18. Simon Cowell Signing Three-Year Deal With 'Idol'

    August 11, 2009 10:57 AM EDT Simon Cowell will be a judge on "American Idol" for at least three more seasons. During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indicated that Cowell is finalizing a deal with Fox…

  19. Lady Gaga: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 07, 2009 11:56 AM EDT Sprawled on her bed in an Amsterdam hotel, Lady GaGa is channeling Lady Godiva-sans the horse. While the 23-year-old has famously worn everything from Kermit the Frog to a hat made to resemble the solar system, today she's rocking the one constant in her ever shifting wardrobe-underpants…

  20. T.I., Jay Sean Post Big Numbers On Billboard Hot 100

    August 06, 2009 11:22 AM EDT T.I. and U.K. singer Jay Sean tear up the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as T.I. scores the week's highest debut and Jay Sean earns his first top 10 on the chart. The incarcerated T.I.'s "Remember Me," featuring Mary J. Blige , debuts at No. 29, boosted by 81,000 downloads.…

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