1. Green Day Takes Top Spot On Billboard 200

    May 20, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Green Day bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "21st Century Breakdown," selling 215,000 in an abbreviated three-day sales week. The Reprise/Warner Bros. set saw an off-cycle release on Friday, May 15 in order to more closely align its world-wide street dates. Nielsen SoundScan&…

  2. Al B. Sure! Returns With Hidden Beach Debut

    May 18, 2009 4:05 PM EDT Veteran R&B singer/songwriter Al B. Sure! has signed with Hidden Beach Recordings and will release a new album on June 23. "Honey I'm Home" signals the artist's first new studio project in over 15 years. The 13-track CD features the sensual lead single "I Love It …

  3. Top 10 Highlights From ‘American Idol’ Season 8

    May 18, 2009 3:56 PM EDT From Gokey’s scream to Lady Gaga’s live performance, the best, worst, and weirdest moments from this year’s ‘Idol.’  The end of “American Idol” Season 8 is near. Glam rocker Adam Lambert and soulful folk-pop singer Kris Allen will vie for the crown on Wednesday night’s finale (May 20, FOX) ,…

  4. Green Day, Black Eyed Peas Top U.K. Charts

    May 18, 2009 8:18 AM EDT U.S. stars took over the U.K. sales charts yesterday (Sunday) as Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) debuted at No. 1 on the album chart and Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" (Interscope/Universal) opened atop the singles survey. "21st…

  5. Whispers To Record First Gospel Album

    May 15, 2009 7:54 AM EDT Kingdom Records has signed the Whispers to record the legendary R&B group's first gospel album. Grammy Award-winning gospel icon Fred Hammond is on board to produce several tracks for the project, which is tentatively slated for a fall 2009 release. "We've been wanting to…

  6. Beyonce, T.I. Nominated For BET Awards

    May 14, 2009 2:03 PM EDT BET announced Tuesday (May 12) the host, nominees, performers and honorees for the 2009 BET awards during the taping of the network's music video countdown show "106 & Park." Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the event will be held in Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium…

  7. Daughtry Debuts High On Hot 100

    May 14, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Beyonce floats into the top 5, Jeremih scores the week's biggest digital and airplay gains and Daughtry debuts in the top 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week. Beyonce's "Halo" rises 8-5 in a top 10 led by the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" at No…

  8. Depeche Mode Logs Third Week Atop Euro Chart

    May 14, 2009 7:53 AM EDT In an unchanged top three on European Top 100 Albums, "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) starts a third week on top for Depeche Mode, ahead of Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope…

  9. Chrisette Michele Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 13, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Chrisette Michele notches her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as her sophomore set "Epiphany" (Def Jam) debuts atop the list with 83,000. She edges out the seventh week of the "Hannah Montana: the Movie" soundtrack (No. 2 with 82,000) and the arrival of Ciara's…

  10. Bob Dylan Marks Second Week As U.K. No. 1

    May 11, 2009 12:09 PM EDT Bob Dylan started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Together Through Life" (Columbia/Sony BMG), as "Number 1" (4th & Broadway/Universal Island) by Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz took the singles crown for a third week. "Life"…

  11. Chart Beat: 3OH!3, Bob Dylan, Jason Aldean

    May 07, 2009 2:19 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. 3'S…

  12. 3OH!3 Hits Top Ten On Billboard Hot 100

    May 07, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Boulder, Colorado's 3OH!3 is the newest resident on the Billboard Hot 100's top ten this week, with its chart debut "Don't Trust Me" jumping four spots to No. 9. The song scored a 29% increase in downloads (with 123,000 for the week) and a 17% jump in radio airplay…

  13. Cam’ron / May 4, 2009 / New York (Highline Ballroom)

    May 06, 2009 5:31 PM EDT Cam’ron celebrated his homecoming Monday night (May 4) at New York’s Highline Ballroom with his first performance in three years. And while many of the Harlem-born rapper's fans seemed nostalgic for a Dipset reunion--sporting merch of the Harlem-based crew like hats and tee shirts, among…

  14. Chart Beat: Jason Aldean, Michael Damian, Maxwell

    May 06, 2009 2:48 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. '…

  15. Bob Dylan Bows Atop Billboard 200

    May 06, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan, whose Billboard 200 chart career began in 1963, lands his fifth No. 1 album this week as "Together Through Life" (Columbia) opens atop the list with 125,000. It gives the icon back-to-back No. 1s with studio albums, as 2006's "Modern Times" also started in…

  16. Tori Amos: She's Got the Power

    May 05, 2009 3:44 PM EDT Tori Amos always puts the ladies first. During the course of her career, she's created a concept album about female archetypes ("American Doll Posse"), rewritten men's songs from a female perspective ("Strange Little Girls") and connected to fans with haunting,…

  17. Bob Dylan Tops U.K. Album Chart

    May 04, 2009 4:27 PM EDT Bob Dylan scored his first U.K. No. 1 album for more than 38 years yesterday as "Together Through Life" (Columbia/Sony BMG) debuted at the top. Tinchy Stryder’s "Number 1" (4th & Broadway/Universal Island), featuring N-Dubz, started a second week atop the singles chart…

  18. Lady Gaga / May 2, 2009 / New York (Terminal 5)

    May 04, 2009 1:35 PM EDT “I never imagined that at a club in New York City, this many people would come,” Lady Gaga gushed to a screaming, sold-out crowd at Terminal 5 on Saturday (May 2), before adding with a smile, “But you still throw beer on me.” The New York club scene, and beer throwing, is nothing new to the…

  19. Chart Beat: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Oak Ridge Boys, Hannah Montana

    April 30, 2009 3:31 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. '…

  20. Flo Rida Has Sweet Week On Billboard Hot 100

    April 30, 2009 10:44 AM EDT Flo Rida has a sweet week on the Billboard Hot 100, leaping into the top 10 with "Sugar" featuring Wynter at No. 7. The track is the rapper's fourth top 10, joining his current No. 5 hit "Right Round" near the top of the chart. "Sugar" is the week's…

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