1. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Already on track to have the best-selling album of 2008, rapper Lil Wayne leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight, including album of the year and best rap album for "Tha Carter III," best rap song for "Lollipop" and best rap/sung collaboration…

  2. Keith Urban To Tour Behind New Album

    December 02, 2008 5:16 PM EST Keith Urban will tour North America next spring in support of his as-yet-untitled new album, due March 31 from Capitol Nashville. Dates are not confirmed, but the trek is expected to begin in May and run through the summer. Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell, Lady…

  3. This Day in Music

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Mariska Veres, singer for the Dutch group Shocking Blue, dies in The Hague, Netherlands at the age of 59. 2006 - Mariska Veres, singer for the Dutch group Shocking Blue, dies in The Hague, Netherlands at the age of 59. 2004 - Dance artist Nadine Shamir, who recorded as Nadine Renee,…

  4. Peyroux Goes 'Bare' On New Album

    December 01, 2008 11:43 AM EST Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux teams with famed producer Larry Klein, Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Joe Henry on her new album, "Bare Bones," due March 10 from Rounder. Becker and Klein co-wrote the title cut with Peyroux, while Henry and Klein worked with her on "Love and…

  5. Weezer Raids Vaults, Records Xmas Carols

    November 28, 2008 3:00 PM EST On the heels of the release of the second volume of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo's home recordings, the group is now taking a look back into its own vaults. Cuomo tells Billboard he has "no idea" when the tentatively titled "Odds and Ends" will be released, but…

  6. T.I. Fends Off Beyonce, Remains Atop Hot 100

    November 27, 2008 10:27 AM EST T.I. starts a fifth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, but Beyonce is nipping at his heels with two different songs. Her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" rockets 28-2 after selling 204,000 digital…

  7. Chart Beat: T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Usher, Flo Rida, T-Pain

    November 26, 2008 2:02 PM EST Fred Bronson discusses T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Christmas albums and more! DOUBLING UP: For the first time in the 50-year history of the Hot 100, two lead artists hold down the top four positions on the chart, dividing this territory equally between them. T.I. stands pat at No. 1 and slides…

  8. Beyonce Starts 'Fierce' Atop Album Chart

    November 26, 2008 7:50 AM EST Beyonce scores her third straight No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week as the double-disc "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) shifts a whopping 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, split between material credited to Beyonce…

  9. Exclusive: Iovine Talks Axl, U2, Dre, Eminem

    November 24, 2008 10:07 AM EST When Universal Music Group pushed highly anticipated albums from U2, Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent from the fourth quarter to 2009, it seemed like a final stake in the heart of music retail this year. But Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine refuses to apologize for the decision,…

  10. David Cook, "David Cook"

    November 21, 2008 6:13 PM EST In just a few short months, David Cook went from no-name aspiring singer/songwriter to household-name "American Idol" winner. He went from zero chart ink to having a whopping 11 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 at once, the highest since the Beatles charted 14 in 1964. It's an…

  11. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 2:24 PM EST THE 'DIE' IS CAST : Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl Crow ("Tomorrow Never Dies"). Jack White and Alicia Keys have avoided such a fate, as…

  12. Guns N' Roses' 'Democracy' Streaming On MySpace

    November 20, 2008 2:06 PM EST Guns N' Roses is streaming its long-awaited Black Frog/Geffen album "Chinese Democracy" on MySpace ahead of its Sunday (Nov. 23) release exclusively via Best Buy. The album, which was debuted for fans at New York and Los Angeles listening parties earlier this week, has already…

  13. Taylor Swift Notches Six Hot 100 Debuts

    November 20, 2008 1:43 PM EST T.I. begins a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, but the big story on the chart this week is Taylor Swift's six new entries, led by "White Horse" at No. 13. That song is her sixth top 20 debut of 2008…

  14. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, AC/DC, Beyonce and more! THE 'DIE' IS CAST: Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl…

  15. Taylor Swift Notches Six Hot 100 Debuts

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST T.I. begins a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, but the big story on the chart this week is Taylor Swift's six new entries, led by T.I. begins a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  16. Beyonc, 'I Am... Sasha Fierce'

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé devoted half of the tracks on this double-disc set to her feisty alter ego Sasha Fierce (think "Single Ladies"). Beyoncé devoted half of the tracks on this double-disc set to her feisty alter ego Sasha Fierce (think "Single Ladies"). News Sasha Fierce …

  17. Beyonce: Worker B

    November 18, 2008 2:39 PM EST With A Double-Album, A World Tour, Starring Roles In Two Movies And Several Ad Campaigns In the Works, The Heat Is On For Beyoncé. On a brisk March day in Rahway, N.J., Beyoncé and Adrien Brody are filming a crucial scene for their upcoming movie "Cadillac Records." The set is an…

  18. Beyonc: Worker B

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST On a brisk March day in Rahway, N.J., Beyoncé and Adrien Brody are filming a crucial scene for their upcoming movie "Cadillac Records." The set is an old Ukranian social club that has been converted On a brisk March day in Rahway, N.J., Beyoncé and Adrien Brody are filming a crucial…

  19. Remix Album Sparks EA's 'Mirror's Edge'

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST An eclectic group of international artists combined for an innovative remix album for Swedish pop star Lisa Miskovsky's theme track to spark Electronic Arts' highly anticipated "Mirror's Edge" video g An eclectic group of international artists combined for an…

  20. Usher, Nov. 12, Detroit

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Usher seduced and then celebrated -- but with sincerity -- during his One Night Stand Ladies Only tour's hump day performance in the Motor City. Usher seduced and then celebrated -- but with sincerity -- during his One Night Stand Ladies Only tour's hump day performance in the Motor…

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