1. Queen Latifah Returns To Rap On 'Persona'

    July 27, 2009 11:21 AM EDT The world sees plenty of Queen Latifah (real name Dana Owens) these days-at movie theaters, on magazine covers, in CoverGirl ads-but it rarely hears new music from her. Latifah's last two albums consisted entirely of jazz and soul standards. "Trav'lin Light," released in…

  2. Our Lady Peace, "Burn Burn"

    July 24, 2009 4:55 PM EDT Nearly four years have passed since Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace released a studio album and the band cut ties with longtime label Sony and producer Bob Rock. This newfound sense of freedom seems to have carried over to Our Lady Peace's seventh album, "Burn Burn."…

  3. Taylor Swift, Shakira Make Moves On Billboard Hot 100

    July 23, 2009 3:32 PM EDT Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" at No. 3 nets a new peak on the Hot 100 for Swift, who made it to No. 4 with "Love Story" in January. Katy Perry gets back into the top 10 with "Waking Up in Vegas," which makes its third trip into the top 10. Demi Lovato&…

  4. Video Q&A: Daughtry Rolls Into 'Town'

    July 21, 2009 2:28 PM EDT Those who harbored any doubts that Chris Daughtry would successfully trade his in "American Idol" notoriety for modern rock glory are now biting their tongues. His band Daughtry's debut album has sold 4.4. million copies since its 2006 release, according to Nielsen Soundscan,…

  5. JLS, Michael Jackson Top U.K. Charts

    July 20, 2009 10:54 AM EDT JLS , the British boy band who were runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the fifth series of talent series "The X Factor" last December, scored a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (19) with their first release, "Beat Again" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). "The Essential…

  6. JLS, Michael Jackson Top U.K. Charts

    July 20, 2009 10:50 AM EDT JLS, the British boy band who were runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the fifth series of talent series "The X Factor" last December, scored a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (19) with their first release, "Beat Again" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). "The Essential Michael…

  7. David Guetta Hits The Big Time With Pop Collaborations

    July 17, 2009 4:53 PM EDT Plenty of DJs have conquered the nightlife scene, but only a select few have managed to break out beyond clubs and rule the pop charts. French DJ David Guetta , however, is poised to do in this decade what Fatboy Slim did in the '90s: become a bonafide rock star. Just like Fatboy, Guetta…

  8. David Guetta Hits The Big Time With Pop Collaborations

    July 17, 2009 2:21 PM EDT Plenty of DJs have conquered the nightlife scene, but only a select few have managed to break out beyond clubs and rule the pop charts. French DJ David Guetta, however, is poised to do in this decade what Fatboy Slim did in the '90s: become a bonafide rock star. Just like Fatboy, Guetta…

  9. Michael Jackson Makes History On Euro Charts

    July 16, 2009 5:44 PM EDT In a history-making week on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums, Michael Jackson holds down a spectacular eight of the top ten titles. Meanwhile, "When Love Takes Over" (Positiva/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland starts a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles.…

  10. Chart Beat: Hannah Montana, Mariah Carey, Maxwell

    July 16, 2009 4:14 PM EDT BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Miley Cyrus' TV alter ego Hannah Montana claims her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, as "He Could Be the One," co-written by "American Idol" judge (and newlywed) Kara DioGuardi, debuts at No. 10. It makes an accompanying entrance on Hot Digital…

  11. Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss Book White House Gig

    July 16, 2009 2:03 PM EDT Country musicians Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss will play a high-profile gig next week at the White House. A spokeswoman for Paisley said Wednesday that he and Krauss, who had a hit duet a few years ago with "Whiskey Lullaby," will participate in the White House Music Series hosted…

  12. Jay-Z Says Kanye Inspired 'D.O.A.'

    July 16, 2009 12:48 PM EDT Who would've guessed that Kanye West , who used Auto-Tune on his most recent album, "808s and Heartbreak," was who inspired Jay-Z 's latest single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-tune)," off his upcoming album, "The Blueprint 3." "He actually sparked the…

  13. Jay-Z Says Kanye Inspired 'D.O.A.'

    July 16, 2009 12:44 PM EDT Who would've guessed that Kanye West, who used Auto-Tune on his most recent album, "808s and Heartbreak," was who inspired Jay-Z's latest single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-tune)," off his upcoming album, "The Blueprint 3." "He actually sparked the…

  14. Michael Jackson Makes History On Euro Charts

    July 16, 2009 11:33 AM EDT In a history-making week on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums, Michael Jackson holds down a spectacular eight of the top ten titles. Meanwhile, "When Love Takes Over" (Positiva/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland starts a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles.…

  15. Hannah Montana, Mariah Carey Hit The Billboard Hot 100

    July 16, 2009 11:04 AM EDT Hannah Montana edges out Mariah Carey on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as Miley Cyrus' TV alter ego claims her first top 10 on the chart. "He Could Be the One" debuts at No. 10, just above Carey's "Obsessed," which debuts at No. 11. But Carey's entry on…

  16. Hannah Montana, Mariah Carey Debut High On Billboard Hot 100

    July 16, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Hannah Montana edges out Mariah Carey on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as Miley Cyrus' TV alter ego claims her first top 10 on the chart. "He Could Be the One" debuts at No. 10, just above Carey's "Obsessed," which debuts at No. 11. But Carey's entry on…

  17. Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss Book White House Gig

    July 16, 2009 8:48 AM EDT Country musicians Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss will play a high-profile gig next week at the White House. A spokeswoman for Paisley said Wednesday that he and Krauss, who had a hit duet a few years ago with "Whiskey Lullaby," will participate in the White House Music Series hosted…

  18. Chart Beat: Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Britney Spears

    July 15, 2009 5:13 PM EDT LADY FIRST, PART 1 : Lady Gaga becomes just the third artist in the 16-year history of the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart to collect three No. 1s from a debut album. "LoveGame" rises 2-1, marking Lady Gaga's third No. 1 following "Just Dance" (two weeks) and "…

  19. Al B. Sure Comes Home With 'Honey'

    July 15, 2009 4:32 PM EDT It's been 17 years since Al B. Sure recorded a studio album. But with the June 23 release of "Honey I'm Home" (Hidden Beach Recordings), the singer/songwriter joined a current wave of R&B vets—including Ginuwine, Teena Marie and Charlie Wilson—notching strong comebacks…

  20. Rakim Ready To Release 'The Seventh Seal'

    July 14, 2009 2:53 PM EDT "The Seventh Seal," the long-anticipated album by rap legend Rakim , is slated for release in the fall, Billboard has learned exclusively. The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being released on Rakim's Ra Records label in a…

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