1. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  2. 'American Idol' Top 5 Hollywood Week #1 Performances, from Brett Loewenstern to Jacee Badaeux

    February 11, 2011 1:15 AM EST With the wave of cross-country auditions finally behind them, Steven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson headed to Hollywood to test out the initial group of singers who made it through their first test. There were a few surprises, but for the most part the episode confirmed what we…

  3. 'Glee' Salutes 'Fat Bottomed Girls,' St. Valentine With 'Silly Love Songs'

    February 09, 2011 1:38 PM EST Last night's (Feb. 8) Valentines Day episode of " Glee " had the McKinley High couples making up, making out and singing "silly love songs" to one another. Finn sets up a kissing booth in an attempt to steal another smooch from Quinn, and tension mounts between Kurt…

  4. Bruno Mars Holds Off P!nk Atop Hot 100

    February 03, 2011 11:00 AM EST B runo Mars' "Grenade" logs a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , although P!nk's "F**kin' Perfect" appears primed to assume the summit next week. "Grenade" registers its highest weekly audience to date (127.3 million, according to…

  5. 'American Idol' Spurs Aerosmith Digital Sales

    February 02, 2011 1:05 PM EST In case there was any doubt, the 10th season "American Idol" contestants really should be listening to the judge on the left side of the panel. After Steven Tyler's impromptu duet of Aerosmith 's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" with Lauren Alaina aired…

  6. Ask Billboard: What-The-Forget Is Going On?

    January 28, 2011 5:35 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHAT-THE-FORGET…

  7. J. Lo Tightens Up on 'American Idol' Nashville Auditions

    January 28, 2011 1:06 AM EST They don't call it Music City for nothing. On Thursday night, "American Idol" auditions returned to Nashville for only the second time and brought out plenty of top-notch talent, along with a few moments of comic relief, naturally, starting with chirping dental assistant…

  8. 'American Idol' Top 5 Nashville Auditions, from Lauren Alaina to Jackie Wilson

    January 27, 2011 11:36 PM EST The "American Idol" Milwaukee auditions were a tough act to follow, thanks to buzzy contestants like Chris Medina and Scott Dangerfield -- but tonight's Nashville episode had its share of big moments, too. Read on for our top 5 tryouts tonight, and tell us: who were your…

  9. Lil Wayne Gets Romantic On Final Letter From Jail

    November 02, 2010 11:37 AM EDT Two days before his official release from New York's Rikers Island, Lil Wayne 's final letter from jail has been posted on his weezythanxyou.com blog site. In it, Weezy is not only saying farewell to the four walls that he's been confined to the last eight months, he also…

  10. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani Gets 'Waxed,' Bret Michaels to Have Heart Surgery

    September 23, 2010 6:07 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwen Stefani Wax Figure Unveiled No Doubt's Gwen Stefani unveiled a wax figure of herself yesterday (Sept. 22) at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Las Vegas. The figure, which took six months to create,…

  11. Diddy, The Strokes, Train Rock Fashion Week

    September 15, 2010 12:46 PM EDT It's no surprise that New York Fashion Week brings out big stars for runways shows and afterparties. But many events, including Fashion's Night Out , however, bring out the music stars in full force. Held Sept. 10 in NYC, the city-wide Fashion's Night Out celebration inspired a…

  12. Fashion's Night Out: Pharrell, Kanye, Gwen Stefani, Draw Fans to NYC

    September 11, 2010 5:06 PM EDT Music stars and industry VIPs grace the front rows of New York Fashion Week each season, but at this year's Fashion's Night Out, they mingled with everyday fans. As retail stores ranging from Nine West to Balenciaga opened their doors to the public on Friday night (Sept. 10) to help…

  13. Katie Melua, "The House"

    August 27, 2010 7:37 PM EDT After three albums that established her as a successful British female artist, no one can blame Katie Melua for staying the course. On her new album, "The House," Melua changes up dramatically, parting amicably with longtime collaborator Mike Batt and enlisting new producer William…

  14. Empire of the Sun Builds Buzz From Out Of Nowhere

    August 13, 2010 3:45 PM EDT In the parlance of blog Hipster Runoff, Empire of the Sun is a "highly bloggable" band. Its debut album, "Walking on a Dream," was released in March 2009 and has sold less than 30,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. None of the tracks has gained significant radio…

  15. The xx, Dizzee Rascal Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2010 10:24 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock veteran Paul Weller's 10th solo album and Dublin-based quintet Villagers' debut have made the shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, along with albums from the xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae. The 12-strong shortlist was unveiled at London venue the…

  16. Katie Melua, T-Bone Burnett Break Off Album Partnership

    May 14, 2010 1:56 PM EDT U.K. jazz-pop artist Katie Melua broke off a studio partnership with T-Bone Burnett for her new album, "The House." She then persuaded William Orbit to come out of self-imposed retirement to produce the record. Melua's fourth album is released by Dramatico May 24 in the U.K.…

  17. Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani Wear High Fashions to Met Gala

    May 04, 2010 3:33 PM EDT K aty Perry , Taylor Swift , M.I.A. , Justin Timberlak e and Gwen Stefani were among the music stars that took to the red carpet for one of fashion's biggest annual events -- the Metropolitian Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala -- Monday (May 3) in New York. See Photos of Music Stars…

  18. Devendra Banhart Finds Major-Label Freedom In 'What Will Be'

    October 09, 2009 2:43 PM EDT "I can see my songs in a movie," Devendra Banhart says, "as long as it's a movie no one will watch." The singer/songwriter, who says his eclectic, world-influenced folk rock is usually considered more "exotic, esoteric or idiosyncratic" than commercially…

  19. Rascal Flatts: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 2:27 PM EDT In one of the most broad-based and fully integrated sponsorship deals ever, Rascal Flatts -- one of country music's elite touring acts -- teamed up with retailer JC Penney on the "Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour." The partnership highlights American Living,…

  20. Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

    July 21, 2009 11:57 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker William Hill when the shortlist for the 2009…

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