1. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: ABK, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross

    October 29, 2010 11:10 AM EDT Last Thursday I took a stab at writing a chart story that highlights some of the top hip-hop and R&B albums/songs making noteworthy chart moves for the week. And, as fun as that was *blank stare* , I've decided to go to the professionals this time, recruiting my trusty chart guy,…

  2. Robbie Williams' Hits Set Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    October 21, 2010 8:21 AM EDT Robbie Williams makes a No. 1 start across Europe with "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI). It debuts atop Billboard's European Albums chart as Eminem 's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna , starts a…

  3. Sean Garrett: Nicki Minaj's Failed Single Was 'Out Of My Control'

    October 20, 2010 2:35 PM EDT Singer/songwriter/producer Sean Garrett has been responsible for creating hits like Usher 's "Yeah," Beyonce 's "Ring The Alarm" and Ciara 's "Goodies." But it doesn't mean the hit-making machine hasn't had some blunders along the way as…

  4. Beyonce Is Pregnant: Report

    October 20, 2010 10:32 AM EDT B eyonce is pregnant with her first child, according to a report by Us Weekly . The 29-year-old singer and husband Jay-Z have yet to make an official announcement, but Us reports that Beyonce is in her first trimester. "B was shocked. She loves kids, but she wasn't ready to be a…

  5. Jesse McCartney Will Let Fans 'Have It All' in January 2011

    October 18, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Pop singer Jesse McCartney will follow 2008's "Departure" with "Have It All," his fourth full-length set for a January 2011 release on Hollywood Records. The singer worked with "Departure" producer Sean Garrett, Kevin Rudolf and Young Money rapper Tyga on…

  6. Leif Garrett Pleads No Contest to Drug Possession

    October 15, 2010 4:45 PM EDT Former teen idol Leif Garrett pleaded no contest on Friday to possession of heroin after he was arrested last February in downtown Los Angeles. Garrett, a 1970s child actor and pop star whose disco-era hits included "I Was Made for Dancing" was not immediately sentenced, and Los…

  7. Phil Collins Makes It 3 Weeks Atop Euro Chart

    October 15, 2010 8:21 AM EDT Phil Collins leads Billboard's European Albums chart for a third week with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), as Eminem 's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna , moves into a third week atop European Hot 100 Singles. Collins'…

  8. Gwyneth Paltrow Goes 'Country Strong' as Singer

    October 14, 2010 3:02 PM EDT Gwyneth Paltrow is strapping on her cowboy boots, grabbing a guitar and getting in touch with some country roots for her new movie, "Country Strong." Paltrow reportedly does all of her own singing in the film, where she plays a country singer named Kelly Canter trying to rebound her…

  9. Phil Collins Holds On to Euro Albums No. 1

    October 08, 2010 11:35 AM EDT For a second week, Phil Collins leads Billboard's European Albums chart with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), in a vintage-looking top ten that also includes Eric Clapton , Santana and Neil Young . Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal),…

  10. Daft Punk's 'Tron: Legacy' - First Listen

    September 30, 2010 7:08 AM EDT Disney previewed two of their most anticipated movies of the holiday season Wednesday (Sept. 29), giving press and employees a look at the scenes and sounds from the still-under-construction "Tron: Legacy" and "Tangled." (Watch out, movie fans: spoilers ahead.) At an event…

  11. Ask Billboard: Small Screen, Big Hits

    September 24, 2010 6:25 PM EDT 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. SMALL SCREEN, BIG…

  12. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Disappointed by Senate, Kanye Talks Obama Insult

    September 22, 2010 7:08 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Responds to Failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal After the proposed repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was filibustered in Senate again…

  13. Billboard Bits: Album Updates from Beyonce and Radiohead, Mariah Carey on HSN

    September 17, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Working on 'Biggest Album Ever' After taking a break from the studio earlier this year, Beyonce is set to record her "biggest album ever," according to songwriter-producer Sean Garrett.…

  14. Lil Wayne, Will.i.am Win BMI Urban Awards

    September 11, 2010 9:53 AM EDT For the second consecutive year, Lil Wayne was named urban songwriter of the year at Friday's (Sept. 10) BMI Urban Awards. Earning kudos as urban producer of the year was Polow da Don. And the Black Eyed Peas -- whose frontman will.i.am was also presented with the BMI President's…

  15. Gwyneth Paltrow Goes Country For 'Country Strong' Trailer

    September 10, 2010 6:40 PM EDT Gwyneth Paltrow's got her southern drawl in tact in her latest flick, "Country Strong." Video: Gwyneth Paltrow, "Country Strong" trailer Paltrow plays a country singer named Kelly Canter who is a recovering alcoholic that attempts to make a career comeback after being…

  16. Chart Beat Wednesday: Enrique Iglesias, Soundgarden, Daughtry

    August 18, 2010 1:05 PM EDT AN HONOR FIT FOR A KING, AND A PRINCE: ... and now, Enrique Iglesias , too. With a 2-1 lift on Dance/Club Play Songs for "I Like It," Iglesias collects his seventh No. 1 on the chart, equaling Michael Jackson and Prince for most leaders among male artists in the list's history.…

  17. Hitmaker Alex Da Kid Talks Eminem's 'Lie,' Rihanna's New Album

    August 17, 2010 5:03 PM EDT Alex Da Kid is best-known for a pair of epic hip-hop/rock hybrids, but in real life, the 26-year-old U.K. producer/songwriter is the furthest thing from hyperbolic. "I don't really get excited about things," he says with classic English stoicism, when asked what it felt like to…

  18. Lady Gaga Earns Record 13 MTV VMA Nominations, Eminem Nabs Eight

    August 03, 2010 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga has earned a record-breaking 13 MTV VMA nominations, the network announced today (Aug. 3). The pop star's "Bad Romance" video is up for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video and Best Dance Video, among other categories. "I'm so honored for…

  19. Bun B Reps for Texas on 'Trill OG' Album

    August 02, 2010 8:00 AM EDT Rappers have a propensity for christening themselves with royal titles to promote their standing in hip-hop (e.g., King of the South, Prince of Rap). But for rapper Bun B , "Trill OG," while less regal than most, was the most fitting. "My plan is just to ignite the fire that…

  20. Ask Billboard: Madonna Vs. Lady Gaga

    July 02, 2010 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. MADONNA VS. LADY GAGA Hey Gary, I am a longtime reader of Chart Beat and…

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