1. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins

    July 08, 2010 5:45 PM EDT PARTY IN THE U.S.A.: Before the release of "California Gurls," Katy Perry revealed her inspiration for co-writing the song: "It's so great that ( Jay-Z and Alicia Keys ') 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but ... what…

  2. 'California Gurls' Is Undeniable: Song Sets Pop Songs Record

    June 28, 2010 12:19 PM EDT A week after reaching the chart's summit, Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rewrites the mark for most weekly plays in the 17-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart. "California Gurls" logged 11,816 plays among the…

  3. Christina Aguilera Postpones North American Tour

    May 25, 2010 6:31 AM EDT Christina Aguilera has postponed her 20-date North American summer tour until next year, according to a statement from tour producer Live Nation. The singer was set to tour in support of her new album, "Bionic," due June 8. "Christina Aguilera's summer tour has been moved…

  4. Christina Aguilera Announces 'Bionic' Summer Tour Dates

    May 10, 2010 6:00 AM EDT C hristina Aguilera will return to the stage this summer, when she kicks off a 20-date North American outing on July 15, tour producer Live Nation announced today (May 10). Leona Lewis , the British pop singer, will also appear on the dates. Aguilera's latest album , "Bionic,"…

  5. POTW: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Erykah Badu, Leona Lewis

    April 02, 2010 3:00 PM EDT A fully-clothed Erykah Badu , a bubbly-suit-wearing Janet Jackson and a hipalicious Nicki Minaj visited BET's "106 & Park" in NYC, while Justin Beiber got cozy with the ladies and Rihanna signed autographs at the Kids' Choice Awards in LA (check out Billboard.com'…

  6. Chart Beat Wednesday: Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Hole

    March 17, 2010 3:05 PM EDT 'NOW,' THAT'S A NO. 1: We may not find out what happens a bit later than a quarter after one, but we do know that the two subjects of "Need You Now" wind up atop Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart. Lady Antebellum 's former Country Songs No. 1 becomes just…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100…

  8. Jason Derulo Scores First U.K. No. 1

    March 01, 2010 8:02 AM EST Jason Derulo 's "In My Head" (Warner Bros.) became the American singer's first U.K. No. 1 single, as Lady Gaga 's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) started a new stint atop the album chart, and the top ten welcomed new hit albums by Marina and the Diamonds ,…

  9. 'American Idol' Eliminates Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez, Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz

    February 25, 2010 9:21 PM EST "American Idol" voters said goodbye to the first four contestants of season nine on Thursday night (Feb. 25), eliminating Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz, Ashley Rodriguez and Tyler Grady. The eliminations followed two shaky performance nights that saw nearly all of the top 24 "Idol…

  10. iTunes Sells 10 Billion Songs

    February 24, 2010 9:35 PM EST Apple's iTunes store sold its 10 billionth song on Wednesday (Feb. 24), thanks to massive sales of tracks by Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. Apple revealed that Black Eyed Peas ' "I Gotta Feeling" is iTunes' all-time most-downloaded song, with "Boom Boom…

  11. 'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox Shines

    February 24, 2010 1:31 PM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- Now this ...is "American Idol." After what seemed like countless audition weeks -- which, to me, put the zzzzz in crazy --…

  12. 'Idol' Judges Admire Unique Female Semifinalists

    February 24, 2010 7:08 AM EST "American Idol" semifinalist Lilly Scott is right where she belongs. The 20-year-old singer from Denver was among a handful of unique crooners who impressed the Fox singing contest's judges Tuesday (Feb. 23). The platinum-haired street musician played the guitar during her…

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: A Whole New 'World'

    February 18, 2010 4:55 PM EST AS 'THE WORLD' RETURNS: Cue Bowling for Soup 's "1985." (Literally, you can, to the left). 25 years after the original version by USA for Africa spent four weeks at No. 1, "We Are the World 25: For Haiti," credited to Artists for Haiti, blasts onto the…

  14. Lady Gaga, Florence Set To Shine At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 11:24 AM EST Lady Gaga , Florence and the Machine , Dizzee Rascal , Robbie Williams and Jay-Z should all get a sales boost from the U.K.'s BRIT Awards. The event, organised by U.K. trade body the BPI and sponsored by MasterCard, will be televised live on ITV1 from 8pm tonight (Feb. 16) with further…

  15. U.K. Haiti Benefit Single Debuts At No. 1

    February 15, 2010 8:32 AM EST Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment's star-packed charity cover of R.E.M. 's "Everybody Hurts," rush-released under the name Helping Haiti to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake, stormed to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart. Alicia Keys ' "The…

  16. iTunes Approaches 10 Billion Downloads, Reveals Top Selling Songs

    February 11, 2010 6:00 PM EST Apple's iTunes Music Store today launched "Countdown to 10 Billion Songs," and is planning to give away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the customer who buys the song that puts that turns the counter to eleven digits. In addition to announcing the give-away, iTunes released a…

  17. Kara DioGuardi Praises Ellen's 'Idol' Debut

    February 10, 2010 1:33 PM EST "American Idol's" Kara DioGuardi says new judge Ellen DeGeneres' debut with the show was a success, and she looks forward to seeing how the dynamic of the panel develops over the show's ninth season. "I think she did a great job during Hollywood Week,"…

  18. 'TiK' Talk: Ke$ha Breaks Pop Songs Record

    January 25, 2010 4:32 PM EST A week after Lady Gaga set a milestone mark on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, Ke$ha rewrites the record. Last week, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" made chart history for logging the most weekly plays in the 17-year archives of the tally, as the cut registered 10,859…

  19. Simon Cowell To Release Haiti Charity Single

    January 21, 2010 8:47 AM EST British music mogul Simon Cowell will release a charity single to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, he said on Thursday. The record label boss and "Mr. Nasty" judge on popular television talent shows like "The X Factor" is expected to recruit stars…

  20. Simon Cowell, Sony Sign New TV, Music, Film Deal

    January 19, 2010 4:51 PM EST Music mogul Simon Cowell has formed a long-term venture with Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment to produce music, television and film, beginning with the U.S. version of hit British show "The X Factor". The new venture, called Syco after Cowell's record label, will own…

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