1. Mumford & Sons, Jason Aldean Lead Non-Pop Albums at 2011 Midpoint

    July 07, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The sweet sounds of pop music are in control as we take a look at the top selling albums and songs at the mid-year point of 2011, while artists like folk act Of the top 20 selling albums -- half of them are pop sets. Leading the pop charge, and the year overall, is Adele, Katy Perry Rule Mid…

  2. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious reality show spoof "The Real Husbands…

  3. Dallas Mavericks' NBA Finals Win: 20 Music Tweets

    June 13, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Music and sports go together like chocolate and peanut butter, so of course musician tweets about the Dallas Mavericks winning the NBA championship flowed in after they beat the Miami Heat during game six last night (June 12). Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and…

  4. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 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. READERS'…

  5. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up for best male R&B artist, viewer's…

  6. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice:Chris Brown's Outburst and Travis Barker's Opening

    March 24, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Despite the negative attention surrounding his Good Morning America outburst, Chris Brown is having a great week on the charts as "Look At Me Now" steps 2-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (33.9 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS) to mark his fourth chart-topper on the…

  7. Adele Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200, Rise Against Bows At No. 2

    March 23, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A dele's "21" heads back the top slot (2-1) on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third non-consecutive week, selling 98,000 (down 26%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. She bumps last week's champ, Lupe Fiasco's "Lasers," down to No. 3 (47,000; down 77%).…

  8. Miguel, Melanie Fiona, B.o.B Highlight BET's SXSW Showcase

    March 18, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It wasn't hard to find a party on Thursday at South By Southwest; it was, after all, St. Patrick's Day. But you'd be hard-pressed to find one more off the hook, for better and for worse, than BET's Music Matters showcase at Kiss & Fly. A perpetually packed house turned…

  9. Lupe Fiasco's 'Lasers' Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 16, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A s predicted , Lupe Fiasco 's "Lasers" album arrives atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 204,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks his first No. 1 and best sales week yet. His second effort, "The Cool," launched at No. 15 with 143,000 at…

  10. Adam Lambert Promises 'Less Campy, More Primal' New Album

    March 11, 2011 2:15 PM EST A dam Lambert made his "American Idol" return on Thursday with several purposes: to promote his latest anthem, "Aftermath," recently released as a dance remix; to help the Trevor Project, which provides a life-line to LGBTQ kids (part of the proceeds from download sales of…

  11. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Marsha Ambrosius Debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 10, 2011 4:46 PM EST We're doing things a little different this week, scrapping the 1-10 rundown for only the most interesting developments on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. As always, you can view the top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the top 40 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in our charts section. The biggest story of…

  12. Adele Holds Atop Billboard 200, Marsha Ambrosius Bows at No. 2

    March 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST A dele's "21" stands firm at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, moving 168,000 copies (down 52%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. With a little over 520,000 sold in two weeks, "21" has swiftly become the year's best selling album -- and…

  13. Marsha Ambrosius Sends Bullying/Suicide Message In New Vid

    January 05, 2011 10:46 AM EST Songstress Marsha Ambrosius released the video to her latest single, "Far Away," and in it she sends a message about bullying and the high rate of suicide because of it. Watch the clip below: Video: Marsha Ambrosius, "Far Way" Man, this video almost brought a tear to my…

  14. Marsha Ambrosius Covers Teena Marie's 'Yes Indeed'

    December 29, 2010 11:43 AM EST R&B singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius held an intimate performance at the North London venue Dingwalls, and performed a cover of Teena Marie 's "Yes Indeed." Video: Marsha Ambrosius covers "Yes Indeed," by Teena Marie "Yes Indeed" is from Marie's…

  15. David Banner Gets Down to Business On 'Death of a Pop Star'

    December 04, 2010 8:26 AM EST In 2010, one rapper-turned-entrepreneur spent his time crafting music for Gatorade and "Megamind" TV ad campaigns, as well as developing a graphic novel, sneaker and new album. It wasn't one of the usual mogul suspects, like Jay-Z or Sean "Diddy" Combs , but rather…

  16. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo

    December 02, 2010 12:10 PM EST Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. Each of West's five albums have now…

  17. The Floacist, "The Floacist Presents Floetic Soul"

    November 19, 2010 5:28 PM EST As neo-soul duo Floetry , poet/MC Natalie Stewart and singer Marsha Ambrosius wrote songs for Michael Jackson and Jill Scott . The pair also crafted a distinctive blend of rap/singing artfully laced over soul and hip-hop beats, resulting in hit single "Say Yes" and three well…

  18. Marsha Ambrosius, "I hope she cheats on you with a basketball player"

    October 22, 2010 11:52 AM EDT Former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius opens her latest single with the line "I hope she cheats on you with a basketball player." The lyric is an immediate attention-grabber, and the song never loses that momentum. Ambrosius depicts her resentment toward an ex-boyfriend and his new…

  19. Common Duets With Colbie Caillat On 'Soulful' New Album

    October 20, 2010 4:15 PM EDT It's been almost two years since Common released his "Universal Mind Control" album, but the Chicago rapper is still very much working. Not only is Common the ambassador of the recently-released "DJ Hero 2" game, he's also hard at work on his upcoming "The…

  20. Bruno Mars Makes It Three Weeks Atop Hot 100

    October 07, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Bruno Mars stands tall at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third consecutive week with "Just the Way You Are," maintaining his perch despite being knocked out of the upper rung of Digital Songs. Bruno Mars Steps Into Spotlight with 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans' "Just…

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