1. Ciara on the Songs That Define Her Life and Career

    November 20, 2015 5:42 PM EST The star opens up with Sade, chills out to Three 6 Mafia and gets inspired by MJ "Music that comes from the heart -- that's the music that moves me," says Ciara . And the Atlanta-based R&B singer, 30, has certainly been on the move recently, launching a tour on Nov. 27…

  2. Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart

    March 04, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song becomes one of the elite titles to spend at least 26 weeks atop an airplay ranking Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" joins an exclusive club of songs that have led an airplay chart (that Billboard currently produces each week) for half a year or more, as the track…

  3. Grammy Analysis: Fun., Frank Ocean Lead Youth Movement

    December 06, 2012 11:30 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele 's and Taylor Swift 's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of their careers for the 55th Grammy Awards,…

  4. Hot Tours: Madonna Enjoys Fifth No. 1 Since Launch Of MDNA Tour

    November 27, 2012 6:30 PM EST Madonna claims the No. 1 ranking on the weekly tally of Hot Tours for the fifth time since the launch of her blockbuster MDNA Tour that has been playing concert venues in Europe and North America since the end of May. Ticket revenue reported during the past week surpasses the $60 million mark…

  5. Chart Highlights: Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Songs With 'Good Girl'

    June 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Underwood's 'Good Girl' is better than good: it's the new No. 1 on Country Songs. Plus, fellow former 'American Idol' queen Kelly Clarkson tops AC and One Direction rules Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  6. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Monica, Bonnie Raitt also post Top 10 debuts Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" album rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in its third week on the list, selling 129,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 35%). The set jumps three slots this week, easily overtaking Adele &…

  7. Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Reloaded' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" debuts atop the list with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly better-than-expected sales figure, as industry sources had suggested last week that…

  8. Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    April 06, 2012 8:23 PM EDT Nicki Minaj is on track to score her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while Rascal Flatts is heading for its eighth top 10 set. Industry sources suggest Minaj's "Roman Reloaded" will sell around 215,000 to 235,000 and easily debut at No. 1 while Rascal Flatts' …

  9. Chart Highlights: Hunter Hayes Debuts on Country Songs (Video)

    February 27, 2012 6:15 PM EST The 20-year-old bows with his second chart entry, "Wanted." Hear an exclusive live version of the ballad, performed at Billboard's offices. Plus, Carrie Underwood storms the chart's top 30. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  10. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  11. Chart Highlights: Adele's a Winner at Radio, Too

    February 13, 2012 4:15 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Set Fire To The Rain"…

  12. Chart Highlights: Flo Rida Flies to No. 1 on Pop Songs

    February 06, 2012 5:45 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Good Feeling" Flo Rida As…

  13. Chart Highlights: Van Halen Jumps Onto Rock Songs With 'Tattoo'

    January 16, 2012 6:15 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "We Found Love" Rihanna…

  14. Chart Highlights: Lady Gaga's 'Marry The Night' Tops Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "We Found Love" Rihanna…

  15. Marvin Sapp Plans First Album Since Wife's Death: 'I'm Still Standing'

    August 21, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Gospel superstar Marvin Sapp is planning to follow up his highly successful 2010 album "Here I Am" with a live album of all new songs, which he's gearing up to record on Oct. 7 at Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Md., near Washington, D.C., for a 2012 release. "It'…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Dirty Dancing,' Miranda Lambert, Drake

    August 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 'DIRTY DANCING' ON THE CHARTS: When news broke this week about how the 1987 hit film "Dirty Dancing" was being remade, we were immediately reminded about what a phenomenon its soundtrack was on Billboard's charts. The movie -- which will be remade by Lionsgate studios…

  17. Kirk Franklin Continues His No. 1 Streak With 'Hello Fear'

    April 02, 2011 11:00 AM EDT They say good things come to those who wait. Sometimes even better things come to those who don't. Originally slated for May, Kirk Franklin 's new CD "Hello Fear" was pushed up to March 22. The move paid off. "Hello Fear" bows at No. 1 this week on Billboard'…

  18. 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…

  19. Billboard Bits: Soundgarden, Phoenix Begin Work on New Albums; Gaga's MSG Concerts to Air on HBO

    February 16, 2011 6:50 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rep Denies Madonna Emailed Lady Gaga About 'Born This Way' According to a representative in the Madonna camp, the singer never sent an email to Lady Gaga giving her blessing on "Born This Way,"…

  20. Marvin Sapp's Wife Dies of Cancer

    September 10, 2010 11:21 AM EDT Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is mourning the death of his wife and manager, MaLinda Sapp. His record label, Verity Records, said she died Thursday after a fight with cancer. Details were not immediately available. MaLinda Sapp was a professional counselor and administrative pastor at her husband…

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