1. Natasha Bedingfield Teams With Hotel Chain For New Album

    October 08, 2010 4:50 PM EDT A few years ago, the rigors of the touring life started to get to Natasha Bedingfield . She didn't mind the hard work and travel; her manager, William Derella, says she's one of the most committed artists he knows. But Bedingfield was tired of "hit and run" visits, as she…

  2. Leftovers From Last Week: 'Glee,' Santana, Akon

    October 05, 2010 1:05 PM EDT With last week's charts bursting with numerous notable achievements , headlined by Zac Brown Band , Nelly and Kenny Chesney , here is a recap of a few additional praiseworthy feats before all charts are refreshed with new data Thursday (Oct. 7) on Billboard.com. COUNTRY POP: Among last…

  3. Billboard Bits: M.I.A. Still Promises Free Show, Don Imus Preps 'Ranch Record'

    September 08, 2010 6:35 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. M.I.A. Still Promising Free Show M.I.A. has scheduled a show in New York City for Sept. 27, but the set will not be free, despite the singer's promise that she will hold a free NYC concert to amend for a…

  4. Martina McBride, Stevie Wonder Join For Cancer Event

    August 19, 2010 11:49 AM EDT Martina McBride , Natasha Bedingfield , Queen Latifah , Aaron Neville , Dave Stewart and Stevie Wonder are among the many celebrities joining forces for "Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)," the fundraiser aimed at raising money for cancer research. The program, executive produced by Laura…

  5. Billboard Bits: Lil Wayne Blogs About LeBron, 'Glee' Wins Do Something Award

    July 20, 2010 7:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lil Wayne Blogs About LeBron James Lil Wayne shared his thoughts on LeBron James joining the Miami Heat on WeezyThankYou.com today (July 20). "Oh Lebron!" exclaimed the rapper and dedicated sports buff on…

  6. Crystal Bowersox's Album Going 'Great,' Says Collaborator Wayne Wilkins

    June 17, 2010 3:50 PM EDT Crystal Bowersox hasn't been any less busy since "American Idol" wrapped up last month. The season nine runner-up has already started recording material for her debut album, and so far, at least one collaborator is highly impressed with what she's bringing to the table.…

  7. Katy Perry: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 4:49 PM EDT Teenage Dream (Capitol, Aug. 24) When Katy Perry released her debut solo album, "One of the Boys," in June 2008, her musical peer group-cool big-sister types who titillate the training-bra set without threatening them-was in a dormant phase. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera…

  8. Melissa Etheridge, "Fearless Love"

    May 07, 2010 1:55 PM EDT Melissa Etheridge recently announced that she and her partner of nearly nine years had separated. But if domestic turmoil provided the backdrop to the making of Etheridge's new album, "Fearless Love" certainly doesn't sound like it. Produced with plenty of rock-radio…

  9. POTW: Adam Lambert, Amy Winehouse, Jason Derulo

    March 19, 2010 3:44 PM EDT Adam Lambert and Amy Winehouse proved they are the, er, queens of black eye-liner, Nas and Damian Marley and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings got the party started at SXSW, Estelle and Natasha Bedingfield showed off their goods and Iggy Pop striked a bare-chested pose at the Rock & Roll…

  10. 'American Idol' Recap: Lilly Scott Changes The Game

    March 03, 2010 9:34 PM EST I cannot even tell you how much I was creeping on Twitter this afternoon trying to find out if Crystal Bowersox had been given the medical OK to perform. With about 10 minutes before showtime, Ryan Seacrest said she had been given the thumb's up - and there was much rejoicing. And she…

  11. Wyclef Jean "Wyclef Jean" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:31 PM EST Wyclef Jean, "Wyclef Jean" (Columbia) Release Date: March 2010 For the first half of his upcoming album, Wyclef Jean plans to give fans a one-man show. "The reason this album is called 'Wyclef Jean' is because the first seven songs are just me and my guitar,"…

  12. Jaicko: 'Yeah' He Can

    November 25, 2009 2:03 PM EST Rihanna may have put Barbados on the musical map, but native Jaicko (pronounced Jay-ko) is ready to take his island flair to new heights. Combining pop with Caribbean style, the singer/songwriter signed with Capitol Records earlier this year and soon after released his first single, "Oh…

  13. Wyclef Revisits Hip-Hop Roots On 'Toussaint: St. Jean' EP

    November 20, 2009 3:52 PM EST In the midst of recording his next project, a self-titled album slated for spring 2010, Wyclef Jean decided to revisit his hip-hop roots on the newly released "DJ Drama Presents Wyclef Jean Aka Toussaint: St. Jean From the Hut to the Projects to the Mansion." Issued Nov. 10 on Jean&…

  14. Ryan Tedder Sets Sights On Nashville, Hollywood

    November 16, 2009 10:53 AM EST He's a hit-writing machine for his own band ( OneRepublic ) and for a slew of other pop artists, including Leona Lewis ("Bleeding Love," "Happy"), Beyonce ("Halo") and Jordin Sparks ("Battlefield"). He's also moving into the country realm with…

  15. Flo Rida Has Sweet Week On Billboard Hot 100

    April 30, 2009 10:44 AM EDT Flo Rida has a sweet week on the Billboard Hot 100, leaping into the top 10 with "Sugar" featuring Wynter at No. 7. The track is the rapper's fourth top 10, joining his current No. 5 hit "Right Round" near the top of the chart. "Sugar" is the week's…

  16. No Doubt, Dave Matthews, Flo Rida Set For 'Today' Show Concerts

    April 02, 2009 11:00 AM EDT No Doubt, Dave Matthews Band, All-American Rejects, Flo Rida, Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson are among the bands and musicians scheduled to appear on NBC's "Today" as part of the morning television show's 14th annual summer concert series. The 2009 "Toyota…

  17. Brandy: People Are People

    December 18, 2008 11:35 AM EST You can't blame Brandy for being a little nervous stepping back into the recording studio. Four years have elapsed since the release of her fourth album, "Afrodisiac." And it has been just two years since her headline-making car accident in which another driver died. "Once…

  18. Ask Billboard: Kanye West, 50 Cent and Kenny Chesney, UK artists, Rock Charts

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers questions Kanye West, 50 Cent and Kenny Chesney, UK artists, rock charts and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  19. Fashion Rocks / Sept. 5, 2008 / New York, New York (Radio City Music Hall)

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Conde Nast and CBS held its 5th annual Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Friday (Sept. 5) and numerous superstar acts took the stage to celebrate the kick-off event of Merce Conde Nast and CBS held its 5th annual Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio…

  20. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, 'Just Stand Up!,' Keith Urban And UB40

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the Jonas Brothers, "Just Stand Up!," Keith Urban and more! THE COMPLETION PROCESS Dear Fred, First of all, thank you for always mollifying us chart freaks with answers about Billboard's chart policies! iTunes released four of the Jonas Brothers&…

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