1. Chart Beat Thursday: 'Hope' Helps Haiti

    January 28, 2010 6:55 PM EST HIGH 'HOPE': If an album is going to set a sales record, best that its proceeds go to charity . "Hope for Haiti Now" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to reign in the chart's history. All proceeds from the MTV Networks…

  2. Mariah Carey's 'Angels Advocate' Remix Album Due March 30

    January 28, 2010 1:26 PM EST After being pushed back from a Feb. 23 release date, Mariah Carey confirmed via her Twitter today (Jan. 28) that her remix album, "Angels Advocate," is now scheduled for March 30. Carey released two songs this week off the set: a duet of "Angel Cry" with Ne-Yo and "Up…

  3. Charlotte Gainsbourg / Jan. 19, 2010 / Brooklyn, NY (Bell House)

    January 21, 2010 2:08 PM EST When French singer Charlotte Gainsbourg talked to Billboard Magazine last month about her album "IRM," due in the U.S. on Jan. 26 , she spoke affectionately about her collaborator Beck , the intense but rewarding weeks in the studio, and the new directions of her music. But when the…

  4. Nicki Minaj: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 2:56 PM EST Until Lil Wayne discovered Nicki Minaj on the DVD series "The Come Up" two years ago, nearly a decade had passed since a female rapper created much buzz in the music industry. Minaj, born Onika Maraj, has appeared on albums by Gucci Mane , Mariah Carey and Robin Thicke ; received…

  5. Marco Di Mauro: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 2:44 PM EST Marco Di Mauro snagged a recording deal the old fashioned way: He showed up at Warner's offices in Miami with his guitar and performed one of his songs. Last year, Di Mauro's eponymous album of romantic pop fare was released in Mexico and has already spent seven weeks in that…

  6. Ester Dean: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 1:52 PM EST If Ester Dean doesn't become a household name, it won't be for lack of trying. She has already written or co-written songs for Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Ciara and the Pussycat Dolls. Her most recent credits include Mary J. Blige 's latest single "I Am," Rihanna '…

  7. Jamie Foxx Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:48 PM EST Jamie Foxx "Body" (working title) (J Records) Release Date: March 2010 On Jamie Foxx 's last single he suggested that listeners blame their shortcomings on "the alcohol." Now he's offering even more questionable advice: recommending they quit their jobs…

  8. Travis McCoy "The Lazarus Project" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 2:18 PM EST Travis McCoy, "The Lazarus Project" (Fueled By Ramen) Release Date: Spring 2010 Travis McCoy's debut solo album, "The Lazarus Project," not only has the New York rapper playing with melodies and warming up his singing voice, but also features collaborations with Cee…

  9. Charlotte Gainsbourg "IRM" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 12:10 PM EST Charlotte Gainsbourg, "IRM" (Because Music/Elektra) Release Date: January 26, 2010 The dreamy-voiced daughter of French actor/singer Serge Gainsbourg and British actress/singer Jane Birkin has come impressively into her acting/singing own. She won the best actress award at the 2009…

  10. Game Works With Pharrell, Feuds with 50 Cent

    January 05, 2010 5:59 PM EST Once upon a time, gangster rapper Game had preconceived notions about eccentric rapper/producer Pharrell Williams -and vice versa. But the two have since put aside their differences; Williams is the executive producer of Game's fourth studio album, "R.E.D.," due Feb. 16 on…

  11. HIM Hopes 'Screamworks' Hooks New Fans

    December 29, 2009 3:47 PM EST H IM frontman Ville Valo says that "accessibility was a key factor" in making the Finnish hard rockers' seventh studio album, "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice," which is due out Feb. 9. Acknowledging that the 13-song set is the group's most "…

  12. Kevin Jonas Marries in New York

    December 20, 2009 10:57 AM EST A report says the oldest sibling of pop group the Jonas Brothers and a former hairdresser have married at a French-style chateau in suburban New York. People magazine reported a heavy snowstorm bore down on Saturday's wedding between 22-year-old Kevin Jonas and 23-year-old Danielle…

  13. Billboard Critics' Top 10 Albums of 2009

    December 16, 2009 3:36 PM EST Chart Article Now that you've examined our list of 2009's best-selling albums , take a look at what the Billboard staff subjectively chose as the year's best albums. Indie music came on strong, while R&B and straight-ahead rock 'n' roll are represented -- but it&…

  14. Grammy Nominations Poll Results: How Did We Do?

    December 03, 2009 11:13 AM EST So how did Billboard's predictions - and our readers' votes - stack up against the actual Grammy Awards 2010 nominees? Aside from a bombardment from Tokio Hotel fans -- who delivered nearly 40,000 votes in each of the three major categories for a band and a record that were not…

  15. Jay-Z And Alicia Keys' 'Empire' Stays Put On Hot 100

    December 03, 2009 10:41 AM EST J ay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" holds at No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100, increasing its lead over Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" (2-2). Sparked by the pair's live performance on ABC's Nov. 22 broadcast of the "American…

  16. Chart Beat Wednesday: Straight No Chaser, Tim McGraw, Depeche Mode

    December 02, 2009 4:04 PM EST AS ONLY THEY 'CAN-CAN': After melding Toto 's "Africa" into last year's No. 5-peaking Adult Contemporary hit "The 12 Days of Christmas," buzzworthy a capella act Straight No Chaser enters the chart at No. 27 with its latest inventive carol, "The…

  17. Chart Beat Thursday: John Mayer, Folk Albums, David Guetta

    November 26, 2009 1:05 PM EST MAYER RULES: John Mayer returns to the summit of the Billboard 200 after six years, as "Battle Studies" launches at No. 1. His "Heavier Things" opened atop the chart dated Sept. 27, 2003. The new set also starts atop Digital Albums and Rock Albums. Here is a look at the…

  18. 'Empire' Entrenched At No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

    November 26, 2009 7:00 AM EST J ay-Z and Alicia Keys ' "Empire State of Mind" holds atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second straight week with gains in all chart components: airplay, sales and streaming. The track's 10.4 million airplay bump is second only to Ke$ha 's 12 million listener spike for…

  19. Grammy Awards 2010 Nominations Preview

    November 25, 2009 9:00 AM EST Who will nab the bids when the nominees for the 52nd Grammy Awards are announced on Dec. 2? Its been a banner year for music, so there's no clear frontrunner, but there will be plenty of familiar faces in the running for multiple awards. So far, the drama swirling around this year's…

  20. Travis McCoy Juggles Multiple Musical Projects 'One At A Time"

    November 16, 2009 3:57 PM EST Travis McCoy is one of the busiest rappers in the business. Last week, the Gym Class Heroes frontman dropped by MTV's studios to show off his new documentary, "Travis McCoy's Unbeaten Track," and premier an accompanying charity single. During an interview with Billboard…

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