1. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2012

    March 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST As the concert business rebounded in 2011, touring remained the biggest source of income for the top earners in the U.S. music business. Billboard's sixth annual Money Makers ranking includes veteran road warriors U2, Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi, as well as other artists emerging in…

  2. Odd Future, Wiz Khalifa and Mariah Carey Stir Social Buzz

    March 08, 2012 7:36 PM EST Odd Future makes its Billboard Social 50 debut at No. 30 this week as the act has been especially active on social networks lately. The 12 members of Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) are well known for churning out massive amounts of audio and…

  3. RedOne Talks J. Lo, His New Artists & Dance Music's Rise

    March 08, 2012 10:30 AM EST Perhaps no producer has had as much impact on the electronic dance music scene's invasion of the airwaves as RedOne. The Moroccan-born musician is behind hits including Jennifer Lopez 's "On the Floor," Lady Gaga 's "Bad Romance" and most recently, Nicki…

  4. Fun.-tastic! 'We Are Young' Tops Hot 100

    March 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST Fun. becomes the first rock band in more than a decade to send a debut Billboard Hot 100 hit to No. 1, as "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae , ascends 3-1. Fun.: The Billboard Cover Story The song spends a third week atop the Digital Songs chart with 302,000 downloads sold (up…

  5. Kid Cudi's WZRD Scores Top Billboard 200 Debut, Adele Still No. 1

    March 07, 2012 11:00 AM EST Adele 's "21" album clocks a 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 247,000 copies this week (down 17%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution 's "Purple Rain" soundtrack scored…

  6. Lumidee Denies Young Money Signing

    March 05, 2012 8:06 PM EST Lumidee has not signed to the YMCMB label group, the "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" singer clarified on Twitter on Monday. "I did not sign a deal with anyone!!! Sorry for the false info corny ass people HAD access to my page….," she tweeted. Earlier, a tweet appeared…

  7. Chart Highlights: Pop Radio Is Having Some fun. With 'We Are Young'

    March 05, 2012 4:25 PM EST Debuts this week include Lionel Richie and Shania Twain's remake of "Endless Love" and new tracks from John Mayer, Slash and Carrie Underwood Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  8. Spotlight On Brooklyn Haley

    March 05, 2012 12:00 PM EST Chart Article In 2010, 13-year-old Brooklyn Haley had to leave Little River-Academy, Texas. The town, with a population of 1,600, was just too small for her big-city dreams of pop stardom. Two years later, those dreams are becoming a reality. Order Brooklyn Haley's Music on Amazon |…

  9. Emeli Sande, Gotye Top U.K. Charts

    March 05, 2012 9:20 AM EST Meat Loaf's 'Hell' Debuts at No. 5; The Monkees' 'Daydream Believer' Makes Reentry Scottish breakthrough artist Emeli Sandé returned to the top of the U.K. album chart Sunday (March 4) with her debut album "Our Version of Events." Gotye's "…

  10. Track Review: Nicki Minaj, 'Starships'

    March 05, 2012 8:30 AM EST NICKI MINAJ "Starships" (3:30) Producers: RedOne, Carl Falk Writers: various Publishers: various Cash Money/Young Money February was a roller coaster for Nicki Minaj : From performing alongside Madonna and M.I.A. at the Super Bowl to debuting new song "Roman Holiday" at…

  11. Chart Juice: Beyonce Nabs Sixth No.1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    March 02, 2012 5:05 PM EST As if nabbing her first No. 1 on Adult R&B last week wasn't enough for Beyoncé , earning the No. 1 spot on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is certainly just right. "Love on Top," the song that will always remind us of Bey's pregnancy announcement on the MTV…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Madonna

    March 02, 2012 2:55 PM EST What goes around comes around when it comes to hit songs' borrowed lyrics. CATCH(Y)PHRASES: Sometimes a song's lyrics lift an unfamiliar expression to pop culture prominence, from R.E.M.'s 1991 hit "Losing My Religion," a Southern saying that translates to losing one&…

  13. Rihanna & Chris Brown Gain Twitter, Facebook Fans After Release of Remixes

    March 01, 2012 7:45 PM EST It is no surprise that both Rihanna and Chris Brown made moves on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week after releasing two new collaborations, with Chris Brown being featured on a remix of Rihanna's "Birthday Cake" and Rihanna appearing on a remix of Brown's "…

  14. Nicki Minaj Channels Ke$ha on 'Roman Reloaded' Cover

    March 01, 2012 4:05 PM EST Don't be fooled by the flowing blonde hair and neon face paint, kids: that is not Ke$ha on the cover of Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" album. The Young Money rapper posted the artwork to the sophomore album, due April 3, to her Twitter on Thursday afternoon …

  15. Limp Bizkit-Lil Wayne Single Has 'Hip-Hop-Rock Swagger,' says Birdman

    March 01, 2012 9:00 AM EST Cash Money Co-CEO Says That Limp Bizkit was 'Perfect Match' For Label A new collaboration between Limp Bizkit and Lil Wayne is coming: the single is titled "Ready To Go," and will be released online next week. And Cash Money founder and co-CEO Bryan "Birdman"…

  16. Kelly Clarkson Returns to Hot 100 Peak, The Wanted Hit Top 10

    February 29, 2012 2:35 PM EST The Wanted's "Glad You Came" blasts into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, vaulting 23-5 with top Digital Gainer honors after the "Glee" cast covered the song on last week's (Feb. 21) episode of the Fox series. Kelly Clarkson 's "Stronger (What Doesn…

  17. Adele's '21': Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

    February 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST Not unexpectedly, Adele 's "21" album spends a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 297,000 (down 59%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution 's "Purple Rain" soundtrack scored 24 weeks…

  18. Sophia Grace and Rosie Go Hip-Hop on 'Ellen': Watch

    February 29, 2012 1:20 AM EST Ellen DeGeneres' favorite kids are taking on the hip-hop world. Sophia Grace Brownlee and cousin Rosie McClelland appeared on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" on Tuesday to perform an original rap song. In their trademark matching pink princess dresses, the two girls stepped in front…

  19. 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…

  20. Madonna Gets 'Fired Up' in 'Girl Gone Wild' Single: Listen

    February 27, 2012 12:20 PM EST After bestowing "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with a Super Bowl-sized debut, Madonna has unveiled "Girl Gone Wild," the candy-coated second single from her forthcoming studio album, "MDNA," on Monday (Feb. 27). In the world according to this single, girls just…

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