1. Beyonce's '4' Stays Atop Billboard 200, Lloyd Snags Top Debut

    July 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's an exceptionally quiet week on both the Billboard 200 albums and Digital Songs charts. On the former, Beyonce 's "4" continues to reign at No. 1 for a second week, selling 115,000 (down 63%), while LMFAO 's "Party Rock Anthem" (featuring Lauren Bennett…

  2. Freshman Haze: Lil Playy

    July 12, 2011 5:10 PM EDT You may think you don't know Lil Playy but you've actually heard him a thousand times. The up-and-coming songwriter wrote and appeared on the chopped-and-screwed hook of Ludacris ' Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 2 hit, "My Chick Bad," featuring Nicki Minaj . With…

  3. 'Idol's' Pia Toscano Debuts First Single 'This Time': Listen

    July 11, 2011 1:34 PM EDT After performing her first single, "This Time," during an American Idols Live! tour stop last week (July 6) , "Idol" favorite Pia Toscano reunited with Ryan Seacrest today (July 11) to give the studio version a proper premiere. Listen below, via "On Air With Ryan…

  4. Beyonce Stays Atop U.K. Album Chart, DJ Fresh's 'Louder' Tops Singles Tally

    July 11, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Beyoncé started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as "Louder" (Ministry of Sound) by DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans debuted at No. 1 on the singles survey. The Beyoncé album sold a relatively modest…

  5. Jason Reeves Folks Up Nicki Minaj

    July 11, 2011 10:23 AM EDT "It was kinda like jumping off a cliff and seeing if I had a parachute in my back pocket" pop folkie Jason Reeves says of covering hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj 's "Moment 4 Life" for this week's Mashup Monday. Photos: Jason Reeves's Mashup Behind-The-Scenes…

  6. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  7. 'Idol' Contestant Pia Toscano Performs First Single Live

    July 08, 2011 2:55 PM EDT "American Idol" Season 10 favorite Pia Toscano debuted her first single, titled "This Time," Wednesday (July 6) night. The single is not scheduled for release until next week, but the singer performed the song at the "American Idols Live!" Salt Lake City stop.…

  8. Nicki Minaj: 'We Miss You' Demo Not About Slain Cousin

    July 07, 2011 3:46 PM EDT After a demo of a Nicki Minaj track called "We Miss You" leaked online, the rapper took to Twitter clarify that the touching lyrics of the song are not a reference to her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was killed in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday. "[Though] the lyrics of 'We…

  9. Britney Spears, Lady Gaga Rule Billboard.com's 2011 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Britney Spears and Lady Gaga proved the ultimate pop music divas in Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which allowed fans to weigh in on their favorite songs, albums and performances of the first half of 2011 over the past week. Once the hundreds of thousands of votes were…

  10. 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…

  11. Adele, Katy Perry Rule Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 06, 2011 5:30 PM EDT With 2011 half-over, "21" has moved 2,517,000 copies in the U.S. since its release on Feb. 22 -- through the week ending July 3, the mid-point of the tracking year. It's the only album to have sold more than 2 million in 2011, and one of only two to surpass 1 million. The…

  12. LMFAO Brings the 'Party' to Top of Hot 100

    July 06, 2011 12:55 PM EDT LMFAO leaps to its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (July 7) on Billboard.com, as "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, lifts 3-1 with Digital Gainer honors. Original songs and covers by contestants from NBC's "The Voice…

  13. Beyonce Notches 4th Billboard 200 No. 1 with '4'

    July 06, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected , Beyonce 's fourth solo studio album, "4," bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 310,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the diva's fourth solo No. 1 -- and fourth studio set to top the list. She's only the third…

  14. 'Idol's' Pia Toscano Signs with Interscope Records

    July 05, 2011 6:45 PM EDT "American Idol's" Pia Toscano has officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She will release her debut single, "This Time," on July 12 and perform the song as part of her set during this summer's…

  15. Nicki Minaj's Cousin Killed: Report

    July 05, 2011 11:55 AM EDT Yesterday (July 4), Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to inform her followers that her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, New York. "*My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic* Murdered. Last nite [sic]. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY. http:/…

  16. Selena Gomez Climbs into Top 5 on Social 50 Chart

    June 30, 2011 4:30 PM EDT As expected, Selena Gomez climbs 16-5 on the Social 50 chart thanks to the buzz generated the premiere of her video for the song "Love You Like A Love Song." Since debuting on June 23, the video has pulled in nearly 8 million Vevo views, respectively (a 107% week-to-week increase).…

  17. Pitbull's 'Give Me Everything' Powers to No. 1 on Hot 100

    June 29, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Pitbull unleashes his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (June 30) on Billboard.com, as "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo , AfroJack and Nayer, rises 2-1. "Give" dips by 7% in digital sales to 187,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen…

  18. David Guetta Denies U2 & Madonna Rumors, Reveals Double Album

    June 29, 2011 1:39 PM EDT David Guetta discussed his upcoming album and superstar collaborations with Lil Wayne , Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , as well as shot down rumors about working with U2 , Britney Spears and Madonna when he sat down for a Live Q&A with Billboard.com yesterday (June 28). Watch archived…

  19. Jill Scott Celebrates First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 29, 2011 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott celebrates her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her fourth studio effort, "The Light of the Sun," debuts atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been notching hits on the chart beginning with her 2000 debut,…

  20. David Guetta Live Q&A: Archived Video

    June 29, 2011 10:35 AM EDT Chart Article David Guetta Watch The Archived Video! Photo by Vinny Pereira David Guetta rocked clubs everywhere with 2009's "One Love," and soon he'll be back with a fifth studio album, "Nothing But The Beat." The album, out Aug. 30, features a laundry list of A…

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