1. Ask Billboard: 'Idol'-izing Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina

    October 23, 2011 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. CARRIE INTEREST…

  2. New Frontman Noel Gallagher Misses 'Easy' Band Days

    October 21, 2011 2:00 PM EDT British Rocker Launches High Flying Birds Album & Tour, Says No Oasis Reunion 'This Year' Two years and two months after leaving Oasis, Noel Gallagher says that "it's nice to start again and shape things from the bottom up." But he still has ambivalent feelings…

  3. Ask Billboard: What Are The Best-Selling Holiday Albums?

    October 16, 2011 2:35 PM 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. IT'S…

  4. Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Unveil New Beats by Dre Models in NYC

    October 12, 2011 4:55 PM EDT On Tuesday (Oct. 11) afternoon, Beats Electronics principals Dr. Dre , Jimmy Iovine and Luke Wood, along with Monster Cable Products' Noel Lee, gathered before the media in a sleek Manhattan showroom to present the "Beats Holiday '11 Product Showcase." Bathed in dramatic…

  5. Beyonce's Rep Shoots Down Prosthetic Belly Rumors

    October 11, 2011 5:50 PM EDT After Beyoncé 's interview with Australia's Channel 7 'Sunday Night' show yesterday (Oct. 10), rumors sprung up claiming Bey' was wearing a prosthetic baby bump underneath her dress. The next day (Oct. 11), Beyonce's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, sent ABCNews…

  6. Rihanna Finds Sixth No. 1 on U.K. Chart

    October 10, 2011 9:33 AM EDT James Morrison 's "The Awakening" started a second week atop the U.K. album chart Sunday (Oct. 9), as Rihanna raced to the singles summit after only four days on sale with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris. With modest second-week sales of 36,000, according to…

  7. Exclusive: The Cranberries Giving You 'Roses' on Valentine's Day

    October 05, 2011 1:45 PM EDT The Cranberries will give their fans a Valentine's Day present in 2012 with the Feb. 14 release of "Roses," the quartet's first studio album since "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" in 2001. The new release comes on the heels of a reunion that brought the group back…

  8. Bert Jansch, British Folk Legend, Dies at 67

    October 05, 2011 11:22 AM EDT He was quiet, modest, uncomfortable in the spotlight - not looking for No. 1 hits or commercial ditties. But when Bert Jansch picked up an acoustic guitar, people listened, often spellbound by his subtle innovation and mastery. Jansch, who died of lung cancer Wednesday at the age of 67, was a…

  9. Beatle Love: McCartney & Starr Attend George Harrison Doc Premiere

    October 03, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were on hand yesterday (Oct. 2) to support the premiere of Martin Scorsese's documentary, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World." The Beatles ' two surviving members boosted the launch of Scorsese's doc, screened at London'…

  10. James Morrison Tops U.K. Album Chart; Goo Goo Dolls' 'Iris' Rises Again

    October 03, 2011 9:30 AM EDT British singer-songwriter James Morrison made it two U.K. No. 1 albums from three releases on Sunday (2) as "The Awakening" (Universal Island) debuted at the top of the new chart. Spanish DJ-producer Sak Noel's European hit "Loca People" (3 Beat/All Around The World…

  11. Chart Highlights: Rodney Atkins Takes 'Back Road' To No. 1 On Country Songs

    September 19, 2011 5:15 PM EDT 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 *** "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon…

  12. Reality Star Will Young Clocks Third No. 1 on U.K. Charts

    August 29, 2011 10:01 AM EDT Former reality show winners rule the new U.K. sales charts, in a double victory for Sony Music Entertainment. Original "Pop Idol" victor Will Young 's "Echoes" album (RCA/Sony) entered at No. 1 and his "Jealousy" single at No. 5, while 2009 "X Factor…

  13. Truce? Noel Gallagher Answers Liam's Lawsuit With an Apology

    August 24, 2011 12:50 PM EDT The perpetually at-odds Gallagher brothers of Oasis fame have reportedly settled their latest fued, according to The Sun . Last Friday Liam sued Noel for libel after Noel told journalists at a press conference that Oasis had backed out of a 2009 V Festival show because Liam was hungover. All…

  14. Oasis' Noel Gallagher Suing Brother Liam Over Libel

    August 19, 2011 4:23 PM EDT One of music's most famous family feuds is headed for the courts. Oasis singer Liam Gallagher said Friday he is suing his estranged brother and former bandmate, Noel, for saying his hangover forced the rumbustious Brit rockers to cancel a concert. Bad blood between the brothers has made…

  15. Hanson Takes Issue With Kings of Leon: 'They're Irritating People'

    August 17, 2011 9:04 AM EDT He may be a member of the group that brought the lighthearted song "Mmm Bop" to the world, but, when it comes to making music, Isaac Hanson takes his profession very seriously. "I have a hard time with musicians who act like p**cks," the eldest Hanson member said in an…

  16. Freshman Haze: Chipmunk

    August 12, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Grime music has birthed big stars, such as Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal . Chipmunk is next up to bat. From rhyming on pirate radio sets in his early teenage years to now being one of the most successful urban acts in the UK, Chipmunk has achieved a lot in his 20-year-old life. Chipmunk has…

  17. Oasis' Noel Gallagher To Release Debut Solo Disc in October

    July 06, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Former Oasis guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher unveiled plans on Wednesday for his first solo album, telling reporters that he would release his debut solo disc, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds," on Oct. 17 and a second, complimentary album, in 2012. The choice of which…

  18. Hooray For Earth Turns On Kanye West's 'All Of The Lights'

    May 02, 2011 10:30 AM EDT "It sounds like a bunch of people went in and flipped out for a week, and then they just printed it. That's what we do so much of the time," Hooray For Earth frontman Noel Heroux says of Kanye West's latest album, "A Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy." With an…

  19. Beyonce, Father Mathew Knowles Announce Professional Split

    March 29, 2011 8:00 AM EDT B eyonce will no longer be managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, her publicist said Monday. The Grammy-winning singer and her father have parted ways "on a business level," publicist Yvette Noel-Schure told The Associated Press in a statement. "I am grateful for everything he…

  20. Liam Gallagher: Beady Eye Is 'The Best Band On This Planet'

    March 07, 2011 3:52 PM EST Noel and Liam Gallagher rarely backed away from proclamations of genius as the guitarist and lead singer of Oasis , and the latter still speaks in absolutes when discussing his new band, Beady Eye . "I feel I'm in the best band that is on this planet, right here today," he…

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