1. Chart Beat Tuesday: Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias

    June 01, 2010 1:05 PM EDT BIG 'HOUSE': Miranda Lambert celebrates her first No. 1 on Country Songs, as "The House That Built Me" rises 2-1. Lambert had previously peaked as high as the runner-up spot with her prior single, "White Liar." (All charts on billboard.com are refreshed each…

  2. Ask Billboard: Records About Records

    May 07, 2010 7:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THE SO-LO-DOWN Hi Gary, Get ready for an extremely geeky chart-related e-mail…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: A Madge-ical Week For 'Glee'

    April 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT NEW DIRECTIONS: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 18, 1989, Madonna 's "Like a Prayer" soared in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 38. 21 years, one month and three weeks later, the song makes its second Hot 100 appearance, again as the chart's highest new entry . The cast…

  4. Hot Tours: André Rieu, George Strait, Taylor Swift

    April 29, 2010 11:55 AM EDT Dutch violinist André Rieu tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with a heavily back-dated reported gross from 53 European concerts dating from November through February. The shows, primarily in France and Germany, were part of the classical artist¹s third 2009 trek through European venues. The…

  5. Chart Beat Wednesday: Crash Kings, Carrie Underwood, STP

    March 31, 2010 1:15 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE KINGS: Crash Kings complete a 20-week climb to the summit of Alternative Songs, as their first chart entry, "Mountain Man," hikes 2-1. The band crowns the chart with its introductory track less than two months after Phoenix reigned with its first format hit, "1901.…

  6. Lady Antebellum Returns To No. 1, Marvin Sapp Debuts Big On Billboard 200

    March 24, 2010 11:26 AM EDT L ady Antebellum 's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth non-consecutive week (93,000; down 11%), but the big album chart news is the arrival of Marvin Sapp 's "Here I Am" at No. 2 with 76,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's…

  7. Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nods

    March 02, 2010 10:05 AM EST An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum . Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are next with…

  8. Zac Brown Band, "Highway 20 Ride"

    January 29, 2010 3:54 PM EST On "Highway 20 Ride," the fourth single from Zac Brown Band 's million-selling "The Foundation," there's no fried chicken, no beer and no sand to be found. Consider it a sign of frontman Brown's softer side, and proof he and his bandmates can do more than…

  9. Everything Breaks Open For Matt Morris

    January 22, 2010 5:33 PM EST Matt Morris is one of those new guys on the scene who's actually been around longer than you might remember. Now bearded and tattooed, the 30-year-old singer/songwriter got his start as a pre-teen on Disney's "The New Mickey Mouse Club" alongside co-stars Justin Timberlake…

  10. Chart Beat Wednesday: Lady Gaga, Reba, Muse

    January 06, 2010 2:55 PM EST 'MONSTER' SMASH: "I'm so happy I could die." Such is Lady Gaga 's exuberance upon learning that, with a 2-1 lift for "Bad Romance" on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, she becomes the first artist in the survey's 17-year history to…

  11. Best Of 2009: By-The-Numbers

    December 29, 2009 3:05 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Janet, Reba

    December 24, 2009 11:00 AM EST ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK: A new decade brings a new No. 1 to the Billboard Hot 100, as rookie Ke$ha rises 2-1 with "TiK Tok." The 22-year-old, born Kesha Rose Sebert, is the first solo female to ascend to the summit with a maiden chart entry since Lady Gaga , who led with "Just…

  13. Best Of 2009: Part 1

    December 15, 2009 4:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  14. Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood Bring Holiday Cheer To 'Very Special Christmas 7'

    November 24, 2009 11:55 AM EST With a lineup that includes Miley Cyrus , Carrie Underwood , Colbie Caillat , Sean Kingston and others, the seventh "A Very Special Christmas" Special Olympics benefit album has a younger audience in its crosshairs. "That was the game plan," Vicki Iovine, "A Very…

  15. Ask Billboard: Swift's Lucky 13 Top 40 Hits

    November 20, 2009 6:17 PM EST TRIVIAL MATTERS Hi Gary, Regarding the topic in last week's "Ask Billboard," while some people may be bored by music trivia, I find that there is absolutely nothing boring about it. After all, shows like "American Top 40" wouldn't have lasted nearly as long as…

  16. Chart Beat Thursday: Multi-Format Diva Domination

    November 12, 2009 5:31 PM EST CARRIE: Carrie Underwood 's third album "Play On" opens atop the Billboard 200 and Country Albums. The set is her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following 2007's "Carnival Ride." Her first release, "Some Hearts," debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2005.…

  17. Chart Beat Wednesday: Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire

    November 03, 2009 7:08 PM EST BOYZ IN A FAMILIAR 'HOOD: Old is new again this week. Boyz II Men bow at No. 34 on Adult R&B (viewable at billboard.biz ) and No. 99 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Can't Make You Love Me." The song had last appeared on a Billboard chart in 1994 when Nancy Wilson'…

  18. Chart Beat Wednesday: Jay Sean, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood

    October 07, 2009 4:55 PM EDT 'DOWN' IS UP: What goes up must come down. In this case, it's because of "Down." After a record 26-week reign with "I Gotta Feeling" (the last 14 weeks) and "Boom Boom Pow" (12 weeks directly prior), the Black Eyed Peas cede the Billboard Hot 100…

  19. Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift To Perform At CMA Awards

    October 06, 2009 11:49 AM EDT The 43rd annual Country Music Association awards will offer fans one of the last chances to see Brooks & Dunn before they split next year . The popular duo joins a star-studded lineup, including all five entertainer of the year nominees, scheduled to perform during the Nov. 11 ceremony.…

  20. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1983

    September 29, 2009 4:37 PM EDT 'TOTAL ECLIPSE' OF THE CHART: This week in 1983, Bonnie Tyler ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The song's all-star cast included E Street Band members Roy Bittan on keyboards and Max Weinberg on drums, as well as Rick…

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