1. Ask Billboard: "Idol" Worship

    December 04, 2009 4:55 PM EST 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. CHARTING THE DECADE Dear Gary, Hope you're well. I was just wondering…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

    December 03, 2009 2:45 PM EST NEW 'MOON': With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles , one of the chart's landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd 's "Dark Side of the Moon" re-enters the chart for the first time…

  3. Ask Billboard: Swift's Latest 'Fearless' Feat

    November 06, 2009 5:27 PM EST 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. WHAT'S HER 20? Hi Gary, I was just wondering if Taylor Swift is the…

  4. Juan Gabriel Steals Show, Calle 13 Sweep Latin Grammys

    November 06, 2009 11:13 AM EST Juan Gabriel was the big star of the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards, which aired live on the Univision network from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center yesterday (Nov. 5). The fabled composer and showman extraordinaire, who performed live for at least 40 minutes -- an unprecedented…

  5. Hot Tours: U2, Taylor Swift, Ruben Blades

    October 15, 2009 11:51 AM EDT U2 and its "360 Tour" tops the Hot Tours ranking for a fifth week during it's worldwide run, grossing over 22 million from four sold out shows reported by Live Nation. U2 's top concert during the most recent reporting week is a sellout at FedExField in Landover, Md. The…

  6. Calle 13 Leads Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 17, 2009 3:19 PM EDT With five nods to its name, Latin Grammy darling Calle 13 led the list of esoteric nominations for the 10th annual Latin Grammy awards. The eclectic Puerto Rican urban group, which has already won several Latin Grammys in the past, is up for awards in the Album of the year and Best Urban…

  7. Ask Billboard: Steve Vai, Jay-Z, Radiohead

    August 07, 2009 12:00 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. GO FIGURE Requests came in this week for sales recaps of various artists, so…

  8. Chart Beat: "Glee," Kris Allen, Steve Martin

    May 28, 2009 3:38 PM EDT 'GLEE' AMONG RECORD-SETTING CLUB: In a week dominated by "American Idol," it's another Fox TV-related show that spurs the biggest splash on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course, having "Idol" as a lead-in helped the musical comedy "Glee" enjoy an ample…

  9. May 21, 2009

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Lou Pearlman, manager of the Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding. 2008 – David Cook wins Season Seven of “American Idol.” David…

  10. Ruben Studdard Hopes New Album Reconnects With 'Idol' Fans

    April 28, 2009 8:58 AM EDT Second season "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard isn't calling his new album, "Love IS," a comeback, but he does acknowledge that he hopes the May 19 release will "reconnect me to the 20-some odd million people that voted for me and...are my fans from '…

  11. Flex Takes Eight Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 24, 2009 9:16 AM EDT Propelled by the runaway success of his hit single "Te Quiero," Felix Danilo Gómez, the Panamenian DJ and singer better known as Flex, was the big winner at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music awards presented by State Farm Insurance on April 23. Flex took home eight awards, including…

  12. Ruben Studdard Reconnects With 'Love Is'

    March 25, 2009 9:09 AM EDT When 2003 "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard returns to the show this week (March 26), he will perform his new song, "Together." The Stargate-produced track is also the lead single from Studdard's fourth album, "Love Is." The set will be released May 19…

  13. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Hough, Barack Obama, Darius Rucker

    March 19, 2009 3:05 PM EDT MOST 'WANTED' : Kelly Clarkson's fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 255,000, granting the original "American Idol" her second chart-topper. She first reigned with her 2003 debut, "Thankful," which…

  14. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the all-time record by teleporting 97-1 with …

  15. Early Grammys Honor Film, Latin Music

    February 08, 2009 4:58 PM EST The soundtrack for "Juno" was the first winner at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, taking home the trophy for best compilation soundtrack. Meanwhile, James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer won best score soundtrack for "The Dark Knight." The Grammy for best motion picture song…

  16. Chart Beat: Bruce Springsteen, Lil Wayne, John Rich

    February 05, 2009 8:55 AM EST ‘WORKING’ FOR A LIVING: It’s a familiar story: Bruce Springsteen releases a new album; Bruce Springsteen adds another No. 1 album to his career total. It doesn’t happen every time but his batting average is not bad at all: “Working on a Dream” (Columbia) is the Boss’ ninth No. 1 out of 28…

  17. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, 'At Last,' Coldplay

    January 29, 2009 5:49 PM EST THIS IS YOUR 'LIFE': For the second time in her career, Kelly Clarkson sets the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on the Hot 100. This week she does it with a 97-1 bound for "My Life Would Suck Without You" (RCA), narrowly surpassing the 96-1 jump Britney Spears'…

  18. Frank Zappa Drummer Jimmy Carl Black Dies

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, vocalist and self-anointed "Indian of the group" of Frank Zappa's the Mothers of Invention, has died at age 70. Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, vocalist and self-anointed "Indian of the group" of Frank Zappa's the Mothers of Invention, has…

  19. This Day in Music

    October 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, Calif. 2001 - Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, Calif. 2000 - Ontario Attorney-General Jim Flaherty requests that Canada's federal government, which…

  20. Early Zappa Albums Due In Expanded Editions

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Zappa Family Trust will kick off a comprehensive campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the late Frank Zappa's albums next month. The Zappa Family Trust will kick off a comprehensive campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the late Frank Zappa's albums next…

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