1. Michael Jackson: It's A Wonderful Afterlife

    June 17, 2010 4:00 AM EDT On March 5, 2009,when music legend Michael Jackson announced that he would perform a run of 50 concerts at London's O2 Arena in a comeback tour called This Is It, the media largely greeted the news with skepticism and derision. The Guardian wrote that a quickly erected stage at the press…

  2. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with "What I Got" in 1996. (Rome did…

  3. Chart Beat Wednesday: Phoenix, Black Eyed Peas, Kutless

    February 10, 2010 11:45 AM EST BY THE TIME PHOENIX GETS TO NO. 1 ...: It only seems like 109 years. Phoenix 's "1901" reaches the summit of the Alternative Songs survey in its 31st chart week, marking the longest trip to the top since the list launched on Sept. 10, 1988. Here is a look at the four entries on…

  4. Taking Peaks, Part 2: Nos. 75-51

    January 12, 2010 1:30 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  5. They Might Be Giants, "Here Comes Science"

    September 18, 2009 2:50 PM EDT Plenty has been said about how well They Might Be Giants ' playful, absurdist rock translates to kids' music-and the band's fourth offspring-focused effort is no exception. What the CD/ DVD "Here Comes Science" offers-compared with the act's previous alphabet-…

  6. Breaking and Entering: Crosby Loggins

    August 13, 2009 7:22 PM EDT Crosby Loggins describes his songwriting process as "a conversation," so it's no surprise that the 28-year-old singer's solo debut, "Time to Move," feels like an honest heart to heart. The album specializes in warm pop tunes ("You Want to Be With Me," …

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Daughtry, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas

    July 23, 2009 3:46 PM EDT DOUBLE DAUGHTRY: Daughtry makes it two-for-two atop the Billboard 200, as its sophomore set, "Leave This Town" arrives at No. 1. Having reigned with its self-titled debut album, Daughtry becomes just the third group in the 2000s to arrive with a pair of No. 1s. An apparent…

  8. Daughtry, T-Pain, Dierks Bentley Set For Free Samsung Concert Series

    July 12, 2009 11:25 AM EDT Daughtry, the Offspring, Dierks Bentley and T-Pain, among others, will perform as part of the third annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free summer concert series designed to highlight the Samsung JACK mobile phone. The concert series starts July 17 in Seattle with a performance by…

  9. Daughtry, T-Pain, Dierks Bentley Set For Free Samsung Concert Series

    July 10, 2009 10:33 AM EDT Daughtry, the Offspring, Dierks Bentley and T-Pain, among others, will perform as part of the third annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free summer concert series designed to highlight the Samsung JACK mobile phone. The concert series starts July 17 in Seattle with a performance by…

  10. Offspring Plotting 'Rise And Fall' Follow-Up

    June 19, 2009 10:44 AM EDT The Offspring is eyeballing some older material as the opening gambit for its next album. Guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman tells Billboard.com that frontman Dexter Holland recently sat down with producer Bob Rock -- who produced 2008's "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace,…

  11. Simon & Garfunkel / June 17, 2009 / Brisbane, Australia (Brisbane Entertainment Centre)

    June 17, 2009 7:42 PM EDT Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel rolled back the years Wednesday night on the opening date of their Australian tour, with a set carrying all the old favorites, and a few surprises. As one would expect, there were no fireworks or bombast at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre to herald the arrival…

  12. Chart Beat: Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney, Silversun Pickups

    June 17, 2009 5:57 PM EDT GIRL POWER POP : Until this week, seven female artists had notched at least three top 10s from a debut album on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart this decade. This week, that list expands by two: Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Lady Gaga lifts 11-8 with "LoveGame." She previously rose…

  13. Chart Beat: Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Kris Allen

    May 27, 2009 1:45 PM EDT PERFECT 'T(H)EN': Brad Paisley becomes one of just five acts in the 65-year history of Hot Country Songs to collect 10 consecutive No. 1s (excluding unpromoted album cuts and holiday songs), as "Then," his 14th career leader, rises 2-1. Paisley takes his place alongside…

  14. Van Halen Confirmed For 'Guitar Hero,' New Music Games Coming

    May 08, 2009 6:04 AM EDT Activision Blizzard is releasing three new music-based games this year: "DJ Hero," "Guitar Hero 5" and "Band Hero," and also confirmed the existence of "Guitar Hero: Van Halen." Few details were provided for any of the games. "DJ Hero," which…

  15. Ask Billboard: Remakes and One-Hit Wonders

    April 03, 2009 11:25 AM 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. JUST DUET Hi Gary! It doesn't happen a whole lot where initially a song…

  16. Chart Beat: Lady GaGa, "Now 30", Taylor Swift

    April 02, 2009 12:22 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. SPIN THOSE…

  17. Britney Debuts Big, But T.I. Tops Hot 100

    December 11, 2008 11:05 AM EST T.I.'s "Live Your Life" flips 2-1 with Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" on the Billboard Hot 100 to score its sixth non-consecutive week at the top. Meanwhile, Britney Spears scores her first top 10 debut as "Circus" starts at No. 3. The…

  18. Beyonce Assumes Control Of Hot 100

    December 04, 2008 10:32 AM EST Beyonce notches her fifth solo No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," one more than she scored while a member of Destiny's Child. The cut rises 2-1 after selling 228,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. T.I.&…

  19. T.I. Fends Off Beyonce, Remains Atop Hot 100

    November 27, 2008 10:27 AM EST T.I. starts a fifth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, but Beyonce is nipping at his heels with two different songs. Her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" rockets 28-2 after selling 204,000 digital…

  20. Taylor Swift Notches Six Hot 100 Debuts

    November 20, 2008 1:43 PM EST T.I. begins a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, but the big story on the chart this week is Taylor Swift's six new entries, led by "White Horse" at No. 13. That song is her sixth top 20 debut of 2008…

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