1. Taylor Swift Wins BMI Award For Top Song

    November 11, 2009 7:32 AM EST Taylor Swift started what could be an interesting week with her second straight song of the year award at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville, where Kris Kristofferson was honored as an icon. Swift won for her song "Love Story" at the ceremony on Tuesday (Nov. 10) - the night before…

  2. Taylor Swift Adds Tunes to Hit Album, Wyclef Jean Gets New Handle

    November 10, 2009 4:42 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Taylor Swift talks about the new deluxe edition of her quadruple-platinum album "Fearless," which includes songs written since the original release. We also hear from Wyclef Jean , who releases a mixtape today,…

  3. Michael Buble Beats Kiss On Billboard 200

    October 14, 2009 11:00 AM EDT After only three days of sales, Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" opens atop the Billboard 200 chart with 132,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the pop singer his second No. 1 album. Bublé's last set, 2007's "Call Me Irresponsible," debuted with…

  4. Keith Urban, Sugarland To Headline 2010 Stagecoach Festival

    October 08, 2009 2:09 PM EDT Keith Urban , Toby Keith , Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are confirmed to headline the fourth annual Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival, it was announced today (Oct. 8). The two-day outdoor fest will take place April 24-25, 2010 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.…

  5. Kiss, Buble Battle For No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 08, 2009 9:57 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 chart will either house a first-ever No. 1 album from iconic band Kiss , or pop singer Michael Buble may crash the group's rockin' party with his new set, "Crazy Love." Industry sources suggest that Kiss' new Wal-Mart exclusive album, …

  6. Chart Beat Wednesday: Kings Of Leon, Toby Keith, Maxwell

    September 30, 2009 4:58 PM EDT IT'S GOOD TO BE KINGS: Kings of Leon continue their march across multiple formats, as the quartet crowns the Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart with a 3-1 ascent for "Use Somebody." Having already hit No. 1 on Alternative Songs and the billboard.biz-exclusive…

  7. Toby Keith, Wyclef Jean To Play Nobel Peace Concert

    September 30, 2009 8:08 AM EDT Will Smith and his wife, the actress Jada Pinkett Smith, will co-host this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo featuring Wyclef Jean , Toby Keith and Donna Summer , organizers said Wednesday. The Dec. 11 show - a day after the award ceremony - will also feature performances by…

  8. Chart Beat Wednesday: Hall & Oates Come On Over To The Country

    September 23, 2009 6:58 PM EDT 'SMILE,' YOU'RE ON COUNTRY SONGS: Jimmy Wayne nets the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Sara Smile," featuring the classic song's original performers, Daryl Hall & John Oates . The latter two artists, who make their first visit to Country Songs, took the…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Billie Holiday

    September 10, 2009 3:58 PM EDT SHE'S GOT THE 'LOOK': How long had it been since Whitney Houston presided over the Billboard 200? Until this week, the superstar last led when the soundtrack to the "The Bodyguard," credited as a Houston album in Billboard's archives, spent its 20th and final…

  10. Colt Ford Turns Heads With Countrified Hip-Hop Album

    August 04, 2009 11:22 AM EDT "Most country folks sing, but I couldn't so I'm rapping." So says Colt Ford on the title track from his album, "Ride Through the Country" (Average Joes Entertainment). An intriguing amalgam of country lyrics laced with hip-hop beats, the album is No. 6 on…

  11. Toby Keith's 'American Ride' In High Gear

    July 13, 2009 5:12 AM EDT Toby Keith is "about half done" with his next album, "American Ride," which he plans to release this fall. But the album's title track first single is already taking its ride onto country radio and up the charts. "I've only ever done, like, four or five…

  12. Toby Keith Puts 'American Ride' In High Gear

    July 12, 2009 9:19 PM EDT Toby Keith is "about half done" with his next album, "American Ride," which he plans to release this fall. But the album's title track first single is already taking its ride onto country radio and up the charts. "I've only ever done, like, four or five…

  13. Colbie Caillat, Ting Tings Shake Up Billboard Hot 100

    July 09, 2009 10:57 AM EDT Colbie Caillat , Mary Mary and the Ting Tings shake up the Billboard Hot 100 in a week where the top five spots on the chart remain unchanged. Caillat has the week's hot shot debut at No. 12 with "Falling For You," the first song from her forthcoming album "Breakthrough,…

  14. Chart Beat: Dierks Bentley, Seether, Heidi Montag

    July 01, 2009 3:02 PM EDT JACKSON'S JUMPS: Tomorrow's Chart Beat will focus on the resounding sales impact of Michael Jackson's music on Top Comprehensive Albums, Top Pop Catalog and Hot Digital Songs. Last week, only one title by Jackson placed among the lists: "Number Ones" ranked at No. 20…

  15. 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…

  16. Live Nation Extends Service Fee Discount To Reserved Seats

    June 08, 2009 9:05 AM EDT On the heels of its first successful "No service fee Wednesday," concert promoter Live Nation Inc. says it will expand the summer ticket program from the lawn to reserved seats this week, while acknowledging that some fees never went away. The first 24-hour discount Wednesday drove…

  17. Live Nation Cuts Service Fees In Major Summer Ticket Promotion

    June 01, 2009 1:03 AM EDT Live Nation will eliminate service fees on more than five million lawn tickets and hundreds of concerts for its amphitheaters in a one-day promotion June 3. The 24 hour sales event is being billed as the biggest ticket promotion ever, which would be hard to dispute. "No Service Fee…

  18. Wayman Tisdale, Basketball Great And Jazz Musician, Dies At 44

    May 15, 2009 1:01 PM EDT Wayman Tisdale, the one-time Oklahoma star and NBA player who recorded several jazz albums, died at 44 after a two year battle with cancer, the Associated Press reports. Tisdale, a 6' 9" forward who was an Olympic gold medalist and three-time All-American for Oklahoma, played for…

  19. Chart Beat: Rascal Flatts, Seal, Eminem

    April 15, 2009 12:13 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. '…

  20. 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…

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