1. Arcade Fire & the Weeknd Lead Polaris Prize Nominees, Founder Comments on Picks

    July 07, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Yesterday (July 6), the short list of nominees for the coveted Polaris Music Prize, an award that honors the best album of the year made by a Canadian artist, were officially announced. The list of albums includes Destroyer's acclaimed "Kaputt," Arcade Fire's grammy…

  2. LMFAO Brings the 'Party' to Top of Hot 100

    July 06, 2011 12:55 PM EDT LMFAO leaps to its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (July 7) on Billboard.com, as "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, lifts 3-1 with Digital Gainer honors. Original songs and covers by contestants from NBC's "The Voice…

  3. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

    June 02, 2011 6:45 PM EDT THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's top 15. Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" blasts in at No. 11, making…

  5. Ask Billboard: Can A Ballad Still Top The Hot 100?

    May 27, 2011 4:05 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. CAN A BALLAD…

  6. Lady Gaga's 'Born' and Brad Paisley's 'Country': The Fans Weigh In

    May 27, 2011 1:30 PM EDT When Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Brad Paisley's "This Is Country" albums hit stores this week, Billboard.com offered our Twitter-length track-by-track reviews of each album, then we asked fans of the pop and country megastars to send us their own 140…

  7. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 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. READERS'…

  8. Bela Fleck Reunites Original Flecktones for 'Rocket Sciences'

    May 17, 2011 2:00 PM EDT B ela Fleck has put the band back together -- literally. "Rocket Science," which is out today (May 17), marks the first recording by the original Flecktones lineup -- with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy rejoining Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten and percussionist Ray "…

  9. Steven Tyler Promises Tales of 'Debauchery, Sex & Drugs' in New Memoir

    April 12, 2011 5:35 PM EDT A erosmith rocker Steven Tyler will publish his memoirs worldwide on May 3, promising to share "all the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs, transcendence & chemical dependence you will ever want to hear." His book, "Does the Noise in My Head…

  10. The Best-Selling Non-Winning 'American Idol' Finalists

    April 12, 2011 1:05 PM EDT As rumors abound over Pia Toscano's possible record deal with Interscope (and, in juicier news, an alleged romance with a fellow reality show hopeful), "American Idol" viewers this week face the first episode following the power ballad vocalist's surprising elimination…

  11. 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano: 5 Theories Behind Her Elimination

    April 08, 2011 11:17 AM EDT I know what you're thinking: how did this happen? Why did Pia Toscano, the frontrunner of all "American Idol" frontrunners, get sent home in ninth place? And how is it that Ryan Seacrest didn't better prepare us for the outcome? Where was the buzz of a "shocker you…

  12. Rebecca Black Looks To Move Beyond 'Friday'

    March 25, 2011 12:30 PM EDT News flash for the legions of online haters who've poked fun at Rebecca Black: We probably haven't heard the last of the YouTube phenom. Black, 13, has been in the eye of a media hurricane thanks to the viral spread of her party song "Friday," which had racked up a mind…

  13. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records, MTV Denies Banning Kanye's 'Monster' Video

    March 07, 2011 6:25 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records Following her performance in "Country Strong" and guest appearances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to sign a record deal with Atlantic…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Medina

    March 03, 2011 5:25 PM EST From its two new judges to the series' first champion and an already ousted 2011 hopeful, "American Idol" ties infuse this week's Billboard charts. HERE COME THE JUDGES: Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 , dating to…

  15. Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"'s Record?

    February 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST 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. WHO COULD BREAK …

  16. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortunes at Sunday's (Feb. 13) festivities? A…

  17. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST 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. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  18. Bootsy Collins Taps Snoop Dogg, George Clinton for First Album in Five Years

    January 11, 2011 5:28 AM EST A desire to memorialize his heroes -- including James Brown , Jimi Hendrix , Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist Garry Shider and jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis -- drove Bootsy Collins to make "Tha Funk Capitol of the World," his first new album in five years. …

  19. Hot Tours: Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers, Leonard Cohen

    January 06, 2011 1:17 PM EST Canadian pop star Justin Bieber tops the current list of Hot Tours with $3.8 million in box office grosses reported from six American arenas on the My World Tour's December itinerary. All venues were in the eastern U.S., stretching from Manchester, N.H. to Miami. Top sales came from…

  20. Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson Go Back Home in New 'Idol' Winners Special

    December 21, 2010 1:19 PM EST All nine "American Idol" winners, from Kelly Clarkson to Lee DeWyze , traveled to their hometowns and reflected on what life has been like since being crowned America's favorite singer on "AI: Welcome Home," a special that aired on Fox affiliates over the weekend. In…

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