1. Billboard Bits: Pink Floyd Reunites at London Show, Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill Gets Married

    May 13, 2011 6:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pink Floyd Reunites at London Show The surviving members of Pink Floyd reunited at London's O2 Arena last night (May 12) for a rare collaboration, after swearing that they would never tour again upon breaking…

  2. Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    April 29, 2011 6:35 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. SISTERS ARE DOIN&…

  3. 'Glee' Warblers Album Flies High on Billboard 200

    April 27, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "G lee Presents the Warblers," the latest entry from the the Fox TV series' line of soundtrack albums, flies in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, debuting with 86,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Warblers" -- a showcase for recent Billboard magazine cover man Darren…

  4. Foo Fighters Earn First No. 1 Album with 'Wasting Light'

    April 20, 2011 10:50 AM EDT As forecasted last week, Foo Fighters finally get their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Wasting Light" debuts atop the list with 235,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The start is the band's second-largest sales week -- trumped only by the No. 2 launch…

  5. Foo Fighters Top U.K. Charts, End Adele's 11-Week Run

    April 18, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Adele's 11-week unbroken run of supremacy on the U.K. album chart was ended yesterday (Sunday) by Foo Fighters , as "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at No. 1. The singles chart also welcomed a new leader, as "Party Rock Anthem" (Interscope…

  6. Foo Fighters Flying Towards First No. 1 Album

    April 14, 2011 10:10 AM EDT After nearly 16 years, six studio albums, a live set and a greatest hits package -- Foo Fighters are finally heading for its first No. 1 album next week. Industry prognosticators suggest their new "Wasting Light" album could sell over 200,000 copies by week's end on Sunday,…

  7. Adele's '21' Hits 1 Million, Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A dele 's "21" album not only returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (up two spots), but also becomes the first to sell more than a million copies this year. With 88,000 sold this past week (down 6%) according to Nielsen SoundScan, "21's" total rises to 1.03…

  8. Alison Krauss & Union Station, "Paper Airplane"

    April 08, 2011 10:00 AM EDT It's been seven years since Alison Krauss & Union Station last recorded together, an interim marked by myriad outside projects, none more noteworthy than Krauss' Grammy Award-gobbling "Raising Sand" collaboration with Robert Plant. If that success kindled additional…

  9. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection's fourth single, "E.T.,"…

  11. Alison Krauss Talks New Album 'Paper Airplane,' Reunion With Union Station

    March 25, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Best-known for 2007's "Raising Sand," the multiplatinum collaboration with Robert Plant that won six Grammy Awards, including album of the year, Alison Krauss is now preparing to release her 14th album, "Paper Airplane," on April 12 on Rounder Records. It's not…

  12. 29 Black Music Milestones: Lil Wayne Makes Best-Selling Album of '08

    February 20, 2011 12:00 PM EST Lil Wayne had already released winning albums and mixtapes by the time he issued "Tha Carter III" in June 2008, but the album was a front-to-back classic and established him as one of the biggest rappers in the world. Perhaps most impressively, "Tha Carter III" was the…

  13. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Led by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne

    February 15, 2011 11:43 AM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne , album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire , and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festival in its tenth year. Buffalo Springfield'…

  14. Sleigh Bells Get Violent in Bloody 'Rill Rill' Video

    January 27, 2011 12:00 PM EST At first, Sleigh Bells' new video for "Rill Rill" seems like a possible rehashing of Gorillaz's "Stylo" video, as bandmates Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller speed down a dusty desert road in a classic car. However, the similarities end there -- unless we're…

  15. Steve Earle Explores Mortality on New Album and Novel, Talks 'Treme'

    January 24, 2011 11:42 AM EST S teve Earle didn't intend for his new album and upcoming novel -- both titled "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" -- to connect, but in hindsight he's not surprised they did. "This is the longest I've ever taken to write a record," Earle, who'…

  16. Steve Earle: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 2:49 PM EST Steve Earle Title TBD Date TBD Earle recently finished recording his 14th studio album with producer T Bone Burnett. The follow-up to his Grammy Award-winning 2009 release, "Townes," will include "The City," the song he wrote for his character in HBO's "Treme,…

  17. John Waite Unearths Old Tunes, 'Punk Energy' for New Album

    December 30, 2010 4:00 PM EST J ohn Waite set out to rock on "Rough & Tumble," which will be his first new studio album in four years when it's released on Feb. 22. And he's pleased to say that's what he accomplished on the 11-song set. "Coming off the back of the live album [this year&…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

    November 11, 2010 5:55 PM EST RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97. "What's My Name?" becomes Rihanna's eighth…

  19. Country Albums Rule Top Three on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 11:17 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan), Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party…

  20. Indigo Girls Toast to 'Happy Days' on Holiday Album

    October 07, 2010 5:15 PM EDT The Indigo Girls' upcoming holiday album, "Holly Happy Days," is the rarest of entries in the duo's catalog. "We just both had a desire to do it at the same time, which doesn't always happen with us," Emily Saliers tells Billboard.com. The 12-track set, due…

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