1. Jennifer Lopez Leaps Onto Hot 100 with 'On the Floor'

    March 03, 2011 11:44 AM EST J ennifer Lopez blasts back onto the Billboard Hot 100, as "On the Floor," featuring Pitbull , soars in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 9, marking the new "American Idol" judge's highest career launch on the list. Lopez's first top 10 as a lead artist since the four…

  2. 'American Idol' Top 5 Nashville Auditions, from Lauren Alaina to Jackie Wilson

    January 27, 2011 11:36 PM EST The "American Idol" Milwaukee auditions were a tough act to follow, thanks to buzzy contestants like Chris Medina and Scott Dangerfield -- but tonight's Nashville episode had its share of big moments, too. Read on for our top 5 tryouts tonight, and tell us: who were your…

  3. Leftovers From Last Week: 'Glee,' Santana, Akon

    October 05, 2010 1:05 PM EDT With last week's charts bursting with numerous notable achievements , headlined by Zac Brown Band , Nelly and Kenny Chesney , here is a recap of a few additional praiseworthy feats before all charts are refreshed with new data Thursday (Oct. 7) on Billboard.com. COUNTRY POP: Among last…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: the Beatles, Eminem, Willow Smith

    September 16, 2010 6:55 PM EDT THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO: Ahead of multiple benefit concerts planned in honor of the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon , including tribute shows from New York to Los Angeles , the late legend and his widow Yoko Ono each occupy Billboard chart summits this week. The Beatles bow…

  5. Santana, Michael Buble, Kings Of Leon Preview New Albums

    September 15, 2010 4:45 PM EDT WHAT'S IN STORE: Or, technically, not quite yet in stores. Still, the launch of the fourth-quarter retail blitz impacts multiple airplay charts, where three notable acts debut with lead singles from forthcoming albums. Santana enters Adult Contemporary at No. 25 with "While My…

  6. Female MCs Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa Celebrated in 'My Mic Sounds Nice' Doc

    August 29, 2010 10:00 AM EDT M issy Elliott says she was 14 when she did it the first time. Eve was 11. Diamond was 14, while Yo-Yo and Lady of Rage were 15 and 12. Reminiscing about the first time they reeled off rhymes is one of several topics these and other female MCs -- including MC Lyte , Trina , the Poetess and…

  7. Santana Recruits Nas, Daughtry, Weiland For Classic Rock Covers

    June 24, 2010 8:34 AM EDT C arlos Santana was initially intimidated by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis' pitch for his next album -- another "Supernatural"-style all-star collaboration, but this time on a collection of iconic rock songs by the likes of the Beatles , the Rolling Stones , Led…

  8. Laurie Anderson Plays Concert for Dogs at Sydney Opera House

    June 05, 2010 11:25 AM EDT Some in the audience howled with glee, others stood on trembling legs and a few drooled in delight as famed performance artist Laurie Anderson debuted her original "Music for Dogs" composition outside the Sydney Opera House on Saturday. Hundreds of dogs and their owners bounced…

  9. Touched By Gaga: 20 Must-See Video Tributes

    May 26, 2010 2:15 PM EDT From rockers like 'Glee' Covers "Bad Romance," "Poker Face" "Bad Romance" "Poker Face" This week, the "Glee" kids threw their paws up to celebrate pop culture's biggest phenomenon -- well, besides the show itself. Lady Gaga got…

  10. Carlos Santana Celebrates 'Supernatural' Reissue, Talks Covers Album

    February 25, 2010 1:37 PM EST Rock guitar legend Carlos Santana is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough "Supernatural" album -- which won nine Grammy Awards and has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide -- with a "Supernatural: Legacy Edition" that includes a second disc of rare…

  11. Rounds Derided, Lambert Gets Standing O On 'Idol'

    April 08, 2009 8:11 AM EDT Lil Rounds continued her streak of disappointment on "American Idol." The 24-year-old Memphis mom's eyes welled with tears as judge Simon Cowell derided her performance of "What's Love Got To Do With It" Tuesday night as a "second- or third-rate version of…

  12. Super Bowl Sounds: Dylan/will.i.am; Pumpkins

    January 29, 2009 4:01 PM EST Bob Dylan and will.i.am: together at last? The artists both appear in a Pepsi commercial that may run during the Super Bowl broadcast, singing a song written specifically for the ad. Further details were unavailable. In addition, Pepsi Co. North America executives say they are considering…

  13. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 15, 2009 5:17 PM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonce, Death Cab For Cute and the Beastie Boys are…

  14. Aretha Franklin To Sing At Obama Inauguration

    December 18, 2008 12:55 PM EST Aretha Franklin will sing, the Rev. Rick Warren will pray and more than 11,000 U.S. troops will be watching over inauguration ceremonies in case of an attack during President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in on Jan. 20. As many as 4 million visitors are expected to be on hand when Obama…

  15. Kenny Chesney Scores Fifth Chart-Topping Album

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney scores his fifth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and eighth Top Country Albums as "Lucky Old Sun" (BNA) moves 176,000 copies in the U.S. However, this marks the lowest sales debut for one of Kenny Chesney scores his fifth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and eighth Top Country…

  16. Chart Beat Chat: No. 1 Jumps, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the biggest movers before 2000, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney and more! THIS QUESTION IS SO LAST CENTURY Dear Fred, As an "American Top 40" listener back in the '70s and '80s, I hope you'll answer this question: Now that "Live Your Life"…

  17. Santana Shows Varied 'Dimensions' On New Set

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Carlos Santana says his upcoming compilation, "Multi Dimensional Warrior," due Sept. 30 on Columbia/Legacy, is "a love letter to fans" -- as well as a reminder that his repertoire includes more than t Carlos Santana says his upcoming compilation, "Multi Dimensional…

  18. Chart Beat: Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Coldplay

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Katy Perry, the first rock song, Leona Lewis and more! TIME FOR A CHANGE? Dear Fred, It is a significant achievement that Katy Perry has achieved the rock era's 1000th Number One single on the Billboard pop charts with "I Kissed A Girl," which -…

  19. Aretha, Mint Condition Salute Black Music Month

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An essay from Aretha Franklin, an Earth Wind & Fire tribute from Mint Condition and blog posts from rapper YoYo are among the featured elements of BlackVoices.com's Black Music Month celebration. An essay from Aretha Franklin, an Earth Wind & Fire tribute from Mint Condition and…

  20. Yo-Yo Battles Back With 'Rap Supreme'

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Blaming the lack of female MCs on a void in female leadership and mentors, rap pioneer Yo-Yo says she's excited about reshaping the future as co-host of VH1's upcoming new series, "ego trip's Miss Rap Blaming the lack of female MCs on a void in female leadership and…

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