1. Michael Franti Delivers 'Sound of Sunshine' This Summer

    June 01, 2010 12:47 PM EDT Flush with the success of the Top 20 single "Say Hey (I Love You)," Michael Franti & Spearhead aren't wasting any time in following it up with a new label deal, a new album and a pair of fresh singles as the group continues touring in North America. Signed now to EMI --…

  2. Watch Hanson "Shout It Out," Hear The Full Album Early

    June 01, 2010 5:59 AM EDT "Shout It Out," Hanson 's first album in three years, will be released on June 8, but brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson are letting you hear the whole thing a week early for free here on Billboard.com. The trio also stopped by recently to talk about the new album and to…

  3. Usher's 'OMG' Stands Pat Atop Hot 100, Miley Tames Top 10

    May 27, 2010 11:00 AM EDT U sher continues his Billboard Hot 100 dominance as "OMG" rolls to a third non-consecutive week atop the chart. The title also reclaims the No. 1 spot on the Digital Songs tally with 236,000 downloads (down 2%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, after last topping that list three…

  4. Dave Matthews Band: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 1:42 PM EDT Dates: June-Aug. Support: Felice Brothers , Martin Sexton , Zac Brown Band Ticket prices: $32.50-$74 (Purchase tickets here ) DMB sold more tickets than any act on the planet in the first decade of this millennium. It has built its career on playing live, but touring every year can put a dent…

  5. McGraw, Paisley, Zac Brown Band To Perform At CMTs

    May 18, 2010 12:33 PM EDT There will be plenty of testosterone on stage at the CMT Awards next month. Tim McGraw , Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band are now confirmed to perform. And Kid Rock won't just be hosting the show, he'll be performing, too. They join previously announced performers Toby Keith , Lady…

  6. Bamboozle NJ: Top 10 Moments

    May 03, 2010 6:11 PM EDT Fans young and old laced up their Chuck Taylors and headed to the New Jersey's Meadowlands complex May 1-2 for a sweltering weekend of rock, pop, punk and hip-hop as Bamboozle 2010 juxtaposed Drake, Hanson, Ke$ha, MGMT, the reunion of Jack's Mannequin singer Andrew McMahon with…

  7. Paramore Live Video Q&A: Watch The Clips

    April 30, 2010 9:20 AM EDT Paramore Watch the Archived Video Platinum pop-punk quintet Paramore did a great live Billboard.com video Q&A on Thursday (April 29) which found them answering fan tweets about how awesome their audience is, what they learned from No Doubt , having fun on tour, thoughts on making a follow…

  8. Glee's 'Madonna' Powers To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 28, 2010 11:07 AM EDT It's all about "The Power of Madonna" this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart where the soundtrack from last week's Madonna -themed episode of Fox TV's "Glee" debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Listen to "Glee:…

  9. Hanson To 'Shout It Out' In June

    April 20, 2010 3:10 PM EDT After dealing with "heavy" topics on 2007's "The Walk" and "challenging" recording sessions for that album and 2004's "Underneath," the sibling trio Hanson "just wanted to have some fun" on its latest outing, "Shout It Out,"…

  10. Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum Nab Big ACM Awards

    April 19, 2010 10:44 AM EDT When Carrie Underwood took the gamble and tried out for "American Idol," she never imagined a night - or year - quite like this one. Underwood made history Sunday night (Apr. 18) by becoming the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice at the Academy of Country Music Awards.…

  11. Ask Billboard: Ushering In Another No. 1

    April 09, 2010 6:45 PM 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. 'RAYMOND V RAYMOND,' VS. WHO ELSE? Hi Gary, With Usher having his…

  12. Chart Beat Wednesday: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Yoko Ono

    April 07, 2010 1:05 PM EDT '20' TO 1: Zac Brown Band 's "The Foundation" becomes the eighth major label debut album in the Nielsen BDS-monitored data era to yield at least three No. 1s on Country Songs, as "Highway 20 Ride" rolls 2-1. The song follows "Chicken Fried" and …

  13. Aldean, Lady A, Sugarland Lead CMT Nominations

    April 05, 2010 2:21 PM EDT J ason Aldean , Lady Antebellum and Sugarland each are up for four CMT Music Awards. Six other country music acts received three nominations apiece. CMT announced eight nominees in most categories Monday and fans can vote at the network's Web site until May 3 to narrow each to four…

  14. Chart Beat Wednesday: Stone Temple Pilots, Easton Corbin, Lady Antebellum

    March 24, 2010 1:05 PM EDT STONE ROCK: Stone Temple Pilots touch down on Alternative Songs at No. 39 with "Between the Lines," the format cornerstone band's first entry on the list since 2003. The Scott Weiland-led group's new track concurrently starts as the Hot Shot Debut on Rock Songs at No. 40. …

  15. Ask Billboard: Who's Bigger, Def Leppard Or Poison?

    March 12, 2010 2:05 PM EST 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. TALK DIRTY TO, AND POUR SOME SUGAR ON, ME Hi Gary, Who has totaled more…

  16. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100…

  17. Chart Beat Thursday: Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, Black Eyed Peas

    March 04, 2010 2:05 PM EST BACK IN BLACK: Two days after Johnny Cash 's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" was released Feb. 23, Apple announced that the iTunes store had sold its 10 billionth song: Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield muses…

  18. Lady Antebellum Leads ACM Awards Nods

    March 02, 2010 10:05 AM EST An astounding run keeps getting better for Lady Antebellum . Already buoyed by the crossover success of its latest album, the country trio learned it's up for seven Academy of Country Music Awards when nominations were announced Tuesday. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are next with…

  19. Ask Billboard: Energizer-Bunny Albums

    February 12, 2010 4:45 PM EST 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. HANGIN' TOUGH Hi Gary, I've noticed that over the past year-plus,…

  20. Lady Antebellum Tops Album Charts, Pickle Spears Nickelback

    February 10, 2010 5:29 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, last week's Grammy winners are owning this week's album charts, with crossover country stars Lady Antebellum holding the top spot on the Billboard 200 for the second week. Other big climbers included Pink and the…

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