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  1. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As previously reported, Justin Bieber's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bie ...

  2. Katy Perry Rocks Hollywood with Pepsi/Billboard Summer Beats Show

    June 27, 2012 12:24 AM EDT Unpacking a slew of hits for all of Hollywood to see, Katy Perry kicked off Pepsi and Billboard's "Summer Beats" live series with a special performance on Tuesday night (June 26). Perry's eight-song set was delivered as part of ...

  3. Katy Perry to Rock Pepsi & Billboard's 'Summer Beats'

    June 25, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Pepsi and Billboard are kicking off their "Summer Beats" live series in a big way. The first event will feature Katy Perry in a special live performance at an as-yet-unannounced location in Los Angeles on June 26 as part of the official ...

  4. From Usher to Justin Bieber to Carly Rae Jepsen: How Musicians Market Their Own

    June 25, 2012 12:08 PM EDT This past week, Usher entered atop the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Looking 4 Myself" and logged a 10th week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Climax." Usher, famously, was instrumental in launch ...

  5. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 Top UK Charts For First Time

    June 25, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber landed his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (24) as "Believe" (Def Jam/Universal) outsold Cheryl Cole's new release "A Million Lights" (Polydor/Universal) by some 3,000 units. Maroon 5, meanwhile, topped the ...

  6. Chart Moves: Grouplove Hits No. 1 on Alternative Chart, Lumineers Gain on Hot 100, LMFAO's 'Party' Continues

    June 22, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, Carly Rae Jepsen spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her first entry on the ranking, "Call Me Maybe." As the song follow prior leaders "Somebody That I Used to Kn ...

  7. Bubbling Under: 'Life' Begins for Yuna

    June 22, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Yuna 25-year-old alterna-pop singer Yuna is gaining traction with her dreamy single "Live Your Life," produced by Pharrell Williams. During the June 11-17 tracking week, it was among the top 10 most-played songs on SiriusXM's 20 on ...

  8. Billboard and Pepsi Team up for Summer Beats Concert Series

    June 21, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Billboard, pepsi team for summer beats concert series, songs of the summer chartBillboard has teamed with Pepsi for its first "Summer Beats" concert series, a three-city concert program that is an extension of Pepsi's previously ann ...

  9. Gusttavo Lima's 'Balada' Follows Michel Teló's Soccer-Spurred Chart Success

    June 21, 2012 6:50 PM EDT From the looks of it, lightning can strike twice. Earlier this year, Michel Telo's "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" (loosely translated to "Oh, If I Catch You") topped European and South American airplay and digital charts. It was prope ...

  10. Video: Troy Carter Talks Lady Gaga in Asia, Social Media, Investing In Tech at Music Matters Conference

    June 21, 2012 4:41 PM EDT A week before the controversial cancelling of Lady Gaga's Indonesia "Born This Way" tour stop, her manager Troy Carter was the keynote interview at the Music Matters conference in Singapore earlier this month. Carter, who is the fou ...

  11. Usher Tops the Billboard 200; Ed Sheeran Debuts Strong; Bieber Poised to Conquer

    June 21, 2012 4:25 PM EDT R&B/pop superstar Usher nets his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's off quite a bit from the start of his last full ...

  12. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 10:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne, the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana's "Pop That," ...

  13. Katy Perry to Launch Her Own Record Label

    June 20, 2012 8:29 PM EDT At the age of 27, Katy Perry has already sent 11 singles to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 3.7 million albums to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been an actress and will soon be hitting the silver screen with the Jul ...

  14. Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., Gotye Set Longest Hot 100 Streak of Rookie Chart-Toppers in 35 years

    June 20, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her first entry on the ranking, "Call Me Maybe." As the song follows previous leaders "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra and &qu ...

  15. How David Guetta's 'Titanium' Became The Longest-Charting Dance Hit Since Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'

    June 18, 2012 8:20 AM EDT In its 28th week on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, David Guetta's "Titanium," featuring Sia, passes Darude's "Sandstorm" (27 weeks over two chart runs in 2000-02) to become the ranking's longest-ru ...

  16. Chart Moves: Little Big Town's 'Pontoon' Makes Waves on Hot 100, Lumineers Hit Top 40 For First Time

    June 15, 2012 1:21 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported , Carly Rae Jepsen sends "Call Me Maybe" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, after eight weeks at the summit. ...

  17. Ne-Yo, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks Light Up Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

    June 15, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Ne-Yo poses with Swizz Beatz after accepting his Hal David Starlight Award. (Photo: Getty/Larry Busacca) Now, incredibly, in its 43rd year, the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is roughly the publishing world's equivalent of the Grammys, but ...

  18. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call' Connects to Top of Hot 100 Chart, Katy Perry Jumps Into Top 10

    June 13, 2012 11:36 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen sends her pop culture juggernaut "Call Me Maybe" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, after eight weeks at the chart's summit. " ...

  19. Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Neil Young Debut High On Billboard 200 Chart; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Thirty Miles West . The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years wit ...

  20. Exclusive: Kenny Chesney To Play AmEx 'Unstaged' Jersey Shore Concert, Jonathan Demme Directing

    June 12, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Kenny Chesney will become the tenth artist to perform in American Express' "Unstaged" series next Wednesday, June 20, teaming up with director Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") for a live, 7 ...

  21. American Idol's Tenth Anniversary: Kelly Clarkson's Journey to 73 Billboard Chart Toppers

    June 11, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Ten years ago tonight, families all over the United States sat down in front of their televisions and watched the first episode of the first season of a new Fox-TV series called "American Idol." It's doubtful that anyone on either s ...

  22. Backbeat: BMI Tailgate Party Features Kristen Kelly, Florida Georgia Line, Pat McLaughlin at CMA Festival

    June 11, 2012 11:53 AM EDT BMI Nashville assistant VP, writer/publisher relations Clay Bradley talks songwriter issues with a willing audience. From left are recording artist Darryl Macquarrie, Big Yellow Dog owner Kerry O'Neil and Bradley. BMI filled one of the few re ...

  23. Lady Gaga Hit In The Head During New Zealand Show

    June 11, 2012 7:44 AM EDT AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Lady Gaga has been struck on the head by a pole while performing a concert in New Zealand. The singer was hit Sunday during the third of three shows in Auckland. Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesian Show Citing Security Threa ...

  24. Chart Moves: Justin Bieber's 'Die' Debuts on Billboard Hot 100, the Wanted's 'Sun' Rises

    June 07, 2012 8:23 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, Rihanna registers her 22nd top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Where Have You Been" jumps 11-9. Only four women in the chart's nearly 54-year history boast more top 10s. Gotye's &q ...

  25. Rihanna Scores 22nd Top 10 on Hot 100 Chart, Gotye No. 1 for Eighth Week

    June 06, 2012 2:59 PM EDT Rihanna registers her 22nd top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, as her dance-infused "Where Have You Been" jumps 11-9. Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, meanwhile, spends an eighth week at No. 1. As she ...

  26. Thompson Square on the Making of Hit Song 'Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Thompson Square tells the story behind their breakout hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?" at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) There's an old saying in Nashville that "it all begins with a song" and ...

  27. John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Scores Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart; Regina Spektor Debuts at No. 3

    June 06, 2012 11:00 AM EDT John Mayer's Born and Raised hangs in for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 65,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70%). It's Mayer's first album to spend more than a single week at No. 1, following solitary ...

  28. Dwight Yoakam Talks Return to Warner, Working With Beck at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam speaks to Billboard's Tom Roland during his Keynote Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) 1986 saw the release of one country music's most acclaimed albums ever -- Dwight Yoakam's Guitars ...

  29. Herb Reed, Founder of The Platters, Dead at 83

    June 05, 2012 12:48 PM EDT Herb Reed, far left, points to lead tenor Tony Williams in an undated Platters photo. (Photo: Redferns) Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great ...

  30. Corporate Brands Talk Musician Partnerships, Say 'Country Has Broadest Reach' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 12:09 PM EDT (L-R): Martha Ivester (Gaylord Entertainment), Chris Sinta (ConAgra) and Laura Hutfless (CAA) outside their panel at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) When it comes to corporate America and country music, panelists at Billb ...

  31. Rihanna Continues to Reign on Social 50, Lady Gaga Jumps to No. 2

    May 31, 2012 6:46 PM EDT Rihanna continues to reign supreme on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. She holds at No. 1 on the tally, reeling from media excitement generated by her film debut in "Battleship." Further, a series of remixes of her popular sin ...

  32. Chart Moves: Rihanna and Pitbull Eye Hot 100's Top 10, Katy Perry Makes Top 40 Debut

    May 31, 2012 3:25 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , newly-crowned "American Idol" champion Phillip Phillips is the first artist to send a coronation single into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in four years, as his "Home" blast ...

  33. Country Countdown: Big & Rich Make History With 'That's Why I Pray'

    May 31, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Big & Rich post the highest debut by a duo in the Nielsen BDS era, as "That's Why I Pray" opens with the Hot Shot Debut, Most Increased Audience and Breaker triple crown on Country Songs. In the 22-plus years since Billboard and ...

  34. Phillip Phillips Storms Hot 100's Top 10, Gotye Has Year's Longest-Running No. 1

    May 30, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Newly-crowned "American Idol" champion Phillip Phillips is the first artist to send a coronation single into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in four years, as his "Home" blasts onto the chart at No. 10. Phillip Phillips ...

  35. John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Earns Him Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    May 30, 2012 11:00 AM EDT John Mayer's "Born and Raised" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 219,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer/songwriter's third No. 1 set, following 2009' ...

  36. Gotye Sweeps APRA Awards

    May 29, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Gotye was the big winner Monday night at the 30th annual Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards in Sydney, where he collected a hat-trick of awards including the night's top prize, for song of the year. Gotye, Kimbra in the H ...

  37. Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesian Show Citing Security Threats

    May 28, 2012 8:03 AM EDT A cancellation notice in Indonesian for Lady Gaga's June 3 show in Jakarta While the "Born This Way Ball" sold out of its 52,000 tickets for its scheduled June 3 concert in Indonesia, Lady Gaga has decided to cancel the performance ...

  38. Chart Moves: Rihanna Rises on Hot 100, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's 'Star' Fades

    May 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" reaches No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, spends a si ...

  39. Troy Carter, Lady Gaga's Manager, Says Singer Won't Change Show For Protests

    May 25, 2012 7:57 AM EDT SINGAPORE (AP) -- Lady Gaga's manager says the pop diva has no plans to tone down her act, even if that prevents her from performing in some countries on her Asian tour. The Straits Times newspaper of Singapore reported Friday that Troy Carte ...

  40. Lady Gaga's 'Simpsons' Appearance, Tour Controversy Spark Billboard Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 24, 2012 10:09 PM EDT Lady Gaga rises makes a big jump back into the top 10 of Billboard's Social 50 chart (climbing 14-5), thanks to the momentum generated by her guest appearance on Fox TV's "The Simpsons" on May 20. The Social 50 chart ranks the ...

  41. AKB48 Sweeps Japan Society of Songwriters, Authors and Composers Awards

    May 24, 2012 3:02 PM EDT The J-Pop mega-idol group AKB48 is continuing its dominance of the Japanese music industry. The act grabbed the top four spots in JASRAC's (Japan Society of Songwriters, Authors and Composers) Awards for the tracks that earned the most copyri ...

  42. Justin Timberlake Making Music Return with 'The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea' Score

    May 23, 2012 9:49 PM EDT Justin Timberlake is set to make music once again -- but don't look for a new album yet. The singer will compose the score, his first, for the film "The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea," according to The Hollywood Reporter . The New Orle ...

  43. Carly Rae Jepsen Jumps to No. 1 on Digital Songs, No. 2 on Hot 100

    May 23, 2012 1:47 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" dials up the top spot on the Digital Songs chart in its 13th week while inching to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with top Digital and Airplay Gainer honors. Gotye's "Somebody That I Used ...

  44. Lady Gaga Tweets Indonesia 'Born This Way' Show Still Up In The Air

    May 23, 2012 7:24 AM EDT The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence - Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 22, 2012 If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall al ...

  45. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' Turns 25; Epic/Legacy to Release 3-CD, Concert DVD Box Set This September

    May 22, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Michael Jackson's Bad is all grown up, and getting the full deluxe treatment this Fall. The King of Pop's chart-topping 1987 album, which sent five songs to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, a feat not duplicated until Katy Perry sent ...

  46. Dwight Yoakam Announced For Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Grammy-winning country star Dwight Yoakam, an artist who has transcended the country music genre to become a multi-slash innovator, entrepreneur, will be the Superstar Keynote Q&A at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Summit, set for June 4-5 at ...

  47. Singer/Songwriter Robi 'Draco' Rosa Signs With SESAC, Preparing New Album

    May 21, 2012 6:08 PM EDT Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Robi 'Draco' Rosa, who also has a new album due later this year, has signed with SESAC, a spokesperson for the performing rights organization has announced. News of the signing comes about ...

  48. Tim McGraw Signs With Big Machine Records

    May 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT (Photo: Danny Clinch) There are a lot of places in Music City to come together on a deal. It could be a boardroom, an attorney's office, or even the posh Palm Restaurant downtown. For Tim McGraw and Scott Borchetta, who announced Tim's s ...

  49. Bee Gees Rank Third for Most Hot 100 No. 1s in History

    May 21, 2012 9:05 AM EDT As part of the Bee Gees, the late Robin Gibb's impression on the Billboard Hot 100 will be felt forever. The trio racked up nine Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles -- more than any other group in history save for the Beatles (with 20) and the Su ...

  50. Bee Gee Robin Gibb Mourned and Hailed in Britain

    May 21, 2012 8:54 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio. The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged numerous hits ...

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