Singles

  1. Mana Jumps Past Britney Spears In Record 11 Shows at L.A.'s Staples Center

    April 16, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Mexican rock band Maná, the biggest-selling and touring Latin rock group, last year tied Britney Spears with eight sold-out shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center, but this week return to the Southland for another career milestone: three more n ...

  2. Tupac Shakur (Hologram) Plays Coachella During Snoop Dogg's Set (Video)

    April 16, 2012 9:33 AM EDT Sure, Jay-Z brought out Beyonce at Coachella in 2010, and Kanye West gave festival goers his ballerina-assisted best with Bon Iver last year. But how many hip-hop headliners could resurrect Tupac Shakur from the dead? Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg , the ...

  3. Coachella Backbeat: AWOLNATION, Martin Solveig, Jared Leto, More Hang Backstage

    April 16, 2012 6:30 AM EDT AWOLNATION (L to R): David Amezcua, Kenny Carkeet, Hayden Scott, Aaron Bruno, Drew Stewart of AWOLNATION. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) After performing to a crowd of thousands, which included stage diving by frontman Aaron Bruno and a surprise visit fro ...

  4. Are Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga in 'Completely Different Lanes' Stylistically? Charts Say Not Really

    April 13, 2012 3:58 PM EDT Fans have clearly gone gaga over Nicki Minaj's new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded , which storms the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums at No. 1 this week with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Min ...

  5. Tim McGraw Cracks Top 10, Lee Brice Scores First No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 13, 2012 6:45 AM EDT (Getty Images) Tim McGraw has competed 46 times in the top 10 on Country Songs, and nearly made it a two-fer this week, as his current solo single "Better Than I Used to Be" enters the upper tier (11-10), and a new duet with Kenny Chesne ...

  6. Fun.'s 'We Are Young' Tops Hot 100 For Sixth Week, Breaks Eminem's Digital Sales Record

    April 11, 2012 2:16 PM EDT Fun.'s 'We Are Young' Remains Atop Hot 100, Sets Digital Sales Mark Fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, leads the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a sixth week. In doing so, it becomes the first song ever ...

  7. Madonna's 'MDNA' Officially Posts Biggest Second-Week Percentage Drop Ever For No. 1-Debuting Album

    April 11, 2012 9:52 AM EDT This week, Madonna's "MDNA" earns the distinction of the largest second-week percentage sales drop for a No. 1-debuting album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. The album slides from No. 1 to No. 8 on the Billboar ...

  8. Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan Join Billboard Country Summit

    April 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson, one of the most importantand influential figures in the history of country music, will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5 at the Billboard Country Summit, produced in association with the Country Music Assn. Nelson will be inte ...

  9. Madonna Scores Her 42nd - Yes, 42nd - No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs Chart

    April 09, 2012 4:24 PM EDT Madonna earns her record-extending 42nd No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "Girl Gone Wild" zips 4-1. Madonna's 'MDNA' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie Bows at No. 2 The song is the second ...

  10. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Roars Onto Hot Country Songs

    April 09, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw rocket onto Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Feel Like a Rock Star" debuts at No. 13. In its first week of availability, the song received airplay on 126 of the chart's 131 reporting station ...

  11. The Wanted's 'Glad You Came' Tops Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    April 09, 2012 12:24 PM EDT U.K. vocal group the Wanted becomes the first boy band to rule Mainstream Top 40 with a debut single since Hanson spent eight weeks at No. 1 with "MMMBop" in 1997, as "Glad You Came" (Island Def Jam) rises 2-1. The Wanted is th ...

  12. Backbeat: Rascal Flatts' 'Changed' Doc Premiere, With Scott Borchetta, Barry Weiss, More

    April 09, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Rascal Flatts themselves, (L-R) Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney attend the 'Changed' movie premiere in Times Sqaure. (Getty Images) Superstar country music trio Rascal Flatts , in conjunction with AEG Live and NCM Fathom , h ...

  13. Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Reloaded' Tops U.K. Chart

    April 09, 2012 10:32 AM EDT Former "Canadian Idol" contestant Carly Rae Jepsen scored the second-highest first-week sales of the U.K. singles chart year as her current Billboard Hot 100 top tenner "Call Me Maybe" raced to No. 1. Nicki Minaj also notched h ...

  14. Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    April 06, 2012 5:38 PM EDT Nicki Minaj is on track to score her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while Rascal Flatts is heading for its eighth top 10 set. Industry sources suggest Minaj's "Roman Reloaded" will sell around 215,000 to 235,000 and easily ...

  15. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Rolling' Hits New High, Pitbull's 'Men in Black III' Track Bows

    April 05, 2012 10:13 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" roars in at No. 2 with 521,000 downloads ...

  16. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    April 05, 2012 9:43 PM EDT Justin Bieber returns to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, undoubtedly due to the tremendous impact of the release of his newest single, "Boyfriend." The teen singer dethroned Rihanna, bumping her down to the No. ...

  17. U.K. Album Sales Drop 15% In First Quarter

    April 05, 2012 8:01 AM EDT Digital now accounts for almost a third of all U.K. album sales, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI - but that's not enough to prevent a 14.7% year-on-year slide in quarter one album sales. According to ...

  18. The Beatles Occupy the Entire Top 5 on Billboard Hot 100: 48 Years Ago Today

    April 04, 2012 1:10 PM EDT On the Billboard Hot 100 dated 48 years ago today - April 4, 1964 - the Beatles made history as the only act ever to monopolize the chart's top five positions. With a 27-1 second-week blast to the top for "Can't Buy Me Love," t ...

  19. Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot 100, Sells 521K Digitally

    April 04, 2012 11:36 AM EDT Fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, tops the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a fifth week, just holding off Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," which bounds in at No. 2 with the second-highest-ever debut digita ...

  20. Madonna Tops Billboard 200, Shinedown Has Best Week Ever

    April 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As earlier reported, Madonna's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" bow at Nos. 1 and 2 this week on the Billboard 200, selling 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Madonna has n ...

  21. Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Headed for Historic Hot Country Songs Debut

    April 03, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In preparation for the June launch of their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw premiered a new duet, "Feel Like a Rock Star," on Sunday's (April 1) CBS telecast of the 47th Annual Academy of Country ...

  22. Michel Telo Shatters German Download Record as Digital Market Heats Up

    April 02, 2012 8:40 AM EDT Michel Telós "Ai Se Eu Te Pego!" is the best-selling digital single download in Germany ever. Another current hit single is number three of the all-time download ranking showing that the German digital market is starting to fulfill its p ...

  23. Madonna, Lionel Richie Aiming for Top Two on Billboard 200; Katy Perry Could Return to Top 10

    March 30, 2012 6:08 PM EDT As earlier reported, Madonna's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" are on track to debut at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, rock band Shinedown is also on track for a ...

  24. How Michel Telo Went From Obscure Brazilian Country Singer To Global Superstar

    March 30, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The astronomical global success of Michel Teló, a Brazilian country singer, is an example of the diverse new talents emerging from Brazil's thriving pop scene and the multitude of ways even the most obscure artists can shine brightly on the w ...

  25. Rihanna Tops Social 50 Chart, Ending Adele's 11-Week Reign

    March 29, 2012 8:16 PM EDT Thanks no doubt to her unrelentingly active online audience, Rihanna once again tops Billboard's Social 50 chart. She reaches No. 1 for the first time since July 30, 2011, dethroning Adele, who had sat atop the chart for 11 straight weeks. Ad ...

  26. Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen Hits Hot 100 Top 20; Alex Clare Gets a Microsoft Boost

    March 29, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae), spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Kelly Clarkson collects her first topper on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and Taylor S ...

  27. fun. Notches Fourth Week atop Hot 100

    March 28, 2012 4:46 PM EDT fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Kelly Clarkson collects her first topper on the Hot 100 Airplay survey and Taylor Swift boasts the Hot 100's top new entry. ...

  28. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 10:55 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since "Michael ...

  29. Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Bound For Big Hot 100 Debut Next Week

    March 27, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Justin Bieber's new single "Boyfriend" is off to a blazing sales and radio start, likely setting up a big debut on next week's Billboard Hot 100 chart. Released to digital retailers on Monday (March 26), the track, industry sou ...

  30. Katy Perry Named NARM Artist of the Year

    March 27, 2012 3:25 PM EDT The mind-boggling global success of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream album will be awarding the singer another accolade, as she will be named NARM's Artist of the Year at the Music Biz 2012 Awards Dinner Party in Los Angeles May 10. The singer ...

  31. Australia's Good Vibrations Festival Yanks 2012 Edition

    March 23, 2012 11:21 AM EDT Australia's Good Vibrations is the latest festival swept-away by the country's saturated market. In a statement, Good Vibrations' promoters Jam Music says the show will be "rested" for 2012, citing competitive demand for a ...

  32. Nicki Minaj, Skrillex, One Direction Surge Up Social Charts

    March 23, 2012 10:48 AM EDT After a brief sojourn from the top 10 last week, Nicki Minaj is back in the upper tier at No. 4 (up 13 slots) following a 6.1% increase in overall followers over the previous week. The flurry of social activity comes as the diva reigns in the top ...

  33. Chart Moves: Gotye's Album Hits Top 10, Kelly Clarkson's Strong Sales, Florence + the Machine's 'Smash' Single

    March 23, 2012 9:06 AM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history as the first U.K. group to enter at No. 1 with a debut album as "Up All Night" starts atop the list with 176,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. T ...

  34. fun. Still No. 1 on Hot 100; Flo Rida Enters Top 10

    March 21, 2012 4:01 PM EDT fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Flo Rida jumps into the chart's top 10 with the assistance of pop singer/songwriter Sia. "Young" logs a fifth week ...

  35. One Direction Tops Billboard 200, Adele Holds at No. 2

    March 21, 2012 11:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200, One Direction makes history as the first U.K. group to bow at No. 1 with a debut album as "Up All Night" starts atop the list with 176,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The arrival prevents Adele's ...

  36. One Direction Makes History With No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 20, 2012 8:00 PM EDT U.K. pop vocal group One Direction makes history on the Billboard 200 albums chart as the first U.K. group to bow at No. 1 with a debut album. Up All Night enters atop the list with 176,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. One Direction ...

  37. Backbeat: Snoop Dogg Plays Surprise Set Inside Giant Doritos Vending Machine at SXSW

    March 16, 2012 5:39 PM EDT Snoop In The Machine: Only Snoop himself didn't know he was playing inside a giant vending machine at SXSW. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The only person who didn't know Snoop Dogg played inside a giant Doritos vending machine Thursday night was ...

  38. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, The-Dream, Doc McGee, David Massey, More at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Lionel Richie (left), who headlined Billboard's SXSW showcase at Austin's ACL LIve Theater, with The-Dream, who also performed. ( Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy) At first, Lionel Richie thought he'd be playing an outdoor venue. The headl ...

  39. How Mountain Dew Booked Lil Wayne for SXSW, DeWeezy Campaign

    March 15, 2012 9:58 PM EDT On a crowded Thursday night of exclusive showcases in Austin -- T.I., B.o.B. and Wale at the Warner Sound, Bruce Springsteen at ACL Live, Fiona Apple at Pitchfork and Snoop Dogg opening the Doritos stage -- Lil Wayne's headlining gig at Cash ...

  40. Chart Moves: Flo Rida & Sia Are 'Wild'; Calvin Harris' Gets 'Close'; John Mayer's 'Days' Debuts

    March 15, 2012 9:06 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported , the Billboard Hot 100 undergoes a major renovation this week with the addition of a host of streaming services to its formula, including those that contribute to the newly-launched On-Demand Songs cha ...

  41. Elvis Crespo Signs to Venemusic

    March 15, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Don't miss the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm taking place April 23-26, 2012 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami. This year's conference includes Q&As with Pitbull and Jenni Rivera, the 2nd annua ...

  42. Lionel Richie Lights Up SXSW at Billboard Showcase

    March 15, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Lionel Richie performing at the Billboard SXSW showcase in Austin on Wednesday night (photo: Ben Sklar) With thousands of bands and fans having successfully descended upon Austin, Billboard said "Hello" to the 2012 South By Southwest Fes ...

  43. Fun. Remains Atop Revised Hot 100

    March 14, 2012 1:30 PM EDT As previously announced, the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart undergoes a major renovation this week with the addition of a host of streaming services to its formula, including those that contribute to the newly-launched On-Demand Songs chart. Read A ...

  44. Kenny Rogers to Join Lionel Richie at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 14, 2012 11:33 AM EDT When Lionel Richie hits the stage at Billboard's annual showcase at South By Southwest tonight, he'll be joined by Kenny Rogers, a man he calls his "mentor" and "the most important person" in the launching of the seco ...

  45. Jay-Z Rocks SXSW With Hit-Heavy Concert

    March 13, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Jay-Z, rapper/mogul/Blue Ivy's dad, played one of the most anticipated SXSW events Monday night, with a set list heavy on hits and at least partially crowd-sourced. In addition to soliciting fan feedback for his set, Jay-Z at times let the cr ...

  46. Chart Moves: Far East Movement & Justin Bieber Debut on Hot 100, Adele Scores Fourth Top 40 Hit From '21'

    March 09, 2012 6:18 PM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , fun. becomes the first rock band in more than a decade to send a debut Billboard Hot 100 hit to No. 1, as "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, ascends 3-1. Who are other notable movers ...

  47. fun.-Tastic! 'We Are Young' Tops Hot 100

    March 07, 2012 4:38 PM EST fun. becomes the first rock band in more than a decade to send a debut Billboard Hot 100 hit to No. 1, as "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, ascends 3-1. Order Billboard's March 10 Issue With Cover Stars fun. The song spends a ...

  48. Backbeat: Chiddy Bang, The Knocks, St. Lucia Launch Neon Gold Label Tour @ NYC's Santos Party House

    March 07, 2012 4:30 PM EST Things get a little hairy as Chiddy Bang cools down during their sold out performance at Santo's Party House on March 1. (Photo: Emily LIchtenberg) The Neon Gold label tour kicked off March 1st with a Chiddy Bang -- all puns intended -- to a ...

  49. Lionel Richie to Headline Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST Hello, Austin. We have what you're looking for. Lionel Richie, whose timeless hits include "Easy and "Endless Love," will headline Billboard's annual showcase at South by Southwest's Music Festival on March 14 at Aust ...

  50. Lady Gaga Sets Record 20 Million Twitter Followers, Ahead of Bieber, Shakira, Rihanna

    March 07, 2012 5:30 AM EST Did ANYONE see SPRINGSTEEN on Fallon last night!!! Buy his new album. It is so genius its hard to even believe. Just mind-blowing passion. - Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 3, 2012 Lady Gaga's army of little monsters continues to grow, as the pop ...

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