Troubadour

  1. K'Naan Celebrates His World Cup Anthem

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Somalian-born, Canadian-based hip-hop artist K'Naan has spoken about the "unity and celebration" that will connect with his song "Wavin' Flag," after it was chosen as the official anthem of Coca-Cola's 2010 FIFA ...

  2. George Strait . . . In At No. 1

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Strait proves once again why he's the King of Country as his new "Twang" album was the top-selling set in the United States last week with 155,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. All told, it's the legend� ...

  3. Rascal Flatts Proves 'Unstoppable' On Billboard 200

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Wade Jessen, Gary Trust; Editorial Director: Silvio Pietroluongo Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "U ...

  4. Keith Urban Claims First No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Defying Gravity," which sold 171,000 copies in its first week. The set just beats out runner-up Prince, who debuts at No. 2 with 168,000 for his Target-exclusive "LotusF ...

  5. Record 12 Albums Debut In The Top 20 Of The Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, the Billboard 200's top 20 hosts an even dozen debuts, led by the "Now 30" compilation at No. 1 and the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack at No. 2 . . . Six albums start in the top 10 this week, in ...

  6. Taylor Swift Continues Billboard 200 Dominance

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST With an 18% uptick in sales, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" continues its rule over The Billboard 200 for an 11th week. The Big Machine effort sold 73,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As reported last week ...

  7. 2009 Grammy Award Winners

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Below, the full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in L.A. For full coverage of this year's Grammys click here . The winners: Record Of The Year - "Please Read The Letter" Robert Pla ...

  8. Coldplay, Radiohead, Duffy Among Early Grammy Winners

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brits won big in the pop categories during the 51st annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast tonight (Feb. 8), with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" winning for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and Radiohead's "In Rain ...

  9. Strait, Paisley, Chesney, Sugarland, Underwood Take Top CMA Honors

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite standout performances by the Eagles and Kid Rock (with Lil Wayne in tow), the night belonged to traditionalists as George Strait and Brad Paisley came away the big winners at the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards, held tonight ( ...

  10. Songwriter Robert Hazard Dies

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Robert Hazard, a songwriter and musician from Philadelphia who wrote the 1983 Cyndi Lauper hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," has died. He was 59. Hazard died Tuesday after a brief illness, his record label, Rykodisc, said in a statement. ...

  11. Lil Wayne, Coldplay And 'Camp Rock' Continue To Hold Court

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While the top three on the Billboard 200 is static, with Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" spending a third week at No. 1, two other albums arrive in the top 10. Beck's "Modern Guilt" starts at No. 4 while the soundtrack t ...

  12. Neil Diamond Shines With First No. 1 Album

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond nabs the first No. 1 of his career as "Home Before Dark" bows atop the Billboard 200. The set's 146,000 start is his best debut sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Last week's chart-topp ...

  13. Mariah Carey Remains Atop Billboard 200

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 61% decline in sales, Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam set "E=MC2" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. The album, the diva's sixth No. 1, moved 182,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soun ...

  14. Mariah Debuts At No. 1 After Monster First Week

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey earns her sixth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as her "E=MC2" bows on top. The Island Def Jam set moved 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the diva's biggest sales week ever. It's als ...

  15. Lewis Leaps To No. 1 Debut

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis is the first Britsh solo artist to bow atop the Billboard 200 with a debut album, ending a 22-year drought for U.K. solo female artists at No. 1. Her "Spirit" bows with 205,000, marking the first No. 1 by a female Brit since ...

  16. Leona Lewis Makes Big Splash Atop Billboard 200

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British import Leona Lewis' "Spirit" bows atop The Billboard 200 this week, making her the first U.K. solo artist to start at No. 1 with their debut effort. The Syco/J album moved 205,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Sou ...

  17. George Strait Goes Straight in at No. 1

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country icon George Strait claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and whopping 22nd chart-topper on Top Country Albums as "Troubadour" bows in the penthouse on both lists ... R.E.M. earns its best debut -- and highest chartin ...