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  1. Michael Buble's Cover of Mariah Carey's Christmas Song Tops AC Chart -- Which Mariah's Original Never Did

    November 28, 2011 3:59 PM EST Michael Buble's cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" does what the original never did: it reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart. The remake bounds 10-1 in its third week o ...

  2. Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' Yields Sixth Hot 100 Top 10

    November 23, 2011 5:05 PM EST Katy Perry squeezes in yet another impressive achievement for which to be thankful this year. Her "Teenage Dream" album becomes just the seventh album in the 53-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to generate at least six top 10s, as & ...

  3. Backbeat: 'The Voice's' Dia Frampton Steps Into The Great Wide Open

    November 18, 2011 10:50 AM EST Dia Frampton sings alongside her longtime guitarist Carlo Gimenez. Dia Frampton , runner-up on the first season of NBC's "The Voice," performed four songs Thursday for the employees of Reveille Productions, the producer of "The ...

  4. Nicole Scherzinger's Album Delayed Again

    November 16, 2011 12:50 PM EST Nicole Scherzinger's first solo album has been pushed back yet again, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Killer Love, which initially had a release date of Nov. 15, and was moved to December, will now be coming out in 2012, says an Intersc ...

  5. 11 No. 11 Hits for 11-11-11

    November 11, 2011 7:48 AM EST Peaking at No. 11 on a Billboard chart can be a frustrating fortune for an artist or record label, as a top 10 rank for such a title remains ever-elusive. "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst ...

  6. SESAC Awards Honor Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott as Songwriter of the Year

    November 08, 2011 10:52 AM EST Left to right: SESAC's Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Tim Fink; Jim Lauderdale & SESAC's Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Amy Beth Hale. SESAC's Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Tim Fink with Eden' ...

  7. Stevie Nicks Sings and Talks Fleetwood Mac, Solo Career to Fans and Students at Grammy Museum Event

    October 20, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Waddy Wachtel and Stevie Nicks listen to a question from a high school student at the Grammy Museum Wednesday during its "Backstage Pass" session. (Photo: Mauury Phillips/WireImage.com) Stevie Nicks spent Wednesday afternoon and evening ...

  8. Mindless Behavior, Cody Simpson: Teenagers Hit the Charts

    September 29, 2011 2:01 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 as LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know it" roars 25-10 and Rihanna� ...

  9. Katy Perry's Run at Michael Jackson's Billboard Hot 100 Record Begins Today ...

    September 28, 2011 7:13 PM EDT Can Katy Perry make Billboard Hot 100 history by notching a sixth No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream"? Radio begins to weigh in on the answer today (Sept. 28), as Capitol Records serviced "The One That Got Away" to mainstream ...

  10. Backbeat: Tony Visconti Talks Bowie, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy @ McIntosh/Varvatos 'Vinyl Listening' Party

    September 28, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Black is the New Black: (From left:) Clothing designer and uber rock fan John Varvatos; legendary Grammy Award-winning producer (and author!), Tony Visconti; Global VP of Sales and Marketing for McIntosh, Linda Passaro. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/McInto ...

  11. Scott Borchetta Talks Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift @ iHeartRadio Fest (Video)

    September 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While artists like Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas grabbed the headlines, country music played a key part of the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, which featured performances by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts last w ...

  12. Word-of-Mouth, Social Media and Intense Touring Give Ben Rector His Best Showing Yet

    September 23, 2011 7:04 AM EDT Without a label, publicist or big celebrity tweets and only limited iTunes placements-two tiny thumbnails in New & Noteworthy-Ben Rector's fourth studio album, Something Like This (Good Time Records), bows this week at No. 41 on the Bil ...

  13. R.E.M. Remembrances: 31 Chart Milestones of Their 31-Year Career

    September 22, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Life's Rich Pagent Collapses Into Now: Top (From Left), REM's Bill Berry, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck in 1984. Below in 2011 without Bill Berry who left the band in 1997 (Top: Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage) After more than ...

  14. Tony Bennett Is Oldest Living Artist To Reach Hot 100

    September 21, 2011 3:57 PM EDT At 85 years and two months, the iconic Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living artist ever to grace the Billboard Hot 100, as "Body and Soul," with the late Amy Winehouse, bows at No. 87. "Body," which previews Bennett's &q ...

  15. Lady Antebellum's 'Own the Night' Now Aiming for 300,000-Plus Debut

    September 15, 2011 4:52 PM EDT After two full days on sale, Lady Antebellum's third album, "Own the Night," is shaping up to have a bigger debut than expected. Initial first week projections for the set, reported yesterday (Sept. 14), estimated the Capitol Nashvi ...

  16. Can Criminal and VIP Records Be Saved?

    September 15, 2011 1:38 PM EDT Last week, Criminal Records in Atlanta announced it would probably close its doors right after Christmas. This week, VIP Records in Long Beach California also said it would shutter, probably by November. Both announcements generated plenty of pres ...

  17. Capitol To Release Sixth Single From Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream'

    September 14, 2011 11:41 AM EDT Historic Hot 100 Record http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/genre ...

  18. Britney Spears Sets Mark for Longest Span of No. 1s on Billboard Mainstream Top 40

    September 12, 2011 5:07 PM EDT In a format known for its rapid-fire turnover and constant search for the big thing, Britney Spears' sustained success at mainstream top 40 radio has reached new heights. Spears claims the mark for the longest span of No. 1s on Billboard' ...

  19. Enrique Iglesias Duets With Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull for Repackaged 'Euphoria'

    September 08, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias is finalizing production of three to four new tracks that will be part of a repackaged edition of his hit album, "Euphoria," set for release in November. One of those songs, "I Like How It Feels," featuring Pit ...

  20. George Strait Scores 84th Hot Country Songs Top 10 With 'Here for a Good Time'

    September 05, 2011 1:44 PM EDT George Strait climbs closer to Eddy Arnold's record for most top 10s in the 67-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Here for a Good Time" rises 11-9. The song is Strait's 84th top 10 on the tally, a sum ...

  21. Backbeat: Justin Timberlake Performs His Hits at FreeSol's NYC Show

    September 02, 2011 12:05 PM EDT (L-R) President of 901 Tequila Kevin Ruder; Premo D'Anger; President and COO of Palm Bay International Marc Taub; Free; Kickman Teddy; Elliott Ives; DJ Charlie White; Justin Timberlake; Chairman & CEO of Palm Bay Imports David Taub at New ...

  22. Zubin Metha Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando Villazon Among Germany's Echo Classical Music Award Winners

    September 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT The final winners of Germany's 18th annual Echo Classical Music Awards Echo have been announced. Among the 58 award-winners in 21 categories are Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, British pianist Murray Perahia a ...

  23. Backbeat: Justin Timberlake Plays Surprise Show With FreeSol in NYC

    September 01, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Justin Timberlake performs with FreeSol at Souther Hospitality in New York, August 31, 2011 (Photo: Michael Stewart/WireImage) "I did a country song," Justin Timberlake said last night, addressing a rapt audience packed into his New York ...

  24. Katy Perry's 2011 Record-Setting Chart Juggernaut Continues: Notches Fourth Adult Top 40 No. 1

    August 30, 2011 11:28 AM EDT Another week, another record-setting chart achievement for Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." The album becomes the first set in the 15-year history of Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart to generate four No. 1s, as "Last Friday Nig ...

  25. Can Katy Perry Beat Michael Jackson's Hot 100 Record With A Sixth No. 1 Single?

    August 22, 2011 6:42 PM EDT After joining the King of Pop in making Billboard Hot 100 history , can Katy Perry do him one better? Perry last week became the first woman, and second artist overall after Jackson, in the 53-year history of the chart to send five songs from one ...

  26. 'X Factor' Judge Nicole Scherzinger On Upcoming Album 'Killer Love': 'It's a lot deeper than Pussycat Dolls'

    August 18, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger, whose No. 1 U.K. single "Don't Hold Your Breath" was released in the United States on Aug. 16, says she has not yet found the song she will sing when it comes time to perform on Fox's "The X Factor" ...

  27. Katy Perry Laughs Last: 'Teenage Dream' and Its Singles Rack Up Huge Sales

    August 17, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Almost a year ago, Billboard published a story analyzing whether or not Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" album had met its first-week sales expectations. In the weeks leading up to the album's release, Perry seemed omnipresent, and ...

  28. Chart Moves: Foster the People 'Pump' up Hot 100, Rihanna's 'Cheers' on the Rise

    August 11, 2011 1:54 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As earlier reported, LMFAO keeps its grip on the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 spot with "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, while Katy Perry keeps a patient vigil at No. 2, though she does move t ...

  29. Natasha Bedingfield Explains How Her Unlikely Collaboration With Rascal Flatts Came About

    August 10, 2011 4:47 PM EDT Six years after she made her debut on the Hot 100, British-born Natasha Bedingfield is in new chart territory, breaking into the top 30 of the Hot Country Songs chart this week as "Easy," her collaboration with Rascal Flatts, jumps 31-29 ...

  30. Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass': The Biggest Single by Female Rapper in Nearly a Decade

    August 10, 2011 11:28 AM EDT Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" is boomin'. With its No. 3 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Young Money/Cash Money single is the highest-charting Hot 100 rap hit by a solo female (without the aid of a featured artist) sin ...

  31. Katy Perry Sets Sights On Tying Michael Jackson's No. 1s Record With 'Friday' Remix

    August 05, 2011 2:59 PM EDT Katy Perry is on the verge of tying an incredible Billboard Hot 100 chart record -- held by Michael Jackson -- thanks to some help from Missy Elliott. Jackson owns the record for the most Hot 100 No. 1 singles from one album -- with five from his ...

  32. Nicki Minaj Wardrobe Malfunction Elicits Network Apology

    August 05, 2011 2:45 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - ABC News is apologizing for a wardrobe malfunction that gave singer Nicki Minaj more exposure than she bargained for. Minaj appeared Friday (August 5) on the "Good Morning America" concert series, wearing a loose-fitting ...

  33. Hot U.K. Boy Band JLS Scores Its Fifth No. 1 Single, but Has Yet to Achieve Stateside Success

    August 05, 2011 12:37 PM EDT U.K. boy band JLS is enjoying a perfect start to its third album campaign. The four-piece pop group, which finished second during the 2008 season of Simon Cowell's music talent TV show "The X Factor," scored its fifth U.K. No. 1 t ...

  34. Britney Spears Third 'Femme Fatale' Single Hits Hot 100 Top 10; LMFAO Still at No. 1

    August 03, 2011 8:00 PM EDT LMFAO spends its fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (Aug. 4) on Billboard.biz, with "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, while Britney Spears scores her third top 10, "I Wanna Go,&q ...

  35. Katy Perry Sets Mainstream Top 40 Record With Fifth No. 1 Single from 'Teenage Dream'

    August 01, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" becomes the first album in the almost 19-year history of Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart to generate five No. 1s, as "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" ascends 2-1. The song follows " ...

  36. Paul Simon Performs 'Graceland' in South Africa 25 Years Later for Documentary

    August 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Before a small gathering of people at a studio in the depths of South Africa's national broadcaster SABC, Paul Simon revisited the magic of his 1986 Grammy Award winning record, Graceland. Dedicating the short concert to the late South Africa ...

  37. Stage Collapses During Cheap Trick Set in Ottawa, 8 injured (Watch Video)

    July 18, 2011 7:37 AM EDT TORONTO (AP) - The main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed Sunday night during a Cheap Trick concert as a severe thunderstorm sent the musicians and thousands of fans running for cover. At least five people were injured, one seriously. Cheap Tric ...

  38. Legendary Songwriter, Producer Jerry Ragovoy Remembered by Al Kooper

    July 15, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Jerry Ragovoy (left) with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen in 2010. (Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy, who died Wednesday, is remembered here by his longtime friend, songwriter/producer/musician Al Kooper.) Jerry Ragovoy, composer of "Time Is On My Sid ...

  39. Rebecca Black to Self-Release New Single, EP

    July 11, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Rebecca Black is releasing a new single, her first since "Friday" became a viral video sensation. "My Moment" will debut on Black's Youtube channel starting at 8:00 p.m. on July 18 as well as the singer's official web ...

  40. U2 to Sell 360 Tour 'Claws' as 'Permanent Venues'

    June 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT U2's 360 Tour "Claw" (photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com) U2's 360 Tour will come to an end July 30 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. But "The Claw" -- the alien-like, four-legged structure over the stage -- will live ...

  41. Sugarland Reunites Tornado-Affected Joplin Family for CMT Awards: Video

    June 08, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Sugarland will sing an emotional version of their song "Stand Up" tonight on the CMT Awards - and the song will have a special meaning for the Gilberts, a family from Joplin, Mo., whose home was devastated by a tornado last month. Tiffan ...

  42. Video: Kenny Chesney Talks Touring, Music, and Keeping Fans Happy at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 4:40 PM EDT BBCMS Superstar Q&A: Billboard's Ray Waddell (left) interviewing country star Kenny Chesney who, in addition to selling more than a million concert tickets, once worked for a telemarketing company. (Photo: Beth Gwinn) It's hard to be ...

  43. Beyonce Releasing Deluxe Edition of '4' for Target: Sources

    June 06, 2011 1:10 PM EDT When Beyonce's next album, "4," comes out on June 28, Target stores will carry an exclusive version of the album, with extra tracks included on the CD, retail sources told Billboard. At press time it was unclear just how many additi ...

  44. Juanes Parts Ways With Manager, Taking 'Small' Hiatus

    May 24, 2011 5:59 PM EDT In a series of messages to his nearly 2.5 million Twitter followers, Colombian star Juanes confirmed that he has parted ways with longtime manager Fernán Martínez and will take a brief break. The singer/ songwriter posted messages in quick success ...

  45. Update: U2's Bono, the Edge to Perform on 'American Idol' Season Finale

    May 23, 2011 12:38 PM EDT After winning the Top Touring Artist Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 22), U2 members Bono and the Edge are set to perform on the "American Idol" season 10 finale this Wednesday. An announcement posted on U2. ...

  46. Britney Spears Joins Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Performances at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 10:45 PM EDT B ritney Spears and Rihanna kicked off the Billboard Music Awards in head-turning fashion Sunday night (May 22), with a racy live performance of their "S&M" remix complete with bejeweled handcuffs, pole dancing and a playful pillow f ...

  47. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber Win Early at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT The 2011 Billboard Music Awards kicked off with a bang, as pop stars like Rihanna, Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas rocked the stage of Las Vegas' MGM Grand, while Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Taio Cruz and Lady Antebellum snagged the f ...

  48. Video: David Foster's 10 Tips for Songwriters

    May 18, 2011 4:30 PM EDT In recognition of his "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers," songwriter/producer David Foster was presented with BMI's Icon award Tuesday night in Los Angeles , and during his acceptance speech, he listed 1 ...

  49. Curb Records Files Breach-of-Contract Suit Against Tim McGraw

    May 17, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Curb Records on Friday filed a breach-of-contract suit in Davidson County Chancery Court against Tim McGraw in relation to McGraw's recording agreement with the label. At issue is what's referred to as the 12 masters for the "Emotio ...

  50. Lady Antebellum Plants 'Kiss' on Hot Country Songs Chart

    May 09, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Lady Antebellum logs its highest debut among its 15 career entries on Billboard's Hot Country Songs radio airplay chart, as "Just a Kiss" soars in at No. 28. The song opens with a first-week audience of 6 million on 85 stations, acc ...

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