1. Lil Jon "Crunk Rock" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 2:38 PM EST 0 0 0 Lil Jon, "Crunk Rock" (Universal Republic) Release Date: 2nd Quarter 2010 R&B/hip-hop. Pop. Rock. Reggae. Brazilian rhythms. And, of course, crunk. Lil Jon has something for everyone on his first post-TVT outing with new label Universa ...

  2. Billboard Bits: The Smiths, Paula Abdul, Michael Bublé, LeToya and more

    January 11, 2010 3:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Brooklyn fans of The Smiths got a special treat over the weekend, when the band's original bassist, Andy Rourke, hopped on stage at the Bell House an ...

  3. Ke$ha's 'TiK ToK' Won't Stop On Hot 100

    January 07, 2010 11:36 AM EST 0 0 0 A week after setting the mark for best weekly digital sales total by a female artist (610,000 downloads), Ke$ha maintains her hold atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "TiK ToK" logs a third week at the summit. The song shifted 394,000 downloads ...

  4. Ke$ha Controls Hot 100 Summit For A Second Week

    December 31, 2009 8:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As reported yesterday on Billboard. com , Ke$ha maintains her perch atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "TiK ToK" while setting the record for most single-week downloads by a female artist (610,000). The prior female mark was ...

  5. Best Of The 2000s: Part 1

    December 22, 2009 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: ...

  6. Jay-Z, Keys' 'Empire' Tops Hot 100 For Fifth Week

    December 17, 2009 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 J ay-Z and Alicia Keys hold at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Empire State of Mind," barely holding off a strong surge by Ke$ha's "TiK ToK," which jumps 3-2. "TiK ToK" holds at No. 2 on Digit ...

  7. Eminem, Beyoncé Grab Top Spots On Decade-End Charts

    December 14, 2009 1:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Eminem earns Billboard's Artist of the Decade title, fittingly just slightly more than 10 years after he made his Billboard Hot 100 debut. The decade-end artist recap ranks the best-performing acts of the past 10 years (from Dec. 4, 1999, to No ...

  8. Mary J. Blige: The Billboard Cover Story and Video

    December 04, 2009 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige Returns With Her Ninth Studio Album And Branches Out Into Movies, Branding And Charity Work On the chorus of her latest single, "I Am," Mary J. Blige sings in her riveting voice: "Ain't nobody gonna touch you better ...

  9. Jay-Z And Alicia Keys' 'Empire' Stays Put On Hot 100

    December 03, 2009 10:41 AM EST 0 0 0 J ay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" holds at No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100, increasing its lead over Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" (2-2). Sparked by the pair's live performance on ABC' ...

  10. Chart Beat Thursday: John Mayer, Folk Albums, David Guetta

    November 26, 2009 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 MAYER RULES: John Mayer returns to the summit of the Billboard 200 after six years, as "Battle Studies" launches at No. 1. His "Heavier Things" opened atop the chart dated Sept. 27, 2003. The new set also starts atop Digital Albu ...

  11. 'Empire' Entrenched At No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

    November 26, 2009 7:00 AM EST 0 0 0 J ay-Z and Alicia Keys ' "Empire State of Mind" holds atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second straight week with gains in all chart components: airplay, sales and streaming. The track's 10.4 million airplay bump is second only to ...

  12. JLS Edges Out Robbie Williams On U.K. Chart

    November 16, 2009 8:21 AM EST 0 0 0 In a close-run battle between U.K. chart heavyweights, "X Factor" graduates JLS just pipped Robbie Williams to the top spot on the new album survey. On the new singles chart, Black Eyed Peas scored their third No. 1 inside six months, and ...

  13. Michael Jackson Reign Continues On Euro Chart

    November 12, 2009 11:42 AM EST 0 0 0 Michael Jackson continues his reign on Billboard's European Albums with "This Is It" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), while there's an eighth aggregate week atop European Hot 100 Singles for "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/V ...

  14. Bon Jovi Beaten By Cheryl Cole On U.K. Chart

    November 09, 2009 8:02 AM EST 0 0 0 Cheryl Cole secured a second week with the U.K.'s No. 1 album, "3 Words" (Fascination/Polydor/Universal), beating Bon Jovi 's " The Circle " (Mercury/Universal) which entered at No. 2. Cole lost her singles chart crown ...

  15. Ask Billboard: Swift's Latest 'Fearless' Feat

    November 06, 2009 5:27 PM EST 0 0 0 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. WHAT'S HER 20? Hi Gary, I wa ...

  16. 'This Is It' Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    November 05, 2009 8:03 AM EST 0 0 0 Michael Jackson 's " This Is It " (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums survey, as "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon returns to the top of Eur ...

  17. Mike Posner: All Pop, No Guilt

    October 28, 2009 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Back in January, Duke University student and Detroit native Mike Posner -- who's spent the last five years writing and producing for other artists -- made the impulsive decision to hole up in his bedroom and finish up a mixtape. "Somewhere ...

  18. Editors, Alexandra Burke Top U.K. Charts

    October 19, 2009 8:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Birmingham, England rock band Editors achieved their second consecutive No. 1 debut on the new U.K. album chart, while pop vocalist Alexandra Burke scored a new singles bestseller. "In This Light and On This Evening" (Kitchenware), Editors ...

  19. Madonna Celebrates 3rd Week Atop Euro Chart

    October 15, 2009 7:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) moves into a third week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums, as "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon secures a sixth week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles. ...

  20. Streisand's 'Love' Climbs To No. 1 In U.K.

    October 12, 2009 8:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 Barbra Streisand 's " Love Is The Answer " (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 4-1 on the new U.K. album chart, becoming her sixth No. 1 on that survey, but her first chart-topping studio album since 1980. Giving Sony labels a ...

  21. Nigerian, Kenyan Acts Dominate MTV Africa Awards

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nigerian and Kenyan artists proved the big winners at the second MTV Africa Music Awards - known as the MAMAs - held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Home country favourite Nameless saw his brand of Afro-flavoured hip-hop earn him the best male arti ...

  22. Photos of the Week: Mariah, Blink-182, McCartneys

    October 09, 2009 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Music fans flocked to Austin for some Pearl Jam and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and also rolled around in some sewage-y mud, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon hug in New York, and Katy Perry plays peek-a-boo with Rihanna . Meanwhile Prince , Michael Stipe, and Paul ...

  23. Madonna's Second Week Atop Euro Chart

    October 08, 2009 8:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard's pan-European sales chart leaders continue their runs, with Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) starting a second week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums and "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta ...

  24. Paramore Scores First U.K. No. 1

    October 06, 2009 10:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paramore scored its first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with "Brand New Eyes" (Fueled By Ramen/Warner Music), as Taio Cruz 's "Break Your Heart" (Universal Island) began a third week atop the singles survey. Paramore&# ...

  25. Madonna's 'Celebration' Tops Euro Chart

    October 02, 2009 7:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) overtakes Muse 's " The Resistance " (Helium 3/Warner Music) to debut at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey. There's a fourth week as the European Hot ...

  26. Madonna's U.K. Chart 'Celebration'

    September 28, 2009 8:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna matched Elvis Presley 's U.K. record for a solo act as her "Celebration" retrospective (Warner Bros.) debuted at No. 1. Taio Cruz started a second week atop the singles chart with "Break Your Heart" (Universal Island ...

  27. Muse Debuts At Top Of Euro Chart

    September 25, 2009 8:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 British rock band Muse goes straight to No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums with its fifth album " The Resistance " (Helium 3/Warner Music). David Guetta 's "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI), featuring Ako ...

  28. Muse Score Third U.K. No. 1 Album

    September 21, 2009 12:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Muse notched their third U.K. No. 1 album and Taio Cruz his first bestselling single as an artist, as the new sales charts were unveiled Sunday (Sept. 20) by the Official Charts Company. Muse's "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Bros.) ...

  29. David Guetta Scores Euro Chart Double

    September 18, 2009 8:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 French DJ-artist David Guetta pulls off a pan-European chart double, rising 2-1 on European Top 100 Albums with "One Love" and starting a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI), feat ...

  30. Beatles Remasters Dominate U.K. Album Charts, Vera Lynn Takes No. 1

    September 14, 2009 8:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 On a new U.K. album chart otherwise dominated by Beatles remasters, 92-year-old Dame Vera Lynn yesterday (Sept. 13) became the oldest living artist to have a bestselling title as "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn" (Decca/ ...

  31. Whitney Houston Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    September 10, 2009 4:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Whitney Houston mirrors her Billboard 200 success with a No. 1 debut on European Top 100 Albums with her comeback set "I Look To You" (Arista/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment). There's also a new champion on European Hot 100 Singles, wher ...

  32. Michael Jackson Concert Line-Up Still Unsure, Brother Says

    September 10, 2009 1:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jermaine Jackson said on Thursday he hoped R&B star Mary J. Blige would perform at the concert he planned to stage later this month in memory of his brother Michael , but the line-up was still being checked. Jackson and organizers attempted to p ...

  33. Arctic Monkeys' 'Humbug' Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    September 03, 2009 9:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Arctic Monkeys ' third album "Humbug" (Domino) becomes the British modern rock band's first No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Black Eyed Peas ' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" is relegat ...

  34. Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal Top U.K. Charts

    August 31, 2009 10:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 Arctic Monkeys scored their third U.K. No. 1 album and Dizzee Rascal his third No. 1 single in the territory as the new charts were published Sunday (Aug. 30) by the Official Charts Company. The English modern rock band's third album "Humb ...

  35. Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date On Twitter

    August 28, 2009 12:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" winner Kris Allen will release his debut album on Nov. 17, the singer announced Thursday night (Aug. 27). A rep for 19 Entertainment has also confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.com: "It is a confirmed relea ...

  36. 10 Must-Hear Back To School Albums

    August 28, 2009 10:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the last of the summer festivals move the masses one more time before the weather turns and the bright, inescapable hits of the summer become nostalgia for the season passed, it's time to put on a sweater and head back to campus armed with B ...

  37. DJs Calvin Harris, David Guetta Top U.K. Charts

    August 24, 2009 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 DJ-producers hold sway on the new U.K. sales charts, published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Aug. 23). Scotland's Calvin Harris entered the album chart at No. 1 with his sophomore set "Ready For The Weekend" (Columbia/Sony Mu ...

  38. Whitney Houston's 'I Look To You': First Listen

    August 24, 2009 10:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 Finally, the moment is almost here: the release of Whitney Houston's long-anticipated new studio album after a seven-year break. "I Look to You" (Arista/RCA Music Group) will arrive in stores Aug. 31. Here's a track-by-track rund ...

  39. Ask Billboard: Madonna vs. Whitney ... vs. Mariah

    August 21, 2009 4:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 MATERIAL GIRL VS. EVERY WOMAN ... VS. MIMI Hi Gary, This e-mail is a follow up to last week's entry from Neil Massey, who asked about album sales of Whitney Houston and Madonna . I'm curious as to how Mariah Carey stacks up against her two ...

  40. Pitbull Ready For A 'Rebelution'

    August 14, 2009 6:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last year, the once mighty TVT Records filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and eventually shut its doors, leaving a number of artists in limbo. But for Miami rapper Pitbull , who signed to TVT in 2004 and released four albums on the label, the turn of e ...

  41. Chart Beat: Michael Jackson, Fabolous, Leighton Meester

    August 06, 2009 5:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 JACKSON'S FIVE: In any other week, Fabolous' debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 would be pretty big news (and hey, it still is!), but this week, Michael Jackson remains the King of Pop Charts. As his 2003 hit set "Number Ones" s ...

  42. New Michael Jackson Songs On Missing Hard Drives

    August 06, 2009 10:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Another thriller is developing in the complex afterlife of Michael Jackson . His sister LaToya has taken possession of computer hard drives that contain a trove of unreleased songs he recorded with A-list singers such as Ne-Yo , Akon , and will.i.am ...

  43. Whitney Houston Brings 'I Look To You' Album To New York

    July 22, 2009 1:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Whitney Houston held a listening event for her upcoming album, "I Look To You," last night (July 21) at Lincoln Center's Allen Room in New York City. Hosted by Clive Davis, the event was attended by Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, L.A. Reid ...

  44. David Guetta Hits The Big Time With Pop Collaborations

    July 17, 2009 4:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Plenty of DJs have conquered the nightlife scene, but only a select few have managed to break out beyond clubs and rule the pop charts. French DJ David Guetta , however, is poised to do in this decade what Fatboy Slim did in the '90s: become a ...

  45. David Guetta Hits The Big Time With Pop Collaborations

    July 17, 2009 2:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Plenty of DJs have conquered the nightlife scene, but only a select few have managed to break out beyond clubs and rule the pop charts. French DJ David Guetta, however, is poised to do in this decade what Fatboy Slim did in the '90s: become a b ...

  46. Michael Jackson: Healthy Or Not?

    July 13, 2009 9:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them. It depends on who's talking. A dizzying collection of puzz ...

  47. Michael Jackson: Healthy Or Not?

    July 13, 2009 5:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them. It depends on who's talking. A dizzying collection of puzz ...

  48. Exclusive: Michael Jackson Was Working On Two Albums

    July 02, 2009 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 At the time of Michael Jackson's death, it was well-known that he was preparing for a 50-show concert series at London's O2 Arena. What was less well-known -- and what many are now speculating about -- was what kind of recordings Jackson h ...

  49. Michael Jackson Left 'Endless' Supply Of Unreleased Music

    July 02, 2009 11:39 AM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died — music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come. The material includes unused tracks from studio sessions of some of Jac ...

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