1. Whitney Houston Comeback Album Due Sept. 1

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The wait is over -- Whitney Houston is finally making her comeback on Sept. 1 with an as-yet-untitled album on Arista Records. For her return, the label has set up a countdown on the New Jersey-bred artist's official site, WhitneyHouston.com ...

  2. Chart Beat: Kris Allen, SWV, Green Day, Al B. Sure!

    May 21, 2009 2:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 HE IS THE CHAMPION: In a night featuring performances from Queen, Kiss, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Cyndi Lauper, Carlos Santana, Keith Urban, Queen Latifah, Steve Martin, David Cook, Jason Mraz and the Black Eyed Peas, owners of more than 200 combi ...

  3. Murder Charge Filed In Dolla's Killing

    May 20, 2009 5:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a man suspected of killing Dolla at a Los Angeles mall. Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said the man killed Monday afternoon at the Beverly Center was 21-year-old Roderick Anthony ...

  4. Rapper Dolla Struggled For Hip-Hop Success

    May 19, 2009 12:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Dolla, born Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot and killed while waiting in the valet area of the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles on Monday (May 18). He was 21. According to the Los Angeles Times , the up-and-coming rapper, who signed to ...

  5. Akon Protege Dolla Shot Dead At L.A. Mall

    May 19, 2009 8:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 Authorities said a man found with a gun at Los Angeles International Airport was being questioned by police over the upscale mall shooting of a young man identified by his publicist as Atlanta-based rapper Dolla. Dolla, a rapping protege of hip-hop ...

  6. Lionel Richie Ready To 'Go' With Albums, Tour, Commodores Reunion

    May 18, 2009 9:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 After two albums of letting others forge his creative direction, Lionel Richie plans to take control again on his next album. For both 2006's "Going Home" and the new "Just Go," which comes out Tuesday, Richie worked with co ...

  7. Eminem Announces Free Detroit Concert

    May 18, 2009 8:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fans began lining up a record store in suburban Detroit on Sunday night just minutes after Eminem announced a free concert for Tuesday in his home town. The rapper will celebrate the release of "Relapse," his first new studio album in five ...

  8. Chart Beat: Sugarland, Kid Cudi, The All-American Rejects

    May 13, 2009 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from ...

  9. Virgin Music Fest Expands To Five Canadian Cities

    May 08, 2009 6:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Virgin Music Festival will hit five Canadian cities this summer, including Montreal, the event’s organizers announced today. The festival, which launched in 2006, is sponsored by Virgin Mobile Canada, which was fully acquired by Canadian telecom ...

  10. Latin Music Awards 2009 Red Carpet

    Latin Music Awards 2009 Red Carpet

    April 24, 2009 1:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Akon, Daddy Yankee, Aventura and other stars hit the Billboard Latin Music Awards red carpet April 23, 2009 in Miami Beach, Florida. miami beach , interview , exclusive , red carpet , miami , Latin Music Awards , Awards , aventura , Daddy Yankee , a ...

  11. Flex Takes Eight Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 24, 2009 9:16 AM EDT 0 0 0 Propelled by the runaway success of his hit single "Te Quiero," Felix Danilo Gómez, the Panamenian DJ and singer better known as Flex, was the big winner at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music awards presented by State Farm Insurance on April 2 ...

  12. Chart Beat: Eminem, "Hannah Montana: The Movie", "Britain's Got Talent"

    April 23, 2009 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from ...

  13. Ask Billboard: 'N Sync and Gulf War Songs

    April 10, 2009 2:05 PM EDT 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. TAKE TWO, TAKE TWO Hi Gary, I enj ...

  14. Lady Gaga Tops UK Singles Chart For Second Week

    March 30, 2009 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (Interscope/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday, ahead of a strong debut by London indie band the Noisettes with “Don’t Upset The Rhythm” (Vertigo/Universal). Ronan Keating’s covers ...

  15. Lady GaGa Takes Top Spot On U.K. Singles Chart

    March 23, 2009 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Album releases aimed squarely at yesterday's Mothers' Day had a big impact on the new U.K. sales chart. Irish pop vocalist Ronan Keating's covers set "Songs For My Mother" (Polydor/Universal) entered at No. 1, while on the s ...

  16. U2, Comic Relief Top U.K. Charts

    March 16, 2009 10:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 The latest single for the BBC's Comic Relief charity yesterday became the 11th in the series to hit No. 1 in the U.K., while U2's "No Line On The Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) started a second week atop the album chart. The single ...

  17. U2, Flo Rida Top U.K. Charts

    March 09, 2009 11:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 U2’s “No Line on the Horizon” (Mercury/Universal) outdid the combined sales of the other albums in the new U.K. top five yesterday to debut at No. 1. “Right Round” (Atlantic) by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha went straight to the top of the new singles su ...

  18. Listen To Flo Rida's Sweet New Single

    March 06, 2009 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 "Sugar" - Flo Rida featuring Wynter Listen here to Flo Rida's single "Sugar" Flo Rida currently sits atop the Hot 100 with "Right Round," but the Miami-Dade County rapper is no newbie to the charts' upper reac ...

  19. Lady GaGa: Billboard #1s

    Lady GaGa: Billboard #1s

    January 22, 2009 3:58 PM EST 0 0 0 Lady GaGa, who has recent #1's on the Hot 100, Pop 100, and Digital Songs charts, talks with Billboard about how she got started and where she's going. #1 , #1s , exclusive , Lady GaGa , Jingle Ball , vuclip , akon , Pop , interview , Just ...

  20. Rep: Jackson Health Claims A 'Total Fabrication'

    December 22, 2008 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Michael Jackson's spokesperson is denying a report that the artist is ill with a serious lung disease, calling the claim "a total fabrication." In a recent interview with In Touch, author Ian Halperin said Jackson, 50, is suffering fr ...

  21. Akon Pleads Guilty In Fan-Tossing Case

    December 17, 2008 12:57 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-hop star Akon is pleading guilty to harassment after he tossed a fan off stage at a concert last summer. He will serve no jail time as long he performs 65 hours of community service and pays a $250 fine. Akon declined comment as he left court in ...

  22. Akon: Billboard #1s

    Akon: Billboard #1s

    December 11, 2008 4:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Akon, who had a recent Rythmic Top 40 No. 1, discusses overcoming legal drama, working with Michael Jackson, and his new album. #1 , #1s , Army , exclusive , R&B , Hip-Hop , vuclip , akon , Mariel Concepcion , So Paid Videos Akon Army Exclusive ...

  23. Britney's 'Circus' Debuts Atop Album Chart

    December 10, 2008 11:21 AM EST 0 0 0 As expected, Britney Spears' "Circus" makes a big bow at the top of The Billboard 200, becoming her fifth No. 1. The Jive set moved 505,000 copies in the United States, making Spears the only act in Nielsen SoundScan history to have f ...

  24. Lil Wayne Producers Shocked By Grammy Nod

    December 05, 2008 3:43 PM EST 0 0 0 Sibling duo Play-N-Skillz scored their first Grammy last year for best rap performance by duo or group for their production on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'." But for Play, this week's album of the year nomination for Lil Wayne&# ...

  25. Redemption Song: Akon

    November 25, 2008 5:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Holding a brick red velvet cupcake with white frosting and colored sprinkles in his hands, Akon stands atop an extended conference room table at Universal Records' New York headquarters. He's ecstatic. The singer/songwriter/producer, clad ...

  26. Akon's New 'Freedom' Comes With Fresh Sound

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Although there are some signature "Konvict" songs on his forthcoming album "Freedom," Akon says his fans should expect a new style on the Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Records set, due Dec. 2. "Now we Although there are some ...

  27. Akon, Ne-Yo Give Lionel Richie A Lift

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Lionel Richie has Akon and Ne-Yo in his corner on his new studio album, "Just Go," due Feb. 17 via Island. First single "Good Morning," produced by the Movement, arrives at urban AC stations today. Lionel Richie has Akon and Ne-Y ...

  28. Akon, "Right Now (Na Na Na)"

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The lead single from Akon's new album, "Freedom," signals a slight change in direction, continuing the current international trend with a Euro-synth pop feel. The lead single from Akon's new album, "Freedom," signals a ...

  29. Chart Beat: T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler and more! T.I., T.I., OH!: In a very newsy chart week, one newsmaker stands out above the rest: T.I. rewrites chart history, not only replacing himself at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot ...

  30. Lady Gaga

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lady Gaga may have gotten her name from the Queen song "Radio Gaga," but just two years ago, the 22-year-old singer wasn't receiving the royal treatment. Lady Gaga may have gotten her name from the Queen song "Radio Gaga," b ...

  31. T.I.'s 'Like' Starts Third Week Atop Hot 100

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" begins a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the fastest-growing track at radio. It remains a digital hit as well, having sold 145,000 copies in the United S T.I.'s "Whatever You Li ...

  32. Akon Heads To Trial In Fan-Tossing Case

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Akon is headed to trial on criminal charges he tossed a fan offstage at a concert last summer. Akon is headed to trial on criminal charges he tossed a fan offstage at a concert last summer. The 35-year-old singer is accused of throwing a teenager of ...

  33. Back Around The Block

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Led by the single "Summertime," which has sold more than 484,000 digital copies despite topping out at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 ... Led by the single "Summertime," which has sold more than 484,000 digital copies despite to ...

  34. Chart Beat Chat: Estelle, Kid Rock, Tami Chynn, Coldplay

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Estelle, Kid Rock, Tami Chynn, Coldplay and more! 'BOY' OVERBOARD Dear Fred, Nowadays we are accustomed to seeing songs immediately peak high on The Billboard Hot 100 with the sudden availability of digital dow ...

  35. T.I. Sets New Record With Hot 100 No. 1 Jump

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I. establishes the mark for biggest jump to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as "Whatever You Like" soars 71-1 in its third week on the list. A No. 1 opening on Hot Digital Songs with debut-week sa T.I. establishes the mark for biggest ...

  36. Heavy Hitters Grace Negro League Benefit CD

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 By combining music, social consciousness and philanthropy, Stadium Entertainment wants to shepherd a new business model designed to also capture and engage music consumers. The first project under its By combining music, social consciousness and phi ...

  37. Heavy Hitters Grace Negro League Benefit CD

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT By combining music, social consciousness and philanthropy, Stadium Entertainment wants to shepherd a new business model designed to also capture and engage music consumers. The first project under its banner is the compilation CD "True to the ...

  38. Rihanna Fends Off Archuleta Atop Hot 100

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna begins a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Disturbia," but barely fended off the best chart debut in more than 18 months, in the form of David Archuleta's "Crush." His track Rihanna begins a second ...

  39. The Script, Katy Perry Rule U.K. Charts

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Emerging Irish pop-rock band the Script scored an instant U.K. No. 1 with its self-titled debut album for Phonogenic/Sony BMG yesterday (Aug. 17), while Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" (Virgin/EMI) sta Emerging Irish pop-rock band the ...

  40. Rihanna Topples Katy Perry On Hot 100

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna's "Disturbia" puts an end to the seven-week run at No. 1 by Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" on the Billboard Hot 100, rising 3-1 after selling 148,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rihanna's &qu ...

  41. Katy Perry Remains In Control Of Hot 100

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For a seventh week, Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Challenges loom from Chris Brown's "Forever," which inches up 3-2, and Rihanna's "Disturbia," which climbs 4-3 aft For ...

  42. Katy Perry Starts Sixth Week Atop Hot 100

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" begins a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with digital sales of 151,000 copies keeping the song of the summer ahead of Rihanna's "Take a Bow" at No. 2 and C Katy Perry's ...

  43. Various Artists / July 13-19, 2008 / Montego Bay, Jamaica (Reggae Sumfest)

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A multi-platinum-selling rapper's appearance generated the most hype and Jamaican DJs' girls and gun exploits, as echoed throughout several performances on Dancehall Night, pulled the largest crowd. B A multi-platinum-selling rapper's ...

  44. Digital Sales Keep Katy Perry Atop Hot 100

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Katy Perry remains in control of the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "I Kissed a Girl." The song sold more than 166,000 downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, staying ahead of Katy Perry remains in control of the Bi ...

  45. Offishall Teams With Akon, Reveals Release Date

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian MC Kardinal Offishall is prepping a tour with Akon and announced Sept. 9 as the new release date for his LP, "Not 4 Sale." The rapper's fourth album will hit shelves via Kon Live/Interscope and was originally slated tentati ...

  46. David Banner Tapped For Quincy Jones Remix

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After working with the likes of Lil Wayne and T.I., MC/producer David Banner is adding Quincy Jones to his resume. After working with the likes of Lil Wayne and T.I., MC/producer David Banner is adding Quincy Jones to his resume. The rapper, who wil ...

  47. Holding MJ's "Hand?"

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A brand, spanking new Akon featuring Michael Jackson song titled "Hold My Hand" leaked on the internet this week. What are your thoughts on it? A brand, spanking new Akon featuring Michael Jackson song titled "Hold My Hand" leake ...

  48. Katy Perry Still Top 'Girl' On Hot 100

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" starts a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but Rihanna's "Take a Bow" is closing in fast, rising 4-2 in its 13th week on the tally. Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" Kat ...

  49. Chart Beat Chat

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss David Cook, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and more! DAVID COOK VS. THE BEATLES Hi Fred, Knowing I was a music fan, my daughter's friend asked me the other day what I thought about David Cook being "bigger" ...

  50. Busta's Summer: Projekt Revolution Tour, New CD

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Busta Rhymes has been tapped to perform on the main stage of this summer's Projekt Revolution tour, which also features performances by Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, the Bravery and Ashes Divide, Rapper Busta Rhymes has been tapped to perf ...

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