1. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection' ...

  2. Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Aiming for No. 1

    March 30, 2011 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 All eyes are on Britney Spears , as the pop diva is poised to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with her new album, "Femme Fatale." Her seventh studio effort, released on Tuesday (Mar. 29), is on course to top the ...

  3. POTW: Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift

    March 25, 2011 4:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Janet Jackson promoted her new self-help book, Chris Brown got some advice from Russell Simmons , Justin Bieber rocked a wig, Taylor Swift shopped at an antique shop, Britney Spears rocked an eclectic outfit, Willow Smith whipped her braids back and ...

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Rihanna, Steve Martin

    March 24, 2011 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 ORIGINALS SCORE: Writing its own songs (don't tell Sue Sylvester that her nemesis club enlisted the talents of Max Martin, Shellback and other high-profile professionals) not only led to New Directions' first victory at Regionals , but it ...

  5. Katy Perry Dominates Digital Songs, 'E.T.' Climbs Hot 100

    March 17, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week -- its entire chart run -- Katy Perry 's "Teenage Dream" becomes the first album to yield four No. 1s on Digital Songs, as "E.T.,& ...

  6. Janet Jackson Signs Film Production Deal with Lionsgate

    March 16, 2011 8:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Janet Jackson is becoming a movie producer. The performer-actress has signed a production deal with Lionsgate to select, develop and produce a feature film for the independent studio. Jackson has a thriving music career-she's currently on world ...

  7. Janet Jackson Signs Film Production Deal with Lionsgate

    March 16, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Janet Jackson is becoming a movie producer. The performer-actress has signed a production deal with Lionsgate to select, develop and produce a feature film for the independent studio. Jackson has a thriving music career-she's currently on wor ...

  8. Jennifer Lopez Leaps Onto Hot 100 with 'On the Floor'

    March 03, 2011 11:44 AM EST 0 0 0 J ennifer Lopez blasts back onto the Billboard Hot 100, as "On the Floor," featuring Pitbull , soars in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 9, marking the new "American Idol" judge's highest career launch on the list. Lopez's ...

  9. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Au ...

  10. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Blasts Into Pop Songs Top 10

    February 22, 2011 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 After storming Billboard's Pop Songs chart last week with the highest plays total for a debuting song in the list's 18-year history, Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" this week becomes one of just eight tracks to reach the top 10 ...

  11. Lady Gaga Claims 1,000th Hot 100 No. 1 with 'Born This Way'

    February 16, 2011 10:55 AM EST 0 0 0 And you thought her entrance at the Grammy Awards was attention-getting. By storming the Billboard Hot 100 song chart at No. 1, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" makes history as the 1,000th leading song in the list's 52-year history. ...

  12. Uncharted Territory: Traphik Holds Top Spot, The Deadlies Keep Climbing

    February 12, 2011 8:56 AM EST 0 0 0 We'll refrain from any number of "not going anywhere" puns we could use to spotlight the fact that Traphik has taken the pole position on Billboard Uncharted for the fourth straight week. Thanks to more than a million YouTube views du ...

  13. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  14. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Outraged Over 'S&M' Title Change, Pink Tweets Baby Bump Pic

    February 07, 2011 7:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Outraged Over 'S&M' Title Change "S&M," Rihanna 's latest single, has had its title changed to "Come On" on the U.K.� ...

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Enrique Iglesias, Bruno Mars, Decemberists

    January 27, 2011 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER: Enrique Iglesias passes a King (of Pop) and a Prince for most No. 1s among solo males in the 34-year history of Dance/Club Play Songs . "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank ...

  16. Britney Spears Speeds Into Pop Songs Top 10

    January 24, 2011 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 B ritney Spears ' "Hold It Against Me" becomes one of just seven songs to reach the Pop Songs top 10 in only two weeks, charging 16-10 with Greatest Gainer honors (5,601 plays, up 38%, with spins detected on all 130 reporting stations ...

  17. Janet Jackson Bringing 'Number Ones' Tour to U.S.

    January 10, 2011 1:43 PM EST 0 0 0 J anet Jackson is bringing her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal tour to the U.S. and Canada this spring, the star announced today (Jan. 10). The trek kicks off Mar. 7-8 with a two-night stand in Las Vegas and wraps with another pair of shows Apr. ...

  18. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

  19. Ciara: Touring More Important than Record Sales

    December 16, 2010 5:15 PM EST 0 0 0 When Ciara was churning out chart-topping singles like "One, Two Step" and "Like a Boy," she appeared to be on the verge of superstardom, drawing some comparisons to Janet Jackson and the late Aaliyah . But since the initial plat ...

  20. Ciara: Touring More Important than Record Sales

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST When Ciara was churning out chart-topping singles like "One, Two Step" and "Like a Boy," she appeared to be on the verge of superstardom, drawing some comparisons to Janet Jackson and the late Aaliyah. But since the initial pla ...

  21. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars

    December 09, 2010 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 'GLEE' MARKS MILESTONE: The "Glee" cast becomes the second act in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history to total at least 100 chart entries. With five new titles, including the Hot Shot Debut, its rendition of Florence + ...

  22. Weekly Chart Notes: P!nk, Bruno Mars, Band Perry

    December 02, 2010 4:45 PM EST 0 0 0 'GLASS' CEILING: As previously reported , "Raise Your Glass" is the toast of the Billboard Hot 100 , rising 2-1 to become P!nk 's third No. 1. The artist born Alecia Moore last led with "So What" the week of Sept. ...

  23. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Beatles

    November 24, 2010 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 FOUR-MIDABLE: Having set the record for most No. 1s in the 18-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, Rihanna continues her winning week, lifting 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Only Girl (In the World)" and debu ...

  24. Keri Hilson Imitates TLC, Janet, Diana Ross in 'Pretty Girl Rock'

    November 12, 2010 1:20 PM EST 0 0 0 This video just made me have a new apprecation for this song. "Pretty Girl Rock," which has gotten some backlash for its message -- confidence or cockiness? -- pays homage to the "pretty girls" in music, as Keri Hilson taps her i ...

  25. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson

    November 11, 2010 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 RI-WARDED: As "What's My Name?" vaults 60-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna continues to enhance a commanding chart history that began the week of June 11, 2005, when "Pon De Replay" debuted at No. 97. "What's M ...

  26. Billboard Bits: Britney Working on 'Big' New Song, Coldplay Playing Hidden Gigs For Charity

    November 09, 2010 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Recording 'Big Song' with Dr. Luke, Demos Lost in Fire Britney Spears ' manager wrote on her Twitter yesterday that the singer is "recording a ...

  27. Ask Billboard: How 'Hot' Are Taylor Swift's Songs?

    November 05, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  28. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Mark Salling

    November 04, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 1: While "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200 , becoming the first album since 2005 to begin with sales of more than a million , according to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift 's chart domination extends to ...

  29. POTW: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna

    October 29, 2010 4:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Justin Bieber dapped up Denzel Washington's wife while Jaden Smith looked on, Taylor Swift was cloned, Nicki Minaj was swarmed by Barbz, Rihanna went floral crazy, Lady Gaga was sent a meat card, Shakira covered up, Janet Jackson hit up BET, Je ...

  30. Ask Billboard: Sugarland's Sweet Success

    October 29, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  31. Janet Jackson Denies Engagement Rumors on 'GMA'

    October 26, 2010 12:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although Janet Jackson appeared on "Good Morning America" Monday (Oct. 25) to discuss her appearance in Tyler Perry's upcoming film "For Colored Girls," the talk turned toward romance and rumors. Jackson denied recent claims ...

  32. Taylor Swift: By-The-Numbers

    October 26, 2010 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Upon the release of Taylor Swift 's third studio album, "Speak Now," Chart Beat looks at the numerous records that the star country singer/songwriter/producer has already set since her arrival just more than four years ago. Swift firs ...

  33. Pink's 'Raise Your Glass' Surges Up the Charts

    October 22, 2010 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 P !nk's new single, "Raise Your Glass," makes a toast-worthy blast on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, surging 51-11 and building anticipation for her "Greatest Hits...So Far!!!" album. "Raise Your Glass" marks P!n ...

  34. Bruno Mars Leads 'The Way' To Pop Songs Summit

    October 20, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 MARS STARS: After eight lead males had ruled Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart in their first chart visits between the list's launch in 1992 and 2008, six have now reigned in the last year. Bruno Mars continues th ...

  35. Michael Jackson's Nephew Austin Brown Preps '85' Debut

    October 17, 2010 8:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 Austin Brown is following in some pretty big footsteps: The young artist is the nephew of Michael and Janet Jackson . Then there's his mom, Rebbie , who charted two top 10 R&B hits of her own in the '80s, "Centipede" and &quo ...

  36. Weekly Chart Notes: John Lennon, Taylor Swift, 'Glee'

    October 14, 2010 7:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 LENNON LEGEND: Capitol Records' celebration of what would have been John Lennon 's 70th birthday Oct. 9 brings the party to both the Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog Albums. Eight of Lennon's classic solo albums were remastered and r ...

  37. Chart Beat Wednesday: Enrique Iglesias, Soundgarden, Daughtry

    August 18, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 AN HONOR FIT FOR A KING, AND A PRINCE: ... and now, Enrique Iglesias , too. With a 2-1 lift on Dance/Club Play Songs for "I Like It," Iglesias collects his seventh No. 1 on the chart, equaling Michael Jackson and Prince for most leaders am ...

  38. Ask Billboard: Rating Rihanna

    July 23, 2010 5:55 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. GOOD GIRL NOT GONE TO NO. 1 Dear ...

  39. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Sting

    July 22, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 'LOVE' IS ...: As previously reported , Eminem 's "Love the Way You Lie" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , becoming the rapper's fourth chart leader. The song's coronation is likewise noteworthy for featured art ...

  40. POTW: Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse

    July 12, 2010 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gwen Stefani had a tea party, Lady Gaga got wet, Kanye West supported Lebron James, Amy Winehouse returned to the stage, Drake snuggled up with Queen Latifah , Shakira got friendly with Johannesburg natives, T.I. saluted fellow artist Trey Songz , J ...

  41. Janet Jackson Dazzles Crowd at Essence Festival

    July 03, 2010 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Janet Jackson enthralled the Essence Music Festival audience Friday, kept them on their feet for more than two hours and reminded fans why seeing her in concert was worth waiting two years. From the opening notes of "The Pleasure Principle" ...

  42. 20/20 'Vision': Mariah Marks Milestone

    June 02, 2010 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Twenty years ago today, Mariah Carey wrote the first chapter in what has become one of the most exceptional Billboard chart discographies. Carey's debut single, "Vision of Love," entered the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song ...

  43. POTW: Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys

    May 28, 2010 12:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 A catsuit-wearing Janet Jackson brought the heat back to the "American Idol" stage during the finale, 50 Cent lost 50 pounds for a movie role, Lady Gaga got her caffeine fix while drinking coffee in the back seat of a car, Katy Perry smooc ...

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