1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. '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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 + ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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" ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV (Night 2)

    May 27, 2010 12:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Congratulations to "American Idol" Season Nine champ Lee DeWyze - not since Kelly Clarkson won in the first season has a winner seemed so totally blown away by taking home the title. Lee's astonishment was there for all to see on TV - ...

  31. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV (Night 2)

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Congratulations to "American Idol" Season Nine champ Lee DeWyze - not since Kelly Clarkson won in the first season has a winner seemed so totally blown away by taking home the title. Lee's astonishment was there for all to see on TV ...

  32. Ailing Bret Michaels Performs on 'Idol' finale

    May 26, 2010 10:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Though he has suffered from life-threatening health problems in recent weeks, Bret Michaels appeared in fine form on the "American Idol" stage. The ailing 47-year-old rocker and reality TV star sang and played guitar on Wednesday's st ...

  33. Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

    May 26, 2010 10:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 It was a paint rags to riches story made for television, as Lee DeWyze was named the champion Wednesday night for the ninth season of "American Idol." The raspy and rock-friendly voice of DeWyze, 24, a paint salesperson from Mount Prospect ...

  34. Macy Gray Spreads Positive Vibes on 'The Sellout'

    May 24, 2010 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 M acy Gra y is keeping it positive these days. The pop/R&B singer's fifth album, "The Sellout," is due June 22 on Concord, and if lead single "Beauty in the World" is any indication -- "Stop and smell the flowers/An ...

  35. Chart Beat Thursday: Usher, will.i.am, B.o.B

    May 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 'OMG,' FYI: Usher adds to his already impressive Billboard Hot 100 history, as "OMG," featuring will.i.am , flies 6-1. With the coronation, Usher ties for ninth-place among artists with the most leaders in the chart's almost ...

  36. Hot 100 Recap: Ushering in a New Decade of No. 1s

    May 06, 2010 11:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 As reported earlier in a breaking news story , Usher moves to the head of the Hot 100 ranking with "OMG," featuring will.i.am, his ninth single to top the list. With the 6-1 ascension, Usher becomes the first artist to top the list in the ...

  37. Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani Wear High Fashions to Met Gala

    May 04, 2010 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 K aty Perry , Taylor Swift , M.I.A. , Justin Timberlak e and Gwen Stefani were among the music stars that took to the red carpet for one of fashion's biggest annual events -- the Metropolitian Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala -- Monday (May ...

  38. Chart Beat Wednesday: Diva Domination

    April 28, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 BEYONCE & LADY GAGA: After "Telephone," by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce , topped Dance/Club Play Songs in February, "Video Phone" returns the superstar duo to the chart's top spot. The list's new leader credits the p ...

  39. Justin Bieber Back On Top With 'World 2.0'

    April 14, 2010 11:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 J ustin Bieber scoots back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "My World 2.0," shifting 102,000 copies (down 65%) in its third week on the chart. It bowed atop the list two weeks ago with 283,000 but fell to No. 2 last week upo ...

  40. POTW: Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Beyonce

    April 09, 2010 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna took her favorite girl, daughter Lourdes, to Malawi, where she laid the first brick of her new girls' academy and Jay-Z and Beyoncé celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary on Broadway in New York. Meahwile, Janet Jackson and broth ...

  41. Jackson Doctor's Case Assigned To LA Trial Judge

    April 06, 2010 7:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 With Michael Jackson 's mother, father and three siblings looking on, Dr. Conrad Murray began a slow process toward trial Monday (April 5) with the appointment of a judge and the setting of another hearing to handle pending matters in his invol ...

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