1. 'Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Manage Season 10 Winner

    March 29, 2011 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller, in partnership with 19 Entertainment and CKX, Inc., will manage season 10's winner and runner-up, according to a statement being released today by XIX Entertainment. Over th ...

  2. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha: 'World'-Class Singer/Songwriter

    March 18, 2011 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 ...

  3. John Legend, Jamie Foxx Celebrate Motown at White House

    February 25, 2011 3:25 PM EST 0 0 0 The White House reverberated like a long-ago basement sound studio in Detroit as the likes of John Legend , Seal , Jamie Foxx , Nick Jonas and Sheryl Crow channeled their inner Motown before Michelle and Barack Obama. Musical pioneers Smokey Robinso ...

  4. Nicki Minaj Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200, Crosses 1 Million Sales

    February 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 N icki Minaj crowns the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time, as her "Pink Friday" set steps 3-1 in its 11th week on the list (45,000; up 18% per Nielsen SoundScan). "Pink" also pushes past the 1 million total sales mark ...

  5. Jesse McCartney Letting Shoppers 'Have It All' After Holidays

    November 30, 2010 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 The Tuesday after Christmas is typically one of the quietest album release dates of the calendar year, with most other titles out in time to become stocking stuffers. "Have It All," Jesse McCartney 's fourth effort on Hollywood Record ...

  6. Jesse McCartney Will Let Fans 'Have It All' in January 2011

    October 18, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pop singer Jesse McCartney will follow 2008's "Departure" with "Have It All," his fourth full-length set for a January 2011 release on Hollywood Records. The singer worked with "Departure" producer Sean Garrett, Ke ...

  7. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Finishes New Songs, Kurt Cobain's Anti-MTV Letter Up for Auction

    October 06, 2010 6:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Finished with Three New Songs Following her appearance on last week's episode of "Glee," Britney Spears is reportedly hard at work on her ne ...

  8. Jordin Sparks Reaches New 'Heights' on Broadway

    September 17, 2010 3:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 You haven't really arrived on Broadway until an image of your grinning face goes up on a massive billboard. It is a joy Jordin Sparks has yet to savor. "I haven't gone to Times Square to stand there and actually look at it yet," ...

  9. Jessica Simpson Is 'Project Runway' Finale Judge

    September 09, 2010 2:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 J essica Simpson took her seat as guest judge at Thursday's "Project Runway" show at New York Fashion Week in a super-short, sparkly silver minidress, but she had nothing on the models, who wore an extraordinary number of hot pants. T ...

  10. 'American Idol' Signs Deal with Universal, Parts with Sony

    August 03, 2010 5:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and creator Simon Fuller moved on from its nine-year marketing and distribution deal with Sony Music Entertainment Tuesday (Aug. 3), severing a relationship that produced chart-topping successes wi ...

  11. Crystal Bowersox's Album Going 'Great,' Says Collaborator Wayne Wilkins

    June 17, 2010 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Crystal Bowersox hasn't been any less busy since "American Idol" wrapped up last month. The season nine runner-up has already started recording material for her debut album, and so far, at least one collaborator is highly impressed wi ...

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, "Glee"

    June 10, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'CALIFORNIA' COASTS TO NO. 1: As previously reported , Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rises 2-1 ...

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crown ...

  14. Usher's 'OMG' Leads Hot 100 For A Fourth Week

    June 03, 2010 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Usher maintains his perch atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth non-consecutive week with his monster smash "OMG," featuring will.i.am. The track moves 2-1 on the Radio Songs chart (139.5 million listener impressions), extending his lead ...

  15. Exclusive: 'Idol's' DeWyze, Bowersox Sign Record Deals

    May 27, 2010 6:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 It hasn't even been 24 hours since Lee DeWyze was crowned this year's "American Idol," but already he and his runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, have signed their record deals. DeWyze is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and RCA Records, ...

  16. Katy Perry: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 4:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Teenage Dream (Capitol, Aug. 24) When Katy Perry released her debut solo album, "One of the Boys," in June 2008, her musical peer group-cool big-sister types who titillate the training-bra set without threatening them-was in a dormant phas ...

  17. "Idol" Chart Battle Of The Sexes

    May 25, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 One Tuesday night TV mystery (sort of) down, two to go. Sunday night (May 23), ABC aired the heartwarming "Lost" series finale, a satisfying two-and-a-half hours, even if many of the island's questions remain unanswered. (It's a ...

  18. Why Lee DeWyze Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 24, 2010 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Let's face it: "American Idol" season nine has always been Lee DeWyze's or Crystal Bowersox's to lose. Simon Cowell's been a fan of both since Hollywood Week, which feels like months ag--oh, right. They each came in wit ...

  19. Chart Beat Wednesday: B.o.B, Kris Allen, Blake Lewis

    May 12, 2010 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 BOYS CLUB: B.o.B becomes the 12th solo male to lead Billboard's Pop Songs chart with a first entry, as "Nothin' on You," featuring Bruno Mars, rises 2-1. While eight male rookies ruled the list between the chart's inception ...

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: B.o.B, Bobby & Billboard

    April 22, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 NOTHING BEATS 'NOTHIN' ': As previously reported , B.o.B ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Nothin' On You," featuring Bruno Mars. The 21-year-old B.o.B, born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., is the just the fifth male r ...

  21. Chart Beat Thursday: Loretta Lynn, Madonna, Peter Wolf

    April 15, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 MINING ANOTHER HIT: George Strait isn't the only country legend making chart headlines this week. While the King of Country notches a top 10 on Country Songs in a record 30th consecutive year , as "I Gotta Get to You" zips 12-9, Loret ...

  22. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland

    March 18, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 ATTA 'BOY'!: Rihanna rules the Billboard Hot 100, as "Rude Boy" rides 4-1. With the ascension, the singer improves upon an already impressive chart history that began less than five years ago. The song marks Rihanna's sixth ...

  23. 'American Idol' Recap: Siobhan Magnus Performs Crazy Good

    March 09, 2010 8:02 PM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" is only an hour tonight? What am I going to do with my Tuesday night?! I have no idea! How am I going to write this recap during the commercial breaks when there's only one every five minutes instead of every three min ...

  24. "We Are The World 25," Radio's Reaction, Pt. 2

    February 24, 2010 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As previously reported , "We Are the World 25: For Haiti" by Artists for Haiti launched at No. 2 last week on the Billboard Hot 100. This week, the all-star benefit track debuts at No. 40 on the Adult R&B radio airplay survey and bubbl ...

  25. Musicians Mourn Designer Alexander McQueen

    February 11, 2010 7:15 PM EST 0 0 0 The death of visionary designer Alexander McQueen , who was found dead at his London home on Thursday (Feb 11), sent ripples not only through the fashion industry, but the music world as well. Many celebrities, including Katy Perry , Estelle , Jordi ...

  26. 'We Are The World': Behind the Scenes

    February 02, 2010 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 More than 75 stars -- from the legendary Barbra Streisand to rapper Lil Wayne and actor Vince Vaughn -- gathered at Hollywood's Henson Recording Studios yesterday (Feb. 1) to record the 25th anniversary version of "We Are The World." ...

  27. Billboard Bits: Simon Cowell, Avril Lavigne, Usher, Beyonce and more

    January 12, 2010 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Simon Cowell gave his first interview since the making the announcement about his departure from "American Idol" at the end of this season, insi ...

  28. 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: ...

  29. Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

    December 03, 2009 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 NEW 'MOON': With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles , one of the chart's landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd 's "Dark Side of the Moon" ...

  30. Chart Beat Tuesday: Neil Diamond, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks

    November 24, 2009 11:48 AM EST 0 0 0 HAVE YOURSELF A CHERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS: Neil Diamond enjoys his highest Adult Contemporary chart position in more than 17 years, as "Cherry Cherry Christmas" debuts at No. 26. Diamond last placed higher when "Don't Turn Around&q ...

  31. Breaking & Entering: The Wonder Girls

    November 20, 2009 2:57 PM EST 0 0 0 Complete with a dance studio, rehearsal stage and a recording space, the JYP Entertainment office in midtown Manhattan -- the only Asian record label currently open in the U.S., according to founder JY Park -- feels more like an artist's traini ...

  32. Madonna, U2, AC/DC Lead Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 15, 2009 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna , U2 and AC/DC are among the finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5. The awards are based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. ...

  33. Madonna, U2, AC/DC Among '09 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, U2 and AC/DC are among the top tours, venues and companies recognized as finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5. The finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw ...

  34. Tokio Hotel Aims To Translate Euro Success To U.S.

    October 12, 2009 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sometimes, much weirder things happen at the MTV Video Music Awards than Kanye West interrupting an acceptance speech. Take the 2008 VMAs ceremony, for example, when the A-list glamour of Hollywood's Paramount Studios red carpet was upset by th ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Video Q&A: Perez Hilton On Will.i.Am And Music Moguldom

    September 17, 2009 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's no secret that Perez Hilton loves sharing music -- by everyone from Lady GaGa and Katy Perry to Mika and Leona Lewis -- with the people who read his blog. But now he wants to share his favorite acts with someone who's not exactly his ...

  37. Chart Beat Thursday: Jay-Z, The Beatles, "Glee"

    September 17, 2009 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 RUN THIS CHART: With the 400th debut ever at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Jay-Z notches his 11th chart-topping album with "The Blueprint 3." With his grand entrance, Jay-Z passes Elvis Presley as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in t ...

  38. Whitney Houston Debuts At No. 1

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Houston: We don't have any problems. Whitney Houston debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "I Look to You." With its opening of 305,000, it gives the diva her fourth chart-topper and her best opening sales week since Nielsen Sou ...

  39. Three Tracks From Upcoming Lebron James Movie Hit Charts

    September 03, 2009 2:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 "More Than A Game" the Lebron James documentary directed by Kristopher Belman for Lionsgate and Harvey Mason Media, isn't slated to hit theaters until October 2nd but three tracks from the film's soundtrack are already making mov ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Ciara Replaced By Jordin Sparks On Britney Spears Tour

    August 18, 2009 12:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks will be replacing Ciara on the second leg of "The Circus Starring Britney Spears " tour, reps at Jive Records, both Sparks and Ciara's label, has confirmed. In a press release on Spears' official website , it was an ...

  42. Ciara Replaced By Jordin Sparks In Britney Spears Tour

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jordin Sparks will be replacing Ciara on the second leg of Britney Spears' "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour, reps at Jive Records, both Sparks and Ciara's label, have confirmed. Although asked, Jive Records didn't ...

  43. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Selena Gomez, Jordin Sparks

    August 13, 2009 4:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 HIGH COUNTRY WORK WHERE?: Sugarland and Gloriana not only make splashy chart entrances with their new albums, the acts combine to achieve feats never before accomplished in the 18-year Nielsen SoundScan era on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums. O ...

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