1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Mishon Jumps From Acting To R&B Hitmaking With 'Kiss'

    August 10, 2009 2:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer/actor Mishon has co-starred on ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights" for four seasons. But the 16-year-old was still thrown for a loop when the video for his first single, "Just a Kiss," premiered on BET's " ...

  5. Chart Beat Thursday: Whitney Houston, Black Eyed Peas, Demi Lovato

    July 30, 2009 4:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 MANY HAPPY RETURNS: A host of veterans enjoy warm welcomes back to Billboard charts this week. After co-hosting listening parties in Los Angeles, New York and London, attended by such collaborators as Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats and celebrities incl ...

  6. Black Eyed Peas Set Billboard Hot 100 Record

    July 30, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas set a record this week for the longest successive No. 1 chart run by a duo or group in the Billboard Hot 100's history. "I Gotta Feeling" is in its fifth consecutive week at No. 1, following 12 weeks at the top by ...

  7. Demi Lovato Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200, But Michael Jackson Still Reigns

    July 29, 2009 10:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Demi Lovato rules the Billboard 200 chart this week, as the Disney singer/actress' sophomore album "Here We Go Again" (Hollywood Records) debuts at No. 1 with 108,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her first set, "D ...

  8. Demi Lovato's No. 1 On The Billboard 200 . . . But Jackson's Still Tops

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Disney Music Group notches its fourth No. 1 album of the year on the Billboard 200 as Demi Lovato's sophomore set, "Here We Go Again," tops the tally . . . But, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had the top-selling overall album las ...

  9. Michael Jackson Clocks 4th Week As U.K.'s No. 1 Album

    July 27, 2009 12:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Essential Michael Jackson " (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) is the U.K.'s No. 1 artist album for a fourth straight week, but it was outsold by the new entry at the top of the compilation album chart, "Now That's What I ...

  10. Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks Headed To Top 10 Debuts On Billboard 200

    July 23, 2009 7:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Next week Hollywood Records' Demi Lovato looks to be on track to start near the top of the Billboard 200 chart with her second album "Here We Go Again." Industry prognosticators think the set may shift 100,000-120,000 in its first wee ...

  11. Jordin Sparks: Exclusive 'S.O.S.' Remix

    July 20, 2009 5:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's no surprise that Jordin Sparks was new to Shannon 's electro classic "Let the Music Play" - after all, she was born years after the 1983 track was a top ten smash on Billboard's Hot 100 . But now the 19-year old "A ...

  12. Jonas Brothers / July 15, 2009 / E. Rutherford, NJ (Izod Center)

    July 16, 2009 10:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "This is not the circus…stand up!" Joe Jonas shouted to the audience Wednesday night (July 15) at the IZOD Center in New Jersey. "Yeah!" echoed his older sibling, Kevin Jonas. "We might be brothers, but we're not Barnum ...

  13. Jordin Sparks At Peace With 'Battlefield'

    July 13, 2009 10:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks' sophomore album, "Battlefield," was much more peaceable to make than its title might imply. In fact, the season six "American Idol" champ says the set, due out July 21, was significantly less chaotic to make t ...

  14. Jordin Sparks At Peace With 'Battlefield'

    July 13, 2009 10:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks ' sophomore album, "Battlefield," was much more peaceable to make than its title might imply. In fact, the season six "American Idol" champ says the set, due out July 21, was significantly less chaotic to make ...

  15. Michael Jackson Remains King Of U.K. Charts

    July 13, 2009 8:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Cascada's "Evacuate The Dancefloor" (All Around The World/Universal) started a second week atop the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday), Michael Jackson's catalog sales enjoyed another healthy week in the market. Althoug ...

  16. Jordin Sparks Is Ready For 'Battle'

    June 24, 2009 2:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Even Jordin Sparks knows how giddy she sounds. As the 19-year-old singer rattles off a list of favorite tracks from her new album "Battlefield"—out July 21 on 19 Recordings/Jive Records—her excitement is contagious. "I can't wait ...

  17. Chris Brown Pleads Guilty To Assault

    June 22, 2009 5:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault on pop star Rihanna. Brown entered his plea before a preliminary hearing was scheduled to start in Los Angeles on Monday. Rihanna had been on standby to testify. After Brown left the cour ...

  18. Dave Guetta, Kelly Rowland Song 'Takes Over' U.K. Singles Chart

    June 22, 2009 9:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kasabian started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with their third album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile, French DJ-artist David Guetta scored his first U.K. No. 1 ...

  19. Black Eyed Peas Take Top Two Slots On Billboard Hot 100

    June 18, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After eleven weeks at No. 1 with "Boom Boom Pow," the Black Eyed Peas are right behind themselves at No. 2 with the debut of "I Gotta Feeling" on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. With their No. 1 and No. 2 songs this week, the Pe ...

  20. Chart Beat: Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney, Silversun Pickups

    June 17, 2009 5:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 GIRL POWER POP : Until this week, seven female artists had notched at least three top 10s from a debut album on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart this decade. This week, that list expands by two: Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Lady Gaga lifts 11-8 with ...

  21. Chart Beat: Yoko Ono, Taylor Swift, Marilyn Manson

    June 04, 2009 3:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 NO PARKING ON THE DANCE FLOOR: Midnight Star's '80s classic of that title could describe all the action on Hot Dance Club Play this week. Yoko Ono ascends to her fifth No. 1, and third in-a-row, as "I'm Not Getting Enough," ...

  22. Chart Beat: "Glee," Kris Allen, Steve Martin

    May 28, 2009 3:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 'GLEE' AMONG RECORD-SETTING CLUB: In a week dominated by "American Idol," it's another Fox TV-related show that spurs the biggest splash on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course, having "Idol" as a lead-in helped the mu ...

  23. May 23, 2009

    May 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Veteran rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters receives a full pardon from New York’s Gov. David Paterson for the attempted murders of two men in 1991, ending a long legal saga. 2006 – Jordin Sparks wins Season Six of “American Idol.” 2000 – Billy ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Pitbull, Jeremih Hit Top Ten On Billboard Hot 100

    May 21, 2009 12:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pitbull unleashes his first top 10, "American Idol" spurs movement for Katy Perry, Jordin Sparks and the Fray, and Jeremih jumps into the top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week. Pitbull’s 10th Hot 100 appearance marks his first ...

  26. Gokey Out As 'Idol' Final Showdown Looms

    May 14, 2009 7:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 Danny Gokey was sent home by "American Idol" viewers on Wednesday in an elimination that set the stage for next week's showdown between the last two singing contestants on America's most-watched television show. Gokey, 29, a wido ...

  27. Allison Iraheta Hopes To Follow In ‘Idol’ Alum Chris Daughtry’s Footsteps

    May 07, 2009 6:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Allison Iraheta knows that winning isn’t everything. Though the 17-year-old singer was eliminated from “American Idol” Wednesday night (May 6) after a record-breaking 64 million votes were tallied, she’s looking to another fourth-place "Idol&qu ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Chart Beat: Rodney Atkins, Green Day, Anberlin

    April 22, 2009 12:14 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 ...

  30. Chart Beat: AI, Taylor Swift, Annie Lennox

    February 26, 2009 5:14 PM EST 0 0 0 ADULT EDUCATION: Ever since Kelly Clarkson made her first appearance on a Billboard chart, finalists from "American Idol" have been showing up on surveys that cross all genres -- pop, R&B, country, rock, Christian, reggae... O.K., not ...

  31. Post-Arrest, Chris Brown Faces Uncertain Future

    February 13, 2009 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 As speculation continues to swirl around Chris Brown's arrest on suspicion of making a criminal threat, industry executives are wondering about the R&B singer's future. The 19-year-old Brown was booked and released Feb. 8 in Los Angele ...

  32. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 0 0 0 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the ...

  33. Chart Beat: Bruce Springsteen, Lil Wayne, John Rich

    February 05, 2009 8:55 AM EST 0 0 0 ‘WORKING’ FOR A LIVING: It’s a familiar story: Bruce Springsteen releases a new album; Bruce Springsteen adds another No. 1 album to his career total. It doesn’t happen every time but his batting average is not bad at all: “Working on a Dream” (Colu ...

  34. Jordin Sparks: CBS Grammy Special

    Jordin Sparks: CBS Grammy Special

    January 30, 2009 4:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks, nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, gets candid in these special outtakes from Katie Couric's CBS Grammy Special. Grammys , grammy awards , jordin sparks , Pop , interview , Billboard.com , American Idol , Stevie Wo ...

  35. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, 'At Last,' Coldplay

    January 29, 2009 5:49 PM EST 0 0 0 THIS IS YOUR 'LIFE': For the second time in her career, Kelly Clarkson sets the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on the Hot 100. This week she does it with a 97-1 bound for "My Life Would Suck Without You" (RCA), narrowly sur ...

  36. Stars Sign On For Couric Grammy Special

    January 23, 2009 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Justin Timberlake, Lil' Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift will join Katie Couric for her "All Access Grammy Special," to air Feb. 4 on CBS. The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Rascal Flatts, Duffy, Ad ...

  37. Artist Of The Year: Chris Brown

    December 30, 2008 11:21 AM EST 0 0 0 "Chris is just coming out of the shower, so we'll call you back in a couple of minutes." There's no doubt that many young females (as well as older ones, as you'll read below) would give anything to hear Chris Brown's a ...

  38. Chris Brown Pairs With Rihanna, McGraw

    December 12, 2008 10:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Still riding high on the success of his 2007 sophomore Jive set "Exclusive," which has sold 1.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Chris Brown is wrapping up a banner 2008. Not only did he snare two more G ...

  39. Beyonce Starts 'Fierce' Atop Album Chart

    November 26, 2008 7:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Beyonce scores her third straight No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week as the double-disc "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) shifts a whopping 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album ...

  40. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Dylan, Lindsay Lohan

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses hot chart action Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson and more! A HIT, ONE MORE TIME: For the second week in a row, the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 has been broken. Just seven days ago, I ...

  41. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on Th ...

  42. Jennifer Hudson: The Triple Threat

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jennifer Hudson doesn't drink coffee. Doesn't like it, she says. Doesn't need it, counters her manager, Miguel Melendez. Jennifer Hudson doesn't drink coffee. Doesn't like it, she says. Doesn't need it, counters her man ...

  43. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caill ...

  44. Britney Bounces Back With Three VMA Wins

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Britney Spears returned to the MTV Video Music Awards in a major way last night (Sept. 7) in Los Angeles, getting the last laugh after a disastrous 2007 appearance by winning the first three awards of Britney Spears returned to the MTV Video Music A ...

  45. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent yea ...

  46. Britney, Mariah, Usher, Lil Wayne Earn MTV VMA Nods

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 MTV has announced the nominees for best female and best male video for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, with Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Usher and Lil Wayne all receiving nods. MTV has announced the nominees for best female and best male video for ...

  47. Coldplay Back On Top Of U.K. Album Chart

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dizzee Rascal's "Dance Wiv Me" (Dirtee Stank), featuring Calvin Harris & Chrome, started a fourth week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday, while Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Fr Dizzee Rascal's &q ...

  48. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the ...

  49. Coldplay, Dizzee Rascal Still Rule U.K. Charts

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Coldplay's run atop the U.K. album chart with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) extended into a fifth week yesterday (July 13), while Dizzee Rascal's "Dance Wiv Me" (Dirtee Coldplay's run ...

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