1. Owl City's 'Fireflies' Lands At No. 1 On Hot 100

    October 29, 2009 12:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Minnesota native Adam Young, better known as Owl City , moves 7-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fireflies," his debut effort on the list. The track earns the Digital Gainer honor, moving 2-1 on Digital Songs with 196,000 downloads (up 26% ...

  2. Ask Billboard: Latest Greatest Hits, Part 2

    October 23, 2009 5:37 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. GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I GOT Af ...

  3. Beyoncé, Maxwell, Keri Hilson Lead Nominations For Soul Train Awards Return

    October 23, 2009 11:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 With four nominations each, Beyoncé , Keri Hilson and Maxwell head the list of nominees for the return of the Soul Train Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will be the first special aired on BET' ...

  4. Timbaland Premieres 'Shock Value II' Debut Single

    October 16, 2009 4:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Timbaland debuted the first single from his forthcoming "Shock Value II" today (Oct. 16) on Ryan Seacrest's website . The synth and bass heavy "Morning After Dark" features the seductive vocals of French-American singer SoSh ...

  5. Chart Beat Thursday: Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, Kiss

    October 15, 2009 11:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 '3,' OH '3': Check out yesterday's Chart Beat for the many highlights of Britney Spears ' Billboard Hot 100 coronation with "3." Perhaps no one is more excited about the achievement than Spears herself. In the ...

  6. Kanye Apologizes To Taylor Swift, Jay-Z Compares Lil Mama To T-Pain

    September 14, 2009 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 One of the most talked about moments of last night's MTV Video Music Awards was when rapper Kanye West rushed the stage during country singer Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for her Best Female Video award. But West, who was asked to leav ...

  7. Jay-Z: The "Blueprint 3" Video Q&A

    September 11, 2009 1:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 As Jay-Z got prepared for his big charity show at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sept. 11, he sat down for a video interview with Billboard.com in conjunction with Fuse to share his thoughts on the state of his world and work, from Barack ...

  8. The Billboard Q&A: Lil Wayne Tour Producer Shawn Gee

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Sports & Entertainment Financial Group's Shawn Gee signed on last fall as the producer/business manager of Lil Wayne's planned tour of North American arenas and amphitheaters, his mission was to "help redefine Wayne within ...

  9. Taylor Swift To Re-Release 'Fearless' With New Songs

    September 10, 2009 6:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 T aylor Swift will release an expanded version of her chart-topping album, "Fearless," with six new songs, her label announced today (Sept. 10). Entitled "Fearless Platinum Edition," the CD/DVD is due on Big Machine Records Oct. ...

  10. Lil Wayne, T-Pain Top Songwriters At BMI Urban Awards

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop heavyweights T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don and Kanye West were among those honored at tonight's BMI Urban Awards. Sharing songwriter of the year accolades were T-Pain and Lil Wayne, while producers Polow Da Don and West were ...

  11. Lil Wayne 2008-2009 Tours Gross $42 Million

    September 08, 2009 3:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne 's 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year -- and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked. Seventy-eight ...

  12. Lil Wayne Tops Hip-Hop Tours

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne's 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year -- and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked. Seventy-eight ...

  13. T-Pain Talks iPhone Auto-Tune App

    September 04, 2009 9:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 T-Pain has teamed with iPhone, developer Smule and iTunes to create "I Am T-Pain," an iPhone app released today (Sept. 4) that lets users "Auto-Tune" their voice, among other capabilities. "I came up with the idea like six m ...

  14. Tenacious D, Stripper Radio, Cobra Starship

    August 07, 2009 5:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Slow news day today: Tenacious D replacing the Beastie Boys at Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival and a look at a radio station in Denver that is billing itself as "Stripper Radio" - it's called "The Pole" and it has th ...

  15. New Backstreet Boys Album Due In October

    July 28, 2009 2:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Backstreet Boys announced today (July 28) that it will release its ninth album, "This is Us," Oct. 6 on Jive Records. The lead single, "Straight Through My Heart," has just been released to radio and can be heard on the group ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Daughtry, T-Pain, Dierks Bentley Set For Free Samsung Concert Series

    July 12, 2009 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Daughtry, the Offspring, Dierks Bentley and T-Pain, among others, will perform as part of the third annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free summer concert series designed to highlight the Samsung JACK mobile phone. The concert series starts Jul ...

  19. Daughtry, T-Pain, Dierks Bentley Set For Free Samsung Concert Series

    July 10, 2009 10:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 Daughtry, the Offspring, Dierks Bentley and T-Pain, among others, will perform as part of the third annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free summer concert series designed to highlight the Samsung JACK mobile phone. The concert series starts Jul ...

  20. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Kanye West

    July 04, 2009 5:59 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. CATALOG VS. CURRENT Dear Billboar ...

  21. Beyonce, New Edition, Maxwell To Perform Michael Jackson Songs On BET Awards Tribute

    June 28, 2009 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bobby Brown will reunite with New Edition to perform a Jackson 5 medley at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles tonight (June 28) to open the BET Awards, part of an extended tribute to Michael Jackson. Other performers scheduled to honor Jackson wit ...

  22. Michael Jackson To Be Honored At BET Awards

    June 28, 2009 10:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 After three days to process the shock and grief, attendees at the BET Awards — a show thrown into "total overhaul" by the death of Michael Jackson — were preparing for what was sure to be a spectacular celebration of the King of Pop, put o ...

  23. Chart Beat: Jonas Brothers, Drake, Mariah Carey

    June 25, 2009 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 FAMILY AFFAIR, PART 1: Jonas Brothers burst onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Lines, Vines and Trying Times." The album, featuring first single "Paranoid" and "Before the Storm," a duet with Miley Cyrus, is the sibl ...

  24. Drake Flies Twice Into Top 10 Of Billboard Hot 100

    June 25, 2009 10:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 Drake flies twice into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, with "Best I Ever Had" the week's greatest airplay gainer and "Every Girl," his collaboration with Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine and Jae Millz, the w ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Taylor Swift Has Big Night At CMT Awards

    June 17, 2009 7:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift won video of the year at the Country Music Television awards for "Love Story," an elaborate production that features period costumes as it echoes the story of Romeo and Juliet. Swift won the fan-voted award Tuesday over Brad P ...

  27. Beyonce, Kanye To Perform At BET Awards

    June 16, 2009 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Beyonce will perform at the Black Entertainment TV Awards. Show organizers say the pop star will attend the ceremony, as will her husband, Jay-Z. The two join a performance lineup that includes Kanye West, Maxwell, Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo and Soulja Boy. ...

  28. Chart Beat: Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams

    June 11, 2009 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALL HAIL THE 'KING' : Dave Matthews Band takes a hearty swig of the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth No. 1 with "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King." The album marks the act's 22nd Billboard 200 entry (including Matthews&# ...

  29. The Black Eyed Peas Snag Top Spot On Hot 100

    June 11, 2009 1:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas hold on to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, but there's plenty of drama elsewhere on the chart from Kings of Leon, Drake and Mitchel Musso. Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" flies up 52-19 on the chart afte ...

  30. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Delivers 'Trouble'

    June 11, 2009 10:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Following another successful collaboration with Rick Ross on the Miami rapper's latest album, "Deeper Than Rap," production trio the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League is working on several new projects. Headlng the League's to-do list is a n ...

  31. Jagged Edge Lining Up Guests For Slip-N-Slide Debut

    June 05, 2009 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Slip-N-Slide Records, home to chart-topping artists like Rick Ross and Plies, has signed the R&B quartet Jagged Edge fresh off their departure from Def Jam Records. Now members Brian Casey, Brandon Casey, Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo are in the ...

  32. Lady GaGa Takes Two Top 10 Spots On Billboard's Hot 100

    June 04, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lady GaGa soars into the top 10 with her third single, "LoveGame," as Keri Hilson and Sean Kingston also break into the top tally on Billboard's Hot 100 this week. "LoveGame" flies up from No. 22 to No. 10 and scores this we ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Colbie Caillat, UMPG Win Big At BMI Pop Awards

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The songwriter of the year award at the 57th annual BMI Pop Awards resulted in a record-breaking, eight-way tie between Colbie Caillat, Polow Da Don, T-Pain, Alan Chang, Matchbox Twenty's Paul Doucette and Brian Yale, Chris Brown, and Maroon ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Chart Beat: Paula Abdul, 'Epiphany', Frank Sinatra and more!

    May 14, 2009 4:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 HEY PAULA (AND DAUGHTRY AND MICHAEL): Twenty years ago this week, Paula Abdul moved into the Billboard Hot 100 penthouse with her second No. 1, "Forever Your Girl." (Her first, "Straight Up," held on for a final frame at No. 90). ...

  38. Beyonce, T.I. Nominated For BET Awards

    May 14, 2009 2:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 BET announced Tuesday (May 12) the host, nominees, performers and honorees for the 2009 BET awards during the taping of the network's music video countdown show "106 & Park." Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the event will be he ...

  39. Daughtry Debuts High On Hot 100

    May 14, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Beyonce floats into the top 5, Jeremih scores the week's biggest digital and airplay gains and Daughtry debuts in the top 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week. Beyonce's "Halo" rises 8-5 in a top 10 led by the Black Eye ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. BET Announces BET Awards Nominees

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BET announced yesterday (May 12) the host, nominees, performers and honorees for the 2009 BET awards during the taping of the network’s music video countdown show “106 & Park.” Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the event will be held in Los A ...

  42. Chart Beat: 3OH!3, Bob Dylan, Jason Aldean

    May 07, 2009 2:19 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 ...

  43. 3OH!3 Hits Top Ten On Billboard Hot 100

    May 07, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Boulder, Colorado's 3OH!3 is the newest resident on the Billboard Hot 100's top ten this week, with its chart debut "Don't Trust Me" jumping four spots to No. 9. The song scored a 29% increase in downloads (with 123,000 for ...

  44. Chart Beat: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Oak Ridge Boys, Hannah Montana

    April 30, 2009 3:31 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 ...

  45. Flo Rida Has Sweet Week On Billboard Hot 100

    April 30, 2009 10:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Flo Rida has a sweet week on the Billboard Hot 100, leaping into the top 10 with "Sugar" featuring Wynter at No. 7. The track is the rapper's fourth top 10, joining his current No. 5 hit "Right Round" near the top of the cha ...

  46. Flo Rida Has Sweet Week On Billboard Hot 100

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Flo Rida has a sweet week on the Billboard Hot 100, leaping into the top 10 with "Sugar" featuring Wynter at No. 7. The track is the rapper's fourth top 10, joining his current No. 5 hit "Right Round" near the top of the c ...

  47. Electrik Red

    April 24, 2009 6:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B quartet Electrik Red is changing the face of girl power. On the group's satirically titled debut album, "How To Be A Lady Vol. 1," due out on May 26 via Radio Killa/Def Jam, Naomi Allen, Sarah Rosete, Kyndra "Binkie" ...

  48. Rick Ross Vs. 50 Cent: Behind The Beef

    April 24, 2009 12:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 In early April, Rick Ross, the Miami-born rapper known for highlighting his coke-dealing past, found himself in Medellin, Colombia—a city known for its coke-dealing. Sporting a white linen suit, his staple dark shades and an iced-out bracelet, Ross ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Eminem, Green Day Make Big Hot 100 Debuts

    April 23, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a third week, while the tally's highest debut comes at No. 9 from Eminem with "We Made You." It's the best Hot 100 debu ...

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