1. Ask Billboard

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith answers readers' questions on top 40 radio, "The Simpsons" soundtrack and mega-selling albums. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . POP GOES THE R ...

  2. Kingston Has 'Beautiful' View Atop Revamped Hot 100

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 R&B newcomer Sean Kingston moves to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week with his first charting single, as "Beautiful Girls" rockets 23-1. In the first week of the new Hot 100 formula, the R&B newcomer Sean Kingston moves to ...

  3. Plain White T's Hold Atop Hot 100 Amid High Debuts

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A week after scoring the first No. 1 hit for Hollywood Records, Plain White T's remain at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Hey There Delilah." Still in hot pursuit is Fergie's "Big Girls Don' A week after scori ...

  4. R. Kelly Heads Back In The 'Closet' On New DVD

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 R. Kelly is revisiting his short film series "Trapped in the Closet," two years after the original became a cultural flashpoint. Ten new installments of the saga will be released on DVD Aug. 21 via Ji R. Kelly is revisiting his short film ...

  5. Plain White T's Finally Unseats Rihanna On Hot 100

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Plain White T's earn their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 as "Hey There Delilah" continues its staircase climb, stepping from No. 2. The song has progressed one place each week since it leaped 16-6 in Plain White T's earn their fi ...

  6. Consequence Snags DMC For Video, Preps New CD

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the video for "Uncle Rahiem," the new single from his G.O.O.D. Music debut album, "Don't Quit Your Day Job," Queens rapper Consequence snagged Run-D.M.C.'s DMC to play the role of the semi-fiction For the video for ...

  7. Rihanna's 'Umbrella' Reigns Again On Hot 100

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna's "Umbrella" begins a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, having successfully fended off Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar," which drops 2-4. Its newest competitor is Plain White T Rihanna's &qu ...

  8. Chart Beat Chat

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Pink Floyd, Rubinoos' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" vs. Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and more! MANY MOONS Hi Fred, Maybe you've been inundated with this comment, but as I was glancing at ...

  9. Yung Joc Keeps Up The 'Hustle' On Sophomore CD

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta rapper Yung Joc will follow-up his hit 2006 debut album, "New Joc City," with his sophomore set, "Hustlemonics," on Aug. 28. Atlanta rapper Yung Joc will follow-up his hit 2006 debut album, "New Joc City," with ...

  10. Rihanna, Shop Boyz Still Not Budging On Hot 100

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For a fifth straight week, Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar" are locked in at the top two spots of the Billboard Hot 100. "Umbrella" scores a sixth week at No. 1 and also inc For a fi ...

  11. Rihanna, Shop Boyz, Fergie Locked In On Hot 100

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For a second consecutive week, the top three slots on the Billboard Hot 100 are unchanged. Rihanna's "Umbrella" is No. 1 there for a fifth week, followed by Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar" at No. 2 For a second conse ...

  12. Bon Jovi Scores First No. 1 Album Since 1988

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time since 1988, Bon Jovi tops The Billboard 200. "Lost Highway" sold 292,000 in United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rock troupe's biggest one-week sum since Nielsen began For the first time since 1988, Bo ...

  13. Twista Gives Fans A 'Rush' On New Album

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chicago rapper Twista is full of surprises on his upcoming album, "Adrenaline Rush 2007," due Aug. 24 via Atlantic. The project features guest turns by Juelz Santana, Cee-Lo, Jazze Pha, Pharrell, T-Pa Chicago rapper Twista is full of surpr ...

  14. Rihanna Fends Off Shop Boyz Again To Lead Hot 100

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For a fourth week, Rihanna's "Umbrella" remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, with Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar" still at No. 2. But that track is inching ever closer to No. 1, as it earns greatest For a fourth week, ...

  15. Toby Keith's 'Big Dog' Heads Straight To No. 1

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Toby Keith scores his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and his fifth chart-topper on Top Country Albums this week with "Big Dog Daddy." The Show Dog Nashville set moved 204,000 copies in the United St Toby Keith scores his third No. 1 on T ...

  16. Chart Beat

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Porter Wagoner, American Idols, Paul McCartney and more! LONGEST POSSIBLE SPAN: He appeared on the very first country album chart, dated Jan. 11, 1964. And this week he returns to that same chart, after an absence of 24 years. Porter ...

  17. Rihanna's 'Umbrella' Reigns Again Atop Hot 100

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna begins a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Umbrella," which is the chart's greatest gainer at radio. The Def Jam album from which it is drawn, "Good Girl Gone Bad," debuted ye Rihanna begins a third ...

  18. T-Pain Soars To No. 1 Ahead Of Rihanna, McCartney

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T-Pain's sophomore album "Epiphany" enters on top of The Billboard 200 in a week where six of the top 10 albums are new releases. With sales fueled by the MC's high-powered single "Buy U a Drank (Shaw T-Pain's sophomore ...

  19. T-Pain Soars To No. 1 Ahead Of Rihanna, McCartney

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain's sophomore album "Epiphany" enters on top of The Billboard 200 in a week where six of the top 10 albums are new releases. With sales fueled by the MC's high-powered single "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin'),&quo ...

  20. T-Pain Toasts First No. 1 Album

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain takes his "Epiphany" straight in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, beating out Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" and Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full," which arrive at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively ... The ...

  21. Leak Building Buzz For New Chris Brown Album

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jive Records was none too thrilled when a new Chris Brown song, "Wall to Wall," leaked in May to New York radio station WQHT (Hot 97), more than four months before the artist's sophomore album, "Exclu Jive Records was none too th ...

  22. Rihanna Tops Hot 100 And New Canadian Tally

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After rocketing 42-1 last week, Rihanna's "Umbrella" begins a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and is also the first No. 1 on Billboard's new Canadian Hot 100 chart, which launches today (June 7 After rocketing 42-1 last we ...

  23. No Trouble For Kelly's 'Double'

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly easily scores his sixth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Double Up" debuts with 386,000 units ... Jason Aldean nabs a top 10 debut on the big chart and a No. 1 entry on Top Country Albums with his second album, "Relentl ...

  24. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    June 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paul McCartney sets up shop at Starbucks for his new album, Daddy Yankee reasserts reggaeton, Rihanna sheds her good girl image and Big & Rich keep kicking country in new directions in this week's A new release from shock rocker Marilyn Man ...

  25. Rihanna, Shop Boyz Rocket To The Top Of Hot 100

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With explosive sales in their first week of digital release, Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar" rocket to the peak of the Billboard Hot 100. "Umbrella" soars 42-1 with 277,000 With exp ...

  26. Maroon 5, Rihanna Sit Pretty On U.K. Charts

    May 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Maroon 5's "Makes Me Wonder" (A&M/Polydor) started a second week in the runners-up spot on the new U.K. singles chart, there was major consolation for the Los Angeles band, who saw its second a As Maroon 5's "Makes Me ...

  27. Maroon 5 Flip-Flops With T-Pain To Rule Hot 100

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After being dethroned last week by T-Pain's "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," Maroon 5's "Makes Me Wonder" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's the first song to rebound to the top since M After be ...

  28. Chart Beat Chat

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss hits from film, Barbra Streisand, Madonna and more! LET'S GO THE MOVIES... NOT Hi Fred, This week, "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" by T-Pain featuring Yung Joc moves into the No. 1 spot on the Hot 1 ...

  29. Chart Beat

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Paris Bennett, Maroon 5, Barbra Streisand and more! WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE BENNETT: As the sixth season of "American Idol" is about to come to an end, another contestant from season five makes a debut on the Billboard charts ...

  30. T. Pain Tastes Hot 100 Glory With 'Drank'

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T-Pain's "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" climbs 3-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to earn the Florida native his first chart-topper there. The cut is the chart's greatest airplay gainer for a seventh str T-Pain's "Buy ...

  31. Maroon 5 Fends Off Ne-Yo, T-Pain To Remain No. 1

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After setting a chart record with a 64-1 jump last week, Maroon 5's "Makes Me Wonder" remains No. 1 for a second stanza on the Billboard Hot 100. But it has strong competition in the form of Ne-Yo's " After setting a chart r ...

  32. Maroon 5 Makes 'Wondrous' Jump To Lead Hot 100

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With the largest jump to No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5 scores its first chart-topper as "Makes Me Wonder" soars 64-1. The move was fueled by digital sales of 243,500 download With the largest jump to No. 1 in the ...

  33. NORE Snag Swizz Beatz, Pharrell For Indie Album

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After testing the reggaeton waters with last year's "N.O.R.E. Y La Familia... Ya Tu Sabe," Queens rapper NORE is going back to basics with "Global Warming 11368," which he will release independently i After testing the regga ...

  34. Lavigne Sweeps Charts As 'Girlfriend' Tops Hot 100

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" scores the artist her first Hot 100 chart-topper as it moves 3-1, a day after its parent album, "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA), debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. "Girlfr Avril Lavigne' ...

  35. Timbaland Holds At No. 1 On The Hot 100

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Timbaland's "Give It to Me" featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake begins a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, fending off Akon's former chart-topper "Don't Matter," which is No. 2 Timbaland' ...

  36. Chart Beat Chat

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Akon, "I'm A Flirt" by R. Kelly or Bow Wow and more! THE HIT-MAKERS OF 2006 AND 2007 Dear Fred, I've noticed something interesting about the artists that have been topping The Billboard Hot 100 this y ...

  37. Timbaland Soars To No. 1 After Sales Explosion

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Timbaland's "Give It to Me" featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake explodes 42-1 this week on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to sales of 248,000 digital downloads. This is the second biggest leap Timbaland's "Give It to ...

  38. Akon's 'Matter' Begins Second Week Atop Hot 100

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Akon's "Don't Matter" begins a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, and also rises 10-7 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. In addition, Akon shares the No. 2 slot on the Hot 100 with Gwen S Akon's "Don't ...

  39. Biggie Best-Of Bows at No. 1

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the late rapper his third chart-topper ... Arcade Fire starts in the runner-up slot with "Neon Bible" and at No. 1 on Top Independent Albu ...

  40. R. Kelly Previews New Album On The Phone

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 R. Kelly is back with a new album titled "Double Up," set to hit stores May 29 via Jive, and he's asking fans to preview it by dialing in to a hotline (312-278-3965) for song snippets. R. Kelly is back with a new album titled "Do ...

  41. Mims Remains 'Hot' At No. 1, Akon Stays Close

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot" begins a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a week after rocketing 32-1 on the chart. The song also inches up 4-3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, which is Rapper Mims' "This ...

  42. Mims Puts The 'Hot' In The Hot 100 At No. 1

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "This Is Why I'm Hot" by Mims rockets up the Billboard Hot 100 32-1, the third largest leap in the chart's history and the first No. 1 single for Capitol Records since 1992. The track also bows atop t "This Is Why I'm H ...

  43. Who's That 'Flirt?': Bow Wow, And R. Kelly, Too

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Eagle-eyed readers of Billboard's charts will surely have cocked eyebrows when they come across hip-hop track "I'm a Flirt." Eagle-eyed readers of Billboard's charts will surely have cocked eyebrows when they come across hip ...

  44. Mike Jones Realizes His 'Dream'

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Houston rapper Mike Jones will unveil his next album, "The American Dream," in April via Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records. First single "Mr. Jones" was produced by Myke Diesel and is at radio n Houston rapper Mike Jones wi ...

  45. Trick Daddy Satisfies 'Demand' With New Album

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Trick Daddy will on Dec. 19 issue his seventh studio album, "Back By Thug Demand," via Slip N Slide/Atlantic. The set boasts collaborations with Trina, Jaheim, Lil Wayne, Baby and Trey Songz, among ot Trick Daddy will on Dec. 19 issue his ...

  46. Xzibit Gets Positive, Political On 'Full Circle'

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Originally due Sept. 19, rapper Xzibit's new album, "Full Circle," will now arrive Oct. 17. Originally due Sept. 19, rapper Xzibit's new album, "Full Circle," will now arrive Oct. 17. As previously reported , the set wi ...

  47. Rihanna's 'SOS' Signals 3rd Week At No. 1

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna's "SOS" notches a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut also remains No. 1 on the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts for the same span. Daniel Powter's former Hot 100 char Rihanna's "SOS&quo ...

  48. Powter's 'Day' Reigns Again On Singles Chart

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Daniel Powter's charmed U.S. introduction continues, as the single "Bad Day" maintains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut also remains atop the Pop 100 for a second fra Daniel Powter's charmed U.S. ...

  49. Good 'Day': Powter Powers To Hot 100 No. 1

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" climbs one rung to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, sending Sean Paul's "Temperature" to No. 2 after only one week. "Bad Day" also remains atop the Hot Digital Son Daniel P ...

  50. Paul's 'Temperature' Rises To The Top

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Sean Paul's "Temperature" moves up one rung to seize the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut ends the two-week run of Ne-Yo's "So Sick," which falls to No. 3. Pearl Jam scores the Hot Sean Paul's & ...

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