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The Billboard 200 Leading Debuts in the Week Ended Dec 10th

December 14, 2006 06:18:51 GMT

Debuting at No. 1 on the US album chart this week is Ciara. The pop sensation leads the pack in the busy album release week with "Ciara: The Evolution" sold 338,447 copies in the United States. The success of the album sales is jacked up by the success of its lead single, the ballad "Promise", which is currently at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Following in on the 2nd spot of the Billboard 200 is the Eminem-branded multi-artist compilation "Eminem Presents: The Re-Up" which has been sold 309,000 copies in the week ended Sunday Dec 10th. Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" lands at No. 3 with 243,000 units. The chart's next best bows are the soundtrack to Disney's former chart-topper "Hannah Montana" at No. 4 with 243,000 units, ahead of the multi-label hits compilation "NOW 23" which slips one to No. 5 with 185,000.

Punk n' Roll Legends The Stooges to Release Their "Weirdness"

December 13, 2006 06:53:39 GMT

Members of The Stooges, including Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton and Steve Mackay, have announced the release date of "The Weirdness," their first album together since 1973's "Raw Power." The set will touch the market on March 20th next year.

Working together with all those original line up of the band to support the new LP is ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt who is taking the place of founding bassist Dave Alexander who died in 1975, and legendary producer Steve Albini.

Music Performers To Be at the Heart of Princess Diana Tribute Concert

December 13, 2006 04:43:50 GMT

Celebrated music performers, including Elton John, Duran Duran, Joss Stone, Bryan Ferry, and Pharrell Williams, have all been tapped to perform in the memorial concert held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana death slated to take place next year.

The charity concert dubbed "The Concert for Diana" will be held at Wembley stadium on July 1st, coincides with Diana's 46th birthday. Subsequent to the concert, a memorial service will be held in London on august 31st, marking the date the princess was killed in Paris.

Funk Rock Veteran Prince to Perform During the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl

December 11, 2006 06:20:32 GMT

The time has come for Prince to show off his talent. The funk rock veteran has been booked to perform during the halftime show at the Super Bowl on February 4th next year.

Prince, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who rose to fame through such tunes as "Little Red Corvette" and "Let's Go Crazy," will perform at Dolphin Stadium near Miami.

Katharine McPhee Has Her Debut Album Coming Out January 30

December 08, 2006 07:54:31 GMT

Katharine McPhee has been hard work at her debut album and the result will be coming out January 30th next year.

The LP, tentatively titled "Never Saw It Comin'," will be released via RCA Records. The set, reportedly, features production from Timbaland associate Nate Hills and some contributions from Babyface, Kara Dioguardi and Ryan Leslie just to name a few.

The Best Singles on the US Chart for the Week Ended Dec 7th

December 08, 2006 04:47:42 GMT

It's over for Akon. The Grammy Award nominated Hip-Hop and R&B singer no longer rules the US singles chart as Beyonce Knowles' "Irreplaceable" takes away the top spot from him in the week ended Thursday Dec 7th.

The success of the song to reign the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 marks Beyonce's fourth solo No. 1, while also makes her the second artist to have two No. 1 hits in 2006, placing him just behind Justin Timberlake who is the 1st with "SexyBack" and "My Love." Beyonce's other single that makes the top spot on the chart is "Check On It" which ruled for five weeks in February-March.

Nominations for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards

December 08, 2006 03:33:51 GMT

Mary J. Blige's singing career is reaching its peak, thanks to her latest music effort "The Breakthrough". The set, not only brought the singer to win big at this year Billboard Music Awards, but also scores her eight nominations for the 49th annual Grammy Awards.

The songbird vies for the categories of Best R&B Album for "The Breakthrough", Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song all for "Be Without You", Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for "One" which she recorded with U2, Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for duet with Jamie Foxx on "Love Changes", and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "I Found My Everything" featuring Raphael Saadiq.

Usher Speaks Details of New LP

December 08, 2006 02:09:19 GMT

Now that he has completed his stint in the Broadway musical "Chicago", Usher is turning his attention to music, again. The R&B/pop singer is hard working on a new LP, a follow up to his 2004's "Confessions".

"I feel it's about time for me to come out with an album," the singer said. "I'm not extremely enthused about where music has gone. I say that coming from listening to artists like Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson, those great artists and iconic musicians. I feel music is at a standstill."

The 10 Best Albums on the US Charts

December 07, 2006 08:23:08 GMT

The US album chart sees the rising of a new champ as last week's chart-topper, Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come," slips five spots to No. 6, selling another 140,000 copies in the week ended Sunday Dec 4th. Winning the top spot of the week is rock group Incubus whose sixth studio album "Light Grenades" rocketing into the No. 1 spot of the Billboard 200, sold 165,000 copies.

Elsewhere on the chart is former chart-topping soundtrack to the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" which bounces five places to No. 2 with 157,000 units. DAUGHTRY's "Daughtry", in the meantime, slips one to No. 3 with 156,000 in its second week, just one place ahead of hits compilation "NOW 23" which is at No. 4 with 154,000. Also slip one to No. 5 is The Beatles' "Love" with 146,000.

Idol Taylor Hicks Spills the Bean on His Self-Titled Effort

December 07, 2006 07:18:08 GMT

It's been a tough years since his "American Idol" winning in May. Yet, Taylor Hicks can get through it very well and as a result of a period of hardwork he will on December 12th later this year have his first ever music album released via Arista.

On the self-titled set, the singer reveals that it will among others consists of such songs, as his versions of the Smokey Robinson classic "Ain't That Peculiar," originally performed by Marvin Gaye, "Wherever I Lay My Hat," written by Gaye, and "Dream Myself Awake," by Rob Thomas.

Gwen Stefani Announced Plans for Arena Tour

December 05, 2006 08:10:09 GMT

Gwen Stefani has all the details in mind. The singer, who will have her latest effort "The Sweet Escape" touches the market Tuesday Dec 5th, has just announced plans to embark on a two-month arena tour.

The tour, held to jack up the album sales, will be kicked off in late April next year, beginning on the West Coast, moving East, then North, then back out West by late June. Tour dates for worldwide shows in Australia, Asia, Europe, Central and South America will be made public soon.

Big Winners at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards

December 05, 2006 05:13:10 GMT

It is reported earlier on our site that Mary J. Blige wins the R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year honor at this year annual Billboard Music Awards. It has been confirmed just now that the R&B star earns nine awards totally, thanks to her comeback album, "The Breakthrough," that brings her some other awards for Female R&B Artist Of The Year and R&B/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year just to name a few.

Also bring multiple honors is rapper T.I. who brings home the awards for Rap Artist Of The Year, Rap Album Artist Of The Year, Rap Songs Artist Of The Year, and Rap Album Of The Year for "King." R&B star Chris Brown wins the award for Artist Of The Year, while at the same time also is named New Artist Of The Year and Male Artist Of The Year.

Early Winners at the 2006 Annual Billboard Awards

December 05, 2006 03:50:08 GMT

Best friends Paris Hilton and Britney Spears were both no show at the 2006 annual Billboard Awards, held Monday night Dec 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the show went on somehow. R&B diva Mary J. Blige and country star Kenny Chesney were the early winners at the awards show.

Blige, who was nominated for five major-category awards, nabbed the R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year award, with Chesney won the Male Country Artist of the Year honor.

No Kidding, TomKat to Make Duet!!!

December 02, 2006 03:52:05 GMT

Tom Cruise can never have too many. The actor has had and done everything, but music. And so, he comes to the brilliant idea, making music with wife Katie Holmes.

Talk is heating up that Cruise wants to record and release a rendition of The Righteous Bothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" with Holmes.

Top 10 Singles on the Billboard Hot 100

December 01, 2006 06:33:04 GMT

R&B star Akon is still dominating the US singles charts, having his track "I Wanna Love You" featuring Snoop Dogg scores the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week in a row. Aside, his other single titled "Smack That" unfortunately slips one to No. 3, trading place with Beyonce Knowles' "Irreplaceable" which is at 2nd this week.

Former chart-topper, Justin Timberlake's "My Life", holds steady at No. 4, while The Fray's "How To Save a Life" climbs three to No. 5. Hinder's "Lips of an Angel" is still at No. 6 and Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up" bounces into the top ten at No. 7. Ludacris' "Money Maker" drops to No. 8 on the Hot 100, while Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars," stays at No. 9. Stacy Ferguson rounds out the top tier on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fergalicious," at No. 10.
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