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T-Pain gains No. 1 spot

T-Pain's sophomore album, "Epiphany," enters on top of the Billboard 200 in a week in which six of the top 10 albums are new releases. With sales fueled by the single "Buy U a Drank (Shawty…

R. Kelly’s ‘Double Up’ rises to top

R. Kelly finds himself in a familiar spot atop the Billboard 200 with "Double Up," his sixth No. 1 on the tally. Helping sales is popularity of his new single, "I'm a Flirt," which peaked at No. 2 on…

Ra Ra Riot drummer Pike found dead

John Pike, drummer for up-and-coming indie rock band Ra Ra Riot, was found dead in Massachusetts during the weekend. The 23-year-old went missing early Saturday morning after a party in Fairhaven.

Maroon5’s ‘Before Long’ tops Billboard 200

In a week where four of the five top albums on The Billboard 200 are debuts, Maroon5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" leads the pack at No. 1. The A&M/Octone effort moved 429,000 copies in the U.S.…

Sparks shines as sixth ‘American Idol’

Jordin Sparks, 17, was crowned the sixth season winner of "American Idol" Wednesday. Competing against 25-year-old Blake Lewis for the crown, the young Glendale, Ariz., native brought in the most of…

Linkin Park scores year’s best debut

Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" crashes in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in a big way this week, its 623,000 copies the highest first-week total of 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the…

Buble sidesteps Bone Thugs to claim No. 1

Michael Buble's  "Call Me Irresponsible" moves 2-1 to claim the top spot on The Billboard 200. In its second week on the chart, the album sold 145,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen…

Ne-Yo scores second No. 1 with ‘Because’

Ne-Yo scores his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Because of You" enters at the summit. The Def Jam set moved 251,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, fueled by its…

Lavigne ‘Best’ stays No. 1 for 2nd week

Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second week straight, despite a 58% drop in sales. The RCA effort sold 122,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen…

Dixie Chicks enrich new Crowded House album

The newly reformed Crowded House will release its first album in nearly 15 years this summer. "Time on Earth" will feature contributions from guitarist Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr on a…

Lavigne bests rivals in album sales

Avril Lavigne scores her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as her third album, "The Best Damn Thing," bows on top. Sales were fueled by her current single, "Girlfriend," which is No. 3 on the…

‘Now’ holds at No. 1; some Bright spots

In a slow week for new releases, the "Now 24" hits compilation stays atop the Billboard 200 for a second week; "Cassadega," from Bright Eyes, left, is the lone debut in the top 10 list as it bows at…