‘American Idol’ Selects First Three Semifinalists

Tatiana Del Toro had something else to cry about. The emotional 28-year-old crooner from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was one of nine "American Idol" semifinalists sent packing yesterday (Feb. 18).

Atlantic Rules Hot 100 With Flo Rida, T.I.

Two big moves on the Billboard Hot 100 give Atlantic Records ownership of the top two positions. As reported yesterday, a 58-1 rush puts "Right Round" by Flo Rida on top, while a 9-2 jump pushes "Dead and Gone" by T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake into second place.

Conor Oberst Explores The ‘Outer South’

Conor Oberst has wrapped his second album with his Mystic Valley Band, "Outer South," and will release it May 5 on Merge Records. The group debuted with an album under Oberst's name last summer.

Diddy Makes A Date For ‘Paris’ Trip

Sean "Diddy" Combs has set a Sept. 22 release date for his new artist album, "Last Train To Paris."

Lineup Unveiled For Superfly During Jazzfest

Death Cab For Cutie, Black Keys, Michael Franti and Galactic are among the artists confirmed to perform at the 2009 Superfly during Jazzfest Concert Series, which runs April 24-May 2 in New Orleans.

Little Steven Tunes Up For Springsteen Tour

Between hosting his popular satellite radio show "Underground Garage" and running two record labels, one of them brand new, Little Steven Van Zandt assures Billboard he'll have time to tune up for the next Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour, which begins April 1 in San Jose, Calif.

Flo Rida Topples Single-Week Download Mark

Flo Rida breaks his own record for most weekly digital song downloads as "Right Round" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart with 636,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Swift Back To No. 1 As Plant/Krauss, Coldplay Soar

In a chart week encompassing Grammy boosts and Valentine's Day sales, Taylor Swift's Big Machine effort "Fearless" returns to the top of The Billboard 200. Big news also comes from multiple winners Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and Coldplay, whose latest albums zoom up the chart.

Duffy Triumphs With Three BRIT Awards

Welsh vocalist Duffy was the big winner at the 2009 BRIT Awards, taking home three trophies tonight (Feb. 18) at London's Earls Court.

MC Hammer To Star In A&E Reality Series

A&E has picked up a new series starring '90s rapper MC Hammer. The performer, his wife and five children will be the focus of a half-hour, 11-episode reality series set to premiere this year.

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