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Song of the Summer: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Carly Rae Jepsen had everyone from Cookie Monster to Colin Powell singing "Call Me Maybe" this summer. With 5.5 million downloads sold and nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, announced Thursday that the catchy hit is the official "Song of the Summer."

Now Jepsen, with her mega-hit single, is up for Best New Artist at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards. Jepsen's competition includes Frank Ocean for "Swim Good," One Direction for "What Makes You Beautiful," the Wanted for "Glad You Came" and Fun, featuring Janelle Monae for "We Are Young."

Best New Artist is one of two categories that fans can vote for. The other is Most Share-Worthy Video, which Jepsen is also competing for with "Call Me Maybe," which she co-wrote.

"I think she is certainly a favorite to win," Andy Greene, associate editor at Rolling Stone, told ABC News. "It was the song of the summer, and it was crazily catchy. Even people who don't really like pop couldn't resist it, and it was just inescapable."

Jepsen was introduced to the music world in 2007 when she finished third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. She is ecstatic about the nomination and the success of her hit song.

"I have to pinch myself. I mean, a year ago I was touring Canada in a soccer mom van, and all of the sudden, my life's just taken off in a completely different direction," she told MTV. "Moments like that just let it really sink in. It's crazy."

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Justin Bieber Says New Song Is His "Billie Jean"

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber has made no bones about the fact that he’s modeling his career after that of Michael Jackson, whom he calls “the greatest.”  So is it any wonder that he’s written a song for his new album that thematically echoes one of the King of Pop’s biggest hits?

Speaking about “Maria,” a track on the deluxe edition of Believe, Bieber told Billboard, “That’s my ‘Billie Jean.’”  The song is about Mariah Yeater, the woman who accused Bieber of fathering her child last year.  Jackson’s song “Billie Jean,” is, of course, a denial that the titular woman was “not his lover,” and the lyrics insist, “the kid is not my son.”

Bieber said of the song, “It was something I wanted to get off my chest, and I could just say it in a song and get my point across without having to worry about the words I’m using in an interview.”

Bieber graces the cover of the new issue of Billboard, and the photo was chosen by his fans via a Facebook vote. Believe hits stores June 19.

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Taylor Swift is No. 1 on Billboard’s "Top 40 Money Makers" List

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- Billboard has counted up just how much cash music’s biggest stars have earned over the past year to compile its “Top 40 Money Makers” list, and Taylor Swift comes out on top.

Swift’s sold-out Speak Now tour helped fill her coffers with $29.8 million, while sales of her albums and digital tracks were in the millions. Songwriting royalties also added to her total, because she wrote all of the songs on Speak Now.

Overall, Billboard estimates that Swift netted $35,719,902 in the U.S. over the past year — not counting her lucrative endorsement deals, merchandise sales or overseas earnings, which the publication didn’t make part of its equation.

Coming in second on the list is U2, thanks to their super-successful U2 360° tour, and not much due to their album sales. Of all the artists in the top 10 on the list, they actually sold the fewest number of albums and singles, proving that for bands, it’s all about concert earnings. Billboard puts Bono and the boys’ net U.S. revenue at $32,116,315.

Country superstar Kenny Chesney came in third, and Lady Gaga was fourth, with earnings of $23,353,039, thanks to her Monster Ball tour, and strong sales of her albums and singles. Rap superstar Lil Wayne was fifth, while Sade, who hit the road for her first U.S. tour in 10 years, came in sixth. Bon Jovi came in seventh with earnings of $19,813,232. Celine Dion came in eighth place. Country star Jason Aldean came in ninth, and in at 10 was Adele, with net U.S. earnings of $13,081,909.

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Adele Still Has Number One Album and Single

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Adele is still on a roll, as her single "Rolling in the Deep" spends a second week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Meanwhile, over on the album chart, her CD 21 is sitting at number one for an eighth week. That's the longest run at the top for any album since 2009.  21 has sold 1.7 million copies so far, making it the only album of 2011 so far to achieve platinum status.

"Rolling in the Deep" also appears on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 29, in a version by the Glee cast.  It's one of six songs that the cast charted this week.

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Beyonce Reveals Name of New Album

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Beyonce has revealed the title of her new album -- she tells Billboard that it will be called, simply, 4.  She explains that she chose the name because her fans have been calling it "4" -- because it'll be her fourth solo album.

"I had a whole other name and concept," she tells Billboard. "But I keep seeing that the fans love the name '4,' and I think it would be a really nice thing to let them name the record."

In addition to the disc being her fourth album, the number 4 is special to Beyonce because her birthday is September 4, her mother's birthday is January 4, and she married Jay-Z on April 4.

As for the album's sound, Beyonce says it's inspired by everyone from Earth, Wind & Fire and Lionel Richie to the Jackson 5 and New Edition, to Adele, Prince and Florence + The Machine. 

No release date has been announced for the disc.

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Lady Gaga Sets Record with 'Monster Ball' Tour

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga wrapped up her Monster Ball tour on May 6 in Mexico City, and made history in the process.

According to Billboard, it was the biggest tour ever by an artist making their debut as a headlining act.  Since it kicked off in November of 2009, the tour has grossed $227 million and played to 2.5 million people over about 200 shows.  In fact, when all the numbers are tallied, it's got a shot at ranking as one of the top 10 highest-grossing tours ever by any artist, new or established.

Gaga's manager told Billboard, "We're humbled by the tremendous success of the Monster Ball tour.  The reasonably-priced tickets, coupled with a great live experience, led it to being a must-see event."

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Rihanna Scores 10th Number One Single; Sets Chart Records

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna has only been releasing music since 2005, but she's just scored her 10th number one hit, as "S&M" tops the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Rihanna has now set the record for the shortest span between a solo artist's first and tenth number-one hits -- she racked them all up in just four years, 11 months and two weeks.  The only artists to score 10 number ones quicker are both groups: The Beatles and The Supremes.

In addition, Rihanna now sets the record for being the youngest artist to score 10 number one hits -- she's 23.  The previous record holder was Mariah Carey, who was 25 when she scored her 10th number one.

On Twitter Wednesday, a thrilled Rihanna wrote to her fans, "10th!!! Now look at what you did, Rihanna Navy.  You rocked the [expletive] out!  Thank you so much, this is the best news!"

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Lifehouse Tops 'Billboard's' List of the Biggest Adult Top 40 Hits

Geffen Records(NEW YORK) -- To mark the 15th anniversary of its Adult Top 40 chart, Billboard has compiled a list ranking the biggest hits ever to appear on it.

Coming in at number one is Lifehouse with their song "You And Me."  The song reigned at the top of the chart for nine weeks in 2005. 

At number two is "Drops of Jupiter" by Train, followed by The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go."

Here's the rest of the top 10:

4. "Smooth," Rob Thomas/Carlos Santana
5. "Unwell," Matchbox Twenty
6. "Hanging By A Moment," Lifehouse
7. "How to Save a Life," The Fray
8. "Chasing Cars," Snow Patrol
9. "Hey Soul Sister," Train
10. "Why Don't You & I," Chad Kroeger or Alex Band/Santana (there were two versions of the song)

The list was compiled based on how well each song did during its time on the chart.  In addition to these artists, all of whom scored additional entries in the top 40, other artists who racked up numerous entries include Pink, Nickelback and The Goo Goo Dolls.

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'Billboard' Music Awards to Return on ABC

Photo Courtesy - Jamie McCarthy/ WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Billboard magazine is bringing back its Billboard Music Awards, which initially ran from 1989 to 2006.

The resuscitated show will air on ABC on May 22, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  The winners will be based on artists' chart performances, as well as their digital track and album sales, touring, streaming and social networking popularity.

The eligibility period will run from Feb. 28 of last year to March 1 of this year, with awards to be handed out in the categories of R&B, rap, rock, pop, country, Latin and alternative.

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Gaga and 'Glee" Set New Billboard Milestones

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Two major milestones occur this week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, thanks to Gaga and Glee.

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" has debuted at the top of the chart to become the one-thousandth #1 in the 52-year history of the Hot 100's.  In addition, "Born This Way" sold a whopping 448 thousand copies in its opening week according to Nielsen Soundscan -- the biggest debut sales week for a song by a female artist.  It breaks the record Britney Spears set a month ago with "Hold It Against Me," which sold 411,000 copies.

"Born This Way" has now set the record for the third-largest digital debut in history, right behind "Right Round" by Flo rida and the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow," which sold 636,000 and 465,000 copies respectively.  It's just the 19th song in 52 years to debut at #1 -- and it's Gaga's third #1 overall on this chart.

The Billboard Hot 100 started on August 4th, 1958, with the #1 hit "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky nelson.  The 500th #1 was "Keep on Loving You" by Reo Speedwagon, in 1981.

Meanwhile, with a slew of new songs debuting on the Hot 100 this week, the cast of Glee has broken lvis Presley's record of the most number of total entries on that chart.  The cast now has 113, to Elvis' 108.  The King scored his entries between 1958 and 2003, but thanks to the weekly release of five or six songs following each episode's airing, it took the Glee cast just under two years to do it.  Their first chart entry was "Don't Stop Believin'" in June of 2009.  

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