With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks.
For a second year, Billboard presented our weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action.
Beyonce's new album is nearing one million in U.S. sales and seems certain to top the Billboard 200 for a second week. After the set blasted in at No. 1 a week ago on the Billboard 200 chart with 617,000 sold in just three days, industry forecasters suggested the surprise album would sell perhaps 260,000 in its second week on the chart (and first full week on sale).
Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) narrowly held off the challenge of One Direction to become the festive album bestseller.
Beyonce is still on track to score a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast her self-titled album to sell around 260,000 -- if not more -- in the tracking week ending Sunday, Dec. 22.
Following the surprise debut of Beyonce's new self-titled album -- which sent social networks and the Twittersphere ablaze with chatter about the diva -- she jumps to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week.
The controversy swirling around comments made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson hasn't seemingly negatively impacted the sales of the show's hit album "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas."
Zac Brown Band snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1," a four-song EP produced by Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. The set bows with 27,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (and debuts at No. 25 on the Billboard 200).
How successful was Beyonce's surprise "Beyonce" party, in which she suddenly, without prior notice or PR hype, released her new album at midnight (ET) last Friday morning (Dec. 13)? Even broadcasting giant Clear Channel received no advance word about what quickly became a record-setting seller.
Rebecca Black scores her second entry on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Saturday" debuts at No. 55 following its first full week of U.S.-based sales and streams. The teen famously charted in 2011 with her debut single and video "Friday."
After only three days on sale, Beyonce's new self-titled album is the No. 24 biggest-selling album of 2013 in the U.S. With 617,000 sold through Dec. 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Beyonce" is sandwiched between Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (No. 23 with 633,000) and Kanye West's "Yeezus" (No. 25 with 607,000).