1. Madonna, Bruce Springsteen Lead Billboard's 2013 Top 40 Money Makers

    February 22, 2013 12:00 PM EST It may be a digital age, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 40 earners on our annual list The U.S. music business offers a matrix of trends to satisfy chart watchers and number crunchers. New CD sales continue to fall. Digital music sales are rising nearly 10 years after…

  2. Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth Added to Music Mix at Oscars

    February 21, 2013 12:45 PM EST Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special closing number, and past winners Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join an all-star tribute to recent movie musicals at this Sunday's Academy Awards. It's all part of an increasingly…

  3. Whitney Houston Estate's Strategy of Singer's Catalog

    February 11, 2013 1:25 PM EST Has Team Houston missed an opportunity, or is the timing just right? In the year since the sudden passing of Whitney Houston, just 24 hours before the 2012 Grammy Awards, the powerhouse diva has sold more than 2 million albums and 4.3 million tracks, according Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard…

  4. Barbra Streisand to Sing at the Oscars

    January 30, 2013 12:12 PM EST Barbra Streisand will perform at the Oscars next month, the first time she's performed during an Academy Awards broadcast in 36 years. Streisand won the Academy Award for best original song for "Evergreen" in 1977. She also sang the theme from "A Star Is Born" that…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: David Bowie's 10 Biggest Hits; Taylor Swift Bests Madonna

    January 18, 2013 7:15 PM EST As the rock icon returns, a look at his 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 classics. Plus, Taylor Swift passes Madonna for a notable Hot 100 mark. David Bowie bounds back to Billboard's charts, as "Where Are We Now?" enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 20. The song concurrently launches on…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: David Bowie's 10 Biggest Hits; Taylor Swift Bests Madonna

    January 18, 2013 7:15 PM EST As the rock icon returns, a look at his 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 classics. Plus, Taylor Swift passes Madonna for a notable Hot 100 mark. David Bowie bounds back to Billboard's charts, as "Where Are We Now?" enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 20. The song concurrently launches on…

  7. Top 25 Tours of 2012

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Chart Article Artists are ranked by gross, compiled from Billboard Boxscores reported from Nov. 9, 2011, to Nov. 13, 2012. The Best of 2012: The Year in Music | The Year in Touring 1 Madonna Total Gross: $228,406,085 Number of Shows: 72 Total Attendance: 1,635,176 Number of Sell-Outs: 72 list…

  8. Barry Manilow, Richard Marx Return To AC Top 10

    December 03, 2012 1:05 PM EST Manilow lands his first Adult Contemporary top 10 since 1989, while Marx makes his first visit to the region since 1998. As the format continues to focus heavily on holiday music, Barry Manilow collects his first Adult Contemporary top 10 since 1989, while Richard Marx makes his first…

  9. Hot Tours: Madonna Enjoys Fifth No. 1 Since Launch Of MDNA Tour

    November 27, 2012 6:30 PM EST Madonna claims the No. 1 ranking on the weekly tally of Hot Tours for the fifth time since the launch of her blockbuster MDNA Tour that has been playing concert venues in Europe and North America since the end of May. Ticket revenue reported during the past week surpasses the $60 million mark…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna Mines A Gem Of A Hit With 'Diamonds'

    November 24, 2012 11:05 AM EST RiRi registers the latest rock-era-appropriate chart-topping title. Rihanna is giving new meaning to the term "rock era." As "Diamonds" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 , the song joins the list of geologically-inclined No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. …

  11. Michael Jackson's Duet Partner Siedah Garrett Talks 'Bad25'

    November 21, 2012 1:30 PM EST There's a moment in Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary "Bad25" that Siedah Garrett - co-writer of "Man in the Mirror" and the late Jackson's duet partner on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - particularly favors. "When Michael said…

  12. Hot Tours: Barbra Streisand Tops with North American Performances

    November 20, 2012 12:05 PM EST Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 million at the box office from 10 concerts in nine…

  13. Barry Manilow Scores 50th Hit On Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart

    November 19, 2012 4:15 PM EST 'Santa Claus' brings the gift of a milestone entry. More than four decades into his legendary career, Barry Manilow continues to make himself at home on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Manilow makes his milestone 50th visit to the survey, as "Santa Claus Is Coming to…

  14. Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts

    November 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST Madonna's material has been a force on Billboard rankings dating to her first entry on Nov. 6, 1982. Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonna . Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Red' Hot on Hot 100

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The lady and 'Red': Swift matches Madonna and Dionne Warwick for another impressive piece of Hot 100 history. With her latest batch of new material, Taylor Swift ties the Material Girl, and Dionne Warwick, for the second-most appearances among women in the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Thumbs Up For Adele's Movie Move

    October 19, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The singer continues the tradition of artists following smash albums with silver-screen hits to tide fans over. The big screen is giving STARTING 'TROUBLE': As she roars in at No. 3 with "I Knew You Were Trouble.," Taylor Swift notches her 50th Billboard Hot 100 entry.…

  17. Barbra Streisand Extends Historic Billboard 200 Albums Chart Resume

    October 18, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Singer Nets 32nd Top 10 Album, Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple New Top 10 Albums In Last Six Decades This week, Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take multiple new albums into the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 in every decade since the 1960s. Her latest set, "Release Me,…

  18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Score Top Billboard 200 Debut, Mumford Still No. 1

    October 17, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As forecasted a week ago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "The Heist." The hip-hop set sold 78,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the best sales week yet for either artist. The album is Macklemore's…

  19. Barbra Streisand Set For 32nd Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 13, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Ultimate diva Barbra Streisand is set to capture her 32nd top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The entertainer's new "Release Me" may sell 40,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Oct. 14 -- so say industry forecasters. The Columbia Records archival set, which…

  20. Barbra Streisand Belts Hits, Jabs Romney at Brooklyn Homecoming

    October 12, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Barbra Streisand was full of Brooklyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with passion during a concert at the newly built Barclays Center. Thursday night's three-hour show was Streisand's return to her hometown, where she's also performing Saturday on her "Back to…

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