1. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Hits Fourth Week at No. 1

    December 21, 2011 11:00 AM EST To the surprise of no one, recent "Saturday Night Live" guest Michael Buble spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "Christmas," selling 448,000 (down 7%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released two months ago, the album has sold 1.96 million…

  2. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Stays Atop Billboard 200, Black Keys Hit No. 2

    December 14, 2011 11:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse, 'Glee,' Korn Also Crash The Top 10 Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album stays steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a third week, selling 479,000 copies (up 64%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its handsome sales are the largest for a non…

  3. Underworld's Hyde on 2012 Olympics Ceremony: 'Expect the Unexpected'

    December 08, 2011 2:35 PM EST Karl Hyde, one-half of British electronic duo Underworld , tells Billboard.com that serving as the music directors for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be "very slightly bigger than anything we've ever done." And although Hyde and Rick Smith has…

  4. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Jingles At No. 1 for Second Week

    December 07, 2011 11:00 AM EST Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week, selling 293,000 (up 29%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its cumulative sales crossed the 1 million mark this week (1.03 million), marking the seventh album to sell a million in 2011…

  5. Michael Buble Bests Nickelback, Rihanna on Billboard 200

    November 30, 2011 11:00 AM EST In the tightest race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in four years, Michael Buble 's "Christmas" rises 2-1 on the tally while Nickelback 's new "Here and Now" debuts at No. 2. "Christmas" sold just over 227,000 -- ahead of Nickelback by a tiny 0.18%…

  6. Drake's 'Take Care' Blasts Onto Billboard 200

    November 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST As expected, Drake nets the third-largest sales week of 2011 for an album, as "Take Care" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 631,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that's a slightly smaller number than initially expected, it's…

  7. Michael Buble Brings 'Christmas' Cheer to U.K. Chart

    November 21, 2011 9:35 AM EST Also: Rihanna's 'We Found Love' Continues to Be Top Single Michael Bublé 's "Christmas" became his second U.K. No. 1 album as the Official Charts Company unveiled its new data on Sunday (Nov. 20). "We Found Love," by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris,…

  8. Mac Miller Moves In at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    November 16, 2011 11:00 AM EST As forecasted, indie rapper Mac Miller 's first album, "Blue Slide Park," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 144,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. While it didn't shift as much as some industry sources had expected (180,000 was the optimistic…

  9. Susan Boyle, Rihanna Rise Again on U.K. Charts

    November 14, 2011 9:40 AM EST Susan Boyle 's "Someone To Watch Over Me" became her third straight U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Nov. 13). The Official Charts Company's new data also showed "We Found Love," by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, returning to the summit, where it previously spent…

  10. Mac Miller, 'Twilight', Romeo Santos Heading for Top of Billboard 200

    November 11, 2011 6:30 PM EST As we reported earlier this week , Mac Miller is about to make a splash on the Billboard 200 albums chart , as his "Blue Slide Park" debut is set to bow at No. 1 on the tally next week. Sources suggest the rapper's album could sell in the range of 160,000 to 180,000 by week&…

  11. Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' Brightens Billboard 200 With No. 1 Debut

    November 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST Justin Bieber continues to break records on Billboard's charts, as his "Under the Mistletoe" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collection is the first Christmas set by a male artist to debut at No.…

  12. Bass Player Chuck Rainey Suffers Stroke

    November 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Prolific Artist Has Worked With Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin & Jackson Browne Chuck Rainey , a prolific bassist whose mile-long list of credits over the span of 43-plus years includes Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Steely Dan, suffered a stroke over the weekend, his wife said in a…

  13. Justin Bieber to Unwrap a Billboard 200 No. 1

    November 04, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Building Chart: Debuts From Wale, Susan Boyle, Florence Could Fill the Top 10 As reported earlier this week, Justin Bieber 's first holiday album, "Under the Mistletoe," is about to decorate the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the singer's…

  14. Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' Album Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 02, 2011 7:20 PM EDT The top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week should welcome new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber , Wale , Susan Boyle and Miranda Lambert , to name a few. Bieber's first Christmas effort, "Under the Mistletoe," will likely give the 17-year old his third No. 1…

  15. Album Review: Susan Boyle, 'Someone To Watch Over Me'

    October 31, 2011 8:30 AM EDT SUSAN BOYLE "Someone to Watch Over Me" Producer: Steve Mac Syco/Columbia Release Date: Nov. 1 Though they showcased the kind of voice that rendered even Simon Cowell speechless - with chart-topping results - Susan Boyle 's first two albums ("I Dreamed a Dream," "…

  16. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CHRISTMAS IN…

  17. Journey to Receive Billboard's 'Legend of Live' Award

    October 24, 2011 4:15 PM EDT Journey will receive the "Legend of Live" award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , which are presented by Showclix and are taking place November 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards are part of the Billboard Touring Conference, taking place on the 9th and 10th. The…

  18. Ask Billboard: What Are The Best-Selling Holiday Albums?

    October 16, 2011 2:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. IT'S…

  19. Susan Boyle Taking Her 'Dream' to Musical Bio

    October 11, 2011 3:10 PM EDT Susan Boyle , best known for her rousing performance in 2009's "Britain's Got Talent," will soon be making a special theatrical appearance. According to BBC News , the 50-year old mezzo-soprano will give a guest performance in "The Susan Boyle Story," a new…

  20. Chris Colfer on Dream Broadway Roles: 'I Haven't Written Them Yet'

    October 02, 2011 8:03 PM EDT Golden Globe winner, two time Emmy-nominee, Time 100 Honoree, tween heartthrob -- Chris Colfer can now add New Yorker Festival guest to his impressive resume. The actor, who plays Kurt Hummel on "Glee," joined New Yorker editor Susan Morrison for a 90-minute discussion of his career…

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