1. Digital Song Sales Are on Fire in 2012

    May 01, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Three of the top 10 biggest sales weeks for song downloads have occurred this year. G otye , Justin Bieber and Maroon 5 have stormed the record books in recent weeks, earning three of the top 10 best sales weeks since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital downloads in 2003. Meanwhile,…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, the song ties with two others for the highest…

  3. Maroon 5's 'Payphone' Charges Onto Hot 100

    April 25, 2012 1:15 PM EDT With a No. 3 Hot 100 Debut, the Song Sets the Mark for Highest Weekly Download Total by a Group How ironic that a song about something as old-fashioned as a payphone sets a digital download record. With digital sales of 493,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Maroon 5 's "Payphone,…

  4. Billboard 200: Lionel Richie Holds Off Jason Mraz, Stays At No. 1

    April 25, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" album holds at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200 chart, shifting 114,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 11%). The pop veteran blocks Jason Mraz from earning his first chart-topping, as "Love Is a Four Letter Word"…

  5. Gotye Tries to Clarify 'Glee' Critique

    April 24, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Australian newcomer Gotye has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks thanks to his chart-topping hit, "Somebody That I Used To Know," but not all of it has been positive. Taking on the Glee cover of his song in last week's episode -- performed by Darren Criss and Matt Bomer …

  6. Gotye Says Glee's Cover Was 'Dinky and Wrong'

    April 23, 2012 9:40 AM EDT The Australian Singer Is Not Impressed With the Fox Show's Rendition of 'Somebody That I Used to Know' "Glee" covered Gotye's hit single "Somebody That I Used to Know" on a recent episode, but there's one person who isn't a fan of how they did…

  7. One Direction Nips at Justin Bieber's Heels on Social 50

    April 20, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The five piece juggernaut that is Britain's One Direction is unwavering in its march up the Billboard Social 50 chart. Striding to two spots to No. 2 this week, the group is now nipping at the heels of the social king himself, Justin Bieber (No. 1). One Direction has yet to hit the top…

  8. 'Glee' Cast Notches 200th Hit on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The Fox TV troupe has blasted to the record-extending milestone in less than three years. With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox's "Glee" ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the…

  9. Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' Roars to No. 1 on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Fueled by a "Glee" remake and his appearance on "Saturday Night Live," Gotye scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his first entry on the songs chart, as "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra , lifts 2-1. With the "Glee" cast…

  10. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Monica, Bonnie Raitt also post Top 10 debuts Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" album rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in its third week on the list, selling 129,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 35%). The set jumps three slots this week, easily overtaking Adele &…

  11. Pop Rocks: fun. Times for Alternative at Top 40 Radio

    April 16, 2012 12:05 PM EDT As fun. and Gotye's alternative smashes cross to top 40, lines are blurring between the two formats. Alternative music isn't quite so alternative lately. With Julie Pilat shares a similar perspective, as she serves as PD of Clear Channel alternative KYSR and asst. PD/music director…

  12. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  13. Alabama Shakes Debut at No. 3 on U.K. Chart

    April 16, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Adele Jumps 3-1 on Album Chart; Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Is No. 1 Single for 2nd Week Adele's "21" is back at the top of the U.K. album chart, for a 22nd aggregate week, climbing 3-1 to depose Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded."…

  14. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?

    April 15, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Some fans aren't quite pleased with the Queen of Pop's new material. 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,…

  15. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Pulp, Mazzy Star, James, Refused... (What Decade Is This?) Also: Scorching Rock From Black Keys & Gary Clark, Jr. on Day 1 More than the dry wit of Pulp , Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia , the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012…

  16. Gotye's Smash Hit Almost Didn't Happen

    April 13, 2012 6:20 PM EDT After a Six-Month Build, 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Is a Breakout Hit, With Nearly 4.5 Million Copies Sold It's the hit that almost wasn't, a simple song that's become a ­worldwide smash but nearly disappeared before it was even finished. Gotye's "…

  17. 'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez Shine on 'Modern' Tunes

    April 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT The night "American Idol" contestants sing modern songs is always an intriguing episode because, hey, the music's relevant for once! Make no mistake -- I'm not discounting the allure of the past and belting out tunes that older viewers will recognize, but it's always…

  18. Hot 100: Fun. Makes Digital Sales History in Sixth Week at No. 1

    April 11, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Fun. 's "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae , leads the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a sixth week. In doing so, it becomes the first song ever to log six weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales. With 390,000 downloads sold in the April 2-8 tracking period, according…

  19. 'Glee' Recap: He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother Edition

    April 11, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Ever since Blaine Anderson became the hot commodity in the Glee-verse, fans have been waiting on bated breath for further character development for the dashing boy who swept Kurt Hummel off his feet, especially more info about his family and home life. "Glee" took a step in that…

  20. Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Reloaded' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" debuts atop the list with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly better-than-expected sales figure, as industry sources had suggested last week that…

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