1. 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 "…

  2. 'Hunger Games,' Shins and Odd Future Are Top 10 Bound

    March 23, 2012 7:38 PM EDT The just-released "The Hunger Games" soundtrack seems to be on a steady course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that the album will sell at least 175,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, March 25. Adele's "…

  3. Gotye Lands 'Saturday Night Live' Ahead of Spring Tour

    March 20, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Breakout singer/songwriter Gotye has announced his "Saturday Night Live" debut. The Australian multi-instrumentalist will visit SNL on April 14 to perform songs off his recent platinum-selling album "Making Mirrors," currently sitting at number 16 on the Billboard 200.…

  4. Hot 100 Impacted by New On-Demand Songs Chart

    March 14, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Billboard, Nielsen and NARM's digitalmusic.org announced today the launch of the first-ever subscription services "On-Demand Songs" chart, and that this data will also be included in the Billboard Hot 100. On-demand streaming data is now factored into the chart's ranking,…

  5. Bruce Springsteen Is Boss of U.K. Charts

    March 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (March 11) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To…

  6. Fun.-tastic! 'We Are Young' Tops Hot 100

    March 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST Fun. becomes the first rock band in more than a decade to send a debut Billboard Hot 100 hit to No. 1, as "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae , ascends 3-1. Fun.: The Billboard Cover Story The song spends a third week atop the Digital Songs chart with 302,000 downloads sold (up…

  7. Alternative Songs Leader Gotye: 'Somebody' You Should 'Know' (VIDEO)

    February 21, 2012 2:05 PM EST In a Billboard video interview, singer/songwriter discusses his breakthrough U.S. hit, new album 'Making Mirrors' and upcoming touring plans. "When I got to the end of (writing) the first chorus, I hit a real brick wall. I didn't seem to have any way to take the song…

  8. Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 40 on U.K. Charts

    February 20, 2012 8:25 AM EST Scottish Singer Emeli Sande's Debut Album Opens at No. 1 As Whitney Houston singles and albums re-entered the U.K. sales charts yesterday (19) with over 200,000 units sold across the week, top sales honors went to Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. Her debut album "Our Version…

  9. Lana Del Rey Tops U.K. Chart, Leaping Over Adele in 2012 Sales

    February 13, 2012 10:10 AM EST As Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday, Belgian Australian Gotye climbed 3-1 on the singles survey with "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra. As Del Rey's title track dipped 9-10 and previous single …

  10. Skrillex, Jay-Z, Black Keys Up for Woodie Awards

    February 09, 2012 4:10 PM EST MTV has announced the nominees for the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards. Skrillex , Kanye West and Jay-Z , The Black Keys , Mac Miller , M83 , and Cloud Nothings are among those up for awards, which include Woodie of the Year, Performing Woodie, Best Video, Breaking Woodie, and the new dance-oriented…

  11. Lana Del Rey 'Born' Atop U.K. Album Chart

    February 06, 2012 8:20 AM EST Also: Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas' Debuts at No. 2 The meteoric worldwide success of Lana Del Rey's debut album "Born To Die" extended to the U.K. on Sunday (Feb. 5), when it debuted at No. 1 with sales of 117,000, more than the rest of the top five combined.…

  12. Cover Drive, Ed Sheeran Top U.K. Charts

    January 30, 2012 10:35 AM EST Bajan quartet Cover Drive went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 29) with "Twilight" (Global Talent/Universal). Ed Sheeran 's hit debut album "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) moved back 2-1 for its third separate stint at the summit. Video: Cover…

  13. Kylie Minogue Enters ARIA Hall of Fame

    November 28, 2011 8:25 PM EST Kylie Minogue was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the 25th annual Australian awards ceremony on Sunday night. The pop star, who has earned 16 ARIA awards over her lengthy career, told the audience she was "a very proud Australian." "I'm always bragging about our…

  14. Splendid Coldplay, Kanye Light Up Splendour in the Grass Festival

    August 01, 2011 12:05 PM EDT There were fireworks on and off the stage Sunday night as an impressive Coldplay closed the Splendour in the Grass festival in Australia. Like they did at Glastonbury Festival in June, Coldplay used the occasion to test five songs from their forthcoming new album, including the first single …

  15. Drew Barrymore Whips Up Soundtrack For Directorial Debut

    September 11, 2009 10:59 AM EDT Drew Barrymore is as excited about putting together the music and executive producing the soundtrack for her new film, "Whip It," as she is about making her directoral debut. "What was so exciting was to finally get to make a film that I could make an ultimate mixtape for and…

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