1. Katy Perry Continues Songs of the Summer Streak

    July 05, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Along with ice cream cones, family vacations and hoping that the AC doesn't give out, recent years have brought a new summer tradition: Katy Perry appearing on Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart. Perry's "Wide Awake" enters the 10-position list at No. 9, marking…

  2. Pop & Rock Rule Mid-Year Music Sales Charts

    July 04, 2012 4:00 PM EDT With the year half-over, let's take a closer look at some of the biggest selling albums and songs across the major genres of music: pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop, country and Latin. Adele, Gotye Lead Mid-Year Music Sales Charts TOP ALBUMS A year ago at this point, a full half of the top 20…

  3. Adele, Gotye Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 04, 2012 2:30 PM EDT At the mid-way point in 2012, Adele's "21" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra), rule as the year's biggest selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively -- selling 3.69 million and 5.50 million according to Nielsen…

  4. Linkin Park Squeaks By Maroon 5, Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 04, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Maybach Music Group, R. Kelly Also Score Top 5 Debuts As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be…

  5. Long-Distance 'Call': Carly Rae Jepsen Still Atop Hot 100

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The singer also claims the chart's top debut. Plus, David Guetta and Sia reach the top 10 and Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa crown Radio Songs. Carly Rae Jepsen rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Call Me Maybe," while the singer concurrently scores the chart's…

  6. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Tops Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs

    July 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Plus, Beloved veteran acts Whitney Houston, the Beach Boys and Cyndi Lauper make chart returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  7. Carly Rae Jepsen Finally Pays 'Call' to Social 50, Despite Single's Ubiquity

    June 29, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen finally creeps her way onto the Billboard Social 50 chart this week with a No. 44 debut. The arrival comes after she performed on and won Video of the Year at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards on June 17. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo,…

  8. Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen Ready for 'Good Time' on Hot 100

    June 28, 2012 6:06 PM EDT Things are looking "good" for Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen 's "Good Time." The new single, which was released to digital retailers on June 26, is poised to debut in the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week. Based on sales forecasts from industry sources,…

  9. Usher, Ellie Goulding Hit Hot 100's Top 10; Carly Rae Jepsen Still No. 1

    June 27, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Ellie Goulding 's "Lights" and Usher 's "Scream" elevate to the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, while Carly Rae Jepsen 's "Call Me Maybe" rules the ranking for a third week. As "Lights" brightens the top 10, the song grants Goulding a…

  10. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200 Debuts

    June 27, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Justin Bieber 's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bieber's highest sales frame. …

  11. Carly Rae Jepsen: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 25, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Read an excerpt from Billboard's cover story on the 'Call Me Maybe' phenomenon "It's been a cool day today," Carly Rae Jepsen , calling in from Los Angeles, says casually. "I ran into RedFoo from LMFAO at the airport, and we've been writing a song…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Usher, LMFAO, Grouplove

    June 22, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Usher helped popularize Justin Bieber ... who helped Carly Rae Jepsen reach No. 1. A star's endorsement can work wonders. This week, 'PARTY ROCK' ON: LMFAO 's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, holds at No. 45 in its 65th week on the Hot…

  13. Carly Rae Jepsen Continues New Artists' Dominance Atop Hot 100

    June 20, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Jepsen, Gotye and fun. are the first trio of new acts to top the Hot 100 consecutively in 35 years Carly Rae Jepsen spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her first entry on the ranking, "Call Me Maybe." As the song follows previous leaders "Somebody That I…

  14. Usher Finds Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Rush, Josh Turner, Waka Flocka Flame Among Top 10 Debuts Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star's last full-length studio album, 2010'…

  15. The 10 Best 'Call Me Maybe' Covers

    June 14, 2012 3:00 PM EDT With Carly Rae Jepsen's hit at No. 1 on the Hot 100, we've rounded up a list of the most entertaining "Call Me Maybe" viral videos the Internet has to offer. After months of covers, flashmobs and radio play, Carly Rae Jepsen has finally dethroned Gotye to take the top spot…

  16. Watch Kimbra's Acoustic Tastemakers Session

    June 14, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Video: Kimbra performs "Settle Down" "It's cathartic," New Zealand singer/songwriter Kimbra tells Billboard.com of the U.S. release of her debut record, "Vows." "I have lived with these songs since I was 16, and started working on the record at 17, so…

  17. Songs of the Summer Chart Returns to Billboard.com

    June 14, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Now that barbecues, beaches and sundresses are commonplace once again (along with, sadly, burnt burgers, beach traffic and mandals), Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart returns to Billboard.com. The 10-position running tally, presented by Pepsi, tracks the most popular songs…

  18. Carly Rae Jepsen, Scooter Braun Talk Hot 100 Coronation

    June 13, 2012 4:25 PM EDT The singer and record executive share a 'wonderful feeling' after her ascension to No. 1 (Update: Jepsen's manager was previously misidentified. She is managed Jonathan Simkin.) Carly Rae Jepsen and Scooter Braun, founder of her imprint Schoolboy Records, are basking in the…

  19. Carly Rae Jepsen Hits No. 1: 'Call' Connects Atop Hot 100

    June 13, 2012 11:15 AM EDT The singer is the first lead female artist to send her first Hot 100 entry to No. 1 since Ke$ha Carly Rae Jepsen sends her pop culture juggernaut "Call Me Maybe" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Gotye 's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra ,…

  20. Alan Jackson Scores Top Debut on Billboard 200, Adele's Back at No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years with his previous (and…

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