1. Weekly Chart Notes: Pop Radio's Folk Balancing Act

    January 11, 2013 4:12 PM EST With the Lumineers, Phillip Phillips and Ed Sheeran in heavy rotation, how is the format handling an influx of folk/rock strumming? After last year brought a marked shift to an acceptance of unlikely alternative hits at pop radio from the likes of Gotye, fun., Alex Clare and more, early 2013…

  2. Chart Juice: Alicia Keys' 'Girl On Fire' Returns to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    January 11, 2013 10:35 AM EST Despite decreased album sales across the board this week, two albums managed to rise in sales and position in the entire top 40 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.   Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" returns to No. 1 for a second week with 44,000 copies sold, up 6% according to…

  3. Justin Bieber Hosting, Performing on 'SNL' on Feb. 9

    January 08, 2013 11:30 AM EST After Justin Bieber hinted at hosting and performing on "Saturday Night Live" on Twitter on Monday (Jan. 7), a source has confirmed to Billboard that the pop superstar will indeed be pulling double-duty on the long-running variety show. The Biebs will take over "SNL" on…

  4. Chart Highlights: Rolling Stones Debut On Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 07, 2013 6:15 PM EST When the group's frontman has the original moves like Jagger, it shouldn't be too surprising to find them on the tally. 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…

  5. T.I. Leads R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart for Second Week

    January 04, 2013 6:00 PM EST As the latest R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Jan. 12, 2013) reflects the final sales tracking week of 2012, T.I. closes out the year with its final No. 1: "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head." It clocks a second week atop the chart despite a 59% decrease to 74,000 copies, according…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Anne Hathaway, Anna Kendrick Get In The Act Of Charting

    January 04, 2013 4:05 PM EST 'Les Miserables' and 'Pitch Perfect' bring two big-screen stars to the Hot 100, continuing a tradition of charted movie actors and actresses. "I tried to remove fear and anxiety from the process as much as possible. I was aware that if I had to cry take after take, it…

  7. Britney Spears Taps Hit-Boy, Will.i.am for New Album

    January 03, 2013 7:37 PM EST Britney Spears revealed last week that she's working with "new inspiring producers" on her new album -- and Hit-Boy is one of them, according to Entertainment Weekly . The rising producer of Kanye West and Jay-Z 's "Ni**as in Paris," Kendrick Lamar 's "…

  8. Bruno Mars 'Locked' at No. 1 on Hot 100, Taylor Swift Closing In

    January 03, 2013 11:00 AM EST Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' remains atop the chart, while Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' surges toward the summit. Plus, PSY returns to the top 10 Bruno Mars holds atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a fourth week at No. 1.…

  9. Kendrick Lamar Drops Booty-Shaking 'Backseat Freestyle' Video: Watch

    January 02, 2013 8:32 PM EST Kendrick Lamar 's going worldwide. The hip-hop star's "Backseat Freestyle" finds him rapping from Compton to Paris, where he drops rhymes about the Eiffel Tower under the lit-up monument. Kendrick Lamar: The Story Behind 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Lamar himself co…

  10. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. 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…

  11. Chart Juice: T.I. and Chief Keef Albums Arrive in Top Five

    December 28, 2012 10:50 AM EST The self-proclaimed King reclaims the throne for a sixth time as T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head" debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 179,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new set launches with 179,000 -- an improvement over the 160,000 that…

  12. The Year In Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 9:05 AM EST A look back at 10 breakout acts whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the…

  13. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Iman Shumpert, J.J. Redick, Corey Brewer

    December 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST From A$AP to Milo Greene, check out what three basketball stars and their team mates are listening to lately. Christmas is always one of the most special days on the NBA calendar: with five marquee match-ups taking place on Tuesday (Dec. 25), basketball fans are gifted a full day of high…

  14. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 24, 2012 6:05 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. 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…

  15. Chart Juice: Game's On a Roll With 5th No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album

    December 20, 2012 7:49 PM EST As "Jesus Piece" opens with 86,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), Game now counts five No. 1 titles on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the last four coming consecutively. His major label debut, "The Documentary," spent five weeks atop the chart in 2005, followed by…

  16. Joey Bada$$ Hints at Roc Nation Signing on A$AP Rocky's '1 Train'

    December 18, 2012 12:45 PM EST After the posse cut hits the 'net, A$AP Rocky's album 'Long Live A$AP' leaks. One month before its Jan. 15, 2013 release date, A$AP Rocky 's "LongLiveA$AP" has hit the Internet in full. Soon after the album's posse cut,"1 Train," leaked…

  17. Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

    December 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST The singer is the first 'American Idol' champion to send a debut single to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, where 'Home' hikes 2-1. Plus, new No. 1s from Ellie Goulding and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  18. Wiz Khalifa Scores Second No. 1 Album on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    December 17, 2012 5:10 PM EST Wiz Khalifa 's "O.N.I.F.C." debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 141,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the Pittsburgh rapper's second leader on the list. It follows his major label debut "Rolling Papers" which opened at the top of…

  19. 10 Best Albums of 2012: Critics' Picks

    December 17, 2012 2:45 PM EST Chart Article From aggressive indie-rock to mainstream superstars exploring new ground to a handful of revolutionary R&B discs, 2012 saw a bevy of classic albums released in an era where the album is supposed to be dying. After months of blasting these LPs throughout our office, the…

  20. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2012: Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's Chart Champs

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West , Lil Wayne, Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Drake , Rihanna and Chris Brown , to name a few. However, a closer look reveals a host of newcomers and established…

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