1. Who Says Rock Is Dead? Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy & More Notch Big Debuts

    January 28, 2015 6:38 PM EST Even if "rock is dead" has become an overplayed claim, we can all agree that 2014 didn't produce many great counter-arguments. Coldplay , who rock about as hard as the Kidz Bop Kids, earned the best-selling rock album of 2014. Eek. And that's only if you count albums…

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits 4 Million in U.S. Sales

    January 23, 2015 9:35 PM EST Plus: Ella Henderson debuts & Donny Osmond returns. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart , Meghan Trainor 's Title zoomed in to the No. 1 slot, moving 238,000 overall units in the week ending Jan. 18, according to Nielsen Music. It was one of three arrivals in the top…

  3. Meghan Trainor Dethrones Taylor Swift on Billboard Artist 100

    January 22, 2015 12:10 PM EST As her album 'Title' tops the Billboard 200, Trainor is the top artist in the country for the first time since October. Meghan Trainor takes over as the top artist in the U.S., bounding 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 . She dethrones Taylor Swift (1-2), who's reigned for a…

  4. Meghan Trainor's 'Title' Album Earns Mighty Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 21, 2015 3:10 PM EST 'Title' nets biggest debut for a female pop act's first full-length album in over five years. Meghan Trainor debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her first full-length album, Title . The set arrives with 238,000 equivalent units earned in the week ending Jan. 18…

  5. Mark Ronson's 'Uptown' Album Heading for Top 10 Debut

    January 16, 2015 10:06 PM EST Also aiming for a high debut: those darn Kidz Bop Kids. After a couple of sleepy weeks on the Billboard 200 , the chart is about to come alive thanks to a likely new No. 1 and multiple top 10 debuts. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor's Title is on course to zoom to the top of…

  6. Meghan Trainor Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 14, 2015 9:26 PM EST The 'All About That Bass' singer should zoom past Taylor Swift to No. 1 with 'Title.' Meghan Trainor 's Title is set to bump Taylor Swift 's 1989 from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the "All About…

  7. Razor & Tie Buys Back Kidz Bop

    October 24, 2014 8:17 AM EDT Razor & Tie has bought back sole ownership of its Kidz Bop brand in a deal that closed this week. The label, which founded the brand, sold a 50 percent stake in Kidz Bop to ABRY Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, back in 2006. In addition to a best-selling album series, the…

  8. Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born

    August 16, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop (happy 56th birthday!) and lost the King of Rock & Roll Today marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958. As we celebrate the Material Girl's…

  9. Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 06, 2014 11:14 AM EDT After a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . The band's new Hypnotic Eye arrives atop the chart, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales…

  10. 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 30, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Pop band 5 Seconds of Summer crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as the Australian group's self-titled full-length debut album arrives atop the list. The set sold 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan, following the album's release on July…

  11. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  12. 5 Seconds of Summer Sales Sizzle: No. 1-Bound on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The Australian band set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 chart with debut full-length self-titled album. Pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer are set to charge in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with their self-titled full-length debut album. Industry sources suggest the set…

  13. Kidz Bop Charts 40th Album

    July 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Those darn Kidz are at it again. The Kidz Bop Kids, that is. The franchise scores its 40th charting album on the Billboard 200 as Kidz Bop 26 bows at No. 4 with 46,000 sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series The latest effort…

  14. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  15. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 18, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Though, Jason Mraz is nipping at Al's heels with 'Yes!' Comedian and singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is on course for his first No. 1 album, as "Mandatory Fun" could debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the album, which was…

  16. Cady Groves' Waiting Game: How A Promising Artist Ended Up Back At The Beginning

    February 10, 2014 2:15 PM EST The 24-year-old's dream came true when she found a major label home. Somehow, everything went wrong. Inside a songwriter's lost period, and why she's still someone to watch. Three months ago, Cady Groves was on Rock Road in Wichita, driving down the main drag in a crappy…

  17. Kidz Bop Nation: Inside The Best-Selling Children's CD Series

    February 04, 2014 12:52 PM EST With "Kidz Bop 25" recently becoming the series' latest Top 10 album, COO Victor Zaraya discusses the franchise's decade-long dominance and touring future. In between episodes of "Spongebob Squarepants," "Rocket Power" and "Invader Zim,"…

  18. 'GRAMMY Nominees' Album Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    January 24, 2014 5:25 PM EST The star-studded "2014 GRAMMY Nominees" album is aiming for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. According to industry forecasters, the 18-song album "Nominees" compilation may sell around 40,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 26. That should…

  19. Bruce Springsteen Scores 11th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    January 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen earns his 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with the arrival of "High Hopes." The set, which Columbia Records released Jan. 14, sold 99,000 copies through the week ending Jan. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  With the No. 1 debut,…

  20. Bruce Springsteen Aiming for 11th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 17, 2014 7:34 PM EST The singer's "High Hopes" should freeze the "Frozen" soundtrack out of the top spot Bruce Springsteen seems set for his 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release, "High Hopes." Industry sources forecast the set, which was released on…

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