1. Rihanna Ties Janet Jackson For Second-Most Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s

    December 03, 2012 4:15 PM EST With 'Diamonds' topping the tally, Rihanna and Jackson trail only Madonna for the most No. 1s in the chart's 36-year history. With the rise of Rihanna 's "Diamonds" to No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, the diva scores her sparkling 19th…

  2. Bubbling Under: Sam and the Womp's U.K. No. 1 'Bom Bom' Hits Stateside

    December 01, 2012 11:10 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Sam and the Womp, IAmDynamite, the Henningsens and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Sam and the Womp After topping the Official U.K.…

  3. Carly Rae Jepsen: Billboard's Rising Star 2012

    November 30, 2012 1:55 PM EST "I saw her doing some acoustic stuff and I listened to some of the songs that she wrote, and I said, 'There's a real artist here,'" Braun says. The man behind Bieber's global success soon brokered a deal with Simkin to let his Schoolboy imprint and Interscope…

  4. Chart Juice: Keyshia Cole's 'Woman to Woman' Album Debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    November 30, 2012 9:00 AM EST Although beaten out for No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums by Rihanna 's "Unapologetic," Keyshia Cole 's "Woman to Woman" opens at No. 2 on the chart -- marking her fifth straight top five set. With 96,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Cole's…

  5. Craig Campbell: 'Outta My Head' Was Sent to Him By Mistake

    November 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST Craig Campbell's phone has rung quite a bit, since his debut single "Family Man," hit radio a couple of years ago. But, sometimes, the phone call is for the other Craig Campbell in Music City -- one of the town's most respected publicists. The singer relates a story about…

  6. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' 2012 Highest-Paid Musicians List

    November 29, 2012 12:30 PM EST Dr. Dre has finished a 12-month period of robust headphone sales and resurrecting Tupac Shakur in hologram form as Forbes' highest-paid musician of the year. The hip-hop mogul reportedly earned an estimated $110 million during a scoring period that ran from May 2011 to May 2012. Along…

  7. Best Selling Albums Since 1991 (Soundscan Era): Adele Joins Elite Club

    November 29, 2012 12:00 PM EST Adele 's "21" joins a rare group of albums this week, as the XL/Columbia set steps past the 10 million U.S. sales mark according to Nielsen SoundScan. It becomes one of only 21 titles to reach that rare threshold since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. "21"…

  8. AC/DC's iTunes Debut Sells 48,000 Digital Albums & 696,000 Songs

    November 29, 2012 9:55 AM EST One of the longest hold-outs from iTunes, AC/DC , finally reached the digital retailer last week. The iconic rock band's entire catalog, along with two iTunes-exclusive box sets, became available on Monday, Nov. 19. In the week ending Nov. 25, the band's 25 albums moved 48,000…

  9. Alicia Keys and Rod Stewart Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    November 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST Alicia Keys ' new album "Girl On Fire" is set to earn the highest debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart -- with a No. 1 bow likely. However, Rod Stewart 's "Merry Christmas, Baby" might spoil Keys' party with a post-Thanksgiving sales surge. Industry…

  10. Rihanna Gets First No. 1 Album, Phillip Phillips & Kid Rock Debut Top Five

    November 28, 2012 11:00 AM EST The busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping week has predictably shaken up the Billboard 200 albums chart, sending a diva to No. 1 for the first time and rearranging many of the albums on the tally. As earlier reported , Rihanna 's "Unapologetic" opens at No. 1 with 238,000 sold…

  11. Adele's '21' Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    November 27, 2012 9:00 PM EST Adele 's mega-selling "21" album continues to rewrite the record books. This week, the XL/Columbia release pushes past the 10 million U.S. sales mark in only its 92nd week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In doing so, "21" becomes the 21st album to shift 10…

  12. Rihanna Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 27, 2012 8:00 PM EST One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Diamonds," the diva earns her very first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Rihanna Covers Billboard Get Story | Buy a Copy PHOTOS: Naked Rihanna! REVIEW: 'Unapologetic' Her "…

  13. Karmin & Will.i.am Meet, Exchange Numbers: 'It's Legit Now'

    November 27, 2012 7:00 PM EST While on the red carpet talking to Billboard at the 2012 AMAs, pop duo Karmin was pulled away to chat with Will.i.am , possibly about a future collaboration. "Numbers were exchanged. It's legit now," Karmin's Amy Heidemann laughed after the Black Eyed Peas rapper -- who…

  14. Scotty McCreery Eyes More Christmas Albums in His Future

    November 27, 2012 11:15 AM EST Country Star Talks Holiday Favorites, Keith Urban on 'Idol,' and Next Studio Album: "I'm trying to put my own stamp on it" Usually, an artist will wait a few years before putting out a Christmas album. But not Scotty McCreery , who has just released the Yuletide…

  15. Rolling Stones Face Fine for Keeping London Up So Late

    November 27, 2012 9:35 AM EST The ageless rebels in the Rolling Stones played past their curfew on Sunday at London's 02 Arena and now face a stiff fine from stodgy city officials. Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron were supposed to cap their first 50th Anniversary show at 10:30 p.m., but instead kept on rocking until…

  16. Rolling Stones Start Up Reunion With London Blowout

    November 26, 2012 11:30 AM EST th Anniversary Kicks Off at O2 ... Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor Make Rare Cameos ... Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck Guest Star ... 150 Minutes of Sweaty Rock n' Roll "It took us 50 years to get from Dartford to Greenwich," said Mick Jagger to 20,000 close friends on Sunday night, at…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna Mines A Gem Of A Hit With 'Diamonds'

    November 24, 2012 11:05 AM EST RiRi registers the latest rock-era-appropriate chart-topping title. Rihanna is giving new meaning to the term "rock era." As "Diamonds" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 , the song joins the list of geologically-inclined No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. …

  18. One Direction Nets Rare Pair of No. 1s in a Year

    November 23, 2012 10:00 AM EST One Direction 's arrival atop the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with "Take Me Home" marked the second No. 1 for the act in less than a year. It follows "Up All Night," which also bowed at No. 1 on the list dated March 31. With a pair of No. 1s on the Billboard…

  19. Bubbling Under: Family Of The Year Keeps Radio's Folk Revival Rolling

    November 23, 2012 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Family of the Year, Sarah Darling, Gold Fields and Trinidad James. Family of the Year Los Angeles-based Family of the Year …

  20. Cher's 'Woman's World': New Single Gets Early Release

    November 22, 2012 8:35 PM EST Superstar diva Cher gifted fans with an early Thanksgiving surprise by debuting her new single "Woman's World" late on Wednesday night (Nov. 21). The thumping dance single is the lead track from her upcoming new studio album, due out in 2013. The long-in-the-works Warner Bros.…

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