1. Folk-Pop Duo Us Becomes Vine's First Major Label Signing (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Just four months ago, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado, a husband-and-wife folk-pop duo known as Us, were trying to promote their just-released album "No Matter Where You Are" via YouTube videos and covers of popular songs. They fared reasonably well, amassing 18 million…

  2. 10 Viral Video Hits That Charted On The Hot 100

    March 21, 2014 12:18 PM EDT From "Friday" to "Harlem Shake" to two new smashes, here are 10 songs that crashed the Hot 100 thanks to highly clickable viral clips. This week's Hot 100 chart includes the unlikely Top 10 debut of Soko's "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow," a song that…

  3. Vine Twerk Mashups Bump Sales For FiNATTiCZ' 'Don't Drop That Thun Thun'

    July 29, 2013 1:40 PM EDT Twitter's six-second videoclip app Vine had its first major hit as a promotional platform this week by helping a 15-month-old song go viral and rocket up Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. The track, "Don't Drop That Thun Thun," released in April 2012 by Los…

  4. Ace Hood Earns His Biggest Debut, FiNATTiCZ' 'Thun Thun' Explodes

    July 25, 2013 5:03 PM EDT On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week, Ace Hood posts his best debut yet as "Trials and Tribulations" opens at No. 2 with 34,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan). It stands behind Jay Z's second chart-topping week with "Magna Carta Holy Grail" (down 76% to…

  5. Chart Juice: Jay Z Nets His Fourth-Largest Sales Week Ever

    July 18, 2013 2:12 PM EDT As expected, Jay Z's latest opus "Magna Carta Holy Grail" debuts at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Unexpectedly, the set beat industry sales projections, as it arrives with 528,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Industry sources had…

  6. Bubbling Under: Vicci Martinez's Voice Reaching Radio

    July 13, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Vicci Martinez, Cheyenne Jackson, Miss Willie Brown and the FiNATTiCZ Vicci Martinez Pop singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez…