As Robin Thicke tops both the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, he's the first artist to concurrently reign at No. 1 on both tallies since December 2012. And Maroon 5 claims its eighth career top 10 single, as "Love Somebody" rises 14-10.
Robin Thicke, the newly crowned Billboard 200 champion holds steady atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week with "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), which is numerically notable since its the longest run at No. 1 by a solo male artist since Flo Rida led for 10 weeks with "Low" starting on the Jan. 5, 2008, chart.
Rock legends the Rolling Stones stand at the top of Hot Tours this week with ticket sales reaching $38.6 million from the 50 and Counting Tour, while Nickelback, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John reach the top ten on the strength of their Australian tours.
As our numerous year-end charts reflect, 2012 was an exciting and unpredictable year for the music industry. While each of Billboard¹s editors and readers may have certain moments, artists, songs or albums that stick out as memorable to them, it¹s the annual mission of the charts department to crunch 12 months¹ worth of chart numbers to determine the definitive rankings of the best of every year.
Industry sources still peg final week sales of Taylor Swift's "Red" at around the 1.1 million mark, which would make the album the 18th in the Nielsen SoundScan era to surpass 1 million in sales in a week. Such a sum would also anoint Swift as the only female to have two albums surpass seven figures in a single sales frame. Her last effort, “Speak Now,” opened with 1.047 million the week of Nov. 13, 2010.