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  1. T.I.'s 'Trouble Man' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 10:55 AM EST As predicted last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, selling 276,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%), as do most of ...

  2. One Direction Scores Second Million-Selling Album This Year With 'Take Me Home'

    December 19, 2012 7:49 PM EST This week, One Direction becomes the first act since 2005 to have two newly-released albums sell more than a million in a calendar year. In other words: They have released two albums since January, and both have already sold a million before the y ...

  3. Grammy Nominations Shut-Outs: A Look at the Numbers Behind Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lionel Richie, More

    December 06, 2012 4:29 PM EST Grammy second-guessing is one of the most popular armchair games of the award-nomination process -- as nearly anyone who was on Twitter late last night knows. But amid the cries of outrage on social media and elsewhere, it's worth taking a lo ...

  4. Charts: Aerosmith Returns, Bond Bows (Sans Adele)

    November 19, 2012 12:59 PM EST Taylor Swift's Red reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title-the debuting Now 44 collection-by nearly 100,000 units. The lat ...

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album No. 1 For Third Week On Billboard 200

    November 14, 2012 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Red" reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title -- the debuting "Now 44" collection -- by nearly 1 ...

  6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Heist' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200, Mumford Holds at No. 1

    October 17, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As forecasted a week ago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with "The Heist." The hip-hop set sold 78,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the best sales week yet for either artist. ...

  7. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores ...

  8. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  9. Chart Moves: Two Door Cinema Club, Stars Albums Make Splashy Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 14, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The Billboard 200 We had a one-two-three punch at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, thanks to debuts at Nos. 1-3. Matchbox Twenty led the pack, earning its first chart-topper with North (95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  10. Charts

    August 30, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Songz' First No. 1; Adele Bids Adieu To Top 10 Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Chapter V" bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer' ...

  11. 'Now 43' Scores Franchise's 16th No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise collects its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Now 43" arrives atop the list. The set sold 111,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Excluding t ...

  12. Rick Ross Reigns With Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    August 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as God Forgives, I Don't bows atop the list with 218,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales week yet, t ...

  13. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Nas Slips to No. 2

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sol ...

  14. Chart Moves: One Direction's 'Up All Night' Hits 1 Million U.S. Sales

    July 27, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The Billboard 200: Nas was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Life Is Good album debuted at the top of the chart , selling 149,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The big surprise in the top 10 was the unlikely return of Phi ...

  15. Adele Still Steals the Show

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT With her 73rd week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, Adele moves into a league of her own Hardly a week goes by where Adele's "21" (XL/Columbia) doesn't rack up another impressive record or statistic. This week, as 21 spends ...

  16. Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean Take Top 2 on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Country group Zac Brown Band nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Uncaged" starts with a larger-than-expected 234,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It earns the act its best sales week yet, trumping the 153,000 th ...

  17. Chart Moves: One Direction's Continued Success on Billboard 200, 'Evita' & 'Magic Mike' Albums Debut

    July 06, 2012 6:49 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Linkin Park triumphed over Maroon 5, securing the rock band its fifth No. 1 album on the chart. The former's new "Living Things" sold 223,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while ...

  18. Adele, Gotye Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 04, 2012 2:33 PM EDT At the mid-way point in 2012, Adele's "21" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra), rule as the year's biggest selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively -- selling 3.69 millio ...

  19. Bieber's 'Believe' Debuts At No. 1 With 374,000

    June 27, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Justin Bieber's "Believe" crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 374,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It garners the 18-year-old his fourth No. 1 album in the two-and-a-half years since he first bowe ...

  20. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As previously reported, Justin Bieber's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bie ...

  21. Official: Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Is Biggest Debut Of Year, Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 26, 2012 8:00 PM EDT It's official. Justin Bieber's Believe has sold 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, garnering the 18-year-old his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. That's the most chart-toppers for any act in the ...

  22. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Aiming for Year's Biggest Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 19, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Justin Bieber's Believe album is on course to net the singer his best sales week yet -- and the biggest debut of the year. Industry sources suggest that the set, which came out today (June 19), may sell between 400,000 to 500,000 copies by th ...

  23. Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    June 13, 2012 11:14 AM EDT What does Adele's 21 album now have in common with the soundtracks to Purple Rain and Saturday Night Fever ? As of this week, 21 equals the two soundtracks' 24-week runs at No. 1, as Adele's smash set returns to the top of the Billb ...

  24. The Beach Boys Set For Highest Charting Album in 37 Years

    June 08, 2012 8:09 PM EDT The Beach Boys are aiming for their highest charting album on the Billboard 200 in 37 years as "That's Why God Made the Radio" could debut in the top three next week. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the ...

  25. Adele's '21' Going For 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 06, 2012 8:40 PM EDT That Adele reign just won't stop. The diva's "21" album could return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry sources. Those in the know suggest the set will sell over 70,000 copies by week's en ...

  26. John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Scores Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart; Regina Spektor Debuts at No. 3

    June 06, 2012 11:00 AM EDT John Mayer's Born and Raised hangs in for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 65,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70%). It's Mayer's first album to spend more than a single week at No. 1, following solitary ...

  27. John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Earns Him Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    May 30, 2012 11:00 AM EDT John Mayer's "Born and Raised" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 219,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer/songwriter's third No. 1 set, following 2009' ...

  28. Adam Lambert Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Trespassing'

    May 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as Adam Lambert's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold, traccording to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week� ...

  29. Columbia, Interscope, Universal Republic Artists Top Billboard Music Award Winners List

    May 21, 2012 12:00 AM EDT The label competition to rack up wins at the Billboard Music Award Show tonight turned out to be a two-horse race between Sony Music Entertainment and the Universal Music Group. Check Out All Our Coverage of the Billboard Music Awards Right Here S ...

  30. Chart Moves: Keane & Karmin's Albums Debut, Pitbull's Not-Quite Career-Spanning Hits Set Arrives

    May 18, 2012 9:55 AM EDT The Billboard 200: As previously reported, Carrie Underwood stayed steady atop the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week with Blown Away . The set -- her third No. 1 -- sold 120,000 with a 55% drop in sales. Meanwhile, Adele's 21 album ...

  31. Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' Debuts At No. 1 With Best Country Sales In Months

    May 09, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Carrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, Blown Away , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best sales week for a country album since the Oct. 1 ...

  32. Adele's '21' Passes Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' on UK's All-Time Best Selling Albums List

    May 03, 2012 2:14 PM EDT (Getty Images) The Official U.K. Charts Company announced today (May 3) that Adele's blockbuster "21" album has surpassed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in total U.K. sales. "21's" to-date U.K. sales now ...

  33. Jack White Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Jack White visits the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 for the first time, as his debut solo set, Blunderbuss , arrives with 138,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the rocker's first No. 1 in any form -- he missed the t ...

  34. Adele Beats Jason Mraz on UK Album Charts in Photo Finish; Carlie Ray Jepsen Has Top Single

    April 23, 2012 8:23 AM EDT In a photo-finish, Adele's 21 narrowly withstands the challenge of Jason Mraz' Love Is A Four Letter Word to keep the U.K. album chart crown. On the singles survey, Carlie Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" beat off Parlophone/E ...

  35. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Album Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" album rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its third week on the list, selling 129,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 35%). The set jumps three slots this week, easily overtaking Adele's ...

  36. Madonna Tops Billboard 200, Shinedown Has Best Week Ever

    April 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As earlier reported, Madonna's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" bow at Nos. 1 and 2 this week on the Billboard 200, selling 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Madonna has n ...

  37. U.K. Artists Score Biggest Share of North American Album Market This Century

    March 19, 2012 2:44 PM EDT British artists' share of the North American albums market climbed to a record high in 2011, with U.K. acts accounting for approximately 1 in every 8 albums sold, according to new figures released today by U.K. labels trade body the BPI. Acco ...

  38. Bruce Springsteen Scores 10th No. 1 Album WIth 'Wrecking Ball,' Adele Slips to No. 2

    March 14, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen nets his 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Wrecking Ball" debuts atop the tally with 196,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Among all acts, Springsteen ties Elvis Presley for the third-m ...

  39. Adele's '21' Is The No. 1 Album For 23rd Week; 'WZRD' Top Debut

    March 07, 2012 11:00 AM EST Adele's "21" clocks a 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 247,000 copies this week (down 17%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution's "Purple Ra ...

  40. Adele's '21' Becomes Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

    February 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST Not unexpectedly, Adele's "21" album spends a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200, selling 297,000 (down 59%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution's "Purpl ...

  41. Tyga, fun., Chiddy Bang Aiming for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    February 23, 2012 5:20 PM EST After a very busy Grammy-fueled week on the Billboard 200 albums chart where Adele's "21" collected a 21st week at No. 1 (but zero debuts appeared in the top 50) we should be seeing some fresh faces in the top 10 next week. On cours ...

  42. Historical Analysis: Adele Matches The Beatles, 50 Cent With Hot 100, Billboard 200 Moves

    February 23, 2012 4:30 PM EST As reported yesterday , Adele's sophomore album 21 marks multiple new milestones on the Billboard 200. Most notably, 21 registered its best sales week (730,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan), following her six wins at the 54th Grammy Awards ...

  43. Adele's Grammy Performance Brings '21' Biggest Sales Gain In SoundScan History

    February 22, 2012 5:50 PM EST Not counting albums that were released on an irregular schedule, or arrived early due to street-date violation sales, Adele's 21 achieves the largest weekly unit gain for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It earned ...

  44. Whitney Houston Has No. 2 Album, Grammys Push Big Gains On Billboard 200

    February 22, 2012 11:30 AM EST As reported earlier , Adele's "21" spends a 21st nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 730,000 (up 207%) in the week after the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards. The diva also moves up five slots to No. 4 on the tally with ...

  45. Adele's '21' Hits 21st Week at No. 1; Sells 730,000 Post-Grammys

    February 21, 2012 8:34 PM EST Adele's "21" album hits a number of major milestones this week on the Billboard 200 chart, as it basks in the glow of the British diva's multiple Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12. The album sold 730,000 copies in the United States ...

  46. Adele's '21' Bump Getting Bigger: Now Aiming for 650-680,000 Sales Week

    February 17, 2012 9:35 PM EST Adele's "21" is shaping up to have an even bigger week than first thought. Presently, the set is now projected to sell somewhere in the range of 650,000 to 680,000 by week's end on Sunday, Feb. 19, according to industry sources ...

  47. Adele's '21' Set for 21st Week at No. 1 With Sales of Half-Million or More

    February 16, 2012 5:35 PM EST Adele's "21" album is going to celebrate its first year on the Billboard 200 chart in grand style. Fresh off her six Grammy Award wins on Sunday (Feb. 12) night, "21" is on course to sell between 500,000 to 600,000 copies ...

  48. Grammys Help Adele's '21' Hit 20th Week At No. 1, Van Halen Debuts At No. 2

    February 15, 2012 11:00 AM EST Thanks to a Grammy Awards-fueled gain, Adele's "21" album beats out Van Halen's new "A Different Kind of Truth" for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. Adele's "21" sold 237,000 in the week that ended ...

  49. Van Halen, the Fray, Dierks Bentley & Paul McCartney: Heading for Top 10

    February 10, 2012 9:10 PM EST As Grammy Awards weekend descends upon us, we're looking towards next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, where a bevy of new releases are aiming for high debuts. Van Halen could notch its first No. 1 album since 1996 with its new "A ...

  50. Who Will Get Big Grammy Sales Bumps? Adele? Civil Wars? Bruno Mars? Retailers Weigh In

    February 10, 2012 9:10 PM EST As the music industry convenes on Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, merchants across America are gearing up for the sales boost that the show always brings. The only question is: Which winners and performers will see the biggest b ...

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