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  1. Chart Moves: Beatles For Sale on Billboard 200, Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' LP Hits 1 Million Sales

    December 28, 2012 4:14 PM EST It was a familiar story at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this past week, where Taylor Swift's "Red" held atop the chart for a sixth nonconsecutive stanza. The singer's album moved another 276,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundS ...

  2. 2012 Holiday-Season Music Sales Down From Last Year

    December 28, 2012 9:00 AM EST In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele's "21" or Michael Buble's "Christmas," 2012's holiday music sales were down compared to last year. Comparing weeks 46-51 of the 2013 SoundScan calen ...

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Headed for Seventh Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 8:59 PM EST For the final sales tracking week of 2012, it seems as if a familiar face will rule the Billboard 200 albums chart again: Taylor Swift. According to label sources, the star's "Red" album is likely to remain at No. 1 for a seventh no ...

  4. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album Rules at No. 1, Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2

    December 19, 2012 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 25%). It's the Big Machine album's fifth non-consecutive week at No. ...

  5. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Comeback: Album Headed for No. 2 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    December 14, 2012 10:15 PM EST More than a year after its release, Michael Buble's blockbuster "Christmas" album is on the comeback trail -- and heading for No. 2 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. "Christmas" could sell upwards of 150,000 ...

  6. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan, One Direction's 'Take Me Home' Next for 2012's Million-Sellers Club

    December 14, 2012 9:35 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" returned to No. 1, selling 167,000 (up 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the album's fourth non-consecutive week atop the list. The tally's high ...

  7. Ke$ha's 'Warrior' Headed for Top 10, Taylor Swift Set for No. 1 Return on Billboard 200

    December 07, 2012 7:38 PM EST After vacating the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks, it looks like Taylor Swift's "Red" will return to No. 1. The current tracking week isn't over yet, but industry forecasters suggest that the Big Machine Re ...

  8. Where Does Adele's '21' Rank in the Best-Selling Albums of Nielsen SoundScan Era?

    November 29, 2012 11:42 AM EST Adele's "21" joins a rare group of albums this week, as the XL/Columbia set soars 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 sta ...

  9. Meek Mill, Rod Stewart Albums Headed for Top 10 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    November 02, 2012 8:30 PM EDT As previously reported , rapper Meek Mill and pop veteran Rod Stewart are both aiming for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the former's "Dreams & Nightmares" is on course t ...

  10. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Easily Tops Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2

    October 31, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As earlier reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , selling 1.2 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sales week for an album since 2002, when Em ...

  11. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million -- Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

    October 30, 2012 7:56 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem's "The ...

  12. Taylor Swift Ready To Paint Billboard 200 'Red,' Kendrick Lamar Heading For No. 2

    October 24, 2012 8:01 PM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales week and a non-surprising Billboard 200 No. 1 debut, as industry sources seem certain that the album will eclipse the seven-figure sales threshol ...

  13. 'Red' Alert: Taylor Swift To Sell 1 Million In First Week

    October 23, 2012 3:28 PM EDT Taylor Swift is poised to become the first female artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991 to present) to have a pair of albums sell more than a million units in a single week. According to industry sources, first-day sales for "Red" (M ...

  14. Chart Moves: Adele's Bond Theme Stirs '21' Sales Gain, Blake Shelton's Christmas Set Debuts

    October 12, 2012 10:37 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Muse led a parade of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart this week, as the band's "The 2nd Law" started in the No. 2 slot with 102,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That wasn't enough to beat Mum ...

  15. Killers, Carly Rae Jepsen Aiming for Top 10 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    September 21, 2012 9:58 PM EDT As previously reported , pop superstar P!nk is likely on course for her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The artist's new album, "The Truth About Love," is set for a chart-topping debut next week. Industry sources suggest that the ...

  16. Chart Moves: Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' Album Makes Best Buy-Fueled Gain on Billboard 200, Kiss' 'Destroyer' Returns

    August 31, 2012 1:49 PM EDT The Billboard 200: Trey Songz nabbed his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week with "Chapter V," as the singer's fifth studio set bowed with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in ...

  17. Chart Moves: Testament Flies High, Carrie Underwood Gains, Aer Debuts, Elvis Is Back on Billboard 200

    August 10, 2012 7:25 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Rick Ross ruled the top of the Billboard 200 this week, as his "God Forgives, I Don't," bowed atop the tally with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is the hip-hop veteran's fourth No. 1 set. Ros ...

  18. Slow Sales Start August, Big Guns Next Week

    August 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sold, a ...

  19. One Direction's 'Up All Night' Overtakes Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' as 2012's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    July 20, 2012 2:41 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 this past week, Zac Brown Band scored its second No. 1 album, as "Uncaged" debuted atop the tally with 234,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the best sales week yet for the country ...

  20. After Modest Growth Last Year, Album Sales Are Down Again

    July 12, 2012 7:50 PM EDT Midway through 2012, Nielsen SoundScan numbers show album sales down 3.2%, and the question is: What does that mean? On the one hand, a decline is a decline, and the obvious answer is that the U.S. music industry can't sustain the positive al ...

  21. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Album Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 11, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  22. Universal Music Group Tops Sony To Lead 2012 Mid-Year Market Share

    July 05, 2012 5:42 PM EDT The Universal Music Group continues its reign as the top U.S. distributor of albums and track-equivalent albums, finishing the first half with 30.15% share, which edges out Sony Music Entertainment's 29.93% share, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  23. Chart Moves: 'Brave's' Mumford & Sons-Enhanced Billboard 200 Debut, Blood on the Dance Floor's Best Sales

    June 29, 2012 5:44 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Justin Bieber crashed in at No. 1 with his "Believe" album, selling 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the largest debut of the year for an album and Bie ...

  24. Business Matters: Are Market-Based Solution the Future of Music? Ask GreenLight Music, EMI Music Publishing

    June 14, 2012 5:34 PM EDT Market Solutions May Be Answer to Copyright Questions Copyright law isn't broke, but it needs private enterprises to find solutions. Take last week's news that Clear Channel had struck a comprehensive royalties agreement with Big Machine ...

  25. Adele's '21' At 24; Alan Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    June 14, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 2 ...

  26. Sony Overtaking Universal in Market Share? It Already Happened in March

    May 24, 2012 6:25 PM EDT If the media wants to write about the possibility of Sony Music Entertainment overtaking Universal Music Group in U.S. market-share rankings , maybe they should have done so when Sony actually accomplished that feat back in March , as detailed in ...

  27. Donna Summer's Album Sales Skyrocket 3,277% Following Death

    May 23, 2012 5:13 PM EDT The late Donna Summer impacts Billboard's music charts this week, following her death from cancer on May 17. As Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on May 20, Billboard's new sales charts reflect only four days since Summe ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Record Store Day Brings Explosive Sales to Indie Stores, SoundScan Data Shows

    April 26, 2012 11:45 AM EDT The scene at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl during Portugal. The Man's set on Record Store Day. (Photo: Jerry Rubino) Record Store Day produced explosive sales gains at indie stores, that helped the U.S. industry slightly outpace the ...

  30. Adele's '21' Heading Back to No. 1 for 24th Week

    April 11, 2012 8:03 PM EDT Adele's titanic-selling "21" album is looking likely to return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a 24th nonconsecutive week. While it's too early to tell just how much it will sell by week's end on Sunday, April 15, ...

  31. Do Strong Pre- and Post-Holiday Music Sales Point To Another Up Year?

    January 20, 2012 12:50 PM EST After U.S. album sales posted their first annual increase in seven years, the recording industry is now left to wonder whether an encore is possible in 2012.' Based on recorded-music sales during the year-end holiday season and sales during t ...

  32. SoundScan's Year-End Charts: The Numbers Behind the First Positive Album-Sales Year Since 2004

    January 04, 2012 6:04 PM EST Although U.S. sales were slightly less robust in the fourth quarter than they were in the preceding two quarters of this year , the market still managed to hold onto its first positive album sales growth year since 2004. Overall U.S. album sales r ...

  33. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Set for Second Week at No. 1

    November 30, 2011 10:50 PM EST After Michael Buble's "Christmas" album squeaked past Nickelback's "Here and Now" to claim the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this past week, it would seem Mr. Buble isn't going anywhere soon. His latest album, ...

  34. Billboard Pricing Policy, Effective November 21, 2011

    November 15, 2011 11:32 AM EST Unit sales for Albums priced below $3.49 during their first four weeks of release will not be eligible for inclusion on the Billboard album charts and will not count towards sales data presented by Nielsen SoundScan. *The rule also applies to reis ...

  35. 2011 U.S. Album Sales Still Strong After Three Quarters

    October 06, 2011 12:58 PM EDT As the year heads into its home stretch, things are looking up for the U.S. music industry - sales are on track to increase over the previous year, something that hasn't happened since 2004. With nine months of 2011 down, album sales stand at ...

  36. Lil Wayne Beats 'Watch the Throne' -- 'Carter IV' Breaks iTunes Single-Week Album Sales Record

    September 02, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Less than three weeks after the U.S. iTunes Store's single-week album sales record was broken by Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne," it's been smashed again -- by Lil Wayne's new "Tha Carter IV." &q ...

  37. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' May Debut at No. 1 With 700,000 Sold

    August 29, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Lil Wayne's just-released "Tha Carter IV" album could have the second-biggest sales week of the year, as industry forecasters suggest it may sell 700,000-850,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 4. "IV&qu ...

  38. Katy Perry Laughs Last: 'Teenage Dream' and Its Singles Rack Up Huge Sales

    August 17, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Almost a year ago, Billboard published a story analyzing whether or not Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" album had met its first-week sales expectations. In the weeks leading up to the album's release, Perry seemed omnipresent, and ...

  39. Amy Winehouse Catalog Makes Full-Week Sales Impact

    August 05, 2011 1:02 PM EDT Amy Winehouse's Back to Black unsurprisingly moves up the Billboard 200 this week, climbing 9-7 (39,000; up 2%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) after a full week's worth of sales impact following her death on Saturday, July 23. Last we ...

  40. Amy Winehouse Sales, By the Numbers

    July 27, 2011 2:01 PM EDT While this week's charts only track the first 36 hours of sales after news broke on Saturday afternoon of Amy Winehouse's death , fans clearly rushed to retail sites as the news spread. Through the end of SoundScan's tracking period ...

  41. Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' Projected To Re-Enter Top 20 on Billboard 200

    July 25, 2011 5:35 PM EDT The late Amy Winehouse's breakthrough album "Back to Black," as well as a number of her singles, are staging a return to the Billboard charts this week. The new Billboard 200 albums chart -- which will be revealed on Wednesday (July ...

  42. Adele's '21' Surpasses 1 Million Downloads, Is Best Selling Digital Album of All-Time

    July 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Just a week after Eminem's "Recovery" became the first album to sell 1 million digital downloads in the U.S., now Adele's "21" has hit the milestone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, "21" goes further -- ...

  43. Top-Selling Albums of 2011 So Far

    July 05, 2011 8:27 PM EDT With 2011 half-over, Adele's "21" reigns as the year's biggest selling album in the U.S., shifting 2,517,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" has moved 2,517,000 copies in the U.S. since its release on Feb. ...

  44. Neil Diamond Accepts Billboard Icon Award, Closes BBMAs with Medley Performance

    May 22, 2011 10:55 PM EDT With spirited, audience singalong versions of "Sweet Caroline" and a choir-assisted "America," Neil Diamond closed the 2011 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 22) by accepting his 2011 Billboard Icon Award. Seeming just a ...

  45. Beatles Pass 5 Million Downloads, 1 Million Albums Sold on iTunes

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Beatles have sold more than 5 million track downloads and 1 million albums worldwide since the group's catalog became available on iTunes November 16, according to a joint statement from iTunes and EMI . Of the track total, 3.6 million ha ...

  46. Vinyl Posts 14% Sales Gain in 2010

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST The year-end SoundScan numbers , released today, have a lot of minus signs. But one big exception is vinyl sales: While the numbers aren't massive, they still rose 14% from 2009 to 2010, according to the Nielsen Company and Billboard's 2 ...

  47. U.S. Album Sales Dropped 12.8% Last Year, Digital Tracks Post Small Gain

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST As expected, the year-end Nielsen SoundScan numbers once again tell a tale of an industry in turmoil. There were a few bright spots, but 2010 was mostly about diminishing returns. During the 52 weeks ended Jan. 2, album sales in the United States ...

  48. 'Let It Be' Leads Beatles Digital Debut

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' much-ballyhooed arrival in Apple's iTunes Store makes waves on Billboard's charts as a number of the Fab Four's singles and albums dot our tallies. All told, the group sold 1.42 million tracks last week in the U.S. ...

  49. 'Abbey Road' Tops Beatles Albums Sales

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The much-hyped arrival of the Beatles catalog on iTunes helped move a total of 144,000 units in the U.S., or about seven times the scans generated by the catalog in the prior week, when the total was 20,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan. T ...

  50. Beatles Sales On iTunes Top 450K

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial Beatles sales figures are in: More than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16). In U.S. the best-selling album was ...

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