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  1. One Direction Tops Billboard 200, 'Twilight' Debuts At No. 3

    November 21, 2012 11:00 AM EST As earlier reported, One Direction crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its second album, "Take Me Home." The SYCO/Columbia set sold 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the third-largest deb ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Clear Channel Rolls Out Ryan Seacrest to Announce Power 96.1, New Atlanta Top 40 Station

    August 30, 2012 12:33 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest makes a surprise appearance onstage at the Enrique Iglesias / Jennifer Lopez concert at Philips Arena Wednesday to launch Power 96.1 in Atlanta. (Photo: Cliff Robinson Photography for Clear Channel) Clear Channel Media and Entertainm ...

  4. Universal Accused of Delaying IFPI Market Share Report

    June 27, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Universal Music Group is alleged to have caused a delay to the publication of an IFPI report into market-share by attempting "to put its own spin" on its findings, according to the New York Post . In a story published today (June 27), Th ...

  5. Business Matters: The Adele Effect: What 2012's First Quarter Might Have Looked Like Without '21'

    April 06, 2012 4:05 PM EDT The Adele Effect, and Other First-Quarter Observations -- The first quarter of 2012 has come to a close and the "Adele Effect" is everywhere. Not only did the singer's breakthrough album 21 provide the highlights of the Grammy Award ...

  6. Nickelback, Michael Buble Post Social 50 Chart Gains

    December 02, 2011 12:50 PM EST Nickelback returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 30 -- a new high -- thanks to the debut of a new video and a lot of NFL chatter. The clip for "When We Stand Together" arrived Nov. 23, while the band performed a hotly debate ...

  7. Wonder Girls, One Direction Arrive on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    November 18, 2011 6:55 AM EST K-pop group Wonder Girls arrives onto Billboard's Social 50 chart, jumping into the tally at No. 33 -- this week's highest debut. The release of the video for their latest single "Be My Baby" on Nov. 5 prompted a burst of eight ...

  8. 12-Year Old Maddi Jane Makes Social 50 Chart Splash

    October 27, 2011 4:18 PM EDT -year old Maddi Jane -- who has been lighting up YouTube with covers and Adele and Jessie J -- returns to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, re-entering at No. 36. The youngster, who curated a playlist for YouTube Music Tuesdays on Oct. 17 ...

  9. Rihanna, the 'Sexiest Woman Alive,' Powers Up Social 50 Chart

    October 20, 2011 8:24 AM EDT A racy Esquire magazine cover and a fan-driven Facebook promotional campaign sends Rihanna flying 10-5 on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, just as the music video for her single "We Found Love" premiered. As for the rest of th ...

  10. Placido Domingo Named IFPI Chairman

    July 26, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Legendary opera star Placido Domingo might have played a record 134 operatic roles in more than 3,500 career performances during his more than 40-year career. He may also have made more than 100 recordings of complete operas, plus arias, duets and ...

  11. Enrique Iglesias Scores Top 40 Radio No. 1, After 11 Years, 7 months, 3 weeks

    March 01, 2011 1:09 PM EST Patience pays off for Enrique Iglesias , who completes the longest climb to the top of Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart from an artist's first entry on the survey, as "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris ...

  12. 2010's Latin Music Sales Down 26.8%, Digital Up 28%, Enrique Igelsias Is Top-Selling Artist

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Year-end sales of Latin music in the United States continued to drop for the fourth consecutive year, according to numbers released by Nielsen SoundScan. For the 52 weeks ending Jan. 2, sales of Latin music, defined as albums that are at least 51% ...

  13. What’s Happening to Digital Album Sales?

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital album sales aren’t falling off a cliff, but they are experiencing a sustained decline for the first time. A Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data has found that after seven years of strong growth, digital albums are finally starting ...

  14. Sweden’s Carrot-and-Stick Digital Marketplace: A Model for Others?

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s often said the music industry needs to show consumers a carrot while they give them the stick. Anti-piracy measures – the stick – have had mixed or no results in most countries. Legal alternatives to piracy – the carrot – exist but often fail ...

  15. Billboard 200 Movers & Shakers: Cypress Hill, Ratt, Luciano Pavarotti, 'American Idiot' and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While "Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with 98,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, a number of other albums are making waves further down the list. Here's a snapsho ...

  16. Album Sales Down 18% in August, 10% in July

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT August album sales were down 18.1% versus the same period last year and were 37.2% lower than the August 2007, according to Billboard analysis of data at Nielsen SoundScan. In the combined period of July and August, album sales were 13.6% lower th ...

  17. U2's 'Boots' Kick In At U.K. Radio

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 returned to radio with "Get On Your Boots," which debuted simultaneously around the world today at 8:15 a.m. GMT. It was instantly added to Radio 1's B list, XFM daytime, Capital's C list, Absolute's A list and 6 Music& ...

  18. Kenny Chesney Scores Fifth Chart-Topping Album

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney scores his fifth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and eighth Top Country Albums as "Lucky Old Sun" (BNA) moves 176,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, this marks the lowest sales debut for one of his ...

  19. T.I. Begins Second Week Atop Billboard 200

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 69% drop-off in sales, T.I. starts a second week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "Paper Trail." The Grand Hustle/Atlantic set sold 177,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, after debuting last week with 568 ...

  20. Slipknot Edges The Game Atop Billboard 200

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Slipknot's "All Hope Is Gone" barely wins out over the Game's "LAX" in the race for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Roadrunner set moved 239,516 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, o ...

  21. Lil Wayne, Coldplay And 'Camp Rock' Continue To Hold Court

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While the top three on the Billboard 200 is static, with Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" spending a third week at No. 1, two other albums arrive in the top 10. Beck's "Modern Guilt" starts at No. 4 while the soundtrack t ...

  22. Lil Wayne Back On Top Of The Billboard 200

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 25% drop in sales, Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 this week. The Cash Money/Universal album moved 156,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has now sold ...

  23. 'High School Musical' Takes Global Top Spot In 07

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The "High School Musical" phenomenon has entered the record books, again. More than six million combined physical and digital copies of "High School Musical 2" (Walt Disney Records/Universal/EMI) were shifted worldwide en route ...

  24. Mariah Carey Remains Atop Billboard 200

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 61% decline in sales, Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam set "E=MC2" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. The album, the diva's sixth No. 1, moved 182,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soun ...

  25. Norah Debut Scores 7th IFPI Platinum Award

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Parlophone) has been awarded its seventh IFPI Platinum Europe Award in recognition of seven million pan-European shipments. Jones' debut 2002 set was one of 12 albums to earn a Platin ...

  26. Iglesias Tops Chart With '95/08'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias' "95/08" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart this week, with over 22,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. "95/08," which is Iglesias' first ever all-hits album in S ...

  27. Jackson Bests Janet To Top Billboard 200

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his new set "Good Time." The Arista Nashville set sold 119,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His last studio set, 2006's Alis ...

  28. Iglesias Set For Billboard Latin Music Conference

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias will be the "Star Q&A" artist at the 19th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 6-10 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Iglesias is the latest of a ...

  29. Does Blog Chatter Matter?

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Blog posts can triple future album sales, according to a new study from researchers at New York University. NYU Stern professor Vasant Dhar and former student Elaine Chang sampled 108 albums released between January and March of 2007 to determine ...

  30. Update: EMI Letter To IFPI Surfaces

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI has tendered a conditional resignation from the IFPI, Billboard has learned. The resignation came via a letter obtained by Billboard from EMI general counsel Chris Ancliff to IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy, and would go into effect on Marc ...

  31. 'Oprah' Visit Helps Groban Soar To No. 1

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST After seven weeks on the chart, Josh Groban's holiday set "Noel" finally overtakes The Billboard 200 at No. 1. The 143/Reprise album ascends 2-1, selling 405,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 81% increase w ...

  32. Live Nation Presses Button On Iglesias Fan Site

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation's Artist Nation division has launched EnriqueFanClub.com, a new fan Web site for Interscope recording artist Enrique Iglesias. In addition to news, interviews, tour information, behind-the-scenes footage and photos, fan club membe ...

  33. UB40's Campbell Signs With Absolute

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT UB40 singer and guitarist Ali Campbell has inked a long-term management agreement with Absolute Marketing and Distribution for his new independent label Crumbs Music. Under the deal, London-based Absolute will provide what it calls a "one-sto ...

  34. Viva La France in Latest Platinum Europe Awards

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French repertoire made significant inroads in this year's second quarter of the IFPI Platinum Europe Awards. It is led by "Les Choristes" (Universal), the soundtrack of the 2004 hit movie, which has shipped more than two million uni ...

  35. Former Polydor A&R Heath Dies

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Polydor Records A&R manager Adrian Heath committed suicide on May 26. He was 47. Heath had served as Polydor Records A&R from 1981 to 1983, where he signed Orange Juice and Clock DVA/ He also had stints handling A&R for RAK, Bronze, an ...

  36. Linkin Park Scores Year's Best Debut With 'Midnight'

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" crashes in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in a big way this week, its 623,000 copies the highest first-week total of 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest debut week number si ...

  37. Lavigne Remains No. 1 As Joe Debuts High

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second week straight, despite a 58% drop in sales. The RCA effort sold 122,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. R&B singer Jo ...

  38. Iglesias Back With First Album Since 2003

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Latin star Enrique Iglesias has set a June 12 release for "Insomniac," his first Interscope album since 2003's "7." First single "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)," which was written by Sean Garrett, will hit U ...

  39. 'NOW 24' Trumps McBride, Duff, Timbaland At No. 1

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amid five new releases debuting in the top 10 this week, the "NOW 24" hits compilation rises to the top of The Billboard 200 in its second week on the chart. Climbing 2-1, the set moved 213,000 copies in the United States, according to N ...

  40. Notorious B.I.G. Grabs Top Spot On The Billboard 200

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since November, five of the top 10 albums on The Billboard 200 this week are debuts. The strongest of these, the late Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits," bows at No. 1 selling 99,000 copies in the United States, a ...

  41. 'Montana' Zooms By Manilow For Second Week At No. 1

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Disney set's sales fell 28% in second week. The soundtrack to Disney's "Hannah Montana" holds on to the throne of The Billboard 200 for the second week in a row, selling 203,000 copies in the United States, according to Niels ...

  42. IFPI: Global Biz Shrinks In H1

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The digital music business continues to soar, new figures published by the IFPI reveal. But the overall picture for recorded music is less cheerful. The digital music business continues to soar, new figures published by the IFPI reveal. But the ov ...

  43. IFPI: Global Biz Shrinks In H1

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The digital music business continues to soar, new figures published by the IFPI reveal. But the overall picture for recorded music is less cheerful. The digital music business continues to soar, new figures published by the IFPI reveal. But the ov ...

  44. Danity Kane Sidesteps OutKast To Claim No. 1

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Set sold 234,000 copies in the United States. In yet another big week for new albums on The Billboard 200, Danity Kane comes out on top of the crop with its self-titled debut. The set sold 234,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen ...

  45. IFPI Wins Moscow Piracy Court Case

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has snatched victory against Russobit-Soft, a major Russian pirate-disc manufacturer, following a court ruling in Moscow today (July 13). The IFPI has snatched victory against Russobit-Soft, a major Russian pirate-disc manufacturer, follo ...

  46. IFPI Wins Moscow Piracy Court Case

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has snatched victory against Russobit-Soft, a major Russian pirate-disc manufacturer, following a court ruling in Moscow today (July 13). The IFPI has snatched victory against Russobit-Soft, a major Russian pirate-disc manufacturer, follo ...

  47. Greek Authorities Destroy 4 Tons Of Pirate CDs

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Greek authorities and the local IFPI affiliate last week destroyed four tons of pirated CDs in Athens, Greece. The discs had been seized in more than 2,600 raids, which had been carried out over the p Greek authorities and the local IFPI affiliate ...

  48. Kaisers Take Chief Position For Mercury Prize

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Kaiser Chiefs' debut album "Employment" (B Unique/Polydor) is the leading contender for the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the shortlist for which was unveiled today (July 19) in London. The prize The Kaiser Chiefs' debut a ...

  49. Kaisers Take Chief Position For Mercury Prize

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Kaiser Chiefs' debut album "Employment" (B Unique/Polydor) is the leading contender for the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the shortlist for which was unveiled today (July 19) in London. The prize The Kaiser Chiefs' debut a ...

  50. Russian Web Site Owner Faces Criminal Charges

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT International trade body the IFPI reports that the owner of a Russia-based Web site faces criminal proceedings for allegedly offering CDs of pirated music for sale. The owner of the site, russian-cds. LONDON -- International trade body the IFPI re ...

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