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  1. Diamond On Track For First No. 1 Album

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Forty-one years after he first appeared on The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond looks to be on course to earn his first No. 1 album as "Home Before Dark" (Columbia) leads the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart released May 7. Unweighted sales f ...

  2. First Day Sales Put Madonna On Track For 7th No. 1

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna is on track to net her seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.) tops Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released this afternoon (April 30). Among all female artists, only Barbra Streisand has ...

  3. Mariah And Leona Hold While Rest Of Billboard 200 Gets Busy

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (down 61%) while Leona Lewis' "Spirit" stays firm at No. 2, earning a gain after her "American Idol" performance last week ... The ...

  4. Songwriter Davis Dead At 60

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul Davis, a singer and songwriter whose soft rock hit "I Go Crazy" stayed at the top of the charts for weeks after its release in 1977, has died at a Mississippi hospital. Davis died Tuesday at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, the ...

  5. With Huge First Day, Mariah On Track For No. 1 Debut

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey looks certain to debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 with "E=MC2," based on massive first-day sales from the nine chains that report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart. Unweighted sales for the Island De ...

  6. Motley Crue Roars Back With New Album, Tour

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In support of its first studio album with its original members in more than a decade, Motley Crue will embark on a 40-plus-city North American amphitheater tour, beginning July 1 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla., and wrapping Au ...

  7. iTunes 'Tagging' Software Unveiled

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a record label's dream: fan hears song on radio, fan likes song, fan presses one button on radio receiver and buys song. Whether or not fans will actually do this remains a big question, but at least the technology is finally rollin ...

  8. Foos, Kanye, NIN, STP Set For Virgin Fest

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the Virgin Mobile Festival, set for Aug. 9-10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The festival is produced for the third year by I.M.P. Virgin Group ...

  9. DJ Drama, Young Jeezy Gear Up For Mixtape

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In addition to working with 50 Cent, DJ Drama is gearing up for another "Gangsta Grillz" mixtape with Atlanta MC, Young Jeezy. The pair supplemented the marketing of Young Jeezy's first and second albums, "Let's Get It: Th ...

  10. Nashville 2.0: Is Taylor Swift The Face Of A Country Revolution?

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "This is for my MySpace people and everybody who voted." With those words at last year's CMT Music Awards, then 17-year-old Taylor Swift, who won breakthrough artist of the year that April night, signaled a new era in country music. ...

  11. Yahoo Drops Subscription Service, Pacts With Rhapsody

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo is dropping its subscription music service and replacing it with Rhapsody America as part of a broad strategic partnership announced by the two companies today. As part of the deal, Yahoo will exclusively promote Rhapsody on its site and int ...

  12. Gibson Tuning Up New Slash Lines

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Gibson Guitar will release eight new Slash-branded guitars, Billboard.biz has exclusively learned. To prep for the launch of the new lines, Gibson is taking the company's current Slash-branded guitars off the market to create more hype around ...

  13. MP3 Cards To Feature Latin Acts

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alejandro Fernandez, Calle 13 and Camila are among the Latin acts whose albums will be available on Sony BMG's Platinum MusicPass MP3 cards. The label revealed Monday that the artist-specific digital album cards, which retail for $12.99, woul ...

  14. Sony BMG To Debut MP3 Album Cards

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment will roll out its Platinum MusicPass series of digital album cards beginning Jan. 15 at Best Buy, Target and Fred's, with Trans World and Winn-Dixie coming to the party by the end of January. In Canada, participat ...

  15. Eugster Named Chairman At Baker & Taylor

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Eugster, one of the most powerful U.S. music merchandisers when he headed Musicland, has been named chairman of wholesaler Baker & Taylor, replacing Richard Willis. Eugster had been serving on Baker & Taylor's board of directors ...

  16. Led Zeppelin Triumphs At London Show

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tonight (Dec. 10) in London, one of the greatest bands of all time was back in front of its adoring public, if only for two-plus hours. Led Zeppelin's 16-song set at London's O2 Arena came as part of a benefit for late Atlantic Records f ...

  17. Jay-Z In Line For 10th No. 1 Album

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z is on course to achieve his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as his "American Gangster" set (Roc-A-Fella) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart, released Nov. 7. If Jay-Z locks his 10th No. 1, that will tie him with E ...

  18. Eagles May Have Week's Best Seller

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If Wal-Mart chooses to report sales of its exclusive Eagles album, the veteran band could surpass Britney Spears next week on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums, according to Eagles manager Irving Azoff. Spears' "Blackout," h ...

  19. Britney Poised For Top Spot On Billboard 200

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears looks to have a clear path to top The Billboard 200. First-day sales from the eight chains that report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts put Spears' Jive/Zomba release "Blackout" at 124,000 on the report rel ...

  20. Veteran Music Merchandiser Dosdall Dies

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran music merchandiser Kathy Dosdall passed away in Minneapolis Oct. 20 after a long illness with cancer. She was 56. Dosdall, who worked in the music industry for more than 30 years, was best known for her last job as a buyer for the powerful ...

  21. Sonos Rolls Out Upgrades To Service, Devices

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Sonos home digital music streaming system has added built-in support for the Napster music subscription service. The feature is part of an upgrade that also includes new software, new devices, and new services. Sonos users are able to access t ...

  22. Kid Rock Pulls Ahead In Race For Billboard 200

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock looks primed to debut at No. 1 next week on The Billboard 200 with "Rock'n'Roll Jesus" (Atlantic). Unweighted opening-day sales from eight leading accounts posted today on Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts put t ...

  23. Springsteen A Lock For Another No. 1 Album

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen is a lock to add another No. 1 album to his resume, according to Nielsen SoundScan's Friday Building Chart, released Oct. 5. Unweighted sales through close of business Thursday saw "Magic" leading the next best sel ...

  24. Springsteen Primed To Lead Next Week's Album Chart

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen is on target to debut at No. 1 next week on The Billboard 200 with "Magic" (Columbia), his first album with the E Street Band in five years. Unweighted opening-day sales from eight leading accounts posted today on Niels ...

  25. Rascal Flatts Poised To Earn Third No. 1 Album

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts is on course for the largest sales week by a country act in 2007, according to the Building Charts posted by Nielsen SoundScan. Unweighted sales from eight leading accounts posted Friday (Sept. 28) afternoon show the Lyric Street gro ...

  26. Jackson Takes Reins As Exec VP At Best Buy

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy has named Darren Jackson executive VP of its customer operating groups. Jackson reports to Brian Dunn, the company’s president and COO. Jackson, formerly Best Buy's CFO, will lead the company's entertainment, PC mobility and hom ...

  27. Reba Poised For First Career No. 1

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Billboard's first Woman of the Year may be in line for her first career No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as Reba McEntire's new album leads the Friday edition of Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart. Unweighted sales through close of Thurs ...

  28. Kanye Retains Big Lead Over 50 In Debut Week Sales

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West has increased his lead over 50 Cent in the much scrutinized battle between the rap stars, according the Friday edition of Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts. Un-weighted sales from eight leading accounts through close of business ...

  29. West Well Ahead Of 50 Cent After First-Day Sales

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West looks to top next week's The Billboard 200 chart, according to results that will be posted later today on Nielsen SoundScan's new Building Charts feature. All eyes are on the Sept. 11 album schedule, with anticipated new relea ...

  30. Calm Before the Storm as 'HSM2' Marks Fourth Week at No. 1

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT There's not a whole lot happening on The Billboard 200 this week as a light Sept. 4 release schedule yields only one debut in the top 40: Chiodos' "Bone Palace Ballet" at No. 5 ... "High School Musical 2" spends its f ...

  31. Three Weeks at No. 1 for 'High School Musical 2'

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "High School Musical 2" makes it three for three at the top of The Billboard 200 as it extends its stay in the penthouse ... an eclectic group of debuts grace the top 10 this week, including a career-high No. 2 placing for Casting Crowns ...

  32. 'Musical' To The Tune Of 615,000

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The soundtrack to Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" makes a grand entrance at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 615,000 units, the year's second-largest sales week. It's also the best debut for a soundtrack since 2002 ...

  33. MTV, RealNetworks, Verizon Join Forces

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks, RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless have joined forces to create a new, integrated digital music service, which will replace the service each company currently offers. The core of the new offering is a joint venture between RealNetwork ...

  34. Top Five Says Hello to UGK, Plies and Jonas Brothers

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rap duo UGK (Pimp C and Bun B) storm the top of The Billboard 200 as the act scores its first No. 1 album. The "Underground Kingz" sold 160,000 last week -- the best sales week ever for either the group or its individual members ... New ...

  35. UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is testing the non-DRM waters. The label, which has the largest market share of all the major labels at 26%, unveiled a plan to test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale. UMG will begin s ...

  36. Common Claims First No. 1 Album

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Common grabs his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Finding Forever" debuts with 155,000 ... Korn claims its seventh consecutive top 10 studio release as its new "Untitled" bows at No. 2 ... "Beautiful Girls" ...

  37. Even Dozen: 12th No. 1 for 'Now'

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Now" is not the time to be surprised that the "Now 25" collection debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. After all, it's the 12th No. 1 in the series ... Thanks to a hefty opening weekend, the soundtrack to the new movie m ...

  38. Apple Offers Spanish Language Gift Cards

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple has begun selling its first Spanish language gift cards in the United States. The Tarjeta iTunes comes in denominations of $15, $25 and $50 and will be available as of the end of this week at Best Buy and Target, with Wal-Mart and Safeway ad ...

  39. Owen Named Best Buy Senior VP

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy has named Julie Owen as senior VP of the company's entertainment business operating group, filling the position vacated by Gary Arnold. Owen, who previously was VP of customer care for the chain, reports to Best Buy executive VP of e ...

  40. T.I. Is 'T.I.P.' Top

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T.I. arrives atop The Billboard 200 with "T.I. Vs. T.I.P.," his second chart-topper ... Miley Cyrus' dual effort, "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus," slips to No. 2 with a 42% decline ... Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson's ...

  41. Bon Jovi Nabs First No. 1 Album in Nearly 19 Years

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the band's first No. 1 since 1988's "New Jersey" spent four weeks atop the list in October and November of that year. It's the act's thi ...

  42. Analyst: iTunes Third Largest Music Retailer

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT According to research from the NPD Group, Apple iTunes is now the third largest music retailer in the country in any format, digital or physical. Based on first quarter figures, Wal-Mart remains the biggest single music retailer with 15.8% of the ...

  43. Ritmo Latino Vows Iglesias Boycott

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ritmo Latino, the nation's largest independent Latin music retailer, says it is holding off on selling Enrique Iglesias' "Insomniac," which hits stores June 12 via Interscope, to protest what president David Massry calls " ...

  44. R. Kelly Flirts His Way To No. 1 Album Chart Debut

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly finds himself in a familiar spot atop The Billboard 200 with "Double Up," his sixth No. 1 on the tally. The Jive set moved 386,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, aided by the popularity of his new s ...

  45. No Trouble For Kelly's 'Double'

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly easily scores his sixth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Double Up" debuts with 386,000 units ... Jason Aldean nabs a top 10 debut on the big chart and a No. 1 entry on Top Country Albums with his second album, "Relentl ...

  46. Best Buy Expands Ballard's Role

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy has expanded the responsibilities of executive VP Shari Ballard and placed her in charge of its U.S. entertainment business, which includes DVD and CD sales. As part of the move, Gary Arnold, senior VP of Best Buy's U.S. entertainmen ...

  47. Amp'd Mobile files For Chapter 11

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Startup wireless operator Amp'd Mobile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Friday, unable to meet payments due on almost $100 million of debt. The company, which launched service in December of 2005, does not own its own network but instead ...

  48. Ne-Yo and Michael Buble Lead Busy Chart

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo and Michael Buble bow at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on The Billboard 200 -- it's the second chart-topper for the former and a new high for the latter ... The pair are just two of six debuts in the top 10 this week. Rush, Miranda Lamber ...

  49. Avril Maintains Top Slot, Joe Starts at No. 2

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Best Damn Thing," while R&B singer Joe begins in the runner-up slot with his new "Ain't Nothing Like Me" ... U.K. band Arctic Monkeys bow in the top 10, while ...

  50. NARM Coverage: Opening Address

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While music retailers continues to face what National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers president Jim Donio termed "seismic shifts in our business," the April 30-May 2 convention convened with music merchants and label partners resolved t ...

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