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  1. Decemberists' 'The King Is Dead' Tops Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST The Decemberists top the charts. (Photo: Autumn DeWilde) The Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  2. Decemberists Aiming For No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Next week, the Billboard 200 albums chart may begin to emerge from of its doom-and-gloom fog (i.e. exeedingly low sales numbers) -- though not by much. The Decemberists' new "The King Is Dead" is on track to debut at No. 1, with per ...

  3. Cake Scores Lowest-Selling No. 1 In SoundScan History

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Digital Songs and Billboard 200 charts couldn't look any more different this week. Sales at the top of the Billboard 200 continue to slide as the No. 1-debuting set-from a rather unlikely band-sold 44,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soun ...

  4. Chart Moves: Edward Sharpe, Usher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST A look at some of the most notable movers and shakers on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Lady Antebellum: At No. 12, the trio's "A Merry Little Christmas" EP flies with a 58-pos ...

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Takes No. 1 in Record-Low Sales Week

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST This week, though Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, it does so while earning a dubious honor. With just 52,000 copies sold (down 32%), it earns the distinction of notch ...

  6. Chart Moves: Susan Boyle, Kari Jobe, Mumford & Sons, Big Time Rush

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: -- Taylor Swift: In the final tracking week of the year (week ending Jan. 2, 2011), Swift's "Speak Now" held at No. 1, selling 77,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 72%) as the chart adjusts back to non-holi ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. In Final Week Of 2010: Swift & Mars Still Tops, Holiday Albums Tumble

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST With Christmas firmly in the rearview mirror, the Billboard 200 begins to approach normality again as many holiday-flavored sets tumble down the tally while contemporary titles rise up the list. On the chart reflecting the final Nielsen SoundScan ...

  9. Chart Moves: "Glee," Kanye West, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Lonely Island

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: -- Taylor Swift: The country diva's "Speak Now" continues to reign at No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week with 276,000 while Susan Boyle 's "The Gift" stands still at No. 2, with 240,000 (down 6 ...

  10. Christmas Lights Up Billboard Sales Charts

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last minute Christmas shopping -- and post holiday purchases -- impact both the Billboard 200 albums chart and Digital Songs tally this week. As forecasted , Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" continues to reign on the albums tally with 276 ...

  11. Posthumous Michael Jackson Album Sells 3 Million Worldwide

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, but he's being challenged by the current queens of music. Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, followed by Susan Boyle's "The Gift. ...

  12. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, "Michael" Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. ...

  13. Jackson, Boyle, Swift Battling For No. 1 On Next Week's Chart

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week is seemingly up for grabs, as three albums are possibly vying for the penthouse. Michael Jackson's new posthumous "Michael" set may move around 200,000 to 225,000 by week� ...

  14. Chart Moves: Pink, Katy Perry, AMAs, Amazon MP3, Pink Floyd

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 -- Kanye West & Nicki Minaj : As expected, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj arrive in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots , respectively, on the Billboard 200. West sold 496,000 of his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while Minaj ...

  15. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Score Big Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST As expected, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj arrive in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, respectively, on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Mr. West sold 496,000 of his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while Minaj moved 375,000 of her "Pink Frid ...

  16. '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. ...

  17. Susan Boyle's 'Gift' Tops Rihanna, Kid Rock on Billboard 200

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "The Gift" scores a rare second-week increase from a No. 1 debut as it sells 335,000 (up 5%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, and holds atop the Billboard 200. It bowed at No. 1 last week with 318,000. The last No. 1 d ...

  18. On the Billboard 200: SuBo's Still No. 1; Eight Albums Debut in Top 10

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "The Gift" easily fended off all challengers as it holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, posting a second-week increase in sales with 335,000 (up 5%) sold according to Nielsen SoundScan .. ...

  19. Chart Moves: Far East Movement, "Glee," Susan Boyle, Josh Groban

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 -- Susan Boyle : The "Britain's Got Talent" contestant turned singing sensation scored her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week as her holiday-themed "The Gift" opened atop the list with 318, ...

  20. A 'Dream' Come True: 'Glee' Cast and Susan Boyle Top Charts

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Both the cast of Fox TV's "Glee" series and "Britain's Got Talent" contestant-turned singing-sensation Susan Boyle make waves atop Billboard's charts this week. "Glee" earns its first No. 1 on the Digit ...

  21. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Kanye West

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A look at some of the most notable movers and shakers on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Taylor Swift : You may have heard something about how the pop/country diva swept in at No. 1 on the Bil ...

  22. Sugarland Tops Kings of Leon on Billboard 200

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country duo Sugarland swoops in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with its third topper, "The Incredible Machine." The set sold 203,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating out the No. 2 arrival of Kings of ...

  23. Sugarland Tops Billboard 200 With Third No. 1 Album

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 203,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's country duo's third chart-topper . . . At No. 2, Kings of Leon's "Come Aro ...

  24. Sugarland, Kings of Leon Headed For Top of the Billboard 200

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It looks like Sugarland could be on its way to sweetening the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with its third No. 1 album. Industry sources suggest the duo's new album, "The Incredible Machine," will sell perhaps 210, ...

  25. Lil Wayne's 'Human Being' Leaps 16-1 on Billboard 200

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks after Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 exclusively from download sales, its CD release pushes it to No. 1 in its third chart week. The set moves from No. 16 to No. 1 with 125,000 sol ...

  26. Discs Drive Lil Wayne's 'Human' 16-1 on Billboard 200

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks after Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 exclusively from download sales, its CD release pushes it to No. 1 in its third chart week, selling 125,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Da ...

  27. Business Matters: 'Trial of the Century' Set To Start Monday

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Trial of the Century' Set To Begin Monday -- It’s called the “Trial of the Century” in London and in the States it’s a pretty big deal too. Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup start ...

  28. Chart Moves: 'Glee,' Mavis Staples, Stephen Colbert, 'Social Network,' Pink

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Toby Keith: The country superstar netted his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with the arri ...

  29. Toby Keith's 'Gun' Fires At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One country superstar follows another as Toby Keith replaces Kenny Chesney atop the Billboard 200 with "Bullets in the Gun" selling 71,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey&qu ...

  30. Chart Moves: Far East Movement, Bruno Mars, Neon Trees, Lil Wayne

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Kenny Chesney: The country king took home his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Hemingway' ...

  31. 'Glee' Cast Breaks Beatles' Hot 100 Record

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With six debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Oct. 16, to be released Thursday (Oct. 7), the cast of Fox's "Glee" will pass the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo acts in the chart's 52-year history. The "Glee& ...

  32. Chart Moves: 'Glee,' Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Far East Movement

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Zac Brown Band: The country group scores its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with "You ...

  33. Zac Brown Band Bows At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Zac Brown Band bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "You Get What You Give," giving the country act its first chart-topping album. The set sold 153,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . In the runner-up sl ...

  34. Linkin Park's 'A Thousand Suns' Tops Billboard 200

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park notches its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its "A Thousand Suns" album debuts atop the list with 241,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz, as the latter' ...

  35. Linkin Park And Trey Songz Debut At Nos. 1 & 2 On Billboard 200

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "A Thousand Suns" opening atop the list with 241,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz, as his "Passion ...

  36. Sara Bareilles' 'Heart' Beats At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles nets her first No. 1 album—with her best sales week—as her sophomore effort, "Kaleidoscope Heart," starts atop the Billboard 200 with 90,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Total album sales in ...

  37. Album Sales Hit SoundScan Era Low—Again

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Eminem’s “Recovery” returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, celebrating its sixth week atop the list, the rest of the album market isn't quite partying it up. Overall album sales in this past chart week ending Sunday, Aug. 15 totaled 4.9 ...

  38. Eminem Recovers No. 1 On Billboard 200, Matches Susan Boyle's Feat

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" rebounds to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after two weeks of sitting by in the runner-up slot. It climbs back to the top with 133,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 13%). It's the most weeks at No. 1 for ...

  39. Eminem Meets Susan Boyle At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" slips back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 132,000, marking its sixth nonconsecutive week at the top. It's the most weeks at No. 1 for an album since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" claim ...

  40. Avenged Sevenfold Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Avenged Sevenfold snares its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Nightmare" bows atop the list with 163,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . The set's arrival ends (at least temporarily) Eminem's reign at ...

  41. Eminem's 'Recovery' Reaches Fifth Week At No. 1, Rick Ross Comes In Second

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" drives in at No. 2 with 176,000—the rapper's fourth s ...

  42. Chart Moves: Eminem, Band Of Horses, Usher, Christina Perri

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Eminem: His "Recovery" set is the still king of the Billboard 200 for a fourth week, shifting 195,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, with his rise to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (see below), it's the first time a male so ...

  43. Eminem's 'Recovery' Tops Billboard 200 for a Fourth Week

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" album hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth consecutive week, selling 195,000 (down 15%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first set to notch four straight frames at No. 1 since Susan Bo ...

  44. Chart Moves: Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Daughtry, Shakira

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Eminem: The artist simply refuses to move out of the penthouse on the Billboard 200 as his "Recovery" spends a third week atop the list, shifting 229,000 (down 27%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Big Boi's solo debut "Sir L ...

  45. Eminem's 'Recovery' Notches Three Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" is the first album to notch three consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since March, as it holds atop the tally with 229,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last album to string three weeks ...

  46. Third Week At No. 1 For Eminem's 'Recovery' On Billboard 200

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem makes it a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Recovery" while Drake's "Thank Me Later" hangs out at No. 2 for a third frame . . . The chart's highest debut is the first solo effort by OutKast's ...

  47. Emimem's 'Recovery' Remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There's no surprise this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as Eminem's "Recovery" holds atop the tally for a second week, selling 313,000 (down 58%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. In two weeks' time, the al ...

  48. Emimem's 'Recovery' Remains At No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" stands tall for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 313,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in its sophomore frame. In two weeks' time, it's racked up 1.1 million in sales . . . The-D ...

  49. Eminem's 'Recovery' Explodes At No. 1 On Billboard 200 With 741,000 Debut

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 741,000—the largest sales week for a single album since October 2008 . . . It's his sixth straight No. 1 debut and sixth overall chart-topper . . . He also tops t ...

  50. Eminem's 'Recovery' Headed For At Least 700k In First Week

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Things just got better for Eminem. Industry sources predicted Wednesday that Em’s new "Recovery" album, released on June 21, was on track to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with perhaps 600,000 copies sold by week's ...

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