Billboard 200

  1. '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 ...

  2. Elle Varner, Colt Ford Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 10, 2012 9:07 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Elle Varner is on her way to a better-than-expected bow on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Her debut album, "Perfectly Imperfect," should start in the top 10 of the tally as industry sources are projecting ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Charts: Ross Is Boss, Whitney Houston 'Sparkles'

    August 08, 2012 7:45 PM EDT 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 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach Music Group mogul his best sales week yet, t ...

  5. 'Now 43' Set to Bow at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 08, 2012 7:40 PM EDT The long-running "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise is on course for its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Now 43" should debut atop the list next week. Industry sources suggest that the set will sell perha ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Chart Moves: Olympics' Soundtrack Album Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2012 3:32 PM EDT The Billboard 200: It was a quiet week at the top of the Billboard 200. So quiet, that Zac Brown Band returned to No. 1 with its Uncaged set, selling a rather tiny 48,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. There were, however, two debuts in th ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Headed for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    August 01, 2012 5:52 PM EDT Rick Ross is aiming for his best sales week ever, as "God Forgives, I Don't," is tracking to sell around 200,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 5. That number -- forecasted by industry sources -- should easily claim the hip-hop k ...

  10. Why Radio Continues To Mine Adele's '21' for Hits Without Columbia Records' Help

    August 01, 2012 2:32 PM EDT Fan generated art for non-existant Adele singles. As sales for Adele's "21" continue at extraordinarily lofty levels, radio is digging into the album to find more hits, even though Columbia Records is not officially promoting any fu ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Fun. Scores Historic No. 1 on Alternative Chart

    July 30, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Alternative can't get enough fun. fun. -- Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff -- notches its second No. 1 in as many appearances on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative radio airplay chart, as "Some Nights," the titl ...

  13. iTunes-Exclusive Beatles Compilation Headed to Top 40 on Billboard 200

    July 27, 2012 7:30 PM EDT The new iTunes-exclusive Beatles compilation, "Tomorrow Never Knows," is headed to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Based sales forecasts from industry sources, Billboard projects that the album may sell between 10,000 and 1 ...

  14. Nas Makes 'Good'; 'Dark Knight' Scores

    July 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Nas returns to a familiar spot on the Billboard 200: No. 1. The artist's latest album, "Life Is Good," debuts atop the list with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks Nas' sixth chart-topper, stretching back to ...

  15. Passion Pit, Gaslight Anthem Aiming For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    July 25, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's a quiet week in terms of huge new album releases, so a couple acts are aiming to make surprising top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart Passion Pit and Gaslight Anthem are ...

  16. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  17. Amy Winehouse: A Look at U.S. Sales, One Year After Her Death

    July 23, 2012 2:13 PM EDT While the late singer Amy Winehouse -- who died a year ago today (July 23, 2011 ) -- didn't leave behind a very deep catalog of music, her legacy has continued to live on Billboard's charts. Winehouse has sold a sum of 855,000 albums sin ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Nas Set For Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 9:36 PM EDT Nas is set for his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his just-released album, "Life Is Good," is heading for the top slot next week. Industry sources suggest that the title will sell perhaps 120,000, which should be enough to sec ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Chart Moves: 'Magic Mike' Spurs Sales Gain for Ginuwine's 'Pony,' 'Top Gun' Soundtrack Returns

    July 13, 2012 4:50 PM EDT On the Billboard 200 this past week, Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 album , as "Fortune" opened atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. In other news, Amazon MP3 stirred up some crazy moves, thanks to sale p ...

  23. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Heading for No. 1, Frank Ocean Selling Big

    July 11, 2012 9:02 PM EDT Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" is aiming for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200, while Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" is selling faster than expected. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 05, 2012 1:57 PM EDT Chris Brown is looking to get his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week, as his new Fortune set is headed for the top. Industry sources suggest that the album -- his fifth studio release -- will sell around 125,000 to 140,000 by ...

  28. Usher's 'Confessions' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    July 05, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Usher's 2004 Confessions album hits a milestone sales achievement this week, surpassing 10 million in U.S. sales according to Nielsen SoundScan. The feat is notable in that it is only the 19th album to sell 10 million since SoundScan began tr ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Linkin Park Tops Maroon 5, Scores Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Living Things'

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much clos ...

  31. R. Kelly Set for 14th Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart, Linkin Park for No. 1

    July 02, 2012 10:23 AM EDT R&B titan R. Kelly is set for his 14th top 10 album next week on the Billboard 200 with Write Me Back . Industry sources suggest the album, his eleventh solo studio release, may sell around 65,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jul ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Now Aiming For 390-410k Debut Week

    June 22, 2012 9:47 PM EDT Justin Bieber's new "Believe" album is still on course for the largest debut sales week of the year, as industry sources say the set will move between 390,000 and 410,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, June 24. "Believe&q ...

  36. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney Headed for Top Two on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 20, 2012 7:06 PM EDT Justin Bieber's just-released Believe album has all but locked-up a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the album will sell in the range of 410,000 to 440,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, J ...

  37. Usher Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Looking 4 Myself'

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star's last full-length studio album, 2010's "Raymond ...

  38. Rush, Ed Sheeran and Josh Turner Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 15, 2012 8:51 PM EDT Rock band Rush, British newcomer Ed Sheeran and country star Josh Turner are all on track to debut in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of June 20. Chart Mov ...

  39. Chart Moves: Little Big Town's 'Pontoon' Makes Waves on Hot 100, Lumineers Hit Top 40 For First Time

    June 15, 2012 1:21 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported , Carly Rae Jepsen sends "Call Me Maybe" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, after eight weeks at the summit. ...

  40. Chart Moves: Hall & Oates' Highest Charting Album Since 1988 On Billboard 200, 'Rock of Ages' Soundtrack Debuts

    June 14, 2012 9:45 PM EDT The Billboard 200: There was a lot of big news on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as Adele's "21" returned to No. 1 for a 24th week, while Alan Jackson arrived in the runner-up slot with "Thirty Miles West." The B ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Beach Boys Beat the Beatles for Billboard 200 Record

    June 14, 2012 4:22 PM EDT Fifty years into their career, the Beach Boys are still making waves on Billboard charts. This week, they best the Beatles for a Billboard 200 album chart record. As their reunion set, That's Why God Made the Radio (their first album of all-n ...

  43. Country Countdown: Universal Nashville's Mike Dungan Predicted Eric Church's No. 1 Success

    June 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with Chief last summer, then-EMI Nashville/Capitol Nas ...

  44. Usher 'Looking' for Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 13, 2012 8:33 PM EDT Usher is heading for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Looking 4 Myself" should easily top the list next week. Industry sources say the album will sell around 120,000 to 130,000 copies by the end of the tracking week ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Neil Young Debut High On Billboard 200 Chart; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM 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 20 years wit ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan's Towering 'Tailgates' Sales, Azealia Banks' EP Arrives on Billboard 200

    June 08, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Billboard 200: John Mayer continued to rule the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week , as his Born and Raised sold another 65,000 this past week (down 70%). Three new albums debuted in the top 10 on the tally, led by Regina Spektor ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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