Born This Way

  1. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' Debuts at No. 1 With 964,000 Sold

    September 06, 2011 6:38 PM EDT It's official: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" has sold 964,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily enabling its No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. It is his third No. 1 album following "Tha Carter II ...

  2. Lady Gaga To Open the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

    August 18, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Lady Gaga will deliver the opening performance of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28. Gaga, who is up for four VMAs, made the announcement Aug. 18 via a banner in New York's Times Square. She was at MTV to introduce her new video &quo ...

  3. Jay-Z And Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 17, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" arrives, as expected , at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 436,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the second-largest sales week of the year for an album, behind only th ...

  4. Lady Gaga's 'You and I' Video Leaks Before MTV Special (Watch)

    August 16, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Lady Gaga was all set to premiere her Nebraska cornfield-filmed "You and I" video this Thursday (Aug. 18) at 7:49 p.m., during an MTV special titled "MTV First: Lady Gaga." Those plans, however, have changed, due to a leak of t ...

  5. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' on Track to Break iTunes' One-Week Sales Record

    August 09, 2011 6:32 PM EDT The big numbers for Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" keep rolling in. The set is already on track to sell more than a half-million copies in its first week , sources say, and now, it's likely to shatter the one-week iT ...

  6. Update: Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' Projected to Sell 500,000-Plus in First Week

    August 09, 2011 11:00 AM EDT With a full day's worth of sales under its belt, Jay-Z & Kanye West's new "Watch the Throne" album is projected to sell over 500,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., according to industry sources. That's above ini ...

  7. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' On Track to Sell 400-500,000 in First Week

    August 08, 2011 1:30 PM EDT While we don't know for sure who will be No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 album chart, we're already looking ahead to next week's list. Jay-Z and Kanye West's new collaboration album, "Watch the Throne," releas ...

  8. Amy Winehouse's Posthumous U.K. Sales Spike; Adele, The Wanted Top Charts

    July 25, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Adele started her 18th non-consecutive week atop the U.K. album chart with "21" (XL Recordings) yesterday (Sunday), as The Wanted's "Glad You Came" (Geffen/Universal) notched a second week at the singles summit. Amy Wineho ...

  9. Lady Gaga's YouTube Channel Returns After Suspension

    July 15, 2011 2:14 PM EDT Late Thursday, Lady Gaga's official YouTube channel , which was briefly " suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy ,"
 was restored. At press time, reps for Gaga and Google/YouTube had n ...

  10. Lady Gaga's YouTube Account Suspended for Copyright Violation

    July 14, 2011 10:10 AM EDT Even though Lady Gaga's videos have racked up more than a billion views on YouTube, even the site's reigning queen can violate its copyright policy. People going to Gaga's YouTube channel on Thursday were greeted by a message saying ...

  11. Lady Gaga Plays Two Free Shows in Sydney; Police Say No More

    July 12, 2011 6:55 AM EDT SYDNEY (AP) -- Lady Gaga may have surprised fans with two unexpected gigs in Australia, but don't expect a third free show. Police are urging ticketless fans not to throng the downtown Sydney area on Wednesday night, when she is scheduled to ...

  12. Adele, Katy Perry Rule Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 06, 2011 6:42 PM EDT With 2011 half-over, Adele's "21" and Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West), reign as the year's biggest selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively -- shifting 2,517,000 and 4,120,000 according ...

  13. 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. ...

  14. Beyonce's British Bonanza: Tops U.K. Album Chart, Has Six Singles in Top 75

    July 04, 2011 10:08 AM EDT Yesterday's new U.K. sales charts from the Official Charts Company revealed a week of triumph for Beyoncé, in the wake of her headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival June 26. "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) sold 89 ...

  15. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Brenda Romano

    July 02, 2011 10:58 AM EDT No. 8 President of promotion, Interscope Geffen A&M Records Website: interscope.com Twitter: @brendaromano As president of promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M, Brenda Romano piloted the summer's undisputed No. 1 song, LMFAO's &quo ...

  16. Jill Scott Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200, Bon Iver in at No. 2

    June 29, 2011 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott celebrates her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her fourth studio effort, "The Light of the Sun," debuts atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been notching hi ...

  17. Lady Gaga Vehemently Denies Japan Charity Bracelet Scam

    June 29, 2011 7:27 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Representatives of Lady Gaga on Tuesday (June 28) denied claims of a scam over sales of the singer's wristbands for Japan's earthquake relief efforts. They described a lawsuit targeting the pop star and other companies invo ...

  18. Lady Gaga Sued Over Japan Earthquake-Relief Charity Bracelets

    June 27, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Lady Gaga has been sued over sales of her wristbands for Japan's earthquake relief efforts in a class action that claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised. Michigan legal network 1800LAWFIRM also alleges that Gaga ...

  19. Bon Iver Debuts at No. 4 on U.K. Charts; Derulo Has Top Single

    June 27, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) started a second stint (and third week in total) as the U.K.'s No. 1 album yesterday, as Jason Derulo debuted atop the singles chart with "Don't Wanna Go Home" ( ...

  20. Bad Meets Evil -- A.K.A. Eminem and Royce da 5'9" -- Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Bad Meets Evil -- the hip-hop duo of Eminem and Royce da 5'9" -- bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its "Hell: The Sequel" launching with 171,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set beats out the 11-year-old Jackie Ev ...

  21. Clarence Clemons, the 'Big Man' of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Dead at 69

    June 18, 2011 8:41 PM EDT Clarence Clemons, the legendary saxophonist in the E Street Band who played alongside Bruce Springsteen for the past 40 years, died on Saturday of complications from a stroke, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger . He suffered the stroke at his ...

  22. 'Book Of Mormon' Makes Billboard 200 History; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 15, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele's "21" returns, as expected, to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 (114,000; down 5%) for a 10th nonconsecutive week and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" falls to No. 2 (100,000; down 42%), the real news is th ...

  23. Clarence Clemons of E Street Band Suffers Stroke

    June 13, 2011 2:44 AM EDT Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's iconic E Street Band, has suffered a stroke at his home in Florida, according to multiple reports. Showbiz411, who was the first to report on Clemons' stroke, said the musician is &qu ...

  24. How Lady Gaga's 99-cent 'Born This Way' Sale Hurt Interscope, Distributors

    June 11, 2011 3:47 PM EDT Let's get one thing straight. The Lady Gaga 99 cent sale for 'Born This Way' was a great thing for the artist, and for Amazon. On a short-term basis, you could even make the case that it was great for the industry. The 99 cent sale ...

  25. Adele Headed to Back No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lady Gaga Likely Slipping to No. 2

    June 08, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Adele's latest album, "21," is headed back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" will likely slip to No. 2 after two weeks leading the tally. If "21" returns to ...

  26. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Tops Billboard 200 for a Second Week, Despite Sales Drop

    June 08, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" continues to rule the Billboard 200 for a second week as the set shifts 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down a steep 84% from its historic 1,108,000 start last week. While it&# ...

  27. 'Born This Way' Media Blitz A Boon for Lady Gaga's Social Stats, Mostly

    June 02, 2011 3:09 PM EDT The media blitz that coincided with the release Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" gave her a social media boost in every way but one-Myspace. Enjoying the publicity around the album release, Gaga gained 3.32 million new fans on Facebook i ...

  28. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Proves That the Album Format Isn't Obsolete After All

    June 02, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Maybe the album format isn't ready to die just yet. Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sold 1.11 million units in its first week of release and has moved another 4.28 million digital tracks . It's the first album in 18 months to ...

  29. Chart Moves: Adele, Lady Gaga, Scotty McCreery, 'Wicked'

    June 02, 2011 10:59 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: -- Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" banks a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, ascending 2-1 on Hot 100 Airplay (144 million in audience, up 6%, according to Nielsen BDS) and 3-1 on the Mainstream Top 40 ra ...

  30. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' To Remain At No. 1 Next Week

    June 01, 2011 7:15 PM EDT After Lady Gaga's historic start atop the Billboard 200 chart with 1.11 million sold of her newest album, "Born This Way," according to Nielsen SoundScan, the diva will most certainly spend a second frame at No. 1 next week. While i ...

  31. Did Amazon's 99-Cent Lady Gaga Sale Save the Recorded Music Business?

    June 01, 2011 5:22 PM EDT Did Amazon save the music business with last week's controversial 99-cent Lady Gaga album sale ? Say what you will about the pricing strategy, one thing is clear: That sale helped the U.S. music industry achieve its first year-to-date album-s ...

  32. Lady Gaga Says Digital 'Born This Way' Album 'Absolutely' Isn't Worth More Than 99 Cents

    June 01, 2011 5:09 PM EDT In a surprising statement, Lady Gaga said that digital copies of her "Born This Way" album aren't worth more than 99 cents -- the controversial sale price at which Amazon sold them on two days last week. Asked by the Wall Street Jou ...

  33. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sets One-Week Digital Sales Record

    June 01, 2011 10:41 AM EDT Not only did Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" debut at #1 and sell 1.1 million units last week , the album also set a one-week SoundScan record for most digital sales. In fact, in just one week "Born This Way" became the eighth ...

  34. It's Official: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sells 1.11 Million

    May 31, 2011 7:36 PM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan beg ...

  35. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Tops U.K. Albums Chart -- Outsells Rest of Top 10 Combined

    May 30, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album (Interscope/Universal) made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top 10 t ...

  36. Update: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Will Sell 1.15 Million in Its First Week, Billboard Projects

    May 27, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Billboard projects that Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" will debut with first-week sales of at least 1.15 million units, far outpacing earlier projections , thanks to explosive sales at Amazon, which priced the album at 99 cents for two ...

  37. How Many Millions Did Amazon Lose on Two Days of 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?

    May 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Christmas came early for Lady Gaga fans this week, as Amazon sold downloads of the singer's brand-new LP, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents on Monday and Thursday of this week . Industry sources told Billboard.biz on Friday that Am ...

  38. Editor's Note: Why Billboard Isn't Revising Chart Policies for Lady Gaga's Amazon Deal

    May 26, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Ice-T's rage is nothing compared to the fury of Britney Spears fans questioning Billboard's chart policies ... Ah, remember the old days? Back when the Billboard 200 albums chart was as simple as adding up the receipts for thousands of d ...

  39. Chart Moves: Adele, LMFAO, Beyonce, Fleetwood Mac, Jason Derulo

    May 26, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: -- Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, scoring Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors for a fourth consecutive week. The song bullets at No. 2 on Hot 100 Airplay (134 million in aud ...

  40. How Many Millions Is Amazon Losing On Its 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?

    May 26, 2011 9:51 AM EDT Amazon is selling Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album for .99 cents again Thursday (May 26) taking a loss on each sale in order to drive traffic to its site. The company offered the same promotion on the album's release day Monda ...

  41. Amazon Puts Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Again on Sale for 99 Cents Again

    May 26, 2011 8:29 AM EDT As if there wasn't enough controversy the first time around, Amazon.com today put Lady Gaga's new album 'Born This Way' on sale for a heavily discounted .99 cents for the second time this week. The announcement came in an early ...

  42. Will Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sell 1 Million In Its First Week?

    May 25, 2011 8:46 PM EDT One thing is nearly certain: we're going to have a new No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week -- and it will be Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" with probably 1 million sold in its first week. Industry prognosticators sug ...

  43. Lady Google: Is Gaga About To Sign A $10 Million Google Laptop Endorsement Deal?

    May 25, 2011 1:03 PM EDT Maybe it's just the easy way that the phrase "Gaga and Google" slips off the tongue, but there's no shortage of rumors about how the megastar and megacompany may be working together going forward. The latest is that Lady Gaga i ...

  44. Adele's '21' Clocks Ninth Week At No. 1, Lady Gaga On Deck

    May 25, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected, Adele's "21" album continues to cling to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for a ninth nonconsecutive week -- just the fourth album since 2000 to spend that long at No. 1. It sold 137,000 last week, according to Niels ...

  45. How Much Have Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Amazon and Best Buy Promotions Boosted First-Week Sales?

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Promotions around Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" - including Amazon's controversial decision to sell digital copies of the album for just 99 cents on Monday and Best Buy's giveaway of the album with a smart phone -- have both ...

  46. Did Amazon Overstep With Its 99-Cent Lady Gaga Album Promotion?

    May 23, 2011 3:38 PM EDT By designating Lady Gaga's hotly anticipated album "Born This Way" as Monday's "MP3 Daily Deal," Amazon appears to be have gambled that the cost of selling the album at far below wholesale price will be worth the valu ...

  47. Amazon Selling New Lady Gaga Album for 99 Cents -- Today Only

    May 23, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Amazon's MP3 store is selling Lady Gaga's new 14-track album, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents -- today only. Not surprisingly, the title had already become the store's top digital album by 9 a.m. ET. The same album is s ...

  48. Watch: Lady Gaga's Google Chrome Commercial

    May 23, 2011 11:04 AM EDT There's virtually no format on which Lady Gaga won't promote the new "Born This Way" album (from Zynga's GagaVille to Amazon.com's .99 cent deal to Saturday Night Live and beyond). The latest is a minute-and-a-half co ...

  49. Pitbull Tops U.K. Singles Chart; Kate Bush Album Debuts At No. 2

    May 23, 2011 7:40 AM EDT "Give Me Everything" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) by Pitbull featuring Nayer, Afrojack and Ne Yo is the U.K.'s new No. 1 single, rising three places in new data published by the Official Charts Company yesterday (Sunday). On the sam ...

  50. Best Buy To Give Away Free Lady Gaga Album to Smartphone Buyers

    May 19, 2011 4:58 PM EDT reported last week, the artist teamed up with online video game giant Zynga http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

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