Carnival Ride

  1. Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, The Wanted to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

    April 19, 2012 4:05 PM EDT The 2012 Billboard Music Awards are shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind event: Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO and The Wanted are the first performers announced for the May 20 show, which will air from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas f ...

  2. Country Albums Rule Top Three On Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan) ...

  3. Country Albums Rule Top Three On Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST On the Billboard 200 , country rules the top three roost for the first time in three years with Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holding court at No. 1 for a second week, Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" arriving at No. 2 an ...

  4. 'Idol' Impacts, 'Glee' Halts Stone Temple Pilots' Flight

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It was all quiet on the album release front last week as only one of last week's new releases debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200: Stone Temple Pilots' new self-titled set starts at No. 2, behind the "Glee: The Music, Volume 3 ...

  5. 'Idols' Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox Impact Billboard Charts

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Last week's "American Idol" finale certainly added some spice to a slow run on this week's Billboard charts, with winner Lee DeWyze, runner-up Crystal Bowersox and a number of the show's guest stars impacting the Digital ...

  6. Carrie Underwood Claims Second No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Carrie Underwood's "Play On" bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, shifting 318,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the country star and former "American Idol" champ's second album to t ...

  7. Carrie Underwood Claims Second No. 1 Album

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST It's all about Carrie Underwood this week as the former "American Idol" champ earns the best sales week for an album by a woman in 2009 as her new "Play On" bows atop the Billboard 200 . . . Underwood's latest leads a ...

  8. Carrie Underwood Likely To Top Next Week's Billboard 200

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Carrie Underwood is on track to achieve her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as her recently released album, "Play On," should debut atop the chart next week. Music industry prognosticators suggest the 19/Arista Nashville set coul ...

  9. Carrie Underwood Rushes New Single After Leak

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An unfinished version of "Cowboy Casanova," the lead single from Carrie Underwood's third studio album, "Play On," leaked online Wednesday (Sept. 2). The song's premature unveiling prompted Underwood to rush out an of ...

  10. Nielsen NARM Report Shows Digital Gains, Physical Shortfalls

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nielsen's annual presentation at NARM revealed a marketplace saturated with albums and songs but light on total revenue. Digital sales have nearly caught physical sales, according to Nielsen, and the point of purchase is increasingly non-trad ...

  11. Rascal Flatts Proves 'Unstoppable' On Billboard 200

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Wade Jessen, Gary Trust; Editorial Director: Silvio Pietroluongo Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "U ...

  12. The Year In Music & Touring: A Run Of No. 1 Achievements Ends The Year For Taylor Swift

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rising superstar Taylor Swift is making her mark, of that there can be no doubt. This 18-year-old concludes the year in the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Artists recap and the Hot Country Songwriters tally. She also leads the Top Country Album Art ...

  13. AC/DC's 'Black Ice' Electrifies With 784,000

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's all about AC/DC this week as the veteran rock band notches its second No. 1 album -- and first chart-topping debut -- as "Black Ice" bows atop the Billboard 200 with 784,000. The entry marks the second-biggest sales week of the ...

  14. Kenny Chesney Gets 'Lucky' At No. 1

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney ropes his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lucky Old Sun" bows atop the list with 176,000. Over on Top Country Albums, it's the singer's eighth chart-topper . . . Last week's No. 1, T.I.'s &quo ...

  15. Chesney Wins Again, Lambert Surprises At ACMs

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a new voting procedure, Kenny Chesney is still the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year. He won for the fourth straight year last night (May 18), tying Garth Brooks for the record. For the first time, the entertainer award was ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Underwood To Join Opry

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Carrie Underwood, who once told Billboard that if she hadn't won American Idol in 2005, "I probably wouldn't have pursued music much further at all," has been invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. The invitation ...

  18. Big Grammy Gains For Many; King of Pop Returns

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 180,000 while Simple Plan's newest effort starts in the top 15 ... the Top Pop Catalog chart sees some unusually hot action this week, as an exp ...

  19. Groban, Blige Enjoy Huge Weeks On Album Chart

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" (143/Reprise) this week becomes the first Christmas album to top The Billboard 200 for five straight weeks, after moving 757,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Groban's total, ...

  20. Groban Remains No. 1, Becomes '07's Best-Seller

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban sets a new record on The Billboard 200 with "Noel," becoming the first Christmas album to top the chart for four straight weeks. The 143/Reprise set moved 669,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 15% incr ...

  21. Year-End Wrap: Underwood Leads 'Idol' Alums On Country Charts

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The last two years have provided a quick ride to the top for 2005 "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood. And if there were any doubts about how the winner of America's most famous music reality show would fare in the country world, ...

  22. Groban Ties Elvis With Third Week At No. 1

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST With the holiday season marching on, Josh Groban's "Noel" retains its lead on The Billboard 200 for a third week straight. With an 8% sales increase, the 143/Reprise set moved 581,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundSca ...

  23. Groban Remains No. 1 In Slow Release Week

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Not a single new release arrives in the top tiers of The Billboard 200 this week, as Josh Groban's "Noel" retains its lead on the chart for a second week. The 143/Reprise effort moved 539,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen ...

  24. '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 ...

  25. Keys Storms Chart With Mega-Selling 'As I Am'

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys storms The Billboard 200 this week with "As I Am" (J), which debuts at No. 1 after selling 742,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the best sales week for a solo female artist since No ...

  26. Alicia Keys 'As I Am' Bows Big at No. 1

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" debuts with 742,000 at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the best sales week for a solo female artist since Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" started with a million in 2004 ... Keys is only the third a ...

  27. Jay-Z Leapfrogs Eagles, Britney For No. 1 Debut

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z scores his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "American Gangster" (Def Jam) debuts on top this week after selling 425,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper thus ties Elvis Presley in sec ...

  28. Urban, Underwood Make Formidable Touring Team

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two of country's biggest stars are joining forces for a U.S. tour early next year. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will hit the road together beginning Jan. 31 in a city to be announced. The outing will play 24 dates to be announced; tickets ...

  29. Eagles Fly Past Britney To Debut At No. 1

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST With their first studio title in nearly 30 years, the Eagles land atop The Billboard 200 with "Long Road Out of Eden," which sold 711,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Eagles Recording Co. album, availa ...

  30. Eagles Fly Ahead Of Britney Spears On Billboard 200

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Long Road out of Eden," the Eagles' first full-length studio album since 1979's "The Long Run," debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with a whopping 711,000 -- the second-largest sales week of ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Underwood Leads Three Country Debuts Onto Chart

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a Billboard 200 first, three country debuts occupy the Nos. 1-3 slots on the chart, led by Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride." The 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville set sold 527,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen ...

  33. Carrie Underwood Takes 'Ride' To No. 1

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood celebrates her first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and her second chart-topper on Top Country Albums as her sophomore effort "Carnival Ride" debuts with 527,000 ... The unique pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss yield ...

  34. Springsteen Bosses Way Back to No. 1

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" returns to No. 1 in a slow week on The Billboard 200 while Jimmy Eat World starts at No. 5 with "Chase This Light" ... Santana bows in the top 10 with his new greatest hits package "Ultimat ...

  35. Country Queen Reba McEntire Nabs First No. 1 Album

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reba McEntire achieves her first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as her "Reba Duets" set enters atop the tally ... Selling 301,000, the star-studded collaborations album also gives the country queen her best sales week since Nielsen Sou ...