Christmas

  1. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Pu ...

  2. 2012 Holiday-Season Music Sales Down From Last Year

    December 28, 2012 9:00 AM EST In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele's "21" or Michael Buble's "Christmas," 2012's holiday music sales were down compared to last year. Comparing weeks 46-51 of the 2013 SoundScan calen ...

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Headed for Seventh Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 8:59 PM EST For the final sales tracking week of 2012, it seems as if a familiar face will rule the Billboard 200 albums chart again: Taylor Swift. According to label sources, the star's "Red" album is likely to remain at No. 1 for a seventh no ...

  4. T.I.'s 'Trouble Man' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 10:55 AM EST As predicted last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, selling 276,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%), as do most of ...

  5. Morning Fix: SoundExchange Financials; 2013 Grammy Voter Guide; Xmas Sales; Lady Gaga Doc

    December 26, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE. EXCLUSIVE: SOUNDEXCHANGE FINANCIALS: HOW MUCH PAID VS. HOW MUCH IN LIMBO? SoundExchange had a $363 million cash balance on Dec. 31, 2011 on its Form 990, the annual r ...

  6. Chart Moves: 'Nashville' Nets Year's Best Sales Week for TV Soundtrack on Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 8:30 AM EST Billboard 200 On the Billboard 200 albums chart this week , Bruno Mars' second release, "Unorthodox Jukebox," arrived in the No. 2 slot, selling 192,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It surpasses the No. 3 peak of his 2010 debut ...

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album Rules at No. 1, Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2

    December 19, 2012 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 25%). It's the Big Machine album's fifth non-consecutive week at No. ...

  8. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Comeback: Album Headed for No. 2 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    December 14, 2012 10:15 PM EST More than a year after its release, Michael Buble's blockbuster "Christmas" album is on the comeback trail -- and heading for No. 2 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. "Christmas" could sell upwards of 150,000 ...

  9. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan, One Direction's 'Take Me Home' Next for 2012's Million-Sellers Club

    December 14, 2012 9:35 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" returned to No. 1, selling 167,000 (up 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the album's fourth non-consecutive week atop the list. The tally's high ...

  10. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Back At No. 1, Wiz Khalifa And Kesha Debut In Top 10

    December 12, 2012 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week as her "Red" set steps 2-1 with 167,000 (up 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week's leader, Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire," falls to No. 7 with 77 ...

  11. Ross On Radio: First Listen - Australia's Elf Radio

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST What if, six years ago, the major group broadcasters that participated in the HD Radio Alliance had decided that holiday music was going to be the exclusive province of digital radio? When I went to Radio Shack to buy my $99 Accurian radio, what i ...

  12. Olly Murs Tops UK Album Chart, Gabrielle Aplin Has Top Single With Frankie Goes To Hollywood Cover

    December 10, 2012 7:16 AM EST Olly Murs has the U.K.'s No. 1 artist album for a second week, after "Right Place Right Time" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) was confirmed at the summit again by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (12/9). On the singles chart, P ...

  13. Ke$ha's 'Warrior' Headed for Top 10, Taylor Swift Set for No. 1 Return on Billboard 200

    December 07, 2012 7:38 PM EST After vacating the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks, it looks like Taylor Swift's "Red" will return to No. 1. The current tracking week isn't over yet, but industry forecasters suggest that the Big Machine Re ...

  14. Chart Moves: Rod Stewart Vs. Michael Buble: A Tale of Two 'Christmas' Albums

    December 07, 2012 1:20 PM EST The Billboard 200: One lone new entry graced the chart this week -- Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire," which bowed at No. 1 with 159,000 sold. It was the R&B super star's fifth No. 1 on the tally. Two steps below Keys this week i ...

  15. Alica Keys Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    December 05, 2012 11:00 AM EST Alicia Keys crowns the Billboard 200 for the fifth time in her career, as her fifth studio album, "Girl On Fire," debuts atop the list with 159,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keys previously led the list with her first four al ...

  16. Rod Stewart, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton Holiday Sets Primed for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    November 30, 2012 9:54 PM EST As previously reported, Alicia Keys' new album "Girl on Fire" is set to earn the highest debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart, with a No. 1 entrance likely. Industry sources suggest that the set, which hit retailers on Nov. 27 ...

  17. Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart Aiming for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    November 29, 2012 9:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' new album, "Girl On Fire," is set to earn the highest debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart -- and with a likely No. 1 bow. But Rod Stewart's "Merry Christmas, Baby" might spoil her party with a post ...

  18. Least-Liked Holiday Songs: Some Theories Why People Hate Beach Boys, Others So Much

    November 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST When Edison Research published a recent list of this year's least-liked holiday songs, there were a lot of questions, especially from people outside the radio business who hadn't seen other, similar research over the last decade. Edison, ...

  19. Rod Stewart Scores First AC No. 1 Since 1993 With 'Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow'

    November 26, 2012 1:10 PM EST Rod Stewart ends a more than 19-year hiatus from the Adult Contemporary summit, as "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" roars 18-1. The song scales the survey as, following Thanksgiving, almost half of the chart's reporters have ...

  20. Rihanna Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    November 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Rihanna has piled up a mountain of No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- 12 of them, to be exact -- but a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 still eludes her. That may change next week, as her seventh studio release, "Unapologetic,&qu ...

  21. One Direction Tops Billboard 200, 'Twilight' Debuts At No. 3

    November 21, 2012 11:00 AM EST As earlier reported, One Direction crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its second album, "Take Me Home." The SYCO/Columbia set sold 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the third-largest deb ...

  22. Chart Moves: 'Glee' 'Grease' Tribute Album Debuts, Lianne La Havas Sees 978% Sales Gain

    November 16, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: On the chart this week, Taylor Swift's "Red" reigned for a third straight week at No. 1, selling another 196,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new "Now 44" compilation arrived in the No. 2 ...

  23. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Reigns For Second Week At No. 1

    November 07, 2012 11:00 AM EST As projected last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album rules for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 344,000 copies (down 72%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week, the Big Machine Records album blasted in at No. 1 with ...

  24. Meek Mill, Rod Stewart Albums Headed for Top 10 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    November 02, 2012 8:30 PM EDT As previously reported , rapper Meek Mill and pop veteran Rod Stewart are both aiming for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the former's "Dreams & Nightmares" is on course t ...

  25. Chart Moves: 'Halo 4' Sets Record as Highest-Charting Video Game Soundtrack Ever

    November 01, 2012 12:11 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 chart this week, all the news seemed to revolve around Taylor Swift and her striking debut at No. 1 with "Red." The set sold 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, m ...

  26. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Set for Second Week Atop Billboard 200, Meek Mill Aiming for No. 2

    October 31, 2012 8:38 PM EDT After its monster start at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, Taylor Swift's "Red" seems a safe bet to remain in the penthouse for a second frame. The album sold 1.208 million in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  27. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Easily Tops Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2

    October 31, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As earlier reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , selling 1.2 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sales week for an album since 2002, when Em ...

  28. Chart Moves: Adele's Bond Theme Stirs '21' Sales Gain, Blake Shelton's Christmas Set Debuts

    October 12, 2012 10:37 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Muse led a parade of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart this week, as the band's "The 2nd Law" started in the No. 2 slot with 102,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That wasn't enough to beat Mum ...

  29. RED Distribution, American Gramaphone Sign North American Deal

    September 17, 2012 7:10 PM EDT RED Distribution has signed American Gramaphone to a North American distribution deal. American Gramaphone is am Omaha, Neb.-based label which issues records by Mannheim Steamroller. Both the label and the brand are the brains behind Chip Davis. U ...

  30. Chart Moves: Lumineers Album Nears Top 10 on Billboard 200, Jim Gaffigan's No. 1 Comedy Set

    September 07, 2012 8:15 PM EDT The Billboard 200: There was big news on the Billboard 200 this week thanks to TobyMac. The singer's "Eye On It" debuted atop the list, becoming the first No. 1 Christian album since 1997. ("Eye" bowed with 69,000 sold, ac ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Madonna Tops Billboard 200, Shinedown Has Best Week Ever

    April 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As earlier reported, Madonna's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" bow at Nos. 1 and 2 this week on the Billboard 200, selling 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Madonna has n ...

  33. Adele's '21' Hits 21st Week at No. 1; Sells 730,000 Post-Grammys

    February 21, 2012 8:34 PM EST Adele's "21" album hits a number of major milestones this week on the Billboard 200 chart, as it basks in the glow of the British diva's multiple Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12. The album sold 730,000 copies in the United States ...

  34. Adele's '21' Set for 21st Week at No. 1 With Sales of Half-Million or More

    February 16, 2012 5:35 PM EST Adele's "21" album is going to celebrate its first year on the Billboard 200 chart in grand style. Fresh off her six Grammy Award wins on Sunday (Feb. 12) night, "21" is on course to sell between 500,000 to 600,000 copies ...

  35. Do Strong Pre- and Post-Holiday Music Sales Point To Another Up Year?

    January 20, 2012 12:50 PM EST After U.S. album sales posted their first annual increase in seven years, the recording industry is now left to wonder whether an encore is possible in 2012.' Based on recorded-music sales during the year-end holiday season and sales during t ...

  36. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Deep' Year, Michael Jackson's 'Ones' Rises, Lady Antebellum's 'Merry' Move

    January 06, 2012 5:34 PM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , LMFAO logs a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Sexy and I Know It" and Adele stakes out three spots in the top 30. Who else starts the new year with notable chart news? -- Adele: ...

  37. Adele's Ascent in 2011, By the Numbers

    January 05, 2012 9:00 AM EST It's been said a thousand times already: 2011 has been a hell of a year for Adele. Her sophomore record, "21," has sold more than 5.8 million copies -- by far the best of the year -- and has reigned atop the Billboard 200 for 14 wee ...

  38. Coldplay Tops U.K. Charts Again

    January 02, 2012 7:01 PM EST New Year's Day 2012 brought a new U.K. No. 1 for Coldplay with "Paradise" and a return to the album chart summit for Ed Sheeran's debut album "+." The Coldplay single first charted in early November, debuting and appa ...

  39. Alex Day's 'Forever Yours' Sends Him Flying on Billboard's Social 50 Chart (Video)

    December 30, 2011 9:45 AM EST The biggest leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week belongs to YouTube phenomenon Alex Day, who profits from the buzz generated by his top five debut on the Official U.K. Singles chart. On the Social 50 tally, he flies 47-28 in just his ...

  40. Adele's '21' Aiming for 14th Week at No. 1, LMFAO Headed For First Top 10 Album

    December 29, 2011 8:12 AM EST If it seems like there is at least one Adele-themed story per day on Billboard's site -- you're right. It's hard to avoid writing about the diva, considering her "21" album is the top selling release of 2011 and is poised ...

  41. Justin Bieber Hangs 'Mistletoe' Atop Holiday Songs Chart

    December 28, 2011 1:02 PM EST Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" jingles 2-1 on Billboard's final Holiday Songs chart this season, dethroning Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which led the list all four of its previous we ...

  42. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1, Adele's '21' Has Best Sales Week Yet

    December 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST Michael Buble's "Christmas" album spends a fifth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 467,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its sales were up 4% in the tracking week that ended on Dec. 25, Christmas da ...

  43. Military Wives, Michael Buble Top UK Charts, Set 2011 Sales Records

    December 27, 2011 8:47 AM EST As expected, "Wherever You Are" (Decca/Universal) by the Military Wives with Gareth Malone was confirmed on Christmas Day as the U.K.'s festive No. 1 single. It smashed the record for best first-week sales by any track in the market ...

  44. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Will Top Billboard 200 During Christmas Week

    December 21, 2011 7:42 PM EST With only two sales weeks left in the year, Michael Buble's "Christmas" album seems assured to spend at least one more of those locked in the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources project that "Christmas" w ...

  45. This Week in Music History: Bing Crosby Got Runover By A Grandma; Virgin Megastore's 10-Year Plan

    December 19, 2011 12:13 PM EST : Bing Crosby Got Run Over By A Grandma Billboard, Dec. 21, 1985, page 57 Which holiday favorite tops the Billboard Christmas singles chart in the Dec. 19, 1985 issue? In a shocking turn of events, it isn't Bing Crosby's traditional ...

  46. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Projected to Be 2011's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    December 16, 2011 8:27 PM EST As we reported on Dec. 14, Michael Buble's "Christmas" album should hold at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week, so say industry prognosticators. The set could sell another 450,000 to 500,000 copies by the end of the ...

  47. Michael Buble Makes AC Chart History With No. 1 and No. 2 Songs

    December 12, 2011 2:57 PM EST Ahead of Michael Buble's expected third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his holiday album "Christmas," the crooner makes history on the Adult Contemporary chart. Buble's ballad remake of Mariah Carey's "All I ...

  48. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Aiming for 400,000-Plus Week at No. 1

    December 10, 2011 7:00 PM EST As we reported on Thursday (Dec. 8), Michael Buble's "Christmas" album is on its way to a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so say industry prognosticators. The album may sell well over 400,000 copies by the e ...

  49. BPI Forecasts U.K. Xmas CD Sales At 20 Million, 22% of Annual Album Sales

    December 08, 2011 9:18 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI is forecasting sales of "up to 20 million CDs" in its predictions for business across the Christmas period and the month of December as a whole. Figures from the organization show that, over the past five years, t ...

  50. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Set for Second Week at No. 1

    November 30, 2011 10:50 PM EST After Michael Buble's "Christmas" album squeaked past Nickelback's "Here and Now" to claim the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this past week, it would seem Mr. Buble isn't going anywhere soon. His latest album, ...

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