Fearless

  1. Taylor Swift Sold Two 'Red' Albums Every Second; Already 3rd Biggest Album of 2012

    October 31, 2012 11:52 AM EDT The amazing statistics on Taylor Swift's "Red" sales just keep coming. The country/pop star's album sold a massive 1.208 million copies in the U.S. last week according to Nielsen SoundScan -- marking the eighth-largest sales we ...

  2. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Concert Cancelations; UMG-EMI Layoffs; Terry Callier RIP

    October 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters HURRICANE SANDY CAUSES MULTIPLE CONCERT CANCELATIONS, POSTPONEMENTS IN NORTHEAST: Multiple concerts due to take place in the northeastern U.S. this week were postponed or c ...

  3. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Debuts At No. 1 On UK Charts, Labrinth Has Top Single

    October 29, 2012 7:27 AM EDT Taylor Swift scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Red" (Mercury/Universal) debuted at the top. Writer-producer Labrinth was also celebrating a first British bestseller, as "Beneath Your Beautiful" (Syco Musi ...

  4. Indie Labels Win 34 Grammys, Says A2IM

    February 14, 2012 7:30 AM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, whose sophomore self-titled album on the Jagjaguwar label, biting one of his two 2012 Grammy awards won for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. (Getty) Led by Bon Iver's two Grammy wins, the American Ass ...

  5. Taylor Swift: Birthday Girl, By-The-Numbers

    December 13, 2011 11:32 AM EST "I'm so 22 right now," birthday girl Taylor Swift Tweeted this morning (Dec. 13). In honor of her special day, Chart Beat spotlights a host of the chart records that Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year and the top country artist ...

  6. Taylor Swift Joins Exclusive Club in Billboard Hot 100 History

    November 19, 2011 5:30 PM EST Winning the Country Music Assn.'s coveted Entertainer of the Year prize (Nov. 9)? Check. Topping Hot Country Songs for a fifth time , with "Sparks Fly"? Check. Preparing to accept the 2011 Woman of the Year award at Billboard's ...

  7. Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year

    October 11, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Taylor Swift, the biggest selling album artist over the past 12 months, is Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year. Taylor Swift, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to ...

  8. Adele's '21' Marks 11th Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 27, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As Adele's "21" heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an 11th nonconsecutive week (up two slots with 77,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan; a gain of 1%), the late Amy Winehouse returns to the top 10 with "Back to Black ...

  9. Adele Continues Reign on Billboard 200 -- Longest Stint at No. 1 Since 2009

    May 18, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele's "21" claims an eighth week atop the Billboard 200 -- the longest reign of any album since early 2009 -- the Lonely Island's "Turtleneck & Chain" laughs its way to a No. 3 arrival on the list. Meanwhi ...

  10. Lucky Seventh Week At No. 1 For Adele's '21'

    May 11, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele's "21" spends a lucky seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a near-record eight debuts arrive in the top 10, led by Beastie Boys' "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2." "21" holds ato ...

  11. Adele's '21' Marks Sixth Week At No. 1

    May 04, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's a sleepy post-Easter week on the Billboard 200, as there isn't a single debut in the top 10 -- the first time that has happened since the tally dated Jan. 22. And not a single album in the top 40 posts a sales gain. Things should br ...

  12. Toby Keith To Jason Aldean: New Faces Mingle with Familiar names at ACM Awards

    April 01, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Toby Keith is all about democracy when it comes to The Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award. Keith won that trophy in 2003 and 2004 thanks to a vote of his peers and members of the industry. But if he wins the coveted trop ...

  13. Business Matters: Even Higher-Priced Albums Enjoying Grammy Bump

    February 14, 2011 5:12 PM EST Even Reasonablys-Priced Albums by Mumford & Sons & Florence & The Machine Enjoying Grammy Bump -- On Monday morning, Grammy-driven demand was trumping the benefits of low prices. The morning after the Grammys telecast, Mumford & So ...

  14. Eminem, Katy Perry Are 2010's Top Sellers

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Eminem's comeback reached another landmark today, as his "Recovery" LP was officially confirmed as the United States' best-selling album of 2010, with 3.42 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The MC had previou ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Jazmine Sullivan to Receive Billboard's Rising Star Award for Women in Music

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following the success of her breakthrough album "Fearless" and impressive start to her forthcoming sophomore set "Love Me Back," Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan will receive the Rising Star Award at ...

  17. Taylor Swift, Susan Boyle Vie For No. 1

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two of music's leading ladies are about to meet again on the charts. Susan Boyle, who finished 2009 with the year's second-biggest selling album according to Nielsen SoundScan, is eyeing the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 next week. Sta ...

  18. International Sales Solid For 'Speak Now'

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's third album "Speak Now" broke the 1 million sales barrier in the U.S. this week, but the international picture is so far less spectacular. Swift certainly has a bigger profile in major international markets now and ca ...

  19. 5 Factors That Set Up Taylor Swift's Blockbuster Week

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The million-plus first-week sales of Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now" benefited from a combination of savvy planning and media exposure. Here are five things that helped. 1. Going Away For A While As sales of her second album " ...

  20. What Went Right For Taylor Swift?

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift is still the sweetheart of the music industry. Her third album, "Speak Now," just became the 16th album in the Nielsen SoundScan era to sell a million units in one week at a time when many had doubted that anybody would acco ...

  21. Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Set For Monster Sales

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Though we've yet to unveil whether Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine" or Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown" has won the battle for the No. 1 crown on this week's Billboard 200 chart, we're already ...

  22. Eminem Won't Budge From No. 1 On Billboard 200; Lil Wayne Tops Digital Songs

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" unsurprisingly holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a seventh nonconsecutive week—the longest reign for an album since Taylor Swift's "Fearless" snagged 11 weeks atop the list in late 2008 and e ...

  23. Eminem Poised For Billboard 200 Top Spot Next Week

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 look for Eminem to probably stand steady for a seventh week at No. 1 with "Recovery," as none of this week's new releases are projected to knock him off his perch. If "Recovery" makes it a se ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Sources: Susan Boyle Recording Christmas Album

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Susan Boyle is in the studio recording a Christmas album according to U.S. retail sources. While details on what will be on the album are still unclear, Sony is targeting an October streetdate for the as-yet-untitled album. Columbia spokeswoman Fr ...

  26. New Taylor Swift Album "Speak Now" Out Oct. 25

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift will release her third studio album, "Speak Now" -- the follow-up to 2008's "Fearless" -- on Oct. 25, the country star announced Tuesday (July 20). Swift shared the news with her fans on Ustream and said the a ...

  27. Swift To Talk 'Fearless' Follow-up On Live Chat

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift will host a live chat to talk with fans about a new album. Swift said she's always getting questions from fans via the Internet and social networking sites. Next Tuesday (July 20) she'll be providing answers about her follow ...

  28. Lady Antebellum Returning To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As predicted, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" seems set to return to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, thus earning its fifth non-consecutive week at the top of the tally. Industry sources suggest that the set m ...

  29. Taylor Swift To Receive Award At Songwriters Hall Of Fame

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT She's only 20, but Taylor Swift is getting in the hall of fame. Swift will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards on June 17. Swift has written or co-written every song on her two multiplatinum-selling CD ...

  30. Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift In ACM Spotlight

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With all due respect to the leading men of country, this year's Academy of Country Music Awards looks like it's going to the gals. Carrie Underwood can make history as the first woman to win two entertainer of the year awards when the st ...

  31. Sade's 'Soldier' Sizzles At No. 1 With 502,000

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST With its first studio album in nearly 10 years, Sade's "Soldier of Love" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 502,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the act its second chart-topper . . . All told, the group ...

  32. Sade To Take No. 1 On Billboard 200 Next Week

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Expect the smooth sounds of Sade to overtake the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart next week, as industry sources project the group's new effort "Soldier of Love" could sell between 375,000 to 400,000 by week's end on ...

  33. Grammy Stars Shine On Billboard 200, Lady Antebellum Holds at No. 1

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" stands tall at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, as the set sold 209,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week, the album bowed atop the list with 481,000, the biggest sales week for ...

  34. Grammy Awards Shine On Billboard 200 While Lady A Holds At No. 1

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" notches a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, new efforts from Lil Wayne, Nick Jonas and Rob Zombie debut in the top 10 . . . Meanwhile, the Grammy Awards make major waves on the tally. Sal ...

  35. Lady Antebellum Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 481,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the biggest debut sales week for any album since Susan Boyle& ...

  36. Lady Antebellum Leads Banner Week For EMI

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 481,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan—the biggest sales week of 2010 and the best opening for a country set since 2008 . . . It' ...

  37. Lady Antebellum Poised To Smash Sales Expectations

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST We already know it's all-but-certain Lady Antebellum's sophomore album "Need You Now" is headed for a No. 1 debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart, but now it's looking like the album is going to sell more than origina ...

  38. Vampire Weekend Lands First No. 1 Album

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vampire Weekend sees its sophomore set "Contra" debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 124,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billboard 200 chart since So ...

  39. Vampire Weekend Lands First No. 1 Album

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST New York band Vampire Weekend sees its sophomore set, "Contra," debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 124,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . The set is only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billbo ...

  40. Ke$ha Ends Boyle's 'Dream' With No. 1 Debut On Billboard 200

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST As expected, Ke$ha opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her debut album "Animal," shifting 152,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The newcomer's set replaces Susan Boyle "I Dreamed a Dream," which drifts to No ...

  41. Ke$ha's 'Animal' Bites At No. 1 With Big Digital Debut

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Newcomer Ke$ha opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her debut album, "Animal," shifting 152,000 copies . . . Of that figure, an eye-popping 76% was made up of digital downloads . . . After a six-week run at No. 1, Susan Boyle's ...

  42. Taylor Swift Edges Susan Boyle For 2009's Top Selling Album

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" reigns for a sixth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 137,000 (down 73%) according to Nielsen SoundScan, bringing her cumulative sales total up to 3,104,000. However, while that ...

  43. Susan Boyle Extends Run Atop Billboard 200

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST In just six week since its release, Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" has racked up 3,104,000 in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, that impressive feat was not enough to overtake Taylor Swift's "Fearless" ...

  44. Boyle's Still On Top, But Swift Finishes As Year's Biggest

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" holds onto the Billboard 200 crown for a sixth week, but can't topple Taylor Swift's "Fearless" as the top-selling album of 2009 . . . The '09 sales total for "Dream&qu ...

  45. Lady Gaga, Green Day, Pink Added To Grammy Performers Line Up

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga, Pink, Green Day, Dave Matthews Band and Zac Brown Band are the latest acts scheduled to perform at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, it was announced today (Jan. 5) on the Recording Academy's official twitter page. Taking place at the ...

  46. Susan Boyle Vs. Taylor Swift Nailbiter For 2009 Sales Crown

    January 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the new year is ushered in, it's looking like Susan Boyle will celebrate a sixth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, as industry prognosticators project her "I Dreamed a Dream" album may sell about 150,000 to 1 ...

  47. Susan Boyle Spends Fifth Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fifth consecutive week, selling another 510,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. So far, the set has shifted 2,982,000 copies in America. " ...

  48. Boyle Spends Fifth Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Chart

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fifth consecutive week, selling another 510,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan ... So far, the set has shifted 2,982,000 copies in America. Wit ...

  49. Susan Boyle Blocks Alicia Keys From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST There's just no stopping Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream." The album continues to lock up the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week in a row, selling 661,000 copies (up 14%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. &qu ...

  50. Susan Boyle Blocks Alicia Keys From No. 1

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" continues to rule the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth straight week as it sells another 661,000 copies. The "Britain's Got Talent" contestant's reign blocks Alicia Keys' fr ...

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