Friday

  1. 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Sales Sizzle, Top 10 Bound on Billboard 200

    December 29, 2012 10:06 AM EST The "Les Miserables" musical film soundtrack is on course to jump straight into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters are suggesting the 20-song "Highlights" set may sell around 100,000 copies ...

  2. Justin Bieber Breaks VEVO Record, Rises On Social 50 Chart

    October 19, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Whether it's surprising fans with unannounced visits or singing from balconies in France, Justin Bieber is known for devising schemes that grab attention. Reported events of a stolen laptop and leaked private photos were deemed a publicity ho ...

  3. 'Call Me Maybe' Tops the Hot 100

    June 21, 2012 7:35 PM EDT It's been a cool day today," Carly Rae Jepsen, calling in from Los Angeles, says casually. "I ran into RedFoo from LMFAO at the airport, and we've been writing a song together today. Over the phone." This is Jepsen's ...

  4. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' With 180 Million Views Is YouTube's Top 2011 Video

    December 21, 2011 7:36 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Rebecca Black's infamous "Friday" video has topped all other YouTube videos of 2011 with 180 million views. The Google Inc. video-sharing site announced its most-viewed clips of the year Tuesday. The Social 50 Year I ...

  5. Black Friday, Cyber Monday Great for Retailers; Record-Store Day Items Drive Music Sales

    November 29, 2011 1:42 PM EST While music merchants say that they too, like retail in general, experienced a strong sales for the Black Friday weekend, some of them acknowledge that music wasn't leading the charge. "We had a great weekend," says one chain execut ...

  6. The Social 50 Year In Viral Breakthroughs: Rebecca Black, Pomplamoose & More

    November 29, 2011 7:00 AM EST This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Billboard's Social 50 chart, our tally that ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. While a good number of acts have never left the tally (we ...

  7. Universal Music Group Announces 'Unprecedented' Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Program

    November 21, 2011 1:21 PM EST In an apparent effort to compete with the DVD promotions that have dominated the front of retail outlets in recent years, Universal Music Group Distribution has announced an "unprecedented" new sales program for the Black Friday sales we ...

  8. YouTube Set to Announce TV Initiative With 100 Niche Channels

    October 28, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In a low-budget early effort to compete with satellite and cable TV providers, YouTube is set to announce Friday that it has partnered with several entities to roll out television-style channels with professionally produced shows that will strike ...

  9. Rebecca Black Debuts 'My Moment,' Follow-Up To 'Friday' (Watch)

    July 18, 2011 5:34 PM EDT Rebecca Black had her 15 minutes of fame with her viral hit, "Friday," and now she's back for another few minutes in the spotlight with the premiere of "My Moment," her first official video and single since the Ark Music F ...

  10. Rebecca Black to Self-Release New Single, EP

    July 11, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Rebecca Black is releasing a new single, her first since "Friday" became a viral video sensation. "My Moment" will debut on Black's Youtube channel starting at 8:00 p.m. on July 18 as well as the singer's official web ...

  11. Cody Simpson Debuts on Social 50 Thx to YouTube; Myspace Hijack Launches Girl Talk

    June 24, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Australian pop singer Cody Simpson enters the Social 50 chart at No. 32-for the first time-thanks to the premier of the video for his ballad "On My Mind." Since its release on June 17, the video has earned 293,000 plays, respectively (20 ...

  12. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Taken Off YouTube (Analysis)

    June 17, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Rebecca Black is getting her 16th minute of fame thanks to news that her "Friday" video has been pulled off of YouTube by her lawyers. The singer enjoyed tremendous viral success in March with a song, "Friday," so silly and sim ...

  13. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Pulled from YouTube

    June 17, 2011 2:54 PM EDT Rebecca Black's official "Friday" music video has been taken off YouTube. The page where the video starring the 13-year-old singer once played now says it "is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black." ...

  14. Web Trends: New Lady Gaga Video "Edge Of Glory" + Chris Brown Ft Justin Bieber- Next To You

    June 17, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 3. Rebecca Black Friday Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" has been pulled off YouTube by her lawyers. 16. Kenny Chesney Country Stars Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter performed for the Today Show early this morning. ...

  15. Australian Teen Charged For Egging Justin Bieber During Concert

    May 05, 2011 8:11 AM EDT Australian officials have charged a teenager with breaking into a Justin Bieber concert and throwing eggs at the Canadian pop star. The 17-year-old appeared in a Sydney Children's Court on Thursday and was charged with breaking and entering, ...

  16. Beyonce Blows Up Social 50 Chart, Rebecca Black Waves Bye-Bye

    April 28, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Skyrocketing 25-14 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, Beyoncé rallies to a new chart high with a 334% burst in new week-over-week plays on monitored social networks and 142% boost in views. The jump is owed to attention gained from her new singl ...

  17. Britney Spears Is a Social (50) Climber; Rebecca Black, Less So

    April 14, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Britney Spears continues her upward climb on the Social 50 chart as she rises 10-7 -- a new high for the pop diva. Chalk up her leap to a whopping 136% growth in week-over-week Vevo plays thanks to the premiere of her new video "Till the Worl ...

  18. 'Glee' May Cover Rebecca Black's 'Friday'

    April 14, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Those waiting for Rebecca Black's 15 minutes of fame to run out will have to hold their breath a little longer. "Glee" is considering using a cover of Black's unlikely YouTube hit, "Friday," in an upcoming episode, ...

  19. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Tops 100 Million YouTube Views

    April 13, 2011 10:26 AM EDT Just hours after passing the 99-million-view mark late Tuesday night, Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" surpassed the 100 million views at YouTube Wednesday morning, making it one of 43 videos to have done so. The low-budget, indep ...

  20. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Set To Hit 100 Million YouTube Views

    April 13, 2011 5:59 AM EDT Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" reached 99 million views at YouTube late Tuesday night. If it continues on its recent pace, the video should pass the 100 million threshold Wednesday. "Friday" ranks as YouTube's 43r ...

  21. Rebecca Black's Buzz Cools, Justice Debuts on Social 50 Chart

    April 07, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Rebecca Black's social buzz -- as measured on the Social 50 chart -- continues to erode as the singer slips 12-22 on this week's tally. The famed "Friday" singer entered the list at a record high of No. 9 three weeks ago, but h ...

  22. Rebecca Black Reportedly Threatens Legal Action Against 'Friday' Producer Ark Music Factory

    April 01, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Forget about the back seat, front seat debate. Rebecca Black and her mother are behind the wheel of potential legal action, accusing "Friday" producers Ark Music Factory of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of publicity ri ...

  23. Rebecca Black Spoofs 'Friday' Success in Funny or Die Clip

    April 01, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Since today is April Fool's Day -- and, of course, Friday -- humor website Funny or Die is celebrating by letting "Friday" phenom Rebecca Black take over their site. In this clip for "Friday or Die," the singer spoofs her ...

  24. Rebecca Black Still Has Social (50) Status

    March 31, 2011 12:29 PM EDT Rebecca Black and her out-of-nowhere viral hit "Friday" continue to make waves on Billboard's charts this week. While Black herself slides 9-12 on the Social 50 tally -- the single rises 57-38 on the Digital Songs chart with 50,000 ...

  25. Meet the Man Behind Rebecca Black's 'Friday'

    March 30, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Rebecca Black's song "Friday" has turned the 13-year-old into an overnight celebrity, spurred a rash of negative comments and now been viewed nearly 67 million times on YouTube. It's been widely reported that the aspiring singe ...

  26. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Disappears From YouTube, Returns Hours Later

    March 29, 2011 7:56 PM EDT After disappearing for a few hours, "Friday" was back at YouTube late Tuesday night. The YouTube page for Ark Music Factory , which posted the official "Friday" video, was up and running again as well. Although there is no evid ...

  27. Lady Gaga Says Rebecca Black Is A 'Genius' During Google Visit

    March 23, 2011 10:38 AM EDT about $27,000 a week http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital ...

  28. Rebecca Black's First-Week Sales: Not Bad, But Not In The Millions ...

    March 22, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Contrary to several media reports, Rebecca Black is not netting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the more than 33 million YouTube views of her uber-viral video "Friday" or its digital sales. However, she's not doing badly. The ...

  29. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Catapults Over Viral Shark: 33 Million Views, No. 33 on iTunes Chart

    March 22, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Overnight Internet sensation Rebecca Black's widely panned song "Friday" has been viewed over 33 million times on YouTube. Late Monday afternoon, the official "Friday" video had tallied 30.974 million views. The song has b ...

  30. Lady Gaga Donates Wristband Proceeds to Japan Relief Efforts

    March 14, 2011 11:07 AM EDT In response to the devastating tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan on Friday (Mar. 11), Lady Gaga has designed a "Japan Prayer Bracelet," with all proceeds for the wristband going to relief efforts. The pop star posted the announcement ...

  31. Make 'Way' For Lady Gaga on Social 50, Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa Jump Up

    February 17, 2011 12:34 PM EST Lady Gaga has simply overtaken the Billboard charts this week. First, her "Born This Way" was crowned the 1,000th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with splashy debuts on the Radio Songs and Digital Songs chart. Then her grand Grammy entran ...

  32. Rihanna Tops Social 50, Blame S&M; Watch Selena Gomez & Taylor Swift Do Their Best Minaj

    February 10, 2011 3:40 PM EST After a month's absence from the top of the list, Rihanna returns to the top -- a familiar perch for the diva, who has now spent five non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. She posted significant gains in week-over-week Twitter followers (up 24%), f ...

  33. Amazon Brings Black Friday To U.K.

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon's U.K. store has launched a Black Friday Deals Week promotion in the U.K., although there has been some backlash from consumers in response to the limited quantities on offer. Amazon's importation of the Black Friday concept for N ...

  34. Live Nation Loses $432 Million Of Market Cap In Two Days

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Erasing about $423 million in market capitalization, Live Nation's stock plunged 21.4% over Thursday and Friday due to a warning of weak ticket sales made on Thursday. After dropping 10.9% on Thursday, Live Nation shares fell another 11.8% on ...

  35. Jonas Brothers On Track For High 'Experience' Debut

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST It looks like the Jonas Brothers will not only dominate the box office this weekend with their new "3D Concert Experience" film, they'll also snare a top five debut on the Billboard 200 next week with the movie's companion soun ...

  36. Retailers: Black Friday Music Sales Down

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST While mainstream media is touting that the Black Friday weekend started the holiday selling season with a bang, music merchandisers certainly didn't have that experience. Music sales were down anywhere from 10% to 30% and hit albums released ...

  37. Akon Smacks Rivals On New Ringtone Chart

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hot RingMasters goes live Friday. Hot RingMasters goes live Friday. News ...