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  1. Chart Moves: Gotye's Album Hits Top 10, Kelly Clarkson's Strong Sales, Florence + the Machine's 'Smash' Single

    March 23, 2012 9:06 AM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history as the first U.K. group to enter at No. 1 with a debut album as "Up All Night" starts atop the list with 176,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. T ...

  2. Adele's '21' Becomes Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

    February 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST Not unexpectedly, Adele's "21" album spends a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200, selling 297,000 (down 59%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution's "Purpl ...

  3. Mac Miller Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 16, 2011 11:00 AM EST As forecasted , indie rapper Mac Miller's first album, "Blue Slide Park," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 144,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While it didn't shift as much as some industry sources had ...

  4. Coldplay's Digital Strategy Pays Off: Group Breaks iTunes Record With 500,000 Downloads in a Week

    November 03, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Pointing to an increasingly equal digital vs. physical playing field, Coldplay's latest album, "Mylo Xyloto," which was released on Oct. 24, has broken a record for the iTunes store worldwide by selling more than 500,000 downloads i ...

  5. Coldplay Claims Third No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 With 'Mylo Xyloto'

    November 02, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected, Coldplay climbs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its third chart-topping set, "Mylo Xyloto," selling 447,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow for "Mylo" marks the third-largest sales ...

  6. Adele's '21' Hits 13th Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200; Casting Crowns Bow At No. 2

    October 26, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Adele's "21" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week (rising 2-1), marking its 13th week atop the tally. That's the most weeks at No. 1 since the soundtrack to "Titanic" set sail in 1998 and spent 16 weeks at ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Breaks iTunes Single-Week Sales Record

    August 15, 2011 2:21 PM EDT Sources say Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" broke the U.S. iTunes Store's one-week sales record last week when it sold nearly 290,000 downloads via the retailer through Sunday night (Aug. 14). The set was exclusively ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Eric Church's 'Chief' Album Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    August 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week , country singer Eric Church takes his third album, "Chief," straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 145,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (with an even bigger sales figure than expected). The debut mark ...

  11. Amy Winehouse Sales, By the Numbers

    July 27, 2011 2:01 PM EDT While this week's charts only track the first 36 hours of sales after news broke on Saturday afternoon of Amy Winehouse's death , fans clearly rushed to retail sites as the news spread. Through the end of SoundScan's tracking period ...

  12. Amy Winehouse Singles: 1,800% Sales Gain Projected for This Week's Chart

    July 25, 2011 5:04 PM EDT In the wake of Amy Winehouse's death on Saturday, the singer's breakthrough album, "Back to Black," as well as a number of her singles, are staging a return to the Billboard charts this week. Amy Winehouse's 'Back to ...

  13. 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&# ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. U.S. Album Sales Dropped 12.8% Last Year, Digital Tracks Post Small Gain

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST As expected, the year-end Nielsen SoundScan numbers once again tell a tale of an industry in turmoil. There were a few bright spots, but 2010 was mostly about diminishing returns. During the 52 weeks ended Jan. 2, album sales in the United States ...

  16. Taylor Swift’s 'Speak Now' Sets Market Share Record

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its first week of release, Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” accounted for nearly one in five album purchases. In selling 1,047,000 units during a week with 5.8 million album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, “Speak Now” represented 18% of all al ...

  17. Business Matters: 'Trial of the Century' Set To Start Monday

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Trial of the Century' Set To Begin Monday -- It’s called the “Trial of the Century” in London and in the States it’s a pretty big deal too. Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup start ...

  18. Eminem Won't Budge From No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lil Wayne Tops Digital Songs

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the Billboard 200 album chart's top 10 welcomes six debuts, none can push Eminem's "Recovery" out of the top slot (116,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan; down 12%). The set thus spends its seventh non-consecutive we ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Drake's 'Thank Me Later' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 With 447,000

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Drake blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Thank Me Later" bows with 447,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the third-best sales week of the year for a single album . . . However, we cou ...

  21. Chart Moves: Miley Cyrus, Muse, 'Glee,' Christina Aguilera and More

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart. -- "Glee" Cast: Fox's hit TV show can't be stopped -- at least perhaps until it goes on hiatus once its season finale airs in the ...

  22. Analysis: The Real Story On Track and Albums Sales

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Any way you look at it, the album format is not dead. Relative to individual track sales, album sales are still dominant, important and necessary to record labels and publishers. Which is why these graphs on the decline of the album format at tech ...

  23. Study Offers Insight Into How To Bundle Music In Digital Age

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital has not marked the death of the album, but labels and artists should re-think how they sell music, according to a new study. Working Knowledge has a Q&A with Professor Anita Elberse of Harvard Business School that discusses her latest ...

  24. Analysis: Album Sales Decline Slows To 6% in September, TEAs Down 4%

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In September, the record industry came as close to a victory is it’s going to get in 2009. Year over year album sales in the month were down only 5.9%, according to Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data. (For these purposes, September is de ...

  25. Total Album Sales Surge

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In the first full week after Michael Jackson's death, total album sales shot up to nearly seven million units, a level not seen since early April. Track sales dropped 1% but had risen 9% the prior week, the first full week after Jackson' ...

  26. Analysis: Jackson Frenzy Drowns Out Competition

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales of Michael Jackson's catalog drowned out the competition in the week after his death. Consumers flocked last week to online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon.com to purchase Jackson’s catalog but the flurry of activity did not help ot ...

  27. Green Day Set For Top On Two Days' Sales

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Green Day's comeback album "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Bros) is likely to secure the U.K. No. 1 based on just two days' sales, according to U.K. entertainment retailer HMV. The new Green Day set went on sale today ...

  28. April Album Sales Down 'Only' 9%

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. album sales were down 9.2% in April 2009 (the five weeks starting March 30 and ending May 3) versus April 2008, according to data at Nielsen SoundScan. The deficit is a big improvement over the 17.9% deficit in March and the 11.5% deficit in ...

  29. Rascal Flatts Scores Fourth Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 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, "Unstoppable," (Lyric Street) bows with 351,000 copies. That's the band's third fattest ope ...

  30. Games Boost Belgian Entertainment Sales

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a growth of 6% to €650 million ($828 million), the Belgian entertainment market had a positive 2008, despite music sales continuing to decline - down 8.7% from €183 million ($233 million) in 2007 to €167 million ($212.7 million) last year. Th ...

  31. Cash Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1969

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sells 88,000 copies in the United States. Even in death, Johnny Cash is still mighty enough to top The Billboard 200. "American V: A Hundred Highways" earns the Man in Black his first No. 1 album since 1969's "Johnny Cash at Sa ...