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  1. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 on Top Country Albums in 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 4:01 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more. With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longes ...

  2. Eric Church Logs Best Debut On Hot Country Songs

    January 10, 2014 1:02 PM EST Eric Church posts his highest start as a lead artist on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Give Me Back My Hometown," which opens at No. 39. The bow surpasses his No. 43 entrance with "Springsteen" two years ago. Th ...

  3. Chart Moves: Robin Thicke Ties R&B/Hip-Hop Mark; Imagine Dragons Return To Hot 100; Arcade Fire Ignites

    September 20, 2013 1:23 PM EDT As previously reported, Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" smashes its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it's her first No. 1. Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week? -- Robin Thicke: Wit ...

  4. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Ties For Longest No. 1 Run On Hot Country Songs

    July 24, 2013 2:43 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line matches the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's debut single "Cruise" notches a 21st cumulative week at the summit. With its latest week on top ...

  5. Chart Moves: 'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Climbs, Bob Marley's 'Legend: Remixed' Debuts, Lorde's 'Love' Leaps

    July 05, 2013 4:05 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Wale celebrated his first No. 1 , as "The Gifted" opened atop the list. The set sold 158,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in the top 10 ...

  6. Chart Moves: Florida Georgia Line Leads Hot Country Songs Again; Phillip Phillips Nets 'Idol' Honor; John Mayer Returns

    June 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. + Pharrell, spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Miley Cyrus and Bruno Mars land in the top 10. Who else makes notable moves on the Ho ...

  7. How We Charted The Year

    December 13, 2012 10:38 PM EST How Billboard recaps new social charts and much more As our numerous year-end charts reflect, 2012 was an exciting and unpredictable year for the music industry. While each of BillboardĀ¹s editors and readers may have certain moments, artists, song ...

  8. Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise's To No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Dethroning Taylor Swift

    December 13, 2012 2:15 PM EST In the first turnover atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart since the ranking's formula changed from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming and expanded radio panel hybrid, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" s ...

  9. PSY Keeps His Shirt On: Maroon 5 Wins Close Race for Hot 100 Chart's Top Spot

    October 03, 2012 11:31 AM EDT Keep your shirt on, PSY. At least for this week. While the Korean rapper has pledged to perform 'Gangnam Style' "topless in a place where everyone can watch" should the song crown the Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5 prevents the sp ...

  10. Chart Moves: Jason Aldean Hits No. 1 On Country Songs Chart, Swedish House Mafia Debuts on Hot 100

    September 28, 2012 5:39 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which gallops 11-2. Plus, Christina Aguilera debuts at No. 34 with "Yo ...

  11. Chart Moves: Neon Trees Grow on Billboard Hot 100, Demi Lovato's 'Heart' Makes Radio Gain

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift scores her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" blasts from No. 72 to the summit in its second week, fueled by digital sales of 623,000, the best weekly ...

  12. Jason Aldean's 'Take a Little Ride' Bound for Big Chart Debut

    July 19, 2012 8:37 PM EDT Jason Aldean is on track to shake up Billboard's charts next week, as his new single "Take a Little Ride" is selling big and making waves on the radio. Industry sources suggest that it may sell more than 200,000 downloads by July 22 ...

  13. Kenny Chesney Rules, Don Williams Returns to Top Country Albums Chart

    June 29, 2012 2:21 PM EDT Billboard's Top Country Albums chart welcomes Kenny Chesney's Welcome to the Fishbowl to No. 1. The set is the star's 11th No. 1 on the tally and arrives with 193,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since he first reign ...

  14. Chart Moves: Little Big Town's 'Pontoon' Makes Waves on Hot 100, Lumineers Hit Top 40 For First Time

    June 15, 2012 1:21 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported , Carly Rae Jepsen sends "Call Me Maybe" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, after eight weeks at the summit. ...

  15. Jason Aldean Leads Country Songs, Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert Crack Top 10

    May 17, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Jason Aldean claims his seventh leader on Country Songs -- his first in almost a year -- as "Fly Over States" (Broken Bow) stacks 37.9 million impressions (up 2.4 million) and steps 2-1 on the audience-ranked chart. He most recently topp ...

  16. Blake Shelton Nails Sixth Straight No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 19, 2012 2:01 PM EDT As "Drink on It" advances 2-1, Blake Shelton achieves his sixth straight leader -- his 11th overall -- on Country Songs, where he takes sole possession of second place among all artists with active No. 1 streaks. Zac Brown Band tops that ...

  17. Taylor Swift Scores Sixth No. 1 Country Song With 'Ours'

    March 22, 2012 3:43 PM EDT Taylor Swift claims her sixth No. 1 and completes her second set of two straight leaders on Country Songs, as "Ours" piles 34.1 million audience impressions and steps 3-1 in its 17th chart week. Her slowest chart-topping climb was noted ...

  18. Keith Urban Goes Three For Three Again on Country Charts

    February 23, 2012 11:54 AM EST Keith Urban claims his 14th leader on Country Songs with "You Gonna Fly," which also completes the artist's third set of three straight No. 1 songs. Urban launched this current string of three consecutive chart toppers when "Wi ...

  19. Billboard Hot 100 Celebrates 20 Years of Nielsen Data

    November 30, 2011 4:12 PM EST "THE LONG-AWAITED DAY HAS ARRIVED," read the headline in the "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight" column in the Billboard issue dated Nov. 30, 1991. Twenty years ago today, the Billboard Hot 100 transformed from a chart combining ranked ...

  20. CHARTS LEGEND

    September 19, 2011 7:07 AM EDT GENERAL INFORMATION SALES Data for Billboard's sales charts, which include all album charts, are compiled by Nielsen SoundScan from a universe of retailers that represents more than 90% of the U.S. music retail market. The sample includes not ...

  21. Chart Moves: Adele & Lady Gaga Hit Hot 100 Top 40 With Latest Singles

    August 25, 2011 12:45 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Katy Perry remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" and Lil Wayne blasts in at No. 3 with "She Will," featuring Drake. Still, other notable moves dot ...

  22. Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera's 'Jagger' Move Up Billboard Hot 100; Also, The 'Glee-pocalypse!'

    August 18, 2011 12:56 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Katy Perry makes Hot 100 history by becoming the first woman, and second artist overall after Michael Jackson, in the chart's five-decade archives to send five songs from an album to No. 1, as & ...

  23. Chart Moves: Katy Perry, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Adele

    April 28, 2011 11:15 AM EDT A look at some of the most notable movers and shakers on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles and Billboard 200 albums charts. The Billboard Hot 100: -- Katy Perry: "E.T.," featuring Kanye West (2-1), rebounds for a fourth week at ...

  24. Chart Moves: Eminem, Jackie Evancho, Taylor Swift, 'Bed Intruder Song'

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200: -- Eminem: This week, the hip-hop king's "Recovery" returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albu ...

  25. Chart Moves: Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200: -- Arcade Fire: The Canadian band made waves atop the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as its "The Su ...

  26. Chart Moves: Avenged Sevenfold, Usher, Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200: -- Avenged Sevenfold: The rock band's "Nightmare" bumps Eminem's "Recovery" from ...

  27. Chart Moves: Eminem, Band Of Horses, Usher, Christina Perri

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Eminem: His "Recovery" set is the still king of the Billboard 200 for a fourth week, shifting 195,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, with his rise to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (see below), it's the first time a male so ...

  28. Nichols Grabs Third No. 1, First Since 2005

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Up 2.3 million audience impressions, traditional stylist Joe Nichols gets his third No. 1, and first in more than four years, as "Gimmie That Girl" (Show Dog-Universal) advances 3-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs. With 33.9 millio ...

  29. Lady A's 'American Honey' Slows No. 1 Turnover On Hot Country Songs

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Up 1.2 million audience impressions in its 17th chart week, Lady Antebellum's "American Honey" (Capitol Nashville) claims a second week atop Hot Country Songs, ending a spate of one-week leaders that began when Billy Currington' ...

  30. Hip Hop Tracks In Top 100 Most Likely To Get iTunes Price Hike

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An examination of the current Top 100 tracks at iTunes shows the hip hop tracks on the chart were most likely to be raised to $1.29. Ten out of 20 hip hop tracks were raised to $1.29 from $0.99 when iTunes raised prices on some individual songs ea ...