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  1. Chart Moves: 'The Voice' Carries Weight on Hot 100, Hot Country Songs; Avril Lavigne Soars; Jack Johnson Returns

    June 21, 2013 12:36 PM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. + Pharrell, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Who else makes head-"Lines" on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week? Nota ...

  2. Allow Brandy To Reintroduce Herself

    October 15, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Singer returns with new deal and first solo album in four years. After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran' ...

  3. Charts

    August 30, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Songz' First No. 1; Adele Bids Adieu To Top 10 Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Chapter V" bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer' ...

  4. Chart Moves: Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Hits New Peak on Billboard 200 Chart, Fleetwood Mac Tribute Debuts

    August 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Chainz claimed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this week with his debut studio effort "Based On a T.R.U. Story." The Def Jam set arrived atop the list with 147,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan and marked the third debut albu ...

  5. Elle Varner Is 'Perfectly' Flawed

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it . . . but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potenti ...

  6. Too Pop For Comfort?

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Brown&# ...

  7. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  8. Analysis: The Beastie Boys' Trailblazing Billboard Chart History

    May 05, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Beastie Boys' Billboard chart history is as eclectic as the group itself. The trio's (Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch) "Licensed to Ill" album made history in 1987 as the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the ...

  9. Rihanna's 'Love' Leads Hot 100; Jay-Z, Kanye West Reach Top 10

    December 07, 2011 1:46 PM EST Rihanna registers a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, while Jay-Z and Kanye West say "bonjour" to the top 10 with a 15-8 surge for "Ni**as in Paris." Bruno Mar ...

  10. Could Rihanna Be Bigger Than the Beatles on the Billboard Hot 100?

    November 04, 2011 1:46 PM EDT "We are watching history in the making." So said Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels Wednesday, regarding Rihanna's "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris) making her the seventh artist in the Hot 100's 53-ye ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass': The Biggest Single by Female Rapper in Nearly a Decade

    August 10, 2011 11:28 AM EDT Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" is boomin'. With its No. 3 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Young Money/Cash Money single is the highest-charting Hot 100 rap hit by a solo female (without the aid of a featured artist) sin ...

  13. The 'American Idol' Afterglow: 15 Alums Are on This Week's Billboard Charts

    June 22, 2011 4:26 PM EDT It's been just four weeks since the season 10 finale of "American Idol," so it's no surprise that winner Scotty McCreery is appearing on several Billboard charts, including Hot Country Songs (where his debut single "I Love ...

  14. Lil Wayne and Mary J. Blige Lead Collaborative Performances at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2011 2:14 PM EDT L il Wayne will team up with Mary J. Blige , Pitbull will rock the stage with Ne-Yo and Nayer, and Far*East Movement will be joined by both Snoop Dogg and Ryan Tedder for special collaborative performances at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which ...

  15. Will Chris Brown's Outburst Hurt Him On The Charts?

    March 23, 2011 5:51 PM EDT Chris Brown leaving "Good Morning America" on Tuesday (photo: INFphoto.com) After Chris Brown allegedly threw a chair and verbally abused staff backstage at "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, some wondered if the outburst would ...

  16. Adele's '21' Holds Top Of Billboard 200

    March 09, 2011 9:30 AM EST Adele's "21" stands firm at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, moving 168,000 copies (down 52%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. With a little more than 520,000 sold in two weeks, "21" has swiftly become the yea ...

  17. Chart Moves: Edward Sharpe, Usher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST A look at some of the most notable movers and shakers on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Lady Antebellum: At No. 12, the trio's "A Merry Little Christmas" EP flies with a 58-pos ...

  18. Katy Perry, Fantasia Looking To Top Billboard 200

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" will likely relinquish the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart to Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," which was released yesterday (Aug. 24). "Recovery" has spent seve ...

  19. Chart Moves: Eminem, Newsboys, Katy Perry, Court Yard Hounds and more

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Eminem: The hip-hop king continues his reign at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" holds atop the list for a fifth week , selling 187,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. With a slight 4% decline, "Recovery" distances i ...

  20. Bieber Fever Grips Billboard 200

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber triumphs at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "My World 2.0," debuting atop the tally with 283,000 copies sold in its first week . . . The 16-year-old is the youngest male solo artist to notch a No. 1 album since 1963 and on ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Returns To No. 1

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" comes back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, displacing Britney Spears' "Circus," which slips to No. 2 in its sophomore frame . . . The top 10 of the chart is devoid of debuts, ...

  24. Key Alliances Trump Radio Indifference Ahead Of New Nelly Album

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nelly's last album, "SweatSuit," hit shelves four years ago, but his absence hasn't dampened his branding opportunities. Indeed, the promotion schedule for the rapper's oft-delayed "Brass Knuckles," due Sept. 16 ...

  25. Sweat Works Up New Album, Tour

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B veteran Keith Sweat returns May 6 with new album "Just Me." His first new studio album since 2002's "Rebirth," the Keia/Atco/Rhino release features cameos by Keyshia Cole (on the track "Love Your Better") ...

  26. Timberlake Hits Big With 'Until the End of Time'

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake's "Until The End Of Time" made a 41-28 on The Billboard Hot 100 this week, making him the first solo male artist this decade to spawn six top 40 hits from the same album. His album "FutureSex/LoveSounds" ...

  27. Bruce Springsteen Scores Eighth No. 1 Album

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Presto! Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" debuts atop The Billboard 200, giving the artist his eighth No. 1 album. His first came in 1980 with "The River" ... High entries from Matchbox Twenty, Soulja Boy Tell'em, J. Holida ...

  28. Three Weeks at No. 1 for 'High School Musical 2'

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "High School Musical 2" makes it three for three at the top of The Billboard 200 as it extends its stay in the penthouse ... an eclectic group of debuts grace the top 10 this week, including a career-high No. 2 placing for Casting Crowns ...

  29. Top Five Says Hello to UGK, Plies and Jonas Brothers

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rap duo UGK (Pimp C and Bun B) storm the top of The Billboard 200 as the act scores its first No. 1 album. The "Underground Kingz" sold 160,000 last week -- the best sales week ever for either the group or its individual members ... New ...

  30. Maroon 5 Nudges Linkin Park From Atop Billboard 200

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a week where four of the five top albums on The Billboard 200 are debuts, Maroon 5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" leads the pack at No. 1. The A&M/Octone effort moved 429,000 copies in the United States, according to N ...

  31. Linkin Park's 'Minutes' Clocks In At No. 1

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park earns the year's best sales week as its "Minutes to Midnight" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 623,000. The set sold a whopping 84,000 digital downloads -- the biggest week ever for a digital album ... The album i ...

  32. Ne-Yo and Michael Buble Lead Busy Chart

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo and Michael Buble bow at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on The Billboard 200 -- it's the second chart-topper for the former and a new high for the latter ... The pair are just two of six debuts in the top 10 this week. Rush, Miranda Lamber ...

  33. Musiq Ushers Six Big Debuts Onto Album Chart

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Six new albums debut in the top 10 slots of The Billboard 200, with R&B artist Musiq Soulchild's "Luvanmusiq" new at No. 1. The Atlantic set sold 149,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Soulchild also ...

  34. Chart Greets Sweet Sounds of Musiq

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Musiq Soulchild takes his "Luvanmusic" straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200, giving the R&B singer his second chart-topper ... Five other acts' albums debut in the top 10 this week: Lloyd, Rich Boy, Neil Young, Amy Winehouse a ...

  35. Young Jeezy, Hicks Enter Atop The Billboard 200

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his second Def Jam album, "The Inspiration." The set sold 352,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than doubling the 172,000-unit first ...

  36. Jeezy Does It: 'Inspiration' On Top

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Inspiration," easily beating the peak of his 2005 effort ... "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks proves the power of his soul patrol with his self-titled debut at No. 2 ...

  37. Dylan Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1976

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in 30 years, Bob Dylan tops The Billboard 200 with "Modern Times." Not only is it the legendary songwriter's first album to reach the throne since "Desire" in 1976, it's also his hi For the first ti ...

  38. Busta's 'Bang' Crowns Three Album Charts

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes brings forth his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with "The Big Bang." The album sold 209,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rapper's best one- Busta Rhymes brings forth his f ...

  39. Il Divo Zooms Past Jamie Foxx To Claim No. 1

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for the No. 1 slot with a chart-topping debut on The Billboard 200. One of five debuts in the chart's top 10, "Ancora" notches a career-best chart position for Il Divo's ...

  40. Blige's 'Breakthrough' Returns To No. 1

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unbreakable" at No. 2 for two weeks in a row, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" returns to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Matriarch/Geffen release debute After sitting be ...

  41. Blige's 'Breakthrough' Bows At No. 1

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Moves 727,000 copies in the U.S. Despite slow overall sales throughout the holiday season, the week leading up to Christmas saw a retail burst led by a trio of R&B/hip-hop artists that shifted more than 1.75 million copies to lead The Billboar ...

  42. Keys Grabs Third Straight No. 1

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys extends her chart-topping legacy this week, notching her third consecutive No. 1 bow on The Billboard 200. With first-week U.S. sales of 196,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Un Alicia Keys extends her chart-topping leg ...

  43. Hill Hits No. 1 With 'Fireflies'

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Dukes' grab 41% increase with movie's release. Faith Hill's return to her country roots earns the songstress her third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "Fireflies." Her sixth effort for Warner Bros. Nashville sold 329 ...

  44. Coldplay Remains On Top

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'X&Y' sold over 1.2 million since June 7 release. Despite falling sales and four new titles entering the top 10, Coldplay's "X&Y" remains on top of The Billboard 200 for a third week in a row. Sales of the Capi ...

  45. R&B/Hip-Hop Charts Get Upgrade

    November 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Billboard R&B/hip-hop sales charts are experiencing a notable upgrade, as Nielsen SoundScan’s panel of core stores has undergone its first significant revision in six years. The Billboard R&B/hip-hop sales charts are experiencing a ...

  46. Winans, Prince Can't Stop Usher

    April 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Strong debuts from Mario Winans and Prince fail to dislodge Usher's "Confessions" from the top of The Billboard 200. U.S. sales of the LaFace/Zomba set are down 16% to 253,000 copies, according to Nie Strong debuts from Mario Winans ...

  47. Winans, Prince Can't Stop Usher

    April 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Strong debuts from Mario Winans and Prince fail to dislodge Usher's "Confessions" from the top of The Billboard 200. U.S. sales of the LaFace/Zomba set are down 16% to 253,000 copies, according to Nie Strong debuts from Mario Winans ...