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  1. Chart Moves: Kimbra Debuts in Top 20 on Billboard 200, McCartney's 'Ram' Returns

    June 01, 2012 8:38 AM EDT The Billboard 200: John Mayer was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Born and Raised album debuted at No. 1, selling 219,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer/songwriter's third chart-topper and could ...

  2. John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Earns Him Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    May 30, 2012 11:00 AM EDT John Mayer's "Born and Raised" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 219,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer/songwriter's third No. 1 set, following 2009' ...

  3. Evanescence Nets Second No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Evanescence returns to the Billboard 200, scoring its second No. 1 album, as its self-titled third set bows with 127,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act, led by singer Amy Lee , last released an album in 2006, when & ...

  4. 'American Idol' Stages A Country Comeback

    October 14, 2011 9:49 AM EDT "American Idol" is back. With the arrival of the show's latest winner, Scotty McCreery, at the top of the Billboard 200 this week, he breaks a woeful streak of subpar performances from the series' recent winners. "Clear ...

  5. 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery Makes History At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 12, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 ...

  6. 'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 05, 2011 9:00 PM EDT "American Idol" 2011 winner Scotty McCreery is poised to become the first "Idol" champ since Ruben Studdard in 2003 (and only third overall) to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their first release. Industry ...

  7. 'American Idol' and Billboard: James Durbin, Haley Reinhart Become 55th and 56th Finalists on Charts

    July 07, 2011 4:47 PM EDT With the debuts of their Walmart exclusive EPs on the Billboard charts this week, Season 10 contestants James Durbin and Haley Reinhart become the 55th and 56th "American Idol" finalists to see their names appear on charts published by B ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 'American Idol' Draft Contracts Reveal Big Paydays for Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina

    May 26, 2011 3:07 PM EDT Scotty McCreery can thank a fourth judge for clearing his path to becoming the latest "American Idol" - one who didn't have to critique his singing. A Los Angeles judge approved a minor's contract establishing financial protect ...

  10. Jennifer Lopez To Premiere Video For 'On The Floor' On 'American Idol'

    February 24, 2011 10:39 AM EST "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez will premiere the music video for new single "On the Floor" during the singing talent show March 3. The tune, which features Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, debuted this week at No. 40 on Bil ...

  11. Jackson, Boyle, Swift Battling For No. 1 On Next Week's Chart

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week is seemingly up for grabs, as three albums are possibly vying for the penthouse. Michael Jackson's new posthumous "Michael" set may move around 200,000 to 225,000 by week� ...

  12. Chart Outlook: Susan Boyle’s ‘Gift’ Likely to Remain No. 1 Next Week

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though a hefty number of blockbuster new albums reached the marketplace on Nov. 16, none of them look like they'll topple Susan Boyle's "The Gift" from No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that ...

  13. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. ...

  14. Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date On Twitter

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Kris Allen will release his debut album on Nov. 17, the singer announced Thursday night (Aug. 27). A rep for 19 Entertainment has also confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.biz: "It is a confirmed rel ...

  15. Eminem Leads For Second Week With 'Relapse'

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Relapse" easily holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 211,000 in its sophomore frame. Last week it bounded in atop the list with 608,000 . . . The top 10 welcomes new albums from Marilyn Manson, W ...

  16. Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the winner over runner-up Adam Lambert. During the two hour-plus seaso ...

  17. Taylor Hicks Inks Indie Deal For New CD

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former "American Idol" champion Taylor Hicks has aligned with artist services company Artist to Market for the release of his next album, due Feb. 10. The as-yet-untitled set, which Hicks is working on with producer Simon Climie, will ca ...

  18. Year-End Wrap: Underwood Leads 'Idol' Alums On Country Charts

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The last two years have provided a quick ride to the top for 2005 "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood. And if there were any doubts about how the winner of America's most famous music reality show would fare in the country world, ...

  19. Winners' Circle

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For five seasons, "Idol" has packed the charts with pop tarts, soulful singers and even a country princess. Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1) Winning Song: "Before Your Love" Career Thus Far: Clarkson is the first and easily the ...

  20. Better 'Late' Than Never: Jones Debuts At No. 1

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST After a three-year absence from The Billboard 200, Norah Jones earns her third No. 1 on the chart with "Not Too Late" (Blue Note), which sold 405,000 first-week copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Jones' las ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Dixie Chicks' 'Long Way' Debuts No. 1

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tallied 526,000 copies in first week of U.S. sales. For the third time in their career, the Dixie Chicks roost on the top of The Billboard 200. The Columbia album "Taking the Long Way" tallied 526,000 copies in its first week of U.S. sal ...

  24. Swedish Biz Declines In 2005

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Swedish market for pre-recorded music in 2005 decreased in value by 8.9% to 996.4 million kronor ($128.5 million) compared with the previous year, according to trade body GLF. At the same time, th The Swedish market for pre-recorded music in 2 ...