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  1. Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2012 1:16 PM EST After a surprisingly robust weekend of sales for Bruno Mars' new album "Unorthodox Jukebox," it is now in the hunt for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Last Wednesday, it looked like the Atlantic Records album was on course ...

  2. Meek Mill, Rod Stewart Albums Headed for Top 10 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    November 02, 2012 8:30 PM EDT As previously reported , rapper Meek Mill and pop veteran Rod Stewart are both aiming for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the former's "Dreams & Nightmares" is on course t ...

  3. How To Boost Latin Album Sales

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT As we pointed out last week, there's been a dismal fall in Latin sales, according to midyear Nielsen SoundScan figures. While the entire industry suffered, registering an 11.8% decline in album sales for the first half of 2012 compared with t ...

  4. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Becomes Year's Second-Biggest-Selling Album

    May 24, 2012 5:29 PM EDT This week, Lionel Richie's smash "Tuskegee" album becomes the second-biggest selling album of the year with a total of 789,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Mercury Nashville set surpasses Whitney Houston's "Gre ...

  5. Google, Amazon 25-Cent Album Deals Push 'Now,' Coldplay, Lady Antebellum Into Top 10 of Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Three of the six albums Google Music featured for sale for 25 cents last week experienced explosive sales jumps this week, with "Now 41" coming out the big winner. The title may have moved up just one spot in the Billboard 200 to No. 3, ...

  6. Billboard Power 100: Jesus Lopez

    January 26, 2012 8:58 PM EST No. 82 Jesus Lopez Chairman/CEO Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Peninsula Twitter: @UniversalMusica All Latin Everything... Jesus Lopez came to the stage of the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Conference with a hard-cover book titled "Music: ...

  7. Do Strong Pre- and Post-Holiday Music Sales Point To Another Up Year?

    January 20, 2012 12:50 PM EST After U.S. album sales posted their first annual increase in seven years, the recording industry is now left to wonder whether an encore is possible in 2012.' Based on recorded-music sales during the year-end holiday season and sales during t ...

  8. Billboard Pricing Policy, Effective November 21, 2011

    November 15, 2011 11:32 AM EST Unit sales for Albums priced below $3.49 during their first four weeks of release will not be eligible for inclusion on the Billboard album charts and will not count towards sales data presented by Nielsen SoundScan. *The rule also applies to reis ...

  9. Lil Wayne Beats 'Watch the Throne' -- 'Carter IV' Breaks iTunes Single-Week Album Sales Record

    September 02, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Less than three weeks after the U.S. iTunes Store's single-week album sales record was broken by Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne," it's been smashed again -- by Lil Wayne's new "Tha Carter IV." &q ...

  10. Layoffs at Sony Music

    August 16, 2011 7:46 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment let go about 25 staffers in the U.S. today, mainly from the sales and business affairs area, sources told Billboard.biz. Among those let go, according to sources, were Larry Kanusher, senior VP of business and legal affair ...

  11. Top-Selling Albums of 2011 So Far

    July 05, 2011 8:27 PM EDT With 2011 half-over, Adele's "21" reigns as the year's biggest selling album in the U.S., shifting 2,517,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" has moved 2,517,000 copies in the U.S. since its release on Feb. ...

  12. Latin Radio Programmers Trying to Make PPM Its BFF

    April 27, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Ever since Arbitron introduced its new Portable People Meter, or PPM, system of ratings in 2007, radio programmers have struggled to make sense of the new data. At the conference's closing event on Wednesday, "Make PPM Your BFF," it ...

  13. Record Store Day 2011 Set For April 16

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST The fourth annual Record Store Day has been set for April 16. Held annually on the third Saturday of April, Record Store Day aims to celebrate the culture of more than 1,400 independent music stores around the world by hosting in-store events and ...

  14. Album Sales Hit Low Mark For Third Time This Year

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the third time this year, weekly album sales have dipped under the 5 million mark, and this week established the latest low watermark for that measure in the history of Nielsen SoundScan. Album sales for the week ending Sept. 12 were 4.83 mill ...

  15. Album Sales Hit SoundScan Era Low—Again

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Eminem’s “Recovery” returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, celebrating its sixth week atop the list, the rest of the album market isn't quite partying it up. Overall album sales in this past chart week ending Sunday, Aug. 15 totaled 4.9 ...

  16. Analysis: British Consumers Warmer, But Still Split, On Graduated Response

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British consumers have become more supportive of the tactics ISPs would employ in a graduated response campaign against digital piracy, according to a survey by Ipsos MORI. As reported at Music Ally , 53% of people surveyed – up from 48% last year ...

  17. Arbitron Unveils New PPM

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron is unveiling this week its next generation portable people meter device. Dubbed PPM 360, the new sleeker device allows Arbitron to wirelessly upload listening data, rather than waiting for panelists to return home to dock the meter. Arbit ...

  18. Arbitron Unveils New PPM

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron is unveiling this week its next generation portable people meter device. Dubbed PPM 360, the new sleeker device allows Arbitron to wirelessly upload listening data, rather than waiting for panelists to return home to dock the meter. Arbit ...

  19. Album Sales Plummet To Lowest Total In Decades

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bad times just got worse. For the week ending May 30, the U.S. music industry sold a total of 4,984,000 albums, according to Nielsen Soundscan. This figure, which includes new and catalog releases, represents the fewest number of albums sold in on ...

  20. Analysis: Important Sales Trends You Need To Know

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fewer new releases are reaching one million units in sales, a very small number of them even get to 5,000 units and maintaining early sales momentum is increasingly difficult. Those were the lessons learned from Nielsen’s presentation at last mont ...

  21. Arbitron Settles With PPM Coalition

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's travails with minority broadcasters over its portable people meter ratings system may finally be winding down. Following four months of dialog, Arbitron and the PPM Coalition announced the two have "settled their outstanding d ...

  22. SBS Starts Encoding Again

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System began encoding its radio station signals for Arbitron's portable people meter ratings service last Thursday evening (April 8), putting its nine stations back in the ratings. The change of heart followed a meeting w ...

  23. Researchers Look to a Mobile Future

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As marketers clamor for useful data, change is coming in the profession that supplies much of it. Released last week at an Advertising Research Foundation conference in New York, a survey of research professionals by GfK Custom Research North Amer ...

  24. Canadians Prefer Web Over TV, Says Survey

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians surfing the digital wave for the first time are spending more time on the Internet than on the couch watching TV. Pollster Ipsos Reid reported that Canadians with high-speed Internet access currently spend around 18 hours each week onlin ...

  25. 'The Phantom of the Opera' Sequel Scores On Billboard 200

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This week, "The Phantom of the Opera" continues to haunt the Billboard charts as the musical show's sequel, "Love Never Dies," enters the spotlight. The cast recording of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical -- the sequel t ...

  26. Updated: N.Y. Court Orders SBS to Encode

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish Broadcasting System must continue to encode its signals for Arbitron's portable people meter service in five markets. The ruling came Tuesday (Feb. 16) in the New York Supreme Court for the County of New York, which let stand the temp ...

  27. Year-End Sales Report: Canadian Market

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Continuing a familiar music business trend, total album and physical sales slipped in Canada last year, as digital track and album sales hit new highs. Total album sales – a tally that includes CDs, cassettes, vinyl and digital albums - slipped 2. ...

  28. Op-Ed: Instant Replay

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Founder/principal of Hispanic USA, a marketing and communications firm based in Miami. They say if you stick around long enough, you can see history repeat itself. That's exactly the case with the current debate surrounding Arbitron's Po ...

  29. SoundScan Re-works Indie Retailer Classification

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Beginning this week, Nielsen SoundScan has altered the way it categorizes independent retailers, a move that will shift regional chains into the same category with small stores. The move will likely give the indie retailers more clout in the marke ...

  30. Arbitron Reveals Reason for Skarzynski's Exit

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Arbitron introduced William Kerr, the ratings firm's new president and CEO during a noon conference call (Jan. 12), the company came clean on why Michael Skarzynski was forced to exit. News of Skarzynski's resignation for "violat ...

  31. Holiday Sales Keep Retailers Optimistic

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music merchants says the year is ending with relatively good cheer, thanks to a combination of factors in their Christmas stockings: a great release schedule, less aggressive music discounting, and comparisons to a disastrous 2008 Christmas season ...

  32. Florida A.G. Files Suit Against Arbitron

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's problems with the rollout of its portable people meter service just won't go away. The Florida Attorney General Tuesday (July 14) filed suit against Arbitron in an attempt to prevent the ratings company from releasing its port ...

  33. Nielsen NARM Report Shows Digital Gains, Physical Shortfalls

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nielsen's annual presentation at NARM revealed a marketplace saturated with albums and songs but light on total revenue. Digital sales have nearly caught physical sales, according to Nielsen, and the point of purchase is increasingly non-trad ...

  34. Arbitron 'Welcomes' PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Arbitron welcomes the opportunity to better educate all parties about our Portable People Meter service and its advantages over the diary-based system," said company spokesman Thom Mocarsky. "The FCC Notice of Inquiry will allow us ...

  35. FCC Launches PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioners will hold a public inquiry into the commercial use of the PPM technology and "its potential impact on audience ratings of stations that air programming targeted to minority audiences, and consequently, on the financial viabi ...

  36. Record Store Day Boosts Indie Stores' Sales

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The numbers are in and Record Store Day produced a nearly 1% gain -- to 566,000 for the week versus 561,000 from the corresponding week of the prior year -- in U.S. album sales for the indie store sector, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that ...

  37. Radio Panel Debates PPM, Audience Retention Strategies

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Programmers were torn about the benefits of the portable people meter (PPM), during the "Radio Days" panel held April 21 at the Eden Roc Resort as part of the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Al Fuentes, PD/host for Spanish BRaodcasting ...

  38. Updated: FCC's Adelstein Calls For PPM Inquiry

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein Wednesday morning (April 8) called for a government inquiry into how Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) collects data and affects minority audiences and broadcast stations. "I'm hopeful that t ...

  39. March Album Sales Drop Nearly 18%

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. album sales in March 2009 were 17.9% lower than the same period in 2008 and 29.8% lower than the same week in 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sales in March were much slower than the previous two months. January's year-over-year de ...

  40. Urban, Hispanic Radio Adapt To PPM

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radio One regional VP Doug Abernathy watched in horror as his once top-rated Houston stations plummeted after the market converted from diary to PPM currency measurement in June 2007. "After 20 years of dominance, it was a hard pill for us to ...

  41. Largest Indie Latin Retailer Shutters Stores

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ritmo Latino, the country's largest independent Latin music retailer, has closed 10 locations, sources say. The exact timing of the closures couldn't be determined as of press time, but six locations have been converted by Ritmo presiden ...

  42. Digital Boosts 2008 Sales To New Mark

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Overall music sales hit a new record in 2008, with over 1.5 billion units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Nielsen Company's annual year-end music industry report, released today, reveals that combined sales of albums, singles, music ...

  43. Lil Wayne Notches Top-Selling Album Of '08

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" (Cash Money/Universal) is far and away the top seller of 2008, netting 2.88 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, it's the first time the best selling album of the year has ...

  44. 'Mamma' Dethrones 'Knight' On DVD Sales Chart

    December 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Mamma Mia!" replaced "The Dark Knight" as the top-selling DVD in the United States, according to Nielsen VideoScan data issued Wednesday. The Batman sequel, released December 9, remains the top-selling video release of the yea ...

  45. Digital Downloads Break A Billion In 2008

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Over a billion digital full tracks have been sold in 2008, up 28% over 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released today. Through Dec. 14, 1,001,000,000 digital tracks were sold in the United States. Nielsen SoundScan projects the year w ...

  46. New Jersey Sues Arbitron Over PPM

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo drew first blood on Friday morning (Oct. 10), when he announced he was suing Arbitron over it Portable People Meter (PPM), accusing Arbitron of deceptively claiming that its portable people meter (PPM) system ...

  47. N.Y. AG Sues Arbitron

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York attorney general Andrew M. Cuomo today (Oct. 10) announced that his office has filed a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court against Arbitron. The lawsuit accuses Arbitron of deceptively claiming that its portable people meter (PPM) sy ...

  48. N.Y. Attorney General Sues Arbitron Over PPM

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The attorney general of the State of New York will file suit against Arbitron to stop the company's rollout of PPM in the Empire State. Andrew Cuomo alleges that Arbitron has engaged in "unlawful and deceptive acts and practices" in ...

  49. Obama, Durbin Push For PPM Delay

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Dick Durbin, both Democratic senators from Illinois, have sent Arbitron president/CEO Steve Morris a letter expressing their concerns over the company's plans to continue rolling out PPM without Media R ...

  50. New York AG Investigates PPM

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pressured by a group of Hispanic broadcasters and Inner City Broadcasting in New York City, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has initiated an investigation into Arbitron's portable people meter (PPM) system. Arbitron received a subpoena ...

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