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  1. SoundScan Mid-Year: Albums Down, Stream Equivalents Nearly Double, Vinyl Continues Gain

    July 03, 2014 11:12 AM EDT While digital streaming revenue growth continues to offset the decline in digital album and track sales, the music industry still has the same problem it has wrestled with for over a decade: physical music's decline is outpacing digital' ...

  2. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively, selling 2.7 million and 5.6 million ...

  3. Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013

    January 03, 2014 9:21 AM EST .301 k 1.134 k 75 For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales. Nielsen SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Digital Album and Single Sales Slow Justin Timberlake&# ...

  4. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead 2013 Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 03, 2013 11:00 AM EDT At the midway point in 2013, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz), lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the Uni ...

  5. George Jones' Album Sales Increase 1,002% Following Death

    May 01, 2013 5:30 PM EDT The late country icon George Jones is remembered on the Billboard charts this week, following his his death on April 26. As Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on April 28, Billboard's new sales charts reflect only three day ...

  6. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Heading to 950,000-Plus

    March 24, 2013 12:30 PM EDT If another day has gone by, that must mean the sales forecast for Justin Timberlake's blockbuster The 20/20 Experience album have grown by at least another 50,000-100,000. Today (March 24), industry sources forecast that the pop star' ...

  7. Gearing Up For the 2013 Grammys: Emerging Talent; Bumps; Opening Numbers

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Four storylines were in place in the weeks leading up to the 54th annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 12, 2012. Adele would be making her first appearance since throat surgery, Bruce Springsteen had a new song, Paul McCartney was MusiCares' Pe ...

  8. Donna Summer's Album Sales Skyrocket 3,277% Following Death

    May 23, 2012 5:13 PM EDT The late Donna Summer impacts Billboard's music charts this week, following her death from cancer on May 17. As Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on May 20, Billboard's new sales charts reflect only four days since Summe ...

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  10. Whitney Houston's 'Greatest Hits' Poised to Re-Enter Billboard 200's Top 10

    February 12, 2012 1:00 PM EST Whitney Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" album could re-enter the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 this week, based on early sales projections. Though Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ends at the close of business ...

  11. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' On Track to Sell 400-500,000 in First Week

    August 08, 2011 1:30 PM EDT While we don't know for sure who will be No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 album chart, we're already looking ahead to next week's list. Jay-Z and Kanye West's new collaboration album, "Watch the Throne," releas ...

  12. Editor's Note: Why Billboard Isn't Revising Chart Policies for Lady Gaga's Amazon Deal

    May 26, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Ice-T's rage is nothing compared to the fury of Britney Spears fans questioning Billboard's chart policies ... Ah, remember the old days? Back when the Billboard 200 albums chart was as simple as adding up the receipts for thousands of d ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Music Sales Increase Six Weeks in a Row, First Time Since 2004

    March 31, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Something wonderful is happening in the U.S. Music sales have posted a year-on-year increase for six weeks in a row, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In fact, this is the first time since 2004 that U.S. sales have enjoyed a sales gain of this lengt ...

  15. Bieber's Back At No. 1, Katy Perry's 'Gurls' Get Busy

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" album is back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, but with a rather dreary sales figure . . . It's the Bieb's fourth nonconsecutive week at the top of the chart . . . the National, the Dead Weathe ...

  16. Ke$ha's 'Animal' Bites At No. 1 With Big Digital Debut

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Newcomer Ke$ha opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her debut album, "Animal," shifting 152,000 copies . . . Of that figure, an eye-popping 76% was made up of digital downloads . . . After a six-week run at No. 1, Susan Boyle's ...

  17. Susan Boyle Vs. Taylor Swift Nailbiter For 2009 Sales Crown

    January 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the new year is ushered in, it's looking like Susan Boyle will celebrate a sixth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, as industry prognosticators project her "I Dreamed a Dream" album may sell about 150,000 to 1 ...

  18. Susan Boyle Blocks Alicia Keys From No. 1

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" continues to rule the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth straight week as it sells another 661,000 copies. The "Britain's Got Talent" contestant's reign blocks Alicia Keys' fr ...

  19. Boyle, Bocelli Battle For Next Week's No. 1 Album

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, the sweet sounds of Susan Boyle's album "I Dreamed a Dream" may be replaced by the holiday tunes of Andrea Bocelli as the latter's "My Christmas" set could rise to the t ...

  20. John Mayer Likely To Top Next Week's Billboard 200

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The annual onslaught of big album releases has begun in earnest as a bevy of superstar acts are in the hunt for high debuts on next week's Billboard 200 chart. John Mayer is on track to debut at No. 1 with "Battle Studies," which co ...

  21. Carrie Underwood Likely To Top Next Week's Billboard 200

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Carrie Underwood is on track to achieve her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as her recently released album, "Play On," should debut atop the chart next week. Music industry prognosticators suggest the 19/Arista Nashville set coul ...

  22. 'New Moon' Positioned For No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week, the "New Moon" may rise ... to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry prognosticators suggest that "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack, which debuted at No. 2 this week on the Billboard 200, has a sho ...

  23. Kiss, Buble Battle For No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 chart will either house a first-ever No. 1 album from iconic band Kiss, or pop singer Michael Buble may crash the group's rockin' party with his new set, "Crazy Love." Industry sources suggest tha ...

  24. Mariah Carey, Paramore In Race For No. 1

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart is going to be flush with new releases, including a race for No. 1 between Mariah Carey's new "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" and Paramore's third album "Brand New Eyes." Ba ...

  25. Jay-Z, Whitney, Muse And Kid Cudi To Dominate Billboard 200

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z may make it a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Blueprint 3" could fend off some hot competition from two just-released sets, along with a diva's surging album. Muse's "The Resi ...

  26. Beatlemania Hits Retail, Big Sales For Re-issue CDs

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The much-anticipated reissues of the Beatles' catalog hit stores on Wednesday (Sept. 9) are doing brisk business. According to SoundScan's Building Chart data, more than 235,000 albums were purchased in the U.S. on Wednesday and Thursday ...

  27. Colbie Caillat Headed To No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat is on track to score her first No. 1 album next week with her sophomore release "Breakthrough." Industry prognosticators predict that the Universal Republic set may sell in the neighborhood of 90,000 to 1 ...

  28. George Strait Likely To Top Billboard 200

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week the King of Country looks like he'll dethrone the King of Pop, as George Strait's new release "Twang" will be the top selling album in the United States. Industry prognosticators believe "Twang" will sell at ...

  29. Fabolous Poised For No. 1 Debut

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Fabolous is aiming for his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry prognosticators project that his "Loso's Way" set could move between 90,000 to 100,000 copies in its first week. But ... "Loso& ...

  30. Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks Headed To Top 10 Debuts

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week Hollywood Records' Demi Lovato looks to be on track to start near the top of the Billboard 200 chart with her second album "Here We Go Again." Industry prognosticators think the set may shift 100,000-120,000 in its first w ...

  31. Maxwell Headed For Big Billboard Chart Debut

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Maxwell's first album in nearly eight years, "BLACKsummers'night," is headed for a big debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry insiders suggest the Columbia set could move anything between 275,000 to 325,000 in its ...

  32. Michael Jackson Set To Rock Charts Again

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After his record-breaking chart week, the late Michael Jackson will continue to shake up the charts next week, too. Industry prognosticators project that his "Thriller" album may sell as much as 110,000-130,000 by week's end at the ...

  33. Michael Jackson: King Of Charts

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As anticipated, the passing of Michael Jackson rocks the Billboard charts, as consumers were moved to purchase the King of Pop's catalog of work. Jackson makes history on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart where the top nine titles are all Jack ...

  34. Michael Jackson Breaks Billboard Charts Records

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As predicted, Michael Jackson is once again the King of the Pop charts. Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, the entire top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart will house Jackson-related titles whe ...

  35. Michael Jackson Album Sales Estimated In Multiple Six Figures

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is about to rock the Billboard charts. Nielsen SoundScan's sales numbers won't be released until Wednesday (July 1) morning, but industry prognosticators indicate that three of Jackson's albums -- "Number Ones,& ...

  36. Full Coverage: Pop Icon Michael Jackson Dies

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Memorial Ends With Star's Kids On Stage July 07, 2009 An emotional public memorial for Michael Jackson has concluded in Los Angeles. Facebook Flooded With Jackson Updates July 07, 2009 The King of Pop is more popular than the leader o ...

  37. Jonas Bros. On Track To Score Second No. 1

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jonas Brothers are on track to score their second No. 1 album in less than a year as "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" is on course to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry analysts think the Hollywood Records album may se ...

  38. Black Eyed Peas Poised For No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas are aiming to go "Boom" with its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as its new set, "The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)," is poised to open in the top slot. Industry sources suggest that the ...

  39. Dave Matthews Band Headed For Fifth Straight No. 1 Album

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band will likely bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," which industry prognosticators are suggesting could sell as much as 390,000 in its first week. If it debuts at No. ...

  40. Eminem Headed For Fifth Straight No. 1 Debut

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four and a half years after he released his last studio album, Eminem is headed for his fifth straight No. 1 debut next week on the Billboard 200. The artist's "Relapse" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) could sell as many as 650,000 cop ...

  41. Green Day Headed To No. 1 Debut On Billboard 200

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT All signs point to a new No. 1 album at the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week, as we await the arrival of Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown." The Reprise/Warner Bros. set will see an off-cycle release on Friday, May 15. (Mo ...

  42. Chrisette Michele, Ciara Vie For Top Spot On Billboard 200

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The latest albums from Chrisette Michele and Ciara are on track to debut high on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- both with a shot at a No. 1 bow. Industry prognosticators suggest both Michele's "Epiphany" (Def Jam) and Ciara� ...

  43. Bob Dylan On Track For Fifth No. 1 Album

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan is headed for his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Together Through Life" looks like a shoo-in for a debut atop the list. Industry prognosticators suggest the Columbia set will sell over 100,000 c ...

  44. Rick Ross On Pace For Third Straight Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Ross is on his way to his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Deeper Than Rap" looks like it will debut atop the list next week. Industry prognosticators project the Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam album will sell over 150,000 copies in ...

  45. Rascal Flatts, 'Hannah Montana' Compete For No. 1 Next Week

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Disney family is gearing up for another showdown for the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart next week, as reigning chart champ "Unstoppable" by Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street) is looking to fend off the revived "Hannah Montana: Th ...

  46. Rascal Flatts On Track To Score No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts' new album "Unstoppable" looks like it'll live up to its name, as it's on course to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry prognosticators project the Lyric Street set will sell more th ...

  47. Update: Prince's 'Lotusflow3r' Off To Strong Sales Start

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New albums from Keith Urban and Prince are on track to debut high on the Billboard 200 chart next week, with each artist's latest release aiming for a start in the neighborhood of 150,000 copies and a shot at No. 1. Industry prognosticators s ...

  48. 'Hannah Montana' And 'Now 30' Building Big

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart will find a pair of albums perhaps vying for the top slot. Both Walt Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack and the "Now 30" compilation (UMe) are on track to start wi ...

  49. Kelly Clarkson Likely To Keep Top Spot On Albums Chart

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart should find Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" (19/RCA) holding for a second week at No. 1, but with likely less than 100,000 units. The album debuted atop the tally this week with 255,0 ...

  50. Amazon Named NARM's Large Retailer Of The Year

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amazon, based in Seattle, has emerged as the top merchandiser to beat as it picked up its second consecutive retailer of the year award for the large-size division at the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The ...

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