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  1. Indie Game Soundtrack to 'Transistor,' Even with Uncounted Sales, Has Impressive First Week

    June 17, 2014 10:39 AM EDT The score to Transistor sold a startling 13,000 copies, debuting at No. 7 on the Soundtracks chart. This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . The soundtrack to the sci-fi indie video game "Transistor" is ...

  2. Cassette Store Day 2014 Announced

    June 11, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Cassette Store Day is back. Following an inaugural run last year , the unrelated companion to Record Store Day returns to the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. on Sept. 27. As announced on its Tumblr  on Monday, the event will again feature London casset ...

  3. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Flying Towards 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 25, 2014 8:43 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack will likely continue its lengthy run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. According to industry sources, the album could sell around 100,000 copies in the week ending April 27, which should secure its 12 ...

  4. Record Store Day Retailers Report Big Spikes, Best-Ever Sales

    April 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT In a week when overall U.S. album sales were down 2.2% over the same week in 2013, the independent record store sector collectively rode the Record Store Day sales bonanza to an 11.2% gain, according to Nielsen SoundScan (charts below). Indie ...

  5. 'Frozen' vs. 5 Seconds of Summer for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 02, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is eyeing the top of the Billboard 200 chart, as its new EP is on course for a handsome debut. The four-song set, "She Looks So Perfect," was released on April 1 and may sell upwards of 140,00 ...

  6. Chart Moves: Metallica's Best-Selling Black Album Approaches 16 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:19 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to "Frozen" returned to No. 1 for a fifth nonconsecutive week, marking the longest run at No. 1 for a soundtrack since 1998. The highest debut this week was owned by Cole Swinde ...

  7. How the Grammys Were Consumed Across Media (From the Magazine)

    February 04, 2014 10:12 AM EST Above is a detailed infographic on Grammy night's rise and fall, which you can see in high-resolution right here . You can find all of our 2014 Grammy coverage right here . BY THE NUMBERS... 1% -- The TV audience was up 1%, the ­Grammys’ seco ...

  8. 'Grammy Nominees' Album Aiming for First No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 29, 2014 7:25 PM EST The long-running "Grammy Nominees" compilation series may nab its first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that the new "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation -- which boasts an array of artists an ...

  9. Morning Fix: The 2014 Billboard Power 100; Terrible Start to 2014 Download Sales; Retailers Predict This Year's GRAMMY Bump; Meet Bieber's Lawyer

    January 24, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE THE 2014 BILLBOARD POWER 100 What is power? At its base, it’s the ability to reshape the world around you according to your vision. And who in the music industry did so with more verve than the two ...

  10. U.S. Album Sales Volume Falls to New Low

    January 15, 2014 12:51 PM EST U.S. album sales have again fallen to a new weekly low. In the week ending Jan. 12, 4.25 million albums were sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began tracking music sales in 1991. The previous SoundScan-era low was set in the week endin ...

  11. 'Frozen' May Ice 'Beyonce's' Return to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 13, 2014 4:34 PM EST It seems Beyonce may not be heading back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after all. Last week, industry forecasters pegged her self-titled album to skip back to No. 1 this week -- pushing the current champ, the "Frozen" soundtrack, d ...

  12. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Sets All-Time Country Sales Record

    January 06, 2014 4:21 PM EST Florida Georgia Line's genre-busting "Cruise" is now the top selling country digital song of all-time, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With scans of 84,000 units in the most recent tracking week upping its overall sum to 6.33 millio ...

  13. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' 2013's Best Selling Album, 'Blurred Lines' Top Song

    January 02, 2014 7:18 PM EST Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" finish 2013 as the year's top selling album and song in the United States, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Timberlake� ...

  14. Beyonce's Sales Grow to 550K+, Set for 2013's Biggest Debut By a Woman

    December 15, 2013 10:30 PM EST Beyonce's surprise self-titled album is all but guaranteed a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart this week. Industry sources suggest its sales have grown to over 550,000 in the U.S. through Saturday (14) night. The album may sell 600,000 b ...

  15. Katy Perry's 'Prism' Sales Grow, Fifth Harmony Set for Top 10

    October 25, 2013 8:25 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Katy Perry's "Prism" seems destined for at No. 1 debut, as industry sources forecast the album to sell around 290,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 27. Two days ago, the i ...

  16. Chart Moves: Album Sales Hit New Low; Madonna's 'MDNA World Tour' Debuts; Earth, Wind & Fire Reaches Chart High

    September 20, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Keith Urban beat out the Weeknd for the No. 1 slot by less than 3,000 copies. Urban's "Fuse" debuted at No. 1 with 98,000 copies, while the Weeknd's "Kiss Land" started w ...

  17. Rough Trade Will Open Flagship U.S. Store Nov. 25 in New York (Exclusive)

    September 17, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Rough Trade, the iconic London music retailer that spawned Rough Trade Records and served as a cradle for post-punk music in the late 1970s, will open its first flagship store in the U.S. in New York on Monday, November 25. The store, a 15,00 ...

  18. Biz Poll: Why Have Album Sales Hit Historic Lows?

    August 15, 2013 4:10 PM EDT As Billboard’s Ed Christman reported on Aug. 2, U.S. album sales hit new historic lows, marking the longest consecutive stretch in the Nielsen SoundScan era that the music industry has gone without scanning more than five million units.   For th ...

  19. Chart Moves: Guns N' Roses 'Hits' Longevity Milestone, 'Pitch Perfect' Still Selling Strong

    August 02, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Selena Gomez triumphed with her first No. 1 album , as "Stars Dance" started atop the list with 97,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week's leader, Jay Z's "Magna ...

  20. Blake Shelton Nets First Million-Selling Album

    July 25, 2013 5:19 PM EDT This week, Blake Shelton's "Red River Blue" becomes his first million-selling album. The country singer's set, which re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 194 with a little more than 2,000 sold for the week (up 12%), accor ...

  21. Chart Moves: Adele's '21' Nears Longevity Record, BET Awards Push 82% Sales Gain for Charlie Wilson

    July 12, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a rap album crowned the list for the third time in as many weeks. J. Cole's "Born Sinner" jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 in its third week, selling 58,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sound ...

  22. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Sells Whopping 19,000 Vinyl Copies in First Week -- at $39.98 List Price

    June 01, 2013 12:45 AM EDT The sizzling sales statistics on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories " just keep on coming. "Random Access Memories" moved 19,000 vinyl LPs in its first week on sale -- accounting for 15% of all vinyl albums sold last ...

  23. Business Matters: U.S. Digital Sales Drop in Second Quarter

    May 30, 2013 5:30 PM EDT Digital sales continue to lose the big year-over-year gains they posted early in 2013. Both US track and digital album sales have fallen nearly every week through May 26th, according to Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data. Exactly wha ...

  24. Record Store Day Drives Vinyl Sales to Historic Peak in SoundScan Era

    April 25, 2013 2:40 PM EDT Thanks to Record Store Day (April 20), weekly U.S. vinyl album sales hit a historic high. A total of 244,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the week ending April 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the largest one-week sum for vinyl albums since Sound ...

  25. SoundScan Q1: Track and Album Sales Down, Digital Album Sales Jump

    April 03, 2013 8:41 PM EDT For the second time since SoundScan started counting downloads in 2003, track sales suffered a sales decline, something that occurred in the first three quarters of 2010. So far this year, track sales are down 1.3% as of March 31, according to N ...

  26. 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' ...

  27. Non-Apocalypse Spurs Sales (Up 612%), Airplay Gains For R.E.M.'s 'End Of The World'

    December 28, 2012 1:53 PM EST UPDATED Dec. 28 While the stroke of midnight last Saturday disproved the Mayans' doomsday prediction for Dec. 21, consumers and radio nevertheless had fun with the prophecy, as the dire forecast's signature song, R.E.M.'s "It&# ...

  28. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Headed for Seventh Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 8:59 PM EST For the final sales tracking week of 2012, it seems as if a familiar face will rule the Billboard 200 albums chart again: Taylor Swift. According to label sources, the star's "Red" album is likely to remain at No. 1 for a seventh no ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 Billboard¹s editors and readers may have certain moments, artists, song ...

  31. Where Does Adele's '21' Rank in the Best-Selling Albums of Nielsen SoundScan Era?

    November 29, 2012 11:42 AM EST Adele's "21" joins a rare group of albums this week, as the XL/Columbia set soars past the 10-million U.S. sales mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It becomes one of only 21 titles to reach that rare threshold since SoundScan sta ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Taylor Swift Ready To Paint Billboard 200 'Red,' Kendrick Lamar Heading For No. 2

    October 24, 2012 8:01 PM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales week and a non-surprising Billboard 200 No. 1 debut, as industry sources seem certain that the album will eclipse the seven-figure sales threshol ...

  34. A cappella 'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Soars on Charts

    October 19, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Universal Music Enterprises has a hit on its hands as the official soundtrack to Universal Pictures' "Pitch Perfect" rises 16-12 this week on the Billboard 200 with 25,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released Sept. 25, t ...

  35. Bubbling Under: Madeon Charts Ahead of Lady Gaga Tour; Also, Willy Moon, Granger Smith, Bridget Kelly

    October 19, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Madeon, Willy Moon, Granger Smith and Bridget Kelly Madeon Ranked by Billboard.com ...

  36. Chart Moves: Adele's Bond Theme Stirs '21' Sales Gain, Blake Shelton's Christmas Set Debuts

    October 12, 2012 10:37 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Muse led a parade of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart this week, as the band's "The 2nd Law" started in the No. 2 slot with 102,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That wasn't enough to beat Mum ...

  37. PSY, One Direction Set To Headline Digital Songs Chart Next Week

    October 05, 2012 5:12 PM EDT PSY's "Gangnam Style" is set to battle for No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 next week, while One Direction's "Live Like We're Young" look set to headline next week's Hot Digital Songs chart. In the battle betw ...

  38. Muse, Miguel Albums Aiming for Top of Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Rock band Muse and R&B singer Miguel are aiming for the top five on next week Billboard 200 albums chart, while reigning kings Mumford & Sons should hold the top slot for a second week. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Big ...

  39. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores ...

  40. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  41. Business Matters: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Smashes Spotify Streaming Record

    October 02, 2012 8:35 PM EDT The argument that subscription services cannibalize sales hit a bit of a snag last week. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," blew past Spotify's record for streams from an album in a single week. Spotify users in th ...

  42. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' on Track to Sell a Whopping 600,000 Copies in First Week

    September 26, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Mumford & Sons is heading for a massive week. The rock quartet's new album "Babel" is on course to sell as much as 600,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 30 -- so say industry sources. The set, released ...

  43. Trey Songz, DJ Khaled, Owl City Aiming for Top 10 Debut on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    August 24, 2012 7:28 PM EDT As previously reported , R&B singer Trey Songz is coasting to his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his "Chapter V" should easily top the tally next week. Industry sources are projecting the set could sell between 120, ...

  44. Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' Reaches 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    August 22, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" album becomes the latest release to join the 10 million-sellers club, as it crosses the mammoth threshold this week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the band's debut set -- released in 2000 -- sold ...

  45. Taylor Swift's New Single Debuts on Hot 100 -- Sales Forecast Grows to Over 500,000

    August 15, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Taylor Swift's new single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is selling much faster than initially thought. Industry sources now suggest the track -- released late on Monday, Aug. 13 -- will probably move easily move more tha ...

  46. Taylor Swift's New Single Blasts Onto Radio, Set For Record Sales Debut

    August 14, 2012 5:53 PM EDT The title of Taylor Swift's new single clearly isn't about her relationship with radio or her adoring buying public. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Swift's fourth studio album Red , due Oc ...

  47. Fun. is the First Act to Send its Two Maiden Alternative Chart Entries to No. 1 in 17 Years

    August 02, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Fun. notches its second No. 1 in as many appearances on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative chart, as "Some Nights," the title cut from the trio's breakout album, rises 3-1. The set has sold 446,000 copies, according to N ...

  48. Bubbling Under: Casey Abrams, Chris Wallace, Hopsin, Half Mile Home

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT ABRAMS ARRIVES ON AC 2011 "American Idol" sixth-place finalist Casey Abrams notches his first entry on a Billboard genre airplay chart, as "Get Out" (Concord/CMG) debuts on Adult Contemporary at No. 27. The song is the first si ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 10 Hits You Didn't Know Were Jingles

    July 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Since their heyday in TV and radio advertising of the '50s and '60s, songs written for commercials have had a resurgence in recent years but in a different form. Instead of the 30-second songs you'd hear during commercials, the mode ...

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