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  1. Amy Winehouse: A Look at U.S. Sales, One Year After Her Death

    July 23, 2012 2:13 PM EDT While the late singer Amy Winehouse -- who died a year ago today (July 23, 2011 ) -- didn't leave behind a very deep catalog of music, her legacy has continued to live on Billboard's charts. Winehouse has sold a sum of 855,000 albums sin ...

  2. One Direction's 'Up All Night' Overtakes Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' as 2012's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    July 20, 2012 2:41 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 this past week, Zac Brown Band scored its second No. 1 album, as "Uncaged" debuted atop the tally with 234,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the best sales week yet for the country ...

  3. Chart Moves: 'Magic Mike' Spurs Sales Gain for Ginuwine's 'Pony,' 'Top Gun' Soundtrack Returns

    July 13, 2012 4:50 PM EDT On the Billboard 200 this past week, Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 album , as "Fortune" opened atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. In other news, Amazon MP3 stirred up some crazy moves, thanks to sale p ...

  4. Usher's 'Confessions' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    July 05, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Usher's 2004 Confessions album hits a milestone sales achievement this week, surpassing 10 million in U.S. sales according to Nielsen SoundScan. The feat is notable in that it is only the 19th album to sell 10 million since SoundScan began tr ...

  5. Business Matters: How Extensive Pre-Sales Can Help Indie Albums to Top 40 Debuts

    July 02, 2012 5:29 PM EDT Extensive Pre-Sales Can Help Indie Albums Chart Higher Than Major Releases Fan-funding platforms can now put independent albums high up the U.K. album chart. Whether or not that's a good thing is up for debate. Take the example of Ginger Wild ...

  6. Chart Moves: 'Brave's' Mumford & Sons-Enhanced Billboard 200 Debut, Blood on the Dance Floor's Best Sales

    June 29, 2012 5:44 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Justin Bieber crashed in at No. 1 with his "Believe" album, selling 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the largest debut of the year for an album and Bie ...

  7. Sony Overtaking Universal in Market Share? It Already Happened in March

    May 24, 2012 6:25 PM EDT If the media wants to write about the possibility of Sony Music Entertainment overtaking Universal Music Group in U.S. market-share rankings , maybe they should have done so when Sony actually accomplished that feat back in March , as detailed in ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Business Matters: Pre-release File Sharing Helps Album Sales, Says a Study. So Why Not Replicate This Legally?

    May 22, 2012 9:17 PM EDT Study Says File Sharing Helps Established Artists Sell More Albums File sharing albums before their release dates reinforces popularity and helps sales, according to a study of BitTorrent traffic by Robert G. Hammond, an assistant professor at Nor ...

  10. Business Matters: Tax Day $2.99 Albums A Hit for Google Music

    April 27, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Google Play's Tax Day Deal Bumped Sales Selling digital albums for $2.99 won't help Google Music reach the company's initial projections, but it's one way for the young download store to move the needle. On April 17, Google Pla ...

  11. Yes, There Are 2 One Directions on This Week's Charts

    April 24, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Your eyes aren't deceiving you. There are two different groups named One Direction on the Billboard charts this week. While the U.K. pop quintet is at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with Up All Night (66,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan; d ...

  12. Lionel Richie Rides CBS Special to Likely No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Lionel Richie (right) with Kenny Chesney performing together at the "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert," which aired on CBS this past Friday. Lionel Richie might be "dancing on the ceiling" right now, as his ...

  13. Chart Moves: Jennifer Lopez + Pitbull, Nicki Minaj + Chris Brown, More Collabos Make Waves

    April 12, 2012 6:46 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a sixth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, making history as the first song to log six weeks of at least 300,000 in digital sales, ...

  14. Adele's '21' Heading Back to No. 1 for 24th Week

    April 11, 2012 8:03 PM EDT Adele's titanic-selling "21" album is looking likely to return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a 24th nonconsecutive week. While it's too early to tell just how much it will sell by week's end on Sunday, April 15, ...

  15. Taylor Swift Scores Sixth No. 1 Country Song With 'Ours'

    March 22, 2012 3:43 PM EDT Taylor Swift claims her sixth No. 1 and completes her second set of two straight leaders on Country Songs, as "Ours" piles 34.1 million audience impressions and steps 3-1 in its 17th chart week. Her slowest chart-topping climb was noted ...

  16. One Direction Aiming for Historic No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 14, 2012 5:55 PM EDT One Direction could be on the way to making history on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the vocal quintet's "Up All Night" may sell between 160,000 and 180,000 copies by the end of the tracking week ...

  17. 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, ...

  18. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMusic.org Launch First-Ever Subscription Services 'On-Demand Songs' Chart

    March 14, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Billboard, Nielsen and NARM's digitalmusic.org announced today the launch of the first-ever subscription services "On-Demand Songs" chart, and that this data will also be included in the Billboard Hot 100. On-demand streaming data i ...

  19. Monkees' Albums Sales Gain 1,265% Following Davy Jones' Death

    March 08, 2012 1:18 PM EST Following the death of the Monkees' Davy Jones on Feb. 29, the pop group returns to the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time since 2003. Davy Jones and the Monkees' Billboard Chart Legacy "The Best of the Monkees" re-e ...

  20. Adele's Grammy Performance Brings '21' Biggest Sales Gain In SoundScan History

    February 22, 2012 5:50 PM EST Not counting albums that were released on an irregular schedule, or arrived early due to street-date violation sales, Adele's 21 achieves the largest weekly unit gain for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It earned ...

  21. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

  22. Billboard Power 100: Mike Dungan

    January 26, 2012 9:27 PM EST No. 85 Mike Dungan President/CEO Capitol Records Nashville Twitter: @CapitolNash Flame Thrower... Mike Dungan has Capitol Nashville on a hot streak. "In an incredibly tough environment, and dragging a totally dysfunctional parent company behi ...

  23. 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: ...

  24. Billboard Power 100: John Butcher

    January 26, 2012 8:47 PM EST No. 67 John Butcher VP of Entertainment Target Twitter: @Target_Corp Sharp-Shooter The weight that Target throws around in music retailing--under the leadership of John Butcher--exceeds the estimated 7.8% market share the retail chain captured in ...

  25. Obama's Soulful Serenade Bumps Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' Sales by 490%

    January 26, 2012 5:34 PM EST Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" got a sales boost last week from an unlikely source -- President Barack Obama. A video of the president singing the first line of the song at a Jan. 19 fund-raising event went viral the next day ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Rock Lives (Still): Mumford & Sons, Foster The People Lead 2011's Growing Rock Retail

    January 06, 2012 6:00 PM EST Every few years pundits say, "Rock is dead." And like clockwork, an act will come along and throw a wrench into those death proclamations. Plus, in 2011, of the overall music categories, rock had the biggest gain, up 1.9% to 105.7 millio ...

  28. Adele's Ascent in 2011, By the Numbers

    January 05, 2012 9:00 AM EST It's been said a thousand times already: 2011 has been a hell of a year for Adele. Her sophomore record, "21," has sold more than 5.8 million copies -- by far the best of the year -- and has reigned atop the Billboard 200 for 14 wee ...

  29. Adele's '21' First Album Since 2005 With 30 Weeks of 100,000-Plus Sales

    December 28, 2011 5:35 PM EST This week, Adele's "21" becomes the first album since 2005 to notch 30 weeks of 100,000-plus sales. The blockbuster set moved 399,000 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking not only its best sales frame ever, but its 30th non-con ...

  30. INgrooves Makes Updates to Its Client Console

    December 13, 2011 8:30 AM EST Digital distributor INgrooves has made some upgrades to the client console used by its label partners. The additions help its clients keep up with the dynamic digital music market, explains CEO and founder Robb McDaniels in a statement. "Deve ...

  31. 2011 Year In Charts

    December 08, 2011 8:15 AM EST Billboard's Year in Music special issue offers the definitive recap of the songs, albums, artists, labels, tours and other music makers that have fared the best during the past year. There are 480-plus rankings available online , including de ...

  32. Billboard Hot 100 Celebrates 20 Years of Nielsen Data

    November 30, 2011 4:12 PM EST "THE LONG-AWAITED DAY HAS ARRIVED," read the headline in the "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight" column in the Billboard issue dated Nov. 30, 1991. Twenty years ago today, the Billboard Hot 100 transformed from a chart combining ranked ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Mac Miller Headed for Top of This Week's Billboard 200

    November 14, 2011 7:25 AM EST As we reported earlier this week , Mac Miller is about to make a splash on the Billboard 200 albums chart , as his "Blue Slide Park" debut is set to bow at No. 1 on the tally next week. Sources suggest the rapper's album could sell ...

  35. Mac Miller, 'Twilight,' Romeo Santos Heading for Top of Billboard 200

    November 11, 2011 6:25 PM EST As we reported earlier this week , Mac Miller is about to make a splash on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his "Blue Slide Park" debut is set to bow at No. 1 on the tally next week. Sources suggest the rapper's album could sell i ...

  36. Coldplay, Adele Help Push Digital Albums to Record Sales in US, UK

    November 08, 2011 1:08 PM EST We may live in the playlist era, but digital consumers are buying more albums than ever. In the U.K., digital album sales have already surpassed their 2010 total. Last year's sales figure is within close reach in the U.S. U.K. consumers have ...

  37. Happy 117th Birthday, Billboard!

    November 01, 2011 6:00 AM EDT http://colowebpre.vnuusa.org/bbbiz/photos/stylus//1273359-Bilboardfirstcover1894.617.jpg The very first Billboard magazine, 1894 On this date in 1894, Billboard published its first issue. Before it became a weekly magazine, and a 24/7 presence online, "Billboard Advertising" launched ...

  38. Exclusive: Young the Giant Going 'Unplugged'

    October 17, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Young the Giant, the Southern California rock band that performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, will be seen in the "Unplugged" setting beginning Nov. 9. They are taping the show Oct. 21 in New York. The band will perform sele ...

  39. 2011 U.S. Album Sales Still Strong After Three Quarters

    October 06, 2011 12:58 PM EDT As the year heads into its home stretch, things are looking up for the U.S. music industry - sales are on track to increase over the previous year, something that hasn't happened since 2004. With nine months of 2011 down, album sales stand at ...

  40. Business Matters: Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media

    September 21, 2011 10:27 PM EDT Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media -- Analysts continue to have widely varying opinions of Pandora (NYSE:P), which fell 4.76% to $10.01 on Wednesday. Wedbush initiated coverage of Pandora on Monday with an "outperform" rating a ...

  41. Lady Antebellum's 'Own the Night' Now Aiming for 300,000-Plus Debut

    September 15, 2011 4:52 PM EDT After two full days on sale, Lady Antebellum's third album, "Own the Night," is shaping up to have a bigger debut than expected. Initial first week projections for the set, reported yesterday (Sept. 14), estimated the Capitol Nashvi ...

  42. Business Matters: Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever

    September 07, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever -- With the help of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV," digital albums topped digital track sales for only the second time in the digital era. Put another way, la ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Exclusive 'Watch The Throne' Release Windows Imperil Long-Term Health of Music Retailers

    September 01, 2011 9:34 AM EDT Jay-Z, Kanye West and their respective labels dissed both the digital and brick-and-mortar account base by giving iTunes an exclusive four-day window on their album Watch the Throne (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam) and then giving Best Buy an 11 ...

  45. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' May Debut at No. 1 With 700,000 Sold

    August 29, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Lil Wayne's just-released "Tha Carter IV" album could have the second-biggest sales week of the year, as industry forecasters suggest it may sell 700,000-850,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 4. "IV&qu ...

  46. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Breaks iTunes Single-Week Sales Record

    August 15, 2011 2:21 PM EDT Sources say Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" broke the U.S. iTunes Store's one-week sales record last week when it sold nearly 290,000 downloads via the retailer through Sunday night (Aug. 14). The set was exclusively ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Latin Power Players: Inigo Zabala

    August 01, 2011 10:52 PM EDT Iñigo Zabala President, Warner Music Latin America Although Warner Music's U.S. Latin market share remains smaller than that of its competitors -- at midyear 2011 it stood at 6.2%, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the label's boutique s ...

  49. Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' Projected To Re-Enter Top 20 on Billboard 200

    July 25, 2011 5:35 PM EDT The late Amy Winehouse's breakthrough album "Back to Black," as well as a number of her singles, are staging a return to the Billboard charts this week. The new Billboard 200 albums chart -- which will be revealed on Wednesday (July ...

  50. What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares

    July 18, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Back in 2007 (June 30, Billboard) when I asked what is an indie, I got a multitude of answers. Today, that question evokes even more complex answers because the landscape has not only changed dramatically but is still changing. Over the last 15 ye ...

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