Nielsen SoundScan

  1. Top Selling Digital Songs of 2011 So Far

    July 05, 2011 8:41 PM EDT With 2011 half-over, Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) reigns as the year's biggest selling digital song in the U.S., shifting 4,120,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. "E.T." is one of two titles to ha ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. Harinder Rana: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Harinder Rana Senior Director of A&R, Lava Records/Universal Republic For Harinder Rana, 28, talent is worth traveling for. After Jessie J's first U.S. showcase, Rana hopped a plane to London to sign her to Lava Records. The singer has si ...

  4. Did Amazon's 99-Cent Lady Gaga Sale Save the Recorded Music Business?

    June 01, 2011 5:22 PM EDT Did Amazon save the music business with last week's controversial 99-cent Lady Gaga album sale ? Say what you will about the pricing strategy, one thing is clear: That sale helped the U.S. music industry achieve its first year-to-date album-s ...

  5. It's Official: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sells 1.11 Million

    May 31, 2011 7:36 PM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan beg ...

  6. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kylie Minogue Join Billboard Music Awards Presenters

    May 17, 2011 12:41 PM EDT J ustin Biebe r, Kylie Minogue , Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Jonas , Keri Hilson , Marc Anthony , "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, Nas , Scott Weiland , Selena Gomez , Tim Allen, Travis Barker , Trey Songz and "Modern Family" star Ric ...

  7. Mobile Sales Plummet, Subscription Revenues Slip in RIAA 2010 Year-End Stats

    April 28, 2011 10:51 AM EDT Mobile sales experienced a big drop, subscription service revenue dipped slightly and digital track revenue had a healthy increase in 2010. These and other statistics are available in the RIAA's 2010 Year-End Shipment Statistics report at the ...

  8. Business Matters: Record Store Day Has Banner Sales Day

    April 20, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Record Story Day Has Quite A Day -- Due to Saturday's Record Store Day, independent stores' album sales were up 39% last week and contributed much of the 8% increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Independent store ...

  9. When Will Recorded Music Revenue Be 50% Digital?

    March 31, 2011 2:38 PM EDT When will U.S. recorded music sales be split 50/50 between digital and physical? It depends who you ask. According to recent figures in an IFPI global music industry report , the trade value of recorded music sales in the U.S. is probably over 50% ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. IRISH TUNES GAIN; CLOSE CALL FOR 'BORN'; BLACK BOWS

    March 28, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Adele's "21" heads back to the top slot (2-1) on the Billboard 200 for a third nonconsecutive week, selling 98,000 (down 26%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. She bumps last week's champ, Lupe Fiasco's "Lasers," ...

  12. A2IM Disputes Billboard/SoundScan's Label Market-Share Methodology -- What Do You Think?

    March 03, 2011 12:08 PM EST (Following is an op-ed article from American Association of Independent Music President Rich Bengloff, in which he outlines the organization's disagreement with the methodology that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan use to calculate label marke ...

  13. 'American Idol' Alum David Archuleta Dropped by Jive Records

    February 18, 2011 3:15 PM EST "American Idol" season 7 runner-up David Archuleta has been dropped by Jive Records, a label spokeperson has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . Rumors that Archuleta had been dropped first began spreading on Thursday night (Feb. 17) ...

  14. Amazon Tweets Super Bowl Music Links to Spur Sales

    February 07, 2011 12:58 PM EST Much has been written about how music appearing in Super Bowl ads or performed during the Super Bowl Halftime Show receive sales spikes as a result of the massive exposure -- particularly via digital downloads. Amazon.com, still struggling to comp ...

  15. Beatles Pass 5 Million Downloads, 1 Million Albums Sold on iTunes

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Beatles have sold more than 5 million track downloads and 1 million albums worldwide since the group's catalog became available on iTunes November 16, according to a joint statement from iTunes and EMI . Of the track total, 3.6 million ha ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Rap, Non-Traditional Retail Are Bright Spots in Glum 2010 Year-End Numbers

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST While there was plenty of dispiriting news in Nielsen SoundScan's year-end numbers for 2010 , there were a couple of bright spots: For one, rap music made a big comeback last year, driven by the top-selling album of the year, Eminem's &q ...

  18. 2010's Latin Music Sales Down 26.8%, Digital Up 28%, Enrique Igelsias Is Top-Selling Artist

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Year-end sales of Latin music in the United States continued to drop for the fourth consecutive year, according to numbers released by Nielsen SoundScan. For the 52 weeks ending Jan. 2, sales of Latin music, defined as albums that are at least 51% ...

  19. Chart Moves: Susan Boyle, Kari Jobe, Mumford & Sons, Big Time Rush

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: -- Taylor Swift: In the final tracking week of the year (week ending Jan. 2, 2011), Swift's "Speak Now" held at No. 1, selling 77,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 72%) as the chart adjusts back to non-holi ...

  20. Vinyl Posts 14% Sales Gain in 2010

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST The year-end SoundScan numbers , released today, have a lot of minus signs. But one big exception is vinyl sales: While the numbers aren't massive, they still rose 14% from 2009 to 2010, according to the Nielsen Company and Billboard's 2 ...

  21. U.S. Album Sales Dropped 12.8% Last Year, Digital Tracks Post Small Gain

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST As expected, the year-end Nielsen SoundScan numbers once again tell a tale of an industry in turmoil. There were a few bright spots, but 2010 was mostly about diminishing returns. During the 52 weeks ended Jan. 2, album sales in the United States ...

  22. 'Let It Be' Leads Beatles Digital Debut

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' much-ballyhooed arrival in Apple's iTunes Store makes waves on Billboard's charts as a number of the Fab Four's singles and albums dot our tallies. All told, the group sold 1.42 million tracks last week in the U.S. ...

  23. Beatles Sales On iTunes Top 450K

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial Beatles sales figures are in: More than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16). In U.S. the best-selling album was ...

  24. Why Michael Jackson's New Album Could Debut Stronger Than 'This Is It'

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nearly a year and a half after the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop continues to play a significant role in boosting the fortunes of his label Epic Records and its parent Sony Music Entertainment. Jackson's total U.S. music sa ...

  25. It's Official: Taylor Swift Cracks 1 Million With 'Speak Now'

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's new album, "Speak Now," spoke loud and clear last week, as it will debut at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart with a whopping 1,047,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sa ...

  26. Business Matters: 'Trial of the Century' Set To Start Monday

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Trial of the Century' Set To Begin Monday -- It’s called the “Trial of the Century” in London and in the States it’s a pretty big deal too. Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup start ...

  27. Chart Moves: 'Glee,' Mavis Staples, Stephen Colbert, 'Social Network,' Pink

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Toby Keith: The country superstar netted his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with the arri ...

  28. Business Matters: Reuters Sales Report, Animal Collective, Interscope and more

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Second Look At Reuters' Sales Report -- If you read a Reuters article on Monday about flat U.S. digital sales, keep reading to get the full picture. The article had a number of problems tha ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. UMPG Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Darius Rucker

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with Darius Rucker, who has established a successful solo country music career aside from his Hootie & the Blowfish fame. The deal encompasses all of his ...

  32. Researchers Change Tune, Now Say P2P Has Negative Impact

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two researchers who previously believed that file-sharing had no impact on music sales have now changed their minds. In a 2004 paper , Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard Business School and Koleman Strumpf of UNC Chapel Hill (now at the University of ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. A Closer Look: What You Missed On This Week's Charts

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As Godsmack topped the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with its third No. 1, here are some other notable moves on the chart: UP 7 - No. 15 - Michael Buble - "Crazy Love" Up 98%, according to Nielsen Soundscan. All four of his studio ...

  36. Analysis: The Real Story On Track and Albums Sales

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Any way you look at it, the album format is not dead. Relative to individual track sales, album sales are still dominant, important and necessary to record labels and publishers. Which is why these graphs on the decline of the album format at tech ...

  37. Q1 2010: Digital Drops, Non-Traditional Sector Rises

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the first quarter of 2010 now completed, the good news for the U.S. music industry is the slowing decline of album sales. And another observation is the emergence of the non-traditional sector as the largest U.S. retail channel, displacing th ...

  38. '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 ...

  39. New Charts, Policy Change

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nielsen Soundscan is launching new digital song genre charts, most of which will soon become part of the Billboard chart menu in print and on Billboard.biz. Billboard's chart managers will oversee the digital genre charts, which includes revi ...

  40. 'We Are The World' Scores On The Hot 100

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nearly 25 years after hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, charity single “We Are the World” makes its way back to the chart, debuting at No. 2, thanks to the all-star collective Artists for Haiti. “World” trails Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK,’ which holds ...

  41. 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. ...

  42. iTunes Sales Drive Millions To Haiti Relief

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc. confirmed today that worldwide iTunes sales of the "Hope For Haiti Now" album, video, and individual performances have raised more than $3 million for the relief efforts, accounting for nearly all digital sales for the project ...

  43. 'Hope For Haiti Now' To Debut Atop Billboard 200

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST As forecasted last Friday , the "Hope For Haiti Now" benefit album will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart that will be issued on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Though the chart has not been finished yet, industry sources suggest that the 20 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Ke$ha Poised For No. 1 Debut On Billboard 200

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The party girl is going to kick the Scottish lady to the curb this week, as Ke$ha's "Animal" will triumph over Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" in the Billboard 200 chart that will be unveiled on Wed. (Jan. 13). Whil ...

  46. Analysis: The Paradox of the CD

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST The CD is the record industry's biggest problem and, yet, its biggest source of revenue - and it took another big hit in 2009. The format's sales dropped 17.9% from 2008. That's a predictable figure considering the previous two year ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Bon Jovi Comes Full 'Circle' At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its new album "The Circle" lands in the penthouse with 163,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's Bon Jovi's second chart-topper in a row, fol ...

  49. Analysis: Vinyl, Digital Sales Hit New High Marks

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Vinyl and single track download sales set new records last week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. The two events represent very different trends that were born from the rising popularity of digital music. As of November 8, four artists br ...

  50. 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 ...

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