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  1. 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 ...

  2. Analysis: Will Digital Catch The CD By 2010?

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Will digital sales almost equal CD sales by the end of 2010 as predicted by NPD Group's Russ Crupnick? It will be close, but it probably will not happen in 2010. Digital would have to experience a much higher growth rate to match a reasonably ...

  3. Harvard Paper on P2P Flawed But Worth Reading

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two Harvard Business School economists tackled the effects of digital piracy in a new working paper titled “File-Sharing and Copyright” (download the PDF here ). In the paper, Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf address the impact file-sharin ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Imogen Heap Tweets Album News

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two-time Grammy nominee Imogen Heap will release "Ellipse," the follow-up to her album "Speak For Yourself," on Aug. 3 in the U.K. The singer songwriter confirmed the release date via Twitter. It will be released through Heap&# ...

  7. Album Sales Down Nearly 18% in May

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Album sales in May dropped 17.8% versus May 2008, according to Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data, and were 36.7% lower than May 2007. (For these purposes, the month of May 2009 was from Monday, May 4 to Sunday, May 30.) For the year thr ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. UMLE Parters With The Axis Agency On Brand Alliances

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment, whose labels control the largest share of Latin music sales in the U.S., has made The Axis Agency its preferred partner in seeking brand alliances and licensing content to companies marketing to Hispanics. The ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. R&B Briefs: Funkmaster Flex, MC Mavado, Chrisette Michele

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Funkmaster Flex, a Hot 97 DJ and radio personality, has signed on for a new TV show with Spike TV. The show, "Fast Machines With Funkmaster Flex," will depict Flex fixing up classic and new cars. The 12-episode season begins on April 5 ...

  15. Obama Inauguration Festivities Lead To Sales Jumps

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST How big was the audience for President Barack Obama's inauguration? Big -- 2 million-people-on-the-National-Mall kind of big. About 37.8 million U.S. TV viewers watched Obama take the oath of office Jan. 20, making it the second-most-watched ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. The Year In Music & Touring: Disappointing Guns N' Roses Sales Show The Limits Of Exclusives

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST When Wal-Mart sold 784,000 copies of AC/DC's "Black Ice" during the album's first week in stores, many label executives believed that more superstars would release albums exclusively through big-box retailers. And when Best Buy ...

  20. Lady Sovereign Starts Label, Preps Album

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. rapper Lady Sovereign has inked a global deal with EMI for her own Midget Records imprint, and will release her new album, "Jigsaw," on April 9. A new track, "I Got You Dancing," is available for free on the artist's ...

  21. Creed Hammering Out Reunion Details

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST As first tipped here last month, Creed is hammering out details for a lucrative 2009 reunion tour, sources tell Billboard. The Scott Stapp-led group, which was one of the top sellers of the past decade, has not performed since a rancorous split in ...

  22. Antony And The Johnsons Returns With New Album

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Antony And The Johnsons will release the follow-up to 2005's Mercury Music Prize-winning "I Am A Bird Now" (Rough Trade) on Jan. 19 2009. Entitled "The Crying Light," the album will be the New York-based group's third ...

  23. Metallica Poised For No. 1 Debut

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A title missing from last week's Nielsen SoundScan Building charts is destined to be the next No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as Metallica's new "Death Magnetic" has a shot at half million opener. The band's first album throug ...

  24. Atlantic's Estelle Experiment Is Over

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic's Estelle experiment is over, as the singer's "American Boy" track and the artist's entire "Shine" album, is back up on iTunes. Atlantic pulled the album on August 19 from iTunes. The digital retailer ty ...

  25. MisRolas.com Shuts Download Store

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music download store MisRolas.com has closed operations beginning today (Aug. 29). The three-year-old store, which focused on independent Latin music, is shifting operations to mobile content in the U.S. and Latin America, with parent compa ...

  26. Free Keane Track Hits 500,000 Downloads

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. melodic rock act Keane logged 500,000 downloads of its free track "Spiralling" in a week-long promotion. The song was made available through the band's Web Site, www.keanemusic.com, from Aug. 4. Universal/Island says the track ...

  27. Keane Returns With Free Download

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keane has followed the example of fellow U.K. melodic rock act Coldplay, by launching its new album campaign with a download that will be free to fans for seven days. Keane’s track, “Spiralling”, was made available at www.keanemusic.com from today ...

  28. Coldplay Bow At No. 1 On Huge Opening Sales

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay keeps the good times rolling at the top of The Billboard 200, as the new Nielsen SoundScan reports show the band leading U.S. album sales with an opening week of more than 700,000 copies. The British alternative rock group's tall num ...

  29. Indies Issue: Arts & Crafts Beefs Up After Scoring Hit

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian indie Arts & Crafts may be enjoying the biggest hit of its six-year existence, but label co-founder/president Jeffrey Remedios says he'll never change his "quality over quantity" business mantra. The Toronto-based label ...

  30. Usher Poised For No. 1 Debut

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher's "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Zomba) should stand tall at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week, as the set tops the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart, released today (May 28). Unweighted first-day sales for "Stand" from th ...

  31. Miguel Makes Chart History With 'Complices'

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican crooner Luis Miguel has notched his eighth No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart with "Cómplices" (Warner Music Latina), giving him the crown for most No. 1's in the history of that chart. He was previously tied for ...

  32. Diamond On Track For First No. 1 Album

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Forty-one years after he first appeared on The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond looks to be on course to earn his first No. 1 album as "Home Before Dark" (Columbia) leads the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart released May 7. Unweighted sales f ...

  33. Coldplay's Play: Free For All?

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's decision to give away the lead track from its new album has paid off, with huge demand for the free download of "Violet Hill." According to the band's label EMI, fans downloaded the track more than 600,000 times in t ...

  34. Little Big Town Signs With Capitol Nashville

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Little Big Town, the band that found success on an independent label after striking out on a major, has exited Equity Music Group to sign with Capitol Records Nashville. The band signed with Nashville-based independent Equity in 2003 after releasi ...

  35. Montgomery Partners With A2M For Distribution

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Michael Montgomery has signed an exclusive agreement with independent music distributor Artist To Market Distribution (A2M). The company will handle the distribution of Montgomery's tenth studio album, "Time Flies," which will ...

  36. Leona Lewis Makes Big Splash Atop Billboard 200

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British import Leona Lewis' "Spirit" bows atop The Billboard 200 this week, making her the first U.K. solo artist to start at No. 1 with their debut effort. The Syco/J album moved 205,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Sou ...

  37. Charts: Radiohead Debut Not Due To 'Technicality'

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Contrary to online reports, the high Hot 100 debut this week by Radiohead's "Nude" is not due to a "technicality," nor a new Billboard charts policy decision. The track opens this week at No. 37 on the Hot 100 after sellin ...

  38. Analyst: Latin America Poised For Mobile Growth

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin America holds tremendous promise for over-the-air mobile track sales, but not online music sales, according to a study presented at the Billboard Latin Music Conference today (Wednesday). "The potential is clearly in mobile, where a pay ...

  39. Experts Consider Alternative Ways To Move Product

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin album sales were down 17% in the first quarter, though Latin digital albums were up 29% for the period, according to Nielse n SoundScan. Geoff Mayfield, director of charts/senior analyst for Billboard, presented those figures today (April 8) ...

  40. Usher 'Stands' Strong On Upcoming Album

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Originally scheduled for a June release, Usher's new album has been pushed forward due to what his label claims is "increasing global demand." "Here I Stand" will now arrive May 27 via LaFace/Zomba. The set's first si ...

  41. NIN: New Album Pulls In $1.6M In First Week

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The online release of the new Nine Inch Nails album "Ghosts I-IV" resulted in just under 800,000 transactions in its first week, totaling $1.6 million in revenue, the band revealed. Orders include free and paid downloads, as well as onli ...

  42. Morgan Finds New Home At Sony BMG Nashville

    March 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Country star Craig Morgan, who exited Nashville independent label Broken Bow last month, has signed with Sony BMG Nashville. He's expected to release a single this summer and an album in the fall. At press time he hadn't been assigned to ...

  43. Touring Briefs: Keys, Ultra Music Festival, Rooney

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- Lexus will present Alicia Keys ' upcoming 32-city U.S. tour, scheduled to begin April 18 in Hampton, Va., and wrap June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Keys will be on the road promoting her latest album, "As I Am," whic ...

  44. Indie Avex Topples Sony In Japan

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Independent label Avex has edged out Sony as Japan's top CD label in market-share terms, according to SoundScan Japan. The music-sales tracking service says that Avex Marketing had a market share of 15.4% in 2007, while Sony Music ...

  45. Montgomery Gentry Follows Parallel Course

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST After spending the first nine years of their career with Nashville-based Hallmark Direction, country duo Montgomery Gentry have signed with the newly launched Parallel Entertainment/Nashville for personal management. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gent ...

  46. Mika Tops Italian Year-End Downloads

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Relax, Take it Easy" by Mika was the most downloaded song in Italy last year, according to the country's official monitor, FIMI Nielsen SoundScan. The artist also took the fourth place for legal downloads with "Grace Kelly&quo ...

  47. New Chart Parameters for Billboard, Nielsen SoundScan

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billboard starts the New Year off with new criteria for catalog albums on its sales charts. The first tracking week of 2008 also sees Nielsen SoundScan raising the profile of the Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands designated market area (DMA). Under Billb ...

  48. Latin Album Sales Down In 2007

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Latin album sales were down 15.6% during calendar year 2007, according to figures released today by Nielsen SoundScan. That's just slightly more than total album sales, which were down almost 15% in the 52 weeks between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. ...

  49. Latin Holiday Sales Up, Lag Market

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Latin album sales were up 27% in the last shopping week before Christmas, but lagged behind the 42% increase posted by the market overall, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After being dethroned for six weeks, Juanes returns to the No. 1 spot on Bil ...

  50. Groban's 'Noel' Makes Chart History

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST With a fourth week at No. 1 for his "Noel" on The Billboard 200, Josh Groban carves himself a piece of chart history. This becomes the first Christmas set in the 51-year history of Billboard's weekly album chart to hold the top rung ...

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