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  1. Bruno Mars Hits High Note on Social 50 Chart; PSY's Billion Views Boost

    December 28, 2012 4:59 PM EST Bruno Mars continues his ascension towards the top of the Billboard Social 50, jumping to a new personal high of No. 2 (up three spots). The rise comes a week after his new album "Unorthodox Jukebox" arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ...

  2. Chart Moves: Beatles For Sale on Billboard 200, Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' LP Hits 1 Million Sales

    December 28, 2012 4:14 PM EST It was a familiar story at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this past week, where Taylor Swift's "Red" held atop the chart for a sixth nonconsecutive stanza. The singer's album moved another 276,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundS ...

  3. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  4. Chart Moves: 'Nashville' Nets Year's Best Sales Week for TV Soundtrack on Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 8:30 AM EST Billboard 200 On the Billboard 200 albums chart this week , Bruno Mars' second release, "Unorthodox Jukebox," arrived in the No. 2 slot, selling 192,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It surpasses the No. 3 peak of his 2010 debut ...

  5. The Year In Pop: Adele Repeats as Top Artist, Gotye Scores No. 1 Hot 100 Song

    December 14, 2012 8:23 AM EST After her watershed success in 2011, Adele triumphs again in 2012. She becomes the only act to be both the top artist of the year and have the No. 1 Billboard 200 album ("21") two years in a row. In 2011, she was the first woman to notch ...

  6. Label And Publishing Execs to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:09 AM EST Suddenly, the music industry is teeming with executives on the rise, the potential leaders of the music industry over the next decade. For full details on this story, see the Billboard Year-End issue. Check Out All Out Year-End Coverage Right Here ...

  7. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  8. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album No. 1 For Third Week On Billboard 200

    November 14, 2012 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Red" reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title -- the debuting "Now 44" collection -- by nearly 1 ...

  9. Cazzette Teams with Spotify For Debut Album Campaign

    November 09, 2012 4:18 PM EST Chances are, most people have never heard of Cazzette. But if Spotify has its way, the Swedish electronic music duo will soon enjoy plenty of fame. In an experiment to see if it can become a next-generation digital star-making machine, Spotify is ...

  10. Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen Top This Week's Hot Tours

    October 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Justin Bieber lands at No. 1 in this week's ranking of top-grossing tours with ticket sales reported from seven sold out performances on the Believe Tour's trek through the U.S. and Canada. The tour began in Phoenix at the end of Septemb ...

  11. Taylor Swift to Launch Atop Billboard 200 Chart With New Album 'Red'

    October 26, 2012 8:35 PM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift is charging toward a million-unit sales week and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her fourth album, "Red." Industry sources still peg final week sales (which run through Oct. ...

  12. Jake Bugg Tops UK Album Charts; Calvin Harris & Florence Welch Have No. 1 Single

    October 22, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Rising English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg made a dramatic start to his U.K. album chart career by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) with his self-titled Mercury/Universal debut. "Sweet Nothing" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Three Days Grace, Diana Krall Albums Top 10 Bound on Next Week's Billboard 200

    October 05, 2012 7:45 PM EDT As previously reported , it seems Mumford & Sons' new album, "Babel," will hold at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Label sources suggest the album could sell 150,000 or more in its sophomore frame. That should be enough to ...

  15. Mumford & Sons, PSY, Green Day, No Doubt, Rihanna, Ke$ha, Maroon 5 Vie For Top In Busy Chart Week

    October 02, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Get ready music fans. Tomorrow, Oct. 3, looks to be one of the busiest chart days in recent memory as major new releases by some of pop music's biggest acts look to top of the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts. And, depending on the outcome, w ...

  16. Frank Wilson's Chart Legacy: From the Supremes and Marvin Gaye to the Miracles & Stevie Wonder (Videos)

    October 01, 2012 2:24 PM EDT Motown producer/songwriter/artist Frank Wilson, who died on Sept. 27 after a long battle with prostate cancer, is one of the label's unsung heroes, having produced hits for almost every major Motown artist, including Diana Ross & the Supr ...

  17. Mumford & Sons Debut With No. 1 Album, PSY Climbs To Summit On UK Charts

    October 01, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Mumford & Sons made a bold return to the U.K. bestsellers yesterday (Sunday) as their sophomore album Babel (Universal Island) debuted at No. 1 with opening sales of just under 159,000, the best first-week tally of any artist in 2012. Meanwhil ...

  18. Morning Fix: Lucian Grainge on UMG-EMI; Barclays Center Vs. MSG; PSY Tops YouTube; Pussy Riot at NYU

    September 24, 2012 7:38 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UMG's CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE ON GIVING UP PARLOPHONE, THE 'PROPAGANDA WAR.' FOR REGULATORY APPROVAL: After a whirlwind Friday in which Universal Music finally r ...

  19. Little Big Town, Avett Brothers Albums Aiming High on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 14, 2012 9:08 PM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart is going to be a busy one, thanks to a bunch of hot new releases that dropped on Sept. 11. The likely leader on the chart will be Dave Matthews Band's "Away From the World" with more than ...

  20. Chart Moves: Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Hits New Peak on Billboard 200 Chart, Fleetwood Mac Tribute Debuts

    August 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Chainz claimed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this week with his debut studio effort "Based On a T.R.U. Story." The Def Jam set arrived atop the list with 147,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan and marked the third debut albu ...

  21. Hot Tours: Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean

    August 07, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 on the most recent tally of Hot Tours with $39.5 million in ticket sales totals reported from the European leg of his Wrecking Ball World Tour with the E Street Band. This week's chart includes 11 perf ...

  22. Chart Moves: Justin Bieber on Hot 100 Chart Rebound With 'Love'

    August 03, 2012 2:37 PM EDT As previously reported, Carly Rae Jepsen holds on for an eighth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" for the longest run at the top this year. Katy Perry's "Wide Awa ...

  23. London Olympics' Opening Ceremony Sdtk 'Isle of Wonder' Rockets Up U.K. Charts

    July 30, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Plan B's "Ill Manors" film soundtrack (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) debuted atop the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as Florence + the Machine's "Spectrum (Say My Name)" (Universal Island) topped the singles ch ...

  24. Martin Kierszenbaum, Cherrytree Label to Remain With Interscope After All

    July 27, 2012 7:59 PM EDT CherryTree Records' Martin Kierszenbaum (left) backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards with Kev Nish from Far East Movement. (Photo: Jem Aswad) Five weeks after his departure from Interscope, Cherrytree Records head Martin Kierszenbaum - ...

  25. iTunes-Exclusive Beatles Compilation Headed to Top 40 on Billboard 200

    July 27, 2012 7:30 PM EDT The new iTunes-exclusive Beatles compilation, "Tomorrow Never Knows," is headed to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Based sales forecasts from industry sources, Billboard projects that the album may sell between 10,000 and 1 ...

  26. Universal Music Group Tops Sony To Lead 2012 Mid-Year Market Share

    July 05, 2012 5:42 PM EDT The Universal Music Group continues its reign as the top U.S. distributor of albums and track-equivalent albums, finishing the first half with 30.15% share, which edges out Sony Music Entertainment's 29.93% share, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  27. Bubbling Under: Conor Maynard Makes Way to U.S.

    June 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Conor Maynard The latest young British hopeful taking aim at the American charts is 19-year old YouTube-born star Conor Maynard. The Capitol Records singer/songwriter has already claimed a No. 2 hit on the Official U.K. Singles chart with "Ca ...

  28. Linkin Park, Maroon 5 Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Linkin Park's new "Living Things" album seems on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week, with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" headed for a No. 2 arrival. Industry sources suggest "Living Things" co ...

  29. Martin Kierszenbaum, Cherrytree Part Ways With Interscope: Confirmed

    June 22, 2012 7:10 PM EDT CherryTree Records' Martin Kierszenbaum (left) backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards with Kev Nish from Far East Movement. (Photo: Jem Aswad) Cherrytree Records head Martin Kierszenbaum, who brought Robyn, Feist, Far East Movement and ...

  30. Usher Tops the Billboard 200; Ed Sheeran Debuts Strong; Bieber Poised to Conquer

    June 21, 2012 4:25 PM EDT R&B/pop superstar Usher nets his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's off quite a bit from the start of his last full ...

  31. Usher Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Looking 4 Myself'

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star's last full-length studio album, 2010's "Raymond ...

  32. Cheryl Cole's 'Call My Name' Is Top UK Single, 2012's Fastest Seller

    June 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project (Decca/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" (Polydor/Universal) became the market's fastest-selling sin ...

  33. Country Countdown: Universal Nashville's Mike Dungan Predicted Eric Church's No. 1 Success

    June 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Sometimes confident predictions turn out to be more than just cheerleading. When Eric Church surprised the music industry with simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with Chief last summer, then-EMI Nashville/Capitol Nas ...

  34. Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    June 13, 2012 11:14 AM EDT What does Adele's 21 album now have in common with the soundtracks to Purple Rain and Saturday Night Fever ? As of this week, 21 equals the two soundtracks' 24-week runs at No. 1, as Adele's smash set returns to the top of the Billb ...

  35. Pepsi to Launch Twitter Push With Concert Livestreams, Free Music Downloads

    May 30, 2012 7:46 AM EDT Make sure you're awake and following us for free music today! (limit 1 per follower, US Only) #soexcited #giveaway #music - Pepsi™ (@pepsi) May 30, 2012 NEW YORK (AP) -- PepsiCo Inc. is lifting the curtain on its music partnership with Twitte ...

  36. Keane Holds Off Tenacious D Atop UK Album Charts; Rita Ora Has No. 1 Single

    May 21, 2012 7:53 AM EDT Sunday's new U.K. sales data from the Official Charts Company showed a second week atop the album chart for Keane's "Strangeland" (Universal Isand) and on the singles survey for "R.I.P." (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Musi ...

  37. Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees Dies

    May 20, 2012 7:07 PM EDT Robin Gibb once said that "an artist is an artist because he is not happy with the world, so he creates his own existence." And the singer and composer, who died today at the age of 62 after a series of health issues, certainly created a ...

  38. Jason Aldean Leads Country Songs, Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert Crack Top 10

    May 17, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Jason Aldean claims his seventh leader on Country Songs -- his first in almost a year -- as "Fly Over States" (Broken Bow) stacks 37.9 million impressions (up 2.4 million) and steps 2-1 on the audience-ranked chart. He most recently topp ...

  39. Tim McGraw Cracks Top 10, Lee Brice Scores First No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 13, 2012 6:45 AM EDT (Getty Images) Tim McGraw has competed 46 times in the top 10 on Country Songs, and nearly made it a two-fer this week, as his current solo single "Better Than I Used to Be" enters the upper tier (11-10), and a new duet with Kenny Chesne ...

  40. Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    April 06, 2012 5:38 PM EDT Nicki Minaj is on track to score her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while Rascal Flatts is heading for its eighth top 10 set. Industry sources suggest Minaj's "Roman Reloaded" will sell around 215,000 to 235,000 and easily ...

  41. Madonna's 'MDNA' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie Bows at No. 2

    April 03, 2012 5:56 PM EDT Madonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of her "MDNA," while Lionel Richie's all-star country collaborations covers album "Tuskegee" bows in the runner-up slot -- his highest-chartin ...

  42. Madonna's 'MDNA' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200; Lionel Richie Also Big

    March 28, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Madonna's 12th studio album, "MDNA," is on course to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell between 300,000 to 350,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday ...

  43. One Direction Vs. Adele for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Next Week

    March 16, 2012 7:52 PM EDT U.K. pop group One Direction is aiming for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart next week with its first album, "Up All Night." However, Adele's "21" may block the quintet from the top with a return to No. 1. Pre ...

  44. Backbeat: Latin Music Industry Rocks at Premios Lo Nuestro Afterparties

    February 21, 2012 10:18 AM EST From the left, Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV's Sr. VP for Latin America & U.S. Latin; Melissa Esposito of Sony U.S. Latin; and Ruben Leyva of Sony U.S. Latin at Sony's PLN afterparty. The live telecast of Univision's Premios Lo Nuestro ...

  45. Skrillex May Get First Top 10 Album This Week

    January 09, 2012 9:13 AM EST Five-time Grammy Award nominee Skrillex may be on his way to his first top 10 album, as his latest release, "Bangarang," could charge into the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 this week. He just earned his best week ever on the Billboar ...

  46. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Fire' Flies, Christmas Albums Rule, Neil Diamond's Best 'Best Of'

    December 16, 2011 12:20 PM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported Rihanna matches her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, spends a seventh week at No. 1. Who else makes notable moves this week? -- Adele: Billboard&# ...

  47. The Year in Rock: Who's the New Kid?

    December 09, 2011 10:20 AM EST The fragmented genre of rock has morphed into one side of a hyphenate, paired with every other genre under the sun as to say, "this music has guitars." The industry, too, plays its hand in the over-categorization of rock, from the Grammy ...

  48. X Factor Finalists Top U.K. Charts

    December 05, 2011 7:48 AM EST The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) and the charity release by the show's 20 ...

  49. Small But Mighty

    December 01, 2011 4:20 AM EST The Top Independent Artist Nominees 4 Nominations Bon Iver Nominations: record of the year ("Holocene"), song of the year ("Holocene"), best new artist, best alternative music album (Bon Iver) Jagjaguwar In perhaps the most sur ...

  50. Rihanna Fever Hits U.K As Singer Tops Album, Singles Charts

    November 28, 2011 7:41 AM EST Rihanna fever is officially sweeping the United Kingdom, as the Bajan superstar lands a simultaneous No. 1 single and album for the second time this year, and several new U.K. chart records in the process. Meanwhile, "Now! That's What I ...

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