Raising Sand

  1. Indie Labels Win 34 Grammys, Says A2IM

    February 14, 2012 7:30 AM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, whose sophomore self-titled album on the Jagjaguwar label, biting one of his two 2012 Grammy awards won for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. (Getty) Led by Bon Iver's two Grammy wins, the American Ass ...

  2. Foo Fighters Earn First No. 1 Album

    April 20, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As forecasted last week, Foo Fighters finally get their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Wasting Light" debuts atop the list with 235,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The start is the band's second-largest sales w ...

  3. Grammy Sales Spike: Who Will Get It This Year? Arcade Fire? Cee-Lo? Mumford & Sons?

    February 14, 2011 4:17 PM EST While retailers are happy that last night's highly rated Grammy Awards broadcast should fuel sales and agree at least that some of those artists will be beneficiaries of the show's broadcast, they say it is unlikely the show will produce ...

  4. Country Albums Rule Top Three On Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan) ...

  5. Country Albums Rule Top Three On Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST On the Billboard 200 , country rules the top three roost for the first time in three years with Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holding court at No. 1 for a second week, Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" arriving at No. 2 an ...

  6. Linkin Park's 'A Thousand Suns' Tops Billboard 200

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park notches its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its "A Thousand Suns" album debuts atop the list with 241,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz, as the latter' ...

  7. Linkin Park And Trey Songz Debut At Nos. 1 & 2 On Billboard 200

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "A Thousand Suns" opening atop the list with 241,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz, as his "Passion ...

  8. Robert Plant To Release New Solo Album Sept. 14

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fresh off his Grammy-winning Alison Krauss collaboration "Raising Sand" in 2007, Robert Plant will release his forthcoming album, "Band of Joy," Sept. 14 on Rounder Records. Recorded in Nashville, the Americana album was co-pro ...

  9. Robert Plant Premieres New Album In London

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker Robert Plant unveiled his new album project "Band of Joy" in London earlier today (June 1). Speaking at a reception in events venue Il Bottaccio, Belgravia, which had been specially decorated as a rundown farm for the occa ...

  10. Sade's 'Soldier' Sizzles At No. 1 With 502,000

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST With its first studio album in nearly 10 years, Sade's "Soldier of Love" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 502,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the act its second chart-topper . . . All told, the group ...

  11. Sade To Take No. 1 On Billboard 200 Next Week

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Expect the smooth sounds of Sade to overtake the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart next week, as industry sources project the group's new effort "Soldier of Love" could sell between 375,000 to 400,000 by week's end on ...

  12. Grammy Awards Shine On Billboard 200 While Lady A Holds At No. 1

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" notches a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, new efforts from Lil Wayne, Nick Jonas and Rob Zombie debut in the top 10 . . . Meanwhile, the Grammy Awards make major waves on the tally. Sal ...

  13. Robert Plant To Play Cancer Research Benefit

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Robert Plant is coming out in support of Cancer Research U.K. at its fifth annual Sound & Vision charity gig, where the former Led Zeppelin frontman will perform at London's Abbey Road Studios on Feb. 25. Plant's set will feature Ame ...

  14. U.K. Biz Builds North America Market Share

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The British music industry has grown its share of the U.S. and Canadian music markets, according to a report from U.K. trade body the BPI. U.K. artists have increased their market share in North America for the fourth year in a row, the report sta ...

  15. U2 Scores Q1's Top-Selling International Artist Album

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2's "No Line On The Horizon" (Interscope) was the best-selling album by an international act in the U.S. for the first quarter of 2009, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The Irish rock group's 12th album is No. 2 ov ...

  16. Kelly Clarkson Holds At No. 1, While 'Twilight' Bites Back

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" stays put at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200 while the chart's top debut comes from Gorilla Zoe's "Don't Feed Da Animals" at No. 8 . . . The "Twilight&q ...

  17. Next Year's Grammys Set For January

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Grammys will be held a bit earlier in 2010. The 52nd annual awards will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 31. Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, says the academy is "delighted to host th ...

  18. Billboard Q&A: IODA Chief Kevin Arnold Chats About Unlikely Sales Successes, Statutory Royalty Rates And More

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Arnold, founder and CEO of the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), has plenty to celebrate these days. His company, which provides digital distribution for indie labels, is making inroads into new genres and markets. And he just ...

  19. Taylor Swift Remains Atop Billboard 200

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" claims a 10th non-consecutive week atop The Billboard 200 despite a 32% drop in sales from last week, a feat unmatched by any album since Santana's "Supernatural" collected 12 weeks at No. 1 ...

  20. Swift Back To No. 1 As Plant/Krauss, Coldplay Soar

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a chart week encompassing Grammy boosts and Valentine's Day sales, Taylor Swift's Big Machine effort "Fearless" returns to the top of The Billboard 200. The set moved 92,000 copies on a 44% sales jump, resulting in its nine ...

  21. Grammy Awards And Valentine's Day Warm Up The Chart

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Though obviously the big sales drivers on the Billboard 200 this week are the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards and shopping encouraged by the Feb. 14 Valentine's Day holiday, a familiar face returns to No. 1 -- Taylor Swift . . . The chart's top two ...

  22. Grammy Wins Lift Albums By Plant And Krauss, Adele

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Grammy Awards may not have the sales driving power that they once had, but they can still provide a pop for the winners and performers. Merchants say that album of the year winner "Raising Sand" by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss ap ...

  23. Plant, Krauss Get Post-Grammys Push

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The five-times Grammy-winning partnership between bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is getting another promotional push in the U.K. The duo's set "Raising Sand," released by Decca/Rounder i ...

  24. The Fray Topples Springsteen On Billboard 200

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Fray earns its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with its sophomore self titled Epic album, which sold 179,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Denver-based rock act's previous album, "How To Save a Lif ...

  25. 2009 Grammy Award Winners

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Below, the full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in L.A. For full coverage of this year's Grammys click here . The winners: Record Of The Year - "Please Read The Letter" Robert Pla ...

  26. Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center, tallying five trophies, including album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand" and record of the year f ...

  27. Coldplay, Radiohead, Duffy Among Early Grammy Winners

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brits won big in the pop categories during the 51st annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast tonight (Feb. 8), with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" winning for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and Radiohead's "In Rain ...

  28. Latest News: The 51st Annual Grammy Awards

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST For Billboard.biz's Grammy Awards microsite featuring exclusive articles, interviews, sales analysis and more, click here . 2009 Grammy Award Winners The full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Cente ...

  29. Retailers Predict Post-Grammy Sales Spikes For Krauss, Plant, Perry

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST While the Grammy show doesn't generate music sales like it used to, retailers are happy for any event that can drive traffic into stores. "The Grammys don't have the same effect on sales that it used to, but having said that, the bi ...

  30. Plant, Pine Head U.K. Honors List

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is the latest rocker to be honored by the Queen in her traditional New Year Honors List. Plant, currently enjoying success with his "Raising Sand" collaboration with Alison Krauss, is made a CBE (Commande ...

  31. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Tha Carter III?" Not even close. Try "Tha Carter VIII." Lil Wayne - who is on track to have the best-selling album of 2008 - also leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight nods, including album of the ...

  32. Strait, Paisley, Chesney, Sugarland, Underwood Take Top CMA Honors

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite standout performances by the Eagles and Kid Rock (with Lil Wayne in tow), the night belonged to traditionalists as George Strait and Brad Paisley came away the big winners at the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards, held tonight ( ...

  33. Plant: No Tour Or Recording With Zeppelin

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Robert Plant has put the hammer down on rumors he will join Led Zeppelin for a 2009 tour and recording sessions. In a statement on his Web site, Plant says he "has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years ...

  34. Mixed Bag Of Mercury Nominees Unveiled

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock veteran Robert Plant squares off against teenage singer/songwriter Adele on the 12-album shortlist for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, announced in London this morning. The list reflects "a remarkably rich year for British music," ...

  35. Decca Deal For Plant/Kraus Label

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent roots label Rounder has signed an extensive international licensing deal with Decca Music Group. With immediate effect, Universal Music Group's Decca label will release and promote a large part of Rounder's current repertoire ...

  36. Big Grammy Gains For Many; King of Pop Returns

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 180,000 while Simple Plan's newest effort starts in the top 15 ... the Top Pop Catalog chart sees some unusually hot action this week, as an exp ...

  37. Winehouse's Euro Chart Streak Continues

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse starts her seventh consecutive week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey with "Back To Black" (Universal Island), as "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic m ...

  38. Amy, Timbaland Continue Euro Chart Runs

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST The bestsellers on Billboard's Europe-wide charts extend their reigns by another week. Amy Winehouse heads European Top 100 Albums for a sixth week and "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic s ...

  39. No Summer Flight For Zeppelin

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Don't expect to see Led Zeppelin on the road near you this summer. The current incarnation of the veteran rock act has no plans to play live -- until at least after September, says guitarist Jimmy Page. Speaking in Tokyo today (Jan. 28), Page ...

  40. Winehouse Retains Euro Chart Crown

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse continues to top Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey, as "Back To Black" (Universal Island) holds at No. 1 for a fifth week ahead of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (XL Recordings). "Apologize" ...

  41. Radiohead Wins Billboard Critics' Poll In Landslide

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST The results are in: Radiohead's self-released album "In Rainbows" has won the 2007 Billboard Critics' Choice poll by a landslide. The album appeared on 17 of the 49 lists submitted by Billboard staff and freelance contributors. ...

  42. Britney Spearheads Hot Euro Chart Return

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears' comeback album "Blackout" (Jive/Zomba) has lit up the European Top 100 Albums Chart, holding off new sets from the returning Eagles and Eros Ramazzotti to soar to the No. 1 slot. "Blackout" benefits from a ...

  43. Eagles Fly Past Britney To Debut At No. 1

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST With their first studio title in nearly 30 years, the Eagles land atop The Billboard 200 with "Long Road Out of Eden," which sold 711,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Eagles Recording Co. album, availa ...

  44. Underwood Leads Three Country Debuts Onto Chart

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a Billboard 200 first, three country debuts occupy the Nos. 1-3 slots on the chart, led by Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride." The 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville set sold 527,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen ...

  45. Carrie Underwood Takes 'Ride' To No. 1

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood celebrates her first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and her second chart-topper on Top Country Albums as her sophomore effort "Carnival Ride" debuts with 527,000 ... The unique pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss yield ...

  46. Springsteen Bosses Way Back to No. 1

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" returns to No. 1 in a slow week on The Billboard 200 while Jimmy Eat World starts at No. 5 with "Chase This Light" ... Santana bows in the top 10 with his new greatest hits package "Ultimat ...