Recovery

  1. Fontella Bass, 'Rescue Me' Singer, Dies at 72

    December 27, 2012 1:57 PM EST Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died. The singer's daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from ...

  2. Rihanna Scores Double Domination Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100

    November 28, 2012 1:23 PM EST As the superstar celebrates her first Billboard 200 No. 1, she remains atop the Hot 100 for a second week with 'Diamonds.' Phillip Phillips, meanwhile, returns (again) to the top 1 As Rihanna soaks in the success of "Unapologetic,&q ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Adele Leads Record-Setting Year in Digital Sales

    January 04, 2012 2:21 PM EST Digital music was filled with records, milestones and resurgence in 2011. Adele set marks for digital albums and track sales. Digital albums topped 100 million units for the first time. And track sales came back to life after falling flat in 2010. ...

  5. Business Matters: How Adele's Success Undermines Marketing Guru Seth Godin's Predictions

    December 28, 2011 4:54 PM EST How Adele Put Seth Godin on Blast -- Seth Godin is a successful self-help marketing guru, but the success of Adele's "21" helps undermine his predictions for the music and book publishing industries. Godin, an incredibly successful ...

  6. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1, Adele's '21' Has Best Sales Week Yet

    December 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST Michael Buble's "Christmas" album spends a fifth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 467,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its sales were up 4% in the tracking week that ended on Dec. 25, Christmas da ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Aussie Touring Bits: Eminem Playing Down Under, First Time in Ten Years; Lil Wayne Opening

    September 07, 2011 1:58 PM EDT Eminem Going Down Under For The First Time in Ten Years Slim Shady is returning Down Under for the first time in 10 years to play a handful of stadium shows. Eminem, who last played in these parts in 2001, will play Melbourne Etihad Stadium on Dec ...

  9. Beyond Jay-Z and Kanye West, Luke Bryan Has No. 2 Album; Maroon 5 Gets First No. 1 Digital Single

    August 17, 2011 8:48 AM EDT While all eyes were trained on the No. 1-arrival of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" on the Billboard 200 , there is actually other news on both the Billboard 200 and the Digital Songs charts this week. At No. 2 on the Bill ...

  10. Adele's '21' Scores 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 -- Most Since 2000

    August 10, 2011 11:00 AM EDT With Adele's "21" back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (76,000; down 8%, according to Nielsen SoundScan), the British songstress' set collects its 12th week atop the list. It's the most weeks at No. 1 for an album since Sant ...

  11. Blake Shelton's 'River' Runs To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 20, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Blake Shelton is more popular than ever. The country singer-turned-"Voice" coach celebrates his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Red River Blue" bows atop the list with 116,000 -- his best sales week yet. While he has ...

  12. Adele's '21' Surpasses 1 Million Downloads, Is Best Selling Digital Album of All-Time

    July 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Just a week after Eminem's "Recovery" became the first album to sell 1 million digital downloads in the U.S., now Adele's "21" has hit the milestone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, "21" goes further -- ...

  13. Britney Spears Earns Third Top 20 Single From 'Femme Fatale': Chart Moves

    July 14, 2011 3:23 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 : As previously reported, LMFAO logs its second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, while Lil Wayne and OneRepublic work their way up the top 10. Other no ...

  14. Beyonce's '4' Continues Reign at No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's an exceptionally quiet week on both the Billboard 200 and Digital Songs charts. On the former, Beyonce's "4" continues to reign at No. 1 for a second week, selling 115,000 (down 63%), while LMFAO's "Party Rock An ...

  15. The 2011 Pop Explosion: Mid-Year Numbers Broken Down By Genre

    July 07, 2011 7:47 AM EDT The sweet sounds of pop music are in control as we take a look at the top selling albums and songs at the mid-year point of 2011. TOP ALBUMS Of the top 20 selling albums -- half of them are pop sets. Leading the pop charge, and the year overall, i ...

  16. U.S. Mid-Year Album Sales Up for First Time Since 2004, According to SoundScan Figures

    July 06, 2011 4:28 PM EDT This year, U.S. album sales were up at the mid-year point, the first time that has occurred since 2004, the last positive sales-growth year posted by this country's music industry. For the week ending July 3, album sales totaled 155.5 million ...

  17. Beyonce's Scores Fourth No. 1 On Billboard 200 With '4'

    July 06, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected , Beyonce's fourth solo studio album, "4," bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the diva's fourth solo No. 1 and fourth studio set to top the lis ...

  18. Eminem's 'Recovery' First Album to Sell 1 Million Downloads, Adele Likely To Follow Next Week

    July 05, 2011 7:49 PM EDT This week, Eminem's "Recovery" becomes the first album to sell a cumulative 1 million downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 2010 Web/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope set's total digital haul now stands a ...

  19. Jill Scott Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200, Bon Iver in at No. 2

    June 29, 2011 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott celebrates her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her fourth studio effort, "The Light of the Sun," debuts atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been notching hi ...

  20. Bad Meets Evil -- A.K.A. Eminem and Royce da 5'9" -- Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Bad Meets Evil -- the hip-hop duo of Eminem and Royce da 5'9" -- bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its "Hell: The Sequel" launching with 171,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set beats out the 11-year-old Jackie Ev ...

  21. Alex Da Kid Launches New Label Through Interscope

    June 02, 2011 9:57 AM EDT Interscope Records announced yesterday (June 1) the launch of a new label called KIDinaKORNER. The label will be spearheaded by Grammy winner and multi platinum music producer Alex Da Kid. Alex Da Kid is best known as the producer of hit songs suc ...

  22. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sets One-Week Digital Sales Record

    June 01, 2011 10:41 AM EDT Not only did Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" debut at #1 and sell 1.1 million units last week , the album also set a one-week SoundScan record for most digital sales. In fact, in just one week "Born This Way" became the eighth ...

  23. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Claims 5 Million Registered Users

    April 06, 2011 5:39 PM EDT An Enormous Band of Pirates -- The five millionth user account was created at The Pirate Bay on Monday, according to TorrentFreak. For the world's most notorious BitTorrent site, a constant thorn in the side of music companies, five million m ...

  24. IFPI 2011 Report: Global Recorded Music Sales Fall 8.4%; Eminem, Lady Gaga Top Int'l Sellers

    March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Trade revenue generated by global recorded music sales totaled $15.9 billion in 2010, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual report. That represents a year-on-year decline of 8.4% compared to 20 ...

  25. Chris Brown Headed For First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    March 23, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Despite his recent flareup following an interview on "Good Morning America ," at this time next week, Chris Brown might be celebrating his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his fourth album, "F.A.M.E.," is on cou ...

  26. Adele's '21' Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200 With 352,000 Sales

    March 02, 2011 11:00 AM EST Adele storms in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her sophomore album, "21," selling a mighty 352,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's her best sales week -- and highest-charting album -- and also the ...

  27. Justin Bieber Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Never Say Never' Remixes

    February 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST Justin Bieber notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Never Say Never: The Remixes" opening in the top slot with 165,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first topper came with "My World 2.0," ...

  28. Eminem Reaches 1 Billion YouTube Views

    February 22, 2011 1:48 PM EST Eminem has reached a rather unique milestone becoming only the third person ever to have more than one billion views on YouTube, according to famecount.com. As of Monday, Feb. 21, Eminem had 1,000,163,659 YouTube views. The rapper joins an elite c ...

  29. Mumford & Sons, Justin Bieber Get Big Chart Bump From Grammy Appearances

    February 16, 2011 5:44 PM EST CBS' broadcast of the 53rd Grammy Awards shines bright on the Billboard sales charts this week, as a bevy of acts earn gains thanks to the show. Impressive, considering Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on ...

  30. 'Now 37' Livens Up Billboard 200 At No. 1; Grammys Spark Gains

    February 16, 2011 11:00 AM EST The "Now That's What I Call Music 37" compilation shakes up the top of the Billboard 200 as it debuts at No. 1 with 151,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first time the top slot has seen a figure larger ...

  31. Biz Matters: The Headphone Gold Rush Is On, Skullcandy Files IPO

    February 15, 2011 4:05 PM EST The Great Headphone Gold Rush Is On, Skullcandy Files IPO -- Headphone manufacturer Skullcandy has filed for an initial public offering , signaling a strong belief in the increasingly crowded high-end headphone market. The company says it plans on ...

  32. Business Matters: Even Higher-Priced Albums Enjoying Grammy Bump

    February 14, 2011 5:12 PM EST Even Reasonablys-Priced Albums by Mumford & Sons & Florence & The Machine Enjoying Grammy Bump -- On Monday morning, Grammy-driven demand was trumping the benefits of low prices. The morning after the Grammys telecast, Mumford & So ...

  33. Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum Big Winners At 2011 Grammys

    February 14, 2011 12:30 AM EST The 2011 Grammys ended with a major shocker as Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire beat out platinum pop stars Eminem, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry for the night's big award, Album of the Year for "The Suburbs." The eight-member ensemble ...

  34. Bob Dylan to Play Grammys, Dr. Dre To Perform With Eminem

    February 10, 2011 9:04 AM EST The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) has saved its biggest performance news for last: Today the music industry association announced legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will perform at Sunday night's 53rd annual Gra ...

  35. Eminem, Muse, Foo Fighters to Headline Lollapalooza 2011

    February 09, 2011 2:04 PM EST Eminem, Muse, and Foo Fighters will be rocking Chicago's Grant Park this summer as three of the headliners at Lollapalooza 2011, which will take place Aug. 5-7. The news was first reported by the Chicago Tribune, and although festival promote ...

  36. Eminem 'Thrilled' By Super Bowl Ad, 'Focused' On Grammys, Says Manager

    February 08, 2011 9:53 AM EST Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg says he and the rapper are both overwhelmed by the rapturous response to the two-minute Chrysler 200 ad that aired during Sunday's Super Bowl XLV telecast. Click Here For .biz's Complete Grammys Centr ...

  37. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Mumford & Sons Earn BRIT Award Nominations

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST British rapper Tinie Tempah led the field on Thursday at the BRIT awards with four nominations, just ahead of singer-songwriter Plan B, folk rock act Mumford & Sons and London's The XX, who each had three nods. In a turnaround from 2010&# ...

  38. Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Takes No. 1 in Record-Low Sales Week

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST This week, though Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, it does so while earning a dubious honor. With just 52,000 copies sold (down 32%), it earns the distinction of notch ...

  39. Eminem Eyeing Another Movie Role in Fox Crime Thriller

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nine years after making his film debut in "8 Mile," Eminem could be returning to the big screen. The rapper plans to star in a crime thriller, "Random Acts of Violence," for 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirme ...

  40. Australia's Year End Charts: P!nk's 'Greatest Hits...So Far' Is Top Seller

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. pop superstar P!nk has finally landed the best-selling album on Australia's year-end sales chart, after finishing in the runner-up position on four successive occasions. P!nk's best-of compilation "Greatest Hits…So Far" (L ...

  41. Katy Perry, Eminem Win Big at People's Choice Awards

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST On the same day that his album "Recovery" was named 2010's best-selling LP, Eminem topped the music categories at the 2011 People's Choice Awards, earning four trophies during the ceremony Wednesday night (Jan. 5). While the ra ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Eminem, Taylor Swift Rule Digital Charts for 2010

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Eminem might not be the most tech-savvy dude in the business, but he reigned over the U.S. digital charts in 2010. Not only was he the top-selling artist for overall streams -- his songs last year generated 94 million streams, according to Nielsen ...

  44. Eminem, Katy Perry Are 2010's Top Sellers

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Eminem's comeback reached another landmark today, as his "Recovery" LP was officially confirmed as the United States' best-selling album of 2010, with 3.42 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The MC had previou ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. In Final Week Of 2010: Swift & Mars Still Tops, Holiday Albums Tumble

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST With Christmas firmly in the rearview mirror, the Billboard 200 begins to approach normality again as many holiday-flavored sets tumble down the tally while contemporary titles rise up the list. On the chart reflecting the final Nielsen SoundScan ...

  47. Christmas Lights Up Billboard Sales Charts

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last minute Christmas shopping -- and post holiday purchases -- impact both the Billboard 200 albums chart and Digital Songs tally this week. As forecasted , Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" continues to reign on the albums tally with 276 ...

  48. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, "Michael" Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. ...

  49. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Score Big Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST As expected, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj arrive in the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, respectively, on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Mr. West sold 496,000 of his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while Minaj moved 375,000 of her "Pink Frid ...

  50. Five Reasons Why The Beatles' Arrival On iTunes Still Matters

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's tempting to dismiss the Beatles' long-delayed arrival on iTunes as a non-event. After all, it's been more than seven years since iTunes began selling music. And EMI Music reissued the band's entire discography on CD barely ...

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