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  1. Brandy, Scotty McCreery Aiming For Top Five Debuts On Billboard 200 Chart

    October 19, 2012 5:48 PM EDT As previously reported , country star Jason Aldean is charging his way to a big debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the singer's Night Train is on course to shift around 400,000 (if not more) copies by ...

  2. Adele's James Bond Theme 'Skyfall' Rises on Charts

    October 19, 2012 5:18 PM EDT The big screen is giving Adele a big hit, as the singer bridges the gap between her smash sophomore album 21 and her next set with the title theme from the new James Bond movie, "Skyfall." In its second week, the track lifts 17-15 on Adu ...

  3. Justin Bieber Breaks VEVO Record, Rises On Social 50 Chart

    October 19, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Whether it's surprising fans with unannounced visits or singing from balconies in France, Justin Bieber is known for devising schemes that grab attention. Reported events of a stolen laptop and leaked private photos were deemed a publicity ho ...

  4. Streisand Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple Top 10 Albums Six Decades Straight

    October 19, 2012 1:51 PM EDT Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take multiple new albums into the Billboard 200's top 10 in every decade since the '60s. Her latest set, the archival package Release Me, debuts at No. 7 with 44,000 copies sold, according to N ...

  5. Jason Aldean To Play First Country Concert at Boston's Fenway

    October 18, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox. The July 13 appearance will be the initial stop ...

  6. Morning Fix: Jason Aldean Steamrolling To No. 1; Apple Still Tough on Labels; Nashville on 'Nashville'

    October 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters JASON ALDEAN'S 'NIGHT TRAIN' ALBUM HEADING FOR NO. 1 ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200 CHART: Jason Aldean's latest release, "Night Train," is ...

  7. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Album Heading for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    October 17, 2012 7:36 PM EDT Jason Aldean's latest release, "Night Train," is steamrolling its way to a big No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry sources suggest the album will sell around 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Oct. 21 ...

  8. PSY's Shirt Stays On as Maroon 5 Holds At No. 1 On Hot 100

    October 17, 2012 3:22 PM EDT For a fourth week, Maroon 5's 'One More Night' and PSY's 'Gangnam Style' place at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Taylor Swift, meanwhile, starts 'Trouble' in the top 10. Maroon 5 once again puts the reins on PS ...

  9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Heist' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200, Mumford Holds at No. 1

    October 17, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As forecasted a week ago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with "The Heist." The hip-hop set sold 78,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the best sales week yet for either artist. ...

  10. Sky(fall)'s The Limit

    October 15, 2012 9:37 AM EDT Adele's interpretation of the classic James Bond theme makes waves It seems inevitable that any release from Adele will immediately result in heavy radio play and high sales numbers, and that's already happened with her latest effort, ...

  11. Ke$ha: Warrior Princess

    October 15, 2012 8:43 AM EDT With a hit single once again heating up the charts and a new album set for a December release, Ke$ha is back, stripped down and ready to rumble. When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009-rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth ...

  12. Barbra Streisand Set For 32nd Top 10 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    October 12, 2012 8:56 PM EDT Diva Barbra Streisand is set to capture her 32nd top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The entertainer's new album, "Release Me," may sell 40,000 copies by Oct. 14, according to industry forecasters. The Columbia Record ...

  13. Billboard's Genre Chart Policy Changes: A Letter From the Editor

    October 11, 2012 5:49 PM EDT I've been watching the feedback online regarding the Billboard chart policy changes that went into affect today. If you're unaware of these changes, you can read this . An excerpt: "Billboard unveils new methodology today for the lo ...

  14. Chart Moves: Bruno Mars Makes 'Heaven'-ly Ascent Onto Hot 100

    October 11, 2012 5:14 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains bulleted at No. 2. Plus, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Adel ...

  15. One Direction Has Highest-Ever Hot 100 Chart Debut by U.K. Group

    October 10, 2012 3:33 PM EDT One Direction's "Live While We're Young" debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, marking the highest bow by a U.K. group in the 54-year history of the chart. It's the second-highest debut among all U.K. acts, ...

  16. Maroon 5 Tops Hot 100, PSY Keeps His Shirt On for Another Week

    October 10, 2012 1:23 PM EDT For a third week, Maroon 5's 'One More Night' and PSY's viral smash 'Gangnam Style 'rank at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. ( Photos: Getty Images) Well, look on the bright side, PSY: it's getting a bit chilly outsid ...

  17. Mumford Holds at No. 1, Muse's '2nd Law' Leads Multiple Debuts On Billboard 200 Chart

    October 10, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Muse earns its highest-charting album as The 2nd Law debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The set sold 101,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the third top 10 for the act, which previously claimed a No. 9 s ...

  18. James Dolan, Head of Cablevision and MSG, on Making Music, Competing With Barclays, Irving Azoff's Management and More

    October 09, 2012 12:32 PM EDT CEO/Rocker: James Dolan, chairman/president/CEO of Cablevision and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, Inc. with his band JD and the Straight Shot. (Photo: George Kalinsky) Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "6 Questions Wit ...

  19. 600,000: Mumford & Sons

    October 08, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Sound the banjos! A look at how Mumford & Sons' unique touring strategy and three years of hard road work paid off. "That was quite a sunset!" Marcus Mumford, clutching an acoustic guitar against his white button-up and olive- ...

  20. Jerrod Niemann is 'Shinin'' bright

    October 08, 2012 5:59 AM EDT Niemann's new single rises as his sophomore set arrives. Jerrod Niemann's "Shinin' on Me" rises 18-17 on Billboard's Top Country Songs chart as sophomore set "Free the Music" arrives on Sea Gayle Records/A ...

  21. Swift Starts High on the Hot 100...Again

    October 08, 2012 5:57 AM EDT Superstar extends her mark for the most Hot 100 top 10 debuts. Taylor Swift pads her lead for the most top 10 debuts in the Billboard Hot 100's 54-year history, as "Begin Again" launches at No. 7. The song, which starts atop Hot D ...

  22. PSY, One Direction Set To Headline Digital Songs Chart Next Week

    October 05, 2012 5:12 PM EDT PSY's "Gangnam Style" is set to battle for No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 next week, while One Direction's "Live Like We're Young" look set to headline next week's Hot Digital Songs chart. In the battle betw ...

  23. Album Sales Slightly Down, Digital LP Sales Up 15% So Far in 2012: SoundScan

    October 03, 2012 10:27 PM EDT Album sales continue to decline slightly because of an accelerating drop in CD sales, but digital track passed the billion-unit mark for the first time in the first nine months of 2012. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November ...

  24. PSY Keeps His Shirt On: Maroon 5 Wins Close Race for Hot 100 Chart's Top Spot

    October 03, 2012 11:31 AM EDT Keep your shirt on, PSY. At least for this week. While the Korean rapper has pledged to perform 'Gangnam Style' "topless in a place where everyone can watch" should the song crown the Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5 prevents the sp ...

  25. Mumford & Sons, Green Day, No Doubt Albums Debut In Top Three Spots On Billboard 200

    October 03, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The top three slots on the Billboard 200 get rocked this week as the rock bands Mumford & Sons , Green Day and No Doub t see their latest efforts start at Nos. 1-3, respectively. Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, "Babel," ope ...

  26. Benjamin Grosvenor Youngest To Scoop Classic BRIT Critics' Award

    October 03, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Twenty year-old Essex pianist Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest male recipient of a Classic BRIT Award last night, snatching the Critics' Award from Sir Simon Rattle and Jirí Belohlávek at the ceremony which took place at London's A ...

  27. How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

    October 02, 2012 12:19 PM EDT A pure pop boom coincides with the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's two-decade anniversary. Rihanna (left) and Katy Perry. (Photo: Getty Images) Happy birthday, Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart! Two decades in, the ranking co ...

  28. Backbeat: Jay-Z Wows A Sold Out Barclays Center On Opening Night

    September 29, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Barclays Center looms over Brooklyn. (Photo: Steven J. Horowitz) Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows -- he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his na ...

  29. Green Day, No Doubt Headed for Big Album Debuts on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 28, 2012 9:00 PM EDT As Billboard.biz reported on Sept. 26, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is on course for a record-setting week on the next Billboard 200 albums chart. The band's second release may sell around 600,000 copies by the end of the tracki ...

  30. Chart Moves: Jason Aldean Hits No. 1 On Country Songs Chart, Swedish House Mafia Debuts on Hot 100

    September 28, 2012 5:39 PM EDT As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which gallops 11-2. Plus, Christina Aguilera debuts at No. 34 with "Yo ...

  31. Bruno Mars to Release 'Unorthodox Jukebox' Dec. 11

    September 28, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Bruno Mars' sophomore album will be titled Unorthodox Jukebox and is set for a Dec. 11 release on Atlantic Records, Billboard has exclusively learned. In this week's cover story (look for it later Friday), Mars previews the follow-up to ...

  32. Ke$ha, Rihanna, Taylor Swift Set For Strong Hot 100 Debuts

    September 27, 2012 7:39 PM EDT As fourth quarter brings its annual bounty of superstar releases (just in time for the busy holiday shopping season), three songs help usher in this year's onslaught, as Taylor Swift, Ke$ha and Rihanna are set to enter next week's Billbo ...

  33. Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark

    September 27, 2012 5:00 AM EDT He'll always be the King of Rock and Roll, but when it comes to the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, Elvis Presley's longstanding record total gives way to a new stats king: Lil Wayne. As he debuts as a featured artist (with ...

  34. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' on Track to Sell a Whopping 600,000 Copies in First Week

    September 26, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Mumford & Sons is heading for a massive week. The rock quartet's new album "Babel" is on course to sell as much as 600,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 30 -- so say industry sources. The set, released ...

  35. Maroon Still Tops, PSY One Step From No. 1 On Hot 100 Chart

    September 26, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Maroon 5 keeps a fast-galloping PSY out of the Billboard Hot 100 summit, at least for this week, as "One More Night" spends a second week at No. 1 and tops the On-Demand Songs chart. PSY's "Gangnam Style," meanwhile, power ...

  36. Updated: Court of Appeals Sides with Tim McGraw in Curb Records Case

    September 25, 2012 9:26 PM EDT The Court of Appeals of Tennessee in Nashville on Tuesday upheld a November 2011 Chancery Court ruling that denied Curb Record's request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Tim McGraw from signing with another record company. The ...

  37. Katy Perry Named Billboard Woman of the Year

    September 25, 2012 2:05 PM EDT (Photo by Christie Goodwin) Billboard today announced that Katy Perry will accept its coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event taking place on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Capitale in New York City. This award honors ...

  38. No Doubt, Rihanna, Usher, Rock IHeartRadio Fest In Las Vegas on Day One

    September 22, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Kevin Mazur/WireImage "Go ahead and stare / and take a picture please / if you need," Gwen Stefani pleaded several songs into No Doubt's opening set at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas Friday night at the MGM Grand. The lyric ...

  39. Big Machine Label Group Signs Terrestrial Royalties Deal With Entercom

    September 20, 2012 10:12 AM EDT Big Machine Label Group, home to such stars as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, has followed its landmark deal with Clear Channel by striking a deal with Entercom Communications that allows Big Machine artists to participate in Entercome's terres ...

  40. 'Night' Moves: Maroon 5 Reaches No. 1 On Hot 100 Chart

    September 19, 2012 4:24 PM EDT Maroon 5 notches its third No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "One More Night" lifts 2-1 in its lucky 13th week on the chart. P!nk and fun., meanwhile, top the Hot 100 Airplay and On-Demand Songs charts, respectively. Maroon 5 had previo ...

  41. Prince Royce Sued by Top Stop for Breach of Contract

    September 18, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Rising bachata star Prince Royce, the most successful new Latin act in recent years, has been sued for breach of contract and unjust enrichment by his label and publishing company, indie Top Stop Music and Top Stop Music Publishing. The complaint, ...

  42. Chart Moves: Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Debuts on Hot 100 Chart

    September 14, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Hot 100 As previously reported , Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, marking the longest reign for a country song in almost 32 years. Swift also scores the chart&# ...

  43. Call Nelly Furtado 'Indestructible'

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT After selling 10 million singles, Nelly Furtado reinvents herself again. In the spring, Interscope picked a release date of June 19 for Nelly Furtado's long-awaited fourth English album, "The Spirit Indestructible". However, with an ...

  44. Jason Alden is the Leader of the New School

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Jason Aldean's trademark blend of Country basics and rock attitude has put him at the front of a new country scene and moved him to multiplatinum stadium status. hatever its original purpose, the out-building at Jason Aldean's sprawling ...

  45. MTV VMAs Push Sales Gains For Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Psy Despite Ratings Drop

    September 12, 2012 2:37 PM EDT Though the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards' ratings were down from their record high last year, the show still causes waves on Billboard's sales charts. Register today for the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference Prese ...

  46. Taylor Swift's 'Never': Country Song With Most Weeks at No. 1 Since 1980

    September 12, 2012 2:18 PM EDT 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' rebounds 2-1 for a third week on top, marking the longest command for a country song since Kenny Rogers' 'Lady.' Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together&q ...

  47. Matchbox Twenty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    September 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As expected, pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its new "North" album debuts with 95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the group's first full-length studio album since 2002 ...

  48. Vaccines Top UK Album Chart, Ne-Yo Has No. 1 Single

    September 10, 2012 8:52 AM EDT London rock quartet the Vaccines won their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with their sophomore set "Come Of Age" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as R&B luminary Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To L ...

  49. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  50. The Piano Guys -- YouTube and Billboard Social 50 Stars -- Sign With Sony Masterworks

    September 07, 2012 12:30 PM EDT The five fathers hailing from Utah who make up YouTube stars The Piano Guys have signed with Sony Masterworks and will release their self-titled debut album on October 2. "Sony Masterworks is going to be able to take our music to more places ...

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