Singles

  1. Katy Perry Ties Rihanna on Mainstream Top 40 Chart With Ninth No. 1

    July 31, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Katy Perry matches Rihanna's record for the most No. 1s in the almost 20-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart, as "Wide Awake" (Capitol) rises 2-1. With the coronation, Perry and Rihanna each bo ...

  2. Hopsin Hops Onto Social 50 Chart After 'Ill Mind' Video Goes Viral

    July 30, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Los Angeles rapper Hopsin makes a splash on Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 17 this week, thanks to the arrival of his video for "Ill Mind of Hopsin 5." The clip was released on July 18, catching the attention of onli ...

  3. Lady Gaga To Carly Rae Jepsen: 'I'm Coming for You' on Hot 100

    July 30, 2012 7:20 AM EDT Hey, this is crazy: our weekly story on the latest moves on the Billboard Hot 100 has caused a Twitter war between Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen. OK, more of a friendly ribbing from Gaga to her fellow Interscope Records artist, it seems. Carly Ra ...

  4. Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen Makes Canada Proud on Hot 100 Chart

    July 27, 2012 1:45 PM EDT As previously reported, Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week with "Call Me Maybe." With its latest frame in charge, the song tallies the longest reign for a song by a woman signed to Interscope Records, passing ...

  5. Jason Aldean Soars With Successful New Single

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Jason Aldean's new Broken Bow Records single, "Take a Little Ride," bows at No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs list, marking his highest debut on the chart and achieving the best-selling first week for a single by a male country solo a ...

  6. Carly Rae Jepsen Breaks Records With "Call Me Maybe"

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT As Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Mission, British Columbia, native calls two pieces of Hot 100 history her own. With its continued reign, "Maybe" becomes th ...

  7. Producer RedOne Jump-Starts His 2101 Label With 7Lions, Havana Brown and Mohombi

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Between crafting songs for Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and others, producer RedOne is also busy ramping up his own 2101 Records. Two acts on the label's roster - 7Lions and Havana Brown - recently released EPs. And coming soon: a new single by R& ...

  8. Nas Makes 'Good'; 'Dark Knight' Scores

    July 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Nas returns to a familiar spot on the Billboard 200: No. 1. The artist's latest album, "Life Is Good," debuts atop the list with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks Nas' sixth chart-topper, stretching back to ...

  9. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Hits Seventh Week at No. 1 on Hot 100

    July 25, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Flo Rida's "Whistle" tops Hot Digital Songs and Ellie Goulding's "Lights" leads On-Demand Songs. "M ...

  10. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  11. 10 Hits You Didn't Know Were Jingles

    July 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Since their heyday in TV and radio advertising of the '50s and '60s, songs written for commercials have had a resurgence in recent years but in a different form. Instead of the 30-second songs you'd hear during commercials, the mode ...

  12. Jason Aldean Changes New Single's Lyric From 'Shiner Bock' to 'Rocky Tops' for Coors Endorsement

    July 24, 2012 1:19 PM EDT Jason Aldean has altered the lyrics of his new single "Take A Little Ride" to accommodate a new endorsement deal, according to a note sent Tuesday morning by the promotions team at Aldean's Broken Bow Records. "Jason Aldean is ...

  13. Amy Winehouse: A Look at U.S. Sales, One Year After Her Death

    July 23, 2012 2:13 PM EDT While the late singer Amy Winehouse -- who died a year ago today (July 23, 2011 ) -- didn't leave behind a very deep catalog of music, her legacy has continued to live on Billboard's charts. Winehouse has sold a sum of 855,000 albums sin ...

  14. Bubbling Under: Tim McMorris' Sam Adams Synch 'Overwhelms'

    July 20, 2012 9:47 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Tim McMorris, Ross Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen and DJ Alex Sensation Tim McMorris If you ...

  15. Jason Aldean's 'Take a Little Ride' Bound for Big Chart Debut

    July 19, 2012 8:37 PM EDT Jason Aldean is on track to shake up Billboard's charts next week, as his new single "Take a Little Ride" is selling big and making waves on the radio. Industry sources suggest that it may sell more than 200,000 downloads by July 22 ...

  16. Adele Still Steals the Show

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT With her 73rd week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, Adele moves into a league of her own Hardly a week goes by where Adele's "21" (XL/Columbia) doesn't rack up another impressive record or statistic. This week, as 21 spends ...

  17. Single Reviews: Wonder Girls Featuring Akon, No Doubt, Tim McGraw

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Wonder Girls Featuring Akon Like Money (3:30) Producer: Woo S. Rhee "Rainstone" Writers: W. S. Rhee, C. N. Johnson, L. Hilbert, A. Kronlund Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV, EMI Music Publishing JYP Entertainment Wonder Girls ...

  18. Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results Big-event tours and superstars are supposed to sell tickets, so the best indicator for the success of the touring industry is when the list of top tours also includes a health ...

  19. P!nk's 'Blow Me' Blows Into Hot 100's Top Ten

    July 18, 2012 1:40 PM EDT P!nk rockets into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, as "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" vaults 58-9 in its second week on the chart. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," meanwhile, holds at No. 1 for a sixth week, Katy Perry� ...

  20. Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live' Tops Billboard's Mid-Year Touring Chart

    July 18, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour is continuing on its blockbuster pace, finishing as the highest-grossing year so far in Billboard's Midyear Charts, according to Boxscore. The midyear numbers are based on concerts reported to Billboard B ...

  21. Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean Take Top 2 on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Country group Zac Brown Band nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Uncaged" starts with a larger-than-expected 234,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It earns the act its best sales week yet, trumping the 153,000 th ...

  22. Album Chart Preview: Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean and Hank Williams Jr. Aiming High

    July 13, 2012 7:47 PM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart should welcome a new No. 1 from Zac Brown Band, while Frank Ocean will rock the boat with his debut studio set. Further, country veteran Hank Williams Jr. is aiming for a big bow with his new release, &q ...

  23. Pulse Recording, Home to Pop Hitmaker Bonnie McKee, Partners with Nashville's Creative Nation

    July 13, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Pulse Recording, the LA-based publishing and management company that represents songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears), producer-writers Dallas Austin (Pink, TLC) and DJ White Shadow (Lady Gaga) and dance artist Sofi, has signed an e ...

  24. Flo Rida Shoots Up Social 50 Chart, 'Victorious' Ariana Grande Debuts

    July 13, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Artists usually increase or decrease their standing on Billboard's Social 50 chart in one of two ways: buzz generated by big releases (or lack thereof) or by continuously engaging and growing their fan base. This week's gainers are a mix ...

  25. Chart Moves: Demi Lovato's 'Heart' Breaks Into Top 20 on Hot 100, Pink's 'Blow Me' Bows

    July 13, 2012 7:00 AM EDT As previously reported, Carly Rae Jepsen rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Call Me Maybe," while Nicki Minaj's "Starships" has logged its first 21 weeks in the top 10, establishing a new record for out-of- ...

  26. Business Matters: Vacuous Pop Music Was Never the Problem

    July 12, 2012 8:18 PM EDT Vacuous Pop Music Was Never the Problem -- The weakest criticism of the music business is the prevalence of vacuous pop music is responsible for its sorry state. In fact, a year doesn't go by in which that statement, or something similar, is ...

  27. Too Pop For Comfort?

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Brown&# ...

  28. Owl City's 'Good Time' Attracts Carly Rae Jepsen for a Summer Duet

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT After each artist's debut entry topped the Billboard Hot 100, Adam Young's electronica project Owl City and pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen have now netted their second top 20 hit - with the same song. "Good Time," the pair's ...

  29. Little Big Town Gets First No. 1 Single of Its Decade-Long Career -- From Fans, Not Radio

    July 12, 2012 5:33 PM EDT Harmony quartet Little Big Town first appeared on our charts in 2002. Thirteen radio singles and four albums later, fans -- not radio programmers -- give the vocal group its first No. 1 song, as "Pontoon" (Capitol Nashville) steps 2-1 wi ...

  30. Dueling Tim McGraw Singles Debut on Hot Country Songs

    July 12, 2012 5:08 PM EDT In a rare promotional double-take, Tim McGraw debuts a pair of singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. But, will both be hits? "Truck Yeah," McGraw's first single for the Big Machine record label, arrives at No. 22 as h ...

  31. Carly Rae Jepsen Still No. 1, Nicki Minaj Makes History On Hot 100 Chart

    July 11, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Call Me Maybe," while Nicki Minaj's "Starships" has logged its first 21 weeks in the top 10, establishing a new record. "Maybe" continues its Hot ...

  32. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Album Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 11, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  33. Shaggy Launches New Reggae Label Based in Kingston and Long Island, NY

    July 10, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Shaggy (center) performs at the launch party for his Ranch Entertainment label with Beenie Man (right) and Roy "DJ Roy" Walters of Irie Jam Radio, 93.5 FM, New York City (left). (Photo: Roland Hyde) Shaggy, (b. Orville Burrell), 43, is J ...

  34. Flo Rida, Wisin & Yandel Aiming for Top 40 Debuts on Billboard 200

    July 06, 2012 9:18 PM EDT The Independence Day holiday (July 4) seemed to have frightened off some major album releases this past week, as relatively few big titles were released on July 3. Among the most significant albums that hit retail were Chris Brown's "For ...

  35. Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen's Fast-Rising AC Hit, Katy Perry's 'Wide Awake' Embraced on Adult Top 40 Radio

    July 06, 2012 8:05 AM EDT As previously reported, Carly Rae Jepsen rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Call Me Maybe," while the singer concurrently scores the chart's highest new entry, "Good Time," with Owl City, at No. 18. David ...

  36. Kelly Clarkson Passes Carrie Underwood for All-Time Best-Selling Single by an American Idol

    July 05, 2012 8:09 AM EDT Carrie Underwood may have recorded "Independence Day," but it is Kelly Clarkson who made American Idol history yesterday, July 4, as the latest sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan confirm her current hit, "Stronger (What Doesn' ...

  37. Adele, Gotye Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 04, 2012 2:33 PM EDT At the mid-way point in 2012, Adele's "21" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra), rule as the year's biggest selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively -- selling 3.69 millio ...

  38. Carly Rae Jepsen Scores Highest Hot 100 Debut; 'Call Me Maybe' Tops Chart for Fourth Week

    July 04, 2012 11:27 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Call Me Maybe," while the singer concurrently scores the chart's highest new entry. David Guetta's "Titanium," featuring Sia, meanwhile, reaches the ...

  39. Linkin Park Tops Maroon 5, Scores Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Living Things'

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much clos ...

  40. Business Matters: How Extensive Pre-Sales Can Help Indie Albums to Top 40 Debuts

    July 02, 2012 5:29 PM EDT Extensive Pre-Sales Can Help Indie Albums Chart Higher Than Major Releases Fan-funding platforms can now put independent albums high up the U.K. album chart. Whether or not that's a good thing is up for debate. Take the example of Ginger Wild ...

  41. U.K. Album Sales Drop 13% In Second Quarter

    July 02, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Despite on-going growth in the digital market, U.K. album sales fell by 12.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2012, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI. Total U.K. album sales -- comprising both physica ...

  42. Chart Moves: Justin Bieber's Double Debut on Hot 100, Cher Lloyd Rises

    June 29, 2012 1:29 PM EDT As Ellie Goulding's "Lights" leaps 12-6 in its 27th week on the Billboard Hot 100, completing the longest ascent to the region in the chart's 54-year history for a song by a female that was not aided by crossover airplay from c ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. American Idol's Jessica Sanchez Signs With Interscope, Kellie Pickler Released By Sony Nashville

    June 29, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Today finds one American Idol alum with a new record deal -- and another dropped. While recent runner-up Jessica Sanchez lands at mentor Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records, country cutie Kellie Pickler has parted ways with Sony Nashville. It c ...

  45. Carly Rae Jepsen Finally Pays 'Call' to Social 50, Despite Single's Ubiquity

    June 29, 2012 9:23 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen finally creeps her way onto the Billboard Social 50 chart this week with a No. 44 debut. The arrival comes after she performed on and won Video of the Year at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards on June 17. The Social 50 chart ra ...

  46. Nashville Court Grants Continuance To Curb In Tim McGraw Suit

    June 28, 2012 7:11 PM EDT In the latest development in the ongoing legal dispute between Curb Records and Tim McGraw, a Nashville court today granted Curb's request to postpone the breach of contract trial. The long and complicated case basically centers around whethe ...

  47. Carly Rae Jepsen-Owl City's 'Good Time' Headed for Top 40 Debut on Hot 100

    June 28, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Things are looking "good" for Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time." The new single, which was released to digital retailers on June 26, is poised to debut in the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week. Ba ...

  48. Bieber's 'Believe' Debuts At No. 1 With 374,000

    June 27, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Justin Bieber's "Believe" crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 374,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It garners the 18-year-old his fourth No. 1 album in the two-and-a-half years since he first bowe ...

  49. Brazilian Sertaneja Music is On The Rise, From Michel Telo to Gusttavo Lima

    June 27, 2012 4:00 PM EDT It seems like a statistical impossibility. But six months after Michel Teló's "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" topped European and South American airplay and digital charts, another Brazilian track -- in Portuguese -- is climbing those same chart ...

  50. Ellie Goulding, Usher Ascend to Hot 100's Top 10, Carly Rae Jepsen Stays On Top of Chart

    June 27, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and Usher's "Scream" elevate to the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, while Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" rules the ranking for a third week. As "Lights" brighten ...

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