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  1. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  2. Adele Matches No. 1 Run of 'Titanic' at the Top of Billboard 200

    January 18, 2012 11:00 AM EST As expected, Adele's "21" spends its 16th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (104,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan; down 16%). Its reign is the longest since the "Titanic" soundtrack also earned 16 weeks at No. 1 i ...

  3. Amy Winehouse Singles: 1,800% Sales Gain Projected for This Week's Chart

    July 25, 2011 5:04 PM EDT In the wake of Amy Winehouse's death on Saturday, the singer's breakthrough album, "Back to Black," as well as a number of her singles, are staging a return to the Billboard charts this week. Amy Winehouse's 'Back to ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. A2IM Disputes Billboard/SoundScan's Label Market-Share Methodology -- What Do You Think?

    March 03, 2011 12:08 PM EST (Following is an op-ed article from American Association of Independent Music President Rich Bengloff, in which he outlines the organization's disagreement with the methodology that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan use to calculate label marke ...

  6. Taylor Swift’s 'Speak Now' Sets Market Share Record

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its first week of release, Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” accounted for nearly one in five album purchases. In selling 1,047,000 units during a week with 5.8 million album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, “Speak Now” represented 18% of all al ...

  7. Sara Bareilles Tops Billboard 200 With 'Kaleidoscope Heart'

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sara Bareilles scores her first No. 1 album -- and best sales week ever -- as her sophomore effort "Kaleidoscope Heart" bows atop the chart with 90,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Bareilles first set, "Little Voice," ...

  8. Sara Bareilles' 'Heart' Beats At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles nets her first No. 1 album—with her best sales week—as her sophomore effort, "Kaleidoscope Heart," starts atop the Billboard 200 with 90,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Total album sales in ...

  9. Justin Bieber Back at No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth non-consecutive week at the top. But he does so with just a little over 60,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the se ...

  10. Bieber's Back At No. 1, Katy Perry's 'Gurls' Get Busy

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" album is back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, but with a rather dreary sales figure . . . It's the Bieb's fourth nonconsecutive week at the top of the chart . . . the National, the Dead Weathe ...

  11. Glee's 'Madonna' Powers To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's all about "The Power of Madonna" this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart where the soundtrack from last week's Madonna-themed episode of Fox TV's "Glee" debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold according ...

  12. iTunes Sales Drive Millions To Haiti Relief

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc. confirmed today that worldwide iTunes sales of the "Hope For Haiti Now" album, video, and individual performances have raised more than $3 million for the relief efforts, accounting for nearly all digital sales for the project ...

  13. 'Hope For Haiti Now' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The "Hope for Haiti Now" charity album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 171,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to top the tally in its nearly 54-year history . . . The set is one o ...

  14. 'Hope For Haiti' Album Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The "Hope For Haiti Now" charity album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 171,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to top the tally in its nearly 54-year history. The MTV Networ ...

  15. Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip Hop Charts Undergo Changes

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Effective with the 2010 chart year, which commences with the issue dated Dec. 5, 2009, the Billboard 200 will shift from a currents-based ranking of the United States' top selling albums to an all-inclusive list of the top 200-selling albums ...

  16. Whitney Houston Debuts At No. 1

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Houston: We don't have any problems. Whitney Houston debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "I Look to You." With its opening of 305,000, it gives the diva her fourth chart-topper and her best opening sales week since Nielsen Sou ...

  17. WMG To Acquire Rykodisc

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal believed to be valued at $67.5 million. The Warner Music Group is on the verge of signing an agreement to buy Rykodisc, sources say, in a deal believed to be valued at $67.5 million that is expected to close at the end of April. Rykodisc, whi ...