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  1. Britney's 'Circus' On Track To Top Album Chart

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears' sixth studio album, "Circus," is on track to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week, as the Jive set will lead Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart when it is released later today (Dec. 3). Unweighted first ...

  2. Taylor Swift Poised For No. 1 Debut

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift is on course to earn her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Fearless" (Big Machine) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (Nov. 12). Unweighted sales of "Fearless" through the close ...

  3. 'Twilight' Bumps AC/DC From Atop Billboard 200

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to "Twilight" starts atop The Billboard 200 this week, becoming the third soundtrack No. 1 soundtrack this year after "Juno" and "Mamma Mia!" The Chop Shop/Atlantic set moved 165,000 copies in the U.S., ...

  4. 'Twilight' Soundtrack Takes A Bite Out Of The Billboard 200

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the teen vampire romance "Twilight" bows atop the Billboard 200, pushing AC/DC's "Black Ice" to No. 2 after a two-week run at the top . . . Three more albums start in the top 10: Hinder's sophomore s ...

  5. T.I. Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "Paper Trail" debuts at the top this week. The rapper earns his biggest sales week ever with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic set, which moved 568,000 copies in the U.S., according to ...

  6. T.I.'s 'Paper Trail' Leads To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. notches his third straight No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his "Paper Trail" debuts atop the list with 568,000. That figure not only marks the rapper's best sales week ever, but the third-biggest of the year and Atlantic Re ...

  7. T.I.'s 'Trail' On Track For No. 1 Debut

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s "Paper Trail" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) is on course to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. The rapper's sixth studio set leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (Oct. 3). Unweighted sales ...

  8. McCartney Reignites 'Fireman' Project

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney is returning to his Fireman alias after a decade away from the collaborative project with producer Youth. McCartney releases “Electric Arguments” by The Fireman on Nov. 17 via MPL, an imprint of his own London-based publishing c ...

  9. Jonas Brothers On Track To Score No. 1

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Jonas Brothers are on track to score their first No. 1 album next week on The Billboard 200, as "A Little Bit Longer" (Hollywood) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released this afternoon (Aug. 13). Unweighted sales of & ...

  10. Miley, Sugarland Continue Charge To No. 1

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" (Hollywood) and Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" (Mercury Nashville) continue their charge towards the No. 1 slot on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, as the two sets still lead Niel ...

  11. Nontraditional Retailers Still See Value In CDs

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shoppers wandering into a suburban Limited Too outlet or a downtown American Apparel store will now have the opportunity to pick up more than the perfect pair of leggings. The Limited Too is the exclusive brick-and-mortar retailer of Jordan Pruitt ...

  12. Miley, Sugarland Vying For Next Week's No. 1

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Billboard 200 will greet a new No. 1 next week in the form of Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" (Hollywood) or Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" (Mercury Nashville), which are neck and neck on Nielsen SoundScan's Buildi ...

  13. Nas On Track For Fifth No. 1 Album Next Week

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nas' new Def Jam album may not have a title, but it will have a home at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The veteran rapper is on course to notch his fifth topper on the big chart, as he leads Nielsen SoundScan's Friday Building chart with 11 ...

  14. Coldplay Headed To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Hot 100

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of Lil Wayne's 1 million-plus debut sales week with "Tha Carter III," Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (Capitol) will post similarly lofty numbers and bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. The set leads N ...

  15. Lil Wayne Crushes The Competition To Debut At No. 1

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the highest weekly sales figure since 2005, Lil Wayne crashes in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "Tha Carter III. As reported yesterday , the Cash Money/Universal set moved just over 1 million copies in the United States, according to ...

  16. Stones Deny Label Move From EMI

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones have played down a weekend report that the band planned to ditch long-term record company EMI to join concert promoter Live Nation. But industry experts still believe the British group could soon part ways with the label, which ...

  17. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter III' Builds To Magic Million

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The magic million is within sight of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III." The Cash Money/Universal album continues to lead Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (June 13). Based on the new tally, the album could sell a mi ...

  18. Lil Wayne A Lock To Top Next Week's Album Chart

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's all about Lil Wayne this week as The Billboard 200 prepares for the arrival of "Tha Carter III." The rapper's new Cash Money/Universal album will easily bow at No. 1 next week, as it leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building ...

  19. Usher Continues March To No. 1 Debut

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher's "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Zomba) continues to charge its way towards a No. 1 debut on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, as it will once again lead Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, when it is released later to ...

  20. Usher Poised For No. 1 Debut

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher's "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Zomba) should stand tall at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week, as the set tops the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart, released today (May 28). Unweighted first-day sales for "Stand" from th ...

  21. Mellencamp's 'Life' Goes Hi-Fi With Hear Music

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp's "Life, Death, Love and Freedom," produced by T-Bone Burnett and due July 15 via Hear Music, will be released in a new high-definition audio format dubbed CODE. CODE technology, developed by Burnett and a team of en ...

  22. Diamond On Track For First No. 1 Album

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Forty-one years after he first appeared on The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond looks to be on course to earn his first No. 1 album as "Home Before Dark" (Columbia) leads the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart released May 7. Unweighted sales f ...

  23. NARM Panel Debates Copyright Issues

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A panel on copyright issues at NARM featured many of the usual arguments, as both sides disagreed on how to best monetize free content and make sure royalty rates are equitable. On one hand, new media folks like the Digital Media Association' ...

  24. Mail On Sunday Hopes Sir Paul Will Emulate Prince

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Mail on Sunday (MoS), one of the U.K.'s best-selling national Sunday newspapers, claims it has established itself as a music distribution brand-leader with its controversial CD "cover-mounts" campaign which this month sees it gi ...

  25. First Day Sales Put Madonna On Track For 7th No. 1

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna is on track to net her seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.) tops Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released this afternoon (April 30). Among all female artists, only Barbra Streisand has ...

  26. With Huge First Day, Mariah On Track For No. 1 Debut

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey looks certain to debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 with "E=MC2," based on massive first-day sales from the nine chains that report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart. Unweighted sales for the Island De ...

  27. Starbucks, iTunes To Give Away 1.5 Million Downloads

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks and iTunes have renewed their Song of the Day program, renamed Pick of Week, that aims to give away 1.5 million free downloads a week through the use of promotional gift cards. Every Tuesday, more than 7,000 Starbucks stores will make av ...

  28. Juanes, Brown, Fergie Lend Hand To Mendes' 'Encanto'

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian music icon Sergio Mendes' latest album, "Encanto," will feature collaborations with Juanes, Brazilian artists Carlinhos Brown and Vanessa da Mata, Fergie and Natalie Cole, among others. Concord Records and Starbucks Entert ...

  29. Jack Johnson Jumps In At No. 1

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson scores his best sales week ever and his second No. 1 album as "Sleep Through the Static" debuts atop the Billboard 200 . . . Sheryl Crow finds herself in a familiar place on the chart -- the runner-up slot ...

  30. Top Songwriters Gather For BMI Panel

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST What do Rodney Jerkins, Anthony Hamilton, Evanescence co-founder Ben Moody and other top songwriters have in common? An ability to produce and write songs in several genres, and create new business opportunities around their work. The three joined ...

  31. Alicia Keys Returns to No. 1, 'Juno' Jumps

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 while the soundtrack to "Juno" jumps into the top three with a 78% gain in sales ... Last week's chart-topper, Radiohead's "In Rainbows," sli ...

  32. Digital Briefs: Webbys, EMI, The Pirate Bay And More

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST - The Webby Awards released their list of the 12 most influential Internet videos of all time. On the list is the music video for OK Go's "Here We Go Again," otherwise known as "the treadmill song." - EMI will release a vi ...

  33. Alicia Keys 'As I Am' Bows Big at No. 1

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" debuts with 742,000 at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the best sales week for a solo female artist since Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" started with a million in 2004 ... Keys is only the third a ...

  34. Jay-Z Leapfrogs Eagles, Britney For No. 1 Debut

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z scores his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "American Gangster" (Def Jam) debuts on top this week after selling 425,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper thus ties Elvis Presley in sec ...

  35. Jay-Z Scores 10th No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "American Gangster," tying him with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1s. Only the Beatles , with 19 chart-toppers, have more ... Garth Brooks returns to the al ...

  36. Eagles May Have Week's Best Seller

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If Wal-Mart chooses to report sales of its exclusive Eagles album, the veteran band could surpass Britney Spears next week on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums, according to Eagles manager Irving Azoff. Spears' "Blackout," h ...

  37. Decca, Velour Partner

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Decca Label Group signed a distribution, licensing, and marketing deal with independent label Velour. Artists that will be distributed by Decca under the new arrangement include Kaki King, The Cat Empire, and Ryan Scott. Decca and Velour will ...

  38. Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amid a heavy week of new releases, Rascal Flatts scores its third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with the Lyric Street set "Still Feels Good." The set sold 547,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the lar ...

  39. Rascal Flatts Flattens Competition With Third No. 1 Album

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country trio Rascal Flatts strikes with its third straight No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Still Feels Good" bows with a whopping 547,000 ... That's the biggest sales week for a country act since over a year ago when, you guess ...

  40. Plugged And Unplugged

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: Thumbs up to Apple for adding wireless access to the iTunes music store. As usual, Apple is late to this party, but has done it better than its predecessors. Sure the slick iPod Touch will help, and yes, wireless access to the popular iTu ...

  41. Apple's New Developments Could Equal Holiday Dominance

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Not content to rest on its laurels, Apple has now unveiled its master plan to extend its digital music dominance into the coming holiday season. Here is how the latest developments shake out. iPod Touch What it is: A Wi-Fi-enabled, touch-screen ca ...

  42. Analysis: Apple's Product Upgrades, Starbucks Pact

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles on Apple's press event today in San Francisco , let's dive in and take a closer look at what the product upgrades, the new partnership and product launches -- highlighted by a touch-screen, WiFi-enabled iPod -- all me ...

  43. Starbucks Gets Dave Matthews' 'Live Trax' Exclusive

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks has announced that it will be the exclusive distributor of Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming release, "Live Trax." The compilation CD from Bama Rags/RCA will be available at U.S. and Canadian Starbucks locations July 31. Customers ...

  44. Starbucks To Push Exclusives Via iTunes

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Entertainment is tapping the iTunes store as the exclusive outlet for several new releases. The new record label plans to release EPs from emerging artists Rissi Palmer, Alice Russell and WinterKids in digital form on the "Starbucks ...

  45. Miley Cyrus Doubles Up at No. 1

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It was a showdown between two of America's sweethearts for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. In one corner, Disney Channel's Miley Cyrus and in the other, "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson ... In the end, Cyrus came out ...

  46. Linkin Park Stands Firm At No. 1 In Europe

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park begins week number four at the peak of Billboard’s composite European Top 100 Albums chart with “Minutes to Midnight” (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.). It thus equals the achievement of its studio predecessor “Meteora,” which had four strai ...

  47. T-Pain Toasts First No. 1 Album

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain takes his "Epiphany" straight in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, beating out Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" and Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full," which arrive at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively ... The ...

  48. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Anybody read Doonesbury this week? The comic strip is taking on the music industry's problems. If you're behind on the plot, check it out from the beginning at the main Doonesbury site on Slate.com . In it, occasional character ...

  49. New Set Finds Paul McCartney’s ‘Memory Almost Full’

    June 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney: “Memory Almost Full” Producer: David Kahne Hear Music/Starbucks Entertainment Release Date: June 5 Your memory would be almost full too if you'd lived a life like McCartney's, experiences from which form the foundation of ...

  50. McCartney Solo Career To Appear Online Through EMI Deal

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney's entire solo catalog will appear online for the first time as part of a "comprehensive re-launch" of the Beatles legend's repertoire, his record company EMI Music said today. EMI Music also confirmed its Parloph ...

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