Taylor Swift

  1. Business Matters: The Track That Outsold an Album One Week of the Summer of 2012

    September 04, 2012 5:54 PM EDT The summer of 2012 was typical in that labels saved their big releases for after Labor Day. As a result, some weeks' release schedules were predictably soft and sales followed suit. Slow album sales gave Taylor Swift's "We Are Never ...

  2. Taylor Swift Vs. Carrie Underwood: Who's Country's Chart Queen?

    September 04, 2012 11:55 AM EDT When it comes to which women dominate country music today, it seems most would answer either Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood. But, between them, whose star shines brighter? Let's run some numbers. Take a look and then vote for your favorite ...

  3. 'Gangnam Style' Helps Psy Dance Way to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    August 31, 2012 4:10 PM EDT South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single "Gangnam Style." This week, he leaps 9-1 on the Social 50 while the tune hops onto Heatseekers Songs at No. 23 and bows at No. 74 on ...

  4. Chart Moves: Train Makes 'Ways' Up Hot 100, Muse's 'Madness' Debuts, Neon Trees Flirt With Top 10

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." While the song's digital sales decline by 51% to 307,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, t ...

  5. Universal Music Group Reports Quarterly Revenue Gain

    August 30, 2012 9:54 AM EDT Universal Music Group today reported 88 million euros ($110.4 million) in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization on revenues of 961 million euros ($1.2 billion) in its quarterly earnings report. That's up slightly from ...

  6. Taylor Swift's 'Never Ever' Fever Persists At No. 1 On Hot 100 Chart

    August 29, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" logs a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's collaboration "Good Time" reaches the top 10. Swift stays at the sum ...

  7. Trey Songz Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    August 29, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Chapter V bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer's fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010's Passio ...

  8. Singles Reviews: Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding & more

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT MUMFORD & SONS I Will Wait (4:52) Producer: Markus Dravs Writers: Mumford & Sons Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote For the lead single off their follow-up to "Sigh No More", Mumford & ...

  9. Chart Moves: Neon Trees Grow on Billboard Hot 100, Demi Lovato's 'Heart' Makes Radio Gain

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift scores her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" blasts from No. 72 to the summit in its second week, fueled by digital sales of 623,000, the best weekly ...

  10. Taylor Swift Tops Social 50 Chart While Gotye and Psy Re-Enter Top 10

    August 23, 2012 8:24 PM EDT Taylor Swift tops Billboard's Social 50 for the first time this week, as Gotye and Psy make smashing top 10 re-entries. After setting the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman and finally getting her first No. 1 ...

  11. 2 Chainz Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 22, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Rapper 2 Chainz sees his debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly more robust figure than had initially been projecte ...

  12. Taylor Swift Scores First-Ever No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 With 'Never'

    August 22, 2012 10:30 AM EDT One of the only elusive honors in Taylor Swift's enviable career is a reality at last, as the country/pop superstar scores her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" blasts from No. 72 to ...

  13. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  14. It's Official: Taylor Swift's 'Never' Song Sells 623,000, Sets Female Digital Record

    August 21, 2012 8:23 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift has set the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" sold 623,000 in the week ending Aug. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and it ...

  15. Universal Music Publishing Nashville Bolsters Creative Team

    August 21, 2012 3:56 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville today bolstered its creative team with four new appointments, according to EVP/general manager Kent Earls. The company promoted Cyndi Forman and Freeman Wizer -- the former to vice president, creative, an ...

  16. Grammy's Nominations Concert Heading to Nashville

    August 21, 2012 8:45 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent. The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone ...

  17. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  18. Mumford & Sons Debut on Social 50 Chart After Long 'Wait'

    August 17, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Thanks to the release of its new single "I Will Wait," Mumford & Sons make a long-delayed debut on Billboard's Social 50 chart , arriving at a lofty No. 13. The chart premiered in December 2010, but the band never generated enou ...

  19. Taylor Swift's New Single Debuts on Hot 100 -- Sales Forecast Grows to Over 500,000

    August 15, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Taylor Swift's new single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is selling much faster than initially thought. Industry sources now suggest the track -- released late on Monday, Aug. 13 -- will probably move easily move more tha ...

  20. Flo Rida's 'Whistle' Ends Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Hot 100 Reign

    August 15, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Flo Rida's "Whistle" takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100, pushing Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" off the summit after nine weeks. Ellie Goulding's "Lights," meanwhile, crowns the Hot 100 Airplay c ...

  21. Morning Fix: Liberty Vs. SiriusXM, DJs Stump for Obama, Deezer Comes To Asia

    August 15, 2012 8:25 AM EDT MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping If a re-launched MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians it once promised to be, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV today unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV ...

  22. Taylor Swift's New Single Blasts Onto Radio, Set For Record Sales Debut

    August 14, 2012 5:53 PM EDT The title of Taylor Swift's new single clearly isn't about her relationship with radio or her adoring buying public. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Swift's fourth studio album Red , due Oc ...

  23. Janelle Monae Named the New Face of CoverGirl

    August 14, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Janelle Monáe is the latest gorgeous face to grace the glossies of CoverGirl's advertisement campaigns, joining the likes of P!nk, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, Sofia Vergara and Ellen DeGeneres. "I believe it's time that women trul ...

  24. Taylor Swift Announces 'Red' Album, New Single

    August 13, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Taylor Swift is one artist who knows how to make a splash, and that was apparent in her YouTube webcast on Monday night. She interacted with her legion of fans, answering plenty of questions and dropping the news that the music world has been wait ...

  25. 'Gangnam Style' Viral Video Sends Psy Onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    August 10, 2012 9:25 PM EDT The wacky antics of Psy have captivated the Internet's attention this past week, as the K-Pop artist erupts out of United States obscurity and debuts on the Billboard Social 50 at No. 25, thanks to the viral success of his video for "G ...

  26. The xx Marks the Spot on Billboard's Social 50

    August 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT British electro-rock act the xx rides a wave of online activity to a reentry on Billboard's Social 50 chart, returning to the list (No. 27) for the first time in over a year. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo ...

  27. 40 Under 40: Lukasz 'Dr. Luke' Gottwald

    August 02, 2012 4:08 PM EDT Lukasz 'Dr. Luke' Gottwald Songwriter/Producer, Kemosabe Records/Sony Music, Prescription Songs Twitter: @TheDoctorLuke Medicine Man Lukasz Gottwald, aka Dr. Luke, 38, has been a prolific hitmaker since he started making beats for Rawkus ...

  28. 40 Under 40: Arturo Buenahora Jr.

    August 02, 2012 2:42 PM EDT Arturo Buenahora Jr. GM, Creative, Olé Website: MajorlyIndie.com Swift Hit Spotter Arturo Buenahora Jr., 39, knows a good thing when he hears it. He signed a young Pennsylvania newcomer named Taylor Swift to her first publishing deal; was responsi ...

  29. Pitbull, Clear Chanel, Dodge Partner for iHeartRadio Promotion

    August 01, 2012 5:31 PM EDT Dodge and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment have launched a nationwide summer program with Pitbull to promote the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival-slated for Sept. 21 and 22 in Las Vegas-and the 2013 new Dodge Dart. "The Road to Las Ve ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Gloriana Transforms Into Trio With Chart Success

    July 26, 2012 5:35 PM EDT With the current chart success of Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it's a good time to be a country group. Now, Gloriana can be added to that list. As its latest single, "(Kissed You) Good Night," ...

  32. Guest Opinion: Clear Channel/Big Machine Deal Is Step In Right Direction, But Not Far Enough, by Future of Music's Casey Rae

    July 26, 2012 8:00 AM EDT For decades, broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption that allows them to not pay performers and labels when they terrestrially broadcast music. This hardly makes sense, especially compared to digital services like Pandora or Sirius XM, which pay no ...

  33. Appeal of Small Venues Drives Midyear Success

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Thanks to performances by newcomers, veterans and other special events, midsize venues enjoyed steady ticket sales during the midyear period. In addition to the top 10 venues recap of 15,001-plus-capacity arenas, Billboard's midyear touring c ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Ahead of Summer Olympics, London's O2 Leads Midyear Recaps

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As the live entertainment business continues to gain its footing, arenas across the world experienced a successful first half of the year with top-grossing tours by Roger Waters, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Pri ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. CW Network To Kick-Off Fall Season With Exclusive iHeartRadio Music Fest Broadcast

    July 18, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The CW television network today announced it will kick off its 2012 Fall season with an exclusive broadcast of Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival on Oct. 1. The two-day concert, which takes place Sept 21-22 at the MGM Grand in Las Veg ...

  38. iHeartRadio Music Fest Sells Out in Less Than Ten Minutes...Again

    July 16, 2012 4:00 PM EDT iHeartRadio is two for two for sold out music festivals selling all of the tickets for its 2012 show in just eight minutes on Saturday (July 14). Their inaugural show last year sold out in less than 10 minutes. For the Sept. 21 and 22 show at the ...

  39. Taylor Swift Tops Justin Bieber On Forbes' 'Highest-Paid Under 30' List

    July 12, 2012 4:30 PM EDT An annual list of the 10 highest-paid celebrities under the age of 30 compiled by Forbes magazine has found that women really do run the world -- the world of entertainment, at least. Dominating the list are a number of chart-topping music sensati ...

  40. iHeartRadio Festival Returns With Headliners Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Usher

    July 09, 2012 10:51 AM EDT Clear Channel's inaugural two-day dance through Las Vegas last year was dubbed "the biggest live music event in radio history," and they're bringing back the moniker again this year, with headliners that span the breadth of pop ...

  41. Alicia Keys' 'New Day' Dawns, Kurt Schneider Debuts on Social 50 Chart

    July 06, 2012 4:09 PM EDT On the Billboard Social 50 this week, Alicia Keys experiences substantial online gains and rises 38-31. The uptick follows a surge in activity following the release of "New Day," a new single Keys released directly to SoundCloud on June ...

  42. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Perez Hilton on His New Gym-Ready Compilation, Failed 2009 Tour, Gold & Platinum Discs

    June 28, 2012 9:17 AM EDT Perez Hilton's "Liston to This" section of his website where he recommends new music. Say what you will about the lightning-rod that is celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (nee Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.), the fact is the man lives fo ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As previously reported, Justin Bieber's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bie ...

  48. From Usher to Justin Bieber to Carly Rae Jepsen: How Musicians Market Their Own

    June 25, 2012 12:08 PM EDT This past week, Usher entered atop the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Looking 4 Myself" and logged a 10th week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Climax." Usher, famously, was instrumental in launch ...

  49. Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., Gotye Set Longest Hot 100 Streak of Rookie Chart-Toppers in 35 years

    June 20, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her first entry on the ranking, "Call Me Maybe." As the song follows previous leaders "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra and &qu ...

  50. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

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