The Breakthrough

  1. Susan Boyle Spends Fifth Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fifth consecutive week, selling another 510,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. So far, the set has shifted 2,982,000 copies in America. " ...

  2. Boyle Spends Fifth Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Chart

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fifth consecutive week, selling another 510,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan ... So far, the set has shifted 2,982,000 copies in America. Wit ...

  3. Susan Boyle Blocks Alicia Keys From No. 1

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" continues to rule the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth straight week as it sells another 661,000 copies. The "Britain's Got Talent" contestant's reign blocks Alicia Keys' fr ...

  4. UMPG Renews Blige, T-Pain Deals

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreements with six-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige and Grammy nominated T-Pain. The publisher will continue to co-publish Blige's catalog and will co-publisher ...

  5. Mary J. Blige Climbs To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST As 2007 comes to a close, the queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige, rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Growing Pains," selling 205,000 in its second week of release. It debuted at No. 2 with 629,000 last week. Blige ascends to the ...

  6. Groban Still Tops, Blige Debuts at No. 2

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" refuses to budge for a fifth week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, selling 757,000. Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige bows in the runner-up slot with her "Growing Pains" effort, shifting 629,000 ... Other debuts ...

  7. No 'Pains,' No Gains: Mary J. Blige

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige album is a big challenge. That's because Blige, anointed "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" in 1992, is on a 15-year multiplatinum run as one of the most electric performers in the urban world, with a wide- ...

  8. Kanye's King of The Billboard 200 With 957,000

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West's "Graduation" achieves the best sales week in more than two years as his third album starts with 957,000 ... The tally is the 15th-biggest sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 ... Coming in at N ...

  9. Hudson, Beyonce Star At Soul Train Awards

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson added another award to her trophy chest during the 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards. The presentation of the 2007 Sammy Davis Jr. Award for entertainer of the year to the singer/actress was a highlight of the show ...

  10. Norah Rebounds To No. 1 In Post-Grammy Week

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a week where the top nine albums moved more than 100,000 units, Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" tops The Billboard 200 for a second time. The Blue Note effort crowned the list when it debuted two weeks ago with 405,000 copies. This w ...

  11. Dixie Chicks Soar, Blige, Chili Peppers Win Big At Grammys

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Dixie Chicks triumphed over their critics, Mary J. Blige played comeback queen and the Red Hot Chili Peppers reasserted their rock dominance at the 49th Grammy Awards, held last night (Feb. 11) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Chicks ...

  12. 'Idol' Worship: Daughtry Takes No. 1

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry, fronted by "American Idol" alum Chris Daughtry, climbs to No. 1, pushing the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack to No. 2 ... The margin between Nos. 1 and 2 is the smallest ever since Billboard began using Nielsen SoundScan to p ...

  13. The Dreams Continue at No. 1

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack continues to reign over The Billboard 200 for a second week ... Disney Channel's "Jump In!" TV movie soundtrack starts at No. 5 on the chart ... Robin Thicke makes a handsome leap, vaulting 35-1 ...

  14. And We're Telling You: 'Dreamgirls' Sings Way To Top

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" rises to No. 1. It is the first film soundtrack to reach the top (without first debuting there) since 2002. The bad news: It registers the lowest sales total for a No. 1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began ...

  15. Omarion Turns '21' At No. 1

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Omarion opens at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his sophomore solo effort, "21" ... The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack bounces 31-3 following the wide release of the film on Christmas Day ... Rock and rap albums jump up the chart whi ...

  16. Nas Notches First No. 1 Album Since 1999

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nas nabs not only his fourth No. 1 album, but first since 1999, as "Hip Hop Is Dead" starts atop The Billboard 200. The set registers his best sales week since 2002 ... Justin Timberlake can thank "Saturday Night Live" for help ...

  17. Jeezy Does It: 'Inspiration' On Top

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Inspiration," easily beating the peak of his 2005 effort ... "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks proves the power of his soul patrol with his self-titled debut at No. 2 ...

  18. Mary J. Blige Tops Grammy Nods

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mary J. Blige led the nominations the 49th annual Grammy awards, which were announced today (Dec. 7) in Los Angeles. The R&B singer was recognized in eight categories, including song of the year and best R&B album for "The Breakthroug ...

  19. BMA Rehearsals: Mary J. Belts It Out, Janet Jams

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson got rehearsals for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards off to a rousing start Saturday (Dec. 2) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Blige nailed her vocals for a medley of two songs from her smash hit album &quo ...

  20. 2006 Billboard Music Awards Preview

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The past 12 months have been particularly good for one Canadian rock band, three Nashville upstarts, a once-imprisoned Southern rapper and an R&B diva in the throes of a major comeback. Now, Nickelback, Rascal Flatts, T.I. and Mary J. Blige ar ...

  21. Aguilera Takes No. 1 Amid Five Top 10 Debuts

    August 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Moves 346,000 copies in the United States. Christina Aguilera leads a charge of debuts in the top five slots of The Billboard 200 with the double-disc RCA set "Back to Basics." The set sold 346,000 copies in the United States, according ...

  22. T.I. Rules As 'King' Of Album Chart

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With the best sales week of the year, T.I. clocks in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "King." The Grand Hustle/Atlantic set sold 522,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, With the best sales week of the year, ...

  23. Ne-Yo's 'Words' Speak Volumes At No. 1

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Moves 301,000 copies. In a hot week for new albums in the top 10, R&B singer Ne-Yo's debut solo release flies straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. "In My Own Words" (Def Jam) sold 301,000 copies in the United States, accordin ...

  24. 'High School' Leads Youthful Album Chart Charge

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Set sold 101,000 copies in the United States. After seven weeks on the chart, the soundtrack to "High School Musical" rises to the top on The Billboard 200, up from last week's previous high of No. 6. The Walt Disney set sold 101, ...

  25. Jaheim's 'Classics' Crash In At No. 1

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Set moved 152K units in first week. For the first time in his career, singer Jaheim has reached the top of The Billboard 200 thanks to the Divine Mill/Warner Bros. album "Ghetto Classics." Bowing at No. 1 on both the big chart as well as ...

  26. Johnson & Friends Bow At No. 1

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'George' companion moves 163K in first week. Jack Johnson and Friends' companion album to the film "Curious George," released via Johnson's own Brushfire label, bows at the top of The Billboard 200 this week. "Si ...

  27. Grammys Deliver Promised Musical 'Moments'

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Show offered collaborations, surprise guests. From the opening number, the Grammy Awards were a musical spectacle with plenty of the "one of a kind moments" the Recording Academy had been promising in the weeks preceding last night' ...

  28. After 29 Years, Manilow Returns To No. 1

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST For the first time in nearly 29 years, Barry Manilow tops The Billboard 200. "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties" bows at No. 1 with sales of 156,000 copies in the United States, giving the artist his For the first time in nearly 29 years ...

  29. Il Divo Zooms Past Jamie Foxx To Claim No. 1

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for the No. 1 slot with a chart-topping debut on The Billboard 200. One of five debuts in the chart's top 10, "Ancora" notches a career-best chart position for Il Divo's ...

  30. Jamie Foxx Back On Top

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST The game of musical chairs continues on The Billboard 200 with Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" and Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" flip-flopping again. With sales of just over 97,200 copies in the Uni The game of musi ...

  31. Blige's 'Breakthrough' Returns To No. 1

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unbreakable" at No. 2 for two weeks in a row, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" returns to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Matriarch/Geffen release debute After sitting be ...

  32. Foxx Holds Off Blige

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST For a second week in a row, Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" tops The Billboard 200. The J Records release sold 131,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Despite a 34% slip in s For a second week in a row, Jam ...

  33. Foxx Holds Off Blige

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST For a second week in a row, Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" tops The Billboard 200. The J Records release sold 131,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Despite a 34% slip in s For a second week in a row, Jam ...

  34. Foxx Overtakes Blige On Album Chart

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST After debuting a week ago at No. 2, Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" rises to the top of The Billboard 200. The J Records set makes the upward move despite a 67% slip to sales of 200,000 copies in the Uni After debuting a week ago at No ...

  35. Blige's 'Breakthrough' Bows At No. 1

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Moves 727,000 copies in the U.S. Despite slow overall sales throughout the holiday season, the week leading up to Christmas saw a retail burst led by a trio of R&B/hip-hop artists that shifted more than 1.75 million copies to lead The Billboar ...

  36. Mary J. Blige To Headline New Year's Bash

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST New studio album arrives Dec. 20. Grammy winner Mary J. Blige is confirmed to headline the Chevy Stage in New York's Times Square during NBC's "New Year's Eve With Carson Daly." No stranger to music-related initiatives, Ch ...