The Heist

  1. Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves Heading for Huge Post-Grammy Sales Gains

    January 31, 2014 6:29 PM EST Daft Punk and Kacey Musgraves are primed to return to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the wake of Sunday's (Jan. 26) Grammy Awards. Daft Punk, which won multiple awards and performed on the show, will likely see its "Rand ...

  2. Macklemore, Daft Punk, Lorde, Jay Z & Beyonce: Retailers Predict This Year’s Grammys Bump

    January 23, 2014 2:03 PM EST With the GRAMMYs coming up this Sunday, industry prognosticators are laying down their bets on who could be the big sales winners at the show. The industry consensus appears to be that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde have the best chance to ...

  3. Spotify Predicts Grammy Winners

    January 21, 2014 8:52 PM EST Predicting Grammy Winners has now become a sort of parlor game among digital music companies over the past few years. The idea is to see if large sets of data on listener behavior can be used to pick the winners. The answer is: It depends. If list ...

  4. Shazam Predicts 2014 Grammy Winners

    January 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST Call it the People's Choice. Shazam, the company whose app is used to identify about 16 million songs a day, on Monday issued its predictions for this Sunday's Grammy winners.  The potential winners selected by Shazam are based purely by ...

  5. iTunes Lists Best-Sellers, Names Justin Timberlake Artist of the Year, Lorde Best Song

    December 17, 2013 4:31 PM EST Apple Inc. this week released its annual lists of best-sellers, as well as a handful of awards for songs, albums and podcasts that its editors handpicked. The lists are particularly interesting because of Apple's market dominance, owning 63% ...

  6. Chart Moves: Imagine Dragons’ ‘Night Visions’ Celebrates One-Year Anniversary on Billboard 200

    September 06, 2013 8:55 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200, rock band Avenged Sevenfold claimed its second No. 1 album as "Hail to the King" started atop the list with 159,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four new arrivals into the top 10, ...

  7. Alternative Distribution Alliance Partners with Partisan, Knitting Factory

    September 03, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), Warner Music Group's indie music distributor, has announced a partnership with Brooklyn record labels Partisan and Knitting Factory, with ADA contributing its physical and distribution services to re ...

  8. Chart Moves: The Beatles Beat Backstreet Boys; Tedeschi Trucks Band's Best Week

    August 30, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Luke Bryan spent a second week at No. 1 with "Crash My Party," while John Mayer debuted at No. 2 with "Paradise Valley." Mayer was one of five new entries in the top 10 this week, ...

  9. Chart Moves: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Top 40 Airplay Feat, Swift and Sheeran Return

    August 02, 2013 9:15 AM EDT As previously reported, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" holds down the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week and One Direction scores its highest charting single ever, as its "Best Song Ever" debuts at No ...

  10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Gay Equality Anthem 'Same Love' Hits Top 20 on Billboard Hot 100

    July 03, 2013 6:04 PM EDT Song gains in sales, airplay and streams following U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage issues Following the United States Supreme Court rulings on two separate gay marriage issues (June 26), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' gay equality ...

  11. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead 2013 Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 03, 2013 11:00 AM EDT At the midway point in 2013, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz), lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the Uni ...

  12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Make History On Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    June 10, 2013 2:11 PM EDT Just as on the Hot 100, the pair is the first duo to send its first two entries to the top of the radio airplay tally. Plus, Daft Punk, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus make news Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rise 2-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based ...

  13. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Juggernaut Rolls On: No. 1 on Hot 100 For Fifth Week, 24th Week In Top 10

    June 05, 2013 3:11 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis notch a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton. Robin Thicke, meanwhile, lands his first Hot 100 top 10, as "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and ...

  14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us' Tops Hot 100, Sets Chart Record

    May 08, 2013 1:15 PM EDT The act becomes the first duo in the chart's five-decade history to send its first two singles to No. 1. Plus, Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' sails back into the top 10 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis'  "Can't Hol ...

  15. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Spends Second Week At No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lil Wayne Enters at No. 2

    April 03, 2013 10:44 AM EDT Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience easily spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 318,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's more than 100,000 ahead of the No. 2 album, the debuting I Am Not a Human ...

  16. Luke Bryan Debuts At No. 1, Jimi Hendrix at No. 2 On Billboard 200

    March 13, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Country star Luke Bryan logs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new compilation, Spring Break . . . Here to Party , debuts atop the list. It sold 150,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and marks his b ...

  17. Chart Alert: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Remain Atop Hot 100, A$AP Rocky Reaches Top 10

    January 30, 2013 2:12 PM EST Rookie rappers infuse the upper tier, as 'Thrift Shop,' featuring Wanz, maintains its command and 'F**kin Problems' flies 15-10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debu ...

  18. Bruno Mars Still Atop Hot 100, will.i.am & Britney Spears Enter Top 10

    January 09, 2013 3:39 PM EST A tally of this week's hottest singels Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" logs a fifth week at No. 1. Will.i.am and Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout," meanwhile, enters the top ...

  19. Bruno Mars Marks a Chart First With Hot 100 Leader 'Heaven'

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a third week at No. 1. The song also crowns the Radio Songs chart for the first time. As it continues to lead Digital and On-Demand Songs, "Locked" ...

  20. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan, One Direction's 'Take Me Home' Next for 2012's Million-Sellers Club

    December 14, 2012 9:35 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" returned to No. 1, selling 167,000 (up 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the album's fourth non-consecutive week atop the list. The tally's high ...

  21. Chart Moves: Tamar Braxton Feels the 'Love' on Hot 100; Taylor Swift's 'Trouble' Increases; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Advance

    December 13, 2012 7:52 PM EST Hot 100 As previously reported, Bruno Mars bounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Locked Out of Heaven" rises 2-1 in its 10th week on the chart. And Mariah Carey's 1994 classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" e ...

  22. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Skyfall' Rises On Hot 100; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ludacris, Bruno Mars Make Moves

    November 16, 2012 11:48 AM EST As previously reported , Maroon 5 manages a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," tying Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" for the chart's longest command this year. What other songs make ...

  23. Is L.A. Reid Looking to Sign Macklemore to Epic Records?

    November 05, 2012 2:05 PM EST Hours after Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid was on a plane to Montana to catch the rappers' show. Is the music industry veteran and & ...

  24. Chart Moves: Tame Impala Breaks Through, The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery' Returns, Freelance Whales Make a Splash

    October 19, 2012 10:06 AM EDT The Billboard 200: On the album chart this week, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis surprised many with its indie release "The Heist", as the album opened at No. 2 with 78,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, Mumford ...