This Is It

  1. Ross On Radio: Why Michael Jackson Has A Hit Now

    June 02, 2014 7:20 AM EDT And Why "This Is It," Wasn't Not even the overwhelming surge of interest in Michael Jackson following his death in 2009 could make "This Is It" a radio hit. Urban AC showed the most support for Jackson's first posthum ...

  2. Quincy Jones Files $10M Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson Music

    October 25, 2013 9:14 PM EDT Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with Michael Jackson projects released after the singer's death. The legendary producer who has won 27 Grammy Awards and produced the King of Pop's best-sell ...

  3. AEG Lawyer Delivers Closing Argument in Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

    September 25, 2013 3:00 PM EDT A lawyer for the producer of Michael Jackson's "This Is It" concerts has told a Los Angeles jury Jackson died because of his own bad choices, not because of anything AEG Live did. Attorney Marvin Putnam began delivering his final ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. One Direction Scores Second Million-Selling Album This Year With 'Take Me Home'

    December 19, 2012 7:49 PM EST This week, One Direction becomes the first act since 2005 to have two newly-released albums sell more than a million in a calendar year. In other words: They have released two albums since January, and both have already sold a million before the y ...

  6. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  7. Backbeat: Dari Awards Honor AMC, Producers Guild, Venture 3D, Billboard

    December 16, 2011 7:30 AM EST KCCLA director & consul Jaewon Kim welcomes guests and honorees at the seventh annual Dari Awards. (Photo: Aki Kaneko) Bridging cultures and building relationships through strategic media and business partnerships was the focus of the seventh ...

  8. Michael Jackson: Two Years Since His Death How Much Has He Sold?

    June 25, 2011 12:05 AM EDT While it's been two years since Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, his solo catalog of music continues to post solid numbers in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. From his passing through the week ending June 19, 2011, Jac ...

  9. Jackson, Boyle, Swift Battling For No. 1 On Next Week's Chart

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week is seemingly up for grabs, as three albums are possibly vying for the penthouse. Michael Jackson's new posthumous "Michael" set may move around 200,000 to 225,000 by week� ...

  10. Michael Jackson's 'Hold My Hand' Single, 'Michael' Album Tracklist Announced

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The lead single from the late King of Pop's upcoming "Michael" album will be "Hold My Hand," a duet with Akon, which will debut as a stream on michaeljackson.com this coming Monday (Nov. 15), at 12:01 a.m. EST. The news co ...

  11. Sony: New Michael Jackson Album Could Sell 400,000 In First Week

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial U.S. shipment of Michael Jackson’s "Michael," due Dec. 14 on Epic Records, is 900,000, according to retail sources. Sony is projecting first-week CD sales of 340,000 and digital album sales of 60,000. That projection is simil ...

  12. Country Albums Rule Top Three On Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST On the Billboard 200 , country rules the top three roost for the first time in three years with Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holding court at No. 1 for a second week, Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" arriving at No. 2 an ...

  13. Taylor Swift's 'Speak' Sizzles In Million-Plus Debut

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a predicted million sold in its first week—to be more precise: 1,047,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . And we've got oodles of fun facts about Swift& ...

  14. Sugarland Tops Billboard 200 With Third No. 1 Album

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 203,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's country duo's third chart-topper . . . At No. 2, Kings of Leon's "Come Aro ...

  15. Michael Jackson Tops Forbes’ Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's sudden death sparked an outpouring of grief around the world, but fans also opened their wallets to make him this year's top-earning dead celebrity with $275 million (£174.6 million), Forbes said on Monday (Oct.25). Jac ...

  16. Eminem's Huge 'Recovery' Leads Big Week On Billboard 200

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday , Eminem's "Recovery" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with a massive 741,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest sales week for a single album since Oc ...

  17. Eminem's 'Recovery' Explodes At No. 1 On Billboard 200 With 741,000 Debut

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 741,000—the largest sales week for a single album since October 2008 . . . It's his sixth straight No. 1 debut and sixth overall chart-topper . . . He also tops t ...

  18. Jackson Fans Will Moonwalk In Motion-Sensing Game

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gamers will have the opportunity to moonwalk alongside the King of Pop. Video game developer Ubisoft announced it would release a new dancing-and-singing game featuring Michael Jackson this holiday season. The as-yet-unnamed game will be among the ...

  19. Sanremo Acts Still Dominate Italian Charts

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Italian album charts continue to be dominated by artists who appeared at this year's Sanremo Festival. Taking the No. 1 spot for the third straight week is Marco Mengoni with the album "Re Matto" (RCA Sony). Mengoni, who last ye ...

  20. Michael Jackson in $200 Million-plus Recording Deal

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The estate of Michael Jackson has landed the late King of Pop the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years, according to a person familiar with the deal. T ...

  21. Sade Soldiers On Atop Euro Chart

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sade's "Soldier of Love" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) secures a fourth week atop Billboard's European Albums chart. But there's a surprise on Hot 100 Singles where, in a close-fought race, Belgian singer-songwriter Stro ...

  22. Beatles, Jackson Honored At Japan's Gold Disc Awards

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has handed out its Gold Disc Awards, with boy band Arashi and the Beatles among the winners. The Feb. 24 awards, the 24th edition of the ceremony, celebrated the artists that have sold the most in ...

  23. Lady Antebellum Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 481,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the biggest debut sales week for any album since Susan Boyle& ...

  24. Lady Antebellum Leads Banner Week For EMI

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 481,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan—the biggest sales week of 2010 and the best opening for a country set since 2008 . . . It' ...

  25. Exile Triumphs At Billboard Japan Music Awards 2009

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Exile was the big winner at the inaugural Billboard Japan Music Awards, held at the Billboard Live venue in the Roppongi Midtown shopping and business complex in central Tokyo. Chart-topping 14-member pop act Exile picked up artist of the year 200 ...

  26. Grammys Preview: Who Will The Post-Grammys Sales Winners Be?

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Grammy Awards provide a major sales boost to a handful of artists each year and the big winners can typically expect five to eight weeks of heightened sales after the show’s broadcast. The artists who benefit the most? It’s always mix of award ...

  27. Susan Boyle Breaks Japanese Market

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's international hit album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment) is also making an impact in Japan. "I Dreamed a Dream" reached No. 6 in Billboard's Japan Albums charts on Dec. 19, the highest ...

  28. Susan Boyle Still No. 1 On Euro Chart

    December 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Christmas editions of Billboard's pan-European charts show Susan Boyle holding the region's best-selling album for a third week with "I Dreamed A Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) and Black Eyed Peas leading Hot ...

  29. Susan Boyle Holds Off Lady Gaga On Euro Chart

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle holds off the challenge of Lady Gaga to secure a second week at Billboard's European Albums summit with "I Dreamed A Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). The European Hot 100 Singles leader, for a third week, is ...

  30. Susan Boyle Deposes Robbie Williams On Euro Chart

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed A Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) moves to the top of Billboard's European Albums chart, while Black Eyed Peas secures a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Meet Me Halfway ...

  31. Boyle's 'Dream' Continues At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" album continues its hold of the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 527,000 copies (down just 25%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. After two weeks of release, "I Dreamed a Dream&quo ...

  32. Boyle's 'Dream' Continues At No. 1

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" album maintains its hold on the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 as it sells 527,000 in its second week, bringing its two-week sales total to 1.2 million . . . Meanwhile, in the runner-up slot on the ...

  33. Robbie Williams Holds Boyle At Bay On European Chart

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's powerful arrival was not enough to stop Robbie Williams from recording a third week at the top of Billboard's European Albums chart with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI). Black Eyed Peas achieve the su ...

  34. Michael Jackson Doc Gets DVD Release Date

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony's Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" has been set for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 26. "This Is It" has rung up $71 million in domestic boxoffice since bowing in theaters Oct. 28, and the studio' ...

  35. Robbie Williams' Second Week Atop Euro Chart

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams secures a second week at Billboard's European Albums summit with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI), while Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" (Interscope/Universal), in its 21st chart week, a ...

  36. John Mayer Snares No. 1 On Busy Billboard 200

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST John Mayer brings home his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Battle Studies" bows with 286,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer/songwriter's first chart-topper came with "Heavier Things&q ...

  37. John Mayer 'Battles' To Top With Second No. 1 Album

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST John Mayer brings home his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Battle Studies" bows with 286,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Mayer leads a busy chart as another eight albums debut in the top 20 from such lum ...

  38. Robbie Williams Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST British pop perennial Robbie Williams makes a winning return to Billboard's European Albums chart, debuting at No. 1 with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI). On European Hot 100 Singles, Black Eyed Peas scores another char ...

  39. Bon Jovi Comes Full 'Circle' At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its new album "The Circle" lands in the penthouse with 163,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's Bon Jovi's second chart-topper in a row, fol ...

  40. Bon Jovi Comes Full 'Circle' At No. 1

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi collects its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as the band's new "The Circle" swoops in with 163,000 copies. It's the follow-up to "Lost Highway," which also started atop the list back in 2007 . . . Jus ...

  41. Robbie Williams Loses Out To JLS On U.K. Chart

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a close-run battle between U.K. chart heavyweights, "X Factor" graduates JLS just pipped Robbie Williams to the top spot on the new album survey. On the new singles chart, Black Eyed Peas scored their third No. 1 inside six months, an ...

  42. Jackson Reign Continues On Euro Chart

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson continues his reign on Billboard's European Albums with "This Is It" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), while there's an eighth aggregate week atop European Hot 100 Singles for "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva ...

  43. Carrie Underwood Claims Second No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Carrie Underwood's "Play On" bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, shifting 318,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the country star and former "American Idol" champ's second album to t ...

  44. Bon Jovi Beaten By Cheryl Cole On U.K. Chart

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cheryl Cole secured a second week with the U.K.'s No. 1 album, "3 Words" (Fascination/Polydor/Universal), but lost her singles chart crown as "Fight For This Love" fell to No. 2 last night (Nov. 8) behind JLS. The male pop ...

  45. 'This Is It' Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's "This Is It" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums survey, as "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon returns to the top of Euro ...

  46. 'This Is It' Becomes Michael Jackson's Sixth No. 1 Album

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's "This Is It" claims the fifth-biggest sales week for an album this year as it debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—the King of Pop's sixth chart-topping album . . . Additionally, it's Jackson's own b ...

  47. 'This Is It' Tops Billboard 200 With 373,000 First-Week Sales

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST To the surprise of probably nobody, Michael Jackson's "This Is It" will debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart released tomorrow (Nov. 4) with an eye-popping 373,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the fifth-best sales w ...

  48. Cheryl Cole Owns U.K. Singles, Albums Charts

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cheryl Cole joined the select band of solo female artists to achieve simultaneous U.K. No. 1 singles and albums on Sunday. The Girls Aloud member and "X Factor" judge's debut solo album "3 Words" (Fascination/Polydor/Unive ...

  49. The Inside Story: Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For “This Is It,” Michael Jackson’s planned 50-concert residency at London’s O2 Arena, the star’s sudden, tragic death really could have been it, with millions of dollars lost for producer/promoter AEG Live and the star’s vision never realized. n ...

  50. 'New Moon' Rises At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 153,000 copies sold (up 33%) in its first full week of release while Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice" settles for a debut at No. 2 with 137,00 ...

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