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  1. Michael Buble Beats Kiss On Billboard 200

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After only three days of sales, Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" opens atop the Billboard 200 chart with 132,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the pop singer his second No. 1 album. Bublé's last set, 2007's &q ...

  2. Michael Buble Earns Second No. 1 Album

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" gives the pop singer his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with an opening frame of 132,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Buble's "Crazy" start was based on just three ...

  3. Kiss, Buble Battle For No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 chart will either house a first-ever No. 1 album from iconic band Kiss, or pop singer Michael Buble may crash the group's rockin' party with his new set, "Crazy Love." Industry sources suggest tha ...

  4. Pearl Jam Scores First No. 1 Album In 13 Years

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam returns to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with its first No. 1 in 13 years while another four new albums also enter the top 10 ... They include the latest efforts from Three Days Grace, Brand New, Five Finger Death Punch and H ...

  5. Kiss: The Hottest Brand In The Land

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kiss realized the power of merch from day one. At an industry coming-out party before they even had a record deal, band members made their own Kiss glitter T-shirts and made sure their female fans were wearing them in the front row. Today, Kiss co ...

  6. Wicked Cool Records Partners With The Music Playground

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records is partnering with The Music Playground, a music supervision and licensing company for creative collaborations in film, TV and advertising. As part of the deal, the Music Playground will release the Wicked Co ...

  7. Whitney Houston's Comeback Headed To Top Billboard 200 Chart

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston struggled with her voice during her much-hyped comeback performance on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday (Sept. 1). But, industry prognosticators are suggesting the soul music diva won't trip up on the cha ...

  8. Colbie Caillat's No. 1, Miley's 'Time' Comes Early, Houston's On Deck

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Colbie Caillat's "Breakthrough" opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as expected, but Miley Cyrus crashes the party at No. 3. The latter's Wal-Mart-exclusive EP "The Time of Our Lives" enters early, as the set's r ...

  9. Colbie Caillat's No. 1, Miley Crashes Party On Billboard 200

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As predicted, Colbie Caillat's "Breakthrough" breaks on through to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The "Bubbly" singer/songwriter's sophomore album sold 106,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  10. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Audible Magic, Miley Cyrus, Marty Bandier

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The largest ISP in Sweden has been told by a Swedish district court to block access to the Pirate Bay , according to numerous reports on Monday ...

  11. George Strait Dethrones Michael Jackson, Tops Billboard 200

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As expected, the King of Pop steps aside for the King of Country as George Strait 's "Twang" replaces Michael Jackson 's enduring "Number Ones" as the best selling album in the country. Strait's new set sold 155, ...

  12. George Strait . . . In At No. 1

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Strait proves once again why he's the King of Country as his new "Twang" album was the top-selling set in the United States last week with 155,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. All told, it's the legend� ...

  13. Qtrax To Go Live In the Asia Pacific

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of several lawsuits from the vendors it has yet to pay for services, ad-supported music service Qtrax unveiled plans to go live in the Asia Pacific region on Oct. 29, with a U.S and U.K. rollout expected by the end of the year. Specif ...

  14. Sugarland No. 1 On Billboard 200; Jackson Still Week's Top-Seller

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While Michael Jackson is still the week's top seller, Sugarland's new Wal-Mart exclusive CD/DVD package "Live on the Inside" enters at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 76,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It& ...

  15. Jackson And Sugarland Top Tallies

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the sixth week, Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" is the best-selling album in the United States, shifting 98,000. Can he make it a seventh week? . . . Sugarland's new Wal-Mart-exclusive CD/DVD combo "Live on the Inside& ...

  16. Briefs: U2, Sugarland, Radiohead

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Copyright attorneys William Patry and Ben Sheffner provide a point-counterpoint on Patry's new blog, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars . In the first post of the series, Patry addressed Sheffner's view that file sharers' court ...

  17. Michael Jackson: Still King

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The King of Pop is still the king of the Billboard charts. The Top Comprehensive Albums chart that is, where his "Number Ones" set reigns yet again (114,000). The set has now become the second-biggest-selling album of the year and has Ta ...

  18. The Mouse That Roared At Retail

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Wal-Mart in West Hills, in the far reaches of Southern California's San Fernando Valley, is just like every other Wal-Mart in the country -- crowded parking lot, cavernous warehouse, geriatric greeter. The uniformity is part of the point. ...

  19. How 'Hannah Montana' Impacts Country Sales

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country sales are having a good year. The genre has accounted for 11.8% of all album sales through July 5, an increase from 10.3% last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital sales are up as well, to 11.5% of all country album sales from 7.8 ...

  20. Briefs: Bruce Springsteen, Jammie Thomas, Sugarland

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The New Jersey Star-Ledger used the Open Public Records Act to investigate the ticketing arrangements for the May 2009 Bruce Springsteen concert that prompted a Senate Judiciary hearing and much public outcry against Ticketmaster Entertainment. ...

  21. Nielsen NARM Report Shows Digital Gains, Physical Shortfalls

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nielsen's annual presentation at NARM revealed a marketplace saturated with albums and songs but light on total revenue. Digital sales have nearly caught physical sales, according to Nielsen, and the point of purchase is increasingly non-trad ...

  22. Retail Track: The New Face Of Retail At NARM

    June 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new face of retailing will be front and center at this year's 51st annual NARM convention since digital, mobile and other new revenue models will be a key theme at many of the panels and all the keynote addresses. Meanwhile, the old face ...

  23. UMPG Partners With Asda On Clothing, Downloads

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has entered into an exclusive, long-term partnership with clothing range George at ASDA in the U.K., effective June 1. Universal's song lyrics will be printed on a wide range of the British mass merchant' ...

  24. Recession, Not Web, Is Why DVD Sales Are Off

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's mostly bad news, but there's a silver lining for DVD retailers: The recession, not the spread of digital video distribution, is what's driving notable declines in disc purchasing. Those are among key findings of a recent consum ...

  25. The Black Eyed Peas Get Their First No. 1 And Take Aim At Target

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As individuals, we're misfits," says Fergie, the sultry female singer of the Black Eyed Peas. "Together, we're like one big misfit. People are always questioning who the hell we are." It's the day after the group' ...

  26. Business Briefs: Target, Performance Royalties, Green Day

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Target said in its Q1 earnings call on Wednesday that it will soon overhaul the Target.com entertainment section. "As part of our continued commitment to multichannel integration, Target.com will completely reinvent our music, movies, book ...

  27. iTunes Price Change: Sales Down, Revenue Up In Week 1

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last week's price changes at iTunes had a measurable impact on the store's top sellers. In aggregate, the 33 songs that were raised to $1.29 from $0.99 last Tuesday sold 12.5% fewer units last week than they sold in the previous week at ...

  28. Business Briefs: Spotify, Wal-Mart, Twitter, Nokia

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Performing Rights Society, an organization of British songwriters, has agreed to commercial terms with music streaming site Spotify. ( Times Online ) -- Related: Spotify has opened up its application programming interface (API) to third-par ...

  29. AC/DC Plans Second U.S. Leg Of Black Ice Tour

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following a successful run of North American arenas earlier this year, AC/DC will bring its Black Ice tour back to the United States this summer. New dates begin July 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and are currently scheduled through ...

  30. Prince Plans L.A. Shows To Launch New Albums, Web site

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Prince has a busy schedule next week. Along with performing three nights in a row (March 25-27) on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," the Purple One is scheduled to play three back-to-back concerts at separate venues in Los Angeles on Mar ...

  31. Army Airforce Exchange Services Unloads To Wholesalers

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The once gigantic Army Airforce Exchange Services account, which was a perennial top 10 music account in the early 1990's, has just turned over music, DVD, and video games purchasing and fulfillment to two wholesalers. In a sealed request-for ...

  32. Prince To Play Four Nights On Leno

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Prince will perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno three nights in a row, March 25-27, as he builds anticipation for the March 29 release of two new albums, "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND." Prince will perform a fourth night on ...

  33. Prince's New 3 CD Set Gets Target Exclusive

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Prince is coming to a Target near you. The superstar is releasing a three-disc CD set through the retailer at the end of this month. The set will include two new albums — "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND" — as well as a third by his ...

  34. E1 Entertainment Eyes Survival Tactics

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canadian producer/distributor E1 Entertainment has launched a strategic review of its business but plans to keep it intact. Toronto-based E1 said poor U.S. music sales have prompted a restructuring of Koch Entertainment, the New York-based CD dist ...

  35. The 2009 Grammys: What You Didn't See On TV

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST - With Alison Krauss' five Grammys on the night, she now has an astonishing 26 total Grammy wins. It makes her the most-winning woman of all time (a title she even held before tonight's haul) -- and is one behind Quincy Jones' livin ...

  36. The Billboard Exclusive Q&A: Axl Rose

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST It's been nine years since Axl Rose gave a substantial print interview. For all that time and more, he's been working on the album "Chinese Democracy," which finally arrived in late November. It was an arduous process, to say t ...

  37. Magazine Distributors Clash With Publishers

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The parent companies of Anderson Merchandisers and Alliance Entertainment -- the two largest music industry wholesalers -- are caught up in a high stakes and high profile spitting contest with the biggest U.S. magazine publishers. In a move initia ...

  38. Springsteen Rocks Super Bowl With Classic Hits

    February 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band made the most of their 12 minutes during the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show tonight (Feb. 1) in Tampa, Fla., rocking through the classics "10th Avenue Freeze Out," "Born To Run," "Gl ...

  39. Springsteen Calls Wal-Mart Deal A Mistake

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Boss is owning up to a mistake. In an interview with Sunday's New York Times, Bruce Springsteen says he shouldn't have made a deal with Wal-Mart. This month, the store started exclusively selling a Springsteen greatest hits CD. Some ...

  40. Bruce Springsteen Prepping 'Darkness' Reissue

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen is about to release a new album and play the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show, but there's another project in the works that will be received joyously by fans: a deluxe reissue of 1978's "Darkness on the Edge of Town ...

  41. Billboard Extended Q&A, Part 2: Don Ienner

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Ienner, IMO president/owner and the former Sony Music chief, recently sat down with Billboard for his first extensive, on-the-record talk in more than a decade. In this second part of the two-part interview ( first part is here ), Ienner and b ...

  42. Web Reaction: Apple Drops DRM

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple iTunes' announcement that it will begin offering DRM-free music from all four major labels and will add a new pricing scheme for tracks today was, to say the least, covered extensively. Below, a round-up of reaction from around the Web ...

  43. Wal-Mart Snags Springsteen Exclusive

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen is to release a greatest hits album exclusively through Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart's "Greatest Hits" is a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band collection, featuring 12 tracks including "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), ...

  44. The Year In Music & Touring: A Run Of No. 1 Achievements Ends The Year For Taylor Swift

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rising superstar Taylor Swift is making her mark, of that there can be no doubt. This 18-year-old concludes the year in the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Artists recap and the Hot Country Songwriters tally. She also leads the Top Country Album Art ...

  45. The Year In Music & Touring: Disappointing Guns N' Roses Sales Show The Limits Of Exclusives

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST When Wal-Mart sold 784,000 copies of AC/DC's "Black Ice" during the album's first week in stores, many label executives believed that more superstars would release albums exclusively through big-box retailers. And when Best Buy ...

  46. The Year In Music & Touring: Does iTunes Cannibalize Album Sales?

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST It's been more than five years since Apple's iTunes store changed music retail by introducing single-track digital downloads. But it wasn't until 2008 that most musicians and labels started to wonder out loud whether selling music b ...

  47. 6 Questions: Hot Topic CEO Betsy McLaughlin

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music doesn't account for a large portion of Hot Topic's overall business. In fact, CEO Betsy McLaughlin says, music CDs and DVDs are only "a single-digit part of what we sell." Still, the teen apparel and lifestyle retailer ha ...

  48. Retailers: Black Friday Music Sales Down

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST While mainstream media is touting that the Black Friday weekend started the holiday selling season with a bang, music merchandisers certainly didn't have that experience. Music sales were down anywhere from 10% to 30% and hit albums released ...

  49. Beyonce Starts 'Fierce' Atop Album Chart

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyonce scores her third straight No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week as the double-disc "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) shifts a whopping 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The alb ...

  50. Country Singer Pacts With Miller Lite

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Physical copies of Luke Bryan's single "All My Friends Say" will be sold in tandem with Miller Lite beer. The promotion is part of a recently signed year-long sponsorship deal between the EMI recording artist and Miller Brewing Comp ...

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