Wal-Mart

  1. Wal-Mart Reports Better-Than-Expected Profit

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wal-Mart Stores reported better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as shoppers seeking relief from deteriorating global economic conditions scoured its aisles for discounts on groceries and medicine. The world's biggest retailer repor ...

  2. AC/DC Fends Off High Debuts To Remain No. 1

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Turning back the challenge of 11 new entries in the top 20, AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia) begins a second week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 271,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "B ...

  3. Retail Takes A Beating Amid Circuit City Closures

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Album sales were already down 12.3% compared to last year when, as expected, Circuit City announced that it will close 155 stores, or 21% of its footprint in the market. And though industry analysts say the chain may be trying to avoid bankruptcy ...

  4. The Beatles Onboard With Rock Band

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It looks like the Beatles are coming to "Rock Band." The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. and MTV have scheduled a press teleconference tomorrow at 10:00 am ET to announce "an exclusive agreement to develop a global music project.&quo ...

  5. AC/DC's 'Black Ice' Electrifies With 784,000

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's all about AC/DC this week as the veteran rock band notches its second No. 1 album -- and first chart-topping debut -- as "Black Ice" bows atop the Billboard 200 with 784,000. The entry marks the second-biggest sales week of the ...

  6. AC/DC Debuts At No. 1 With 784,000

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Updating a story first posted here last night, AC/DC earns its first Billboard 200-topping debut with "Black Ice," blasting onto the chart with the second-biggest sales frame this year. The Columbia set, released exclusively through Wal- ...

  7. Wal-Mart Relaunches Digital Music Store, Drops Prices

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart has relaunched its struggling digital music store, which will feature DRM-free music at lower prices than what iTunes charges for songs. The company made the switch to DRM-free sales earlier this year, but as a result had a limited catalo ...

  8. Ticketmaster To Buy Majority Of Front Line Management

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster's blockbuster agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in Front Line Management Group Inc., is the latest nuke in the ongoing struggle for supremacy between Live Nation and what will be known as Ticketmaster Entertainme ...

  9. AC/DC's 'Ice' Red Hot At Retail

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC's "Black Ice" is flying off the shelves at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, the exclusive U.S. retailers for the album that arrived yesterday (Oct. 21). Sources estimate the set sold 193,000 copies in its first day of sale, and c ...

  10. Kenny Chesney Gets 'Lucky' At No. 1

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney ropes his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lucky Old Sun" bows atop the list with 176,000. Over on Top Country Albums, it's the singer's eighth chart-topper . . . Last week's No. 1, T.I.'s &quo ...

  11. Retailers Line Up Q4 Exclusives

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the fourth quarter holiday shopping season looming on the horizon retailers have been busy lining up exclusives. Borders will have an 11-track, holiday music album from Aretha Franklin, while Wal-Mart will have the exclusive on the "Hell ...

  12. Music-Based Games: iPhone Gets NIN, Rock Band AC/DC

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Artists are growing increasingly interested in creating customized versions of various music-based videogames to feature not only their music, but also their likeness and other imagery. The latest is Nine Inch Nails, which is planning to release a ...

  13. AC/DC Extends Tour, Heads To 'Rock Band'

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC has extended its Black Ice tour of North America into early 2009. New dates begin Dec. 20 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and run through Jan. 31 in Nashville. Tickets begin going on sale Saturday (Oct. 4). Eighteen previously announced shows have ...

  14. Best Buy Snags Guns N' Roses Album Exclusive

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for Guns N' Roses' decade-plus-in-the-making new album "Chinese Democracy" before year's end, sources close to the situation tell Billboard. Some details of the deal are still being ...

  15. AC/DC Adds Dates To North American Tour

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC has added three new concert dates to its North American tour in support of the forthcoming album "Black Ice," due Oct. 20 via Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores as well as ACDC.com . The newly added dates include performances at C ...

  16. News Analysis: SanDisk's SlotMusic

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding SanDisk's slotMusic, mainly due to the limited details – like no info on content or pricing - as the product was unveiled today . While the reaction from analysts and the press is mixed, most ...

  17. Updated: SanDisk Partners With Majors For New Mobile Format

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The major labels have teamed up with SanDisk to offer yet another new physical music format, only this time with an eye towards the digital future - specifically, mobile. The new format, called "slotMusic," basically is a standard 1 GB S ...

  18. AC/DC Embraces Paperless Ticketing

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster has announced that AC/DC will utilize the company's paperless ticketing technology for select seats on the band's upcoming North American arena tour , which launches Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Up to ...

  19. AC/DC Reveals Fall Tour Plans

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable A ...

  20. New AC/DC Album To Be Wal-Mart Exclusive

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, AC/DC's new album, "Black Ice," will be sold exclusively in the U.S. via Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and the band's Web site, beginning Oct. 20. First single "Rock'n'Roll Train" will hit U.S. radi ...

  21. GNR's 'Democracy' To Be Retail Exclusive?

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The June leak of nine allegedly "mastered, finished" tracks from Guns N' Roses' long-delayed "Chinese Democracy" spurred a renewed round of chatter about whether the Axl Rose-led band will finally release the 14-years ...

  22. Ritmo Latino, MTV Tr3s Form Partnership

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Retailer Ritmo Latino and bilingual entertainment channel MTV Tr3s have launched a marketing partnership that places MTV Tr3s-branded sections in all of Ritmo's stores nationwide. The sections will feature product from MTV Tr3s' top 20 v ...

  23. Digital Briefs: Best Buy, Last.fm, iTunes

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - BestBuy.com won exclusive rights to stream the final Police concert, being filmed at Madison Square Garden Aug. 7. - Last.fm launches in Japan. - New data from NPD Group has Apple iTunes as the top music retailer in the country, followed by Wal- ...

  24. Handleman Co To Sell U.K. Operation To Tesco

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Handleman Company is to sell its British distribution business, Handleman U.K., to market-leading British supermarket chain Tesco. The deal is expected to be completed in the coming weeks according to Michigan-based Handleman, and Tesco is set to ...

  25. Update: Extensive AC/DC Tour To Begin In October

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, AC/DC will embark on an 18-month world tour beginning this October in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Creative Artists Agency managing partner Rob Light confirmed the news during a touring panel today (July 28) at the 83rd annual IAAM conference an ...

  26. Nas Dethrones Lil Wayne Atop Billboard 200

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One rapper replaces another atop The Billboard 200 this week, as Nas' untitled Def Jam album dethrones Lil Wayne's Cash Money/Universal set "Tha Carter III." Nas' album sold 187,000 copies in the United States, according t ...

  27. Nas Nabs Fifth No. 1 Album

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While Nas achieves his fifth No. 1 album, it's ABBA mania on the charts as the "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack charges at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with a huge gain. The pop group is also a main attraction on the Top Pop Catalog and Top Ca ...

  28. TV/Film Briefs: Jonas Bros., Hannah Montana

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The video for "Burnin' Up," the first single from the upcoming Jonas Brothers album "A Little Bit Longer," will premiere on the Disney Channel at 9:55 p.m. on June 20, immediately following the conclusion of "Camp R ...

  29. Disturbed Rocks At No. 1; Lil Wayne Up Next

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Disturbed starts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the third time as "Indestructible" enters with 253,000 ... It's the first of six debuts in the top 10 this week, as it joins the "Now 28" compilation, the latest ...

  30. Report: New AC/DC Album To Be Wal-Mart Exclusive

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC's next studio album will be exclusively sold at Wal-Mart stores in the United States, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The as-yet-untitled Columbia album, which, as previously reported , was produced by Brendan O'B ...

  31. Handleman Steers Away From Music Biz

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Handleman Company is exiting the music business in North America. As part of a radical upheaval of its interests, the company has sold its music inventory and selected other assets related to its Wal-Mart business in the U.S. to Anderson Merchandi ...

  32. Uva Takes Over At Univision

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There is a new, more open dynamic at work at Hispanic powerhouse Univision -- and the change can in large part be attributed to the tone set by CEO Joe Uva. While no one would ever describe Uva as an over-the-top personality, his hands-on approach ...

  33. Plugged & Unplugged: Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: By the end of this year, virtually every digital music service that sells downloadable music will have to do so without DRM in order to remain a relevant competitor in the business. The transition won't be easy. Each major label has ...

  34. Napster Goes DRM-Free

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As promised, Napster has stripped DRM from all paid downloads on its digital music service in favor of unprotected MP3s. As of today (May 20) all six million songs in the Napster catalog are now available to purchase without DRM protection. The co ...

  35. Solange Knowles Gets Personal On 'Sol-Angel'

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Matthew Knowles, Music World Entertainment and Geffen Records hosted a media-only listening session May 13 for Solange Knowles sophomore album, "Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams," scheduled for an August 26 release. On the eclect ...

  36. Neil Diamond Shines With First No. 1 Album

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond nabs the first No. 1 of his career as "Home Before Dark" bows atop the Billboard 200. The set's 146,000 start is his best debut sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Last week's chart-topp ...

  37. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only Barbra Streisand, wit ...

  38. Digital Briefs: WMG, Wal-Mart, Hearst Magazines

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Warner Music Group has cleared Wal-Mart to begin selling DRM-free copies of its entire digital catalog. Wal-Mart removed content from Sony BMG and WMG when it switched over to an MP3-only format. - Hearst Magazines is adding music widgets to the ...

  39. Madonna's the Queen of Charts

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "Hard Candy" album makes a sweet entrance at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 280,000, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper and the third biggest sales week of the year. A whopping 26% of the album's first we ...

  40. Mariah And Leona Hold While Rest Of Billboard 200 Gets Busy

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (down 61%) while Leona Lewis' "Spirit" stays firm at No. 2, earning a gain after her "American Idol" performance last week ... The ...

  41. Mariah Debuts At No. 1 After Monster First Week

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey earns her sixth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as her "E=MC2" bows on top. The Island Def Jam set moved 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the diva's biggest sales week ever. It's als ...

  42. Mariah's On Fire: Diva Notches Sixth No. 1 Album

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" charges in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the singer/songwriter her sixth chart-topping set. With a 463,000 bow, "E=MC2" earns the best sales week for an album this year, Carey� ...

  43. McGraw Teams With Wal-Mart For Hits Pack

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw will release a special limited edition combo pack of both his greatest hits albums on April 29. The release will be available only at Wal-Mart and will sell for $11.88. The package will contain both "Tim McGraw Reflected: Hits Vol. ...

  44. Plugged & Unplugged: Shoveling Snocap, Wal-Mart Madness

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED Snocap was an over-hyped tech play from the very beginning, primarily because of its association with the former Napster-era bad boy Shawn Fanning. It hinged its digital registry hopes on the mistiest of all vaporware that is/was Mashboxx, ...

  45. Wal-Mart Secures Bryan Adams Album Exclusive

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bryan Adams' latest album, "11," will be released May 13 exclusively via Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in the U.S. The set has been out internationally since last month on Universal. Adams recorded his entire career for A& ...

  46. Plugged & Unplugged: MySpace Music, And Who's No. 1?

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED No matter how you spin it, the MySpace Music announcement is a net positive for the music industry. But not for the reasons most may think. Frankly, I don't give a hoot if the new MySpace service unseats iTunes or puts Napster out of ...

  47. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, AOL, RealNetworks and more

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG has licensed its catalog to the PlayPhone mobile content service, which includes ringtones, voice tones games and images. PlayPhone powers the mobile media services of such outlets as Wal-Mart Mobile, RealArcade Mobile, ABC Television, ...

  48. Nashville 2.0: Is Taylor Swift The Face Of A Country Revolution?

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "This is for my MySpace people and everybody who voted." With those words at last year's CMT Music Awards, then 17-year-old Taylor Swift, who won breakthrough artist of the year that April night, signaled a new era in country music. ...

  49. Digital/Mobile Briefs: Apple, AmieStreet, Lionsgate

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Apple is claiming its iTunes service is now the #2 music retailer in the U.S., behind only Wal-Mart, based on data provided by the NPD Group. The analyst firm's MusicWatch Survey counts one CD representing 12 tracks, and excludes any wirele ...

  50. Keys Climbs, Mars Is High And Bullet Flies

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alica Keys' "As I Am" skips back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a small gain, pushing last week's chart-topper, the "Juno" soundtrack, to No. 2 ... the Mars Volta and Bullet for My Valentine arrive in the top five ...

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