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  1. Sony BMG To Debut MP3 Album Cards

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment will roll out its Platinum MusicPass series of digital album cards beginning Jan. 15 at Best Buy, Target and Fred's, with Trans World and Winn-Dixie coming to the party by the end of January. In Canada, participat ...

  2. A Tipping Point For MP3s

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universa ...

  3. Josh Groban Takes 'Noel' to No. 1

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST It's a happy holiday for Josh Groban, as the singer nabs his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "Noel" ... It ascends to the chart's top slot with a career-high 405,000 -- thanks partially to his surprise performance ...

  4. Jay-Z Leapfrogs Eagles, Britney For No. 1 Debut

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z scores his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "American Gangster" (Def Jam) debuts on top this week after selling 425,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper thus ties Elvis Presley in sec ...

  5. Eagles Fly Past Britney To Debut At No. 1

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST With their first studio title in nearly 30 years, the Eagles land atop The Billboard 200 with "Long Road Out of Eden," which sold 711,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Eagles Recording Co. album, availa ...

  6. Eagles Fly Ahead Of Britney Spears On Billboard 200

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Long Road out of Eden," the Eagles' first full-length studio album since 1979's "The Long Run," debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with a whopping 711,000 -- the second-largest sales week of ...

  7. Revised Chart Policy Lands Eagles At No. 1

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Eagles' first new studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out of Eden," takes a short route to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after Billboard revised a significant chart policy today (Nov. 7). In consultation with Nielsen SoundScan, Bi ...

  8. Eagles May Have Week's Best Seller

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If Wal-Mart chooses to report sales of its exclusive Eagles album, the veteran band could surpass Britney Spears next week on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums, according to Eagles manager Irving Azoff. Spears' "Blackout," h ...

  9. Britney Poised For Top Spot On Billboard 200

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears looks to have a clear path to top The Billboard 200. First-day sales from the eight chains that report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts put Spears' Jive/Zomba release "Blackout" at 124,000 on the report rel ...

  10. Kid Rock Pulls Ahead In Race For Billboard 200

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock looks primed to debut at No. 1 next week on The Billboard 200 with "Rock'n'Roll Jesus" (Atlantic). Unweighted opening-day sales from eight leading accounts posted today on Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts put t ...

  11. Springsteen Primed To Lead Next Week's Album Chart

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen is on target to debut at No. 1 next week on The Billboard 200 with "Magic" (Columbia), his first album with the E Street Band in five years. Unweighted opening-day sales from eight leading accounts posted today on Niels ...

  12. Rascal Flatts Poised To Earn Third No. 1 Album

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts is on course for the largest sales week by a country act in 2007, according to the Building Charts posted by Nielsen SoundScan. Unweighted sales from eight leading accounts posted Friday (Sept. 28) afternoon show the Lyric Street gro ...

  13. Three Weeks at No. 1 for 'High School Musical 2'

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "High School Musical 2" makes it three for three at the top of The Billboard 200 as it extends its stay in the penthouse ... an eclectic group of debuts grace the top 10 this week, including a career-high No. 2 placing for Casting Crowns ...

  14. Sony To Shutter Connect Music Store In March

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. will begin shuttering its Connect Music Store starting in March, the company confirmed today. Rumors of the impending shutdown began in June after the company laid off 20 people and allocated remaining staff and resources to the PlaySta ...

  15. The Eagles Take Flight With Int'l 'Eden' Release

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out Of Eden", is to be distributed and marketed by Universal Music Group International outside North America. Their comeback album will be released in the rest of the world on O ...

  16. 'Musical' To The Tune Of 615,000

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The soundtrack to Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" makes a grand entrance at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 615,000 units, the year's second-largest sales week. It's also the best debut for a soundtrack since 2002 ...

  17. Porter To Exit Wal-Mart

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Porter, who has oversaw Wal-Mart's music and movies efforts for the last few years, is leaving the company, Wal-Mart confirms. Music industry sources suggest he is becoming a senior executive at one of the major movie studios, possibly ...

  18. Brooks Confirms 'Ultimate Hits' Collection

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has confirmed that he will release on Nov. 6 "The Ultimate Hits," a 34-track, two-CD greatest hits retrospective with four new songs, and a DVD with videos. Billboard.biz first reported the news on Aug. 10 . The album will b ...

  19. Eagles Unveil New Single, Album Release Date

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles have unveiled "How Long," the first single from "Long Road Out of Eden," their first new studio album in 28 years. The cut was delivered today (Aug. 16) to U.S. radio outlets and will be available exclusively via wal ...

  20. Brooks Return On The Cards

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has concluded his exclusive arrangement with Wal-Mart and will once again make his works available through all retail channels, Billboard.biz has learned. The country star is also understood to be prepping a slate of releases. Accordi ...

  21. UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is testing the non-DRM waters. The label, which has the largest market share of all the major labels at 26%, unveiled a plan to test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale. UMG will begin s ...

  22. Branded Entertainment Hot Topic At 'Marketing To Men'

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Marketing to Men 18-34 conference was held today at the Altman Building in New York. Presented by Ripe TV, in association with Massive Inc., Playboy and Snippies -- and hosted by Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and the Hol ...

  23. Beyonce To Release 'Irreemplazable' As Wal-Mart Exclusive

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce will release an EP/DVD of her Spanish and Spanglish fare, "Irreemplazable," as an MTV Tr3s-branded Wal-Mart exclusive. The eight-song Music World/Columbia EP, which contains Spanish versions of "Irreplaceable" and " ...

  24. Apple Offers Spanish Language Gift Cards

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple has begun selling its first Spanish language gift cards in the United States. The Tarjeta iTunes comes in denominations of $15, $25 and $50 and will be available as of the end of this week at Best Buy and Target, with Wal-Mart and Safeway ad ...

  25. Bon Jovi Nabs First No. 1 Album in Nearly 19 Years

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the band's first No. 1 since 1988's "New Jersey" spent four weeks atop the list in October and November of that year. It's the act's thi ...

  26. Analyst: iTunes Third Largest Music Retailer

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT According to research from the NPD Group, Apple iTunes is now the third largest music retailer in the country in any format, digital or physical. Based on first quarter figures, Wal-Mart remains the biggest single music retailer with 15.8% of the ...

  27. Asda Goes Green With Universal

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Catalogue is launching its environmentally-friendly Ecopac CD cases in the United Kingdom with Walmart-owned U.K. mass merchant ASDA. The initiative initially sees 42 titles from Universal's existing "20th Century Masters ...

  28. From Hippie To Hip

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Al Gore was ahead of his time. The presidential hopeful was discussing environmental issues for 20 some years-long before his documentary on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," picked up a couple of Academy Awards and long before Wa ...

  29. Ritmo Latino Vows Iglesias Boycott

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ritmo Latino, the nation's largest independent Latin music retailer, says it is holding off on selling Enrique Iglesias' "Insomniac," which hits stores June 12 via Interscope, to protest what president David Massry calls " ...

  30. Teen Duo Spread Brand Across The Product Map

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the grand tradition of the Olsen twins and Disney juggernauts "High School Musical" and "Hannah Montana," a marketing blitz that pushes branded entertainment to the max is on tap for Aly & AJ's new Hollywood Records ...

  31. Closing Time For Flagship Sam The Record Man Outlet

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Toronto flagship of former Canadian music retail giant Sam the Record Man will close for good June 30. The Sniderman brothers, Sam and Sidney, started selling records in 1937 as Sniderman's Music Hall on Toronto's College Street. The ...

  32. Ne-Yo and Michael Buble Lead Busy Chart

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo and Michael Buble bow at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on The Billboard 200 -- it's the second chart-topper for the former and a new high for the latter ... The pair are just two of six debuts in the top 10 this week. Rush, Miranda Lamber ...

  33. Wal Mart, MTV Tr3s Get Behind Daddy Yankee

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Daddy Yankee's June 5 release "El Cartel: The Big Boss" will get a boost from Wal-Mart and bilingual entertainment channel MTV Tr3s. The El Cartel/Interscope album will be available at Wal-Mart as an exclusive MTV Tr3s-branded packa ...

  34. Avril Maintains Top Slot, Joe Starts at No. 2

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Best Damn Thing," while R&B singer Joe begins in the runner-up slot with his new "Ain't Nothing Like Me" ... U.K. band Arctic Monkeys bow in the top 10, while ...

  35. Best Buy Expands HD Radio Lineup

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy, which has partnered with the HD Digital Radio Alliance and iBiquity Digital Corporation, has become the first national retailer to make the HR Radio products available throughout its national chain of 832 stores. The HD Digital Radio All ...

  36. Country, Gospel Packages Set For Release In New Venture

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT American Profile Presents, a new joint venture, will release its first project on Tuesday, April 24. “Country Gospel Favorites,” which includes songs from Roy Clark, Lee Greenwood and Patsy Cline, among others, will be sold at Wal-Mart and Target ...

  37. Circuit City Readies Download Store

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Circuit City is getting into the digital music business through a deal with Napster. Under the agreement, Napster will operate a digital music service -- called Circuit City + Napster -- available through the Circuit City Web site. Essentially, th ...

  38. American Profile, Sheridan Square Team

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Publishing Group of America's magazine, American Profile, is teaming with Sheridan Square Entertainment Inc. (SSE) for a series of CDs. The duo is creating an American Profile Presents series that will coincide with the content published ...

  39. All Grown Up

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As multimedia momentum goes, no one need teach 19-year-old Hilary Duff a thing. For the past decade, she has built a career that began on TV, peaking in 2001 with her title role in Disney's 65-episode "Lizzie McGuire," making her a ...

  40. Wal-Mart To Offer HD Radios

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart will begin carrying HD radio receivers in almost 2,000 stores nationwide, the HD Radio Alliance said today. Initially, Wal-Mart will only offer the JVC HD-W10 in-vehicle receiver, which cost about $190. In support of the rollout, the HD R ...

  41. 'Infinity On' Top: Fall Out Boy Debuts at No. 1

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fall Out Boy rocks The Billboard 200 with its first No. 1 album as "Infinity on High" debuts in the penthouse ... Ashley Tisdale, best-known as a co-star of Disney Channel's "High School Musical," becomes the second member ...

  42. Norah Jones' 'Not Too Late' Debuts at No. 1

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Not Too Late" from Norah Jones opens atop The Billboard 200 with 405,000 units. It's the singer's third straight studio album to hit No. 1 ... "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee comes in second with her self- ...

  43. Pretty Ricky's 'Special' Delivery Tops Chart

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST R&B/hip-hop quartet Pretty Ricky scores its first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 and breaks the sub-100,000 spell that gripped the top of the chart for the past three weeks ... The Shins charge in at No. 2 on the big chart with 30% of its fi ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. From The Magazine: Shop Talk

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Even though sales appear slightly off last year's pace in the first three weeks of the holiday selling season, music merchandisers say it still might outpace 2005. In particular, they cite a favorable calendar-which as H.L. Distributors owner ...

  48. Ciara Proves 'Evolution' At No. 1

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ciara takes her second album, "The Evolution," straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as it sells 338,000 ... Also starting strong is the "Eminem Presents the Re-Up" compilation at No. 2 and Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet ...

  49. Spectacle Teams With Front Line

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Andy Gould and Dan Dalton's Spectacle Entertainment Group has entered into a strategic alliance with Front Line Management, the Los Angeles-based firm headed by Irving Azoff and Howard Kaufman. Gould and Dalton established Spectacle Entertain ...

  50. RBD Gets Wal-Mart Soundcheck

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mexican pop phenomenon RBD will be the first Latin act to star in Wal-Mart's Soundcheck online performance series from Nov. 14. Mexican pop phenomenon RBD will be the first Latin act to star in Wal-Mart's Soundcheck online performance se ...

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