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  1. Grammys Outdraw Oscars For First Time Since 1984

    February 27, 2012 4:30 PM EST The Grammys garnered more television viewers than the Oscars this year for the first time since 1984, posting 39.9 million viewers compared to the Academy's 39.3 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Whitney Houston Tributes, Adele P ...

  2. Whitney Houston's YouTube & Vevo Plays Gain 4,523%

    February 24, 2012 10:02 PM EST The late Whitney Houston's videos are in high-demand on both YouTube and Vevo, as her play count increased by 4,523% last week, according to Next Big Sound. She went from 868,000 plays to 40.2 million in the week ending Feb. 20. In turn, the ...

  3. Adele's '21' May Sell 300,000 In 22nd Week at No. 1

    February 24, 2012 8:18 PM EST Adele's massive sales figures just keep piling up. Her "21" set, which took home the Grammy Award for album of the year on Feb. 12, should spend its 22nd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest t ...

  4. Hot Stuff: Why This Week's Billboard Hot 100 Is History-Making

    February 24, 2012 3:40 PM EST Certain weeks in the Billboard Hot 100's 53-year history stand out. April 4, 1964, when the Beatles monopolized the entire top five. Sept. 2, 1995, when Michael Jackson scored the list's first No. 1 debut (with "You Are Not Alone& ...

  5. Chart Moves: Whitney Houston's Album Sales Rise 144%; Madonna's Post-Super Bowl Slide; Adele's 'Rumour' Returns

    February 23, 2012 9:11 PM EST The Billboard 200 It was all about Adele on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts this week. The British singer's "21" album, fresh off the her six Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12, spent its 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart ...

  6. Web Trends: Listen to Rihanna's Remix of "Birthday Cake"

    February 23, 2012 5:43 PM EST Afternoon Trends - Thursday, January 26th Google Trends: 5. national enquirer - The National Enquirer has published a photo of Whitney Houston in a open coffin on this week's cover. Twitter Music Trend: There are no music trends at this time. ...

  7. Historical Analysis: Adele Matches The Beatles, 50 Cent With Hot 100, Billboard 200 Moves

    February 23, 2012 4:30 PM EST As reported yesterday , Adele's sophomore album 21 marks multiple new milestones on the Billboard 200. Most notably, 21 registered its best sales week (730,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan), following her six wins at the 54th Grammy Awards ...

  8. Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' Debuts Atop Action-Packed Hot 100

    February 22, 2012 12:21 PM EST Katy Perry's "Part of Me" rockets in at the Billboard Hot 100 summit, while Adele, the late Whitney Houston, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown all make notable news in the chart's top 10. Following her appearance at the 54th Grammy A ...

  9. CNN Led Cable Channels in Whitney Houston Funeral Ratings

    February 22, 2012 12:00 PM EST CNN prevailed over cable news competitors in the ratings for Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday afternoon. The channel attracted an average audience of five million viewers over the course of its coverage of the singer's Baptist memor ...

  10. Whitney Houston Has No. 2 Album, Grammys Push Big Gains On Billboard 200

    February 22, 2012 11:30 AM EST As reported earlier , Adele's "21" spends a 21st nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 730,000 (up 207%) in the week after the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards. The diva also moves up five slots to No. 4 on the tally with ...

  11. BRIT Awards 2012: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay Win Big

    February 21, 2012 6:36 PM EST (Photo: Jon Furniss) Adele's already packed award shelf just got that extra bit crowded. On top of the six Grammy Awards that the "Someone Like You" singer picked up earlier this month, Adele took home two of the biggest prizes at t ...

  12. Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 40 on U.K. Charts

    February 20, 2012 10:20 AM EST As Whitney Houston singles and albums re-entered the U.K. sales charts yesterday (19) with over 200,000 units sold across the week, top sales honors went to Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. Her debut album "Our Version of Events" ...

  13. Whitney Houston Funeral: Family, Friends, Fans Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:49 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Sa ...

  14. Whitney Houston Funeral Service Live Streamed Here Sat. 2/18 at 12:00 p.m. ET (Watch)

    February 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST Whitney Houston's loved ones will gather today, Saturday Feb. 18, for a private funeral service at Newark, N.J.'s New Hope Baptist Church. But fans worldwide will be able to mourn and remember the life and legacy of the music superstar v ...

  15. Download Derby: Katy Perry Leads Pack of Digital Debuts

    February 17, 2012 4:34 PM EST Next week's Billboard Digital Songs and Hot 100 charts will be brimming with massive debuts, surging sales and some intriguing newcomers. A host of songs -- new and old -- will be vying for a position within both charts' top 10s. Katy Pe ...

  16. Web Trends: Whitney's Funeral

    February 17, 2012 4:20 PM EST Google Trends: 
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  17. Whitney Houston's Colleagues Remember: Don Ienner, Roy Lott, Sylvia Rhone, Wyclef Jean & More

    February 17, 2012 3:45 PM EST When Whitney Houston passed away on Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills, Calif at the age of 48, she left behind a classic body of work that included seven mullti-platinum albums that showcased her powerhouse vocals. Here, Billboard got in touch with many of ...

  18. Recording Academy Chief Marketing Officer Evan Greene Talks Grammy Social Strategy

    February 17, 2012 12:42 PM EST The numbers prove that the Recording Academy did plenty right when it came to social media surrounding the Grammy Awards (see the chart on pages 24-25 in this week's Billboard Magazine). Heading up those efforts has been Recording Academy chi ...

  19. Will Grammy Ratings Spike Make 2013 Ad Rates Soar?

    February 17, 2012 12:06 PM EST (Getty Images) With ad rates already averaging an all-time high of $800,000 heading into this year's Grammy Awards telecast (Billboard, Feb. 18), will CBS be able to charge even more in 2013? Due in part to the untimely death of Whitney Houst ...

  20. Janet Jackson in Preliminary Talks to Join 'The X Factor'

    February 17, 2012 8:30 AM EST Could Janet Jackson be joining The X Factor? Just one week after The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Whitney Houston was under consideration for a judge's seat on the show, reports have surfaced that another pop icon is throwing her hat in ...

  21. Chart Moves: Madonna's Super Bowl Wrap-Up, 'Twilight's' 204% Increase, Calvin Harris' New Single Debuts

    February 16, 2012 10:23 PM EST The Billboard 200: It wasn't exactly a quiet week on the Billboard 200 this week as Adele rocked the top of the tally, spending a 20th week at No. 1 with "21." The set posted a 95% sales gain in the wake of the diva's six Gramm ...

  22. Adele's '21' Set for 21st Week at No. 1 With Sales of Half-Million or More

    February 16, 2012 5:35 PM EST Adele's "21" album is going to celebrate its first year on the Billboard 200 chart in grand style. Fresh off her six Grammy Award wins on Sunday (Feb. 12) night, "21" is on course to sell between 500,000 to 600,000 copies ...

  23. Whitney Houston's Funeral To Be Live Streamed

    February 16, 2012 7:56 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - They won't be there in person, but singer Whitney Houston's millions of fans worldwide will be able to share in her homecoming service Saturday as they watch her private funeral on the Internet. It will provide a much-nee ...

  24. Diamanda Galas Slams Clive Davis Over Handling of Whitney Houston's Career; Rep Calls Comments 'Inaccurate and Offensive'

    February 16, 2012 6:30 AM EST Singer Diamanda Galas went after Clive Davis on her Facebook page yesterday over the executive's handling of the late Whitney Houston's career, calling him "a colossal pig." According to Galas, Houston "should have been al ...

  25. Inside Whitney Houston's Last Recording Session, Days Before Her Death

    February 15, 2012 11:00 PM EST Five days before her untimely death (cause as yet unknown, but a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol is suspected), Whitney Houston was in the recording studio working on new music. The song, "Celebrate," was written by R. Kelly and ...

  26. Whitney Houston Returns to Hot 100's Top 10

    February 15, 2012 9:40 PM EST Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 this week as her signature hit from 1992 -- it reigned for 14 weeks -- "I Will Always Love You" re-enters at No. 7, fueled by an enormous resurgence in digital sales (195,000, up 67 ...

  27. Grammy Sales Bumps: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay Among 20 Grammy-Related Titles in Top 50

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM EST Justin Vernon of Bon Iver whose two Grammy nodes helped his album sell 12,000 units, up 105% from the week before. (Getty Images) While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day ...

  28. Tactics Behind Grammys' Record Social-Media Numbers Revealed at New York Panel

    February 15, 2012 6:34 PM EST It's the second week in February in New York City, and if you work in social media or the digital space, that means one thing: Social Media Week.Growing from a New York-only "unconference" in 2009, Social Media Week now exists in ma ...

  29. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Drake, Busta Rhymes @ Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party

    February 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST American Idols: (L-R) New YMCMB signees Busta Rhymes, American Idol fifth-place finisher Chris RIchardson, and Mystikal cash in at the Cash Money pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup) Like all Grammy-related parties on Saturday nig ...

  30. Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know' Hit No. 1 on This Date in 1986

    February 15, 2012 11:40 AM EST As Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard 200's top 10 with Whitney: The Greatest Hits , which re-enters the chart at No. 6 with 64,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan (in the tracking week that ended Feb. 12, thus r ...

  31. Grammys Help Adele's '21' Hit 20th Week At No. 1, Van Halen Debuts At No. 2

    February 15, 2012 11:00 AM EST Thanks to a Grammy Awards-fueled gain, Adele's "21" album beats out Van Halen's new "A Different Kind of Truth" for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. Adele's "21" sold 237,000 in the week that ended ...

  32. Whitney Houston Re-enters Top 10 on Billboard 200, Surges on Digital Songs Chart

    February 15, 2012 10:19 AM EST Following the death of Whitney Houston on Feb. 11, the diva's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6. It sold 64,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in the tracking ...

  33. Whitney Houston Mourners Face Dearth of Places to Grieve

    February 15, 2012 7:30 AM EST BETH DeFALCO and TED SHAFFREY | Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - In Whitney Houston's hometown, her family plans a private church service, with no public memorial set. In Los Angeles, where she died, there's not even a star on theHol ...

  34. Whitney Houston U.K. Price Hike a 'Mistake,' Sony Statement Says

    February 14, 2012 5:52 PM EST After two days of silence, Sony has issued a statement in response to the furor over the company's U.K. office's decision to raise the price of two Whitney Houston titles, "The Ultimate Collection" and "Greatest Hits," ...

  35. Sony, Apple U.K. Still Decline Comment on Whitney Houston Price Hike in the Hours After Her Death

    February 14, 2012 11:35 AM EST Reps for Sony and Apple in the U.K. have declined to comment on the label's decision to ramp up the price of the singer's "Ultimate Collection" album by 60% in the hours after news of her death reached England on Sunday. Sony M ...

  36. Whitney Houston's Funeral Could Be Held At NJ Arena, Family Says

    February 13, 2012 6:26 PM EST Police say Whitney Houston's body has been taken to a Los Angeles-area airport for a flight to New Jersey. Houston was born in Newark, and her family raised the possibility of holding a funeral there Friday at an arena that seats about 18,000 ...

  37. Grammys Spawn Record Levels of 'Social TV' Activity, Led By Adele, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson

    February 13, 2012 3:31 PM EST Not only did people tune into Sunday night Grammys telecast, they created a record number of social media comments about the event. The telecast, as well as the 3 hours preceding and following the telecast, generated 13.0 million comments from U.S ...

  38. Backbeat: ASCAP Rhythm & Soul's Grammy Brunch With Ne-Yo, Paul Epworth, Ledisi

    February 13, 2012 2:10 PM EST (L-R): Jennifer Drake, Nicole George, new Motown SVP of A&R Ne-Yo and Ledisi pose for a picture at the 3rd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Grammy brunch. (Photo: PictureGroup) The mimosas were flowing as guests enjoyed the ambience at ASCAP Rhy ...

  39. Web Trends: Adele Cleans Up, Whitney Houston Honored At The Grammys

    February 13, 2012 2:05 PM EST Google Trends: 1. jennifer hudson tribute to whitney houston -- Jennifer Hudson sang during the tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's Grammys. 2. Bon Iver -- Indie fave Bon Iver upset the likes of Nicki Minaj and Skrillex last night winn ...

  40. Whitney Houston Tributes, Adele Push Grammys to Best Ratings Since 1984

    February 13, 2012 12:10 PM EST Whitney Houston tributes and the return of Adele pushed ratings for the Grammy Awards telecast to a level not seen since the days of Michael Jackson and "Thriller." Video: Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys Sunday ...

  41. Grammys 2012 Backstage: Adele 'Busy Being Happy,' Bon Iver Busy Chewing His Grammy

    February 13, 2012 12:05 PM EST Best New Artist Grammy winner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver biting the hand that...rather his trophy (Getty Images) On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the ...

  42. Grammy Prayer for Whitney Houston Was LL Cool J's Idea, Portnow Says

    February 13, 2012 11:14 AM EST Grammy host LL Cool J's decision to open the 2012 awards with a prayer for Whitney Houston wasn't scripted -- but it wasn't entirely spontaneous either. Speaking with press after the show, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow to ...

  43. Adele Makes a Clean Sweep on Somber Night at Grammys 2012

    February 12, 2012 11:47 PM EST Adele won all six Grammy Awards she was nominated for including Album, Song and Record of the Year. (Getty Images) Adele is rolling with Grammy hardware to spare. The singer made her post-surgery comeback by winning all six of her nominations at t ...

  44. Video: Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 11:30 PM EST "For me, the only thing that feels right begins with a prayer -- for a woman who we loved. For our fallen sister, Whitney Houston," LL Cool J said of the late legend. The host opened the 54th Annual Grammy Awards with a prayer for Housto ...

  45. Foo Fighters, Skrillex Kanye West Lead Early Grammy Winners

    February 12, 2012 10:30 PM EST Kanye West, Skrillex, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters and... Betty White are among the winners of the Pre-Telecast Grammy ceremony. A handful of major trophies were presented before the main Grammy ceremony, which kicks off from the Staples Center in L ...

  46. Latin Jazz Musicians Protest Grammy Awards, L.A. Mayor Supportive Of Artists

    February 12, 2012 9:19 PM EST Latin jazz musicians protested with signs and loud music outside the Grammy Awards on Sunday as they continued their nearly yearlong fight to reinstate 31 categories which were eliminated by the Recording Academy in 2011. About 70 artists and thei ...

  47. Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down During Rehearsal for Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute: Source

    February 12, 2012 5:43 PM EST Jennifer Hudson deserves all the praise the music industry can muster today as she prepares to pay tribute to Whitney Houston , the R&B superstar who was found dead in her hotel room on Saturday afternoon, hours before she was due to make an a ...

  48. Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, George Jones, Allman Brothers, More Honored at Grammy Special Merit Awards

    February 12, 2012 5:30 PM EST Lifetime Achievement Award winners (from left) George Jones, Gregg Allman, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. (Photo: WireImage) LOS ANGELES -- Glen ...

  49. Bobby Brown Issues Statement On Whitney Houston's Passing

    February 12, 2012 3:57 PM EST Bobby Brown, who was married to the late-Whitney Houston's from 1992 until 2007 when they divorced, issued a short statement today on the passing of his ex-wife. Houston was found dead yesterday (Feb. 11) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los An ...

  50. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

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