1. Rick Ross Scores Fourth No. 1 Album With 'God Forgives, I Don't'

    August 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As projected last week, rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "God Forgives, I Don't" bows atop the list with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales we ...

  2. Rick Ross Reigns With Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    August 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as God Forgives, I Don't bows atop the list with 218,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales week yet, t ...

  3. Chart Highlights: Gotye Extends Multi-Format Chart Success

    August 06, 2012 8:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. ...

  4. Backbeat: Skrillex Brings The Party; Datsik, Zedd, Dillon Francis Hang Backstage At HARD Summer

    August 06, 2012 11:48 AM EDT Skrillex, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots DJ Set (who covers his face in every photo), and Ellie Goulding. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Day two of L.A.'s HARD Summer brought larger crowds than the night before for mainly one reason - ...

  5. Ask Billboard: More Medal-Worthy Olympic Hits

    August 03, 2012 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 As the Olympics continue, so do e-mails about memorable songs from Games past. Plus, we tour the music of U.S. territories. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billbo ...

  6. The Beat: Lionel Richie and Jimmy Buffett Duet, Animal Collective's New Single Drops

    August 01, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the Wednesday, Aug. 1 edition of "The Beat," host Jonathan Brooks is bringing you the latest music news -- what's making headlines and who's topping the charts -- straight from Music City, U.S.A. As J.B. wraps up his trip to N ...

  7. The Beat 8/01: Lionel Richie and Jimmy Buffett Duet, Animal Collective's New Single Drops, Courtney Love Starts Twitter Drama

    The Beat 8/01: Lionel Richie and Jimmy Buffett Duet, Animal Collective's New Single Drops, Courtney Love Starts Twitter Drama

    August 01, 2012 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 8/01: Lionel Richie and Jimmy Buffett Duet, Animal Collective's New Single Drops, Courtney Love Starts Twitter Drama jonathan brooks , Courtney Love , featuredVideo1 , Plan B , Isles of Wonder , Jack White , Kate Middleton , Ellie Goul ...

  8. Carly Rae Jepsen Ties Gotye for Hot 100's Longest Rule This Year

    August 01, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'Call Me Maybe' spends an eighth week at No. 1, while follow-up 'Good Time,' with Owl City, bounds into the top 15 Carly Rae Jepsen 's "Call Me Maybe" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , tying i ...

  9. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Ties Gotye for Most Weeks at No. 1 This Year

    August 01, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying it for the year's longest-leading No. 1. Her follow-up single, "Good Time," with Owl City, meanwhile, soars into the char ...

  10. Zac Brown Band Reclaims Top Spot on Billboard 200

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gaslight Anthem, Passion Pit score only Top 10 debuts on this week's chart. As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200 chart. In turn, Zac Brown Band ' ...

  11. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Nas Slips to No. 2

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sol ...

  12. Ellie Goulding To Release 'Halcyon' Album in October

    July 30, 2012 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 While the title track from her last full-length continues its slow, improbable climb up the U.S. Hot 100, English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has revealed the release date and album artwork of her sophomore effort. "Can finally give you al ...

  13. Martin Kierszenbaum, Cherrytree Label to Remain With Interscope After All

    July 27, 2012 7:59 PM EDT CherryTree Records' Martin Kierszenbaum (left) backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards with Kev Nish from Far East Movement. (Photo: Jem Aswad) Five weeks after his departure from Interscope, Cherrytree Records head Martin Kierszenbaum - ...

  14. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Spends Seventh Week Atop Hot 100

    July 25, 2012 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Elsewhere, Flo Rida's 'Whistle' tops Digital Songs and Ellie Goulding's 'Lights' leads On-Demand Songs Carly Rae Jepsen 's "Call Me Maybe" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , while F ...

  15. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Hits Seventh Week at No. 1 on Hot 100

    July 25, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Flo Rida's "Whistle" tops Hot Digital Songs and Ellie Goulding's "Lights" leads On-Demand Songs. "M ...

  16. Nas Bows at No. 1 with 'Life is Good'

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Life Is Good" bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged i ...

  17. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  18. Pink Plants a Big 'Kiss' in Hot 100's Top 10

    July 18, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Meanwhile, Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' holds at No. 1 for a sixth straight week. P!nk rockets into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, as "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" vaults 58-9 in its second week on the chart. Carly R ...

  19. Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean Debut at Nos. 1 & 2 on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country group Zac Brown Band nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Uncaged" starts with a larger-than-expected 234,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It earns the act its best sales week yet, trumping the 153,000 that ...

  20. Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean Take Top 2 on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Country group Zac Brown Band nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Uncaged" starts with a larger-than-expected 234,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It earns the act its best sales week yet, trumping the 153,000 th ...

  21. Carly Rae Jepsen Still No. 1, Nicki Minaj Makes History On Hot 100

    July 11, 2012 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'Call Me Maybe' notches a fifth week at No. 1, while 'Starships' has spent its first 21 weeks in the top 10, a new record Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Call Me Maybe," while Nicki Mi ...

  22. Carly Rae Jepsen Still No. 1, Nicki Minaj Makes History On Hot 100 Chart

    July 11, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Call Me Maybe," while Nicki Minaj's "Starships" has logged its first 21 weeks in the top 10, establishing a new record. "Maybe" continues its Hot ...

  23. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Album Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 11, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  24. Linkin Park Squeaks By Maroon 5, Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 04, 2012 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Maybach Music Group, R. Kelly Also Score Top 5 Debuts As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. Ho ...

  25. Carly Rae Jepsen Scores Highest Hot 100 Debut; 'Call Me Maybe' Tops Chart for Fourth Week

    July 04, 2012 11:27 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Call Me Maybe," while the singer concurrently scores the chart's highest new entry. David Guetta's "Titanium," featuring Sia, meanwhile, reaches the ...

  26. Linkin Park Tops Maroon 5, Scores Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Living Things'

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much clos ...

  27. Chart Moves: Justin Bieber's Double Debut on Hot 100, Cher Lloyd Rises

    June 29, 2012 1:29 PM EDT As Ellie Goulding's "Lights" leaps 12-6 in its 27th week on the Billboard Hot 100, completing the longest ascent to the region in the chart's 54-year history for a song by a female that was not aided by crossover airplay from c ...

  28. Carly Rae Jepsen Finally Pays 'Call' to Social 50, Despite Single's Ubiquity

    June 29, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Carly Rae Jepsen finally creeps her way onto the Billboard Social 50 chart this week with a No. 44 debut. The arrival comes after she performed on and won Video of the Year at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards on June 17. The Social 50 chart rank ...

  29. Carly Rae Jepsen Finally Pays 'Call' to Social 50, Despite Single's Ubiquity

    June 29, 2012 9:23 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen finally creeps her way onto the Billboard Social 50 chart this week with a No. 44 debut. The arrival comes after she performed on and won Video of the Year at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards on June 17. The Social 50 chart ra ...

  30. Ellie Goulding, Usher Ascend to Hot 100's Top 10, Carly Rae Jepsen Stays On Top of Chart

    June 27, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and Usher's "Scream" elevate to the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, while Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" rules the ranking for a third week. As "Lights" brighten ...

  31. Usher, Ellie Goulding Hit Hot 100's Top 10; Carly Rae Jepsen Still No. 1

    June 27, 2012 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ellie Goulding 's "Lights" and Usher 's "Scream" elevate to the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, while Carly Rae Jepsen 's "Call Me Maybe" rules the ranking for a third week. As "Lights" brighte ...

  32. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200 Debuts

    June 27, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As previously reported , Justin Bieber 's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the ...

  33. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As previously reported, Justin Bieber's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bie ...

  34. Martin Kierszenbaum, Cherrytree Part Ways With Interscope: Confirmed

    June 22, 2012 7:10 PM EDT CherryTree Records' Martin Kierszenbaum (left) backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards with Kev Nish from Far East Movement. (Photo: Jem Aswad) Cherrytree Records head Martin Kierszenbaum, who brought Robyn, Feist, Far East Movement and ...

  35. Usher Finds Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rush, Josh Turner, Waka Flocka Flame Among Top 10 Debuts Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star' ...

  36. Usher Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Looking 4 Myself'

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star's last full-length studio album, 2010's "Raymond ...

  37. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  38. Ellie Goulding Begins to Find Success in the States

    June 07, 2012 7:55 PM EDT 0 0 The video to Ellie Goulding's delicate, sparse cover of Elton John's "Your Song" shows the young singer/songwriter at play in the British autumn: Running through a green field dotted with sheep; considering a waterfall, wrapped in ...

  39. Weekly Chart Notes: Kimbra, One Direction, Rascal Flatts

    May 04, 2012 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 We love the '90s: Kimbra is the first woman born in the '90s to top the Hot 100. Get ready to feel old, thanks to the young artist featured on the 'LIGHTS' UP: In its 19th week on the Hot 100, Ellie Goulding 's "Lights& ...

  40. Chart Moves: Usher Continues Hot 100 Rise, Ellie Goulding Finally Hits Top 40, Rihanna's Latest Debuts

    May 04, 2012 6:00 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Gotye remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, which becomes the first song to sell more than 400,000 downloads in three separate weeks. Her ...

  41. Rita Ora Rocks Crowd Filled With Roc Nation, Columbia Execs -- and Steven Tyler -- at Debut L.A. Performance

    April 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT New Roc Nation signee Rita Ora performs during her first-ever Los Angeles showcase at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Thursday night, a crowd lined up outside of West Hollywood's Viper Room for Roc Nation/Columbia Record ...

  42. Backbeat: Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Oh Land Rock Elle's Women in Music Awards With Jason Flom, Scooter Braun, More

    April 13, 2012 3:44 PM EDT Singer Jessie J (center) receives a plaque from LAVA Records President/CEO Jason Flom (right) at ELLE's in Women Music 2012 at event in L.A. for selling over 12 million copies worldwide of her album Who You Are. (Photo: WireImage) At Elle mag ...

  43. Skrillex, Ellie Goulding Hit the Studio With 2/3 of Swedish House Mafia

    April 09, 2012 9:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 'We Had a Blast,' Says Sebastian Ingrosso of Collaboration S wedish House Mafia members Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso hit the studio recently with Skrillex and his girlfriend Ellie Goulding , according to Ingrosso. "We made a d ...

  44. Backbeat: Chiddy Bang, The Knocks, St. Lucia Launch Neon Gold Label Tour @ NYC's Santos Party House

    March 07, 2012 4:30 PM EST Things get a little hairy as Chiddy Bang cools down during their sold out performance at Santo's Party House on March 1. (Photo: Emily LIchtenberg) The Neon Gold label tour kicked off March 1st with a Chiddy Bang -- all puns intended -- to a ...

  45. Photos: Warner Music's Grammy Party, With Bruno Mars, Neil Young, Skrillex, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, More

    February 14, 2012 2:19 PM EST Singer Bruno Mars performs for guests attending the Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo: Vince Bucci/PictureGroup) Warner Music threw an exclusive party after the Grammys at ...

  46. Exclusive: Columbia and Neon Gold Co-Sign St. Lucia in First Joint Venture Deal

    January 12, 2012 6:30 AM EST In accordance with a label deal signed in December 2010, Columbia Records and independent specialty label Neon Gold have co-signed New York electro-pop artist St Lucia. The signing is first multi-album deal for Neon Gold, and the first co-signing ...

  47. Lana Del Rey Signs With Next Model Management

    January 05, 2012 4:21 PM EST Lana Del Rey has signed with Next Model Management , the modeling firm, whose talent wing houses other alternative singers like Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. Previously, Del Rey's music has been featured on soundtracks used by designers like E ...

  48. Backbeat: Frankmusik Talks Enrique Iglesias, Cherrytree Records Backstage @ Erasure's NYC Show

    September 27, 2011 3:19 PM EDT Can You Hear The Musik: Frankmusik backstage at Terminal 5. (Photo: Jeff Benjamin/Billboard) Frankmusik is preparing for the September 27th release of his album "Do It In The AM" with a supporting slot on Erasure 's "Erasure: T ...

  49. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera's 'Jagger' Tops Adult Pop Songs

    September 26, 2011 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. ...

  50. Hooked: Katy Perry Is Pretty in Pink & Kanye Heads East to London Fashion Week

    September 20, 2011 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Time to get Hooked, our bite sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Katy Perry Is Pretty in Pink The "Firework" hitmaker is pretty in pink on the cover of InStyle's October issue. The singer rocks a delicious pastel pink hairdo ...

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