1. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores ...

  2. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  3. Matchbox Twenty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    September 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As expected, pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its new "North" album debuts with 95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the group's first full-length studio album since 2002 ...

  4. TobyMac Earns First No. 1 Christian Album On Billboard 200 Since 1997

    September 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1997 -- and only the third time ever -- a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200. TobyMac lands his first chart-topper, "Eye on It," as it bows with 69,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It simult ...

  5. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer bad ...

  6. Bruce Springsteen Scores 10th No. 1 Album WIth 'Wrecking Ball,' Adele Slips to No. 2

    March 14, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen nets his 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Wrecking Ball" debuts atop the tally with 196,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Among all acts, Springsteen ties Elvis Presley for the third-m ...

  7. Chart Juice: Beyonce Banks First Adult R&B No. 1

    February 23, 2012 5:15 PM EST 0 0 0 In a seeming case of chart déjà vu, Drake continues his reign on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne , rules at No. 1 for a second consecutive week. The routine success of Drake leaves allow plenty of room ...

  8. Adele's '21' Bump Getting Bigger: Now Aiming for 650-680,000 Sales Week

    February 17, 2012 9:35 PM EST Adele's "21" is shaping up to have an even bigger week than first thought. Presently, the set is now projected to sell somewhere in the range of 650,000 to 680,000 by week's end on Sunday, Feb. 19, according to industry sources ...

  9. Adele's '21' Bump Getting Bigger: Now Aiming for 650-680,000 Sales Week

    February 17, 2012 9:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Adele 's "21" is shaping up to have an even bigger week than first thought. Presently, the set is now projected to sell somewhere in the range of 650,000 to 680,000 by week's end on Sunday, Feb. 19, according to industry sources. ...

  10. Drake Doubles Up Again in R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10

    January 19, 2012 9:27 PM EST 0 0 0 D rake earns his 22nd top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Song s as "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne), the anthem that preaches the way of the Young Money assemblage, jumps 13-9. The song earns the Greatest Gainer/Airplay award with an increase of 3 ...

  11. Lil Wayne Writing Prison Memoir

    January 13, 2012 8:44 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Lil Wayne is offering a literary tour of his prison days. The million-selling rapper has signed with Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, for the memoir "Gone Till November." Hachette announced Thu ...

  12. Lil Wayne to Publish Prison Memoir in November

    January 12, 2012 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's prison stint is being immortalized in book form. Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, has announced that the company will publish "Gone Till November," a compilation of the rapper's diaries th ...

  13. Adele Leads SoundScan 2011 Year-End Charts With Top Selling Album, Song

    January 04, 2012 5:45 AM EST Though it seemed a foregone conclusion months ago, Adele's "21" and her "Rolling in the Deep" single finish 2011 as the United States' top-selling album and song according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" sold 5.8 ...

  14. LMFAO, Florence + the Machine on Track for Billboard 200 Top 10

    December 30, 2011 8:05 PM EST 0 0 0 The Billboard charts are getting extra "Sexy" this week. Electronic/pop/rap duo LMFAO just scored its second No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Sexy and I Know It" and now the act is heading for its first top 10 al ...

  15. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' On Track to Be 2011's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    December 16, 2011 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 As we reported on Dec. 14, Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album should hold at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week, so say industry prognosticators. The set could sell another 450,000 to 500,000 copies by the end of the t ...

  16. Adele? Bruno Mars? Skrillex? Retailers Project 2012 Grammy Sales Bumps

    December 02, 2011 9:10 AM EST Out of the titles eligible for the 54th Grammy's in the top 20 best-selling albums so far in 2011, only Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" was overlooked in the nominations announced on Wednesday evening. The album, which was relea ...

  17. Drake's 'Take Care' Cruising to 700,000-Plus Debut

    November 16, 2011 6:55 PM EST It should surprise nobody, but Drake's second full-length studio album, "Take Care," is on its way to a monster debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell as many as 725,000 copi ...

  18. Coldplay's Digital Strategy Pays Off: Group Breaks iTunes Record With 500,000 Downloads in a Week

    November 03, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Pointing to an increasingly equal digital vs. physical playing field, Coldplay's latest album, "Mylo Xyloto," which was released on Oct. 24, has broken a record for the iTunes store worldwide by selling more than 500,000 downloads i ...

  19. Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Headed For Top of Billboard 200

    October 26, 2011 9:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Next week, watch for Coldplay 's "Mylo Xyloto" album to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as industry sources suggest the set will sell at least 440,000-450,000 by week's end on Oct. 30. The British band's fi ...

  20. Adele's '21' Hits 13th Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200; Casting Crowns Bow At No. 2

    October 26, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Adele's "21" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week (rising 2-1), marking its 13th week atop the tally. That's the most weeks at No. 1 since the soundtrack to "Titanic" set sail in 1998 and spent 16 weeks at ...

  21. Adele & Casting Crowns: Duking It Out For No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 21, 2011 11:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 As we reported on Wednesday , Christian band Casting Crowns could be on its way to its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with "Come to the Well." However, a certain British songbird named Adele is putting up quite the fight ...

  22. Evanescence, Lauren Alaina Targeting Billboard 200 Top 10

    October 14, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 As previously reported, Evanescence could be cruising to its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the band's self-titled third release may sell more than 110,000 by week's end on Sunday, Oc ...

  23. George Strait Heading For Billboard 200's Top Debut

    September 07, 2011 8:26 PM EDT There won't be much of a surprise at the top of the Billboard 200 next week, as it is expected Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" will hold at No. 1 for a second week after its blockbuster 964,000 debut. While it's too early to t ...

  24. Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Adele Get MTV VMAs Sales Bump on Billboard Top 10 Sales Chart

    September 07, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported, Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" lights up the top slot on the Billboard 200 as it arrives with 964,000 sold in its first week , according to Nielsen SoundScan. But Weezy's achievement is a mere chunk of the ...

  25. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' Debuts at No. 1 With 964,000 Sold

    September 06, 2011 6:38 PM EDT It's official: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" has sold 964,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily enabling its No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. It is his third No. 1 album following "Tha Carter II ...

  26. Will Beyonce's Baby Bump Bring a Sales Bump for '4'?

    August 31, 2011 8:13 PM EDT As Billboard.biz previously reported , next week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 will likely go to Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV." But the rest of the chart should boast some interesting arrivals and moves. Beyonce could benefi ...

  27. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' Now Aiming For 850,000 Debut; Red Hot Chili Peppers Likely Runner-Up

    August 30, 2011 2:42 PM EDT Yesterday (Aug. 29), initial first-week sales projections for Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" were hovering in the 700,000-850,000 range, but now, after a full day's worth of sales under its belt, that number has grown. Industry so ...

  28. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV': Track-By-Track Review

    August 29, 2011 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Tha Carter IV" arrives today (Aug. 29) with gargantuan expectations that Lil Wayne cannot match. How could he? The last installment in the New Orleans rapper's "Carter" series, "Tha Carter III," was a perfect stor ...

  29. Nicki Minaj: I'll 'Remain Myself' Whether on Britney Spears or Lil Wayne's Tour

    May 11, 2011 9:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fresh off her road run with Lil Wayne , Nicki Minaj is planning to "expand" her live show for her upcoming run with Britney Spears but promises she's neither taming nor tailoring her act for a different audience. "People think (S ...

  30. Drake To Drop Another Album Before Next Summer? This Year?

    August 31, 2010 2:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake is the rapper that never sleeps. Just short of two months since releasing his "Thank Me Later" debut, Young Money president Mack Maine is speculating that Drizzy might be releasing his follow-up set as soon as end of year. Video: Mac ...