1. Carrie Underwood Debuts Atop Billboard 200, Beats Norah Jones, B.o.B

    May 09, 2012 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 C arrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, "Blown Away," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best sales week for a country album since t ...

  2. Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' Debuts At No. 1 With Best Country Sales In Months

    May 09, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Carrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, Blown Away , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best sales week for a country album since the Oct. 1 ...

  3. Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones, B.o.B and Marilyn Manson Heading to Top 10 on Billboard 200

    May 05, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Carrie Underwood is going to blow away the competition this week, as her latest album, Blown Away " should easily top the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry sources. The country diva's fourth studio set is on track to sell betwee ...

  4. Norah Jones, B.o.B and Marilyn Manson Top 10 Bound on Billboard 200

    May 04, 2012 10:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood is going to blow away the competition this week, as her "Blown Away" album should easily top the Billboard 200 chart -- so say industry sources. The country diva's fourth studio album is on track to sell between 275,0 ...

  5. Jack White Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jack White visits the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 for the first time, as his debut solo set, "Blunderbuss," arrives with 138,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the rocker's first No. 1 in any form -- he miss ...

  6. Jack White Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Jack White visits the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 for the first time, as his debut solo set, Blunderbuss , arrives with 138,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the rocker's first No. 1 in any form -- he missed the t ...

  7. SXSW 2012: Lionel Richie - "All Night Long" Live at Billboard's Showcase

    SXSW 2012: Lionel Richie - "All Night Long" Live at Billboard's Showcase

    April 30, 2012 9:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 SXSW 2012: Lionel Richie - "All Night Long" Live at Billboard's Showcase SXSW Lionel Richie ...

  8. John Legend Stepping into Lionel Richie's 'Duets' Spot

    April 30, 2012 8:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Legend will be among the mentors on ABC's summer singing competition, "Duets," the network has announced. The singer will step in for Lionel Richie , who exited the show thanks to "personal scheduling conflicts," Entert ...

  9. The Wanted, Lee Brice Heading for Billboard 200 Top 10

    April 28, 2012 12:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 It seems a foregone conclusion that Jack White will score his first No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 with "Blunderbuss" while the top 10 could see arrivals from the Wanted, Lee Brice and Kip Moore. Industry sources suggest that W ...

  10. The Wanted, Lee Brice Heading for Billboard 200 Top 10

    April 27, 2012 9:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 It seems a foregone conclusion that Jack White will score his first No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 with "Blunderbuss" while the top 10 could see arrivals from the Wanted, Lee Brice and Kip Moore. Industry sources suggest that W ...

  11. The Wanted, Lee Brice, Kip Moore Heading For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    April 27, 2012 8:43 PM EDT It seems a foregone conclusion that Jack White will score his first No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 with Blunderbuss , while the top 10 could see arrivals from the Wanted, Lee Brice and Kip Moore. Jack White Set for First No. 1 Album In ...

  12. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Rumour' Rises; Linkin Park's 'Burn It Down' Debuts; Google Gooses Charts Again

    April 26, 2012 10:26 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, with digital sales of 493,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Maroon 5's "Payphone," featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa, roars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3 (marking the band's bes ...

  13. Spotlight: Barry Michael Hopes to Take Flight

    April 25, 2012 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country newcomer Barry Michael hopes that 2012 sees his career soar -- just as high as he recently got to fly at South Carolina's McEntire National Guard Base. "I did a concert for them for their family day at the air base. I had dinner wi ...

  14. Billboard 200: Lionel Richie Holds Off Jason Mraz, Stays At No. 1

    April 25, 2012 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" album holds at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200 chart, shifting 114,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 11%). The pop veteran blocks Jason Mraz from earning his first chart-topping, ...

  15. Lionel Richie Holds at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Jason Mraz Debuts at No. 2

    April 25, 2012 11:33 AM EDT Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" holds at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200, shifting 114,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 11%). The pop veteran blocks Jason Mraz from earning his first chart-topper, as "Lo ...

  16. Josh Turner Bringing 'Punching Bag' to HSN Live

    April 24, 2012 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 J osh Turner fans will want to be sure that they tune into HSN on Friday, May 25. The MCA Nashville recording artist will be making an appearance on the channel that night to promote his fifth studio album, "Punching Bag." Though the disc ...

  17. SXSW 2012: Lionel Richie - "Hello" Live at Billboard's Showcase

    SXSW 2012: Lionel Richie - "Hello" Live at Billboard's Showcase

    April 23, 2012 7:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 SXSW: Lionel Richie "Hello" Live at Billboard's Showcase performance , SXSW , Lionel Richie , Performance SXSW Lionel Richie Performance ...

  18. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead CMT Nominations

    April 23, 2012 1:27 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift atop the list, look no further than the CMT Music Awards nominations for proof country music's new favorite color is blonde. Underwood earned five nominations, L ...

  19. 2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees

    April 23, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 A trio of country's power women figure prominently in the nominations for the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards, with perennial fan favorite Carrie Underwood taking five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift wi ...

  20. Jason Mraz, Lionel Richie, Train & Future Set for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    April 20, 2012 9:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 While Jason Mraz and Lionel Richie are still duking it out for No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, rock band Train and rapper Future are headed for the top 10. Mraz and Richie are gunning for the top slot next week with their respecti ...

  21. Train, Future Set For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    April 20, 2012 9:14 PM EDT While Jason Mraz and Lionel Richie are still duking it out for No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, rock band Train and rapper Future are headed for the top 10. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Album Hits No. 1 On Billboard ...

  22. Chart Moves: 'Newsies' Cast Album Debuts, 'MTV Unplugged' Returns, and a Video Game Soundtrack Sizzles

    April 19, 2012 10:38 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Lionel Richie claimed his third No. 1 album with the rise of "Tuskegee" (129,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, up 35%). He might even stick around for a second week on the list i ...

  23. Blake Shelton Nails Sixth Straight No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 19, 2012 2:01 PM EDT As "Drink on It" advances 2-1, Blake Shelton achieves his sixth straight leader -- his 11th overall -- on Country Songs, where he takes sole possession of second place among all artists with active No. 1 streaks. Zac Brown Band tops that ...

  24. Blake Shelton Nails Sixth Straight No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 19, 2012 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lionel Richie Tops Albums Chart As "Drink on It" advances 2-1, Blake Shelton achieves his sixth straight leader - his 11th overall - on Country Songs, where he takes sole possession of second place among all artists with active No. 1 strea ...

  25. Jason Mraz Vs. Lionel Richie For No. 1 Album Next Week

    April 19, 2012 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Mraz 's new album "Love is a Four Letter Word" is in the running to become the singer/songwriter's first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. That is, if Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" steps aside. Both a ...

  26. Jason Mraz Vs. Lionel Richie For Next Week's No. 1 Album

    April 19, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Jason Mraz's new album "Love is a Four Letter Word" is in the running to become the singer/songwriter's first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. That is, if Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" steps aside. Both a ...

  27. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Monica, Bonnie Raitt also post Top 10 debuts Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" album rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in its third week on the list, selling 129,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 35%). The set jumps thre ...

  28. Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Album Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" album rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its third week on the list, selling 129,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 35%). The set jumps three slots this week, easily overtaking Adele's ...

  29. Lionel Richie on Track to Top Billboard 200

    April 16, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 L ionel Richie might be "dancing on the ceiling" right now, as his "Tuskegee" album is on track to hit No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 chart. It would mark his third chart-topping album -- and his first since 1986's &qu ...

  30. Lionel Richie Rides CBS Special to Likely No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Lionel Richie (right) with Kenny Chesney performing together at the "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert," which aired on CBS this past Friday. Lionel Richie might be "dancing on the ceiling" right now, as his ...

  31. Monica, Bonnie Raitt and Counting Crows Aiming High on Billboard 200

    April 13, 2012 8:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer Monica is heading for her fifth straight top 10 album, as "New Life" is aiming to sell around 60,000 by week's end on Sunday, April 15, according to industry sources. That figure might be enough to give her a top five p ...

  32. Monica, Bonnie Raitt and Counting Crows Aiming High on Billboard 200

    April 13, 2012 5:49 PM EDT R&B singer Monica is heading for her fifth straight top 10 album, as New Life is aiming to sell around 60,000 by week's end on Sunday, April 15, according to industry sources. That figure might be enough to give her a top five placing on ...

  33. Lionel Richie Honored With NARM Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement

    April 11, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Lionel Richie is enjoying quite a year so far, with his headlining slot at Billboard's SXSW Showcase , new album Tuskegee debuting at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 and no. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart last week, and inductioin into the Apoll ...

  34. Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Reloaded' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" debuts atop the list with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly better-than-expected sales figure, as ind ...

  35. Nicki Minaj's 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 11, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Nicki Minaj scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" debuts atop the list with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly better-than-expected sales figure, as i ...

  36. Who Besides Lionel Richie Has Topped Billboard's R&B and Country Charts?

    April 09, 2012 11:15 AM EDT An insightful e-mail came in last week (to askbb@billboard.com) from avid chart-watcher Garrett Godbey of Tampa, Fla. Godbey wrote, "With Lionel Richie debuting at No. 1 with Tuskegee on Top Country Albums , he's earned No. 1s on the Top ...

  37. Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    April 06, 2012 8:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj is on track to score her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while Rascal Flatts is heading for its eighth top 10 set. Industry sources suggest Minaj's "Roman Reloaded" will sell around 215,000 to 235,000 and easily d ...

  38. Carrie Underwood Enters Top 10 on Country Chart

    April 06, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jake Owen Has Top Song, While Lionel Richie Scores Biggest Country Album Debut in a Year Jake Owen claims a second week atop Country Songs with "Alone with You," which improves 688,000 audience impressions for a total of 37 million during ...

  39. Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    April 06, 2012 5:38 PM EDT Nicki Minaj is on track to score her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while Rascal Flatts is heading for its eighth top 10 set. Industry sources suggest Minaj's "Roman Reloaded" will sell around 215,000 to 235,000 and easily ...

  40. Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Justin Bieber, Silversun Pickups

    April 06, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 As Madonna and Richie claim the Billboard 200's top two spots, consumers are partying like it's 1986. WE LOVE THE '80s: "What's going on family? Can you believe we are sitting on the top of the charts together again?," ...

  41. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Rolling' Hits New High, Pitbull's 'Men in Black III' Track Bows

    April 05, 2012 10:13 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" roars in at No. 2 with 521,000 downloads ...

  42. Editor's Note: What Role Did Bundling and Exclusives Play in Madonna and Justin Bieber's Big Debuts?

    April 04, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Madonna has the no. 1 album on this week's Billboard 200. She sold 359,000 copies of MDNA compared to Lionel Richie's Tuskegee , which opens with a really impressive 199k first week. But many of Madonna's sales came through a bundle ...

  43. Shinedown Has Its Best Week Ever on Madonna-led Billboard 200

    April 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As earlier reported , Madonna 's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" bow at Nos. 1 and 2 this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively (according to Nielsen SoundScan). ...

  44. Madonna Tops Billboard 200, Shinedown Has Best Week Ever

    April 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As earlier reported, Madonna's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" bow at Nos. 1 and 2 this week on the Billboard 200, selling 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Madonna has n ...

  45. Guy Oseary on Madonna's 'MDNA': The Art of the Album Roll-Out

    April 04, 2012 8:26 AM EDT When Madonna's twelfth album, MDNA, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 today with Nielsen SoundScan-certified sales of 359,000, she'll not only have the biggest first week of the year, but will instantly reinstate her place at the top ...

  46. Madonna Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie at No. 2

    April 03, 2012 6:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 M adonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of her "MDNA," while Lionel Richie 's all-star country collaborations covers album "Tuskegee" bows in the runner-up slot -- his highest-chartin ...

  47. Madonna's 'MDNA' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie Bows at No. 2

    April 03, 2012 5:56 PM EDT Madonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of her "MDNA," while Lionel Richie's all-star country collaborations covers album "Tuskegee" bows in the runner-up slot -- his highest-chartin ...

  48. Win Tickets To See The-Dream In L.A.

    April 03, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The-Dream stays busy. While working on his upcoming album, "Love IV MMXXII" and penning classics for various artists, the singer-songwriter is trekking the U.S. for his three-week tour, 'Kill The Lights.' Billboard's 2012 SX ...

  49. Will Wilson Phillips Get a Sarah Palin Sales Bump From Their 'Today' Show Appearance?

    April 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Wilson Phillips who will perform on NBC's "Today" show co-hosed by former Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the same day their new album "Dedicated" is released. *(Photo: WilsonPhillips.com) Could Sarah Palin do f ...

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