1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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?," ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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). ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Madonna, Lionel Richie Aiming for Top Two on Billboard 200

    March 30, 2012 8:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 As previously reported, Madonna 's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" are on track to debut at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, rock band Shinedown is also on track for ...

  28. Madonna, Lionel Richie Aiming for Top Two on Billboard 200; Katy Perry Could Return to Top 10

    March 30, 2012 6:08 PM EDT As earlier reported, Madonna's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" are on track to debut at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, rock band Shinedown is also on track for a ...

  29. Ask Billboard: Happy Birthday, Celine Dion!

    March 30, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and coun ...

  30. Madonna, Lionel Richie Set For Big Billboard 200 Debuts

    March 28, 2012 6:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna 's 12th studio album, "MDNA," is on course to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell between 300,000 to 350,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, ...

  31. Madonna's 'MDNA' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200; Lionel Richie Also Big

    March 28, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Madonna's 12th studio album, "MDNA," is on course to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell between 300,000 to 350,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday ...

  32. All 12 New Spotify Apps Come From Record Labels

    March 22, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Companies that stand to benefit the most from music discovery are creating the technologies to connect Spotify listeners with their music. Record labels created or backed all 12 of the apps unveiled for Spotify's desktop client Thursday. Spot ...

  33. ASCAP To Honor Trent Reznor With Golden Note Award

    March 22, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Trent Reznor, the lead singer from Nine Inch Nails and co-composer of massive movie soundtracks such as "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning "The Social Network" score will be honored by ASCA ...

  34. How Lionel Richie Sold Nearly 20,000 Albums in an Hour on Home Shopping Network

    March 20, 2012 5:15 PM EDT As expected, Lionel Richie hit the upper limit of what the company projected he would do from the hour-long live performance broadcast by the Home Shopping Network on March 16. While Universal Music Group executives privately said they expected &q ...

  35. SXSW Video: Polica Performance & Q&A

    March 16, 2012 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 "It's moving very fast," Polica frontwoman Channy Leaneagh said backstage at Billboard's SXSW showcase on Wednesday (March 14), shortly before the Minneapolis-based, R&B-influenced indie electro quartet took the stage opening ...

  36. Mercyline 'Mike' Bernardo, Pioneering Female Music Exec, Dies

    March 16, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Pioneering female music industry executive Mercyline "Mike" Bernardo -- former VP of Andre Harrell's Uptown Records and VP of promotion at Mercury Records -- passed away on March 14 following a lengthy illness. Raised in Newark, New ...

  37. Video: The-Dream Talks 'Love IV' & Shakira at Billboard SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Before taking the stage at Billboard's 2012 South By Southwest showcase at ACL Live on Wednesday night (Mar. 14), R&B maestro The-Dream chatted with Billboard.com editor Tye Comer about his forthcoming album, "Love IV MMXXII," as ...

  38. SXSW: Lionel Richie Q&A w/ Billboard 3/14/2012

    SXSW: Lionel Richie Q&A w/ Billboard 3/14/2012

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Richie chats backstage the night of his SXSW Billboard showcase headlining gig, March 14, 2012. featuredVideo1 , interview , SXSW , Lionel Richie , Interview SXSW Lionel Richie Interview ...

  39. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, The-Dream, Doc McGee, David Massey, More at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Lionel Richie (left), who headlined Billboard's SXSW showcase at Austin's ACL LIve Theater, with The-Dream, who also performed. ( Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy) At first, Lionel Richie thought he'd be playing an outdoor venue. The headl ...

  40. Video Q&A: Lionel Richie's 'Journey' to 'Tuskegee'

    March 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Backstage at his Billboard SXSW gig, Richie chats about the show and new album. • PHOTOS: Lionel, Friends + SXSW • Lionel Leads Billboard Showcase • Billboard's SXSW Survival Guide The Latest News From SXSW "I had so much fun!," Lione ...

  41. Lionel Richie: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 16, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Richie's TV stint kicks off March 16 with the singer launching HSN's live concert series, "HSN Live." The hour-long broadcast starts at 8 p.m. EST and will feature duet partner Kenny Rogers. Bracketing the concert: a 60-minute li ...

  42. SXSW 2012: 8 Things Seen & Heard Wednesday

    March 15, 2012 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Which R&B hitmaker is looking to collaborate with Shakira this month? How did The Staves deal with a chatty crowd at their show? Here's 8 things from Day 1 of South By Southwest 2012 that you may have missed -- even if you were there. Billb ...

  43. Lionel Richie Lights Up SXSW at Billboard Showcase

    March 15, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Lionel Richie performing at the Billboard SXSW showcase in Austin on Wednesday night (photo: Ben Sklar) With thousands of bands and fans having successfully descended upon Austin, Billboard said "Hello" to the 2012 South By Southwest Fes ...

  44. Lionel Richie Lights Up SXSW at Billboard Showcase

    March 15, 2012 9:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Performs 'Lady' With Kenny Rogers... Other Acts Include The-Dream, Polica, Vintage Trouble and Wallpaper. With thousands of bands and fans having successfully descended upon Austin, Billboard said "Hello" to the 2012 South By Sou ...

  45. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  46. Kenny Rogers to Join Lionel Richie at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 14, 2012 11:33 AM EDT When Lionel Richie hits the stage at Billboard's annual showcase at South By Southwest tonight, he'll be joined by Kenny Rogers, a man he calls his "mentor" and "the most important person" in the launching of the seco ...

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