1. Taylor Swift Plots First Headlining Tour

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, Taylor Swift will embark on her first headlining tour this spring, beginning April 23 in Evansville, Ind. The 52-city trek will feature "multiple costume changes" and a stage with a "fairy-tale castle," according t ...

  2. Kelly Clarkson Breaks Record For Hot 100 Jump

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Kelly Clarkson makes history on this week's Billboard Hot 100 with the largest leap to No. 1 in the chart's 50-year history. Her new single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," rockets 97-1 after selling 280,000 digital downloads i ...

  3. Taylor Swift Album Starts Eighth Week At No. 1

    January 28, 2009 11:06 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift continues her reign on The Billboard 200 as "Fearless" starts an eighth week at No. 1. The Big Machine effort moved 63,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a mere 1% slip from sales last week. This ...

  4. Stars Sign On For Couric Grammy Special

    January 23, 2009 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Justin Timberlake, Lil' Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift will join Katie Couric for her "All Access Grammy Special," to air Feb. 4 on CBS. The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Rascal Flatts, Duffy, Ad ...

  5. Chart Beat: Christopher Cross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift

    January 22, 2009 2:03 PM EST 0 0 0 DOUBLE CROSS: Christopher Cross returns to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with his second title to appear on this chart. Yes, that's pop star Christopher Cross, not hip-hop duo Kris Kross of "Jump" fame, who last appeared on this tally 11- ...

  6. Keith Urban Names New Album

    January 22, 2009 12:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Keith Urban has christened his new album "Defying Gravity" and, as previously reported, will release it March 31 on Capitol Nashville. First single "Sweet Thing" rises 12-8 this week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, U ...

  7. Lady GaGa Leads Hot 100 Amid Static Top 5

    January 22, 2009 10:49 AM EST 0 0 0 Amid a static top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis is No. 1 for a third week after selling 192,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Also staying put at No ...

  8. Swift Makes It Lucky Seven Atop Billboard 200

    January 21, 2009 11:25 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) begins a seventh week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Usher's "Confessions" spent nine at the top in 2004. "Fearless" sold ...

  9. Lucky Seven For Swift While 'Notorious' Debuts

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . . . Can you name the last album to spend as many weeks at the top? . . . The first top 10 debut of the year comes in the form of the soundtrack to " ...

  10. Jonas Bros. Duet With Taylor, Cover Shania

    January 19, 2009 12:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Although details are still scant, the Jonas Brothers will be including a series of surprises on the soundtrack to their "3D Concert Experience" film. Due Feb. 24 from Hollywood, the set is expected to include a duet with former tourmate Ta ...

  11. Lady GaGa Dances Again Atop Hot 100

    January 15, 2009 10:27 AM EST 0 0 0 Lady GaGa begins a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis, after selling more than 213,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The track has shifted 2.14 million do ...

  12. Taylor Swift Tops Album Chart For Sixth Week

    January 14, 2009 10:54 AM EST 0 0 0 In another week bereft of any major new releases, Taylor Swift maintains her lead on The Billboard 200 for a sixth non-consecutive week with "Fearless." The Big Machine album moved 72,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, ...

  13. Taylor Swift Tops Album Chart For Sixth Week

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST In another week bereft of any major new releases, Taylor Swift maintains her lead on The Billboard 200 for a sixth non-consecutive week with "Fearless." The Big Machine album moved 72,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundSca ...

  14. Swift Makes It Six While GaGa Gains

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth week, the longest run at the top since 2005 . . . As the big chart continues to get back to a normal post-Christmas state, a bevy of albums make headway on th ...

  15. Swift To Guest Star On 'CSI'

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rising country superstar Taylor Swift, who ended 2008 as the top selling all-genre artist with just over 4 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and who kicked off 2009 as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live,&q ...

  16. Taylor Swift Still In Control Of Billboard 200

    January 07, 2009 10:54 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift notches her fifth non-consecutive week atop The Billboard 200 with "Fearless" (Big Machine), which moved 90,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a 66% sales slide from the previous week& ...

  17. Taylor Swift Still In Control Of Billboard 200

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift notches her fifth non-consecutive week atop The Billboard 200 with "Fearless" (Big Machine), which moved 90,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a 66% sales slide from the previous wee ...

  18. Post-Holiday Chart Blues

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST While Taylor Swift's "Fearless" hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fifth week, she does so with less than 100,000 . . . The chart continues to regain pre-Christmas normality, with holiday titles -- for the most part -- tak ...

  19. Chart Beat: Taylor Swift, 'Saturday Night Live,' A Song By Any Other Name...

    January 05, 2009 3:47 PM EST 0 0 0 TAYLOR, TWICE: Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) leads Top Country Albums for the seventh consecutive week. The country singer's sophomore album debuted at No. 1 the week of Nov. 29, 2008 and hasn't budged since. It� ...

  20. Swift To Appear On 'SNL'

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift, who ended 2008 as the top selling artist with just over 4 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, will kick off 2009 as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Swift will join host Neil Patrick H ...

  21. Beyonce Starts 2009 Atop The Hot 100

    January 01, 2009 1:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Beyonce begins 2009 with a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," which also enjoys a seventh frame leading Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The track sold a massive 382,000 downloads last week according ...

  22. Taylor Swift Reigns Again On Billboard 200

    December 31, 2008 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift's sophomore Big Machine album "Fearless" tops The Billboard 200 for a fourth non-consecutive week after selling 262,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 21% sales decline from last week. With ...

  23. Lil Wayne Notches Top-Selling Album Of '08

    December 31, 2008 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" (Cash Money/Universal) is far and away the top seller of 2008, netting 2.88 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, it's the first time the best selling album of the year has s ...

  24. Taylor Swift Reigns Again On Billboard 200

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's sophomore Big Machine album "Fearless" tops The Billboard 200 for a fourth non-consecutive week after selling 262,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 21% sales decline from last week. Wi ...

  25. Taylor Swift Stands Still As 2008 Comes To A Close

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST For a fourth week, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" finds itself at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 ... This week's charts mark the final sales frame of the 2008 year, so we dive into the year's sales numbers, detailing some surprisin ...

  26. Beyonce Celebrates Christmas Atop Hot 100

    December 25, 2008 1:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Beyonce celebrates Christmas today (Dec. 25) with the No. 1 song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) begins a third and sixth week atop them, respectively. The track sold 149,0 ...

  27. Taylor Swift Trumps Big Debuts To Stay No. 1

    December 24, 2008 11:04 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) begins a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week, selling 330,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Fearless" trumps big debuts f ...

  28. Taylor Swift Fends Off Keyshia Cole And Jamie Foxx At No. 1

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" wins out on the Billboard 200 over new albums from Keyshia Cole and Jamie Foxx as the young country singer's set moves 330,000 . . . Cole's "A Different Me" and Foxx's "Intuiti ...

  29. Taylor Swift Reclaims Billboard 200 Throne

    December 17, 2008 10:48 AM EST 0 0 0 In a week without a top 10 debut, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" reclaims the top spot on The Billboard 200, inching up 2-1 thanks to a 29% sales increase to 249,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Fearle ...

  30. Taylor Swift Reclaims Billboard 200 Throne

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a week without a top 10 debut, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" reclaims the top spot on The Billboard 200, inching up 2-1 thanks to a 29% sales increase to 249,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Fear ...

  31. Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Returns To No. 1

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" comes back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, displacing Britney Spears' "Circus," which slips to No. 2 in its sophomore frame . . . The top 10 of the chart is devoid of debuts, ...

  32. The Year In Music & Touring: A Run Of No. 1 Achievements Ends The Year For Taylor Swift

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rising superstar Taylor Swift is making her mark, of that there can be no doubt. This 18-year-old concludes the year in the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Artists recap and the Hot Country Songwriters tally. She also leads the Top Country Album Art ...

  33. Chart Beat Chat

    December 12, 2008 10:43 AM EST 0 0 0 RECURRENT EVENTS Hi Fred, I’ve noticed a couple things on the recent country chart that you could clear up for me. Has the recurrent policy changed? I know [the rules called for removal of songs after] 20 weeks [that were] below the top 10, however ...

  34. Britney's 'Circus' Debuts Atop Album Chart

    December 10, 2008 11:21 AM EST 0 0 0 As expected, Britney Spears' "Circus" makes a big bow at the top of The Billboard 200, becoming her fifth No. 1. The Jive set moved 505,000 copies in the United States, making Spears the only act in Nielsen SoundScan history to have f ...

  35. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Already on track to have the best-selling album of 2008, rapper Lil Wayne leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight, including album of the year and best rap album for "Tha Carter III," best rap song for "Loll ...

  36. Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris For No. 1 Debut

    December 03, 2008 11:16 AM EST 0 0 0 Kanye West earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "808s & Heartbreak" bows in the top slot. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set moved 450,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the artist's lowest debut sa ...

  37. Keith Urban To Tour Behind New Album

    December 02, 2008 5:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Keith Urban will tour North America next spring in support of his as-yet-untitled new album, due March 31 from Capitol Nashville. Dates are not confirmed, but the trek is expected to begin in May and run through the summer. Sugarland, Taylor Swift, ...

  38. Chart Beat Chat

    November 26, 2008 2:28 PM EST 0 0 0 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Hello Fred, I'm afraid it might get lost in the shuffle but it certainly was a milestone at the time. But it is just 10 years since the Hot 100 dropped its rule of commercial availability. On Dec. 5, 1998, the Hot 100 featured ...

  39. Beyonce Starts 'Fierce' Atop Album Chart

    November 26, 2008 7:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Beyonce scores her third straight No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week as the double-disc "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) shifts a whopping 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album ...

  40. Chris Brown, Kanye West Rule American Music Awards

    November 24, 2008 10:57 AM EST 0 0 0 Chris Brown was the big winner, but it was Kanye West's night at the American Music Awards. Instead of his typical tantrum -- a trend West started four years ago when he lost the favorite new artist prize -- the rapper claimed two trophies last ...

  41. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 2:24 PM EST 0 0 0 THE 'DIE' IS CAST : Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl Crow ("Tomorrow Never Dies"). Jack White and ...

  42. Taylor Swift Notches Six Hot 100 Debuts

    November 20, 2008 1:43 PM EST 0 0 0 T.I. begins a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, but the big story on the chart this week is Taylor Swift's six new entries, led by "White Horse" at No. 13. ...

  43. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, AC/DC, Beyonce and more! THE 'DIE' IS CAST: Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ( ...

  44. Taylor Swift Notches Six Hot 100 Debuts

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 T.I. begins a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, but the big story on the chart this week is Taylor Swift's six new entries, led by T.I. begins a fourth non-consecuti ...

  45. Taylor Swift Soars To No. 1 Debut

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With the best sales week for a country album in a year, 18-year-old Taylor Swift debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with her sophomore set, "Fearless." The Big Machine release With the best sales week for a country ...

  46. Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Flies At No. 1 With 592,000

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift nets the best week for a country album in a year as her "Fearless" set arrives at No. 1 with 592,000 . . . Her set is just one of six arrivals in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The others? David Archuleta's self-title ...

  47. Foos, Mayer Set For Grammy Nominations Show

    November 18, 2008 4:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Foo Fighters, John Mayer and B.B. King will perform at the first Grammy Nominations Concert, to be held Dec. 3 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS. In addition to the performances, the event will reveal the nominees in several as-yet-uns ...

  48. Foos, Mayer Set For Grammy Nominations Show

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Foo Fighters, John Mayer and B.B. King will perform at the first Grammy Nominations Concert, to be held Dec. 3 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS. Mariah Carey, LL Cool J and Taylor Swift Foo Fighters, John Mayer and B.B. King will perf ...

  49. Taylor Swift, "Fearless"

    November 16, 2008 6:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Due this week from Big Machine, Taylor Swift's sophomore album "Fearless" begins the transition from rising country superstar -- her 2006 self-titled debut album has sold 3.4 million units, in addition to 7.5 million single downloads, ...

  50. Chart Beat Chat: Maddona, Taylor Swift, and Royalties

    November 14, 2008 10:51 AM EST 0 0 0 HEIR APPARENT Fred, I write often and you answer often, I never seem to say thank you for all your replies. I also own all but one of your books (which I cannot find). Here is my question: when an artist dies and still has an active catalog, who get ...

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