1. Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars Lead Gift-Card-Fueled Digital-Song Sales Surge

    December 28, 2012 2:25 PM EST The yearly post-Christmas digital song sales surge is in full effect this week, with a number of tunes aiming for monster sales figures. Consumers redeeming download gift cards received for Christmas are spurring huge increases for a variety of so ...

  2. Jason Aldean Scores 16th Top 10 on Country Songs

    December 28, 2012 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Cassadee Pope's 'Over You' Continues Climb, Jumping 21-3 on Country Digital Songs Jason Aldean and Randy Houser fatten their respective top 10 counts on Country Songs , noted as Houser's "How Country Feels" improves 11- ...

  3. 2012 Holiday-Season Music Sales Down From Last Year

    December 28, 2012 9:00 AM EST In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele's "21" or Michael Buble's "Christmas," 2012's holiday music sales were down compared to last year. Comparing weeks 46-51 of the 2013 SoundScan calen ...

  4. Holiday Season Album Sales Have the No-Buble Blues

    December 28, 2012 8:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Without blockbusters like Michael Buble's "Christmas" or Adele's "21, sales were down 10% from last year In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele 's "21" or Michael Buble 's "C ...

  5. Taylor Swift Trespasser Won't Be Charged

    December 28, 2012 7:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Prosecutors on Thursday declined to pursue a criminal trespassing charge against a Wisconsin man arrested earlier this month for climbing a fence at a Nashville home linked to country star Taylor Swift . Jacob Kulke, of Marshfield, Wis., will remain ...

  6. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Headed for Seventh Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 10:25 PM EST 0 0 0 For the final sales tracking week of 2012, it seems as if a familiar face will rule the Billboard 200 albums chart again: Taylor Swift. According to label sources, the star's "Red" album is likely to remain at No. 1 for a seventh non- ...

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Headed for Seventh Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 8:59 PM EST For the final sales tracking week of 2012, it seems as if a familiar face will rule the Billboard 200 albums chart again: Taylor Swift. According to label sources, the star's "Red" album is likely to remain at No. 1 for a seventh no ...

  8. Bruno Mars Marks a Chart First With Hot 100 Leader 'Heaven'

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a third week at No. 1. The song also crowns the Radio Songs chart for the first time. As it continues to lead Digital and On-Demand Songs, "Locked" ...

  9. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  10. Bruno Mars Marks a Chart First With Hot 100 Leader 'Heaven'

    December 27, 2012 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 "Heaven" is first track to top the Hot 100, Radio, Digital and On-Demand Songs charts simultaneously Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a third week at No. 1. The song also crowns the ...

  11. T.I.'s 'Trouble Man' Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200, Taylor Swift Still Rules

    December 27, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As predicted last week, Taylor Swift 's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth non-consecutive week, selling 276,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%) -- as do most o ...

  12. T.I.'s 'Trouble Man' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 10:55 AM EST As predicted last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, selling 276,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%), as do most of ...

  13. The Year In Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 A look back at 10 breakout acts whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was ...

  14. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  15. Mumford & Sons May Bring in 'An Electric Guitar or Synthesizer' on Third Album

    December 26, 2012 3:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Mumford & Sons ' acoustic guitars may have some company on their next album. "We're not going to be the band that stands for folk music or for organic music," band frontman Marcus Mumford told the UK's Sunday Times . &qu ...

  16. Ten Brands to Watch in 2013

    December 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST Marketers spent close to $1.2 billion on music sponsorship alone in 2012, and that's not even counting the hundreds of millions that went into commercials featuring current songs that helped many artists impact the Billboard charts. As artist ...

  17. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 26, 2012 12:40 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts. Find out the top songs ...

  18. Taylor Swift Named 2012's Most Charitable Star, Rihanna Gives $1.75 Million

    December 26, 2012 12:03 PM EST 0 0 0 'Tis the season for pop star charity work. DoSomething.org named Taylor Swift its top "celeb gone good" for 2012, citing the singer's $4 million donation to the Country Hall of Fame Museum and her Ripple of Hope Award, a charity ...

  19. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 24, 2012 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out th ...

  20. Justice Collective's Charity Single Wins Christmas No. 1 Title

    December 24, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Cover of 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' Includes Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won on Sunday (Dec. 23) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 19 ...

  21. Justice Collective Wins UK's Xmas Single Title; Emeli Sande Has Top Album, 2012's Best Seller

    December 24, 2012 7:58 AM EST The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won yesterday (Sunday) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" (Metropolis). Emeli Sandé's "Our ...

  22. Taylor Swift Going for Six Weeks at No. 1 With 'Red' on Billboard 200

    December 22, 2012 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift is dreaming of a "Red" Christmas, it seems. Industry sources are forecasting that her "Red" album is on track to possibly spend a sixth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The album mi ...

  23. Taylor Swift Going for Six Weeks at No. 1 With 'Red' on Next Week's Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 9:47 PM EST Taylor Swift is dreaming of a "Red" Christmas, it seems. Industry sources are forecasting that her latest album, "Red," is on track to possibly spend a sixth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. T ...

  24. Jenni Rivera Hits No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 21, 2012 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Jenni Rivera , who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wedn ...

  25. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  26. 2013 Grammy Awards: From The Editor

    December 21, 2012 11:45 AM EST What an amazing year it was for music! In reviewing the charts and essays in our just-published year-end double issue, it was hard to pick a favorite. Taylor Swift's Red sold 1.2 million copies its first week. Adele sold her 10 millionth copy ...

  27. 2013 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year

    December 21, 2012 11:23 AM EST five singular sensations go for the gold "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys Producers: The Black Keys, Danger Mouse Engineers/Mixers: Tom Elmhirst, Kennie Takahashi, Brian Lucey From: El Camino Label: Nonesuch "Lonely Boy" is the lead ...

  28. 2013 Grammy Awards: Album Of The Year

    December 21, 2012 11:14 AM EST THE CREME DE LA CREME THESE ARTISTIC STATEMENTS DEFINED THE YEAR IN MUSIC   El Camino The Black Keys Producers : The Black Keys, Danger Mouse Engineers/Mixers: Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst, Kennie Takahashi Mastering Engineer: Brian Lucey Label: None ...

  29. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headl ...

  30. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

  31. Chart Moves: 'Nashville' Nets Year's Best Sales Week for TV Soundtrack on Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 8:30 AM EST Billboard 200 On the Billboard 200 albums chart this week , Bruno Mars' second release, "Unorthodox Jukebox," arrived in the No. 2 slot, selling 192,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It surpasses the No. 3 peak of his 2010 debut ...

  32. Adele Named AP Entertainer of the Year

    December 20, 2012 10:10 AM EST 0 0 0 Though Adele didn't have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she's still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. In 132 ballots submitted b ...

  33. Ross On Radio: Songs That Made A Difference In 2012

    December 20, 2012 9:45 AM EST It's not hard to find songs that made a difference at top 40 this year Left-field hits from "Too Close" to "Ho Hey" didn't just claim real estate on stations dominated by turbo-pop anthems a year ago, they also had an ...

  34. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera Memorial; Glassnote Being Courted; New SiriusXM CEO's Challenges; 2012's Best Start-ups

    December 20, 2012 7:45 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletter HERE JENNI RIVERA HONORED BY FANS AND STARS IN EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL: The memorial commemorating the life of Jenni Rivera was as dramatic and colorful as the art ...

  35. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  36. T.I. & '12-12-12' Album Heading for High Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 19, 2012 8:34 PM EST 0 0 0 As the year comes to a close, the last big new albums hit retailers this week, with T.I. 's "Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head" leading the charge. Industry sources are forecasting the hip-hop star's latest album -- his first in alm ...

  37. T.I., '12-12-12' Albums Heading for High Debuts on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    December 19, 2012 8:25 PM EST As the year comes to a close, the last big new albums hit retailers this week, with T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head" leading the charge. Industry sources are forecasting that the hip-hop star's latest album -- his first ...

  38. One Direction Scores Second Million-Selling Album This Year With 'Take Me Home'

    December 19, 2012 7:49 PM EST This week, One Direction becomes the first act since 2005 to have two newly-released albums sell more than a million in a calendar year. In other words: They have released two albums since January, and both have already sold a million before the y ...

  39. One Direction Scores Second Million-Selling Album

    December 19, 2012 7:43 PM EST 0 0 0 This week, One Direction becomes the first act since 2005 to have two newly-released albums sell more than a million in a calendar year. In other words: They have released two albums since January, and both have already sold a million before the yea ...

  40. Top 20 Music Moments of 2012: Whitney, PSY, Pussy Riot & More

    December 19, 2012 6:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article   It was the best of times - Taylor Swift, One Direction and PSY had their best year ever. It was the worst of times - the world lost Whitney Houston, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and Jenni Rivera. But 2012 was anything but a slow news year ...

  41. Cassadee Pope's Vision for Album: Edgy, Mature With a Lil' Blake Shelton

    December 19, 2012 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 'The Voice' Finale Seen by 14 Million Viewers, Up 18% From Season 2 Cassadee Pope begins her post-"Voice" career tonight (Dec. 19) with an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and heads to New York to appear o ...

  42. Bruno Mars Has Top Spot On Hot 100 'Locked' Up Again

    December 19, 2012 1:02 PM EST As the singer enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2 with 'Unorthodox Jukebox,' he logs a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, as well as Hot Digital Songs, while roaring to the summit on On-Demand Songs Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard ...

  43. Bruno Mars Has Top Hot 100 Spot 'Locked' Up Again

    December 19, 2012 12:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a second week at No. 1. The lead single from his sophomore album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," which bows at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 192,000 copies ...

  44. Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Still Rules

    December 19, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The debut of "Unorthodox Jukebox" gives Bruno his best sales week ever. Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (u ...

  45. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album Rules at No. 1, Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2

    December 19, 2012 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 25%). It's the Big Machine album's fifth non-consecutive week at No. ...

  46. Madonna Rules Billboard.com's Readers Poll 2012

    December 18, 2012 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Once Billboard.com readers weighed in on their favorite artists, songs and albums of the year, Madonna emerged as the 2012 MVP and came out on top in four other categories. One year after pop divas like Britney Spears, Adele and Lady Gaga ruled the ...

  47. Ed Sheeran: The Breakout Star of 2013?

    December 18, 2012 1:40 PM EST 0 0 0 How the singer-songwriter positioned himself to have a massive year. Justin Bieber may have been the headliner at the annual Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden Dec. 7, but the night secretly belonged to Ed Sheeran . Not only did the English f ...

  48. Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

    December 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 The singer is the first 'American Idol' champion to send a debut single to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, where 'Home' hikes 2-1. Plus, new No. 1s from Ellie Goulding and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at ...

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