The stealth Thursday evening (9 p.m PT) release of Beyonce's self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when that chart's top 10 is revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
It’s amazing how quickly a year goes by. It feels like just yesterday Billboard was honoring Adele and One Direction as top artist and top new artist, respectively, of 2012. But then again, that was before the world revisited the merits of “Thrift Shop” purchases, Florida Georgia Line was just a map demarcation and a “20/20 experience” was a hopeful result of an eye examination.
‘Blurred Lines,’ featuring T.I. and Pharrell, breaks the mark for highest weekly audience impressions in Nielsen BDS history with 219.8 million and becomes the first track to sell more than 400,000 downloads in four different weeks.
Billboard is expanding its coverage of the burgeoning dance scene by launching Dance/Electronic Songs, the first-ever ranking of the nation’s top dance songs combining digital download sales (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan), radio airplay (monitored by Nielsen BDS) and streaming data (tracked by BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio, MySpace, Xbox Music and Guvera) and reported club play from a select national panel of 140 club DJ