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  • Van Halen Postpone Summer Tour Dates

    Van Halen Postpone Summer Tour Dates | ARTICLE

    Van Halen have abruptly postponed all tour dates after their June 26th show in New Orleans with no explanation. The band yanked more than 30 long-planned dates, including shows in Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Salt Lake City and...

    May 17, 2012 4:45 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Rihanna's 'Ship' Sails

    On the Charts: Rihanna's 'Ship' Sails | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Mother's Day. We're not comfortable generalizing about mothers' musical tastes – this writer's wife, who is a mother, favors George Jones, Parliament and the Sex Pistols – but stereotypical mom-oriented albums got...

    May 16, 2012 1:50 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Carrie Underwood Blows Away Norah Jones

    On the Charts: Carrie Underwood Blows Away Norah Jones | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Carrie Underwood. The onetime American Idol queen's album Blown Away hits Number One on Billboard's albums chart, and it's the kind of country album that might follow the Lady Antebellum-Eric Church-Zac Brown...

    May 9, 2012 1:04 PM ET
  • Chart Watch: Jack White Is Moving and Shakin'

    Chart Watch: Jack White Is Moving and Shakin' | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Jack White. And, to a lesser degree, rock. The White Stripes/Dead Weather/Raconteurs frontman's first solo album hits Number One, with sales of 138,000. (For the record, our favorite moment on White's new...

    May 2, 2012 12:29 PM ET
  • Chart Watch: The Triumph of Bland Pop

    Chart Watch: The Triumph of Bland Pop | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bland pop albums. Peaceful, mellifluous romantics are beating the crap out of each other this week for chart dominance. Jason Mraz' touchy-feely Love Is a Four Letter Word opens at Number Two with...

    April 25, 2012 1:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Stuck on Lionel Richie

    On the Charts: Stuck on Lionel Richie | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Lionel Richie. What's not to love about this formula? Beloved pop icon records an album of his best-known hits – only this time he sings them with a twang, hiring Nashville's biggest stars...

    April 18, 2012 12:33 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Nicki Minaj Reloads, Madonna Posts a Record-Low

    On the Charts: Nicki Minaj Reloads, Madonna Posts a Record-Low | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Nicki Minaj. Despite mixed reviews and a disturbing, but still somehow great performance during the Grammys, the pink-haired dervish tops the Billboard charts this week with her not-a-sequel album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded....

    April 11, 2012 1:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Madonna and Lionel Richie Bring Back the Eighties

    On the Charts: Madonna and Lionel Richie Bring Back the Eighties | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Eighties. Madonna's MDNA, which is perhaps not the world's best dance album, is still full of banging-enough anthems to remind Lady Gaga, David Guetta and Skrillex who started today's dance music...

    April 4, 2012 1:25 PM ET
  • The Big Business of Rock Estates

    The Big Business of Rock Estates | ARTICLE

    When big music stars die, renewed interest in their careers can instantly be worth tons of money. And beyond a short-term enterprise, the business of departed artists can – if managed well – be...

    March 29, 2012 3:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: One Direction's Big Debut, Springsteen's Slide

    On the Charts: One Direction's Big Debut, Springsteen's Slide | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: One Direction. A few weeks ago when we suggested that the Wanted might herald the return of boy bands, a publicist emailed us immediately. One Direction is the band you want to...

    March 21, 2012 12:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Bruce Springsteen Topples Adele

    On the Charts: Bruce Springsteen Topples Adele | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bruce Springsteen. The promotional strategy for his last few albums has been to flood the market – this time around, he's been streaming music online, opening the Grammys and covering Rolling Stone,...

    March 14, 2012 1:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: How About the Return of Boy Bands!

    On the Charts: How About the Return of Boy Bands! | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Wanted. We could just keep printing Adele Adele Adele Adele Adele in this space, or perhaps deal yet again with Whitney Houston's morbid posthumous sales, but let's take a break for something...

    March 7, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: How Do You Spell Fun.?

    On the Charts: How Do You Spell Fun.? | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Having spent the morning listening to New York pop band Fun.'s second album Some Nights, which hit Number Three this week, selling 70,000 copies, we feel confident in saying the album (warmed-over Queen)...

    February 29, 2012 1:03 PM ET
  • What’s Adele’s Next Move After Storming the Grammys?

    What’s Adele’s Next Move After Storming the Grammys? | ARTICLE

    In January, Adele made one of the most important decisions of her career: While recovering from surgery to remove a polyp from her vocal cords, she agreed to perform her biggest hit, "Rolling in the Deep," during...

    February 29, 2012 11:30 AM ET
  • On the Charts: 730,000 New Adele Fans

    On the Charts: 730,000 New Adele Fans | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Adele. Remember last week, when we suggested after a day's worth of data that the only star receiving a post-Grammy sales bump was Whitney Houston? Turns out our estimates were on the conservative...

    February 22, 2012 12:19 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Van Halen Jump Ahead

    On the Charts: Van Halen Jump Ahead | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Van Halen. This should be interesting. We've been noticing for the past year that prominent rock albums, from Nickelback to Coldplay to Cake, tend to leap onto the...

    February 15, 2012 3:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Lana Del Rey Weathers the Storm

    On the Charts: Lana Del Rey Weathers the Storm | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Lana Del Rey. The last time a Saturday Night Live musical trainwreck dominated media attention this much, it was Ashlee Simpson and her unfortunate response to her own lip-syncing. Simpson's music career has...

    February 8, 2012 12:10 PM ET
  • Megaupload Busted as Piracy War Heats Up

    Megaupload Busted as Piracy War Heats Up | ARTICLE

    Possibly the biggest anti-piracy bust of all time took place on January 20th, when a global sting operation led by the FBI and the Department of Justice brought down the file-sharing giant Megaupload – and arrested its...

    February 3, 2012 1:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Kelly Clarkson Starts the Slow Burn

    On the Charts: Kelly Clarkson Starts the Slow Burn | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Kelly Clarkson. Her people pulled all the right levers over the past month and a half to launch "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" to the top of this week's...

    February 1, 2012 1:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: The Black Keys and Coldplay Prove Rock's Staying Power

    On the Charts: The Black Keys and Coldplay Prove Rock's Staying Power | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Rock music. For more than a year, we've been reporting on the moribund sales and radio impotence of what was, for decades, the most dominant genre in pop music. Last...

    January 25, 2012 1:30 PM ET
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