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  • 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
  • Monster Tours Hit the Road in 2012

    Monster Tours Hit the Road in 2012 | ARTICLE

    For a concert business struggling to sell tickets in a wobbly economy, the world's biggest touring stars are roaring to the rescue: The...

    January 19, 2012 1:00 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Jessie J Starts the Invasion

    On the Charts: Jessie J Starts the Invasion | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: We spent the final week of last year pretty much like everyone else: ­ hauling the Christmas tree carcass into the alley, recycling the cardboard packing boxes and ignoring the thank-you notes we...

    January 18, 2012 1:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Jay-Z's 'Glory' Zooms on YouTube

    On the Charts: Jay-Z's 'Glory' Zooms on YouTube | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Blue Ivy Carter. For obvious reasons. But also because the new Princess of Pop, daughter of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, makes her recorded debut, gurgling on the hip-hop star's happy, gospel-ish and clearly rushed...

    January 11, 2012 3:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Adele Ruled a Dismal Year for Record Sales

    On the Charts: Adele Ruled a Dismal Year for Record Sales | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE (LAST) YEAR: No guessing necessary: Adele. Her final U.S. album sales tally, according to today's year-end Nielsen Soundscan data, was 5.82 million. That dwarfs the best-selling album of 2010, Eminem's Recovery, by more than...

    January 4, 2012 4:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Michael Buble Gets a Boost From 'Saturday Night Live'

    On the Charts: Michael Buble Gets a Boost From 'Saturday Night Live' | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Saturday Night Live. Could it be that the late-night show legendary for helping to transform acts from Nirvana to Public Enemy into superstars is getting its sales-making power...

    December 21, 2011 2:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: The Black Keys Debut High After Dissing Spotify

    On the Charts: The Black Keys Debut High After Dissing Spotify | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Black Keys. After withdrawing their new album, El Camino, from newfangled streaming services such as Spotify, the band sold 206,000 copies in their first week. Did the (non-)move contribute to sales? Hard...

    December 14, 2011 12:45 PM ET
  • On the Charts: She and Him, the Killers Score With Christmas Pop

    On the Charts: She and Him, the Killers Score With Christmas Pop | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Christmas music on iTunes. In a slow, post-Black Friday, pre-last-minute-shopping week, five albums on iTunes' Top 10 had holiday themes: the Killers' (RED) Christmas, She and Him's A Very She and Him Christmas,...

    December 7, 2011 3:40 PM ET
  • The Grammys: Who Will Win in the Key Categories

    The Grammys: Who Will Win in the Key Categories | ARTICLE

    We read this year's Grammy nominations news as blah blah blah blah blah Common, Lupe Fiasco and LL Cool J performed a tribute to Grandmaster Flash last night blah blah blah blah. It's about time...

    December 1, 2011 2:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Nickelback Defies Doubters

    On the Charts: Nickelback Defies Doubters | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: As natives of Detroit who still lionize the Lions, we were amused by the Nickelback-halftime-performance controversy on Thanksgiving Day. Some opponents of Nickelback's appearance tried to spin it as "a Canadian...

    November 30, 2011 2:35 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Drake Comes Out Swinging

    On the Charts: Drake Comes Out Swinging | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Drake. The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and the record industry is dutifully rolling out its sure things. Although Drake's Take Care sold fewer copies than retailers expected – 631,000 as opposed...

    November 23, 2011 2:30 PM ET
  • How the Universal-EMI Deal Will Change the Music Industry

    How the Universal-EMI Deal Will Change the Music Industry | ARTICLE

    A little more than a decade ago, there were six powerful major labels. Now, with the sale of EMI's recorded-music division – home to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Coldplay and Katy Perry – to...

    November 23, 2011 12:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Katy Perry Scores Again

    On the Charts: Katy Perry Scores Again | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The big chart story this week is rapper Mac Miller, whose independent debut Blue Slide Park sold 144,000 copies and hit Number One on the Billboard album charts. But we're more intrigued by...

    November 16, 2011 3:50 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Coldplay Takes Rock to the Top

    On the Charts: Coldplay Takes Rock to the Top | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Coldplay. All year, we've been criticizing rock bands, from Cake to Hollywood Undead to the Strokes, for jumping onto the charts in their debut weeks then dropping off so quickly we barely remember...

    November 2, 2011 3:10 PM ET
  • Adele Battles Vocal Issues

    Adele Battles Vocal Issues | ARTICLE

    Claiming serious vocal problems, Adele – the bestselling artist of 2011 – canceled her second run of U.S. dates this year on October 4th. The soul superstar has yet to announce when she'll return. "If I continue...

    October 27, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Rihanna Keeps Cranking Out the Hits

    On the Charts: Rihanna Keeps Cranking Out the Hits | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: All year Rihanna, whose last couple of tours were not exactly massive universal sellouts, has been steadily parsing out great singles from her underrated 2010 album – including "S&M," which sold more than...

    October 26, 2011 1:50 PM ET
  • The New Economics of the Music Industry

    The New Economics of the Music Industry | ARTICLE

    In the old days, it was much easier for pop stars to keep up with how much they were getting paid. Somebody would buy a CD at a Tower Records for $15 and a few dollars would...

    October 25, 2011 4:35 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Evanescence Leads Rock Back to the Top

    On the Charts: Evanescence Leads Rock Back to the Top | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Rock. Check out the iTunes album chart this week: Evanescence (Number One), Five Finger Death Punch (Number Three), Ryan Adams (OK, he's country-rock, but still, Number Four) and Coldplay (Number Eight). Plus,...

    October 19, 2011 1:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: 'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Debuts at Number One

    On the Charts: 'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Debuts at Number One | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: American Idol. Scotty McCreery – who knew? Other than the Idol judges and millions of voters, of course. Last season's winner lands at Number One on Billboard's Top 200, selling 197,000 copies...

    October 12, 2011 4:20 PM ET
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