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  • Questions Linger After Radiohead Stage Collapse

    Questions Linger After Radiohead Stage Collapse | ARTICLE

    As Canadian investigators sift through the remains of last Saturday’s Radiohead concert in Toronto, looking for clues as to why the stage collapsed before the show and killed the band’s drum technician, veteran concert producers...

    June 23, 2012 12:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Usher's View From the Top

    On the Charts: Usher's View From the Top | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Usher. In its first week out, the hunky R&B/pop veteran's Looking 4 Myself album hit Number One and sold 128,000 copies. It's not a lot for one of the world's biggest stars...

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: The Beach Boys' Best Debut Ever

    On the Charts: The Beach Boys' Best Debut Ever | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Beach Boys. Unbelievably, That's Why God Made the Radio is the first Beach Boys album to debut in the Top 10. It sold 61,000 copies and finished at Number Three, behind Adele's...

    June 13, 2012 12:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Prepare for the Summer of the Biebs

    On the Charts: Prepare for the Summer of the Biebs | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Justin Bieber. What may potentially be The Summer of the Biebs officially begins this week, as "Die In Your Arms" opens on Billboard's Digital Songs chart at Number Four, with 185,000 sales. It's...

    June 6, 2012 12:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: John Mayer Knocks Down Adam Lambert

    On the Charts: John Mayer Knocks Down Adam Lambert | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: John Mayer. Despite a serious throat condition that prevented him from doing many shows or interviews, the singer-guitarist parked Born and Raised at Number One on Billboard's album chart, selling 219,000 copies....

    May 30, 2012 3:45 PM ET
  • Mastered for iTunes Offers Boost in Digital Sound Quality

    Mastered for iTunes Offers Boost in Digital Sound Quality | BLOG ENTRY

    For over 50 years, rock stars, engineers and producers have labored in the studio to find the perfect sound – and in the last decade, they've been wrestling with more limitations than ever, thanks to the way...

    May 29, 2012 7:45 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Adam Lambert Makes History

    On the Charts: Adam Lambert Makes History | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Adam Lambert. (And American Idol, whose past and present eras make their presence known on the charts this week). Lambert's Trespassing album debuts at Number One on Billboard's album chart by...

    May 23, 2012 1:40 PM ET
  • 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
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