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  • 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
  • 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
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