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  • Steve Jobs’ Music Vision

    Steve Jobs’ Music Vision | ARTICLE

    Downloading music before iTunes wasn't hard, as long as you didn't mind breaking the law. But paying for a song online and storing it legally on a hard drive? All but impossible. Major labels had responded to...

    October 7, 2011 7:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: J. Cole Moves Into the Spotlight

    On the Charts: J. Cole Moves Into the Spotlight | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: J. Cole. The 25-year-old North Carolina rapper, who memorably guest-starred on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 two years ago, sold 218,000 copies of his debut Cole World: The Sideline Story this week, hitting Number...

    October 5, 2011 4:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Tony Bennett Hits Number One With a Little Help From His Friends

    On the Charts: Tony Bennett Hits Number One With a Little Help From His Friends | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The moral to this week's column is: The music business is simple! All you have to do to hit Number One is perform relentlessly high-quality material for almost 70 years, never yield...

    September 28, 2011 4:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Lady Antebellum Gets Comfortable at the Top

    On the Charts: Lady Antebellum Gets Comfortable at the Top | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Lady Antebellum. But first, a quote from country star Eric Church, who hit Number One on the Billboard album charts a few weeks ago. "Up until now I've not had a Number...

    September 21, 2011 4:50 PM ET
  • On the Charts: The Beatles Rock iTunes

    On the Charts: The Beatles Rock iTunes | ARTICLE

    WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Old guys on iTunes. The Beatles, who made their long-delayed iTunes debut late last year with much fanfare, released their modern greatest-hits album 1 on iTunes this week, selling 60,000 copies...

    September 14, 2011 1:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Beyonce Capitalizes on VMAs Appearance

    On the Charts: Beyonce Capitalizes on VMAs Appearance | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Lil Wayne. Although Lady Gaga's Born This Way sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week, relegating Weezy's Tha Carter IV to second-best debut of 2011, the rapper's 964,000...

    September 7, 2011 1:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV' Could Sell Up to 900,000

    On the Charts: Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV' Could Sell Up to 900,000 | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: What's extraordinary about Lil Wayne's new album Tha Carter IV is not just that retailers expect it to sell 850,000 to 900,000 in its debut week, but that after just a day and...

    August 31, 2011 2:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Lil Wayne, Hit Single Machine

    On the Charts: Lil Wayne, Hit Single Machine | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: In a digital-singles world, Lil Wayne has the perfect skill set. He's perhaps the most prolific rapper in history, spewing out quality single after quality single with such speed that he even...

    August 24, 2011 2:15 PM ET
  • Rock Radio Confronts Tough Times

    Rock Radio Confronts Tough Times | ARTICLE

    If you want to hear the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers or Mumford & Sons singles on the radio in New York...

    August 18, 2011 12:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Jay-Z, Kanye Sitting on the 'Throne'

    On the Charts: Jay-Z, Kanye Sitting on the 'Throne' | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: No surprise here. The Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration Watch the Throne hit Number One on the Billboard charts, selling 436,000 copies in its first week, second only to Lady Gaga's 1.1 million-selling...

    August 17, 2011 4:15 PM ET
  • Indiana Stage Collapse Tragedy Was Preventable, Expert Says

    Indiana Stage Collapse Tragedy Was Preventable, Expert Says | ARTICLE

    After an Indiana State Fair stage collapsed on Saturday, killing five people and injuring more than 40 others, police and fair officials blamed unexpected 60 to 70 mile-per-hour winds that prevented them from taking adequate precautions....

    August 15, 2011 2:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Adele Returns to a Familiar Perch

    On the Charts: Adele Returns to a Familiar Perch | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Consistency, as Adele's 21 returns to Number One on Billboard's albums chart. Even though it sold just 76,000 copies, a drop of eight percent this week, the singer nonetheless has spent 12 weeks...

    August 10, 2011 3:50 PM ET
  • Video: Flaming Lips' Stage Collapses in Oklahoma

    Video: Flaming Lips' Stage Collapses in Oklahoma | ARTICLE

    It had been 100 degrees all day when the Flaming Lips prepared to take the stage Sunday evening at Tulsa's Brady Block Party in their home state. When the sun abruptly gave way to rain torrents,...

    August 8, 2011 4:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Country Music Makes Its Mark

    On the Charts: Country Music Makes Its Mark | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Country music. Following contemporaries

    August 3, 2011 4:55 PM ET
  • Kings of Leon's Cancelled Tour Could Be Very Expensive

    Kings of Leon's Cancelled Tour Could Be Very Expensive | ARTICLE

    The official reason that Kings of Leon abruptly canceled the remaining 29 shows on their U.S. tour is frontman Caleb Followill's "vocal issues and exhaustion." But in the concert business, such benign explanations can hide...

    August 2, 2011 6:50 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Amy Winehouse's Sad Return

    On the Charts: Amy Winehouse's Sad Return | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: This is one week it would be nice to change the paragraph heading. Amy Winehouse, the British soul diva who died Saturday at age 27, made the saddest surge back into the...

    July 27, 2011 3:50 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Rock Roars Back

    On the Charts: Rock Roars Back | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Rock. Good old album-oriented rock took three of the four slots in Billboard's Top 10, including Incubus' If Not Now, When? (Number Two, 80,000 copies), Theory of a Deadman's The Truth Is ......

    July 20, 2011 3:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Will Beyoncé's Reign Be Short-Lived?

    On the Charts: Will Beyoncé's Reign Be Short-Lived? | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Beyoncé – with some qualifications. Her album 4 sold 310,000 copies the old-fashioned way, topping the Billboard charts this week for the fourth time in her career. But if we were Beyoncé, we'd...

    July 6, 2011 1:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: 'The Voice' Judges Make Their Marks

    On the Charts: 'The Voice' Judges Make Their Marks | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: We'll get to Jill Scott and Bon Iver in a minute, but first, let's coronate the latest TV hit-making monarch: NBC's The Voice, which drew 12.4 million viewers for last night's show....

    June 29, 2011 4:50 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Eminem Hits Number One With Royce da 5'9" Side Project

    On the Charts: Eminem Hits Number One With Royce da 5'9" Side Project | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Thank God for Eminem and Royce da 5'9", otherwise known as Bad Meets Evil, whose Hell: The Sequel sold 171,000 copies and beat irritatingly angelic 11-year-old chanteuse Jackie Evancho's Dream with Me to...

    June 22, 2011 2:55 PM ET
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