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  • On the Charts: David Bowie and Bon Jovi Debut Strong

    On the Charts: David Bowie and Bon Jovi Debut Strong | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: David Bowie. Yes, technically, Bon Jovi's What About Now is Number One (95,000 copies sold) and Bowie's The Next Day (85,000) is Number Two. But be honest – given...

    March 20, 2013 12:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Jimi Hendrix Earns Highest Chart Debut Since 1969

    On the Charts: Jimi Hendrix Earns Highest Chart Debut Since 1969 | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Jimi Hendrix. What appears to be the late guitar hero's final studio album, consisting of unreleased tracks recorded with a variety of musicians between 1968 and 1970, sold 72,000 copies and made...

    March 13, 2013 6:42 PM ET
  • Van Halen Shoot Down Tour Rumors: 'Nothing's Been Discussed'

    Van Halen Shoot Down Tour Rumors: 'Nothing's Been Discussed' | ARTICLE

    Irving Azoff, manager of Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen, has debunked a rumor singer David Lee Roth has spread in recent interviews that rockers Van Halen will perform "probably 50, 60 shows" in Europe beginning...

    March 12, 2013 6:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Bruno Mars Discount Keeps Atoms for Peace From Top Spot

    On the Charts: Bruno Mars Discount Keeps Atoms for Peace From Top Spot | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bruno Mars. How do you get to Number One? In the old days, long before SoundScan, record labels used to pressure key record stores into over-reporting their sales figures. These days, the process...

    March 6, 2013 12:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Alabama Shakes, Rihanna Look Good in Soft Week

    On the Charts: Alabama Shakes, Rihanna Look Good in Soft Week | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Unexpected surges. After lingering on the charts for a year, the Southern rock band Alabama Shakes take advantage of a great Saturday Night Live performance to launch its Boys & Girls album...

    February 27, 2013 12:25 PM ET
  • How Baauer Took 'Harlem Shake' to Number One

    How Baauer Took 'Harlem Shake' to Number One | ARTICLE

    Last June, a little-known Brooklyn DJ named Baauer released an EDM track called "Harlem Shake" on a free website without much fanfare. By earlier this month, it had become the latest Psy-level mass phenomenon: Skydivers, underwater stormtroopers,...

    February 22, 2013 3:09 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Mumford & Sons Lead Post-Grammy Bounce

    On the Charts: Mumford & Sons Lead Post-Grammy Bounce | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Grammy Awards. Although the CBS telecast's ratings dropped compared to last year (due, understandably, to not having an emotional last-minute Whitney Houston tribute), the numbers were nonetheless respectable. They were even...

    February 20, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • Cost of Lady Gaga's Tour Cancellation Could Exceed $30 Million

    Cost of Lady Gaga's Tour Cancellation Could Exceed $30 Million | ARTICLE

    Lady Gaga's canceled Born This Way Ball – which was set to run 22 more nights at arenas through March 20th – will lead to nearly $30 million in refunds, according to estimates based on...

    February 15, 2013 3:18 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Josh Groban, Tim McGraw Debut One-Two

    On the Charts: Josh Groban, Tim McGraw Debut One-Two | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Pop stars old people like. In a slow week, before the Grammy Awards have kicked in, the artists who sell the most albums are beloved by old-school record buyers. Josh Groban, whose perfect...

    February 13, 2013 11:55 AM ET
  • Grammys Ratings Second Best in 20 Years

    Grammys Ratings Second Best in 20 Years | ARTICLE

    Sunday night's Grammy Awards drew 28.12 million viewers, a 29.5 percent drop from the record-breaking CBS telecast in 2012. (Viewers between 18 and 49 also dropped 27 percent.) The decline was no surprise – last year, the...

    February 11, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • Pink Floyd, Radiohead Catalogs Change Label Hands

    Pink Floyd, Radiohead Catalogs Change Label Hands | ARTICLE

    Warner Music's $765 million purchase of the Parlophone record label, which includes the rights to catalogs by Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Radiohead and Daft Punk, gives the third-biggest record label a much-needed power boost with...

    February 8, 2013 1:20 PM ET
  • American Concert Industry Questioning Safety After Brazilian Nightclub Fire

    American Concert Industry Questioning Safety After Brazilian Nightclub Fire | ARTICLE

    The Brazilian nightclub fire on January 31st that left 238 people dead and more than 100 hospitalized prompted officials in Brazil, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Mexico to intensify club safety regulation, accelerate inspections and temporarily close dozens of...

    February 7, 2013 3:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Justin Bieber Hits Back, Acoustic

    On the Charts: Justin Bieber Hits Back, Acoustic | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Justin Bieber. I knew the Biebs would be back! After sales were (relatively) low for his Believe album last year, he didn't receive any Grammy nominations, his singles stalled on the charts,...

    February 6, 2013 12:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Lumineers Jump Up in Dead-Slow Week

    On the Charts: Lumineers Jump Up in Dead-Slow Week | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Lumineers. The Mumford & Sons Lite band from Denver takes advantage of yet another slow January week (country singer Gary Allan was Number One with just 106,000 sales) to jump from Number...

    January 30, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • Flaming Lips' Super Bowl Commercial

    Flaming Lips' Super Bowl Commercial | VIDEO

    The Flaming Lips are one-upping fun., the Lumineers, Phillip Phillips and other acts who've boosted new singles with prominent TV commercials over the past year by writing an original song, "Sun Blows Up Today," for a...

    January 29, 2013 1:35 PM ET
  • Coachella's Red Hot Chili Peppers Booking Came 'Down to the Wire'

    Coachella's Red Hot Chili Peppers Booking Came 'Down to the Wire' | ARTICLE

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers signed on to headline Coachella about an hour before the annual Indio, California, festival announced its lineup last night, one of the band's managers tells Rolling Stone. "We've been in talks...

    January 25, 2013 4:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: A$AP Rocky's 'Long.Live' Sets the Pace in Debut Week

    On the Charts: A$AP Rocky's 'Long.Live' Sets the Pace in Debut Week | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: A$AP Rocky. Buzz on the New York City rapper has been building for two years, thanks to mixtapes, a guest spot on Rihanna's "Cockiness (Love It)" remix and an opening slot for Drake's...

    January 23, 2013 12:45 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Goodbye to the Smash Hits of 2012

    On the Charts: Goodbye to the Smash Hits of 2012 | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. "Thrift Shop," which came out in 2012, has a chance to be the Lady Antebellum-Mumford & Sons-Lumineers chart story of the year. That's not just because it's laid back...

    January 16, 2013 12:35 PM ET
  • On the Charts: 'Les Miz,' Mumford Lead Deep Discount Week

    On the Charts: 'Les Miz,' Mumford Lead Deep Discount Week | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Discounts. The one-week surge of Mumford & Sons' Babel is continuing evidence that reasonable prices on newish titles spark serious sale: a $6.99 iTunes promotion last week pushed the album to 91,000...

    January 9, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • Irving Azoff's Live Nation Exit Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

    Irving Azoff's Live Nation Exit Leaves Many Questions Unanswered | ARTICLE

    Days after announcing his surprise resignation as Live Nation Entertainment's executive chairman, powerful Eagles and Christina Aguilera manager Irving Azoff revealed his frustration that he couldn't use his position to lower ticket prices, kill service...

    January 4, 2013 12:55 PM ET
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