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  • On the Charts: Bruno Mars Keeps Hitting Singles

    On the Charts: Bruno Mars Keeps Hitting Singles | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bruno Mars. Unorthodox Jukebox, which came out last fall, is starting to hit the Rihanna/Katy Perry stratosphere – the album hasn't sold many copies, but each single outdoes the last one....

    April 10, 2013 12:35 PM ET
  • Michael Jackson Trial May Hinge on Conrad Murray Testimony

    Michael Jackson Trial May Hinge on Conrad Murray Testimony | ARTICLE

    The latest super-trial involving Michael Jackson will hinge on a few key questions: Did executives from AEG Live, Jackson's concert promoter, hire Dr. Conrad Murray? And did they pressure Murray into pumping Jackson full of...

    April 10, 2013 11:05 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Justin Timberlake Holds Fast to Number One

    On the Charts: Justin Timberlake Holds Fast to Number One | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Justin Timberlake. Again. The 20/20 Experience had the biggest sales debut of the year, then dropped 67 percent in its second week – 318,000 sales, although easily still ahead of

    April 3, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Justin Timberlake Has Best Sales Week Ever

    On the Charts: Justin Timberlake Has Best Sales Week Ever | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Justin Timberlake. Of course. The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies in its debut week, the most since Taylor Swift's Red did 1.2 million last October. Swift may be a hotter...

    March 27, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Deke Richards, Motown Songsmith, Dead at 68

    Deke Richards, Motown Songsmith, Dead at 68 | ARTICLE

    Deke Richards, the Motown songwriter, arranger and producer who founded the Corporation, the team that wrote the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and other Sixties and Seventies hits, died Sunday...

    March 26, 2013 10:30 AM ET
  • Rolling Stones Settle on Promoter for Arena Tour

    Rolling Stones Settle on Promoter for Arena Tour | ARTICLE

    The Rolling Stones...

    March 21, 2013 10:51 AM ET
  • 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
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