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  • 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
  • On the Charts: Digital Songs Close 2012 With Record Sales Week

    On the Charts: Digital Songs Close 2012 With Record Sales Week | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Digital songs. By downloading Psy's "Gangnam Style" for a New Year's Eve party mix last week – and yes, haters, some of us still like that song, and for the record, it's way...

    January 3, 2013 2:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: T.I. Takes Off

    On the Charts: T.I. Takes Off | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: T.I. Prison seems to have done minimal damage to the Atlanta rapper's career, as his Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head sells 179,000, second only to Taylor Swift's Red, which sold 276,000, an...

    December 27, 2012 6:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Rod Stewart's Christmas Cage Match

    On the Charts: Rod Stewart's Christmas Cage Match | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Christmas Cage Match. Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby had emerged as the early holiday-season favorite, wavering around Number Three and Number Four since it came out in October. But look out!...

    December 19, 2012 12:15 PM ET
  • Radio Stations Pull Ke$ha's 'Die Young' From Rotation

    Radio Stations Pull Ke$ha's 'Die Young' From Rotation | ARTICLE

    Dozens of radio stations have pulled Ke$ha's "Die Young" after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut – for reasons of "sensitivity," says a source close to the Cumulus Media chain, which owns 525 stations,...

    December 19, 2012 10:22 AM ET
  • Top Artists Adjust to New World of YouTube Bootlegs

    Top Artists Adjust to New World of YouTube Bootlegs | ARTICLE

    Plug "Metallica" and "full concert" into YouTube and dozens of incredible clips come up: a full, two-hour concert from earlier this year; a two-and-a-half hour 1989 show from Seattle; the band's complete set from the 1999 Woodstock...

    December 17, 2012 10:56 AM ET
  • Gil Friesen, Influential Music Mogul, Dead at 75

    Gil Friesen, Influential Music Mogul, Dead at 75 | ARTICLE

    Gil Friesen, the record executive who built A&M Records with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss – helping to introduce the Police, Janet Jackson, Soundgarden and the Carpenters to the world – died Thursday...

    December 14, 2012 7:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Bruno Mars Aims for Big Week in Slow Season

    On the Charts: Bruno Mars Aims for Big Week in Slow Season | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bruno Mars. The R&B sleeper made two smart moves this fall. He put out "Locked Out of Heaven," a catchy little thing with excellent beeping noises that has drawn almost 37 million...

    December 12, 2012 1:00 PM ET
  • 2013 Grammy Nominations: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    2013 Grammy Nominations: The 5 Biggest Surprises | ARTICLE

    Nothing's ever too shocking about the Grammy nominations – the recording industry honors songs and albums with artistic merit and decent sales as well as performers who might look nice on TV. But still, 55th annual Awards:...

    December 6, 2012 9:10 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire' Leads Lukewarm Week

    On the Charts: Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire' Leads Lukewarm Week | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Alicia Keys. By default. (It was a terrible week for album sales – see below.) Girl on Fire hit Number One, but its sales were a measly 159,000, the lowest of any...

    December 5, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • Pandora Clashes With Musicians Over Song Payments

    Pandora Clashes With Musicians Over Song Payments | ARTICLE

    In its long-running battle with Pandora over royalty payments for streaming songs, the record business dispatched its most potent weapon – prominent musicians – to Capitol Hill this week. Before last Wednesday's hearing about the Internet Radio...

    December 3, 2012 4:10 PM ET
  • Grammy Nomination Odds Favor Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean

    Grammy Nomination Odds Favor Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean | ARTICLE

    After a year that lacked culture-dominating albums by pop superstars like Adele or Lady Gaga, the 2013 Grammy nominations are likely to be a void through which just about anybody can jump. It won't be Taylor...

    December 3, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Rihanna On Top

    On the Charts: Rihanna On Top | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Rihanna. For all the negative press Rihanna received the last two weeks about dragging a bunch of tired, grumpy journalists on her plane throughout Europe, the singer sold a respectable 238,000 copies...

    November 28, 2012 12:00 PM ET
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