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  • On the Charts: One Direction Assume the Boy-Band Throne

    On the Charts: One Direction Assume the Boy-Band Throne | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: One Direction. Officially taking the boy-band baton from Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, 'NSYNC, New Kids on the Block and Bay City Rollers, One Direction's Take Me Home sold 540,000 copies, the...

    November 21, 2012 12:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Taylor Swift Stays on Top, One Direction Jump the Gun

    On the Charts: Taylor Swift Stays on Top, One Direction Jump the Gun | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Holiday shoppers. With Black Friday a week and a half away, the fourth quarter's blockbuster albums are clicking into place – Ne-Yo's R.E.D. shows up at Number Four, selling 66,000 copies, and One...

    November 14, 2012 1:50 PM ET
  • Inside the Beatles' Vinyl Album Remasters

    Inside the Beatles' Vinyl Album Remasters | ARTICLE

    The remastered Beatles catalog arrives on 180-gram vinyl in record stores tomorow (today in the U.K.). While engineers didn't have to spend as much time on them as they did on the remastered CDs, they...

    November 12, 2012 2:55 PM ET
  • Paul McCartney Launches Another 'Magical Mystery Tour'

    Paul McCartney Launches Another 'Magical Mystery Tour' | ARTICLE

    A guy who can backload his concert with "Hey Jude," "Yesterday," "Helter Skelter," "Get Back" and "Day Tripper" can pretty much do whatever he wants for the first two hours. For most of his first...

    November 12, 2012 11:50 AM ET
  • Record Stores Reeling After Hurricane Sandy

    Record Stores Reeling After Hurricane Sandy | ARTICLE

    Rob Roth's customers in Fords, New Jersey, have trees through their houses, no power, no heat and ridiculous lines for gas. So they're not thinking about Rod Stewart's new Merry Christmas, Baby. "It's very adversely affected business,"...

    November 9, 2012 1:15 PM ET
  • Kid Rock Lifts iTunes Boycott With 'Rebel Soul' Album

    Kid Rock Lifts iTunes Boycott With 'Rebel Soul' Album | ARTICLE

    Kid Rock, who has pointedly stonewalled Apple in the past, will release his new LP Rebel Soul through the dominant online retailer. The album, due on November 19th, is available by pre-order on iTunes, and its...

    November 8, 2012 12:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' Is Hot, Neil Young Debuts Strong

    On the Charts: Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' Is Hot, Neil Young Debuts Strong | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bruno Mars. The obvious choice here is Meek Mill, the Philadelphia rapper whose Dreams & Nightmares sold 165,000 copies and was runner-up on the album chart to Taylor Swift's Red (344,000,...

    November 7, 2012 1:30 PM ET
  • Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, The Who Lead Packed 2013 Tour Season

    Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, The Who Lead Packed 2013 Tour Season | ARTICLE

    If Keith Richards' prediction that the Rolling Stones will hit the road next year holds true, they'll be joining what is already a strong lineup of tours for early 2013. Lady Gaga, the Who, Taylor Swift,...

    November 6, 2012 12:35 PM ET
  • Beleaguered Music Industry Has High Hopes for Fall Season

    Beleaguered Music Industry Has High Hopes for Fall Season | ARTICLE

    After more than a decade of reeling from low CD sales, the record business is finally heading into a holiday shopping season with a little confidence. Taylor Swift's Red sold more than 1.2 million copies in its...

    November 6, 2012 9:00 AM ET
  • Hurricane Sandy Benefit Plans Came Together Overnight, Say Organizers

    Hurricane Sandy Benefit Plans Came Together Overnight, Say Organizers | ARTICLE

    NBC's Friday night benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy – set to feature Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi and network stars Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams and Matt Lauer – came...

    November 1, 2012 5:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Taylor Swift Hits a Million Without Sales Tricks

    On the Charts: Taylor Swift Hits a Million Without Sales Tricks | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Taylor Swift. Duh. Red is not only the best-selling album of this week, it's the best-selling album of any week since 2002, when Eminem's The Eminem Show made its debut with...

    October 31, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • Concert Business Grinds to a Halt in Hurricane Sandy's Wake

    Concert Business Grinds to a Halt in Hurricane Sandy's Wake | ARTICLE

    David Byrne and St. Vincent had to postpone their appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight in New York because one of their backup musicians was stuck in Mexico City, a monitor engineer was stranded...

    October 30, 2012 3:45 PM ET
  • The State of Streaming Music

    The State of Streaming Music | ARTICLE

    For more than a decade, people in the record industry have been trying to shift music fans from stealing music to paying, say, $10 a month to listen to any song on demand. Until recently, that seemed...

    October 30, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Taylor Swift's Label Shuns Streaming Services With 'Red'

    Taylor Swift's Label Shuns Streaming Services With 'Red' | ARTICLE

    Taylor Swift's Red may soon be the year's biggest-selling album, but it isn't on Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio or any of the other music-streaming services – and that's not surprising. Late last year, Scott Borchetta, founder of...

    October 25, 2012 11:00 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Set to Blow Up

    On the Charts: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Set to Blow Up | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Taylor Swift. Her album Red just came out yesterday, and Billboard's retail sources are already predicting 1 million in first-week sales. By today's piracy-plagued standards, that's gigantic – since Swift's previous...

    October 24, 2012 12:35 PM ET
  • Fans React as Billboard Changes Charts Formula

    Fans React as Billboard Changes Charts Formula | ARTICLE

    In an attempt to present more accurate data, Billboard recently shook up its rock, country, hip-hop and Latin charts, resulting in broad pop stars such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Psy suddenly having more juice...

    October 19, 2012 5:25 PM ET
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Chose DIY Route on Latest Album

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Chose DIY Route on Latest Album | ARTICLE

    To make The Heist, which sold 78,000 copies and hit Number Two on the Billboard charts and Number One on iTunes this week, Seattle rapper Ben "Macklemore" Haggerty and producer Ryan Lewis were so determined to...

    October 18, 2012 9:55 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Mumford & Sons Slip, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Impress

    On the Charts: Mumford & Sons Slip, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Impress | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Indie rags-to-riches stories have become more common in the last few years, now that it takes just 20,000 or 30,000 album sales to hit the Top 10 rather than...

    October 17, 2012 1:40 PM ET
  • Rockers Rally to Obama in Campaign's Final Days

    Rockers Rally to Obama in Campaign's Final Days | ARTICLE

    For most of this year, liberal rock stars have supported President Obama's reelection campaign in behind-the-scenes ways: the Red Hot Chili Peppers gave a private performance for 1,200 campaign staffers in Cleveland in April, Pearl...

    October 17, 2012 9:30 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Mumford & Sons 'Babel' On, Muse Take Second

    On the Charts: Mumford & Sons 'Babel' On, Muse Take Second | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Single sales. The record industry's shift from selling albums to selling singles first kicked in, chart-wise, three or four years ago, but it has rarely been so starkly obvious as this week on...

    October 10, 2012 1:05 PM ET
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