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  • 'X Factor' Ratings Tumble During Premiere Week

    'X Factor' Ratings Tumble During Premiere Week | ARTICLE

    Before The X Factor made its U.S. debut last September, judge and creator Simon Cowell predicted that 20 million viewers would tune in – and ended up with 12.7 million. "I'm being much, much more cautious this...

    September 14, 2012 4:30 PM ET
  • Breaking Down Psy's 'Gangnam Style'

    Breaking Down Psy's 'Gangnam Style' | VIDEO

    For 48 straight hours in early July, Korean pop star Psy and his crew drove Seoul's crowded highways in search of absurdist settings for his sexy horse dance. Obviously, they succeeded – "Gangnam Style" is not...

    September 14, 2012 12:31 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Imagine Dragons' Big Debut

    On the Charts: Imagine Dragons' Big Debut | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Imagine Dragons. Yes, pop-rock veterans Matchbox Twenty score their first Number One album with 95,000 copies sold, but the more interesting chart story this week is the debut of Las Vegas rockers Imagine...

    September 12, 2012 1:35 PM ET
  • On the Charts: 'Gangnam Style' Is All the Rage

    On the Charts: 'Gangnam Style' Is All the Rage | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Psy's "Gangnam Style." We admit to being a few weeks late on this astoundingly great K-Pop video that has all the best elements of hypnotically weird one-hit wonders, from Right Said...

    September 5, 2012 1:50 PM ET
  • On the Charts: The End of the Adele Era?

    On the Charts: The End of the Adele Era? | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Singles. Most of the good news in the record industry has to do with individual songs – the year began with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," accelerated around the curve with...

    August 29, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Taylor Swift Breaks Ke$ha's Record

    On the Charts: Taylor Swift Breaks Ke$ha's Record | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Taylor Swift. Our 10-year-old daughter has been replaying Swift's new single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," repeatedly on YouTube for the past week, and it's one of those songs that...

    August 22, 2012 1:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Mumford & Sons Fans Can't 'Wait' for 'Babel'

    On the Charts: Mumford & Sons Fans Can't 'Wait' for 'Babel' | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Mumford & Sons. Babel, the roots-rock superstars' follow-up to 2010's Sigh No More (2 million in sales and counting), isn't out for another month and a half, but its pre-orders launched it...

    August 15, 2012 1:50 PM ET
  • Nielsen's Music 360 Report Concludes Music Discovery Still Led by Radio

    Nielsen's Music 360 Report Concludes Music Discovery Still Led by Radio | BLOG ENTRY

    For all the hullabaloo over the past decade about iPods, iPhones, satellite radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, illegal music piracy and YouTube, old-school radio continues to dominate the way fans consume new songs. Forty-eight percent of listeners discover...

    August 14, 2012 5:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Rick Ross Is the Boss

    On the Charts: Rick Ross Is the Boss | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Rick Ross. It's all good news for the bearded Florida rapper and record mogul, whose God Forgives, I Don't LP arrives at Number One and earns the MC his best-selling debut week ever...

    August 8, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: 'Life Is Good' for Nas

    On the Charts: 'Life Is Good' for Nas | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Nas. The veteran rapper's Life Is Good album sold 149,000 copies – while that doesn't exactly make it the sales sensation of the year, it opened at Number One, and its singles...

    July 25, 2012 1:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Zac Brown Band and Frank Ocean Duke It Out

    On the Charts: Zac Brown Band and Frank Ocean Duke It Out | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Fans of chart cage matches. On the traditional sales charts, Zac Brown Band's Uncaged was the clear winner over Frank Ocean's super-hyped Channel Orange. The country-rock jam band hit Number One...

    July 18, 2012 2:10 PM ET
  • Roger Waters, Michael Jackson 'Immortal' Tour Top Mid-Year Concert Sales

    Roger Waters, Michael Jackson 'Immortal' Tour Top Mid-Year Concert Sales | ARTICLE

    Two years after the most disastrous summer touring season in decades, the concert business has crept back to almost full health, according to mid-year sales numbers released Thursday by industry magazine Pollstar. Led by Cirque du...

    July 13, 2012 3:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Big Week for Chris Brown, Frank Ocean

    On the Charts: Big Week for Chris Brown, Frank Ocean | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Katy Perry. Putting aside Chris Brown for a moment – his Fortune sold 134,000 and hit Number One on the Billboard 200 – we'd like to talk about an email we received last...

    July 11, 2012 1:30 PM ET
  • Inside Dance Music's New Boom

    Inside Dance Music's New Boom | ARTICLE

    It took nine minutes last fall for Swedish House Mafia to show the concert business that electronic dance music was suddenly big enough to compete with Jay-Z or Phish in the world's biggest venues. In late September,...

    July 6, 2012 2:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Justin Bieber Thrives, Fiona Apple Falls Short

    On the Charts: Justin Bieber Thrives, Fiona Apple Falls Short | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Justin Bieber. To all you Biebs-haters who hoped he'd be a temporary tween phenomenon, blowing away when the winds of pop music changed: ha, ha! Not only did his new album, Believe,...

    June 27, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • Questions Linger After Radiohead Stage Collapse

    Questions Linger After Radiohead Stage Collapse | ARTICLE

    As Canadian investigators sift through the remains of last Saturday’s Radiohead concert in Toronto, looking for clues as to why the stage collapsed before the show and killed the band’s drum technician, veteran concert producers...

    June 23, 2012 12:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Usher's View From the Top

    On the Charts: Usher's View From the Top | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Usher. In its first week out, the hunky R&B/pop veteran's Looking 4 Myself album hit Number One and sold 128,000 copies. It's not a lot for one of the world's biggest stars...

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: The Beach Boys' Best Debut Ever

    On the Charts: The Beach Boys' Best Debut Ever | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Beach Boys. Unbelievably, That's Why God Made the Radio is the first Beach Boys album to debut in the Top 10. It sold 61,000 copies and finished at Number Three, behind Adele's...

    June 13, 2012 12:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Prepare for the Summer of the Biebs

    On the Charts: Prepare for the Summer of the Biebs | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Justin Bieber. What may potentially be The Summer of the Biebs officially begins this week, as "Die In Your Arms" opens on Billboard's Digital Songs chart at Number Four, with 185,000 sales. It's...

    June 6, 2012 12:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: John Mayer Knocks Down Adam Lambert

    On the Charts: John Mayer Knocks Down Adam Lambert | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: John Mayer. Despite a serious throat condition that prevented him from doing many shows or interviews, the singer-guitarist parked Born and Raised at Number One on Billboard's album chart, selling 219,000 copies....

    May 30, 2012 3:45 PM ET
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