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Bowie Scores First No. 1 Album Ever

His 'Blackstar' debuts at top of Billboard 200 chart

(Newser) - If only David Bowie were here to see it. The legendary rocker just scored his first-ever No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his newly released Blackstar, Billboard reports. Less than a week after Bowie died of cancer , his jazz-inspired record streaked to the top with 181,000... More »

Adele Just Broke a Big Sales Record

That was previously held by a boy band

(Newser) - Not shocking: Adele's 25 is selling like mad since it was released Friday. Somewhat shocking: The record it just broke was previously held by ... *NSYNC. As Billboard reports, 25 had sold at least 2,433,000 copies as of Monday, meaning that in just over three days of sales,... More »

Adele's New Album Won't Be on Spotify, Pandora

But it's expected to sell 'N Sync numbers in its first week

(Newser) - Adele's 25, her first album in nearly five years, will soon be blasting from every commercial, shopping mall, and cellphone from here to Timbuktu. But there's one place you won't be hearing it: streaming online. The New York Times reports 25 will not be available on Spotify,... More »

Why You Should Start Buying CDs Again

It's often cheaper than buying MP3s—even if it comes with MP3s: Brian Barrett

(Newser) - Brian Barrett wanted to listen to Taylor Swift's new album, and as you may have heard, it's not available on Spotify . So he bought it—in actual CD form, something he hadn't done since 2006. He explains why on Gizmodo : Amazon was selling 1989 as an MP3... More »

Taylor Swift Poised to Make Pop Music History

If '1989' hits 1M sales in first week, as predicted

(Newser) - Billboard is forecasting that Taylor Swift's 1989 will likely sell at least a million copies in its first week—and if that happens, Swift will become the first pop music act in history to pull off what the Los Angeles Times calls a "hat trick." The... More »

Taylor Swift's Red Has Best Debut in a Decade

Sells 1.2M copies in first week

(Newser) - Yet another accolade for Taylor Swift: Her new album Red sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, giving it the highest single-week sales in a decade, MTV reports. (Eminem sold 1.3 million copies of The Eminem Show in its debut week in 2002.) Swift is also... More »

Whitney Album Price Nearly Doubles on iTunes

Sony blamed for UK price hike, now reversed

(Newser) - On Saturday, a Whitney Houston greatest-hits album cost about $8 in the UK iTunes store; but shortly after the singer was found dead, it had jumped to a little more than $12.50. The changed sparked a customer uproar. "It is just a case of iTunes cashing in on... More »

Kelly Clarkson Sales Soar After She Backs Ron Paul

Coincidence? ... Probably not

(Newser) - Behold the power of Ron Paul's followers: Since Kelly Clarkson tweeted her support for Paul to be the nominee, her album sales have soared, report CNN Money and the Hollywood Reporter . Her latest, Stronger, shot up from No. 38 to No. 7 on Amazon between Thursday and yesterday, with... More »

Lady Gaga Sells 1.1M Born This Way in First Week

Amazon deal helps album hit milestone

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's new album Born This Way has zoomed to mega-hit status with sales of 1.11 million copies in its first week, making it the hottest-selling debut for an album since 50 Cent's The Massacre in 2005, according to Billboard . Only 17 albums in the last 20... More »

Taylor Swift Sells 1M Albums in First Week

It's the biggest seller in 5 years

(Newser) - Nice week for Taylor Swift: Her Speak Now album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, racking up 1,047,000 sales. (That includes iTunes and the like.) Billboard rounds up some of the milestones:
  • It's the biggest single sales week for an album since 50 Cent's The
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Boyle's Album on Track to Be Year's Top Seller

No. 1 seller for 4th week may just beat out Tayor Swift

(Newser) - Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream was the top-selling album in the country for the fourth week in a row last week, and its total of 2.4 million copies makes it the second-best-selling album of the year. The leader is Taylor Swift’s Fearless—and Fearless has had... More »

Boyle Tops Billboard With Record 700K Sold

She has strongest US sales week of 2009; best female debut ever

(Newser) - Susan Boyle’s Dream has become very real in the US, where her debut album has opened atop the Billboard 200 chart. I Dreamed a Dream sold 701,000 copies, the best sales week for any release this year in the US. Eminem's Relapse previously held the 2009 mark at... More »

Boyle Debut Fastest-Selling Ever in UK

With 410K copies sold, I Dreamed a Dream tops Brit charts

(Newser) - Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream has nabbed the record for best first-week sales of a debut album in UK chart history. The breakthrough Britain’s Got Talent singer’s record sold 410,000 copies last week, easily topping big draws like Rihanna and Lady Gaga and becoming the... More »

Boyle Breaks Pre-Order Record

Debut album for Britain's Got Talent star is selling fast

(Newser) - Susan Boyle's popularity shows no signs of dying down: The Britain's Got Talent runner-up is releasing her first album Nov. 23, and it has already broken Amazon's record for most pre-orders, the New York Daily News reports. "Although it's normal to see early enthusiasm for artists who have come... More »

Carly Simon Sues Starbucks

Coffee chain's failed music label bungled her album's release, singer says

(Newser) - Carly Simon intended the 2008 album This Kind of Love to be her swan song, and she was excited about the record company that would release it: Starbucks-owned Hear Music. The coffee chain had wooed her with a big advance and promises of high exposure in stores, but instead Starbucks... More »

With New No. 1, Jay-Z Grabs Record From Elvis

Beatles, meanwhile, maintain dominance with big week

(Newser) - Jay-Z and the Beatles lit up the charts this week, Billboard reports. Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 sold 476,000 copies, easily capturing the top spot for the week, and giving the rapper his 11th No. 1 album. That nabs him the record, previously held by Elvis, for the solo... More »

Apple Teams Up With Record Labels to Revive the Album

(Newser) - Apple has joined forces with four major record labels on a mission to get music buyers to start buying albums again instead of just single tracks, the Financial Times reports. The project—codenamed "Cocktail"—will bundle album downloads with lyrics sheets, sleeve notes, photos, and assorted interactive features... More »

Billboard Shifts Website to Lure Listeners, Buyers ties MP3 and ticket sales to its famous charts

(Newser) - As circulation of its print magazine continues to fall, Billboard is looking to transition to the digital age with an overhauled website designed to be a one-stop shop for pop music, USA Today reports. now allows all visitors, not just subscribers, to look at its 51-year archive of... More »

Thriller Nears All- Time US Sales Record

Set to break Eagles' Greatest Hits figure

(Newser) - Buoyed by the singer’s passing, Michael Jackson’s Thriller looks set to match the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 as the bestselling album ever in the US, Billboard reports. The Eagles compilation was certified 29 times platinum in 2006, having sold at least 29 million copies—but Billboard says... More »

King of Pop Still Reigns on Charts

Album sales up 90% from first week

(Newser) - Michael Jackson is still dominating the Billboard charts, with his solo albums selling 800,000 copies in the first full week after his death and 2.2 million songs downloaded. His Number Ones collection is the top-selling album in the US as well as No. 1 on Billboard’s Top... More »

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