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With 'Oprah's Bank Account,' a Record for Drake

Canadian rapper has his 208th song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

(Newser) - The cast of Glee had a good run, but Drake's now taking over. The AP reports that the Canadian rapper's latest single, "Oprah's Bank Account," performed with Lil Yachty and DaBaby, debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his 208th... More »

Hip-Hop Artist's Song Got Rejected. Enter Billy Ray Cyrus

Lil Nas X releases a remix of "Old Town Road"

(Newser) - Lil Nas X seems to be asking, Am I country enough now? The Atlanta hip-hop artist just released a remix of his rappy cowboy song "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus as guest vocalist—after Billboard kicked the original Cyrus-less version off its country chart , the New York ... More »

Rapper Sells 823 Albums, Tops Billboard Chart

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie had 83M streams

(Newser) - Scoring the Billboard No. 1 spot with album Hoodie SZN was a big moment for New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie—and a new low for traditional album sales. The rapper made the top spot on the Billboard 200 by selling just 823 albums, all of them downloads,... More »

Kids Song 'as Infectious as Anthrax' Is Climbing the Charts

You'll be hearing 'Baby Shark' in your head all weekend now

(Newser) - If you're a fan of fins, or under the age of 5, you'll be pleased with one of the Billboard Hot 100's newest hits. Otherwise, you'll likely just be fascinated at how "Baby Shark," a children's song about sharks, is now making its... More »

America's No. 1 Song Isn't in English for 1st Time in 30 Years

And it's only happened 3 times in the past 35 years

(Newser) - Something pretty dang rare is happening on the American music charts. "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (and featuring Justin Bieber) has been the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row. The song, which is in Spanish, is only the third non-English-language... More »

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 »

Billboard Names Greatest Album of All Time

Sorry, Julie Andrews

(Newser) - Attention, everyone: We can finally stop arguing about The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, Wu-Tang Clan vs. A Tribe Called Quest, GWAR vs. Michael Bolton. That's because Billboard has finally named the objective, indisputable greatest album of all time: Adele's 21. To reach that conclusion, Billboard awarded points... More »

One Direction Kills a Beatles Record

Sigh

(Newser) - Time to be depressed, baby boomers: One Direction has officially overtaken a long-standing Beatles record. The current-day boy band's new single, "Perfect," debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, the fifth time a 1D song has done so—putting One Direction ahead of the... More »

Streisand's Latest No. 1 Makes History

She has topped charts in every decade since '60s

(Newser) - The last time there was a decade without a Barbra Streisand No. 1 album in it, Dwight Eisenhower was president and stereo sound was still a novelty. The singer's new album Partners debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making the 72-year-old the first artist to have a... More »

Weird Al Nabs His First No. 1 Album

Even weirder: that it took parody master Yankovic this long to top the Billboards

(Newser) - With an A-list cast that includes Jack Black, Margaret Cho, and Eric Stonestreet, it’s not surprising that "Weird Al" Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun album, released last week, has been garnering attention. It’s also not surprising that the accordion-playing satirist’s 14th album debuted at No. 1 on... More »

Rihanna Gunning for Madonna's Longtime Record

Singer now second only to Madonna when it comes to No. 1 Dance/Club hits

(Newser) - Kids these days ... no respect for their elders. Rihanna has officially swooped in and stolen Janet Jackson's No. 2 spot on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart. "Right Now" marks Rihanna's 20th No. 1 hit, bumping her in front of Jackson and her 19 top songs. Up... More »

Nielsen to Add iPads, Xbox, Streaming to TV Ratings

It hopes to have new software in place this year

(Newser) - With fewer people watching TV in the traditional manner and more turning to broadband, iPads, and even the Xbox or PlayStation, the Nielsen Co. plans to expand how it measures program ratings, reports the Hollywood Reporter . By September, Nielsen expects to have new hardware and software in its 23,000... More »

Top Artist of 2012 Is...

Adele ... again, according to Billboard

(Newser) - Adele is the top musical artist of the year for the second year running. She snagged the top artist spot and the top album spot (for 21) on Billboard's year-end lists —and she also got both honors last year, the AP reports. More highlights from the charts:
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Lil Wayne Topples Elvis' Billboard Record

But the world apparently loves 'Glee' more than either of them

(Newser) - Well, this is embarrassing: The King of Rock 'n' Roll has seen his Billboard Hot 100 record overtaken by none other than Lil Wayne. "Celebration," a Game song featuring Lil Wayne, debuted on the chart recently—the rapper's 109th appearance on the chart. Which is enough... More »

Tony Bennett Gets First No. 1 Album—at 85

Bennett by far the oldest person to ever top Billboard

(Newser) - Not even controversial comments about 9/11 can slow down Tony Bennett. The octogenarian crooner has been topping singles charts since 1951, but only now, 60 years later, has he finally landed his first No. 1 album, reports Billboard . In fact, Duets 2 makes Bennett the oldest ever artist to top... More »

As Americans Get More Self-Centered, So Do Lyrics

Study finds increasingly narcissistic words in top 10 hits

(Newser) - Today’s hit songs aren’t about “us”—they’re just about “me,” a study finds. Researchers examined Billboard’s top 10 songs in the US each year from 1980 to 2007, and found that “popular music lyrics now include more words related to a... More »

Glee Squashes Elvis's Billboard Record

Their 113 entries on the Hot 100 beat his 108

(Newser) - Between 1958 and 2003, Elvis Presley saw 108 of his songs land on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. But he's officially been bested ... by Glee. With six songs debuting on the Hot 100 released today, the cast of the Fox TV series has now logged 113 entries on the chart—... More »

And 2010's Top Musical Artist Is...

Lady Gaga, says Billboard

(Newser) - Lady Gaga was Billboard ’s top new artist last year, and this year she’s moved on to snag the top artist-of-the-year honors. That’s the fastest any woman has moved from one category to the other since Whitney Houston managed the feat in 1985-86. (Chris Brown managed to... 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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If You Buy CDs, You're Probably an Oldster

The over-40 set is the mainstay of album sales

(Newser) - These days, if you want to sell CDs, you're best off targeting the over-40 crowd. In a bizarre twist on music industry logic, older buyers have become a relatively potent force in music sales. The reason: "Adults don’t steal, because we don’t know how to," one... More »

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