Latest Best-selling albums by year in the United States Stories

2008-12-14 10:05:00

More than half a decade after Apple's iTunes online music store revolutionized digital music sales by introducing single-track downloads, artists and music labels are beginning to question whether or not the approach is smart business. AC/DC and Kid Rock, two of the year's biggest rock acts, insist their albums only be sold whole, something Apple rarely permits.  Furthermore, despite the fact that iTunes is the largest music retailer in the country, neither allows iTunes to sell its...

2005-12-30 19:26:08

By Geoff Mayfield LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - OK, so maybe releasing an album the week before Christmas is not such a bad idea after all, as evidenced by new Billboard 200 queen Mary J. Blige. Once upon a time, conventional wisdom suggested that with stores busier than they are in any other week, it might be risky to get an album on shelves just days before Christmas. No worries this year, though, as Blige's "The Breakthrough" rallies by far her biggest Nielsen SoundScan week, while...

2005-12-18 18:18:22

By Fred Bronson LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - You do not need to read an analysis of the 2005 charts to know that Mariah Carey made an impressive comeback, but a closer look at Billboard's year-end surveys suggests this may be her most successful year to date. The evidence? For the first time in her 16-year career, Carey has the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 Songs recap. "We Belong Together" sealed up bragging rights by remaining in pole position for 14 weeks, longer than any other 2005...

2005-09-16 18:37:53

By Geoff Mayfield LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Despite a handsome media campaign, the Rolling Stones' opening week for "A Bigger Bang" is lighter than its last two studio albums, while Paul McCartney seems destined for an even slimmer start when he bows next week on the Billboard 200. Yet both acts will be among the most sought-after draws on the concert circuit for the next several months, with prime Stones tickets going for more than $400 a pop. Welcome to the latest reminder that...

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