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2012-10-31 11:25:01

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Billboardreports, "It's official: Taylor Swift's 'RED' sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan," scoring music's highest weekly sales number in more than a decade (since 2002's The Eminem Show), and earning Taylor a new page in the history books as the only female artist (and the fourth artist ever) to hit the 1 million first-week figure twice since SoundScan began tracking actual sales in...

2012-08-22 10:23:43

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Taylor Swift, who released her lead single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" from her forthcoming album, Red, just last week, has set the new all-genre record for female digital song sales. Billboard reports, "It's official: Taylor Swift has set the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman. 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' sold 623,000 in the week ending Aug. 19 -- according to Nielsen SoundScan --...

2012-03-08 17:49:00

MIAMI, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Billboard, the world's most influential music media brand, today announced that Billboard Latin Music Award winner Pitbull will take part in a Superstar Q&A session at the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm®. During this intimate and in-depth conversation with Billboard's Executive Director of Latin Content and Programming, Leila Cobo, Pitbull will discuss his rise to the top, his music process and his...

2012-02-16 10:50:00

MIAMI, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Billboard, the world's most influential music media brand, today announced that Billboard Latin Music Award winner Pitbull will take part in a Superstar Q&A session at the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm®. During this intimate and in-depth conversation with Billboard's Executive Director of Latin Content and Programming, Leila Cobo, Pitbull will discuss his rise to the top, his music process and his...

2012-01-19 17:25:29

CU Denver research findings may help aspiring musicians plan for the future A detailed analysis of American pop music data shows musicians that hit the album charts spend, on average, a little more than five years there. More than one third will be 'one-hit wonders.' That's according to a study by Storm Gloor, MBA, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver's College of Arts and Media (CAM). Gloor teaches music business and marketing classes. The study, "Just How Long...

2011-01-07 11:33:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time in three years, Taylor Swift has been named Billboard & Nielsen SoundScan's top-selling artist of the year, with over 4.4 million albums sold in 2010, according to sales figures released this week. Taylor was also SoundScan's top-selling artist in 2008, and her Fearless album was 2009's biggest-selling CD. For the second consecutive year, Taylor is Billboard's most-played artist, topping their annual all-genre Artist...

2010-11-03 15:35:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- With 1,046,718 copies sold in the US in the first week of release, Taylor Swift's Speak Now album has scored SoundScan's biggest single-week sales total since 2005 and is the biggest debuting country studio album in history. Speak Now accounted for 18% of total albums sold this week, setting a new record for percentage of total sales in a single week. One out of every five CDs or download sales this week was Taylor's Speak Now album, which was...

2010-08-13 09:42:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Taylor Swift's brand-new single, "Mine," debuted this week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart and at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was rush-released last week to radio and iTunes after an on-line leak, and the chart debuts came after only 4 1/2 days of availability. "Mine" reached #1 on the iTunes All-genre Singles Chart and #1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart within 6 hours of its release, and sold in excess of 297,000...

2010-05-05 13:17:00

NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Usher Raymond IV tops the charts this week as his hit song, "OMG" featuring will.i.am jumps to the No. 1 position on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles and Digital Singles charts. This marks Usher's ninth No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Indeed, the song is emerging as a world-wide contender for 2010's hot summer song; "OMG" has reached No. 1 on iTunes charts in the UK, Australia and Ireland. Earlier this year Raymond earned the distinction of...

2010-01-13 13:12:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Pop phenom singer/songwriter Ke$ha catapults to the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart with her debut album "Animal" (RCA Records / Kemosabe Entertainment). "Animal", which was released on January 5th, is #1 album in the US, selling 151,942 copies. It is also #1 on the Digital Albums Chart, setting the record for the best ever digital album sales for a new artist and is the 3rd biggest digital album debut by a female, coming in right after Taylor Swift...