Entries in Billboard Chart (14)


Michael Jackson Scores Another Number One Hit

ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- The fact that he's been dead for two years hasn't stopped Michael Jackson from racking up the hits.

"Hollywood Tonight," a song from his posthumous album Michael, has just reached number one on Billboard's Dance/Club Play chart.  It's the King of Pop's eighth number one hit on that particular chart, a number matched only by Enrique Iglesias.

This is the first time in 16 years that Jackson has scored a number one dance hit. His last one was "Scream," his duet with sister Janet, which hit the top spot back in 1995.

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Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Make Chart History

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift is making some chart history with her latest single, "Mean."

That song is at number nine on Billboard's Country Songs chart, and it's also her 13th single and 13th top-10 hit -- appropriate, since 13 is Swift's lucky number.  That means the singer is now tied with Carrie Underwood as the women with the most consecutive top 10 hits in the chart's history.

Underwood's 13th top 10, "Mama's Song," peaked at number two in January.

Underwood's and Swift's run of top 10 hits also is the best among all artists on the country chart since Tracy Lawrence put his first 19 consecutive singles in the top 10 from 1991-1997. 

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Adele Tops Chart Again; Album Is Best-Selling Disc of the Year So Far

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Singer Adele is definitely on a roll.

Her sophomore album, 21, is spending a second week at number one on the Billboard album chart, and it's already gone gold.  The album has sold 520,000 copies in two weeks, according to Nielsen Soundscan, making it the best-selling album of 2011 so far.  In fact, it's the only record to go gold so far this year.

Adele will kick off a U.S. tour May 12 in Washington, D.C.

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Nicki Minaj Album Goes Platinum, Finally Hits Number One

Photo Courtesy - Cash Money(NEW YORK) -- After debuting at number three on the Billboard album chart 11 weeks ago, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday has finally risen to the number one spot.  On top of that, the album has just gone platinum, having sold 1,035,000 copies since its release, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

A thrilled Minaj tweeted to her fans on Wednesday, "We finally did it!  PINK FRIDAY is the #1 album in the United States of America!!!!! *faints* thank u sooooo much for the continued support."

Pink Friday's chart-topping feat is due to an 18 percent uptick in sales, which Billboard suggests is due to Minaj's appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Minaj's profile was also raised by viral videos of both Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez rapping her song "Super Bass."  In five days, the two clips racked up over two million hits.

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Cher Sets Chart Record with Latest Single

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- A dance remix of the Cher's latest single, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," has topped Billboard magazine's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, making the singer the only act to have scored a number one single on a Billboard chart in each of the last six decades.

When told of her achievement, Cher joked to Billboard, "How can it be six decades when I'm only four decades [old]?"

Cher's first number one hit came back in 1965 with "I Got You Babe," along with her ex-husband Sonny Bono.  In the '70s, she scored with number one hits like "Half-Breed" and "Dark Lady."  In the '80s, Cher topped the adult contemporary charts with "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "After All."  In the '90s, "Believe" was a smash hit on the Hot 100, and in 2000's, she scored number one dance hits with "A Different Kind of Love Song" and "When the Money's Gone."

Cher's current hit, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," from her movie Burlesque, just won a Golden Globe this past Sunday for the song's writer, Diane Warren.

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Train Make Chart History with 'Hey Soul Sister'

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Train's hit single "Hey Soul Sister" was one of the top-selling songs of 2010, and has sold five million copies overall.  Now, it's made some chart history, as well.

"Hey Soul Sister" has just returned to number one on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, marking its 20th week in the top spot.

Since the chart was created 50 years ago, only three other songs have spent 20 weeks or more at number one: Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come," Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway," and the all-time champ, "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker, which logged 28 weeks at number one in 2003.

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Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Take Top Two Spots on Album Chart

Photo Courtesy - Def Jam Records(NEW YORK) -- Kanye West and Nicki Minaj are the king and queen of the Billboard album chart this week.

West's new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy debuts at number one, with first-week sales of 496,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, and Minaj's album Pink Friday is in at number two with 375,000.

Fantasy marks West's fourth straight number one album on the Billboard chart.  Minaj, meanwhile, gets the title of second-highest sales week ever by a female hip-hop star.  The record-holder on that is still Lauryn Hill, whose album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill sold 423,000 copies in its first week back in 1998.

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Boyle Stays on Top; DeWyze Has Lowest Start of Any 'Idol' Champ

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Susan Boyle's album The Gift remained at number one on the Billboard album chart for a second week, with sales of the album actually increasing.  Billboard reports the likely reason is that Boyle's target demographic is older, and older music fans tend to buy albums at a slow and steady pace, rather than rushing out and getting it on the day of its release.

Coming in at number two is another singer who got her start on a TV competition created by Simon Cowell: 10-year-old Jackie Evancho, the runner-up on America's Got Talent.  Her EP, O Holy Night, sold 239,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

But it was bad news for a third singer who got his start on a TV competition judged by Simon Cowell.  American Idol champ Lee DeWyze saw his debut album, Live it Up, enter the chart at number 19, with sales of just 39,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the lowest first-week sales for a debut album by an Idol winner -- or a runner-up, for that matter.

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Rihanna Sets Chart Records with Ninth Number One Hit

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna is now the "Only Girl (In the World)" to score four number ones in a single calendar year.  Her song of the same name has just risen to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 -- making her the only female artist ever to take four trips to the top in one year.

In addition, "Only Girl" becomes Rihanna's ninth number one hit overall.  She's now scored the most number ones of any artist since the year 2000.

Additionally, this marks the first time in the history of the Hot 100 that an album's lead single has hit number one after the second single has already done so.  Rihanna's "What's My Name" overtook "Only Girl" to land the top spot a couple weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's new CD Loud enters the Billboard chart at number three, with first-week sales of 207,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the most any of her albums have sold in a single week.  Loud is Rihanna's fifth top 10 album -- all her previous albums have reached the top 10, as well.

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Boyle Bumps Swift Out of Top Spot; 'Glee' Single Scores Big

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Taylor Swift and Susan Boyle battled each other for chart domination, with Swift's Fearless eventually pulling out a win as biggest-selling album of 2009 over Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream.  Now, it's deja vu, as Boyle's new album The Gift replaces Swift's Speak Now at number one on the Billboard album chart.

The Gift sold 318,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen Soundscan -- less than half of what Boyle's first album sold, but still good enough for a number one debut.  Speak Now drops to number two.

Elsewhere on the chart, rapper Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager enters at number three, and the latest Now compilation, Now 36, is in at number four.  Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits album debuts at number, while Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer starts at number nine.

In other chart news, Glee's version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" has just scored the TV show's biggest single sales week ever -- the song moved 214,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  Previously, the best Glee sales week was back in June of 2009, when "Don't Stop Believin'" sold 177,000 copies.

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