Billboard Charts

Taylor Swift Still Tops On Billboard

December 11th, 2014 10:59am EST
Taylor Swift
The Billboard 200 may be completely revamped, but Taylor Swift’s constant stay atop the chart regardless of changes is unsurprising. After three consecutive weeks, a week in the runner-up slot, and last week’s return to the top, Swift now sits at five weeks at #1. Baller status – yep, definitely – she’s a playmaker. Overall, including overall “consumption” to quote the new chart language, Swift’s impact was 274,000. Again, only a portion of that were sales, specifically 230,000 copies. Regardless of technicalities, Swift rules.

But enough about Taylor, what about the newbies to th...
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'The Coast Is Clear' For Country Music Artist Danny Griego

December 9th, 2014 3:58pm EST
Danny Griego
Danny Griego got his unexpected start in music after he was struck by lightning. Literally. In order to rehab his right arm and hand, both paralyzed after the strike, he learned how to play guitar and the rest is history. The Arizona bred, Texas based singer/songwriter has worked with country legends like Hank Cochran, Red Lane and Max D. Barnes and cracked Billboard's Top 10 "Hot Sales" chart twice in 2014 with his single, "The Coast Is Clear," penned by Red Lane and Scotty Emerick. I had the opportunity to chat with Griego to learn more about his background and influences that led to his ...
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Taylor Swift Rules The ‘New’ Billboard 200

December 4th, 2014 12:11pm EST
Taylor Swift
Out with the old and in with the new. The Billboard 200 has changed its charting formula that doesn’t just solely include albums sales, but also streaming and digital tracks. It’s definitely a contrast, but also makes complete sense given the current music climate. The days where it just comes down to album sales and nothing more are simply done – look at albums sales in 2014 alone. Still, the good old Nielsen Soundscan tabulates the sales via the Top Album Sales Chart.

But enough technicalities – time to jump right into the Billboard 200 – new or old. The holder of the number one sp...
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One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’

November 27th, 2014 9:03am EST
One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’: This We
'Tis the season where album sales are elevated and the music industry breathes a sigh of relief – until the deadness of January that is. While there have been few victory laps (besides Taylor Swift’s 1989), the numbers are stronger than earlier in 2014. That said, reliable chart-topper One Direction scored a fourth number one album with Four. Although 1D got it done, there is a ‘but’ to the scenario.

Four landed at a familiar spot for 1D, but did so in somewhat underwhelming fashion. Sure the 387,000 copies the British-Irish boy band moved is exceptional, but falls below both prognostic...
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Taylor Swift Keeps The Billboard Number One Spot Warm

November 13th, 2014 10:23am EST
Taylor Swift 1989
People, get ready for the most shocking thing that you’ll hear all week: Taylor Swift’s 1989 remains atop the Billboard 200 after debuting with 1.287 million copies last week. This week the numbers are more modest, but still better than most artists can brag about. Swift sold 402,000 copies.

How significant is 402,000 copies – well, as Keith Caulfield and Billboard tell it, 402,000 copies is the second largest sales week of the year. Taylor Swift, hence, is nothing short of a beast – in a good way of course. Forget about a platinum album – 1989 is well on its way to double platinum...
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Taylor Swift Debuts Commandingly At #1

November 6th, 2014 10:09am EST
Taylor Swift 1989
Unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift debuts commandingly at #1 – shocker! The matter wasn’t if she’d hit #1, but just how much would the ubiquitous musician sell, particularly in a year where albums sales have sucked. What is most surprising is that Swift has the best week of her career, selling 1,287 million copies of 1989 its first week. Her previous two albums both sold over a million their first week, hitting with Speak Now moving 1.047 million and Red moving 1.208 million. Yep, Taylor Swift definitely rules the world – it’s been proven!

After previous having no platinum albums from 2014...
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Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

October 30th, 2014 10:31am EDT
Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music
As prognosticated, popular masked metal band Slipknot debut ‘at the penthouse’ on the Billboard 200 selling 132,000 copies of their latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The Gray Chapter is Slipknot’s first new album since 2008, where All Hope Is Gone also landed at the top spot. Of course, like everyone else, Slipknot’s numbers were down – over 100,000 copies down to be exact. Still 132,000 copies is sound in an age where few albums are selling particularly well.

ATL rapper T.I. had a respectable week, selling 80,000 copies of Paperwork. The reason it’s respectable isn’t because of hi...
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Florida Georgia Line Captures Their First No. 1 Spot On Billboard 200

October 23rd, 2014 8:33am EDT
Florida Georgia Line Captures Their First No. 1 Spot On Billboar
For a third week, country rules the top spot of the Billboard 200. Last week it was Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt (who settles for #2 this week). This week’s honors go to Florida Georgia Line who sells a strong 197,000 copies of Anything Goes. Anything Goes is the sole album to sell more than 100,000 copies this week and outpaced the second place album by more than 100,000 copies. Guess Tyler and Brian have something to celebrate – as if they weren’t celebrating already.

Even though the numbers continue to stink, there are plenty of new albums being dropped by many notable artis...
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Jason Aldean Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

October 16th, 2014 12:33pm EDT
Jason Aldean
For country musician Jason Aldean, it is certainly a “beautiful day.” Why – well Aldean topped the Billboard 200 selling a robust 278,000 copies of his latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt. With so many new releases bowing yet so few managing to sell remarkably, Aldean can definitely consider himself one of the biggest successes of the year after week one. Aldean isn’t “Burning It Down,” he’s lighting it up…something like that!

But of course, there’s a down side to everything. After building up Aldean as Billboard Chart royalty, it must be noted that even his large sales are downscaled f...
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Blake Shelton Wins Race To The Top of The Billboard 200

October 9th, 2014 11:13am EDT
Blake Shelton
When the Billboard issue their chart prognostications last week, it was suggested that Blake Shelton had a solid shot at his second career #1 album. That said, that forecast would become cloudy thanks to one Barbra Streisand, who was projected to be competitive in the race for the top spot once again. Fellow country artists Lady Antebellum were considered to be likely third place. Things didn’t complete go as expected.

Blake Shelton indeed topped the Billboard 200, selling a more robust than expected 101,000 copies of Bringing Back The Sunshine. While prognostications had allotted 90...
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