September 26, 2012 |
Rare is the star who can pull off high-wire circus acrobatics and deliver no-nonsense pop hooks. Now more than a decade into her recording career, Pink has managed to find the balance between radio-ready, dance-rock hits and diva-worthy, crowd-dazzling maneuvers. Pink has had numerous top 10 albums, but none has opened at the top of the chart. Until now. Pink's latest for RCA, "The Truth About Love," bows at No. 1 on this week's Billboard chart , having sold about 280,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
September 12, 2012 |
It's a good week to be in a major label rock band. Nineties survivors Matchbox Twenty and relative newcomers Imagine Dragons own the top two spots on this week's pop chart, and both are winning sales with hand clap-driven mid-tempo singles. "North," Matchbox Twenty's first album of entirely new material in a decade, lands at No. 1 after selling 95,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Rob Thomas-led band hasn't been entirely missing in action, as a 2007 hits collection, "Exile on Mainstream," mixed in new material with older hits and bowed at No. 3 on Billboard's charts , doing so after selling 131,000 copies. The Atlantic Records act has a hit in "She's So Mean," a single that has reached the top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100. The song, about a bratty femme fatale who scratches her suitor's record collection, plays it light, boasting rather percussive verses that bring a communal vibe to Matchbox Twenty's late-'90s rock. Interscope's Imagine Dragons mine similar territory with hit "It's Time," an anthemic, ukulele-friendly rocker that has thus far peaked at No. 63 on Billboard's singles chart.
July 25, 2012 |
When it comes to the U.S. pop charts, rising R&B star Frank Ocean can't seem to get a break. Although his major label debut, "Channel Orange," had a fine first week on the charts, the album's exclusivity with iTunes meant it never really had a shot at the top spot. This week, a low-balling sale via online retailer Amazon means the album has a sharper second week drop than expected. Despite being available only at iTunes, "Channel Orange" bowed at No. 2 on last week's pop chart with 131,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
June 26, 2012 |
The protege has become the influencer. Justin Bieber will be No. 1 on the U.S pop charts when they're released tomorrow, bowing in the pole position one week after his mentor Usher topped the charts. Bieber, however, will be the one with bragging rights. His new album "Believe" has registered the bestselling debut week for an album this year. "Believe," his first effort since November's holiday album "Under the Mistletoe," sold 374,000 copies in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
March 29, 2012
Records show that Amy Winehouse left an estate worth $4.66 million after her death last year. The 27-year-old soul diva was found dead in bed on July 23 at her London home. Probate documents showed Wednesday that she left behind assets totaling more than $6.7 million, with $4.66 million remaining after debts and taxes. Since Winehouse did not leave a will, the money will go to her parents. Nothing goes to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she divorced in 2009.
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February 12, 2012 |
Whitney Houston, a willowy church singer with a towering voice who became a titan of the pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s but then saw much of her success crumble away amid the fumes of addiction and reckless ego, has died. She was 48. Kristen Foster, a publicist, announced Saturday that the singer had died, and police sources later confirmed that she was found unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel about 3:30 p.m. Paramedics performed CPR on her, but she was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen told KTLA News.