April 21, 2010 |
Once upon a time, TV theme songs were top of the pop charts. Some, including "Welcome Back," even made it to No. 1. Take that, " Lost's" zoom-by sound effect. You wouldn't know it by listening to music on the radio, but the themes for " Desperate Housewives," "The Tudors," "Six Feet Under" and "The West Wing" have all won Emmys for original main title song in the last decade. As original theme songs continue to disappear, get replaced by existing songs ( " CSI" uses the Who's "Who Are You")
April 5, 2007 |
GIVE them hits and they will buy. That's what happened last week to give a badly needed shot in the arm to an anemic record industry. Country powerhouse Tim McGraw easily landed the No. 1 spot on the national sales chart with his new "Let It Go" album, which is powered by the country hit "Last Dollar (Fly Away)," helping the national sales chart rebound with a combined sales of top 10 albums up 46% over last week's.
January 30, 2003 |
It took Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" album nearly a year to reach No. 1 on the national sales chart, but the pop collection isn't giving up the top spot easily. The album sold an additional 112,000 copies last week to top the chart for the third consecutive week. The closest rival was the "Chicago" soundtrack, which sold 92,000 copies to move up two places to No. 2 on the chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
April 27, 1989 |
"Big" looks like it could rule the rental roost for a while, since its closest contenders on the Billboard magazine chart have already passed their peak. "Big's" big competition is most likely to come from the newcomers bounding onto the chart this week, including "Tucker" (No. 10) and "Gorillas in the Mist" (No. 14), which features Sigourney Weaver's Oscar-nominated performance. Other major chart entries are the romantic "Crossing Delancey" (No. 20), starring Amy Irving, and grim "Dead Ringers" (No. 25)
July 16, 1987 |
Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters," sporting two Oscar-winning performances, figured to be an instant Top Five rental, but after several weeks of inactivity it finally rose into Billboard magazine's Top 10, jumping up eight notches to No. 2. "Crimes of the Heart," boasting abundant star power with Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek and Jessica Lange, debuted at No. 8 on the rental box score. "Little Shop of Horrors" (No. 3), "Children of a Lesser God" (No. 5) and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (No.
February 20, 2003 |
New York rapper 50 Cent's major-label debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," continues to set a sizzling pace, selling 822,000 copies last week to hold on to its top spot on the nation's sales chart. The album, which features production by Eminem and Dr. Dre, entered the chart at No. 1 last week after selling 872,000 in its first four days in the stores. The album was scheduled to be released Feb. 11, but Interscope Records moved the date to Feb. 6 in hopes of combating online piracy and bootlegging.
June 30, 2005 |
Coldplay's "X&Y" tops the nation's pop album charts for the third consecutive week after selling 186,000 more copies last week. That pushes the album's total sales to more than 1.2 million, probably enough to make the Top 10 on the midyear sales chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Midyear figures won't be released until next week, but 50 Cent's "The Massacre" is certain to be No. 1 on that tally.