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June 19, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Like a superhero arriving in the nick of time, rapper Lil Wayne has swooped in to stem the tide, however briefly, of both the record business' general slump and the steeper slide that rap music has suffered in recent years. The New Orleans rhymer's "Tha Carter III" has become the first album to top the 1 million sales mark during its first week in stores since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" more than three years ago. It also is the first rap album to top the national sales chart since Jay-Z's "American Gangster" held that spot in November.
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November 5, 2010
Has the balance of power in late-night TV shifted yet again? CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" has beaten NBC's "Tonight Show" in viewers and the key demographic groups for the first time since Jay Leno returned to the latter program in March. Last week, Letterman averaged 3.8 million viewers, compared with 3.6 million for Leno, according to figures published Thursday by the Nielsen Co. In adults ages 18 to 49, the group most sought by the majority of advertisers, Letterman averaged a 1.0 rating/4 share, compared with a 0.9 rating/4 share for Leno.
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June 21, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Coldplay has become the first British act in more than a decade to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "Viva La Vida," the first single from the group's new album. The single logged 246,000 digital copies sold, which pushed it into the No. 1 slot, according to Billboard. The album, "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," was released Tuesday and is also expected to top the national album chart when those figures are finalized next week. The Spice Girls' "Wannabe" was the last single from a British group to hit No. 1, in early 1997.
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October 23, 2009 | Todd Martens
His last album soared to the top of the charts, selling more than 1 million copies in a single week. He won multiple awards at this year's Grammy ceremony, and he's become one of the most popular touring acts working today. But hip-hop artist Lil Wayne's decision Thursday to plead guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in New York likely could bring a halt to the New Orleans rapper's recent professional momentum. Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter, is expected to receive one year in prison, according to a spokeswoman for the New York district attorney's office.
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July 17, 2008 | Randy Lewis
The stage appears to be set for at least a modest ABBA resurgence with the arrival of the film version of the musical "Mamma Mia!" opening Friday. The soundtrack album has jumped into the Top 10 of the national sales chart even without a movie audience primed to lap it up: It sold 48,000 copies and enters at No. 7. Beck, meanwhile, lands at No. 4 with "Modern Guilt," the top new arrival during a week in which Lil Wayne, Coldplay and the "Camp Rock" soundtrack all held steady in the top three slots.
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June 9, 2008 | Jeff Weiss, Special to The Times
Lil Wayne "Tha Carter III" (Cash Money/Universal Motown Records) *** When you call yourself "the greatest rapper alive," championship seasons aren't just expected, they're required. Lil Wayne knows this well, having spent the last three years crowing with the subtlety of a sledgehammer that he belongs in the same hallowed pantheon as 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. Accordingly, "Tha Carter III," due out Tuesday, is intended to be Wayne's version of "The Blueprint": solo album No.
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October 23, 2009 | Todd Martens
His last album soared to the top of the charts, selling more than 1 million copies in a single week. He won multiple awards at this year's Grammy ceremony, and he's become one of the most popular touring acts working today. But hip-hop artist Lil Wayne's decision Thursday to plead guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in New York likely could bring a halt to the New Orleans rapper's recent professional momentum. Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter, is expected to receive one year in prison, according to a spokeswoman for the New York district attorney's office.
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June 21, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
As music business headlines go, the one that arrived this week was a golden oldie, a half-forgotten tune from happier days: A new album soared to the top of the charts, selling more than 1 million copies in a single week. It was the first time in 39 months that any album performed that feat, and across the industry the numbers were met with shock and delight.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2010
Has the balance of power in late-night TV shifted yet again? CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" has beaten NBC's "Tonight Show" in viewers and the key demographic groups for the first time since Jay Leno returned to the latter program in March. Last week, Letterman averaged 3.8 million viewers, compared with 3.6 million for Leno, according to figures published Thursday by the Nielsen Co. In adults ages 18 to 49, the group most sought by the majority of advertisers, Letterman averaged a 1.0 rating/4 share, compared with a 0.9 rating/4 share for Leno.
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August 15, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
Last summer, rapper Lil Wayne was ruling the charts with "Tha Carter III," the critically acclaimed full-length effort that sold more than a million copies in its first week of release. The sprawling opus delivered two singles that showcased the New Orleans native's eccentric brilliancy: "Lollipop" coiled with slithery robot charisma while "A Milli" highlighted his cunning wordplay. This summer finds Wayne in a different situation. Though he considers himself the "greatest rapper alive," the performer sometimes known as Weezy F. Baby has crafted a rock album that's been delayed for months.
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August 15, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
Last summer, rapper Lil Wayne was ruling the charts with "Tha Carter III," the critically acclaimed full-length effort that sold more than a million copies in its first week of release. The sprawling opus delivered two singles that showcased the New Orleans native's eccentric brilliancy: "Lollipop" coiled with slithery robot charisma while "A Milli" highlighted his cunning wordplay. This summer finds Wayne in a different situation. Though he considers himself the "greatest rapper alive," the performer sometimes known as Weezy F. Baby has crafted a rock album that's been delayed for months.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2008 | Randy Lewis
The stage appears to be set for at least a modest ABBA resurgence with the arrival of the film version of the musical "Mamma Mia!" opening Friday. The soundtrack album has jumped into the Top 10 of the national sales chart even without a movie audience primed to lap it up: It sold 48,000 copies and enters at No. 7. Beck, meanwhile, lands at No. 4 with "Modern Guilt," the top new arrival during a week in which Lil Wayne, Coldplay and the "Camp Rock" soundtrack all held steady in the top three slots.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
As music business headlines go, the one that arrived this week was a golden oldie, a half-forgotten tune from happier days: A new album soared to the top of the charts, selling more than 1 million copies in a single week. It was the first time in 39 months that any album performed that feat, and across the industry the numbers were met with shock and delight.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Coldplay has become the first British act in more than a decade to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "Viva La Vida," the first single from the group's new album. The single logged 246,000 digital copies sold, which pushed it into the No. 1 slot, according to Billboard. The album, "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," was released Tuesday and is also expected to top the national album chart when those figures are finalized next week. The Spice Girls' "Wannabe" was the last single from a British group to hit No. 1, in early 1997.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Like a superhero arriving in the nick of time, rapper Lil Wayne has swooped in to stem the tide, however briefly, of both the record business' general slump and the steeper slide that rap music has suffered in recent years. The New Orleans rhymer's "Tha Carter III" has become the first album to top the 1 million sales mark during its first week in stores since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" more than three years ago. It also is the first rap album to top the national sales chart since Jay-Z's "American Gangster" held that spot in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2008 | Jeff Weiss, Special to The Times
Lil Wayne "Tha Carter III" (Cash Money/Universal Motown Records) *** When you call yourself "the greatest rapper alive," championship seasons aren't just expected, they're required. Lil Wayne knows this well, having spent the last three years crowing with the subtlety of a sledgehammer that he belongs in the same hallowed pantheon as 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. Accordingly, "Tha Carter III," due out Tuesday, is intended to be Wayne's version of "The Blueprint": solo album No.
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July 10, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
The national album chart this week tells a three-pronged tale: A hit single still packs a punch, hip-hop by anyone other than Lil Wayne continues to struggle and a sales drop isn't necessarily bad for an artist -- as long as everyone else slides more. The inescapable Kid Rock demonstrates what a hit single can still do. As Rock's song "All Summer Long" climbs the Top 40, adult contemporary and country singles charts simultaneously, his album "Rock N Roll Jesus" has jumped from No. 12 to No. 7.
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