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  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    We Just Survived the Worst Week For Music Sales In All of SoundScan History

    This is the third most popular record in the country right now. ​So, one more qualification for Arcade Fire's still pretty respectable #2 this week: they snagged it amidst the worst seven days in SoundScan history. The industry managed to move a paltry 4.95 million units last week, a number th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Wait a Minute: Chrisette Michele Outsold Ciara?

    Chrisette Michele's weepy, fiery, only occasionally baby-shaking Epiphany debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, a huge coup for the vaguely retro-minded r&b belter. Her legacy, alas: At 83,000 sold, it's the weakest #1 record in Nielsen SoundScan's nearly two-decade history. She just won the last g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    About That Kanye American Idol Performance: Fact Checking Seacrest

    I know, petty but, here's Ryan Seacrest on American Idol last night: "He's been dominating the charts since he came on the scene nine years ago. Here to perform his number one "Heartless" from his multi-platinum album, 808s & Heartbreak, it is: the one and only Kanye West!" Cue fearsome performanc ... More >>

  • Music

    March 6, 2007

    Gimme "Indie" Rock

    Another payola settlement promises us better, braver radio. Let's not get too excited just yet.

  • Music

    January 23, 2007

    In the Shadow of No Tower

    Insound, Other Music, and Anthology explore the brave new world of digital music

  • Music

    March 21, 2006

    So Sick

    Biz bites the kids that feed it as radio battles everybody

  • Music

    June 21, 2005

    The Cotton Club

    Black-conscious hip-hop deals with an overwhelmingly white live audience

  • Music

    May 24, 2005

    One More Cup of CD for the Road

    Starbucks boldly markets its mild music blend

  • Music

    October 19, 2004

    Store Wars

    Indies battle chains over product as industry kicks John Doe

  • Music

    September 9, 2003

    Everything's on Sale

    Universal Reversals, Webcast Battles, RIAA-Safe Tuneage

  • Music

    April 29, 2003

    Sign on the Dotted Void

    Peppy Songs With Hooks and Beats—the New Underground Craze!