A History of ‘The Simpsons’ on Billboard’s Charts

Mmm, charts … Exactly 30 years ago, on April 19, 1987, The Simpsons' first skit appeared on Fox's The Tracey Ullman Show. Minute-long bits aired during…
Xander Zellner / April 19, 2017

Twitter and Billboard’s Interactive Real-Time Charts Are Here

Music listeners find and share new songs through social media, and now Billboard and Twitter have launched the newest campaign to measure and track those…
Marc Hogan / May 27, 2014

R. Kelly Dominates Map of States’ Most Ignored Artists

UPDATE: Spotify has bought The Echo Nest, the company behind these maps.Usually we don't do this, but maps of the United States' musical preferences are…
Marc Hogan / February 28, 2014

The Actual Map of Each State’s Favorite Artists Is Kind of a Bummer

Earlier this week, music technology company The Echo Nest shared a map that showed the most "distinctive" artist for each of the United States. The…
Marc Hogan / February 27, 2014

This Map Shows Each State’s Most Popular Music Not Popular Anywhere Else

UPDATE: Here's a new map of each state's "favorite" artist. And here's a map of each state's most ignored artist. And finally, Spotify has bought The Echo Nest,…
Marc Hogan / February 26, 2014

‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Ices Fourth Week at No. 1, a Decade-Long Movie Best

First! Disney's Frozen soundtrack stays in place atop the Billboard 200 like a liquid that has been, we dunno, solidified somehow. It moved another 93,000…
Marc Hogan / February 5, 2014

Download Sales Keep Plummeting, So Streaming Better Pick Up the Slack

Gentle friends, start your streaming. No, really, stream up a storm. Knock yourselves out. The music business could depend on it. Downloads, the numbers suggest,…
Marc Hogan / January 24, 2014

Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke Lead 2013 Music Sales in Weaker Year Overall

The numbers are in, but they might be a little disappointing. Yes, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013)…
Marc Hogan / January 3, 2014

Who Charted? Bruno Mars’ ‘Jukebox’ Locked Out of Top Spot by Taylor Swift

First! Bruno Mars had his best sales week ever, but the catbird seat still belongs to Taylor Swift, whose record-crushing Red notches its fifth (non-consecutive) week at…
Marc Hogan / December 19, 2012

Who Charted? Incumbents Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 Stay on Top of Billboard’s Best

First! After enjoying the biggest album debut sales week in over a decade, our pal Taylor Swift still sits strong in music's metaphorical oval office.
Chris Martins / November 8, 2012

‘Good Kid,’ Big Sales: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘m.A.A.d city’ Poised for No. 2 Chart Debut

By all accounts, Taylor Swift has next week's Billboard 200 top spot on lock. The country-pop singer's eclectic new album Red is forecasted to sell more…
Marc Hogan / October 25, 2012

Who Charted? Mumford Vacate No. 1 as Country Takeover Starts

First! Taylor Swift's Red won't show up on the albums chart until next week, but country has already taken over the Billboard 200. Jason Aldean's Night Train rumbled…
Marc Hogan / October 24, 2012

How Did PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Become the No. 1 Rap Song in the Country?

Despite receiving little to no airplay on rap and R&B radio, PSY's witty K-Pop behemoth "Gangnam Style," currently sits at No. 1 on Billboard's Rap…
Brandon Soderberg / October 23, 2012

Billboard Adds Digital Twist to Genre Chart Methodology

Billboard is updatings its genre charts methodology to include input from people who buy and stream music online. The music business publication will incorporate digital…
Marc Hogan / October 11, 2012

Who Charted? Pink Wins First No. 1, Grizzly Bear Roar

First! After 12 years of fussing with the Billboard 200, Pink finally scores a No. 1 with The Truth About Love. Her sixth platter sold…
Chris Martins / September 26, 2012
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