Thursday, August 27, 2009

Colbie Caillat Cruising To First No. 1 Album

Singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat is on track to score her first No. 1 album next week with her sophomore release "Breakthrough." Industry prognosticators predict that the Universal Republic set may sell in the neighborhood of 90,000 to 100,000 copies in its first week, which would easily place it atop both the Billboard 200 chart and the Top Comprehensive Albums tally. Her first album, 2007's "Coco," opened at No. 5 with 51,000, but saw its best sales week over the Christmas frame of that year, when it moved 141,000. So far, "Coco" has blown through 1.96 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.Other acts looking to make big bows on the Billboard 200 next week include Imogen Heap's RCA set "Ellipse" and Skillet's INO/Atlantic effort "Awake." Both titles look good for a top 10 entry. Another couple albums may skirt the edge of the top 10 in their first week out: Arctic Monkeys' "Humbug," LeToya's "Lady Love" and Matisyahu's "Light."Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week, as reflected in Billboard's sales charts, runs from Monday through Sunday of each week. Next week's album and singles charts will be revealed on Wednesday, Sept. 2 and will reflect data through the week ending Sunday, Aug. 30.
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Beyonce Is Billboard's Woman Of The Year

Billboard announced today (Aug. 25) that Beyoncé will be accepting its Woman Of The Year Award at the 2009 Billboard Women In Music Event, taking place on Oct. 2 in New York City.The honor, given to a female recording artist that has inspired the music business with her success, leadership and new ideas, will be awarded to the singer for her accomplishments over the past 12 months.In the last year, Beyoncé kicked off her world tour "I Am..." in support of her third solo album "I Am...Sasha Fierce," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in November and features the hit singles "If I Were A Boy," "Single Ladies," "Halo," "Ego" and "Sweet Dreams."The tour also showcased Beyoncé's philanthropic side as she gave 2,500 tickets to families affected by the auto industry crisis in Detroit and joined forces with General Mills Hamburger Helper and Feeding America to deliver 3.5 million meals to local food banks."Beyoncé is a multi-platinum artist and a multi-talented woman who clearly embodies the qualities of excellence and achievement that the Billboard Woman Of The Year Award was created to honor," said Bill Werde, Billboard's Editorial Director, about Beyoncé, who is the only performer in the 51-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to top the chart for 10 weeks or more with a group and as a solo artist. "She has not only influenced pop culture with her hit songs and signature dance moves, but has inspired women everywhere with her unique style, business savvy and dedication to charitable causes."The Billboard Women in Music Event celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business and is also held in conjunction with the Women In Music Power Players List issue, which recognizes the top female music executives who are leading the industry with their artistic and business vision.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

George Strait Dethrones Michael Jackson, Tops Billboard 200

As expected, the King of Pop steps aside for the King of Country as George Strait's "Twang" replaces Michael Jackson's enduring "Number Ones" as the best selling album in the country.

Strait's new set sold 155,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning the country legend his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. "Twang" follows in the footsteps of Strait's 1997 album "Carrying Your Love With Me," 2004's "50 Number Ones," 2005's "Somewhere Down In Texas" and 2008's "Troubadour."

The last time one of Strait's studio albums opened with less than 100,000 was in 1994, when "Lead On" started with 56,000. It's also his 23rd No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart -- extending his lead as the act with the most toppers on the list.
Strait also tops the all-encompassing Top Comprehensive Albums chart, where Jackson had reigned for six non-consecutive weeks. The King of Pop's "Number Ones" falls to No. 2, shifting 80,000 copies (down 19%).

The Top Comprehensive Albums chart houses both older and current albums (the latter are generally those that are 18 months old or less). Over on the Billboard 200 chart, only current or new albums are ranked. This is why Jackson's 2003 "Number Ones" album is found on the Comprehensive Albums chart, but not on the Billboard 200.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The King of Blues Guitar B.B. King Keeps on Picking in 2009 Tour

Almost 84 and still on the road, Blues legend B.B. King continues on a tour that seems to have started decades ago and has no end in sight. After nearly 60 years of live performances and recording, the blues-guitar superstar is going back to his musical influences, playing a lot of material from his last album, released last August, called “One Kind Favor”. The music offered up this time out comes from King’s blues roots in 1950s Mississippi, which is exactly where the star intends to pause the tour in early September, with a fitting two-date tribute to the birthplace of his unique and unequaled musical style. Starting up again in October, just after his September 25th birthday celebration, King plans to be on the road through to the end of November where he will wrap up the tour with one last show in Solana Beach, California.


8/21/2009 - Hyannis, MA - Cape Cod Melody Tent
8/22/2009 - Cohasset, MA - South Shore Music Circus
8/23/2009 - Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
8/25/2009 - Morristown, NJ - Community Theatre
8/27/2009 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/28/2009 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/29/2009 - Westbury, NY - The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury
8/30/2009 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolf Trap
9/2/2009 - Mableton, GA - Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
9/4/2009 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
9/5/2009 - Robinsonville, MS - Gold Strike Casino Resort
10/2/2009 - Athens, GA - The Classic Center
10/3/2009 - North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
10/6/2009 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore Charlotte
10/9/2009 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
10/14/2009 - Sault Sainte Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino
10/17/2009 - Aurora, IL - Paramount Theatre
11/10/2009 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11/11/2009 - Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino Events Center
11/14/2009 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
11/19/2009 - San Bernardino, CA - Coussoulis Arena
11/20/2009 - Tucson, AZ - Centennial Hall
11/21/2009 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
11/22/2009 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
11/29/2009 - Westbury, NY - The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury
11/30/2009 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Bruce Springsteen Dates for 2009 Tour Extended

Bruce Springsteen North American tour, which started with concert in Comcast Theater on the 19th of August, was extended. Current trek itinerary lists 26 concerts with last show on November 22 in Buffalo (NY). The tour includes a 5 night run at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey from September 30 to October 9. Bruce Springsteen’s last album “Working on a Dream,” follows “Magic” which was a 2007 platinum certified release and was the 9th one to top the charts during his four decade career.

8/22/2009 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
8/23/2009 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
8/25/2009 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
9/10/2009 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center
9/12/2009 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
9/13/2009 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center
9/16/2009 - Greenville, SC - Bi-Lo Center
9/20/2009 - Chicago, IL - United Center
9/30/2009 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium
10/2/2009 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium
10/3/2009 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium
10/8/2009 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium
10/9/2009 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium
10/13/2009 - Philadelphia, PA - The Wachovia Spectrum
10/14/2009 - Philadelphia, PA - The Wachovia Spectrum
10/25/2009 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
10/26/2009 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
11/2/2009 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
11/3/2009 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
11/7/2009 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
11/8/2009 – New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
11/10/2009 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
11/13/2009 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace at Auburn Hills
11/15/2009- Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
11/18/2009 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center
11/20/2009 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
11/22/2009 - Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena