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Record Store Day 2015 was once again a triumph, according to merchants who participated in the event and data supplied by Nielsen Music. For the week ended April 19 -- Record Store Day was held on April 18 -- the independent sector counted for 532,000 album scans, or 21.5 percent of total physical album sales, and 11.9 percent of overall sales. In both instances, it represented the highest weekly sales percentages total for the indie sector since 2003, according to Nielsen Entertainment Sr. VP Dave Bakula. MORE >>
Billboard took a look at how the nominees stacked up against each other in some of the key categories of the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, telecast by CBS on April 19. The graphs here show sales, streaming and airplay data, as tracked by Nielsen Music, from the award eligibility period (November 28, 2013 to November 26, 2014) for the Entertainer of the Year, Best New Artist, Song Of The Year and Album of the Year nominees. MORE >>
"The Year of the Soundtrack continues this week, with the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack topping the charts by moving 107,000 album equivalent units (including 92,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the third soundtrack this year to hit #1, the first time that has happened since TV show Glee landed three records at the top in 2010." Read more here! MORE >>
"It's another sad day for the music business as we mourn the loss of veteran label executive Bruce Lundvall. Bruce was an incredible leader and visionary. Our association honored his beloved Blue Note Records on several occasions..." Read more here. MORE >>