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Entering the fourth quarter of the year, we’ve seen familiar names still topping the charts like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, One Direction and Britney Spears, to name a few. Continue reading
December 10 will mark another momentous event in the history of Pink’s musical career as she’ll be accepting the Woman of the Year Award at this year’s Billboard Women in Music event to be held in New York City. The said event, which celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the industry, is now on its eighth year run and also happens to coincide with Billboard Magazine’s Women in Music Power Players list.
Bill Werde, the Editorial Director of Billboard, described Pink as “almost being in a class by herself among women in music,” and that they are “thrilled to recognize her successes by honoring her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award.”
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When asked about her reaction to the news, Pink said, “I was shocked and surprised to hear that Billboard named me Woman of the Year. It’s been an incredible year and I feel so grateful to radio for sticking by me, and to the fans and friends and all of the incredible talent that I was fortunate enough to work with for this album.” Pink was referring to her sixth album titled Truth About Love, which Billboard said was the top-selling album for a woman when this mid-year’s numbers were released. That is the album that carried her hit single Just Give Me a Reason which topped the Hot 100 list and garnered significant pop airplay together with other tracks: Blow Me (One Last Kiss), Try and True Love. It also the one that earned her a nomination for this year’s Best Pop Vocal Album at the GRAMMY.
Last year’s recipient of Billboard’s Woman of the Year Award was Katy Perry. Other artists that also earned the same title and privilege include Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Stacy Ferguson.
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Josh Groban has scored another number 1 hit on the Billboard Top 200 with his latest album All That Echoes. It is the third chart topper for the multi-platinum, world-renowned singer, who had his first hit with 2003′s Closer, then followed by Noël in 2007.
Selling 144,000 copies only in its first week of release, All That Echoes has received positive reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today and New York Times.
Groban is definitely at his peak and it’s evident with his soulful vocal prowess.
Produced by Warner’s Rob Cavallo, (Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson) and Lester Mendez (Shakira, Nelly Furtado), seven of the album’s 12 tunes were co-written by Groban and features special guest musicians including Arturo Sandoval, a Grammy-winning trumpet player, appearing on the track Un Alma Mas and Italian superstar Laura Pausini on “E Ti Promotteró.”
American Christian multi-platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin has achieved the biggest first-week sales of his career with his album Burning Lights hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He earned the top of the list with more than 72,000 units sold and also topping the Christian Albums chart.
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Chris’ debut into the top ten this week is the biggest sales week for any Christian act since Casting Crowns’ Come to the Well debuted at no. 2 back in November 2011 with 99,000. Burning Lights is only the fourth Christian album to ever reach the top of the charts, since hip-hop and pop artist TobyMac’s Eye on It in September 2012. American rap-rockers, Hollywood Undead also included in the top 10 Billboard 200 Chart this week with their Notes from the Underground reaching the No. 2 spot, selling 53,000 copies.
Landing at no. 3 this week is last week’s no. 1, the Les Miserables: Highlights soundtrack, down 44% with 52,000 copies. Taylor Swift’s album Red also dropped from no. 3 to 4, selling 49, 000 units. On the other hand, despite a 13% and 23% drop respectively in its sales this week, the Pitch Perfect soundtrack climbed up two places from no.7 to no. 5 with 45,000 units sold while Bruno Mars remains at no. 6 with the 42,000 copies sold of Unorthodox Jukebox.
Like Mars, The Lumineers’ self-titled album still remains at the 8th spot with 37,000 despite being down by 28%. The Black Veil Brides and Dropkick Murphys are also included on the top 10 this week with their albums Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones selling 42,000 copies, and Signed and Sealed in Blood with 33,000 units sold respectively. One Direction got the no. 10 spot with their Take Me Home selling 29,000 units in its first week. Their album slipped from no. 5 to 10 as sales of their album decreased by 52%.
Maroon 5’s One More Night has just tied the score with Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe for this year’s longest-leading No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The song managed to hold out and maintain its claim on the top spot against Korean pop sensation PSY and his massive hit Gangnam Style.
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The viral song has been trailing very closely behind the band’s dominating reign for seven long consecutive weeks hoping that it would someday finally take the spot, but it seems that the pop-rockers’ grip on title is just too tight. PSY has now slid down to No. 5 being replaced by Rihanna’s latest single, Diamonds. Ke$ha claims the No. 3 spot with Die Young while Fun’s Some Nights takes No. 4.
Other artists who managed to stay on the top No. 1 spot this year are as follows:
8 weeks Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra
6 weeks We Are Young – Fun. featuring Janelle Monae
3 weeks We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
3 weeks Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
2 weeks Whistle – Flo Rida
2 weeks Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
2 weeks Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
2 weeks We Found Love – Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
1 week Part of Me – Katy Perry
Check out Maroon 5’s music video for One More Night below: