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The Vamps Snag U.K. No. 1 With ‘Cherry Blossom’

Veteran Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell extends his national chart record as his new album Daniel (DMG TV) starts at No. 3, and becomes his 40th U.K. Top 40 album. The veteran country artist has landed a Top 10 album in each of the last 29 years, and is the first artist to have an LP...

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Becomes First Million-Selling Album of 2020 in U.S.

Folklore and Lover are the only albums released in 2019 and 2020 to sell a million copies in the U.S. Folklore is Swift’s ninth album to sell at least 1 million copies in the U.S. Those nine albums include all eight of her studio efforts, along with her Christmas release The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection....

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Republic Records Rules Top Three on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

With Republic Records claiming Nos. 1-3 (the label shares distribution credit with Epic on Savage Mode II), it’s the first time a label has held the top three since Republic itself did it on the July 14, 2018-dated chart. That week, Drake’s Scorpion (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) debuted at No. 1, while Florence + the Machine’s...

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart for Eighth Week

Of Folklore’s 77,000 units earned in the tracking week ending Oct. 22, album sales (as noted above) comprise 57,000 (up 709%), SEA units total 20,000 (down 7%, equaling 26.35 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs) and TEA units comprise a little under 500 (up 2%). With another 57,000 copies sold in the latest tracking...

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Japan’s Lisa Leads Debuts on Billboard Global Charts

Among other debuts from international artists, Turkish rapper Ezhel makes his first-ever appearance on any Billboard chart with the entrance of “Allah’indan Bul” at No. 139 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart. The spiritual-leaning song drew 7.9 million streams outside the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 15, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Plus, Brazilian...

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Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music Reign: ‘Gospel Music Will Always Grow With the Generation That Sings It’

“Some figured that I’d have to make more ‘normal’ church music to see three No. 1s, but the fact that God has allowed two of the weirdest guys to be on top is an honor and proof that gospel music will always grow with the generation that sings it. 2020 is a year of transition...

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Trey Songz Scores Third No. 1 on Top R&B Albums With ‘Back Home’

As mentioned above, Home marks Songz’s third leader on the Top R&B Albums chart, following Trigga, a five-week champ in 2014 and Tremaine The Album, which led for one week in 2017. Notably, the Top R&B albums chart began in 2012, seven years after Songz’s first charted albums landed in 2005. On the Top R&B/Hip-Hop...

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Clean Bandit, Mabel & 24kGldn’s ‘Tick Tock’ Clocks Into Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Top 10

Clean Bandit topped the chart for three weeks in 2014 with “Rather Be,” featuring Jess Glynne. Along with “Tick Tock,” the UK outfit’s other top 10s are: “Rockabye,” featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie (No. 2, 2017); “Symphony,” featuring Zara Larsson (No. 10, 2017); “I Miss You,” featuring Julia Michaels (No. 6, 2018); and “Solo,” featuring...

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From Beastie Boys to Shaggy to 24KGoldn, 19 Songs That Have Made Both Billboard’s Rock and Rap Charts

When it comes to genre airplay, rap/rock or rap/alt compounds were most often claimed by one format or the other, with very few making an impact on both — and those that did usually had a lower ceiling on each format, due to their hybrid nature. Before 2016, no song had even made the top...

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Multiple Nigerian Musicians, Led by Adekunle Gold, Hit Social 50 Chart During #EndSARS

Many of Gold’s tweets in the Oct. 9-15 tracking week referenced #EndSARS, with the singer one of the Nigerian music industry’s most vocal supporters of the movement. “Their plans are failing,” he tweeted Oct. 15 in his most-engaged-with post of the week, one that’s earned over 50,000 retweets and over 50,000 favorites. “NO ONE CAN INTIMIDATE...

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