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‘The Greatest Showman’ swings to top of Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES: The soundtrack for circus musical “The Greatest Showman” climbed its way to the top of the U.S. weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, leaving offerings from Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift as the runners-up. “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack, which features songs by the cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya, sold…

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Indonesian faces six years in jail over porn billboard

JAKARTA: An Indonesian man arrested for hacking into an electronic billboard and streaming a porn film during Jakarta rush hour could face up to six years in jail, police said Wednesday. The Japanese film “Watch Tokyo Hot” was broadcast for 10 minutes on the advertising screen on Friday at a major intersection in the capital, leaving…

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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ tops Billboard, Prince reigns on album chart

LOS ANGELES: R&B star Beyonce stormed to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with her surprise visual concept album “Lemonade,” while late singer Prince’s music dominated the chart as fans continued to remember his legacy through his music. “Lemonade,” the sixth solo album by Beyonce, sold 485,000 albums, more than 900,000…

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Drake Scores 100th Billboard Hot 100 Hit

The hip-hop superstar becomes just the fourth act to tally at least 100 Hot 100 entries. American hip-hop artist debuts eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100, moving from 92 to 100. This week’s entries are all from his new mix tape title ‘What a Time to Be Alive.’ With this achievement, Drake has become…

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The Weeknd pulls rare US chart hat-trick

NEW YORK: Canadian singer The Weeknd on Wednesday proved himself to be a fast-rising star as he pulled off the rare feat of topping three premier US charts. The Weeknd has scored a major summer hit with “Can’t Feel My Face,” whose wide-ranged pop vocals over a funky bassline have drawn comparisons to Michael Jackson….

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'Pitch Perfect 2' hits high note on Billboard 200 after film debut

LOS ANGELES: The soundtrack for song-infused comedy “Pitch Perfect 2” debuted atop the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday after the sequel conquered the box office last weekend. “Pitch Perfect 2,” featuring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson as the sassy stars of a women's acapella choir, sold 92,000 albums, 134,000 songs and was streamed…

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Walker tribute drives 'Furious 7' to top of Billboard

LOS ANGELES: An emotional tribute song to late actor Paul Walker in Universal Pictures' blockbuster film “Furious 7” drove the movie's soundtrack to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. The “Furious 7” soundtrack, which features Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's song “See You Again,” sold 45,000 albums and 583,000…

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Taylor Swift tops Billboard 200 for 10th week

NEW YORK: Taylor Swift's “1989” regained the top spot in the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, giving the pop star the distinction of being the second woman in history to have two albums hit No. 1 for at least 10 weeks, Billboard said on Wednesday. Swift's milestone puts her behind the late Whitney Houston, who…

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Taylor Swift continues Billboard reign in first week of 2015

LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift continued to shake off the competition into the new year as she topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday for the eighth time. Swift's “1989” sold 172,000 album copies and 718,000 individual song downloads, bringing her total tally to 244,000 units sold for the week ending Jan. 4, according…

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Taylor Swift's '1989' reclaims top of US Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift's album “1989” reclaimed the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday, besting rapper Nicki Minaj's new release “The Pinkprint.” “1989” has been atop the chart for six of its eight weeks in release. It sold 331,000 album copies, 433,000 songs and no streams, totaling 375,000 sales units, according…

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Taylor Swift tops Billboard 200 for fifth week

LOS ANGELES: Pop singer Taylor Swift continued her reign at the top of the revamped U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, shaking off new entries. Swift's “1989” album sold 230,000 full copies, 435,000 songs and was streamed 27,000 times, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, totaling 274,000 sales units and holding the top spot…

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Taylor Swift holds Billboard top spot

LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift reigned atop the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for a second consecutive week on Wednesday after scoring the biggest debut in a dozen years. “1989” sold 402,000 copies in its second week according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, outpacing the cumulative sales of the rest of the nine albums…

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Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith score top debuts on Billboard 200

LOS ANGELES: Pop singer Lana Del Rey scored her first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, while British newcomer Sam Smith landed at No. 2 with his debut record. Del Rey's “Ultraviolence,” her second full-length studio album which includes the single “West Coast,” sold 182,000 copies in its…

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Coldplay keeps Mariah Carey from topping Billboard 200

LOS ANGELES: British rockers Coldplay retained the top spot on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, holding off new entries from Mariah Carey and Austin Mahone. Coldplay's “Ghost Stories” clocked a second week at No. 1 with sales of 83,000 over the past week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. “Ghost Stories” entered the…

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'Frozen' soundtrack tops Billboard

LOS ANGELES:  The soundtrack for Disney's hit film “Frozen” notched its 11th nonconsecutive week at the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, earning its best sales week and becoming the animated-film soundtrack with the longest run at the top of the charts. “Frozen,” which features the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,”…

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'Frozen' soundtrack ices Beyonce again on Billboard album chart

LOS ANGELES: The soundtrack to the Walt Disney Co. animated film “Frozen” topped the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the second consecutive week, again holding off Beyonce.”Frozen” sold 86,000 copies last week, down from 165,000 the previous week, edging R&B singer Beyonce's self-titled album, which sold 79,000 copies last week, according to…

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Beyonce 'Frozen' out of top spot on Billboard 200

LOS ANGELES: Disney princesses ousted Queen Bey from her three-week reign atop the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as the soundtrack to Disney's latest film “Frozen” knocked Beyonce's self-titled album from the top spot.The “Frozen” soundtrack sold 165,000 copies in the week ending January 5, and follows on the film's continued box office…

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Beyonce retains top spot on U.S. Billboard album chart

LOS ANGELES: Beyonce held onto the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for the second consecutive week as her new self-titled album sold 374,000 copies in the lead-up to Christmas, according to figures released Thursday from Nielsen SoundScan.The pop star's fifth solo album, which was released on December 13, has sold a…

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Beyonce album sets iTunes sales record, tops Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES: R&B star Beyonce's latest self-titled album surpassed 1 million copies sold worldwide in six days on Wednesday and set a record for iTunes, Apple Inc and Columbia Records said.”Beyonce,” the fifth solo studio album from the singer, which was unexpectedly released in the early hours of December 13 without any prior fanfare, contains…

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Eminem ousts Lady Gaga to reclaim top spot on Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES: Rapper Eminem climbed back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday after ousting last week's chart-topper Lady Gaga.Eminem's “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” reclaimed the top spot on the weekly album chart with sales of 120,000, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.The record had debuted at No. 1 following…

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Canadian Arcade Fire knocks Katy Perry for Billboard top spot

LOS ANGELES: Canadian alternative rock group Arcade Fire scored its second No. 1 record by knocking pop singer Katy Perry off the top spot of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.”Reflektor,” the fourth studio album from Arcade Fire, sold 140,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Perry's “Prism,”…

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