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Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' headed for huge debut

Seven years ago, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back. This time around, he’s bringing sales back.

According to Billboard, “Suit & Tie,” Timerberlake’s Jay-Z-assisted single that showed up on iTunes on Monday, could move as many as 350,000 downloads in its first week of release. That would top the opening week sales of his most successful digital single, “SexyBack,” by nearly 100,000. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Rihanna wins her first No. 1 with 'Unapologetic,' Adele hits 10 million

Maybe all those topless tweets are working?

The first-week sales figures for Rihanna latest record are in, and the news is good: Billboard reports that Unapologetic has landed at No. 1 this week, a career first. The album — her seventh in seven years — brought the singer her strongest sales week ever, with 238,000 copies sold.

This breaks Rihanna’s streak of having the most No. 1 hit songs without a No. 1 album. (Last week, her latest single “Diamonds” became her 12th to top the Hot 100, passing Whitney Houston to become the artist with the fourth-most top singles.)

“We are so proud and happy to deliver Rihanna her first #1 album in the U.S.,” Island Def Jam president Steve Bartels said in a statement. “Taking an unusually short runway and turning it to an advantage — like the unprecedented 777 Tour — is a testament to the teamwork, ingenuity, ethic, and belief in the legacy of this artist that showed in every single hand that touched this project.”

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Phillip Phillips' 'Home' certified double platinum

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ coronation single “Home” has had a few different identities. It started as that surprisingly not-terrible American Idol coronation song. Then, it became known as the ethereal strumfest synonymous with the Olympic gymnastics. Now, it’s just a big old hit.

After being downloaded 81,000 times this week (a healthy increase of 2 percent from the week prior), “Home” has officially been certified double platinum for 2 million downloads, making it the first Idol coronation song to ever reach that level.

Understandably, American Idol is already boasting about Phillips’ success. Today, the singing competition unveiled their first commercial for the upcoming 12th season of Idol, and it’s all about Phillips’ journey to the top (and, thankfully, not the squabbling judges): READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' chugs to No. 1; Taylor Swift outsells it in one day

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In any other week, the first-week sales of Jason Aldean’s new album Night Train would be a very big deal.

The disc, a follow up to his double-platinum smash My Kinda Party, sold 409,000 copies in its first seven days — a huge number by any measure, and the second-best debut sales week of 2012 behind Mumford & Sons’ Babel, which moved 600,000 copies in its opening frame.

Unfortunately for Aldean, news of his chart-topping feat arrives less than a day after projections for Taylor Swift’s Red blew up the internet. Swift, who sold over 500,000 copies of Red in its first day, is expected to sell over 1 million copies in her first week, which would make her the first woman in history to have two albums sell more than 1 million copies in their first weeks. Yowza.

But let’s get back to Aldean’s accomplishment. Night Train is the rocking country star’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. He formerly peaked at No. 2 in 2010 with My Kinda Party, but was kept out of the top spot, funnily enough, by Taylor Swift, whose Speak Now was reigning atop the chart.

Considering My Kinda Party became an enduring hit, ultimately moving 2.8 million copies, I’m expecting Night Train to be a freight train with buyers. After all, Aldean is selling out arenas across the country, and he (along with everyone else releasing albums in the final quarter of 2012) will get a big boost from the holiday buying rush. READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' has the biggest debut of the year

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Mumford & Sons are officially the biggest band on the planet.

The London lads scored the best debut sales week of 2012 with their sophomore album Babel, which moved 600,000 copies in its first week and easily topped the Billboard 200. Their last album, Sigh No More, which quietly sold 2.5 million copies over the course of two and a half years (and consequently jumped to No. 10 this week!) peaked at No. 2 during the week of the Grammys in 2011, when Mumford took the stage with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers.

Babel‘s amazing sales far outshine the next-best debut of the year, Justin Bieber’s Believe, which sold 374,000 copies in its first week. And the album marked the best debut since Drake’s Take Care moved 630,000 units in November. Still, Babel will have to settle for second place in terms of overall sales weeks in 2012 — Adele’s 21 sold 730,000 copies in the frame following the Grammys, her album’s 52nd(!) week.

Of the 600,000 copies that Babel sold, a whopping 420,000 (72 percent) of them were digital albums. That’s the second-biggest digital sales week ever behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which sold 662,000 digital copies thanks, in part, to its controversial 99-cent deal on Amazon. READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne surpasses Elvis

Lil Wayne is not only making rap history, he’s making rock ‘n’ roll history: the rapper has surpassed Elvis Presley as the leading male with the most entries on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Lil Wayne now has 109 songs on that chart with Thursday’s debut of Game’s song “Celebration,” where he is a guest alongside Chris Brown, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa. Of his 109 charted songs, only 42 are led by Lil Wayne; 67 are songs where he is the featured act.

Thursday is the rapper’s 30th birthday.

Presley totaled 108 songs on the Hot 100 since it launched in 1958. Presley’s career kicked off before that and several of his songs — like “Heartbreak Hotel” — could not be included in his total number.

The Glee cast has the most Hot 100 entries with 204.

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PSY's 'Gangnam Style' is now the No. 2 song in the country

Hey, sexy ladies, it looks like we have a new “Macarena” on our hands.

Korean rapper PSY became a viral sensation with his ridiculous(ly awesome) video for “Gangnam Style,” which has already been viewed 285 million times since July. This week, the song jumped from No. 11 to No. 2 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. It’s now perilously close to being the most popular song in the U.S. Is that something we’re all on board with? I’m just wondering.

“Gangnam Style” was downloaded 301,000 times (a 69 percent increase) last week, and it shifted from a canter to a gallop at radio, too. Thanks to its novelty appeal and dance-friendly, LMFAO-esque sound, the song increased 79 percent and jumped 68-34 on the Radio Songs chart. It’s not showing signs of slowing down. READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Pink scores her first No. 1, Kanye rides in second -- but Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Kiss' is a miss

A dozen years into her multiplatinum career, Pink has scored her first ever(!) number one album this week with her new disc The Truth About Love, which topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 280,000.

Driven by the success of her Top 5 single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” — and it’s lippy VMA performanceTruth became Pink’s sixth straight Top 10 debut. Still, until today, her previous chart high came with the 2008 set Funhouse, which debuted at No. 2.

Pink is that rare breed of pop star — the kind that can sell both singles and albums. Not so for everyone on this week’s list though: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' roundup: Kelly Clarkson's latest goes platinum, Kris Allen splits with RCA

Over the past 11 years American Idol has played host to 133 different finalists vying for a shot at belting out a coronation anthem at the Nokia.

As such, keeping track of all the goings-on of American Idol alumni can be a daunting task — but hey, it’s a whole lot more fun than speculating about the judging panel lineup.

Here’s what’s going on with your favorite American Idol stars:

KELLY CLARKSON: The best news of the week is for the original Idol, whose fifth album Stronger was certified platinum for shipments of 1 million copies. Driven by the success of “Mr. Know It All” and the album’s smash hit title track — not to mention Clarkson’s always-viral concert covers (Watch some HERE and HERE) — Stronger reached a sales level that Clarkson couldn’t achieve with her 2009 disc All I Ever Wanted, which included the hit “My Life Would Suck Without You” and sold just under 950,000 copies total.

While Stronger has, at this point, sold less than that (929,000 copies), it’s tally will overtake All I Ever‘s sales total in a few weeks. Not many artists can say they’re selling better in 2012 than they were in 2009, so it’s a testament to Clarkson’s widespread appeal and true talent that she’s remained a viable pop (and increasingly country) commodity. READ FULL STORY

On the Charts: Dave Matthews Band, Little Big Town, and The Avett Brothers start strong

The Dave Matthews Band’s new album Away from the World easily debuted atop the Billboard 200 this week, shifting 266,000 copies.

By debuting at No. 1, DMB became the first group in history to launch six straight albums in the top spot, though it should be noted that Away started substantially smaller than their 2009 set Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which moved 424,000 units in its first week.

Still, the alt-rock jam band makes the bulk its money on the road — and they’ve clearly got loyal fans.

Time will tell how resilient the DMB record ends up being, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

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