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Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga: Who won the singles showdown?

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Turns out Katy Perry was right: She is a champion, as she sings on the chorus of “Roar,” and she’s on track to move 525,000 downloads of her latest mega-single, compared with 200,000 to 225,000 sales expected for Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” Billboard reports.

Gaga and Perry weren’t planning to go head-to-head like this, but when both their new singles leaked online last weekend, everyone wondered: Which diva would come out on top? While Billboard‘s initial projections had the singers neck-and-neck — even suggesting both could surpass a half-million sales in what would have been a chart record — Gaga’s sales stalled around 200K, while Perry’s prospects soared.
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Katy Perry and Lady Gaga headed for singles sales showdown: Who will win?

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Looks like we’ve got a good old fashioned diva-off on our hands.

Thanks to some Internet shenanigans and the fickle finger of fate, two brand new singles from superstar divas are now for sale. Katy Perry’s “Roar” went on sale yesterday, and as of 12:01 this morning, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” is available on digital store shelves.

As expected, the two singles immediately shot to the top of the iTunes sales chart (as of this writing, “Roar” is in the top position, followed closely by “Applause”), and they will inevitably be neck and neck as the week goes on.

With those two juggernauts chugging forward, we’re looking at an unprecedented digital sales week. According to Billboard, it’s not out of the question for both songs to sell half a million copies this week, which would be the first time in digital sales history that two debut songs sold over 400,000 copies in the same week.

What impact will this have on the Hot 100? READ FULL STORY

Music sales up internationally for the first time since 1999

It’s no secret that the music industry has not had the greatest 21st century. Back in 1999, labels collected over $28 billion in sales, the biggest peak in history. (That’s a lot of copies of …Baby One More Time.) When the calendar turned over, the deluge began, and the combination of widespread broadband Internet access, innovations in file sharing technology, and a general devaluation of the product led to steady declines in sales. Pirates were partially to blame, but so were music executives who were slow to adapt to the brave new world.

But perhaps the industry has found bottom. According to a report put out by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, music sales were up 0.3 percent in 2012. That’s not much of a gain from the year before, but it’s better than losing more blood. All told, the industry brought in $16.5 billion in sales.

Most of that increase, unsurprisingly, comes from the steady increase in people willing to pay for digital music. Download sales were up nine percent over 2011 and accounted for 34 percent of the overall pie. More and more income is also coming in care of streaming services, whose subscription fees now make up 10 percent of all music sales internationally.

Of course, when you dive deeper into the numbers, there’s some obvious top-heaviness. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift hits No. 1, sets sales record with 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'

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It may be hard to believe, but as we guessed might happen, Taylor Swift just earned her first ever No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100.

Her new breakup anthem “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” sold 623,000 downloads in its first week — the largest frame ever by a female artist. The song was purchased more times than Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” which scored 610,000 downloads during January 2010’s lucrative post-holiday iTunes gift-card frenzy, and it notched way higher sales than Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which, with 448,000 downloads in its first week, held the record for best single-week debut sales frame by a female.

Only one song was ever purchased more times in seven days than “Never”: Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which sold 636,000 units in its first week. Coincidentally, Swift’s new single pushes Flo Rida’s current smash “Whistle” out of the top spot and down to No. 2.

Swift, who has always enjoyed both pop and country radio relevance (Billboard notes that her No. 13 launch on the Country Songs chart is the highest debut by a woman in the 22 years that Soundscan has collected data), formerly reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “You Belong with Me” and “Today was a Fairytale.” Speak Now‘s lead single “Mine” reached No. 3, while the ubiquitous Cinderella tale “Love Story” peaked at No. 4.

Check back tomorrow for our weekly round up of who’s winning and losing on the music charts.

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Taylor Swift releases single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

On the Charts: Taylor Swift's big sales, Flo Rida's 'Whistle' blows up, The Lumineers say 'Hey'

Taylor Swift’s new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” may just sell the most downloads ever! ever! ever! in its first week.

Released on Monday night, the song is reportedly heading to first-week downloads in the 600,000 range, which would make the breakup anthem the fastest selling song ever by a female artist. (Lady Gaga currently holds that record with “Born This Way,” which was downloaded 448,000 times in its first frame.)

There’s one song Taylor probably will probably not outsell, though: “Right Round” by Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha, which sold 636,000 songs in a single week in 2009. Still, if she climbs past Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which moved 521,000 editions in its first week, she’ll have the second-best sales week in digital history. Not too shabby.

We’ll see how high “Never,” which hit No. 72 on this week’s Hot 100, soars next week, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

This week's music winners and losers: Rick Ross, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ellie Goulding, and more!

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Carly Rae Jepsen and Rick Ross muscle out the competition, Ellie Goulding surges, and Phillip Phillips makes a gigantic chart leap with his Idol coronation song “Home.” Here’s your guide to who’s burning up (and flaming out) on the music charts:

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Rick Ross: The large and in charge rapper’s fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t became his fourth number one album, selling 219,000 copies in its first week. The sales total was the largest rap debut since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded bowed with 253,000 copies earlier this year.

Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe,” which this week passed the 5 million mark in sales, logged a ninth week atop Billboard’s Hot 100. The track, the first off her just-announced Kiss (due Sept. 18), is now the longest-running number one single in 2012 over Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which held the peak position for eight weeks and is still sitting pretty at No. 6. READ FULL STORY

'We Are Young' band fun. leap to No. 3 on the Hot 100, Whitney Houston re-enters at No. 7

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In early December, EW’s own Tim Stack predicted that New York rock trio fun. was about to have a major moment, thanks to a special episode-ending performance on Glee of their relatively unknown song “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae.

And our psychic friend was right! The song instantly topped the iTunes chart and bubbled around in the lower half of the Hot 100 for a few weeks. But few prognosticators could have predicted that the band would have a week like this.

In the first full frame since the Super Bowl, during which Chevrolet premiered a well-received Sonic commercial (watch it below) that prominently uses “We Are Young,” the song jumped from No. 41 all the way to No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. The youth anthem led the digital sales chart with 296,000 downloads (a 338 percent increase) — the best week-long tally of any song this year.

Between this and Kelly Clarkson’s Camry ad boost, it seems like car commercials are the new secret to Hot 100 domination: READ FULL STORY

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