Eminem Scores Best-Selling Week

Eminem Scores Best-Selling Week
GRAMMY-winning artist Eminem's Recovery debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 741,000 units, marking the biggest sales week since AC/DC's Black Ice debuted with 784,000 units in 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of the total, 255,000 were downloads, marking the second-biggest digital sales week totals in history behind Coldplay's GRAMMY-winning Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, which sold 288,000 downloads in 2008. Overall album sales for the week ending June 27 totaled 6.06 million units, down 1 percent from last week. Year-to-date album sales have reached 148.4 million, down 11 percent compared to the same point in 2009. (6/30)

Beyoncé, Lady Gaga On Forbes Celebrity 100 List
GRAMMY-winning artist Beyoncé earned the No. 2 spot on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list and GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga debuted at No. 4. Additional musicians appearing in the Top 50 included Britney Spears (No. 6), U2 (No. 7), Madonna (No. 10), Taylor Swift (No. 12), Miley Cyrus (No. 13), Jay-Z (No. 15), Black Eyed Peas (No. 16), Bruce Springsteen (No. 17), Pink (No. 27), Coldplay (No. 35), AC/DC (No. 38), and the Jonas Brothers (No. 40). The list, which includes film and television actors, TV personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians, and comedians, is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility including exposure in print, television, radio, and online social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. (6/30)

HMV Profit Up 18 Percent
UK music and book retailer HMV Group reported a profit increase of 18 percent to $111.4 million for the year ending April 24. The figures were slightly above analysts' forecast of $110.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company experienced overall sales growth of 3.1 percent during the period. (6/30)

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