Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Kings of Leon were among the acts to enjoy major sales spikes following their appearance at Australia's Sound Relief charity concerts, held simultaneously March 14 in Sydney and Melbourne.
Kings Of Leon are on the road promoting their third RCA album, "Because of the Times," which came out April. But the quartet is already looking down the creative road. Drummer Nathan Followill says the group has about eight songs already up and running, and he suspects to pile more on sooner rather than later.
Timbaland's "The Way I Are" (Interscope) featuring Keri Hilson ended Rihanna's epic run at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 29), outselling Kate Nash's "Foundations" (Fiction/Polydor) by the narrowest of margins. Weekly sales of 33,578 for "The Way" were just 16 more than those for Nash's track, which spent a second consecutive week at No. 2, and fourth in total.
Now in its 10th week, Rihanna's "Umbrella" (Def Jam) featuring Jay-Z has become the U.K.'s longest-running No. 1 single since Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around" spent 15 weeks at the top in 1994. Meanwhile, operatic singer Paul Potts, the recent winner of the latest talent-spotting series on ITV, "Britain's Got Talent," saw his self-titled debut album for Syco Music/Sony BMG debut at No. 1.