Sam Bailey Tops U.K. Albums Chart With Year-Best Sales

Sam Bailey Tops U.K. Albums Chart With Year-Best Sales

Sam Bailey, the U.K. winner of the 2013 season of “The X Factor,” sold close to 73,000 units last week to debut atop the British album chart yesterday (March 30) with her first set “The Power Of Love” (Syco Music/Sony). Australian teenage pop quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer went straight in at No. 1 with their single “She Looks So Perfect” (Capitol/Universal).
'Frozen' Set For Longest No. 1 Run Since Adele's '21'

'Frozen' Set For Longest No. 1 Run Since Adele's '21'

Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. It could sell around 150,000 copies in the week ending March 30. If the hot-selling album remains atop the list -- which will be revealed on Wednesday, April 2 -- it will become the longest-running No. 1 album since 2012, when Adele's "21" spent its 24th (and final) week at No. 1, on the chart dated June 23.
Is the Beyonce Approach Working for Other 'Surprise' Albums?

Is the Beyonce Approach Working for Other 'Surprise' Albums?

Since midnight December 13, 2013, "pulling a Beyonce" has become shorthand for the music industry's favorite new marketing tactic — issuing a "surprise" album with little or no prior fanfare. But has the strategy paid off for those who've tried their own spin on the stealth approach?

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