1. Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' Tops Historic U.K. Albums Chart

    March 02, 2015 3:39 AM EST Sam Smith capped the week of his double Brit Award victory by claiming another piece of history, as In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) topped the first U.K. album chart to incorporate streaming data alongside downloads and traditional sales. As the new data was unveiled yesterday (March 1…

  2. Brit Awards 2015: Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith Win Big, But Madonna & Kanye West Steal the Show

    February 25, 2015 7:25 PM EST The Brit Awards may be the biggest night in the U.K. music industry calendar, but it was U.S. stars Madonna , Taylor Swift and Kanye West who provided the show's standout moments. All three artists performed at the 35th Brit Awards, held at London's O2 arena, with Madonna's…

  3. Brit Awards 2015: And the Winners Are ...

    February 25, 2015 3:00 PM EST Who won big at Wednesday's (Feb. 25) Brit Awards ? Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith both picked up a pair of Brits, while Taylor Swift won her first trophy. See below for all night's winners: 2015 Brit Awards: See All the Photos! BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST Damon Albarn Ed Sheeran -- WINNER…

  4. Watch the 2015 Brit Awards Right Here

    February 25, 2015 1:47 PM EST The 2015 Brit Awards -- which are more-or-less the British equivalent of the Grammys -- are here! Even if you're not one of the Queen's subjects, there are plenty of reasons to watch this worldwide livestream of the awards show. Reasons like:  Taylor Swift ,  Kanye West ,  Madonna ,…

  5. Music Stars Share Valentine's Day Wishes on Social Media

    February 14, 2015 4:15 PM EST Love is in the air today (Feb. 14), as numerous artists from around the music world are celebrating Valentine's Day on social media. Valentine's Day Country Music Playlist: The Best Love Songs From Past 20 Years From pop superstars like Madonna and Ariana Grande to rockers…

  6. Starwood Hotels Revamps Music Strategy, Teams With Coachella & Trevanna Entertainment

    February 11, 2015 5:57 PM EST Starwood Hotels' Starwood Preferred Guest membership-rewards program is expanding from the ballroom to the festival circuit. After years of providing exclusive in-hotel concerts to SPG members via its Hear the Music, See the World campaign ( booked by Live Nation from 2009 to 2014),…

  7. Madonna To Perform at BRIT Awards

    February 04, 2015 12:56 AM EST The Queen of Pop will get her chance to rule at the BRIT Awards.  Madonna will return to her old stomping ground later this month when she performs at the British recording industry's flagship awards ceremony.  The veteran singer, a two-time BRITS winner, is confirmed to a bill that…

  8. Brit Music Awards Nominations: Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran & More

    January 15, 2015 4:27 PM EST Man of the moment Sam Smith leads the nominations for Britain's most prestigious music awards, the Brits. The soulful 22-year-old "Stay With Me" singer was nominated for five awards Thursday (Jan. 15), including best album and best male artist. Ed Sheeran Previews New Song in…

  9. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith Help U.K. Music Sales Stay Above £1 Billion

    January 01, 2015 3:12 AM EST Nearly 15 billion songs were streamed in the United Kingdom in 2014 with digital accounting for 51% of U.K. music consumption Big selling records from home-grown artists Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith helped U.K. recorded music sales stay above the £1 billion marker in 2014. The £1.03 billion…

  10. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  11. One Direction, Ellie Goulding On 'Epic' Band Aid Recording Session

    November 15, 2014 6:55 PM EST A who's who of U.K. stars joined forces on Saturday (Nov. 15) to record a new version of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"  And now you can see what some of your favorite A-listers wore to the event. Led by Bob Geldof ; One Direction , Rita Ora , Ed Sheeran , Ellie…

  12. One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay to Perform at Inaugural BBC Music Awards

    October 24, 2014 4:10 AM EDT One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay , Calvin Harris , Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Dec. 11, the U.K. public broadcaster announced on Friday. The U.K. public broadcaster first unveiled the new awards show, which will compete with…

  13. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  14. Ed Sheeran's 'X' the U.K.'s Best-Seller for 2014...So Far

    October 03, 2014 5:06 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s X is the best-selling artist album in the U.K. so far this year. Music sales tracker The Official Charts Company said the release leads the charts after the first nine months of the year with more than 634,000 copies sold, ahead of Sam Smith's debut album In the Lonely…

  15. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  16. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No. 1 single with “Changing” (3 Beat/All Around…

  17. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  18. Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ Continues U.K. Chart Streak, Nico & Vinz Score Top Single

    August 11, 2014 2:27 AM EDT Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha , more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Charts Company survey. On the album chart, there…

  19. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Bows At No. 1 in U.K.

    May 26, 2014 7:25 AM EDT First-week sales of 168,000 made Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music) both the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of the year and the new No. 1 title, in sales data published Sunday (May 25) by the Official Charts Company. British pop-dance star Sam Smith scored his third chart…

  20. Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Debuts At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 19, 2014 5:28 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” (MJJ/Epic/Sony Music) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 18), as Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” (Roc Nation/Universal) opened at the singles summit. Sony’s previous posthumous Jackson collection, “Michael,” peaked at No. 4 in a ten-week…

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