1. Adele Stays Strong on U.K. Album Chart

    February 14, 2011 10:00 AM EST A dele 's "21" (XL Recordings) sold another 130,000 units last week to win a third week atop the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Jessie J 's "Price Tag" (Lava/Universal Island), featuring B.o.B. , started a second week at No. 1 in the singles chart. The…

  2. Adele Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    February 07, 2011 10:51 AM EST A dele fans will have the chance to roll in the deep with her soon, as the U.K. singer/songwriter has announced a monthlong North American tour in support of her soon-to-be-released sophomore album, "21." The trek, which actually consists of 22 announced dates thus far, will kick…

  3. Jessie J Earns No. 1 U.K. Single with 'Price Tag'

    February 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST British pop-R&B breakthrough artist Jessie J scored her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday as "Price Tag" (Lava/Universal Island), featuring B.o.B , debuted at the top. Adele 's "21" (XL Recordings) started a second week atop the album chart. Jessie J will be the…

  4. Adele: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 28, 2011 1:31 PM EST A half an hour before her second album goes on sale in the United Kingdom, Virtually all of the album's lyrics refer to a single breakup Adele experienced between "19" and "21," often in disarming detail, as in the disc's hushed closer, "Someone Like You…

  5. Justin Bieber's Shadow Hovers Over 'American Idol' Milwaukee Auditions

    January 26, 2011 10:56 PM EST "American Idol" continues to treat its youngest auditioners extra kindly, as Wednesday night's (Jan. 26) episode showcasing the Milwaukee, Wis., tryouts saw every single 15-year-old getting a golden ticket to Hollywood, according to host Ryan Seacrest. From Thia Megia, a…

  6. Bruno Mars Debuts Atop U.K. Album Chart, 'Glee' Cast Sets Record

    January 24, 2011 9:10 AM EST B runo Mars became the first male solo artist since Mika in 2007 to top the U.K. singles and album charts simultaneously on Sunday (Jan. 23). Meanwhile, the "Glee" Cast broke the record for the shortest time for any act to achieve 20 top 40 U.K. appearances. Mars' "Grenade…

  7. Bruno Mars Earns Second U.K. No. 1 with 'Grenade'

    January 17, 2011 1:24 PM EST B runo Mars won his second solo U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Sunday) with "Grenade" (Elektra//Warner Music), recording the highest sales total for a January release in the market for 15 years. "Grenade" sold close to 150,000 units last week, according to the Official…

  8. Katy Perry's 'Firework' Clocks Second Week at No. 1 on Hot 100

    December 16, 2010 10:53 AM EST The spinning wheel atop the Billboard Hot 100 comes to a halt for the first time in almost two months, as "Firework" by Katy Perry spends a second consecutive week at No. 1. The track also leads Digital Songs for a third straight week with 201,000 downloads (down 5%), according to…

  9. Jessie J Named Critics' Choice at BRIT Awards

    December 15, 2010 10:43 AM EST British singer/songwriter Jessie J has won the BRITs Critics' Choice award, making it four prizes in four years for female acts. Previous winners of the prize honoring up-and-coming artists on the British pop scene were Ellie Goulding , Florence and the Machine and Adele . "This is…

  10. Adele Breaks Dishes in 'Rolling In The Deep' Video

    December 08, 2010 3:45 PM EST Sometimes you just need to break something to help deal with the pain of a broken heart. Adele puts that philosophy to good use in her music video for "Rolling in the Deep," which debuted yesterday. Video: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep" The British singer belts her way…

  11. Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"

    December 03, 2010 4:19 PM EST With debut album "19," Adele displayed an understanding of the importance of a sweeping chorus: Well-written ballads like "Chasing Pavements" and "Hometown Glory" became outstanding when their powerful hooks unfolded. "Rolling in the Deep," the first…

  12. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Toasted As 'CMT Artists of the Year'

    December 01, 2010 1:54 PM EST They gathered to honor CMT's five artists of the year, but the night was more like a celebration of music without borders. CMT feted Taylor Swift , Carrie Underwood , Lady Antebellum , Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band at the taping of "2010 CMT Artists Of The Year" on Tuesday…

  13. Take That, 'X Factor' Bowie Cover Top U.K Charts

    November 29, 2010 8:18 AM EST Take That 's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart, while the now-annual charity song by the finalists of this year's "X Factor," a cover of David Bowie 's "Heroes" (Syco Music/Sony Music…

  14. Billboard Bits: Will.i.am Calls MJ Album 'Disrespectful,' Jessica Simpson Not Getting Prenup?

    November 15, 2010 7:15 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Will.i.am Calls New Michael Jackson Release 'Disrespectful' Will.i.am is far from excited about the release of "Michael," the first posthumous Michael Jackson album set for a Dec. 14 release on…

  15. Susan Boyle Album Bows At No. 1 In U.K.

    November 15, 2010 7:54 AM EST Susan Boyle 's sophomore album "The Gift" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) gave her a second U.K. No. 1 and Rihanna 's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) started a second week atop the singles chart, as the Official Charts Company revealed new…

  16. Adele to Release '21' Sophomore Album in February

    November 02, 2010 10:34 AM EDT U.K. singer/songwriter Adele will release her new album, "21" -- the follow-up to her 2008 breakthrough debut, "19" -- on Feb. 22 in the U.S. and Jan. 24 in the U.K., it was announced today (Nov. 2). The album's first single, "Rolling in the Deep," is due…

  17. The Script, Tinie Tempah Top U.K. Charts

    October 04, 2010 10:32 AM EDT Irish pop-rock band the Script's "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment), which debuted atop the U.K. album chart two weeks ago, moved back 2-1 in yesterday's new sales data. South London rapper Tinie Tempah, meanwhile, got his second No. 1 single of…

  18. Mark Ronson Shows Off His 'Record Collection' on New Album

    August 30, 2010 3:30 PM EDT At the age of 34, Mark Ronson already knows what his epitaph will read. It's not that he's a morbid guy; he's just wryly aware of his musical legacy. "At the end of the day, it will say 'producer' before it says 'artist,' " says Ronson, who has…

  19. Drake Axes European Tour Due To Mother's Illness

    July 01, 2010 2:30 PM EDT Drake has postponed his entire European tour due to his mother's illness, a representative for the Toronto rapper said. "Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated," Drake said via a statement. "In light of this news, I…

  20. Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah Top U.K. Charts

    March 08, 2010 11:13 AM EST "Critics' Choice" BRIT Award winner Ellie Goulding made a winning start to her U.K. album chart career yesterday, debuting at No. 1 with her first set, "Lights" (Polydor/Universal). South London rapper Tinie Tempah made a similarly triumphant first appearance in the…

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