1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Daniel Merriweather, "Love & War"

    February 19, 2010 3:22 PM EST If you judge an artist by the company he keeps, then Australian singer Daniel Merriweather 's debut album, "Love & War," is a winner before you even hear the first note. Produced largely by Mark Ronson , the set boasts backing band the Dap-Kings and duets with Adele and…

  16. 'American Idol' Top 24 Revealed

    February 18, 2010 8:20 AM EST "American Idol" revealed the remaining 17 of its top 24 season nine contestants on Wednesday night (Feb. 17), following the previous night's unveiling of the first seven finalists and capping off over a month of audition rounds. One by one, each auditioner entered the Kodak…

  17. Lady Gaga, Florence Set To Shine At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 11:24 AM EST Lady Gaga , Florence and the Machine , Dizzee Rascal , Robbie Williams and Jay-Z should all get a sales boost from the U.K.'s BRIT Awards. The event, organised by U.K. trade body the BPI and sponsored by MasterCard, will be televised live on ITV1 from 8pm tonight (Feb. 16) with further…

  18. Kris Allen: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    November 20, 2009 1:10 PM EST 'American Idol' season-eight champ talks about his new album, his upcoming tour - and what he learned from Wikipedia. Plus: The Adam Lambert Billboard cover feature and video. Skip To: Kris Allen Q&A | Adam Lambert feature One year ago, Kris Allen was attending the University of…

  19. 'Divas' Returning to VH1

    April 21, 2009 12:54 PM EDT VH1 is bringing back its "Divas" franchise for the first time since 2005, the music network announced on Monday (April 20). The performance special - which in past years has showcased Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross - will air live…

  20. 'American Idol' Judges Dump Megan Joy

    April 02, 2009 7:51 AM EDT The spotlight has been turned off of Megan Joy on "American Idol." The tattooed 23-year-old single mother from Sandy, Utah, who crooned Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low," received the least number of viewer votes on the popular Fox network singing competition…

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