1. James Blunt Warms Up To 'California Gurls'

    July 04, 2011 10:03 AM EDT "Nothing comes close to the golden coast" this 4th of July as we turn to a Brit -- singer/songwriter James Blunt -- for a sweet nod to one of the great 50 states with his Katy Perry 's summer pop juggernaut "California Gurls" for this week's Mashup Monday. Photos…

  2. Justin Bieber, James Blunt Cover Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' On 'Ellen'

    February 09, 2011 2:36 PM EST L ady Gaga's single "Born This Way" hasn't even been released yet, and already people -- including Justin Bieber, Ellen Degeneres and James Blunt -- are trying to discern what the song will sound like. On the today's (Feb. 9) episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show,…

  3. Bruno Mars Returns To Hot 100 Summit, Britney Slips 5 Spots

    January 27, 2011 10:58 AM EST B runo Mars ' "Grenade" reignites atop the Billboard Hot 100 , rebounding 2-1 and logging a third nonconsecutive week in the chart's top spot, having alternated between Nos. 1 and 2 over the past six weeks. The track, which returns to No. 1 on Digital Songs for a fifth…

  4. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Is No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST T he Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That easily beats its initial first week estimate of around 70,000. The Decemberists Folk Around on…

  5. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Aiming For No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 21, 2011 3:51 PM EST Next week, the Billboard 200 albums chart may begin to emerge from of its doom-and-gloom fog -- though not by much. The Decemberists' new album "The King Is Dead" is on track to debut at No. 1, with perhaps around 70,000 sold by week's ending Sunday, Jan. 23 according to…

  6. James Blunt Starts Over with 'Some Kind of Trouble'

    January 17, 2011 12:00 PM EST Industry rebels don't come more polite than James Blunt . In keeping with his pre-music military career, Blunt speaks and acts with officer-class poshness and reserve. But the one-time army captain who led a column of NATO tanks in Kosovo in 1999 is resolute nevertheless.

 Ask him…

  7. Billboard Bits: New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming in March?

    January 13, 2011 5:30 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming in March? Kelly Clarkson confirmed yesterday on her Facebook page that her new album, tentatively-titled "May," will "supposedly" be released in March. The…

  8. Take That Surges To Euro Albums Chart Summit

    December 03, 2010 7:44 AM EST British pop five-piece Take That has Europe's new No. 1 album with "Progress" (Polydor/Universal), replacing Rihanna 's "Loud," but the Barbadian star's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) moves into a fifth week atop the pan-European…

  9. Rihanna Scores Euro Albums, Singles Chart Double

    November 26, 2010 10:57 AM EST Rihanna scores a No. 1 debut on Billboard's European Albums chart with "Loud" (Def Jam/Universal), and makes it a double by starting a fourth week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal). "Loud" enters at No. 1 in…

  10. Take That Tops 500,000 In First Week U.K. Sales

    November 22, 2010 7:15 AM EST Take That made a century's-best debut atop the U.K. album chart, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) recorded the biggest first-week sales for any album in the market for 13 years, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, British pop outfit JLS scored their fourth U.K…

  11. Bon Jovi, Rihanna Top Euro Chart

    November 18, 2010 8:41 AM EST Bon Jovi 's "Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection" (Mercury/Universal) withstands debuts by James Blunt , Susan Boyle and Depeche Mode to retain the leadership of Billboard's European Albums chart. Meanwhile, Rihanna commands a third week atop European Hot 100 Singles…

  12. George Strait Scores 83rd Country Songs Top 10

    November 17, 2010 2:05 PM EST STRAIT TALK: George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10 on the list, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late legend…

  13. 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…

  14. Train Rolls To 100th Adult Pop Songs No. 1

    September 08, 2010 1:05 PM EDT With a 2-1 advance for "If It's Love," Train collects the 100th No. 1 title in the 14-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart. The survey premiered in the Billboard issue dated March 16, 1996, as an offshoot of the Adult Contemporary chart, a…

  15. AC/DC Holds Off Stones On Euro Chart

    May 28, 2010 7:32 AM EDT AC/DC 's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) withstands the challenge of the Rolling Stones to start a fifth week atop Billboard's European Albums chart. Stromae moves into a ninth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles with "…

  16. 'Exile On Main St' Back At U.K. No. 1

    May 24, 2010 7:46 AM EDT For the first time in 16 years, the Rolling Stones top the U.K. album chart, after their reissued 1972 album "Exile On Main St" (Polydor/Universal) hit No. 1. U.S. hip-hop artist B.O.B. debuted at the singles summit with "Nothing On You" (Rebel Rock/Grand/HustleAtlantic…

  17. B.o.B Weaves Way To Hot 100 No. 1; 'Glee' Generates More Debuts

    April 22, 2010 11:13 AM EDT As mentioned in a breaking news story yesterday , B.o.B moves into the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut single "Nothin' On You," featuring Bruno Mars. The rapper is the fourth male vocalist since October to reach No. 1 with his first entry, following Jay Sean,…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100…

  19. U.K. Haiti Benefit Single Debuts At No. 1

    February 15, 2010 8:32 AM EST Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment's star-packed charity cover of R.E.M. 's "Everybody Hurts," rush-released under the name Helping Haiti to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake, stormed to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart. Alicia Keys ' "The…

  20. James Blunt Tops U.K. Decade Chart With 'Back To Bedlam'

    December 29, 2009 1:33 PM EST James Blunt's debut album "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) is the biggest U.K. seller of the decade, according to the Official Charts Company. Dido's debut "No Angel" (Arista/Sony Music Entertainment) is in second place on the decade chart followed by Amy Winehouse&…

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