1. Emeli Sande Has Adele in Her Sights After Scoring 5th No. 1 in U.K.

    August 27, 2012 8:35 AM EDT "Events" is now within 6,000 copies of overtaking Adele's "21" as the U.K.'s bestselling album of 2012 As Emeli Sandé 's "Our Version of Events" started a fifth non-consecutive week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), London-based…

  2. Jessie Ware Talks Breakthrough 'Devotion' Debut & 'Wildest Moments' Single

    August 23, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Jessie Ware 's debut album "Devotion" had been available for free via live-stream on The Guardian's web site for no less than three hours before she got a fan tweet guaranteed to disturb any new artist. "I love the album! I just downloaded it for free off the stream!…

  3. Olympics Bump: Emeli Sande, Jessie J Spike on U.K. Charts

    August 20, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album "Our Version of Events" back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as the Olympic effect showed itself on many of…

  4. Olympics Closing Ceremony: Spice Girls, George Michael + More

    August 12, 2012 7:40 PM EDT British Music Royalty Light Up London in Psychedelic Farewell to Games With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun. The closing…

  5. Spice Girls, Jessie J Rehearse for Olympics Closing Ceremony

    August 10, 2012 9:30 AM EDT The Spice Girls, Jessie J, Annie Lennox and Tinie Tempah are among the latest British acts reportedly tipped to sing for their tickets at the closing night ceremony of the London 2012 Games. The media and social networks have been abuzz with speculation and fresh names are popping up to join…

  6. Rick Springfield Pleads No Contest in DUI Case

    August 09, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Rick Springfield has pleaded no contest to reckless driving and will serve probation to end a drunken driving case filed after his arrest last year. The rocker's attorney Philip Cohen entered the plea to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving "with driving under the influence…

  7. Rihanna, Elton John and More Festival Stars Heading for Palladia's 'Outdoor Week 2012'

    August 01, 2012 9:00 AM EDT High-definition channel Palladia will showcase artists ranging from Rihanna to Elton John with its fifth annual Outdoor Week, which will document festivals from across the world. Outdoor Week's eight-day run will include 24-hour coverage of outdoor festivals beginning Aug. 27. Each night…

  8. Jessie J Sued For Copyright Infringement Over 'Domino'

    June 26, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Musician claims that hit single uses parts of a 2008 song without permission Was Jessie J 's biggest stateside hit lifted from another source? The popular British singer is facing a copyright infringement suit over claims that significant portions of her recent hit "Domino"…

  9. Jay-Z, Rihanna, Elton John to Perform at London Olympic Arts Festival

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Musical stars, including Jay-Z , Rihanna , David Guetta and Elton John , films from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Mike Leigh and art from Yoko Ono and others will all be part of the London 2012 Festival, a cultural celebration across Britain tied to the Summer Olympics that kicks off on…

  10. 'The Voice U.K.' Tour Canceled Due to Low Ticket Sales

    June 19, 2012 10:20 AM EDT The BBC show, featuring will.i.am, Jessie J and others as coaches, started with strong ratings, but then saw sharp viewership declines. A planned live tour of BBC music talent show The Voice U.K. has been canceled amid a lack of ticket sales, the Telegraph reported. The concert tour was…

  11. 'Dallas' and Country Music a 'Natural Fit'

    June 11, 2012 5:20 PM EDT "Dallas," the iconic series that made Friday nights "Must See TV" long before NBC did the same for Thursdays with their classic series of comedies, was well represented at the recent CMA Music Festival. Saturday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame a TNT gave those in…

  12. Gary Barlow Tops U.K. Charts, Ed Sheeran Storms Back

    June 11, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Take That member Gary Barlow confirmed his expected double victory on the new U.K. sales charts on Sunday (June 10). His Diamond Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project with the Commonwealth Band secured a second week atop the album chart, while the title track raced 11-1 on the singles…

  13. Queen's Jubilee Highlighted By Paul McCartney, Elton John

    June 04, 2012 6:45 PM EDT A glittering parade of artists from the 1950s to the present day - from Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones to Jessie J and Ed Sheeran - performed outside Buckingham Palace on Monday night (June 4) at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. SLIDESHOW: See the…

  14. Usher Performs on 'SNL,' Bieber & Timberlake Star in 100th Digital Short: Watch

    May 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Billboard Music Awards cover boys Usher and Justin Bieber both appeared on last night's Will Ferrell-hosted "Saturday Night Live," with Usher performing two songs and Bieber starring alongside Jessie Eisenberg in a star-studded Digital Short. Clad in a head-to-toe leather and a…

  15. Ask Billboard: Madonna: the Material 'Woman'?

    May 07, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THE MATERIAL GIRL …

  16. Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' Bumps Adele Off U.K. Chart Throne

    April 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Dials Up a Fourth Week Atop Singles Chart Jack White's first solo album "Blunderbuss" replaced his XL Recordings labelmate Adele's "21" at the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Carly Rae Jepsen'…

  17. Adele Tops Jason Mraz by 44 Copies on U.K. Chart

    April 23, 2012 9:50 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Spends Third Week Atop Singles Chart In a photo-finish, Adele's "21" narrowly withstands the challenge of Jason Mraz' "Love Is A Four Letter Word" to keep the U.K. album chart crown. On the singles survey, Carly…

  18. Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' Roars to No. 1 on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Fueled by a "Glee" remake and his appearance on "Saturday Night Live," Gotye scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his first entry on the songs chart, as "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra , lifts 2-1. With the "Glee" cast…

  19. Alabama Shakes Debut at No. 3 on U.K. Chart

    April 16, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Adele Jumps 3-1 on Album Chart; Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Is No. 1 Single for 2nd Week Adele's "21" is back at the top of the U.K. album chart, for a 22nd aggregate week, climbing 3-1 to depose Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded."…

  20. Gotye's Smash Hit Almost Didn't Happen

    April 13, 2012 6:20 PM EDT After a Six-Month Build, 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Is a Breakout Hit, With Nearly 4.5 Million Copies Sold It's the hit that almost wasn't, a simple song that's become a ­worldwide smash but nearly disappeared before it was even finished. Gotye's "…

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