1. 'X Factor' Winner Sam Bailey Grabs U.K. Christmas No. 1 with 'Skyscraper,' One Direction Narrowly Denied Top Album

    December 23, 2013 2:07 AM EST Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) narrowly held off…

  2. Pentatonix Q&A: A Cappella Is 'Coming To The Forefront'

    December 17, 2013 2:15 PM EST The quintet discusses its increased touring plans, the future of a cappella and its new Billboard No. 1 'Little Drummer Boy' As previously reported , a cappella quintet Pentatonix perches atop Billboard's Holiday 100 songs chart like a star atop a Christmas tree with its…

  3. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Back to No. 1 in U.K., Lily Allen Continues Streak Atop Singles Chart

    December 16, 2013 4:12 AM EST In the last charts before this week’s sales battle for the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1s, Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) moved back to the top of the album survey and Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) started a third non-consecutive…

  4. Pentatonix Marches Onto Hot 100 With 'Little Drummer Boy'

    December 13, 2013 1:35 PM EST Thanks to strong streaming and sales, the song debuts at No. 13, instantly ranking as one of the highest-charting holiday hits of all-time. It also tops the Holiday 100 A new version of a holiday favorite by a cappella quintet Pentatonix quickly beats a path up multiple Billboard charts.…

  5. One Direction Sells 124,000 More 'Memories' in U.K., Topping Album Chart Again

    December 09, 2013 9:16 AM EST One Direction sold a further 124,000 copies of "Midnight Memories" (Syco Music/Sony) to top the U.K. album chart for a second week, with a two-week total of 361,000 units. Lily Allen's "Somewhere Only We Know" (Parlophone/Warner Music), which fell three places to No.…

  6. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Into Pole Position on U.K. Album Chart, Equals Elvis' Record

    November 25, 2013 5:04 AM EST Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) has become the 1,000th No. 1 in the history of the U.K. chart. The set sold close to 109,000 copies to take the honor, as Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) moved up 2-1 on the singles chart.…

  7. Pentatonix, 'PTX Volume 2': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 30, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Hear the new album from the "Sing-Off" champions a week early Pentatonix , the a cappella quintet who won the third season of NBC's "The Sing-Off," have a new studio album and Billboard has an exclusive advance stream a week before it hits shelves. "…

  8. Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet Go '80s on Third 'Covers' Album: Exclusive Song

    August 19, 2013 11:07 AM EDT "Under the Covers, Vol. 3," out Nov. 12, focuses on the '80s. Listen to their version of Go-Go's classic, "Our Lips Our Sealed" After taking on the '60s and '70s with the first two volumes of "Under the Covers" series, Susanna Hoffs…

  9. Emeli Sande's 'Events' Tops UK Charts, Is Year's Best-Seller

    December 31, 2012 11:00 AM EST The final U.K. charts of 2012, published Sunday (Dec. 30), showed Emeli Sandé 's "Our Version Of Events" maintaining its place at No. 1 and as the bestselling artist album of the year. "X Factor" winner James Arthur's "Impossible," which topped the…

  10. Justice Collective's Charity Single Wins Christmas No. 1 Title

    December 24, 2012 9:00 AM EST Cover of 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' Includes Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won on Sunday (Dec. 23) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's…

  11. Olly Murs Finds 'Right Time' to Lead U.K. Chart Again

    December 10, 2012 8:30 AM EST Olly Murs has the U.K.'s No. 1 artist album for a second week, after "Right Place Right Time" was confirmed at the summit again by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (Dec. 9). On the singles chart, 20-year-old, Wiltshire-born singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin climbed 6-1…

  12. Olly Murs Owns U.K. Charts, Pogues Re-Enter Top 30

    December 03, 2012 8:00 AM EST British hitmaker Olly Murs not only secured a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Troublemaker," featuring Flo Rida , but entered the album chart at No. 1 with his third set, "Right Place Right Time." The Official Charts Company confirmed that…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Whitney Houston, Pentatonix, Andy Griffith

    July 06, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Houston is one of two beloved veteran acts, joining the Beach Boys, that return to the AC chart. Billboard's PERRY POWER: As Katy Perry 's "Wide Awake" holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100, the song pushes 13-10 on Adult Pop Songs to become her 10th top 10 on the radio airplay…

  14. Watch: All 2012 Super Bowl Music-Related Ads

    February 06, 2012 9:00 AM EST Music was back in a big way at the Super Bowl Sunday night. Artists like Elton John , Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue and The Darkness made on-camera appearances, while Echo & The Bunnymen , The Cult and James Brown had some of the most talked-about synchs. All in all, the top four publishing…

  15. Military Wives & Italian Donkey in Race for U.K.'s No. 1 Christmas Single

    December 23, 2011 9:50 AM EST The U.K.'s ever-idiosyncratic Christmas singles market is producing its usual entertaining race for Yuletide chart honors, with contestants including a choir of soldiers' wives, the latest YouTube sensation and a 1960s song about an Italian donkey. Military Wives, "Wherever You…

  16. Michael Buble Bumps Amy Winehouse on U.K. Album Chart

    December 19, 2011 9:20 AM EST In the last charts before the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 titles are revealed on Christmas Day, new data released Sunday (Dec. 18) showed Michael Bublé regaining the album chart crown with "Christmas." Little Mix, the female quartet who won last week's "X Factor…

  17. Amy Winehouse Roars on U.K. Charts

    December 12, 2011 9:30 AM EST Amy Winehouse posthumously achieved the biggest weekly sale of her U.K. chart career last week with "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," bowing on the album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Dec. 11) with 194,000 units. After two weeks in runner-up spot on the singles survey, Olly Murs moved to the…

  18. Adele Reaches Milestone in 'X-Factor'-Heavy U.K. Chart Week

    December 05, 2011 9:30 AM EST Singer Overtakes Amy Winehouse to Have Century's Top-Selling Album The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" and the charity release by the show's 2011…

  19. Rihanna Tops U.K. Albums Chart, Scores New Records

    November 28, 2011 9:30 AM EST Rihanna fever is officially sweeping the United Kingdom, as the Barbadian superstar lands a simultaneous No. 1 single and album for the second time this year, and several new U.K. chart records in the process. Meanwhile, "Now! That's What I Call Music 80" (EMI TV/Universal…

  20. 'X Factor' Winner Earns No. 1 U.K. Christmas Song

    December 20, 2010 9:04 AM EST T ake That maintained their album chart supremacy on the U.K.'s last sales charts before the holiday, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added 330,000 new sales to take its five-week total to 1.44m. Matt Cardle, who won the Dec. 12 final of "The X Factor," duly…

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