1. Boyzone, Lady Gaga Top U.K. Charts

    March 29, 2010 7:06 AM EDT Irish pop band Boyzone 's "Brother" (Polydor/Universal) returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday, as Lady Gaga 's "Telephone" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Beyoncé, started a second week atop the singles survey. The Boyzone album, dedicated to…

  2. Ke$ha: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 19, 2010 3:00 PM EST If you want insight into a celebrity's self-image, you could do worse than watch one make the brief walk from the star's chosen chariot to the red carpet prior to an awards show. The frenzied VIP drop-off area at the 2010 Grammy Awards reveals more than any klieg-light TV interview…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Lily Allen, Lady Gaga Up For BRIT Awards

    January 19, 2010 6:49 AM EST British women have a strong showing in the nominations for the 2010 BRIT Awards - but not Susan Boyle . U.K. acts Florence and the Machine , Lily Allen and Pixie Lott each has three nominations for the awards, staged at London's Earls Court Arena on Feb. 16 and screened live on ITV1.…

  6. Madonna Celebrates 3rd Week Atop Euro Chart

    October 15, 2009 7:42 AM EDT Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) moves into a third week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums, as "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon secures a sixth week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles. The Madonna compilation moves back 2-1,…

  7. Madonna's Second Week Atop Euro Chart

    October 08, 2009 8:42 AM EDT Billboard's pan-European sales chart leaders continue their runs, with Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) starting a second week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums and "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon into a fifth week at No. 1…

  8. Madonna's 'Celebration' Tops Euro Chart

    October 02, 2009 7:14 AM EDT Madonna 's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) overtakes Muse 's " The Resistance " (Helium 3/Warner Music) to debut at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey. There's a fourth week as the European Hot 100 Singles No. 1 for "Sexy Chick"…

  9. Madonna's U.K. Chart 'Celebration'

    September 28, 2009 8:03 AM EDT Madonna matched Elvis Presley 's U.K. record for a solo act as her "Celebration" retrospective (Warner Bros.) debuted at No. 1. Taio Cruz started a second week atop the singles chart with "Break Your Heart" (Universal Island). Madonna and Presley, with 11 No. 1s each…

  10. Pearl Jam Poised For No. 1 On Billboard 200

    September 24, 2009 9:37 AM EDT Pearl Jam is on course to nab its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in 13 years. Industry prognosticators suggest the band's new "Backspacer," released on Sunday, Sept. 20, could shift anywhere between 175,000 to 200,000 copies by week's end. That sales figure…

  11. Video Q&A: Perez Hilton On Will.i.Am And Music Moguldom

    September 17, 2009 3:52 PM EDT It's no secret that Perez Hilton loves sharing music -- by everyone from Lady GaGa and Katy Perry to Mika and Leona Lewis -- with the people who read his blog. But now he wants to share his favorite acts with someone who's not exactly his biggest fan. "I am inviting will.i.am…

  12. Beatles Remasters Dominate U.K. Album Charts, Vera Lynn Takes No. 1

    September 14, 2009 8:53 AM EDT On a new U.K. album chart otherwise dominated by Beatles remasters, 92-year-old Dame Vera Lynn yesterday (Sept. 13) became the oldest living artist to have a bestselling title as "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn" (Decca/Universal) climbed 2-1. English pop artist…

  13. Mika, "The Boy Who Knew Too Much"

    September 11, 2009 3:43 PM EDT Anyone convinced that Mika burned through his bag of outré art-pop tricks with 2007's action-packed "Life in Cartoon Motion" should prepare to be (pleasantly) surprised. On "The Boy Who Knew Too Much," this Beirut-born singer comes back strong with another set of over…

  14. Danzig, Death, Of Montreal To Play Fun Fun Fun Fest

    August 25, 2009 3:38 PM EDT Of Montreal, Mission of Burma, Danzig, the Jesus Lizard, Les Savy Fav and GZA are among the dozens of acts who will perform at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. The fourth annual gathering of primarily independent and underground artists will take place at Austin's Waterloo Park on…

  15. Mika Conquered The World, America Is Next

    August 14, 2009 6:09 PM EDT At first impression, the man no one knows as Michael Penniman seems uncharacteristically quiet. As he takes a well-earned break from rehearsing for a tour to promote one of the year's most eagerly anticipated global releases, he seems tired and anxious, a far cry from his usual upbeat…

  16. Mika Unveils New Songs In London

    June 09, 2009 8:53 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Mika unveiled new material at an intimate, acoustic gig at London's Sadler's Wells theater last night (June 8). The singer, whose "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Island) debut album is BPI-certified quadruple platinum (1.2 million shipments) in the United Kingdom…

  17. Sonic Youth, Jesus Lizard Headed To Seattle's Captiol Hill Block Party

    April 28, 2009 12:19 PM EDT The Capitol Hill Block Party will return once again this summer in downtown Seattle on the weekend of July 24-25. Sonic Youth, the Jesus Lizard, the Gossip, Deerhunter, The Black Lips and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart anchor this year's lineup, which will feature over 40 acts. Early…

  18. Mika Gets To Work On Sophomore Album

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mika is making headway with the follow-up album to his mega-hit debut, "Life in Cartoon Motion." The artist caught up with Billboard.com yesterday (May 22) during the Ivor Novello awards ceremony, whe Mika is making headway with the follow-up album to his mega-hit debut, "Life…

  19. Last Shadow Puppets, Madonna Lead U.K. Charts

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Last Shadow Puppets, featuring Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of Liverpool band the Rascals, debuted at No. 1 on the British album chart yesterday (April 27) with "The Age of the Und The Last Shadow Puppets, featuring Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of…

  20. Alberta Cross

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last year, British roots-rock outfit Alberta Cross released a seven-song EP, "The Thief and the Heartbreaker," via Geffen in the United States and Fiction in the United Kingdom to much critical succes Last year, British roots-rock outfit Alberta Cross released a seven-song EP, "…

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