1. Pharrell Williams’ ‘G I R L’ Grabs Top Spot in U.K.

    March 10, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony). Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 go straight to the top of the singles chart…

  2. Nolwenn Leroy Sets U.S. Debut: Listen to 'Moonlight Shadow'

    December 28, 2012 10:50 AM EST French pop star Nolwenn Leroy is returning to America. The singer, who spent a year in small town Ohio as an exchange student, is releasing her U.S. debut "Nolwenn" via Decca on January 8. The album, an eclectic collection of standards and Celtic songs, is already a major hit in…

  3. 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…

  4. Conor Maynard's 'Contrast' Debuts Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    August 06, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Rising British pop heartthrob Conor Maynard 's debut album "Contrast" (Parlophone/EMI) went straight to the top of the new U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), while "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British rapper Wiley featuring Ms D debuted atop the…

  5. Paul McCartney Makes $1.57 for Olympic Opening

    July 30, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Don't spend it all in one place, Paul. London Olympic organizers say former Beatle Paul McCartney and other star performers who took part in Friday's opening ceremony essentially donated their time - receiving a mere pound ($1.57) - for their performances. The nominal fee was…

  6. Duran Duran, Snow Patrol Kick Off Olympic Concerts in Hyde Park

    July 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT While Sir Paul McCartney and Arctic Moneys were serenading the atheletes across town, a spectacular concert featuring Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics and Paolo Nutini took place in London's Hyde Park Friday (June 27) evening to mark the opening of the Olympic Games. Timed to…

  7. Olympics Opening Ceremony: Union Jack Jukebox With McCartney, Arctic Monkeys + Best of Britain

    July 28, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Getty Images It's not a concert, Danny Boyle stressed. It's about the athletes. In a very real way, though, the director of the Olympic opening ceremony was wrong. While sports are the heart of the Olympics, music - loud, bold, world-conquering British music, amplified in the most…

  8. Ask Billboard: Instrumentals, Part 2

    July 31, 2009 1:00 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. MORE MORE THAN WORDS Thanks to all who posted comments below last week's…

  9. Dave Guetta, Kelly Rowland Song 'Takes Over' U.K. Singles Chart

    June 22, 2009 9:18 AM EDT Kasabian started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with their third album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile, French DJ-artist David Guetta scored his first U.K. No. 1 single with "When Love Takes Over"…

  10. May 15, 2009

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Shania Twain and producer Robert “Mutt” Lange announce they are separating after 14 years of marriage. 2004 – Blues singer Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. 2003 – Singer-songwriter June Carter Cash dies of complications following heart…

  11. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz bands, a 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss.,…

  12. Estelle Ends Duffy's U.K. Chart Dominance

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British R&B newcomer Estelle crashed onto the U.K. chart at No. 1 yesterday (March 23) with her single featuring Kanye West, "American Boy" (Homeschool/Atlantic). It's the 28-year-old's first dome British R&B newcomer Estelle crashed onto the U.K. chart at No. 1…

  13. U.K. Storm Brewing Over New Prince Album

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG U.K. will not handle Prince's upcoming album release after a national British newspaper struck a deal to give the CD away. Columbia in the United States recently struck a worldwide deal, unde Sony BMG U.K. will not handle Prince's upcoming album release after a national…

  14. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz bands, a 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss.,…

  15. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>June Carter Cash dies at Nashville's Baptist Hospital of complications following heart surgery she underwent the previous week. She is 73.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore…

  16. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz b 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo…

  17. Tubular Bells 2003

    August 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT With tape manipulation and an insane amount of overdubbing, Mike Oldfield's one-man-band approach to the original "Tubular Bells" taxed the limits of recording technology in 1972. With tape manipulation and an insane amount of overdubbing, Mike Oldfield's one-man-band…

  18. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Nellie Shabalala, wife of Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Joseph, is shot to death in the township of Claremont, near Durban, South Africa. She is 49. Her husband is shot in the arm in th 2002 - Nellie Shabalala, wife of Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Joseph, is shot…

  19. Universal, Sony, EMI Plan Super Audio CD Titles

    August 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) announced Saturday at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer electronics show in Berlin that it will release a number of titles in the new Super Audio CD (SACD) Universal Music Group (UMG) announced Saturday at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA)…