1. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, One Direction and More Light Up NYC at Z100 Jingle Ball

    December 08, 2012 8:30 AM EST Z100's annual Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden Friday night (December 7) was bookended by an opening performance from One Direction and a closing headline set from Justin Bieber , with plenty of teen pop, British imports and R&B thrown in to make this year's event an…

  2. One Direction Headlines Sold-Out Show at Madison Square Garden

    December 04, 2012 5:55 PM EST One Direction's headlining gig Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the British boy band's first, was less of a proper concert and more of a victory lap from a banner year. A 90-minute plus set of the boys singing their hits as well as fan favorites like "Tell Me A Lie,"…

  3. 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…

  4. Rihanna Equals Madonna Record, Tops One Direction With U.K. Chart Win

    November 26, 2012 8:00 AM EST Rihanna 's "Unapologetic" sold nearly 100,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on yesterday's new U.K. album chart. But the real sales story of the week, and the year, came in the less-publicised compilation chart, where "Now! That's What I Call Music 83"…

  5. Jingle Ball 2012 Lineup: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber Performing

    October 22, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Z100's annual pop blowout will take over New York's Madison Square Garden this December. One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are among the artists confirmed for this year's Jingle Ball, the annual star-studded, holiday-timed concert sponsored by New York's Top 40…

  6. Olly Murs Sets December Release For 'Right Place, Right Time'

    September 17, 2012 12:15 PM EDT U.K. pop singer Olly Murs will release his debut U.S. album "Right Place, Right Time" on Dec. 4 through Columbia Records. The 28-year-old's stateside debut was originally titled "In Case You Didn't Know" and announced for a September release. "Right Place,…

  7. 'X Factor's' Simon Cowell & L.A. Reid: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 10, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Can the 'X' Men Turn the Show's Ratings Into Music Success? This is an excerpt. For a longer version, grab a copy of Billboard . The singing competition field is crowded, to say the least. It's been 11 years since "Pop Idol" debuted in the United Kingdom, and 10…

  8. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  9. The Beat: Murs on Gay Rights, Staind on Hiatus, Phil Lesh on Further

    July 23, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Welcome to the "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts -- all from the streets of Venice Beach. In today's episode, J.B. gives the…

  10. Murs Supports Gay Rights, Kisses Man in 'Animal Style' Video: Watch

    July 20, 2012 10:15 PM EDT When R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean 's revelations of a romance with a man last week shook up the hip-hop world, many stars, including 50 Cent , spoke out in support of the Odd Future star. Now, Los Angeles underground rapper Murs has taken the discussion one step further with a…

  11. Olly Murs Sets U.S. Debut, 'In Case You Didn't Know'

    June 19, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The current invasion of British pop will continue through the summer, with singer Olly Murs set to release his U.S. debut album, "In Case You Didn't Know," on Sept. 25, his label Columbia Records announced Tuesday. Murs' first album in the States will actually be a…

  12. Ask Billboard: Is Madonna Ready to 'Turn Up the Radio'?

    June 19, 2012 6:05 AM EDT A look at Madonna's next potential single, the significance of Carly Rae Jepsen's new No. 1 and Billboard's Bubbling Under chart. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings,…

  13. Bubbling Under: Olly Murs' 'Beat' Goes on the Air

    June 15, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Olly Murs, Katie Armiger, Tex James and the Parlotones Olly Murs One Direction , which rose to fame on the U.K.'s TV talent…

  14. 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'…

  15. Adele, Coldplay Score BRIT Award Nominations

    January 12, 2012 3:35 PM EST Adele, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine and Jessie J were among the British artists to earn multiple 2012 BRIT Award nominations, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 12). The 32nd annual BRIT Awards, which honor the best popular music coming out of the U.K., will be held on Feb. 21.…

  16. Coldplay Scores Another U.K. Chart No. 1

    January 02, 2012 3:45 PM EST New Year's Day 2012 brought a new U.K. No. 1 for Coldplay with "Paradise" and a return to the album chart summit for Ed Sheeran's debut album "+." The Coldplay single first charted in early November, debuting and apparently peaking at No. 14, but hit the top ten…

  17. Michael Buble, Military Wives Top U.K. Charts

    December 27, 2011 11:35 AM EST As expected, "Wherever You Are" (Decca/Universal) by the Military Wives with Gareth Malone was confirmed on Christmas Day as the U.K.'s festive No. 1 single. It smashed the record for best first-week sales by any track in the market in 2011, sellling a mighty 556,000 units to…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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