1. Black Sabbath Snare First No. 1 UK Album in 42 Years

    June 17, 2013 8:39 AM EDT The reunited Black Sabbath have established a new U.K. chart record for the longest gap between No. 1 albums. Their new set "13" (Vertigo/Universal) debuted at the summit yesterday (Sunday), 42 years and eight months after their second album "Paranoid" hit the peak, thus…

  2. Parker Ighile, First Signing to Nicki Minaj's Label, Talks 'So Beautiful’

    March 04, 2013 6:28 AM EST Parker Ighile is stepping away from the mixing desk to grab his own piece of the spotlight. Ighile produced "What Now" by Rihanna and "Do it like a Dude" for Jessie J, and has worked with Chip, Angel and Nicki Minaj. But it’s the music man’s association with Minaj which is…

  3. Bruce Springsteen Is Boss of U.K. Charts

    March 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (March 11) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To…

  4. British Rapper/Tabloid Fixture Dappy Hits No. 2 on U.K. Singles Chart

    March 10, 2012 11:00 AM EST In his native United Kingdom, rapper Dappy ( @thedappy ) has attracted as many negative headlines as positive ones. A regular fixture in British tabloid newspapers, the outspoken artist, a founding member of Island Records pop group N-Dubz, is no stranger to controversy, with a previous…

  5. Jessie J Tops MOBOs With Four Awards

    October 05, 2011 11:40 PM EDT The MOBO awards made it clear they know who Jessie J is. The pop newcomer won Best Album for her debut album, "Who You Are," as well as Best Song ("Do It Like a Dude"), Best Newcomer and Best UK Act. "Wow. I did not expect to win that at all," she said while…

  6. Kasabian, Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Arrives at 5

    September 26, 2011 9:30 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of pop/hip-hop group N-Dubz, scored his first solo No. 1 single with "No…

  7. Freshman Haze: Chipmunk

    August 12, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Grime music has birthed big stars, such as Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal . Chipmunk is next up to bat. From rhyming on pirate radio sets in his early teenage years to now being one of the most successful urban acts in the UK, Chipmunk has achieved a lot in his 20-year-old life. Chipmunk has…

  8. Take That Re-Release Tops U.K. Album Chart; Example Single Remains at No. 1

    June 20, 2011 8:31 AM EDT Take That's "Progress" album (Polydor/Universal), which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. last November, powered back to the top yesterday (Sunday) after the release of a new version, augmented by a second CD featuring eight unreleased tracks. London rapper Example's "…

  9. Skylar Grey Parlays Hit-Making for Eminem, Dre Into Solo Career

    March 07, 2011 3:30 PM EST The story reads like a page out of Cinderella 2.0. Against all odds, a young, relatively unknown artist is chosen to sing the hook she penned for a track by a high-profile rapper. Not only that, she's also asked to perform the single on the industry's biggest music stage: the Grammy…

  10. Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal Lead MOBO Nominations

    September 08, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Tinie Tempah leads the nominations for the 2010 MOBO Awards. The chart-topping U.K. rapper is up for four awards at the ceremony next month. Dizzee Rascal , Professor Green, N-Dubz and Plan B each have three nominations for the U.K. urban music awards. This year's ceremony takes place at…

  11. Eminem Returns To U.K. Chart Summit

    August 16, 2010 7:52 AM EDT "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) started its third separate U.K. reign to become Eminem 's longest-running No. 1 on the British album chart, while Flo Rida 's "Club Can't Handle Me" (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring David Guetta , moved 2-1 on the singles…

  12. UK Grime Group Roll Deep Scores U.K. No. 1

    May 03, 2010 1:51 PM EDT There was a double triumph for east London artists on the Official Charts Company's new U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (May 2). Grime collective Roll Deep debuted atop the singles survey with "Good Time" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI), featuring Jodie Connor, while rapper/singer…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

    October 26, 2009 9:56 AM EDT Former "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke gets a No. 1 debut for her first album "Overcome" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) on the new U.K. chart. But she loses not only top spot on the singles survey with "Bad Boys," featuring Flo Rida , but also…

  16. Streisand's 'Love' Climbs To No. 1 In U.K.

    October 12, 2009 8:03 AM EDT Barbra Streisand 's " Love Is The Answer " (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 4-1 on the new U.K. album chart, becoming her sixth No. 1 on that survey, but her first chart-topping studio album since 1980. Giving Sony labels a chart double, North London rapper Chipmunk …

  17. Muse Score Third U.K. No. 1 Album

    September 21, 2009 12:03 PM EDT Muse notched their third U.K. No. 1 album and Taio Cruz his first bestselling single as an artist, as the new sales charts were unveiled Sunday (Sept. 20) by the Official Charts Company. Muse's "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Bros.) followed the band's previous chart…

  18. Lil Jon Going Global With 'Crunk Rock'

    September 10, 2009 12:31 PM EDT L il Jon is acutely aware that he has kept fans waiting five years for "Crunk Rock," the followup to his 2004 album, "Crunk Juice." But now that the release is finally close to seeing the light of day, he is promising to pull out all the stops. "This album has all the…

  19. DJs Calvin Harris, David Guetta Top U.K. Charts

    August 24, 2009 2:00 PM EDT DJ-producers hold sway on the new U.K. sales charts, published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Aug. 23). Scotland's Calvin Harris entered the album chart at No. 1 with his sophomore set "Ready For The Weekend" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) while France's David…

  20. Michael Jackson Continues U.K. Chart Run

    August 17, 2009 10:58 AM EDT For the seventh week running, "The Essential Michael Jackson " (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) tops the U.K. album chart, while for the second time this year, Black Eyed Peas are in a second stint atop the singles chart, this time with "I Gotta Feeling" (Interscope…

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