Paul Sexton

London-based print and broadcast journalist Paul Sexton has been a contributor to Billboard
since the early 1990s. He also writes for such British newspapers as the Sunday Times,
Financial Times and Sunday Express, hosts inflight shows for such airlines as Emirates
and KLM, and makes radio documentaries for BBC Radio 2 and others.

Bruni, Aguilera Secure European Chart No. 1s

Bruni, Aguilera Secure European Chart No. 1s

There are new titles atop both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Italian singer Carla Bruni's "No Promises" (Naive) starts at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums and Christina Aguilera's "Hurt" (RCA/Sony BMG) moves 3-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Mika, Winehouse Lead New Talent On U.K. Charts

Mika, Winehouse Lead New Talent On U.K. Charts

Beirut-born Mika ascended to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart with "Grace Kelly" (Universal Island) yesterday (Jan. 21) in a strong chart for new talent. It was also a triumphant week for Island, as Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" started a second week atop the album chart.
Lewis, Winehouse Rule The Roost On U.K. Charts

Lewis, Winehouse Rule The Roost On U.K. Charts

"X Factor" winner Leona Lewis retained her singles crown on yesterday's (Jan. 14) new U.K. sales charts, as "A Moment Like This" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) narrowly held off "Proper Education" (Data/Positiva) by Eric Prydz vs. Floyd. Meanwhile, Amy Winehouse reached the top of the album chart for the first time as "Back to Black" (Universal Island) rose 2-1.
Beatles' 'Love' Runs Hot In Europe

Beatles' 'Love' Runs Hot In Europe

The Beatles' "Love" (Apple) leads the way on European Top 100 Albums for a seventh straight week, moving up 8-7 in Holland and maintaining top five berths in Germany and Spain.
New Digital Rules Shake Up U.K. Charts

New Digital Rules Shake Up U.K. Charts

U.K. singles chart history broke new ground yesterday (Jan. 7) with the publication of the first survey to factor in all download sales, not just those in which a physical CD equivalent is available within one week of release. The new methodology gave Snow Patrol a top 10 hit with the same song for a second time.

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