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.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande Tops First Ever Combined U.K. Singles Chart

In a historic week for the U.K. charts, "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea debuted at the top to become the country's first No. 1 single based on both sales and streams — although it would have been the chart-topper on sales alone.
Ed Sheeran performs in Berlin

Ed Sheeran's 'X' Fastest-Selling of the Year in U.K.

Ed Sheeran’s sophomore set “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014 to date. It sold 182,000 units to Saturday at midnight to debut atop the Official Charts Company’s new survey, 14,000 more than Coldplay’s previous best with “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music).
Lana Del Rey performs during the 2014 Sweetlife Music & Food Festival

Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence' Hits No. 1 in U.K.

Lana Del Rey’s sophomore set “Ultraviolence” (Polydor/Universal) made it two U.K. No. 1 albums in a row for the New York-born singer-songwriter, as the new sales charts were unveiled Sunday (June 22).