Concept albums

  1. Jackson Still Dominates Euro Chart

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There's a second week at No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums for "The Collection" (Sony Music Entertainment) by Michael Jackson, who continues to have three of the chart's top four titles. Pitbull's "I K ...

  2. Warner/Chappell Extends Muse Deal

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has signed a deal with U.K. rock band Muse and its principal songwriter Matt Bellamy, which will see all of the band's music administered through one publisher for ...

  3. Maxwell: Summer In The City

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sade did it. It's been nine years since she released "Lover's Rock," which sold 3.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. D'Angelo did it. It's been the same amount of time since he put ...

  4. Depeche Mode Holds Off Green Day On Euro Chart

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) fends off the challenge of Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) to start a fourth week at Billboard's European Top 100 Albums summit. Lady ...

  5. Depeche Mode's Third Week Atop Euro Chart

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In an unchanged top three on European Top 100 Albums, "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) starts a third week on top for Depeche Mode, ahead of Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Lady ...

  6. Green Day Headed To No. 1 Debut On Billboard 200

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT All signs point to a new No. 1 album at the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week, as we await the arrival of Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown." The Reprise/Warner Bros. set will see an off-cycle release on Friday, May 15. (Mo ...

  7. Depeche Mode Holds Off Bob Dylan On Euro Chart

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) starts a second week at the European Top 100 Albums summit, and it's an 11th week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles for Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/U ...

  8. Free Coldplay Tour CD

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay will give away a live CD, "LeftRightLeftRightLeft," to all fans attending its "Viva La Vida" summer tour. The giveaway will begin on May 15 at the opening date of the North American tour at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in W ...

  9. Lady GaGa Scores European Chart Double

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Patience is a virtue for Lady Gaga, who completes her Europe-wide conquest by hitting the top of European Top 100 Albums for the first time with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) after five weeks at No. 2. "Poker Face" starts a ...

  10. Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Chamberlin Exits Band

    March 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, one of the band's original members, "has left the group" according to a terse statement released Friday (March 20) on the band's Web site. The statement said, "The SMASHING PUMPK ...

  11. Coldplay Breaks Record Down Under

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's just-wrapped Australian tour has broken a record at one venue and created a halo effect for half-a-dozen recordings. With their fourth and final concert at Sydney's Acer Arena on Sunday, the group clocked-up nearly 59,000 tick ...

  12. SKU'ing Up

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the past two years, one 29-year-old Bay Area music fan reckons she's spent about $200 on music. She gets most of her music for free from blogs and BitTorrent trackers, but one recent release struck her as cool enough to get her to lay ...

  13. Legendary Rock Opera To Have Theatre Debut

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rock opera Quadrophenia, created by the Who's Pete Townshend, has been adapted into a stage production for the first time and will hit theatres in the U.K. from May 9. Staged in association with Industrial Language Ltd, the production has bee ...

  14. Swift Back To No. 1 As Plant/Krauss, Coldplay Soar

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a chart week encompassing Grammy boosts and Valentine's Day sales, Taylor Swift's Big Machine effort "Fearless" returns to the top of The Billboard 200. The set moved 92,000 copies on a 44% sales jump, resulting in its nine ...

  15. 7Digital.com Reports Sales Spike, New European Territories

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based MP3 delivery service, 7Digital.com has reported a 241% increase in year-on-year sales from 2007 - 2008 at Cannes music trade event, Midem. Comparative year-on-year figures for Q4 alone took the percentage growth to a massive 260%. Altho ...

  16. Blur Reforms For London Show

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. indie-rock act Blur is to reform for an open-air show in London's Hyde Park in summer 2009. The band has been on hiatus following the campaign for their 2003 album "Think Tank" (Parlophone). The Hyde Park show takes place on Ju ...

  17. Satriani Accuses Coldplay Of Plagiarism

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs. Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song ...

  18. Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris For No. 1 Debut

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kanye West earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "808s & Heartbreak" bows in the top slot. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set moved 450,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the artist's lowest debut ...

  19. Jay-Z Joins Coldplay For U.K. Stadium Dates

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Coldplay has announced three stadium shows in the U.K. for September 2009. The dates begin Sept. 12 at Manchester's Old Trafford Cricket Ground, continue on Sept. 16 at Glasgow's Hampden Park and finish Sept. 19 at London's Wembley ...

  20. Kraftwerk Copyright Case Overturned In Germany

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Germany's highest civil court has dealt electronic band Kraftwerk a blow in ruling that sampling music does not in principle violate copyright. Thursday's decision overturns a Hamburg state court ruling in Kraftwerk's favor that sai ...

  21. Mothers Of Invention Drummer Jimmy Carl Black Dies

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, vocalist and self-anointed "Indian of the group" of Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention, has died at age 70. Black, a native of El Paso, Texas, died Saturday of cancer in Siegsdorf, Germany, according t ...

  22. Pink Knocks Katy Perry Off Eurochart No. 1

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica records a sixth week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal), matching the achievement of its 2003 predecessor "St. Anger." But Katy Perry's ten-week run at N ...

  23. Coldplay Preps New Version of 'Viva'

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following this week's wins at the Q Awards (Billboard.Biz, Oct. 6), Coldplay has announced the worldwide release of its latest single "Lost" on Nov. 10, as well as an EP and special edition of their award-winning album "Viva la ...

  24. Metallica's 'Magnetic' Holds Steady Atop Euro Albums Chart

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica and Katy Perry retain their crowns on Billboard's pan-European sales charts for another week. "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal) leads European Top 100 Albums for a third time and "I Kissed A Girl" (Virgin/EMI) ...

  25. Slipknot, Perry Reign In Europe

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Slipknot scores an instant No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "All Hope Is Gone" (Roadrunner), while there's a fourth week on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" (Virgin/EMI). Slipknot' ...

  26. Sixx Speaks Out For National Recovery Month

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last September, Nikki Sixx's harrowing memoir of addiction, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star," debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times Book Review nonfiction best-seller list. The book's companion ...

  27. EMI Insists Coldplay Has 'Long-Term' Deal

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI has denied a U.K. tabloid report that Coldplay would be in a position to leave the label after delivering one more studio album and a greatest hits. The report in The Sun stated that Coldplay could release the follow-up to "Viva La Vida O ...

  28. Jonas Bros. Score Third-Best Debut Week Of '08

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, the Jonas Brothers score their first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 this week with "A Little Bit Longer." The Hollywood effort bows with 525,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the third biggest sales f ...

  29. 'Viva La Vida' Lives Large On Euro Chart

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The top two titles on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart are unchanged, with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) at No.1 for Coldplay for a fifth week. Its predecessor at the top, Duffy's "R ...

  30. Janet Jackson Dances With Randy Jackson

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" will incorporate the music of Janet Jackson on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The dance crews will be asked to choreograph to songs from Jackson's library including "Con ...

  31. Coldplay Retains Euro Chart Crown

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay secures a second week atop European Top 100 Albums with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), in a top ten featuring strong new sales for Sigur Ros and the Jonas Brothers. Meanwhile, Duffy's "Me ...

  32. Motley And Mafia Lead Debuts -- But Coldplay Still Tops

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The top three of the Billboard 200 remains steady, with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" still at No. 1 ... Motley Crue crashes the party at No. 4 with its best sales week since 1991 as "Saints of Los Angeles" takes a bow ... Thr ...

  33. Coldplay's 'Viva' Grabs Top Spot On Euro Chart

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay moves to the European Top 100 Albums summit with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), on which it debuted at No. 4 on part-week sales last week. Meanwhile, Duffy's "Mercy" (A&M/Univers ...

  34. Capitol Gains: Perry, Coldplay Provide 1-2 Punch

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records will succeed itself at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow for the first time in 32 years, as Katy Perry's cheeky "I Kissed a Girl" replaces last week's leader, "Viva La Vida" by labelmate Col ...

  35. Coldplay Cruises To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Coldplay tops The Billboard 200 with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," which shifted a whopping 721,000 first-week U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Capitol effort sold nearly as many copies as the ...

  36. 'Viva La' Coldplay!

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Coldplay rocks the top of the Billboard 200 as its "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" bows atop the list with 721,000. It's the second No. 1 for the British band, following the chart-topping start of 2005' ...

  37. Coldplay Bow At No. 1 On Huge Opening Sales

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay keeps the good times rolling at the top of The Billboard 200, as the new Nielsen SoundScan reports show the band leading U.S. album sales with an opening week of more than 700,000 copies. The British alternative rock group's tall num ...

  38. Coldplay Headed To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Hot 100

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of Lil Wayne's 1 million-plus debut sales week with "Tha Carter III," Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (Capitol) will post similarly lofty numbers and bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. The set leads N ...

  39. Warm Welcome As Coldplay Kicks Off Live Dates

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There were some miscues and some cobwebs, but Coldplay can be satisfied with their return to the stage at Brixton's Academy on Monday night. The limelight is well and truly focused on the British band at the moment, thanks to the phenomenal e ...

  40. Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" Sells Platinum In 3 Days

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's hugely anticipated new album "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" has easily secured the No. 1 slot on this week's Official U.K. Albums Chart, selling 302,000 units in just three-days at retail. It means the a ...

  41. Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' On A Record-Breaking Haul

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British retailers are admitting their sales estimates for Coldplay's new album were too conservative after the album shifted a staggering 125,000 albums on its first day on sale yesterday. The band's hugely-anticipated fourth studio set ...

  42. Coldplay's Latest On Target For U.K. Year-Best

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's new album release is off to a hot start in Britain. Retailers are reporting that early sales of "Viva La Vida" are on track to make the album the fastest and best-selling set of the year. The EMI release went on sale in t ...

  43. Coldplay Confirms Free Barcelona Date

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's anticipated free Barcelona concert will be held June 17 at the Espacio Movistar venue, the British band's record label EMI confirmed today. The Spanish gig, which was initially leaked by frontman Chris Martin during a radio br ...

  44. Coldplay's 'Violet Hill' Cracks Top 10 Despite Giveaway

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's decision to give-away its new track "Violet Hill" has apparently has done little to cannibalise purchases of the single. The track opened at No. 8 on the new Official U.K. Singles Chart, published today, selling more than ...

  45. MusiCares To Honor Alice Cooper

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After 26 years of sobriety, shock-rocker Alice Cooper has some advice to pass along to the younger generation: "I don't think you need to die for your art." For his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and devotion to helping other add ...

  46. 6 Questions: Billy Corgan

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hell hath no fury like Billy Corgan scorned. In an exclusive interview, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman lashed out at Virgin Records in the wake of a lawsuit the band filed against the label for improperly using its likeness in a promotion with Ama ...

  47. Beach Boy Wilson Lines Up U.K. Dates

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson has unveiled three "Greatest Hits" concerts for the United Kingdom this summer. Wilson, who premiered his highly acclaimed new work "That Lucky Old Sun (A Narrative)" last September at London' ...

  48. Groban, Blige Enjoy Huge Weeks On Album Chart

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" (143/Reprise) this week becomes the first Christmas album to top The Billboard 200 for five straight weeks, after moving 757,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Groban's total, ...

  49. Jay-Z Talks Exit Rumors, Grammys, 360 Deals

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ringing in the holidays on a sleigh full of Grammy nominations (26 for Def Jam overall and five of his own, including best rap album for "Kingdom Come" and song/record of the year for his featured role on Rihanna's "Umbrella&qu ...

  50. Wyclef Jean Starts Music, TV, Film Venture

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Wyclef Jean and business mogul Howard Misle have merged their media companies to form a new joint venture under the Ya Face/Refugee/Carnival House umbrella to produce music, TV and film projects. Misle and Jean will serve as co-chairmen of the Sil ...

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