English singers

  1. Backbeat: Singer Sinead Harnett Lights Up London Gig for Full House of A&Rs

    April 11, 2013 5:38 PM EDT LONDON -- Sinead Harnett is hardly an unfamiliar name to UK A&Rs. Over the past couple of years, she’s been featured on major tracks from Rudimental ("Hide," "Baby") and Disclosure (“Boiling”), among others, while build ...

  2. 2012 Holiday-Season Music Sales Down From Last Year

    December 28, 2012 9:00 AM EST In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele's "21" or Michael Buble's "Christmas," 2012's holiday music sales were down compared to last year. Comparing weeks 46-51 of the 2013 SoundScan calen ...

  3. 2013 Grammy Awards: From The Editor

    December 21, 2012 11:45 AM EST What an amazing year it was for music! In reviewing the charts and essays in our just-published year-end double issue, it was hard to pick a favorite. Taylor Swift's Red sold 1.2 million copies its first week. Adele sold her 10 millionth copy ...

  4. Gearing Up For the 2013 Grammys: Emerging Talent; Bumps; Opening Numbers

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Four storylines were in place in the weeks leading up to the 54th annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 12, 2012. Adele would be making her first appearance since throat surgery, Bruce Springsteen had a new song, Paul McCartney was MusiCares' Pe ...

  5. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  6. One Direction Scores Second Million-Selling Album This Year With 'Take Me Home'

    December 19, 2012 7:49 PM EST This week, One Direction becomes the first act since 2005 to have two newly-released albums sell more than a million in a calendar year. In other words: They have released two albums since January, and both have already sold a million before the y ...

  7. The Year In Pop: Adele Repeats as Top Artist, Gotye Scores No. 1 Hot 100 Song

    December 14, 2012 8:23 AM EST After her watershed success in 2011, Adele triumphs again in 2012. She becomes the only act to be both the top artist of the year and have the No. 1 Billboard 200 album ("21") two years in a row. In 2011, she was the first woman to notch ...

  8. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  9. Ke$ha's 'Warrior' Headed for Top 10, Taylor Swift Set for No. 1 Return on Billboard 200

    December 07, 2012 7:38 PM EST After vacating the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks, it looks like Taylor Swift's "Red" will return to No. 1. The current tracking week isn't over yet, but industry forecasters suggest that the Big Machine Re ...

  10. Grammy Predictions 2012: Who Will Land The Major Nominations?

    December 05, 2012 3:00 PM EST On Wednesday night (Dec. 5), the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night," which means that there are only a few more hours t ...

  11. Chris Stamp, Early Co-Manager of The Who and Track Records Co-Founder, Dead at 70

    November 25, 2012 11:29 AM EST Early Who co-manager Chris Stamp, left, with Who singer Roger Daltrey (Photo: Getty Images) On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launch ...

  12. One Direction Top UK Album and Singles Charts

    November 19, 2012 6:08 AM EST One Direction completed a U.K. chart takeover yesterday (Nov. 18), debuting at No. 1 with both their "Take Me Home" album and "Little Things" single (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). There were also top three debuts for Ro ...

  13. Chart Moves: Calvin Harris' '18 Months' Album Debuts, Paul McCartney's New 'Christmas Song' Helps 'Holidays Rule'

    November 08, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" continued to rule the roost, as it sold another 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It blocked debuting rapper Meek Mill from grabbing the top slot with hi ...

  14. Jake Bugg Tops UK Album Charts; Calvin Harris & Florence Welch Have No. 1 Single

    October 22, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Rising English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg made a dramatic start to his U.K. album chart career by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) with his self-titled Mercury/Universal debut. "Sweet Nothing" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by ...

  15. The British Are...Here!

    October 15, 2012 9:34 AM EDT One Direction has highest Hot 100 debut by U.K. group. One Direction's "Live While We're Young" debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, marking the highest bow by a U.K. group in the 54-year history of the chart. ...

  16. Morning Fix: Microsoft's Xbox Music; AEG's Seats With Friends; XL's Adele Profits

    October 15, 2012 8:21 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters MICROSOFT PRESSES PLAY ON NEW XBOX MUSIC SERVICE: Microsoft Corp. is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an al ...

  17. Songwriters Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin and Others to Discuss Work at Grammy Museum

    October 11, 2012 8:52 PM EDT Songwriters Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin, Evan Bogart, Tim Pagnotta and Rodney Jerkins will discuss their work with artist such as Adele, Pink, Neon Trees, Justin Bieber and numerous others at the Grammy Museum on Oct. 15. Presented by the Songwriters ...

  18. Adele's James Bond Theme 'Skyfall' May Miss Out On U.K. No. 1

    October 10, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Adele's new James Bond theme "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) is currently set to miss out on the U.K. No. 1 position, according to midweek data from the Official Charts Company. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, He ...

  19. Morning Fix: Pandora Pays Out Millions; Best Buy CFO Steps Down; Rolling Stones Adding Dates

    October 10, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters KOBALT TO INVEST $100 MILLION IN ADVANCES, COPYRIGHTS: The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months ...

  20. How Colin James Came To Rock the 19th Floor of The Royal York Hotel

    October 04, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Colin James rocking Toronto's Royal York Hotel (Photo: Michel Roy/Digital Direct) If you happen to be a loyal Fairmont Hotels & Resorts guest, you just might be eligible for a private concert by an EMI artist like Corinne Bailey Rae, Emel ...

  21. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores ...

  22. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  23. How Summer Music Fests Are Helping Caribbean Economies

    August 30, 2012 3:28 PM EDT What happens when international superstars such as the late Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Ne-Yo, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton, Roberta Flack, and Damian Marley, just to name a few, ...

  24. Rolling Stones To Play London, Brooklyn In November: Source

    August 29, 2012 8:38 PM EDT The Rolling Stones rehearsing in 2007 (Photo: Getty Images) The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard.biz. Richard Branson and Australian ...

  25. Radiohead Headlines, Onda Vaga Lights Up 16th Annual Fuji Rock Festival

    August 08, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Fuji Rock Festival has had one of its most heavily attended editions in years, and it was sunny and warm to boot. The three-day fest held at a ski resort on Mt. Naeba in Niigata prefecture, Japan had seen significant rain every year since 2003 but ...

  26. Joss Stone, Gloriana Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Singer Joss Stone and country trio Gloriana are both aiming for the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with their newly-released albums. According to industry sources, Stone's "The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2" might sell around 25,000 by week� ...

  27. Colt Ford, Joss Stone, and Sixpence None the Richer

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT COLT FORD "Declaration of Independence" Producers: various Average Joe's Entertainment Release Date: Aug. 7 This Athens, Ga.-based songwriter got a huge boost last year when two songs he co-wrote topped Billboard's Hot Country ...

  28. Paul McCartney Paid One Pound ($1.57) For Olympics Gig

    July 30, 2012 2:45 PM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Don't spend it all in one place, Paul. London Olympic organizers say former Beatle Paul McCartney and other star performers who took part in Friday's opening ceremony essentially donated their time - receiving a mere pound ...

  29. iTunes-Exclusive Beatles Compilation Headed to Top 40 on Billboard 200

    July 27, 2012 7:30 PM EDT The new iTunes-exclusive Beatles compilation, "Tomorrow Never Knows," is headed to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Based sales forecasts from industry sources, Billboard projects that the album may sell between 10,000 and 1 ...

  30. Chart Moves: One Direction's 'Up All Night' Hits 1 Million U.S. Sales

    July 27, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The Billboard 200: Nas was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Life Is Good album debuted at the top of the chart , selling 149,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The big surprise in the top 10 was the unlikely return of Phi ...

  31. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Group Inks Deal With Paul McCartney, MPL Communications

    July 24, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Kobalt Signs Up McCartney Kobalt Music Group Ltd.has signed an exclusive long-term administration deal with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications covering the world outside North America, the U.K. and Ireland. As part of the deal, Kobalt will also ...

  32. One Direction's 'Up All Night' Overtakes Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' as 2012's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    July 20, 2012 2:41 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 this past week, Zac Brown Band scored its second No. 1 album, as "Uncaged" debuted atop the tally with 234,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the best sales week yet for the country ...

  33. Single Reviews: Alicia Keys, 3OH!3, Bloc Party

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT R&B ALICIA KEYS New Day (4:18) Producers: Swizz Beatz, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Andre Brissett Writers: various Publishers: various RCA For her first single after marrying producer Swizz Beatz and becoming a new mother, Alicia Keys taps her hubby ...

  34. From Adele to Gotye to Lumineers: How Triple A Radio Is Breaking Acts

    July 17, 2012 11:35 AM EDT The niche format (whose nickname is shorthand for "adult album alternative") nurtured the top Billboard Hot 100 title of 2011, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." The song spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS-based Triple ...

  35. After Modest Growth Last Year, Album Sales Are Down Again

    July 12, 2012 7:50 PM EDT Midway through 2012, Nielsen SoundScan numbers show album sales down 3.2%, and the question is: What does that mean? On the one hand, a decline is a decline, and the obvious answer is that the U.S. music industry can't sustain the positive al ...

  36. Amy Winehouse's Father Says More Posthumous Albums On The Way

    July 06, 2012 11:27 AM EDT Fans of the late Amy Winehouse were treated to a newly released collaboration with rapper Nas on Wednesday, but according to Mitch Winehouse, there is more music to come. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, the late singer's father revealed pla ...

  37. Perez Hilton on His New Gym-Ready Compilation, Failed 2009 Tour, Gold & Platinum Discs

    June 28, 2012 9:17 AM EDT Perez Hilton's "Liston to This" section of his website where he recommends new music. Say what you will about the lightning-rod that is celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (nee Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.), the fact is the man lives fo ...

  38. Rod Stewart Signs Long-Term Recording Agreement With Universal

    June 28, 2012 7:35 AM EDT Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart signed a long-term worldwide recording agreement with Universal Music Group yesterday (June 27). The multi-album deal sees the iconic artist working with Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter, a ...

  39. Jessie J Sued For Copyright Infringement Over 'Domino'

    June 26, 2012 3:43 PM EDT Was Jessie J's biggest stateside hit lifted from another source? The popular British singer is facing a copyright infringement suit over claims that significant portions of her recent hit "Domino" were taken directly from a male sin ...

  40. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Now Aiming For 390-410k Debut Week

    June 22, 2012 9:47 PM EDT Justin Bieber's new "Believe" album is still on course for the largest debut sales week of the year, as industry sources say the set will move between 390,000 and 410,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, June 24. "Believe&q ...

  41. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Aiming for Year's Biggest Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 19, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Justin Bieber's Believe album is on course to net the singer his best sales week yet -- and the biggest debut of the year. Industry sources suggest that the set, which came out today (June 19), may sell between 400,000 to 500,000 copies by th ...

  42. Radiohead's Ticker Tape Touring One of Four Companies Under Investigation In Stage Collapse

    June 19, 2012 9:40 AM EDT The Ontario Ministry of Labour , the Canadian government department that develops and enforces workplace health and safety standards, is looking at the roles of at least four companies involved in the staging and staffing of Saturday's stage ...

  43. Single Reviews: Lupe Fiasco, Cher Lloyd, Beck

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Lupe Fiasco "Around My Way ­(Freedom Ain't Free)" (4:17) Producers: Simonsayz, B-Side Writer: L. Fiasco Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music Atlantic Records Lupe Fiasco is often considered one of the few sociopolitical rappers still mo ...

  44. How Whitney Houston's Death Changed the Grammys Chronicled in New Doc

    June 12, 2012 11:19 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Grammy Awards producers learned of Whitney Houston's death less than 24 hours before the live telecast, they scrapped parts of the script, added performances and puzzled over how best to honor the Grammy-winning singe ...

  45. Backbeat: Bonnaroo Backstage With Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr., Big Hassle, Red Light, More

    June 09, 2012 8:27 PM EDT (L-R): Chip Hooper, Music Dept. Head, Paradigm, Coran Capshaw, founder, Red Light Management, Billboard's Ray Waddell. The second full day of the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was a hectic one in the VIP Area, with artists, journali ...

  46. The Beach Boys Set For Highest Charting Album in 37 Years

    June 08, 2012 8:09 PM EDT The Beach Boys are aiming for their highest charting album on the Billboard 200 in 37 years as "That's Why God Made the Radio" could debut in the top three next week. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the ...

  47. Adele's '21' Going For 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 06, 2012 8:40 PM EDT That Adele reign just won't stop. The diva's "21" album could return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry sources. Those in the know suggest the set will sell over 70,000 copies by week's en ...

  48. John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Scores Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart; Regina Spektor Debuts at No. 3

    June 06, 2012 11:00 AM EDT John Mayer's Born and Raised hangs in for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 65,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70%). It's Mayer's first album to spend more than a single week at No. 1, following solitary ...

  49. Joss Stone to Release 'Soul Sessions Volume 2' Next Month

    June 04, 2012 3:29 PM EDT Joss Stone is returning to her roots with "The Soul Sessions Volume 2," a sequel to her 2003 breakthrough album that will also see her reuniting with original label S-Curve Records. Due out July 31 through a partnership with Stone's ...

  50. Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe Heading For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 01, 2012 8:17 PM EDT John Mayer's newest album, "Born and Raised," seems to be set for a second week atop the Billboard 200 next week, but a couple new releases might break into the top 10. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on t ...

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