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  1. The Darkness Returns From Hiatus With New Material

    August 09, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ''The world needs the Darkness," declares Justin Hawkins, the group's mustachioed guitarist and falsetto-voiced singer, "whether it knows it or not." As with most things concerning the Darkness - the ludicrously attir ...

  2. Niki and the Dove Fly

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Swedish electronic pop duo Malin Dahlstrom and Gustaf Karlof have been friends for more than a decade, but it was just two years ago that the Stockholm-based musicians teamed up to form Niki and the Dove. "When we started working together it ...

  3. 40 Under 40: Ben Drury

    August 02, 2012 3:04 PM EDT Ben Drury Co-Founder/CEO, 7Digital Website: 7Digital.com Twitter: @BenDrury Driving Web Distribution You've got to give Ben Drury 10 out of 10 for tenacity. The co-founder/CEO of U.K. digital-music platform 7digital has turned a clunky startu ...

  4. Zulu Winter Reboots

    June 14, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Zulu Winter has been working full-time for only six months, but that hasn't stopped the U.K. rock band from making a rapid impact on the indie scene. The London-based five-piece, all former childhood friends from Oxfordshire, England, last ye ...

  5. Debut Single From Brit 'X Factor' Finalist One Direction Lands Biggest First-Week Sales of the Year

    September 23, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Antonio "L.A." Reid, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul: Take note. On the same week that she made her judging debut (Sept. 21) on Fox's "The X Factor," Nicole Scher­zinger has proved to be an equally shrewd hitmaker on the ot ...

  6. Emeli Sande Trades Medicine for Music; Lands No. 2 U.K. Single, Twitter Praise From Alicia Keys

    September 01, 2011 10:21 AM EDT Slightly more than two years ago Emeli Sandé was nearing the end of an intensive six-year degree program in medicine at Scotland's Glasgow University, specializing in clinical neuroscience. Now the Scottish-born singer is lighting up the U. ...

  7. Hot U.K. Boy Band JLS Scores Its Fifth No. 1 Single, but Has Yet to Achieve Stateside Success

    August 05, 2011 12:37 PM EDT U.K. boy band JLS is enjoying a perfect start to its third album campaign. The four-piece pop group, which finished second during the 2008 season of Simon Cowell's music talent TV show "The X Factor," scored its fifth U.K. No. 1 t ...

  8. Will Amy Winehouse's Third Album Be Released?

    July 25, 2011 7:17 AM EDT After the initial shock of Amy Winehouse's death subsided, speculation turned would whether fans would ever get to hear her long-delayed third album. The five-time Grammy winner was originally supposed to release the disc months ago. She had ...

  9. International Sales Solid For 'Speak Now'

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's third album "Speak Now" broke the 1 million sales barrier in the U.S. this week, but the international picture is so far less spectacular. Swift certainly has a bigger profile in major international markets now and ca ...

  10. Cheryl Cole, JLS and Gorillaz Triumph At BT Digital Music Awards

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop acts Cheryl Cole, JLS and Robbie Williams were among the big winners at the BT Digital Music Awards, held in London last night (Sept. 30). Out of the 21 awards on offer, pop dominated the evening, with Cole -- who was not present -- winni ...

  11. Katy Perry Album Gets Dream Start In The U.K.

    September 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry scored her first U.K. No. 1 album with "Teenage Dream" (Virgin/EMI), but the title track single had to be content with a No. 2 debut behind former "X Factor" contestant Olly Murs ' "Please Don't Let Me ...

  12. Mary J. Blige Returns To U.K.

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mary J. Blige has announced a three-date U.K. arena tour. British soul artist Lemar has been confirmed as support for the shows. The mini tour will be Blige's first in the U.K. in more than two years. The tour, promoted by AEG Live, will begi ...

  13. OCC Looks To Cash In On U.K. Charts

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. charts compiler the Official Charts Co. (OCC) will expand its commercial activities, following the appointment of former video games executive Giles Jones to the newly created role of head of commercial development. In his new role, Jones wil ...

  14. HMV Digital Re-Launches With Price Cuts

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV, the U.K.'s leading high street entertainment retailer, officially re-launched its music download service hmvdigital.com today (July 26) with a price-cutting initiative. To mark the re-emergence of the download store, which HMV closed dow ...

  15. The XX's Label Hoping For Mercury Nomination Uplift

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London alternative act the XX has been installed as frontrunners for the Barclarycard Mercury Prize, and the band's label says it will capitalize on the nomination with marketing activity. Since its release in August 2009, the critically accl ...

  16. Lady Antebellum To Play Debut U.K. Show

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Antebellum will play their debut U.K. show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Aug. 11th in support of their new single "I Run To You" (EMI), which will be released on August 9th. Live Nation is promoter for the one-off British theat ...

  17. 'Dreamboats' Compilation To Launch In U.S.

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has sold more than 1.5 million units of its three "Dreamboats and Petticoats" (UMTV) compilation albums since the first edition launched in the fall of 2007, according to the Official Charts Co. This month the compilation ...

  18. Michael Jackson U.K. Sales Snapshot

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the year since his death, Michael Jackson's combined album and track sales in the U.K. total 4.31 million according to the Official Charts Co. For the 12 months since June 25, 2009, Jackson moved 2.77 million albums and 1.54 million tracks ...

  19. Syco Signs Labrinth For Artist, Label Deal

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell and Sony Music's joint venture Syco has signed U.K. songwriter, artist and producer Labrinth. It's the first time Syco has signed a new artist who was not first featured on the company's TV properties, "The X Facto ...

  20. Jimmy Page Honored At Mojo Awards

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo hall of fame at a ceremony in London. The honor, supported by Universal Catalog Marketing, was presented at the Mojo Honours List ceremony at the Brewery venue in London last night (June 10 ...

  21. N-Dubz Latest U.K. Urban Import To Score U.S. Deal

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT N-Dubz is the latest U.K. urban/pop act to strike a U.S. label deal, following in the wake of recent Hot 100 chart-toppers Tiaio Cruz and Jay Sean. The hip-hop/R&B trio has signed a U.S. deal with Island Def Jam. In a statement, Island Def Jam ...

  22. Deals Tumbling In For Rolling Stones Doc

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT By the eighth day of Cannes folks typically begin to flag but judging from the buzz on the Croisette a sizeable number will re-boot for the Wednesday afternoon (May 19) screenings of "Stones in Exile," a one-hour doc reliving the glory d ...

  23. Noel Gallagher Jams With Paul Weller In London

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher joined Paul Weller on-stage at the Modfather's intimate London show. Gallagher -- who split with Oasis last year - guested last night (April 21) on guitar and vocals on versions of Oasis' 2005 song " ...

  24. Fourth No. 1 Album For Ludacris

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris lands his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the list with 137,000 . . . It's the first rap album to reach No. 1 in nearly six months . . . the last was Jay-Z's "The Bluep ...

  25. Owl City Flies To UK Chart Peak

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Owl City's former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Fireflies" (Universal Island) climbed to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart, while another Island release, Florence and the Machine's debut album "Lungs," started a s ...

  26. U.K. Retailers Warn Of Labels' Conservatism

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailers fear that conservatism among music, film and games companies means their products face losing the interest of the British public. That's the core point of a New Year message issued to the entertainment industry to ...

  27. Pendulum Swings Into U.K. Arenas

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian dance act Pendulum will headline its first U.K. arena shows in May 2010 as part of a major tour promoting its new Atlantic album, provisionally titled "Immersion." The band played a series of European festival shows in summer ...

  28. Robbie Williams Heading For Ninth U.K. No. 1

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop singer Robbie Williams moved 85,000 copies of his comeback set "Reality Killed the Video Star" on the first day of release, according to label Virgin. Williams is currently ahead of boy band JLS in the mid-week chart based on fi ...

  29. Michael Buble Plays U.K. Arenas In 2010

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Buble will set out on a seven-date U.K. tour in May 2010 in support of his latest studio set "Crazy Love" (143/Reprise). The Canadian crooner's "Crazy Love" U.K. tour commences May 6 at the 12,500-cacity Sheffield ...

  30. Cheryl Cole Fighting For Biggest Weekly Sale

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop singer Cheryl Cole has scored the highest first-day sale of the year with her debut single "Fight For This Love" (Fascination/Polydor), according to the Official Charts Co. She is set to go to No. 1 and could also have the bigge ...

  31. XL Re-Shapes Its U.K. A&R

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie XL Recordings has restructured its A&R operations, with the label's senior A&R manager Hannah Overton and A&R consultant Imran Ahmed both elevated to newly-created positions as A&R directors. At the same time, XL A& ...

  32. Mobile Campaign Pays Off For Geffen's Mini Viva

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Geffen U.K. has scored a success with new pop duo Mini Viva, whose debut single "Left My Heart In Tokyo" entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 7 on sales of 29,000 according to the Official Charts Co. As well as benefiting from appearing ...

  33. Lady Gaga Tops U.K. All-Time Downloads Chart

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has the biggest-selling download ever in the U.K. with download sales of 779,000 for "Poker Face" (Interscope), according to the Official Charts Co. The All-Time Official Downloads Chart was published to mark five years of the ...

  34. Beyonce, Dizzee, Kanye Earn 3 MOBO Nominations

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rapper Dizzee Rascal, Beyonce and Kanye West have each picked up three nominations for the 2009 MOBO Awards, which will move from London to Glasgow for the first time in their 13-year history. The MOBO Awards, which recognizes music of black ...

  35. London Goes Gaga

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has played what was billed by her label as her first headline London show, following Wembley Stadium support slots with Take That this month and appearances at Glastonbury Festival and T in the Park. The U.S. synth-pop artist played a 60 ...

  36. Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Win Big At Classical BRITS

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards won the biggie at this year's Classical BRIT Awards, beating platinum-sellers Katherine Jenkins and the Priests to NS&I album of the year with "Spirit Of The Glen." Teenage singing sensation Faryl ...

  37. Faryl Smith To Open Classical BRITs

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for this year's Classical BRIT Awards have been talking to Billboard.biz about the importance of the event, while it has been confirmed that teenage newcomer Faryl Smith will open the ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall. Smit ...

  38. Leonard Cohen Confirms U.K. Open-Air Show

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following his successful return to the live circuit in 2008, Leonard Cohen has confirmed a U.K. outdoor show at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey on July 11. The Marshall Arts-promoted show in Weybridge, outside London, has a 15,000-capacity. Seated t ...

  39. Pet Shop Boys To Headline Roskilde, Latitude Fests

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pet Shop Boys will play European festivals this summer as part of the campaign for their 10th album "Yes" (Parlophone), including a headlining appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival according to keyboard player Chris Lowe. It was ...

  40. Beautiful Day One Sale For U2

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 has scored strong early sales for its new set "No Line On The Horizon" (Mercury/Universal), which is almost certain to get the Irish rock band its tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. according to the Official Charts Co. The OCC says that, b ...

  41. Coldplay Tops 2008 Global Sales List

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coldplay's "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) was the best-selling album of 2008 globally, according to new figures from the IFPI. The international recording industry organization said the U.K. melodic roc ...

  42. Bandier Hails Million-Selling 'Hallelujah'

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Martin Bandier has spoken of the longevity and current success of "Hallelujah," which is currently No. 1 in the U.K. singles chart. The cover of Leonard Cohen's 1984 song by Alexandra Burke ...

  43. 'Mamma Mia' Tops All-Time U.K. DVD Sales List

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Abba's "Mamma Mia! The Movie" (Universal Pictures) has become the biggest-selling DVD of all time in the United Kingdom, after huge sales over the Christmas period. The DVD was already the fastest-selling U.K. DVD of all-time, shift ...

  44. 'X Factor' Winner Favorite For U.K. No. 1

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alexandra Burke, who won TV music talent contest "The X Factor" at the weekend, looks set to secure the U.K. Christmas No. 1 with her cover of "Hallelujah" (Syco). The song, originally written and recorded by Leonard Cohen, was ...

  45. 'Mamma Mia!' Fastest Selling U.K. DVD

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Abba-themed movie "Mamma Mia!" has become the fastest selling DVD ever, with sales of 3.1 million in its first full week of release according to the Official Charts Co. The Universal release beat the previous record set by "Titanic& ...

  46. Take That Scores Huge Opening Day Sale

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Take That's new album "The Circus" (Polydor) has achieved the biggest opening day sale of the year so far, with 133,000 copies sold across the U.K. on Dec. 1 according to the Official Charts Co. The set from the grown-u ...

  47. Cliff Richard Boosts U.K. Physical Singles Sales

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British pop veteran Cliff Richard has scored a landmark physical singles sale as he celebrates 50 years on the chart. Although the first week tally for "Thank You for a Lifetime" (EMI) -- 31,765 CD singles in a total sale of 33,376, acco ...

  48. Scissor Sisters Claim Top U.K. Album Of 2004

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The eponymous debut by U.S. act Scissor Sisters was the best-selling album of 2004 in the United Kingdom. The Polydor U.K. band sold 1.59 million albums during the year, according to the Official Char The eponymous debut by U.S. act Scissor Sister ...

  49. U.K.'s Wippit To Discount Band Aid Download

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST British digital music service Wippit is offering the new Band Aid 20 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas" for 49p ($0.95) per download, instead of the official price of £1.49 ($ 2.89). Sa British digital music servi ...

  50. U.K.'s Wippit To Discount Band Aid Download

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST British digital music service Wippit is offering the new Band Aid 20 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas" for 49p ($0.95) per download, instead of the official price of £1.49 ($ 2.89). Sa British digital music servi ...

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