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  1. The Script Books First U.K. Arena Tour

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Script has confirmed details of its first headline U.K. arena tour. The Irish pop act will play 11 venues commencing at Liverpool Echo Arena (March 14) and closing at Cardiff Arena (March 29). The SJM-promoted tour calls at London's O2 Ar ...

  2. EMI, Tinie Tempah Discover Hybrid Format

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tinie Tempah's debut album "Disc-Overy" (Parlophone/EMI) will be released in a new, hybrid digital-physical format in the U.K. on Oct. 4. Alongside traditional physical and digital releases, the album will be on sale in the form of ...

  3. Music Retailers' Consumer Relationships 'Drive Sales'

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There was a generally optimistic mood at the annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Entertainment Retailers' Assn. (ERA) today (Sept. 16), despite the challenges faced by the sector. With U.K. album sales not suffering the collapse of some ...

  4. Brandon Flowers Debuts At No. 1 In U.K.

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brandon Flowers ' solo album "Flamingo" (Vertigo/Universal) made a No. 1 debut on the new U.K. sales charts. Former "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke landed a third No. 1 single with "Start Without You" (Syco Mus ...

  5. Mercury Nominees' Sales Up 105%

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has issued figures showing the sales increase for the nominees of this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The XX have received the biggest sales boost in percentage terms following their victory, with the except ...

  6. The XX Benefits From Mercury Sales Surge

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The London electronic/alt-rock trio the XX has already benefited from winning the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The televised coverage of the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night (Sept. 7) on BBC Two had an immediate impact ...

  7. Alexandra Burke Confirms Debut Tour

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop/R&B singer Alexandra Burke will embark on her first U.K. tour at the beginning of 2011. The 2008 "X Factor" winner has announced the 18 dates for her "All Night Long" tour, promoted by AEG Live. The opening show wi ...

  8. Kings Of Leon Books U.K. Arena Dates

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon will return to the U.K. for arena dates in December. The band will tour its new album "Come Around Sundown" (Columbia), released in Britain on Oct. 18. The latest dates follow Kings of Leon's sold-out 65,000-capacity s ...

  9. The XX, Paul Weller Lead Mercury Betting

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The XX are back as favorites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in London tonight (Sept. 7) with their debut "XX" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). Their betting odds with bookmaker William Hill are evens. The £20,000 ($31,000) prize goes t ...

  10. Eminem Returns To U.K. Chart Summit

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As Eminem 's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) started a second stint as the U.K.'s No. 1 album, American artist-producer B.O.B. achieved his second consecutive chart-topping single with "Airplanes" (Rebel Rock/Atlant ...

  11. Gurls And A Goddess Put EMI At No. 1 On European Charts

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In a double victory for EMI, Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite" (Parlophone) makes a No.1 debut on Billboard's European Albums chart while "California Gurls," (Virgin) by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg starts a second week ...

  12. BMG Acquires Publisher Stage Three

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BMG) has agreed to acquire Stage Three Music , a leading independent, international music publisher based in London, from its shareholders Apax Partners, Ingenious Ventures and the management. Stage Three was founded in 2003 ...

  13. Reformed Libertines Play Brief Acoustic Set

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt. rock band the Libertines marked its official comeback earlier today (Mar. 31) with a characteristically shambolic press conference, which saw singer Pete Doherty chastise a member of the assembled press for "ruining people's li ...

  14. TV Special Lifts Rod Stewart's U.K. Sales

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rod Stewart's new J/Sony Music Entertainment set "Soulbook" is heading back to the top 10 in the U.K. following strong ratings for his TV special on ITV1. According to J/Sony Music, mid-week sales have increased 95% on the previous ...

  15. Bon Jovi Beaten By Cheryl Cole On U.K. Chart

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cheryl Cole secured a second week with the U.K.'s No. 1 album, "3 Words" (Fascination/Polydor/Universal), but lost her singles chart crown as "Fight For This Love" fell to No. 2 last night (Nov. 8) behind JLS. The male pop ...

  16. Sell-Out Tour Drives Cliff Richard Album Sales

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Evergreen British pop star Sir Cliff Richard - who turns 69 today (Oct. 14) - and his band the Shadows have moved almost 80,000 albums in three weeks, during their 50th anniversary farewell tour. Live Nation says the tour has shifted 230,000 ticke ...

  17. Speech Debelle Sets Sights On Sophomore Set

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. hip-hop newcomer Speech Debelle, winner of the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, has been in the studio with Adele and Duffy co-writer Eg White ahead of her debut U.S. dates next month. Her debut set "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada/Ninja T ...

  18. Sugababes To Continue Minus Original Members

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act the Sugababes will release their new album "Sweet 7" (Island/Universal) as planned on Nov. 23 in the U.K. and Europe, following the departure of the group's only remaining original member Keisha Buchanan. The founding m ...

  19. Sales Boost For Mercury Winner Speech Debelle

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales for Speech Debelle's debut album "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada/Ninja Tune) have soared by around 1,000% compared to last week, following her Barclaycard Mercury Prize victory on Tuesday (Aug. 8) evening. The U.K. hip-hop newcomer ...

  20. Strong Global Demand For Beatles Reissues

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles are set to dominate the charts at home in Britain and globally, based on strong first-day sales of the remastered CDs - although supplies of the box sets may be an issue in some territories. "The Beatles Rock Band" game for v ...

  21. Who's Who On The Mercury Prize 2009 Shortlist

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bat for Lashes - "Two Suns" (Parlophone/EMI) "Two Suns" is the second album from alt-folk act Bat for Lashes, the brainchild of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan. According to the Official Charts Co (OCC) ...

  22. Big Hitters React To Mercury Nominations

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative acts Kasabian and Bat for Lashes have both expressed their delight to Billboard.biz at being nominated for the 2009 Barclaycard Music Prize. The acts were among the nominees present at the Hospital club in London today (July 21) for th ...

  23. Michael Jackson Rules U.K. Chart

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's greatest hits set "Number Ones" (Epic) has entered the U.K. albums chart at No. 1, while four other albums made an appearance in the top 20. The Official Charts Co said that Jackson sold more than 300,000 units, ac ...

  24. Katy Perry Hits The U.K.

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry launched her mini U.K. tour with the first of two sell-out shows at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, as she continues the "One of the Boys" (Virgin) campaign. The set has sold 389,000 copies in the U.K. according to the ...

  25. Mika Unveils New Songs In London

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Mika unveiled new material at an intimate, acoustic gig at London's Sadler's Wells theater last night (June 8). The singer, whose "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Island) debut album has sold 1.6 million copies in the ...

  26. U2 Scores Q1's Top-Selling International Artist Album

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2's "No Line On The Horizon" (Interscope) was the best-selling album by an international act in the U.S. for the first quarter of 2009, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The Irish rock group's 12th album is No. 2 ov ...

  27. Brits Artists' Sales Surge

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST BRIT Awards performers and winners including Duffy, the Ting Tings and Elbow have already seen a digital sales bounce, following the TV broadcast of the ceremony. According to the Official Charts Co, there was an immediate impact on download sales ...

  28. Burke Scores Million-Seller

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alexandra Burke's debut single "Hallelujah" (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment) has joined an exclusive club of top-selling singles artists in the U.K. after less than four weeks. According to the Official Charts Co, the cover of the Le ...

  29. Strong Q4 Sales For U.K. Biz

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The recorded music market in the U.K. benefited from a strong showing in the fourth quarter of 2008, contributing to an overall volume decline of 3.2% in album sales year-on-year. Album sales fell from 138.1 million in 2007 to 133.6 million last y ...

  30. MTV Honor, Digital Sales Record For Leona Lewis

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Leona Lewis has achieved double platinum status with MTV Networks International for "Bleeding Love" (Syco/Sony BMG). Her cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" has also earned the biggest first week sale for a digital-o ...

  31. Take That's 'Circus' Tops 2008

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Take That has claimed the record for Britain's fastest-selling album of 2008, with 432,000 copies of its album "The Circus" (Poyldor/Universal) bought in its first week. According to chart compiler the Official Charts C ...