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  1. U.K. Album Sales Drop 13% In Second Quarter

    July 02, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Despite on-going growth in the digital market, U.K. album sales fell by 12.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2012, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI. Total U.K. album sales -- comprising both physica ...

  2. Linkin Park's 'Living Things,' will.i.am's 'This Is Love' Top UK Charts

    July 02, 2012 8:46 AM EDT Linkin Park deprived Maroon 5 of a U.K. No. 1 album as the new sales charts were published on Sunday (July 1), while Adam Levine and co also lost their singles crown to will.i.am featuring Eva Simons. Linkin Park's "Living Things" ( ...

  3. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 Top UK Charts For First Time

    June 25, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber landed his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (24) as "Believe" (Def Jam/Universal) outsold Cheryl Cole's new release "A Million Lights" (Polydor/Universal) by some 3,000 units. Maroon 5, meanwhile, topped the ...

  4. Cheryl Cole's 'Call My Name' Is Top UK Single, 2012's Fastest Seller

    June 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project (Decca/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" (Polydor/Universal) became the market's fastest-selling sin ...

  5. Gary Barlow Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    June 11, 2012 7:52 AM EDT Take That member Gary Barlow confirmed his expected double victory on the new U.K. sales charts on Sunday (10). His Diamond Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project with the Commonwealth Band on Decca/Universal secured a second week atop the albu ...

  6. Digital Revenue Outstrips Physical in U.K. For First Time

    May 31, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Digital has overtaken physical as the biggest source of recorded music revenue in the United Kingdom, according to new figures released by British labels trade body the BPI. Digital format sales accounted for 55.5% of U.K. trade revenues in the fi ...

  7. Emeli Sande Squeaks Past Joe Bonamassa to Top U.K. Albums Chart

    May 28, 2012 12:57 PM EDT In a nailbiting finish, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé kept bluesman Joe Bonamassa from a notable first U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company's new sales data was unveiled yesterday (Sunday). "We Are Young" (Fuele ...

  8. Keane Holds Off Tenacious D Atop UK Album Charts; Rita Ora Has No. 1 Single

    May 21, 2012 7:53 AM EDT Sunday's new U.K. sales data from the Official Charts Company showed a second week atop the album chart for Keane's "Strangeland" (Universal Isand) and on the singles survey for "R.I.P." (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Musi ...

  9. Germany and the UK Launch Music Streaming Charts

    May 10, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Much like Billboard did in March when it launched its On-Demand Songs chart with Nielsen and DigitalMusic.org, the UK and Germany have followed suit, announcing the launch of national digital music streaming tallies. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMus ...

  10. Marina & The Diamonds Debut At No. 1 On UK Album Charts

    May 07, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Marina and the Diamonds debuted at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 6) with sophomore album Electra Heart (679/Atlantic/Warner Music). Tulisa, known as a member of pop/R&B band N-Dubz and as a judge on "The X Factor," ...

  11. Eurovision or Euroderision? The UK's Engelbert Humperdinck Has A Plan

    May 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Engelbert Humperdinck's Plan To Transcend The Eurovision Song Competition Englebert Humperdinck, 76, is the U.K.'s Eurovision Song Contest entrant and the competition's oldest male . The 57th annual Eurovision Song Contest's gr ...

  12. Jack White Knocks Adele Off Top of UK Album Charts

    April 30, 2012 7:35 AM EDT Jack White's first solo album Blunderbuss replaced his XL Recordings labelmate Adele's 21 at the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" (Interscope/Universal) withstood the lates ...

  13. Adele Beats Jason Mraz on UK Album Charts in Photo Finish; Carlie Ray Jepsen Has Top Single

    April 23, 2012 8:23 AM EDT In a photo-finish, Adele's 21 narrowly withstands the challenge of Jason Mraz' Love Is A Four Letter Word to keep the U.K. album chart crown. On the singles survey, Carlie Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" beat off Parlophone/E ...

  14. Alabama Shakes Debuts At No. 3 Behind Adele, Nicki Minaj on UK Charts

    April 16, 2012 6:42 AM EDT Alabama Shakes live at Austin City Limits during SXSW where the band's buzz sky-rocketed. Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) is back at the top of the U.K. album chart, for a 22nd aggregate week, climbing 3-1 to depose Nicki Minaj� ...

  15. Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Reloaded' Tops U.K. Chart

    April 09, 2012 10:32 AM EDT Former "Canadian Idol" contestant Carly Rae Jepsen scored the second-highest first-week sales of the U.K. singles chart year as her current Billboard Hot 100 top tenner "Call Me Maybe" raced to No. 1. Nicki Minaj also notched h ...

  16. U.K. Album Sales Drop 15% In First Quarter

    April 05, 2012 8:01 AM EDT Digital now accounts for almost a third of all U.K. album sales, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI - but that's not enough to prevent a 14.7% year-on-year slide in quarter one album sales. According to ...

  17. Madonna Tops Elvis With 12th U.K. No. 1 Album; Chris Brown Has Top Single

    April 02, 2012 11:33 AM EDT Madonna landed her 12th U.K. No. 1 album on Sunday (April 1) with "MDNA" to overtake Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums in the market. Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music" gave him his first U ...

  18. Paul Weller Tops David Guetta For U.K.'s No. 1 Album; Katy Perry Has Top Single

    March 26, 2012 7:35 AM EDT In a photo-finish that saw him beat David Guetta's "Nothing But The Beat" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by a sales margin of just 150 copies, Paul Weller scored his fourth solo U.K. No. 1 album on Sunday (25) with "Sonik Kicks" (U ...

  19. Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' Tops UK Charts

    March 12, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week w ...

  20. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldpay, Florence Get BRIT Awards Boost On U.K. Charts

    February 27, 2012 8:02 AM EST The BRIT Awards effect showed itself on the new U.K. sales charts Feb. 26 for a number of artists including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine and, more than anyone, Adele. "21" (XL Recordings) is back at the top of the alb ...

  21. Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 40 on U.K. Charts

    February 20, 2012 10:20 AM EST As Whitney Houston singles and albums re-entered the U.K. sales charts yesterday (19) with over 200,000 units sold across the week, top sales honors went to Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. Her debut album "Our Version of Events" ...

  22. Sony, Apple U.K. Still Decline Comment on Whitney Houston Price Hike in the Hours After Her Death

    February 14, 2012 11:35 AM EST Reps for Sony and Apple in the U.K. have declined to comment on the label's decision to ramp up the price of the singer's "Ultimate Collection" album by 60% in the hours after news of her death reached England on Sunday. Sony M ...

  23. Lana Del Rey Debuts At No. 1 On UK Album Charts

    February 06, 2012 8:11 AM EST The meteoric worldwide success of Lana Del Rey's debut album "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) extended to the U.K. on Sunday (Feb. 5), when it debuted at No. 1 with sales of 117,000, more than the rest of the top five combined. Fre ...

  24. Cover Drive, Ed Sheeran Top U.K. Charts

    January 30, 2012 8:54 AM EST Bajan quartet Cover Drive went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 29) with "Twilight" (Global Talent/Universal). Ed Sheeran's hit debut album "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) moved back 2-1 for its third ...

  25. Adele Tops U.K. Charts On One Year Anniversary

    January 23, 2012 9:37 AM EST Adele added another achievement to her ever-expanding book of records as "21" (XL Recordings) returned 2-1 in its first anniversary on the U.K. album chart. Meanwhile, Jessie J started a second week atop the singles chart with "Domi ...

  26. Adele Helps UK Pop Music Sales Reach 11-Year High, Rock Sales Drop

    January 17, 2012 11:20 AM EST Big-selling albums by Adele, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga helped push pop sales in the United Kingdom to their highest level in over a decade, according to figures released by British labels body the BPI and the Official Charts Company (OCC) . Adele&# ...

  27. Bruno Mars, Jessie J Top UK Charts

    January 17, 2012 7:44 AM EST Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (Elektra/Warner Music) celebrated a year on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Jan. 15) by going back to where it started, at No. 1. Multiple BRIT Award nominee Jessie J is celebrating her second ...

  28. The Year In International Music Biz: Our New (Interconnected) World Order

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Perhaps nothing speaks more to our increasingly interconnected globe then a look back at the year in international music business news. Here, flash mobs in Rio sing K-Pop songs; a spirited debate at a music conference in Singapore is re-tweeted in ...

  29. Adele, Flo Rida Top UK Charts

    January 09, 2012 8:05 AM EST There's a familiar look to the top of the new U.K. album chart, published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (Jan. 8), on which Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) sold another 38,000 units to move back 6-1 and become the album ...

  30. UK's Top Selling 2011 Albums and Singles: By the Numbers

    January 03, 2012 3:09 PM EST Official Charts Company data for the U.K. for the full year of 2011 reveal four million-selling albums and two million-selling singles, with female artists taking five of the top ten titles in each list. Combined sales of the top ten albums stood ...

  31. U.K.'s 2011 Digital Growth Fails To Offset Falling Music Sales (Again)

    January 03, 2012 9:15 AM EST Strong growth in digital and a record breaking year for singles was not enough to offset a further annual decline in total U.K. music sales, according to year-end figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body ...

  32. Coldplay Tops U.K. Charts Again

    January 02, 2012 7:01 PM EST New Year's Day 2012 brought a new U.K. No. 1 for Coldplay with "Paradise" and a return to the album chart summit for Ed Sheeran's debut album "+." The Coldplay single first charted in early November, debuting and appa ...

  33. Military Wives, Michael Buble Top UK Charts, Set 2011 Sales Records

    December 27, 2011 8:47 AM EST As expected, "Wherever You Are" (Decca/Universal) by the Military Wives with Gareth Malone was confirmed on Christmas Day as the U.K.'s festive No. 1 single. It smashed the record for best first-week sales by any track in the market ...

  34. Military Wives, Italian Donkey Song, Nirvana: The Always Entertaining & Bizarre Race For UK's No. 1 Christmas Single

    December 23, 2011 8:19 AM EST The U.K.'s ever-idiosyncratic Christmas singles market is producing its usual entertaining race for Yuletide chart honors, with contestants including a choir of soldiers' wives, the latest YouTube sensation and a 1960s song about an Ital ...

  35. Olly Murs, JLS, Merseybeats, Limehouse Lizzy Top PRS For Music's Hardest Working UK Bands List

    December 23, 2011 7:30 AM EST The X Factor magic, the influence of Simon Cowell's hit music-talent TV show that helped push recorded-music sales in the United Kingdom, appears to have enchanted U.K. live music as well, according to the 2011 ranking of Britain's Harde ...

  36. Little Mix's Mixed Record: Can the UK's X Factor Winners Find Success?

    December 22, 2011 8:32 AM EST When girlband Little Mix aced this year's UK X Factor they were the first group to scoop the title. But that wasn't the only first for the show. For a start it was the first series not to feature its maestro Simon Cowell (who was replace ...

  37. UK's 2011 Singles Sales Reach Record-Breaking Numbers

    December 20, 2011 12:44 PM EST The year is not yet over but U.K. single sales have already reached a record-breaking high. A total of 164 million singles have been sold year to date, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC), surpassing last year's 161.8 million sales ...

  38. Little Mix Has U.K. Chart's Biggest 2011 Single Debut; Michael Buble Tops Amy Winehouse

    December 19, 2011 8:38 AM EST In the last charts before the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 titles are revealed on Christmas Day, Sunday's (Dec. 18) new data showed Michael Bublé regaining the album chart crown with "Christmas" (Reprise/Warner Music). Little ...

  39. Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness' Tops U.K. Charts; 2011's Highest Music Sales Week

    December 12, 2011 8:33 AM EST Amy Winehouse posthumously achieved the biggest weekly sale of her U.K. chart career last week with "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" (Universal Island), as Official Charts Company data showed total album sales reaching a weekly high for 2011 ...

  40. XL's Richard Russell On Adele, Six Grammy Noms, What's Next (Bobby Womack!)

    December 09, 2011 8:30 AM EST Banner Year: Richard Russell, co-founder and CEO of XL Recordings (Photo: Courtesy XL) All said, 2011 has been a phenomenal year for Richard Russell and XL Recordings, the London-based independent that he co-founded in 1989 and now runs. Since its ...

  41. X Factor Finalists Top U.K. Charts

    December 05, 2011 7:48 AM EST The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) and the charity release by the show's 20 ...

  42. Rihanna Fever Hits U.K As Singer Tops Album, Singles Charts

    November 28, 2011 7:41 AM EST Rihanna fever is officially sweeping the United Kingdom, as the Bajan superstar lands a simultaneous No. 1 single and album for the second time this year, and several new U.K. chart records in the process. Meanwhile, "Now! That's What I ...

  43. Rihanna, Susan Boyle Top U.K. Charts

    November 14, 2011 9:47 AM EST Susan Boyle's "Someone To Watch Over Me" became her third straight U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Nov. 13). The Official Charts Company's new data also showed "We Found Love," by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, returnin ...

  44. Coldplay, Adele Help Push Digital Albums to Record Sales in US, UK

    November 08, 2011 1:08 PM EST We may live in the playlist era, but digital consumers are buying more albums than ever. In the U.K., digital album sales have already surpassed their 2010 total. Last year's sales figure is within close reach in the U.S. U.K. consumers have ...

  45. Florence + the Machine's 'Ceremonials' Tops Coldplay, U.K. Album Charts

    November 08, 2011 7:15 AM EST Florence + the Machine made a chart-topping return in the U.K. on Sunday (6) as their second album "Ceremonials" (Universal Island) opened at No. 1 with sales of over 90,000. Professor Green's "Read All About It" (Virgin/E ...

  46. Florence & The Machine Set To Overtake Coldplay Atop U.K. Album Charts

    November 01, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Florence & The Machine's sophomore set "Ceremonials" (Island Records/Universal) is set to knock Coldplay off the top of the U.K. album charts. Released this week, "Ceremonials" has moved approximately 38,000 copies in ...

  47. Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Debuts At No. 1 on U.K. Charts, Sets Digital Album Sales Record

    October 31, 2011 12:17 PM EDT Coldplay crashed back into the U.K. charts on Sunday, Oct. 30, scoring their fifth No. 1 from five studio releases with "Mylo Xyloto" (Parlophone/EMI). The album set a new weekly digital album sales record and achieved the second-biggest ...

  48. Noel Gallagher Debuts Atop U.K. Album Charts, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 24, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Noel Gallagher's post-Oasis career was given a resounding vote of confidence by British music buyers Sunday (23) when his self-titled album with new group the High Flying Birds, on the Sour Mash label, debuted at No. 1 with sales of 122,000, ...

  49. Rihanna's 'We Found Love' Tops U.K. Chart After Only Four Days

    October 10, 2011 7:43 AM EDT James Morrison's "The Awakening" (Universal Island) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart Sunday (Oct. 9), as Rihanna raced to the singles summit after only four days on sale with "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Univers ...

  50. James Morrison, Sak Noel's 'Loca People' Top U.K. Charts; Three Pink Floyd Albums Make Survey

    October 03, 2011 7:46 AM EDT Sak Noel - Loca People (Official Video) by M6clips British singer-songwriter James Morrison made it two U.K. No. 1 albums from three releases on Sunday (2) as "The Awakening" (Universal Island) debuted at the top of the new chart. Spanis ...

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