Spirit

  1. Adele Makes U.K. Chart History: First Artist To Sell 3 Million Albums In Same Year

    September 07, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Adele may have walked away from last night's Mercury Prize empty handed but she hasn't had to wait too long to find consolation. The twenty-three year-old London singer is the first artist ever to score three million U.K. album sales in ...

  2. James Blunt Tops U.K. Decade Chart

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST James Blunt's debut album "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) is the biggest U.K. seller of the decade, according to the Official Charts Company. Dido's debut "No Angel" (Arista/Sony Music Entertainment) is in second place on ...

  3. Leona Lewis Confirms First U.K. Tour

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis has announced her first U.K. and Ireland tour, which will visit 10 arenas in May and June next year. It follows the singer's first full U.K. concert at London's Hackney Empire in London earlier this month (Billboard.biz, Nov. ...

  4. Leona Lewis Makes Live Debut

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis played her first ever full concert on home turf in Hackney, East London, as she launched her new album. The U.K. singer, who became a worldwide star after winning "The X Factor" in 2006, grew up in Hackney and chose the borou ...

  5. Rascal Flatts Proves 'Unstoppable' On Billboard 200

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Wade Jessen, Gary Trust; Editorial Director: Silvio Pietroluongo Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "U ...

  6. Keith Urban Claims First No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Defying Gravity," which sold 171,000 copies in its first week. The set just beats out runner-up Prince, who debuts at No. 2 with 168,000 for his Target-exclusive "LotusF ...

  7. Leona Lewis Signs Deal For Autobiography

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis, who won U.K. talent TV show "The X Factor" in 2006 and topped charts around the world with debut album "Spirit," has signed a deal to pen her autobiography with publishing house Hodder & Stoughton. The book, wh ...

  8. Take That, Alexandra Burke Rule U.K. Charts

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s final weekly sales charts of 2008, published yesterday (Dec. 28), saw Alexandra Burke and Take That retain their singles and album crowns, respectively. "X Factor" winner Burke's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/So ...

  9. Duffy Tops U.K. 2008 Album Sales

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Duffy has scored the biggest-selling album of 2008 in the U.K. with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), according to the Official Charts Company. The pop vocalist's debut set moved 1,685,000 copies, beating off a late challenge from re ...

  10. Leona Lewis Distances Herself From Old Demo

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SyCo Entertainment has publicly distanced itself from "Times have Changed," the remixed version of a demo recording by reality-TV sensation Leona Lewis long before she was famous. Lewis, currently signed to SyCo Music, which is part of S ...

  11. Coldplay, Perry Score Euro Chart Double For EMI

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI labels score a double victory on Billboard's new pan-European sales charts. Coldplay starts an eighth week at No. 1 on the Top 100 Albums chart with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone), while Katy Perry' ...

  12. Duffy Ousts Madonna From Europe Albums Summit

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy regains control of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal). It replaces Madonna's "Hard Candy" at No. 1 but the pop mainstay does extend her run ato ...

  13. Usher Scores Second Best Sales Debut Of '08

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Four years after his "Confessions" rocked the charts, Usher returns to The Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Here I Stand." With 433,000 U.S. copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the LaFace/Zomba album is the second biggest ...

  14. Madonna Extends Euro Chart Reign

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna starts a second week at the helm of both Billboard's pan-European sales charts, securing a fourth week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake, and a second atop European Top 100 Al ...

  15. Diamond Dominates Billboard 200 With First No. 1

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In another busy week in the top tier of The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond's "Home Before Dark" zooms in at No. 1, becoming his first chart-topping album. The Columbia set got a big plug when Diamond appeared on "American Idol&quo ...

  16. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only Barbra Streisand, wit ...

  17. Rockferry Stays On Top In Europe

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) leads European Top 100 Albums for a third week, while the new Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey shows Madonna's "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.), featuring Justin Timberlake, at the he ...

  18. Mariah Carey Remains Atop Billboard 200

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 61% decline in sales, Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam set "E=MC2" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. The album, the diva's sixth No. 1, moved 182,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soun ...

  19. Mariah And Leona Hold While Rest Of Billboard 200 Gets Busy

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (down 61%) while Leona Lewis' "Spirit" stays firm at No. 2, earning a gain after her "American Idol" performance last week ... The ...

  20. Duffy's 'Rockferry' Solid At No. 1 In Europe

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Duffy starts a second week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal). But its hit "Mercy" is usurped at the top of Eurochart Hot 100 Singles by Madonna's "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.), ...

  21. With Huge First Day, Mariah On Track For No. 1 Debut

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey looks certain to debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 with "E=MC2," based on massive first-day sales from the nine chains that report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart. Unweighted sales for the Island De ...

  22. Lewis Leaps To No. 1 Debut

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis is the first Britsh solo artist to bow atop the Billboard 200 with a debut album, ending a 22-year drought for U.K. solo female artists at No. 1. Her "Spirit" bows with 205,000, marking the first No. 1 by a female Brit since ...

  23. Leona Lewis Makes Big Splash Atop Billboard 200

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British import Leona Lewis' "Spirit" bows atop The Billboard 200 this week, making her the first U.K. solo artist to start at No. 1 with their debut effort. The Syco/J album moved 205,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Sou ...

  24. R.E.M. Accelerates To Euro Chart Zenith

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M.'s "Accelerate" (Warner Bros.) gives the band a winning return to European Top 100 Albums, debuting at No. 1 as Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) snags a fifth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Single ...

  25. Winehouse Notches Up 13th Week At Euro Chart Peak

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Back To Black" (Universal Island) gives Amy Winehouse a 13th aggregate and sixth consecutive week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) starts its fourth week atop Eurocha ...

  26. Winehouse On Euro Summit

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (Universal Island) records its 12th aggregate week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, as Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) celebrates its climb to the Billboard Hot 1 ...

  27. Winehouse, Duffy Rule Euro Charts

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (Universal Island) lands an 11th aggregate week atop European Top 100 Albums, another Universal-signed female artist, A&M's Duffy, moves 2-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Mercy.& ...

  28. Leona's Lineup: Another Album, Then Tour

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis' fast track to global stardom will not detour for a full-scale live outing until after a second album is wrapped next year. The British pop star's rise has been nothing short of a phenomenon in the U.K., where her debut album ...

  29. 'Thriller' Reissue Bows At No. 1 In Europe

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's augmented 25th anniversary reissue of "Thriller" (Legacy/Epic) enters in pole position on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Meanwhile on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackg ...

  30. Johnson's 'Sleep' Awakens European Albums Chart

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson makes a winning start across Europe with his new release "Sleep Across The Static" (Brushfire/Universal Island), debuting at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums as he does on the new Billboard 200. "Apologize" (Mosley ...

  31. Winehouse's Euro Chart Streak Continues

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse starts her seventh consecutive week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey with "Back To Black" (Universal Island), as "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic m ...

  32. Irish Music Sales Slumped In 2007

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Figures released by the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) reveal that shipments fell 10% in volume in 2007, with trade revenues down 13%. Mirroring global trends, illegal file-sharing is being blamed for the drop, with IRMA CEO Dick Doyle cl ...

  33. Pop Acts Score Big At BRIT Nominations

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pop acts dominate this year's BRIT Awards nominations, with Leona Lewis, Mika and Take That each up for four awards. Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Mark Ronson and Kate Nash each scored three nominations. Take That, who made a successful come ...

  34. Winehouse Back To No. 1 In Europe

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (Universal Island), which topped European Top 100 Albums for the first time on the final chart of 2007, retains its lead on the first survey published in 2008. "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackgroun ...

  35. 'In Rainbows' Looms For U.K. No. 1

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead's "In Rainbows" is on track to make a No. 1 start on the first Official U.K. Albums chart of 2008. The set, Radiohead's first release through XL Recordings, is likely to sell about 50,000 copies by the end of what is ...

  36. Female Acts Dominate U.K. Year-End Charts

    December 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST The year ended with girls on top in the United Kingdom, as Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse respectively claimed the biggest-selling single and album of 2007. According to chart compiler the Official U.K. Charts Co., Lewis' "Bleeding Love&q ...

  37. 'X Factor' Dominates Christmas U.K. Pop Charts

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The "X Factor" notched up a Christmas pop chart double on Sunday, with this year's winner of the TV talent show taking the coveted number one single spot and last year's victor notching up the best-selling album. As expected, S ...

  38. Pre-Christmas CD Sales On The Up, Says BPI

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI has reported a standout trading period in the lead-up to Christmas. CD album sales could achieve the rare feat of topping the 8 million mark this week, the trade body said today, on the back of 6.3 million CD sales last week. The figures a ...

  39. Led Zeppelin Tops European Albums Chart

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin's "Mothership" compilation (Rhino/Atlantic) surges 6-1 in its fifth week on European Top 100 Albums to top the survey for the first time. Meanwhile, Europe's "Christmas No. 1" single is "Apologize&qu ...

  40. The Eagles Find 'Eden' At No. 1 In Europe

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Eagles' "Long Road Out Of Eden" (Polydor), which had a week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums three weeks ago, regains its pan-European crown on the new chart. Meanwhile "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by ...

  41. Dion, Timbaland Keep Euro Chart Crowns

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" (Columbia) starts a second week at No. 1 on the new European Top 100 Albums chart, as does "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic on Eurochart Top 100 ...

  42. Leona Lewis Holds Steady On U.K. Charts

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Syco Music/Sony BMG vocalist Leona Lewis continued her reign over the U.K. sales charts yesterday as her debut, "Spirit," started a second week as Britain's best-selling album and "Bleeding Love" headed up the singles surv ...

  43. Celine Takes 'Chances' To The Top In Europe

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST There are new leaders on both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" (Columbia) debuts in pole position on Top 100 Albums and "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbala ...

  44. Lewis' 'Spirit' Soars Into History Books

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis' "Spirit" (SyCo) has entered into the record books, becoming the fastest-selling debut album in U.K. chart history. The former "X-Factor" winner's album sold more than 375,000 copies in the seven days endi ...

  45. Lewis' 'Spirit' Off To A Flier

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis' debut album "Spirit" (Syco) has had a blistering start at retail, selling more than 130,000 copies on its first day on the racks yesterday. The set has sold as many as the rest of the top 10 albums combined, according t ...