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  1. 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 ...

  2. Casper, Tim Bendzko, Gotye: Germany's Echo Awards Dominated by Newcomers

    March 08, 2012 6:30 AM EST BERLIN - The final list of nominees for Germany's 2012 ECHO music award were announced earlier this week in Berlin. This year's slate is dominated by newcomers: German rapper Casper was nominated in four categories, while rising star Tim ...

  3. Emeli Sande, Gotye Return To the Top of the U.K. Charts

    March 05, 2012 9:22 AM EST Scottish breakthrough artist Emeli Sandé returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with her debut album "Our Version of Events" (Virgin/EMI). Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island) s ...

  4. Impala Reiterates Its Opposition to EMI Publishing/Sony Merger

    February 28, 2012 3:25 PM EST Independent rights group Impala is reiterating its opposition to Sony's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Tuesday's statement comes a day after Sony officially notified the European Commission's antitrust regulator ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Lana Del Rey Tops UK Chart, Has Biggest Selling U.K. Album of 2012

    February 13, 2012 8:01 AM EST As Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday, Belgian Australian Gotye climbed 3-1 on the singles survey with "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Islan ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Analysis: Edgar Bronfman's Big Statements About Universal/EMI Deal Are Business As Usual -- But Much More Public

    February 02, 2012 4:37 PM EST While the mainstream media is getting worked up over Edgar Bronfman's comments on how dangerous a combined Universal/EMI recorded-music operation will be - not to mention his proclamation that the Warner Music Group will fight it "tooth ...

  9. Adele, Lady Gaga Nominated For Germany's ECHO Awards: Lana Del Rey, Gotye To Perform

    February 02, 2012 7:40 AM EST International acts Lady Gaga, Adele, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse are among the nominees for the 2012 German ECHO music awards to be held on March 22 at the Berlin fair ground. The nominees were announced yesterday (Feb. 1) by the German ...

  10. Video: Edgar Bronfman Jr. Says Warner Music Will Fight Universal-EMI Merger 'Tooth and Nail'

    February 01, 2012 7:13 AM EST On his last day as chairman of Warner Music Group, Edgar Bronfman Jr. promised that the company will fight Universal's purchase of EMI "tooth and nail," adding that it strikes him as "hubris particularly for Universal to think ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. IMPALA Issues Statement on EMI Sale

    January 26, 2012 10:40 AM EST As the date approaches for regulatory statements on the sale of EMI and MIDEM begins this weekend, IMPALA has issued a statement on the sale. In November, hortly before the sale, IMPALA called for the European Commision to intervene on its behalf. ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Adele Lead 2012 Brit Award Nominations

    January 12, 2012 3:35 PM EST As anticipated, female solo artists dominate the front runners for this year's Brit Awards with Adele and "Price Tag" singer Jessie J both picking up multiple nominations. It is, however, fast-rising male singer-songwriter Ed Sheera ...

  16. Black Sabbath Was Confirmed for Coachella But Pulled Out Due to Tony Iommi's Illness: Sources

    January 11, 2012 7:28 AM EST The reunited Black Sabbath was one of the planned headliners for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but was forced to pull out just before yesterday's official lineup announcement due to guitarist Tony Iommi's rec ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. FTC Reviewing Citigroup's Sale of EMI To Universal, Sony: Report

    December 22, 2011 12:09 PM EST The FTC is reviewing Citigroup's sale of EMI's recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a New York Post report . The sale of EMI's divisions - recorded music to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and music publishin ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. The Year In Hip-Hop: Cash Money Records Senior VP Mel Smith On Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj & The Label's Big Year

    December 08, 2011 8:55 AM EST This year finds rap music in its strongest space-artistically, at retail and on the road-since the economic and creative boom of the late '90s. Many MCs triumphed in 2011, but none more so than Lil Wayne. Rostrum/Atlantic Records' Wiz Kh ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Backbeat: Original Black Sabbath Lineup Reunites At L.A.'s Whisky A Go-Go

    November 14, 2011 6:54 AM EST The Whisky a Go Go marquee in L.A. announces the Black Sabbath reunion. Los Angeles' tiny Whisky A-Go-Go was packed Friday (Nov. 11) with music press, industry executives and hardcore fans for the long anticipated announcement that the origin ...

  29. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  30. Black Sabbath's Classic Lineup to Reunite for New Album, Tour

    November 11, 2011 2:12 PM EST Black Sabbath is reuniting to record its first studio album with original frontman Ozzy Osbourne since 1978, and will support it with a massive 2012 tour. The group made the announcement during a press conference today (Nov. 11) at the Whiskey A-G ...

  31. Drake: William Morris' Dave Wirtschafter Talks About Agency's Big Plans for the Superstar MC-Actor

    November 11, 2011 12:56 PM EST but he can handle himself in any room including any business at the CEO level. BBBiz : For him to be 25 ...

  32. EMI Publishing Deal Might Close Before Label

    November 11, 2011 1:48 AM EST With the Financial Times reporting that a deal with Citigroup and Universal for EMI's recorded music division could be struck by the start of next week, sources say that the bank may close the publishing deal first, possibly as soon as today ...

  33. IMPALA Calls For European Commission To Intervene In EMI Sale

    November 09, 2011 6:00 PM EST IMPALA, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, has called on the European Commission to intervene on its behalf should Universal or Sony attempt to buy EMI. The news follows recent reports that Universal Music Group (UMG) has ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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, ...

  38. Rihanna Tops U.K. Singles Chart For Second Week; Steps Have No. 1 Album

    October 17, 2011 6:17 AM EDT Late 1990s/early 2000s British hit-making pop quintet Steps burst back on the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (16) with the new Sony Music compilation "The Ultimate Collection." Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universa ...

  39. Goyte, Boy & Bear, Drapht Lead Australia's ARIA Award Nominations

    October 12, 2011 12:05 PM EDT With a whopping seven nominations each, Gotye, Boy & Bear, and Drapht are the frontrunners heading up to the Nov. 27 ARIA Awards in Sydney. Despite his smash hit album "Making Mirrors" (Eleven) missing the eligibility timeframe this ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. U.K. Digital Album Sales Climb Nearly 25%, But Overall Music Market Drops

    October 03, 2011 2:23 PM EDT The continued growth of digital album sales was the one positive note in some otherwise depressing quarter three figures, released today by U.K. labels trade body the BPI. According to BPI data, digital album sales rose 24.2% year-on-year to 6.1 m ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri at ASCAP'S ATL Legends Dinner

    September 29, 2011 6:30 PM EDT To The Nines: Multi-hyphenate and an ATL Legend Ne-Yo ; ASCAP's Jennifer Drake, Director, Rhythm & Soul; ASCAP's VP, Rhythm & Soul Nicole George, Devyne Stephens, CEO of Upfront Megatainment. (Photo: The Picture Group) It was a c ...

  44. Kasbian, N-Dubz's Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Debuts At No. 5

    September 26, 2011 7:52 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of ...

  45. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  46. Example, Pixie Lott Top U.K. Charts; Doris Day, At 87, Sets Record With Top Ten Debut

    September 12, 2011 9:22 AM EDT London rapper/vocalist Example followed his No. 1 single last week with a bestselling album yesterday (Sunday), debuting at the top with "Playing in the Shadows" (Data/Ministry of Sound). There was a veteran presence in the album top ten ...

  47. Red Hot Chili Peppers Top U.K. Album Chart

    September 05, 2011 1:41 PM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers ' "I'm With You" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 71,000 units last week to become their fourth U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its weekly sales chart data yesterday. London rappe ...

  48. Reality Show Stars Will Young, Olly Murs Rule U.K. Charts

    August 29, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Former reality show winners rule the new U.K. sales charts, in a double victory for Sony Music Entertainment. 2002 "Pop Idol" victor Will Young's "Echoes" album (RCA/Sony) entered at No. 1 and his "Jealousy" sing ...

  49. Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' Is Now U.K.'s Best Selling Album of the Century

    August 25, 2011 8:39 AM EDT Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (Universal Island) has become the U.K.'s biggest-selling album of the 21st century. The Official Charts Company announced Wednesday (Aug 24) that a surge in sales of Winehouse's sophomore al ...

  50. Nero's 'Welcome Reality' Tops UK Album Charts; Wretch 32 Has No. 1 Single (Watch)

    August 22, 2011 7:36 AM EDT London artists are triumphant on the Official Charts Company's new U.K. sales charts, as electro duo Nero follow their recent singles chart-topper "Promises" (MTA/Mercury/Universal) with an instant No. 1 album, "Welcome Reality ...

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