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  1. Nero's 'Promises' Tops U.K. Singles Chart; Amy Winehouse Has No. 1 Album

    August 15, 2011 8:10 AM EDT The new U.K. sales charts published yesterday (Sunday) saw British electronic dance act Nero scoring their first U.K. No. 1 single with "Promises" (MTA/Mercury/Universal) and Amy Winehouse in a third posthumous week atop the album survey ...

  2. Amy Winehouse Holds Top of U.K. Album Chart for Second Week

    August 08, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Amy Winehouse continued her posthumous reign on the new U.K. album chart, published Sunday (Aug. 7) by the Official Charts Company. "Back To Black" (Universal Island) achieved a second week at No. 1 since her death, in addition to the th ...

  3. Latin Power Players: Gustavo Lopez

    August 02, 2011 12:54 AM EDT Gustavo Lopez Executive VP of brand partnerships, business development and digital, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Gustavo Lopez capped his last year as president of Universal-owned Disa and Fonovisa (the position has since been eliminated) s ...

  4. Amy Winehouse Owns U.K. Charts: Three Albums In Top Ten, Five Singles In Top 40

    August 01, 2011 6:41 AM EDT In a powerful tribute by her legions of fans, Amy Winehouse dominated the new U.K. sales charts in the wake of her death on July 23. Her sophomore album "Back To Black" (Universal Island) returned to the summit, as she placed two other a ...

  5. Amy Winehouse's Posthumous U.K. Sales Spike; Adele, The Wanted Top Charts

    July 25, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Adele started her 18th non-consecutive week atop the U.K. album chart with "21" (XL Recordings) yesterday (Sunday), as The Wanted's "Glad You Came" (Geffen/Universal) notched a second week at the singles summit. Amy Wineho ...

  6. Trent Reznor Tells Fans on Twitter to 'Ignore' Re-Release of 'Pretty Hate Machine'

    July 19, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor took to Twitter to warn fans not to waste their money on a recent re-issue. A subsidiary of Universal music rereleased NIN's 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine, without any re-mastering. Reznor called the re-rel ...

  7. The Wanted Have No. 1 U.K. Single, The Horrors Top Album Debut

    July 18, 2011 10:36 AM EDT Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) moved back to the top of the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as British boy band The Wanted scored their second No. 1 single in the territory with "Glad You Came" (Geffen/Universal). & ...

  8. Morrissey Talks Label Drama, Touring, Lady Gaga

    July 15, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Unsurprisingly, Steven Patrick Morrissey has a bone to pick. It's been nearly two and half years since the influential baritone crooner's last album, "Years of Refusal" (Decca/Universal), and between then and now, the former Sm ...

  9. Beyond Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix

    July 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater. Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 ...

  10. DJ Fresh's 'Louder' Tops U.K. Singles Chart Buoyed by Sports Drink Ad (Watch)

    July 11, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Beyoncé started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as "Louder" (Ministry of Sound) by DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans debuted at No. 1 on the singles survey. T ...

  11. Beyonce's British Bonanza: Tops U.K. Album Chart, Has Six Singles in Top 75

    July 04, 2011 10:08 AM EDT Yesterday's new U.K. sales charts from the Official Charts Company revealed a week of triumph for Beyoncé, in the wake of her headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival June 26. "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) sold 89 ...

  12. Adele Helps U.K. Digital Album Sales Top 10 Million In Record Time

    June 28, 2011 8:24 AM EDT Digital album sales in the United Kingdom have topped 10 million units in record time, accounting for 22% of all albums sold year to date, according to new data from the Official Charts Company (OCC). The 10 million sales mark was reached last wee ...

  13. Bon Iver Debuts at No. 4 on U.K. Charts; Derulo Has Top Single

    June 27, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) started a second stint (and third week in total) as the U.K.'s No. 1 album yesterday, as Jason Derulo debuted atop the singles chart with "Don't Wanna Go Home" ( ...

  14. Drake Slams Universal for Taking New Songs Off the Internet

    June 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Drake, who recently unleashed two new songs onto the Internet, slammed his label's parent company, Universal, for ordering that the songs be removed from his blog and other sites that have posted them. "Universal needs to stop taking my ...

  15. Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?

    June 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT As Doug Morris moves on from his 15-year tenure at the helm of No. 1 U.S. music company, Universal Music Group, to his new job as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will he be able to drive the No. 2 major into the top spot? The industry will know s ...

  16. Take That's Re-Release Tops U.K. Album Chart; Example Single Remains at No. 1

    June 20, 2011 7:29 AM EDT Take That's "Progress" album (Polydor/Universal), which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. last November, powered back to the top yesterday (Sunday) after the release of a new version, augmented by a second CD featuring eight unreleased t ...

  17. Arctic Monkeys Top U.K. Charts; Example Has No. 1 Single

    June 13, 2011 6:17 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys maintained their perfect record on the U.K. album chart yesterday (June 12) by scoring their fourth new entry at No. 1 from four releases, debuting at the top with "Suck It and See" (Domino). London rapper Example achieved ...

  18. Motown Is Not Folding, Universal Executives Insist

    June 08, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Although Universal-Motown recording artist Erykah Badu tweeted that "Motown folded" on Wednesday afternoon, top executives at Universal told Billboard.biz that although the label is undergoing restructuring the the wake of Sylvia Rhone&# ...

  19. Lady Gaga, Pitbull Again at No. 1 on U.K. Charts; The Pierces Debut at No. 4

    June 06, 2011 7:32 AM EDT Lady Gaga started a second week atop the U.K. album chart and Pitbull a third on the singles survey in new data published by the Official Charts Company yesterday (Sunday). Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) rules the alb ...

  20. Apple, Google Licenses in Holding Pattern as Labels, Publishers Battle Over Revenue Shares, Sources Say

    May 31, 2011 6:09 PM EDT One of the issues behind Google's decision to launch its Music Beta Cloud service without the necessary licenses has also been felt in negotiations between the majors and Apple over the latter's forthcoming cloud offering, sources told B ...

  21. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Tops U.K. Albums Chart -- Outsells Rest of Top 10 Combined

    May 30, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album (Interscope/Universal) made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top 10 t ...

  22. Professor, Liquideep, Thandiswa Mazwai, Locnville Win South African Music Awards

    May 24, 2011 7:30 AM EDT South Africa's homegrown urban youth genre, kwaito, proved its enduring hold on the country's music scene at this weekend's 17th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (SAMAs) when Professor took home a show leading four awards. The ...

  23. Pitbull Tops U.K. Singles Chart; Kate Bush Album Debuts At No. 2

    May 23, 2011 7:40 AM EDT "Give Me Everything" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) by Pitbull featuring Nayer, Afrojack and Ne Yo is the U.K.'s new No. 1 single, rising three places in new data published by the Official Charts Company yesterday (Sunday). On the sam ...

  24. Hugh Laurie Debuts At No. 2 on U.K. Album Chart; Bruno Mars Has Top Single

    May 16, 2011 2:07 PM EDT The U.K.'s new best-selling single is Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" (Elektra/Warner Music), after it moved up 2-1 yesterday (15) to end the four-week reign of "Party Rock Anthem" (Interscope/Universal) by LMFAO featurin ...

  25. LimeWire, Labels Settle Lawsuit for $105 Million

    May 12, 2011 6:29 PM EDT As had been rumored, multiple record labels on Thursday settled their copyright lawsuit against Lime Wire LLC and its founder, Mark Gorton out of court for $105 million, according to a statement from the RIAA. "We are pleased to have reached ...

  26. Fleet Foxes Debut at No. 2 on U.K. Charts; Ellie Goulding Climbs Following Royal Wedding

    May 09, 2011 7:59 AM EDT For the 14th time in the 15 weeks since its release, Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) tops the U.K. album chart, outselling Fleet Foxes' new entry at No. 2, "Helplessness Blues" (Bella Union) by 70%, according to the Offi ...

  27. Warner Music/Access Industries Deal Is A Win For Both -- But Will Gores Try to Upend It?

    May 06, 2011 7:48 PM EDT Access Industries' proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of the Warner Music Group (WMG) is turning out to be a "best of both worlds" kind of deal for all involved. For one, the private equity owners of WMG will get another payday on to ...

  28. Adele Tops U.K. Album Chart For 13th Week; LMFAO 'Party Rock Anthem' is Top Single

    May 02, 2011 11:29 AM EDT Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) scored a 13th aggregate week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart announced yesterday (May 1) by the Official Charts Company. For the third straight week, Britain's bestselling single is "Party ...

  29. Regional Mexican Music Experts Discuss the Way Ahead, Narcocorridos at Latin Music Conference

    April 27, 2011 12:51 PM EDT Regional Mexico Panelists: Raul Brindis, Host, "El Show de Raul Brindis," Univision; Fernando Comacho, La Arrolladora Banda El Limode Rene Camacho; Ivan Fernandez, President, Viva Entertainment; Luis Del Villar, President Del Records; Ro ...

  30. Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards 2011: Ahead Of The Curve

    April 26, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Today, April 26, marks the beginning of the 22nd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm in association with AT&T. Following a successful foray in Puerto Rico, Latin music's largest, most influential event returns ...

  31. Adele's '21' Returns to Top of U.K. Charts, Foo Fighters at No. 2

    April 25, 2011 7:24 AM EDT Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) resumed its supremacy yesterday (Sunday) on the U.K. album charts moving back 2-1 after the Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) last week broke its 12-week run at ...

  32. Foo Fighters Top U.K. Charts, End Adele's 11-Week Run

    April 18, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Adele's 11-week unbroken run of supremacy on the U.K. album chart was ended yesterday (Sunday) by Foo Fighters, as "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at No. 1. The singles chart also welcomed a new leader, as &qu ...

  33. Adele Sets New U.K. Chart Record With No. 1 Album for 11 Weeks

    April 11, 2011 10:37 AM EDT Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) started the 11th week of its U.K. reign yesterday (Sunday) to achieve the longest consecutive run at No. 1 for a studio album by a solo artist in British chart history. Jennifer Lopez's "On The ...

  34. HMV Looks To Major Labels For Financial Assistance

    April 11, 2011 8:07 AM EDT Troubled U.K. High Street retailer HMV has called upon the four major labels to help stave off its debt and cash flow crisis, according to U.K. press reports. British broadsheet newspaper The Sunday Times has reported that HMV has asked EMI, Sony ...

  35. Adele Smashes Madonna's U.K. Chart Record In Tenth Week At No. 1

    April 04, 2011 8:05 AM EDT With XL Recordings' Adele continuing to rewrite the U.K. album sales record book, Jennifer Lopez scored her third No. 1 single in the territory yesterday (Sunday) with "On The Floor" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Pitbull. Adele ...

  36. Theater Owners Fuming Over Film Studios' Video on Demand Plan

    April 01, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Feeling blindsided, theater owners were furious Thursday that four Hollywood studios didn't brief them on plans to launch a new premium VOD service on DirecTV late next month, followed swiftly by Comcast and VUDU. Exhibitors could respond by ...

  37. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  38. Adele's '21' Ties Beatles, Madonna U.K. Album Charts Record

    March 28, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Adele's epic reign on the U.K. sales charts strengthened again yesterday (Sunday), as her "21" album (XL) started a ninth week at No. 1 and its single "Someone Like You" climbed back to the top, 2-1, giving it five of the ...

  39. Nicole Scherzinger, Adele (of Course) Top U.K. Charts

    March 21, 2011 7:46 AM EDT Adele extended her run atop the album chart with "21" (XL) to eight weeks yesterday (Sunday), setting a new digital record in the process, as Nicole Scherzinger claimed her first U.K. solo No. 1 single with "Don't Hold Your Bre ...

  40. Adele, Elbow, Jessie J Top U.K. Charts, REM Debuts at No. 5

    March 14, 2011 8:31 AM EDT Adele's extraordinary U.K. sales show no signs of abating, as "21" (XL) started a seventh week atop the album chart yesterday and "Someone Like You" a fourth at No. 1 on the singles survey. Meanwhile, Elbow scored their hi ...

  41. Adele Sells a Million, Sets U.K. Charts Record

    March 07, 2011 10:31 AM EST Adele's "21" (XL) sold its millionth copy in the United Kingdom last week to secure a sixth week atop the album chart, while its "Someone Like You" track started a third week as the U.K.'s No. 1 single. As the English ...

  42. Can Doug Morris Bring Stability To Sony?

    March 02, 2011 6:58 PM EST After months of speculation, now that Sony Music Entertainment has finally announced that Doug Morris will become the company's CEO on July 1, it raises the question: What are they getting with that appointment? For one, they are getting an e ...

  43. Doug Morris' Universal Contract To End On June 30, Source Says

    March 02, 2011 9:05 AM EST Vivendi has signed off on a deal that lets Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris out of his contract on June 30, six months ahead of its original ending date at the end of this year, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz. While H ...

  44. Adele Owns U.K. Charts: Top Two Albums, No. 1 Single

    February 28, 2011 12:15 AM EST Adele continued her U.K. chart supremacy as new sales data was unveiled yesterday (Sunday) by the Official Charts Company. Her sophomore album "21" (XL) began a fifth week atop the album chart as "Someone Like You" moved into a ...

  45. Adele Ties Beatles on British Charts Following BRIT Awards

    February 21, 2011 7:47 AM EST Adele has become the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the U.K. singles and album charts. The XL-signed star's sophomore album "21" started a fourth week at No. 1 ...

  46. Ricky Martin, Wisin y Yandel Fire Up Latin Sales

    February 10, 2011 9:37 AM EST After more than a month of slow sales, the Latin music market picked up with the release of Wisin & Yandel's "Los Vaqueros: El Regreso" (Machete/Universal) last week, and with Ricky Martin's "Música + Alma + Sexo" ...

  47. Jessie J's 'Price Tag' With B.o.B. Is No. 1 UK Single, Adele Tops Album Chart

    February 07, 2011 4:06 PM EST British pop-R&B breakthrough artist Jessie J scored her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday as "Price Tag" (Lava/Universal Island), featuring B.o.B, debuted at the top. Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) started a second week ...

  48. Wisin & Yandel's 'Los Vaqueros: El Regreso' Debuts at No. 1 on Latin Charts

    February 03, 2011 1:10 PM EST Thanks to a combination of show-and-album bundles, a series of in-stores and traditional retail push, Wisin & Yandel's "Los Vaqueros: El Regreso"(Machete/Universal), debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. &q ...

  49. Australia's Year End Charts: P!nk's 'Greatest Hits...So Far' Is Top Seller

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. pop superstar P!nk has finally landed the best-selling album on Australia's year-end sales chart, after finishing in the runner-up position on four successive occasions. P!nk's best-of compilation "Greatest Hits…So Far" (L ...

  50. Rihanna's 'Loud' Tops Take That on U.K. Album Chart; Matt Cardle's 'When We Collide' Still No. 1 Single

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rihanna's "Loud" album (Def Jam/Universal) achieved its first week at No. 1 on the U.K.'s first sales charts of 2011, as Matt Cardle's "When We Collide" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) began a third week at ...

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