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  1. Take That, 'X Factor' Winner Matt Cardle Top U.K. Charts

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added another 430,000 sales last week, according to the Official Chart Company, to continue its reign on the final U.K. album chart of 2010. "X Factor" winner Matt Cardle's & ...

  2. 'X Factor' Winner Earns No. 1 U.K. Christmas Song Beating Out John Cage's '4'13' and Trashmen's 'Surfin' Bird'

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That maintained their album chart supremacy on the U.K.'s last sales charts before the holiday, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added 330,000 new sales to take its five-week total to 1.44m. Matt Cardle, who won the Dec. 12 fi ...

  3. Black Eyed Peas Score Fifth No. 1 Single in U.K.

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Take That's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) moved past one million U.K. sales to start a fourth week atop the album chart there, the Black Eyed Peas scored a fifth No. 1 single in the territory, climbing 6-1 with "The Time (D ...

  4. Publishing Briefs: Sheer Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Bug Music and more

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- In a joint venture agreement, pigFACTORY Music and Sindee Levin Music will serve as the sub-publisher in the U.S. and Mexico for South African music publishing company Sheer Publishing . Sheer Publishing is comprised of Pan-African music. " ...

  5. Take That Heads Towards 1 Million Sales

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That marked a third week atop the U.K. album chart - and a remarkable 24 weeks over their career - with "Progress" (Polydor/Universal). The "X Factor" Finalists' charity cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" ...

  6. Take That Surges To Euro Albums Chart Summit

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST British pop five-piece Take That has Europe's new No. 1 album with "Progress" (Polydor/Universal), replacing Rihanna 's "Loud," but the Barbadian star's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) mo ...

  7. Tame Impala Snags J Award

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Psychedelic rock trio Tame Impala has won Australian youth-oriented radio network Triple J's highest honor, taking out the J Award for their debut album "InnerSpeaker" (Modular/Universal). Tonight's (Nov. 29) big win in Melbour ...

  8. Take That Sales Top 700,000 In 2 Weeks

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That 's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart, while the now-annual charity song by the finalists of this year's "X Factor," a cover of David Bowie 's &quo ...

  9. Rihanna Scores Euro Albums, Singles Chart Double

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rihanna scores a No. 1 debut on Billboard's European Albums chart with "Loud" (Def Jam/Universal), and makes it a double by starting a fourth week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Univ ...

  10. South African Probe Into Collecting Societies

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST South Africa's Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) has announced details of a Copyright Review Commission that will investigate collecting societies and the distribution of royalties. The remit of the Commission is more wide-ranging than ...

  11. Take That Tops 500,000 In First Week

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That made a century's-best debut atop the U.K. album chart, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) recorded the biggest first-week sales for any album in the market for 13 years, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, ...

  12. Bon Jovi Beats Blunt, Boyle On Euro Chart

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi 's "Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection" (Mercury/Universal) withstands debuts by James Blunt, Susan Boyle and Depeche Mode to retain the leadership of Billboard's European Albums chart. Meanwhile, Rihanna commands ...

  13. Hindi Zahra Snags France's Constantin Prize

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST French Moroccan singer songwriter Hindi Zahra has won France's Prix Constantin music prize with debut album "Handmade" (Blue Note/EMI). The award was presented during a ceremony at the Olympia venue in Paris. The prize jury was comp ...

  14. ARIA Awards Artists Get Sales Boost

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The TV ratings were a shocker, but the ARIA Awards still managed to breathe new chart life into recordings from performers and winners on the night. After taking out two of the big trophies at the Nov. 7 industry gala, Angus & Julia Stone have ...

  15. Susan Boyle Album Bows At No. 1 In U.K.

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle 's sophomore album "The Gift" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) gave her a second U.K. No. 1 and Rihanna 's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) started a second week atop the singles chart, ...

  16. Bon Jovi Bows At No. 1 On Euro Albums Chart

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi lands another pan-European No. 1, as the band's new "Greatest Hits" compilation (Mercury/Universal Island) makes a winning start on Billboard's European Albums chart. Rihanna 's "Only Girl (In The World)" ...

  17. Take That, Cheryl Cole Added To Royal Variety Performance Bill

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That and U.K. solo star Cheryl Cole are among the music acts set to perform at this year's Royal Variety Performance, held at the London Palladium, Dec. 9. Performing alongside Take That and Cheryl Cole, whose sophomore studio set " ...

  18. Prediction Time: Here's Who Will Win Latin Grammys

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST It’s time again for us to make our annual predictions for the Latin Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nov. 11. Projecting winners is an imprecise science, but here’s who we think will take home tro ...

  19. Rihanna Climbs To U.K. Singles Chart Summit

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Cheryl Cole achieved her second solo No. 1 album and Rihanna her third solo chart-topping single as new U.K. sales data was published by the Official Charts Company. Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) climbed 2 ...

  20. Rihanna, Kings Of Leon Top Euro Charts

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon 's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) starts a second week atop Billboard's European Albums chart, while European Hot 100 Singles has a new No. 1 in the form of Rihanna 's "Onl ...

  21. Cheryl Cole Rains On Rihanna's Parade

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Cheryl Cole scored her second solo U.K. No. 1 single with "Promise This" (Polydor/Universal) to hold Rihanna 's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) to a runner-up debut. Kings of Leon 's "Come Around S ...

  22. Germany's Record Store Week Expands

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Germany's leading music stores and independent outlets are once again mobilizing as the second annual Record Store Week looks to boost the country's dwindling retail sector. Beginning today (Oct. 29) and wrapping Nov. 5 the nationwide ev ...

  23. Kings of Leon Rule Europe's Album Charts

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums chart with "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment), while "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal) by Eminem featuring Rihanna ...

  24. Paul McCartney, Kasabian, Take That Honored At Q Awards

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A combination of British pop royalty, rowdy rock acts and recently re-formed pop groups took home the major prizes at the annual Q Awards ceremony, organized by the U.K.-based monthly music magazine. Held today (Oct. 25) at London's Grosvenor ...

  25. Kings Of Leon, Bruno Mars Reign On U.K. Charts

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) made a record-breaking start to its U.K. album chart career yesterday (Sunday). In selling over 183,000 copies, it recorded the biggest first-week sale of ...

  26. Robbie Williams' Hits Set Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams makes a No. 1 start across Europe with "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI). It debuts atop Billboard's European Albums chart as Eminem 's "Love The Way You Lie" (Inters ...

  27. JLS, Tinie Tempah Win 2 Each At MOBO Awards

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. urban stars JLS and Tinie Tempah were the major winners at the 2010 MOBO Awards, walking away with two prizes each. Boy band JLS, who were runners up in the 2008 series of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor," won be ...

  28. Robbie Williams Scores Ninth U.K. No. 1 Album

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams ' new retrospective "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI) has become his ninth solo No. 1 in the U.K.'s albums chart. Cee Lo Green 's "Forget You" (Warner Bros./Warn ...

  29. Phil Collins Makes It 3 Weeks Atop Euro Chart

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Phil Collins leads Billboard's European Albums chart for a third week with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), as Eminem 's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna , moves into a third week ...

  30. Wal-Mart's Asda Moves Into Artist Exclusives

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart-owned U.K. mass merchant Asda has followed arch-rival Tesco's lead and signed its first exclusive CD deal with an artist -- veteran Irish singer/songwriter Chris De Burgh. Asda has not confirmed any plans for future releases, but for ...

  31. Tinie Tempah Makes Big Debut On UK Chart

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Parlophone/EMI's south London rapper Tinie Tempah has followed last week's No. 1 U.K. single "Written In The Stars" with a chart-topping start for his debut album "Disc-overy." As Tempah's "Stars," feat ...

  32. Phil Collins Holds On To Euro Albums No. 1

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For a second week, Phil Collins leads Billboard's European Albums chart with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), in a vintage-looking top ten that also includes Eric Clapton, Santana and Neil Young . Eminem 's "Love The ...

  33. The Script, Tinie Tempah Top U.K. Charts

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Irish pop-rock band the Script's "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment), which debuted atop the U.K. album chart two weeks ago, moved back 2-1 in yesterday's new sales data. South London rapper Tinie Tempah ...

  34. Cheryl Cole, JLS and Gorillaz Triumph At BT Digital Music Awards

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop acts Cheryl Cole, JLS and Robbie Williams were among the big winners at the BT Digital Music Awards, held in London last night (Sept. 30). Out of the 21 awards on offer, pop dominated the evening, with Cole -- who was not present -- winni ...

  35. Phil Collins' 'Going Back' Tops Euro Chart

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Phil Collins has Europe's new favorite album, climbing 2-1 on Billboard's European Albums list with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), as Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihan ...

  36. Phil Collins Back At No. 1 In U.K.

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Atlantic label has both new U.K. chart champions, with Phil Collins topping the U.K. album chart for the first time in 12 years, after his soul covers set "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music) climbed 4-1 on the new Official Charts Co ...

  37. Linkin Park Debuts Atop Euro Album Chart

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park makes its customary No. 1 start on Billboard's European Albums chart, arriving at the top with "A Thousand Suns" (Warner Bros./Warner Music). "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV/Univ ...

  38. The Script Beats Linkin Park On U.K. Chart

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Irish band the Script made it two U.K. No. 1 albums from two releases as new sales data was unveiled by the Official Charts Company. Their "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment) sold 71,000 copies to claim the top sp ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. U.K. Track Download Sales Hit 500 Million

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Official Charts Company (OCC) has confirmed that download sales have hit 500 million in the U.K. The half a billion total was achieved at the end of August and took just over six years. The OCC says the download market took off in 2004; a down ...

  41. Duffy Teams With Roots, Albert Hammond

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Welsh pop singer Duffy has confirmed details of her sophomore set, titled "Endlessly" (A&M/Universal). The album is released Nov. 29 in the U.K. The lead single "Well, Well, Well" features the Roots on rhythm section duties ...

  42. Katy Perry Holds Off Eminem On Euro Album Chart

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry 's "Teenage Dream" (Capitol/EMI) may have had its Billboard 200 reign limited to one week, but it’s beginning a second week atop European Albums, as "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMT ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Katy Perry's 'Dream' Goes On In Europe

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry lands her first No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums, debuting at the top with "Teenage Dream" (Capitol/EMI). The new leader on European Hot 100 Singles is "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The Wo ...

  45. Jamiroquai Premieres New Album In London

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Funk/soul act Jamiroquai made its live return in London last night (Sept. 9) where the British group premiered material from its new studio set "Rock Dust Light Star" (Mercury/Universal). Appearing onstage within the plush confines of th ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. The Naked And Famous Take Silver Scroll

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The chart-topping single "Young Blood" from the Naked and Famous has won the top prize at the New Zealand Silver Scroll Awards. Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers and Aaron Short from the electronic/alt-rock act won the Silver Scroll, the main ...

  48. Katy Perry Album Gets Dream Start In The U.K.

    September 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry scored her first U.K. No. 1 album with "Teenage Dream" (Virgin/EMI), but the title track single had to be content with a No. 2 debut behind former "X Factor" contestant Olly Murs ' "Please Don't Let Me ...

  49. Iron Maiden, Shakira Reign On Euro Charts

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Iron Maiden 's "The Final Frontier" (EMI) starts a second week atop Billboard's European Albums chart, as the No. 1 berth on European Hot 100 Singles is occupied for a sixth straight week by "Waka Waka (This Time For Afr ...

  50. Iron Maiden Slays Rivals On U.K. Album Chart

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British rock perennials Iron Maiden extended their run of U.K. No. 1 albums to 28 years, and their overall album chart span to 30 years, with "The Final Frontier" (EMI). On the new singles chart, Relentless/Virgin's British "gr ...

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