2008 "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke had her U.K. Christmas No. 1 single confirmed yesterday (Dec. 21), as her version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) debuted at the top with sales of 576,000 units to become the fastest-selling single by a female solo artist in British chart history.
A week after soaring 23-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" begins a second week in the top spot on the chart. The newcomer's self-titled debut album opened yesterday at No. 6 on The Billboard 200. Kingston also has the Hot 100's top debut at No. 28 with "Me Love," the first time an artist ranked No. 1 and scored Hot Shot Debut honors since Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" and "Listen" in January.
Williamson Music has signed an administration deal with Charles Strouse, composer of such musicals as "Annie," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Applause" and "Golden Boy." The worldwide deal, effective immediately, includes Strouse's theater and film scores but does not include his theme song for the classic TV series "All in the Family."
The 49th Grammy Awards drew as heavily from the past as they did the present for the performance slate at last night's (Feb. 11) show from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The evening began with the reunited Police playing "Roxanne" and concluded with four-time winners the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing "Snow (Hey Oh)" as confetti rained down on the audience.