1. Justin Bieber, James Blunt Cover Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' On 'Ellen'

    February 09, 2011 2:36 PM EST 0 0 0 L ady Gaga's single "Born This Way" hasn't even been released yet, and already people -- including Justin Bieber, Ellen Degeneres and James Blunt -- are trying to discern what the song will sound like. On the today's (Feb. 9 ...

  2. Bruno Mars Returns To Hot 100 Summit, Britney Slips 5 Spots

    January 27, 2011 10:58 AM EST 0 0 0 B runo Mars ' "Grenade" reignites atop the Billboard Hot 100 , rebounding 2-1 and logging a third nonconsecutive week in the chart's top spot, having alternated between Nos. 1 and 2 over the past six weeks. The track, which retur ...

  3. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Is No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 T he Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That easily beats its initial first week estimate of arou ...

  4. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Aiming For No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 21, 2011 3:51 PM EST 0 0 0 Next week, the Billboard 200 albums chart may begin to emerge from of its doom-and-gloom fog -- though not by much. The Decemberists' new album "The King Is Dead" is on track to debut at No. 1, with perhaps around 70,000 sold by week& ...

  5. James Blunt Starts Over with 'Some Kind of Trouble'

    January 17, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Industry rebels don't come more polite than James Blunt . In keeping with his pre-music military career, Blunt speaks and acts with officer-class poshness and reserve. But the one-time army captain who led a column of NATO tanks in Kosovo in 19 ...

  6. Billboard Bits: New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming in March?

    January 13, 2011 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming in March? Kelly Clarkson confirmed yesterday on her Facebook page that her new album, tentatively-titled "May," will "suppo ...

  7. Take That Surges To Euro Albums Chart Summit

    December 03, 2010 7:44 AM EST 0 0 0 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) move ...

  8. Rihanna Scores Euro Albums, Singles Chart Double

    November 26, 2010 10:57 AM EST 0 0 0 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/Univer ...

  9. Take That Tops 500,000 In First Week U.K. Sales

    November 22, 2010 7:15 AM EST 0 0 0 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, Br ...

  10. Bon Jovi, Rihanna Top Euro Chart

    November 18, 2010 8:41 AM EST 0 0 0 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 ...

  11. George Strait Scores 83rd Country Songs Top 10

    November 17, 2010 2:05 PM EST 0 0 0 STRAIT TALK: George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10 on the list, a sum second only to A ...

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

    November 15, 2010 7:54 AM EST 0 0 0 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, as ...

  13. James Blunt Checks In To Facebook Places

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter James Blunt is set to be the first major artist in the U.K. to embrace Facebook Places, the latest feature from the social networking site. The tool allows Facebook users to publish their current locations on the site via their m ...

  14. Train Rolls To 100th Adult Pop Songs No. 1

    September 08, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 With a 2-1 advance for "If It's Love," Train collects the 100th No. 1 title in the 14-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart. The survey premiered in the Billboard issue dated March 16, 1996, as an of ...

  15. Enrique Iglesias Added To U.K. Armed Forces Concert Line Up

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias will join previously announced headliners Robbie Williams and James Blunt at a fundraising charity concert at Twickenham Stadium, Sept. 12, to be held in honor of the British Armed Forces. U.K. pop singer Alesha Dixon, Welsh class ...

  16. AC/DC Holds Off Stones On Euro Chart

    May 28, 2010 7:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 AC/DC 's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) withstands the challenge of the Rolling Stones to start a fifth week atop Billboard's European Albums chart. Stromae moves into a ninth non-consecutive week at ...

  17. 'Exile On Main St' Back At U.K. No. 1

    May 24, 2010 7:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time in 16 years, the Rolling Stones top the U.K. album chart, after their reissued 1972 album "Exile On Main St" (Polydor/Universal) hit No. 1. U.S. hip-hop artist B.O.B. debuted at the singles summit with "Nothing On Y ...

  18. B.o.B Weaves Way To Hot 100 No. 1; 'Glee' Generates More Debuts

    April 22, 2010 11:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 As mentioned in a breaking news story yesterday , B.o.B moves into the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut single "Nothin' On You," featuring Bruno Mars. The rapper is the fourth male vocalist since October to reach No. ...

  19. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. ...

  20. U.K. Haiti Benefit Single Debuts At No. 1

    February 15, 2010 8:32 AM EST 0 0 0 Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment's star-packed charity cover of R.E.M. 's "Everybody Hurts," rush-released under the name Helping Haiti to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake, stormed to No. 1 on the new U.K. singl ...

  21. James Blunt Tops U.K. Decade Chart With 'Back To Bedlam'

    December 29, 2009 1:33 PM EST 0 0 0 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 t ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Lily Allen, Blur Managers Confirmed For MIDEM

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Todd Interland, who handles Lily Allen and James Blunt via London-based Twenty-First Artists, and Chris Morrison, manager for Blur and Gorillaz, are among the confirmed participants in the international manager summit at next year's MIDEM con ...

  24. Chart Beat Thursday: Barbra Streisand, Foreigner, Jay Sean

    October 08, 2009 5:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 SUPER-STREIS-ED: This week's Billboard is 200 bursting with all kinds of records. Literally and figuratively. Dating to the chart's March 24, 1956, launch as a weekly survey, not until this week had eight titles debuted in the top 10. The ...

  25. Michael Johns Not Holding Back On First Post-'Idol' Album

    May 29, 2009 4:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 While the American Idol post-season promo drive for Summer 2009 has kicked into gear for Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, Season 7's Michael Johns will be resurfacing this summer with his first post-Idol album entitled "Hold Back My Heart.&quo ...

  26. Promoter China West Suspends Operations

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shanghai-based China West Entertainment, which has promoted shows by Norah Jones, James Blunt and Kanye West in China, has suspended operations. Following a lengthy career as a promoter in the U.S, Steve Sybesma launched China West Entertainment i ...

  27. Two Sides Of The Coin

    November 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Beyonce's third solo album, "I Am ... Sasha Fierce," reveals an alter-ego persona which the artist says allows her to "take more risks." The double-disc set is due this week via Music World/Columbia. Beyonce's third sol ...

  28. Beyonce Adopts 'Fierce' Alter-Ego

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Beyonce's third solo album will be titled "I Am ... Sasha Fierce," revealing an alter-ego persona which the artist says allows her to "take more risks." The double-disc set is due Nov. 18 via Music Wo Beyonce's third so ...

  29. James Blunt Set To Guest Edit Paper

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British singer-songwriter James Blunt will guest edit the global section of Metro, a free newspaper, on Nov. 17. On that day, Blunt will work out of the paper's Rome office, under the tutelage of global editor Sakari Pitkänen. The artist will ...

  30. This Day in Music

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - BMI assistant vice president Patricia Baird, whose more than 35-year career helped to launch such stars as Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, Three Dog Night, Blood, Sweat Y Tears, and Grand Funk Rai 2006 - BMI assistant vice president Patricia Bai ...

  31. Sheryl Crow In A Holiday Mood On Upcoming Album

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The lights and candles and wreaths were out in Sheryl Crow's Los Angeles living room -- in mid-June. Christmas came early in Crow's world this year because of an as-yet-untitled holiday album she's re The lights and candles and wreath ...

  32. Gnarls Barkley Rings In MySpace's 150th Secret Show

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gnarls Barkley, Battles and newcomer Janelle Monae hit New York's Fillmore at Irving Plaza last night (June 8) for MySpace's 150th "Secret Show." Admission was free on a first-come, first-served basis Gnarls Barkley, Battles and ...

  33. Bill Unveiled For 2nd London iTunes Fest

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The iTunes Festival: London returns this year, with the likes of James Blunt, Feeder, N.E.R.D., Pendulum and Chaka Khan confirmed to perform through the month of July. The 1,000-capacity Koko venue in Camden, north London will host the free perfor ...

  34. Glastonbury's Eavis Talks 2008 Lineup, Future

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As news of the 2008 Glastonbury Festival's lineup leaked earlier this week, helmer Michael Eavis shared with Billboard.com his enthusiasm to continue leading the annual event. As news of the 2008 Glastonbury Festival's lineup leaked earlie ...

  35. Chart Beat Chat

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Static Major, "Lollipop," "4 Minutes" and more. STATIC ON THE RADIO Fred, I am surprised that you did not mention Static Major in Chart Beat this week, since he is credited as a featured artist on Lil ...

  36. Estelle, Duffy Continue U.K. Chart Reigns

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Estelle and Duffy continued their reigns as the U.K.'s best-selling single and album artists respectively on new charts Sunday (March 30). Newcomer Sam Sparro had the week's hottest singles climber, w Estelle and Duffy continued their reig ...

  37. Chart Beat

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action on British solo female artists, Madonna, Danity Kane and more! TOP OF THE WORLD: For the first time in almost 27 years, and only the third time in the entire rock era, a British solo female artist hits No. 1 on The Billbo ...

  38. Linda Perry Sues Warner Over Blunt Royalties

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Songwriter/producer Linda Perry is suing Warner Music Group for not turning over millions of dollars in royalties from the debut album of her protege, English singer James Blunt. Songwriter/producer Linda Perry is suing Warner Music Group for not tu ...

  39. Perry Sues Warner Music Over Blunt Royalties

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.S. songwriter and record producer Linda Perry is suing Warner Music Group for not turning over millions of dollars in royalties from the debut album of her protege, English singer James Blunt. Perry's California-based record company, Custar ...

  40. Qtrax's 'Major' Misstep

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Qtrax— the free, ad-supported, "legal" P2P service that launched at MIDEM today —apparently isn't as ready for prime time as it claims. The company claimed it had licensing agreements with all four major record labels, when in fact ...

  41. Chart Beat Chat

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Anne Murray, the success of UK artists in America, the "Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits" book and more! ANNE OF THE 13,000 DAYS Hi Fred: I noticed that veteran Canadian female vocalist Anne Murray's ...

  42. EMI Music Pub Promotes Morrell

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has promoted Declan Morrell to senior VP East Coast creative. He was the publisher's U.K. senior VP of A&R who signed songwriters like James Blunt, Take That, Bullet For My Valentine and Busted. Morrell will be respon ...

  43. Nichols Moves To Sanctuary For Management

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Country act Joe Nichols has signed for exclusive management representation with Sanctuary Artist Management. The company also represents ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Lee, Elton John, the Who and James Blunt. Nichols was previously handled by John ...

  44. MySpace Launches 'Unplugged' Performance Series

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 MySpace has begun selling exclusive "unplugged" music performances via a new service dubbed Transmissions. MySpace has begun selling exclusive "unplugged" music performances via a new service dubbed Transmissions. The platform fe ...

  45. MySpace Launches 'Unplugged' Service

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace has begun selling exclusive "unplugged" music performances via a new service dubbed Transmissions. The new platform features videos of artist inteviews and performances in the MySpace studios, which the social network has the exc ...

  46. 'Idol' Chatter

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With the burgeoning hit "Tattoo" working in her favor, season six "American Idol" champion Jordin Sparks will this week release her debut album for 19 Recordings/Jive. "Tattoo" was produced by Stargat With the burgeonin ...

  47. Blunt, Bareilles Teaming For VH1 Trek

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 James Blunt and Sara Bareilles will headline the next edition of VH1's You Oughta Know tour, which will begin Feb. 4 in Seattle. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Nov. 17) via Ticketmaster. Blunt will be o James Blunt and Sara Bareilles will headlin ...

  48. Uncle Kracker Still Tweaking 'Happy Hour'

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A "more than frustrated" Uncle Kracker has been doing some more recording for his long-delayed fourth album, "Happy Hour," which he turned in a full year ago but likely won't come out before the middl A "more than frust ...

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