1. One Direction Guides U.K. to Take 13% of Global Album Sales

    August 01, 2014 8:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 U.K. artists have had the top-selling global album for six of the last seven years. One in every eight artist albums sold around the world in 2013 -- totaling 13% of the global market -- was by a U.K. act, according to a new report from British labe ...

  2. Gerry Goffin, Carole King's Songwriting Partner Behind 'Natural Woman,' Dies Aged 75

    June 19, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Halfway to Paradise" and " ...

  3. The Woodlands' Pavilion Goes Big for 25th Birthday

    June 17, 2014 12:35 PM EDT The Woodlands’ open-air stage celebrates a milestone with Jimmy Buffett, Il Divo and Kings of Leon. This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . In the scenic township of The Woodlands, Texas, just north of Houston, T ...

  4. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Blue Ivy Carter Makes Her Debut

    January 20, 2014 8:05 AM EST Two years ago this week, the days-old daughter of Jay Z and Beyonce made her chart arrival. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Sting Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven de ...

  5. Kenney Jones Tries to Set Record Straight on Faces Reunion: 'We've Been Talking'

    January 08, 2014 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 The Faces AND the Small Faces may well be active concerns in 2015 -- at least if drummer Kenney Jones has his way. Jones tells Billboard that a Faces reunion tour, with Rod Stewart fronting the group again, is indeed in the planning stages.  "W ...

  6. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to ...

  7. U.K. 2013 Albums Sales Drop As Streaming, Singles Spike

    January 02, 2014 5:37 AM EST Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines," featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, and Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky," featuring Nile Rodgers and Williams, were the biggest-selling singles of 2013 in Britain. Overall singles sales for the year in t ...

  8. Small Faces Anniversary Puts Kink in Faces Reunion for 2015

    December 26, 2013 12:23 PM EST The Small Faces' 50th anniversary trumps a Faces reunion -- at least as far as keyboardist Ian McLagen is concerned. Though Faces frontman Rod Stewart, who's been spelled by Simply Red's Mick Hucknall for the group's reunion sh ...

  9. Small Faces Anniversary Puts Kink in Faces Reunion for 2015

    December 26, 2013 11:34 AM EST 0 0 0 "The suggestion I read is we get together in 2015," Ian McLagen says of recent comments by Rod Stewart. "Not acceptable! Why wouldn't he call me to ask if I'm busy?" The Small Faces' 50th anniversary trumps a Faces ...

  10. Rod Stewart Confirms Faces Reunion: 'We're Earmarking 2015'

    December 11, 2013 12:37 AM EST 0 0 0 Rod Stewart, who told The Hollywood Reporter in May, "Me and Ronnie [Wood] were out plotting the Faces’ future," confirmed in a Dec. 2 interview on Boston's WZLX radio that the Faces, founded in 1965, would reunite as a live band afte ...

  11. Kelly Clarkson's 'Tree' Tops AC

    December 02, 2013 11:59 AM EST Following Thanksgiving and still more than three weeks before Christmas Day, the holiday season is in full effect at AC radio, as Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree" reaches the Adult Contemporary chart apex (16-1, with Greatest ...

  12. Kelly Clarkson's 'Tree' Tops AC

    December 02, 2013 11:05 AM EST Her carol 'Underneath the Tree' becomes the format's latest holiday leader Following Thanksgiving and still more than three weeks before Christmas Day, the holiday season in full effect at AC radio, as Kelly Clarkson's "Und ...

  13. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Into Pole Position on U.K. Album Chart, Equals Elvis' Record

    November 25, 2013 5:04 AM EST Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) has become the 1,000th No. 1 in the history of the U.K. chart. The set sold close to 109,000 copies to take the honor, as Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warn ...

  14. Robbie Williams 'Swings' To No. 1 on U.K. Album Chart, Equals Elvis' Record

    November 25, 2013 4:36 AM EST Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) has become the 1,000th No. 1 in the history of the U.K. chart. The set sold close to 109,000 copies to take the honor, as Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/War ...

  15. Backbeat: Bill Clinton Honors John Sykes, Perry Farrell Introduces Citi’s Jennifer ‘Breitwhite’ Breithaupt @ TJ Martell Gala, Raises $1.4 Mil For Cancer Research

    October 24, 2013 11:12 AM EDT “I’ve gotten used to the same invitation – ‘John, it would be great to have you join us. Can you bring a band?” That was John Sykes, president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, accepting his award for Lifetime Industry Achievement at t ...

  16. Luke Bryan Tops Hot Tours Chart with $25 Million Sold

    October 15, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Country star Luke Bryan earns his first No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours tally with more than $25 million in ticket sales reported from the second North American leg of the Dirt Road Diaries tour, his first major effort as a headliner. The summer j ...

  17. Jeff Beck Exploring Middle East on Next Album, Talks Stalled Rod Stewart Project

    October 11, 2013 2:30 PM EDT The legendary guitarist, currently on the road with Brian Wilson, talks next album and offers a sharp assessment of Stewart: "He prefers (soccer), and maybe that's the problem. I'm not holding my breath" Noting that he "c ...

  18. Emeli Sande's 'Events' & 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Lead Britain's Year-to-Date Sales Chart

    October 02, 2013 4:38 AM EDT A 2012 release from Scottish singer Emeli Sande and the soundtrack to Universal Pictures' "Les Miserables" are the best-selling albums in the U.K. year-to-date. The Official Charts Company on Tuesday said that as of the end of the ...

  19. 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack, Emeli Sande Top Year-to-Date U.K. Album Sales Chart

    October 01, 2013 9:34 AM EDT A 2012 release from Scottish singer Emeli Sande and the soundtrack to Universal Pictures' "Les Miserables" are the best-selling albums in the U.K. year-to-date. The Official Charts Company on Tuesday said that as of the end of the ...

  20. Diarmuid Quinn, Former Top Exec at Warner Bros & Reprise, Joins Kobalt Label Services

    September 18, 2013 5:44 AM EDT Veteran music biz executive Diarmuid Quinn has joined Kobalt Label Services (KLS) in the role as president, North America. Quinn’s tasks include leading and staffing-up Kobalt’s expanding label services operations in the U.S., signing artists fo ...

  21. Arctic Monkeys Make History As Fifth Album Opens At No. 1 in U.K.

    September 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys became the first independently-released group to score five consecutive U.K. No. 1 albums yesterday (Sept. 15). The Official Charts Company reports that “AM” (Domino) sold 157,000 last week, second only for an opening week on the ...

  22. Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' Makes U.K. Chart History To Debut At No. 1, Katy Perry's 'Roar' Continues Reign

    September 16, 2013 5:45 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys became the first independently-released group to score five consecutive U.K. No. 1 albums yesterday (Sept. 15). The Official Charts Company reports that “AM” (Domino) sold 157,000 last week, second only for an opening week on the a ...

  23. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Leads Pop Songs For 10th Week

    September 09, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Billboard's Song of the Summer is just the 12th title to reach a reign of double-digit weeks on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias and Florida Georgia Line Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a sele ...

  24. Alejandro Fernandez Posts His Biggest Sales Week Ever

    September 05, 2013 2:37 AM EDT Veteran Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez notches his best sales week in his 20-plus year career as his 15th studio album, "Confidencias," out on Universal Music Latino, debuts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with 21,000 copies, according ...

  25. Alejandro Fernandez Posts His Biggest Sales Week Ever

    September 05, 2013 2:32 AM EDT Veteran Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez notches his best sales week in his 20-plus year career as his 15th studio album, "Confidencias," out on Universal Music Latino, debuts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with 21,000 copies, accordin ...

  26. Rod Stewart Talks Tour, 'Angry' Jeff Beck

    September 04, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Delayed blues project with his old bandmate appears dead, but a Faces reunion with Ronnie Wood could happen: "That has to wait 'til we know the Stones are finished" Rod Stewart may have released his first album of all original mate ...

  27. Elton John Receives Inaugural Brits Icon Award

    September 04, 2013 2:39 AM EDT Rod Stewart on Monday night presented Elton John with the inaugural Brits Icon award during a gala event and concert here. The event, which ITV taped at the London Palladium for later this month, marked John's return to the stage after surger ...

  28. Elton John Receives Inaugural Brits Icon Award

    September 04, 2013 2:38 AM EDT Rod Stewart on Monday night presented Elton John with the inaugural Brits Icon award during a gala event and concert here. The event, which ITV taped at the London Palladium for later this month, marked John's return to the stage after surg ...

  29. Cheer for Chesney: Country Star Tops Hot Tours with $15 Million in Ticket Sales

    August 23, 2013 2:32 PM EDT Kenny Chesney leads the rest of the field this week, earning the top slot on the Hot Tours tally with box office totals reported from six venues on his No Shoes Nation tour. Concerts at three outdoor amphitheaters and three stadiums generated ti ...

  30. Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' Fires-Up To Debut At No. 1 in Britain

    August 19, 2013 5:02 AM EDT British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding scored her first U.K. No. 1 single on Sunday (Aug. 18), debuting at the summit with “Burn” (Polydor/Universal). The Official Charts Company’s latest data also showed brothers Richard & Adam’s “The Imp ...

  31. Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' Ablaze with U.K. No. 1

    August 19, 2013 4:58 AM EDT British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding scored her first U.K. No. 1 single on Sunday (Aug. 18), debuting at the summit with “Burn” (Polydor/Universal). The Official Charts Company’s latest data also showed brothers Richard & Adam’s “The Im ...

  32. Australia’s Billion-Dollar Live Biz Reports ‘Weaker’ 2012

    July 31, 2013 3:18 AM EDT Australia’s live music biz has had an up-and-down year, new figures reveal. Live Performance Australia’s annual “Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey” reveals attendance slipped across the wider live entertainment market in 2012, and there was ...

  33. Rod Stewart Extends Las Vegas Run

    July 29, 2013 11:46 PM EDT Celebrating the 50th performance of his show, "Rod Stewart: The Hits," at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Rod Stewart has announced he will extend his contract for two more years. With his summer run of shows ending this we ...

  34. Jay-Z's ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Opens At British Chart Summit

    July 15, 2013 5:39 AM EDT Jay-Z landed his first solo No. 1 album on the U.K. charts yesterday (July 14) as “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Roc Nation/Universal) debuted at the top. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, cli ...

  35. Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Arrives at No. 1 in U.K.

    July 15, 2013 5:29 AM EDT Jay-Z landed his first solo No. 1 album on the U.K. charts yesterday (July 14) as “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Roc Nation/Universal) debuted at the top. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, cli ...

  36. Tom Odell & Icona Pop Rule U.K. Sales Charts

    July 01, 2013 5:02 AM EDT Tom Odell, the British singer-songwriter who won the Critics’ Choice title at the 2013 BRIT Awards, opened at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 30) with his debut set “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile ...

  37. Tom Odell, Icona Pop Debut Atop U.K. Charts; Glastonbury Festival Sparks Sales Lifts

    July 01, 2013 4:57 AM EDT Tom Odell, the British singer-songwriter who won the Critics’ Choice title at the 2013 BRIT Awards, opened at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 30) with his debut set “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile, ...

  38. Weekly Chart Notes: Kanye West Brings 'God' To Billboard Charts

    June 28, 2013 5:15 PM EDT A theological debate infuses the charts department this week. Meanwhile, Phillip Phillips, Pink and Plumb net more traditional chart honors One of the oddest discussions in memory took place among the members of the Billboard charts department thi ...

  39. Chart Highlights: 'Ooh' She Did It Again ... Britney Spears Debuts On Pop Songs

    June 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Spears' 'Smurfs 2' single blasts onto the radio airplay tally at No. 22. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Demi Lovato, J. Cole, Jake Owen and Marc Anthony Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every ...

  40. P!nk Takes No. 1 Spot on Hot Tours Chart, Grosses $23.6 Million

    June 14, 2013 2:53 PM EDT P!nk takes the No. 1 ranking on the weekly Hot Tours tally with gross and attendance counts reported from the first leg of her Truth About Love Tour that launched earlier this year. The totals represented in this week’s recap come from the tour’ ...

  41. Robin Thicke Retains No. 1 Slot on U.K. Singles Chart, Disclosure Beat QOTSA For No. 1 Album

    June 10, 2013 6:07 AM EDT A week after Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013, that record has been broken again — by Thicke himself. The track followed its opening sales ...

  42. Disclosure's Debut Tops UK Album Chart, Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines' Sets Sales Record

    June 10, 2013 5:59 AM EDT A week after Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013, that record has been broken again — by Thicke himself. The track followed its opening sales ...

  43. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Rushes To No. 1 in U.K., Daft Punk Retain Albums Chart Crown

    June 03, 2013 7:28 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, has smashed the rapidly-changing record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year. With sales last week of 190,000, it dramatically raised the ba ...

  44. Robin Thicke Lands U.K. No. 1 With Fast-Selling ‘Blurred Lines’

    June 03, 2013 7:23 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, has smashed the rapidly-changing record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year. With sales last week of 190,000, it dramatically raised the bar ...

  45. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Is New No. 1 in the U.K. with Big Opening Sales

    May 27, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Daft Punk’s 'Random Access Memories' (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) made its expected powerful debut on the U.K. album chart Sunday (May 26), becoming the fastest-selling artist set of the year to date with opening sales of 165,00 ...

  46. Daft Punk Bow At No. 1 on Britain's Albums Chart

    May 27, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) made its expected powerful debut on the U.K. album chart Sunday (May 26), becoming the fastest-selling artist set of the year to date with opening sales of 165,000. Its s ...

  47. Rod Stewart Arrives with 'Time' Atop Britain's Albums Chart

    May 20, 2013 6:30 AM EDT Rod Stewart’s “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal) debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. yesterday (May 20) to become the veteran rock and easy listening artist’s first chart-topping studio album in his home territory for 37 years. According to the Official ...

  48. Rod Stewart Finds 'Time' At No. 1 On U.K. Albums Chart, Daft Punk Continue Singles Chart Reign

    May 20, 2013 6:23 AM EDT Rod Stewart’s “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal) debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. yesterday (May 20) to become the veteran rock and easy listening artist’s first chart-topping studio album in his home territory for 37 years. According to the Official Ch ...

  49. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey Adds To Hot 100 Legacy

    May 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT With the debut of "#Beautiful," Carey pads her historic Hot 100 discography. Plus, Michael Jackson's music is reaching new generations and Rod Stewart returns As "#Beautiful" bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 24, Ma ...

  50. Lady Antebellum Scores Third No. 1 Album, 'Gatsby' Debuts Strong at No. 2

    May 15, 2013 1:54 PM EDT Country trio Lady Antebellum earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as its new Golden debuts with 167,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album sold slightly better than initially forecast: A week ago, industry sources ...

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