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  1. Ed Sheeran Hits Million Mark Again in U.K.

    December 02, 2014 9:40 AM EST Ed Sheeran has sold over a million copies of his latest album X in the U.K., making him the first artist to achieve that feat within a calendar year since Emeli Sande 's Our Version of Events in 2012, according to trade body BPI and the Off ...

  2. UK Vinyl Sales on Track to Cross Million Mark

    October 16, 2014 7:00 PM EDT For the first time since the mid-1990s, vinyl sales in the United Kingdom look set to cross the one million mark in a calendar year. According to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) in conjunction with labels trade body BP ...

  3. Ariana Grande Tops First Ever Combined U.K. Singles Chart

    July 07, 2014 8:15 AM EDT In a historic week for the U.K. charts, "Problem" (Republic/Universal) by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea debuted at the top to become the country's first No. 1 single based on both sales and streams — although it would have bee ...

  4. Pharrell, Coldplay Top Mid-Year 2014 Singles, Album Sales in U.K.

    July 03, 2014 9:56 AM EDT Classical crossover act Clean Bandit had the fastest-selling single of the year in Britain with "Rather Be" Pharrell Williams, Clean Bandit and John Legend have sold the most singles in the U.K. during the first half of the year, while C ...

  5. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Top U.K. Charts

    June 09, 2014 8:50 AM EDT Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “ ...

  6. Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Tops Britain’s All-Time Downloaded Chart

    April 23, 2014 3:52 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been revealed as the most downloaded track of all-time in the United Kingdom. The controversial hit (which features T.I. and Pharrell Williams) is one of only two songs to sell more than 1.5 million downloads, ac ...

  7. Elbow Lands First No. 1 Album in U.K.

    March 17, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Longtime British modern rock favorites Elbow have achieved their first-ever U.K. No. 1 album, debuting at the top with their sixth studio release "The Take Off and Landing of Everything." On the new singles chart, Canadian duo Dvbbs (pro ...

  8. Queen's 'Greatest Hits' Becomes First Album to Sell Six Million in U.K.

    February 10, 2014 6:34 PM EST Queen's "Greatest Hits," which is already the biggest selling album of all time in the U.K., now becomes the first album to have sold more than six million copies in that country. According to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company ...

  9. One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' U.K.'s Best-Selling Album of 2013

    December 31, 2013 1:55 PM EST Boy band One Direction’s "Midnight Memories," released in late November, is the top-selling album of 2013 in the U.K. Its sales overtook Emeli Sande’s "Our Version of Events," which had topped the 2012 sales chart, late in the ...

  10. UK Vinyl Sales Hit Highest Level in a Decade, Daft Punk Leads 2013 Sales

    October 18, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Releases from Daft Punk, David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys have boosted sales of vinyl LPs in the U.K. this year. Year to date, almost 550,000 records have been sold, the first time since 2003 that the half-million mark has been crossed in Brit ...

  11. U.K. Music Singles Sales on Track for Record Year

    October 03, 2013 2:58 PM EDT The U.K. is on track to set a new singles sales record in 2013 as a third release of the year is nearing the milestone of a million copies sold, according to the Official Charts Company. Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines" feat. TI and Phar ...

  12. '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 ...

  13. Morning Fix: Industry Vet Polly Anthony Dies; Max Lousada New Warner UK CEO; Kings of Leon Score U.K. No. 1

    September 30, 2013 8:24 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE FORMER MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN POLLY ANTHONY DIES Music industry veteran Polly Anthony, who served in executive roles at such record labels as Epic and Geffen, has reportedly died after a long batt ...

  14. BPI Announces Auto-Updating Gold, Platinum Certification

    September 03, 2013 11:41 AM EDT The British Phonographic Industry has altered its sales award rules to include automatic certification -- big news for classic acts such as the Beatles. The BPI will now include automatically-updated sales data for the first time in its history, ...

  15. Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' Hits 1 Million Sales Mark in U.K.

    August 16, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" has crossed the sales milestone of one million copies in the U.K., making it the music star's second single to do so. The 2009 release joined her hit "Poker Face" in the million-seller club ...

  16. Miley Cyrus Grabs First U.K. No. 1 With 'We Can’t Stop'

    August 12, 2013 5:29 AM EDT Miley Cyrus has landed not only her first U.K. No. 1 single but her first top ten hit in the territory. “We Can’t Stop” (RCA/Sony) debuted at the summit yesterday (Aug. 12) with first-week sales of 128,000. “Britain’s Got Talent” duo Richard &am ...

  17. 'X Factor' Singer Jahmene Douglas Bows At No. 1 in U.K., ‘Now’ Comp Shifts 300,000 Copies

    July 29, 2013 6:44 AM EDT “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has smashed the series’ own record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2013, previously held by its “Now 84” predecessor. As the Official Charts Company’s latest sales ...

  18. Led By Daft Punk, UK Singles Sales On Track for Record Year

    July 05, 2013 8:22 AM EDT   Strong sales of digital singles during the first half of the year look set to make 2013 another record year for music singles sales in the U.K., the Official Charts Company is predicting. "2013 looks to become the biggest year for singles ...

  19. Emeli Sandé, Calvin Harris Among the Big Winners at the U.K.'s Ivor Novello Awards

    May 17, 2013 6:40 AM EDT Emeli Sand é was the big winner Thursday at the 58th Ivor Novello Awards, held in central London. Sand é ’s “Next to Me” was the only multiple winner on the day, collecting honors for best song musically and lyrically, and the PRS for Music awar ...

  20. Caro Emerald Shines on U.K. Albums Chart, Daft Punk’s 'Get Lucky’ Again At Singles Chart Summit

    May 13, 2013 6:36 AM EDT Dutch retro-pop star Caro Emerald achieved her first No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 12), debuting at the top with her sophomore set “The Shocking Miss Emerald” (Grandmono/Dramatico). Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Ent ...

  21. Anti-Thatcher Song ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ Beat By Duke Dumont’s ‘Need U (100%)’ on UK Singles Chart

    April 14, 2013 2:50 PM EDT The highly controversial campaign to get “Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” by the “Wizard of Oz” Film Cast to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart has ended in narrow defeat. As BBC Radio 1 announced the Official Charts Company’s new sales data on Sun ...

  22. Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead: Inside The UK’s Bizarre Campaign To Make The Anti-Thatcher Song No. 1

    April 12, 2013 10:38 AM EDT UPDATE 4/12: BBC Radio will not play the full "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" song during the Official Chart Show on Sunday, Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper announced. Instead they will play a clip as part of a news item about the "W ...

  23. Anti-Margaret Thatcher Campaign Drives Judy Garland's 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' Up UK's Charts

    April 09, 2013 2:22 PM EDT Margaret Thatcher, the divisive former Prime Minister who died of a stroke on Monday afternoon, may have another musical footnote to her legacy next week: chart catalyst. A macabre Facebook campaign , titled "Make 'Ding dong the witch ...

  24. Weak Release Schedule Blamed For 12% Drop In U.K. Entertainment Market; Music Sales Fell $90 Million In 2012

    March 12, 2013 10:53 AM EDT Combined sales of music, video and games products in the United Kingdom fell 12% in 2012 to £4.21 billion ($6.26 billion), with music sales declining by £59 million ($87.8 million) from the previous year, according to the annual Entertainment Re ...

  25. Emeli Sande's 'Our Version of Events' Tops UK Charts, Is Year's Best-Seller

    December 31, 2012 6:10 AM EST The final U.K. charts of 2012, published Sunday (Dec. 30), showed Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) maintaining its place at No. 1 and as the bestselling artist album of the year. "X Factor" winner James A ...

  26. Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and More: The Year In Billboard's Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 11:30 AM EST In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. By yea ...

  27. Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1

    December 19, 2012 8:35 AM EST ? To subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletter head HERE GOOGLE LAUNCHES FREE LICENSED SCAN-AND-MATCH MUSIC LOCKER IN U.S.: Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe ...

  28. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  29. Bruno Mars Tops U.K. Album Chart; James Arthur Has Year's Fastest-Selling Single

    December 17, 2012 7:15 AM EST In the last sales charts before the the U.K.'s prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled next Sunday (Dec.23), 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible" (Syco Music/Sony ...

  30. Olly Murs Tops UK Album Chart, Gabrielle Aplin Has Top Single With Frankie Goes To Hollywood Cover

    December 10, 2012 7:16 AM EST Olly Murs has the U.K.'s No. 1 artist album for a second week, after "Right Place Right Time" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) was confirmed at the summit again by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (12/9). On the singles chart, P ...

  31. Morning Fix: Billboard Women In Music Honorees; HMV Sells Mama Group; Zep Honored by Obama; iTunes Coming to Russia?

    December 03, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES 2012 WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES: Billboard announced its Women in Music honorees, which recognizes achievement, talent and ...

  32. Olly Murs Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    December 03, 2012 6:09 AM EST British hitmaker Olly Murs not only secured a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Troublemaker" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Flo Rida, but entered the album chart at No. 1 with his third set, &q ...

  33. Morning Fix: iTunes 11 Launches; Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart Headed For No. 1; Katy Perry Woman of the Year Video

    November 30, 2012 7:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other FREE music-business newsletters APPLE RELEASES ITUNES 11: Apple debuted its newest version of iTunes, one that gives users the ability to stream their entertainment from th ...

  34. One Direction Top UK Album and Singles Charts

    November 19, 2012 6:08 AM EST One Direction completed a U.K. chart takeover yesterday (Nov. 18), debuting at No. 1 with both their "Take Me Home" album and "Little Things" single (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). There were also top three debuts for Ro ...

  35. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy 'Coming Together' Benefit Raises $23 Mil; Internet Radio Bill; Meek Mill & Rod Stewart

    November 05, 2012 8:04 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, MARY J. BLIGE, CHRISTINA AGUILERA PLAY 'COMING TOGETHER' BENEFIT, HELP RAISE $23 MILLION: Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blig ...

  36. Robbie Williams Tops UK Singles Chart, Calvin Harris Has No. 1 Album

    November 05, 2012 6:13 AM EST Robbie Williams scored his first U.K. No. 1 single for eight years yesterday with "Candy" (Universal Island) to move into joint second place with Gary Barlow and Cliff Richard on 14 chart-toppers, behind only the four members of the Beat ...

  37. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert on NBC; Taylor Swift: Week Two; Sony's Earnings

    November 01, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and our other free music-business newsletters SPRINGSTEEN, BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL TO PLAY NBC SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT: NBC is doing a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some ...

  38. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Debuts At No. 1 On UK Charts, Labrinth Has Top Single

    October 29, 2012 7:27 AM EDT Taylor Swift scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Red" (Mercury/Universal) debuted at the top. Writer-producer Labrinth was also celebrating a first British bestseller, as "Beneath Your Beautiful" (Syco Musi ...

  39. Jake Bugg Tops UK Album Charts; Calvin Harris & Florence Welch Have No. 1 Single

    October 22, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Rising English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg made a dramatic start to his U.K. album chart career by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) with his self-titled Mercury/Universal debut. "Sweet Nothing" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by ...

  40. Adele's James Bond Theme 'Skyfall' May Miss Out On U.K. No. 1

    October 10, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Adele's new James Bond theme "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) is currently set to miss out on the U.K. No. 1 position, according to midweek data from the Official Charts Company. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, He ...

  41. Mumford & Sons Debut With No. 1 Album, PSY Climbs To Summit On UK Charts

    October 01, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Mumford & Sons made a bold return to the U.K. bestsellers yesterday (Sunday) as their sophomore album Babel (Universal Island) debuted at No. 1 with opening sales of just under 159,000, the best first-week tally of any artist in 2012. Meanwhil ...

  42. Killers Top P!nk on UK Album Charts

    September 24, 2012 9:11 AM EDT In the battle of the big new American album releases on the new U.K. charts, the Killers' "Battle Born" (Vertigo/Universal) became their fourth No. 1 album in the territory, outdoing Pink's "The Truth About Love" (RCA ...

  43. The xx's 'Coexist' Debuts at No. 1 on UK Album Charts

    September 17, 2012 7:29 AM EDT The Script's "Hall of Fame" (Phonogenic/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring will.i.am, climbed to the top of the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 16), but the Irish group were denied a third consective No. 1 album as #3 ...

  44. Rita Ora Tops UK Album Charts, Emeli Sande Has Year's Best Selling Album So Far

    September 04, 2012 7:26 AM EDT London-based pop act Rita Ora followed her No. 1 single of two weeks ago, "How We Do (Party)" (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), with a chart-topping debut for her debut album Ora yesterday (Sunday). Emeli Sandé's Our V ...

  45. Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts

    August 20, 2012 7:29 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as ...

  46. Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' Tops UK Charts With Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album

    August 13, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" (Def Jam/Universal) returned to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday (Aug. 12), as "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British rapper Wiley featuring Ms D started a secon ...

  47. Conor Maynard, British Pop Heartthrob, Tops UK Album Chart; Wiley Has No. 1 Single

    August 06, 2012 8:32 AM EDT Rising British pop heartthrob Conor Maynard's debut album "Contrast" (Parlophone/EMI) went straight to the top of the new U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), while "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British ...

  48. Elton John Tops U.K. Albums Chart for First Time in 22 Years

    July 23, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Elton John landed his first U.K. No. 1 album for 22 years, and Florence + the Machine a second week atop the singles chart, as the Official Charts Company's weekly data was unveiled yesterday (22). The experimental reworkings of components of ...

  49. Lana Del Rey Announced As New Face of H&M

    July 17, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Lana Del Rey has been unveiled as the star of H&M's autumn/winter 2012 campaign. "The mood is very L.A. noir," Donald Schneider, H&M's creative director, told WWD . "It's inspired by our fall collection." ...

  50. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Tops UK Album Chart

    July 09, 2012 8:13 AM EDT Chris Brown got his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Fortune" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top, while Maroon 5's "Payphone" (Octone/A&M/Universal), featuring Wiz Khalifa, returned to the s ...

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