Mary J. Blige has put an end to Josh Groban's reign on The Billboard 200 as the "Growing Pains" moves up 2-1. The Geffen release sold 204,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan, a 68% drop-off in sales. Groban's "Noel," which had been No. 1 for five weeks, slips 1-3 with 178,000 units, a 77% sales hit.
Winners of "The X-Factor" continued to dominate the U.K. bestsellers as the British chart year ended. Current champion Leon Jackson entered a second week at No. 1 on the singles chart with "When You Believe," while Syco Music/Sony BMG labelmate Leona Lewis started a seventh atop the album list with "Spirit," and held at No. 2 with the single "Bleeding Love."
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has responded to a report that his band demanded an exorbitant advance from EMI for its next album as well as control of its back catalog, before ultimately deciding not to re-sign with the company.
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, veteran British broadcaster Michael Parkinson and Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills are among the music industry names on Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honours list.
Radiohead's decision to release its new album "In Rainbows" by itself—online, without a record label's help and at any price the user chose—rocked the industry last fall. Who will follow the band's name-your-own-price, no-label-necessary lead?