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Adele smashes single-week U.S. album sales record in four days


NEW YORK British singer Adele has broken the single-week U.S. album sales record in just four days with her new release "25," Nielsen Music said on Tuesday.

Bieber tops One Direction on Billboard chart, but Adele on the horizon

LOS ANGELES Canadian pop star Justin Bieber edged out British boy band One Direction in a battle to the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, but his reign will be short-lived as British singer Adele looks to break records with her new release.

23 Nov 2015

One Direction wins big at American Music Awards, Paris takes spotlight

LOS ANGELES British boy band One Direction swept the top honors at Sunday's American Music Awards, while a sorrowful tribute to the victims of the attacks in Paris lent a somber note to a night of otherwise vibrant performances. | Video

23 Nov 2015

U2 sets December dates for Paris concerts postponed by attacks

Irish rock band U2 set early December dates for concerts in Paris on Monday, after cancelling two earlier performances following the attacks by Islamic State militants that took 130 lives. | Video

People 23 Nov 2015

Justin Bieber storms UK charts to equal John Lennon's 1981 feat

LONDON Justin Bieber stormed the British singles charts on Friday with three singles from his new album in the top five, a feat no other artist has managed since John Lennon, posthumously, in 1981.

People 20 Nov 2015

Britain's Benjamin Clementine wins Mercury music prize

LONDON British pianist-songwriter Benjamin Clementine was named the overall winner on Friday of Britain's Mercury Prize for popular music for his debut album "At Least for Now". | Video

21 Nov 2015

Streaming or not, Adele's '25' expected to be monster hit

LONDON Adele's album "25" was released worldwide on Friday, and even though it will not be on streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer, industry analysts are expecting it to be the hit of the year. | Video

20 Nov 2015

Grammy winner Gregory Porter says family keep him grounded with chores

LONDON Gregory Porter has won a Grammy Award and performed for Britain's royal family at Buckingham Palace, but the jazz singer says his family know just how to keep his feet firmly on the ground -- by getting him to do household chores. | Video

People 20 Nov 2015

Singer whose lyrics deride Jews, gays, to sing for Germany at Eurovision

BERLIN A popular German singer, some of whose lyrics have been described as anti-Semitic and homophobic, will be Germany's representative at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) next year, sparking criticism on social media and in the press.

Germany 20 Nov 2015

Alabama Shakes finish tour of Southern soul in wintry London

LONDON "Hang loose! Hang loose!", exhorts Brittany Howard as she warms up a tense crowd at Alabama Shakes' sold-out two-night set at London's Brixton Academy on Thursday, where extra security staff were on hand following terrorist attacks in Paris.

22 Nov 2015

Tycoons, telecoms and Trotsky: book lifts veil on Carlos Slim

MEXICO CITY Carlos Slim's brother interrogated leftist rebels for Mexico's intelligence agency while his eldest son often hands out a biographical novel about Leon Trotsky as a gift, according to a new book on the tycoon who was long the world's richest man.

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