Barbados-born R&B singer Rihanna went straight to the top of singles charts with “We Found Love” to claim her sixth British number one, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.
Her six number ones in five consecutive years is a record unequalled by any other female solo artist.
The single, featuring Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris, notched up sales of more than 87,000 in just four days.
The U.S.-based singer is due to release her sixth studio album next month.
American pop band Maroon 5, featuring Christina Aguilera, held steady in second place with “Moves like Jagger.”
Spanish DJ Sak Noel, who secured his first British number one single last week with the dance anthem “Loca People,” dropped two places to number three.
In the albums chart, James Morrison held onto number one for a second week with “The Awakening.”
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Teen star Demi Lovato is going back out on the road, a year after entering treatment for bulimia and other emotional problems.
Lovato, 19, will start a 10-city U.S. tour in November to celebrate the success of her latest album “Unbroken” and its debut single “Skyscraper”, her spokesman said on Friday.
Lovato, the former star of Disney Channel’s “Sonny with a Chance”, suffered an emotional breakdown in November 2010 when she pulled out of a concert tour with the Jonas Brothers and entered a three month treatment program.
She has since spoken openly about her 10 year battle with eating disorders and said she started cutting herself at the age of 11.
Lovato has since quit the TV series that made her one of Disney Channel’s biggest international teen stars, saying she wanted to focus on her music career.
Lovato has performed recently in New York and Los Angeles to promote the September release of “Unbroken”. The new mini-tour will start in Detroit on November 16 and end in Chicago on December 3.
We caught a performance from Demi last month at Perez Hilton’s concert in Los Angeles!
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Eddie Gomez just released the music video for his latest single “Wake Up”. This highly relatable song “Wake Up” showcases Eddie’s amazing tone and quality to his voice that needs to be heard because there isn’t anyone else like him out there right now.
We posted Eddie’s inspirational single “No More Wasting Time” last month and he didn’t waste any time delivering another solid track.
Check out the Eddie’s latest music video below for “Wake Up” which is animated by famous animator Ross Bollinger.
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Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was named Billboard’s woman of the year on Tuesday, becoming the youngest artist ever to receive the honor.
The 21-year-old country-pop crossover artist has won four Grammys and her five-time platinum selling album “Speak Now” has been one of 2011′s biggest sellers in the United States. Eleven of the 14 tracks made their way onto the Billboard Hot 100 charts in a single week earlier this year.
Billboard editorial director Bill Werde said Swift’s music and songwriting had transcended all genres of music.
“At the young age of 21, Taylor has already made a major impact on music and has been an incredible role model for aspiring singers/songwriters and young women everywhere.
I look forward to watching her career continue to flourish in the years to come,” Werde said.
Her overall worldwide sales now exceed 20 million albums and 40 million song downloads, Billboard said.
Swift will be presented with the award at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on December 2 in New York.
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“American Idol” champion Scotty McCreery became the most successful winner in eight years on Wednesday when his debut country album went straight to the top of the Billboard charts.
McCreery, who turned 18 years-old this week, was also the youngest male artist to see a debut release open in the No.1 spot, and “Clear As Day” notched the highest first week album sales of any solo country artist this year, Billboard said.
McCreery took the “American Idol” crown in an all-country music finale of the TV singing contest in May. “Clear As Day” , released on a Universal Music Group label, sold 197,000 copies in the first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures.
“My hopes were just to go out there and have fun…Everybody hopes for the number one, but you never really expect it. To see it up there is pretty incredible,” the poised teen with the distinctive deep voice said in a statement.
McCreery, a former grocery clerk from North Carolina, was the first “American Idol” winner since soul singer Ruben Studdard in 2003 to start a career at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
“Idol” Runner-up Lauren Alaina, 16, releases her first album next week.
McCreery’s “Idol” win followed a judge’s revamp and efforts to attract younger contestants that helped the May final on Fox television see a 21 percent increase in viewers.
He was the first country musician to win the “Idol” title since Carrie Underwood in 2005, who went on to become one of the talent contest’s biggest stars.
Commercial success has not been as easy for other recent “Idol” champions. 2010 winner Lee DeWyze was dropped by his record label last week after poor sales and 2009 winner Kris Allen has largely failed to translate his victory into a mainstream music career.
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