Adele smashes records with 3.38 million first-week U.S sales of '25'


NEW YORK British singer Adele's new album sold a record 3.38 million U.S. copies in its first full week, Nielsen Music said, becoming the biggest-selling album of 2015 in an astonishing feat for an era when artists rarely top 1 million.

Sly and the Family Stone trumpet player Cynthia Robinson dies at 71

LOS ANGELES Trumpet player and singer Cynthia Robinson, an original member of psychedelic funk pioneers Sly and the Family Stone, has died, the band said in statement on Friday. She was 71.

28 Nov 2015

Is singer Adam Lambert just too sexy for strait-laced Singapore?

SINGAPORE Adam Lambert may have been a hit on American Idol but rival petitions in Singapore have gathered thousands of online votes in a lively debate over whether he is too sexy to be allowed to perform at the city-state's largest New Year's eve concert. | Video

28 Nov 2015

Adele announces 2016 live concert tour, first in four years

LONDON Adele, whose latest album "25" has smashed sales records in its first week of release, announced on Thursday she would begin a 15-week concert tour of Britain, Ireland and continental Europe in February. | Video

26 Nov 2015

Norway's Aurora writes 'songs for the scars we get'

LONDON The Norwegian singer Aurora cast her spell over a London audience this week with her special brand of electro-pop and deep lyrics, delivered with an angelic voice that has made Katy Perry a fan.

27 Nov 2015

Cyrus Villanueva crowned X Factor Australia winner

SYDNEY - Cyrus Villanueva has won Australia version of musical talent television show X Factor. | Video

27 Nov 2015

German court says ISPs may have to block music-sharing sites

FRANKFURT Germany's highest court said Internet service providers could be made responsible for blocking websites offering illegal music downloads, but only if copyright holders showed they had first made reasonable attempts to thwart such piracy by other means.

26 Nov 2015

Pandora listeners say hello to Adele's '25'

Pandora Media Inc presented its listeners with British singer Adele's best-selling album "25", days after streaming companies said the album would not be available for streaming at release.

26 Nov 2015

California rock band in interview describes horror of Paris attack

LOS ANGELES The co-founder of the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal, whose Paris concert was targeted in a deadly attack by militants this month, said in an interview with Vice posted on Wednesday that he came face-to-face with a gunman backstage.

26 Nov 2015

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.

24 Nov 2015

Costly "cleaner" coal fights for space in emissions debate

NEW DELHI/TOKYO The global coal industry is trumpeting "cleaner coal" technology to fight bubbling competition from renewable energy, but the high costs of greener plants are proving a major obstacle in selling them to power-hungry countries such as India.