Archive for January, 2011

‘King’s Speech’ continues UK box office reign

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
A still from the movie 'The King's Speech'

The King’s Speech has retained its place at the top of the UK box office.

Colin Firth’s royal drama – which scooped 14 BAFTA nominations this week – has boosted its opening weekend earnings by 25%, taking in £4.4 million to best Seth Rogen’s superhero movie The Green Hornet.

Xavier Marchand, managing director of Momentum Pictures, said of The King’s Speech‘s success: “We are blown away by the second weekend’s box office for The King’s Speech. Feedback from the cinemas suggests repeat viewing and a broadening of the audiences towards students and teens.

“We’re still getting really positive reactions from cinemas and fans across the UK. The King’s Speech is a British crowd pleaser.”

Danny Boyle’s survival drama 127 Hours falls to number three, Gulliver’s Travels holds its spot at number four and comedy Little Fockers completes the top five.

Elsewhere, Hilary Swank’s Conviction and hotly-tipped indie drama Blue Valentine debut just outside the top ten, at numbers 12 and 14 respectively.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The King’s Speech – £4,401,926
2. (-) The Green Hornet – £1,878,905
3. (2) 127 Hours – £1,342,432
4. (4) Gulliver’s Travels – £1,252,107
5. (3) Little Fockers – £1,224,667
6. (6) Love & Other Drugs – £608,577
7. (5) The Next Three Days – £539,562
8. (7) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – £533,141
9. (9) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader – £410,757
10. (8) Tron: Legacy – £330,701

Adele: ‘New single is a f**k you’

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Adele '21'
Adele has described her new single as a “f**k you” to a critical ex-boyfriend.

The singer revealed that she wrote ‘Rolling In The Deep’ – the lead single from her upcoming second album 21 – after being insulted by a fault-finding former lover.

“I guess it’s sort of my musical equivalent of saying things in the heat of the moment and word vomiting,” she said of the single, which is available to download now.

“It was my reaction to being told that my life was going to be boring and lonely and rubbish and that I was a weak person if I didn’t stay in a relationship. So yeah, I was very insulted and I wrote [the song] as a sort of f**k you.”


Sony, Universal plan ‘immediate’ single releases

Monday, January 17th, 2011
Sony Logo

Sony and Universal have announced a change to their singles release policy in the UK.

The two majors will introduce their ‘On Air, On Sale’ plan from February 1 in response to the changing music market, BBC Newsbeat reports. After this date their songs will be available to purchase as soon as they are sent to radio stations.

Universal Music UK chairman David Joseph said: “On Air, On Sale is good news for any music fan and exciting for our artists, who can now go into the studio knowing they don’t have to wait weeks, or sometimes months, to see the music they have created go on sale.”

He added that the changes were being introduced because “we live in an immediate world”.

Bruno Mars goes straight to singles No. 1

Sunday, January 16th, 2011
Bruno Mars 'Grenade'

Bruno Mars has blasted his way to the top of the UK singles chart with new track ‘Grenade’.

The Los Angeles-based performer netted the title of fastest-selling January single for 15 years, after shifting close to 150,000 copies of his sophomore solo effort. The last song to achieve bigger figures in the first month of the year was Babylon Zoo’s ‘Spaceman’, which sold 383,000 back in 1996.

Only Help For Haiti charity track ‘Everybody Hurts’, Matt Cardle’s ‘When We Collide’ and Cheryl Cole’s ‘Promise This’ posted greater first week sales in 2010.

Settling for second place this week is Jessie J’s ‘Do It Like A Dude’, a track which landed at five last week and the week before lingered at 18, while previous number one ‘What’s My Name’ by Rihanna is bumped down to three.

Meanwhile, Adele leaps a massive 20 places to re-enter the top ten at seven with ‘Make You Feel My Love’. The emotional ballad, first released in October 2008, has enjoyed a resurgence after being covered by several contestants on last year’s X Factor and peaked at four back in October.

The reality show connection continues further down the rankings, as JLS and Tinie Tempah land at ten with ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, which in its current position becomes the boyband’s lowest-charting single to date.

Tempah, who was this week nominated for four Brit Awards, also appears on the other side of the top ten with his Kelly Rowland collaboration ‘Invincible’, which is up one to 11.

Just behind is a triple bill of former top ten tracks – Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, Ellie Goulding’s ‘Your Song’ and Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ – which slip to 12, 13 and 14 from last week’s nine, six and seven respectively.

Additionally, Cee Lo Green climbs into the top 20 with ‘It’s OK’, which is up four from last week’s 24, while Martin Solveig and Dragonette also climb into the upper half of the chart after ‘Hello’ soars 11 spots to this week’s 18.

The top ten in full:
1. (-) Bruno Mars: ‘Grenade’
2. (5) Jessie J: ‘Do It Like A Dude’
3. (1) Rihanna ft. Drake: ‘What’s My Name?’
4. (4) Katy B ft. Ms. Dynamite: ‘Lights On’
5. (2) Matt Cardle: ‘When We Collide’
6. (10) David Guetta ft. Rihanna: ‘Who’s That Chick?’
7. (27) Adele: ‘Make You Feel My Love’
8. (3) Black Eyed Peas: ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’
9. (8) Far East Movement: ‘Like A G6’
10. (-) JLS ft. Tinie Tempah: ‘Eyes Wide Shut’

Source: Official Charts Company

Britney changes UK single release date

Friday, January 14th, 2011
Britney Spears 'Hold It Against Me'

Britney Spears has pushed forward the UK release date of her new single ‘Hold It Against Me’.

The track, which premiered earlier this week and was immediately released in most countries, was originally due to be put out in the UK on February 20.

However, the Dr Luke and Max Martin-produced song will now be available to download on January 17 because of “overwhelming demand”.

Her UK publicist tweeted: “Retweet this if you love Britney’s ‘hold it against me’! The UK itunes release is now monday 17th Jan due to overwhelming demand! (sic)”


Radio 1 ‘snub Minogue collaboration’

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
Taio Cruz feat Kylie 'Higher'

Kylie Minogue’s collaboration with Taio Cruz has been snubbed by Radio 1 in favour of an alternative version of the song.

The station, which currently has Cruz’s new track ‘Higher’ on their B-list, has playlisted the US mix of the track instead, which includes rapper Travie McCoy.

The song, which was co-written and produced by the ‘Dynamite’ star, was originally intended for Minogue’s latest album Aphrodite, which topped the charts in July last year.

Minogue recently announced 16 North American tour dates as part of her ‘Les Folies’ world jaunt.

‘Higher’ is released on February 7.

Bragg: ‘Major labels are biggest threat’

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
160x120 billy bragg garaint lewis/rex

Billy Bragg has claimed that major record labels are the single biggest threat to music.

The singer-songwriter is a member of the Featured Artists Coalition and a long-standing critic of companies that pursue fans who illegally share music.

Quizzed on the biggest threat to music today, Bragg told The Guardian: “Major record labels, for persecuting young people who download music for free.

“What they don’t understand is that they use downloads to sample stuff that they later buy. Can you see why I might not think it’s a good thing to arrest people for listening to my songs?”


Bruno Mars – Grenade

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

‘King’s Speech’ beats ‘127 Hours’ at UK box office

Monday, January 10th, 2011
A still from the movie 'The King's Speech'

The King’s Speech has opened in first place at the UK box office on its debut weekend on release.

The royal drama – starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush – pulls in £3.5 million to edge out the week’s other big new movie, Danny Boyle and James Franco’s 127 Hours.

Little Fockers and Gulliver’s Travels fill third and fourth place respectively, while Russell Crowe’s The Next Three Days rounds out the top five.

Love & Other Drugs falls to number six ahead of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The first instalment in the two-part Potter finale has now made more than £50 million at the UK box office.

Tron: Legacy and The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader occupy the eighth and ninth slots in the chart. Nicolas Cage’s latest offering Season Of The Witch makes a disappointing debut at number ten with just over £500,000 in ticket sales.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The King’s Speech – £3,523,102
2. (-) 127 Hours – £2,168,570
3. (2) Little Fockers – £1,798,677
4. (1) Gulliver’s Travels – £1,554,266
5. (-) The Next Three Days – £1,046,333
6. (3) Love & Other Drugs – £807,912
7. (7) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – £712,728
8. (6) Tron: Legacy – £639,903
9. (5) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader – £621,393
10. (-) Season Of The Witch – £559,769

Avril Lavigne recording 3D music video

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Avril Lavigne In Concert at The O2 Arena, Prague

Avril Lavigne has revealed that her new single will be accompanied by a 3D music video.

The singer, whose new track is called ‘What The Hell’, has recorded a promo using 3D technology, which she described as “awesome”.

In a behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube, Lavigne said: “3D motherf**ker! It’s like you can touch it!”

The teaser clip shows the ‘Girlfriend’ star performing the track at a gig with a live band.

‘What The Hell’ is released in the UK on January 17.