Posted: 03 Jun 2014 01:00 AM PDT
British band Coldplay and singer songwriter Sam Smith top the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic, posting records for fastest-selling albums of the year so far.
Coldplay's new album topped the Billboard 200 album chart on May 28 in its opening week, notching the highest weekly sales by any artist so far this year and scoring the British rock group its fourth No 1 album on the chart.
Ghost Stories, the sixth studio album from the quartet fronted by Chris Martin, sold 383,000 copies in the US last week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Downloads accounted for 64% of total sales for Ghost Stories, Billboard said.
Posted: 29 May 2014 01:05 AM PDT
Screen legend Christopher Lee celebrates his 92nd birthday by releasing a heavy metal mini-album entitled Metal Knight.
The actor, known to younger fans for his portrayal of Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, is a long-time devotee of heavy metal – a genre partly inspired by the horror films he starred in earlier in his career – and already has several album releases under his belt. He turned 92 on May 27.
"I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers," explained Lee, who possesses a booming, classically-trained bass voice, and is probably the oldest metal performer in rock history.
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