Lady Gaga has scored her third number one album on the U.K. music charts. The Born This Way hitmaker's new release ARTPOP has toppled Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which debuted at number one last week (begs11Nov13).
Celine Dion's Loved Me Back To Life debuts at three, while Little Mix's Salute and The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs compilation round out the new top five.
On the singles charts, Martin Garrix's debut, Animals, has grabbed the number one spot ahead of Lily Allen's cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, which she recorded for British department store John Lewis' Christmas TV advertisement.
Allen's cover sold just 12,000 fewer copies than teenager Garrix' first release.
Ellie Goulding's How Long Will I Love You, the official single of this year's BBC's Children In Need telethon, lands at three, while Eminem and Rihanna's former chart-topper, The Monster drops two places to four.
Boybands including One Direction, Jls and new supergroup Mcbusted led the way during Britain's Children In Need telethon on Friday night (15Nov13) by helping to raise cash on live TV. One Direction took to the stage to perform their hit track Best Song Ever, marking the third time they have appeared on the annual fundraiser, and bandmember Harry Styles revealed how much the organisation means to them, saying, "We grew up watching it... If you grew up watching something, it's so important, so we love getting involved."
His bandmate Liam Payne added, "We've watched Children In Need since we were children and we are so proud to be a part of it. The children the charity supports are a complete inspiration."
The pop stars later filmed appeals for donations on the set of popular U.K. soap opera Eastenders, while another boyband, JLS, performed a medley of their hits on the show's set.
New supergroup McBusted, made up of members of McFly and Busted, also performed, along with rapper Tinie Tempah, singer James Arthur and Ellie Goulding, who belted out the official Children in Need single How Long Will I Love You.
Singers Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Cheryl Cole and actress Olivia Colman were also among the famous faces who filmed appeals featured during the show.
The telethon had raised in excess of $22.5 million (£15 million) to aid disadvantaged kids as WENN went to press.
Officials at the Children In Need organisation also hosted a star-studded concert in London earlier in the week (beg11Nov13) to raise money for the cause. The show was masterminded by Take That star Gary Barlow and featured acts including Kings of Leon and veteran crooner Barry Manilow.
Abba star Agnetha Faltskog stunned fans by hitting the stage for a surprise performance at a London charity concert on Tuesday (12Nov13), marking her first high-profile gig in 25 years. The Swedish singer, who has reportedly not performed in front of an audience for more than two decades, was the surprise guest at Gary Barlow's Children In Need Rocks concert, which was held at the city's Eventim Apollo venue.
Faltskog performed her duet with Barlow, I should've Followed You Home, to raise cash for the BBC's annual Children In Need charity event, which supports underprivileged kids around the world.
British girl band Little Mix and Barlow's former Take That co-star Robbie Williams also took to the stage to perform at the first of two charity concerts. The second gig will be held at the same venue on Wednesday (13Nov13) with performances from Ellie Goulding and Rizzle Kicks.
Superstar singer Beyonce thrilled a blind fan by dedicating a performance to her during a concert in Australia on Friday (08Nov13). The Halo hitmaker was performing in Perth as part of her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour when she singled out 13-year-old Sophie Kotkis, who is blind and suffers from mild cerebral palsy.
Beyonce reportedly kissed the girl on the cheek and dedicated a performance of her track Irreplaceable to her, before asking the youngster to help sing the hit song.
Sophie's sister Ellie brought her younger sibling to the star's attention by making a video explaining her condition to children's charity Hope For Children, who later sent it to Beyonce.
Ellie tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "She's never really been able to go to a concert due to logistical reasons so I made a video about Sophie. Even with everything that she's been through, she's been able to do so much. She raised over $1,000 for people with multiple sclerosis."
Harry Styles and Tokio Hotel were early winners at the Mtv Europe Music Awards on Sunday (10Nov13) after picking up honours on the pre-show red carpet. Dizzee Rascal and Ellie Goulding were recruited to help unveil the night's first award winners and announced Styles had claimed the Best Look trophy, beating off competition from Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Rita Ora. Meanwhile, Tokio Hotel claimed the Best Fan award.
Neither of the winners were on hand to accept their awards.
The big show is currently taking place in Amsterdam, Holland. Miley Cyrus, Eminem and The Killers are among the acts who will be performing and Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead this year's nominations with five apiece.
Doug Williams/WENNFrom the welcome return of an L.A. supergroup to the latest release from this winter's biggest blockbuster, here's a look at five of the best tracks to have been unveiled over the past seven days.Little Mix – "Boy"The highlight of their surprisingly strong second album, Salute, the X-Factor winners continue to distance themselves from their talent show past with a slick and sassy slice of 90s inspired R&B which sits somewhere between Destiny's Child's "Bills Bills Bills" and Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?"The National - "Lean"Initially titled "Dying Is Easy," The National maintain the high standards of the other contributions we've heard so far from the forthcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack with this suitably sombre indie-folk ballad. Britney Spears – "Perfume"Following a string of pulsing EDM-inspired anthems, Britney Spears showcases her more vulnerable side as she tries to mark her territory by spraying her cheating boyfriend with one of her many designer fragrances on yet another perfectly-crafted Sia-penned ballad.Broken Bells – "Holding On For Life"The first taster from The Shins frontman James Mercer and super-producer Danger Mouse's second studio effort, After The Disco, "Holding On For Life" is a gloriously dreamy blend of Americana, psychedelia and funk featuring a falsetto-led chorus which channels the Bee Gees at their Saturday Night Fever peak.Lily Allen – "Somewhere Only We Know"Following in the footsteps of Ellie Goulding (Elton John's "Your Song") and Gabrielle Aplin (Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "The Power Of Love"), Lily Allen gives another British pop classic the stripped-back treatment (Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know") for the soundtrack to department store John Lewis' annual tearjerking Christmas TV ad campaign.
Actress Olivia Colman has confirmed reports she will be back as Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller in the sequel to hit British TV drama Broadchurch. The murder mystery became a huge hit in the U.K. when it debuted earlier this year (13) and it went on to become a cult hit in the U.S. and elsewhere this summer (13).
Colman tells the BBC her role is now "set in stone", but she has also confirmed that she will not be joining co-star David Tennant in the planned U.S. TV spin-off, which is scheduled to start filming in January (13).
Meanwhile, Broadchurch is being adapted into a novel, according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper. Scriptwriter Chris Chibnall and author Erin Kelly have reportedly teamed up to bring the TV drama to the page.
Getty/Andy SheppardHaving recently topped the U.K. charts and entered the U.S. Top 10 with their debut album Days Are Gone, Los Angeles siblings Haim certainly appear to have justified the hype that was showered upon their sun-soaked soft-rock sound at the beginning of the year. But in case you've been living under a rock over the past twelve months, here's a quick everything you need to know guide to Este, Danielle and Alaina.They've Always Kept It in the FamilyProof that the trio have always kept it in the family, the girls began their music career in a band named Rockinhaim with their father Mordechai on drums and their mother Donna on guitar.They Were Once Valli GirlsDanielle & Este also cut their teeth as part of The Valli Girls, an all girl-group inspired by the likes of Blondie and The Pretenders who appeared on the soundtracks to both The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.Julian Casablancas was Their Unofficial MentorAfter inviting Danielle to perform percussion and guitar on his solo tour, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas then became the band's unofficial mentor, advising them to take a break from playing live and instead concentrate on their songwriting.Este is a Musical ProdigyRenowned for her incredible bass-face performances, Este is also something of a musical prodigy having completed her five-year degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA in just two years.They Won the BBC's Sound of 2013Pipping the likes of AlunaGeorge, Angel Haze and Laura Mvula to the post, Haim were crowned the winners of the BBC's prestigious industry poll earlier this year to join such illustrious company as Adele, Florence + The Machine and Ellie Goulding.They Like CollaboratingAs well as hooking up with Jessie Ware on their own record, various members have also popped up on tracks this year by Major Lazer ("You're No Good"), Kid Cudi ("Red Eye") and Portugal. The Man ("Purple Yellow Red & Blue")Este Almost Died at GlastonburyDiabetic Este claimed that she feared she was going to die in front of a live audience after she was forced to abandon their first set at this year's Glastonbury when her blood sugar levels ran dangerously low.David Cameron is a FanDavid Cameron tweeted how he was looking forward to listening to their album after the trio dedicated a performance of "The Wire" to the Prime Minister when they both appeared on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show.
British singer Ellie Goulding has been forced to stop inviting fans to join her for group running sessions after kids began skipping school just to meet the star. The Lights hitmaker, 26, set up a special Facebook.com page for the exercise sessions and would frequently share details of where and when her next fan run would take place, but the active get-togethers got a little too popular.
She tells U.S. talk show host Queen Latifah, "At one point, I wanted to find a way to interact with my fans that wasn't weird or awkward and I wanted to meet them properly. I figured if I got them to come running with me, it would be slightly less confrontational and strange and so because they were focused on the run, it meant we could have proper conversations and stuff. I was just really intrigued as to what kind of people my fans were...
"I did it for a while and then it got a bit hectic and fans were turning up that were too young and were meant to be in school and stuff like that, so it kind of got a bit messy and I had to stop it. I'd like to do it again at some point. I've done runs with fans all over the world... It's pretty fun."
British singer Ellie Goulding banked $10,000 (£6,670) for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation after successfully performing a handstand during a recent appearance on America's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired on Thursday (24Oct13).