Pharrell Williams' global smash hit Happy has been declared one of the biggest-selling U.K. singles of the last 20 years. The song has reached triple platinum sales figures (1.8 million copies), and joins only three other songs - Barbie Girl by Aqua, Sir Elton John's Candle in the Wind tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, and Will Young's Anything Is Possible/Evergreen - to reach triple platinum status since 1994.
The Happy news was announced after officials at the British Phonographic Industry incorporated online streaming into sales figures this month (Jul14), with 100 plays registering as one sale.
Pop parody king 'Weird Al' Yankovic is having a laugh at the top of the U.S. album chart after debuting his latest collection of comedy tunes at the top of the Billboard 200. The 54 year old's new release, Mandatory Fun, has rocketed to number one, giving the star his first chart-topper.
Weird Al took to his Twitter account on Wednesday (23Jul14) to alert fans to the news, writing, "It's official. MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW."
He added, "If you'd told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would've believed it. If you'd told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would've believed it.
"I'm so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I'm enormously grateful for everyone's support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."
Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's 14th studio album, and features comedy takes on hits like Pharrell Williams' Happy (Tacky) and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines (Word Crimes), but the highlight is his reimagining of Iggy Azalea's Fancy, which Yankovic has turned into a handyman anthem, called Handy.
He promoted the new album by releasing eight music videos in eight consecutive days, and recently hinted the new release may be his last: "I hate to draw lines in the sand and say this is absolutely the last album, but it sure looks that way. It's the end of my record deal."
Jason Mraz's Yes! debuts at two on the new countdown and rockers Rise Against enter at three with The Black Market.
Meanwhile, pop/reggae group MAGIC! land a second week at the top of the Hot 100 with Rude.
Iggy Azalea's Fancy and Sam Smith's Stay With Me are unmoved at two and three on the new singles countdown, while Ariana Grande's Problem and Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz round out the top five.
Lily Allen is convinced the singles from her third album Sheezus flopped because they were not "good enough".
The Smile hitmaker reached the number one spot in the U.K. music charts with her comeback album in May (14) but the record dropped out of the top 40 after just 10 weeks, and her singles have seen little success with her most recent release, URL Badman, entering the countdown at number 93.
Allen previously admitted Sheezus did not match the success of her earlier albums, but blamed the poor performance on unwise single choices by her record label executives.
The pop star has now confessed the flop may be down to the quality of the music, telling Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Maybe the songs aren't good enough this time, who knows? I just know I can't wait to get back into the studio."
She also blamed her team and her hormones, adding, "I put my trust in other people, which I don't usually do. I usually go with my own gut feeling but maybe I wasn't feeling as confident as I have in the past because of all the hormones."
"The first thing I came back with was Hard Out Here and that was important to me, a real statement of intent, even though you couldn't put it on the radio over here because it had too much swearing. I thought it did really well and then management and the label chose to go with Air Balloon and I just think starting with something really aggressive and in your face and then going in a different direction... people need to know what they are getting."
Ed Sheeran's X has become the U.K.'s longest-running number one of the year (14) after fending off a charge from Morrissey to stay on top of the album charts for a fourth week. The album, which has also hit the top spot in the U.S., has sold more than 367,000 copies in Britain, giving Sheeran a week lead over Paolo Nutini for the most time spent at the top of the countdown.
Morrissey's 10th album World Peace is None of Your Business debuts at two.
Meanwhile, boyband Rixton have stormed to the top of the singles chart with their first release, Me and My Broken Heart. The track knocks will.i.am's It's My Birthday off the top spot.
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's Problem stays put at two.
Australian singer/songwriter Sia has scored her first number one album in the U.S. The star's new release 1000 Forms of Fear has shot to the top of the Billboard 200, despite the fact Sia promoted it by performing with her back to the camera on a series of U.S. chat shows as dancers interpreted her hit single Chandelier.
The album is Sia's first U.S. top 10 - her previous releases have failed to break the top 20.
The Frozen soundtrack is on the rise again at two, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour holds at three and fellow Brit Ed Sheeran falls to four with X.
Last week's number one, Trey Songz's Trigga, drops to five and veteran rockers Judas Priest score their highest-charting album ever, as Redeemer of Souls debuts at number six.
Meanwhile, on the singles chart, Canadian pop/reggae group MAGIC! have ended Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign atop the Hot 100.
The group's Rude topples rapper Azalea's Fancy, making MAGIC! the first all-Canadian act to top the U.S. charts in over a decade.
MAGIC! frontman Nasri Atweh is not new to the top 10 - he co-wrote Justin Bieber's As Long as You Love Me, Pitbull's Feel This Moment and New Kids on the Block's Summertime.
Azalea's Fancy falls to number two on the new chart, while her Problem collaboration with Ariana Grande stays put at three. Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong and Sam Smith's Stay With me are also unmoved at four and five.
Tennis champion Novak Djokovic tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Jelena Ristic on Thursday (10Jul14), just four days after winning the Wimbledon Men's Singles tournament in London. The couple, who is expecting their first child, exchanged vows in Montenegro.
Rapper will.i.am has scored his 10th number one in the U.K. singles chart with It's My Birthday. The Black Eyed Peas star's new song, featuring Cody Wise, has shot to the top of the countdown, knocking Ariana Grande's Problem into second place.
Coming in at number three is Ella Henderson's Ghost, while The Vamps' Somebody To You and George Ezra's Budapest round out the top five, in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums chart, Ed Sheeran's X holds on to the number one spot for the third week in a row.
Manic Street Preachers' Futurology is new at two, followed by Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke at three.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage place fourth and fifth on the charts, respectively.
Australian singer/actress Holly Valance is making her music return with her first new track in 10 years. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker has recorded vocals for pop star Andy Clockwise's song Hopeless, from his upcoming EP Dancing World.
Valance has not released any fresh material since 2004 singles Curious and Desire. She also featured on Har Mar Superstar's The Handler album, which hit retailers in the same year.
The 31 year old took time out of her music career to return to acting after losing her passion for pop.
She has since settled down with her businessman husband Nick Candy. The couple, which wed in 2012, welcomed its first child, daughter Luka Violet Toni Candy, in November (13).
R&B star Trey Songz has crooned his way to the top of America's Billboard 200 chart with his new album Trigga. The sexy singer replaces Ed Sheeran at number one; the British musician's x slips to two.
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith moves down one place to number three, while rockers Seether score their fourth top 10 album with Isolate and Medicate debuting at four.
The Frozen film soundtrack stays put in fifth place with its 28th consecutive week in the top five.
Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea continues to dominate the Billboard singles chart - Fancy spends a seventh week in pole position, tying the rapper with Adele and her hit Rolling in the Deep for fifth place among the women with the longest reigns on the Hot 100 this decade.
Rihanna currently holds the title with 10 weeks with her 2011 hit We Found Love, while Kesha (TiK ToK), Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe) and Lorde (Royals) all tie for second place.
Back to this week's (begs07Jul14) countdown, MAGIC! sits in second place with Rude, while Azalea makes another appearance at three with her Ariana Grande collaboration, Problem.
Samuel L. Jackson has shot down rumours suggesting he endured an awkward silence with Victoria Beckham as they sat side-by-side at the Wimbledon tennis championships on Sunday (06Jul14), insisting they "had a ball".
A host of celebrities were spotted in the crowd at the Men's Singles Final in London as Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a nail-biting five-set match, but it was film footage of the movie icon and former Spice Girls star Beckham fidgeting through an apparent silence during the game that went viral on Monday morning (07Jul14).
The Vine.com clip showed the Pulp Fiction actor scratching his head and stroking his thigh during a break in the match as the two stars appeared to ignore one another.
However, Jackson has since taken to his Twitter.com account to dispel claims they failed to strike up a conversation. In a post on Monday (07Jul14), he writes, "Lotta Bulls**t goin' round (sic), I had a ball sitting next to @victoriabeckham at Wimbledon yesterday! Truly Lovely!STFU (shut the f**k up)!!"
Lotta Bullshit goin' round, I had a ball sitting next to @victoriabeckham at Wimbledon yesterday! Truly Lovely!STFU!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 7, 2014
Beckham had been joined by her soccer star husband David at Centre Court, while Sir Sean Connery, Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman were also seen in the audience, along with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
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