British band Coldplay’s new album “Ghost Stories” went straight to number one in the charts on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said, becoming the fastest-selling album of the year. The group’s sixth studio album and sixth successive British number one album, it sold 168,000 copies since going on sale on May 19, a figure the Charts Company called “staggering”. “A new Coldplay album always makes a huge impact, and Ghost Stories is no exception,” Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said in a statement.

Horror film legend Christopher Lee, who turned 92 on Tuesday, is celebrating the milestone by releasing a heavy rock mini-album entitled “Metal Knight”. The Dracula actor is a long-time devotee of heavy metal — a genre partly inspired by the sort of horror films he starred in — and has already several album releases under his belt. “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. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi presented the “Lord of the Rings” star with the Spirit of Metal prize at the Golden Gods Awards in 2010 for his services to metal music.

It looks like free pizza wasn’t enough to win one audience over. Macaulay Culkin and his comedy cover band The Pizza Underground was booed off stage and pelted with beer over the weekend while performing at British music festival Dot to Dot in Nottingham, England, according to English newspaper the Nottingham Post. The newspaper reports… Read more »

Former Beatle Paul McCartney, who cancelled his Asian concert tour and was treated at a Japanese hospital after falling ill in Tokyo, has recovered and left Japan, concert organizers said on Tuesday. McCartney, 71, left on a charter flight on Monday, they added. “Paul McCartney himself hopes to return to Japan for more concerts as soon as possible,” the organizers said in a statement, adding that this would be negotiated. McCartney called off his sold-out Japan tour last week after falling ill with a viral infection, much to the disappointment of fans – some of whom had paid 100,000 yen ($980) to see him.