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A tabloid is a "news"paper that makes you buy it for the naked women on page three and pictures of Kate Moss snorting cocaine on the front cover. They rarely, if ever, tell you any news. Of note is The Sun, which is extremely bad yet extremely popular, and is often the one English paper (along with the mildly racist The Daily Mail) to be found outside the UK.
For sheer "tabloidiness", however, nothing is quite as one-track-minded as The Star or the The Daily Sport - which, for the record, doesn't concentrate on sport, so we'll leave you to guess/Google what it does focus on. While "tabloid" is a badge of honour for the actual tabloids (known as "Red Tops" in the UK, such as The Sun and The Mirror), the term is used quite pejoratively when applied to the other papers. The Express and the Daily Mail have both been accused of tabloid like behavior because of their focus on so-called "yellow journalism", which favours any story that sells the papers rather than actual accuracy. The Express in particular gets a lot of harsh treatment for their over emphasis on Princess Diana, seemingly keeping her on front-page life-support years after her death.
Tabloid-like behaviour is often associated with weekly glossy magazines. Originally, the glossy tabloid market was dominated by OK! and Hello! - which famously pay out fuckloads of cash for wedding photographs. Now they have since been joined by the likes of Love It! and Heat!, which now battle it out to see how low down the list of fame and importance they can drag up their cover-story celebrities from, how many weeks in a row they can feature the same person without anyone noticing and how inane they can make the Agony Aunt columns. Usually such magazines feature "stories about real people and celebrities", which sort of implies that vaguely famous people aren't actually real (if you want to play a fun semantics game).
Across the big pond
The United States has its own stable of tabloids with much the same appeal. The venerable National Enquirer and several competitors (strangely enough, now all published by the same company, American Media Inc. (AMI)) cover the celebrity gossip and scandal sheet market. These include papers named the Sun and the Star with apparently no relation to the tabloids of the same names in the U.K., along with the Globe. Another AMI weekly, the Weekly World News, went straight for the ridiculous and hilarious with parody stories on pseudoscience, and as a result picked up a readership of young hipsters, but is sadly defunct.
The venerable New York Post is a New York City daily that since its 1976 acquisition by Rupert Murdoch appears to be aping the U.K.'s Daily Mail in both style and editorial slant. Even more fringe-right is the weekly borderline-racist and conspiracy theorist American Free Press from Washington, D.C..