1. The xx Wins 2010 Mercury Prize

    September 07, 2010 7:03 PM EDT T he xx has won the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for its debut album, xx" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). The £20,000 ($31,000) prize was presented to the alt-rock trio at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Sept. 7). The result was screened live on BBC Two, along with…

  2. The XX, Paul Weller Lead Mercury Betting

    September 07, 2010 12:25 PM EDT T he XX are back as favorites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in London tonight (Sept. 7) with their debut "XX" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). Their betting odds with bookmaker William Hill are evens. The £20,000 ($31,000) prize goes to album of the year from a U.K. or Irish act,…

  3. The xx, Dizzee Rascal Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2010 10:24 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock veteran Paul Weller's 10th solo album and Dublin-based quintet Villagers' debut have made the shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, along with albums from the xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae. The 12-strong shortlist was unveiled at London venue the…

  4. Sarah McLachlan Wraps 'Illusion,' Preps For Lilith Fair Return

    May 17, 2010 12:08 PM EDT After wrapping "Laws of Illusion," her first album in seven years, last week for a June 15 release, Sarah McLachlan is turning her attention to preparations for Lilith Fair's return o the road after an 11-year break. "We talked about it every once in awhile, but the mood…

  5. Stevie Wonder To Headline Hard Rock Calling

    March 23, 2010 9:40 AM EDT Stevie Wonder will headline the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London's Hyde Park on June 26. The supporting bill for the 50,000-capacity show includes Jamiroquai , James Morrison and Corinne Bailey Rae . Stevie Wonder has also been tipped to play the Glastonbury Festival on the same…

  6. Sarah McLachlan Announces First Album In Seven Years

    March 19, 2010 12:25 PM EDT Lilth Fair founder and singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has announced that she will release her first album in seven years, "The Laws Of Illusion," on June 15 via Arista Records. A download of McLachlan's new song "One Dream" and premium access tickets to Lilith Fair…

  7. 'American Idol' Recap: Lilly Scott Changes The Game

    March 03, 2010 9:34 PM EST I cannot even tell you how much I was creeping on Twitter this afternoon trying to find out if Crystal Bowersox had been given the medical OK to perform. With about 10 minutes before showtime, Ryan Seacrest said she had been given the thumb's up - and there was much rejoicing. And she…

  8. Alicia Keys Scores First U.K. No. 1 Album

    February 08, 2010 8:33 AM EST Alicia Keys is celebrating her first U.K. No. 1 album, after "The Element of Freedom" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) moved up one place on the new Official Charts Company survey. Owl City 's "Fireflies" (Universal Island) started a third week atop the singles chart.…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Lady Antebellum, Ke$ha, 'Hope for Haiti Now'

    February 04, 2010 4:45 PM EST FIRST, LADY (AND THE PRECEDENTS): Lady Antebellum begins atop the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with its sophomore set, "Need You Now." The trio's self-titled first album debuted and peaked at Nos. 4 and 1 on the respective charts in May 2008. Billboard 200 chart manager…

  10. Lady Antebellum's 'Need You Now' Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    February 03, 2010 10:58 AM EST L ady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 481,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the biggest debut sales week for any album since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" bowed…

  11. Lady Antebellum Poised To Smash Sales Expectations

    January 29, 2010 8:15 PM EST We already know it's all-but-certain Lady Antebellum 's sophomore album "Need You Now" is headed for a No. 1 debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart, but now it's looking like the album is going to sell more than originally expected. Way more. This past Tuesday …

  12. Lady Antebellum Likely To Top Billboard 200 Next Week

    January 27, 2010 5:33 PM EST Next week's Billboard 200 chart-topper will likely come in the form of Lady Antebellum's sophomore album, "Need You Now." Early prognostications from label sources suggest that the set may sell around 325,000 copies by week's end on Jan. 31. It will be the first No. 1…

  13. Norah Jones, Heart, Loretta Lynn Added To Lilith Fair Lineup

    January 21, 2010 4:29 PM EST Norah Jones , Heart , Loretta Lynn , Gossip and Cat Power are among the top female artists who have just been added to the lineup for Lilith Fair 2010, organizers announced today (Jan. 21). The revived touring music festival also added 15 more cities -- including Detroit, Nashville, Phoenix,…

  14. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Specials . Other bands and DJs confirmed for the…

  15. Corinne Bailey Rae: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 11, 2010 4:37 PM EST Almost as quickly as she showed up, Corinne Bailey Rae has disappeared. The U.K. singer/songwriter just finished a highly abbreviated set at the 150-capacity Joe's Pub -- one of two New York gigs in early December, and her first live dates here since 2007 -- and the standing-room-only…

  16. 'Empire State of Mind' Co-writer In Disbelief Over Song's Success

    December 11, 2009 11:02 AM EST As Jay-Z and Alicia Keys lock up their fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Empire State of Mind," there isn't anyone as excited about the feat as singer/songwriter/producer Angela Hunte. Along with writing partner Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic,…

  17. Corinne Bailey Rae Debuts New Songs In London

    November 24, 2009 9:05 AM EST Corinne Bailey Rae has made her long-awaited live return with an emotional London gig. The concert at the Tabernacle, West London, last night (Nov. 23) was her first full show since the March 2008 death of her husband, Jason Rae, from an accidental drugs overdose, and saw her debut songs from…

  18. Green, ?uestlove 'Lay It Down' On New Album

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Al Green's long-in-the-works album co-produced by the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and keyboardist James Poyser finally has a release date. "Lay It Down" is due May 27 via Blue Note and features Al Green's long-in-the-works album co-produced by the…

  19. Corinne Bailey Rae's Husband Found Dead

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The husband of British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae was found dead and another man was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs. The husband of British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae was found dead and another man was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs. West Yorkshire police said they…

  20. West, Winehouse Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kanye West leads the field for the 50th annual Grammy Awards with eight nominations, followed by Amy Winehouse with six and the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain, each of wh Kanye West leads the field for the 50th annual Grammy Awards with eight nominations,…

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