1. Damon Albarn Says Adele Feud is 'Not Even True'

    November 24, 2015 7:02 PM EST In September, Damon Albarn told The Sun he'd worked on Adele 's new album,  25 , but was pretty sure none of his contributions would wind up being used and described her songs as "very middle of the road." Later Adele addressed the comments, saying their sessions together…

  2. Blur's First-Ever Hollywood Bowl Show Brings Fred Armisen Surprise: Live Review

    October 21, 2015 8:32 PM EDT For Blur fans, Tuesday was a historic night. After all, it had been 16 years since the original members of the British band performed together in Los Angeles, and it was their first-time ever at the Hollywood Bowl. For a group that never quite achieved the same level of mainstream success…

  3. Blur Announces Documentary 'New World Towers': Watch the Trailer

    October 20, 2015 5:14 AM EDT Blur’s comeback march has another journey to come. The  Britpop  legends’ return  was captured on film for a new documentary, New World Towers , which will earn its cinematic premiere later this year. The film charts Blur's expedition in recent times, using live footage and interviews…

  4. Gorillaz Music Planned for Next Year, Jamie Hewlett Says

    October 12, 2015 2:51 PM EDT Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, who came together in 1998 to form Gorillaz , have been hinting at new music throughout 2015 -- now, Hewlett says, they're actually in the process of working on new material in anticipation of a 2016 release. Damon Albarn: New Gorillaz Album Coming,…

  5. Damon Albarn: New Gorillaz Album Coming, Recording Starts in September

    July 16, 2015 12:26 PM EDT Damon Albarn is on a creative hot streak. Three months after Blur released its first studio album in 12 years, the British songwriting icon will return to the studio in Sept. 2015 to work on a new album for the animated experimental troupe Gorillaz . The Blur frontman dropped the news today …

  6. Damon Albarn Carried Off Stage By Festival Security After 5-Hour Set

    July 06, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Try as he might, the Blur frontman couldn't make a "great escape" (we'll be here all week). Last month, Gawker opined that every concert should end at 11 p.m., because people have jobs and stuff. Looks like Damon Albarn was behind on his internet hot takes. Over the…

  7. Blur's Guide to Hong Kong: Eating Frogs, Fried Bees & Making 'The Magic Whip'

    June 03, 2015 2:00 PM EDT Reuniting a band can be "problematic," but frying bees and picking out a frog to eat? No problem. Blur's latest record, The Magic Whip , would have never came to existence had it not been for one big bump in the road a couple of years ago. A series of will-they-or-won't…

  8. Album Review: Blur Comes to a Personal and Professional Crossroads on ‘The Magic Whip’

    April 28, 2015 2:44 PM EDT In order to finish The Magic Whip , its first album in a dozen years, Blur had to revisit the past. This wasn't the ­distant past of 1994's Parklife or 1995's The Great Escape , cheeky Britpop triumphs that branded the London foursome as Gen X's answer to The Kinks ; nor…

  9. Blur Adds Live Dates

    April 24, 2015 12:11 AM EDT Blur’s return to the road is gathering pace. The Britpop icons have just posted details of a mid-year tour of Australia which doubles the number of concerts they’ve announced for the year.  The four-piece will play Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena on July 25, they then travel to Byron…

  10. What's the Story? Noel and Liam Gallagher Could Reunite Oasis

    April 20, 2015 5:16 AM EDT Oasis’ feuding brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher are considering putting aside their bad blood and reforming the band.  The Gallagher brothers are said to have reached a “gentleman’s agreement” to reunite the Britpop-era legends, according to an unnamed source quoted in The Mirror.  The source…

  11. Blur to Play Australia's Splendour in the Grass Fest

    April 15, 2015 2:21 AM EDT Blur’s comeback to the live circuit will now include a concert in Australia.  The Britpop legends were today (April 15) announced at the top of the bill for the mid-year Splendour in the Grass festival, which will be held July 24-26 at North Byron Parklands in Byron Bay, an east coast town…

  12. Hear the Latest Blur Comeback Song 'There Are Too Many of Us'

    March 20, 2015 9:57 AM EDT Britpop era Oasis -feuders Blur are back with another new song, their second since announcing their comeback album The Magic Whip . This one's called "There Are Too Many Of Us" and it features what could be a call out to overpopulation over a marching drumbeat. Damon Albarn…

  13. Gorillaz Co-Creator, Artist Jamie Hewlett Confirms Group's Return With New Art

    January 30, 2015 9:59 PM EST Damon Albarn promised a return of his animated Gorillaz project last October but has since been silent. Now his co-creator and the band's comic artist Jamie Hewlett has revealed new artwork of the group's beloved fictional members Murdoc and Noodle to his Instagram page,…

  14. Young Fathers Beat Out Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs for 2014 Mercury Prize

    October 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have beat out Damon Albarn , Anna Calvi , FKA Twigs and others for this year's Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months.  Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize? The trio's 2014 record, Dead -- which was…

  15. Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen Albums on the Way

    October 19, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Blur frontman Damon Albarn says new material from his Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen projects should be coming before too long.  Speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald while touring to support his solo debut album, Everyday Robots , which was released in April, Albarn said…

  16. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-field candidate largely ignored by the…

  17. Exiting BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth Looks Back, Forward in Final Keynote

    September 02, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Yesterday, British trade body BPI held its annual general meeting, attended by Damon Albarn, representatives from the government and the BBC, and many, many members of the U.K. music industry. The day was a special occasion for BPI and BRIT Awards chairman Tony Wadsworth , who delivered the…

  18. Damon Albarn Says He's Working on a Musical

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Blur and Gorrillaz frontman Damon Albarn has revealed he is working on a musical.  Damon Albarn Up Close: Photos, Interview, Timeline & More This perhaps shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as NME reports , given Albarn has already written two operas: "Dr Dee: An English Opera…

  19. Governors Ball 2014: Damon Albarn Counters Outkast With Career-Spanning Set

    June 07, 2014 8:27 AM EDT It's hard to compete with an Outkast reunion, and there's no question that the Atlanta hip-hop duo were the main draw for the masses that flooded New York's Randall's Island Friday evening. But the enthusiastic throng of Anglophiles crowded around Damon Albarn 's…

  20. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles On U.K. Singles Chart, Paolo Nutini Continues Albums Streak

    May 05, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Calvin Harris scored his fourth U.K. No. 1 single as a lead artist, and sixth overall, yesterday (May 4) as “Summer” (Columbia/Sony) went straight to the top.  Paolo Nutini, meanwhile, started a third straight week at the album summit “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music), beating off the…

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