1. Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

    July 21, 2009 9:08 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker William Hill when the shortlist for the 2009…

  2. Dale Ann Bradley, "Don't Turn Your Back"

    July 07, 2009 4:33 PM EDT With a stunningly beautiful voice, Dale Ann Bradley has won the International Bluegrass Music Assn.'s female vocalist of the year honor in 2007 and 2008. Her sweet and soulful soprano breathes life into this wonderful collection of songs that runs the gamut from the Carter Family 's…

  3. Elbow Aims For 2010 Album Return

    June 01, 2009 1:19 PM EDT As it approaches the end of an extensive campaign for "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor), U.K. rock act Elbow is looking ahead to its follow-up to the award-winning album. After three well-received records, the Manchester, England-based band made a critical and commercial…

  4. Massive Attack To Return With Huge World Tour

    May 21, 2009 2:37 PM EDT Massive Attack vocalist and musician Robert "3D" Del Naja has revealed plans for a huge world tour to support the release of their long-anticipated fifth album out in October via Virgin/EMI. The British electronic act has already confirmed more than 40 dates in the U.K. and Europe,…

  5. Coldplay, Beasties, Tool Headlining All Points West

    March 30, 2009 7:05 AM EDT Coldplay, Tool and the Beastie Boys will headline the second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31- Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. Other bands and musicians confirmed for the multi-stage festival…

  6. Kings of Leon, Lily Allen Top U.K. Charts

    February 23, 2009 11:22 AM EST Kings of Leon’s double triumph at the BRIT Awards last week delivered a big sales boost on the new U.K. charts Sunday (Feb. 22). The Hand Me Down/Sony BMG quartet returned to No. 1 with the album “Only By The Night” and, on the singles survey, jumped back 12-3 with “Use Somebody” and 19-14…

  7. Duffy Triumphs With Three BRIT Awards

    February 18, 2009 7:31 PM EST Welsh vocalist Duffy was the big winner at the 2009 BRIT Awards, taking home three trophies tonight (Feb. 18) at London's Earls Court. Duffy, whose debut album, "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), was the U.K's top seller in 2008, won BRITS for British female, British…

  8. Lily Allen, Springsteen Retain U.K. Chart Peaks

    February 09, 2009 11:12 AM EST Lily Allen's Allen's "The Fear" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) and Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia/Sony BMG) retained the No. 1 spots on the new U.K. single and album charts respectively yesterday (Feb. 8). Allen's single started a second…

  9. Coldplay, Duffy Atop BRIT Awards Nominees

    January 20, 2009 2:49 PM EST With four nominations each, Coldplay and Duffy lead the field for the BRIT Awards 2009, announced today (Jan. 20) at London's Roundhouse. Adele, Elbow and Scouting For Girls scored three nominations apiece. The latter British trio was one of three acts to perform live at the announcement…

  10. Burke, Take That Reign Again On U.K. Charts

    January 05, 2009 10:52 AM EST As Alexandra Burke's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) started a third week as the U.K.'s No. 1 single yesterday (Jan. 4) and Take That's "The Circus" (Polydor) a fifth atop the album chart, top newcomer status went to much-feted electronica star Lady GaGa.…

  11. Elbow Sets Sights On Kids Album, Animated Film

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elbow, recently crowned victors of the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Music Prize, plans to follow its prize-winning set "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor) by working on an album of children's music and Elbow, recently crowned victors of the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Music Prize,…

  12. Metallica, Kings Of Leon Overtake U.K. Charts

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT American rock took over the U.K. charts yesterday (Sept. 14) as Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal) hit the top of the album chart after just two days on sale, while Kings of Leon scored American rock took over the U.K. charts yesterday (Sept. 14) as Metallica'…

  13. Elbow Snags U.K.'s Nationwide Mercury Prize

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elbow was the surprise winner of the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the annual event that celebrates the best album of the year by British and Irish acts. Elbow was the surprise winner of the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the annual event that celebrates the best album of the year by British…

  14. M. Ward, Marc Ribot On Jolie Holland Album

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Jolie Holland has put the finishing touches on her fourth album, "The Living and the Dead," due Oct. 7 via Anti-. Singer/songwriter Jolie Holland has put the finishing touches on her fourth album, "The Living and the Dead," due Oct. 7 via Anti-. Holland…

  15. Mixed Bag Of Mercury Prize Nominees Unveiled

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock veteran Robert Plant squares off against teenage singer/songwriter Adele on the 12-album shortlist for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, announced in London this morning (July 22). Rock veteran Robert Plant squares off against teenage singer/songwriter Adele on the 12-album shortlist…

  16. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    April 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ashlee Simpson unveils a new album amid a tabloid maelstrom over her engagement and pregnancy, Flight Of The Conchords cross over from TV to CD and Atmosphere keeps anticipation high in this week's Ho A new album from Elvis Costello and the Imposters, "Momofuku," which is being…

  17. Estelle Ends Duffy's U.K. Chart Dominance

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British R&B newcomer Estelle crashed onto the U.K. chart at No. 1 yesterday (March 23) with her single featuring Kanye West, "American Boy" (Homeschool/Atlantic). It's the 28-year-old's first dome British R&B newcomer Estelle crashed onto the U.K. chart at No. 1…

  18. Duffy Retains Control On U.K. Charts

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Duffy's hold on the U.K. charts continued yesterday (March 17), as she secured a fifth week at No. 1 with the single "Mercy" (A&M/Universal) and a second with debut album "Rockferry." Duffy's hold on the U.K. charts continued yesterday (March 17), as she…

  19. Elbow Inks With Geffen For New Album

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. rock act Elbow has inked a new deal with Fiction/Geffen, which will on April 22 release the band's new album, "The Seldom Seen Kid." First single "One Day Like This" will be available digitally o U.K. rock act Elbow has inked a new deal with Fiction/Geffen, which…

  20. Down aka Kilo

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's about a two-hour drive between Long Beach-Compton and Oxnard, Calif., but for rapper Down aka Kilo, the hub of West Coast hip-hop and his seaside agricultural hometown couldn't be closer. It's about a two-hour drive between Long Beach-Compton and Oxnard, Calif., but for…

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