1. Peter Gabriel Ditches Guitar, Drums For Covers Album

    February 16, 2010 12:09 PM EST British rock singer and songwriter Peter Gabriel has taken what he calls the "scary" step of paring down a new album of cover songs confined to orchestral instruments and his voice. Called "Scratch my Back," the album is being released in the United Kingdom on February 15…

  2. Lady Antebellum: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 12, 2010 12:15 PM EST How's this for cultural whiplash: Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott-better-known as the country act Lady Antebellum -are calling prior to a performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, less than a week after rubbing designer-cloaked elbows with the likes of Beyoncé…

  3. Peter Gabriel Goes Orchestral For Covers Album

    January 02, 2010 4:00 PM EST Peter Gabriel eschews traditional rock'n'roll instrumentation on his new album, "Scratch My Back," due Feb. 15 from Virgin. The project sports orchestral covers of material originally recorded by David Bowie , Paul Simon , Neil Young , Radiohead and Arcade Fire , among…

  4. Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert Lead Star-Studded Vevo Launch Party

    December 09, 2009 12:39 PM EST Vevo, the music video streaming service that the major music labels hope will rival the influence of MTV, launched on Tuesday night with a star-studded party in New York City. Big-name performers included Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert , while music stars like 50 Cent , Ciara , John Mayer ,…

  5. Susan Boyle Makes UK Chart History

    November 30, 2009 9:22 AM EST Former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle made a record-breaking debut on Sunday's new U.K. chart with her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). It sold 410,000 units to become Britain's fastest-selling album of…

  6. Speech Debelle Turns Up The Heat After Mercury Prize Win

    September 21, 2009 1:28 PM EDT The heat is rising on U.K. rapper Speech Debelle 's career after her debut album, "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada), beat La Roux , Florence & the Machine and Kasabian to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize . "I think [the Mercury judges] saw that it's a representation of…

  7. Massive Attack Debuts New Songs At London Return

    September 18, 2009 3:00 PM EDT Massive Attack debuted new songs from its long-awaited fifth album and performed with Blur frontman Damon Albarn at the first night of its tour at London's Brixton Academy. The British electronic act - which comprises Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall …

  8. Coldplay Dazzle, Close Out Wet All Points West Fest

    August 03, 2009 10:32 AM EDT After a soggy Friday and sunny Saturday, the thunderstorms returned for the third and last day of All Points West, this time resulting in major delays and canceled sets for the festival held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. But after the rain cleared and mercifully stayed away,…

  9. Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

    July 21, 2009 11:57 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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,…

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