1. Indie Labels Hit Hard in London Riots

    August 09, 2011 12:12 PM EDT A London warehouse containing stock for a number of U.K. independent labels -- including XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Domino and Rough Trade - was destroyed by rioters during a third night of unrest in the British capital. The three-story building, which was owned by Sony DADC and located in…

  2. The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green Lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest Bill

    July 11, 2011 12:55 AM EDT The Black Keys , Deadmau5 , Cee Lo Green , TV on the Radio , Patti Smith , Empire of the Sun , and Cut Copy are among the acts booked for the third annual Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a free music festival set for Sept. 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Filling out the main…

  3. Billboard Bits: MCR Responds to Glenn Beck, Pitbull's 'Planet Pit' Landing in June

    May 04, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. My Chemical Romance Responds to Glenn Beck's 'Propaganda' Accusations Conservative pundit Glenn Beck has targeted My Chemical Romance as his latest enemy, calling out the February "Glee"…

  4. Top 10 Garage Rock Revival Bands: Where Are They Now?

    March 23, 2011 9:00 AM EDT After five long years, the Strokes have returned with "Angles," their fourth album out this week on RCA Records. It marks the comeback of a group whose debut album, 2001's "Is This It," was crucial in the garage rock revival that invaded U.S. shores and brought fuzzed…

  5. Foo Fighters Discuss 'Back and Forth' Documentary at SXSW

    March 17, 2011 10:16 AM EDT F oo Fighters agreed that "we're not sure we like movies at all," according to Dave Grohl. "The commitment of having to sit there for an hour and 45 minutes and have your emotions manipulated… I dunno," Pat Smear tells Billboard.com. But they were happy to have a…

  6. Foo Fighters Become 'F**kin' Movie Stars,' Play New Album at SXSW

    March 16, 2011 10:30 AM EDT "We're f***in' movie stars!" That's how Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl greeted the packed crowd at the band's surprise show Tuesday night at Stubb's, part of a Media Temple party closing the South By Southwest Interactive conference. And it was indeed a…

  7. Gang Of Four, "Content"

    February 19, 2011 5:16 PM EST Thirty-three years after the release of the single "Damaged Goods" and almost 16 since its last studio album, this legendary post-punk group fit into 2011 a lot better than we-or they-might have any reason to expect. Today's audiences have been primed for Gang of Four 's…

  8. Gang of Four Aims for 'Wider Audience' with 'Content' Album

    January 15, 2011 9:13 AM EST When the original members of Gang of Four reunited in 2004 for a world tour, no one expected them to make a new album. But the Leeds-bred post-punks, whose 1979 debut "Entertainment!" put its stamp on bands from R.E.M. to Franz Ferdinand , have a grand tradition of defying…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Heart, Michelle Branch

    September 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 'DREAM' SEQUENCE: As previously reported , Katy Perry pockets her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Teenage Dream" rises 2-1. Perry previously led for seven weeks with "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008 and for six weeks with "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop…

  10. Green Day's Explosive Set Tops Lollapalooza Day Two

    August 08, 2010 10:41 AM EDT A combination of explosions, cover songs, toilet paper guns, stage dives, and crowd participation sealed the deal: There's no topping Green Day at Lollapalooza 2010. The punk veterans played a thrilling, two-and-a-half-hour-long set made up of tracks from last year's "21st…

  11. The Hold Steady, "Heaven Is Whenever"

    May 21, 2010 12:05 PM EDT Brooklyn-based band the Hold Steady explores what happens when the party ends on fifth album "Heaven Is Whenever." The departure earlier this year of keyboardist Franz Nicolay means less Springsteen -like keyboard embellishments, but the group's Everyman quality remains intact…

  12. Lily Allen Wins Three Ivors

    May 20, 2010 1:51 PM EDT A tearful Lily Allen won three Ivor Novello Awards at the ceremony for British songwriters in London - and said she now plans to focus on writing for other artists. There were also awards for alt-rock act Bat For Lashes , singer songwriter Paolo Nutini and Paul Weller , who received the…

  13. Hold Steady Seeks To Break Out Of The Brooklyn Rock Box

    April 30, 2010 3:57 PM EDT Craig Finn of the Hold Steady says that one way he knows his Brooklyn-based band has reached a certain level of success is that when it plays smaller markets - as it did during an early-April trek that included stops in Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y., and Morgantown, W.Va. - people turn up. …

  14. Billboard Bits: Simon Cowell, Elton John, Jack White, Melanie Fiona

    March 17, 2010 5:48 PM EDT With Simon Cowell's wedding to 'Idol' make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy fast approaching, there is much to do in the way of planning. But the Idol judge isn't concerned with napkins, flower arrangements or invitations -- he just wants to find the right singer. According to a…

  15. Chart Beat Thursday: Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Peter Gabriel

    March 11, 2010 2:35 PM EST RECORD 'BREAK'-ER: As previously reported , Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris . The song's ascent to the apex marks the biggest jump to No. 1 for an artist's first Hot 100…

  16. Billboard Bits: Hold Steady, Diddy, Max Weinberg, Spice Girls And More

    January 21, 2010 7:33 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs is pulling out all the stops for his son Justin's super sweet 16th birthday party this weekend. According to Page 6 , performers and guests will include…

  17. The Soft Pack "The Soft Pack" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:43 PM EST The Soft Pack, "The Soft Pack" (Kemado) Release Date: February 2, 2010 San Diego-turned-Los-Angeles-based four-piece the Soft Pack made headlines in late 2008 for changing its name from the Muslims -a moniker that reportedly subjected the band to what it called "racist"…

  18. Annie, "Don't Stop"

    December 01, 2009 4:29 PM EST Working with a host of producers on her second release, "Don't Stop," Norwegian pop singer/DJ Annie continues to balance her carefree playfulness with darker themes of struggling love to create a bittersweet dance party. But regardless of the mood, Annie steals listeners'…

  19. Video: Virgin Mobile FreeFest All Access Doc

    November 18, 2009 3:45 PM EST The annual Virgin Mobile fest near Baltimore changed to reflect the times this year. Renamed the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the 2009 event reacted to the country's economic struggles by condensing the proceedings to one day, making the tickets free, and sending out a crew of 14 teen…

  20. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 4:32 PM EDT Tapping into the economic realities of the country, Virgin Mobile USA teamed with Washington D.C. promoter I.M.P. to offer the third annual Virgin Mobile Festival for free, creating Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sunday, August 30, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The move to a…

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