1. Jamiroquai Goes Back to Basics on 'Rock Dust Light Star'

    October 23, 2010 8:49 AM EDT By his own admission, Jason Kay and his band Jamiroquai have been away for a long time. But four years after the "High Times" greatest-hits collection completed his contractual obligations to Sony Music, which signed him in 1992, he's finally ready for his comeback. " &…

  2. Jamiroquai Premieres New Album in London

    September 10, 2010 8:09 AM EDT Funk/soul act Jamiroquai made its live return in London last night (Sept. 9) where the British group premiered material from its new studio set "Rock Dust Light Star" (Mercury/Universal). Appearing onstage within the plush confines of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, the…

  3. Ted Leo Calls 'Bottled in Cork' Video a 'Cool Experiment'

    August 27, 2010 4:20 PM EDT T ed Leo and the Pharmacists ' music video for "Bottled in Cork" chronicles the band's hilarious quest to launch an "American Idiot"-esque stage production based on its indie-leaning guitar rock. The band engages in ridiculous dance moves and sports outlandish…

  4. Best Coast Rides 'Crazy' Wave of Blog Buzz to Success

    August 16, 2010 2:45 PM EDT She's a breezy California surf rocker, a throwback '90s indie queen and a savvy Twitter star all rolled into one. But Best Coast singer-songwriter Bethany Cosentino is something else too: a certifiable "It" girl. The California-based Best Coast -- comprising Cosentino and…

  5. Thinking Un-Conventionally About Radio

    July 20, 2010 1:05 PM EDT What happens at a radio convention? Like those in all industries, a radio conference offers a chance for professionals in different aspects of the field, from program directors and on-air talent to consultants and music scheduling software developers, to discuss, celebrate and improve upon…

  6. Jewel Does Karaoke in Disguise for Funny Or Die

    July 13, 2010 8:36 PM EDT On a recent Monday night at a Los Angeles karaoke bar, a meek-looking woman in a business suit and glasses was coaxed on stage by her co-workers. While the boozy crowd readied itself for four minutes of awkward singing, the woman - "Karen" - suddenly belted out exquisite, pitch…

  7. How K'Naan's Song Became Coca-Cola's World Cup Soundtrack

    June 09, 2010 11:43 AM EDT The song that's destined to be forever associated with the 2010 World Cup came to its creator in a split second in the summer of 2007. Somali-born rapper K'Naan was taking a break from recording his debut album at Sony Studios in New York. The melody came to him suddenly as he…

  8. Patti Smith Group / Feb. 19, 2010 / Detroit (Saint Andrews Hall)

    February 24, 2010 7:06 PM EST It was, to paraphrase U2 , a sort of homecoming for Patti Smith . The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and poet did, after all, live in the Detroit environs (suburban St. Clair Shores, to be precise) from 1980-96 with her late husband, former MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic"…

  9. Leonard Cohen To Enter Hall of Fame

    February 17, 2010 9:08 AM EST Among those up for enshrinement in the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year are Leonard Cohen , key members of Earth, Wind & Fire , and producer-composer David Foster . Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Verdine White are being honored in addition to Foster and…

  10. Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga Help Boost BRITs Ratings

    February 17, 2010 7:50 AM EST TV ratings for the BRIT Awards , which included performances from Robbie Williams , Kasabian and Lady Gaga as well as a duet from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys , peaked at 6.3 million viewers. The live U.K. broadcast on ITV1 last night (Feb. 16) averaged 5.8 million viewers, earning a 21.9% audience…

  11. Lady Gaga, JLS, Florence Rule At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 6:07 PM EST L ady Gaga was the big winner at the 2010 BRIT Awards at London's Earls Court with three wins, but British acts JLS and Florence and the Machine snagged important awards on the night. There were strong performances from Gaga , U.K. rock act Kasabian and the duet between British alt-rock…

  12. Lady Gaga, Florence Set To Shine At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 11:24 AM EST Lady Gaga , Florence and the Machine , Dizzee Rascal , Robbie Williams and Jay-Z should all get a sales boost from the U.K.'s BRIT Awards. The event, organised by U.K. trade body the BPI and sponsored by MasterCard, will be televised live on ITV1 from 8pm tonight (Feb. 16) with further…

  13. Best Of The 2000s: Part 2 ... What A Time

    December 23, 2009 1:30 PM EST "YOU'RE FROM WHEN?" "Two-thousand-nine." "Two ... thousand ... nine. Boy, I knew people were taking this Y2K craziness pretty seriously, but I think you've outdone them all." "No, no. (Ow, my head ...) Honestly, I don't know how I got ... back…

  14. Rage Against The Machine Vs 'X Factor' For U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 15, 2009 8:27 AM EST Rage Against the Machine and "X Factor" winner Joe McElderry are engaged in a fierce battle for the U.K. Christmas No. 1 single. The Official Charts Company said that Rage Against the Machine's "Killing In the Name" (Sony Music Entertainment) started the week just…

  15. Susan Boyle Passes 1 Million U.K. Sales

    December 14, 2009 8:10 AM EST As Susan Boyle started a third week atop the U.K. album chart, Lady Gaga scored her third No. 1 single in the territory with "Bad Romance" (Interscope/Universal). Boyle's debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) leads the way again in the…

  16. Susan Boyle Secures 2nd Week Atop U.K. Chart

    December 07, 2009 7:21 AM EST Susan Boyle 's "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) has started a second week at the U.K. album chart summit, taking its two-week sales past 700,000 units. Peter Kay and his All Star Band's "Official Children In Need Medley" (Epic/Sony Music…

  17. 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…

  18. Stars Lining Up For Jerry Wexler Memorial Celebration

    October 13, 2009 4:39 PM EDT Jerry Wexler, the man who coined the term "rhythm and blues," will get a first-class memorial sendoff on Oct. 30 in New York City. Wexler died in August 2008, and it's been hard getting everyone in the same place for his service. But his kids, Lisa and Paul, have chosen the…

  19. Les Paul Remembered By Musicians And Fans

    August 14, 2009 11:36 AM EDT Following the announcement yesterday of Les Paul's death at the age of 94, many of his fellow musicians, producers, and guitar acolytes stepped forward to remember the man who changed the course of modern music and recording. "Les was a renaissance man. He was many things, a great…

  20. Les Paul: Original Guitar Hero

    August 13, 2009 8:47 PM EDT Legendary guitar and recording innovator Les Paul, 94, died Aug. 13 from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital. A key pioneer in electric guitar sounds, responsible for developing and lending his name to what many consider rock'n'roll's definitive…

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