1. 10 British Summer Music Festivals You Need to Know About Now

    May 19, 2015 3:34 PM EDT Amid Britain's castles, parks and farms, British fans revel in an endless summer of music. Decades before American music fans flocked to Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the United Kingdom already boasted a thriving and diverse festival scene, one that has only increased in…

  2. David Bowie Nominated for Britain's Mercury Prize

    September 12, 2013 8:44 AM EDT “The Next Day” may yet be remembered as David Bowie’s “award winning” comeback album. The Thin White Duke’s latest set is one of 12 albums nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize. It’ll face competition with Arctic Monkeys’ “AM,” Disclosure’s “Settle,” Foals’ “Holy Fire,” James…

  3. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Rushes To No. 1 in U.K., Daft Punk Retain Albums Chart Crown

    June 03, 2013 7:28 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, has smashed the rapidly-changing record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year. With sales last week of 190,000, it dramatically raised the bar of 145,000 set on the previous chart by …

  4. Laura Marling Recording Fourth Album

    June 28, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Laura Marling will be back with a new album in 2013, the UK singer-songwriter told the Owl . "I finished writing a new album about a month ago," she told the site. "At the moment I'm in and out of the studio working with [producer] Ethan Johns." Johns ( Kings of Leon …

  5. SXSW 2012: 9 Things Seen, Heard & Thrown Saturday

    March 18, 2012 3:00 PM EDT A drunken brawl at the A$AP Rocky Show... a throbbing set by Skrillex... Matthew McConaughey playing his beloved congas... Here are 10 things from Saturday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. An all-out brawl ensued at the Vice Kills…

  6. Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced: Radiohead, Phish, Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 14, 2012 12:00 PM EST Radiohead , Phish , the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the reunited Beach Boys will head to Manchester, Tenn. this June for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The initial lineup for the annual festival, which takes place from June 7-10 this year, was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 14).…

  7. Adele, Coldplay Score BRIT Award Nominations

    January 12, 2012 3:35 PM EST Adele, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine and Jessie J were among the British artists to earn multiple 2012 BRIT Award nominations, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 12). The 32nd annual BRIT Awards, which honor the best popular music coming out of the U.K., will be held on Feb. 21.…

  8. Ed Sheeran Tops U.K. Chart; Tony Bennett in First Top 40 Hit in 46 Years

    September 19, 2011 10:40 AM EDT British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran followed his two recent top ten U.K. singles with an instant No. 1 album as the Official Charts Company's new data was published Sunday (18). Sheeran's "+" opened at the top, while new boy band and former "X Factor"…

  9. Adele Ties Beatles Record on U.K. Charts, BRIT Awards Boost Winners

    February 21, 2011 11:36 AM EST A dele has become the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the U.K. singles and album charts. The XL-signed star's sophomore album, "21," started a fourth week at No. 1 Sunday (Feb. 20), passing half a million…

  10. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Mumford & Sons Earn BRIT Award Nominations

    January 13, 2011 2:50 PM EST British rapper Tinie Tempah led the field on Thursday at the BRIT awards with four nominations, just ahead of singer-songwriter Plan B , folk rock act Mumford & Sons and London's The XX , who each had three nods. In a turnaround from 2010's female-dominated nominations, male…

  11. The xx Wins 2010 Mercury Prize

    September 07, 2010 7:03 PM EDT T he xx has won the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for its debut album, xx" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). The £20,000 ($31,000) prize was presented to the alt-rock trio at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Sept. 7). The result was screened live on BBC Two, along with…

  12. The XX, Paul Weller Lead Mercury Betting

    September 07, 2010 12:25 PM EDT T he XX are back as favorites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in London tonight (Sept. 7) with their debut "XX" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). Their betting odds with bookmaker William Hill are evens. The £20,000 ($31,000) prize goes to album of the year from a U.K. or Irish act,…

  13. The xx, Dizzee Rascal Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2010 10:24 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock veteran Paul Weller's 10th solo album and Dublin-based quintet Villagers' debut have made the shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, along with albums from the xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae. The 12-strong shortlist was unveiled at London venue the…

  14. Boyzone, Lady Gaga Top U.K. Charts

    March 29, 2010 7:06 AM EDT Irish pop band Boyzone 's "Brother" (Polydor/Universal) returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday, as Lady Gaga 's "Telephone" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Beyoncé, started a second week atop the singles survey. The Boyzone album, dedicated to…