1. Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons Lead BRIT Award Nominations

    January 10, 2013 7:05 PM EST British music stars Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and Rita Ora lead the nominations for the 2013 BRIT Awards, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 10). The annual salute to U.K. artists will be held on Feb. 20, with performances from One Direction, Muse, Sande, Mumford & Sons,…

  2. Olly Murs Owns U.K. Charts, Pogues Re-Enter Top 30

    December 03, 2012 8:00 AM EST British hitmaker Olly Murs not only secured a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Troublemaker," featuring Flo Rida , but entered the album chart at No. 1 with his third set, "Right Place Right Time." The Official Charts Company confirmed that…

  3. Rihanna Equals Madonna Record, Tops One Direction With U.K. Chart Win

    November 26, 2012 8:00 AM EST Rihanna 's "Unapologetic" sold nearly 100,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on yesterday's new U.K. album chart. But the real sales story of the week, and the year, came in the less-publicised compilation chart, where "Now! That's What I Call Music 83"…

  4. 'X Factor's' Simon Cowell & L.A. Reid: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 10, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Can the 'X' Men Turn the Show's Ratings Into Music Success? This is an excerpt. For a longer version, grab a copy of Billboard . The singing competition field is crowded, to say the least. It's been 11 years since "Pop Idol" debuted in the United Kingdom, and 10…

  5. The Beat: Murs on Gay Rights, Staind on Hiatus, Phil Lesh on Further

    July 23, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Welcome to the "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts -- all from the streets of Venice Beach. In today's episode, J.B. gives the…

  6. Murs Supports Gay Rights, Kisses Man in 'Animal Style' Video: Watch

    July 20, 2012 10:15 PM EDT When R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean 's revelations of a romance with a man last week shook up the hip-hop world, many stars, including 50 Cent , spoke out in support of the Odd Future star. Now, Los Angeles underground rapper Murs has taken the discussion one step further with a…

  7. Wu-Tang Clan To Revisit '36 Chambers' At Rock The Bells

    May 25, 2010 12:59 PM EDT Legendary rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan will return as headliners of the touring Rock the Bells hip hop festival and perform its debut album, "Enter the 36 Chambers," in its entirety. The 4-date tour kicks off on Aug. 21 in Los Angeles and includes stops in New York City, Mountain…

  8. Flaming Lips, MGMT, Girl Talk Top Treasure Island Fest Lineup

    July 14, 2009 2:58 PM EDT MGMT , Girl Talk , The Flaming Lips , Beirut , The Walkmen , Passion Pit , The Streets , Yo La Tengo and Brazilian Girls are just part of the lineup for the third Annual Treasure Island Music Festival , October 17-18 on a man-made island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. The lineup on…

  9. MGMT, Flaming Lips, Girl Talk Top Treasure Island Fest Lineup

    July 14, 2009 9:26 AM EDT MGMT, Girl Talk, The Flaming Lips, Beirut, The Walkmen, Passion Pit, The Streets, Yo La Tengo and Brazilian Girls are just part of the lineup for the third Annual Treasure Island Music Festival, October 17-18 on a man-made island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. The lineup on October…

  10. Stormy Bonnaroo Kicks Off, Jimmy Buffett Added To Lineup

    June 12, 2009 8:21 AM EDT As predicted throughout the week, the rains came down midway through opening night at Bonnaroo on Thursday, scattering campers, bringing the ponchos out early and cutting up the festival grounds into mud puddles on an otherwise temperate and diverse opening night. Check out Billboard's…

  11. Nas, Damian Marley Prep Collaborative Album

    April 08, 2009 11:02 AM EDT As reported on Billboard.com earlier this year (read: Nas Recording Album With Damian Marley ) Queensbridge rapper Nas and reggae artist/producer Damian “Jr Gong” Marley announced yesterday (April 8) they are in still the studio prepping their collaborative effort, “Distant Relatives,” slated…

  12. Nas, Damian Marley, The Roots Lead Rock The Bells Bill

    April 07, 2009 10:00 PM EDT Nas, Damian Marley, the Roots, Big Boi and Common, among others, will lead this summer's Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival, which is set to visit 10 North American cities on consecutive weekends from June 27-Aug. 9. Also on the bill in various markets are KRS-One, House of Pain,…

  13. Rock The Bells Tour Making European Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, the Pharcyde, EPMD, Supernatural and Scratch, among others. Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas…

  14. A Tribe Called Quest, Nas Lead Rock The Bells Bill

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After breaking out last year with a handful of large-scale festival performances from the reunited Rage Against the Machine, this summer's Rock the Bells tour will feature appearances by A Tribe Calle After breaking out last year with a handful of large-scale festival performances from…

  15. Billboard Bits: Paid Dues, Hatebreed, Def Jam/Sony-Ericsson

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The independent hip-hop festival Paid Dues has added national performance dates to this year's series. The independent hip-hop festival Paid Dues has added national performance dates to this year's series. Promoted by Murs 3:16, Guerilla Union and SanDisk, the festival recently…

  16. Portishead, Johnson, Waters To Headline Coachella

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson and former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters will headline the 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 25-27 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also near the Jack Johnson and former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters will headline the 2008 Coachella…

  17. Nas, Roots, Mos Def Bolster Rock The Bells Lineup

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nas has jumped on the board the traveling Rock the Bells festival this summer, where he will share the stage with the Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine and others. Nas has jumped on the board the traveling Rock the Bells festival this summer, where he will share the stage with the Wu…

  18. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    March 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST A fresh batch of funky tunes from the always-interesting Prince, a double-disc sonic salvo from Ben Harper, the second album from the Wilco side project Loose Fur and a new release from eccentric sibl A combination live CD/DVD package from breakthrough rock act My Chemical Romance, "Life…

  19. Billboard Bits: Massive Attack, Hall & Oates, 'Natural Selection,' New Orleans Social Club

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Massive Attack, Hall & Oates, 'Natural Selection,' New Orleans Social Club Massive Attack has confirmed a long-rumored appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 29-30 in Indio, Calif. The U.K. act will play on the mainstage during the…

  20. Indie Rappers Set For Paid Dues Festival

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Indie hip-hop act Murs 3:16 has partnered with marketing/events company Guerilla Union to launch the independent hip-hop festival Paid Dues. Indie hip-hop act Murs 3:16 has partnered with marketing/events company Guerilla Union to launch the independent hip-hop festival Paid Dues. The March…

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