1. Paul Weller on Fatherhood, Politics and His Ever-Morphing Career: 'I Come and I Go Over the Years -- Who Can Make Sense of It?' (Exclusive)

    June 26, 2015 5:32 PM EDT Over the course of a career that’s spanned nearly 40 years, Paul Weller has been a mod icon, a psychedelic pop-rocker, a soulboy and more, and most often some combination of each -- and whether he was fronting The Jam, The Style Council or, as he’s done for the past 20-odd years, working as a…

  2. Brandon Flowers Blooms on U.K. Albums Chart With 'The Desired Effect'

    May 25, 2015 3:54 AM EDT Brandon Flowers made it two No. 1s from two solo albums in the U.K. last night (May 24), as The Desired Effect  (EMI) entered at the top, 5,000 combined chart sales ahead of Paul Weller’s Saturns Pattern  (Parlophone/Warner Music). OMI’s Felix Jaehn remix of “Cheerleader” (Ultra) started a…

  3. Paul Weller, the 'Modfather,' Targets R&B on New Album

    September 16, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Record due next spring, U.S. dates to follow. One of the best things about this past weekend’s Riot Fest in Chicago was the generational cross-section printed on the bill, and the warm reception that the veteran artists were treated to, many of whom were the founders of their respective…

  4. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    June 09, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) as…

  5. Morrissey Pens Scathing Obituary for Margaret Thatcher

    April 09, 2013 5:23 AM EDT Often, people end up glossing over the flaws of the recently departed, coating eulogies in a thick gloss sheen. Morrissey is not one of those people. The iconic indie rocker Monday released a scathing op-ed, written for The Daily Beast , about the passing of former British Prime Minister…

  6. Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn Bury Hatchet for ‘Tender’ Performance

    March 25, 2013 12:51 AM EDT In 1995, at the height of “Britpop,” there was no rivalry quite like that of Blur and Oasis. Now, those one-time best-of-enemies have done the unimaginable with their respective frontmen dueting on stage. Blur’s frontman Damon Albarn and guitarist Graham Coxon teamed-up on the weekend with…

  7. Olly Murs Finds 'Right Time' to Lead U.K. Chart Again

    December 10, 2012 8:30 AM EST Olly Murs has the U.K.'s No. 1 artist album for a second week, after "Right Place Right Time" was confirmed at the summit again by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (Dec. 9). On the singles chart, 20-year-old, Wiltshire-born singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin climbed 6-1…

  8. Paul Weller & Miles Kane Go Mod for John Varvatos Ads

    July 11, 2012 11:10 AM EDT Men's edgy lifestyle brand John Varvatos brings English punk legend Paul Weller and fellow UK indie rocker Miles Kane together for its latest campaign. The images for the print ads, taken by Danny Clinch against a gritty pawn shop in Manhattan's Lower East Side, boast the two…

  9. Madonna Tops Elvis With 12th U.K. No. 1

    April 02, 2012 9:50 AM EDT On Singles Chart, Chris Brown Earns First Topper With 'Turn Up the Music' M adonna landed her 12th U.K. No. 1 album on Sunday (April 1) with "MDNA" to overtake Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums in the market. Chris Brown 's "Turn…

  10. Paul Weller Gives 'Tame' Scene a Swift Kick

    March 23, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Singer's 11th Solo Album, 'Sonik Kicks,' Aims for No. 1 on U.K. Chart Artists with three and a half decades on the clock rarely sound this way, but then with that sort of track record, they aren't often still at the top of both their creative form and the charts. "I…

  11. Blur to Receive BRIT Career Award

    December 08, 2011 3:40 PM EST Blur are to be honored at the 2012 BRIT Awards with a prize celebrating two decades of influence on British music. 21 years since the release of their debut album "Leisure," the band was announced Thursday as the 2012 winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. Formed in…

  12. Adele Reaches Milestone in 'X-Factor'-Heavy U.K. Chart Week

    December 05, 2011 9:30 AM EST Singer Overtakes Amy Winehouse to Have Century's Top-Selling Album The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" and the charity release by the show's 2011…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. Muse Honored At O2 Silver Clef Awards

    July 02, 2010 1:47 PM EDT U.K. rock act Muse 's fearsome live reputation helped secure them the O2 Silver Clef Award in London today (July 2). The award was presented to Muse by Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen . Taylor described the Warner-signed trio as "probably the greatest live act in the world today…

  19. Jimmy Page Honored At Mojo Awards

    June 11, 2010 8:02 AM EDT Led Zeppelin 's Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo hall of fame at a ceremony in London. The honor, supported by Universal Catalog Marketing, was presented at the Mojo Honours List ceremony at the Brewery venue in London last night (June 10). Duane Eddy also attended the seventh…

  20. 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…

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