Alternative rock

  1. Bjork, Domino Records' Laurence Bell To Receive AIM Independent Music Awards

    August 24, 2011 2:08 PM EDT The Association of Independent Music has announced that Björk and Domino Records founder Laurence Bell will each take home the inaugural Independent Music Awards at a ceremony this fall. Björk will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music tro ...

  2. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part I)

    August 15, 2011 12:19 PM EDT Just Give Me Indie: Culling the list down to 50 American indie labels was no easy task... Trying to get signed? Universal and Sony laugh you out the door? In Billboard's second-annual DIY Manual, we listed 20 great indie labels along with str ...

  3. IRS Records to be Relaunched by EMI, Crush Management

    June 15, 2011 2:10 PM EDT EMI, Crush Management Relaunching IRS Records Nearly fifteen years after I.R.S. Records closed its doors, the once-iconic label is being re-launched by EMI Music North America and New York-based company Crush Management. The new arrangement comes ...

  4. Ben Lee, Butch Walker Sign With Dangerbird Records

    June 13, 2011 8:46 PM EDT Ben Lee and Butch Walker have signed with Dangerbird Records for their next releases, marking the first time the independent Los Angeles label will issue albums from established acts. Walker's album is being eyed for August or September, and ...

  5. U.K.'s Indie Label Heads to Sell Music at Inaugural Independent Label Market

    May 20, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Independent Label Market - vol.1 Mix by Independent Label Market Mingled amongst the fresh fruits, vegetables and general goods filling the merchant stalls tomorrrow (May 21) at London's Berwick Market will be the owners of such storied U.K. ...

  6. RICHARD ASHCROFT -- "UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND'

    March 28, 2011 11:04 AM EDT Richard Ashcroft We can lament that the Verve's 2008 reunion didn't take, or we can remember that Richard Ashcroft solo has been a pretty good thing since "Alone With Everybody" arrived in 2000. But his first solo album in fo ...

  7. Cloud Control Win Australian Music Prize

    March 04, 2011 3:03 PM EST Pop-rock quartet Cloud Control has taken out the Australian Music Prize, and with it the $30,000 Australian winner's check. The four-piece from the Blue Mountains took the title for their debut 2010 album, "Bliss Release" (Ivy Leagu ...

  8. Johnny Marr, Former Smiths Guitarist and 'Inception' Collaborator, Planning Two Solo Albums

    February 28, 2011 4:25 PM EST Johnny Marr onstage in London, 2009 (Photo: Redferns) Johnny Marr, former songwriter and guitarist in the Smiths, is planning a return to frontman status. After stints performing with Cribs and Modest Mouse, Marr told Billboard that he plans to re ...

  9. Overcoming Red Carpet Fears: Vampire Weekend's Publicist Sonya Kolowrat's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 5:00 PM EST The 2011 Grammy Red Carpet: For some Grammy goers, the rouge rug presents the award ceremony's biggest challege. (Photo: Sonya Kolowrat) As a result of Vampire Weekend's album "Contra" (XL Recordings/Beggars) receiving a Grammy ...

  10. 'Who The Hell Is That?' Will Sheff Of Okkervil River's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 12:43 PM EST Will Sheff, foreground, with his band Okkervil River (Photo: Alexandra Valenti) Much to his surprise, Will Sheff of the independent rock band Okkervil River was nominated for a Grammy for his liner notes to the Roky Erickson album "True Love ...

  11. Radiohead Announce New Album, Available Saturday (And Not For Free)

    February 14, 2011 10:41 AM EST Radiohead is releasing the digital version of its upcoming album, "The King of Limbs," this Saturday with pre-orders being taken now. U.S.-based fans can choose between a digital download and a more expensive digital/physical package. Th ...

  12. Piero Giramonti Named Dangerbird Records President

    February 01, 2011 3:55 PM EST Piero Giramonti was named president of Silver Lake, Calif.-based Dangerbird Records, it was announced on Feb. 1. A music industry veteran who's held posts at Warner Bros. Records, most recently as SVP of Global Marketing, Sony Music North Ame ...

  13. Dangerbird Announces Licensing Deal with Jack Johnson and Brushfire Records

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Indie label Dangerbird Records today announced a licensing representation deal with Jack Johnson and his label, Brushfire Records. Under the terms of the deal, which is non-exclusive, Dangerbird is handling licensing for Brushfire artists includin ...

  14. Mute Moves Into Management

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Mute label, relaunched as an independent by original founder Daniel Miller albeit with an elaborate arrangement with EMI , has revealed plans to enter the artist/producer management business. The new version of Mute was unveiled in September a ...

  15. Sony: Bradford Cox Tracks 'Mistakenly Removed'

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Over the weekend, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox reported that Sony had served a takedown notice for two albums of original material he had posted on his blog. Cox expressed confusion about the notice, stating that all the songs ...

  16. Dangerbird Links With Fontana

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dangerbird Records announced it will now be distributed via Fontana Distribution, the indie distribution arm of Universal. Dangerbird Records artists include Silversun Pickups, Canadian alternative rock band Hot Hot Heat, Seattle's Minus the ...

  17. Richard Ashcroft Signs With Razor & Tie

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following the brief reunion of British alt-rockers The Verve in 2008, frontman Richard Ashcroft has signed with Razor & Tie for the North American release of "The United Nations of Sound," his fourth solo album produced by No I.D. (J ...

  18. BACKBEAT: Phoenix Celebrates Milestone

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Indie star Phoenix rose to the occasion during its CMJ Music Marathon event at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Oct. 20. That evening, the RIAA awarded the act its first gold plaque for selling 500,000 copies of its album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoe ...

  19. Andy Kotowicz, 1972-2010

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sub Pop Records VP of sales and marketing Andy Kotowicz died in Seattle from injuries sustained in an Oct. 21 car accident. He was 37. Since arriving at the label in 2000, Kotowicz served as A&R rep for such acts as Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Pissed ...

  20. The Gracious Few, Postelles, Sick Puppies Among Acts Tapped For Billboard Touring Conference Showcase

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first Billboard Touring Conference Showcase, produced by Live Nation at New York's Gramercy Theatre, is set for Nov. 3 as part of the 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Nov. 3-4. On the bill are the Gracious Few, Sick Pu ...

  21. In The City Day 2: Bertis Downs Talks New REM Album

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "What we need is a revolution. What we've got is an erosion," former Warner Music U.K. chairman Rob Dickins told delegates during an impassioned opening address at day two of U.K. music conference In The City. Speaking alongside Ber ...

  22. EMI Hires Hit Producer Down Under

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ARIA Award-winning producer and engineer Scott Horscroft will succeed Craig Hawker as VP A&R at EMI Music Australasia, the music company said today (Oct. 12). Sydney-based Horscroft produced the Presets' multi-platinum hit album "Apo ...

  23. Sub Pop Signs Australian Deal

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music company Inertia has reached an exclusive arrangement with Sub Pop to distribute the iconic Seattle label's works down under. With immediate effect, Inertia will represent all Sub Pop's upcoming and catalog re ...

  24. Karkwa Wins Polaris Music Prize

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Montreal indie rock act Karkwa took home the Polaris Music Prize for its fourth album, "Les Chemins de Verre" or "The Glass Paths" (Audiogram). The ceremony was held last night (Sept. 20) at CTV's Concert Hall at the Mason ...

  25. The XX Stunned By Mercury Prize Win

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The XX has won the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for its debut "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 scr ...

  26. Soundgarden Links With 'Guitar Hero' For 'Telephantasm'

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Soundgarden's recent reunion will come full circle with "Telephantasm," the alternative rock's first release in 14 years, due out Sept. 28 on A&M/UMe. The retrospective album will feature the band's hits, previously re ...

  27. Cooking Vinyl Signs Charlatans, Underworld

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Cooking Vinyl has signed singer songwriter Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, dance act Underworld and indie-rock veterans the Charlatans. The service and marketing deals for the acts' new albums will work on a revenue share basis rather than ...

  28. Charity Auction To Give Winner Chance To Record With Switchfoot

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christian alt-rockers Switchfoot will offer one fan the opportunity to record a song with the band in their hometown of San Diego, Calif., as part of a charity auction to benefit StandUp For Kids. The auction will take place on May 28 at 12pm in p ...

  29. Charlatans Confirms Split With Alan McGee

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie-rock band the Charlatans has confirmed its split with manager Alan McGee. The band is now represented by London-based Big Life Management , which has also financed recording of the new Charlatans album. McGee was the founder of U.K. ind ...

  30. @SXSW: Spoon, Sharon Jones, Drive-By Truckers Open Music Fest

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of bands, thousands of registrants, and countless numbers of music fans poured into Austin, Texas, Wednesday for the start of the music week of the annual South by Southwest Music + Media Conference. At the Austin Convention Center, more ...

  31. OK Go Splits With EMI

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has left EMI and will re-release its latest album, "Of The Color of Blue Sky," on its own Paracadute Recordings label. The group has another viral video hit on its hands, but the latest came after a public flare-up over an EMI poli ...

  32. Heavenly, Cooperative Music Sign Licensing Deal

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. indie Heavenly Recordings has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Cooperative Music, the international independent label group that operates under Universal Music Group ownership. Heavenly's previous deal with EMI expired in 2008 ...

  33. Killers Pull Asia Dates

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Killers have cancelled their six-city Asia tour, scheduled to begin Jan. 24 in Singapore, "due to unforeseen circumstances," according to a statement posted on the band’s official web site. The group's tour was set to take them ...

  34. OK Go Runs Into Label Policy - Again.

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has a knack for attracting attention on the Internet. First it was their innovative, cheaply produced videos . Now, the band is running into problems promoting its innovative, cheaply produced videos. In a post at the OK Go forum , singer Da ...

  35. Nettwerk One Inks Deal With Upper Class

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nettwerk One Music, the publishing arm of Vancouver's Nettwerk Music Group, has announced it is representing the publishing works of Upper Class Recordings worldwide. Acts on Upper Class, which is based in Toronto, include Canada's Russi ...

  36. Animal Collective Tops U.K. Aggregate Album Poll

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV's aggregate poll of polls for 2009's album releases has revealed Animal Collective's "Merriweather Post Pavilion" (Domino) as the critics' album of the year. Yeah Yeah Yeahs made second ...

  37. Flying Nun Founder Regains Control Of Label

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Iconic New Zealand label Flying Nun Records has landed back where it started. The pioneering label's founder Roger Shepherd has taken ownership of Flying Nun from long-time parent Warner Music New Zealand, both parties confirmed today (Dec. 2 ...

  38. Year-End: Silversun Pickups, dangerbird Records Keep Local Focus

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST To say 2009 was quite a year for Jeff Castelaz is a gross understatement - he saw his label's flagship band Silversun Pickups enter the Billboard Top 200 at No. 7 and go on to sell 191,000 copies of "Swoon," according to Nielsen Sou ...

  39. Ting Tings Lead British Grammy Hopefuls

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As the only U.K. act to be nominated in one of the main Grammy Award categories, Columbia-signed alt-rock band the Ting Tings is primed to benefit most when the awards ceremony takes place next month in Los Angeles, says its U.K. label. "For ...

  40. Tinariwen Wins Uncut Music Award

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tinariwen, a group of musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, has won the 2009 Uncut Music Award for its fourth album "Imidiwan: Companions" (Independiente). The album beat records on the shortlist by Kings of Leon, Bob ...

  41. Arcade Fire, David Byrne Help Raise AIDS Charity Funds

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A charity compilation featuring songs by Arcade Fire, David Byrne and Feist, among others, has raised over £400,000 ($662,370) for charity. The album, "Dark Was The Night," was released internationally in February this year by U.K. indep ...

  42. Morrissey Leaves Hospital After On-Stage Collapse

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey, the former singer in U.K. band The Smiths, has left hospital after spending the night there as a precautionary measure after collapsing on stage, a hospital spokeswoman said. The 50-year-old was taken to a Swindon hospital after sufferi ...

  43. The Billboard Q&A: Chris Walla, Death Cab for Cutie Guitarist

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chances are, most tweens watching the video for Death Cab for Cutie's "Meet Me on the Equinox," the first single from the "New Moon" soundtrack, will fast forward right past the band to get to the scene of Robert Pattison ...

  44. Placebo To Give Away MP3 Bundle

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based alt-rock band Placebo is giving away a free tour bundle download to accompany the band's current European winter tour. The bundle is available to download immediately and features a live version of "Breathe Underwater" -- ...

  45. Ladyhawke Label Boss Defends ARIA Nominations

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mounting controversy surrounding the multiple ARIA Award nominations for New Zealand artist Ladyhawke is a beat-up, says the executive who signed the rising global star. In an interview with Billboard.biz, Modular Recordings managing director Stev ...

  46. In The City Day 2: Calls For Artist Support

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In order to thrive, the music industry needs to take greater care of its members and, more importantly, music consumers. Those were the two dominant themes at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct.19) - the U.K.'s biggest music ...

  47. UMPG Re-Signs Johnny Marr

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has confirmed the re-signing of Johnny Marr to a long-term, global publishing agreement, covering all the songs co-written for the Smiths. The Smiths' four studio albums, singles and other album-length release ...

  48. Ash Debuts 'A-Z' Singles Series

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irish rock band Ash has debuted a long-planned subscription model that represents one of the clearest examples of a band’s rejection of the traditional album format and release cycle. Subscriptions are often considered to be the future of recorded ...

  49. Frenchkiss, !K7 Partner Outside North America

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Frenchkiss Records has partnered with Berlin-based !K7 for priority releases outside North America. The first release will be the Antlers' debut set "The Hospice," on Oct. 23. "It's great for Frenchkiss to have access to s ...

  50. Monsters Ball

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On a hazy mid-August morning at the swanky Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., indie rock royalty Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis -- who have gathered to promote their new band, Monsters of Folk -- are nestled on a mustard-color ...

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