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  1. Amy Winehouse's Father Says More Posthumous Albums On The Way

    July 06, 2012 11:27 AM EDT Fans of the late Amy Winehouse were treated to a newly released collaboration with rapper Nas on Wednesday, but according to Mitch Winehouse, there is more music to come. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, the late singer's father revealed pla ...

  2. BBC 6 Radio Has Highest Numbers Two Years After Nearly Getting Axed; Digital Radio Up 5%

    May 18, 2012 8:24 AM EDT Listeners to the BBC's digital alternative station BBC 6 Music grew to a record high in the last quarter, attracting an average weekly audience of 1.45 million in the first three months of 2012, according to the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audi ...

  3. BBC 6 Music Records Highest Ever Listening Figures, Digital Listening Increases

    February 02, 2012 3:53 PM EST The BBC's digital alternative station BBC 6 Music has recorded its highest ever listening figures in the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research) figures, published today (Feb. 2). The music-dedicated station, which the BBC toyed with axi ...

  4. Adele, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver Among U.K.'s Independent Music Award Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:27 AM EDT Adele, Vampire Weekend and Bon Iver are among the acts vying for the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards. British guitar bands The xx, Friendly Fires and The Horrors - all of whom are signed to London-based XL Recordings, label home to Adele - ...

  5. BBC's Urban Station Grabs New Listeners

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. urban station BBC 1Xtra has registered its highest audience share to date, attracting over 800,000 weekly listeners in the third quarter, according to the latest RAJAR figures. The digital network increased its audience from the 600,000 it lo ...

  6. BBC 6 Music Ratings Up Again

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. modern rock and alternative station BBC 6 Music has continued to grow its audience despite a tough few months for those working on the network. It is now hitting a weekly audience of 1.19 million listeners. The digital station was under threa ...

  7. U.K. Digital Radio Sales Climb

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of digital radio players in the U.K. have hit a record high for the month of June, according to figures released by trade body Digital Radio U.K. Over 114,000 digital radios were sold last month throughout the United Kingdom, says Digital Ra ...

  8. NME Radio Returns To Digital TV, DAB To Follow

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NME Radio will return as a DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) service shortly, following a new licensing agreement. The network, which plays alternative rock, stopped broadcasting on digital TV and DAB in June after licensee DX Media terminated the ...

  9. BPI's Wadsworth Urges Labels To Invest In New Artists

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth has warned labels not to cut back investment in new artists. Addressing the U.K. trade body's annual general meeting at London's May Fair Hotel today (July 8), Wadsworth identified many positives for the biz. ...

  10. U.K. Govt May Delay Digital Switchover

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s coalition government has today (July 8) signaled its support for digital radio and the DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) system. As Billboard.biz reported yesterday (July 7), culture minister Ed Vaizey is still aiming for digital sw ...

  11. U.K. Govt Set To Confirm Digital Switchover

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government is reportedly preparing to confirm plans to switch off the analog radio network. The previous Labour government had a target date of 2015, which looked increasingly hard to achieve given the slow take up of DAB (Digital Audio B ...

  12. Stay Of Execution For BBC 6 Music

    July 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following a public consultation, the BBC Trust has rejected management proposals to shutter U.K. modern rock and alternative station BBC 6 Music. It's good news for the U.K. music industry, which has campaigned to keep the network since the c ...

  13. Cocker Says 6 Music Delay Would Be 'Dirty Trick'

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jarvis Cocker , the former Pulp frontman turned solo artist, issued a rallying cry in defense of BBC 6 Music , the U.K. modern rock and alternative radio station under threat of closure. Cocker, who joined 6 Music as a presenter at the beginning o ...

  14. NME Radio Taken Off DAB, Digital TV

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NME Radio will no longer be broadcast on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio or via digital TV. The network, which plays alternative rock, will continue via the NME.com website. But the departure from the two digital platforms is a blow for the ...

  15. Deadline Day For BBC 6 Music Consultation

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC strategy review public consultation - which will consider views on the proposal to close radio network BBC 6 Music - concludes today (May 25). The public and other interested parties still have a few hours to have their say about the propo ...

  16. Lily Allen Wins Three 'Ivors'

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM 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 N ...

  17. Graham Norton Replaces Jonathan Ross At Radio 2

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT TV presenter and comedian Graham Norton will be the new host of the Saturday morning show on U.K. AC network BBC Radio 2 . Norton will take over the three-hour show on Oct. 2, 2010. Norton has been standing in for breakfast host Chris Evans this w ...

  18. BBC 6 Music Scoops Two Sonys

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Threatened BBC music stations 6 Music and the Asian Network hit back against their proposed closure by winning gold awards at the Sony Awards. BBC 6 Music, which has attracted support from many music stars and the U.K. music industry, won gold for ...

  19. Controller 'Enormously Proud' Of 6 Music

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BBC 6 Music controller Bob Shennan says he is "enormously proud" of under-threat digital radio station. There is now less than three weeks left of the public consultation on the closure of 6 Music. Labels trade body the BPI sent a delega ...

  20. Electioneering: U.K. Politicians Debate Future Of Biz

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With less than a week to go before the May 6 general election in the U.K, politicians from the main parties have finally got round to debating the future of the music industry. So far, the election has been dominated by issues such as the budget d ...

  21. BPI Takes Save 6 Music Campaign Online

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has followed its lobbying efforts to save under-threat digital radio station BBC 6 Music with a new Web site, showing British artists' support for the modern rock and alternative station. The BBC Trust is holding a pu ...

  22. BPI Meeting BBC Trust Over 6 Music Closure

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels trade body the BPI is meeting with the BBC Trust to express concern about the proposed closure of digital radio station BBC 6 Music . BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor and label executives are due to meet with chairman Sir Michael Lyons ...

  23. 8,000 Complain To BBC About 6 Music Closure

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has received almost 8,000 complaints about the plan to close digital radio station 6 Music. The modern rock and alternative network will be closed by the end of 2011, along with the Asian Network, as part of the publicly-funded broadcaster ...

  24. BBC Might 'Rethink' 6 Music Closure Plan

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, has reiterated that the governing body might tell BBC management to "rethink" the planned closure of modern rock digital station 6 Music, depending on the public consultation. The Facebook ca ...

  25. Protests At BBC Radio Closure Proposals

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC's proposals to close modern rock digital station 6 Music and the Asian Network has met with protests from listeners and the music industry. Artists including Mark Ronson and La Roux have spoken out in defence of 6 Music. Ronson said t ...

  26. Update: BBC Confirms 6 Music Closure Plan

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has confirmed that it plans to close modern rock digital radio station 6 Music, following a strategic review of the BBC's digital services. The review, titled "Putting Quality First," was officially unveiled by director-gene ...

  27. U.K. Biz Backs BBC 6 Music

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has come out in support of under-threat BBC 6 Music, the modern rock digital radio station. U.K. labels trade body the BPI and indies counterpart AIM have voiced their concern about the potential closure of the station . Al ...

  28. BBC 'To Axe 6 Music'

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC is reportedly planning to axe modern rock digital radio station 6 Music as part of the corporation's strategic review of digital services. The Times reports on its front page that BBC director-general Mark Thompson will close BBC 6 Mu ...

  29. BBC Radio 2 Told To Reach Older Audience

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST A BBC Trust review has concluded that U.K. national AC network Radio 2 needs to be more distinctive and should offer more content for the over-65s. The review found that the station was highly regarded by audiences but should use its scale to be m ...

  30. Ratings Setback For U.K. Digital Radio Switchover

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The outlook for digital switchover for U.K. radio in 2015 has taken a blow with the latest audience research figures. Digital Radio U.K., the trade body established by the publicly funded BBC, digital network owner Arqiva and the commercial radio ...

  31. Steve Lamacq Departs Radio 1

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster Steve Lamacq is departing national top 40 station BBC Radio 1 after 16 years. Lamacq has been introducing the Radio 1 audience to alternative, indie and rock music since he partnered with Jo Whiley on "The Evening Session.&qu ...

  32. Chris Evans Wins Big At Sony Awards

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Radio 2 drivetime DJ Chris Evans was the big winner at the 2009 Sony Radio Academy Awards, winning double gold. Evans won the music radio personality gong and the entertainment award for his work on the A/C-formatted station, as well as hostin ...

  33. New BBC Radio 2 Controller Announced

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bob Shennan has been appointed the new controller for national U.K. A/C network BBC Radio 2. Shennan succeeds Lesley Douglas, who left the BBC last October amid the scandal over Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand's prank calls to actor Andrew Sa ...

  34. BBC, Commercial Sector Partner On DAB Radio Campaign

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BBC is to join forces with the commercial radio sector in an unprecedented move to boost DAB digital radio in the U.K. in the run-up to Christmas. The promotional campaign for DAB radio services and sets has been devised by BBC Future, Media a ...

  35. BBC Presenter Ross Suspended, Radio 2 Boss Quits

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BBC radio and TV presenter Jonathan Ross, recently included in Billboard's "Maximum Exposure" issue focusing on the top platforms for music, has been suspended for 12 weeks by the corporation over "utterly unacceptable" co ...

  36. Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' Goes Online

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead's "In Rainbows" album is finally available online from its Web site today, with thousands of fans downloading the 10 new tracks from early this morning. Billboard's unique download activation code arrived at 07.38AM B ...

  37. Bedingfield, Chemicals Among BT Digital Winners

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bedingfield, who performed her current single "Say It Again" at the awards ceremony in the Roundhouse venue last night (Oct. 2), was named Best Pop Artist. Funeral For A Friend beat Razorlight, Rihanna and Bloc Party to the Artist of the ...

  38. Brit Fests Cancel After Rain, Floods

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Recent torrential flooding and storms throughout the United Kingdom have sunk a set of live music events, including the LodeStar, Ashton Court and Fflam festivals. Cambridge-based LodeStar, described as the "newest indie rock festival," ...

  39. Courtney Love Rules BBC Radio Waves For A Day

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Courtney Love is being made an honorary music controller for the day of Dec. 11 on BBC 6 Music, the digital radio station operated by the United Kingdom's public broadcaster the BBC. As the "6 Music Selector," as the all-day program ...

  40. Brit Bands Prepare For U.S. Push

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST A new wave of rising British talent is heading Stateside in March for a series of live music initiatives intended to help crack the world's biggest music market. A new wave of rising British talent is heading Stateside in March for a series o ...

  41. Brit Bands Prepare For U.S. Push

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST A new wave of rising British talent is heading Stateside in March for a series of live music initiatives intended to help crack the world's biggest music market. A new wave of rising British talent is heading Stateside in March for a series o ...