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  1. Morrissey Blasts Harvest Records, Fox News and Missing Planes in Latest Rant

    August 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Morrissey is up on his soapbox yet again. In a statement posted to True to You, Morrissey began by praising a trio of fan-made videos for his song “World Peace Is None Of Your Business,” but quickly slipped into a sweeping, vitriolic and barely co ...

  2. Shazam Taps TV Veteran Patricia Parra As New CMO

    June 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Song-identifying app developer Shazam Entertainment is trying to establish itself as a complement to television as well as music. To that end, it hired its third experienced TV executive for a C-level position, naming former Hulu and HBO exec Patr ...

  3. Gary Glitter Charged with 8 Sex Offenses

    June 05, 2014 11:25 AM EDT British prosecutors say they are charging former pop star Gary Glitter with eight sex offenses involving teenage girls. The charges against Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, are related to two women who were aged 12 and 14 at the time of the ...

  4. Prince Wants to Charge $10 for Concert Tickets

    February 06, 2014 3:50 PM EST The price of Prince? $10. During a secret show in London -- held in the living room of his friend, singer Lianne La Havas, and attended by approximately 10 people -- the singer announced that he wants to charge just a fistful of dollars for ticket ...

  5. 'The Voice U.K.' Audience Dips For Episode Two, Remains Ahead of Last Year's Ratings

    January 21, 2014 1:35 AM EST The ratings for the third season of 'The Voice U.K.' on the BBC continue to trend ahead of last year, even though the second episode Saturday night drew a smaller audience than the season opener.  The BBC, which has been looking to bolst ...

  6. BBC Announces Playlister Service, Integrated with Deezer, Spotify, YouTube

    October 08, 2013 11:59 AM EDT The British Broadcasting Corporation today announced the launch of BBC Playlister, a new digital service that will allow its audience to add and save music to an online playlist which can be exported to one of the BBC’s digital music partners, i ...

  7. BBC to Premiere Pussy Riot Doc, Two Others on VOD in Latest Digital Test

    September 27, 2013 1:22 PM EDT The BBC Four network said Friday that its "Storyville" documentary series will premiere three docs on the BBC iPlayer, the U.K. public broadcaster's VOD service, before airing them on its linear channel. The BBC's latest digi ...

  8. British DJ and Original Pirate Radio Host Charged with Indecent Assault

    August 15, 2013 12:51 PM EDT A prominent British disc jockey has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault. DJ Dave Lee Travis - whose real name is David Patrick Griffin - was arrested in November as part of a wide-ranging police inquir ...

  9. Rolling Stones' Glastonbury Set Draws 2.5 Million Viewers to BBC

    July 01, 2013 3:49 PM EDT The Rolling Stones' debut turn at the U.K.'s landmark Glastonbury music festival garnered a 2.5 million peak audience for the BBC on Saturday night. Overall, the coverage scored an average of 2.1 million TV viewers. The Stones' s ...

  10. IMS Engage: Skrillex, Patrick Moxey, Russell Simmons, Shelly Finkel, Troy Carter and More Discuss EDM at Inaugural Event

    April 18, 2013 10:48 AM EDT A crowd of over 200 international dance music industry-ites turned up for IMS Engage, the first U.S. edition of the Ibiza-based IMS conference, at the swanky W Hollywood on Wednesday. Comprised of L.A. locals, visiting Ibizans and New Yorkers, ...

  11. Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead: Inside The UK’s Bizarre Campaign To Make The Anti-Thatcher Song No. 1

    April 12, 2013 10:38 AM EDT UPDATE 4/12: BBC Radio will not play the full "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" song during the Official Chart Show on Sunday, Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper announced. Instead they will play a clip as part of a news item about the "W ...

  12. Five Questions at Ultra: Pete Tong on the Evolving 'EDM' Scene

    March 24, 2013 3:35 PM EDT Billboard caught up with BBC host and international dance music icon Pete Tong at his annual pool party at the Surfcomber during Miami Music Week. The always astute veteran offered a peek into the strategy behind Evolution, his new terrestrial ...

  13. Rihanna Tops UK Album Chart; 'Now! That's What I Call Music 83' Has 2012's Best Sales Week

    November 26, 2012 6:36 AM EST Rihanna's "Unapologetic" (Def Jam/Universal) 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-publicized compilatio ...

  14. Russell Emmanuel: Taking It To Extremes

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Fourteen years ago, EMI production music chief Peter Cox summoned a punk rocker named Russell Emmanuel into his London office. Emmanuel had launched Extreme Music just a year earlier in 1997 and was the talk of London after he mailed out condoms ...

  15. AC/DC Finally Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 10:51 AM EST Just a few weeks after longtime digital holdout Kid Rock announced that his new album will be available on iTunes , another holdout has made the move: in a release Monday morning, Columbia Records and Apple announced that AC/DC's entire catal ...

  16. Morning Fix: WMG To Bid on Sony/ATV's Rosetta (Report); Joel Klaiman to Columbia; What Spotify's Valuation Means; Bandpage Expands

    November 13, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to have Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters sent directly to your inbox BUSINESS MATTERS: A $3 BILLION VALUATION BRINGS SPOTIFY EXPECTATIONS BACK TO EARTH: News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion ...

  17. Talking Rock Docs, a 'Niche Business' with 'Great Passion', at the Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 3:15 PM EDT (L-R): Stephen Kessler, Director, "Paul Williams Still Alive", Robin Klein, Film Producer, "Charlie Is My Darling", Evan Saxon, Partner, D&E Entertainment, Morgan Neville, Documentary Filmmaker/Producer, Glen Zipper, Head o ...

  18. Roger Faxon Joining Board of British TV Network ITV

    October 22, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Roger Faxon, former CEO of EMI Group Ltd, is joining the board of the UK's Independent Television Authority (ITV) as a non-executive director effective Oct. 31 2012, according to a release sent out by the network. "Roger will bring to th ...

  19. Morning Fix: C3's Brazil Expansion; Neil Diamond for Billboard Touring Conference; $18K Stones Tickets

    October 16, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters NEIL DIAMOND TO BE HONORED AT 2012 BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS: Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of ...

  20. Muse Tops UK Album Chart, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 08, 2012 7:25 AM EDT In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (Oct. 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 in their home territory, while Rihanna' ...

  21. Brian Epstein Bought Thousands Of Copies Of 'Love Me Do' To Boost Beatles Sales, Says BBC Film

    October 04, 2012 4:11 PM EDT A new BBC documentary about the Beatles, set to air here on Sunday, features people claiming that the band's manager Brian Epstein bought thousands of copies of "Love Me Do" to boost record sales to ensure the single hit the charts. ...

  22. Benjamin Grosvenor, UK Pianist, Becomes Youngest To Win Double Gramophone Awards

    September 28, 2012 9:26 AM EDT British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has become the youngest artist to achieve double-award win at the Gramophone Awards. The 20-year-old (who was also the youngest soloist to open the BBC Proms and the youngest pianist ever to be signed by Decca) w ...

  23. Jessie Ware, Michael Kiwanuka Talk Mercury Prize Noms; Plan B, Richard Hawley Favorites For Award

    September 12, 2012 4:20 PM EDT British urban artist Plan B and Sheffield-based singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, a onetime member of Britpop band Pulp, lead the betting for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Register today for the Billboard Hollyw ...

  24. Chart Moves: Train Makes 'Ways' Up Hot 100, Muse's 'Madness' Debuts, Neon Trees Flirt With Top 10

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." While the song's digital sales decline by 51% to 307,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, t ...

  25. Rolling Stones To Play London, Brooklyn In November: Source

    August 29, 2012 8:38 PM EDT The Rolling Stones rehearsing in 2007 (Photo: Getty Images) The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard.biz. Richard Branson and Australian ...

  26. UK's Proms Classical Music Fest Going 3D

    August 28, 2012 10:04 AM EDT For the first time ever the U.K's famous Last Night Of The Proms will be screened live in cinemas across the country. Taking place on September 8, 22 Odeon cinemas across the U.K will be screening the iconic classical music event in 3D, with ...

  27. Dan Deacon and Domino: United They Dance

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Dan Deacon teams with Domino to gain worldwide support for 'America' Dan Deacon is many things: an electronic music experimentalist, a contemporary classical composer (with a Carnegie Hall performance under his belt), a film scorer (for ...

  28. Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts

    August 20, 2012 7:29 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as ...

  29. Are Adele, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Madness, George Michael, One Direction, Kate Bush and/or Muse Playing Olympics Closing Ceremony?

    August 09, 2012 8:31 AM EDT LONDON -- Kate Bush is one of the biggest music names mentioned here as a potential performer at Sunday's star-studded closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The singer's name is being bandied about in the British media alon ...

  30. Adele, Beatles & Beyond: London Olympics' (Mostly) British Music Gets Fans Pumped

    August 07, 2012 8:15 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- At the London Olympics, Adele is served with tennis, Beyonce bounces around the basketball court and Queen's "We Will Rock You" spikes up beach volleyball. A walk around Olympic Park is a non-stop musical mystery tour ...

  31. Niki and the Dove Fly

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Swedish electronic pop duo Malin Dahlstrom and Gustaf Karlof have been friends for more than a decade, but it was just two years ago that the Stockholm-based musicians teamed up to form Niki and the Dove. "When we started working together it ...

  32. Beats by Dre Causes Marketing Controversy at Olympics With Free Headphones for Athletes

    July 31, 2012 1:50 PM EDT LONDON - Dr. Dre and his Beats headphones are at the center of a marketing controversy here at the Summer Olympics. London Olympics organizers and the International Olympic Committee have strict rules to protect official sponsors who have struck m ...

  33. Two Die at IDentity Fest; Jason Aldean, Tenacious D Concerts Marred by Violence

    July 30, 2012 6:18 PM EDT The past few days have seen a noticeable uptick in violence, drug overdoses and/or deaths at four separate concerts, which include the Mansfield, Mass., stop of Live Nation's electronic dance music IDentity Festival, a shooting at Jason Aldea ...

  34. Madonna Scraps Plans to Tour Australia

    July 18, 2012 9:53 AM EDT Madonna has scrapped plans to tour Australia for the first time in 20 years. Live Nation confirmed late Tuesday that the "MDNA" tour will wrap in South America in December. "That's all we can say," a spokesperson said, acc ...

  35. Bruce Springsteen Mocks London Concert Curfew; UK Official Says There Were 'No Safety Issues'

    July 18, 2012 8:09 AM EDT LONDON - Bruce Springsteen Tuesday night poked fun at the London concert organizers who had cut off the power during his Saturday night concert in Hyde Park due to a noise curfew. When he took to the stage in Dublin, "The Boss" flipped a ...

  36. The Echo Nest Raises $17 Million, Plans to Branch Out From Music Discovery

    July 12, 2012 11:59 AM EDT The Echo Nest unveiled today that they have received $17.3 million in additional funding, with plans to branch out from the music data services that they currently fuel and into social discovery and other areas. The funding was led by Norwest Vent ...

  37. Rolling Stones Gather at London's Marquee Club On 50th Anniversary

    July 12, 2012 7:46 AM EDT A half-century ago tomorrow, The Rolling Stones took the stage for the first time. And the Glimmer Twins and company have returned to the scene of the crime. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood posed this week for veteran ro ...

  38. Backbeat: Secret Show at Draco Rosa's Studio Inaugurates L.A.'s Fairfax Sessions

    June 13, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Artyom Manukyan and Arto Tunçboyaciyan performing at Phantom Vox studio's Fairfax Sessions. (Photo: David Navas) While the usual stream of cars rumbled down West Hollywood's Fairfax Avenue outside Phantom Vox Studios , a secret show was ...

  39. The Jubilee Bump: How The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Is Boosting UK Music Sales

    June 06, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Robbie Williams performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday (June 4). (Photo: Getty) As the U.K. awaited an in-depth post-match report on the effects of the four-day (June 2-5) Jubilee celebrations on ...

  40. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  41. Paul McCartney: He'll Close Olympic Opening Ceremony

    June 04, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Paul McCartney has confirmed an Olympic-sized rumor, saying he'll be the closing act at the London 2012 opening ceremony. Earlier this year the former Beatle disclosed that he was in talks to play a role in the celebrations. On Monday, he con ...

  42. Mercury Prize Announces New Venue, Live Gigs, Broadcast Partner

    May 23, 2012 7:53 AM EDT The Barclaycard Mercury Prize has announced a new location for this year's event, as well as increased television coverage and, for the first time, a series of gigs featuring nominees for the prestigious award. The awards show itself will mov ...

  43. Bee Gee Robin Gibb Mourned and Hailed in Britain

    May 21, 2012 8:54 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio. The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged numerous hits ...

  44. Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees Dies

    May 20, 2012 7:07 PM EDT Robin Gibb once said that "an artist is an artist because he is not happy with the world, so he creates his own existence." And the singer and composer, who died today at the age of 62 after a series of health issues, certainly created a ...

  45. Tech Types Tackle TV-Music Tie-Ins at NARM

    May 10, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Turning living rooms into virtual record stores guided by television shows and ads is just a few technological clicks away from becoming a reality. How to get there -- and who needs to play role in that development -- was the subject of a presenta ...

  46. Eurovision or Euroderision? The UK's Engelbert Humperdinck Has A Plan

    May 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Engelbert Humperdinck's Plan To Transcend The Eurovision Song Competition Englebert Humperdinck, 76, is the U.K.'s Eurovision Song Contest entrant and the competition's oldest male . The 57th annual Eurovision Song Contest's gr ...

  47. British High Court Orders ISPs To Block Pirate Bay

    April 30, 2012 1:28 PM EDT The British High Court has ordered five of the U.K.'s biggest ISPs to block users from accessing illegal file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. The ruling by Justice Arnold was made late last Friday (April 27) and was officially announced today. I ...

  48. Robin Gibb of Bee Gees Falls Into Coma

    April 14, 2012 7:17 PM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Former Bee Gee Robin Gibb is in a coma after contracting pneumonia, a statement on his official website said Saturday. The statement, which confirmed media reports that the singer was gravely ill, said "we are all hoping and pr ...

  49. Sonisphere Music Festival Canceled: Adam Lambert and Queen Reunion Isn't Happening

    March 28, 2012 7:54 PM EDT After much fanfare, the big Queen performance featuring "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert at Sonisphere2012 isn't going to happen. The music festival has apparently been canceled. Adam Lambert to Perform With Queen at U.K. Festival ...

  50. Pete Tong, Kaskade, Crystal Method Rally In Support of Pasquale Rotella, Indicted Electric Daisy Promoter

    March 23, 2012 6:15 PM EDT MIAMI - The EDM community took time out of its regularly scheduled Miami Music Week revelry to rally around Pasquale Rotella, embattled CEO of Insomniac Events, the production company behind Electric Daisy Carnival. "I hope for the sake of th ...

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