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  1. 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 ...

  2. Songkick Data Meshed With Yahoo’s Search Results

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Songkick is seeking to expand its footprint through a partnership with Yahoo. The London-based company is now supplying its concert listings for Yahoo’s search results in the U.S. Yahoo has access to its entire database through its API, says Songk ...

  3. JLS, N-Dubz, Professor Green Confirmed For MOBOs

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Homegrown stars dominate the first list of acts confirmed to perform at this year's MOBO Awards, with N-Dubz, JLS and Professor Green all set to play the leading urban event. U.K. pop star Alesha Dixon is also set to perform at the urban musi ...

  4. U.K. Tour Update: Electric Proms, Kylie, Selena Gomez

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Robert Plant has been confirmed as a headline act for the Radio 2 Electric Proms 2010. He will perform with Band of Joy and the London Oriana Choir at the Roundhouse in London on Oct. 29. It will air live on AC network Radio 2 and form part of ...

  5. Tinie Tempah Leads MOBO Nominations

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tinie Tempah leads the nominations for the 2010 MOBO Awards. The chart-topping U.K. rapper is up for four awards at the ceremony next month. Dizzee Rascal, Professor Green, N-Dubz and Plan B each have three nominations for the U.K. urban music awa ...

  6. The XX Benefits From Mercury Sales Surge

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The London electronic/alt-rock trio the XX has already benefited from winning the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The televised coverage of the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night (Sept. 7) on BBC Two had an immediate impact ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. The XX, Paul Weller Lead Mercury Betting

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 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 t ...

  9. Pensions Regulator To Decide On EMI

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Pensions Regulator has been asked to rule on the funding of the EMI pension scheme because the trustees and the company cannot reach agreement, the BBC reports. It will be the first time the Pensions Regulator has decided how much extra c ...

  10. Report: BBC Mulling New Music Show

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has begun discussions about launching a new weekly music TV show, according to the Times. The publicly funded U.K. broadcaster canceled its weekly chart show "Top of the Pops" in 2006 after 42 years, following a slide in ratings ...

  11. U.K. 'X Factor' Bans Auto-Tune

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. edition of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor" has announced that auto-tuning software will not be used on contestants' voices in future. Earlier this week, "X Factor" bosses came under fire from ...

  12. Vintage TV Signs Getty Images Deal

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New U.K. music channel Vintage TV, which is aimed at the 50-plus market, has confirmed a deal with Getty Images. The channel will have access to Getty Images' wholly-owned library of over 360,000 still images and 8,000 hours of footage clips ...

  13. 'X Factor' Admits To Autotune, Australian Host Out

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The seventh U.K. series of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor" opened with ratings of 11.1 million on ITV1, up on the 9.9 million for the first show last year. But today (Aug. 23) all the attention has been on more negat ...

  14. 'X Factor' Returns With A Spice Girl

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "The X Factor" returns to ITV1 in the U.K. on Saturday (Aug. 21) and the channel will be hoping ratings for the first episode of the seventh series top the impressive 9.9 million for last year's opener. Viewers will see a few change ...

  15. Phil Spector Denied Wearing A Wig

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of Phil Spector's sons has praised a documentary that depicts the convicted homicidal music producer as a sociopath and a narcissist. The film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," is based on a three and a half hour int ...

  16. Songkick Lands Partnerships With YouTube, Vevo

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Songkick has launched content partnerships with YouTube and Vevo, co-founder and CEO Ian Hogarth exclusively revealed to Billboard. These and other content syndication deals are helping to make the young London-based company a player in online con ...

  17. Robbie Williams To Headline U.K. Armed Forces Concert

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is to headline a fundraising charity concert at Twickenham Stadium, Sept. 12, in honor of the British Armed Forces. James Blunt, Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott, Plan B and U.K. girl band The Saturdays are also confirmed to perform at ...

  18. The XX's Label Hoping For Mercury Nomination Uplift

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London alternative act the XX has been installed as frontrunners for the Barclarycard Mercury Prize, and the band's label says it will capitalize on the nomination with marketing activity. Since its release in August 2009, the critically accl ...

  19. Mercury Prize Shortlist Unveiled

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock veteran Paul Weller's 10th solo album and Dublin-based quintet Villagers' debut share space on the shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, announced today in London. The 12-strong shortlist was unveiled at London venue ...

  20. Classical Conductor Mackerras Dies At 84

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charles Mackerras, a gifted musician who conducted some of the world's leading orchestras, has died at the age of 84 after suffering from cancer, his agent said on Thursday (July 15). Born in New York state to Australian parents, Mackerras wa ...

  21. Business Matters: Live Nation, Popjustice, RIAA, UMG and more

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The analyst consensus, according to Barrons, is that Live Nation will take a financial hit this summer but its stock has been punished too much. Barrons talks to some analysts (whose investor notes have been mentioned in this column in recent w ...

  22. Cheryl Cole Pulls Out Of V Fest

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop singer Cheryl Cole has withdrawn from TV and festival commitments while she receives treatment for malaria. Cole, who has a solo career in addition to her role in Girls Aloud, has pulled out of August's V Festival dates in the U.K. n ...

  23. ISPs' Legal Challenge to U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telcos BT and Talk Talk are seeking a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act, which was voted through parliament in April. The BBC reports that the two Internet Service Providers want the High Court to clarify the legality of the new law. ...

  24. George Michael Arrested

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT George Michael has been arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive, according to the BBC. He was arrested on Sunday (July 4) after police received reports that a car had crashed into a building in north London. Michael was taken to a north Lond ...

  25. Fans Start Arriving At Glastonbury

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival does not officially begin until tomorrow, but thousands of fans have started arriving on site today (June 23) to set up camp for the week ahead. The gates are open at Worthy Farm in Somerset and those who do arrive early will ...

  26. AEG Live Boss Fears U.K. Sales Tax Hike

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rob Hallett, AEG Live president of international touring , has voiced his concerns about the potential impact that a rise in V.A.T. (sales tax) in the U.K. will have on the live music business. V.A.T. (Value Added Tax), applied to goods and servic ...

  27. Digital Radio Scrappage Scheme For U.K.

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. radio industry has introduced a 'scrappage' scheme in an effort to boost sales of DAB digital radios. Described as a Radio Amnesty, it mirrors the 2009 car scrappage scheme in the U.K., which aimed to boost sales under a volunta ...

  28. McCartney Says EMI Keeping Beatles Off iTunes

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to Paul McCartney, EMI Music is the reason there's no Beatles music for sale on iTunes . "It's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes," he told BBC Newsbeat . "It's the people in the middle, the recor ...

  29. What Does U.K. Govt Mean For Digital Economy Act?

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeremy Hunt has been appointed secretary of state for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in the new U.K. government by prime minister David Cameron . The role makes him a key government figure for the music industry. Hunt held the shadow culture r ...

  30. New Service Puts Fresh Spin On Podcast Format

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Remember podcasting? The ability to subscribe to audio programming sent to your desktop automatically was supposed to revolutionize radio. And while it certainly gained some traction—particularly after Apple created a podcasting section in iTunes— ...

  31. AEG In Frame To Take Over London Olympic Stadium

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AEG has lodged an interest to take over the Olympic Stadium in East London following the 2012 Games in London. AEG, which also operates the O2 complex in the capital, is among 106 parties that have expressed an interest in taking on the 80,000-cap ...

  32. PRS For Music Sets Out Digital Income Plan

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music's new CEO is planning to work more closely with and monetize emerging digital music distribution platforms. That was the key message from Robert Ashcroft, at his first annual general meeting (AGM) in Lond ...

  33. Lennon's 'Day In The Life' Lyrics Up For Auction

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon 's handwritten lyrics to "A Day in the Life," considered one of the Beatles' greatest songs and the final track on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," will go on sale in New York in June. Sotheby ...

  34. Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal Up For Ivor Novello Awards

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Lily Allen and rapper Dizzee Rascal have each scored two nominations for the 55th Ivor Novello Awards . The award for British songwriters and composers take place at London's Grosvenor House on May 20. Allen and co-writer Greg Ku ...

  35. Volcanic Ash Grounds Artists, Disrupts Biz

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flight restrictions have been extended in the U.K. and Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud, leaving tour plans and promotional campaigns in tatters. Several U.K. acts missed the Coachella festival at the weekend, including Gary Numan, the Cri ...

  36. U.K. Bands Grounded By Volcanic Dust

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flights from the U.K. have been grounded for a second day by volcanic ash, which has left several acts' appearances at Coachella in doubt. The restrictions on U.K. airspace will continue until 1am BST on April 17. Transport minister Lord Adon ...

  37. Whitney Houston Returns To Stage, Critics Divided

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston kicked off the British leg of her tour after canceling a string of gigs due to illness, but some critics were less than impressed with her performance. "Houston, we still have a problem" was the conclusion of the bestsell ...

  38. Business Matters: Obama, Grokster, Spotify, Hollywood Records and More

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- On President Obama ’s short list of candidates to fill the position of departing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas. As Ben Sheffner pointed out, Thomas wrote the Ninth Circuit’s decision for MG ...

  39. B'way Bow Of 'Love Never Dies' Delayed Until 2011

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadway will have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom. The producers of "Love Never Dies" announced that the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera" will now open in New York in spr ...

  40. U.K. Anti-Piracy Bill Passed By Lords

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing, has cleared the House of Lords with a controversial clause set to be introduced in the Commons. The Bill's legislative process will now continue in the Hou ...

  41. Charlotte Church Snags Finance Deal For Comeback

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Charlotte Church has agreed a £2 million ($3 million) investment deal with Power Amp Music, the London-based music fund manager, to support the recording of her new album and comeback. Church, a former child classical crossover artist who later mo ...

  42. Pink Floyd Wins U.K. Court Battle With EMI

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd won its court battle with EMI on Thursday (March 11) with a ruling that prevents the record company from selling single downloads on the Internet from the group's concept albums. The outcome of a dispute over the level of royalties ...

  43. Bob Geldof Dismisses Live Aid Arms Claims

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Aid concert organizer Bob Geldof and the Ethiopian government have denied allegations that millions of dollars in aid for Ethiopian famine victims in the '80s went to buy arms. The BBC reported claims by former rebel leaders, who said th ...

  44. Ex-Sugababe's Legal Claim On Band Name

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Former Sugababes member Mutya Buena has applied for ownership of the U.K. pop act's name, the BBC reports. Buena was a founding member of the girl group who quit for a solo career in 2005. The current Sugababes line-up does not include any of ...

  45. Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Interested' In Abbey Road

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is "very interested" in buying the Abbey Road studios, which EMI is reportedly looking to sell. Lord Lloyd Webber's spokesman confirmed the composer's interest in taking ownership of the histor ...

  46. Glastonbury Fest Gets License To 2016

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The organizers of the U.K. Glastonbury Festival have secured a license from the local council to stage the event until 2016. Mendip District Council said the team behind Glastonbury, including founder Michael Eavis who established the event in 197 ...

  47. Jazz Musician Sir John Dankworth Dies Aged 82

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sir John Dankworth, the British jazz composer, saxophonist and band leader, has died. He was 82. Jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine - who married Dankworth in 1958 after meeting during an audition for a spot with his band - announced her husband's d ...

  48. BPI Rejects Law Firm's Pursuit Of File-Sharers

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI has distanced itself from the methods employed by a law firm in chasing file-sharers. The BBC reports that ACS:Law has sent thousands of letters to people it claims have infringed copyright over the Internet. Those accused ...

  49. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Out Feb. 7

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts," organized by Simon Cowell to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, will be released Feb. 7. The BBC reports that the song features Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Kyli ...

  50. Business Matters: Spotify, VC Funding, Citi, EMI and More

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- " Spotify is a very sustainable financial model&q ...

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