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  1. 'Good Vibrations' Revisits the Irish Punk Explosion Via Its Belfast 'Godfather'

    March 12, 2013 9:29 PM EDT "Good Vibrations" is the story of the Belfast record shop that begat the label of the same name, releasing crucial 45s and LPs from the Undertones and other Irish punk bands in the 1970s. Based on the memories of founder Terri Hooley, ...

  2. Van Morrison to Release New Album on Blue Note Records

    June 26, 2012 11:06 AM EDT The legendary voice of Van Morrison is returning to Blue Note Records. The artist, whose classic albums include Astral Weeks , Moondance and Tupelo Honey , will release Born to Sing: No Plan B on Oct. 2, the label announced Tuesday. Blue Note pres ...

  3. Olly Murs, JLS, Merseybeats, Limehouse Lizzy Top PRS For Music's Hardest Working UK Bands List

    December 23, 2011 7:30 AM EST The X Factor magic, the influence of Simon Cowell's hit music-talent TV show that helped push recorded-music sales in the United Kingdom, appears to have enchanted U.K. live music as well, according to the 2011 ranking of Britain's Harde ...

  4. UK's International Festival of Country Music Adds Charley Pride, Asleep at the Wheel

    December 09, 2011 12:47 PM EST The International Festival of Country Music, which will return to U.K. stages in February, has announced the addition of Charley Pride and Asleep At The Wheel to the Wembley Arena bill. Pride, now 73, will play only the Wembley show Feb. 26, but A ...

  5. Exclusive: MTV's Bruce Gillmer on Executive-Producing the EMAs, Host Selena Gomez and Getting 62 Million Votes

    November 04, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Bruce Gillmer, MTV European Music Awards Executive Producer, says this weekend's program is the "crowning jewel" of MTV's international events. Bruce Gillmer, the executive producer of this year's 18th annual MTV European ...

  6. Lady Gaga Tops MTV European Music Awards Nominees

    September 19, 2011 2:27 PM EDT After taking home multiple MTV Video Music Awards last month -- in drag, no less -- Lady Gaga continues a banner year with six nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 6 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena. Behind the widespread ac ...

  7. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  8. Pledge Music Backs 3 Duke Special Releases

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pledge Music, the London-based fan-funded online investment platform, today launches its campaign backing the simultaneous release of three new records by Duke Special on March 1, 2010. The Belfast-based singer songwriter, previously signed to V2 ...

  9. Pendulum Swings Into U.K. Arenas

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian dance act Pendulum will headline its first U.K. arena shows in May 2010 as part of a major tour promoting its new Atlantic album, provisionally titled "Immersion." The band played a series of European festival shows in summer ...

  10. Lady Gaga Sets Latest Billboard Chart Record

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga becomes the first artist in the 17-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs chart to notch four No. 1s from a debut album, as "Paparazzi" rises 3-1. The singer - recently honored as Billboard's Rising Star - previously l ...

  11. U2 Equals Global BBC TV Sales Push

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide Music, part of the commercial arm of U.K. broadcaster the BBC, has unveiled two major new U2 shows that it is making available for sale to international broadcasters. The programs include the Irish band's roof-top performance on ...

  12. Sugarland Heads To Europe

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning duo Sugarland will embark on their first European tour throughout the month of March. Traveling to seven different countries they will perform in 11 different European cities. The dates are a mix of appearances at U.S. military inst ...

  13. Counting Crows Announce U.K., Ireland Dates

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Counting Crows will return to the U.K. and Ireland for a 12-city tour, beginning May 7 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena. The Hold Steady will provide support on the majority of dates. Counting Crows last visited the U.K. to headline London's s ...

  14. Snow Patrol Returns To O2

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Multi-platinum U.K. melodic-rock act Snow Patrol will return to London's O2 arena for two dates on their "Take Back the Cities" 2009 tour. The March 14 and 15 dates will be the band's first at the 18,500-capacity O2 since June ...

  15. HMV Lets Customers Swap Pre-Played Games For CDs, iPods

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is entering the pre-played games market with its “Re/Play” service, which will launch Oct. 24. Re/Play will launch in 160 stores across the U.K. and Ireland, including flagships in London's Oxford Street, Birmi ...

  16. Zavvi Sales Up Despite CD Slump

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer Zavvi says it has marked its first year of operations with a 10.2% like-for-like increase on the previous year for its store sales. The Zavvi group, which rebranded from Virgin Megastore in Sept. 2007 following a manage ...

  17. Coldplay Extends Euro Chart Reign

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay starts a third week at No. 1 on the new European Top 100 Albums chart with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI). But it's all change atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where Duffy's "Mercy&quo ...

  18. Madonna Proves Hard To Push From Euro Chart Summit

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There's no dethroning Madonna on Billboard's pan-European sales charts. Her reign continues as the Warner Bros. album "Hard Candy" enters a fourth week atop European Top 100 Albums and "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Tim ...

  19. Girls Aloud Head For The Big Screen

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Girls Aloud is the latest band to sign-up for the cinecasting treatment. The British girl-group's May 17 concert at the London O2 Arena will be broadcast live to some 50 digitally-equipped Vue Entertainment cinemas across the U.K. The Vue cha ...

  20. Kerrang! Tour Wins Sponsor

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Relentless Energy Drinks has inked a deal with weekly U.K. rock magazine Kerrang! to sponsor its 2008 multi-act tour. The drinks company will have branding on venue video screens and at merchandise stalls at all the shows, which begin in Belfast o ...

  21. Zavvi Celebrates Double-Digit Holiday Sales Boost

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retail chain Zavvi has reported a 10.8% increase in sales on the previous year, when it was trading as Virgin Megastores. However, music sales were down 11.6% compared to the same period in the previous year. The company blames ...

  22. Kylie Adds U.K. Dates

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue's U.K. tour has stretched by another seven shows after the Australian pop star's eight British arena dates sold out in less than two hours of going on sale, organizers say. More than 120,000 tickets sold this morning, trigg ...

  23. 'Viva La Diva' Dates Scale Up For Arenas

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST An upcoming 17-date U.K. touring production featuring opera star Katherine Jenkins and ballet great Darcey Bussell has sold out, and will be extended to visit a string of U.K. arena dates in the new year. The "Viva La Diva" show is the b ...

  24. Mail On Sunday Follows Prince Campaign With DVD First

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British newspaper the Mail on Sunday will back-up its controversial Prince "covermount" CD campaign with a groundbreaking DVD release. The Sept. 16 issue will premiere the DVD of Brendan Foley-directed film "The Riddle," which ...

  25. Springsteen Hitting North America, Europe This Fall

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will tour North America and Europe before the end of the year in support of their new album, "Magic." The trek begins on street date for the Columbia set (Oct. 2) in Hartford, Conn., w ...

  26. Irish Promoter Aiken Dies

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST One of Ireland's leading concert promoters Jim Aiken died Tuesday after a short illness. He was 74. A popular man in a sector not known for its chivalry, the Belfast music impresario acquired the nickname "Gentleman Jim" from his co ...

  27. Norah, Kaiser Chiefs Rule Europe

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST As Norah Jones racks up a fourth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Not Too Late" (Blue Note/Parlophone), English rock band Kaiser Chiefs scores its first No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Ruby" (B-Unique/Pol ...

  28. Snow Patrol, Ash Weigh-In For Belfast Music Project

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Members of alternative rockers Snow Patrol and Ash are throwing their support behind plans to create a dedicated music center in their homeland, Northern Ireland. Snow Patrol's frontman Gary Lightbody and Ash's lead singer Tim Wheeler ar ...

  29. Dave Matthews Band Unveils 2007 Tour Plans

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Dave Matthews Band will kick-off their 2007 tour two-night stand at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on March 23 and March 24, with The Fray set to open. The band will then head down under on March 31 for a two-week jaunt through Australia, fo ...

  30. Coldplay To Return To North America

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001022606">As first reported here</A> in August, Coldplay will return to North America for a spring 2006 tour, beginnin As first reported here i ...

  31. Beck Ready To Hit The Road

    April 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Beck will begin a nearly month-long European tour May 28 in Winchester, England, at the Homelands Festival. Beck will begin a nearly month-long European tour May 28 in Winchester, England, at the Homelands Festival. The artist will play mostly hea ...

  32. Franz Take Two At Ireland's Meteor Awards

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Franz Ferdinand added two more trophies to their mantelpiece last night (Feb. 24) at Ireland's fifth annual Meteor Music Awards, held at the Point in Dublin. Franz Ferdinand added two more trophies to their mantelpiece last night (Feb. 24) at ...

  33. Franz Take Two At Ireland's Meteor Awards

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Franz Ferdinand added two more trophies to their mantelpiece last night (Feb. 24) at Ireland's fifth annual Meteor Music Awards, held at the Point in Dublin. Franz Ferdinand added two more trophies to their mantelpiece last night (Feb. 24) at ...

  34. R.E.M. Cancels Second U.K. Date Due To Flu

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. today (Fe. 22) cancelled a second concert on their U.K. tour because their bassist Mike Mills has the flu. R.E.M. today (Fe. 22) cancelled a second concert on their U.K. tour because their bassist Mike Mills has the flu. A statement on the ...

  35. R.E.M. Cancels Second U.K. Date Due To Flu

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. today (Fe. 22) cancelled a second concert on their U.K. tour because their bassist Mike Mills has the flu. R.E.M. today (Fe. 22) cancelled a second concert on their U.K. tour because their bassist Mike Mills has the flu. A statement on the ...

  36. Irish Gov't To Host Music Biz Seminar

    March 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Irish government will host a seminar April 19-20 in Dublin aimed at overcoming investor wariness of the music business. The Irish government will host a seminar April 19-20 in Dublin aimed at overcoming investor wariness of the music business. ...