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  1. Blur Cancel Big Day Out Appearance, Blame ‘Shifting Goalposts’

    November 25, 2013 2:01 AM EST Blur has pulled out of their headlining slot at the Big Day Out just two months before the travelling festival is due to roll around Australia and New Zealand. The Britpop veterans announced the cancelation via their Facebook page, with a message ...

  2. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Confirms Headliners Pearl Jam, Blur, Arcade Fire

    July 31, 2013 10:35 PM EDT Pearl Jam, Blur, Arcade Fire and Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) will headline the 2014 Australasian Big Day Out tour. Other key names confirmed to the bill include EDM acts Major Lazer, Steve Angello (formerly of Swedish House Mafia) and Australia& ...

  3. Backbeat Coachella 2013: Stars, Skinny Lister, White Arrows, Passion Pit, More at Convivial Second Friday

    April 20, 2013 10:20 PM EDT Skinny Lister (from L) Rosco Wuestewald, Daniel Heptinstall, Max Thomas, Lorna Thomas, Andy "slim" Black, Michael Camino The backstage at Coachella had a convivial atmosphere on Friday, which's no wonder – all the acts on the bi ...

  4. Margaret Thatcher and the Rise and Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 10:54 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single "Wannabe" in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Hal ...

  5. Coachella 2013 Lineup: Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    January 25, 2013 12:35 AM EST Blur, the Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers top the lineup for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was unveiled late on Thursday night (Jan. 24). The annual fest is set to once again take over Indio, Calif. on con ...

  6. Business Matters: Six Things in SoundScan's 2012 Mid-Year Report to Be Optimistic About

    July 05, 2012 3:48 PM EDT Six Things to Be Optimistic About in SoundScan's Mid-Year Report -- We're halfway through 2012 and the sales results are in: As Billboard.biz reported Wednesday and Thursday , album sales were down 3.2% and overall sales - albums plus tr ...

  7. Apple's Garageband Adds Real-Time Jamming, iCloud Sync

    March 08, 2012 6:15 AM EST Maybe it's time to get the band back together. On top of all the other stuff Apple announced yesterday (March 7), including a new iPad and Apple TV, the company demonstrated a new version of its Garageband music app that can sync tracks up an ...

  8. Adele Receives Apology From BRIT Awards for Acceptance-Speech Interruption

    February 22, 2012 10:47 AM EST The organizers of this year's Brit Awards have issued an apology to Adele for cutting short her second acceptance speech of the evening -- an incident which led to the singer raising her middle finger to the crowd and millions of watching TV ...

  9. BRIT Awards 2012: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay Win Big

    February 21, 2012 6:36 PM EST (Photo: Jon Furniss) Adele's already packed award shelf just got that extra bit crowded. On top of the six Grammy Awards that the "Someone Like You" singer picked up earlier this month, Adele took home two of the biggest prizes at t ...

  10. Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Adele Lead 2012 Brit Award Nominations

    January 12, 2012 3:35 PM EST As anticipated, female solo artists dominate the front runners for this year's Brit Awards with Adele and "Price Tag" singer Jessie J both picking up multiple nominations. It is, however, fast-rising male singer-songwriter Ed Sheera ...

  11. XL's Richard Russell On Adele, Six Grammy Noms, What's Next (Bobby Womack!)

    December 09, 2011 8:30 AM EST Banner Year: Richard Russell, co-founder and CEO of XL Recordings (Photo: Courtesy XL) All said, 2011 has been a phenomenal year for Richard Russell and XL Recordings, the London-based independent that he co-founded in 1989 and now runs. Since its ...

  12. BACKBEAT: Alex James Of Blur And Eric Whitacre Kick Off Virtual Choir 2011

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Composer/conductor Eric Whitacre launched a global search for singers on Sept. 23 in hopes of breaking a world record by assembling the world’s largest online choir. PHOTOS: KINVER MILES Blur bassist Alex James was the first participant in Virtual ...

  13. Converse Teams With Bernard Sumner, Hot Chip

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Footwear brand Converse is releasing the first of its music collaborations featuring U.K. acts today (Oct. 6). It is part of a year-long campaign centered around British talent. The first track features Bernard Sumner from New Order and Bad Lieute ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. U.K. Record Store Day Set To Be Biggest Yet

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are among the high profile names leading the line for the U.K. leg of tomorrow's (April 17) Record Store Day - an event that organizers are confidently predicting will be Britain's bi ...

  17. Blur Returns For Record Store Day

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Blur, which reformed for dates last summer, has recorded new material for release as part of Record Store Day. The 1,000 copies of the seven-inch vinyl single will be Blur's first new material since 2003. Details will be confirm ...

  18. Muse, Kasabian Top NME Awards With Two Apiece

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Muse and Kasabian tied for top spot at the NME music awards with two prizes apiece. There were also standout performances from godlike genius recipient Paul Weller, who played classic Jam songs at the O2 Academy Brixton, as well as the Specials, K ...

  19. EMI Music To Launch Abbey Road Live

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Following test runs at several recent U.K. concerts, EMI Music has announced plans to officially launch Abbey Road Live, a new live music recording and instant production service. Headquartered at Abbey Road Studios in London, Abbey Road Live will ...

  20. Artists Back Lily, Call For Three-Strikes Law

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After a three-hour meeting in London called by the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), the artist community has reached an agreed position on tackling illegal file-sharing that would result in technical sanctions against persistent infringers. It fo ...

  21. Elton John Joins File-Sharing Debate

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Elton John has added his voice to the debate among artists over the impact of file-sharing in the U.K. The veteran artist has echoed the views of pop artist Lily Allen, who accused musicians from the Featured Artists Coalition of ignoring the ...

  22. FAC Responds To Lily Allen-Inspired P2P Debate

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After U.K. pop act Lily Allen hit out at "really rich and successful rock stars" who questioned the government's proposals to tackle illegal file-sharing, the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has responded to her comments. The singe ...

  23. Massive Attack Launches World Tour In London

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Massive Attack debuted new songs from its long-awaited fifth album and performed with Blur frontman Damon Albarn at the first night of its tour at London's Brixton Academy. The British electronic act - which comprises Robert "3D" De ...

  24. Mighty Boosh Star Joins 'Buzzcocks'

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Noel Fielding, best known for his work with radio and TV comedy series "The Mighty Boosh," has been confirmed as a captain on the new series of BBC Two pop quiz "Never Mind the Buzzcocks." The show, now in its 22nd series, will ...

  25. New Order Spin-Off Bad Lieutenant Confirms Tour, Album

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bad Lieutenant, the new band formed by New Order singer Bernard Sumner, has announced a three-date U.K. tour to coincide with its debut album in October. Bad Lieutenant's debut studio set "Never Cry Another Tear" is released Oct. 5 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Natalie Imbruglia Recruits Coldplay And Eno

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia-born singer Natalie Imbruglia has teamed up with Coldplay and Brian Eno for her first new album in four years. The new set, "Come To Life," is released in the U.K. Oct. 5 on Island Records. A European release follows on Oct.12. ...

  28. MTV U.K. Reveals Oxegen Fest Broadcast Details

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks U.K. has announced details of its coverage of Oxegen 2009, to be held at County Kildare's Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland from July 10 to 12. As official broadcast partner for the 2009 event, MTV will feature performance footag ...

  29. Oasis Wins Britpop Airplay Battle

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New airplay figures from U.K. collecting society PRS for Music have revealed that Oasis leads Blur in the battle for Britpop supremacy in the U.K., as the rival acts appear at huge London shows within a week of each other. Oasis' "Wonder ...

  30. Massive Attack To Return With Huge World Tour

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Massive Attack vocalist and musician Robert "3D" Del Naja has revealed plans for a huge world tour to support the release of their long-anticipated fifth album out in October via Virgin/EMI. The British electronic act has already confirm ...

  31. Duffy, Elbow Win Ivor Novello Awards

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay, Duffy, the Ting Tings, Elbow and electronic music pioneers Massive Attack were among the winners at the 54th Ivor Novello Awards in London. The ceremony, presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and ...

  32. Business Briefs: Pandora, ASCAP, Sprialfrog, 'Drum King'

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pandora is the latest music service to adopt Gracenote's music lyrics licensing program. The deal will allow Pandora users to view the lyrics of any song streaming from the service at any time, so long as they are covered in Gracenote' ...

  33. Blur Eyeing U.S., European Dates

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reformed U.K. rock act Blur is looking to add U.S. and European shows to its run of U.K. dates and festival appearances. As well as headline slots at Glastonbury and T in the Park festivals and Oxegen outside Dublin in Ireland, Blur will play two ...

  34. Featured Artists Back U.K. Govt On Term Extension

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recently formed Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has given its backing to the U.K. government's decision to vote against the EU proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. While other music industry bodies voiced their d ...

  35. Featured Artists Opposed To Cutting Off File-Sharers

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural meeting of the U.K.'s Featured Artists' Coalition (FAC) in London resulted in a vote among its members opposing any measures that criminalize file-sharing. The FAC was formed to give artists a collective voice to campaign f ...

  36. Featured Artist Coalition Set For Inaugural Meeting

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Featured Artist Coalition (FAC) will hold its inaugural meeting in London today (March 11) and the current impasse between YouTube and PRS for Music over royalty rates is likely to be a major topic of discussion. The FAC was formed ...

  37. Featured Artists Coalition Meeting Re-Scheduled

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The first meeting of the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has been re-scheduled for March 11 at London venue Heaven. The meeting remains restricted to artists and will be hosted by the steering committee, comprising Radiohead's Ed O'Brie ...

  38. Blur, Oasis Steal The Show At NME Awards

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nearly 15 years after they first locked horns, British rock rivals Oasis and Blur once again stole the show at the 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards, held at London's O2 Academy Brixton in the U.K. Oasis was crowned best British band although the de ...

  39. Blur To Headline T In The Park

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recently reformed U.K. rock act Blur is the latest band confirmed to headline Scotland's T in the Park festival, staged by DF Concerts on July 9 to 12 in Balado, Kinross-shire. It will join already announced acts Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol an ...

  40. Snow Stops Featured Artists' Meeting

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Featured Artists' Coalition, a new U.K. organization which campaigns for performers' and musicians' rights, has postponed its inaugural meeting because of heavy snow. The members' meeting was due to take place in London tod ...

  41. Blur Reforms For London Show

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. indie-rock act Blur is to reform for an open-air show in London's Hyde Park in summer 2009. The band has been on hiatus following the campaign for their 2003 album "Think Tank" (Parlophone). The Hyde Park show takes place on Ju ...

  42. Duffy, Beck Cover 'Heroes' For War Child

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The War Child charity is to partner with EMI's Parlophone label on a covers album, "Heroes", featuring contemporary acts chosen by music legends. The album, released by Parlophone on Nov. 24, will raise funds for the UK-based charit ...

  43. Bedingfield, Gabriel Feted At BMI London Awards

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Natasha Bedingfield was one of the big winners tonight at the BMI London Awards, where she took out a string of honors including the prestigious Robert S. Musel Award, recognizing the most performed work of the year, for her 2004 song "Unwrit ...

  44. Q Gongs Handed Out In London

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tony Wilson, the enigmatic entrepreneur who discovered and signed Joy Division and Happy Mondays to his Factor Records label, was posthumously recognized as a "Q Hero" today at the Q Awards in London. Wilson, whose unconventional career ...

  45. A&M Offers Record Deal In New Unsigned Competition

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is joining forces with national broadcaster Channel 4, handset maker Sony Ericsson and telecoms giant Orange for a new unsigned, multi-media talent quest in the United Kingdom. The "mobileAct unsigned" winning act wi ...

  46. Tunstall, Blur Join Musicians' Tutorial Site

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT KT Tunstall, Blur and Supergrass are among the artists who have signed up to a new Web site which aims to get music fans playing along to their favorite hits. The DRM-free downloadable video tutorials at www.nowplayit.com show the artists providin ...

  47. Winehouse Wins At MOJO Awards

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse, the Stooges and Joy Division were among the winners at MOJO magazine's annual gathering of rock legends in London last night. The MOJO Honours List pays tribute to both classic artists and new music and always draws a heavyweig ...

  48. Pink Floyd Members Appear At Barrett Tribute

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The surviving members of Pink Floyd took part in a tribute concert last night to pay respect to their former frontman, Roger "Syd" Barrett. Guitarist David Gilmour, bassist Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright all ...

  49. Legal Vet George Joins Edge Group

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alasdair George, the former senior VP of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG U.K., has joined London-based advisory and investment firm Edge Group, with effect from April 16. Based in London, he will report to Edge Group founder David Glick. Du ...

  50. Furtado Claims Eurochart Double

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nelly Furtado rebounds to the top of both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, to lead them simultaneously for the first time. "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) moves 2-1 on European Top 100 Albums, which it led for a week, a fortnight a ...

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