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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. Morning Fix: BET Brawl Video; Artists Protest Parlophone Sale; Big Album Debuts; Jay-Z Opens Barclays

    October 01, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters BET HIP-HOP AWARDS MARRED BY SCUFFLE: Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards though no arr ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Adele Gives Producers The Finger At BRIT Awards (Video)

    February 21, 2012 7:00 PM EST Adele took home two statues at the annual BRIT Awards on Tuesday and while accepting her final award of the evening, the singer gave fans (and producers) more than they bargained for. BRIT Awards 2012: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay Win Big The Briti ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Kings Of Leon Books Biggest U.K. Show

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Kings of Leon will play its biggest ever U.K. show this summer. The U.S. band will perform a Live Nation-promoted date at London's Hyde Park on June 30. The capacity for the show is understood to be around 50,000. Other acts to play Hyde Park ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Glastonbury 2010 Sells Out

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 Glastonbury festival has sold out within 12 hours of tickets going on sale. Tickets for the U.K. event at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset went on sale Oct. 4 at 9am BST, but at 9pm, the festival's official Web site posted a message ann ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Glastonbury Sales Surge On Amazon

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amazon.co.uk has reported a surge in sales for acts featured at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, which had extensive media coverage over the weekend. The event was broadcast on multiple BBC TV and radio channels as well as onl ...

  15. Glastonbury Gets 1.9 Million Ratings Peak

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Blur's headline set at Glastonbury got 1.9 million viewers for the BBC's live coverage of the final night of the festival. Blur, who reformed for summer dates, wrapped the 170,000-capacity event on the Pyramid Stage in Some ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Oakenfold Confirmed For Wireless Fest

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT London's Wireless festival has announced further acts for its July 4 instalment, including U.K. dance stalwart Paul Oakenfold. Emerging London acts Frankmusik and Tommy Sparks, New York duo Fischerspooner, Sydney-based Sneaky Sound System and ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Basement Jaxx, Streets For Wireless 2009

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance act Basement Jaxx will headline the main stage at the Wireless festival in London's Hyde Park on July 4. It is a return to the Wireless stage for the act, which performed at the inaugural event in 2005. U.K. hip-hop outfit the Stre ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Specials Add Dates, Responds To Dammers

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Specials' U.K. tour in April and May 2009 now has extra dates, with the band claiming to have sold 45,000 tickets for eight shows in just over 30 minutes. The U.K. act has reformed for the tour, although without founder member Jerry Damme ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. GLOBAL PULSE: BORN IN EUROPE

    October 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Damon Gough has admitted hitting an artistic "wall" while recording his fifth album as Badly Drawn Boy, "Born in the U.K." (EMI). In summer 2005, the singer/songwriter abandoned sessions with producer Damon Gough has admitted h ...

  28. Smith Splits EMI Publishing

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exec who signed Blur joins Sony BMG. Exec who signed Blur joins Sony BMG. News ...

  29. Oasis Grabs Two Q Awards

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono picks up Special Award for Lennon. Oasis clinched two of the top prizes at this year's Q Awards yesterday (Oct. 10) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, picking up best album for “Don't Believe the Truth” (Big Brother) and th ...

  30. Live 8 Plans Show With African Musicians

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Africa Calling' to be held in Cornwall, England. Organizers of the Live 8 concerts to raise awareness of poverty in Africa announced on Wednesday plans for a separate concert featuring African artists. The event, called Africa Calling, ...