British music

  1. Roc Nation Appoints Dorothy Hui VP of Digital Marketing

    March 02, 2012 10:52 AM EST Dorothy Hui has been appointed vice president of digital marketing at Roc Nation, it was announced this week. In her new role, she reports to company president Jay Brown. "At Roc Nation, we are always looking for the most talented individuals ...

  2. Backbeat: Estelle Celebrates New Album With John Legend, Jadakiss at Irving Plaza

    March 01, 2012 2:11 PM EST "Sorry, my album came out today and I'm really fucking happy!" Estelle proclaimed Tuesday night at Irving Plaza , the release date of her long-delayed third album All Of Me . The gig was a scheduled stop on the BET Music Matters Tou ...

  3. Radiohead Sidesteps Secondary Ticket Market, Partners With Fan-to-Fan Ticket Trust for U.K. Tour

    February 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST Radiohead is looking to sidestep the thriving secondary ticketing market by partnering with the fan-to-fan orientated Ticket Trust for its forthcoming U.K. tour. The Ticket Trust was established in 2011 by the U.K. Association of Independent Festi ...

  4. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldpay, Florence Get BRIT Awards Boost On U.K. Charts

    February 27, 2012 8:02 AM EST The BRIT Awards effect showed itself on the new U.K. sales charts Feb. 26 for a number of artists including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine and, more than anyone, Adele. "21" (XL Recordings) is back at the top of the alb ...

  5. Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Surprise Guest Chris Brown Rock NBA All-Star Game (Videos)

    February 27, 2012 7:21 AM EST (Getty Images) Pitbull called on some super-friends while Nicki Minaj unveiled a new hit at the NBA All-Star Game, which took place in Orlando on Sunday night (Feb. 26). Pit brought out Ne-Yo, Nayer and unannounced performer Chris Brown during the ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Adam Lambert to Perform With Queen at U.K. Festival

    February 21, 2012 8:10 AM EST Adam Lambert will sing with Queen at Europe's Sonisphere Festival, the singer announced on Twitter on Monday. "As many suspected, I can finally confirm: I have been invited by Queen to sing one very special concert! Sonisphere at Knebwor ...

  8. U.K. Music Launches Equality & Diversity Charter

    February 09, 2012 1:23 PM EST Keith Harris, director of performer affairs at U.K. collecting society PPL and spokesperson for the Alliance for Diversity in Music & Media (ADMM), horrified an audience of music and media folk yesterday (Feb. 8) at the launch of the British m ...

  9. Andre 3000, Gorillaz, LCD's James Murphy Team Up for Converse Track

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST As part of Converse Inc.'s continuing "Three Artists. One Song" campaign, Gorillaz, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and Outkast rapper Andre 3000 have teamed up for an original track. "DoYaThing" will be relea ...

  10. Adele Takes 18th Week at No. 1 As Seven Albums Debut In Billboard 200's Top 10

    February 01, 2012 11:00 AM EST As is usually the case in January, few major albums are released in the first few weeks of the year. Now, as we get back to normal -- post-holidays -- we see an influx of seven new albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. That's the most de ...

  11. Backbeat: Why Estelle Was More Excited To Work With Janelle Monae Than Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Wyclef & Chris Brown

    January 31, 2012 12:30 PM EST On January 25, Estelle previewed her new album "All Of Me" before an intimate crowd at Home on Houston Street in New York. It's been three years since the London native's single "American Boy" featuring Kanye West was ...

  12. Cover Drive, Ed Sheeran Top U.K. Charts

    January 30, 2012 8:54 AM EST Bajan quartet Cover Drive went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 29) with "Twilight" (Global Talent/Universal). Ed Sheeran's hit debut album "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) moved back 2-1 for its third ...

  13. Mute Launches Liberation Technologies Label

    January 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Mute records today announced the launch of Liberation Technologies, a new label focused on electronic music. The label will be headed by Patrick O'Neill and distributed worldwide by S T Holdings. The label's first release is 'Spring ...

  14. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Pete Townshend Signs Over Interest in Songs, TuneSat Tracks Unlicensed Multimedia Content

    January 25, 2012 10:15 AM EST Spirit Music Acquires Pete Townshend Catalog Spirit Music Group has purchased Pete Townshend's interest in his entire song catalog, and will partner with the legendary rocker in strengthening Townshend's/The Who's brand on a global ...

  16. Spirit Music Signs Deal With Pete Townshend, The Who to Acquire Catalog

    January 24, 2012 6:35 PM EST Pete Townshend has struck a deal with Spirit Music Group that gives the publishing company Townshend entire interest in his solo material and his material with The Who, including mega-tracks "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Behind Bl ...

  17. Peter Hook Calls Disney's Controversial Joy Division-Inspired T-Shirt a 'Backhanded Compliment'

    January 24, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Disney Store's "Waves Mickey Mouse tee" references Joy Division's 1979 debut "Unknown Pleasures," an album designed by Peter Saville. (Photo: Screen Grab) It was never the most obvious of artist/brand tie-ups, whi ...

  18. Bruno Mars, Jessie J Top UK Charts

    January 17, 2012 7:44 AM EST Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (Elektra/Warner Music) celebrated a year on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Jan. 15) by going back to where it started, at No. 1. Multiple BRIT Award nominee Jessie J is celebrating her second ...

  19. The Wanted: Is Another British Pop Invasion On The Way?

    January 13, 2012 3:08 PM EST Could the Wanted usher in a new wave of British pop to American shores? The five-piece male U.K. vocal group -- which has notched five top five singles on the Official U.K. Singles chart and a pair of top five albums -- is taking a serious stab at ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. UK's Top Selling 2011 Albums and Singles: By the Numbers

    January 03, 2012 3:09 PM EST Official Charts Company data for the U.K. for the full year of 2011 reveal four million-selling albums and two million-selling singles, with female artists taking five of the top ten titles in each list. Combined sales of the top ten albums stood ...

  22. Skrillex Urges Fans To Pirate His Album If They Can't Afford

    December 27, 2011 2:32 PM EST For Skrillex, Christmas was a time for giving - even if that meant allowing his fans to illegally download his album for free. On his Facebook page last Friday, Dec. 23, the massively popular dubstepper, who just grabbed five Grammy nominations, p ...

  23. Little Mix's Mixed Record: Can the UK's X Factor Winners Find Success?

    December 22, 2011 8:32 AM EST When girlband Little Mix aced this year's UK X Factor they were the first group to scoop the title. But that wasn't the only first for the show. For a start it was the first series not to feature its maestro Simon Cowell (who was replace ...

  24. Little Mix Has U.K. Chart's Biggest 2011 Single Debut; Michael Buble Tops Amy Winehouse

    December 19, 2011 8:38 AM EST In the last charts before the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 titles are revealed on Christmas Day, Sunday's (Dec. 18) new data showed Michael Bublé regaining the album chart crown with "Christmas" (Reprise/Warner Music). Little ...

  25. Little Mix, First Band To Win UK X Factor, Has No. 1 Single

    December 13, 2011 9:48 AM EST Little Mix, a four-piece girl band became the first group to win the UK's version of the reality show "X Factor" in front of a TV audience of 12.9 million and a live crowd of ten-thousand. The four girls, all under 20, beat finalist ...

  26. Lady Gaga's Career Comes Full Circle at Z100 Jingle Ball

    December 12, 2011 7:00 AM EST Lady Gaga 's career came full circle for a moment Friday night. The singer headlined Z100's annual Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden, an event that holds special meaning to the New York native. "This was the first live sh ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Afghan Whigs Announce First Show In 13 Years at ATP, Curating 2012's Asbury Park Shows

    December 07, 2011 12:52 PM EST The Afghan Whigs are back together to play both the London and New Jersey stops of the All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror festival in 2012. This coming May at Alexandra Palace in London, the Afghan Whigs will play the UK show cur ...

  29. X Factor Finalists Top U.K. Charts

    December 05, 2011 7:48 AM EST The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) and the charity release by the show's 20 ...

  30. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Top Nominees

    November 30, 2011 11:00 PM EST Adele and Bruno Mars are both rolling in major Grammy nominations, with each lined up to compete for album, record and song of the year at the Feb. 12 bash. Both crooners earned six nominations, which were announced Wednesday (Nov. 30) during a pr ...

  31. Ting Tings To Preview Album at Inaugural Midem Concert

    November 30, 2011 8:53 AM EST More than three years after scoring an international hit with "That's Not My Name," U.K. alt.pop duo The Ting Tings are to preview their long-awaited sophomore set "Sounds From Nowheresville" at the inaugural Midem Festiva ...

  32. Sandie Shaw Obtains Rights From EMI To Entire Catalog

    November 28, 2011 4:42 PM EST After several months of negotiations with EMI, British pop icon Sandie Shaw has reached an agreement that gives her back the rights to her entire catalogue. Shaw, who had eight U.K. top ten hits between 1964 and 1969 including the No. 1 singles &q ...

  33. Oasis Legal Family Feud Resumes: Liam Gallagher Allegedly Attacked Brother Noel With Guitar

    November 22, 2011 11:41 AM EST The famously factitious relationship between former Oasis members Liam and Noel Gallagher looks set to deteriorate further following reports that Noel has filed court documents accusing his younger brother of abusive and "irresponsible" ...

  34. Backbeat: Chop Shop's Scars On 45 Open For Matt Nathanson At L.A.'s Wiltern

    November 02, 2011 4:59 AM EDT Left to right: Mark Needham (who mixed Scars on 45's "Heart on Fire" EP), Chop Shop president John Rubeli, Atlantic Records director of AAA promotion Brian Corona and Scars on 45 manager Steve Nice. On the heels of the release of it ...

  35. Noel Gallagher Debuts Atop U.K. Album Charts, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 24, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Noel Gallagher's post-Oasis career was given a resounding vote of confidence by British music buyers Sunday (23) when his self-titled album with new group the High Flying Birds, on the Sour Mash label, debuted at No. 1 with sales of 122,000, ...

  36. UK's Manchester Halle Orchestra Battles Royal Liverpool Philharmonic For 'Oldest' Title

    October 21, 2011 12:35 PM EDT The classical music industry is often trying to prove it's not stuck in the past but this week two British orchestras have been dusting off their walkers in a bid to retain the title of oldest orchestra. The Hallé Orchestra has been forced to ...

  37. Stone Roses Reunite, Announce 2012 Concerts

    October 18, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Seminal U.K. rock band The Stone Roses is to reform for a series of highly lucrative live shows. Following days of speculation that a reunion was imminent, the announcement was made earlier today (Oct. 18) at a packed press conference in The Soho ...

  38. Exclusive: Muse Manager Anthony Addis Talks New Album, Touring and the Challenges of Conquering America

    October 17, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Often praised as one of the greatest live acts in the world today, Muse's latest touring run was its most successful yet. Beginning in October 2009 and wrapping this summer with a headline slot at the U.K. dual-site Reading and Leeds festival ...

  39. Backbeat: Donovan Performs With DeVotchKa at Elias Arts

    October 12, 2011 2:24 PM EDT Donovan and members of DeVotchKa perform "Sunshine Superman" in the Santa Monica offices of Elias Arts DeVotchKa, the Denver-based band that incorporates Eastern European and South American elements in their buoyant acoustic rock, spent ...

  40. Paul Oakenfold Leaves WME for APA

    October 11, 2011 8:33 PM EDT Superstar DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold is leaving William Morris Endeavor for APA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "I wish my friends at William Morris Endeavor all the best," says Oakenfold, in a statement being issued on Wednesda ...

  41. Universal Music Publishing Extends Joy Division Deal; Peter Hook Dismayed By New Order Reunion Shows

    October 04, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing has extended its worldwide administration deal with pioneering U.K. rock band Joy Division. The legendary Manchester band first formed in 1977 and achieved cult status with its two studio albums "Unknown Pleasures&q ...

  42. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Andria Vidler

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 18 Andria Vidler CEO, EMI Music U.K. & Ireland Website: Emimusic.com Twitter: @emiworldwide Under CEO Andria Vidler, EMI Music U.K. & Ireland reports that the past year has been its most successful since the era of Spice Girls in the m ...

  43. Kasbian, N-Dubz's Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Debuts At No. 5

    September 26, 2011 7:52 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of ...

  44. Backbeat: Manny's Auctioning Michael Jackson Self-Portrait, Elvis's First Guitar, Rare Beatles Pix

    September 19, 2011 7:20 AM EDT "To Manny, keep one eye closed at all cost," scrawled Bob Dylan on well-known mid-'60s publicity photo in which the squinting singer had one fist pushed up on his smiling face. "Manny" was Manny Goldrich, whose music instr ...

  45. Red Hot Chili Peppers Top U.K. Album Chart

    September 05, 2011 1:41 PM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers ' "I'm With You" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 71,000 units last week to become their fourth U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its weekly sales chart data yesterday. London rappe ...

  46. From Talking Heads to Kreayshawn-How Music Supervisor Scott Vener Makes Hip Syncs Happen

    September 01, 2011 7:35 AM EDT HBO's "Entourage" has offered fans half-hour chunks of stylized escapism during its eight-season run, and no one is more responsible for setting that ultra-cool tone than Scott Vener (@brokemogul), who started as a music consultan ...

  47. Behind Canada's Last-Minute Concert For Japan Fundraiser

    August 30, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Concert promoters from Dubai are hoping to pull off an ambitious two-day Concert For Japan fundraiser in Toronto Sept. 3 to 4. The venue is Downsview Park, the site of the Rolling Stones-headlined SARS concert in 2003 that drew an estimated half-m ...

  48. Reality Show Stars Will Young, Olly Murs Rule U.K. Charts

    August 29, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Former reality show winners rule the new U.K. sales charts, in a double victory for Sony Music Entertainment. 2002 "Pop Idol" victor Will Young's "Echoes" album (RCA/Sony) entered at No. 1 and his "Jealousy" sing ...

  49. Nick Lowe Enthralls Grammy Museum Crowd

    August 17, 2011 7:26 AM EDT Nick Lowe who told the audience at the Grammy Museum last night that "As you get older, it's more fun to sing the blues. It cheers you up." The history of Nick Lowe, from his childhood favorites to Brinsley Schwartz and "(What& ...

  50. Amy Winehouse Holds Top of U.K. Album Chart for Second Week

    August 08, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Amy Winehouse continued her posthumous reign on the new U.K. album chart, published Sunday (Aug. 7) by the Official Charts Company. "Back To Black" (Universal Island) achieved a second week at No. 1 since her death, in addition to the th ...

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