British music

  1. 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 ...

  2. U.K. Report Underscores that Labels Must Look Beyond Digital Music Sales

    August 08, 2011 6:42 AM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recor ...

  3. Hot U.K. Boy Band JLS Scores Its Fifth No. 1 Single, but Has Yet to Achieve Stateside Success

    August 05, 2011 12:37 PM EDT U.K. boy band JLS is enjoying a perfect start to its third album campaign. The four-piece pop group, which finished second during the 2008 season of Simon Cowell's music talent TV show "The X Factor," scored its fifth U.K. No. 1 t ...

  4. [Web Trends] Stream Chromeo "When The Night Falls" (Breakbot Remix) + Watch James Blake Live On NYC Radio + R. Kelly Remixes "Till The World Ends"

    July 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 18. Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher finally revealed details of his first solo album today. It will be called, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and it will arrive on October 17 in the UK. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Five ...

  5. Jane Scott, Legendary Cleveland Rock Critic, Dead at 92

    July 05, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Jane Scott, a rock music critic who followed everyone from the Beatles to Britney Spears during a long career that continued into her 80s, has died. She was 92. The Plain Dealer, where Scott worked for a half-century, reported that a niece, Linda ...

  6. Randy Shefer: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Randy Shefer Director, Videogames, Film and TV Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing At Sony/ATV, Randy Shefer, 28, has helped ramp up the firm's presence in videogame soundtracks. Sony/ATV co-president Jody Gerson says Shefer "has built stro ...

  7. Jill Pedone: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Jill Pedone Manager of Creative, BMG Chrysalis At BMG Chrysalis for five-plus years, Jill Pedone, 27, has worked with hit-makers from John Legend to Jean Baptiste to Duran Duran. But her passion is signing developing artists, writers and producers ...

  8. Beyonce, Others Enjoy 'Glastonbury Effect' on UK charts

    June 29, 2011 1:22 PM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Beyonce heads the British album charts at the midweek stage, with "4" outselling its nearest rival by three to one boosted by her weekend appearance at Glastonbury, sales data showed on Wednesday. According to the Offi ...

  9. Take That's Re-Release Tops U.K. Album Chart; Example Single Remains at No. 1

    June 20, 2011 7:29 AM EDT Take That's "Progress" album (Polydor/Universal), which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. last November, powered back to the top yesterday (Sunday) after the release of a new version, augmented by a second CD featuring eight unreleased t ...

  10. Domino Recordings Launches Pop-Up Internet Radio Station

    June 06, 2011 5:44 PM EDT In this tech age where radio is supposed to be as relevant as a 78 rpm record, Domino Radio today launched a one-week-only online station which you can tune in at http://dominorad.io and can also be heard in the terrestrial world in London (at 87. ...

  11. Lady Gaga, Pitbull Again at No. 1 on U.K. Charts; The Pierces Debut at No. 4

    June 06, 2011 7:32 AM EDT Lady Gaga started a second week atop the U.K. album chart and Pitbull a third on the singles survey in new data published by the Official Charts Company yesterday (Sunday). Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) rules the alb ...

  12. Kaiser Chiefs' New Album Fan Created, Promoted and Sold at a Profit

    June 03, 2011 9:30 AM EDT U.K. guitar group Kaiser Chiefs is taking an innovative approach to the release of its new studio album, "The Future is Medieval" (Fiction/B-Unique Records), by allowing fans to choose their own track listing and album artwork. From toda ...

  13. PRS For Music, U.K. Royalty Collection Society, Predicts Difficult 2011

    May 31, 2011 8:23 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K.'s royalties-collecting society, can expect a rough ride this year, after an equally difficult one in 2010, declared CEO Robert Ashcroft at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday (May 26). Speaking to an audienc ...

  14. Pete Tong Teams With Warner U.K. To Relaunch FFRR Label

    May 25, 2011 12:40 PM EDT British dance star Pete Tong (see Billboard May 28 Pete Tong Q&A - subscription required) has partnered with Warner Music U.K. to re-launch celebrated electronic music label FFRR. FFRR, which stands for Full Frequency Range Recordings, was ori ...

  15. Plan B Scoops Three UK Ivor Novello Music Awards

    May 19, 2011 3:57 PM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Rapper Plan B was the big winner at this year's Ivor Novello music awards in London, carrying off three prizes. The 27-year-old from London -- whose real name is Benjamin Drew -- won Songwriter of the Year as well as the Al ...

  16. Pete Townshend Memoir to Be Published by Harper Collins

    May 18, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Harper Collins has acquired legendary Who guitarist Pete Townshend's memoir, to be titled Pete Townshend: Who He?, for publication in Fall 2012. In a statement released Tuesday, Townshend called the book an "essential rite of passage,&qu ...

  17. Alison Balsom, Il Divo, Vilde Frang Win 2011 Classic BRIT Awards

    May 13, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Alison Balsom with her 2011 Female Artists of the Year Classic Brit Award. British trumpeter Alison Balsom bagged her third Classic BRIT award last night (May 12) and her second as Female Artist of the Year securing her place as one of the UK' ...

  18. Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Foo Fighters Headlining Lollapalooza 2011

    April 26, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Muse will help Lollapalooza ring in its 20th anniversary as the headliners of the annual U.S. music festival. The full lineup for Lollapalooza 2011, which will invade Chicago's Grant Park on August 5-7, was ...

  19. Regina Spektor To Make Special In-Store Performance At New York's Other Music For Record Store Day

    April 08, 2011 2:23 PM EDT Regina Specktor will hold a special in-store performance at New York indie mecca Other Music on Record Store Day, April 16 -- and fittingly enough, the performance itself is limited edition. The first 100 customers who buy Spektor's special R ...

  20. RICHARD ASHCROFT -- "UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND'

    March 28, 2011 11:04 AM EDT Richard Ashcroft We can lament that the Verve's 2008 reunion didn't take, or we can remember that Richard Ashcroft solo has been a pretty good thing since "Alone With Everybody" arrived in 2000. But his first solo album in fo ...

  21. Four Injured At Stubbs During OMD's SXSW Concert

    March 19, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Four people were injured Friday night at a SXSW music showcase at Stubb's after a camera boom fell into the audience. (Photo: Scott Shumaker) Four people were injured Friday night after a camera boom fell into the crowd at OMD's South by ...

  22. Flipboard Announces Duran Duran Project At SXSWi 2011

    March 13, 2011 6:43 PM EDT Flipboard , developer of what it calls the world's first "social magazine" for the iPad (and, this summer, the iPhone), is aiming big. The company, based in Palo Alto, Ca., says it wants nothing less than to completely transform the ...

  23. Johnny Marr, Former Smiths Guitarist and 'Inception' Collaborator, Planning Two Solo Albums

    February 28, 2011 4:25 PM EST Johnny Marr onstage in London, 2009 (Photo: Redferns) Johnny Marr, former songwriter and guitarist in the Smiths, is planning a return to frontman status. After stints performing with Cribs and Modest Mouse, Marr told Billboard that he plans to re ...

  24. Adele Owns U.K. Charts: Top Two Albums, No. 1 Single

    February 28, 2011 12:15 AM EST Adele continued her U.K. chart supremacy as new sales data was unveiled yesterday (Sunday) by the Official Charts Company. Her sophomore album "21" (XL) began a fifth week atop the album chart as "Someone Like You" moved into a ...

  25. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Tinie Tempah Win Big at Brit Awards

    February 16, 2011 8:47 AM EST Dapper London lads Plan B and Tinie Tempah were popular local winners at the Brit music awards Tuesday, while Arcade Fire followed their surprise Grammys victory with two prizes at the British ceremony. Tempah, a 22-year-old product of London' ...

  26. Mumford and Sons, the xx, Plan B, Tinie Tempah Lead Brit Awards

    February 15, 2011 7:45 AM EST Rapper Tinie Tempah, soul singer Plan B and folk-rockers Mumford and Sons lead homegrown talent in the race for the Brit Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Grammys. The 22-year-old Tempah, who released his first album last year, has four nom ...

  27. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Mumford & Sons Earn BRIT Award Nominations

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST British rapper Tinie Tempah led the field on Thursday at the BRIT awards with four nominations, just ahead of singer-songwriter Plan B, folk rock act Mumford & Sons and London's The XX, who each had three nods. In a turnaround from 2010&# ...

  28. Bob Geldof Announced as South By Southwest Keynote Speaker

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST The annual music confab South By Southwest announced its 2011 keynote speaker, Bob Geldof. The former Boomtown Rats frontman will also be a showcase performer at the music portion of the conference, which begins on March 16 in Austin, Texas. Appro ...

  29. Vinyl Posts 14% Sales Gain in 2010

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST The year-end SoundScan numbers , released today, have a lot of minus signs. But one big exception is vinyl sales: While the numbers aren't massive, they still rose 14% from 2009 to 2010, according to the Nielsen Company and Billboard's 2 ...

  30. Gerry Rafferty, 'Baker Street' Singer, Dies at 63

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Gerry Rafferty, who had Top 10 success with Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle" and his own "Baker Street," died on Tuesday in London from liver failure after a long battle with alcoholism. The Scottish-born singer and ...

  31. Yeasayer Offers Pay-What-You-Want Price Scheme For New Live Album

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following the revolutionary economic model of Radiohead's 'In Rainbows," Yeasayer, an eclectic-sounding indie rock band based in Brooklyn, has just announced a pay-what-you-want price scheme for its new live album "Live At Anci ...

  32. The Beatles' Abbey Road Pedestrian Crossing Wins Protected Status

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The most famous pedestrian crossing in popular music, outside Abbey Road Studios in north London, was designated a site of national importance by the British government on Wednesday. Beatles fans from around the world flock to the road to pose for ...

  33. Coldplay Reteams with Brian Eno for Concept Album

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Although Coldplay earned a Best Rock Album Grammy for 2008 album "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" and scored a hit with its single "Viva la Vida," the band appears to be thinking even bigger for its in-the-works fift ...

  34. Record Labels Win Case Against Website Selling 25-Cent Beatles Songs

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST A federal judge has ruled on summary judgment that BlueBeat.com is liable for violating copyrights in thousands of songs. In making the decision, the judge had swatted away one of the stranger defenses to infringement of sound recordings. Last yea ...

  35. What Next For Robbie Williams?

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST When the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition after the May 2010 general election in the U.K., there were plenty who said it could never last. Six months on and former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major reckons the partie ...

  36. The Cure To Headline Bestival

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Cure has been confirmed as one of the headliners for Bestival 2011, staged on the Isle of Wight's Robin Hill Country Park on Sept. 8-11. The appearance is described as the alt-rock veterans' only European show of 2011. In recent year ...

  37. MTV U.K. Tips Far East Movement, Mona, Willow Smith

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. acts Far East Movement, Mona and Willow Smith have made the MTV Networks U.K. & Ireland list of 10 emerging acts it predicts will break big in 2011. "Blackberry Presents: Brand New For 2011" was unveiled at London's Koko ve ...

  38. Peter Asher: Long Wait for Beatles on iTunes Was 'Silly'

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the 50 years that Peter Asher has been involved in the entertainment industry, he's worn every hat imaginable -- from child actor in his native England to artist as one-half of the '60s duo Peter and Gordon, he later transitioned to A ...

  39. Ray Davies To Curate Meltdown Fest

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ray Davies has been announced as director of the 2011 Meltdown festival, which is staged annually at London's Southbank Centre site. The series of shows will take place in June 2011 with the line-up to be confirmed. Previous Meltdown director ...

  40. Take That Tops 500,000 In First Week

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That made a century's-best debut atop the U.K. album chart, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) recorded the biggest first-week sales for any album in the market for 13 years, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, ...

  41. Bestival, AC/DC Triumph At U.K. Festival Awards

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bestival won the title of best major festival at the U.K. festival awards, which were held in London last night (Nov.18). First established in 2004, this year's Bestival took place Sept. 9 to 12 at Robin Hill park, Isle of Wight, and featured ...

  42. Kasabian To Headline Isle Of Wight Fest

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. alt rock act Kasabian has been confirmed as the third and final headline act for the U.K.'s Isle Of Wight Festival. The band will close the three-day event on June 12. As previously reported, the other confirmed headliners for the festiv ...

  43. Beatles On iTunes: Digital Debut Could Boost Sales In All Formats

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST If the digital debuts of Led Zeppelin and others are any indication, the long-awaited debut of the Beatles on iTunes will boost sales for the Fab Four's music, regardless of the format. Led Zeppelin When Led Zeppelin went digital on Nov. 13, ...

  44. Take That Scores Huge U.K. Sales

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That's new album "Progress" (Polydor) moved more than 235,000 copies on its first day on sale (Nov. 15) in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The OCC said it was the biggest day one sale since Oasis's &quo ...

  45. Liam Gallagher's New Band Gives Away Single

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Liam Gallagher and his new band Beady Eye are releasing their first single "Bring the Light" as a free download. The song will be available from 1000 GMT on their website beadyeyemusic.com on Nov. 10, while the album, which was recorded ...

  46. Shake-Up For BRIT Awards

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music U.K. CEO/chairman and BRIT Awards committee chairman David Joseph has made some big changes to the awards ceremony. The move to London's O2 Arena, which was confirmed in September, signaled that the ceremony organized by trade ...

  47. Pulp Reforms, Confirms European Festivals

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britpop band Pulp has reformed and will play shows in 2011. The band from Sheffield in the north of England has been on hiatus since 2002 and frontman Jarvis Cocker has pursued a solo career. The reunion features the full original line-up, which h ...

  48. Motorhead To Issue Album With Classic Rock

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. hard rock veterans Motorhead will issue its new album, "The World is Yours," with a special edition of Classic Rock magazine in the U.K. The partnership between Motörhead Music/UDR, EMI Label Services and Future Publishing follows t ...

  49. Warner U.K. Launches Dance Imprint

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has launched a new dance music imprint, One More Tune (OMT). In a statement, Warner said the label will sign and develop talent from the U.K. and around the world and build on the major's dance heritage, which includes reper ...

  50. Richard Ashcroft Signs With Razor & Tie

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following the brief reunion of British alt-rockers The Verve in 2008, frontman Richard Ashcroft has signed with Razor & Tie for the North American release of "The United Nations of Sound," his fourth solo album produced by No I.D. (J ...

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