British music

  1. Faithless Returns To Music Retailers

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance music veterans Faithless has issued a new version of its recent album "The Dance" (Nates Tunes) for a much wider retail release. The original CD version in May 2010 was an exclusive with mass merchant Tesco, while iTunes got t ...

  2. BACKBEAT: Taio Cruz, IDJ Execs Celebrate Sales Milestone

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT From left, Island Def Jam Music Group VP of marketing Garrett Schaefer, Taio Cruz, Mercury Records president David Massey and IDJMG VP of digital and mobile sales Russell Fink celebrate Cruz achieving combined digital sales of 6 million for his hi ...

  3. Ticketing Sites Tumble As Take That Goes On Sale

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Massive demand for Take That's 2011 tour saw several U.K. ticketing sites crashing today as fans clamored for the chance to see the re-formed pop group. Tickets for the band's 14-date U.K. summer tour went on sale this morning at 9am GMT ...

  4. Take That Announces European Stadium Shows

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reformed U.K. pop group Take That has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in the music biz -- the band will tour European stadia next summer. The announcement was made today (Oct. 26) at London's Savoy Hotel where all five original band m ...

  5. Paul McCartney, Kasabian, Take That Honored At Q Awards

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A combination of British pop royalty, rowdy rock acts and recently re-formed pop groups took home the major prizes at the annual Q Awards ceremony, organized by the U.K.-based monthly music magazine. Held today (Oct. 25) at London's Grosvenor ...

  6. JLS, Tinie Tempah Win 2 Each At MOBO Awards

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. urban stars JLS and Tinie Tempah were the major winners at the 2010 MOBO Awards, walking away with two prizes each. Boy band JLS, who were runners up in the 2008 series of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor," won be ...

  7. Tinie Tempah, JLS Big Winners At MOBO Awards

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London rapper Tinie Tempah and British boy band JLS were both double winners at the MOBO (music of black origin) awards held in Liverpool on Wednesday. Tempah had led the nominations with four, and picked up the best newcomer and best video prizes ...

  8. BACKBEAT: The 30th Annual ASCAP Awards In London

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP held its 30th annual ASCAP Awards on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The gala dinner and awards presentation honored those songwriter, composer and publisher members of PRS for Music – the UK's Perfor ...

  9. Gold Badges For Heather Small, John Paul Jones

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There was industry recognition for a diverse list of figures at the 37th edition of the Gold Badge Awards in London. The event was staged by the British Academy of Songwriters, Authors and Composers (BASCA) in association with PRS for Music at the ...

  10. Robbie Williams Scores Ninth U.K. No. 1 Album

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams ' new retrospective "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI) has become his ninth solo No. 1 in the U.K.'s albums chart. Cee Lo Green 's "Forget You" (Warner Bros./Warn ...

  11. Ting Tings Stick To DIY Roots For 'Weird' Sophomore Set

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Ting Tings' sophomore album will be an eclectic, genre-spanning affair that shuns big name collaborations in favor of the band's trademark DIY sound, the U.K. group has told Billboard.biz. The Columbia-signed band's debut record ...

  12. Tinie Tempah Makes Big Debut On UK Chart

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Parlophone/EMI's south London rapper Tinie Tempah has followed last week's No. 1 U.K. single "Written In The Stars" with a chart-topping start for his debut album "Disc-overy." As Tempah's "Stars," feat ...

  13. BACKBEAT: Annie Lennox Previews New Christmas Album

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Annie Lennox is getting ready to release a Christmas album and gave a very special preview to a VIP crowd in London on September 28. “Christmas Cornucopia” is due November 15 in the United Kingdom on Island Records and the 16th in the United State ...

  14. JLS, N-Dubz, Professor Green Confirmed For MOBOs

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Homegrown stars dominate the first list of acts confirmed to perform at this year's MOBO Awards, with N-Dubz, JLS and Professor Green all set to play the leading urban event. U.K. pop star Alesha Dixon is also set to perform at the urban musi ...

  15. Glastonbury 2011 Sells Out

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2011 Glastonbury festival has sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. Tickets for next year's U.K. event, due to be held June 22 to 26 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, went on sale 9am BST yesterday morning (Oct. 3) and sold out ...

  16. The Script, Tinie Tempah Top U.K. Charts

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Irish pop-rock band the Script's "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment), which debuted atop the U.K. album chart two weeks ago, moved back 2-1 in yesterday's new sales data. South London rapper Tinie Tempah ...

  17. Cheryl Cole, JLS and Gorillaz Triumph At BT Digital Music Awards

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop acts Cheryl Cole, JLS and Robbie Williams were among the big winners at the BT Digital Music Awards, held in London last night (Sept. 30). Out of the 21 awards on offer, pop dominated the evening, with Cole -- who was not present -- winni ...

  18. Take That Returns With 'Progress'

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The reunited Take That has confirmed details of its new album. "Progress" (Polydor) will be released Nov. 22 in the U.K. and is set to be one of the year's biggest sellers. "The Flood," the first single with former member ...

  19. Annie Lennox Launches Holiday Album In London

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christmas came early for the U.K. music biz as Annie Lennox made an impromptu performance at the launch of her new holiday album. Lennox launched her "Christmas Cornucopia" album -- her first for Universal after spending most of her care ...

  20. Strictly Confidential Snags Editors

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European Music publisher Strictly Confidential Music has signed an exclusive, worldwide deal with U.K. alt-rock act Editors. Brussels-based Strictly Confidential is part of the PIAS Entertainment Group. The publishing arm launched in 1987 and gain ...

  21. EMI, Tinie Tempah Discover Hybrid Format

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tinie Tempah's debut album "Disc-Overy" (Parlophone/EMI) will be released in a new, hybrid digital-physical format in the U.K. on Oct. 4. Alongside traditional physical and digital releases, the album will be on sale in the form of ...

  22. U.K. Track Download Sales Hit 500 Million

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Official Charts Company (OCC) has confirmed that download sales have hit 500 million in the U.K. The half a billion total was achieved at the end of August and took just over six years. The OCC says the download market took off in 2004; a down ...

  23. Primal Scream's Mani Apologizes To Peter Hook

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Primal Scream bassist Gary 'Mani' Mounfield has issued a forthright apology to his former Freebass bandmate Peter Hook for attacking him via social network site Twitter. Since 2005 Mounfield and Hook, formerly bassist in New Order, have ...

  24. Take That's Williams, Barlow Reunite For Charity

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow have performed live together for the first time in 15 years, singing their new single "Shame" at a charity concert in London to raise money for British soldiers. The pair were members of the chart-topping ...

  25. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: PAID, Inc.'s Keith Garde

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Keith Garde Title: President, PAID, Inc. Panel: Sept. 16 3:30 Roundtable: Own A Bigger Piece of Your Business For more information or to register for our Music & Advertising conference in Chicago on Sept. 15-16, please visit billboardeve ...

  26. Mercury Nominees' Sales Up 105%

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has issued figures showing the sales increase for the nominees of this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The XX have received the biggest sales boost in percentage terms following their victory, with the except ...

  27. Tinie Tempah Leads MOBO Nominations

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tinie Tempah leads the nominations for the 2010 MOBO Awards. The chart-topping U.K. rapper is up for four awards at the ceremony next month. Dizzee Rascal, Professor Green, N-Dubz and Plan B each have three nominations for the U.K. urban music awa ...

  28. The XX Benefits From Mercury Sales Surge

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The London electronic/alt-rock trio the XX has already benefited from winning the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The televised coverage of the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night (Sept. 7) on BBC Two had an immediate impact ...

  29. The XX, Paul Weller Lead Mercury Betting

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The XX are back as favorites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in London tonight (Sept. 7) with their debut "XX" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). Their betting odds with bookmaker William Hill are evens. The £20,000 ($31,000) prize goes t ...

  30. Nadine Coyle Releases Debut With Tesco

    September 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nadine Coyle will release her debut album exclusively with mass merchant Tesco in the U.K. and Ireland. Tesco has previously released physical exclusives from veteran acts Simply Red and Faithless, but this is the first debut release from a new ar ...

  31. Tesco Aims To Drive Faithless Sales At Gas Stations

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tesco, the United Kingdom's largest mass merchant, is ramping up its music operations by rolling out CD sales to its gas stations. U.K. dance band Faithless is to be the first and, for the time being, sole beneficiary of the month-long trial ...

  32. Ernesto Schmitt To Exit Post At EMI Music

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music president of central marketing and global catalog Ernesto Schmitt is leaving the company, according to an internal memo obtained by Billboard. Schmitt is returning to his entrepreneurial roots after leading the "hugely successful gl ...

  33. Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow Duet Receives U.K. Premiere

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reunited band mates Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow turned back the clock today (Aug. 26) when the Take That pair gave their first joint interview in 15 years on national Top 40 network BBC Radio 1. Radio 1 also gave the world premiere to the Will ...

  34. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Ghostly Songs' Jeremy Peters

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Jeremy Peters Title: Director of Creative and Business Affairs, Ghostly Songs Panel: Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. panel: Help Me Master: Legal Eagles Talk About Master Recordings and Publishing To register for our Music & Advertising conference i ...

  35. Faithless Unveils U.K. Arena Tour

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British dance act Faithless will embark on a U.K. arena tour this fall to promote its latest studio set "The Dance" (Nate's Tunes). The nine-date tour, promoted by SJM (DF Concerts in Scotland), begins Nov. 30 at Bournemouth BIC and ...

  36. Eminem Returns To U.K. Chart Summit

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) started its third separate U.K. reign to become Eminem 's longest-running No. 1 on the British album chart, while Flo Rida 's "Club Can't Handle Me" (Atlantic/Warner Music), feat ...

  37. Pure Radio Launches Cloud-Based Music Service

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. radio manufacturer Pure has unveiled a cloud-based music service that will enable users to purchase songs they hear on the set at the touch of a button. The FlowSongs service was unveiled at a London launch today (Aug. 11) and attracted execu ...

  38. Power Amp Invests In Libertine

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music investment specialist Power Amp Music has signed a £500,000 ($787,000) deal with former Libertines frontman Carl Barat. London-based Power Amp's investment will support the recording and release of Barat's new solo album, which is ...

  39. Faithless, Fiat Partner On TV Promo

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. dance act Faithless is experimenting with new methods of reaching its audience during the current album campaign. Faithless' sixth studio album, "The Dance," was released on its own Nate's Tunes label in May. The b ...

  40. Peermusic Gets John Carter

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Longtime British hit writer John Carter has signed a deal with independent publisher peermusic to represent his entire catalog. Birmingham-born Carter, who lives in London, co-wrote a wide selection of enduring British hits, notably in the 1960s a ...

  41. KT Tunstall Premieres New Album In London

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. singer-songwriter KT Tunstall made her live return in London last night (July 28) where she premiered material from her new studio set, "Tiger Suit" (Virgin/Relentless). Performing a short stripped-back set in front of a small numbe ...

  42. The XX's Label Hoping For Mercury Nomination Uplift

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London alternative act the XX has been installed as frontrunners for the Barclarycard Mercury Prize, and the band's label says it will capitalize on the nomination with marketing activity. Since its release in August 2009, the critically accl ...

  43. Mercury Prize Shortlist Unveiled

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock veteran Paul Weller's 10th solo album and Dublin-based quintet Villagers' debut share space on the shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, announced today in London. The 12-strong shortlist was unveiled at London venue ...

  44. PRS Extends Live Tariff Consultation

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has extended the deadline for its formal customer consultation on its royalty rates for popular music events in the U.K. In response to requests from some organizations, PRS for Music has decided to extend the 12-week consultation pe ...

  45. Grace Jones Wraps London's Lovebox Fest

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Grace Jones closed the U.K.'s Lovebox festival in London with a typically flamboyant performance. The veteran Jamaican-born dance artist topped the bill on the final day (July 18) of the festival in Victoria Park, London. Lovebox, which launc ...

  46. Take That Stadium Tour Rumored For 2011

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The reunion of Take That with Robbie Williams is dominating the tabloids in the U.K. today (July 16) and the news has gone global, too. Take That and Robbie Williams are trending on Twitter, with Germans, Spaniards and the French getting just as e ...

  47. Robbie Williams to Rejoin Take That

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British singer Robbie Williams has rejoined former band Take That to record their first album together since he walked out on them 15 years ago, the group announced on Thursday. Williams got back together with the other four members of the success ...

  48. Cheryl Cole Pulls Out Of V Fest

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop singer Cheryl Cole has withdrawn from TV and festival commitments while she receives treatment for malaria. Cole, who has a solo career in addition to her role in Girls Aloud, has pulled out of August's V Festival dates in the U.K. n ...

  49. Pet Shop Boys Score Ballet

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Never an act to shy from an artistic challenge, U.K. pop duo Pet Shop Boys is to make the leap into dance theatre with its first ever full-length ballet score. Working in partnership with renowned London dance theatre Sadler's Wells, the BRIT ...

  50. Essential Inks European Deal With Vagrant

    July 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Essential Music & Marketing has signed a European services deal with U.S. indie Vagrant. The U.K. marketing and distribution company, part of the Cooking Vinyl Group, kicked off the partnership wuth Stars' new album "The Five Ghosts. ...

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