British music

  1. Cocker Says 6 Music Delay Would Be 'Dirty Trick'

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jarvis Cocker , the former Pulp frontman turned solo artist, issued a rallying cry in defense of BBC 6 Music , the U.K. modern rock and alternative radio station under threat of closure. Cocker, who joined 6 Music as a presenter at the beginning o ...

  2. Kinks' 'Schoolboys' To Become Film Musical

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Kinks' album "Schoolboys in Disgrace" is headed for the big screen. Bobcat Goldthwait, who will direct the movie, has penned a script based on the 1975 LP. The songs were written by Kinks frontman Ray Davies, who will executive ...

  3. Cooking Vinyl Signs Charlatans, Underworld

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Cooking Vinyl has signed singer songwriter Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, dance act Underworld and indie-rock veterans the Charlatans. The service and marketing deals for the acts' new albums will work on a revenue share basis rather than ...

  4. Frank Sidebottom Creator Dies

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainer Chris Sievey has died aged 54 after battling cancer. The Manchester-based musician and comedian was best known for the cult comedy creation Frank Sidebottom. The character, adorned with an over-sized papier-mache head, was portray ...

  5. Hip-hop To Punk Will Share Stage At Rock En Seine

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rock En Seine , one of France's main music festivals, earned a spot in rock history last year when Oasis split after the volatile Gallagher brothers had a fight minutes before going on stage. This was an achievement festival director and foun ...

  6. PRS Launches Live Rate Consultation

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has launched a customer consultation on its royalty rates more music events. The rate, which is currently 3% of ticket receipts, was last reviewed in 1988. PRS for Music points out that this is one of the lowe ...

  7. Jimmy Page Honored At Mojo Awards

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo hall of fame at a ceremony in London. The honor, supported by Universal Catalog Marketing, was presented at the Mojo Honours List ceremony at the Brewery venue in London last night (June 10 ...

  8. Robbie Williams Reunites With Take That (Almost)

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There has been plenty of speculation about U.K. pop artist Robbie Williams reuniting with Take That in the last few years. It has not happened yet, but Williams has dueted with main songwriter and former bandmate Gary Barlow on a new single. It is ...

  9. Pendulum Grabs First U.K. No. 1

    May 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pendulum scored their first U.K. No. 1 album and Dizzee Rascal his fourth No. 1 single as the Official Charts Company published its latest sales data on Sunday (May 30). Pendulum's "Immersion" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) debuted at ...

  10. Bat For Lashes May Recruit Beck For Album

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative act Bat For Lashes has teamed with Beck for the new "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack, out next month. Now Natasha Khan is considering working with him again when it comes to recording the follow-up to her 2009 Bat ...

  11. Gorillaz Replaces U2 At Glastonbury

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gorillaz has stepped in to replace U2 at Glastonbury festival. Damon Albarn 's animated pop act will make its only U.K. festival appearance this summer at Glastonbury on the Pyramid Stage on Friday, June 25. U2 has pulled out because of a ser ...

  12. Business Matters: RapidShare, Music Hack Day, Richard Branson

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- File hosting site RapidShare won a court victory against a California-based adult entertainment company. The court ruled RapidShare cannot be accused of copyright infringement, on its users can be charged with infringement. This follows a simil ...

  13. Analysis: UK Live Market Gains Go To Established Acts

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live and recorded music segments are faring well in the UK, but dig into the numbers and you’ll see that spending growth was not evenly distributed. As reported on Friday at Billboard , PRS for Music, the UK performing rights collection society, a ...

  14. Melissa Etheridge Joins Hard Rock Calling Line-Up

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Melissa Etheridge, Alejandro Escovedo, Florence Rawlings, Rox, Rumer and Diane Birch have been confirmed for the Pepsi Max Stage at Hard Rock Calling in London's Hyde Park on June 26. As previously reported, Stevie Wonder will headline the 50 ...

  15. Florence And The Machine Leads Mojo Nominations

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London act Florence and the Machine has four Mojo music award nominations, ahead of rockers Kasabian who have three and Arctic Monkeys and Richard Hawley who both have two. The U.K. awards, organized by Mojo magazine, are decided by readers voting ...

  16. Charlatans Confirms Split With Alan McGee

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie-rock band the Charlatans has confirmed its split with manager Alan McGee. The band is now represented by London-based Big Life Management , which has also financed recording of the new Charlatans album. McGee was the founder of U.K. ind ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. BPI Takes Save 6 Music Campaign Online

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has followed its lobbying efforts to save under-threat digital radio station BBC 6 Music with a new Web site, showing British artists' support for the modern rock and alternative station. The BBC Trust is holding a pu ...

  19. Noel Gallagher Jams With Paul Weller In London

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher joined Paul Weller on-stage at the Modfather's intimate London show. Gallagher -- who split with Oasis last year - guested last night (April 21) on guitar and vocals on versions of Oasis' 2005 song " ...

  20. Gallagher Attacker Sentenced To House Arrest

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A 48-year-old man who pleaded guilty to attacking Noel Gallagher on stage in Toronto has been sentenced to 12 months' house arrest. During the Virgin Music Festival in September 2008, Daniel Sullivan invaded the stage and pushed the Oasis son ...

  21. Tesco Snags Faithless For CD Exclusive

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance act Faithless has signed with mass merchant Tesco as the exclusive retail partner for its new album "The Dance" on May 16. The band, previously signed to Sony BMG, releases its first studio album in four years on its own label ...

  22. Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal Up For Ivor Novello Awards

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Lily Allen and rapper Dizzee Rascal have each scored two nominations for the 55th Ivor Novello Awards . The award for British songwriters and composers take place at London's Grosvenor House on May 20. Allen and co-writer Greg Ku ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. U.K. Bands Grounded By Volcanic Dust

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flights from the U.K. have been grounded for a second day by volcanic ash, which has left several acts' appearances at Coachella in doubt. The restrictions on U.K. airspace will continue until 1am BST on April 17. Transport minister Lord Adon ...

  25. PRS For Music Teams With MySpace

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has made a strategic partnership with MySpace. The partnership aims to promote MySpace as the online destination to share and discover music, and underline the importance of PRS for Music membership for songwriters on MySpace. With m ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. BBC Network To Run Classical Chart

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BBC Radio 3, a bastion of high culture on Britain's broadcasting landscape, will from next week run a classical music chart for the first time. The chart will be broadcast on Mondays on the afternoon drivetime program In Tune. It will play a ...

  28. MPs Dismiss Radio Industry's 'Double Taxation' Claim

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it is "not convinced" by arguments made by the commercial radio sector about the impact of the music licensing system in the U.K. Andrew Harrison, chief executive of trade body ...

  29. Business Matters: EMI, The Beatles, HMV Bob Dylan and More

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Last week, EMI rushed to close a deal to license its catalog to either Universal Music Group or Sony Music . But not having the legal right to ...

  30. Reformed Libertines Play Brief Acoustic Set

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt. rock band the Libertines marked its official comeback earlier today (Mar. 31) with a characteristically shambolic press conference, which saw singer Pete Doherty chastise a member of the assembled press for "ruining people's li ...

  31. Guns N' Roses, Arcade Fire, Blink 182 For Reading/Leeds

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT North American rock acts occupy all three top-of-the-bill slots at this summer's twinned Reading and Leeds festivals with Guns N' Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink 182 set to headline the long-running U.K. events. Other acts confirmed to appe ...

  32. Missy Elliot, Friendly Fires Added To Wireless Bill

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Multiple Grammy Award-winner Missy Elliot has been added to the bill for this year's three-day Wireless Festival, held in London's Hyde Park July 2-4. Elliot, who will make her only U.K. festival appearance this year at the Live Nation-p ...

  33. Freebass Drops 4-Track EP, Sets Album Date

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Over five years on from the project first being announced, Freebass -- the alternative rock super group comprising Joy Division/New Order bass player Peter Hook, Gary 'Mani' Mounfield from the Stone Roses/Primal Scream and Andy Rourke of ...

  34. David Guetta, Tiesto For U.K.'s Creamfields Fest

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recent Billboard cover star David Guetta and Dutch DJ/producer Tiesto have been confirmed as the headline acts for the 2010 U.K. Creamfields Festival. The two-day dance music event will be held at Daresbury, Cheshire on Aug. 28-29. Other live acts ...

  35. New Structure For PRS For Music

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has unveiled a new structure, as part of an operational review led by new chief executive Robert Ashcroft. Two key divisions at the center of the organization will be Licensing (generating revenue) and Operati ...

  36. Noel Gallagher Describes On-stage Attack

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In a victim's impact statement read in Toronto court, former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher said he felt he had been "hit by a bus" when pushed from behind at the Virgin Music Festival in 2008. Gallagher's statement was read at ...

  37. Boyzone Beats Gorillaz To U.K. No. 1

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reunited Irish boy band Boyzone's "Brother" (Polydor/Universal), named for the memory of their colleague Stephen Gately, who died suddenly last October, debuted at the top of the new U.K. album chart. South London rapper Tinie Tempa ...

  38. Canadian Music Week: Ole's McCarty Tackles ISPs On Piracy

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael McCarty, president of Canadian music publisher ole, told a crowd at the kickoff of Canadian Music Week that Internet Service providers need to start paying for the content users freely take over their networks. Comparing ISPs to the " ...

  39. Umphrey’s McGee Plans Text-driven UMBowl

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock jam band Umphrey’s McGee is, again, using text messaging in an innovative way to direct their live performances. After holding several concerts during which the band would alter their improvisational jams based on keywords texted in from the ...

  40. Ellie Goulding Debuts Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Critics' Choice BRIT Award winner Ellie Goulding made a winning start to her U.K. album chart career, debuting at No. 1 with her first set, "Lights" (Polydor/Universal). South London rapper Tinie Tempah made a similarly triumphant f ...

  41. Dizzee Rascal To Publish Memoir

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST BRIT Award-winning U.K. rapper and producer Dizzee Rascal is to publish a memoir in a joint venture with Canongate Books. Rascal's indie label Dirtee Stank Recordings has linked up with Canongate to produce the first official Dizzee Rascal bo ...

  42. Kings Of Leon, Kasabian To Headline V Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s V Festival will marks its 15th anniversary with headline sets from Kings of Leon and U.K. rock act Kasabian in 2010. The festival is sponsored by Virgin Media and staged on two sites - at Hylands Park Chemlsford, Essex and Weston P ...

  43. Jason Derulo Scores First U.K. No. 1

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jason Derulo's "In My Head" (Warner Bros.) became the American singer's first U.K. No. 1 single, as Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) started a new stint atop the album chart, and the top ten welcomed ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. BRITs Winner Florence Gets The Love

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Florence and the Machine was a major domestic beneficiary from last week's BRIT Awards , with a 53% week-on-week sales increase in the U.K. for her debut album "Lungs" (Island/Universal) and a No. 2 single. The alternative artist� ...

  46. Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga Help Boost BRITs Ratings

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV ratings for the BRIT Awards, which included performances from Robbie Williams, Kasabian and Lady Gaga as well as a duet from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, peaked at 6.3 million viewers. The live broadcast on ITV1 last night (Feb. 16) averaged 5.8 mill ...

  47. Lady Gaga, JLS, Florence Rule At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga was the big winner at the 2010 BRIT Awards at London's Earls Court with three wins, but British acts JLS and Florence and the Machine snagged important awards on the night. There were strong performances from Gaga, U.K. rock act Kas ...

  48. Lady Gaga, Florence Set To Shine At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Robbie Williams and Jay-Z should all get a sales boost from the U.K.'s BRIT Awards. The event, organized by trade body the BPI and sponsored by MasterCard, will be televised live on ITV1 fro ...

  49. Dizzee, Florence BRITs Duet On iTunes

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI has partnered with iTunes on an exclusive release of the BRIT Awards duet between alt-rock act Florence and the Machine and rapper Dizzee Rascals. The pair will perform "You Got The Dirtee Love" - a mash-up of Flo ...

  50. Paul Epworth Wins U.K. Producer Honor

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Paul Epworth was named producer of the year at the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards in London, in recognition for his work on alt-rock artist Florence and the Machine's debut "Lungs" (Island/Universal). Florence Welch presented Ep ...

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