British music

  1. Stevie Wonder May Headline Glastonbury Fest

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Stevie Wonder and alt-rock band Muse could join U2 as the headline acts at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival this summer. Organizer Michael Eavis discussed the acts to play the 40th anniversary event, held on June 23-27, during a session at the Event ...

  2. Cara Dillon Wins Folk Awards Album Honor

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Irish singer Cara Dillon won the best album award for "Hill Of Thieves," released on her own label Charcoal Records, at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The 11th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, held at London's Brewery venue last night (Feb. 1 ...

  3. PRS For Music, iTunes, Strike Pan-European Deal

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has signed a pan-European performing rights licensing deal with iTunes. Effective immediately, the deal gives iTunes pan-European access to the repertoire of all PRS members for whom it handles performing righ ...

  4. Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian Head NME Noms

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian head the list of nominees for the Shockwaves NME Awards, due to be held Feb. 24 at London venue the O2 Academy Brixton. Both acts picked up six nominations apiece for the weekly U.K. music magazine' ...

  5. @MIDEM: New PRS Euro Licensing Scheme; Kobalt Unveils Portal 3 Digital

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- With the major music companies about a year into their respective pan-European licensing initiative, PRS for Music has launched the Independent Music Publishers' European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative. IMPEL will directly license Anglo-Amer ...

  6. Susan Boyle's Return To No. 1?

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" may make a return engagement at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, as industry prognosticators suggest her set could sell around 80,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Jan. 24. The set is re ...

  7. Spice Girls Musical On The Way

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A musical based on the career of multi million-selling U.K. girl group The Spice Girls has been green-lighted by the act's manager, entertainment impresario Simon Fuller. Fuller, who developed reality TV giant "Pop Idol" and subsequ ...

  8. Factory Records HQ Reborn As Live Music Venue

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The onetime base of Manchester, England label Factory Records is to re-open as a live music venue and club entitled FAC 251 - the Factory. A joint venture between former Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook and U.K. club operators Tokyo Indus ...

  9. Springsteen, Jay-Z, Urban Join Haiti Telethon

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music world's top stars are signing on for Friday's "Hope for Haiti" telethon. Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Alicia Keys are just a few of the performers who will be featured, ac ...

  10. Lily Allen, Lady Gaga Up For BRIT Awards

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British women have a strong showing in the nominations for the 2010 BRIT Awards - but not Susan Boyle. U.K. acts Florence and the Machine, Lily Allen and Pixie Lott each has three nominations for the awards, staged at London's Earls Court Are ...

  11. Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams To Play BRIT Awards

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ahead of the nominations for the BRIT Awards later today (Jan. 18), performers at this year's ceremony have been unveiled. The Feb. 16 event, organized by U.K. trade body the BPI, will feature performances from Lady Gaga, British pop act JLS ...

  12. Solid Ratings For 'Top Of The Pops'

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The return of U.K. music TV chart show "Top of the Pops" for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve won decent ratings for the BBC. The weekly chart countdown was pulled from the schedules in July 2006 after a 42-year run. Various revamps ...

  13. Iyaz Scores First U.K. No. 1

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Singer-rapper Iyaz, otherwise known as Virgin Islands-born Keidran Jones, went straight to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart with his former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 "Replay" (Reprise/Warner Music). Paolo Nutini bagged another week atop ...

  14. Vampire Weekend Added To Isle Of Wight Fest

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alternative rock act Vampire Weekend has been added to the bill for the U.K.'s Isle of Wight Festival in 2010, along with British pop veterans Spandau Ballet and dance act Calvin Harris. Dance-rock act Friendly Fires also joins the bill for t ...

  15. HMV, Mama Group Launch 'Next Big Thing' Fest

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV and its live music partner Mama Group are to launch an annual festival, Next Big Thing, to showcase breakthrough artists from the U.K., Ireland and international territories. The inaugural Next Big Thing will run Fe ...

  16. Don Black Honored By PRS For Music

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. performing rights society PRS for Music has awarded lyricist Don Black the PRS Award for extraordinary achievement. The award was presented in recognition of Black's exceptional contribution to British music and culture. Black attended a ...

  17. Pink To Headline London Wireless Fest

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pink will headline the 2010 Wireless festival in London's Hyde Park on July 2. U.K. alt-rock act the Ting Tings will be special guests on the same date, promoter Live Nation announced today (Dec. 8). Wireless will be staged for the sixth cons ...

  18. Music Boosts Sales At U.K. Pubs And Bars

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music has been credited by U.K. collecting society PRS For Music as a key factor in helping the British pubs and bars stay afloat during the current financial recession. According to research released by PRS For Music in association with pub data ...

  19. U.K.’s Truck Festival Set For U.S. Bow

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Truck Festival, an independently run U.K. festival that takes place annually in Oxfordshire, England, is to reach across the Atlantic and launch a U.S. offshoot next year. Entitled Truck America, the Wfestival will take place at the Full Moon Reso ...

  20. Alan Parsons Project Band Co-founder Woolfson Dies

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST An agent says Eric Woolfson, co-founder of the 1970s British progressive rock group Alan Parsons Project, known for the hits “Eye in the Sky” and “Don’t Answer Me,” has died of cancer. He was 64. Gallissas Theaterverlag, a company that represented ...

  21. Muse, Florence Lead MPG Awards Shortlist

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. rock band Muse and BRIT award-winning alt-pop act Florence & the Machine lead the nominations for the 2010 U.K. Music Producers Guild (MPG) awards. Muse is nominated in both the album of the year category for its 2009 album "The Resi ...

  22. Jazzer Jason Yarde Honored At British Composer Awards

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST British jazz saxophonist Jason Yarde won the inaugural Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition at the seventh annual British Composer Awards hosted by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composer and Authors (BASCA) in London last night. Yarde was ...

  23. U.K. Chart Toppers JLS To Work With Calvin Harris

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST JLS, the British boy band who recently beat Robbie Williams to the top of the U.K. album charts, is to work with dance producer and fellow U.K. chart topper Calvin Harris. Speaking to Billboard.biz, JLS band member Jonathan Benjamin 'JB' ...

  24. Corinne Bailey Rae Debuts New Songs In London

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Corinne Bailey Rae has made her long-awaited live return with an emotional London gig. The concert at the Tabernacle, West London, last night (Nov. 23) was her first full show since the March 2008 death of her husband, Jason Rae, from an accidenta ...

  25. Billboard Editorial: Under the Influence

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST For years, the debate over the Internet's impact on the music industry has centered on piracy, which has put a sizable dent in the wallets of artists and labels alike. But Duran Duran bassist John Taylor recently shifted the discussion to a n ...

  26. Ninja Tune, Cinematic Orchestra Form Label

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jason Swinscoe of the U.K. jazz/electronica act the Cinematic Orchestra has formed a new label, Motion Audio, in partnership with the group's Ninja Tune label. Swinscoe has joined forces with Dominic Smith, the long-term A&R for the Cinem ...

  27. U.K. Govt Changes Licensing Rules For Charities

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Performing rights society PRS for Music and neighboring rights society PPL will develop a pilot joint licensing scheme for charities a not-for-profit organizations in the U.K., after the government announced a shake-up of the music licensing rules ...

  28. Robbie Williams Heading For Ninth U.K. No. 1

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop singer Robbie Williams moved 85,000 copies of his comeback set "Reality Killed the Video Star" on the first day of release, according to label Virgin. Williams is currently ahead of boy band JLS in the mid-week chart based on fi ...

  29. Global Briefs: Arctic Monkeys, Machine Management, Warner/Biffy Clyro

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- U.K. rock act Arctic Monkeys and their label Domino are again teaming with second-hand charity retailer Oxfam for the band's new vinyl single in the U.K. Oxfam said the first exclusive Arctic Monkeys release, the seven-inch single "Cr ...

  30. Business Matters: BlueBeat.com, Qtrax, Choruss

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A Q&A with Hank Risan, the CEO of BlueBeat.com . Risan explained the technology behind psychoacoustic simulation, the technology at the hea ...

  31. Pet Shop Boys Gets Festive On EP

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. synth pop duo Pet Shop Boys will issue a new EP, "Christmas" (Parlophone/EMI), on Dec. 14. The five-track release will be available on CD and download and includes a new version of "It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas," ...

  32. Robert Wyatt, Hank Marvin Honored At Gold Badge Awards

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran alternative musician Robert Wyatt and Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin were among those honoured at the 36th annual Gold Badge Awards, presented in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in association wit ...

  33. Muse, Lily Allen, Kasabian Collect Q Awards

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Muse, Lily Allen and Kasabian all walked away with Q awards at the annual ceremony organized by the U.K.-based monthly music magazine. Held today (Oct. 26) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Allen won the best track award for "The Fear&q ...

  34. Creamfields Entering Abu Dhabi

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance festival Creamfields is expanding into the United Arab Emirates via a one-night outdoor event to be held in Abu Dhabi Dec. 11. The festival will be hosted in partnership with Abu-Dhabi-based event consultants Flash Entertainment. Line-u ...

  35. Robbie Williams To Receive BRIT Awards Honor

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has named pop artist Robbie Williams as the recipient of the outstanding contribution to music award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. Williams will close the ceremony with a performance at the Feb. 16 event at London's Earls C ...

  36. In The City Day 2: Calls For Artist Support

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In order to thrive, the music industry needs to take greater care of its members and, more importantly, music consumers. Those were the two dominant themes at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct.19) - the U.K.'s biggest music ...

  37. Def Leppard Cancels Third Leg Of Tour

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Def Leppard has canceled the final leg of its North American tour. The band said in a statement on its Web site that it canceled 23 shows in the U.S. and Canada "due to unforeseen personal matters." The last leg of the tour was ...

  38. Liam Gallagher Confirms Oasis Split, Plans 'Next Step'

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Liam Gallagher has insisted U.K. rock act Oasis is no more, following Noel Gallagher's departure from the group in the summer. Although the brothers have always had a rocky relationship, Gallagher insisted this split was for good, during an i ...

  39. Paramore Scores First U.K. No. 1

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paramore scored its first U.K. No. 1 album Sunday with "Brand New Eyes" (Fueled By Ramen/Warner Music), as Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart" (Universal Island) began a third week atop the singles survey. Paramore's previ ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Beyonce, JLS, N-Dubz Win Two MOBO Awards Each

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British bands JLS and N-Dubz shared the limelight with U.S. star Beyonce after all three acts won two MOBO awards each. The ceremony celebrates black, urban music. Two of Michael Jackson's siblings also appeared at the MOBO (Music Of Black Or ...

  42. Speech Debelle Sets Sights On Sophomore Set

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. hip-hop newcomer Speech Debelle, winner of the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, has been in the studio with Adele and Duffy co-writer Eg White ahead of her debut U.S. dates next month. Her debut set "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada/Ninja T ...

  43. EMI Hails Beatles' Global Sales Success

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti says that "Beatlemania has returned" as the major celebrates a global sales success for the digitally remastered Beatles CD reissues. Following the worldwide Sept. 9 release of the band's albums alongs ...

  44. Robbie Williams To Open BBC Electric Proms

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Robbie Williams will open the BBC Electric Proms event at London's Roundhouse on Oct. 20. Williams will be accompanied by a string section, horn section and full band as he performs songs from his back catalog and comeback alb ...

  45. Massive Attack Launches World Tour In London

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Massive Attack debuted new songs from its long-awaited fifth album and performed with Blur frontman Damon Albarn at the first night of its tour at London's Brixton Academy. The British electronic act - which comprises Robert "3D" De ...

  46. Natalie Imbruglia To Showcase Comeback Set At Heaven

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian-born pop singer Natalie Imbruglia will play an Oct. 1 show at London's Heaven venue ahead of the release of her new album, "Come To Life," on Oct. 5 (Island/Universal). "Come To Life" will be the London-based si ...

  47. Smokey Robinson To Play BBC Electric Proms

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soul legend Smokey Robinson will perform at the BBC's five-day Electric Proms festival in London next month, along with U.K. indie-rock act Doves and rapper Dizzee Rascal. The event runs Oct. 20-24. Now in its fourth year, the festival return ...

  48. Tricky To Re-Release Debut Set

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative and hip-hop artist Tricky will re-release his debut album "Maxinquaye" as a two-disc deluxe edition in the U.K. on Nov. 2 through Universal Island. The set will include a re-mastered version of the original album, a seco ...

  49. Beatles Remasters Dominate U.K. Album Charts, Vera Lynn Takes No. 1

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new U.K. album chart otherwise dominated by Beatles remasters, 92-year-old Dame Vera Lynn yesterday (Sept. 13) became the oldest living artist to have a bestselling title as "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn" (Decc ...

  50. ZTT Goes To Union Square

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based catalog marketing specialist Union Square Music (USM) has signed a deal to represent the Zang Tuum Tumb (ZTT) catalog worldwide, excluding North America and Japan. The deal will encompass the physical releases, licensing and synchroniza ...

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