Damon Albarn

  1. Blur Cancel Big Day Out Appearance, Blame ‘Shifting Goalposts’

    November 25, 2013 2:01 AM EST Blur has pulled out of their headlining slot at the Big Day Out just two months before the travelling festival is due to roll around Australia and New Zealand. The Britpop veterans announced the cancelation via their Facebook page, with a message ...

  2. Morning Fix: WMG To Bid on Sony/ATV's Rosetta (Report); Joel Klaiman to Columbia; What Spotify's Valuation Means; Bandpage Expands

    November 13, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to have Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters sent directly to your inbox BUSINESS MATTERS: A $3 BILLION VALUATION BRINGS SPOTIFY EXPECTATIONS BACK TO EARTH: News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion ...

  3. Backbeat: The Great Bobby Womack Rocks NYC Apple Store With Damon Albarn, XL's Richard Russell

    September 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Rocking the tech emporium: From left: XL's Richard Russell, TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton, Bobby Womack, Remi Kabaka, Kwes (behind the piano) and Damon Albarn playing NYC's SoHo Apple Store. (Photo: Andy Gensler) 'It fired me ...

  4. A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster Tapped For Latest Converse 'Three Artists. One Song' Campaign

    March 27, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Coming right on the heels of the success of its Andre 3000-Damon Albarn-James Murphy collaboration campaign, Converse has announced another, pairing up DJ A-Trak with singer Kimbra and Foster the People frontman Mark Foster for the latest installm ...

  5. Gorillaz/Andre 3000/LCD's James Murphy's Converse Track: The Story Behind The Song

    February 21, 2012 1:53 PM EST In the most high-profile offering of its "3 Artists. 1 Song" campaign to date, Converse Inc. announced on Feb. 9 that Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and OutKast rapper Andre 300 had teamed up to record an original song f ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Gorillaz Release New Album Recorded And Mixed Entirely On iPad

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Gorillaz have dropped a special Christmas present for fans -- "The Fall," an album mixed and recorded by frontman Damon Albarn using the iPad, is available on the band's website (thefall.gorillaz.com) as of Dec. 25. Over a dozen ...

  8. Gorillaz: We Won't Let 'Glee' Cover Our Songs

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The virtual band Gorillaz isn't exactly going bananas over the television musical series "Glee." Lead singer Damon Albarn says he's not interested in letting the hit show perform covers of his band's songs. "We wouldn ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Duffy, Elbow Win Ivor Novello Awards

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay, Duffy, the Ting Tings, Elbow and electronic music pioneers Massive Attack were among the winners at the 54th Ivor Novello Awards in London. The ceremony, presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and ...

  13. Blur Eyeing U.S., European Dates

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reformed U.K. rock act Blur is looking to add U.S. and European shows to its run of U.K. dates and festival appearances. As well as headline slots at Glastonbury and T in the Park festivals and Oxegen outside Dublin in Ireland, Blur will play two ...

  14. Blur Reforms For London Show

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. indie-rock act Blur is to reform for an open-air show in London's Hyde Park in summer 2009. The band has been on hiatus following the campaign for their 2003 album "Think Tank" (Parlophone). The Hyde Park show takes place on Ju ...

  15. Albarn Gives Students Chance To Monkey Around

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett -- the duo behind Gorillaz and the Chinese folk tale-inspired opera project "Monkey: Journey to the West" -- are giving students the opportunity to create a promotional video for a track from the "Monk ...

  16. Albarn's 'Monkey' Gets The Edge

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Edge Performance VCT is backing the opera production "Monkey: Journey to the West," created by Gorillaz collaborators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng, as it prepares for a 31-date run at London's O ...

  17. Grainge Named London's Most Influential Music Man

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International CEO Lucian Grainge has been named the most influential person on London's music scene. The second annual 1,000-strong, 22-category, list of "London's Most Influential People" is compiled by L ...

  18. "Monkey" Opera Moves To The O2

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Acclaimed stage show, "Monkey: Journey to the West" is moving to a purpose-built theatre at the Meridian Gardens, next to London's O2 Arena, for an extended run. The 2,500-capacity venue will host the Asian-themed opera, the brainch ...

  19. McCartney Backs Indie Retail Event

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney announced his support for Record Store Day, a nationwide effort by the The Alliance of Independent Media Stores to celebrate record shops on April 19 . "There's nothing as glamorous to me as a record store," said ...

  20. Q Gongs Handed Out In London

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tony Wilson, the enigmatic entrepreneur who discovered and signed Joy Division and Happy Mondays to his Factor Records label, was posthumously recognized as a "Q Hero" today at the Q Awards in London. Wilson, whose unconventional career ...

  21. Winehouse Wins At MOJO Awards

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse, the Stooges and Joy Division were among the winners at MOJO magazine's annual gathering of rock legends in London last night. The MOJO Honours List pays tribute to both classic artists and new music and always draws a heavyweig ...

  22. Review: The Good, the Bad and the Queen (self-titled)

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Good, the Bad and the Queen: "The Good, the Bad and the Queen" Producer: Danger Mouse Virgin Release Date: Jan. 23 If Danger Mouse's last big project, Gnarls something-or-other, existed in a zany monster movie, his new one takes ...

  23. U.K. Biz Shows Support For Gov't Leadership Project

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT $22M in funding for 2-year initiative. Pop stars, artist managers, members of parliament and executives from the upper echelon of the U.K. music industry gathered at the headquarters of EMI Group last night (June 19) for the launch of a multi-mill ...

  24. Oasis Grabs Two Q Awards

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono picks up Special Award for Lennon. Oasis clinched two of the top prizes at this year's Q Awards yesterday (Oct. 10) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, picking up best album for “Don't Believe the Truth” (Big Brother) and th ...

  25. Live 8 Plans Show With African Musicians

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Africa Calling' to be held in Cornwall, England. Organizers of the Live 8 concerts to raise awareness of poverty in Africa announced on Wednesday plans for a separate concert featuring African artists. The event, called Africa Calling, ...

  26. Gorillaz Start At European Chart Summit

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After four years of monkeying about, British "cartoon" pop band Gorillaz has opened this week at the peak of European Top 100 Albums with "Demon Days." The act's sophomore set is new at No. 1 in the After four years of mon ...

  27. Gorillaz Start At European Chart Summit

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After four years of monkeying about, British "cartoon" pop band Gorillaz has opened this week at the peak of European Top 100 Albums with "Demon Days." The act's sophomore set is new at No. 1 in the After four years of mon ...

  28. Audioslave Debut On Top

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Building on the success of the hit rock airplay single "Be Yourself," Audioslave finds a home on top of The Billboard 200 this week with its sophomore album, "Out of Exile." The Interscope/Epic set so Building on the success of ...

  29. Glastonbury To Honor John Peel

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Glastonbury Festival will honor the late John Peel by naming its new bands tent after the veteran broadcaster, the British festival's founder says. The Glastonbury Festival will honor the late John Peel by naming its new bands tent after ...