English music

  1. Cary Elwes to Direct Biopic On The Who's Manager Kit Lambert

    December 14, 2012 1:39 PM EST The life -- and death -- of Kit Lambert, famed rock impresario and manager of The Who, is coming to the big screen with all the music and drama that entails, courtesy of producer Orian Williams and actor Cary Elwes, who will be making his director ...

  2. Swedish House Mafia Tops Adele; Mumfords Beat Ellie Gouding On UK Charts

    October 15, 2012 9:19 AM EDT Adele's "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) missed out on the U.K. No. 1 position by a substantial 43,000 units when the Official Charts Company confirmed the end-of-week results on Sunday (14), overtaken by Swedish House Mafia's "D ...

  3. Nick Lowe Helps Yep Roc Celebrate 15 Years, Explains The Label Allowed Him To 'Move Forward'

    September 24, 2012 5:44 PM EDT Nick Lowe will headline the first night of Yep Roc Records' three 15th anniversary concerts at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. It's a logical booking for Lowe: Yep Roc might have never existed were it not the desire of three men ...

  4. How the UK Folk Music Scene Is Quietly Making Ends Meet

    April 06, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Bellowhead, one of the UK's more successful folk groups which sold 60,000 copies of their 2012 album "Hedonism." This year's U.K. BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards showed one thing about the U.K's folk music scene: With increased co ...

  5. Peter Hook Calls Disney's Controversial Joy Division-Inspired T-Shirt a 'Backhanded Compliment'

    January 24, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Disney Store's "Waves Mickey Mouse tee" references Joy Division's 1979 debut "Unknown Pleasures," an album designed by Peter Saville. (Photo: Screen Grab) It was never the most obvious of artist/brand tie-ups, whi ...

  6. Stone Roses Reunite, Announce 2012 Concerts

    October 18, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Seminal U.K. rock band The Stone Roses is to reform for a series of highly lucrative live shows. Following days of speculation that a reunion was imminent, the announcement was made earlier today (Oct. 18) at a packed press conference in The Soho ...

  7. Paul Oakenfold Leaves WME for APA

    October 11, 2011 8:33 PM EDT Superstar DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold is leaving William Morris Endeavor for APA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "I wish my friends at William Morris Endeavor all the best," says Oakenfold, in a statement being issued on Wednesda ...

  8. Universal Music Publishing Extends Joy Division Deal; Peter Hook Dismayed By New Order Reunion Shows

    October 04, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing has extended its worldwide administration deal with pioneering U.K. rock band Joy Division. The legendary Manchester band first formed in 1977 and achieved cult status with its two studio albums "Unknown Pleasures&q ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Johnny Marr, Ex Smiths Guitarist, Talks Film and TV Scores, Solo Plans

    May 17, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Johnny Marr, the former Smiths guitarist and songwriter, expects to start a world tour in October beginning with a show in New York. Currently working on two albums and scoring the second season of David Cross's British TV series, "The I ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Former V2 Exec David Steele Launches Hi Tone Label

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT David Steele, the former managing director of V2 Music, has launched a new U.K. record label and management company, Hi Tone Music. Steele was one of the founding executives at Richard Branson's independent V2 label, where he worked with Ster ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Bestival Renews U.K. TV Deal

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bestival organizers have announced that for the fifth year running Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from the event. Topman CTRL is the official sponsor of Channel 4's coverage and will link up with Bestival founder Rob da Bank, who will cu ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. New Order Spin-Off Bad Lieutenant Confirms Tour, Album

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bad Lieutenant, the new band formed by New Order singer Bernard Sumner, has announced a three-date U.K. tour to coincide with its debut album in October. Bad Lieutenant's debut studio set "Never Cry Another Tear" is released Oct. 5 ...

  39. Ian Brown Announces U.K. Tour

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. solo artist/former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown will set out on a 16-date British winter tour to promote his sixth solo studio set "My Way." The tour was booked through Brighton-based 13 Artists and commences Nov.29 at Leicester De ...

  40. Snow Patrol Deps For Oasis At U.K.'s V Fest

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Oasis was forced to cancel its appearance at the second leg of the U.K. V Festival, held in Chelmsford, England on Sunday night (Aug. 23), after lead singer Liam Gallagher was diagnosed with viral laryngitis; Snow Patrol took over the vacated head ...

  41. Arctic Monkeys Releasing Single Via Charity Stores

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock band Arctic Monkeys has partnered with British charity Oxfam for the release of its next single "Crying Lightning." A limited-edition 7-inch version of the Josh Homme-produced track goes on sale throughout Oxfam's nati ...

  42. Arctic Monkeys To Perform New Album Online

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Arctic Monkeys will give fans an online preview of its new album, "Humbug," at 9pm U.K. time (BST) on Thursday, July 30. According to label Domino, the band's performance featuring new material will be available to vie ...

  43. Coldplay's 'Strawberry Swing' To Screen In U.K. Cinemas

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The video for Coldplay's new single, "Strawberry Swing," will be premiered in U.K. cinemas from July 22, before screenings of "Bruno" and U.S. box office hit "The Proposal." Odeon, the U.K.'s biggest cinema ...

  44. Leisure Society Signs Label Deal

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following its Ivor Novello nomination for songwriter Nick Hemming, indie-folk act the Leisure Society has secured a label deal with U.K. indie Full Time Hobby. As part of the worldwide deal, the London-based label is hoping to release the band ...

  45. Glastonbury Sales Surge On Amazon

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amazon.co.uk has reported a surge in sales for acts featured at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, which had extensive media coverage over the weekend. The event was broadcast on multiple BBC TV and radio channels as well as onl ...

  46. Mika Confirmed For Bestival

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Mika is the latest big name confirmed for the Bestival 2009, held Sept. 11 to 13 at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight. Organizers claim it will be his only full live band performance at a U.K. festival this summer. Also announced is th ...

  47. Eden Sessions Adds Florence

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative acts Florence and the Machine and the Maccabees have been unveiled as support acts for the 2009 Eden Sessions, held in Cornwall in the U.K. this summer. Winner of the 2009 critics choice award at the BRITs, Florence and the Machine wil ...

  48. MySpace Premieres Kasabian, Little Boots

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace has premiered new albums from U.K. artists Kasabian and Little Boots in a weeklong stream one week ahead of release. From June 1, Kasabian's third album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia) and Little Boots' &q ...

  49. Elbow Aims For Late 2010 Album Comeback

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As it approaches the end of an extensive campaign for "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor), U.K. rock act Elbow is looking ahead to its follow-up to the award-winning album. After three well-received records, the Manchester, England-b ...

  50. Reading, Leeds Fests Sell Out

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Headliners Radiohead, Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys have helped the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds Festivals sell out within 24 hours. The festivals, organized by Festival Republic, are held Aug. 28 to 30. All weekend tickets, priced £175 ($251. ...

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