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  1. George Michael In One-off Deal With Island

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Michael has signed a deal with Universal's Island Records for a one-off Christmas single. "December Song" will be released digitally Dec. 13 in the United Kingdom, with a physical release following one day later. Internationa ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Frampton Manager Dee Anthony Dies At 83

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dee Anthony, an artist manager who shepherded the careers of Peter Frampton, Tony Bennett and Peter Allen and helped bring '60s U.K. rock acts to prominence in the U.S., died Oct. 25 in Connecticut. He was 83 years old. Born Anthony D'Ad ...

  4. Imagem Music Signs Genesis, Phil Collins

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has signed a long-term, exclusive administration agreement with the members of Genesis, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford. The publishing deal covers the catalogs of Genesis, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford inc ...

  5. Chrysalis Sees FY Results Ahead Of Own View

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British music publisher Chrysalis Plc said on Friday it expected its full-year results to be slightly ahead of its expectations, aided by good performances in both Music Publishing and Lasgo divisions. The company, which owns songs by David Bowie, ...

  6. EMI Music Publishing Signs Deal With Jared Cotte

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has signed an exclusive global co-publishing deal with songwriter and vocalist Jared Cotte, who co-wrote “Down,” which hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The song by Jay Sean (featuring Lil Wayne) knocked the Blac ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Amy Winehouse Backs Young Lioness

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse will make a rare live TV appearance in the United Kingdom this Saturday (10) to sing backing vocals for her 13-year-old God-daughter Dionne Bromfield, the first signing to Winehouse's Universal Island-distributed Lioness label. ...

  9. Lady Sovereign Fined In Australia For Spitting At Doorman

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British rapper Lady Sovereign has spent the first night of her current Australia visit in a cell for her part in a drunken assault on a bouncer. The singer, whose real name is Louise Amanda Harman, was charged with assault on the weekend after spi ...

  10. Elton John Joins File-Sharing Debate

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Elton John has added his voice to the debate among artists over the impact of file-sharing in the U.K. The veteran artist has echoed the views of pop artist Lily Allen, who accused musicians from the Featured Artists Coalition of ignoring the ...

  11. Sugababes To Continue Minus Original Members

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act the Sugababes will release their new album "Sweet 7" (Island/Universal) as planned on Nov. 23 in the U.K. and Europe, following the departure of the group's only remaining original member Keisha Buchanan. The founding m ...

  12. Green Day, Leona Lewis To Perform At MTV EMAs

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International has unveiled the nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) and the first three confirmed performers at the Berlin ceremony - Green Day, Leona Lewis and Tokio Hotel. The EMAs take place at the O2 World, Berlin on ...

  13. Mighty Boosh Star Joins 'Buzzcocks'

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Noel Fielding, best known for his work with radio and TV comedy series "The Mighty Boosh," has been confirmed as a captain on the new series of BBC Two pop quiz "Never Mind the Buzzcocks." The show, now in its 22nd series, will ...

  14. Music Icons Rock HMV Charity Calendar

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has issued a limited edition charity calendar featuring the stars of its "my inspiration" advertising campaign. HMV hopes to raise £20,000 ($33,100) for CLIC Sargent, the children's and young person&# ...

  15. Lily Allen Lashes Out At File-Sharers

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Lily Allen has written a lengthy diatribe against illegal file-sharing, prompted by some "really rich and successful artists" who publicly stated that P2P users should not have their Internet connections cut. Musicians inclu ...

  16. Speech Debelle Scoops Mercury Prize

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop artist Speech Debelle is the winner of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 with "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada) for the best album of the past year by a U.K. or Irish artist. The debut set proved a popular winner among the audience at ...

  17. Surviving Bee Gees Say To Reunite For Live Shows

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The two surviving brothers of the Bee Gees are preparing to perform together again, six years after the death of their brother and third Bee Gee, Maurice Gibb, according to media reports. Robin Gibb told BBC Radio that he had just been with his ol ...

  18. U.K. Minister Defends Internet Suspension In MPAA Speech

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. intellectual property minister David Lammy has defended the government's revised proposal to include suspension of Internet accounts as an option to tackle illegal file-sharing, while calling on industry to help develop new services. Lam ...

  19. Brian Jones' Death To Be Re-Examined By British Police

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British police say they will review the 1969 death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. Sussex police said Monday in a statement that they have received documents from an investigative journalist that relate to Jones' death. They say the ...

  20. Leona Lewis Leak Investigated

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Syco is working with the IFPI and the police to investigate the leak of unreleased songs including a new Leona Lewis track, "Don't Let Me Down," a collaboration with Justin Timberlake. Lewis, the 2006 winner of the U.K. TV talent sh ...

  21. Chrysalis Gets Jackson Publishing Boost

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music group Chrysalis has reported that its publishing arm has benefited from the increased sales for Michael Jackson following his death. Chrysalis issued a Q3 (April 1 to June 30) interim management statement today (Aug. 14), which said the ...

  22. London Rocks New Line of Shirts and Mugs

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The London Underground is getting the rock star treatment via a new line of merchandise promoting London and its famous Tube. EMI Music Publishing and Transport for London have partnered to create a line of mugs and T-shirts, which feature lyrics ...

  23. Big Hitters React To Mercury Nominations

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative acts Kasabian and Bat for Lashes have both expressed their delight to Billboard.biz at being nominated for the 2009 Barclaycard Music Prize. The acts were among the nominees present at the Hospital club in London today (July 21) for th ...

  24. Waller Of '60s Pop Duo Peter And Gordon Dies At 64

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Gordon Waller of the pop duo Peter and Gordon, who were part of the 1960s British Invasion and had a string of hits including several written by their friend Paul McCartney, has died. He was 64. Waller died Friday at the William W. Backus Hospital ...

  25. Shake-Up At BBC Radio 1

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Radio 1 has announced a major shake-up of its weekday schedule, promoting Fearne Cotton to the morning show. Cotton will replace Jo Whiley on the Monday to Friday morning show at the national top 40 station. The show airs 10am to 12.45pm. Cott ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Levi's London Showcase Returns

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Clothing brand Levi's is holding a residency at East London's Vibe Bar and a secret gig in the next instalment of its "Ones to Watch" series this week. The "5 Night Revue" showcase will be respectively headlined by em ...

  28. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a ...

  29. Simon Cowell 'To Launch Global Entertainment Company'

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell is set to partner with U.K. retail magnate Sir Philip Green on a global entertainment company that will produce and own TV content in the U.S. and Britain. The venture, which does not yet have a name, will have Green's backing as ...

  30. Sting Announces 'Winter' Album For Fall

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Summer is just around the corner, but Sting has another season on his mind. The singer announced today (June 17) that his next album, "If On a Winter's Night...," will be inspired by his favorite time of year and feature two origina ...

  31. Music Industry Trusts' Award For Jonathan Ross

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster Jonathan Ross has been named as the recipient of the Music Industry Trusts' Award for 2009. In recognition of services to music broadcasting, the honor will be presented to Ross at London's Grosvenor House on Nov. 2. Mor ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Flo Rida, Oasis To Play iTunes Fest

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Flo Rida and Oasis are among the first acts confirmed to play the third annual iTunes Live: London Festival, which takes place throughout the month of July at London's Roundhouse. Other acts confirmed to play the event include Kasabian, Snow ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Faryl Smith To Open Classical BRITs

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for this year's Classical BRIT Awards have been talking to Billboard.biz about the importance of the event, while it has been confirmed that teenage newcomer Faryl Smith will open the ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall. Smit ...

  36. Chris Evans Wins Big At Sony Awards

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Radio 2 drivetime DJ Chris Evans was the big winner at the 2009 Sony Radio Academy Awards, winning double gold. Evans won the music radio personality gong and the entertainment award for his work on the A/C-formatted station, as well as hostin ...

  37. Health Secretary Signs Up To PPL AGM

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alan Johnson, U.K. secretary of state for health, has been confirmed as the guest keynote speaker at recorded music licensing body PPL's annual general meeting. The AGM will take place on June 3 at King's Place in London. PPL (Phonograph ...

  38. Bat For Lashes, The Enemy Join Summer Series

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock band the Enemy and British alt-rock act Bat For Lashes have joined the line-up for the open-air Summer Series of concerts at London's Somerset House. The Enemy perform on July 10, promoting sophomore set "Music For The People&q ...

  39. Elton John, Paul McCartney Hit By Economic Crisis

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British singers Paul McCartney, Elton John and Mick Jagger have lost large chunks of their personal fortunes during the economic crisis over the last year, according to a rich list published on Friday (April 24). Along with many of the world' ...

  40. Lily Allen Lined Up For Somerset House Shows

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soul diva Grace Jones and U.K. pop act Lily Allen are among the first acts announced to play at this year's open-air concert Summer Series at London's Somerset House. The series kicks off with Jones on July 9, followed by Allen on July 1 ...

  41. James Newton Howard Scores Double Nods At Classical BRITs

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT James Newton Howard has been nominated at the Classical BRIT Awards for his work on the soundtracks to "I Am Legend" (Varese Sarabande/Colosseum Music) and, with Hans Zimmer, "The Dark Knight" (Warner). The conductor Sir Charle ...

  42. London's City Showcase Confirms Line-Up

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The seventh edition of London's City Showcase has confirmed its bill of emerging acts, performing at a range of stores in the capital next month, alongside its timetable of industry workshops at the Regent Street Apple Store. City Showcase ha ...

  43. U.K. Biz Builds North America Market Share

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The British music industry has grown its share of the U.S. and Canadian music markets, according to a report from U.K. trade body the BPI. U.K. artists have increased their market share in North America for the fourth year in a row, the report sta ...

  44. Spandau Ballet Reforms For World Tour

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. '80s pop act Spandau Ballet has reformed for a world tour, following a reconciliation among the five members a decade after a bitter court battle over royalties. The reunion after 20 years was announced today (March 25) on board HMS Belf ...

  45. Amy Winehouse Denies Assault

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse appeared in court on Tuesday (March 17) and denied a charge of assaulting a woman after a charity ball in London last year. The 25-year-old bee-hived soul singer is accused of assaulting Sherene Flash in Berkeley Square after the Ber ...

  46. Comic Relief 'Top Of The Pops' Scores Big Ratings

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A one-off edition of BBC chart countdown 'Top Of The Pops' featuring Oasis, U2 and Flo Rida achieved average ratings of 6.7 million viewers. "Comic Relief Does Top Of The Pops" had a 32% audience between 10pm GMT and 10.35pm on ...

  47. Apple, Biz Back Comic Relief

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry has joined forces with the Apple iTunes store in the U.K. to contribute to the Comic Relief fund-raising campaign. Comic Relief's Red Nose Day takes place today (March 13) with a live BBC TV fund-raiser featuring comedians ...

  48. Winehouse Pulls Out Of Coachella Line-up

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse will not get a work visa to travel to the United States in time to perform at a leading music festival because she was charged with assault last week, a spokesman said today (March 9). Winehouse, 25, had been expected to perform at C ...

  49. Razorlight Drummer Quits

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows has left the U.K. rock band after five years. The band is currently on a touring and promotional schedule for their album "Slipway Fires" (Vertigo/Universal), which has not performed as strongly in their h ...

  50. Winehouse Charged With Assault

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse has been charged with assault following an incident at a charity ball in London's Berkeley Square in 2008, her spokesman confirmed. "Amy voluntarily attended a police station in London yesterday morning," he said in a ...

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