Franz Ferdinand

  1. Brandle’s Global Bits: Aussie Live Biz Enters Spin Cycle, HMV on the Comeback Trail, Mercury Prize Noms, IMPALA's Board

    September 17, 2013 10:00 PM EDT Trouble in Aussie Live Biz Paradise An unusually turbulent few weeks in Australia’s live biz has observers wondering whether there’s trouble in paradise. A handful of festivals are falling over, one has changed hands, the two biggest events are ...

  2. Australia’s Harvest Festival is Cancelled

    September 17, 2013 2:01 AM EDT Australia’s three date Harvest Festival has been scrapped just weeks out from its third edition. The event was due to start Nov. 10, visiting Australia's three biggest cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) with a bill that counted Massive At ...

  3. Australia’s Soundwave Festival Boss Buying Into Big Day Out: Sources

    September 16, 2013 4:28 AM EDT In a blockbuster deal which will reshape Australia's festivals landscape, the organizers behind Soundwave Festival are buying into the Big Day Out, multiple sources tell Billboard. The company behind Soundwave, the country's biggest ro ...

  4. Avenged Sevenfold's 'Hail To The King' Claims U.K. Chart Crown

    September 02, 2013 2:54 AM EDT As Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) to become the longest-running bestseller by a domestic artist in 2013, Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold landed their first No ...

  5. Black Keys, Pulp Among Western Musicians Avoiding Russia in Wake of Pussy Riot Verdict

    September 04, 2012 5:30 PM EDT MOSCOW -- The recent high-profile court case against the members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot has made some Western artists reconsider their plans for touring Russia, but local promoters say it might not have a long-lasting effect. Patrick ...

  6. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  7. Exclusive: Red Light Management Opens London Office With Ex-SuperVision Managers, Roster

    May 02, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Red Light Management is now on the ground in the U.K., with former SuperVision Management Group managers James Sandom, Cerne Canning and Deb Fenstermacher-and their artists-entering the RLM fold. Sandom and Canning will set up Red Light's new ...

  8. Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young, Jack White Announced for 2012 Outside Lands Fest

    April 17, 2012 11:05 AM EDT (Photo: Robert Hooman) Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park fr ...

  9. Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining

    April 11, 2012 1:00 AM EDT The extra-colorful lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, led by the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunited Black Sabbath, was unveiled on Wednesday morning (Apr. 11). The annual C3 Presents-promoted fest will return to Chicago' ...

  10. Domino Catalog, Including Arctic Monkeys and Animal Collective, Back On eMusic

    February 17, 2012 12:00 PM EST Domino Records has signed back on to have their music sold and streamed on eMusic in the United States. The label, whose artists include Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, joined up with eMusic back in 2008 and enjoyed the supp ...

  11. 'The Big C' Soundtrack with Staple Singers, Sara Bareilles, Franz Ferdinand to Benefit Stand Up To Cancer

    May 04, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Profits from sales of "The Big C" soundtrack will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Epic Records will release the soundtrack to the Showtime series on June 7, the same day the show' ...

  12. Jonas Brothers Earn Second No. 1 Album In Less Than a Year

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Just about 10 months after they earned their last No. 1 album, Jonas Brothers return to the top of the Billboard 200 with "Lines, Vines and Trying Times," the trio's second chart-topper. It follows the No. 1 bow of "A Little Bi ...

  13. Franz Ferdinand To Release Dub Album

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Scottish rock outfit Franz Ferdinand has confirmed an individual release date for a dub version of its latest album "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" (Domino), entitled "Blood." The album was previously available as part of the box se ...

  14. Indie Retailers Ready For Record Store Day

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite the success of online retailers, explosion of Internet downloads and high-profile closings of Virgin Megastores and Tower Records stores, bricks-and-mortar record stores aren't all spinning toward oblivion. Although hundreds of indepe ...

  15. Weezer, Fall Out Boy For Fuji Rock 2009

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT International acts Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Franz Ferdinand are among the first acts confirmed for headline slots at this year's Fuji Rock Festival, Japan's leading annual outdoor music event. The 13th edition of the festival will take p ...

  16. Bruce Springsteen Nets Ninth No. 1 Album

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen shows the Billboard 200 who's the Boss, as his new album "Working on a Dream" debuts atop the list -- his ninth chart-topper. Only a handful of acts have achieved more No. 1 albums, but who are they? . . . Other hi ...

  17. Franz, Kings For Benicassim 2009

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand and Paul Weller have been confirmed as headliners for the 2009 FIB Heineken Benicassim Festival in Spain. The 2009 festival, running July 16-19 will be the 15th annual Benicassim event. The festival, which has become ...

  18. Franz Ferdinand Confirms Jan. 2009 Release For New Album

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative-rock act Franz Ferdinand will release its third set, "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" (Domino Recordings), on Jan. 26 in the U.K. The Scotland-based band recorded the 12-track album at its own HQ in Govan, Glasgow and the sout ...

  19. Aussie Byron Bay Fest Canceled

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The plug has been pulled on plans to revive Australia’s Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival, with organizers citing “regulatory hurdles.” The festival, due to take place Jan. 7 and 8 in the east coast seaside town, had a line-up featuring Franz Ferd ...

  20. New Franz Ferdinand Track Leads 'Madden' Soundtrack

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here last month , a new Franz Ferdinand song, "Lucid Dreams," leads the in-game soundtrack to the EA Sports video game "Madden 09," which his stores Aug. 12. The cut is also expected to appear on the Scottish rock act ...

  21. eBay Hosts Independents Day Auction

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Independents Day auction, mooted as the largest-ever sale of music memorabilia and experiences, has gone live on eBay. Items up for sale include a test pressing of the Arctic Monkeys sophomore album "Favourite Worst Nightmare," signe ...

  22. Franz Ferdinand, Sigor Ros, Interpol Lead Latitude

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Franz Ferdinand, Sigor Ros and Interpol are among the major names booked to play at the leftfield U.K. festival Latitude. Others acts confirmed on the bill are Death Cab For Cutie, Elbow, the Breeders, Amadou and Mariam, and M.I.A. The third annua ...

  23. Touring, Indies Rule Midem

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live music and independent labels held sway on the third day of Midem panels. Laurence Bell, founder of Domino Records - home to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand -- was the big draw as he opened-up on some of his guiding business and creative ph ...

  24. PIAS Strikes DRM-Free iTunes Deal

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Brussels-based pan-European label group/distributor PIAS has struck a global deal with with Apple Inc.'s iTunes service that will see more than 44,000 tracks added to its DRM-free iTunes Plus service. The tracks come from PIAS' own label ...

  25. Paradigm Acquires Little Big Man

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Paradigm has acquired Little Big Man Booking, the New York-based booking agency which is home to Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, the Fray, Barenaked Ladies, Franz Ferdinand, Dido, Snow Patrol, Avril Lavign Paradigm has acquired Little Big Man Booking, ...

  26. Chili Peppers, Franz Heat Up Fuji Bill

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand are among the first batch of nine acts booked at this year's Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand are among the first batch of nine acts booked at this ...

  27. Chili Peppers, Franz Heat Up Fuji Bill

    March 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Japan fest held July 28-30. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand are among the first batch of nine acts booked at this year's Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan. Tokyo-based concert promoter Smash have also confirmed Broken Social Sc ...

  28. Death Cab, Franz Ferdinand Make Touring Team

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Modern rock heavyweights Death Cab For Cutie and Franz Ferdinand will begin a North American co-headlining tour March 22 in Portland, Ore. The trek will visit a mix of theaters and college campuses th Modern rock heavyweights Death Cab For Cutie a ...

  29. 'Now 20' Debuts At No. 1

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Features Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, Weezer. Features Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, Weezer. News Franz Ferdinand ...

  30. 'Now 20' Takes No. 1

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Features Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, Weezer. With a little help from acts like Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, Weezer and the Backstreet Boys, the 20th installment of the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series takes the top slot of The Bi ...

  31. Blunt Finally Tops Euro Album Chart

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It's a long way to the top but it's beautiful when you get there. James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" was released 52 weeks ago and entered Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart 28 weeks ago. However, It's a long ...

  32. Blunt Finally Tops Euro Album Chart

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT It's a long way to the top but it's beautiful when you get there. James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" was released 52 weeks ago and entered Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart 28 weeks ago. However, It's a long ...

  33. Franz Ferdinand Has It 'So Much Better'

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sophomore album debuts at No.1 in Euro chart. Franz Ferdinand's sophomore album "You Could Have It So Much Better" (Domino) makes a winning start across Europe, entering Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart at No.1. Meanwh ...

  34. Franz Ferdinand Has It 'So Much Better'

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sophomore album debuts at No.1 in Euro chart. Franz Ferdinand's sophomore album "You Could Have It So Much Better" (Domino) makes a winning start across Europe, entering Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart at No.1. Meanwh ...

  35. Nickelback Tops Chart With 'Right Reasons'

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Band's first career No. 1 on Billboard 200. Nickelback has scored the first chart-topping album of its career with "All the Right Reasons" (Roadrunner/IDJMG). The Canadian act's fifth full-length set sold 317,000 copies in its ...

  36. Franz Take Two At Ireland's Meteor Awards

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Franz Ferdinand added two more trophies to their mantelpiece last night (Feb. 24) at Ireland's fifth annual Meteor Music Awards, held at the Point in Dublin. Franz Ferdinand added two more trophies to their mantelpiece last night (Feb. 24) at ...

  37. Franz Take Two At Ireland's Meteor Awards

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Franz Ferdinand added two more trophies to their mantelpiece last night (Feb. 24) at Ireland's fifth annual Meteor Music Awards, held at the Point in Dublin. Franz Ferdinand added two more trophies to their mantelpiece last night (Feb. 24) at ...

  38. Franz Ferdinand Tops Brits Nominations

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand leads the field with five nominations for the Brit Awards, which will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Muse was close behind with four nominations, while A Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand leads the fi ...

  39. Franz Ferdinand Leads Brit Award Nominees

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand leads the field with five nominations for the Brit Awards, which will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Muse was close behind with four nominations, while A Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand leads the fi ...

  40. Ten Finalists Set For Shortlist Prize

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Wilco, Air, Killers albums make cut. Albums by Wilco, Air, the Killers and Franz Ferdinand are among the 10 finalists for the 2004 Shortlist Prize . The annual award honors critically acclaimed albums that have not yet been certified gold by the R ...

  41. Franz Ferdinand Wins Britain's Mercury Prize

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. The ann ...

  42. Franz Ferdinand Wins Britain's Mercury Prize

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. The ann ...

  43. Lynn, Wilco, Killers On Long List For Shortlist

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Loretta Lynn, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand and the Killers are among 73 artists whose latest albums made the "Long List" of initial nominations for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize, which honors critically ac Loretta Lynn, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand ...

  44. Global Pulse

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT This year's Mercury Music Prize nominees including Franz Ferdinand and Joss Stone have already found a home on the U.K. top 10. Read Nigel Williamson's column. This year's Mercury Music Prize nominees including Franz Ferdinand and J ...

  45. Streets, Franz Ferdinand Lead Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best of British and Irish music. Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nat ...

  46. Streets, Franz Ferdinand Lead Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best of British and Irish music. Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nat ...

  47. Global Pulse

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Scotland's Franz Ferdinand makes a top five bow on the U.K. charts with its self-titled debut. Scotland's Franz Ferdinand makes a top five bow on the U.K. charts with its self-titled debut. News Franz Ferdinand ...