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  1. Coldplay, David Guetta Go To Atlantic Records; Radiohead & Pink Floyd Catalogs, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn To Warner Bros: WMG’s US Plans for Parlophone (Exclusive)

    December 18, 2013 10:01 AM EST Warner Music Group has finalized the integration of Parlophone’s roster into its U.S. label structure following the acquisition of the record imprint from Universal Music Group for £487 million (about $765 million) earlier this year, Billboard ...

  2. Coachella 2013 Lineup: Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    January 25, 2013 12:35 AM EST Blur, the Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers top the lineup for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was unveiled late on Thursday night (Jan. 24). The annual fest is set to once again take over Indio, Calif. on con ...

  3. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Why The Tupac Hologram Was Actually A 2D Tupac

    April 18, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Tupac Shakur is back in the headlines again for his posthumous show-stopping performance at Coachella last weekend, which just about everyone took to be a 3D hologram. It simply looked too realistic not to be, as you can sort of tell from the vide ...

  6. Spain Touring Notes: Sizzla Dates Canceled; Dylan Headlining FIB; James Murphy, Lana Del Rey at Sonar; More

    March 28, 2012 2:52 PM EDT Line-up for Spain's 2012 Festival Internacional Benicassim featuring headliner Bob Dylan Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla Kalongi had three April concerts in Spain canceled under intense pressure from gay rights groups over lyrics, seriously ups ...

  7. Apple's Garageband Adds Real-Time Jamming, iCloud Sync

    March 08, 2012 6:15 AM EST Maybe it's time to get the band back together. On top of all the other stuff Apple announced yesterday (March 7), including a new iPad and Apple TV, the company demonstrated a new version of its Garageband music app that can sync tracks up an ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Andre 3000, Gorillaz, LCD's James Murphy Team Up for Converse Track

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST As part of Converse Inc.'s continuing "Three Artists. One Song" campaign, Gorillaz, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and Outkast rapper Andre 3000 have teamed up for an original track. "DoYaThing" will be relea ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. EMI, Echo Nest Announce $5000 Prize Contest For 'Sandbox' Initiative

    November 30, 2011 3:50 PM EST EMI and music intelligence platform the Echo Nest, who launched an open API initiative as part of EMI's OpenEMI project earlier this month, have announced the OpenEMI contest . The competition offers a $5,000 prize for the best app that utili ...

  12. EMI, Echo Nest Team Up to Give App Developers a 'Sandbox' of Music, Marketing

    November 03, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Echo Nest and EMI Music have partnered to give app developers access to EMI's catalog and marketing support for their creations. The effort is part of EMI Music's OpenEMI initiative, the company's effort to streamline the music lice ...

  13. Australia's Live Music Industry Soars With $1.4 Billion in 2010 Ticketing Revenue

    August 09, 2011 7:42 AM EDT A new report published Down Under confirms what many observers had already figured - Australia's live music sector is officially booming. In a frenetic year which saw the likes of AC/DC, U2, Bon Jovi, Metallica and the Eagles tour these shore ...

  14. Record Store Day Releases: A Complete Guide

    April 14, 2011 2:03 PM EDT Record Store Day takes place Saturday, April 16. Below is a list of all titles being released in conjunction with -- and exclusively for -- Record Store Day in the U.S. Each entry has artist, title, label and format. Some entries also include the ...

  15. Daft Punk's Ferrari, Katy Perry's Trampoline, Beatles Bicycle Added To EMI Japan Earthquake-Relief Auction

    April 11, 2011 3:34 PM EDT Katy Perry, the Beatles, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Iron Maiden, Gorillaz, Sting, David Gilmour and Tinie Tempah have donated personal items and memorabilia to the second phase of the EMI family's charity auction to raise funds to help the ...

  16. Beatles, Keith Urban, Katy Perry Among EMI Acts Supporting Charity Auction For Japan

    April 05, 2011 4:15 PM EDT From the Beatles to Katy Perry to Keith Urban, artists signed to the EMI label group are doing their part to support the Red Cross by donating memorabilia for worldwide auction to benefit victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. There will ...

  17. Should All Music Go Real Time? Bring It On, Says Jack Isquith

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith, which originally appeared on his Digital Music Insider blog and is reposted with his permission. Isquith is a digital music industry veteran who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Billboard Bits: System of a Down Announce Reunion, Kelly Osbourne Dresses Up Like Miley Cyrus

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. System of a Down Announce 2011 Reunion After being defunct for over three years, hard rockers System of a Down has announced that they will return with new tour dates i ...

  20. Paul McCartney, Kasabian, Take That Honored At Q Awards

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A combination of British pop royalty, rowdy rock acts and recently re-formed pop groups took home the major prizes at the annual Q Awards ceremony, organized by the U.K.-based monthly music magazine. Held today (Oct. 25) at London's Grosvenor ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Cheryl Cole, JLS and Gorillaz Triumph At BT Digital Music Awards

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop acts Cheryl Cole, JLS and Robbie Williams were among the big winners at the BT Digital Music Awards, held in London last night (Sept. 30). Out of the 21 awards on offer, pop dominated the evening, with Cole -- who was not present -- winni ...

  23. Gorillaz Launches Internet Explorer 9 Beta

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gorillaz helped launch Microsoft's Beta version of Internet Explorer 9 at an event in London tonight (Sept. 15). Although the launch of a Beta version of a new Web browser might be typically aimed at a techy audience, Microsoft executives mad ...

  24. Gorillaz Roll Out Game App

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The latest iPhone app trend among artists is focusing on games rather than music. The latest is an app from the Gorillaz called “escape to Plastic Beach.” From the release: Escape to Plastic Beach is a 3D (Unity) action game in which Murdoc floats ...

  25. Stevie Wonder Dedicates Glastonbury Set To Jackson

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motown legend Stevie Wonder closed the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday (June 27) with a set that spanned his long and successful career, delighting a huge crowd of some 100,000 cheering revelers. The 60-year-old dedicated his performance to M ...

  26. Web Trends: Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and more

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) 8. Drake Thank Me Later Leak Drake's upcoming release "Thank Me Later" has seen more tracks leaked to the internet this week. 17. Mariah Carey Pregnant Rumors that Mariah Carey and husband Ni ...

  27. Web Trends: Ray Stevens, Outside Lands 2010, Kings of Leon and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) 6. Ray Stevens Country singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is garnering attention for a video that takes on the immigration issues in Arizona. 8. Outside Lands 2010 Lineup The lineup for the 2010 Oustide Lands mu ...

  28. Web Trends: 50 Cent, Janet Jackson, Greyson Chance, Gorillaz and More

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) 6. 50 Cent Weight Loss Pictures Rapper 50 Cent lost a shocking 50 pounds as part of his role as a cancer patient in "Things Fall Apart." 15. Janet Jackson on American Idol Janet Jackson, Joe Cocke ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Ludacris Lands Fourth No. 1 Album With 'Battle of the Sexes'

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the tally with 137,000 copies. The album is the rapper/actor's follow-up to 2008's "Theater of the Mind," which peaked at No. ...

  31. Fourth No. 1 Album For Ludacris

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris lands his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the list with 137,000 . . . It's the first rap album to reach No. 1 in nearly six months . . . the last was Jay-Z's "The Bluep ...

  32. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Out Feb. 7

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts," organized by Simon Cowell to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, will be released Feb. 7. The BBC reports that the song features Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Kyli ...

  33. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem, Faith No More, Thom Yorke, Pavement and the Special ...

  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. Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse Album Release Scrapped

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's been one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2009 since it was first announced: "Dark Night of the Soul," a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Black Keys) and critically acclaimed psy ...

  36. Business Briefs: Spotify, Wal-Mart, Twitter, Nokia

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Performing Rights Society, an organization of British songwriters, has agreed to commercial terms with music streaming site Spotify. ( Times Online ) -- Related: Spotify has opened up its application programming interface (API) to third-par ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. "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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Pink Floyd Members Appear At Barrett Tribute

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The surviving members of Pink Floyd took part in a tribute concert last night to pay respect to their former frontman, Roger "Syd" Barrett. Guitarist David Gilmour, bassist Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright all ...

  42. Furtado Claims Eurochart Double

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nelly Furtado rebounds to the top of both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, to lead them simultaneously for the first time. "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) moves 2-1 on European Top 100 Albums, which it led for a week, a fortnight a ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. BPI On Brink Of Overhaul

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The British Phonographic Industry is undergoing a sea-change in its operational structure which will see the return of a two-pronged executive helm, Billboard.biz has learned. Well-placed sources are tipping Tony Wadsworth, chairman/CEO of EMI Mus ...

  45. EMI, T-Mobile Trial Ad-Supported Mobile Videos

    September 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and leading mobile operator T-Mobile are testing an advertising-supported mobile video service in the United Kingdom. EMI Music and leading mobile operator T-Mobile are testing an advertising-supported mobile video service in the United ...

  46. BBC Pubcaster Launches New U.K. Rock, Pop Fest

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The BBC, the U.K. public broadcaster, today (Aug. 15) unveiled a major new live-music event designed to do for rock and pop what the 80-year-old BBC Proms has done for live classical music. The BBC, the U.K. public broadcaster, today (Aug. 15) unv ...

  47. EMI, Vodafone Clinch Content Agreement

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has struck a content deal with Vodafone which, from today (July 19), makes 200,000 full tracks available to the international wireless carrier's 3G subscribers in Europe, the Middle East and EMI Music has struck a content deal with ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Gorillaz, RealNetworks Developing Games

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Expected to be available in April. The Gorillaz are working with RealNetworks to develop their own series of mobile videogames, called the Gorillaz Entertainment System. RealNetworks is working on developing four games based on each of the Gorilla ...

  50. Carey, West, Legend Top Grammy Nominees

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Awards scheduled for Feb. 8 at Staples Center. With eight nominations each, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West lead the field for the 48th annual Grammy Awards. 50 Cent, Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am and Stevie Wonder have six ...

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