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  1. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  2. Paul McCartney To Debut New Songs On iTunes Streaming

    February 09, 2012 7:46 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Paul McCartney will debut the songs from his new album "Kisses on the Bottom" in a free live streaming performance on iTunes. The performance takes place at 10 p.m. EST Thursday from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles where m ...

  3. Tony Bennett, Coldplay, Foo Fighters to Perform @ MusiCares Grammy Week Event

    February 01, 2012 1:46 PM EST When Paul McCartney is honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week next Friday night, he'll be the biggest name in an otherwise stellar lineup of performers. In addition to a special McCartney performance to highlight the n ...

  4. Sir Richard Branson To Be Honored At Pre-Grammy Gala

    January 19, 2012 12:38 PM EST Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will be honored at Clive Davis and Recording Academy's Pre-Grammy gala this year. Branson will be presented with the President's Merit Award "in recognition of his significant contri ...

  5. Jagger and 'Jagger': Mick and Maroon 5 Chart Together on Hot 100

    December 02, 2011 3:41 PM EST As previously reported , will.i.am's "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)," featuring Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 36. The trio premiered the first single from will.i.am' ...

  6. Jimmy Savile, Eccentric 'Top of the Pops' Host, Dead at 84

    October 31, 2011 8:11 AM EDT LONDON (AP) - Veteran British broadcaster Jimmy Savile, a famously eccentric culture figure, has died at his home in northern England. He was 84. Savile, known for his garish tracksuits, chunky gold jewelry and boundless enthusiasm for pop music a ...

  7. UK's Manchester Halle Orchestra Battles Royal Liverpool Philharmonic For 'Oldest' Title

    October 21, 2011 12:35 PM EDT The classical music industry is often trying to prove it's not stuck in the past but this week two British orchestras have been dusting off their walkers in a bid to retain the title of oldest orchestra. The Hallé Orchestra has been forced to ...

  8. Barney Wragg Named Managing Director of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group

    October 14, 2011 11:15 AM EDT Barney Wragg, a former executive at Universal Music Group and EMI in the early days of digital distribution, is extending his entertainment resume with the newly created position of managing director at The Really Useful Group (RUG), the company t ...

  9. Newly Married Paul McCartney Announces European Tour

    October 10, 2011 9:12 PM EDT He may just have married for the third time, but former Beatle Paul McCartney isn't settling down to a quiet life. Fresh from walking down the aisle with Nancy Shevell, the singer-songwriter has announced plans for an 11-date tour to begin ne ...

  10. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  11. Mick Jagger to Make First Onstage Grammy Appearance

    February 03, 2011 11:19 AM EST The Recording Academy is finally getting some satisfaction, with Mick Jagger's first appearance on the Grammy stage. The Rolling Stones frontman will perform at the Feb. 13 ceremony as part of a tribute to soul great Solomon Burke, who died l ...

  12. Branson Scoops Murdoch With Digital Magazine

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Virgin founder Richard Branson rolled out his iPad-only magazine Tuesday (Nov. 30) by declaring: "The future of publishing lies in apps not on shelves." But Project is actually the gadfly billionaire's second stab at magazine moguld ...

  13. Stars Salute Tom Jones In London

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Jones of rock act Stereophonics and Cerys Matthews sang for fellow Welsh artist Tom Jones as the veteran singer was honored with the Music Industry Trusts' Award - the MITs - in London. Jones - or Sir Tom Jones to use his formal title, ...

  14. Food Poisoning Postpones Elton John's Ariz Concert

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A bout of food poisoning has caused the postponement of Elton John's scheduled concert at Tucson Arena. The Arizona Daily Star reports that Wednesday night's (July 21) show was nearly sold out with about 8,800 tickets purchased. Organize ...

  15. Classical Conductor Mackerras Dies At 84

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charles Mackerras, a gifted musician who conducted some of the world's leading orchestras, has died at the age of 84 after suffering from cancer, his agent said on Thursday (July 15). Born in New York state to Australian parents, Mackerras wa ...

  16. Tom Jones Album Email: Leak Or Clever Marketing?

    July 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tom Jones has gone back to his roots with his new album "Praise & Blame," but a leaked email from a label executive suggests high-level concern about the direction of the record. Or does it? The veteran Welsh singer has described the ...

  17. Tom Jones To Receive Music Industry Trusts' Award

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sir Tom Jones is to receive the prestigious Music Industry Trusts' award for 2010. Awarded by the U.K. music business in recognition of a lifetime contribution to music, the honor will be presented to Jones Nov. 1 at London's Grosvenor H ...

  18. Cliff Richard Turns To Jazz To Mark 70th

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Veteran British singer Cliff Richard will mark his 70th birthday with the release of an album of jazz and swing music. The evergreen performer, a chart topper before the Beatles arrived who has sold an estimated 250 million records over more than ...

  19. Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Interested' In Abbey Road

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is "very interested" in buying the Abbey Road studios, which EMI is reportedly looking to sell. Lord Lloyd Webber's spokesman confirmed the composer's interest in taking ownership of the histor ...

  20. Paul McCartney Announces European Tour

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney will return to Hamburg, where the Beatles honed their craft, to launch his first European tour in five years. McCartney announced Thursday he will play the German city on Dec. 2 to kick off the "Good Evening Europe" tour. ...

  21. British Composer Awards Shortlist Unveiled

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir John Tavener, Jonathan Harvey and Alexander Goehr are among the nominees for the 2009 British Composer Awards, organized by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). There are 13 categories for ...

  22. 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&# ...

  23. Cliff Richard 'Reunited' On Record With Shadows

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cliff Richard, the most-charted British artist in the history of the U.K. singles survey, is reuniting with his original group the Shadows for their first album together in more than 30 years. "Reunited," which consists of newly-recorded ...

  24. HMV's Fox, Apple's Cagni Top 2 For ITV CEO: Report

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT HMV chief executive Simon Fox and Apple's most senior executive in Europe, Pascal Cagni, are the frontrunners to become the next chief executive of British broadcaster ITV, according to The Times. The report said ITV was almost certain to app ...

  25. McCartney Performs Where Beatles Made U.S. TV Debut

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney has returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, 45 years after the Beatles made their U.S. television debut there. This time, McCartney put on an outdoor show atop the theater's marquee for thousands of fans Wednesday ...

  26. Conductor Downes, Wife Die In Swiss Suicide Clinic

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British conductor Edward Downes, a longtime stalwart at the Royal Opera and maestro of the first-ever performance at Sydney's iconic Opera House, has died with his wife at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland. He was 85. The couple' ...

  27. Sound Relief Concerts Up For Helpmann Award

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The twin Australian Sound Relief concerts raised more than $8 million Australian ($6.4 million) in support of bushfire and flood victims. Now organizers of the historic concerts might finally be called upon to take a bow. The Frontier Touring Comp ...

  28. 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' ...

  29. Lord Lloyd Webber Leads Copyright Debate

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Andrew Lloyd Webber, owner of the Really Useful Group, has led a debate in the House of Lord on the issue of online piracy. The debate today (April 2) comes ahead of the U.K. government's Digital Britain report, which is due in early summer. ...

  30. McCartney To Open New Joint In Las Vegas

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney has been tapped to open the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's new Joint in Las Vegas on April 19. Motley Crue will close the old Joint with back-to-back shows tonight and tomorrow night (Feb. 7). Tickets for McCartney's conce ...

  31. Lloyd Webber Said To Be Prepping Music Video Games

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group is shopping around several video game titles based on the famed composer's musicals, according to paidcontent.org . Titles thought to be under consideration include "Cats" and "Jos ...

  32. McCartney: Beatles iTunes Negotiations 'Stalled'

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' back catalog won't be appearing on iTunes any time soon, according to Sir Paul McCartney. Speaking at a media launch in London for the new album by his alias the Fireman, "Electric Arguments," McCartney said Apple ...

  33. Woodrow Wilson Award For Lloyd Webber

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Andrew Lloyd Webber will be presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award tonight, at a gala dinner in London's Guildhall. The British composer and impresario will receive the Public Service Award for his "many years of distinguished service t ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Royal Honors For Kylie, Parkinson

    December 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, veteran British broadcaster Michael Parkinson and Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills are among the music industry names on Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honours list. The list, based on recommendat ...

  36. Knighthood For Parkinson, Reports Say

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran TV talk-show presenter Michael Parkinson will be knighted in the New Year Honours list, according to reports. The Queen hands out the accolades to individuals each year to reward excellence across the various sectors of British culture. Pa ...

  37. McCartney Solo Career To Appear Online Through EMI Deal

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney's entire solo catalog will appear online for the first time as part of a "comprehensive re-launch" of the Beatles legend's repertoire, his record company EMI Music said today. EMI Music also confirmed its Parloph ...

  38. Court Sides With McKennitt

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The House of Lords refused a British author permission to appeal a ban on her book about Canadian singer/songwriter Loreena McKennitt. The House of Lords in London, England rejected an application for permission to appeal brought by British author ...

  39. McKennitt Wins U.K. Privacy Test Case

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Canadian folk singer Loreena McKennitt has succeeded in her U.K. court battle to protect her privacy. London's Appeal Court today (Dec. 14) upheld a High Court ruling last December in which judge Mr Justice Eady issued an order preventing dis ...

  40. Universal, WPP Team To Link Bands, Brands

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Venture called BrandAmp is a 50-50 partnership. Universal Music Group International and advertising giant WPP's media investment unit GroupM on Tuesday (Sept. 27) unveiled the launch of a joint venture. The new 50/50 BrandAmp company is inten ...

  41. Composer Malcolm Arnold Dies After Illness

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Malcolm Arnold, the British composer who won an Oscar for the musical score to the film "The Bridge on the River Kwai," has died after a brief illness. Malcolm Arnold, the British composer who won an Oscar for the musical score to the fi ...

  42. Virgin Sells V2 Stake

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an undisclosed sum. Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an ...

  43. Virgin Sells V2 Stake

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an undisclosed sum. Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an ...

  44. Sanctuary Appoints Ayling As Non-Exec Chair

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sanctuary Group plc's search for a non-executive chairman is over. The independent music firm today (April 4) confirmed the appointment of esteemed British executive Bob Ayling to the post. Sanctuary Group plc's search for a non-executiv ...

  45. Sanctuary Appoints Ayling As Non-Exec Chair

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sanctuary Group plc's search for a non-executive chairman is over. The independent music firm today (April 4) confirmed the appointment of esteemed British executive Bob Ayling to the post. Sanctuary Group plc's search for a non-executiv ...

  46. Jones, Dankworth Head New Year Honours

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Welsh singer Tom Jones and jazz musician John Dankworth were both made knights in the New Year Honours list, published Saturday (Dec. 31), for services to music. Welsh singer Tom Jones and jazz musician John Dankworth were both made knights in the ...

  47. On The Road

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney wraps up a 37-date North American tour that grossed approximately $80 million and drew about 550,000 fans. Read RayWaddell's column. Paul McCartney wraps up a 37-date North American tour that grossed approximately $80 million a ...

  48. Zeppelin, Gergiev Win Polar Music Prize

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Previous winners include McCartney, Elton John. Previous winners include McCartney, Elton John. News Elton John ...

  49. McCartney, Fidelity Launch Charity

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music Lives Foundation will promote music education. Paul McCartney and Fidelity Investments are extending their marketing partnership with the launch of the Music Lives Foundation, a new public charity aimed at raising awareness and funds for mus ...

  50. EMI 'On Track' For H1 Profit

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group today (Oct. 17) predicted a boost in first-half profits, thanks in part to successful releases from Coldplay, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Keith Urban, among others. EMI Group today (Oct. 17) predicted a boost in first-half pro ...

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