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  1. Executive Playlist: Vevo's Doug McVehil: NIN, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins 'Make My Spine Tingle'

    February 12, 2014 7:27 PM EST Executive Playlist is a new Billboard.biz platform where the movers and hand-shakers of the music business put together a music mix of their choosing. More often than you would think that guy or gal dressed in business casual at the conference tab ...

  2. Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' Smashes 267,000 First-Week U.K. Sales, Robin Thicke Bows Atop Albums Chart

    July 22, 2013 5:56 AM EDT Swedish DJ-producer Avicii has smashed the record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013, debuting at No. 1 yesterday (July 21) with nearly 267,000 sales of “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD). It deposed Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Intersc ...

  3. Maya Jane Coles Signs With Kobalt Label Services to Release Debut Album

    April 12, 2013 7:30 AM EDT Star British producer and DJ Maya Jane Coles has agreed to a deal with Kobalt's Label Services division to release her debut album. The album, titled Comfort , will come out on her own I/AM/ME imprint via a global agreement with the comp ...

  4. 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' ...

  5. Blue Note Records App for iPad Breaks New Ground With OpenEMI Initiative

    October 04, 2012 2:09 PM EDT The iPad app released by Blue Note Records on Thursday appears to offer a wonderful experience through the legendary jazz label's storied history. But the real kicker here is how the app was made. The Blue Note app is the first commercially r ...

  6. The xx's 'Coexist' Debuts at No. 1 on UK Album Charts

    September 17, 2012 7:29 AM EDT The Script's "Hall of Fame" (Phonogenic/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring will.i.am, climbed to the top of the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 16), but the Irish group were denied a third consective No. 1 album as #3 ...

  7. Spice Girls, George Michael The Who Rock Olympics Closing Ceremonies; Digital Album Released

    August 13, 2012 8:03 AM EDT T he reunited Spice Girls playing the London Olympics' closing ceremony. (Getty Images) With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor p ...

  8. Russian Prosecutors Ask For 3 Year Sentence For Pussy Riot's Anti-Putin Protest

    August 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year sentences for the members of a feminist punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral, ignoring demands by human rights groups that the three women ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Esperanza Spalding Were Least Likely Grammy Winners, Based On Chart History

    February 15, 2011 1:43 PM EST There's been a lot of talk about the surprises at Sunday's Grammy Awards , from Lady Gaga's egg-cellent adventure to the big wins for the Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding . While the charts obviously can't have foretold much ...

  15. Letter To The Editor: EA Exec Calls For Continued Dialogue On Israel

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the recent article "Line Of Fire" by David Prince , Billboard reported on the growing - and alarming - trend of artists canceling performances in Israel in protest of actions in the West Bank and Gaza. While the piece represented both ...

  16. Pet Shop Boys Score Ballet

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Never an act to shy from an artistic challenge, U.K. pop duo Pet Shop Boys is to make the leap into dance theatre with its first ever full-length ballet score. Working in partnership with renowned London dance theatre Sadler's Wells, the BRIT ...

  17. Fans Start Arriving At Glastonbury

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Glastonbury Festival does not officially begin until tomorrow, but thousands of fans have started arriving on site today (June 23) to set up camp for the week ahead. The gates are open at Worthy Farm in Somerset and those who do arrive early will ...

  18. Blur Returns For Record Store Day

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Blur, which reformed for dates last summer, has recorded new material for release as part of Record Store Day. The 1,000 copies of the seven-inch vinyl single will be Blur's first new material since 2003. Details will be confirm ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Ting Tings Lead British Grammy Hopefuls

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As the only U.K. act to be nominated in one of the main Grammy Award categories, Columbia-signed alt-rock band the Ting Tings is primed to benefit most when the awards ceremony takes place next month in Los Angeles, says its U.K. label. "For ...

  21. Chart Beat Wednesday: Straight No Chaser, Tim McGraw, Depeche Mode

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST AS ONLY THEY 'CAN-CAN': After melding Toto's "Africa" into last year's No. 5-peaking Adult Contemporary hit "The 12 Days of Christmas," buzzworthy a capella act Straight No Chaser enters the chart at No. 27 ...

  22. Keane Unveils U.K. Forest Tour, New EP

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. melodic rock act Keane has announced a series of outdoor live shows to take place next summer as part of the Forestry Commission Live Music (FCLM) series, following the global release of a new 8-track EP entitled "The Night Train" o ...

  23. Robbie Williams Is U.K.'s Latest Giveaway

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is the latest artist to give away his music through a tie-in with a U.K. national newspaper. The Oct. 11 issue of the weekly Mail on Sunday newspaper will contain a free Williams compilation titled "Songbook." The album f ...

  24. Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Shakira Make Moves On Hot 100

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Shakira make their moves on the Hot 100 this week, while the Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz set new milestones. Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" at No. 3 nets a new peak on the Hot 100 fo ...

  25. Daughtry Returns, Nets Second No. 1 Album

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Daughtry leads the way this week as the band's second album, "Leave This Town," tops the Billboard 200 with 269,000 . . . And, after three weeks where the top-selling set in the United States came from Michael Jackson, the late King ...

  26. MTV U.K. Reveals Oxegen Fest Broadcast Details

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks U.K. has announced details of its coverage of Oxegen 2009, to be held at County Kildare's Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland from July 10 to 12. As official broadcast partner for the 2009 event, MTV will feature performance footag ...

  27. BBC Worldwide Bolsters Music Portfolio

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide has increased its catalog of BBC rock and pop output and archive programming, a move which the broadcaster's commercial arm says has led to a "surge" in international music program sales. According to a statement, a &q ...

  28. 'Hannah Montana' Movie Soundtrack Moves to No. 1

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack skips to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the first time. It's the third soundtrack from the "Hannah" franchise to reach the top, after the first and second volumes of the TV show&# ...

  29. U2's European Chart Reign Continues

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 begins a fourth week atop European Top 100 Albums with "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal), while the European Hot 100 Singles survey is headed for a sixth week by Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal ...

  30. Pet Shop Boys To Headline Roskilde, Latitude Fests

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pet Shop Boys will play European festivals this summer as part of the campaign for their 10th album "Yes" (Parlophone), including a headlining appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival according to keyboard player Chris Lowe. It was ...

  31. Keane To Go 3D At Abbey Road

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K melodic rock act Keane is to broadcast a live Webcast in 3D on April 2 from London's Abbey Road studios. The band is claiming the five-song, 20-minute performance in 3D will be a world first. The performance will be screened simultaneousl ...

  32. Duffy Wins Three Brits

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Welsh vocalist Duffy was the big winner at the 2009 BRIT Awards, taking home three trophies tonight (Feb. 18) at London's Earls Court. Duffy, whose debut album, "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), was the U.K's top seller in 2008, ...

  33. Pet Shop Boys Recruit New Management

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran manager Angela Becker of Becker Brown has been confirmed as the Pet Shop Boys' new manager, effective immediately. The Pet Shop Boys will receive the outstanding contribution to music award at this year's BRIT Awards, Feb. 18, wh ...

  34. Coldplay, Duffy Lead BRIT Awards Nominations

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST With four nominations each, Coldplay and Duffy lead the field for the BRIT Awards 2009, announced today (Jan. 20) at London's Roundhouse. Adele, Elbow and Scouting For Girls scored three nominations apiece. The latter British trio was one of ...

  35. U2, Coldplay, Killers Help Launch RED(WIRE)

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some of the biggest names in music are contributing exclusive songs to RED(WIRE), a new digital music magazine launching on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1). U2, Coldplay, the Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan are on board for th ...

  36. Brits Honor For Pet Shop Boys

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran U.K. dance-pop duo the Pet Shop Boys will receive the outstanding contribution to music award at the 2009 Brit Awards at Earls Court on Feb. 18. The Pet Shop Boys will also perform at the awards, which are screened on ITV1. The BPI, the U. ...

  37. Parlophone Re-signs Pet Shop Boys

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hitmaking U.K. pop duo Pet Shop Boys has renewed its contract with Parlophone Records after more than 20 years' association. The act has sold more than 30 million albums globally since originally signing with EMI Music's Parlophone label ...

  38. Chili Peppers Red Hot In Europe

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers shrug off the challenge of veteran British pop duo the Pet Shop Boys to start a third week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.). The Red Hot Chili Peppers shrug off the chal ...

  39. Chili Peppers Red Hot In Europe

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers shrug off the challenge of veteran British pop duo the Pet Shop Boys to start a third week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.). The Red Hot Chili Peppers shrug off the chal ...

  40. Jamelia, Keane Grab Q Awards Limelight

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R&B star Jamelia and newcomers Keane have taken home the most coveted awards for best single and best album respectively at this year's Q Awards. R&B star Jamelia and newcomers Keane have taken home the most coveted awards for bes ...

  41. Jamelia, Keane Grab Q Awards Limelight

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT British R&B singer Jamelia and newcomers Keane have taken home the most coveted awards for best single and best album respectively at this year's Q Awards. R&B star Jamelia and newcomers Keane have taken home the most coveted awar ...

  42. Producers Deep Dish Ink With Caliente

    February 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Production/DJ duo Deep Dish has signed a new management deal with Jorge Hinojosa of Caliente Entertainment in Los Angeles. The duo -- Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi -- was previously manag Production/DJ duo Deep Dish has sign ...