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  1. 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 ...

  2. Warner U.K. Launches New Artist & Label Services Division Headed by Dan Chalmers

    June 14, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Warner Music U.K. is expanding its label offerings with the launch of a new Artists and Label Services division. Effective immediately, Warner Music Artist and Label Services will be headed by London-based Dan Chalmers, managing director of Rhino ...

  3. Morrissey's Libel Lawsuit Against NME Over Anti-Immigrant Statements Heading to Trial

    October 26, 2011 12:17 PM EDT Former Smiths frontman Morrissey is never one to shy away from bold proclamations, but he won't stand for publications putting words in his mouth. Morrissey Talks Label Drama & Book, Gaga & Madonna In 2007, one of the most popular U.K ...

  4. Morrissey Talks Label Drama, Touring, Lady Gaga

    July 15, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Unsurprisingly, Steven Patrick Morrissey has a bone to pick. It's been nearly two and half years since the influential baritone crooner's last album, "Years of Refusal" (Decca/Universal), and between then and now, the former Sm ...

  5. Johnny Marr, Ex Smiths Guitarist, Talks Film and TV Scores, Solo Plans

    May 17, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Johnny Marr, the former Smiths guitarist and songwriter, expects to start a world tour in October beginning with a show in New York. Currently working on two albums and scoring the second season of David Cross's British TV series, "The I ...

  6. Oscar Nominee Hans Zimmer Talks 'Dark Knight Rises,' Next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'

    February 25, 2011 3:42 PM EST Guitar sounds have been big in film composer Hans Zimmer's life lately. If he picks up his second Academy Award Sunday the nod will owe a debt to the performance from ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on "Inception." "Rango," ...

  7. Lily Allen Wins Three 'Ivors'

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A tearful Lily Allen won three Ivor Novello Awards at the ceremony for British songwriters in London - and said she now plans to focus on writing for other artists. There were also awards for alt-rock act Bat For Lashes , singer songwriter Paolo N ...

  8. Volcanic Dust Threatens U.K. Acts' Coachella Sets

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. acts Gary Numan, the Cribs and Bad Lieutenant could miss their Coachella Festival appearances this weekend because of volcanic ash affecting flights. All flights in and out of Britain have been stopped because of a volcanic eruption in Icelan ...

  9. UMPG Re-Signs Johnny Marr

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has confirmed the re-signing of Johnny Marr to a long-term, global publishing agreement, covering all the songs co-written for the Smiths. The Smiths' four studio albums, singles and other album-length release ...

  10. New Order Spin-Off Bad Lieutenant Confirms Tour, Album

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bad Lieutenant, the new band formed by New Order singer Bernard Sumner, has announced a three-date U.K. tour to coincide with its debut album in October. Bad Lieutenant's debut studio set "Never Cry Another Tear" is released Oct. 5 ...

  11. Morrissey Inks U.S. Deal, Plots Spring Tour

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Morrissey has inked a U.S. deal with Lost Highway for the release of his new album, "Years of Refusal," Billboard can reveal. Due Feb. 17, the project will be issued in conjunction with the former Smiths frontman's own Attack imprin ...

  12. British Music PR Giant Rob Partridge Dies

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. music industry veteran Rob Partridge has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 60. Partridge, born Robert John Partridge on June 2 1948, was the founder and owner of London-based music PR and artist management company Coalition ...

  13. Morrissey Splits With Management

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey has split with artist management firm ie: music after just three months. An ie: music spokesman confirmed that it had parted company with the ex-Smiths frontman, but declined to give any details. Billboard.biz understands the management ...

  14. Hook Sets Freebass Release Date

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Freebass, the alternative rock supergroup formed by former Joy Division/New Order bass player Peter Hook, Mani from the Stone Roses/Primal Scream and Andy Rourke of The Smiths, is planning to release their as-yet-untitled debut album in March 2009 ...

  15. IE Signs Morrissey For Management

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey has joined ie:music, the British management firm which guides the career of Robbie Williams. The former Smiths singer will now be managed on a global basis by Josie Cliff, who heads-up the firm's U.S. division ie:west, and by ie ...

  16. Morrissey Accepts Apology For Mag's Racist Claim

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey today accepted a public apology at London's High Court from the publishers of British music monthly Word Magazine over a suggestion that he was a racist and hypocrite. The former Smiths singer, whose full name is Steven Patrick Morr ...

  17. Chrysalis Bid Deadline Concludes With A Buzz

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Chrysalis Group is generating interest from both music publishers and the media as the music publisher's bid-deadline wraps on Tuesday. Today's bid-deadline closure passed with a buzz in the British press, as speculation mounts on who wi ...

  18. Modest Mouse, The National Opening R.E.M. Tour

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. has drafted Modest Mouse and the National as support acts for its upcoming tour of North American theaters and arenas, which begins May 23 in Vancouver. The outing comes on the heels of the April 1 release of R.E.M.'s new Warner Bros. ...

  19. EMI Bids For Chrysalis

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Group chairman Guy Hands has made a bid for U.K. independent music group Chrysalis, Billboard understands. The London Times and Reuters today report that there have also been rival indicative bids from Warner Chappell and Sony/ATV, as well as ...

  20. Marr Signs To Chrysalis Music

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST British independent firm Chrysalis Music has signed Johnny Marr to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement, unveiled today, covers all future works and a wealth of earlier material, including efforts with Crowded House and Modest Mouse, his col ...

  21. Morrissey Rewards Diehards, Quashes Smiths Reunion

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey is taking special care of his most devoted fans on his upcoming fall North American tour, which, as previously reported, begins Sept. 20 in Tijuana, Mexico. A number of special opportunities have been created for multiple-night runs in L ...

  22. Morrissey Mulling Warner Bros. Deal

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey is mulling a deal with Warner Bros. to release his next studio album, the artist said during a fan Q&A on the True to You Web site . The former Smiths frontman has issued his two prior albums on the Attack imprint via Sanctuary, whic ...

  23. Review: Modest Mouse's 'We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank'

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Modest Mouse: "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" Producer: Dennis Herring Epic Release Date: March 20 Modest Mouse is in top form on the follow-up to 2004's commercial breakthrough "Good News for People Who Like Bad News. ...

  24. New York Dolls Book First Major Tour In 30 Years

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kicks off Nov. 6 in San Diego. The New York Dolls will kick off their first extended headlining tour in more than 30 years on Nov. 6 in San Diego. The Supersuckers will support on the outing, which runs through Dec. 2 in St. Louis. The group will ...

  25. Sanctuary Eyeing Accounting Changes

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sanctuary Group has warned that it is facing an adjustment in its financial results as it initiates a review of its accounting policies. Sanctuary Group has warned that it is facing an adjustment in its financial results as it initiates a review o ...

  26. Sanctuary Eyeing Accounting Changes

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sanctuary Group has warned that it is facing an adjustment in its financial results as it initiates a review of its accounting policies. Sanctuary Group has warned that it is facing an adjustment in its financial results as it initiates a review o ...

  27. Sanctuary Signs Songwriter Boorer

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Agreement covers futures, various Morrissey tracks. British independent music company Sanctuary Group has signed Boz Boorer to a worldwide exclusive songwriting pact. The deal -- unveiled today (April 26) -- includes future compositions and all so ...

  28. Sanctuary Reports Annual Growth

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Morrissey set boosted revenues. Sanctuary Group today (Jan. 27) reported increased full-year revenues, which the British independent attributes to investment in its core artist management, recorded music and merchandising activities. For the year ...

  29. Sanctuary Reports Annual Growth

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sanctuary Group today (Jan. 27) reported increased full-year revenues, which the British independent attributes to investment in its core artist management, recorded music and merchandising activities Sanctuary Group today (Jan. 27) reported incre ...

  30. Mercuriadis Upped In Sanctuary Revamp

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Andy Taylor, executive chairman of the Sanctuary Group, has reorganized the London-based company's senior ranks. Among the changes, U.S. CEO Merck Mercuriadis is upped to group CEO, overseeing busines Andy Taylor, executive chairman of the Sa ...

  31. Mercuriadis Upped In Sanctuary Revamp

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST N.A. chief takes worldwide role. Andy Taylor, executive chairman of the Sanctuary Group, has reorganized the London-based company's senior ranks. Among the changes, U.S. CEO Merck Mercuriadis is upped to group CEO, overseeing business on a gl ...

  32. U.K.'s Sanctuary Reports 15% H1 Profit Gain

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Robust growth across all Sanctuary Group's key areas of business underpinned a 15% rise in first-half profits to £6.9 million ($12.6 million), the British independent music group reports today (J Robust growth across all Sanctuary Gr ...

  33. U.K.'s Sanctuary Reports 15% H1 Profit Gain

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recorded product sales up 17%. Robust growth across all Sanctuary Group's key areas of business underpinned a 15% rise in first-half profits to £6.9 million ($12.6 million), the British independent music group reports today (June 7). Revenues ...

  34. Morissette Opens At No. 1 On Euro Albums Chart

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Alanis Morissette has the new No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "So-Called Chaos" (Maverick/Warner Bros.), ending Anastacia's seven-week reign at the top of the chart. Morissette's fourth studio a Alanis Morissette has the ...

  35. Morissette Opens At No. 1 On Euro Albums Chart

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Alanis Morissette has the new No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "So-Called Chaos" (Maverick/Warner Bros.), ending Anastacia's seven-week reign at the top of the chart. Morissette's fourth studio a Alanis Morissette has the ...

  36. 'Anastacia' Unmoved From Euro Summit

    May 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For the seventh week, "Anastacia" (Epic) is No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, as it continues to top charts in Germany and Switzerland. However, there's a new favorite on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, wh For the seventh week, "Ana ...

  37. 'Anastacia' Unmoved From Euro Summit

    May 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT For the seventh week, "Anastacia" (Epic) is No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, as it continues to top charts in Germany and Switzerland. However, there's a new favorite on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, wh For the seventh week, "Ana ...