1. Franz Ferdinand Frontman Accuses Pharrell of 'Borrowing' 'Take Me Out' Riff

    January 31, 2014 9:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Alex Kapranos notes similarities in Paloma Faith's "Can't Rely on You" Pharrell Williams was involved in his share of lawsuits last year -- from a spat with will.i.am over his i am OTHER brand to his part in a suit from Marvin Ga ...

  2. Franz Ferdinand Take 'Right' Turn With Album That Almost Didn't Happen

    August 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Glasgow, Scotland, dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand is back with its first album in four-and-a-half years. But singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos admits the comeback almost didn't happen. "I met up with (bassist) Bob (Hardy) before we started ...

  3. Damon Albarn Drops Another Hint of New Blur Music

    July 10, 2013 2:38 AM EDT Damon Albarn has given another clear sign that a new Blur album is coming. Though it’ll have to wait until his solo album is done and dusted. And when that will happen is anyone’s guess. The singer has opened-up to the Wall Street Journal about hi ...

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  5. Lollapalooza 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    August 05, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Saturday's Lollapalooza 2012 lineup featured a host of marquee headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers , Avicii and Frank Ocean , but the literal showstopper of the festival's second day was Mother Nature. Lollapalooza 2012 • Photos: Lolla L ...

  6. Members of The Who, Franz Ferdinand Seek Pussy Riot Release

    August 02, 2012 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 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, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Sony, Apple U.K. Still Decline Comment on Whitney Houston Price Hike in the Hours After Her Death

    February 14, 2012 11:35 AM EST Reps for Sony and Apple in the U.K. have declined to comment on the label's decision to ramp up the price of the singer's "Ultimate Collection" album by 60% in the hours after news of her death reached England on Sunday. Sony M ...

  9. Indie Labels Hit Hard in London Riots

    August 09, 2011 12:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 A London warehouse containing stock for a number of U.K. independent labels -- including XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Domino and Rough Trade - was destroyed by rioters during a third night of unrest in the British capital. The three-story building, ...

  10. Lily Allen Wins Three Ivors

    May 20, 2010 1:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 Nut ...

  11. Franz Ferdinand Get Dub Infusion With 'Blood' Release

    April 22, 2009 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Scottish rock outfit Franz Ferdinand will release "Blood," its second album of 2009, on June 1 through Domino. The nine song set is a dub version of the group's third album, "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand," which was released thi ...

  12. Franz Ferdinand Unveils New Songs In Brooklyn

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Scottish rock combo Franz Ferdinand previewed a handful of new songs from its forthcoming album to a packed house at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (Oct. 8). Scottish rock combo Franz Ferdinand previewed a handful of new songs ...

  13. Best Bets: 2008 Album Preview (Continued)

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Our coverage of twenty of 2008's most highly-anticipated albums continues with sets due in March through the end of the year. Our coverage of twenty of 2008's most highly-anticipated albums continues with sets due in March through the end ...

  14. Franz Ferdinand Gets 'Dirty' On New Album

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "The idea of making a dirty pop record -- this is what has been on our minds," Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos tells Billboard.com of the band's ongoing studio sessions in Glasgow. A new, as-ye "The idea of making a dirty ...

  15. Franz Ferdinand Plays Intimate Bonnaroo Warm-Up

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 En route to this weekend's Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee, Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand made a pit stop at New York's Bowery Ballroom last night (June 13), treating the sold-out crowd to an hour- En route to this weekend's Bonnar ...

  16. Maroon 5, Rihanna Sit Pretty On U.K. Charts

    May 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Maroon 5's "Makes Me Wonder" (A&M/Polydor) started a second week in the runners-up spot on the new U.K. singles chart, there was major consolation for the Los Angeles band, who saw its second a As Maroon 5's "Makes Me ...

  17. Billboard Bits: Franz Ferdinand, Seaweed, Rednex

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Franz Ferdinand will play some small club shows in its hometown of Glasgow, as well as one in New York, in the coming weeks. Although no dates or venues have been confirmed, the shows mark the band's Franz Ferdinand will play some small club sh ...

  18. Franz's Kapranos Eats His Way Around The World

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Munching fishbrain bread from Finland, chewing bull's testicles in Buenos Aires -- touring with the rock band Franz Ferdinand can be a real culinary adventure. But no taste bud challenge is too great Munching fishbrain bread from Finland, chewi ...

  19. Franz Ferdinand Conquer MSG

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Franz Ferdinand headline New York's Madison Square Garden. Lead singer Alex Kapranos (right) and singer/guitarist Nick McCarthy perform Oct. 17 during Franz Ferdinand's headlining gig at New York's Madison Square Garden. News Nick McC ...

  20. Franz Ferdinand Back With Fast Follow-Up

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A fter a breakout year in 2004, Franz Ferdinand is not resting on its success. Just 18 months after the Glasgow, Scotland, four-piece helped lead an alt-rock revival at radio, the band is looking to s After a breakout year in 2004, Franz Ferdinand i ...

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    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Franz Ferdinand Boys, 'Better' After a breakout year in 2004, Franz Ferdinand is not resting on its success. Just 18 months after the Glasgow, Scotland, four-piece of frontman/guitarist Alex Kapranos, guitarist Nick McCarthy, bassist Bob H ...

  22. Franz Ferdinand Renames New Album

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After initially choosing to self-title its second album, Franz Ferdinand has now opted to call the set "You Could Have It So Much Better ... With Franz Ferdinand." The album will still be released as After initially choosing to self-title ...

  23. Franz Ferdinand Dropping New Single In September

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The new album will arrive Oct. 4 in North America and a day earlier internationally. As tipped here earlier this month, Franz Ferdinand has chosen "Do You Want To" as the first single from its upcoming second album. The cut will be release ...

  24. Franz Ferdinand Unveils North American Tour

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Having nearly completed work on its sophomore Domino/Epic album, U.K. rock act Franz Ferdinand has unveiled plans for a fall North American tour. The month-long trek will begin Sept. 20 in Chicago and Having nearly completed work on its sophomore Do ...

  25. Franz Ferdinand Finds Its Edge On New Album

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Franz Ferdinand is about a week away from locking down the track list for its sophomore album, which will be released Oct. 4 by Domino/Epic. "We haven't decided on a running order yet," lead singer Al Franz Ferdinand is about a week a ...

  26. Franz Ferdinand Mixing Sophomore Album

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand is in New York mixing its as-yet-untitled sophomore album with engineer Rich Costey. "It should be out in September," lead singer Alex Kapranos told Billboard.com bef Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand is i ...

  27. Billboard Bits: Live 105, Jamie O'Neal, Vida Blue

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Stories on Live 105's Not So Silent Night concert, Jamie O'Neal and Vida Blue. Modest Mouse, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, the Killers, Muse and Taking Back Sunday will perform at San Francisco radio station KITS-FM (Live 105)'s Not So S ...

  28. Franz Ferdinand Snares Mercury Music Prize

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 annua ...

  29. Handsome Boys Surrounded By 'People' On New CD

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Handsome Boy Modeling School, an on-again/off-again project featuring Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Prince Paul, will unleash its second album this fall. Due Nov. 9 via Atlantic, "White People" wil As tipped here in March, Han ...