1. Damon Albarn: New Gorillaz Album Coming, Recording Starts in September

    July 16, 2015 12:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Damon Albarn is on a creative hot streak. Three months after Blur released its first studio album in 12 years, the British songwriting icon will return to the studio in Sept. 2015 to work on a new album for the animated experimental troupe Gorillaz ...

  2. Damon Albarn Carried Off Stage By Festival Security After 5-Hour Set

    July 06, 2015 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Try as he might, the Blur frontman couldn't make a "great escape" (we'll be here all week). Last month, Gawker opined that every concert should end at 11 p.m., because people have jobs and stuff. Looks like Damon Albarn was behin ...

  3. Blur's Guide to Hong Kong: Eating Frogs, Fried Bees & Making 'The Magic Whip'

    June 03, 2015 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reuniting a band can be "problematic," but frying bees and picking out a frog to eat? No problem. Blur's latest record, The Magic Whip , would have never came to existence had it not been for one big bump in the road a couple of years ...

  4. Album Review: Blur Comes to a Personal and Professional Crossroads on ‘The Magic Whip’

    April 28, 2015 2:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 In order to finish The Magic Whip , its first album in a dozen years, Blur had to revisit the past. This wasn't the ­distant past of 1994's Parklife or 1995's The Great Escape , cheeky Britpop triumphs that branded the London foursome ...

  5. Blur Adds Live Dates

    April 24, 2015 12:11 AM EDT Blur’s return to the road is gathering pace. The Britpop icons have just posted details of a mid-year tour of Australia which doubles the number of concerts they’ve announced for the year.  The four-piece will play Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Ar ...

  6. What's the Story? Noel and Liam Gallagher Could Reunite Oasis

    April 20, 2015 5:16 AM EDT 0 0 0 Oasis’ feuding brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher are considering putting aside their bad blood and reforming the band.  The Gallagher brothers are said to have reached a “gentleman’s agreement” to reunite the Britpop-era legends, according to an unna ...

  7. Blur to Play Australia's Splendour in the Grass Fest

    April 15, 2015 2:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 Blur’s comeback to the live circuit will now include a concert in Australia.  The Britpop legends were today (April 15) announced at the top of the bill for the mid-year Splendour in the Grass festival, which will be held July 24-26 at North Byron P ...

  8. Hear the Latest Blur Comeback Song 'There Are Too Many of Us'

    March 20, 2015 9:57 AM EDT Britpop era Oasis -feuders Blur are back with another new song, their second since announcing their comeback album The Magic Whip . This one's called "There Are Too Many Of Us" and it features what could be a call out to overpopulati ...

  9. Gorillaz Co-Creator, Artist Jamie Hewlett Confirms Group's Return With New Art

    January 30, 2015 9:59 PM EST Damon Albarn promised a return of his animated Gorillaz project last October but has since been silent. Now his co-creator and the band's comic artist Jamie Hewlett has revealed new artwork of the group's beloved fictional members Murdoc ...

  10. Young Fathers Beat Out Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs for 2014 Mercury Prize

    October 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have beat out Damon Albarn , Anna Calvi , FKA Twigs and others for this year's Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months.  Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize? The t ...

  11. Young Fathers Beat Out Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs for 2014 Mercury Prize

    October 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have beat out Damon Albarn , Anna Calvi , FKA Twigs and others for this year's Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months.  Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize? The ...

  12. Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen Albums on the Way

    October 19, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Blur frontman Damon Albarn says new material from his Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen projects should be coming before too long.  Speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald while touring to support his solo debut album, Everyday Robots ...

  13. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT 9 1 0 If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-f ...

  14. Exiting BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth Looks Back, Forward in Final Keynote

    September 02, 2014 12:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yesterday, British trade body BPI held its annual general meeting, attended by Damon Albarn, representatives from the government and the BBC, and many, many members of the U.K. music industry. The day was a special occasion for BPI and BRIT Awards c ...

  15. Damon Albarn Says He's Working on a Musical

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Blur and Gorrillaz frontman Damon Albarn has revealed he is working on a musical.  Damon Albarn Up Close: Photos, Interview, Timeline & More This perhaps shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as NME reports , given Albarn has already writte ...

  16. Governors Ball 2014: Damon Albarn Counters Outkast With Career-Spanning Set

    June 07, 2014 8:27 AM EDT It's hard to compete with an Outkast reunion, and there's no question that the Atlanta hip-hop duo were the main draw for the masses that flooded New York's Randall's Island Friday evening. But the enthusiastic throng of Anglo ...

  17. Gov Ball's Jordan Wolowitz on 'Cracking' New York, Mud and Storms, and a New Fest

    June 05, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Prior to the successful launch of Governors Ball in 2011, some in the music industry had lost hope that New York could have a large-scale music festival to call its own. “Our business had grown accustomed to saying that a music festival could not ...

  18. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles On U.K. Singles Chart, Paolo Nutini Continues Albums Streak

    May 05, 2014 5:24 AM EDT 3 0 0 Calvin Harris scored his fourth U.K. No. 1 single as a lead artist, and sixth overall, yesterday (May 4) as “Summer” (Columbia/Sony) went straight to the top.  Paolo Nutini, meanwhile, started a third straight week at the album summit “Caustic Love” ...

  19. Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini Top U.K. Sales Charts

    May 05, 2014 5:11 AM EDT Calvin Harris scored his fourth U.K. No. 1 single as a lead artist, and sixth overall, yesterday (May 4) as “Summer” (Columbia/Sony) went straight to the top.  Paolo Nutini, meanwhile, started a third straight week at the album summit “Caustic Lov ...

  20. Tribeca Taps Winners of First Music Challenge

    April 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winner of its first music film challenge, in which people from around the world were invited to create interactive music videos for songs by Ellie Goulding, Damon Albarn and Aloe Blacc, who provided vocals ...

  21. De La Soul's Trugoy On Giving Away Their Entire Back Catalog

    March 16, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Get ready for a lot of new De La Soul music. Related Articles De La Soul Gives Away Entire Catalog For Free Damon Albarn Plays SXSW’s Fader Fort With De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Tr ...

  22. Atlantic's Camille Hackney Talks Warner Music's Global Brand Partnerships Council, Bruno And Olympics (Q&A)

    February 07, 2014 4:05 PM EST Camille Hackney has already had a very busy 2014. As exec VP-brand partnerships and commercial licensing at Atlantic Records, she’s been the first point of contact for brands and artists at events like CES, the Grammys and this past weekend’s Supe ...

  23. Damon Albarn Sets Solo Album for April

    January 19, 2014 2:41 PM EST Blur, Gorillaz frontman will release debut solo LP April 29 Despite over two decades in the music industry, Damon Albarn has never released a solo LP of his own music -- that is, until this April. The Blur and Gorillaz frontman will release his de ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Damon Albarn Hypes Debut Solo Album In New Video: Watch

    December 16, 2013 12:05 PM EST 0 0 0 The Blur and Gorillaz mastermind teases upcoming "folk soul" album British music legend Damon Albarn has released a lot of things -- seven studio albums as Blur's frontman, four albums as the mastermind behind Gorillaz, and a variety ...

  26. Blur Cancel Big Day Out Appearance, Blame ‘Shifting Goalposts’

    November 25, 2013 2:01 AM EST Blur has pulled out of their headlining slot at the Big Day Out just two months before the travelling festival is due to roll around Australia and New Zealand. The Britpop veterans announced the cancelation via their Facebook page, with a message ...

  27. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Confirms Headliners Pearl Jam, Blur, Arcade Fire

    July 31, 2013 10:35 PM EDT Pearl Jam, Blur, Arcade Fire and Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) will headline the 2014 Australasian Big Day Out tour. Other key names confirmed to the bill include EDM acts Major Lazer, Steve Angello (formerly of Swedish House Mafia) and Australia& ...

  28. Pearl Jam, Blur, Arcade Fire Line Up for Australia’s Big Day Out Fest

    July 31, 2013 10:06 PM EDT Pearl Jam, Blur, Arcade Fire and Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) will headline the 2014 Australasian Big Day Out tour. Other key names confirmed to the bill include EDM acts Major Lazer, Steve Angello (formerly of Swedish House Mafia) and Australia� ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Blur’s Alex James Hosts Cooking Series in Australia

    June 28, 2013 4:03 AM EDT Blur’s Alex James is turning his gourmet food side-career up another notch. The British musician and cheese-maker is co-host of a new Australian cooking show, “Recipes That Rock,” which goes to air from next month. James and Matt Stone front the s ...

  31. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blur ...

  32. Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn Bury Hatchet for ‘Tender’ Performance

    March 25, 2013 12:51 AM EDT In 1995, at the height of “Britpop,” there was no rivalry quite like that of Blur and Oasis. Now, those one-time best-of-enemies have done the unimaginable with their respective frontmen dueting on stage. Blur’s frontman Damon Albarn and guitarist ...

  33. Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons Lead BRIT Award Nominations

    January 10, 2013 7:05 PM EST 0 0 0 British music stars Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and Rita Ora lead the nominations for the 2013 BRIT Awards, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 10). The annual salute to U.K. artists will be held on Feb. 20, with performances from One ...

  34. Bobby Womack Says He Has Alzheimer's

    January 02, 2013 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 "How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That's frustrating," soul legend says Bobby Womack, the soul singer behind such songs as "Lookin' for a Love," says he's been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer' ...

  35. Morning Fix: WMG To Bid on Sony/ATV's Rosetta (Report); Joel Klaiman to Columbia; What Spotify's Valuation Means; Bandpage Expands

    November 13, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to have Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters sent directly to your inbox BUSINESS MATTERS: A $3 BILLION VALUATION BRINGS SPOTIFY EXPECTATIONS BACK TO EARTH: News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Blur Triumph at Way Out West in Pre-Olympic Set

    August 11, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "We've got to do something quite formal on Sunday," said Blur frontman Damon Albarn toward the end of the band's Friday night set at Sweden's Way Out West festival . "So this is a good way to prepare for it." Few b ...

  38. Listen: Blur Unveils Two New Songs in London

    July 02, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 As promised , the boys of Blur ripped through two new songs, "Under The Westway" and "The Puritan," on Monday (July 2) in a live performance from an undisclosed rooftop in London that was livestreamed through a link on the group& ...

  39. Blur to Unveil New Songs on London Roof

    June 25, 2012 10:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Band Will Play 'The Puritan' and 'Under the Westway' Scores of Londoners will be craning their necks on July 2nd, when a reunited Blur will perform two new songs -- on a mystery rooftop -- for the first time in a live broadcast v ...

  40. Chart Moves: Jimmy Fallon's 'Blow' Bows on Billboard 200, Bobby Womack's (Electronic) Debut, 'Purple Rain' Returns

    June 22, 2012 2:33 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This past week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the big news was Usher's arrival at No. 1 with Looking 4 Myself . The set garnered the star his fourth chart-topping effort, following Confessions , Here I Stand and Raymond ...

  41. Damon Albarn Plotting Next Solo Album, Talks Olympics

    May 08, 2012 8:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 With his opera recording, "Dr Dee," out today, Damon Albarn is already at work on his next project. The former Blur and Gorillaz frontman told the BBC Radio 4 that the future album will be released as Damon Albarn, not via one of his numer ...

  42. Alison Donald, Mark Terry Appointed Co-Presidents of Columbia Records U.K.

    April 26, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Alison Donald and Mark Terry are to replace outgoing Columbia Records U.K. managing director Mike Smith. Effective May 1, Donald and Terry will assume joint responsibility for the running of the label, reporting to Nick Gatfield, Chairman and CEO ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Damon Albarn Preps 'Dr. Dee' Opera Recording

    March 27, 2012 9:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Damon Albarn seems determined to be rock's busiest man. In between Blur reunion appearances, launching new group Rocket Juice and the Moon, and recording a Converse track with Andre 3000 and James Murphy, the musician found time to finish recor ...

  45. Bobby Womack Released From Hospital, Will Undergo Surgery

    March 27, 2012 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Soul singer Bobby Womack has been released from the hospital following a successful recovery from pneumonia. The cancer-stricken Womack also is scheduled to undergo surgery at a later date. In a statement through his New York publicist, the 68-year- ...

  46. Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

    March 26, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Classic soul-funk singer and guitarist Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer, according to bassist Bootsy Collins. The 68-year-old originally rose to prominence due to his association with Sam Cooke, who had signed him to his SAR Recor ...

  47. 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 ...

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