1. Muse's 'Drones' Opens At No. 1 in U.K.

    June 15, 2015 4:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 Muse have secured their fifth U.K. No. 1 album with Drones (Helium 3/Warner Bros.), 12 years after their first chart-topper. Jason Derulo moved into a third week atop the singles chart with “Want To Want Me” (Warner Bros.). Drones had a combined sal ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Brandle’s Global Bits: Aussie Live Biz Enters Spin Cycle, HMV on the Comeback Trail, Mercury Prize Noms, IMPALA's Board

    September 17, 2013 10:00 PM EDT Trouble in Aussie Live Biz Paradise An unusually turbulent few weeks in Australia’s live biz has observers wondering whether there’s trouble in paradise. A handful of festivals are falling over, one has changed hands, the two biggest events are ...

  4. Australia’s Harvest Festival is Cancelled

    September 17, 2013 2:01 AM EDT Australia’s three date Harvest Festival has been scrapped just weeks out from its third edition. The event was due to start Nov. 10, visiting Australia's three biggest cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) with a bill that counted Massive At ...

  5. Australia’s Soundwave Festival Boss Buying Into Big Day Out: Sources

    September 16, 2013 4:28 AM EDT In a blockbuster deal which will reshape Australia's festivals landscape, the organizers behind Soundwave Festival are buying into the Big Day Out, multiple sources tell Billboard. The company behind Soundwave, the country's biggest ro ...

  6. Avenged Sevenfold's 'Hail To The King' Claims British Chart Throne

    September 02, 2013 3:53 AM EDT As Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) to become the longest-running bestseller by a domestic artist in 2013, Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold landed their first No. ...

  7. Avenged Sevenfold's 'Hail To The King' Claims U.K. Chart Crown

    September 02, 2013 2:54 AM EDT As Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) to become the longest-running bestseller by a domestic artist in 2013, Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold landed their first No ...

  8. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Tops Adult Pop Songs; Pearl Jam Returns

    July 15, 2013 5:50 PM EDT JT scores his first No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs with 'Mirrors.' Plus, Pearl Jam roars back with 'Mind Your Manners,' the first single from its album 'Lightning Bolt,' due Oct. 15 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek a ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke 'Lines' Up At No. 1 On Pop Songs

    July 08, 2013 4:15 PM EDT At four weeks atop the Hot 100 and counting, Thicke scores his first Pop Songs chart leader. Plus, new No. 1s for Jennifer Lopez and La Arrolladora Banda el Limon Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Mon ...

  11. Franz Ferdinand Announce New Album: 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'

    May 16, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Indie rockers Franz Ferdinand have announced the release of their fourth studio album. “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” will be released on August 27 on Domino. A statement announced there were "a few interesting collaborations, bu ...

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  13. Black Keys, Pulp Among Western Musicians Avoiding Russia in Wake of Pussy Riot Verdict

    September 04, 2012 5:30 PM EDT MOSCOW -- The recent high-profile court case against the members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot has made some Western artists reconsider their plans for touring Russia, but local promoters say it might not have a long-lasting effect. Patrick ...

  14. Madonna Stands Up for Pussy Riot in Moscow: Video

    August 08, 2012 9:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna is the latest high-profile celebrity to throw her support behind three jailed members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, calling the women "courageous" during a lengthy speech while performing in Moscow. A hearing for th ...

  15. Jane's Addiction Rocks Chicago at Lollapalooza Aftershow

    August 05, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Chicago, do you want me? Do you love me?" Perry Farrell asked the crowd at Jane's Addiction 's sold-out Lollapalooza afterparty show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom late Saturday-night (Aug. 4), well after the thunderstorm tha ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Franz Ferdinand LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2012

    Franz Ferdinand LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2012

    August 05, 2012 5:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Franz Ferdinand LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2012 Lollapalooza , performance , Franz Ferdinand , Franz Ferdinand , Lollapalooza , Performance Videos Franz Ferdinand Lollapalooza Performance ...

  18. Lollapalooza 2012: The Billboard Guide

    August 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year's Lollapalooza is more stuffed than a Thanksgiving turkey. With the festival landing in Chicago on Friday (Aug. 3), Billboard has your guide to the weekend's must-see bands . FRIDAY Michael Kiwanuka | 1:30 p.m. | Playstation Stag ...

  19. 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, ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Exclusive: Red Light Management Opens London Office With Ex-SuperVision Managers, Roster

    May 02, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Red Light Management is now on the ground in the U.K., with former SuperVision Management Group managers James Sandom, Cerne Canning and Deb Fenstermacher-and their artists-entering the RLM fold. Sandom and Canning will set up Red Light's new ...

  22. Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young, Jack White Announced for 2012 Outside Lands Fest

    April 17, 2012 11:05 AM EDT (Photo: Robert Hooman) Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park fr ...

  23. Outside Lands 2012 Lineup: Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young Headlining

    April 17, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder , Metallica , Neil Young & Crazy Horse , Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from Aug. 10-12. The 201 ...

  24. Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining

    April 11, 2012 1:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The extra-colorful lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, led by the Black Keys , Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunited Black Sabbath , was unveiled on Wednesday morning (Apr. 11). The annual C3 Presents-promoted fest will return to Chicago' ...

  25. Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining

    April 11, 2012 1:00 AM EDT The extra-colorful lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, led by the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunited Black Sabbath, was unveiled on Wednesday morning (Apr. 11). The annual C3 Presents-promoted fest will return to Chicago' ...

  26. Domino Catalog, Including Arctic Monkeys and Animal Collective, Back On eMusic

    February 17, 2012 12:00 PM EST Domino Records has signed back on to have their music sold and streamed on eMusic in the United States. The label, whose artists include Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, joined up with eMusic back in 2008 and enjoyed the supp ...

  27. 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, ...

  28. The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green Lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest Bill

    July 11, 2011 12:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Keys , Deadmau5 , Cee Lo Green , TV on the Radio , Patti Smith , Empire of the Sun , and Cut Copy are among the acts booked for the third annual Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a free music festival set for Sept. 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavili ...

  29. Billboard Bits: MCR Responds to Glenn Beck, Pitbull's 'Planet Pit' Landing in June

    May 04, 2011 6:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. My Chemical Romance Responds to Glenn Beck's 'Propaganda' Accusations Conservative pundit Glenn Beck has targeted My Chemical Romance as his latest enemy, ...

  30. 'The Big C' Soundtrack with Staple Singers, Sara Bareilles, Franz Ferdinand to Benefit Stand Up To Cancer

    May 04, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Profits from sales of "The Big C" soundtrack will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Epic Records will release the soundtrack to the Showtime series on June 7, the same day the show' ...

  31. Gang of Four Aims for 'Wider Audience' with 'Content' Album

    January 15, 2011 9:13 AM EST 0 0 0 When the original members of Gang of Four reunited in 2004 for a world tour, no one expected them to make a new album. But the Leeds-bred post-punks, whose 1979 debut "Entertainment!" put its stamp on bands from R.E.M. to Franz Ferdinand , ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Billboard Bits: Simon Cowell, Elton John, Jack White, Melanie Fiona

    March 17, 2010 5:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Simon Cowell's wedding to 'Idol' make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy fast approaching, there is much to do in the way of planning. But the Idol judge isn't concerned with napkins, flower arrangements or invitations -- he just wa ...

  34. The Soft Pack "The Soft Pack" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:43 PM EST 0 0 0 The Soft Pack, "The Soft Pack" (Kemado) Release Date: February 2, 2010 San Diego-turned-Los-Angeles-based four-piece the Soft Pack made headlines in late 2008 for changing its name from the Muslims -a moniker that reportedly subjected the ...

  35. Video: Virgin Mobile FreeFest All Access Doc

    November 18, 2009 3:45 PM EST 0 0 0 The annual Virgin Mobile fest near Baltimore changed to reflect the times this year. Renamed the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the 2009 event reacted to the country's economic struggles by condensing the proceedings to one day, making the tickets fre ...

  36. Freefest 2009 Doc: Backstage with Bands - Billboard.com

    Freefest 2009 Doc: Backstage with Bands - Billboard.com

    November 11, 2009 5:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Freefest 2009 Doc: Backstage with Bands - Billboard.com rivers cuomo , girl talk , Weezer , Public Enemy , The National , virgin mobile , Tom Delonge , Blink-182 , Virgin FreeFest , Freefest 2009 Videos blink-182 Franz Ferdinand Girl Talk Live Perfo ...

  37. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tapping into the economic realities of the country, Virgin Mobile USA teamed with Washington D.C. promoter I.M.P. to offer the third annual Virgin Mobile Festival for free, creating Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sunday, August 30, at the Merriweather Po ...

  38. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Preview

    August 27, 2009 12:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following last weekend's successful V Fest in the U.K. -- which featured a buzzed-about appearance by Amy Winehouse during The Specials' headlining set -- its organizers are bringing big name bands to U.S. shores this Sunday (Aug. 30) for ...

  39. Baaba Maal Tunes In With Brazilian Girls On 'Television'

    July 22, 2009 11:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 After an eight-year break, Senegalese recording artist Baaba Maal will release "Television," his first album of all-new recorded material since 2001's "Missing You." Due September 15 on Palm, the album joins Maal with member ...

  40. Drake Flies Twice Into Top 10 Of Billboard Hot 100

    June 25, 2009 10:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 Drake flies twice into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, with "Best I Ever Had" the week's greatest airplay gainer and "Every Girl," his collaboration with Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine and Jae Millz, the w ...

  41. Blink-182, Weezer To Headline Free Virgin Fest

    June 24, 2009 12:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 After months of speculation about the fate of the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival, organizers have made an announcement that should please music fans who've felt the economic pinch of the recession: this year's event is free. With headliners W ...

  42. Jonas Brothers Earn Second No. 1 Album In Less Than a Year

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Just about 10 months after they earned their last No. 1 album, Jonas Brothers return to the top of the Billboard 200 with "Lines, Vines and Trying Times," the trio's second chart-topper. It follows the No. 1 bow of "A Little Bi ...

  43. Airborne Toxic Event Flying High

    June 23, 2009 8:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 The trouble with fronting a constantly touring rock outfit is that it leaves little time to finish a novel. That's what Mikel Jollett, singer/guitarist of the Airborne Toxic Event, came to realize as the momentum behind his band's self-tit ...

  44. Dirty Projectors Shift Gears On 'Orca'

    June 08, 2009 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Dirty Projectors' last two releases, "The Getty Address" and "Rise Above," were lo-fi concept albums built around inscrutable song structures. Given the Brooklyn-based indie band's track record, "Stillness Is t ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Franz Ferdinand To Release Dub Album

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Scottish rock outfit Franz Ferdinand has confirmed an individual release date for a dub version of its latest album "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" (Domino), entitled "Blood." The album was previously available as part of the box se ...

  47. McCartney, Morrissey and Leonard Cohen Kick Off Coachella

    April 18, 2009 1:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 10th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got off to a fab start Friday (April 17), thanks to Sir Paul McCartney, who headlined the event with a marathon performance worthy of his long and lauded musical legacy. Proving himself the ul ...

  48. Indie Retailers Ready For Record Store Day

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite the success of online retailers, explosion of Internet downloads and high-profile closings of Virgin Megastores and Tower Records stores, bricks-and-mortar record stores aren't all spinning toward oblivion. Although hundreds of indepe ...

  49. Weezer, Fall Out Boy For Fuji Rock 2009

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT International acts Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Franz Ferdinand are among the first acts confirmed for headline slots at this year's Fuji Rock Festival, Japan's leading annual outdoor music event. The 13th edition of the festival will take p ...

  50. Springsteen To Headline Glastonbury Festival

    February 23, 2009 11:08 AM EST 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen has been confirmed to headline the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival on June 27. The Saturday night slot was occupied by Jay-Z last year. Springsteen's booking for the 170,000-capacity event at Worthy Farm in Somerset follows m ...

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