28 Feb 2015

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Swim Deep and Kate Tempest lead list of over 100 additions to The Great Escape line-up

Mew, Kelela, Stormzy, Broods, Shamir, DMA's, Neon Waltz, Oscar, Mumdance & Novelist also join Brighton line-up

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Skrillex and Diplo's 24-hour DJ set shut down by police

Jack Ü duo made it 18 hours into mammoth performance

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Skrillex and Diplo release Jack Ü album during 24-hour DJ set

'Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü' features Kiesza, Justin Bieber and AlunaGeorge among others

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Second tree planted in honour of George Harrison after beetles eat original

First tree was planted in 2002

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Paul McCartney's childhood home sells for £150,000 at auction

Three-bedroom house is in Speke, Liverpool

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Missy Elliott working with Pharrell on new music

Rapper posts picture on Twitter of pair in the studio

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Madonna says intolerance in present-day Europe 'feels like Nazi Germany'

Singer says there's a climate of fear across the continent

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Kid Rock is 'flabbergasted' by Beyoncé's popularity

Rapper says Beyoncé "doesn't have a fucking 'Purple Rain'"

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Kanye West says 'the class system is the new racism'

Rapper says 'exclusivity is the new n-word' during interview with Zane Lowe

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Kanye West apologises to Beck and Bruno Mars, expresses his 'right to be wrong' – watch

West says he liked Beck's song when it played during dinner with Taylor Swift

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Jonny Greenwood says Radiohead have 'changed their method' on new album

Guitarist also revealed he is currently working on a solo album in India

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Fearne Cotton announces decision to leave BBC Radio 1

DJ is pregnant with her second child

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Damon Albarn reveals a new Blur song was inspired by 2014 Sydney hostage siege

'There Are Too Many Of Us' features on new album 'The Magic Whip'

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Court rules that Courtney Love is not as famous as Marlon Brando

Singer argued her Marlon Brando level of fame meant libellous remarks were in public interest

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Cold War Kids unveil new video for 'Hot Coals' – watch

Track taken from band's latest album 'Hold My Home'

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

Action Bronson releases 'Actin Crazy' video – watch

Track will feature on the rapper's upcoming album 'Mr Wonderful'

28 Feb 2015 5:16am GMT

26 Feb 2015

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Epic Celebrity Falls: Music Edition

Madonna falls as she performs on stage for the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London -- Getty ImagesMadonna took a hard tumble at the BRIT Awards (we feel for ya girl) and we couldn't help but take a look back at some of the best spills, tumbles and trips in music.


26 Feb 2015 10:05pm GMT

Music industry moves to Friday global album release

Key groups representing music retailers, record companies and artists said that they would coordinate album releases to go out everywhere each Friday at one minute past midnight local timeThe music industry has announced an agreement to release albums globally on Fridays, ending divergences among regions that have fueled piracy in an age of instant music. Thursday's decision, after nine months of consultation, is expected to go into effect by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, said Frances Moore, chief executive officer of the music industry's global body IFPI. "What is absolutely clear is that there is nearly unanimous agreement that a global release date is a good thing," Moore told AFP. Under longstanding traditions, albums are generally released on Monday in Britain and France, Tuesday in the United States, Wednesday in Japan and Friday in Australia and Germany.


26 Feb 2015 9:39pm GMT

Music streaming: free is the key

Music streaming: free is the keyCompeting music streaming services are beginning to discover that the best way to get consumers to sign up and to start paying a monthly subscription is to offer a free tier, too. On Wednesday, Google announced that Google Play Music subscribers can now upload and store 50,000 tracks to the cloud free of charge that they can then stream via a smartphone, tablet or even desktop whenever they've got an internet connection. The offer's interesting partly because it recognizes that older consumers already have a record collection that they value and want to listen to -- therefore making its streaming and music downloading services more attractive propositions -- but also because over at Apple, customers are only currently able to upload 25,000 tracks to iCloud for streaming and they have to pay $24.99 a year for the privilege. A year ago, that number stood at 12 million and the huge jump, according to Spotify vice president of North American advertising Brian Benedik, is because the company now offers a free tier of its streaming service across mobile devices as well as on the desktop.


26 Feb 2015 3:56pm GMT

Ed Sheeran wins best British record at top UK music awards

Ed Sheeran celebrates after receiving the British Album of the Year award at the O2 Arena in LondonBy Liisa Tuhkanen LONDON (Reuters) - The top British music awards went to young men on Wednesday as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith bagged the most important trophies in a star-studded Brit Awards show in London. English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was the biggest winner of the night, walking away with two of the four Brit Awards he was nominated for. "I didn't expect it... It's been a very good year for British music", he said. Soul singer Sam Smith, who was nominated for five Brits and competed with Sheeran for the best album, topped off his recent four Grammy wins with a Global Success award and British Breakthrough trophy.


26 Feb 2015 1:22am GMT

25 Feb 2015

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Thalassa Space Grows Up with Craft Beer, Live Music

Thalassa Space Grows Up with Craft Beer, Live MusicThe former pool hall will become a full bar, restaurant and live music venue by the end of the year. Berkeley's nightlife scene continues to evolve (and possibly mature), with the reconfiguration of the former Thalassa space as a music venue and craft beer garden. As a result, the 12,000 square-foot space, will transform from a pool hall into a full bar and full-service restaurant, with a large stage for live music and an outdoor beer garden with separate entrances for the restaurant and music venue. Berkeleyside reports that Alex Popov of Liquid Entertainment (the company in charge of the live venue) wants to create a "flexible space" for bands, DJs and special events, similar to setup at The Chapel in San Francisco.


25 Feb 2015 11:00pm GMT

McCartney to headline Firefly music festival in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Organizers of the Delaware's Firefly Music Festival say former Beatle Paul McCartney will headline this year's event.

25 Feb 2015 8:39pm GMT

Leaks and surprise albums: new ways of releasing music

Drake surprised the music world earlier this month by releasing the unannounced album "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."Earlier this month, Canadian rapper Drake set the internet abuzz with the release of an unexpected new album via SoundClound, complete with free unlimited streaming. The move echoes the surprise release of Beyoncé's self-titled record in 2013. The latest victims are of course Björk and Madonna, whose respective albums were recently leaked to the internet ahead of their official release dates. For her part, Björk decided to advance the release date of "Vulnicura," sharing the album in its entirety on iTunes.


25 Feb 2015 4:49pm GMT

Why Isn't 'Empire's' Music Topping the Billboard Charts?

Fox's 'Glee' was a big player in its heyday, but network execs are still hoping 'Empire' - which has been a ratings juggernaut - turns into a multiplatform success.

25 Feb 2015 5:00am GMT

23 Feb 2015

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Oscars 2015: Lady Gaga's 'The Sound of Music' Medley Dominated Social Media

Graham Moore's moving speech also lit up Facebook, Shazam's top-queried performance was Adam Levine's "Lost Stars" and Twitter's most mentioned movies were 'Birdman' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'

23 Feb 2015 5:00am GMT

27 May 2014

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'Mad Men': Matthew Weiner Talks Midseason Finale, Music and Dream Sequences (Q&A)

The creator and showrunner tells THR about the surprising sendoff before the AMC drama's final episodes: "I'm a person who frequently sees things that aren't there. I don't know if they're as elaborate as that, but I don't question the reality of the emotion."

27 May 2014 4:00am GMT

10 Oct 2013

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations

Kelly Clarkson and Will.i.am speak during announcement of 2013 American Music Awards nominations press conference in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


10 Oct 2013 4:14pm GMT

09 Oct 2013

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Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award

Swift poses at the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


09 Oct 2013 10:39pm GMT

Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year

U.S. singer-sonwriter Justin Timberlake performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de JaneiroBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


09 Oct 2013 10:14pm GMT

08 Oct 2013

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Pogues' guitarist Phil Chevron dies at 56 from cancer

LONDON (Reuters) - Guitarist Phil Chevron of the Anglo-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues died on Tuesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, the band said. Chevron joined the Pogues in 1984 and became a core member as the group made its name internationally in the 1980s and early 1990s with albums including "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash" and "If I Should Fall From Grace With God". Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, wrote the band's popular ballad "Thousands Are Sailing". "He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. ...

08 Oct 2013 8:38pm GMT

Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back

File photo of Graham Parker arriving at the premiere of the movie "This is 40" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in HollywoodBy Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...


08 Oct 2013 11:49am GMT

06 Oct 2013

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OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013

Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic, performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert in Los AngelesLONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...


06 Oct 2013 6:07pm GMT

21 Jul 2009

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The Raveonettes Unveil Album Release And Tour Dates

Danish rock duo The Raveonettes has announced the dates for a fall tour in support of its fourth studio album, Billboard.com can exclusively report.


21 Jul 2009 12:23pm GMT

Jackson Browne, Republicans Settle Copyright Case

Jackson Browne is hopeful that the protection of music copyrights will be bolstered by the settlement of his lawsuit against U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over unauthorized use of one of his songs in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.


21 Jul 2009 10:00am GMT

Sony Bids $50 Million For Michael Jackson Film Footage

Sony Corp.'s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series, according to a person familiar with the bid.


21 Jul 2009 9:27am GMT

Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award.


21 Jul 2009 9:08am GMT

Kings Of Convenience Make New 'Declaration'

Norwegian rock duo Kings Of Convenience will break a five-year silence this fall with its third studio album, "Declaration of Dependence," due Oct. 20 from Virgin.


21 Jul 2009 5:07am GMT

Michael Jackson Theatrical Release Deal Close

Sources have confirmed to Billboard that a deal between the Michael Jackson Estate, AEG Live and Sony for a theatrical release of the Michael Jackson rehearsal footage from the ill-fated This Is It concerts could close today.


21 Jul 2009 1:43am GMT

20 Jul 2009

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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Cancer, Tour And Album Postponed

The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery, he announced in a video posting on the group's website this morning. The band has canceled its summer tour plans and delayed the release of its forthcoming album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," in order to allow time for his recovery.


20 Jul 2009 12:44pm GMT

JLS, Michael Jackson Top U.K. Charts

JLS, the British boy band who were runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the fifth series of talent series "The X Factor" last December, scored a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (19) with their first release, "Beat Again" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). "The Essential Michael Jackson," also on Epic, got a third week atop the album chart.


20 Jul 2009 10:50am GMT

Prince Closes Out Montreux Jazz Fest

Prince fans from across Europe converged on Montreux for two shows by the American musician whose rare appearance on the continent stretched well into Sunday morning. The 51-year-old star closed the two-week Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival with a mix of old hits including "Little Red Corvette," "Peach" and "Purple Rain" and fresh titles such as "Elixir" from his new album with singer Bria Valente.


20 Jul 2009 9:46am GMT

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Approaches Eagles' All-Time Sales Record

For nearly a decade, the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" has been the recording industry's ultimate evergreen release, certified by the RIAA as the all-time best-selling album in the United States. But thanks to continued robust demand for Michael Jackson's catalog since his June 25 death, "Thriller" appears on the verge of matching "Their Greatest Hits," at least in the eyes of the industry trade group.


20 Jul 2009 9:14am GMT

Paula Abdul May Not Be Back On 'Idol'

Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to "American Idol."


20 Jul 2009 9:07am GMT

Justin Bieber's 'Time' Is Now

It's a familiar narrative: wunderkind with a gift for music takes it seriously, and lands a major-label deal before he gets his driver's license. Usher, Chris Brown and Britney Spears all fit the formula. Now, Justin Bieber can add his name to the list.


20 Jul 2009 9:03am GMT

John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut, includes guest spots from Bruce Springsteen and members of the Eagles, and features covers of songs by John Prine, Buck Owens and John Denver, among others, as well as Fogerty's own "Change in the Weather."


20 Jul 2009 3:00am GMT

19 Jul 2009

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Kid Rock, Alice In Chains, Skynyrd Rock Detroit

A pair of home town stadium concerts over the weekend gave Kid Rock and a couple of his support acts an opportunity to showcase new material for the 40,000 fans who attended each show.


19 Jul 2009 1:49am GMT

17 Jul 2009

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Warren Haynes In Musical Overdrive With Gov't Mule, Allmans, Dead

Thanks to tours with The Dead and the Allman Brothers Band, a new Gov't Mule album and tour and a planned solo album, Warren Haynes is having his busiest year ever -- and is enjoying it immensely.


17 Jul 2009 11:49am GMT

They Might Be Giants To Release Third Kids Album In September, Rock Album In 2010

On the heels of its 'Best Children's Album' Grammy win for "Here Come the 123's," They Might Be Giants is readying the release of another kid-centric set, "Here Comes Science." The album and animated DVD is due Sept. 1 on Amazon and iTunes and everywhere Sept. 22 on Disney Sound.


17 Jul 2009 11:16am GMT