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7 Bands At Coachella You Don't Want to Miss

April 12th, 2013 8:00am EDT
BRIT Awards 2012 - Arrivals
The Coachella Festival has an awesome lineup this year. With so many great artists to hear, you need a plan to help you plot your day. Make sure you catch these musicians on this list, which covers some of the latest must-see groups as well as some legends.

1.) Blur

Blur led the second British Invasion during the 1990s. While American bands like Nirvana were trying to avoid musical excess, Blur indulged liberally to create a new form of pop music that melded the best aspects of rock, funk, and noise.

They came onto the scene around the same time that Oasis hit the international stage. An...
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Damon Albarn Hints That Gorillaz Is Over

April 9th, 2012 9:56pm EDT
Gorillaz
Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has shed doubt on the supergroup's future after revealing he and co-founder Jamie Hewlett have fallen out.

Just days after announcing his Britpop band Blur's summer Olympics gig will be their last ever, Albarn reveals his other chart-topping act is also on an indefinite hiatus.

He says, "I think we (Albarn and Hewlett) were at cross purposes somewhat on that last record, which is a shame. So until a time comes when that knot has been untied...

"The music and the videos weren't working as well together, but I felt we'd made a really good record, and I was in...
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Blur Call It Quits

April 8th, 2012 2:30pm EDT
Blur
Reunited British rockers Blur will bow out of the spotlight for good after their appearance at an upcoming summer concert to celebrate the London Olympics.

The Universal hitmakers will take to the stage on August 12 for a huge musical event, also featuring New Order and The Specials, at London's Hyde Park - the same venue where the band performed two triumphant comeback gigs in 2009.

Blur will also release a new single entitled Under the Westway around the same time as the big show - but frontman Damon Albarn has quashed speculation an album of fresh material will follow, because he wants...
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Adele Causes Controversy At Brit Awards With Obscene Gesture During Acceptance Speech

February 21st, 2012 9:56pm EST
Adele
Adele was a double winner at the Brit Awards in London on Tuesday, but her triumph was mired in controversy after she flipped her middle finger when her final acceptance speech was cut short.

The singer, who scooped six Grammys earlier this month, continued her incredible run of success by also fighting off competition from Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush and Laura Marling to be named best British Female Solo Artist.

She choked back tears as she was presented with the award for Album of the Year for "21" at the end of the night from George Michael, telling the audience, "Tha...
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Adele's Success Continues At Brit Awards

February 21st, 2012 4:30pm EST
Adele's Success Continues At Brit Awards
Adele was the early winner at the Brit Awards in London on Tuesday, taking home the honor for Best Female Solo Artist.

The singer, who scooped six Grammys earlier this month, continued her incredible run of success by fighting off competition from Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush and Laura Marling to win the award.

Accepting her prize, Adele trembled with excitement as she told the audience, "Thank you so much... it's been an amazing year, thank you."

Bruno Mars was also celebrating early at the ceremony as he was named International Male Solo Artist, and Emeli Sande receive...
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Blur To Be Honored At Brit Awards

December 8th, 2011 8:39am EST
Blur
British rockers Blur will be honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy at next year's Brit Awards.

The Parklife hit-makers returned to the music scene in 2009 after a six-year hiatus to headline a series of U.K. festivals and guitarist Alex James revealed earlier this week the band will get together over the festive period to "probably" record new material.

Now, it has been announced they will regroup at the annual Brit Awards at London's O2 Arena in February to be presented with a special prize in recognition of their career achievements.

It it not known whether the b...
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Blur Records Songs, But Don't Hold Your Breath For An Album Anytime Soon

February 16th, 2011 3:36pm EST
Blur
Reformed British band Blur are recording tracks for their first new album since 2003 - but fans face a six-year wait to hear the songs.

The hitmakers revealed last year they were planning to record as Blur once again, but in January, drummer Dave Rowntree claimed they had still not entered a studio together.

Now guitarist Graham Coxon has revealed Blur are recording tracks sporadically - although it could be a long time before they're released.

He tells NME magazine, "I suppose every now and then we like to meet up and record a few things. Whether it sees the light of day or not is a dif...
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New Blur Album Still On Hold

January 17th, 2011 4:32pm EST
Blur
Blur rocker Dave Rowntree has urged fans not to anticipate an album from the band this year, insisting the group's plans to record its first record in almost a decade are not "concrete".

The Parklife hitmakers returned to the music scene after a six-year hiatus to headline a series of U.K. festivals in 2009.

Frontman Damon Albarn, who has been touring with his other band Gorillaz, revealed late last year that the group was planning to work together again, fuelling reports the band is preparing to record a new album - the first since 2003's Think Tank.

However, drummer Rowntree insists ...
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Damon Albarn To 'Glee' Producers: 'Don't Ask'

December 23rd, 2010 12:12am EST
Gorillaz
Gorillaz and Blur star Damon Albarn has warned Glee producers not to contact him about using his songs on the TV show - because he can't forgive them for stealing the Beatles' U.S. pop chart record.

Albarn has yet to be asked to be a part of the hit musical show but he insists he'll never agree to let his songs be a part of the program.

The Brit is still upset by the fact the cast of Glee toppled the Fab Four's record for most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 by a non-solo act earlier this year.

Albarn says, "Those songs won't last like the Beatles... They'll be forgotten in a few ye...
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Damon Albarn Considers Retiring Gorillaz

December 6th, 2010 10:43am EST
Damon Albarn
Damon Albarn is considering retiring Gorillaz when the band's current world tour comes to an end, because the British rocker can't "keep going at this size and pace."

The Blur frontman has been touring extensively with the group this year, taking their Escape To Plastic Beach shows to Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, as well as enjoying headline slots at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival and Coachella in California.

The tour wraps up in New Zealand later this month, and Albarn has scheduled a "period of reflection and sobriety" to consider the band's future.

He says, "It's been ...
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Snoop Dogg's Triumphant Return To Britain

June 26th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg made a triumphant return to the British live scene on Friday with a hot show at the Glastonbury festival. The rapper's four-year visa ban was overturned earlier this year, and the Somerset, England festival was announced as his grand return.

Snoop was joined onstage by Tinie Tempah and Blur and Gorillaz star Damon Albarn and British rapper Dizzee Rascal watched from the wings. Tempah performed a version of U.K. number one single Pass Out with Snoop, who took a moment to honor slain hip-hop hero Tupac Shakur by playing a medley of his songs.

Temperatures soared as Snoop hit th...
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Gorillaz Replace U2 At Glastonbury (Video)

May 26th, 2010 12:35pm EDT
Gorillaz
Damon Albarn is preparing to headline Glastonbury for the second year in a row - his virtual band Gorillaz has stepped in to replace U2 at the legendary British music festival.

The Irish rockers were forced to pull out of their headlining slot at next month's event, as well as the next leg of their world tour, after frontman Bono was admitted to the hospital on Friday for emergency back surgery.

Rumors were rife over who would take U2's place at Glastonbury, with online reports suggesting Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC or even Led Zeppelin could step in to the coveted slot.

Howe...
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Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

January 30th, 2008 9:33am EST
Michael Jackson Bad
When I first comprised this list, I had all the usual suspects: Thriller, Closer, Daydream Nation, Purple Rain - you know, the albums you see on every other top 10 list for the 80s.

I got about four or five albums when something told me to go back and actually listen to "Thriller" again, from start to finish. Then I listened to Bad¸ Michael Jackson's follow-up, and it became clear that record sales alone doesn't make an album the greatest. Don't believe me? How do you feel about Britney Spears' Oops...I Did it Again - no? You sure? All righty, then.

Yes, sometimes albums are great beca...
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Fascinating Fact

January 27th, 2008 2:50pm EST
Lily Allen
Blur rocker Alex James will be the first guest on pop star Lily Allen's new BBC chat show Lily Allen And Friends.

(Provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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'The Brit Box' Features UK Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium

November 18th, 2007 9:30am EST
The Brit Box
The king's ransom of influential and diverse U.K.-based indie pop & rock acts that emerged from Great Britain in the broad wake of '80s post-punk has never been chronicled with serious attention -- until now, and Rhino's vast 4-CD retrospective The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium does just that.

While many artists featured here enjoyed superstar status in Mother England, their impact on U.S. charts was more peripheral-- but their stylistic imprint and collective uber-hip peer-pressure on late 20th century popular music overall is undeniable. Wit...
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Celebrity Appeal: Tony Blair The Political Showman Mingled With The Famous

May 10th, 2007 5:08pm EDT
Tony Blair
LONDON (AP) - From vacations at Cliff Richard's Caribbean villa to a stay in Bee Gee Robin Gibb's Miami home, Tony Blair has enjoyed the company of celebrities throughout his political career.

But in the wake of the Iraq war, many showbiz figures turned on the British leader, and his holidays at the homes of the famous became cause for embarrassment over whether he had paid for his stay.

Blair was elected on a surge of popular enthusiasm in 1997 _ a political star for the era of Britpop and ''Cool Britannia.''

He hosted Downing Street receptions for the stars of fashion, musi...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 8

May 8th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Enrique Iglesias
Happy Birthday to Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias (1975), Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes (1972), Blur drummer Dave Rowntree (1964), NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte (1964), Actress/SAG president Melissa Gilbert (1964), "Raise Your Voice" actor David Keith (1954), Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen (1953), Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz (1951), jazz pianist Keith Jarrett (1945), troubled English singer Gary Glitter (1944), singer Toni Tennille (1943), singer Ricky Nelson (1940; d. 1985), comedian Don Rickles (1926), blues guitarist Robert Johnson (1911; d. 1938), and 33rd President of th...
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Gorillaz Autobiography Hits Stores Today

November 2nd, 2006 1:09pm EST
Gorillaz
Gorillaz, the multi-platinum phenomenon that the Guinness Book of World Records named the "World's Most Successful Virtual Band," release their official autobiography today. "Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre" features 296 pages of full-color illustrations detailing the band members' lives.

Dreamed up in 1998 by Damon Albarn of the band Blur, and Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the massively popular comic book "Tank Girl," Gorillaz have amassed more accolades over the course of their brief but storied career than many "normal" bands will over the course of their lifetimes. Fusing hip- hop, pop,...
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Damon Albarn's New Supergroup 'The Good, The Bad and The Queen'

October 20th, 2006 2:09pm EDT
Damon Albarn in Blur
The Good, The Bad and The Queen is a new project featuring Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), Paul Simonon (The Clash), Tony Allen (Fela Kuti/Africa 70) and Simon Tong (The Verve).

The first seeds of the endeavor can be traced back to 2002, when Damon Albarn first worked with Tony Allen. Two years later Tony and Simon Tong (The Verve) would join Damon at Aphrodisia studios in Lagos for two weeks of recording.

Then in 2005 Damon met with Paul Simonon (The Clash) to discuss the idea of working together. Damon invited Paul to hear the Nigeria recordings and upon hearing them, he commented...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 8

May 8th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Enrique Iglesias
Happy Birthday to Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias (1975), Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes (1972), Blur drummer Dave Rowntree (1964), NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte (1964), Actress/SAG president Melissa Gilbert (1964), "Raise Your Voice" actor David Keith (1954), Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen (1953), Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz (1951), jazz pianist Keith Jarrett (1945), troubled English singer Gary Glitter (1944), singer Toni Tennille (1943), singer Ricky Nelson (1940; d. 1985), comedian Don Rickles (1926), blues guitarist Robert Johnson (1911; d. 1938), and 33rd President of th...
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Gorillaz Team Up With Motorola

March 30th, 2006 2:38pm EST
Motorola, Inc. and Gorillaz, the critically acclaimed animated band created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett, today announce a strategic alliance surrounding the group's Demon Days Live concerts in New York City.

The sold out concert series will take over Harlem's famed Apollo Theater April 2 through 6 with nightly appearances by Demon Days album collaborators including Ike Turner and De La Soul.

The live production of Demon Days will transcend the traditional concert experience through sight and sound innovation. Motorola's involvement at the Demon Day...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 21

November 21st, 2005 3:00am EST
Bjork
Happy Birthday to actress Jena Malone (1984), Blur bassist Alex James (1968), Major League Baseball slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. (1969), NFL star quarterback Troy Aikman (1966), Icelandic singer and former Sugarcube Bjork (1965), Desperate Housewife Nicolette Sheridan (1963), singer Steven Curtis Chapman (1962), comedic actress Goldie Hawn (1945), actor/director Harold Ramis (1944), bluesman Dr. John (1940), "That Girl" Marlo Thomas (1938), baseball hall-of-famer Stan Musial (1920), Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte (1898), and French philosopher Voltaire (1694)
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