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Florence Welch To Auction Off Private Concert For Charity

June 8th, 2012 8:02pm EDT
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British singer Florence Welch is auctioning off a small intimate gig to raise funds for charity.

The Florence and the Machine front woman has vowed to perform for just 25 people in London later this year to generate money for type 1 diabetes medical organization Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Bidding had reached $10,400 on Friday and the auction ends on Sunday.

In a statement on JDRF's website, auction organizers say, "Florence will give an exquisite acoustic twenty minute performance accompanied by acoustic harp and guitar, your opportunity to hear one of the musicians...
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Katy Perry Wears A See-Through Blouse & Gets Cozy With New Guitarist Boyfriend At Coachella (Photos)

April 23rd, 2012 8:23am EDT
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On Sunday we spotted Katy Perry at the Coachella Music Festival hugging and kissing her new boyfriend Robert Ackroyd. He's the guitar player for Florence and The Machine.

Katy wore a cropped sheer blouse that showed off her bra underneath and a pair of matching blue shorts.

The pop star split from her husband Russell Brand in late 2011 and was later linked to French model Baptiste Giabiconi before hooking up with rocker Ackroyd.

The festival seems to bring out uninhibited celebrities. "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson attended the event a week ago with her new boyfriend, and Emma Roberts a...
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Katy Perry Dating Florence And The Machine's Guitarist?

April 19th, 2012 11:52am EDT
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Katy Perry has sparked speculation of a new romance after she was snapped hand-in-hand with Florence And The Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd at California's Coachella festival.

The I Kissed a Girl hit-maker split from husband Russell Brand in late 2011 and was rumored to be dating French model Baptiste Giabiconi after they were pictured looking close on several occasions earlier this year.

Perry hinted to fans last month she is unattached, posting a cryptic tweet which ended "singleandsatisfied" - but she's now been linked to rocker Ackroyd.

The pair was spotted in the crowd at the I...
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Adele Dominates 2012 Ivor Novello Nominations

April 17th, 2012 8:03am EDT
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Soul star Adele looks set to reign supreme at the upcoming Ivor Novello Awards in Britain after landing four top nominations.

The singer's hit record 21 has been tipped in the Album Award category, alongside Kate Bush's 50 Words For Snow and Let England Shake by PJ Harvey, while her track Rolling In The Deep faces competition for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically from Florence and the Machine's Shake It Out and The A Team by Ed Sheeran.

Adele, who won six Grammy Awards and two Brits earlier this year, is a double threat in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work category - Rolling In ...
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Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

April 16th, 2012 8:12am EDT
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Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...
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Q&A: Paulina Rubio And Tom Drummond Are Excited For The 2012 New Orleans JazzFest

April 9th, 2012 6:30pm EDT
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A few things come to mind when we think about New Orleans- food, booze, Mardi Gras and great music. When we think of great music, we think of the seven day festival that we are so excited to be covering this year- the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. As with every year of the celebrity packed event, this year’s lineup is epic. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Al Green, Paulina Rubio, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Florence + The Machine, Better than Ezra, Cee Lo Green, The Nevi...
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Florence Welch & Her New Boyfriend Are 'Inseparable'

March 27th, 2012 9:03am EDT
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Singer Florence Welch has gone public with her new boyfriend - the two were spotted kissing in London last week.

The hitmaker was first linked to James Nesbitt earlier this year after she was seen vacationing with the event planner and a group of friends in Brazil back in January.

And on Thursday the couple was snapped getting hot and heavy in a local park.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "They have a lot of mutual friends and like going out to the same places. They have been inseparable since they got together."

The Florence + the Machine star ended her three-year relationshi...
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Justin Bieber Wins Worst Album Award At NME Awards; Florence Welch Triumphs

March 1st, 2012 8:30am EST
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Florence Welch and her Florence + The Machine bandmates have ended Adele's accolades haul with a double win at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday.

Welch and her band beat the multiple Grammy and Brit Awards winner to the Best Solo Artist and Best Track trophies at the O2 Brixton Academy ceremony, while nailing one of the night's highlight performances.

Other big winners at the 2012 prizegiving, which honors British indie rock, included Foo Fighters (Best International Band), The Horrors (Best Album for Skying) and Arctic Monkeys (Best Live Band).

Kasabian were named Best British Band ...
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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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Florence And The Machine Perform At Harrods To Kick Off Annual Sale

December 27th, 2011 9:45pm EST
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Hitmakers Florence and the Machine kicked off London's most famous annual sale on Tuesday when the band performed at Harrods department store.

Florence Welch and her bandmates played a short, early morning two-song set as bargain hunters hit the Knightsbridge shopping mecca.

Welch arrived in style onboard a London double decker bus.

The singer and her group made history by becoming the first rock group to open the Harrods sale.
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'The X Factor' Recap: Melanie Wins + The Year-End Awards

December 23rd, 2011 9:28am EST
Melanie Amaro is announed winner of THE X FACTOR
Ordinarily I give shows like this the full mega-diary treatment, but ‘X Factor’ doesn’t seem worthy.

This show is a disappointment by most measures. To wit, last night’s show did about a third of the demo rating of ‘Idol’s’ finale last may. So, I can’t quite give this the full mega-diary. So instead, I’m going to whip out the first annual X-Factor Awards.

First, congratulations to this year’s winner Melanie Amaro. I look forward to seeing your Pepsi commercial and then never hearing from you again until you’re brought back as a musical guest for one of next year’s results show. Enjoy your...
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Music Talk: Get To Know Lola Blanc

December 6th, 2011 1:45pm EST
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Her music career is just beginning, but dance-pop singer Lola Blanc has already seen and experienced plenty. Here's what you need to know about the up-and-coming vocalist.

"I started writing songs when I was like six years old," says the bubbly Michigan native, "in between home-schooling and ventriloquist shows."

Yes, she was once a ventriloquist - the career repopularized by the success of Jeff Dunham. How did she go from making dummies talk to making music? Turns out that was always in her sights, with the influence of some girl power.

"Fiona Apple is my number-one; she got me into s...
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Florence Welch Felt Terrible About Rubbing Against Lady Gaga's Meat Dress

November 27th, 2011 9:31pm EST
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Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch felt awful when she realized Lady Gaga was wearing a meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards - because she had hugged her while wearing a borrowed Givenchy gown.

The "Dog Days Are Over" singer thought Gaga's outfit was odd but was too excited to notice just how odd it was - until later.

She tells Spin magazine, "I didn't notice that it was made of meat - it must have been treated. I thought she just had some kind of body paint on or something. I did not notice until she got up onstage with Cher. She was even holding a meat purse.

"I fe...
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Music Talk: The Simple Success Of Simple Plan

November 15th, 2011 11:00am EST
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The secret to Simple Plan's success is not all that complicated. If you ask guitarist Sebastien Lefebvre, it really does just come down to something as - ahem - simple as the music.

"We started out, [when] we were opening for other bands, it was just about getting out on stage and having fun," he told me as the band was preparing for last night's show at the SWU Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil. "Now, obviously, we've been lucky enough to have a few albums."

The Canadian pop-punk band is currently on tour in support of their fourth studio album, Get Your Heart On! The disc is not only catc...
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Karl Lagerfeld Designs Florence And The Machine Vinyl Cover

October 30th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
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British group Florence and the Machine is going high fashion and teaming up with design icon Karl Lagerfeld to release a special collector's vinyl version of its new single "Shake It Out."

Only 500 copies of the white vinyl will be made available from Monday and the silver foiled covers will each be numbered. Each press will also feature a series of photographic prints taken by Chanel's creative director.

Lagerfeld decided to collaborate with frontwoman Florence Welch after choosing the singer as his muse for his latest collection, which was showcased at Paris Fashion Week last month.

Th...
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Florence Welch Is The New Face Of Gucci

June 7th, 2011 11:34am EDT
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British rocker Florence Welch has been unveiled as the new face of fashion house Gucci.

The Italian label's creative director Frida Giannini handpicked the flame-haired Florence and the Machine frontwoman to promote the brand, calling her the perfect embodiment of "the Gucci woman."

Giannini tells Dazed Digital, "As I was imagining this collection I was thinking of a strong and somewhat mysterious muse. Florence is that kind of woman. I met her in Los Angeles at this year's Grammys and was captivated by her presence. She has a powerful personality and an entrancing quality to her perform...
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Spotlight on Summer Concerts

May 13th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
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During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.

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U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...
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'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

February 28th, 2011 12:30am EST
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The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...
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Esperanza Spalding Brushes Off Grammy Criticism

February 23rd, 2011 5:14pm EST
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Jazz star Esperanza Spalding has brushed off the harsh criticism she's received after beating Justin Bieber to the Best New Artist Grammy Award at this year's ceremony, insisting she's not making music to be popular.

The little-known bassist and singer was a surprise winner at the Grammys, triumphing over more mainstream acts like Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons.

The Grammy upset sparked outrage among fans of teenage pop sensation Bieber, prompting them to post nasty messages on Spalding's Wikipedia.com profile, which is edited by members of the public.

Ho...
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Celine Dion To Perform At The Oscars For Record Sixth Time

February 16th, 2011 9:15pm EST
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Celine Dion has been booked to sing at the Oscars as part of the ceremony's annual tribute to the stars who have passed.

According to Eonline.com, the new mom will sing "Smile" at the ceremony for the In Memoriam segment.

Dion already holds the record for the most vocal performances at the Academy Awards - this will be her sixth time.

She last performed "I Knew I Loved You" in 2006 as part of a salute to composer Ennio Morricone.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Randy Newman, Mandy Moore and Florence Welch have already been booked to perform the nominated Best Songs at the Oscars on February 27.

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Solange Knowles' Long Braids & Short Dress - Hot Or Not?

February 14th, 2011 7:00pm EST
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Solange Knowles showed up to the Gucci and Rocnation Pre-Grammy brunch over the weekend wearing a short fringed dress and long braided locks. Beyonce's sister likes experimenting with her style. What do you think of her latest look?

Many musicians attended the luncheon, including Rihanna, Kings of Leon, Seal and Florence Welch.

Lately Solange has been showing off her DJ skills (to good reviews), in places such as New York Fashion Week.

See more photos of Solange here!
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Wondering Who Esperanza Spalding Is? Find Out More (Video)

February 14th, 2011 3:47pm EST
Esperanza Spalding
Still stunned or wondering who is Esperanza Spalding is? For one, she just became the first Jazz musician ever to win the Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Her inclusion in this mainstream category signified her considerable appeal to a broad audience.

"Esperanza is a phenomenal artist, and we're thrilled about her GRAMMY® win," says Mark Wexler, Senior Vice President and Label Manager, Jazz and Classics Group. "All of us at the Concord Music Group are delighted that she's been honored by her peer...
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Fashion At The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards - Who Looked The Best?

February 14th, 2011 8:43am EST
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As we previously reported, the ladies ruled the Grammy Awards last night. And several stars stood out on the red carpet with their fashionable attire.

Katy Perry showed up with her grandmother wearing angel wings, while Lady Gaga made an appearance in an egg.

Cee Lo Green performed with muppets and Gwyneth Paltrow in a bird-like costume, while Rihanna teased with a ruffled number that strategically hid her softer parts.

Check out the fashion below, and tell us who your favorites are. (See the list of winners here!)

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga arriving in an egg

Jennifer Lopez

Justin Bi...
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Mandy Moore & Gwyneth Paltrow To Sing At The Oscars

February 5th, 2011 10:53pm EST
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Mandy Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Randy Newman and Florence Welch have been confirmed as performers at the Oscars.

Moore will team up with Zachary Levi and composer Alan Menken to perform Best Song nominee "I See the Light" from their animated film Tangled, while Paltrow will hit the stage at the ceremony to sing "Coming Home" from Country Strong.

Nominee A.R. Rahman will team up with Florence and the Machine star Welch to perform "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, and Newman will sing his Toy Story 3 tune, "We Belong Together."

The Academy Awards will be presented on February 27.

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Katy Perry Kicks Off Grammy Awards Concert; Eminem Scores 10 Nominations (See List)

December 2nd, 2010 8:35am EST
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Eminem is set to dominate the 53rd Grammy Awards in February after landing a massive 10 nominations.

The rapper is up for a string of top nods including Album Of The Year for Recovery and Best Record and Song for Love the Way You Lie, his collaboration with Rihanna. In the album category, he'll be fighting it out against Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, while his competition for Song of the Year includes Miranda Lambert and Cee Lo Green.

However, despite his 10 nods, Eminem can only scoop a maximum of nine trophies - in the Best Rap Song category, Love The Way You...
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Don't Cry For 'Glee'... When It's This Good!

December 1st, 2010 3:14pm EST
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For sectionals this year, Will is determined to prove how self-aware ‘Glee’ can be. Critics concerned about how overexposed Lea Michele is and how underutilized Heather Morris is, Will has got your back. Folks, who would be happy listening to Lea Michele sing the phone book every week, Santana’s going to taunt you with “Yentl” references and torture Rachel with revelations on the true status of Finn’s virginity. (For those who missed it, Santana took it in the middle of a wonderfully entertaining tribute to Madonna.)

The news doesn’t exactly help boost morale for the glee club, although it...
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What Are The Biggest Songs Of 2010?

November 30th, 2010 2:30pm EST
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2010 featured popular songs both from some of today's music industry stalwarts, and a few new out of the blue music acts propelled into the spotlight by creative means. What are the biggest songs of 2010? Here are our picks for top songs of 2010. Let's know your top picks of 2010.

26. Florence And The Machine -"Dog Days Are Over"

"Dog Days Are Over" is one of the songs that made Florence And The Machine one of the biggest British music exports of 2010.

25. Enrique Iglesias - “I Like It”

Singer Enrique Iglesias made a strong comeback in 2010 with song “I Like It.”

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Carey Mulligan Named 'Britain's Best Dressed Woman'

November 5th, 2010 9:00pm EDT
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Carey Mulligan has been voted Britain's Best Dressed Woman ahead of style guru Victoria Beckham and supermodel Kate Moss.

The Oscar-nominated actress came top of the poll by Harper's Bazaar, pushing singer-turned fashion designer Beckham into second place.

Veteran model Yasmin Le Bon came third, while TV presenter Alexa Chung and singer Florence Welch were in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Moss, who has spent years topping fashion polls, didn't make it into the top 10 - she scraped in at number 13.

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Animal Rights Activists Upset With Lady Gaga's Latest Meat Dress

September 13th, 2010 12:03pm EDT
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Lady Gaga has angered animal rights activists after posing in meat-style clothes for the second time in a week.

The hitmaker attracted criticism earlier this month when she posed in a bikini made from slabs of beef for the cover of Japan's Hommes Vogue magazine.

But she was unrepentant at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, repeating the stomach-churning stunt in a dress apparently fashioned from strips of red meat - and with a steak balanced on her head.

Animal rights workers have blasted Gaga yet again, urging her to ditch the meat-based clothing before she alienates all her ve...
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Lady Gaga Wins A Record Eight MTV VMAs (Full List Of Winners)

September 13th, 2010 12:02am EDT
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La La Land went Gaga on Sunday night when pop's leading Lady took the MTV Video Music Awards by storm and picked up a staggering eight awards.

Lady Gaga won her first two awards - for Best Dance Video and Best Collaboration - before the show even started. They were presented to her on the red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

She then claimed the event's first honour for Best Female Video ("Bad Romance") and appeared overcome with emotion as she stepped up to the stage in a gown designed for her by late style icon Alexander McQueen.

Gaga first addressed her fans, stating, ...
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