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Damon Albarn Hints That Gorillaz Is Over

4/9/2012 9:56pm EDT
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...

Bobby Womack Credits Gorillaz For His Comeback

8/27/2011 12:00pm EDT
Bobby Womack
Soul legend Bobby Womack has credited Damon Albarn's group Gorillaz for kickstarting his career after excessive drug use robbed him of his creative edge.

The singer/songwriter, dubbed 'the last great soul man', all but quit the music business following the death of his infant son in 1978 and he admits much of the music he wrote and recorded after the tragedy wasn't up to his previous standards.

And he'd quit completely when Albarn called and asked him to be part of Gorillaz for the group's Plastic Beach album.

Womack tells WENN, "I went through burn-out... I was always doing music or wor...

EMI's Family Of Artists And Songwriters Raise $940,000 To Support Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts

4/26/2011 2:43pm EDT
30 Seconds To Mars
An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI’s family of artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity auction, which launched on eBay’s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI...

Nirvana Fans Named Most Likely To Get Intimate On A First Date

4/12/2011 10:28pm EDT
Fans of Nirvana and Metallica are most likely to have sex on a first date, according to a quirky new survey.

Dating website, which matches potential partners based on their music preferences, asked singles how far they'd be prepared to go on a first date and discovered desperate fans of the rock bands were most likely to go all the way.

Meanwhile, fans of Coldplay, Adele and Lady Gaga were the least likely to have sex.

Katy Perry and Kings of Leon fans also joined the least likely list, while devotees of Kanye West and Gorillaz were among the most likely to have sex on a fir...

New Blur Album Still On Hold

1/17/2011 4:32pm EST
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 ...

15 Essential Albums Of 2010

12/28/2010 11:00am EST
Essential Albums of 2010
I’ve been picking “Best Of” albums for ten years now, and while I’m keenly aware of how subjective the process is, there are a couple of essential rules that must be followed—rules like: Do I think this album will be worthy in a few years? In 2004, my top 3 albums were Absolution by Muse, A Grand Don’t Come for Free by The Streets, and The Grey Album, that now legendary mashup of Jay-Z/Beatles songs by Danger Mouse. I’d say I hit the jackpot with that trio. Invariably, there will always be albums that won’t hold up; like organic material this is unavoidable. But if I think about 2010 in gen...

Damon Albarn To 'Glee' Producers: 'Don't Ask'

12/23/2010 12:12am EST
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...

Damon Albarn Considers Retiring Gorillaz

12/6/2010 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 ...

No 'Glee' For Gorillaz

10/12/2010 2:21pm EDT
Gorillaz star Damon Albarn will never allow his songs to be covered in Glee because he's convinced the popular show is a "very poor substitute" for real music.

A number of pop superstars, including Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, have all agreed to lend their back catalogues to the TV series, about a high school chorus group. However, Albarn is adamant he never wants to hear his tracks showcased on Glee.

He tells the Associated Press, "We wouldn't let that happen. And not that they've asked us because they haven't, and now they definitely won't. (Glee is) a very poor substitute f...

U2 To Headline 2011 Glastonbury Festival?

10/5/2010 11:45pm EDT
Rock superstars U2 are hoping to headline the 2011 Glastonbury festival, after Bono's back injury forced the band to pull out of this summer's event.

The Irish band were replaced by Gorillaz, while Bono underwent surgery to fix severe compression of the sciatic nerve.

Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis quickly invited U2 to star at next year's festival, and the band members have revealed the 2011 event coincides with a gap in their touring schedule.

A post on the band's official website reads, "There is a gap in the band's schedule ahead of the East Lansing show on June 26 which would m...

'Vampire Diaries' Soundtrack Features Sky Ferreira, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins

9/21/2010 9:13pm EDT
The Vampire Diaries
Original Television Soundtrack: The Vampire Diaries serves up a biting mix of exclusive tracks unavailable elsewhere—including songs by Smashing Pumpkins and Gorillaz — plus favorites from season one of the hit TV show, including "Sleep Alone" by Bat for Lashes and "Running Up That Hill" by Placebo. The collection's focus track is "Obsession" by 18-year-old Internet sensation Sky Ferreira, who'll release her eagerly anticipated debut CD in early 2011.

The Original Television Soundtrack: The Vampire Diaries is out October 12, while the new season of the hit CW network show—about two vampire...

Snoop Dogg's Triumphant Return To Britain

6/26/2010 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...

Gorillaz Plan Dennis Hopper Glastonbury Tribute

6/25/2010 12:00pm EDT
Gorillaz will pay tribute to late acting legend Dennis Hopper during the band's headlining slot at Britain's Glastonbury festival - by projecting images from his Easy Rider movie on to the stage.

The band, fronted by Damon Albarn, has been drafted in to replace U2 on Friday night after the Irish rockers pulled out due to Bono's recent back surgery. And the group is determined to make the show a poignant one by remembering Hopper - who befriended Albarn after narrating Gorillaz's track Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head in 2005.

Albarn tells Britain's The Sun, "I think he'd be happy wi...

Vanessa Minnillo Will Get You Bikini-Ready In The New SELF (Hot Pics!)

6/24/2010 6:30pm EDT
Vanessa Minnillo
ABC True Beauty host Vanessa Minnillo shows you the moves to slim down, firm up and show off your body!

About the workout, Minnillo says:

-"When I lift weights I feel more confident in a bikini and as a person."
-"This workout burns calories and tones. What girl doesn't love a two-for-one deal?"
-"I love songs that get me pumped and ready to go workout."
-HOW TO DO IT Choose any heart-pumping activity you enjoy (like jumping rope).
-Did you know Minnillo was actually a jump rope phenom back in the day? "When I was living in Turkey as a kid, I was on a traveling team and performed all over...

Gorillaz Replace U2 At Glastonbury (Video)

5/26/2010 12:35pm EDT
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.


Police Forced To Restrain 'True Blood' Star Alexander Skarsgard At Coachella

4/19/2010 8:50am EDT
Alexander Skarsgard
"True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard had to be restrained by police at California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival this weekend after becoming incensed by the paparazzi snapping him with his rumored girlfriend Kate Bosworth.

The actors were among a host of celebrities who headed out to Indio for the weekend to take in sets by artists including Muse, Gorillaz, Jay-Z and Public Image Limited (PiL).

But Skarsgard found himself being held back by authorities on Saturday night when he lost his temper and snapped at the photographers.

The 33 year old, who was pictured with clenched fists, ev...

Gorillaz & Bruce Willis Break Web Record (VIDEO)

3/11/2010 3:25pm EST
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis has helped Britpop pioneers Gorillaz set a new record - the band's latest music video starring the action hero has become the most successful promo to premiere on YouTube.

The "Feel Good Inc" hit-makers' eponymous debut album, which sold seven million copies, earned the rockers an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Virtual Band.

Now almost 10 years later, their video for new single "Stylo" has become the most successful music video to debut on the file sharing website.

The Bruce Willis starring clip was viewed a record-breaking 900,000 time...

Coachella 2010 Preview

3/9/2010 10:22am EST
Where else can you see the a-list (and some b-list) celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhall, David Hasselhoff, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Brittany Snow, Dita Von Teese and Zach Braff? Along with musical talents like Jay-Z, The Gorillaz, and about 100 other bands of note?

Well travel out to the middle of the California desert about 3 hours from Los Angeles and you can find them all. Surprised? Well you shouldn't be. On April 16-18 in Indio, Calif., you can find all of the above and more at the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music and ...

Most Memorable Grammy Performances (Videos)

2/3/2010 10:45am EST
Last Sunday, Pink's "Glitter in the Air" joined a list of many memorable Grammy performances since the award show's conception. Here are some of the great Grammy musical performances, from the simplicity of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to the flashy collaboration between Madonna and the Gorillaz.

Michael Jackson, 1988

Clash Tribute, 2003 (Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Steve Van Zandt and Elvis Costello)

Eminem and Elton John, 2001

Madonna and Gorillaz, 2006

Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Lil Kim, 2002

Linkin Park, Jay-Z, Paul McCartney,...

Gorillaz Return With 'Plastic Beach'; Out March 9

1/21/2010 6:30pm EST
Five years on from the release of "Demon Days", Murdoc Niccals and co. return with Plastic Beach. Gorillaz have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a 'Plastic Beach' HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This 'Plastic Beach' is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.

The album is preceded by the first single, "Stylo" (featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack), which debuted on radio broadcasts last night and will be available for download on January 26.

Confirming ...

Bring Down The House This Holiday Season With 'DJ Hero'!

11/12/2009 6:00pm EST
DJ Hero
Activision Publishing/RedOctane's latest entry into the world of music based video games expands on the concept of their flagship brand, Guitar Hero, and brings the club scene to your gaming console with DJ Hero, the latest title in the music game family. DJ Hero features innovative game play, a soundtrack that is second to none, and a rich experience that puts both wannabe DJs and regular folks literally right into the mix.

Instead of living the rock star fantasy through "Guitar Hero" by performing in a virtual band, this time we take it to the turntables - where mixing, scratching, cro...

DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

10/15/2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...

Babelgum Launches Global Premiere Of Gorillaz Documentary 'Bananaz'

3/29/2009 6:00pm EDT
Babelgum announced today that Ceri Levy's Bananaz, about virtual cartoon band Gorillaz, has been selected to screen on the new, Flash-driven Babelgum website as the first ever global, on-line premiere on April 20th prior to the film's subsequent theatrical release via EMI including DVD and broadcast rights worldwide.

"As an independent filmmaker it's exciting to be partnering with Babelgum and EMI, two companies who are able to connect and mobilize audiences on both a local and global level, allowing us to maximize revenues in an incredibly difficult distribution environment " - Produ...

Nonesuch Records To Drop The Black Keys' 'Attack & Release' April 1

3/30/2008 11:30am EDT
The Black Keys
On April 1, Nonesuch Records will release The Black Keys' fifth full-length LP, Attack & Release. The album follows their 2006 critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, which the Chicago Tribune proclaimed, "a gritty, wild, minimalist masterpiece."

Produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Grey Album), Attack & Release was recorded at engineer Paul Hamann's illustrious Suma Studio outside Cleveland, Ohio. Initial collaboration began when Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) approached the band to write songs for an album he was developing with the late R&B legend I...

Grammy Award Winners To Host 'My Night At The Grammys'

11/29/2007 11:07am EST
Faith Hill
Two-time Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge, five-time Grammy Award winner Faith Hill and nine-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys will host "My Night At The Grammys," a new entertainment special celebrating the upcoming Grammy Awards 50th Anniversary with the Top 25 Grammy moments, as voted on by viewers, as well as the stories behind them as told by the artists themselves, to be broadcast Friday, Nov. 30 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

Christina Aguilera, Billie Joe Armstrong, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Elvis Costello, Celine Dion, Alan Jackson, Elton John, Ricky Martin and Us...

'NOW That's What I Call Music!' Vol. 26 And 'NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!' Released

11/26/2007 11:29am EST
NOW 26
The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, will ring in the holiday season with the November 13 release of two scorching collections of today's hottest tunes. NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 features 20 chart-topping Pop, Modern Rock, Rap and R&B smash hits, and NOW That's What I Call Party Hits! celebrates with 20 of the hottest roof-raising tracks from a who's-who of today's top artists.

NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 spotlights 20 of today's hottest chart hits, including Soulja Boy Tell'Em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," J. Holiday...

'Gorillaz: D-Sides' Set For Release November 20

11/8/2007 3:50pm EST
D-Sides, an assortment of B-sides from Gorillaz multi-platinum second album Demon Days, early demos and previously unreleased tracks compiled together for the first time, has been confirmed for a November 20 U.S. release on Virgin Records.

D-Sides highlights include Hong Kong, the lush and lovely track recorded by Gorillaz for Warchild and the surprise hit of last year's Demon Days Live show (given an exclusive refit here with added strings), the dubbed-out collaboration with The Bees, Bill Murray, and the apocalyptic scum-pop of We Are Happy Landfill. Stop The Dams is anothe...

Pet Shop Boys To Release Concert DVD, 'Cubism,' July 24; Win A Signed Copy!

7/12/2007 4:35pm EDT
Pet Shop Boys
Burbank, Ca - Pet Shop Boys: Cubism In Concert -- A glittering 27-track live performance DVD will be released in the U.S. by Rhino Entertainment July 24. A true Pet Shop Boys celebration of pop, the concert was filmed in High Definition on November 14th, 2006, in Mexico City at the Auditorio Nacional.

Featuring tracks from right across their 25-year career, the DVD also includes behind-the-scenes extra footage filmed in Mexico, picture gallery, audio commentary and a 12- page book written by Pet Shop Boys and featuring photography from the show. The spectacular show was directed by Da...

Hot British & International Pop for 2007

1/5/2007 1:58pm EST
The Gossip
2006 was packed with fresh talent. New artists like Corinne Bailey Rae, The Arctic Monkeys and The Feeling stormed the UK, as well as the international music scene, bringing with them new sounds and never-before seen achievements.

Arctic Monkeys made music history, when their LP ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK chart history. A spokesman for musical retailer HMV commented: “In terms of sheer impact we haven’t seen anything quite like this since the Beatles.”

The band found their popularity on the internet, after demo ...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

12/31/2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...