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Spice Girls, The Who & More U.K. Acts Close London Olympics

8/13/2012 8:42am EDT
Victoria Beckham
Last night's London Olympics closing ceremony included performances by The Who, the reunited Spice Girls, Muse, One Direction and Queen guitarist Brian May.

Composer David Arnold and Kim Gavin's "A Symphony of British Music" extravaganza kicked off with Scottish singer Emeli Sande performing "Read All About It" to a stadium packed with fans.

Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and The Kinks frontman Ray Davies also performed before the 10,800 athletes of the Games marched into the arena.

George Michael, the Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also took the stage, as did Ed ...

Jessie J Makes Live Comeback At V Festival

8/21/2011 9:32pm EDT
Jessie J
British pop star Jessie J broke her hiatus from music on Saturday to perform a homecoming show at V Festival in her native Essex, England.

The singer scrapped a number of concerts this summer after breaking her foot, but she refused to let the injury stop her performing at the British music festival, which takes place over two legs in Stafford, north England and Chelmsford in Essex.

Jessie J, who grew up in the region, took to the stage at the Chelmsford event on Saturday wearing a protective surgical boot and played to a crowd which included a number of her friends and family.

She told ...

Kaiser Chiefs Let Fans Design Their New Album

6/3/2011 12:43pm EDT
Kaiser Chiefs
British rockers Kaiser Chiefs are letting fans design their own unique version of the band's new album by picking the songs and creating the cover art.

The I Predict A Riot hit-makers launched their latest record The Future is Medieval online on Friday and the group is pioneering an innovative new technique to entice their followers to download from the band's official website.

Fans can choose 10 songs from 20 available to compile their own track list and then make their own customized album cover. Once they buy the record, they can then earn money for themselves by recommending it to f...

Taylor Swift Featured In 'Band Hero'; New Songs Announced

10/2/2009 12:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift, Band Hero, Band Hero Song List
Video game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero's in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favorite chart-topping hits "You Belong With Me," "Picture To Burn" and "Love Story" in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season - "Band Hero". Today, Activision puts fans front and center in the concert of a lifetime, as they debut Swift's never-before-seen in-game performances in "Band Hero", the perfect game for family and friends to jam out and sing along to their favorite tunes togethe...

U2 360° Tour Kicks Off June 30th In Barcelona With Revolutionary Production Design

3/9/2009 12:40pm EDT
U2 today confirms that the U2 360° Tour will open at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona on 30th June. The U2 360° Tour is sponsored by BlackBerry® and is the band's first stadium outing since the Vertigo Tour 05/06 and follows the release of their acclaimed album, No Line On The Horizon. Their 12th studio album, No Line On The Horizon is already number 1 in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Japan and the Czech Republic with further chart positions to be announced this week.

Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, U2 360° will visit 14 cities across Europe includin...

Lily Allen's 'It's Not Me, It's You' Set For Feb. 10 Release

1/11/2009 11:00am EST
Lily Allen
On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It's Not Me, It's You, the follow-up to Lily Allen's critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still. Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender's recent "In The Studio" feature described as "part God, part country and all middle finger." Allen wrote and recorded the album's 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on three songs for Alright, Still - "Everything's Just Wonderful," "Alfie" and "Not Big."

"We decided to try and make ...

Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

1/30/2008 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...

Steve Aoki To Release Debut Mix Album 'Pillowface & His Airplane Chronicles' Jan. 22

1/17/2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Aoki
It's irrelevant what you may think of Steve Aoki…. Fanatic or foe, what you cannot deny is how instrumental Steve has been in helping define the emerging music and nightlife culture in the US today. By blurring the lines that once separated hoards of indie kids from the urban or electro fans, and divided the , what this man has created under the guise of a DJ/Party enthusiast is a lifestyle and media empire for youth today.

Dim Mak, his LA based record label has signed and released EP's & LP's for a fine feast of bands including Bloc Party, The Mystery Jets, Klaxons, The Rakes, Scann...

Fan-Chosen Playlist For Mojo HD's 'London Live New Year's Eve Special' Topped By The Killers

12/28/2007 7:30pm EST
The Killers
Over the past month, HD, available on all major cable systems around the country. This holiday program will contain the most popular concert performances from this season's shows in groundbreaking state-of-the-art high definition, 1080i picture and 5.1 sound. London Live New Year's Eve Countdown, hosted by celebrated BBC1 radio and television personality Sara Cox, will serve as a soundtrack and visual focus for fans' high-energy New Year's Eve celebrations.

The winning selections, as voted by London Live fans, are (in order of votes): The Killers ("Bones"); Amy Winehouse ("Reha...

Paul McCartney Says Wales Is A Third-World Country

5/30/2007 12:01pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has prompted outrage by branding Wales "a Third World country". The former Beatle made the gaffe while joking with fellow musician, Kaiser Chiefs rocker Ricky Wilson.

He told Wilson he is never recognized by fans in poorer countries and added, "Well, Wales is a Third World country. We love Welsh people by the way...especially my Auntie Dilys."

A spokesperson for the star insists, "It was only supposed to be a joke."

-Paul McCartney Pictures

Mark Ronson Remixes Modern Classics On 'Version'

5/3/2007 6:32pm EDT
Mark Ronson
It's hard to imagine how Producer, DJ, Artist, and Allido label boss Mark Ronson found the time to bring this album to fruition. Somehow, in the midst of producing some of the most defining sounds of 2006 and 2007 (Lily Allen's debut Check. Sessions with Christina Aguilera Check. Amy Winehouse's stunning album with its hit song "Rehab" Check.), Ronson was able to conceive, curate, create, record and compile Version - an album nothing short of perfect. Taking its impetus from a Radiohead cover ("Just") he redefined in 2005 with Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald, a Stax-spirited version was ...

Hard Rock Hotels And Casinos Launch Limited Edition CD Series Curated By DJ/Producer Mark Ronson

4/18/2007 7:00pm EDT
Mark Ronson
Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos will pay homage to its distinctive music heritage with the launch of a limited-edition CD series, Mark Ronson Presents Hard Rock, curated by DJ/producer Mark Ronson. The debut CD, featuring 14 rock songs hand selected by Ronson, will be available for purchase beginning May 22 at all Hard Rock Hotel and Casino locations, select Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shops and online at Hard Rock partnered with Allido Records and music executive and producer Rich Kleiman, to release the series exclusively for the brand.

Hard Rock has enlisted Ronson to curat...

Top Band To Know In 2007: Annuals

3/25/2007 11:00am EDT
North Carolina band Annuals will be in the March issue of Alternative Press as one of their Top Bands to Know in 2007. Their album Be He Me is currently out on Ace Fu Records.

Annuals are as close as possible to being a family without sharing the same DNA. Long-time friends Adam Baker (Singer/Songwriter), Kenny Florence (Guitar) and Mike Robinson (Bass) have been in bands together since they were children, about 7 years now. In the last few years, Zack Oden (Drums/Guitar), Anna Spence (Piano/Synth), and Nick Radford (Drums), no one over the age of 22, have joined the lineup.


Compilation From Today's Top Indie Artists To Benefit Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

11/10/2006 3:18pm EST
Give Listen Help
In 2005 alone just over 40,000 American Women died from some form of Breast Cancer. In that same year, 212,000 new cases were diagnosed. This is an astounding number of women affected by one disease. Breast Cancer is the second deadliest form of Cancer among women, only second to Lung Cancer.

Filter Magazine, the country’s premiere independent music publication, and innovative lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters have partnered to announce the third release of the Give.Listen.Help. benefit CD series. The compilation, featuring exclusive, live and b-side tracks from major indie rock/alte...

"Van Wilder Deux: The Rise of Taj" Soundtrack Features Jonny Lives! Check Out The Video For "Get Steady"

10/12/2006 1:00pm EDT
Van Wilder 2
Jonny Lives! bring their Brit-Pop-meets-Lower East Side-rock sound to the soundtrack for National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj with party anthem "Get Steady." The video, co–directed by the film's director, Mort Nathan and star Kal Penn (Van Wilder, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle), is a "Hot For Teacher" meets "Good Mornin' Little Schoolgirl" visual-mash-up-gone-wild.

"Get Steady" is a glossy and gritty party rocker that is the lovechild of a crazy 48 hours in the UK that included a run of shows with the Kaiser Chiefs, a stop at the NME Music Awards, a bottle of tequila wit...

James Blunt, Notorious B.I.G. Reign in Europe

2/24/2006 2:16pm EST
James Blunt
British pop star James Blunt and rapper Notorious B.I.G. have topped the European Charts this week with Blunt's album Back To Bedlam beating off competition for a sixth consecutive week. Notorious B.I.G.'s hit "Nasty Girl" has bagged the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles top spot after four weeks at number two. Blunt's single "Goodbye Me Lover" has also risen from 12 to number nine.

Following wins at last week's Brit Awards, pop queen Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor remains in second place on the Top 100 Albums chart, while the Kaiser Chiefs' LP Employment has risen to number 11.


Arctic Monkeys Sweep NME Awards

2/24/2006 10:03am EST
Arctic Monkeys
New British band Arctic Monkeys cleaned up at the NME Awards last night - scooping three of the magazine's top prizes. The Sheffield four-piece beat off stiff competition from Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand to win Best Track for I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor, as well as Best Band and Best New Band.

Also present at the glittering bash was Kanye West - who turned up to collect his Best Solo Artist prize. The rapper was a surprise winner at an event that traditionally recognises rock acts.

Elsewhere, Kaiser Chiefs - the big winners at this year's Brits - only scoop...

Kaiser Chiefs Sweep Brits - Winner's List

2/16/2006 10:56am EST
Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs swept the board at the Brits last night - walking off with three awards. The rock band - who opened the show with a dazzling performance of hit single I Predict A Riot at the prestigious ceremony - were thrilled to win Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best Live Act. Frontman Ricky Wilson said: "It's amazing, but it's not our style to be boastful."

He added: "This really is fantastic. We've been together since we were 15 or 16 and there's been more than one occasion when we thought of jacking it in.

"A lot of times we wouldn't have believed we were at the...

Gorillaz & Jack Johnson Added To BRIT Awards Performer List

1/24/2006 9:50am EST
Jack Johnson
Animated sonic experimentalists Gorillaz and American singer-songwriter Jack Johnson have been added to the list of artists performing at this year’s BRIT Awards.

This will be the second appearance of the Gorillaz' brand of cartoon mayhem at The BRITs (they opened the show in memorable fashion in 2002), and comes on the back of a year of critically acclaimed live performances.

Former surfer Jack Johnson, who shot to fame last year with his album In Between Dreams (click for review) will be making his BRITs debut, ahead of a 2006 UK tour.

The two new acts will be joining ...