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Jamie Oliver Discovers Treasure Trove In Restaurant Basement

2/14/2012 8:48am EST
Jamie Oliver
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has struck gold while building his latest restaurant after discovering a $1.8 million treasure haul in the basement, including master tapes by rockers New Order.

The TV star is converting an old bank in Manchester, England into an eatery and builders discovered hundreds of safety deposit boxes dating back to 1935 while renovating the property.

After failing to trace any of the owners, officials from the Bank of England drilled open the boxes and found thousands of dollars worth of gold, jewelry and master tapes by bands such as Joy Division and New Or...

Bono Defends 'American Idol'

5/27/2011 1:45pm EDT
U2 rocker Bono has bucked the trend of celebrities criticizing TV talent shows by throwing his support behind American Idol.

A number of high-profile musicians have come out against singing competitions such as Idol and The X Factor in recent months, with Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Madness star Suggs and New Order's Bernard Sumner all lining up to criticize format pioneer Simon Cowell and his numerous TV projects.

Bono, who performed on the American Idol finale this week, has now come forward to champion the series, insisting the programme reminds him of old-fashioned variety shows whic...

Rhino Reissues A Decade Of New Order

11/12/2008 6:00pm EST
New Order
After forming in 1980, New Order went on to develop a groundbreaking sound that mixed synthesizer-driven pop with electronic dance beats on a series of acclaimed and influential albums. The band -- Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert -- released a total of five albums during the '80s that helped blaze a trail for the alternative music movement that would peak a decade later.

Rhino pays tribute to these musical pioneers with Collector's Editions of the band's first five albums: Movement, Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Brotherhood and Technique. On Novembe...

Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

11/11/2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...

The B-52s Launch Special Club Tour In April To Celebrate First Studio Album In 16 Years

3/10/2008 10:42am EDT
The B-52s have announced a special tour of select clubs and theaters to celebrate the release of their much-anticipated new album, 'Funplex' (3/25, Astralwerks). The "Worlds Greatest Party Band," pioneers in the fusion of dance, punk and vintage rock, will keep the party going on for fans around the world beginning with these 12 kick-off dates.

Recorded in their native Athens, GA with producer Steve Osbourne (New Order, Doves), 'Funplex' is prime B-52's: propulsive guitar hooks, driving drums, and the B-52's unmistakable vocal style. Here's the early word from critics:

"Tin roof,...

'The Brit Box' Features UK Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium

11/18/2007 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...

The B-52's To Release First Studio Album In 16 Years, Feb 2008

11/4/2007 9:00am EST
The B-52's, pioneering dance-rock stars, are exploding on the scene once again with the February 26th, 2008 release of 'Funplex', the band's first studio album in 16 years and the first with the Astralwerks label.

The influential band - who bridged a gap between punk and new wave with a sound that was uniquely their own - along with producer Steve Osborne (New Order, Happy Mondays, Doves, KT Tunstall) have created a new album as cutting edge, distinctive and danceable as their self-titled debut album and hit single "Rock Lobster" were in 1979.

Recorded in their native Athens, GA...

Oasis To Release Double-DVD, 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down,' Chronicling 2005/06 World Tour

10/2/2007 5:13pm EDT
Oasis will release their first ever digital only single on October 21, when 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' becomes available to download. The track, and accompanying video is taken from the eagerly anticipated DVD of the same name, which follows the band on their colossal world tour of 2005/2006.

What happens when a filmmaker follows one of the world's biggest bands on a year long world tour? What happens when the film maker is granted unique access to that band, is present for the ups and downs, the moments of greatness and the periods of the same interview in 10 different languages in as ...

Up-And-Coming Music: Zerobridge

9/12/2007 5:19pm EDT
New York, NY - It's not often you hear about a band like zerobridge. Lead singer/guitarist and songwriter Mubashir "Din" Mohi-ud-Din and drummer Mohsin "Mo" Mohi-ud-Din are two brothers whose parents are from the disputed territory of Kashmir, nestled between northern India and Pakistan. "The Quota", seasoned NYC bass player, rounds out the trio who have been playing their own unique brand of melodic, guitar driven rock n' roll for the last three years. With two independent releases behind them, zerobridge will release the Havre de Grace EP this summer that illustrates the band's penchant...

K.T. Tunstall Returns In September With 'Drastic Fantastic'

5/6/2007 10:00am EDT
K.T. Tunstall
2006 Grammy® nominee K.T. Tunstall became one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters in the world in one giant step, with the amazing two-year global journey of her multi-million selling debut album, 'Eye To The Telescope'. In September 2007, Virgin Records will release Tunstall's second album, 'Drastic Fantastic'.

For 'Drastic Fantastic' K.T. again tapped Telescope producer Steve Osbourne (U2, New Order, Happy Mondays). The album was mixed by Michael H. Brauer (Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket). Tunstall recently told a British interviewer that her acquisition of two...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 13

2/13/2007 3:00am EST
Kelly Hu
Happy Birthday to English singer Robbie Williams (1974), Swedish hockey player Mats Sundin (1971), actress Kelly Hu (1968), Star Wars Episode I and II actress Pernilla August (1958), New Order bassist Peter Hook (1956), former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel (1950), actress Stockard Channing (1944), Monkee Peter Tork (1942), English acter Oliver Reed (1938; d. 1999), American actress Susan Oliver (1937; d. 1990), "Just Shoot Me" actor George Segal (1934), "Vertigo" actress Kim Novak (1933), country musician Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919; d. 1991), and 'American Gothic' artist Grant Wood (1892; d....

The History Boys Soundtrack Spotlights An Eclectic Mix Of Songs From The 80s; Film And CD Out Nov. 21

11/13/2006 12:05pm EST
The History Boys Soundtrack
After winning five Tonys earlier this year-including honors for Best Play--The History Boys is set to conquer the big screen this November with Fox Searchlight's film adaptation of the Broadway phenomenon.

Rhino Records brings together the film's biggest musical moments with a soundtrack that features classic alternative rock cuts from the '80s, cast recordings, and more. The History Boys Original Soundtrack will be available November 21.

Featuring 14 songs, the film's soundtrack helps evoke the story's setting in 1980s England with songs such as The Smiths' "This Charming Man," N...

Supergroup Electronic Sends The Message With 'Best Of' Compilation

9/19/2006 12:56pm EDT
Rhino Records Spotlights All Three Albums from the Supergroup Featuring New Order's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr of The Smiths With a Collection of Favorites and Hard-To-Find Tracks.

Two of the most recognizable sounds from a pair of the most influential alternative rock bands of the '80s-the melodic melancholy of New Order's Bernard Sumner and the sharp hooks of The Smiths' Johnny Marr-joined together in 1990 for the single "Getting Away With It." A Top 20 hit in the U.K. featuring guest vocalist and co-writer Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, the song marked the beginning of a decade-...

Beck, Fatboy Slim And Others Will Have Music Videos Featured In 'Lumines II'

7/18/2006 10:45am EDT
Lumines II
Buena Vista Games, Inc., the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company, today announced details of the soundtrack and music videos that will appear in the highly anticipated music-based puzzle game, Lumines II, from renowned developer Q ENTERTAINMENT. As the first handheld video game to feature artists’ actual music videos, Lumines II for the PSP system is a mesmerizing sequel to the popular game, Lumines.

“With some of today’s most popular artists involved, Lumines II is an amazing project,” said Michael Ryder, senior vice president of global production, Buena Vista Gam...

James Blunt Sweeps Ivor Novello Awards

5/26/2006 9:28am EDT
James Blunt
James Blunt swept the 51st annual Ivor Novello Awards in London last night - leaving Coldplay empty handed. The You're Beautiful singer scooped up two prestigious 'Ivors' for Most Performed Work and International Hit of the Year, for his worldwide hit You're Beautiful, at the ceremony - which honors songwriters - held at the plush Grosvenor Hotel.

The 31-year-old singer blasted his critics as he accepted the accolade for Most Performed Work. He said: "To all those b#$%^s who don't like my music - you're all adults, you can switch your radio off."

Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin,...

Today's Celebrity Birthdays, Feb. 13

2/13/2006 3:00am EST
Peter Gabriel
Happy Birthday to English singer Robbie Williams (1974), Swedish hockey player Mats Sundin (1971), actress Kelly Hu (1968), Star Wars Episode I and II actress Pernilla August (1958), New Order bassist Peter Hook (1956), former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel (1950), actress Stockard Channing (1944), Monkee Peter Tork (1942), English acter Oliver Reed (1938; d. 1999), American actress Susan Oliver (1937; d. 1990), "Just Shoot Me" actor George Segal (1934), "Vertigo" actress Kim Novak (1933), country musician Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919; d. 1991), and 'American Gothic' artist Grant Wood (1892; d....

"Future Retro" Remixes 80s Classics From The Cure, INXS and More

1/26/2006 9:36am EST
Robert Smith of The Cure
Classic '80s alternative songs go back to the future with "Future Retro" as Rhino Records updates the era's shimmering synthesized sounds with remixes by today's hottest club DJs and producers. Music from a short list of influential alternative artists such as Devo, The Cure, and Echo & The Bunnymen is reimagined by renowned DJs for today's club scene. Featuring 14 brand-new remixes, Future Retro includes The Crystal Method tweaking New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle," Jaded Alliance roughing up Erasure's "A Little Respect," and Static Revenger electrifying INXS' "Need You Tonight." Several...

UK Music Hall of Fame Inducts Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Who, Dylan & More

11/3/2005 2:33pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
The second annual "UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" will take place at the famed Alexandra Palace in London on November 16th and air on VH1 as a two-hour live extravaganza on Saturday November 26th 9:00 PM. Artists who have been publicly announced to date are: Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Joy Division/New Order and the late, great legendary DJ and producer John Peel.

The ceremony will be staged in front of a 3,000 strong audience and reveal up to ten legendary artists and one music industry figure to be...