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Universal Music Group shares surge in £110m bonus for Lucian Grainge

Listing puts record label’s British-born boss in line for one of biggest corporate payouts in history‘Ruthless but good ears’: key architect of music industry revivalUMG chief predicts billions of dollars of growth from digitalUniversal Music Group’s shares surged by more than a third in its stock market debut on Tuesday, putting its chairman and chief executive, Sir Lucian Grainge, in line for a potential bonus of almost $150m (£110m).Shares in the world’s largest music company, the label behin...
Tags: Europe, Business, Music, Media, Taylor Swift, IPOs, UK News, World news, Music Industry, US news, Stock Markets, Bob Dylan, Vivendi, Universal Music Group, Universal Music, Lucian Grainge

Ed Sheeran announces stadium tour for 2022

Singer-songwriter will play 12 UK dates, including three at Wembley Stadium, plus 15 more across EuropeFollowing his ÷ tour, which ran from 2017 to 2019 and became the highest-grossing tour of all time, Ed Sheeran is returning to the live stage in a series of stadium shows for 2022.Beginning 12 May in Belfast, he will play 12 concerts in the UK, travelling to Cardiff, Sunderland, Manchester and Glasgow, and ending with three nights at Wembley Stadium in London. Fifteen further dates straddle 11 ...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, London, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Ed Sheeran, Wembley Stadium, Glasgow, Belfast, Europe Continue, Cardiff Sunderland Manchester

Elton John in ‘considerable pain’ after fall, reschedules UK tour

Star will have operation on hip injury, and will move 22 arena dates to April 2023Elton John has announced he recently suffered an injury in a fall, and has postponed numerous UK tour dates as he recovers.In a statement, he said: Continue reading...
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Nicki Minaj: rarely a dull moment for the outspoken rapper

Her anti-vaxx stance came to the notice of Chris Whitty this week, but her feuds and anti-racist statements have long been known to her fanbaseThere’s rarely a dull moment in the world of Nicki Minaj.This week there was outrage after the 38-year-old rapper confirmed she wouldn’t attend the Met Gala, an event where her appearance alone generates headlines, because of the organisers’ insistence on attendees being vaccinated against Covid-19. Minaj tweeted to her 22 million followers that her Trini...
Tags: Music, Nicki Minaj, UK News, US news, Culture, Chris Whitty, COVID

Ed Sheeran: awards ceremonies are ‘filled with resentment and hatred’

After his appearance at the MTV VMAs in New York, musician describes events as ‘lots of people wanting other people to fail’Ed Sheeran has described awards ceremonies as “horrible” and admitted that he often leaves them “feeling sad”.Following his appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on 12 September, he told Audacy’s The Julia Show: “The room is filled with resentment and hatred towards everyone else and it’s quite an uncomfortable atmosphere. It’s just lots of people wanting oth...
Tags: Music, New York, UK News, Culture, Mtv, Ed Sheeran, Awards and prizes, MTV VMAs, Audacy

Sarah Harding, singer with Girls Aloud, dies aged 39 from breast cancer

Bringing charisma to the hugely successful band, Harding was diagnosed in August 2020 and wrote a memoir during her illnessThe pop singer and TV personality Sarah Harding, who had 21 UK Top 10 singles as a member of Girls Aloud, has died aged 39 from breast cancer.In a post on Instagram, Harding’s mother Marie said: “It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, UK, Television, Musicals, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Stage, Sarah, Harding, Marie, Sarah Harding, Girls Aloud

Abba singles race to top of streaming charts in comeback triumph

Swedish pop band shows cross-generational appeal amassing 5.5m likes on TikTok since 1 SeptemberTwo singles released from Abba’s first album in 40 years have raced to the top of the streaming charts, in a comeback that has generated praise and excitement among fans who remember the original releases and a new younger audience.The first two singles from Abba’s forthcoming album, to be released on 5 November, were in first and third place on YouTube’s trending rankings in 12 countries on Friday, i...
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Abba reunite for Voyage, first new album in 40 years

Swedish hitmakers to release album of brand new material in November, and digital avatars will appear in London concert residency in 2022One of the most anticipated comebacks in pop culture has finally come to pass: the return of Abba.Forty years after the bitter songs written in the wake of two band divorces for their last album, 1981’s The Visitors, the Swedish pop quartet have reunited for Voyage, an album of brand new songs that will be released on 5 November. Two tracks from it, I Still Hav...
Tags: Europe, Music, London, Sweden, UK News, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Abba, Abba Forty

Eric Clapton releases song seen as criticising official response to Covid

This Has Gotta Stop lines include ‘I can’t take this BS any longer’ and follows negative comments about restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEric Clapton, a staunch critic of measures designed to tackle the Covid pandemic, has released a song entitled This Has Gotta Stop.While the song does not directly mention lockdown measures or vaccines, the musician has performed on anti-vaccine songs in recent months. His latest offering has been interpreted by some as an...
Tags: Music, Society, UK News, Culture, Vaccines and immunisation, Eric Clapton, Clapton, Coronavirus, COVID

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

Musician’s publicist says he died peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his familyThe Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died, his publicist has said.The musician, who marked his 80th birthday in June, had been a member of the rock group since 1963. Continue reading...
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Confusion reigns in UK music due to vaccine passports and event insurance

Boris Johnson’s statement that a double vaccine dose would be required to enter music venues is in doubt, and criticism is mounting around insurance for Covid cancellationsDespite the return of gigs and festivals, the UK live music industry is still full of uncertainty due to a lack of clarification from the government about vaccine passports and an events insurance scheme that’s been described by some major concert promoters as unfit for purpose.In July, Boris Johnson said that by the end of Se...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, UK News, Music Industry, Culture, Festivals, Music Festivals, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Coronavirus

Sex Pistols win legal fight against Johnny Rotten over songs

High court judge rules that Paul Cook and Steve Jones are entitled to use material in Pistol TV seriesThe former Sex Pistols frontman, Johnny Rotten, has lost a high court attempt to block the punk band’s songs from being used in a forthcoming drama series.The group’s former drummer, Paul Cook, and guitarist, Steve Jones, sued the band’s ex-singer, whose real name is John Lydon, to allow their songs to feature in Pistol, a TV series directed by Danny Boyle. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Punk, Danny Boyle, Sex Pistols, Steve Jones, Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, John Lydon

UK musicians hit out at announcement about visa-free EU touring

Trade bodies and unions accuse government of merely confirming arrangements that already existTrade bodies and unions representing British musicians have expressed frustration at a government announcement on European work visas that they say changes nothing.Musicians and performers continue to accuse the government of ignoring their plight by failing to negotiate any Brexit deal that would reinstate the previous visa-free working arrangements. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Music, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Music Industry, Culture, Foreign Policy, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Brexit

UK musicians to be able to tour visa-free in 19 EU countries

UK government says talks with other countries ongoing, after fears artists would incur huge fees post-BrexitUK musicians and performers will be able to tour in a number of European countries without the need for a visa or work permit, the government has announced.Rules that came into force at the beginning of the year do not guarantee visa-free travel for musicians in the EU and have prompted fears that touring artists will incur large fees in many of the countries they visit. Continue reading.....
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Music Industry, Culture, Foreign Policy, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Brexit

Billionaire Rihanna named world’s richest female musician

Umbrella singer’s estimated $1.7bn fortune owed largely to success of Fenty BeautyRihanna, the singer of hits such as Umbrella and We Found Love, is officially a billionaire and the world’s richest female musician.However, most of her fortune, estimated on Wednesday by Forbes magazine to be $1.7bn (£1.2bn), does not come from chart-topping singles, but from the success of her cosmetics empire. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, Makeup, Rihanna, UK News, US news, Beauty, Rich lists, Forbes magazine, Forbes, Fenty BeautyRihanna

Lily Allen: from chart-topping handbag kid to the heart of London’s West End

The singer is back in front of a live audience this week, playing ‘a woman with a real point of view’ in a spooky new play, 2:22 – A Ghost StoryThere, in the background, wearing drop pearl earrings, is 13-year-old Lily Allen dressed up as a little lady-in-waiting. Cinema audiences watching Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth when the film of that name came out in 1998 might have been concentrating on the queen’s courtly dancing in the middle of the frame, but yes, it really was Allen playing a mini roya...
Tags: Music, London, Celebrity, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, West End, Lily Allen, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth, Allen, Shekhar Kapur

Clubbers shun reopened venues in England amid confusion over Covid safety

Owners blame ‘low consumer confidence’ and confused government messages for poor post-‘freedom day’ attendancesNightclubs in England have seen low attendances and been forced to cancel events as the pandemic continues to disrupt the nightlife industry almost two weeks on from “freedom day”.Many operators blamed “low consumer confidence” in the face of confusing government messages about whether it was safe to attend. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, England, Travel & leisure, UK News, Culture, Clubbing, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus

‘A long-form pilgrimage’: Coventry hosts 24-hour interfaith celebration

The RSC and City of Culture’s free events include promenade performances and an installation by Tower of London poppy artistIn a celebration of one of the most religiously diverse cities in the UK, Coventry is to host 24 hours of art, theatre, music, food and debate aimed at exploring belief and promoting the connections between faiths.The Royal Shakespeare Company and Coventry City of Culture have teamed up to produce Faith, a series of free live events in September, including four promenade pe...
Tags: Music, London, Religion, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Royal Shakespeare Company, Coventry, Coventry City of Culture, UK Coventry

Eric Clapton refuses to play venues that require proof of vaccination

Clapton says he won’t perform for a ‘discriminated audience’ after vaccination passports made mandatory for clubs and venues this autumnEric Clapton has said he will not perform at any venues that require attendees to show proof of vaccination.In response to the government announcement that vaccination passports will be required to access nightclubs and venues by the end of September, the musician has issued a statement saying he would not play “any stage where there is a discriminated audience ...
Tags: Health, Music, Politics, UK News, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Vaccines and immunisation, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Clapton, Coronavirus

David Frost appears to make light of Elton John’s concerns over EU musician visas

Chief Brexit negotiator quips that singer had hits before UK joined European UnionDavid Frost, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, has risked the wrath of Elton John and the wider music sector when he appeared to make light of the singer’s lobbying on the vexed question of visas.The singer, he told MPs, had hits long before the UK was a member state of the European Union. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Elton John, Brexit, David Frost, European Union Continue, UnionDavid Frost

David Frost says Elton John had hits before UK joined EU

Chief Brexit negotiator defends government position on musicians touring Europe with quip about singer’s early successDavid Frost, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, has risked the wrath of Elton John and the wider music sector when he appeared to make light of the singer’s lobbying on the vexed question of visas.The singer, he told MPs, had hits long before the UK was a member state of the European Union. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Elton John, Brexit, David Frost, European Union Continue

‘Our ministers are philistines’: Elton John outraged as Brexit hits musicians

Singer attacks Boris Johnson’s administration for having no grasp of huge income generated by British artistsInterview: Elton John and John Grant An enraged Elton John has attacked the British government for a “philistine” failure to acknowledge how Brexit has hit touring musicians and performers.Speaking to the Observer New Review this weekend, the veteran star has attacked Boris Johnson’s administration for having no grasp of the huge income normally generated by British artists working abroad...
Tags: Europe, Business, Music, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Music Industry, Culture, Elton John, Boris Johnson, David Furnish, Brexit, John Grant, Observer New Review

Radiohead, New Order and more artists call for overhaul of post-Brexit touring rules

More than 200 UK acts including the Chemical Brothers, Kano and Wolf Alice back Let the Music Move initiative, calling for financial help and cutting red tape for EU toursBritish music acts including Radiohead, the Chemical Brothers, Biffy Clyro and Annie Lennox are calling on the UK government to offer financial support to help artists tour the EU post-Brexit.The terms of the Brexit agreement mean that performing artists of all kinds must now have work permits to earn money from gigs in EU coun...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Music Industry, Radiohead, Culture, Pop and rock, Kano, New Order, Brexit, Mark Knopfler, Annie Lennox

Prue Leith, Lemn Sissay and Alison Moyet recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Key figures in UK arts, culture and sport rewarded in list dominated by heroes and heroines of pandemicThe Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, the poet Lemn Sissay and the singer-songwriter Alison Moyet are among notable figures in the arts to have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.In a list dominated once again by the heroes and heroines of the coronavirus pandemic, and particularly key players in Britain’s successful vaccine rollout, there remained room to laud the achi...
Tags: Food, Books, Music, UK, Poetry, Football, Sport, UK News, Culture, Britain, Stage, Roy Hodgson, Rugby league, Queen's Birthday Honours List, Lemn Sissay, Engelbert Humperdinck

How we made Three Lions: David Baddiel and Ian Broudie on England’s Euro 96 anthem

‘I heard German fans singing it after they knocked England out. I had to resist throwing a TV out of the window’I knew that New Order had done a football song [Italia 1990’s World in Motion], but I was hesitant when the FA asked me to do Euro 96. Fantasy Football with Frank Skinner and David Baddiel was big on TV at the time, so I thought they should sing it and the band could go uncredited. But everybody was like, “No. It’s got to be the Lightning Seeds as well.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, England, Football, Sport, Society, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, British identity and society, David Baddiel, New Order, Frank Skinner, Ian Broudie, Lightning Seeds

Bob Dylan at 80 – a little Minnesota town celebrates its famous son

Hibbing, the birthplace of the musician, is paying tribute with a year of special eventsBob Dylan’s debut 1962 single began: “I got mixed-up confusion; man, it’s a-killin’ me”. It hasn’t yet – he turns 80 on Monday, and the pre-eminent custodian of American roots music, with its storytelling and protest traditions, is set to be celebrated by a public avalanche of events, programmes and tributes.The occasion will be marked in his birthplace of Hibbing, Minnesota – where, inspired by the sounds of...
Tags: Music, Media, Minnesota, UK News, World news, US news, Radio, Culture, Bob Dylan, Hibbing, Hibbing Minnesota, Little Richard St Louis county

Eurovision: songs from 26 nations compete in Saturday night’s final

A live audience of 3,500 will watch as the UK’s James Newman hopes to pull off a victory in Rotterdam Acts from 26 nations are getting ready to perform at the Eurovision song contest, the world’s most popular live music event.The final of the competition, which returns after being cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, is taking place in the Netherlands. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Netherlands, Eurovision, Rotterdam, Netherlands Continue, James Newman

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood form new project, the Smile

Group, which also includes Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner, will make their debut at Live at Worthy Farm, filmed on the Glastonbury festival siteRadiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood have formed a new project called the Smile.It is a trio with jazz drummer Tom Skinner, who plays in Sons of Kemet and other groups including solo project Hello Skinny. Nigel Godrich, Radiohead’s longtime producer who also plays with Yorke in Atoms for Peace, is also involved. The Smile are named after a Ted H...
Tags: Music, UK News, Radiohead, Culture, Pop and rock, Festivals, Jazz, Glastonbury festival, Thom Yorke, Glastonbury, Tom Skinner, Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Worthy Farm, KEMET, Nigel Godrich Radiohead

Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra brought back to life after 66 years

Musicians to play outdoor concerts this summer, providing ‘musical and cultural voice for north of England’Seventy-four years after it first formed, the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra (YSO) has been revived to support musicians in northern England hit by the pandemic. The orchestra, formed in Leeds, will play a series of live outdoor concerts this summer, including one with the classical singer Alfie Boe at Harewood House in West Yorkshire.Formed to fill the postwar cultural lacuna, the orchestra’...
Tags: Music, England, UK News, Culture, Classical Music, Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, David Hockney, Leeds, Harewood House, Alan Bennett, North Of England, Alfie Boe, Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra YSO

‘I can now do it in less than two minutes’: a Rubik’s cube and nine other objects readers relied on in lockdown

From a paintbrush to a Stratocaster and a stained glass panel, some unexpected items took on huge new importance in a world of coronavirus restrictions Continue reading...
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