BRIT Awards: 20 Years Of Winners In Photos — An Overview Of Two Decades Of British Pop

Robbie Daw | February 25, 2015 - 9:43 am

Flip through our gallery of various BRIT winners going back to 1995 above to get an idea of who Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran’s chart-dominating predecessors were! More »

Bobbi Kristina Undergoes Tracheotomy: Morning Mix

Bianca Gracie | February 20, 2015 - 5:00 am

Plus Blur is releasing a new after a 12 year hiatus. Also check out which artists will be performing on television today. More »

The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994 (Featuring New Interviews With Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy & Haddaway)

Robbie Daw | November 20, 2014 - 6:39 am

As 2014 draws to a close, one thing that stands out the most about this year is the huge wave of artists who broke international barriers and crossed over into our pop music consciousness. And we’re not just talking about the UK, where Disclosure, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ella Henderson and Clean Bandit hail from… More »

Ke$ha Channels Blur’s “Song 2″ On New Track “Woo Hoo”: Listen To A Clip

Robbie Daw | May 23, 2012 - 8:21 am

While the world collectively wrings its hands anxiously, waiting for Ke$ha’s new album to arrive, there is some slight relief today, pop pickers —  a snippet of new song said to be called “Woo Hoo” has arrived! In addition to declaring that she lives her life like she’s been “raised by wolves,” Ke$ha also interpolates… More »

Gorillaz And Blur Are Not Finished After All

Becky Bain | April 25, 2012 - 10:45 am

It looks like we won’t have to go memorializing Gorillaz and Blur after all. While being interviewed by Metro UK, Damon Albarn was asked if this was really the end of his two most noteworthy bands. “No. That comes from an article which was an interesting take on a very long conversation,” Albarn said, referencing his… More »

Damon Albarn Confirms The End Of Gorillaz And Blur

Becky Bain | April 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Damon Albarn, the musical mastermind behind Blur and Gorillaz, is giving his fans one hell of a bummer. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the artist confirms the end of both his groups. … More »

The 2012 BRIT Awards: Full Winners List

Becky Bain | February 21, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Though the big winner of the 2012 BRIT Awards was clearly Adele’s middle finger, the 21 singer and Ed Sheeran walked away with the most awards, with two each. Coldplay took home Best British Group, Bruno Mars scored International Male Solo Artist, and Lana Del Rey nabbed International Breakthrough Act. While accepting her award for… More »

Adele, Lana Del Rey, Florence & Jessie J Nominated For BRIT Awards

Robbie Daw | January 12, 2012 - 11:00 am

Adele and Jessie J are the leading ladies at this year’s BRIT Awards after nabbing three nominations apiece, while 20-year-old Halifax, West Yorkshire native Ed Sheeran got the most nods of all, with four. Sheeran’s 2011 UK hit “The A Team” will compete with nine other songs in the British Single category — including Adele’s… More »

The “Parklife” Stamp: Even Better Than Sealing Your Letter With A Kiss

Maura | October 15, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Next year, the UK will issue a series of stamps dedicated to the art of the British album cover. The Stones’ Let It Bleed, New Order’s Power, Corruption, and Lies, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, and Blur’s Parklife will all be honored in this 10-stamp issue. If the US had a similar stamp issue, I wonder what… More »

Maura | June 29, 2009 - 1:30 pm

If you’re awake and reading this right now, you probably missed this weekend’s Glastonbury Festival–and Blur’s fest-closing reunion set last night. Thanks to the Internet, though, MP3s of the performance are out there! Well, for now, anyway. [Deaf Indie Elephants / Pic via slint4587] … More »

Blur In Surprise Gig Shocker (Although You Probably Missed It Before It Even Happened)

Maura | June 15, 2009 - 8:00 am

Blur’s career retrospective Midlife comes out in the UK today, and to celebrate that fact–not to mention their upcoming shows around that country–the band has decided to surprise everyone with a show at an undisclosed location in London today. According to Blur’s official site, the first 170 people to show up at the Brixton Academy… More »

Why Is Damon Albarn Wearing A Backpack While Rehearsing?

Maura | June 10, 2009 - 4:30 pm

Blur’s first concert since 2000 is happening in London this Saturday, and to whet peoples’ appetites–and make Americans who don’t have the type of spending money to jet across the Atlantic to see Blur for a weekend insanely jealous–they’ve posted footage of themselves rehearsing three songs online: “Song 2,” “For Tomorrow,” and “Death Of A… More »

New Britpop Comp Ensures That It Will Be Hot Topic By Neglecting To Include Songs By Blur Or Oasis

Maura | April 29, 2009 - 1:00 pm

The three-disc Britpop-of-the-’90s compilation Common People–named after the Pulp song, of course–comes out in June, and it will come packaged with liner notes written by Pitchfork contributor / Saint Etienne member Bob Stanley. While the track listing does have more than its share of gems, the absence of feuding NME titans Blur and Oasis will… More »

Damon Albarn And Graham Coxon Give It Another Go

Maura | February 26, 2009 - 9:30 am

Video footage of Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon… More »

“NME” Awards Show Little Consensus, Lots Of Interest In American Politics

Maura | February 25, 2009 - 6:15 am

xOasis, Alex Turner, MGMT, and Muse were the big winners at tonight’s NME Shockwaves Awards in London, which also doled out awards to the Killers (Best International Band), the Jonas Brothers (Worst Band and Worst Album), and YouTube (Best Web site) in between performances by half of Blur, Franz Ferdinand, and the Cure. Also honored… More »

Damon And Graham Reunite On Stage, Play A Blur Song, Make American Anglophiles Even More Jealous

Maura | February 25, 2009 - 5:15 am

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon reunited onstage… More »

Bernard Butler: Blur Reunion More Embarrassing Than The Black Kids Album

Maura | February 19, 2009 - 3:30 am

Well, the former Suede guitarist and producer of Partie Traumatic didn’t say that exactly. But he did tut-tut at the spate of Britpop-era bands that have been giving one last show a try lately, saying that such attempts at mining nostalgia fiends’ dollars had “no relevance to what’s going on at the moment.” Which means… More »

Programming Notes

Maura | January 14, 2009 - 2:00 am

Damon Albarn is guest DJing on Radio 1 right now… More »

Blur Is Absolutely Positively (Maybe) Playing Coachella, According To One Of Those Gossipy British Tabloids

Maura | January 2, 2009 - 2:30 am

Yes, it’s true! More »

No. 27: Artists From The ’90s Line Up To Cash In Now, Honey

Maura | December 23, 2008 - 1:00 am

Perhaps realizing that breaking new artists in the music-stuffed, nostalgia-mired world of now was impossible, many a band that made their mark on the world back in the 1990s got back on their collective horses and rode the wave of “remember when?” this year, from Stone Temple Pilots to My Bloody Valentine to Ben Folds… More »

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