Arts and Entertainment Arctic Monkeys pose with their Albums of the Year trophy at the 2013 Mercury Prize

The Arctic Monkeys' decision to finally make peace with the Brits reflects the band's acceptance they have become the UK’s pre-eminent rock band

How The Overtones painted their way to a record deal

The Overtones, a five-part vocal-harmony boy-band, specialise in vintage pop including doo-wop and Motown. They were discovered by a record-label talent scout last year, while decorating an office in Oxford Street where they sang together in their tea break. A few days later they were in the boardroom at Warner Music being offered a demo deal, which led to a five-album recording contract.

London-based tycoon seals £2bn Warner Music deal

The Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik has agreed to buy Warner Music Group for $3.3bn (£2bn), making him one of the industry's most powerful men.

Warner Music Group sold for £2bn

Warner Music Group Corp., the world's third-largest recording company with such artists as Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and Paramore, is being sold for about €3.3 billion (£2bn) as a global decline in CD sales weighs down the industry.

Warner Music to be sold for £1.8bn

Two parties are battling it out to acquire Warner Music in a deal worth £1.8bn, which could be unveiled in days.

Stephen Foley: Warner and Live Nation: The all-singing and all-dancing music group?

US Outlook : The overlap, in terms of promotional activity for stars, is enormous, which means the cost savings ought to outstrip the other bids on the table

Move over Chris... Gwyneth to record country album

One singing star in the Chris Martin household clearly isn't enough. Now Gwyneth Paltrow is set to release her debut album after impressing critics with her vocal performances. The Oscar-winning actress is reported to be in advanced negotiations with Atlantic Records to release a "country pop" album.

Sounds like a slump at Warner

Sales at Warner Music Group fell by more than expected in the three months to 31 December.

Former Warner boss backs new music firm

The former boss of Warner Bros International Paul-René Albertini is backing an innovative new music company that will officially launch in the UK this week with its first talent showcase. Claiming its model is designed to "fill some of the gaps" left by traditional record labels, My Major Company (MMC) was set up at the end of October and this Wednesday will launch its first 10 artists in London.

Jac Holzman: Weird scenes from inside the goldmine

The record label that gave us The Doors, Iggy Pop, Love and Tracy Chapman is 60 years old. Stephen Foley meets Elektra's founder in its New York birthplace

'Sell new CDs for £1' says industry expert

A former leading record-label boss has said lowering the prices of albums to £1 could lead to a huge rise in music sales.

Soul singer Solomon Burke dies age 70

Soul singer Solomon Burke, who wrote "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" and recorded the hit "Cry To Me" used in the movie "Dirty Dancing," has died at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. He was 70.

Dylan Jones: 'Today’s young consumers of recorded music are the most churlish generation in history'

Books read on holiday often have a greater resonance than those we snatch at when we're busy working. This summer, my favourite book was Fortune's Fool by Fred Goodman, and it tells the story of how Edgar Bronfman, Jr, bought Warner Music and tried – so far, rather successfully – to turn it around.

Actors-turned-singers: Hugh Laurie sings the blues

As Hugh Laurie prepares to record a blues album, Ben Walsh worries that it could be the latest in a long line of turgid offerings from actors-turned-singers

Hugh Laurie signs record deal

Actor Hugh Laurie is swapping House for blues - after signing a record deal at the age of 51, it was announced today.

Tom Jones honoured for contribution to music

Sir Tom Jones is to be honoured for his outstanding contribution to music at a respected charity event, it was announced today.

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