The down year for the live industry in 2010 is looking more like a blip on the radar and less like the new normal, as evidenced by this year's Billboard Touring Conference and Awards, which kicks off today in New York. The list of top performers for this year's awards are made up of a healthy mix of genres, touring strategies and positions on the career arc, and show big successes on a global scale.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters and The Black Keys will rock a free Central Park show on Sept. 29. Global Festival 2012 aims to celebrate strides made in eradicating extreme poverty around the world.
Michael Jackson's "This Is It" claims the fifth-biggest sales week for an album this year as it debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—the King of Pop's sixth chart-topping album . . . Additionally, it's Jackson's own best sales week for an album since 1995's "HIStory" started atop the Billboard 200 with 391,000 copies . . . Jackson's new release is one of five debuts in the top 10 this week, joined by efforts from Creed, Rod Stewart, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Sting . . . In Progress Reports, we have updates on rock super group Them Crooked Vultures, Rob Thomas, Jason DeRulo and Janet Jackson.
The guiding principle that "music is everything" has helped My Morning Jacket grow from humble roots in Louisville into the American rock band many feel is most likely to take it to the proverbial next level.