1. Hot Tours: Pink, AC/DC, Beyoncé, Nickelback, Kid Rock

    September 17, 2009 11:32 AM EDT Australian concert promoter Michael Coppel Presents has reported box office totals from the summer leg of Pink's "Funhouse Tour" which played multiple shows in nine Aussie venues from May through August. The American singer/songwriter performed at Melbourne's Rod Laver…

  2. Crue Fest Extra: Vince Neil Speaks, Win A Motley Crue Bass

    August 21, 2009 11:32 AM EDT Mötley Crüe rolled out Crue Fest 2, the second installment of its annual touring festival, July 19 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. The Los Angeles rockers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of No. 1 album "Dr. Feelgood" by playing the entire record, which includes…

  3. Hot Tours: Madonna, U2, AC/DC, Idols Live Top Tours Chart

    August 12, 2009 5:41 PM EDT Madonna tops Hot Tours with more totals from "Sticky & Sweet," her world tour that kicked off last August. The shows reported during the most recent tabulation week include the singer's only show in Russia, an outdoor performance in St. Petersburg's Palace Square (Aug.…

  4. Pearl Jam: 'Back' To The Future

    July 31, 2009 1:08 PM EDT "Super poppy." "Just plain fun." "Surprisingly optimistic." "Catchy as hell." These are not adjectives often used to describe Pearl Jam , the 30 million-selling purveyor of angst-ridden guitar rock now approaching its 19th year of existence. And yet…

  5. Anvil Keeps On Rocking As AC/DC Tour Begins

    July 31, 2009 11:10 AM EDT Anvil, the Canadian heavy metal outfit whose hit documentary has led to a late-career resurgence, is having one the best weeks in its 30-plus year history. The band opened for AC/DC on Tuesday night in Boston - the first of three stadium shows the group is playing with the Australian rock…

  6. Foreigner Comeback To Be A Wal-Mart Exclusive

    July 27, 2009 10:03 AM EDT Can Wal-Mart work its magic for yet another '70s rock act? The retail giant's exclusive September 29 release of Foreigner 's "Can't Slow Down" will be its first major exclusive since AC/DC's "Black Ice" in October. The album (Foreigner's first…

  7. Michael Jackson Rocks Billboard Charts

    June 30, 2009 12:51 AM EDT Michael Jackson is about to rock the Billboard charts. Nielsen SoundScan's sales numbers won't be released until Wednesday (July 1) morning, but industry prognosticators indicate that three of Jackson's albums -- "Number Ones," "The Essential Michael Jackson"…

  8. Judas Priest's 'British Steel' Track-By-Track

    June 26, 2009 5:10 PM EDT Judas Priest Songwriters Give Inside Look At Tracks On Classic Album 'British Steel' To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its landmark album "British Steel," Judas Priest will showcase the set in its entirety on a series of U.S. tour dates this summer. The band's…

  9. Phish Jams With Springsteen On Bonnaroo's Closing Night

    June 15, 2009 8:14 AM EDT Headliner met headliner on Bonnaroo's final evening as Bruce Springsteen joined Phish on stage Sunday to close out the four-day festival in grand fashion. After being introduced by Phish frontman/guitarist Trey Anastasio as his "boyhood hero and still hero," Springsteen first…

  10. Bonnaroo Heats Up With Phish, Beastie Boys

    June 13, 2009 11:23 AM EDT Day 2 at Bonnaroo: The rain held off but the heat didn't, Animal Collective and Phoenix made fans believe the hype, Public Enemy had them arguing otherwise, the Beastie Boys brought out a fellow New York MC to debut a new track and an energized Phish ended their night with "A Day In…

  11. Anvil To Open For AC/DC As Fans Pack Movie Theaters

    June 09, 2009 4:07 PM EDT Anvil, the Canadian heavy metal band that spent more than 30 years in near obscurity before the documentary about its struggles became a surprise hit , is getting the ultimate rock and roll salute this summer. AC/DC, arguably the most successful hard rock band in history, has personally…

  12. Def Leppard Gets Interactive For Summer Tour

    June 09, 2009 11:18 AM EDT Fans heading out to see Def Leppard this summer should make sure their phones are charged. Specifically, those fans who own phones with Bluetooth capabilities or phones that can connect to a Wi-Fi spot will have the chance to download a host of unique Def Leppard content at each tour stop.…

  13. Exclusive: Pearl Jam Confirms Target Tie-Up

    June 01, 2009 3:29 PM EDT Pearl Jam was indeed recording a Target commercial under the direction of Cameron Crowe last week at Seattle's Showbox theater, Billboard can confirm. But there's more to the story than an exclusive retail relationship. While it has been known that Pearl Jam are no longer under…

  14. Eminem's 'Relapse' Tops Billboard 200

    May 27, 2009 11:00 AM EDT No surprise: Eminem's "Relapse" brings the rapper back to familiar ground -- the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. With 608,000 sold in its first week, it not only nets the biggest sales week of the year for any album, but the best since AC/DC's "Black Ice" began…

  15. Detroit's 'Movement' Fest Draws Big Crowds, Looks Ahead

    May 26, 2009 8:11 AM EDT Even before the last beats of the Movement 2009 electronic music festival in Detroit faded away Monday night, festival organizers began looking towards the 2010 edition. On the eve of this year's Movement, Paxahau Event Productions announced that electronic artist and producer Carl Craig…

  16. Eminem Headed For Fifth Straight No. 1 Debut

    May 20, 2009 5:42 PM EDT Four and a half years after he released his last studio album, Eminem is headed for his fifth straight No. 1 debut next week on the Billboard 200. The artist's "Relapse" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) could sell as many as 650,000 copies in its first week, based on projections…

  17. May 19, 2009

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Freddie Garrity of Freddie and the Dreamers dies of blood circulation problems in Gwynedd, Wales, at the age of 69. 2000 – Folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a U.S. tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas. 2000 – The Allman…

  18. Ask Billboard

    May 08, 2009 5:12 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. RADIO RESPONSES Thanks to all who responded to last week's Ask Billboard…

  19. Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood's 'Love Songs' Due This Summer

    April 17, 2009 10:38 AM EDT After fifteen years of work, the second solo album from the Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood, "Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)," will finally see the light of day this summer. "It's very much a labor of love," said the jet-lagged but ever-gregarious Hood…

  20. Dave Matthews Band Talks 'Big Whiskey'

    April 10, 2009 12:01 AM EDT An exclusive video previewing Dave Matthews Band's new album and an in-depth conversation with Matthews himself. From the bluesy sax solo that opens the album, to the inspired songs and performances throughout, it's clear that this one's for LeRoi. Exclusive: DMB "Groogrux…

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