1. Phil Kennemore, Y&T Bassist, Dies at 57

    January 07, 2011 1:35 PM EST Phil Kennemore, the bassist of veteran hard-rock group Y&T , died early Friday morning (Jan. 7) of lung cancer, the group's frontman confirmed. Kennemore, 57, passed away at Stanford Hospital in California while surrounded by family members. Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti, who…

  2. 2010 in Touring: Tough Times on The Road

    December 10, 2010 10:00 AM EST Any way you look at it, 2010 was a challenging year for the touring business. There are, of course, plenty of ways to look at it. And, to be sure, business wasn't down for everyone. Certain sectors -- including country, most major festivals and tours by superstars in pop, urban and dance…

  3. Top 25 Tours of 2010

    December 08, 2010 4:18 PM EST Chart Article Concert attendance may have hit a low and tour cancelations may have been common this summer, but in 2010, many touring bands and soloists still made it work. Rock, pop, country, oldies, international -- artists of all genres hit the road and came back with full pockets to prove…

  4. Rolling Stones Team Up with 'Call Of Duty: Black Ops' Videogame

    November 19, 2010 2:25 PM EST Historically, the Rolling Stones have never needed much help selling their music. But this month the group witnessed a notable bump in digital single sales for a pair of songs, thanks to the release of the latest installment in the popular "Call of Duty" videogame franchise. "…

  5. Beatles Catalog Finally Coming to iTunes, Apple Announces

    November 16, 2010 10:25 AM EST The Beatles' catalog is now available on iTunes. As expected, Apple today (Nov. 16) announced the addition of music from the Beatles a day after posting a cryptic message on its website promising that today will be "just another day. That you'll never forget." Apple's…

  6. Slash, AC/DC, Rolling Stones Win At Classic Rock Awards

    November 11, 2010 11:40 AM EST Classic Rock magazine held its annual awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, with the big winners including AC/DC , the Rolling Stones , Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin . The Nov. 10 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour event kicked off with a performance from Florida's Alter Bridge ,…

  7. U2, Gaga, Metallica, Swift Win Big at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 04, 2010 9:00 PM EDT U 2 , Lady Gaga , Metallica and Taylor Swift capped off huge touring years by taking home the major awards at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, held tonight (Nov. 4) at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Rush and Jack Johnson were also honored during the ceremony, which concluded the…

  8. 2010's Most-Played Halloween Songs

    November 02, 2010 11:05 AM EDT EAR CANDY: While calendars show Halloween as occurring solely on Oct. 31, the holiday is hardly a one-day celebration. From choosing the most fun and creative costume to plotting the trick-or-treating route that will yield the greatest confectionary bounty, Halloween decisions abound. (You…

  9. U2 Working with Danger Mouse, Will.i.am on New Albums

    October 21, 2010 12:50 PM EDT U 2 will likely follow 2009's "No Line on the Horizon" with an album primarily produced by Danger Mouse , according to Bono. The Irish rock outfit's frontman told Australian publication The Age that U2 is prepping three new albums, with the Danger Mouse (real name: Brian…

  10. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady Gaga, AC/DC Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi , U2 , AC/DC , Lady Gaga , Brad Paisley , Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top artists, tours, venues, and live entertainment firms recognized as finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 4. The…

  11. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead American Music Award Nominations

    October 12, 2010 2:30 PM EDT E minem and Lady Antebellum lead the nomination race for the 2010 American Music Awards, both with five nominations. The nominees were announced today (Oct. 12) in Los Angeles by emcees Taio Cruz and Demi Lovato . Eminem's nominations include Artist of the Year, as well as both Pop/Rock…

  12. Ask Billboard: Lil Wayne Infects The Hot 100

    October 08, 2010 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. MEDICAL CHART…

  13. Snoop Dogg To Have Song Featured in 'Rock Band'

    September 03, 2010 11:06 AM EDT Rap and rock will collide once again - this time in a video game. Fans of the hit game "Rock Band" will get a chance to jam to some hip-hop, thanks to Snoop Dogg . He's the first solo rap artist to be featured in the video game, which already has songs from top artists like…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson

    September 02, 2010 2:45 PM EDT UNUSUAL FAME, OUT OF THE BLUE: Ke$ha becomes the 11th solo female to collect at least four Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from a debut album in the chart's 52-year history, as "Take It Off," from her introductory set "Animal," prowls 16-10 . The 23-year-old pop singer…

  15. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Avenged Sevenfold, Usher

    August 05, 2010 4:05 PM EDT SWEET AND STICKY: Sugarland 's "Stuck Like Glue" affixes itself to the Billboard Hot 100 , arriving as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 20. The song is the 222nd in the Hot 100's history to enter inside the top 20. (The first was Herman's Hermits' "Mrs. Brown You&…

  16. Will Taylor Swift's New Album Sell a Million in Its First Week?

    July 26, 2010 11:47 AM EDT Fan anticipation is already building for Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now," after the pop-country superstar revealed on Ustream that the follow-up to her multiplatinum album "Fearless" will be out Oct. 25. But anticipation of a different sort is building among retail and…

  17. Buckcherry, "All Night Long"

    July 23, 2010 4:24 PM EDT Los Angeles rock revivalists Buckcherry waste no time getting down to business on their latest album, "All Night Long," which opens with a cowbell-enhanced title track where singer Josh Todd announces that "a good time coming will keep your motor running all day." Up next:…

  18. Lindsay Lohan's Prison Playlist

    July 21, 2010 1:24 PM EDT When she began serving her prison sentence yesterday, sometime pop singer Lindsay Lohan joined the ranks of Lil' Wayne , Boy George and Tommy Lee as another music celeb who has landed behind bars. To commemorate Lohan's jail time and give her a soundtrack for her stint in an orange…

  19. U2, Beyonce, Britney Make Forbes 'Top-Earning Musicians' List

    July 19, 2010 4:47 PM EDT U 2 , AC/DC , Beyoncé , Bruce Springsteen and Britney Spears are among the musicians who earned the most money in the past year, according to a new Forbes list. The magazine released its ranking of the top-earning musicians from June 2009 to June 2010 and determined that U2 reigned supreme…

  20. James Taylor and Carole King Craft Season's Hottest Tour

    July 16, 2010 4:10 PM EDT When a James Taylor / Carole King co-headlining Troubadour Reunion tour was announced last winter, the concert industry reacted with the sort of laid-back reserve befitting the two mellow-rock icons. Few predicted that arenas full of smiling, dancing, sometimes weeping baby boomers-and their…

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