1. Gene Simmons Q&A: On Kiss Empire, New Album and Advice for Lady Gaga

    October 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT "You wanted the best, you got the best!" has been Kiss' battle cry for nearly 40 years. Anyone making that boast can't afford to be modest, something Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is clearly not. His public confidence seldom falters, but after selling 100 million…

  2. Analysis: How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

    October 02, 2012 9:05 AM EDT A pure pop boom coincides with the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's two-decade anniversary. Happy birthday, Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart! Two decades in, the ranking continues to track the trends at, and reveal the realities of, U.S. mainstream top 40 radio. The…

  3. Coheed and Cambria's Sanchez Reveals Details of 'Afterman' Double-Album

    September 13, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 'It was really crazed but really rewarding,' singer says of upcoming music and film projects. With its Amory Wars saga headed to the big screen and the latest chapter in the saga ("The Afterman: Ascension") due out next month, these are exciting times for Claudio Sanchez…

  4. Hot Tours: Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Aldean

    August 17, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw score the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours recap with box office grosses reported from two more NFL stadiums on their Brothers of the Sun co-headlining tour. Representing this week's totals is an Aug. 3 performance at the famed Mercedes-Benz…

  5. Hot Tours: Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean

    August 06, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 on the most recent tally of Hot Tours with $39.5 million in ticket sales totals reported from the European leg of his Wrecking Ball World Tour with the E Street Band. This week's chart includes 11 performances from eight venues, beginning with a two…

  6. Coheed & Cambria Announce Double Album, Tour Dates

    August 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Post-hardcore band Coheed & Cambria announced this week that they'll follow up their 2010 album "Year of the Black Rainbow" with a double concept album, titled "The Afterman." "The Afterman: Ascension" is slated to come out Oct. 9, with the second volume…

  7. Kiss: 'Monster' Has More Feeling, Less 'Cocksmanship'

    July 31, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Gene Simmons Talks 'Monster,' Vows Band Will Tour 'Everywhere' Gene Simmons says fans will hear a slightly different tact from Kiss when its new album, "Monster," is released Oct. 16. "A lot of the lyrics and points of view have less to do with sort of the…

  8. Hot Tours: Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden

    July 30, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Madonna 's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out concerts during her tour through European…

  9. Hot Tours: Madonna, Lady Gaga, Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Tour

    July 16, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Though her album "MDNA" has been a relative disappointment since opening at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 359,000 sold in its first sales frame (75% of its total to date), Madonna continues to be one of the world's top touring draws. The Material Girl tops Billboard's…

  10. Coheed and Cambria Singer's 'Amory Wars' on Movie Path

    July 14, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Leverage and Mark Wahlberg to Develop, Produce Film Based on Comic Book Series Coheed and Cambria lead singer Claudio Sanchez has partnered with Mark Wahlberg and Leverage, the production company behind "Entourage" and "Boardwalk Empire," to develop and produce a live…

  11. Farewell Thrice: A Thunderous Appreciation

    June 14, 2012 6:30 PM EDT There was no elegiac note to be found in Thrice 's New York City appearance last month, despite the Best Buy Theater's digital marquee blaring the decisive words FAREWELL TOUR. Thrice had acknowledged as far back as November this would be the last live run "for the foreseeable…

  12. Alice Cooper on Bonnaroo: 'I Can't Wait to Kill This Audience'

    May 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT For 20 years, Alice Cooper fans have aped the "We are not worthy!" salutation from "Wayne's World." But the shock rocker is anticipating a new catch phrase taking root soon thanks to his cameo in the new film adaptation of "Dark Shadows." "We're…

  13. Top 25 Tours of 2011

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST Chart Article 2011 turned out to be a resounding comeback year for the live music business, including a new record for the highest-grossing and most widely-attended tour of all time, U2's three-year 360° tour. The list of the Top 25 Tours comprises a healthy mix of genres and generations…

  14. MTV's Second O Music Awards Set For Oct. 31

    September 27, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Just six-months after their inaugural O Music Awards, MTV Music Group is back for more. The organization announced on Tuesday, Sept. 27 that they have set a second OMA celebration for Oct. 31, 2011. The digital awards show honors artists, innovators and fans of digital music culture in…

  15. Metallica Sets Date for First-Ever India Concert

    September 20, 2011 9:30 AM EDT The tradition-steeped elegance of India's Bollywood music and the rough, rattle and roll of heavy metal might make them apparent incompatible genres, but Metallica are set to disprove that conception on Oct. 28 when they play their first-ever gig in the sub-continent of India. Winners of…

  16. Hot Tours: 'Glee' Live, Sade, Taylor Swift

    August 12, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Glee Live! In Concert! reigns as the week's No. 1 Hot Tour based on box office grosses reported for the summer concert outing which features the cast of the popular Fox television show. The tour kicked off its North American trek on May 21 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas,…

  17. Top 25 Tours Of 2011 So Far

    July 27, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Chart Article The Top 25 Tours Of 2011 So Far After the bloodbath of 2010, and the more moderate pain of 2009, the touring industry came into 2011 more than a little gun-shy. As we take stock of the first half of the year, you can almost hear the sigh of relief. Based on numbers reported to…

  18. Queensryche Toasts 30th Anniversary with 'Dedicated to Chaos' Album

    July 05, 2011 3:45 PM EDT When a group is trying to break into the business, there are plenty of ways to get attention. It can get a jump-start by self-recording its first album and distributing it online. It can build a social networking force the same way. If it makes the right contacts, it can even get a synch…

  19. Hot Tours: Roger Waters, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon

    June 17, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Roger Waters is No. 1 in the Hot Tours rankings with more than $53 million in box office grosses reported during the past week from the European leg of The Wall Live tour. Adding this week's totals to the grosses from venues in the U.K. that were reported earlier, ticket sales totals…

  20. Arctic Monkeys Top U.K. Charts; Example Has No. 1 Single

    June 13, 2011 7:06 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys maintained their perfect record on the U.K. album chart yesterday (June 12) by scoring their fourth new entry at No. 1 from four releases, debuting at the top with "Suck It and See" (Domino). London rapper Example achieved his first No. 1 single entering at the summit…

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