1. Cancelled Tours Suggest Brutal Summer For Touring Acts

    June 16, 2010 2:09 PM EDT Cancelled shows and tours by usually reliable marquee artists like Christina Aguilera , the Eagles , U2 (due to Bono's back surgery), Sarah McLachlan 's Lilith Fair, Rhianna , John Mayer , Limp Bizkit , and the Go-Go's seem to belie the fact that the live music business is…

  2. Hot Tours: James Taylor and Carole King, Cher, Lady Gaga

    June 03, 2010 12:28 PM EDT With $7.4 million in ticket sales reported from four venues, James Taylor and Carole King 's Troubadour Reunion Tour, currently on the road in North America, is this week's No. 1 Hot Tour. Totals from Australian arenas in Brisbane and Sydney and two venues in the U.S. were reported…

  3. Hot Tours: Rod Steward, James Taylor & Carole King, Carrie Underwood

    May 27, 2010 12:49 PM EDT Two more dates have been reported from Rod Stewart 's brief tour through the U.K. and Ireland, giving the English singer the top spot on this week's Hot Tours chart. Following the tour opener in Dublin (May 11-12), the next three shows were held at Odyssey Arena in Belfast (May 15…

  4. Cypress Hill, Pitbull, Mexican Artists Cancel Arizona Concerts In Protest

    May 18, 2010 10:53 AM EDT Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law isn't scheduled to take effect until late July. But fear and anger stirred by the law are already beginning to take a toll on concerts in the state, particularly on events featuring regional Mexican artists. Hip-hop acts Pitbull and…

  5. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Club Of Hits Expands

    May 13, 2010 4:05 PM EDT "GLEE": THE ROAD TO THE RECORD BOOK: While the members of William McKinley High School's glee club initially feared that joining the singing troupe would hurt their potential popularity, this week's Billboard Hot 100 illustrates that the ensemble's coolness can't…

  6. Godsmack Grabs Third No. 1 Album; Eminem Wows Digitally

    May 12, 2010 11:00 AM EDT While Godsmack notches its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Eminem snares the best sales week for a digital download song this year. Over on the Digital Songs chart, Eminem's new single "Not Afraid" debuts at No. 1 with 379,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan --…

  7. Godsmack On Track For No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    May 05, 2010 4:07 PM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 watch for rock band Godsmack to possibly earn its third No. 1 album with its new release "The Oracle." Industry prognosticators think the set could sell in the range of 100,000 to 120,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, May 9. Godsmack has topped…

  8. Hot Tours: Black Eyed Peas, Muse, Lady Gaga

    April 22, 2010 1:53 PM EDT Returning to the Hot Tours chart for the third time this year is hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas with box office totals from their E.N.D. World Tour. Grosses from the final 16 venues on the initial North American leg of the tour, which just wrapped in Vancouver, total $15.2 million. That brings…

  9. NBC's 'Today' Announces Its Summer Concert Series Lineup

    April 19, 2010 2:03 PM EDT A slot on NBC's "Today" is one of the biggest promotional opportunities for an artist, providing a big sales boost for many acts, not to mention a valuable launching pad for new releases. The morning show ratings leader's key music platform is its annual summer concert…

  10. Elton John, Lady Gaga To Join Sting At Rainforest Fund Concert

    March 23, 2010 2:40 PM EDT S ting , Elton John , Lady Gaga and Dame Shirley Bassey will perform together at Carnegie Hall, as part of the bi-annual Rainforest Fund benefit concert on May 13. The event will mark the 21st birthday of the charitable organization founded by Sting and Trudie Styler to help protect and…

  11. Bo Bice Exhibits 'Different Shades' On New Album

    March 15, 2010 8:15 AM EDT Fans will get a chance to hear "the organic Bo Bice " when the 2005 "American Idol" runner-up releases his next album, "3," on May 18. Bice tells Billboard.com that the new set is "somewhere right in the middle" of the polished pop sound of his post-…

  12. Bingham, Burnett, Giacchino Win Oscars

    March 07, 2010 11:20 PM EST "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett from the movie "Crazy Heart" was named Best Original Song and Michael Giacchino won for Best Original Score for "Up" at the 82nd annual Academy Awards Sunday night. Overall, "The…

  13. Grammy Weekend Begins with Neil Young Tribute

    January 31, 2010 10:17 AM EST Neil Young sat in the audience as 20 of his best known songs were performed on stage. Elton John , James Taylor , Dave Matthews and more than a dozen other artists launched Grammy weekend with performances honoring Young as the MusiCares Person of the Year. The annual event celebrates an…

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Colbie Caillat, Sade

    December 10, 2009 5:29 PM EST 'LAST'-ING IMPRESSIONS: Although it has become a modern-day holiday standard - it ranks at No. 13 on this week's Holiday Songs chart, between carols by Paul McCartney and Gene Autry - Wham! 's "Last Christmas" never charted on the Billboard Hot 100. It was…

  15. Radio Raises Funds To Fight Hunger

    November 25, 2009 1:12 PM EST More important than recording music that impacts Billboard's charts, several star artists have joined the cause to combat hunger. In time for Thanksgiving, the United States Dept. of Agriculture reports that domestic hunger is at an all-time high, with data showing that 36.2 million…

  16. James Taylor, Carole King Announce Tour

    November 12, 2009 2:27 PM EST James Taylor and Carole King are going back to their roots. The two singer-songwriters say they will go on a long concert tour together next year, recalling the first time they played at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles in 1970. That gig was a milestone, marking King's debut as a solo…

  17. Springsteen, Wonder Celebrate Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

    October 30, 2009 10:45 AM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors music's most treasured acts, but this time it was the hall's turn to be feted. Bruce Springsteen , Billy Joel , Stevie Wonder and more celebrated the hall's 25th birthday with a concert that included all-star collaborations, spellbinding…

  18. Chart Beat Wednesday: Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Norah Jones

    October 21, 2009 11:33 AM EDT 'THIS' LOVE: " This Is It ," by Michael Jackson featuring the Jacksons , soars onto the Adult Contemporary airplay chart at No. 19. The song blasts in following its initial week at radio. "This Is It" returns the Jackson brothers to the chart for the first time…

  19. Breaking and Entering: Crosby Loggins

    August 13, 2009 7:22 PM EDT Crosby Loggins describes his songwriting process as "a conversation," so it's no surprise that the 28-year-old singer's solo debut, "Time to Move," feels like an honest heart to heart. The album specializes in warm pop tunes ("You Want to Be With Me," …

  20. Bon Jovi Helps Boost Jazz Fest Attendance

    May 11, 2009 6:43 AM EDT The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival drew more than 400,000 this year, up from the approximately 375,000 reported last year, according to festival producers. The event’s final Saturday (May 2) drew a crowd of 90,000. Jazzfest was held April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. "Bon Jovi'…

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