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Capping what may be the most drawn-out tour announcement in history, this morning the Rolling Stones finally released dates for their "50 and Counting" North American tour. As Billboard.biz first reported last month, AEG Live will promote the North American shows. A source confirmed to Billboard that AEG Live has 18 shows to work with; only 9 shows have been announced thus far, so multiples are a given.
Global star Gloria Estefan has returned to her longtime label, Sony Music Entertainment, for a multi-album agreement that begins with the release of her upcoming English-language album, “The Standards,” due out this Fall. Estefan will discuss the albums and other new projects during an exclusive Q&A session at the Billboard Latin Music Conference.
The Beatles’ stripped-back, Phil Spector-free version of “Let It Be” has finally made its debut on the iTunes store –- a decade after its physical release. The iTunes LP features all of the original booklet art and liner notes, plus some 20 minutes of extra bonus audio of “studio banter” captured during the 1969 recording sessions for “Let It Be.”
Jay-Z's Roc Nation announced today it had signed a partnership deal with CAA to move into sports management, with the new wing of the company known as Roc Nation Sports. The entity's first signing is Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano who this year severed ties with longtime mega-agent Scott Boras.
Internet radio and streaming services accounted for nearly four out of 10 minutes heard by young listeners in the fourth quarter, according to new figures released by the NPD Group.
U.S. consumers purchased more new cars in March than any month in nearly six years -- and that's good news for the music business. A healthy automobile market will mean more consumers will adopt the music products and services that are now integrated in automobiles.
VEVO SALES CHIEF DAVID KOHL LEAVES COMPANY
David Kohl, the top sales executive at Vevo, has left the music video company. He was hired as executive vice president of sales and customer operations in 2009 to get the fledgling music brand off the ground.
Ticketfly Canada has landed two-dozen promoters and venues since January when the San Francisco-based ticket company launched in Canada and says others will follow suit when their existing contracts expire, according to COO Dan Teree and GM Greg Morrison who Biz caught up with at Canadian Music Week.
Wavefront Music Festival, a three-day electronic music event on Chicago’s Montrose Beach July 5-7, will feature diverse headliners like Jus†ice, Diplo, Nicolas Jaar and Danny Tenaglia, Billboard has learned. The music-focused festival, which released its “First Wave” lineup today, also announced a partnership with Citibank Private Pass, the first of its kind for an electronic music event.
OF BON JOVI TOUR
Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band's Because We Can tour. The band, on its website, cited "personal issues." The band says all shows will go on as scheduled. No other information was given. The 53-year-old has struggled with substance abuse and has done several stints in rehab.
The music video streaming service today launched its full Vevo platform in the Netherlands. A note on the company’s corporate web site says that “Over 75,000 premium videos are now available to enjoy directly on VEVO.com, mobile web and our free mobile and tablet apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone with our new Xbox channel launching next week."
Vevo Corporate Blog
A slew of news stories yesterday questioned whether Google search was lowering the ranking of iTunes apps in query results, but the Web giant says it was actually just having technical issues. "We've been having some issues fetching pages from the iTunes Web servers, and as a result some people may have had problems finding iTunes apps in search easily," Google told Search Engine Land. "We're working with the team there to ensure search users can find what they're looking for."
The Ibiza summit IMS, which announced last week its first one-day event in America, IMS Engage on April 17 in L.A. today announced that Diplo and Instagram co-founder, Kevin Systrom, will join IMS Engage’s series of un-moderated conversations. The event already announced conversations between Troy Carter and Amy Thomson; Russell Simmons and Patrick Moxey; Skrillex and Jeff Rosenthal; Pete Tong and Shelly Finkel; Jaron Lanier and Beatport CEO Matthew Adell.
The White House is going to sway to the sounds of soul next week. A dozen music legends and contemporary artists ranging from William Bell and Mavis Staples to Cyndi Lauper and Justin Timberlake will be on hand Tuesday to help President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama celebrate Memphis soul music. It's the 10th installment in the "In Performance at the White House" series. It will be broadcast April 16 on PBS stations.
Songick has released a major upgrade to it's free iPhone concert tracking app. It's the first upgrade to the app since a 2011 launch, and includes in-app ticket purchases with push notifications announcing availability. The addition of in-app ticketing points to Songkick's monetization strategy, as well as, how it plans to compete with the Live Nation/Ticketmaster concert/ticketing behemoth and it's Live Nation Labs tech initiatives.
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