Atlanta

  1. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  2. Ear X-Tacy, Legendary Louisville Record Store, Closes Down

    November 01, 2011 5:17 PM EDT Ear X-Tacy, a popular independent record store that served Louisville, Kentucky, for 26 years, shut down over the weekend . Jim James, frontman of Louisville's My Morning Jacket, posted a testimonial for the store on the band's website: ...

  3. Adele Cancels All 2011 Tour Dates to Undergo Throat Surgery

    October 28, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Just days after Adele's "21" began its 13th week at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 and her "Someone Like You" began its fifth week atop the Hot 100 , the singer announced that she must cancel the rest of her tour dates for 201 ...

  4. Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

    October 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels -- How much do streaming services pay artists? It's a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to som ...

  5. Backbeat: Butch Walker Plays In-Store, Takes to Photo Booth To Save Atlanta's Criminal Records

    October 17, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Record Store Day: Butch Walker clowning it up with Criminal Records' owner Eric Levin (left) and Criminal Record employees Carol Lai, Jason Huges, Lillian Lai-Huges and Kim Glenn. With Criminal Records' future at stake , Butch Walker who ...

  6. Rick Ross Recovering; DJ Khaled Tweets Photo At Memphis Wing Stop

    October 17, 2011 6:10 AM EDT The Wings Cure-All: Rick Ross (center), along with manager Gucci Pucci (right) and DJ Khaled (left) posing outside his Memphis, Tennessee Wing Stop restaurant Rick Ross looks to be on the mend. Pals DJ Sam Sneaker and DJ Khaled tweeted photos of t ...

  7. Rick Ross Doesn't Appear at Memphis Show After Suffering Seizure

    October 15, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Hours after suffering a medical episode that forced a Delta Air Lines plane to return to Florida so he could be taken to the hospital, rapper Rick Ross tweeted that he still planned to perform as scheduled in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday evening. &qu ...

  8. Backbeat: Lalah Hathaway Celebrates 'Where It All Begins' @ L.A. Live's Conga Room

    October 14, 2011 3:00 AM EDT Before hitting the stage, Lalah Hathaway (center) made the red carpet rounds with Concord Music Group/Fantasy/Stax project management executive Michele Smith (left) and manager Marcus King (right). (Photo: Ashley Stagg) "It's cool to wav ...

  9. Backbeat: Big Sean Launches 'Rising Icons' Season Three in NYC

    October 12, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Big Sean performs at the "Rising Icons" and Grey Goose party Monday night (Oct. 10). On Monday night (Oct. 10), at NYC's Good Units, "Rising Icons," in partnership with Grey Goose, launched their third season with G.O.O.D. ...

  10. Roger Williams, Famed Pianist, Dies at 87

    October 10, 2011 6:42 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Roger Williams, the virtuoso pianist who topped the Billboard pop charts in the 1950s and played for nine U.S. presidents during a long career, died Saturday. He was 87. Williams died at his home in Los Angeles of complications ...

  11. Adele Cancels U.S. Tour To Rest Injured Voice

    October 04, 2011 7:09 PM EDT Adele has canceled her upcoming U.S. tour due to a hemorrhage in her vocal chord, the singer and her label announced Tuesday. Set to kick off Oct. 7 in Atlantic City and positioned to cover much of the South and Texas over ten dates, the tour was ...

  12. James Morrison, Sak Noel's 'Loca People' Top U.K. Charts; Three Pink Floyd Albums Make Survey

    October 03, 2011 7:46 AM EDT Sak Noel - Loca People (Official Video) by M6clips British singer-songwriter James Morrison made it two U.K. No. 1 albums from three releases on Sunday (2) as "The Awakening" (Universal Island) debuted at the top of the new chart. Spanis ...

  13. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Nicole George

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 36 Nicole George VP of membership for rhythm and soul, ASCAP Website: Ascap.com Twitter: @ascap Since joining ASCAP three years ago, Nicole George has been relentless in revitalizing the organization's rhythm and soul department. She has ...

  14. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland Gets Deep at Recording Academy 'Conversation With' Event

    September 30, 2011 12:22 PM EDT Kelly Rowland with MC Lyte at the "A Conversation With" event in Los Angeles Tuesday night (Photo: Maury Phillips, WireImage.com; courtesy of The Recording Academy) "I'm on the highest cloud right now; it surpasses nine," ...

  15. Business Matters: Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke, by the Numbers

    September 29, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke 2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improveme ...

  16. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri at ASCAP'S ATL Legends Dinner

    September 29, 2011 6:30 PM EDT To The Nines: Multi-hyphenate and an ATL Legend Ne-Yo ; ASCAP's Jennifer Drake, Director, Rhythm & Soul; ASCAP's VP, Rhythm & Soul Nicole George, Devyne Stephens, CEO of Upfront Megatainment. (Photo: The Picture Group) It was a c ...

  17. Guns N' Roses Announce First U.S. Tour in Five Years

    September 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Veteran rockers Guns N' Roses are heading back on the road for their first major U.S. tour in 5 years, the band announced on Wednesday. The Axl Rose-fronted group will play more than 30 concerts, starting Oct. 28 at Orlando's Amway Cente ...

  18. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  19. Backbeat: Nappy Roots Stop By Billboard, Talk 'Nappy Dot Org'

    September 16, 2011 11:31 AM EDT An Array of Dome Coverings: From Left: Nappy Roots members Fishscales, B. Stille, Big V (aka Vito), Skinny DeVille and Ron Clutch get reacquainted with Billboard's Gail Mitchell (second from left) and the gold plaque they autographed in 2002. ...

  20. Can Criminal and VIP Records Be Saved?

    September 15, 2011 1:38 PM EDT Last week, Criminal Records in Atlanta announced it would probably close its doors right after Christmas. This week, VIP Records in Long Beach California also said it would shutter, probably by November. Both announcements generated plenty of pres ...

  21. Girls to Webcast Friday's Nashville Performance as 'America's Very First Nationwide In-Store'

    September 13, 2011 2:26 PM EDT To celebrate the release of their highly touted new album "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" (out today via True Panther/Matador), San Francisco indie rockers Girls will stage an in-store performance Friday at Grimey's Records in Nashville t ...

  22. Atlanta's Criminal Records Facing Closure; Owner is President of AIMS

    September 06, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Criminal Records, the 20-year-old independent record store located in Atlanta's Little Five Points neighborhood, might have to shut its doors in November. Owner Eric Levin tells Billboard.biz that Criminal needs to make a $150,000 debt paymen ...

  23. T.I. Back in Federal Prison Following Luxury Bus Ride To Halfway House

    September 02, 2011 7:51 AM EDT ATLANTA (AP) - Grammy-winning rapper T.I., who was freed after months in prison, is locked up again at a federal penitentiary, with his lawyer citing a flap over using a luxury bus to report to a halfway house. The Federal Bureau of Prisons websit ...

  24. Butch Walker's Second Project With The Black Widows Is Bigger And Rougher

    September 01, 2011 11:30 AM EDT When Butch Walker records an album under his own name, it's usually sandwiched between jobs producing for others. His new album, The Spade, his sixth and second with his band the Black Widows, came together after Walker spent the spring in ...

  25. Adult Swim Is Making A Massive Splash In Music

    September 01, 2011 8:40 AM EDT At this spring's TV upfronts, the annual gathering in New York where networks attempt to woo and wow advertisers with sneak peeks of their upcoming season of programming, the most sensational development wasn't the unveiling of a new m ...

  26. T.I. Leaves Prison With VH1 Reality Show, Book Deal With HarperCollins

    September 01, 2011 7:50 AM EDT ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta-based rapper T.I. stepped off a motor coach bus Wednesday evening to start serving the rest of his time in a halfway house for a probation violation and he already has a new book deal and TV reality show waiting for him. The ...

  27. Web Trends: Hear the Kim Kardashian Single That Never Was

    August 31, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. T.I. - The Atlanta rapper was recently released from prison. 2. Drop Dead Diva - Pop singer Brandy will make a three-episode guest appearance on the Lifetime show. Twitter Music Trend: No new trends today. Digg Music News/Video 2 ...

  28. Drake, B.o.B., Lex Luger, UMPG Win Big At BMI Urban Awards; Snoop Dogg Honored

    August 27, 2011 3:01 AM EDT Drake took home his first songwriter of the year award during the BMI Urban Awards held earlier this evening (Aug. 26) at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. B.o.B. and Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis also made history as the youngest-ever BMI Ur ...

  29. Leslie Fram Joins CMT as Senior Vice President, Music Strategy

    August 16, 2011 3:36 PM EDT Leslie Fram, most recently program director and morning show co-host of New York's WRXP, has joined CMT as Senior Vice President, Music Strategy, effective September 1, it was announced today by CMT President Brian Philips. Fram will lead the ...

  30. Fool's Gold, G-Technology and Flavor Group: A Branding Partnership That Literally Rocks the House

    August 15, 2011 5:50 PM EDT On August 3, DJ/producer A-Trak did what he does best at his label's recently opened Fool's Gold retail store in Brooklyn, New York . He was rocking the 40 kids crammed into the small space with tracks like Duck Sauce's "Big Ba ...

  31. Chris Brown Tour Dates Revealed; T-Pain and Kelly Rowland on the Bill

    August 10, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Chris Brown will kick off his F.A.M.E. tour in Toronto on Sept. 12 and he's taking T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga along for the cross-country ride that will bring the R&B star to his native Virginia, as well as Los Angeles before ending i ...

  32. Waffle House Claims Trademark Infringement Against Rapper J.R. Bricks' 'Waffle House' Song

    August 04, 2011 4:45 PM EDT After receiving a cease and desist letter for his debut song "Waffle House" from the restaurant franchise over trademark infringement, Atlanta-based rapper J.R. Bricks offered to rename the song in German ("WaffelHaus") and cal ...

  33. Jay-Z and Kanye West Reschedule 'Throne' Tour (Report)

    August 02, 2011 11:04 AM EDT The Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration 'Watch the Throne' hits iTunes in a week (Aug. 8) and brick-and-mortars a week after that, but fans eager to see them in person will have to wait until late October to take in their live show, according ...

  34. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  35. Zoe Announce Tour Dates

    July 27, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Mexican alternative rock band Zoé has landed Jack Daniel's as the official sponsor of their U.S. tour, which begins July 30 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. The band - vocalist Leon Larregui, guitarist Sergio Acosta, bassist Angel Mosqued ...

  36. Jay-Z and Kanye West, A.K.A. 'The Throne,' Announce Tour

    July 25, 2011 8:31 AM EDT A week after debuting their new single, "Otis," off "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West are joining forces to form the group 'The Throne' and announce their 'Watch the Throne Tour,' kicking off on Septe ...

  37. Billboard Q&A: Mike Davis

    July 22, 2011 1:10 PM EDT When Mike Davis joined Atlanta-based one-stop Justin Entertainment as a sales representative in 1989, he had a pretty limited view of the music business. "Back then," he recalls, "I thought the scope of the music industry consiste ...

  38. Marriott's Renaissance Hotels Partners with Artists for Live Performances

    July 22, 2011 12:54 PM EDT When Janelle Monáe visits the new Renaissance Hotel in midtown Atlanta for its official opening on Sept. 15, it won't be for a casual overnight stay. To help christen the new place, the singer has been tapped by the Renaissance to perform a ...

  39. Legendary Songwriter, Producer Jerry Ragovoy Remembered by Al Kooper

    July 15, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Jerry Ragovoy (left) with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen in 2010. (Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy, who died Wednesday, is remembered here by his longtime friend, songwriter/producer/musician Al Kooper.) Jerry Ragovoy, composer of "Time Is On My Sid ...

  40. Coldplay Launching Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Concert Series

    July 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Coldplay will perform in Los Angeles later this summer to help launch the fourth annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free concert series designed to showcase the capabilities of the newly released Samsung Infuse 4G, available exclusively throu ...

  41. Spotify U.S. Is Probably Launching This Week: What Can We Expect?

    July 11, 2011 11:16 AM EDT The long wait could be over this week: According to multiple sources and reports, Spotify will launch in the U.S. this week. Next come the media coverage, the product reviews and the wait to see if Spotify lives up to its billing. Before the launc ...

  42. Live Nation Would Benefit From Going Private: John Malone

    July 07, 2011 8:28 AM EDT SUN VALLEY, Idaho - Live Nation Entertainment , the world's largest concert and promotions business, would benefit from being taken private, according to the company's largest shareholder. Cable entertainment mogul John Malone said Live ...

  43. Notorious B.I.G. Murder: Man Connected To Crime Comes Forward, Report

    July 06, 2011 8:35 AM EDT Just weeks after a New York based inmate allegedly confessed to robbing and shooting Tupac Shakur in 1994, a man named Clayton Hill has reportedly come forward to confess who allegedly murdered The Notorious B.I.G. and speaks on his own involvemen ...

  44. Byron Wright: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Byron Wright Director of Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI Byron Wright, 28, is a driving force for BMI's urban team. He signed producers Bangladesh and Kane Beatz, both top BMI producers in 2010, as well as Lex Luger and Travis Porter. He also ...

  45. Mana Joins Britney Spears As Only Artists To Headline Eight Staples Center Shows

    June 21, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Maná, the biggest-selling or -touring Latin rock act in the world, joins Britney Spears as the only artists to headline eight concerts at Staples Center. The band, which sold out four shows in Los Angeles at Staples June 23-26, will also equal the ...

  46. Shaquille O'Neal and AEG Announce First All-Star Comedy Jam Tour

    June 15, 2011 2:33 PM EDT O'Neal and AEG Partner for Comedy Tour In his first venture since retiring from the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, with partner AEG Live , will launch an All-Star Comedy Jam Tour of more than 20 cities, beginning in September. O'Neal is pre ...

  47. Manu Chao U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    June 13, 2011 5:51 PM EDT Manu Chao, who helped popularize the Latin alternative movement, is scheduled to start his U.S. "La Ventura" tour on Aug. 31 with a concert in Boston at the House of Blues. The singer/songwriter, who was born in Paris to Spanish parents, ...

  48. Lindsey Buckingham Announces New Self-Released Album, Tour

    June 13, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Lindsey Buckingham will self-release his sixth solo album, "Seeds We Sow," on Sept. 6 and embark on 31-city North American tour in September and October. The album's first single is "In Our Own Time." Buckingham's las ...

  49. Phil Walden Jr. Killed in Auto Accident

    June 08, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Phil Walden Jr., son of the late Capricorn Records co-founder Phil Walden, died in a one-car accident on Tuesday night in Atlanta, police told Macon.com . Walden, 48, was apparently leaving an athletic club in his truck when the accident occurred. ...

  50. Late-Night TV: Who Books the Music Acts for Letterman, Leno, Fallon and More, and What They're Looking For

    May 26, 2011 1:04 PM EDT Late-night television is as crowded as it has ever been, making for a lively playing field as shows jockey to be first with an act or book them exclusively. That competition for hot up-and-coming acts, especially in rock, has made late-night telev ...

Pages