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  1. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    May 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance will lead the lineup of the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour, which is scheduled to visit North American amphitheaters this summer/fall. Support acts on the 40-plus-date trek include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and M ...

  2. Santana Admonishes Georgia for New Immigration Law

    May 16, 2011 6:50 AM EDT Carlos Santana on Sunday used baseball's annual Civil Rights Game as a platform to admonish Georgia and Arizona for their new immigration laws. Santana received the Beacon of Change Award before the Braves-Phillies game. The Grammy-winning mu ...

  3. Enrique Iglesias to Tour With Pitbull, Prince Royce This Fall

    May 12, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias announced at a press conference today that he will be touring U.S. arenas with special guests Pitbull and Prince Royce this Fall. Starting September 22 in Boston, the tour will travel to nearly 20 cities and culminate in an Octobe ...

  4. Marco Antonio Solis, Ana Gabriel Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    May 10, 2011 11:18 AM EDT Mexican artists Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel today (May 10) announced in Miami a co-headlining U.S. tour, dubbed "Haciendo Historia" (Making History). Both artists have long careers that straddle both pop and regional Mexican real ...

  5. Mana Sells Out Three L.A. Shows in Hours, Will They Break Their Own Touring Record?

    May 01, 2011 12:25 PM EDT In a matter of hours, Mexican rock band Mana sold out the three shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center which kick off their U.S. Tour. Mana's first show, slated for June 23, sold out less than an hour after tickets went on-sale at 10 a.m. ...

  6. Exclusive: Jason Geter of T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records Denies Label Is Being 'Dismantled'

    April 28, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Contrary to online reports, Grand Hustle Records -- the label formed by T.I. and Jason Geter and distributed by Atlantic Records -- has not been dismantled. If anything they're hustling harder. Geter, Grand Hustle's co-CEO, took time to ...

  7. A Tribe Called Quest Documentary by Michael Rapaport to Hit Theaters

    April 27, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Michael Rapaport will be hitting the road this summer with his documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest , "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest." The roll out across the country starts July 8 in New Yo ...

  8. Grammy Awards Producer John Cossette Dies At 54

    April 26, 2011 10:08 PM EDT John Cossette, who followed in father Pierre's footsteps as the producer of the Grammy Awards telecast, died Tuesday (April 26) at the age of 54. The cause of death was not given. Cossette has been involved with Grammys for nearly two decades ...

  9. Facebook Deals Takes on Groupon, LivingSocial

    April 26, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Jumping onto the bandwagon created by Groupon and LivingSocial, Facebook today is unveiling a local discount program for vendors called Facebook Deals. The service will launch on a test basis in five cities: Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and ...

  10. Francesca Battistelli Wins Gospel Artist of the Year at Dove Awards

    April 21, 2011 7:19 AM EDT Francesca Battistelli continues her strong surge as Christian music's biggest star. Battistelli won artist of the year at the 42nd annual Dove Awards held in Atlanta for the first time Wednesday night. She also went home with two more awards ...

  11. Dove Awards for Christian Music To Debut in Atlanta

    April 20, 2011 7:15 AM EDT The Dove Awards show for Christian music is leaving Nashville for the first time in its 42-year history and organizers expect the new production in Atlanta to be just as successful and uplifting. The motivation for moving was to expand the nationa ...

  12. Mana Announces Global Trek In Support of 'Drama y Luz'

    April 18, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Mexican rock act Maná has announced a world tour to coincide with the release of its latest album, "Drama y Luz." Several years since the group's last major tour, Maná returns with a new show that begins June 16 at Coliseo de Puerto ...

  13. Eric Levin, Record Store Day's Co-Founder: The .Biz Q&A

    April 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Eric Levin is a happy man, despite working in independent music retail for more than three decades. While his industry has faced immense challenges in the digital age, Levin has successfully navigated the prevailing ill winds and managed to help o ...

  14. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks To Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Nicki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour, as reported in Billboard.biz last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj befo ...

  15. TV Broadcast Network Aimed at Black Audience Announced for Fall

    April 07, 2011 7:15 AM EDT The country's first broadcast network aimed at African-American audiences is set to debut this fall with free movies, sports and documentaries. Atlanta-based Bounce TV will be an over-the-air channel supported by sponsors, showing programs fo ...

  16. Beatles, Keith Urban, Katy Perry Among EMI Acts Supporting Charity Auction For Japan

    April 05, 2011 4:15 PM EDT From the Beatles to Katy Perry to Keith Urban, artists signed to the EMI label group are doing their part to support the Red Cross by donating memorabilia for worldwide auction to benefit victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. There will ...

  17. Nick Cannon, CBS Radio Launch Countdown Show

    April 05, 2011 8:25 AM EDT Nick Cannon, currently morning personality at WXRK (92.3 NOW) New York, has added new duties as host of a nationally syndicated weekly countdown show. Premiering the weekend of April 23, "Cannon's Countdown" will be broadcast on CBS ...

  18. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  19. Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow Announce Summer Tour

    March 31, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Kid Rock is taking Sheryl Crow -- his duet partner on the 2002 hit "Picture" and on "Collide," the new single from his 2010 "Born Free" album -- on the road this summer as a special tour guest, with a potential live a ...

  20. John Mellencamp, Stephen King Musical To Debut Next Year In Atlanta

    March 31, 2011 2:30 PM EDT A new musical dreamed up by rocker John Mellencamp and horror writer Stephen King will make its world debut in Atlanta next year. The Alliance Theater has announced that it will produce "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," what it calls ...

  21. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  22. GUCCI MANE: 'COLDEST IN THE GAME'

    March 28, 2011 10:47 AM EDT Gucci Mane Is In The 'Zone'; Teams Up With Waka Flocka Flame; Aims To 'Superserve' Core Fans Gucci Mane, who just released another full-length street album, "The Return of Mr. Zone 6," on March 22, has teamed with f ...

  23. Exclusive: 'A Night in Treme' Tour, Featuring Artists From HBO Show, Launches In June

    March 24, 2011 4:07 PM EDT A tour of New Orleans musicians under the banner of the HBO show "Treme" has been booked for nine dates this summer, and the promoter is looking to extend its routing into the spring of 2012. So far, "A Night in Treme" is booke ...

  24. Chris Brown Ramps Up 'Team Breezy' For Album Release

    March 14, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Chris Brown will treat fans to a series of secret listening sessions -- as well as an exclusive bonus track and video -- during the week leading up to the March 22 release of his fourth Jive Records album, "F.A.M.E." (Forgiving All My En ...

  25. Cumulus to Buy Radio Rival Citadel Broadcasting

    March 10, 2011 8:38 AM EST Cumulus Media is buying Citadel Broadcasting in a $1.7 billion deal that would unite two of the nation's largest radio station owners. Cumulus Media Inc. said Thursday it is paying $37 per share for Citadel Broadcasting Corp. Cumulus says the ...

  26. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Partners with Warner Bros., Signs Pill

    February 22, 2011 8:28 PM EST Maybach Music Group, the hip-hop imprint founded by Rick Ross, has announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Records. Maybach also announced its latest signee, Atlanta rapper Pill. "This deal with Warner Bros. Records has been a long time in ...

  27. Bruno Mars And Janelle Monae Announce Joint Tour

    February 16, 2011 7:48 AM EST Following their show-stopping performance at the Grammy Awards, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae will team up for a North American co-headlining tour. The retro-pop singer and R&B songstress will embark on the joint trek, dubbed Hooligans in Wonda ...

  28. Justin Bieber Jumps On Usher, Esperanza Spalding Talks Best New Artist Win: Backstage At The Grammys

    February 14, 2011 12:37 AM EST The Grammy press room is like the backstage of Madison Square Garden: usually a drab place that will abruptly be lit up by global-level star wattage. Here are some observations from Grammy night, 2011: -- Arcade Fire were in quite the celebratory ...

  29. DigiTour Live Music Series Details Trickle Out Slowly

    February 08, 2011 9:22 PM EST The details of the first DigiTour live music series -- featuring the most popular YouTube celebrities -- have been revealed. Sort of… The tour will begin April 13 in Northern California and continue through Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Char ...

  30. Lil Wayne Announces 'I Am Music II' Tour Dates

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nearly three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne today (Jan. 24) announced an I Am Music II spring tour, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a h ...

  31. Katy Perry to Kick Off 'California Dreams' U.S. Tour in June

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry announced the North American dates for her California Dreams 2011 world tour during a live chat on Facebook Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 19). The pop star will bring her "Teenage Dream" and "One of the Boys" hits to the ...

  32. Former Charlie Daniels Band Guitarist Tommy Crain Dies

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST John Thomas "Tommy" Crain died Jan. 13 in Franklin, Tenn. He was 59. Crain was a guitarist in the classic Charlie Daniels Band lineup of the 1970s-'80s and enjoyed a 15-year run with the band. He was co-writer and co-arranger of man ...

  33. Kenny Chesney Announces New Tour Dates

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- the singer announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal tour. These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium show ...

  34. Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks To Tour North American Arenas In March

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will come together for the upcoming the Heart and & Soul Tour, a series of North American arena performances scheduled to begin March 20 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Thirteen dates had been c ...

  35. Lauryn Hill Announces 'Intimate' Winter Shows

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lauryn Hill will embark on an intimate North American tour, it was announced on Wednesday (Dec. 22). Kicking off at New York City's Highline Ballroom on Dec. 27 -- one of six local shows at multiple venues including legendary jazz club The Bl ...

  36. 50 Cent Sued for Copyright Infringement

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rapper 50 Cent made a hit song out of talking about how he gets money. Now another rapper wants to get some too - from 50 Cent. Lawyers for Tyrone Simmons, an Atlanta rapper who goes by "Caliber," filed a copyright infringement lawsuit W ...

  37. Buddy Lee Attractions Acquires Metro Talent Group

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Buddy Lee Attractions (BLA), the Nashville-based booking agency, has acquired Atlanta agency Metro Talent Group (MTG), Billboard.biz has learned. MTG founder and owner Cass Scripps will join the BLA agency for artist representation. “Our company i ...

  38. The Brains Behind Justin Bieber: A Conversation With Scooter Braun

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sunday night’s American Music Awards said it all: There’s a new Justin in town. The 16-year-old wunderkind — a title the multi-instrumentalist can legitimately claim — Justin Bieber won four awards (all fan-voted) during the ABC broadcast, includi ...

  39. BACKBEAT: ASCAP Presents...Women Behind the Music With Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona, Sheila E., And More!

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP held its second annual ASCAP Presents . . . Women Behind the Music series in Atlanta on Oct. 12 , New York on Oct. 14 and Los Angeles on Oct. 27 . The series, designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighted not ...

  40. Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil Tour Will Be 'A Celebration,' Says Director

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is going on the road in 2011 -- even if the late Jackson isn't there to be part of it. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a Cirque du Soleil production based on Jackson's music and career, begins its North American ...

  41. Updated: Live Nation Shuffles Execs, Garner Exits Company

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment disclosed in an 8-K filing Wednesday that Jason Garner, the head of its concert business, has left the company . In light of the departure, Live Nation has promoted three of its key veteran executives. Longtime promoters ...

  42. Business Matters: Spotify Says No Truth To Apple Rumor

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Spotify: No Truth To Apple Rumor -- Spotify tells Billboard there is no truth in the rumor posted at TechCrunch that Apple is in very early, “on-again, off-again discussions” with the company. “We ...

  43. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Music Co., BMG, ASCAP Songwriter Residency

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Bicycle Music Co. and its affiliate the AF Circle C Fund have acquired a significant interest in the catalog of Chris Connelly , who has been in such bands as the Revolting Coks, Ministry Pigface and the Damage Manual. Terms of the deal wer ...

  44. T.I. Sent Back to Jail for 11 Months

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge revoked rapper T.I.'s probation Friday and ordered him back to prison for 11 months, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. The Atlanta native, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was in federal cour ...

  45. Atlanta Police: T.I. Helped Talk Down Jumper

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Police got unexpected help talking a suicidal man down from an Atlanta skyscraper on Wednesday (Oct. 13) when rapper T.I. showed up. Officer James Polite says the hip-hop star joined the crowd outside the 22-story office building in midtown Wednes ...

  46. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out in New York on Nov. 4. The awards - which honor artists, tours, venues, and li ...

  47. Business Matters: Reuters Sales Report, Animal Collective, Interscope and more

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Second Look At Reuters' Sales Report -- If you read a Reuters article on Monday about flat U.S. digital sales, keep reading to get the full picture. The article had a number of problems tha ...

  48. T.I. Summoned To Court After LA Arrest

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT T.I. is expected to appear before a federal judge in Atlanta to explain why his probation shouldn't be revoked after his recent arrest in Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. signed the summons for T.I., whose real name is Cli ...

  49. BACKBEAT: Will.I.Am, Palow da Don, Rick Ross, and More At The 2010 BMI Urban Awards

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 10th annual BMI Urban Awards took place at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angles on September 10 and saluted the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the most-performed R&B, rap and hip-hop songs of the year. BMI President & CEO ...

  50. T.I., Wife Arrested On Drug Charges

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT T.I. and his wife Tameka Cottle were arrested late Wednesday night (Sept. 1) on drug charges after police smelled alleged marijuana coming from their car, authorities said. The arrests for possession of a controlled substance came on Sunset Boulev ...

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