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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket To Go On Tour

    July 20, 2011 7:15 AM EDT AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A famed red-and-black calfskin jacket Michael Jackson wore in the groundbreaking "Thriller" music video is going on tour. The jacket's new owner, Texas commodities broker Milton Verret, said Tuesday he plans to ...

  4. Business Matters: What Does Google+ Mean to the Music Business?

    June 29, 2011 7:54 PM EDT What Does Google+ Mean to the Music Business? -- Whenever Google launches a new product -- especially one that will compete with social marketing powerhouse Facebook -- there is a tendency to wonder what it means for the music business. While not ...

  5. Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Mary Mary Honored at ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:00 AM EDT This past weekend (June 24), Sean "Diddy" Combs received the prestigious Founders Award and Mary Mary garnered the Golden Note Award at ASCAP's 24th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ...

  6. The 25 Hottest Clubs in North America

    June 24, 2011 12:32 PM EDT These are the top-ranked clubs in North America based on box-office data reported to Billboard Boxscore by concert promoters or venue representatives for events that occurred this year from Jan. 1 through June 1. Some are booked and promoted by ...

  7. Nashville Music Council Seeks to Leverage City's Vast Music Resources

    June 23, 2011 8:01 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Music City cleaned up at the Grammys. Its artists have topped the charts in multiple genres over the last few years. It's increasingly the destination for A-list entertainers looking for a new home. And Rolling Stone recent ...

  8. Business Matters: Why We7 Could be the Next Pandora

    June 22, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Is We7 The Next Pandora? -- U.K. digital music service We7 could be the closest thing to Pandora outside of the U.S. With a few years of learning under its belt and a product revamped for the mainstream, and with 3 million unique users a month in ...

  9. The .Biz Q&A: NXNE's Managing Director Andy McLean

    June 16, 2011 12:57 PM EDT Three months after the music industry converged on Toronto for the business-heavy Canadian Music Week (CMW), the city is hosting another music festival and conference, North By Northeast (NXNE). Now in its 17th year, the confab has grown to includ ...

  10. 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, ...

  11. Bonnaroo Co-Producer Ashely Capps Calls Festival's Success an 'Affirmation'

    June 13, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Widespread Panic closed out the 10th anniversary of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., last night, wrapping one of the most successful runs in the event's history. With inspired performances and a logistically smooth ...

  12. Ashton Kutcher @TechCrunch Disrupt: Wants To Create 'Y Combinator for Media Companies'

    May 24, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Ashton Kutcher -- actor, celebrity and apparently something of a technologist -- took the stage this morning on the second day of TechCrunch Disrupt , and told Charlie Rose that he wants to create a "Y Combinator for media companies." Ku ...

  13. Austin City Limits Nears Sellout Within Hours of Tickets Going On Sale

    May 18, 2011 4:08 PM EDT The Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place Sept. 16-18 in the city's Zilker Park, announced its lineup yesterday and sold out single-day passes for Friday and Saturday within two hours, Charles Attal, partner in ACL Fest producer C3 ...

  14. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West To Rock 2011 Austin City Limits Fest

    May 17, 2011 1:02 AM EDT Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes and Alison Krauss & Union Station are among the top acts booked for the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for the city's Zilker Park from Sept. 16- ...

  15. IEG: Marketers To Spend $1.17 Billion On Live Music This Year

    April 27, 2011 11:33 AM EDT A downturn in the concert business in 2010 did not have a negative impact on corporate dollars spent in the space, as North American-based companies will spend $1.17 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in 2011, a 7.3% increase fro ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. SXSW

    April 02, 2011 12:00 AM EDT The annual South by Southwest conference took place March 9-18 in Austin and hosted more than 40,000 people who flooded the sleepy little music town to discover new creative content, launch tech products, preview buzzing films and check out the la ...

  19. Backbeat: Check Out Photos From South By Southwest 2011

    March 29, 2011 10:13 AM EDT The annual South by Southwest conference took place March 9-18 in Austin and hosted more than 40,000 people who flooded the sleepy little music town to discover new creative content, launch tech products, preview buzzing films and check out the la ...

  20. Publishing Briefs: Clear, Carly Simon, BMG, ASCAP, Primary Wave, EMI, BMI And More

    March 23, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Oleclear acquires Music People clear , the new production music division of Canadian music publishing firm ole, has acquired the Music People, a Canadian production music company founded in 1974, according to an announcement from ole. As part of t ...

  21. South By Southwest 2011 Was More Dangerous Than Usual: A Recap

    March 22, 2011 6:33 PM EDT The vast majority of the estimated 200,000 people who flocked to Austin for this year's South by Southwest festival played nice, patiently lining up to see buzz bands and keeping any drunken impulses under control. But a few people didn' ...

  22. South By Southwest: Execs Tell Their Favorite Places And Ways To Do Business

    March 22, 2011 2:50 PM EDT Despite its spring-break reputation, plenty of real business gets done at SXSW. Amid thousands of bands, tens of thousands of attendees and heaven knows how many thousands of gallons of alcohol served, you've got deals being made in every noo ...

  23. Pinetop Perkins, Oldest Grammy Winner, Dead at 97

    March 22, 2011 3:33 AM EDT Pinetop Perkins , one of the last old-school bluesmen who played with Muddy Waters and became the oldest Grammy winner this year, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97. Perkins was having chest pains when he went to take a nap and p ...

  24. Kina Grannis SXSW Tour Diary 2: BMI Brunch, Hanson Japan Benefit, Bats and More

    March 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Friday, March 18th, Even later o'clock. (Actually, we are well into Saturday at this point.) Perhaps she sees a bat? Kina Grannis played four times at SXSW on Friday. My day started when I woke in a panic to a sound that was NOT my cell phone ...

  25. Odd Future Cuts Set Short At Billboard SXSW Showcase

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT It's been one long, thrilling and occasionally bumpy trip to SXSW for Odd Future, and the L.A. rap group's gig at Billboard's Saturday night (Mar. 19) showcase was no different. Check out all of our South by Southwest coverage here. ...

  26. Screeching Weasel Singer Hits Two Women At Band's SXSW Gig -- Video Footage Here

    March 19, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Screeching Weasel singer Ben Weasel (a.k.a. Ben Foster) struck two women during the band's tirade-laden concert at South by Southwest Friday night, according to media reports and video footage of the event, which took place at Austin's S ...

  27. Four Injured At Stubbs During OMD's SXSW Concert

    March 19, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Four people were injured Friday night at a SXSW music showcase at Stubb's after a camera boom fell into the audience. (Photo: Scott Shumaker) Four people were injured Friday night after a camera boom fell into the crowd at OMD's South by ...

  28. Kina Grannis SXSW Tour Diary: TV on the Radio, Charles Bradley, 'Community'

    March 19, 2011 10:11 AM EDT (Kina Grannis, one of .biz's SXSW diarists, got her start, like so many musicians these days, by posting her videos on the web. But what launched her career was entering and winning a contest that got her song "Message From Your Heart&qu ...

  29. Japan Earthquake Relief Livestream Telethon Taking Place At SXSW Saturday

    March 18, 2011 6:12 PM EDT To raise money and awareness for Japanese earthquake relief efforts, South by Southwest and Hanson are joining forces for a livestream online telethon featuring back-to-back performances and chats by artists at SXSW on Saturday, driving the audien ...

  30. Oh Land Brings the Beat to Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 18, 2011 1:22 PM EDT Nanna Øland Fabricius is the hardest-working woman in Austin. The Danish singer, better known by her stage name Oh Land, has an exhausting 11 showcases booked during South by Southwest, and her numerous appearances - and the fervor that seems to f ...

  31. Bob Geldof Pleads For Rock's Future At SXSW Keynote

    March 17, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Bob Geldof thinks that rock 'n' roll, which he called "America's great cultural gift to the world," might be over. And during his keynote address on Thursday at South By Southwest, he wasn't merely talking about the I ...

  32. Japanese Musicians, Industry At SXSW Focus On Relief, Rebuilding Efforts

    March 17, 2011 1:59 PM EDT Hidemi Tsuji of Ubiquitous Entertainment at South by Southwest on Thursday (photo: Evie Nagy) Less than a week after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Japanese musicians and representatives at South by Southwest are focusing their ...

  33. SXSW: 10 Things Seen And Overheard Wednesday

    March 17, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Whether you enjoy Raphael Saadiq's killer sets or Mischa Barton spottings, there was a ton of fun, wacky experiences to soak in yesterday (Mar. 17) at the 2011 SXSW festival. Check out 10 things that caught our attention in Austin yesterday, ...

  34. SXSW Interactive 2011: The News Beyond The Fluff

    March 17, 2011 11:47 AM EDT SXSWi 2011: Beyond the experiential. (Photo: Amy Price) SXSWi, the interactive portion of the annual SXSW conference, ended on Tuesday. Much -- perhaps too much -- was written about the experience of SXSWi and too little about the companies and th ...

  35. Jack White Plays Surprise SXSW Set At Third Man Rolling Record Store -- Watch The Video!

    March 16, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Stationed in the middle of a downtown Austin parking lot is a large yellow vehicle with a menu listing and side window for servers that looks like it's equipped to dispense lunchtime meals. Check out all of our 2011 South by Southwest coverag ...

  36. Scott Schumaker, of Bright Antenna Records, SXSW Diary: Look at That Foo Fighters Line!

    March 16, 2011 5:15 PM EDT (Scott Schumaker is managing Jedi for Bright Antenna Records . Tweet him: @brightantenna) Wednesday 3.16.11 The 16-passenger white van and trailer invasion began last night. It was a noticeable shift. Until 6:00 pm the Austin Conference Center was ...

  37. A2IM Welcomes 15 New Label Members, 15 Associates

    March 16, 2011 11:03 AM EDT The American Association of Independent Labels (A2IM) announced on Wednesday it has added 15 new member labels as well as 15 new service provider associate members. The new member labels are Allegro Media Group, Alliance Records, Adroit Records, B ...

  38. SXSW Central 2011

    March 16, 2011 9:00 AM EDT March 18, 2011 |PANEL Tips On Harnessing The Obsessives At SXSW 'Super Fans' Panel You know those kids who own every single song and poster from a certain artist, have tattoo of their music hero stamped on their neck and have built a vir ...

  39. Circus Mashimus Tent @SXSW 2011: A Playground For Music Apps

    March 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Two of the biggest obsessions for many people at South by Southwest are a) finding cool spots to network and b) a nice wireless connection, and the Circus Mashimus tent, presented by Mashery in partnership with AppCircus, provided a beautiful plac ...

  40. Party Scene at SXSWi 2011: Who Needs Meet-Up Apps When You Have the Driskill?

    March 12, 2011 8:28 PM EST The Lobby Scene: At SXSWi NYC's Silicon Alley went to the Driskill Hotel Parties, may they be promotional events, drunken revelries or simply a group of people wandering down 6th Street, are an essential component of the SxSWi experience. If ...

  41. SXSWi 2011: Beyond the 'I am T-Pain' App: Creating Music on Your Mobile

    March 12, 2011 1:53 PM EST Rocking the App: Smule founder Ge Wang Makes Like Pan at SXSWi With handheld devices crammed with the latest gaming, social media and productivity applications, is there any time or space left for anything else? Probably. On Friday, the opening da ...

  42. SXSW 2011: Sharing, Locating, Starting-Up - Three Tech Trends to Watch

    March 11, 2011 2:34 PM EST Call it "Spring Break for Geeks" or "Shitshow" as you like, but SXSW remains an important convergence of innovators, tastemakers and press that can make or break a fledgling company's mainstream aspirations. Twitter and Fo ...

  43. Web Trends: 50 Cent's 'Things Fall Apart' Trailer, My Favorite Martian's 'Club Villain,' New Battles Tune

    March 10, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 5. Things Fall Apart The first trailer for "Things Fall Apart," a new football movie starring 50 Cent, has been released. The rapper plays a cancer-stricken football star and lost 54 pounds for the film, which he also wrot ...

  44. Billboard SXSW Lineup: Odd Future, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Young the Giant & More

    March 09, 2011 7:26 PM EST Billboard is set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four days' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases jam-packed with indie rock, hip-hop, electro-pop and even YouTube sensations. L.A. rap collective Odd Future, C ...

  45. Selena, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz To Appear on U.S. Postage Stamps

    March 09, 2011 4:17 PM EST You've Got Latin Mail: The U.S. Post Office's Latin Music Legends (Forever) stamp series. Latin music icons Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Selena, along with Argentine tango legend Carlos Gardel and Brazilian archetype Carmen Miranda, will ...

  46. Cloud Control Win Australian Music Prize

    March 04, 2011 3:03 PM EST Pop-rock quartet Cloud Control has taken out the Australian Music Prize, and with it the $30,000 Australian winner's check. The four-piece from the Blue Mountains took the title for their debut 2010 album, "Bliss Release" (Ivy Leagu ...

  47. App Attacks: Foursquare Teases New Features for SXSW; Rdio Expands to Roku

    February 24, 2011 1:21 PM EST Foursquare Teases New Features for SXSW The popular location-based check-in service Foursquare made a huge splash at SXSW two years ago, using the music festival as its coming out party. So it's not surprising that it plans to make waves agai ...

  48. Arcade Fire-Spike Jonze Short Film Influenced by Sci-Fi, Terry Gilliam (Berlin)

    February 16, 2011 6:15 PM EST BERLIN -- The decline of the music video in modern times was the impetus for Arcade Fire's Spike Jonze-directed short film "Scenes from the Suburbs," appearing in the shorts section of the Berlin Film Festival. The band, which is co ...

  49. Biz Matters: Spain's Music Sales Dropped 21% In 2010

    January 31, 2011 1:52 PM EST Spain's Recorded Music Dropped 21% Last Year -- Spain's recorded music market dropped 21.1% to €167 million (U.S. $228 million), according to figures released by Promusicae, the country's recorded music industry trade group. The dec ...

  50. 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 ...

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