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  1. Backbeat: Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Maxi Priest Ali Campbell's UB40 Play Barclays Center First Reggae Concert

    December 24, 2012 7:30 AM EST BioLife Sounds of Reggae was Brooklyn's Barclay's Center brought out some 13,000 fans. The year-long series of celebrations honoring Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence wound down Dec. 12 with the largest Jamaican music event ...

  2. Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen Top This Week's Hot Tours

    October 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Justin Bieber lands at No. 1 in this week's ranking of top-grossing tours with ticket sales reported from seven sold out performances on the Believe Tour's trek through the U.S. and Canada. The tour began in Phoenix at the end of Septemb ...

  3. Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden Top Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

    July 30, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Madonna's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out con ...

  4. Cox Media Selling 25 Radio Stations as Part of Strategy Overhaul

    July 20, 2012 2:31 PM EDT The Cox Media Group has announced a change in overall strategy with a new focus on larger markets and places where it can use cross-media collaboration - pairing newspaper, radio and television assets - to have a heightened impact. The new plan in ...

  5. Justin Bieber Graduates High School, Announces 2013 UK Tour Dates, Has No. 1 Album

    July 02, 2012 1:37 PM EDT For most high school graduates, the things generally top of mind during commencement ceremonies might be prom, college, and perhaps summer employment. But for teen pop superstar Justin Bieber, his graduation might seem almost tangential compared t ...

  6. London's Southbank Centre Wins Top UK Venue Honors

    May 29, 2012 3:05 PM EDT London's Southbank Centre located beside the River Thames . London's Southbank Centre has snatched the No. 1 spot in the 2011 top 100 U.K. music venues as compiled by PRS for Music, the U.K. authors' collecting society. The news, ba ...

  7. ICM Finalizes Equity Firm Buyout, Excludes Former CEO Jeffrey Berg

    May 23, 2012 4:28 PM EDT International Creative Management has finalized its deal to buy out majority owner Rizvi Traverse Management and has formed a new partnership structure for the agency, the company said Wednesday. ICM will be renamed ICM Partners to reflect the cha ...

  8. Rusty Walker, Country Radio Hall of Famer, Dead at 59

    May 22, 2012 8:32 AM EDT While the average country music fan might not have been familiar with the name Rusty Walker, there were few figures more beloved in the industry than the veteran programmer and consultant. Walker, who died Monday in Tupelo, MS following a heart at ...

  9. Van Halen Postpone Over 30 Tour Dates without Explanation

    May 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT Van Halen's 2012 reunion has hit a snag -- the final three months and 31 dates of the group's North American reunion run have been abruptly postponed. The Van Halen tour will continue as regularly scheduled through the group's May 2 ...

  10. Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Pulls Out of Reunion Gigs Over Contract Terms

    May 16, 2012 6:30 AM EDT (Getty Images) Bill Ward will not be joining Black Sabbath for this year's performances, the drummer confirmed in a letter to fans on his website. The lengthy, emotional note explained that Ward had been asked to participate "minimally&q ...

  11. HMV Grows U.K. Market Share

    May 01, 2012 11:16 AM EDT HMV has marginally increased its share of the U.K. entertainment market, according to latest figures released by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel. In the three-month period ending March 18, HMV grew its market share to 19.2%, up from 17.5% f ...

  12. New E! Show 'Opening Act' Offers YouTube Talent Opening Slots for Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Rod Stewart, Others

    April 30, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") is teaming up with E! for new music reality series, "Opening Act," which debuts July 9 at 10p E.T./P.T. on the NBC Universal cable network. E! will formall ...

  13. 'American Idol's' Taylor Hicks Announces Las Vegas Residency

    April 19, 2012 9:13 PM EDT "American Idol" season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will return to the city where he first auditioned for the show that made him famous: Las Vegas. The Birmingham, Alabama native has signed on with Caesars Entertainment-owned Bally's Hotel ...

  14. Alabama Shakes Announce Details of Debut Full-Length 'Boys and Girls'

    January 17, 2012 3:30 PM EST The Alabama Shakes, who were named one of Billboard's Best Bets for 2012 last week, have released the details of their forthcoming debut full-length, titled "Boys & Girls." The record will drop April 10 via ATO stateside and Rou ...

  15. Exclusive: Bear in Heaven Cosigns to Dead Oceans, Hometapes

    December 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST Experimental indie trio Bear in Heaven have cosigned to Dead Oceans and their native label Hometapes, Billboard.biz has learned. The band will release their upcoming third LP ("I Love You, It's Cool," out April 3) through both impri ...

  16. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Indie Labels Calculate the Damage From Sony's London Warehouse Fire

    August 10, 2011 5:30 PM EDT The Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield, England, after Monday night's riots (Photo: David Goddard/Getty Images) As the United Kingdom endured another night of civil unrest and rioting yesterday, the country's music industry begins to access ...

  20. London Riots Hit Entertainment Industry: Music, Films, Sports

    August 09, 2011 7:31 AM EDT LONDON -- Sony's only depot for CDs and DVDs in the U.K. was burned to the ground , several movie theaters closed their doors early Monday night and Wednesday night's England vs. Holland soccer international was postponed as the British ...

  21. Sony Distribution Center Destroyed by London Rioters, Indie Labels 'Devastated'

    August 09, 2011 7:14 AM EDT A London warehouse containing stock for a number of U.K. independent labels -- including XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Domino and Rough Trade - was destroyed by rioters during a third night of unrest in the British capital. The three-story building ...

  22. Take That, Reunited British Boy Band With Robbie Williams, Beats Bruce Springsteen's Record

    July 18, 2011 11:07 AM EDT A reunited Take That - the British boy band featuring Robbie Williams -- has stormed through the U.K., shattering gross records, including Bruce Springsteen's eight-year title as the highest grossing concert stand ever, a mark it topped twice ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Business Matters: Investor Enthusiasm for the Cloud Continues as Beyond Oblivion Secures $77 Million Funding

    March 08, 2011 8:39 PM EST Beyond Oblivion Secures $77 Million Funding -- Investments in new digital music companies are surprisingly large and frequent these days. The latest example is Beyond Obilvion . The most anticipated cloud-based music service you've never hear ...

  26. HMV Backs New Artists With U.K. Fest

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is bringing back its Next Big Thing festival in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh in February. The second edition of the event for more than 100 emerging artists is taking place from Feb. 4-13. HMV is staging the eve ...

  27. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, Rdio

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Jammie Thomas-Rasset Helped Rights Holders -- Did the Jammie Thomas-Rasset case backfire on file sharers? CNET's Greg Sandoval asks the question after a jury decided Thomas-Rasset owes $1 ...

  28. T.I. Sued By Party Promoter in Alabama

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A concert promoter who planned to host a "Welcome Back Party" to celebrate the release of T.I. from jail is not accepting the rapper's excuse that he couldn't attend because he was under home confinement. Carl Davis has filed a ...

  29. Usher Adds Four UK Arena Shows

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It may be Tinie Tempah's time on the U.K. charts, but the announcement of a new batch of live shows by Usher confirms that British fans's enthusiasm for all things urban isn't confined to home-grown talent. The U.S. vocalist has add ...

  30. U.K. Tour Update: Electric Proms, Kylie, Selena Gomez

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Robert Plant has been confirmed as a headline act for the Radio 2 Electric Proms 2010. He will perform with Band of Joy and the London Oriana Choir at the Roundhouse in London on Oct. 29. It will air live on AC network Radio 2 and form part of ...

  31. The XX, Paul Weller Lead Mercury Betting

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The XX are back as favorites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in London tonight (Sept. 7) with their debut "XX" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). Their betting odds with bookmaker William Hill are evens. The £20,000 ($31,000) prize goes t ...

  32. Brandon Flowers, Mark Ronson To Play New U.K. Venue

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brandon Flowers, Mark Ronson, Kelis, Hurts, Tinie Tempah, Kele and Klaxons are among the acts booked to play the new HMV Institute venue in Birmingham. Following a long-term, multi-million pound refurbishment since its closure in 2008, the U.K. ve ...

  33. Peermusic Gets John Carter

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Longtime British hit writer John Carter has signed a deal with independent publisher peermusic to represent his entire catalog. Birmingham-born Carter, who lives in London, co-wrote a wide selection of enduring British hits, notably in the 1960s a ...

  34. AMG Continues U.K. Expansion

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. venue operator Academy Music Group (AMG) will open its 14th venue, the O2 Academy Leicester Sept 23. U.K. urban star Professor Green will officially launch the 1,450-capacity venue, which is housed within the University of Leicester Students& ...

  35. Lilith Tour Cancels 10 Summer Concerts

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Further proof that the 2010 summer concert season is taking a beating came late Thursday afternoon when the Nettwerk Music Group announced the cancellation of 10 upcoming Lilith concerts in North America. The cancellations include previously sched ...

  36. DEAG Classics Ups Stake In U.K. Promoter

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT DEAG Classics, a subsidiary of Deutsche Entertainment in Berlin and Sony Music Classical in Munich, has increased its shareholding in the British classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd (RGL). The Berlin-based classical promoter now has 100% o ...

  37. Chris Brown Denied Entry To Britain For Tour

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chris Brown has postponed his tour to Britain after being denied a visa to enter the country in a decision linked to his sentence for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna 16 months ago. The 21-year-old, whose hits include "Run It!" and &qu ...

  38. New U.K. Venues To Open In Midlands

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. will soon have two new venues in Birmingham and Leicester in the Midlands. Birmingham's Digbeth Institute is to re-launch as the HMV Institute in September, following a major refurbishment. The main room is 1,500-capacity with a seco ...

  39. Web Trends: Eminem, Lindsay Lohan, Liam Gallagher and More

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 11am) *No trending music terms at this time* Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Eminem - Not Afraid (Produced by Boi-1da) *Removed due to terms of use violation* 2. Official Lady Gaga FlashMob Madrid 8/5/2010 3. ...

  40. Severe Weather Hits HMV Sales

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV put in a solid performance in 2009, but its sales in the first three months of 2010 were disappointing. A trading update from the retailer showed total year-on-year sales growth for HMV U.K. and Ireland of 7.2% for ...

  41. Arvato Partners With Ministry ON D2C

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arvato digital services, part of the Bertelsmann group, has signed a global fulfillment deal for direct-to-consumer (D2C) services with the independent label and dance music brand Ministry of Sound. Sven Deutschmann, CEO arvato digital services EM ...

  42. Whitney Houston Returns To Stage, Critics Divided

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston kicked off the British leg of her tour after canceling a string of gigs due to illness, but some critics were less than impressed with her performance. "Houston, we still have a problem" was the conclusion of the bestsell ...

  43. Whitney Houston Says Drug Use Reports 'Ridiculous'

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston was released from a Paris hospital on Wednesday (April 7) after suffering a respiratory infection, and she called media reports that she was using drugs again "ridiculous." After being hospitalized in Paris on Tuesday und ...

  44. Kings Of Leon, Kasabian To Headline V Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s V Festival will marks its 15th anniversary with headline sets from Kings of Leon and U.K. rock act Kasabian in 2010. The festival is sponsored by Virgin Media and staged on two sites - at Hylands Park Chemlsford, Essex and Weston P ...

  45. Business Matters: UMPG, EMI, Seeqpod, President Obama and More

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 's ...

  46. Black Eyed Peas Announce The E.N.D. World Tour Dates

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas announced an ambitious 100-dates world tour, including a series of 2010 shows in North America, the popular hip-hop group's first full-scale tour of the U.S. and Canada in nearly four years. The North American leg of " ...

  47. Miley Cyrus Sells Out U.K. Arena Tour

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus has added an extra date at London's 23,000-capacity O2 Arena to meet demand after selling out her 2009 U.K./Ireland tour. The new date takes place on Dec. 29 and will form the teenager's fifth and final London show of her tou ...

  48. Alexandra Burke, Editors Top U.K. Charts

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Birmingham, England rock band Editors achieved their second consecutive No. 1 debut on the new U.K. album chart yesterday, while pop vocalist Alexandra Burke scored a new singles bestseller. "In This Light and On This Evening" (Kitchenwa ...

  49. Orange U.K.'s 'Monkey' Promoted At Malls

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telco Orange U.K. will promote its new music streaming service, Monkey, with hologram screenings of performances at shopping malls across the U.K. The service operates in partnership with Universal Music. Commencing Sept. 19 and 20, the gigs will ...

  50. 'Bizarre' Tour Signs Up U.K. Hip-Hop Acts

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rising U.K. urban acts Master Shortie, Gracious K and McLean will join Chipmunk, Ironik and Kid British for the "Bizarre Presents the Brrrap Pack" tour, presented by U.K. tabloid the Sun next month. It is the first tour of its kind for t ...

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