Black Sabbath

  1. Rick Rubin Talks Punk Rock Hip-Hop, the Advantage of Big Companies in Rare Interview

    June 24, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Recently, legendary producer Rick Rubin sat down for a rare hour-long interview with BBC Radio One's Zane Lowe at his Shangri-La studio in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning mastermind behind such canonical records as Beastie Boys' " ...

  2. Strait’s Farewell Stands Atop Hot Tours With $6.4 M in Sales

    April 17, 2014 6:28 PM EDT George Strait, the reigning Entertainer of the Year for both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association, is nearing the end of his Cowboy Rides Away tour that began its final leg in January. The country legend earns his fourth No. ...

  3. Morning Fix: Weddings, Robots, Beatles: Complete Grammy Awards Coverage; Nick Cave Doc, Stuart Murdoch Win at Sundance; Power 100 Video Interviews with Joe Smith, Rob Light

    January 27, 2014 8:38 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE THE 2014 GRAMMY AWARDS RECAP: WEDDINGS, FRENCH ROBOTS, PAUL & RINGO At a Grammy ceremony that may be forever known for a marriage ceremony with 33 couples presided over by Queen Latifah and Mado ...

  4. Weird Merch: Converse's Black Sabbath Chuck Taylor All-Stars

    January 09, 2014 8:32 PM EST Converse has just announced a Black Sabbath collection based on its classic Chuck Taylor All-Star sneaker sneaker design, which may be more of a brilliantly synergistic marketing concept than anyone could have ever guessed. A quick look at the liv ...

  5. Grammys 2014 Rock Noms: Black Sabbath Rules; Zep, Bowie, Stones, QOTSA, Alabama Shakes, Neko Case Get Nods

    December 07, 2013 12:36 PM EST A liberal touch of gray, and plenty of testosterone, mark the nominees in the rock categories for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. And a few long-neglected rock icons have an opportunity to bring home some precious metal next month. Grammy Awards 20 ...

  6. Brandle's Global Bits: Vinyl Spins a Good Tune in Britain, Scalping Under the Microscope in Aus, NZ’s Year of the Lorde

    October 21, 2013 12:02 AM EDT Vinyl Spins a Good Tune In Britain Whisper, but don’t shout about it just yet. Vinyl is on the rebound in Britain, and the cold-hard numbers back it up. Shipments of vinyl have soared by 100% in the U.K. in 2013, according to new data provided b ...

  7. Black Sabbath Earns First-Ever No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 19, 2013 10:57 AM EDT Almost 43 years after Black Sabbath debuted on the Billboard 200, the iconic rock band earns its first No. 1 album this week with the arrival of "13." The set starts at No. 1 with 155,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  8. Black Sabbath Snare First No. 1 UK Album in 42 Years

    June 17, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The reunited Black Sabbath have established a new U.K. chart record for the longest gap between No. 1 albums. Their new set  13 (Vertigo/Universal) debuted at the summit yesterday (Sunday), 42 years and eight months after their second album  Par ...

  9. Big Time Rush, 'Man of Steel' Soundtrack Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 14, 2013 8:07 PM EDT Big Time Rush and the "Man of Steel" soundtrack are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Big Time Rush's new "24/Seven" album could sell around 45,000 copies by ...

  10. PIAS Partners With BMG Over Sanctuary/Mute Catalog; European Indie To Open New York Office

    May 31, 2013 3:51 PM EDT European independent PIAS has partnered with BMG to provide digital and physical retail marketing, sales, manufacturing, and distribution services for its recently-acquired Sanctuary and Mute catalogs. The deal, which covers the world, excludin ...

  11. Chart Moves: Daft Punk Scores Biggest Hot 100 Hit, Black Sabbath Returns and More

    April 26, 2013 4:54 PM EDT As previously reported, P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason" (featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess) spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Who else makes noteworthy moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?   -- ...

  12. Veteran Promoter Jose Muniz Joins Evenpro Group, XYZ Live

    October 03, 2012 6:04 PM EDT Latin American concert promoter Jose Muniz has joined Evenpro Group and XYZ Live, according to the companies. The Evenpro Group, which has equity in the Brazil-based XYZ Live, has offices in Miami; Caracas, Venezuela; Bogota, Colombia; San Jose; C ...

  13. Backbeat: Capitol Theatre Debuts With Sold-Out Bob Dylan Concert After Lavish Restoration

    September 05, 2012 3:32 PM EDT The renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on opening night. (Photo: Jem Aswad) One of the more welcome developments in the concert industry over the past several years has been the revival of many classic theaters, ranging from the U ...

  14. Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic

    August 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman recently completed a P&D deal with ...

  15. Lollapalooza Announces 2013 Dates

    July 25, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Photo courtest of the Lollapalooza message board . Lollapalooza's organizers sure are thinking ahead. While their 2012 iteration hasn't even kicked off yet -- the Chicago festival is set to take place over the weekend of August 3-5 -- ad ...

  16. Album Reviews: Nas, Soul Asylum, JEFF the Brotherhood, Matisyahu

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT HIP-HOP NAS Life Is Good Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: July 17 Nas has admitted that the frilly green dress draped over his right knee on the cover of "Life Is Good" is the gown ex-wife Kelis wore at their wedding in 2005. It& ...

  17. Howie Richmond, Co-Founder of Songwriters Hall of Fame, Dies

    June 01, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Howie Richmond, a giant in music publishing since the 1940s, died May 20 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 94. Richmond began his career in the music industry in 1935, working in publicity, before founding publishing company Cromwell Music in 1949 a ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Backbeat: Johnny Depp, Dee Snider Perform, Metal Industry Cuts Loose at Revolver Golden Gods Awards

    April 12, 2012 6:00 PM EDT (Photo: Ryan J. Downey) Johnny Depp stunned the crowd when he joined Marilyn Manson onstage on Wednesday at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards . As thrilling as it was for Depp to be playing guitar on "The Beautiful People" and "Sweet ...

  20. Grammy Museum Opens First Ever Heavy Metal Exhibit

    April 12, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Slayer's Marshall stacks greet visitors coming up form the ground floor. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Prior to the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show yesterday (April 12), the Grammy Museum opened its first-ever heavy metal exhibit, "Golden Gods: Th ...

  21. Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining

    April 11, 2012 1:00 AM EDT The extra-colorful lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, led by the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunited Black Sabbath, was unveiled on Wednesday morning (Apr. 11). The annual C3 Presents-promoted fest will return to Chicago' ...

  22. Black Sabbath Reunion Hits Speed Bump: Drummer Threatens to Quit

    February 02, 2012 8:23 PM EST The Black Sabbath reunion hasn't faced enough obstacles already, what with guitarist Tony Iommi's recent lymphoma diagnosis moving the band's recording sessions to London and reportedly forcing them to pull out of a headlining slot ...

  23. Billboard Power 100: Marc Geiger

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 21 Marc Geiger Head of Music William Morris Endeavor Twitter: @marcgeiger All Bases Covered... Talk about breadth of experience. In 2011, agent Marc Geiger was booking Roger Waters' multimillion-dollar extravaganza Wall tour and also tout ...

  24. Black Sabbath Was Confirmed for Coachella But Pulled Out Due to Tony Iommi's Illness: Sources

    January 11, 2012 7:28 AM EST The reunited Black Sabbath was one of the planned headliners for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but was forced to pull out just before yesterday's official lineup announcement due to guitarist Tony Iommi's rec ...

  25. Universal Republic Appoints Jim Roppo as EVP of Marketing

    January 09, 2012 12:24 PM EST Universal Republic Records announced today that the label has appointed industry veteran Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President of Marketing. Roppo will report to Universal president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, both of whom ...

  26. Backbeat: Original Black Sabbath Lineup Reunites At L.A.'s Whisky A Go-Go

    November 14, 2011 6:54 AM EST The Whisky a Go Go marquee in L.A. announces the Black Sabbath reunion. Los Angeles' tiny Whisky A-Go-Go was packed Friday (Nov. 11) with music press, industry executives and hardcore fans for the long anticipated announcement that the origin ...

  27. Black Sabbath's Classic Lineup to Reunite for New Album, Tour

    November 11, 2011 2:12 PM EST Black Sabbath is reuniting to record its first studio album with original frontman Ozzy Osbourne since 1978, and will support it with a massive 2012 tour. The group made the announcement during a press conference today (Nov. 11) at the Whiskey A-G ...

  28. Backbeat: Playboy Mansion Hosts Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Innaugural Awards Gala

    November 09, 2011 6:30 AM EST From left are Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund medical director/co-founder Dr. Sandeep Kapoor (who received the Sacred Heart Award); Mike Carden; Danny Zelisko; Gloria Butler, wife and manager of Black Sabbath bassist Terry "Ge ...

  29. Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne Team Up for Super Bowl Ad

    January 27, 2011 6:47 PM EST Fresh-faced Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber has teamed up with veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon to make a Best Buy commercial for next month's Super Bowl, the U.S. electronics chain said on Thursday. Bieber, 16, currently the ...

  30. AC/DC, Stones, Slash Win At Classic Rock Awards

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Classic Rock magazine held its annual awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, with the big winners including AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin . The Nov. 10 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour event kicked off with a pe ...

  31. Activision Unveils 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock'

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision unveiled its next entry for the Guitar Hero franchise, called “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” due out this fall. The company has seriously scaled back its music game strategy, now offering only this one installment after two years of f ...

  32. Metal Legend Ronnie James Dio Dead At 67

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ronnie James Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67. Dio revealed last ...

  33. Billboard To Honor Ozzy Osbourne With 'Legend' Award

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard will fete Ozzy Osbourne with the Legend of Live award at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards, set for November 5 in New York. Osbourne will be in person at the event to receive the honor. The Billboard Legend of Live award recognizes an in ...

  34. 'Brutal Legend' Soundtrack Unveiled

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Having settled its lawsuit with original publisher Activision, the developers of "Brutal Legend" have released the soundtrack for the highly anticipated heavy metal adventure fantasy videogame. The list includes more than 100 songs from ...

  35. Ozzy Osbourne Sues Over Rights To Black Sabbath Name

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has sued his former band mate Tony Iommi over the ownership of the group's name. Osbourne, 60, filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York, on Tuesday accusing the guitarist of falsely claiming to be the ...

  36. BBC Doc Rocks Latin America

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Five Latin American territories will screen the BBC/VH1 Classic (U.S.) co-production "Seven Ages of Rock," following its successful inclusion at this year's BBC Showcase Latin America. Globo in Brazil, Hispanoamerica TV in Paraguay, ...

  37. The Cure Named NME Godlike Genius Winners

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative-rock veterans The Cure are to be honored on Feb. 25 as recipients of the 2009 Godlike Genius accolade at the Shockwaves NME Awards. The announcement coincides with the release of the band's thirteenth album, "4:13 Dream& ...

  38. Slipknot: Chaos Theory

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The moment is burned into the mind of Roadrunner Records president Jonas Nachsin. It was 1999, and his label had convinced Ozzfest organizers to put its newly signed band, Slipknot, on the festival's second stage. Curious to see the band in a ...

  39. Planet Rock Solid After Buy Out

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An unlikely team of veteran rockers has pitched in to save the U.K.'s Planet Rock from extinction. The digital station owned by radio group GCap has been acquired by businessman Malcolm Bluemel (chief executive of British passport and visa se ...

  40. AMG Adds Birmingham Venue

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Academy Music Group is expanding its portfolio of music venues with a deal to acquire the "Dome" in Birmingham, its second site in the English midlands city. AMG has reached terms with Portmanor Projects, and has proposed ...

  41. Ozzy Says He'll Headline 2008 Ozzfest

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Forget those rumors that Ozzfest will have to do without Ozzy Osbourne in the future. The Prince of Darkness told reporters during a teleconference today that he'll be at the top of the 2008 Ozzfest bill -- "as far as I know." He di ...

  42. Three Weeks at No. 1 for 'High School Musical 2'

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "High School Musical 2" makes it three for three at the top of The Billboard 200 as it extends its stay in the penthouse ... an eclectic group of debuts grace the top 10 this week, including a career-high No. 2 placing for Casting Crowns ...

  43. Maroon5 Flies In At No. 1

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Maroon5 scores its first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" enters atop the chart with 429,000 ... Ozzy Osbourne hits a new career high on The Billboard 200 with "Black Rain" ... Young Jeezy ...

  44. Ex-Kiss Guitarist Mark St. John Dies

    April 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John died yesterday morning from an apparent brain hemorrhage. He was 51. Born Mark Norton in Hollywood, Calif., St. John was Kiss' third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984. By this point ...

  45. Legends Line Up For Hall Of Fame

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST R.E.M., Van Halen, Patti Smith, the Ronettes and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 12 during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. To be eligible for induction, this ye ...

  46. Black Sabbath Members To Form New Band

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Heaven and Hell to launch tour next year. The Black Sabbath boys are back, as the new band Heaven and Hell. Guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ronnie James Dio — former members of British metal supergroup Bla ...

  47. Ian Copeland Dies At 57

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Founded Frontier Booking International (F.B.I.). One of the most colorful careers in music came to a close today as pioneering booking agent Ian Copeland died in Los Angeles of melanoma. He was 57. The sons of a CIA agent, Copeland and his brother ...

  48. Sabbath, Blondie Lead Rock Hall's 2006 Class

    March 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Event will be broadcast March 21 on VH1. Iconic heavy metal quartet Black Sabbath, new-wave pop crossover combo Blondie, late jazz legend Miles Davis, southern rock mainstays Lynyrd Skynyrd, notorious punk outfit the Sex Pistols and A&M Record ...

  49. Ozzy, SOAD, Disturbed To Rock Ozzfest

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST The mainstage lineup for Ozzfest 2006 will boast founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne for 10 shows, along with System of a Down, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil and another major act to be announced o The mainstage lineup for Ozzfest 2006 will boa ...

  50. Floyd, Hendrix Inducted Into U.K. Hall Of Fame

    November 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics were among the honorees inducted last night (Nov. 16) into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics were among the honorees inducted last night (Nov. 16) into the U.K. Music Hal ...

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