Blues

  1. Live Nation Expands Promotion Offers To Clubs

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation is expanding its already huge 2009 promotion schedule to its club venues, with the Live Nation Club Passport program. For $49.99 (all-in and no fees) purchasers can see every show at Live Nation clubs in their city for the rest of the ...

  2. Court Rules In Favor Of The Ray Charles Foundation

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Ray Charles Foundation now holds all rights to the professional name, likeness, celebrity and other intellectual property of Ray Charles. The decisive ruling was handed down on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the late singer's death ( ...

  3. INgrooves Signs Telarc, Heads Up

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor INgrooves announced a deal with labels Telarc and Heads Up International, divisions of Concord Music Group, for territories worldwide excluding the United States and Canada. The Telarc and Heads Up catalogs include jazz artists ...

  4. Joao Gilberto, Jackson Browne For Madrid Guitar Fest

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian Joao Gilberto, who helped create the bossa nova music genre 50 years ago, is to be the star performer at Madrid's inaugural Guitar Festival to be held in the Spanish capital May 15-June 21. Gilberto will play and sing in solo perfor ...

  5. Fat Possum Licenses Hi Records Catalog

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fat Possum Records has licensed the entire Hi Records catalog, including Al Green's 1972 album "Let's Stay Together" and several of his greatest hits compilations, Billboard can reveal. The catalog also features albums by O.V. ...

  6. B.B. King Returns To International Stage

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST B.B. King will return to the stage in a series of arena concerts in the U.K., three years after announcing his retirement from international touring. According to a statement, "popular demand " has led the 83-year old blues legend to sch ...

  7. Spirit Acquires 'Fats' Catalog

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spirit Music Group (Spirit) has acquired the complete publishing catalog of Ferdinand "Fats" Washington, a blues and R&B songwriter best known for his collaborations with B. B. King and Lowell Fulson. Acquisition price was not disclo ...

  8. B.B. King Club To Cut Ticket Prices For Unemployed

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Times have been tough for those who have been laid off from their jobs in recent months, but the B.B. King Blues Club in New York is doing its part to ease their troubles. For the month of February, the venue is cutting all ticket prices for eveni ...

  9. Austin Fights To Keep Its Music Rep

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Thriving nightclubs, popular festivals and favorite sons like Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan have given Austin a well-deserved, if boastful, moniker: "Live Music Capital of the World." But the world has gotten a lot bigger since th ...

  10. Fats Domino Documentary To Air On PBS

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fats Domino lost his sprawling yellow-and-white house in Hurricane Katrina and with it, the keepsakes of an extraordinary career that took him from New Orleans honky-tonks to worldwide hitmaker. When Katrina swamped his Lower 9th Ward neighborhood ...

  11. Healey Family Battles Against Legacy Release

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST It looks like the battle over the posthumous release of recordings by blues-rock guitarist Jeff Healey, who died earlier this year after a bout with cancer, is set to rumble on. Healey's estate has lashed out at Winnipeg-based Arbor Records, ...

  12. Jeff Healey Family: Don't Buy New Album

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The family of late blues guitarist Jeff Healey have lashed out at a label it claims released a double-CD of early singles and unreleased live material that they did not authorize. The album, titled “The Jeff Healey Band – Legacy: Volume One,” was ...

  13. Line of Dylan Harmonicas Set For Release

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan is for the first time endorsing a line of harmonicas. Made by Richmond, Va.-based Hohner USA, a musical instrument maker, the harmonicas are called the Bob Dylan Signature Series and feature a machine stamp of Dylan's signature. &qu ...

  14. Decca Vet Mendl Dies

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hugh Mendl, the influential British producer and A&R man who signed the likes of Genesis and David Bowie to Decca Records, passed away on July 7 at the age of 88. Born in London on Aug. 6, 1919, Mendl was educated at University College, Oxford ...

  15. Decca Deal For Plant/Kraus Label

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent roots label Rounder has signed an extensive international licensing deal with Decca Music Group. With immediate effect, Universal Music Group's Decca label will release and promote a large part of Rounder's current repertoire ...

  16. Bo Diddley Dies At Age 79

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock legend Bo Diddley died this morning (June 2) of heart failure in Archer, Fla., according to his spokesperson. He was 79. Diddley suffered a stroke last spring and had a heart attack last August, from which he never fully recovered. Since then ...

  17. R.E.M., NIN, STP Set For Voodoo Music Experience

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock titans R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the 10th Voodoo Music Experience, Billbord.com can reveal. The event will be held Oct. 24-26 at New Orleans' City Park; tickets begin going on sale Friday (May 2 ...

  18. Ray Charles' Children, Ex-manager Battle

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles' children are accusing his longtime manager of mismanaging his estate and trusts and tarnishing his legacy by releasing two posthumous CDs the late singer never would have approved, according to a published report. In allegations ...

  19. Roots, Marley, Nevilles Set For Green Apple Fest

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Roots, Los Lonely Boys, the Neville Brothers, Ziggy Marley and Taj Mahal are just a few of the names that will grace this year's eight-city Green Apple Festival. The free concert event, which last year was held only in New York, Chicago a ...

  20. Muse Chasing New Fans Across The Globe

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While Muse has carved-out a reputation for pushing the boundaries musically, the British alternative rock trio has been particularly busy of late exploring new routes to their fans. The live music juggernaut is on the verge of completing a hattric ...

  21. Cherry Lane Inks T-Bone Walker Deal

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has entered into a worldwide administration agreement with Lord and Walker Music Publishing for the catalog of Aaron Walker, Sr., known as T-Bone Walker. Walker, who passed away in 1975, was a pioneer on the electric g ...

  22. Guitarist Healey Dies At 41

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Legendary Canadian blues guitarist Jeff Healey died on Sunday in a Toronto hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 41. Healey, who lost his sight as an infant due to a rare form for cancer, began playing guitar when he was three, quickly utili ...

  23. Clapton Invited To Play In North Korea

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST North Korean officials have invited Eric Clapton to play a concert in the Communist state, a diplomat at the country's embassy in London said today (Feb. 26). The diplomat confirmed reports in the British media that Clapton had been officiall ...

  24. Beyoncé Starring In Chess Records Film

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé Knowles is adding "executive producer" to her resume. The 10-time Grammy winner has signed on to executive produce and star in Darnell Martin's "Cadillac Records" for Sony BMG Films. Knowles will play Etta James in ...

  25. L.A.'s Viper Room Sold To Morton

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Viper Room, which sits on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, has been sold to Pink Taco Restaurants founder Harry Morton, whose father Peter Morton founded the Hard Rock Cafes and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Financial terms of the ...

  26. Dr. John, Knight Added To Poderosa Line-Up

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Dr. John and Jean Knight have been added to the bill of this year's seventh annual Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference, set for April 29-30 at the House of Blues and the Parish in New Orleans. The artists will perform alongside Wardell Quezergue ...

  27. Ike Turner's Death Tied To Cocaine

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rock 'n' roll pioneer Ike Turner's death last month at age 76 was caused by a cocaine overdose, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday. "We are listing that he abused cocaine, and that's what re ...

  28. Blues Artist 'Weepin' Willie Dies

    December 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Weepin'" Willie Robinson, a blues singer who performed with Steven Tyler and Bonnie Raitt but also spent time homeless, has died at age 81. Robinson had been a sharecropper, an Army veteran and a friend of performers, including B.B ...

  29. Digital Briefs: The Orchard, VeeJay Records And More

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST - The Orchard has struck a digital distribution deal with vintage blues label Vee-Jay Records, known for their early recordings of Little Richard, Jimmy Reed, The Staple Singers, John Lee Hooker, among others. The label specialized in Blues, Jazz, ...

  30. Dion Plays London Club Date

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Dion, the veteran rock 'n' roller who struck hits in the 1960s "Runaround Sue" and "Wanderer," is to play his first U.K. gig on Thursday (Nov. 8) to promote his latest album "Son of Skip James". The concert ...

  31. Voodoo Attendance Hits All-Time High

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT This year's ninth annual Voodoo Music Experience, held Oct. 26-28 at New Orleans' City Park, drew approximately 150,000 concertgoers, again breaking past attendance records, according to Stephen Rehage, the festival's founder and pr ...

  32. House Of Blues, Revolver Partner

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation-owned House Of Blues and Revolver Magazine have entered into a two-year partnership, which calls for Revolver to provide advertising and sponsorship opportunities to the House Of Blues brand. As part of the deal, Revolver will supply a ...

  33. Grammy Spotlight Shines In D.C.

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Academy honored Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Quincy Jones last night for their support of music industry issues during the group's annual Grammys on the Hill dinner in the nation's capi ...

  34. Bo Diddley Stable After Heart Attack

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bo Diddley is in stable condition at a Florida hospital after suffering a heart attack. The 78-year-old artist complained of dizziness and nausea during a routine medical checkup Friday, said publicist Susan Clary. She said Diddley suffered a hear ...

  35. Babyface Preps 'Playlist' For Resurrected Mercury

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds will release his upcoming album, "Playlist," via the resurrected Mercury Records on Sept. 18. The album, Edmonds' 11th studio set, will be the label's first release since re-launching in April ...

  36. Blues Singer Etta James Hospitalized In LA

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blues singer Etta James is in stable condition in a Los Angeles hospital, suffering from complications following abdominal surgery, her manager said on Wednesday. The 69-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical ...

  37. New York Blues Guitarist Perry Dead At 49

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blues guitarist Bill Perry, who was discovered by Woodstock folk legend Richie Havens, has died, his label Blind Pig Records reported on Wednesday. He was 49. According to Greg Schwark, Perry's road manager, the musician was found at his apar ...

  38. Cream, DKNY Kick Off Shoe Partnership

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cream, the U.K.-based international dance-music entertainment provider and festival promoter, has joined forces with U.S designer label DKNY to produce a limited number of fashionable trainers. Cream and DKNY are creating only 1,000 pairs, which w ...

  39. MVD Links With Tony Palmer

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent DVD distributor MVD Visual has partnered with director Tony Palmer and will begin releasing his music-centered documentaries on DVD this fall. On Sept. 18 MVD will release "All My Loving," which looks at the intersection of m ...

  40. It's Good To Be B.B. King

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Three months. That was the longest stretch B.B. King ever took off from the road. Six weeks in, however, that old antsy feeling came knocking. "I was married then, and I'd promised my wife I would take off for a while," King says. & ...

  41. Clapton Flanked By Guitar Heroes For Summer Fest

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Eric Clapton will be surrounded by esteemed guests at his second Crossroads Guitar Festival, to be held July 28 at Toyota Park in Chicago. B.B. King, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill lead the lineup for the event, w ...

  42. B.B. King Blues Fest To Feature Green, James

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 14-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif., Billboard.biz has learned. ...

  43. Alex Hodges To Exit House Of Blues

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alex Hodges confirms to Billboard.biz that he is leaving House Of Blues Concerts, where he was executive VP, effective Friday (Feb. 2). The company, which includes several amphitheaters, HOB Clubs and a thriving concert promotion business, was acq ...

  44. Review: Kenny Wayne Shepherd's '10 Days Out'

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kenny Wayne Shepherd: "10 Days out (Blues From the Backroads)" Producer: Jerry Harrison Reprise Release Date: Jan. 23 Kenny Wayne Shepherd passed for an old blues soul when he was just 18 and released his first album, "Ledbetter Hei ...

  45. Canada Bluesman Recovering From Surgery

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Jeff Healey, Canada's premier blues artist, is recovering from surgery to remove cancerous tissue from his lungs. The blind musician who records for Canada's Stony Plain Records in Edmonton, Alberta, underwent an operat ...

  46. '50s Pop Singer Georgia Gibbs Dies At 87

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Georgia Gibbs, a versatile singer who starred on the popular show "Your Hit Parade" and reached the top of the charts in the 1950s with covers of songs by black artists, has died. She was 87. Gibbs died Saturday at New York's Memori ...

  47. Pianist And Bandleader Jay McShann Dies

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pianist and bandleader Jay McShann died at a hospital today (Dec. 7) in Kansas City, Mo., following a brief illness. He was 90 years old. A self-taught musician, McShann was the last of the great Kansas City players of the '30s and '40s, ...

  48. Blues Pioneer Robert Lockwood Jr. Dies

    November 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Robert Lockwood Jr., a pioneering Mississippi Delta blues guitarist and singer, has died. He was 91. Lockwood died yesterday (Nov. 21) of respiratory failure at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. Hospital spokesman George Stama ...

  49. Blues Pioneer Robert Lockwood Jr. Dies

    November 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST He was 91. Robert Lockwood Jr., a pioneering Mississippi Delta blues guitarist and singer, has died. He was 91. Lockwood died yesterday (Nov. 21) of respiratory failure at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. Hospital spokesman G ...

  50. R&B Singer Ruth Brown Dies

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Atlantic signed star charted 24 singles. Ruth Brown, the vivacious R&B singer whose early hits established Atlantic Records, has died of complications following a stroke and a heart attack in Henderson, Nev. She was 78. Brown, who died Friday ...

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