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  1. Berklee Announces New Online Music Degrees

    November 19, 2014 10:28 AM EST The Berklee College of Music has announced a new slate of online degree programs, including two in music creation, cementing its status as the first accredited non-profit music institution to offer Bachelor degrees on the web. Online students w ...

  2. Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert

    August 03, 2014 12:16 PM EDT Keith Urban says he's 'horrified' by reports of a possible sexual assault at his concert last weekend south of Boston. Boston Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Girl During Keith Urban Concert Eighteen-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston ...

  3. Boston Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Girl During Keith Urban Concert

    July 29, 2014 9:53 PM EDT An 18-year-old Boston man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl during a Keith Urban concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on July 26. Keith Urban Fans Taken to Hospital During Massachusetts Concert The teenage gir ...

  4. Dozens Hospitalized After Avicii Concert in Boston

    June 26, 2014 1:40 AM EDT An Avicii concert at Boston's TD Gardens ended with multiple people taking trips to the hospital, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Roughly 38 people, many of them teenagers, were hospitalized after using dangerous substances, The Boston ...

  5. Boston Calling Brings (Some) Local Bands, Sam Adams, and Hometown Pride

    May 21, 2014 12:32 PM EDT When Brian Appel announced the inaugural Boston Calling music festival last spring, the reaction was, “great idea, great lineup, terrible location,” he says. The former director of marketing at local radio station WFNX and now-defunct alt-weekly ...

  6. Billboard's Triple A Chart Gets a Makeover

    February 21, 2014 5:22 PM EST The tally welcomes several influential radio stations in major markets, further solidifying the chart's status as a launch pad for multi-format hits. Billboard's Triple A radio airplay chart undergoes a significant makeover, as its repor ...

  7. Miley Cyrus Fans Seek Refund for No-Show at Boston Jingle Ball

    December 21, 2013 12:30 PM EST Leading up to Boston's KISS 108 Jingle Ball, fans had plenty of reason to believe headliner Miley Cyrus would be performing. Although Winter Storm Electra had left the singer stranded in New York, the radio station allegedly continued to air ...

  8. Chart Moves: Boston Returns to Charts, Daft Punk's Biggest Selling Album

    December 12, 2013 10:05 AM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Garth Brooks logged his ninth No. 1 album with his new box set "Blame It All On My Roots," while Britney Spears collected her ninth top 10 with "Britney Jean." Brooks' box sold ...

  9. Alejandro Sanz to Receive Honorary Degree from Berklee College of Music, to Perform with Students

    November 04, 2013 4:53 PM EST When four-time 2013 Latin Grammy nominee Alejandro Sanz toured the U.S. last June, his venues included Radio City Music Hall and Miami’s American Airlines arena. Fans will have a chance to see the Spanish superstar in a more intimate venue in Bo ...

  10. The Top Hollywood Music Schools

    November 01, 2013 1:27 PM EDT The Hollywood Reporter's ranking of the top 10 music schools reveals a unique hierarchy of institutional standing. Based on a survey of academic and entertainment insiders -- including composers, arrangers, music supervisors, editors and en ...

  11. Dropkick Murphys Donate $300,000 to Boston Marathon Victims

    July 11, 2013 1:41 PM EDT Since 1996, the Dropkick Murphys have been the unofficial house band for the entire city of Boston. Their hit, "Tessie," was written for the Red Sox during their 2004 run to the World Series, when the team ended their 86-year champions ...

  12. Boston's Tom Scholz Ordered to Pay for Failed Defamation Lawsuit

    July 01, 2013 2:32 AM EDT The founder of the rock band Boston has been ordered to pay a newspaper $132,000 for the court costs it incurred in successfully defending itself against his defamation lawsuit. Musician Tom Scholz claimed the Boston Herald and two reporters bla ...

  13. Neil Diamond Records Charity Song For Boston

    June 26, 2013 1:57 PM EDT Neil Diamond visited Boston in the days following the marathon bombings and left convinced he should do something to help. "I was moved by the unity and the attitude of the people in Boston," Diamond said. "And that's really ...

  14. 'Boston Strong' Concert Organizer: 'This Town Can't Be Brought Down'

    May 03, 2013 8:52 PM EDT With the Boston Marathon bombings now firmly in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the future of the victims and the city itself -- reason enough for New Kids on the Block to organize and recruit acts for an all-star benefit concer ...

  15. Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ Sees 597% Sales Increase after Boston Bombing

    April 24, 2013 9:50 PM EDT Music appears to be helping provide some measure of comfort to mourners in Boston and other regions following the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15 that killed three and injured approximately 180. Neil Diamond made an impromptu visit to Boston ...

  16. Boston Manhunt Shuts Down City’s Live-Music Scene

    April 19, 2013 5:17 PM EDT The manhunt for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, shut down the city for much of Friday. As a result, many concert promoters and music venues in the Boston area have canceled or postponed events. “Across the ...

  17. Boston Radio Again Transforms From Playing Music To Covering Tragic News

    April 19, 2013 3:07 PM EDT As on Monday, when bomb explosions killed three and injured more than 180, further violence spurs more continuous news coverage today. For the second time this week, tragically, Boston's FM radio dial has transformed essentially from an ou ...

  18. Newbury Comics Shutters Stores, Warehouse In Wake of Boston Manhunt

    April 19, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Newbury Comics warehouse and office headquarters, which is located within Boston’s  lockdown zone in the manhunt for Marathon bomber suspect, is shuttered today, as are four of the chain's stores. "Early on we got the word not to open ...

  19. Boston Radio Provides Information, Comfort Following Marathon Tragedy

    April 16, 2013 5:43 PM EDT Sadly, it's in times of tragedy that live and local radio most often reinforces its value as a provider of information and comfort. Following yesterday's (April 15) tragic explosions during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, w ...

  20. Rolling Stones Announce '50 and Counting' North American Tour Dates

    April 03, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This morning the Rolling Stones finally released dates for their "50 and Counting" North American tour. The U.S. dates, as reported by Billboard.biz , will begin early next month on the West Coast, with announced markets including ...

  21. Downtown Music Taking 2013 Music Fest National With Earl Sweatshirt, Black Hippy, Purity Ring

    March 28, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Downtown Events, the live arm of the Downtown Music family of companies -- which include Downtown Records, RCRDLBL.com, Downtown Music Services and Downtown Music Publishing (which recently acquired the catalogs of Yoko Ono and John Lennon) -- t ...

  22. Built for Show: 17 New and Renovated Venues To Watch

    February 15, 2013 2:11 PM EST Above, the Leeds Arena in West Yorkshire, England The following appears in the latest issue of Billboard Magazine (which you can purchase here ), and includes additional exclusive content. Subscribe to Billboard Magazine right here . The strength ...

  23. Winter Storm Nemo Impacts Live-Music Biz In Northeast

    February 09, 2013 9:44 AM EST Nemo, the blizzard that body-slammed the Northeast yesterday into this morning, dumping feet of snow driven by high winds blowing frigid air, forced the cancellation or postponement of several concerts in the region, underscoring yet again why ...

  24. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  25. EDM Gets a Terrestrial-Radio Home on WHBA/Boston

    December 20, 2012 8:42 PM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment launched its first Electronic Dance Music (EDM) broadcast station today replacing the adult hits format on WHBA-FM with a new station called Evolution 101.7. Clear Channel purchased the signal, which had been ...

  26. Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music

    December 20, 2012 10:38 AM EST Rob Wiesenthal, President of Sony/ATV's international business, is leaving the world's no.1 music publisher to join Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group as chief operating officer/corporate, WMG said on Thursday. Wiesenthal, a Sony Co ...

  27. Radio Reacts to Newtown, From Dropping Ke$ha's 'Die Young' to Providing Comfort

    December 18, 2012 3:34 PM EST Following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday (Dec. 14), radio is doing what it traditionally does best in the wake of such tragedy: providing listeners a forum to express ...

  28. Branding the Firebrand: How Peter Tosh's Estate Is Revitalizing An Iconic Reggae Artist's Legacy

    December 07, 2012 12:58 PM EST Peter Tosh, a reggae icon whose estate is helping to revive his legacy. (Photograper: Peter Simon; courtesy of The Peter Tosh Estate) Peter Tosh's groundbreaking achievements in taking reggae to the mainstream are remarkable: A founding membe ...

  29. Fania Records Launching Pop-Up Store at Art Basel Miami

    December 03, 2012 11:29 AM EST Latin soul will invade this week's Art Basel Miami Beach, when Fania Records launches their Armada Fania club and pop-up store for four days near Miami's trendy Wynwood Arts District, a center of the art fair's social life. Similar ...

  30. Rod Stewart, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton Holiday Sets Primed for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    November 30, 2012 9:54 PM EST As previously reported, Alicia Keys' new album "Girl on Fire" is set to earn the highest debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart, with a No. 1 entrance likely. Industry sources suggest that the set, which hit retailers on Nov. 27 ...

  31. Melissa Ormond

    November 28, 2012 4:20 PM EST President, MSG Entertainment Tending The Garden Melissa Ormond, a 25-year veteran of the live entertainment business, became president of MSG Entertainment last year after serving as the division's COO since 2008. In her new role, Ormond over ...

  32. Pete Bennett, Legendary Promotion Man for Beatles, Stones, Many More, Dead at 77

    November 27, 2012 4:44 PM EST Pete Bennett -- the promotion man who famously worked with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Steven Tyler, Sam Cooke and many others -- died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day. He was 77. Born May 11, 1935 in the Bronx, Bennett was be ...

  33. Berklee College of Music Releases Study Detailing Salary Ranges For Music Industry Positions

    November 26, 2012 10:12 AM EST With both the music industry and the global economy in a near-constant state of flux, it's an uncertain time to be making a living in music. To that end, Boston's Berklee College of Music has released a new study detailing salary ranges ...

  34. Frank Barsalona Remembered by Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luukko, More

    November 25, 2012 6:57 PM EST While the seeds that produced the modern concert business were planted decades ago by pioneering agent Frank Barsalona -- who died Thanksgiving day -- and though he effectively quit the business when he merged his Premier Talent with what was then ...

  35. Frank Barsalona, Music Agent Who Revolutionized Concert Business, Dead at 74

    November 25, 2012 8:21 AM EST Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent agency changed the concert business, died early Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, a rep for his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. His passing was first repor ...

  36. Bubbling Under: Family Of The Year Keeps Radio's Folk Revival Rolling; Plus Sarah Darling, Gold Fields, Trinidad James

    November 23, 2012 9:25 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Family of the Year, Sarah Darling, Gold Fields and Trinidad James. Family of the Ye ...

  37. Barbra Streisand Tops Hot Tours Chart Followed by Andre Rieu, Jennifer Lopez

    November 20, 2012 4:04 PM EST Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 mill ...

  38. Road Work: George Jones, Sigur Ros, The Hives

    November 19, 2012 12:57 PM EST Timeless hearts: After a near six-decade career, country music legend George Jones has begun what he's terming a farewell tour. Dubbed the Grand Tour and booked by the Richard de la Font Agency, the run kicked off Nov. 11 at the Mansion The ...

  39. Value of Music Streaming is Data, Says Artist Zoe Keating @FutureSound Conference

    November 18, 2012 9:16 AM EST From left: Ethan Diamond, CEO/Co-Founder, Bandcamp; David Marcus, SVP of Worldwide Artist Services, WMG; Emily White, Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment; Zoe Keating, Artist; consultant Antony Bruno; Jon Irwin, President, Rhapsody International; ...

  40. Bubbling Under: Rudimental's 'Love' Takes Over

    November 09, 2012 12:19 PM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Rudimental, Liz Longley, One Night Rodeo and Sean Riva Rudimental Dance collective ...

  41. Kenny Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation' Tour Announced for 2013

    November 08, 2012 10:00 AM EST Kenny Chesney will mark 20 years on the road with the "No Shoes Nation" tour, scheduled to roll through stadiums throughout North America starting on March 16 in Tampa, Florida. The first round of dates includes 17 stadiums in cities ran ...

  42. How a Slew Of New Reporters Got To Top 40

    November 07, 2012 2:00 PM EST Format booms are often propelled by a hot body of music, but they don't always start that way. CBS launched Mike Joseph¹s Hot Hits format on WCAU-FM Philadelphia in September 1981--hardly a great time for top 40 music. WCAU¹s success prompted ...

  43. Updated: Hurricane Sandy Concert Cancelations, Postponements: Springsteen, Aimee Mann, Deftones, More

    October 30, 2012 12:51 PM EDT In addition to the multiple Hurricane Sandy-related show cancelations and postponements already announced (and listed below), several more came over the transom on Tuesday. The biggest is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who postponed thei ...

  44. Hurricane Sandy Causes Multiple Concert Cancelations, Postponements in Northeast (Update)

    October 29, 2012 5:00 PM EDT UPDATE: With multiple Northeast concerts already postponed or canceled, Hurricane Sandy is now stretching out into the middle of the week as promoters and music venues cancel events set for Tuesday (Oct. 30) and Wednesday. In addition to New York, ...

  45. Judd Apatow Talks Graham Parker's Acting, 'Freaks and Geeks,' His Neil Young Regret at Film TV Music Conf

    October 26, 2012 10:30 AM EDT (L-R): Mike Andrews, Musician, Graham Parker, Musician, Judd Apatow, Director/Writer/Producer, Manish Raval, Music Supervisor, Michael Penn (Photo: Arnold Turner) Judd Apatow is far better known for his comic chops than for his musical acumen - he ...

  46. Jason Aldean To Play First Country Concert at Boston's Fenway

    October 18, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox. The July 13 appearance will be the initial stop ...

  47. Freelance Whales Ride The Wave

    October 09, 2012 6:08 AM EDT Brooklyn's Freelance Whales surface with a rich sophomore set ripe for more synchs. In Latin, "diluvian" refers to material or sentiment left behind after a flood. But in the case of Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Freelance Whales, it ...

  48. How Colin James Came To Rock the 19th Floor of The Royal York Hotel

    October 04, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Colin James rocking Toronto's Royal York Hotel (Photo: Michel Roy/Digital Direct) If you happen to be a loyal Fairmont Hotels & Resorts guest, you just might be eligible for a private concert by an EMI artist like Corinne Bailey Rae, Emel ...

  49. How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

    October 02, 2012 12:19 PM EDT A pure pop boom coincides with the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's two-decade anniversary. Rihanna (left) and Katy Perry. (Photo: Getty Images) Happy birthday, Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart! Two decades in, the ranking co ...

  50. Chart Moves: 'Glee's' Britney 2.0 Tribute Debuts on Billboard 200, Madonna's 'MDNA' Rises

    September 28, 2012 8:55 PM EDT The Billboard 200 P!nk triumphed this week with her first No. 1 album on the chart as "The Truth About Love" debuted in the top slot with 280,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of five new entries in the top 10, where w ...

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