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  1. Album Reviews: The xx, Deadmau5, Melissa Etheridge & more

    September 13, 2012 12:35 PM EDT DEADMAU5 >Album Title Goes Here< Producer: Deadmau5 Ultra Music Release Date: Sept. 25 He recently wrote on Tumblr that he plans to "unplug for a wee bit" as a result of being "pretty miserable right now." But bef ...

  2. En Breve

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT La Santa Cecilia, Latin Recording Academy, and Berklee in Spain La Santa Cecilia tapped to Support Ryan Bingham La Santa Cecilia, known for mixing traditional Mexican music with pop songs, is embarking on a 10-city tour with Americana singer/songw ...

  3. Spain's Sonar Festival Debuting 8-City North American Tour In October

    September 13, 2012 6:30 AM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's cutting-edge music and multimedia arts festival, today announced Sonar on Tour, the event's first-ever road trek. The festival is slated to come to eight North American cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto ...

  4. Exclusive: Interscope To Re-Release Nero's 'Welcome Reality' With New Tracks, Skrillex Remix of 'Promises'

    September 10, 2012 1:32 PM EDT Nero may have sent six tracks from debut album Welcome Reality onto the charts in the U.K., but Interscope A&R rep Dave Rene thinks the EDM band has only scratched the surface of its success in the U.S. "They have such a massive following ...

  5. Venues Raising Their Profile

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT ArenaNetwork, Venue Coaltion help venues get on agents, promoters and artist managers' radar. There's some good news for the North American arena business. "The volume of things we're working on has never been greater," Ve ...

  6. Road Work

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT R. Kelly, Das Racist, Woods, and new supergroup Divine Fits hit the road. Sounds divine: Divine Fits -- a new supergroup comprising Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) and repped by Willia ...

  7. Chris Robinson's Fresh Jams

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Black Crowes frontman marches on with Chris Robinson Brotherhood. In 2011, Chris Robinson Brotherhood played 118 shows before ever releasing an album, which meant concert-goers only knew one thing when they bought tickets: This was the new band of ...

  8. Road Work

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Converge, Aesop Rock, & the Weeknd Come together: Salem, Mass.–based hardcore/metal outfit Converge will trek across the United States in October alongside a rotating cast of heavy hitters like Torch ...

  9. Clear Channel Rolls Out Ryan Seacrest to Announce Power 96.1, New Atlanta Top 40 Station

    August 30, 2012 12:33 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest makes a surprise appearance onstage at the Enrique Iglesias / Jennifer Lopez concert at Philips Arena Wednesday to launch Power 96.1 in Atlanta. (Photo: Cliff Robinson Photography for Clear Channel) Clear Channel Media and Entertainm ...

  10. Guggenheim Partners Nearing Deal to Buy Dick Clark Productions

    August 30, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Guggenheim Partners has entered final negotiations to acquire Dick Clark Productions for an amount that exceeds its hefty asking price, multiple sources have told The Hollywood Reporter. The deal for the storied production company behind the Golde ...

  11. Bubbling Under: No Limit For Skye Stevens, Youngblood Hawke, Jason Cassidy, Avery*Sunshine

    August 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Skye Stevens, Youngblood Hawke, Jason Cassidy and Avery*Sunshine Skye Stevens After ...

  12. Backbeat: The Kills Celebrate New Book With Signing, Free Converse City Carnage Show

    August 20, 2012 11:43 AM EDT (L-R): Photographer Kenneth Cappello and The Kills' Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart share a laugh with each other and a fan during their book signing at BookMarc in Manhattan's West Village. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Saturday was offi ...

  13. Morning Fix: 'Jay-Z's Nets,' Cooking Vinyl's New Rock Label, Sir Paul on Pussy Riot, Elvis

    August 16, 2012 8:48 AM EDT No, Jay-Z Is Not The Brooklyn Nets Majority Owner From the outside looking in at all of his contributions to the new Brooklyn Nets franchise - from lobbying for the new arena to designing the team logo -- one would think Jay-Z would own more than ...

  14. Chart Moves: Testament Flies High, Carrie Underwood Gains, Aer Debuts, Elvis Is Back on Billboard 200

    August 10, 2012 7:25 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Rick Ross ruled the top of the Billboard 200 this week, as his "God Forgives, I Don't," bowed atop the tally with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is the hip-hop veteran's fourth No. 1 set. Ros ...

  15. Hot Tours: Roger Waters On Top, Bruce Springsteen On His Tail

    August 09, 2012 11:52 AM EDT Roger Waters, featured in a recent Billboard cover story , closes out his highly successful The Wall Live Tour with a final No. 1 placement on the Hot Tours chart. Ticket sales totals from the tour's final eight North American dates, that wra ...

  16. Road Work: Good Old War and More

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Fun: Indie/folk trio Good Old War starts a U.S. tour at Philadelphia's Union Transfer (Aug. 6), then hits Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat (Aug. 7). In support of its 2012 release, "Come Back as Rain" (Sargent House), the group wil ...

  17. 40 Under 40: Tom Windish

    August 02, 2012 3:53 PM EDT Tom Windish President, The Windish Agency Website: windishagency.com Twitter: @tomwindishagent Fostering Live Success Tom Windish, 39, oversees one of the most progressive-thinking companies in concert booking today. With offices in Chicago, New Y ...

  18. 40 Under 40: Jonathan Mayers

    August 02, 2012 3:02 PM EDT Jonathan Mayers Co-Founder, Superfly Presents Website: superflypresents.com Twitter: @Bonnaroo Tastemaker On The Road The first Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in 2000 sold out 70,000 tickets in 11 days over the Internet. ...

  19. 40 Under 40: Jim Lucchese

    August 02, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Jim Lucchese CEO, The Echo Nest Website: The.Echonest.com Twitter: @echonest Central Intelligence Jim Lucchese, 39, is leading the growth of "big data" in the music business. But the CEO of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company bas ...

  20. Exclusive: Berkleemusic Names Debbie Cavalier New CEO

    July 31, 2012 9:21 AM EDT Debbie Cavalier has been named the new CEO of Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Boston's Berklee College of Music. Cavalier fills the spot left by the departure of former Berkleemusic CEO Dave Kusek in April. "All ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Comcast-Spectacor's Peter Luukko Talks Venue Management, the Booming Arena Market and What's Next

    July 23, 2012 2:26 PM EDT This is the extended version of an interview with Comcast Spectacor/Global Spectrum's Peter Luukko that appeared in this week's Billboard Magazine. You can subscribe to Billboard Magazine right here . Sitting in his corner office at the ...

  23. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  24. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  25. Amazon's 99-Cent Deals Sends 20 Titles Soaring Up the Charts, But at What Cost?

    July 12, 2012 6:49 PM EDT Amazon picked last week -- July 3, to be exact -- to remind everyone that it is the low-price music retailer on the Internet, when it offered 20 current albums at 99 cents apiece. Those 20 titles, which included Katy Perry's "Teenage Dre ...

  26. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  27. Maria Cole, Jazz Singer and Widow of Nat 'King' Cole, Dies at 89

    July 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Maria Cole, the widow of Nat "King" Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and a singer in Duke Ellington's band in the mid-1940s, died Tuesday of cancer in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 89. The Coles were wed in Harlem on Easter Sunday in 194 ...

  28. D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige Team Up For 'Liberation Tour' Dates

    July 09, 2012 5:01 PM EDT After separately dazzling the 2012 Essence Music Festival this weekend, R&B veterans D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige are teaming up for a co-headlining trek dubbed the Liberation Tour. Although only four East Coast dates for the joint tour hav ...

  29. Art Rocker Twin Shadow Gets a Different Kind of Billboard Hit

    June 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Twin Shadow premiered the video for "Five Seconds," the first single off second album "Confess," in the biggest way possible - on a billboard in the middle of Times Square. On June 20, art promotion company Artists Wanted took ...

  30. New Boston Top 40 Is Fourth CBS/Clear Channel Head-to-Head Challenge

    June 27, 2012 4:41 PM EDT CBS Broadcasting has announced plans to launch a new mainstream Top 40 station at 103.3 FM in Boston, replacing the current classic hits format of WODS-FM. The station, which will be known as "103.3 AMP Radio," is scheduled to debut at n ...

  31. Madison Square Garden Acquires L.A. Forum

    June 27, 2012 8:51 AM EDT The owners of New York's famed Madison Square Garden on Tuesday added the Los Angeles Lakers' old stomping grounds, the Fabulous Forum, to its stable of entertainment properties in a $23.5 million deal. The Madison Square Garden Co. will ...

  32. Business Matters: Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change

    June 22, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change -- More than half of all music projects -- 54.2%, to be exact -- on Kickstarter successfully meet their funding goal. This and other statistics are available on Kickstarter's ...

  33. Anatomy of a Synch: How Caveman's 'My Time' Landed in the 'I Love New York' Campaign (and 6,000 Taxis)

    June 22, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Licensing songs for commercials, or synchs, is a decades-old trend that has grown to become a meaningful part of the industry's revenue (over $342 million globally in 2011, according to the IFPI's 2012 report) and even more meaningful pa ...

  34. Road Work: June 30, 2012

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Jersey boys: In 2011, New Jersey's Real Estate released "Days," the band's second album and first for Domino. Returning from a European trek, the act will perform at Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival on July 15 and make i ...

  35. Fiona Apple Banked on Buzz to Build Anticipation for New Release

    June 14, 2012 8:15 PM EDT For her fourth album, "The Idler Wheel . . .," Fiona Apple wasn't willing to let her work be mishandled. Nearly seven years ago, the reclusive singer/songwriter released third album "Extraordinary Machine," a project that ...

  36. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  37. Avicii Tour Slammed As Overly Ambitious (At Best) at EDMBiz

    June 08, 2012 4:42 PM EDT It was the Swedish elephant in the room: Amid conversations about the explosive success of dance music and the industry's bright future, Avicii's floundering Le7els Tour was on the minds of many at Insomniac's EDMbiz conference. And ...

  38. Herb Reed, Founder of The Platters, Dead at 83

    June 05, 2012 12:48 PM EDT Herb Reed, far left, points to lead tenor Tony Williams in an undated Platters photo. (Photo: Redferns) Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great ...

  39. Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary: How the Complex Tour Came Together

    May 29, 2012 3:00 PM EDT (Photo: Guy Webster) God only knows how challenging it was to put together the Beach Boys' 50th-anniversary tour. With multiple managers, three booking agencies and the five Beach Boys participating in the reunion -- Brian Wilson, Mike Love, ...

  40. Amanda Palmer Hits $1 Million Mark on Kickstarter Campaign

    May 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has been burning through milestones since launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new album May 1, and today she hit another, surpassing $1 million raised with more than two days to go . Moments after reaching the milestone ...

  41. Jamaican Artist Busy Signal, With Top 10 Album on Reggae Charts, Arrested on Extradition Warrant

    May 22, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Jamaican sing-jay Busy Signal, 33, was arrested on May 21 by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team on a provisional extradition warrant at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport as he disembarked a flight arriving from the UK afte ...

  42. Radio Remembers Donna Summer: Songs Get Huge Airplay After News of Singer's Death

    May 18, 2012 4:38 PM EDT Following her death yesterday (May 17) at 63, radio is remembering legendary disco diva Donna Summer. Donna Summer - In Memoriam: There Will Always Be a You Detections of Summer's songs on all monitored U.S. terrestrial radio stations monitor ...

  43. Live Nation Finalizes Settlement In Decade-Long Ticket Pricing Lawsuit

    May 17, 2012 4:28 PM EDT A long-running dispute over whether Live Nation and former parent Clear Channel engaged in anticompetitive conduct in the promotion and pricing of live music concerts could be headed for some resolution. On Tuesday, lawyers for the company and a c ...

  44. Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63

    May 17, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Donna Summer, the 'Queen of Disco,' died today of cancer. She was 63. Summer is perhaps best known for her mid-70s tracks "Love to Love You Baby," produced by Giorgio Moroder which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 19 ...

  45. Breaking: Clear Channel Buys WFNX/Boston

    May 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT One of the last independently owned and operated major market radio frequencies, 101.7 FM in Boston, currently known as WFNX (Alternative Boston), has been sold by the Phoenix Media-Communications Group to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Th ...

  46. Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Announce Summer Tour

    April 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, two Latin pop stars undergoing impressive career revivals, have joined forces to co-headline a summer tour. The initial 16 dates of the North America trek were announced on Monday (April 30), with more dates to ...

  47. Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks Upfronts, Royalties, Growth, and Says: 'We Have No Intention To Leave YouTube'

    April 24, 2012 12:18 PM EDT It's a transitional time for Vevo, as the No. 1 most-watched YouTube channel (and No. 3 most-watched U.S. video platform on the web, according to Comscore) prepares to host its first upfront event for advertisers and agencies in New York on W ...

  48. IDENTITY Fest Announces Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Nero For Traveling EDM Event's Second Year

    April 24, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Traveling EDM dance-a-thon IDENTITY Festival will be returning for its second year with a 15-date nationwide tour this summer. The Live Nation event will feature such names as Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Nero, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner and more. Thir ...

  49. Record Store Day 2012: Useful Apps, In-Store Performances, More

    April 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Record Store Day is right around the corner (this Saturday April 21, but you already knew that), so here's a few updates and miscellaneous pieces of information that will help you manage your weekend and make it as enjoyable as possible. Reco ...

  50. Fiona Apple Announces 27-Date North American Summer Tour

    April 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT To support her long-awaited fourth album, The Idler Wheel… , Fiona Apple has plotted a 27-date headlining trek that kicks off on June 19, the same date as her album release. The reclusive singer's upcoming run will include a stop at Randall&# ...

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