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  1. Jay-Z and Kanye West Reschedule 'Throne' Tour (Report)

    August 02, 2011 11:04 AM EDT The Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration 'Watch the Throne' hits iTunes in a week (Aug. 8) and brick-and-mortars a week after that, but fans eager to see them in person will have to wait until late October to take in their live show, according ...

  2. Kings of Leon Cancel Entire U.S. Tour

    August 01, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kings of Leon announced the cancellation of their U.S. tour following an onstage meltdown at a performance in Dallas on Friday night (July 29). Frontman Caleb Followill walked offstage after claiming he was too hot to perform, and the band subsequ ...

  3. Camila To Launch U.S. Tour

    July 26, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Mexican pop trio Camila will launch a 10-city U.S. tour beginning Sept. 8 at the Pharr Event Center in McAllen, TX. The tour, produced by Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) and presented by 5 Gum, will be the most ambitious to date in the U.S. for t ...

  4. ESPN Orders High School Makeover Show 'Rise Up' to Series

    July 25, 2011 7:22 PM EDT ESPN has ordered high school makeover show "Rise Up" to series and the network has enlisted country music star Kenny Chesney to write the theme song for the franchise. Hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and DIY televi ...

  5. Jay-Z and Kanye West, A.K.A. 'The Throne,' Announce Tour

    July 25, 2011 8:31 AM EDT A week after debuting their new single, "Otis," off "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West are joining forces to form the group 'The Throne' and announce their 'Watch the Throne Tour,' kicking off on Septe ...

  6. Rock the Bells Teams With Live Nation for House of Blues Tour

    July 25, 2011 7:15 AM EDT In summer of 2010, concert ticket sales were so sluggish that several big-name acts, such as Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Lilith Fair, and the American Idol Live summer outing, were forced to cancel dates, downsize, or in the most dramatic of exam ...

  7. 5 Hot Fall Tours: Widespread Panic, Reba McEntire, Foster The People, Tiesto and Pretty Lights

    July 22, 2011 12:56 PM EDT WIDESPREAD PANIC VENUES: Theaters, amphitheaters, arenas DATES: Sept. 15-Dec. 31 SUPPORT: Trombone Shorty, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Futurebirds; most shows billed as "an evening with" BOOKING AGENT: Buck Williams, Progressive G ...

  8. How Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's 'Don't You Wanna Stay' Has Become a Crossover Adult-Radio Hit

    July 21, 2011 4:56 PM EDT Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" is proving to have staying power. After peaking at No. 31 in a 26-week chart run from November through May, the collaboration returns this week to the Billboard Hot ...

  9. 50 Years of Adult Contemporary: From Johnny Mathis to Elton John, From Celine Dion to Bruno Mars

    July 19, 2011 2:29 PM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said Richard Marx , "flipping the dial. I was like, 'Awesome, it's the new single!'" At a June 23 performance at Clear Channel's P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York, M ...

  10. Coheed and Cambria's Michael Todd Arrested for Armed Robbery

    July 11, 2011 10:32 AM EDT Police have arrested Coheed and Cambria bass player Michael Todd for allegedly robbing a pharmacy. The Attleboro, Mass., police department said they responded to a report of a robbery around 1 p.m. Sunday at a Walgreens. "Upon arrival, it was ...

  11. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  12. 'The Voice' Finalists Planning Albums

    June 30, 2011 7:54 AM EDT Three of the four finalists on NBC's "The Voice" are already making plans to start recording albums prior to a six-city tour that starts July 27 in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Winner Javier Colon, who had been dropped by ...

  13. Alicia Keys To Help Produce Broadway Play

    June 28, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers. Keys, whose hits include "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R. Diamond's play "Stick ...

  14. Nashville Memorial Service for Steve Popovich Announced

    June 22, 2011 2:23 PM EDT A Tennessee memorial service for longtime CBS and Cleveland International executive Steve Popovich will be held on Thursday, June 30, in Murfreesboro. Popovich, who played a key role in Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" as well as the c ...

  15. Mana Joins Britney Spears As Only Artists To Headline Eight Staples Center Shows

    June 21, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Maná, the biggest-selling or -touring Latin rock act in the world, joins Britney Spears as the only artists to headline eight concerts at Staples Center. The band, which sold out four shows in Los Angeles at Staples June 23-26, will also equal the ...

  16. Read: Clive Davis' Eulogy for CBS Records Exec Steve Popovich

    June 15, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Steve Popovich, a veteran music industry executive who played a key role in Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" as well as the careers of the Jackson 5, Cheap Trick, Boston and many others, died last week at his apartment in Murfreesboro, ...

  17. Manu Chao U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    June 13, 2011 5:51 PM EDT Manu Chao, who helped popularize the Latin alternative movement, is scheduled to start his U.S. "La Ventura" tour on Aug. 31 with a concert in Boston at the House of Blues. The singer/songwriter, who was born in Paris to Spanish parents, ...

  18. Lindsey Buckingham Announces New Self-Released Album, Tour

    June 13, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Lindsey Buckingham will self-release his sixth solo album, "Seeds We Sow," on Sept. 6 and embark on 31-city North American tour in September and October. The album's first single is "In Our Own Time." Buckingham's las ...

  19. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 6:10 AM EDT NEW YORK - A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night wh ...

  20. Steve Popovich: An Appreciation by Bob Sherwood

    June 09, 2011 3:57 PM EDT (Steve Popovich, a veteran music industry executive who played a key role in Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" as well as the careers of the Jackson 5, Cheap Trick, Boston and many others, died Wednesday morning at his apartment in Murf ...

  21. Steve Popovich, Cleveland International and CBS Records Exec, Dead at 68

    June 09, 2011 12:24 AM EDT Steve Popovich, a veteran music industry executive who played a key role in Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" as well as the careers of the Jackson 5, Cheap Trick, Boston and many others, died Wednesday morning at his apartment in Murfr ...

  22. Hackers Attack Another Sony Network, Post Data

    June 03, 2011 6:41 AM EDT BOSTON/NEW YORK - Hackers broke into Sony Corp's computer networks and accessed the information of more than 1 million customers to show the vulnerability of the electronic giant's systems, the latest of several security breaches undermi ...

  23. Fake Tupac Alive Story Posted on PBS Website

    May 31, 2011 7:42 AM EDT PBS officials say hackers have cracked the network's website, posting a phony story claiming dead rapper Tupac Shakur was alive in New Zealand, and a group that claimed responsibility for the hacking complained about a recent "Frontline& ...

  24. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    May 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance will lead the lineup of the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour, which is scheduled to visit North American amphitheaters this summer/fall. Support acts on the 40-plus-date trek include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and M ...

  25. Live Nation Shares Surge Following News of Improved Ticket Sales

    May 19, 2011 1:38 PM EDT News of improved ticket sales is music to investors' ears this week. Shares of Live Nation rose 9.1% Wednesday after Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said May ticket sales were up 7% year over year. Shares were up another 2.7% in midday trading ...

  26. Gentlemen Hall Win Billboard's Battle of the Bands

    May 19, 2011 12:23 PM EDT Gentlemen Hall drove to Billboard & Chevy's Battle of the Bands live showdown at Las Vegas' Freemont Street Experience on Wednesday (May 18) knowing they were up against tough competition from the five other finalists chosen by Billb ...

  27. 'The Four Freshmen' Tenor Bob Flanigan Dies At 84

    May 16, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Bob Flanigan, an original member of the four-part jazz vocal harmony group The Four Freshmen, has died in Las Vegas at age 84, a manager of the group said Monday. Flanigan died Sunday at home of congestive heart failure, with family members nearby ...

  28. Enrique Iglesias to Tour With Pitbull, Prince Royce This Fall

    May 12, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias announced at a press conference today that he will be touring U.S. arenas with special guests Pitbull and Prince Royce this Fall. Starting September 22 in Boston, the tour will travel to nearly 20 cities and culminate in an Octobe ...

  29. Music Hack Day Round-Up

    May 09, 2011 11:45 AM EDT The San Francisco installment of the Music Hack Day series just ended, on the eve of the SFMusicTech conference. This was the 13th Music Hack Day, where developers utilize freely available APIs to create prototype music apps based on whatever crea ...

  30. Business Matters: Why Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Really Grew 6%, Not 17%

    May 06, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Why Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Really Grew 6%, not 17% -- Live Nation had a decent first quarter of 2011. Concert attendance was flat and ticket sales were up 11%. But revenue growth wasn't really as good as you might have read in various ...

  31. Mana Sells Out Three L.A. Shows in Hours, Will They Break Their Own Touring Record?

    May 01, 2011 12:25 PM EDT In a matter of hours, Mexican rock band Mana sold out the three shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center which kick off their U.S. Tour. Mana's first show, slated for June 23, sold out less than an hour after tickets went on-sale at 10 a.m. ...

  32. Rethink Music: Our Favorite Tweets

    April 27, 2011 7:28 PM EDT If you weren't at the Rethink Music conference in Boston, you missed some great discussion about the future (and past) of the music business - although probably read about it, watched a livestream or simply followed attendees' thoughts o ...

  33. Topspin's Ian Rogers Announces New Data Product at Rethink Music Panel

    April 27, 2011 6:10 PM EDT BOSTON -- Data can be just as confounding as anything else in the digital era, data panelists at the Rethink Music conference said. There's plenty of it, but the trick is to know what you want to do with it. "A lot of what we're try ...

  34. Latin Radio Programmers Trying to Make PPM Its BFF

    April 27, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Ever since Arbitron introduced its new Portable People Meter, or PPM, system of ratings in 2007, radio programmers have struggled to make sense of the new data. At the conference's closing event on Wednesday, "Make PPM Your BFF," it ...

  35. Lyor Cohen Talks 360 Deals, High Salaries, The Future of Labels -- But Not Warner Music Auction -- At Rethink Music

    April 27, 2011 4:59 PM EDT BOSTON - Warner Music Group head Lyor Cohen preached the gospel of artist development and loving the business at the Rethink Music conference here, but he wasn't talking about the auction for WMG . In fact, audience members were asked not to ...

  36. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. MOG to Add Free Tier to Subscription Service

    April 26, 2011 6:51 PM EDT Music subscription service MOG plans to get into the freemium business, CEO David Hyman said Tuesday during a panel at the Rethink Music conference in Boston. Writing at Evolver.fm , Eliot Van Buskirk explained that MOG will be "revamped" ...

  39. Listen to the Audience, Make a Better Experience, Panelists at Rethink Music Say

    April 26, 2011 6:28 PM EDT BOSTON - How can the music business grow instead of fighting over slices of a shrinking pie? Make a better mass market experience, said Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business for Sony Music. That means following consumers to smart phon ...

  40. Rethink Music's 'Financing Creativity' Panel Explores Concept of Fans as Patrons, Not Consumers

    April 26, 2011 3:05 PM EDT A major theme at the Rethink Music conference taking place in Boston Tuesday (April 26) and Wednesday, musicians and industry professionals are exploring how the industry can adjust, adapt and survive amid the encroachment of technologies that hav ...

  41. In Panels And Lightning-Quick Collaborations, Rethink Music Conference Explores The Future

    April 26, 2011 12:09 PM EDT (Left to right) Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Damian Kulash, and Neil Gaiman at Mad Oak Studios, in Allston, Mass. Monday, preparing to write and record eight songs in eight hours (which ended up being six songs in 12 hours). (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) ...

  42. 'Rethinking Music': A Guest Post From Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director of Berklee's Rethink Music

    April 25, 2011 1:06 PM EDT (Rethink Music : Creativity, Commerce, and Policy in the 21st Century, presented by Berklee and MIDEM in association with Harvard Business School, takes place in Boston tomorrow and Wednesday (April 26 - 27). The conference brings together creator ...

  43. Amazon Cloud Outage Continues Into Second Day; Indaba Got Creative With Its Downtime

    April 22, 2011 2:36 PM EDT Amazon's web services outage at its Northern Virginia facility continued for the second day on Friday. Reports say hundreds of companies are still affected, although many have restored service. Some music companies were still feeling the effe ...

  44. Mary Anne Hobbs, Guest Blogger, on Her Switch From BBC Radio One to XFM

    April 22, 2011 2:30 PM EDT She's Seen A Million Faces, And Rocked Them All: Mary Anne Hobbs at Coachella (Photo: www.djgabereal.com ) From dropping out of school and working at an egg packing plant to living on a bus with a hard rock band to publishing the fanzine Krus ...

  45. Mana Announces Global Trek In Support of 'Drama y Luz'

    April 18, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Mexican rock act Maná has announced a world tour to coincide with the release of its latest album, "Drama y Luz." Several years since the group's last major tour, Maná returns with a new show that begins June 16 at Coliseo de Puerto ...

  46. Philadelphia Orchestra to Declare Bankruptcy

    April 18, 2011 6:45 AM EDT The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, long considered one of the best in the nation, will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection - an apparent first in recent history for a major U.S. orchestra. Board chairman Richard Worley said memb ...

  47. Charlie Sheen Considering Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

    April 14, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Charlie Sheen says he may be reunited with "Two and a Half Men." In an interview with a Boston radio station Tuesday, Sheen said there have been discussions about bringing him back to the hit CBS sitcom he was fired from last month. Shee ...

  48. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks To Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Nicki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour, as reported in Billboard.biz last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj befo ...

  49. Veteran Sound Mixer Dennis Maitland Dies

    April 01, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Dennis L. Maitland -- the veteran production sound mixer whose has worked with filmmakers such as Paul Mazursky and Norman Jewison and performers such as Frank Sinatra and the Beatles -- passed away March 31 in New York. He was 79. A veteran of ov ...

  50. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

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