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  1. 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 ...

  2. Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow Announce Summer Tour

    March 31, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Kid Rock is taking Sheryl Crow -- his duet partner on the 2002 hit "Picture" and on "Collide," the new single from his 2010 "Born Free" album -- on the road this summer as a special tour guest, with a potential live a ...

  3. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  4. DJ Megatron, TV, Radio Personality, Killed in NYC

    March 28, 2011 6:50 AM EDT Urban radio and TV personality DJ Megatron, who built a career at hip-hop and R&B radio stations from Philadelphia to Boston and told viewers of a popular music TV show "What's Good," was shot to death early Sunday, his manager ...

  5. Bon Jovi Tour Juggernaut Continues, Gross $30 Million So Far In 2011

    March 22, 2011 2:29 PM EDT Bon Jovi continues packing houses more than a year into the biggest tour of the band's nearly 30-year career, having grossed close to $30 million and sold more than a quarter million tickets since resuming the trek Feb. 9, according to 15 sho ...

  6. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  7. Indie Label Bridge Nine Launches Own Music Subscription Service

    March 16, 2011 4:10 PM EDT While the rest of the digital music news takes place at SXSW this week, Bridge Nine Records, an indie punk label outside of Boston, launched a digital music subscription service exclusive to its roster. The service is a premium option for the labe ...

  8. Charlie Sheen Adds 'Torpedo' Dates

    March 15, 2011 7:51 PM EDT Charlie Sheen will add the following shows to his Live Nation-produced My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour: The Playhouse Square in Cleveland (April 5); The Palace Theatre in Columbus, Ohio (April 6); Radio City Music Hall in ...

  9. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Exclusive Interview with DJ Barry Scott

    March 08, 2011 12:52 PM EST DJ Barry Scott, celebrates 25 years as host of "The Lost 45s" radio show In an era of tight playlists, there is little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott ...

  10. Memorial Service For ADA's Michael Bassin To Be Held Saturday

    March 04, 2011 3:13 PM EST A memorial service for Michael Bassin, a sales executive for the Alternative Distribution Alliance who died last month, will be held tomorrow (March 5) at 1 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, New York. The servi ...

  11. James Levine to Step Down as Boston Symphony Director

    March 03, 2011 7:41 AM EST Injury-plagued conductor James Levine will step down as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September after seven seasons, the symphony said on Wednesday. Mark Volpe, the Boston Symphony's managing director, said talks are unde ...

  12. DigiTour Live Music Series Details Trickle Out Slowly

    February 08, 2011 9:22 PM EST The details of the first DigiTour live music series -- featuring the most popular YouTube celebrities -- have been revealed. Sort of… The tour will begin April 13 in Northern California and continue through Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Char ...

  13. Katy Perry to Kick Off 'California Dreams' U.S. Tour in June

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry announced the North American dates for her California Dreams 2011 world tour during a live chat on Facebook Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 19). The pop star will bring her "Teenage Dream" and "One of the Boys" hits to the ...

  14. Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks To Tour North American Arenas In March

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will come together for the upcoming the Heart and & Soul Tour, a series of North American arena performances scheduled to begin March 20 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Thirteen dates had been c ...

  15. Dispatch Offers Fans Entire Back Catalog In Exchange For Promoting New Tour on Social Media

    January 01, 2011 12:00 AM EST Dispatch, the Boston-based independent rock band, today announced their first summer tour in over a decade and a unique promotion: The group is offering its fans their entire back catalog in exchange for spreading the word about the new tour on so ...

  16. The Early Look: Black Friday Music Sales Recap

    November 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music business was hopeful for robust shopping on Black Friday, and why not? Overall consumer interest was up from last year, indie retail rolled out special exclusives from artists like U2, Metallica, and the Gaslight Anthem, and a full roste ...

  17. MSG Entertainment Revenue Up, Operating Losses Persist

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Madison Square Garden Entertainment, the live events division of Madison Square Garden, Inc., raised its top line revenue but the bottom line continued to suffer in their recent earnings report. In the quarter ended September 30, MSG Entertainment ...

  18. BACKBEAT: Billboard's Touring Conference And Awards - Day 1's Showcase!

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Day 1 of the 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards concluded with a live showcase produced by Live Nation at New York's Gramercy Theater. Attendees swarmed the venue to check out hot acts including Laura Warshauer, Sick Puppies ...

  19. Updated: Live Nation Shuffles Execs, Garner Exits Company

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment disclosed in an 8-K filing Wednesday that Jason Garner, the head of its concert business, has left the company . In light of the departure, Live Nation has promoted three of its key veteran executives. Longtime promoters ...

  20. Kings Of Leon Debut New Album At Tiny London Show

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon swapped vast indoor arenas and festival headline slots for the more intimate confines of London's Rivoli Ballroom when the Tennessee rock band played an exclusive gig for national Top 40 station BBC Radio 1 last night (Oct.27). ...

  21. The Cars Reunite For First Album In 23 Years

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Ric Ocasek-led new wave band the Cars have reunited to record their first album in 23 years and may support it with a tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The sessions were first confirmed by veteran engineer Paul Orofino in posts on the Pro Sound ...

  22. MMF Canada To Honor Terry McBride

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nettwerk Music Group's Terry McBride will receive the 2011 MMF Honour Roll Award from Music Managers Forum Canada. The presentation will take place March 1 at Toronto's Bymark restaurant, during Canadian Music Week 2011. McBride is the C ...

  23. In The City Day 1: Biz Looks To China's Music Market

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT China's expanding market for western music was among the main issues discussed at day one of In The City, the U.K.'s biggest music conference, which began in Manchester yesterday (Oct.13). "China is experiencing the biggest growth i ...

  24. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out in New York on Nov. 4. The awards - which honor artists, tours, venues, and li ...

  25. Muse Ink Global Synch Deal With Virgin Atlantic

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock band Muse has signed a global synchronization deal with Virgin Atlantic to soundtrack the airline's biggest ever TV campaign. Muse's cover of the evergreen classic "Feeling Good," originally made famous by Nina Simone ...

  26. Business Matters: YouTube, Howard Stern, People's Music and more

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. YOUTUBE LOSES GERMAN COURT CASE -- In contrast to the protections YouTube is given in the U.S., the company lost a court case in Germany regarding user-uploaded videos of performances by the singe ...

  27. AEG Live Hails Regional Operations

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Larry Vallon , executive VP North American regional offices for promoter AEG Live, says the various regional offices for the company are doing "pretty good" this summer. "At some point we figured out that the audience has voted agai ...

  28. Brad Paisley Moves 51,000 Tickets In First Stadium Show

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley moved 51,000 tickets for Saturday’s show at Gillette Stadium near Boston. The date was Paisley’s first headlining stadium show and the only stadium date on the route of the country artist’s 2010 H2O tour. Sources tell Billboard.biz th ...

  29. @ IAAM: 4 Tips For Small Market Venues To Attract Events

    July 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ways for small market venues to attract and create events were discussed at a panel here at the George R. Brown Convention Center as part of the Venue Connect annual conference and trade show, produced by the International Assn. of Assembly Manage ...

  30. New Taylor Swift Album "Speak Now" Out Oct. 25

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift will release her third studio album, "Speak Now" -- the follow-up to 2008's "Fearless" -- on Oct. 25, the country star announced Tuesday (July 20). Swift shared the news with her fans on Ustream and said the a ...

  31. Billboard Adds 10 New Reporting Stations

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard is adding a slew of Nielsen BDS-monitored radio stations to its Latin chart reporting panels on Thursday, July 1. Riverside, Calif.’s KRQB (Que Buena 96.1 FM), Kansas City’s KYYS-AM (1250 "La Super X"), WAFZ (La Ley) in Ft. Mye ...

  32. Vevo, Schick Ink Sponsorship Deal

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Schick Hydro, an Energizer brand, has signed on as the exclusive launch sponsor of a new channel showcasing emerging artists on video hub Vevo . “The Next Wave,” as the channel is called, went live on Vevo this week, and features original programm ...

  33. DOJ Dismisses Criticism Of Ticketmaster-LN Merger

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday, the Department of Justice dismissed some criticism of its approval of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. “In sum,” reads the DOJ’s response to public comments, “the perpetual license of the Ticketmaster Host platform, the divestiture ...

  34. Live Biz Hit By Summer Slump, Cancellations

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While it seems more and more clear that the live music business is taking a beating this summer, blogger Bob Lefsetz’ surprising claim that Live Nation has “supposedly” canceled as many as 200 shows by Creative Artists Agency acts alone cannot be ...

  35. Monica Games Up For NBA Finals

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B star Monica will perform the national anthem at game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday (June 8) between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The performance will be televised live on ABC in the U.S. ...

  36. Jeffrey Osborne To Perform At Game 1 of NBA Finals

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B veteran Jeffrey Osborne will perform the national anthem at game 1 of the NBA Finals—pitting the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics—tomorrow (June 3) at the Staples Center in L.A. The game kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Osborne ...

  37. Aerosmith Lines Up North American Tour Dates

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Its drama with frontman Steven Tyler behind it, Aerosmith is bringing its Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock Tour to North America for 18 summer dates. The trek -- the group's first since Tyler's Aug. 5 fall in Sturgis, S.D., set off months o ...

  38. Social Radio Startup Jelli Closes $7 Million Funding Round

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Listener-powered radio startup Jelli announced it has closed a $7 million first round of funding led by Battery Ventures . Satya Patel , Battery Ventures partner and former Google executive, will take a seat on the board. First Round Capital also ...

  39. Ozzy, Motley Crue, Halford Lead Six-Date Ozzfest Bill

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After staging a one-off event in 2008 and taking a year off in 2009, Ozzfest is returning this summer with a six-city North American amphitheater run that will feature main stage performances by Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and Rob Halford. The trek ...

  40. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ryan Tedder Guest On Oakenfold Album

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British dance star Paul Oakenfold has recruited a host of big name artists for his next solo album "Pop Killer," including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gnarls Barkley vocalist Cee-Lo and One Republic's Ryan Tedder . "I've go ...

  41. Business Matters: TuneCore, MySpace Music, Merch Tips, Bono and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- TuneCore has a marketing partnership with MySpace Music that will get MySpace Music-registered artists – which is just about everybody – a 50% discount on TuneCore distribution. That drops the fee for an album sold in 19 stores to $23.49. In ad ...

  42. Inaugural Cool Tour To Kick Off In July

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Cool Tour will feature As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, the Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War Of Ages. The large club/theater tour, which begins July 12 in Orlando, Fla., is presented ...

  43. 'Summer' Comes Early In Kenny Chesney's 3D Film

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Kenny Chesney first appears in his new 3D concert film, the country star glides above the crowd in a chair attached to cables, singing a song while a few fans throw colored beach balls near him. It's a little strange -- what if someone a ...

  44. Concord Group Acquires Rounder Records

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Concord Group, which owns Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Peak, Heads Up, Prestige, among others, announced it has acquired Rounder Records. Forty year old Rounder’s roster includes Alison ...

  45. Business Matters: WMG, WaTunes, Beatport and More

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner Music Group has signed up to download store WaTunes . This comes just as WaTunes winds down its digital distribution service in order to focus on its Facebook Music Store , a new download store built into a Facebook app. Universal Music ...

  46. Apple Fans Eagerly Touch and Swipe First iPads

    April 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now that the iPad is in the hands of early adopters, the hard work for Apple Inc. begins. Eager customers intent on being among the first owners of this new class of gadgetry stood in long lines across the country Saturday. They seemed willing to ...

  47. Rapper Sam Adams Brews Fame On iTunes, Billboard Charts

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The name "Sam Adams" most commonly has been associated with several American historical figures and a favored Boston beer. But the city of Boston is laying claim to yet another Sam Adams: an upstart Trinity College rapper who emerged fro ...

  48. The Eagles, Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban Plan Summer Run

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles will team up with the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban for a run of North American stadium shows promoted by Live Nation. The tour begins June 8 in Toronto; while only eight dates are being announced, it is possible that more may be added. ...

  49. @SXSW: Inside The Startup Incubators

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel: 'Seed Combinators: Startup Incubators 2.0' Participants: Naval Ravikant, chairman at Vast.com Inc.; Marc Nathan, ChaiONE; David Cohen, TechStars; Paul Graham, YCombinator; Joshua Baer, OtherInbox Does location matter? How do you g ...

  50. Sam Adams Says Sales 'Legit,' SoundScan Data Revealed

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Boston-area rapper Sam Adams has had quite the roller-coaster month. His debut album, "Boston's Boy" debuted at the top of the iTunes hip-hop digital album charts after selling just under 8,000 digital units in its first week. But t ...

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