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  1. The Beat: KROQ Music Director Lisa Worden on Coachella Partnership

    April 16, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Weekend one of Coachella is overflowing with parties, everything from traditions like Neon Carnival and the Lacoste soiree to this year, for the first time ever, a McDonald’s party. But only one event surrounding the concert actually works in conj ...

  2. Nederlander on Board to Book and Promote the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    April 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT The Sunset Strip Music Festival is moving from August to September, expanding to two days and bringing on Nederlander Concerts to book and promote the seventh annual event. The street festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sund ...

  3. Goldenvoice To Operate L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium

    December 11, 2012 3:10 PM EST Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles based music promoter, today announced it will assume all booking and operations of the historic Shrine Auditorium and adjacent Expo Hall following an agreement with Al Malaikah Shriner's Temple. Goldenvoice, which ...

  4. Dave Brubeck Receives Posthumous Grammy Nomination For 'Ansel Adams: America'

    December 06, 2012 12:11 PM EST Jazz great Dave Brubeck, who passed away yesterday , died hours before before receiving what a Grammy nomination, in the best instrumental category, for Ansel Adams: America , a symphonic piece inspired by Adams' photogoraphs that he co-wrote ...

  5. AEG, StubHub Partnership Brings Benefits Far Beyond Secondary Ticketing

    November 12, 2012 6:51 PM EST A deal that pairs the world's second-biggest concert promoter and the world's second-biggest e-commerce company could unlock value for artists, managers and the promoter -- and further legitimize secondary ticketing. AEG has partnered wi ...

  6. Irving Azoff and Coachella Founders Headline Billboard Touring Conference in November

    July 19, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Touring Conference To Feature Azoff Q&A, Coachella FoundersMega-manager Irving Azoff will be the keynote Q&A at the ninth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, set for Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Addi ...

  7. 'S.S. Coachella' Cruise Announced: Pulp, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells Aboard

    July 17, 2012 5:44 PM EDT As sources told Billboard.biz earlier today, Goldenvoice, promoters of Coachella, have announced the launch of a Coachella cruise slated to set sail in December. "S.S. Coachella" will include performances from Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, S ...

  8. Juanes, Ruben Blades Set For L.A. Philharmonic Americas & Americans Fest

    June 22, 2012 11:26 AM EDT The Hollywood Bowl is set to draw Latin music fans this summer when Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra and Rubén Blades perform at Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel's Americas & Americans Festival. The series opens August 14, ...

  9. Fender Guitar Makers Prepare To Go Public

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT For Sergio Vallin of popular Mexican rock band Maná, Fender guitars are the only way to go. "It's the Rolls-Royce of guitars," Vallin says. "It's versatile, and so easy on the fingers." A fan of Fender products since ...

  10. Recording Academy To Present 'Grammys On The Hill' Awards To John Mayer, Howard Berman

    March 19, 2012 8:27 AM EDT John Mayer The Recording Academy has announced that it will be presenting its 2012 "GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards" to singer/songwriter John Mayer and congressman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).The ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., on We ...

  11. Slash, Clive Davis, Billy Corgan Take a Ride Down 'Sunset Strip' @ SXSW Film

    March 12, 2012 7:40 AM EDT In Hans Fjellestad's "Sunset Strip" documentary, several of his talking heads declare the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard dead in 2005 after Tower Records closed. Clive Davis and Lou Adler eulogize the store's closi ...

  12. Bret Michaels, Mavis Staples Headline Grammy Foundation Show; Newcomer L.P. Wows the Crowd

    February 10, 2012 7:45 AM EST A Star is Born: L.P., a.k.a. Laura Pergolizzi (left) with Tamzin Brown, an actress and filmmaker. L.P. is best known for the song "Into the Wild" featured in a CitiBank commercial, blew away attendees at the Grammy week event One Night O ...

  13. Backbeat: Davis Powers: The Guy Who Helps Make Carson Daly Cool @ The Wiltern with White Denim

    January 31, 2012 8:00 AM EST Hangin' with the band backstage. Left to right: Biz3 national publicist Dana Meyerson; White Denim members Joshua Block, Austin Jenkins, Steve Terebecki, James Petralli; "Last Call" recording engineer and producer Fred Archambault ( ...

  14. Live Nation Muscles Up in Southern California: Joins Forces With Promoters Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva

    October 25, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment today announced an agreement with Los Angeles-based concert promoters Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva covering Southern California and Las Vegas, two of the largest music markets in North America. The move significantly stre ...

  15. Grateful Dead Debut 'Steal Your Face' Red Wine

    October 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Grateful Dead Debut 'Steal Your Face' Red Wine The band is the latest to partner with Wines That Rock, makers of The Rolling Stones "Forty Licks Merlot" and Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon.& ...

  16. Entertainment Attorney Frederick Brown Dies at 56

    September 01, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Entertainment attorney Frederick Brown passed away on Monday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer at age 56, according to an announcement from his family. Brown was a key member of the Warner Bros. Records business affairs department for ...

  17. Electric Daisy Carnival Film Premiere in Hollywood Turns Into Riot

    July 28, 2011 7:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police in riot gear clashed with a crowd that became unruly outside the Hollywood film premiere of a documentary on the Electric Daisy Carnival Wednesday evening, throwing bottles and vandalizing cars and refusing orders to disp ...

  18. Amazon Gets Go Ahead For Calif Sales Tax Referendum

    July 19, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Amazon says gets OK for Calif sales tax referendum SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. says the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that f ...

  19. Cee Lo Green To Christen L.A.'s Universal CityWalk 5 Towers Venue

    June 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Having wrapped the first season of NBC's "The Voice" last evening, Cee Lo Green is set to celebrate the opening of Universal CityWalk's 5 Towers outdoor concert arena. He will take the stage at the high-tech venue on Thursday, ...

  20. The 10 Most Influential Clubs in North America

    June 24, 2011 12:24 PM EDT What makes a great club? Intelligent booking, great production values, the ability to raise an act's profile not only locally but regionally or even nationally-the latter entirely possible in this age of social networking. As Patterson Hood ...

  21. New Exhibit Traces History of Latin Music at Hollywood Bowl

    June 17, 2011 5:00 PM EDT The program of a 1945 "Latin-American Fiesta" starring Desi Arnaz, concert photos of Yma Sumac, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, and videos of current Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel are included in an exhibition spotlighti ...

  22. Cali Swag District's M-Bone Killed in Drive-By Shooting

    May 16, 2011 12:21 PM EDT Montae Talbert, known as M-Bone of the West Coast hip-hop group Cali Swag District , was shot and killed late Sunday night (May 15) in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, Calif., according to multiple reports. UPDATE: 3:00pm ET: Cali Swag District h ...

  23. Las Vegas Embraces Electric Daisy Rave Shunned by Los Angeles

    April 22, 2011 7:33 AM EDT The Electric Daisy Carnival - with its towering Ferris wheel, celebrity disc jockeys and pulsating lights - is the largest electronic music party in the United States. The wildly popular multi-day festival is relocating this year from Los Angeles ...

  24. What Ticketfly's New $12 Million Funding Means for Music Biz

    April 19, 2011 10:53 AM EDT Ticketing startup Ticketfly has landed $12 million in second round funding led by Mohr Davidow Ventures and with participation from existing investors, including High Peaks Venture Partners, Contour Venture Partners and angel investors Roger Ehren ...

  25. Rick Mueller Leaving Live Nation, Heading To AEG

    March 01, 2011 3:53 PM EST Rick Mueller will exit his post as president of of Live Nation California, Billboard.biz has learned. "Rick informed me yesterday that he had made the decision to leave the company at the end of his employment agreement in late July, and as s ...

  26. Venue Deals: Nederlander Concerts, Live Nation, AEG Facilities

    February 23, 2011 4:30 PM EST -- Nederlander Concerts has entered into a multi-year agreement with the University of California, San Diego to exclusively promote and produce events at the RIMAC Arena and Field . The approximately 4,700-seat RIMAC Arena is adjacent to RIMAC Fie ...

  27. KUSF Abruptly Goes Online-Only

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The University of San Francisco abruptly shut the doors of its radio station, KUSF, today and announced that the station is moving to an online-only format, effective immediately. According to several online reports, campus security was called to ...

  28. Adam Friedman to Step Down As Nederlander CEO

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nederlander Concerts CEO Adam Friedman will exit the company after serving in that capacity since 2006, Billboard.biz has learned. His last day at Nederlander will be Jan. 21; Friedman informed his staff of his decision this morning and a press re ...

  29. Could Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Be The Next Julliard?

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The financiers who own Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch want to turn it into a teen music school similar to The Juilliard School in NYC. Colony Capital, which recently rehabbed the grounds, wants creative young adults to study all aspects of ...

  30. Ronni Chasen Memorial Planned In NYC

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST A memorial for native New Yorker Ronni Chasen will be held Wednesday night (Nov. 17) at Michael's in Manhattan, a restaurant staffer tells the Hollywood Reporter. On Tuesday night (Nov. 16), a small gathering of close friends was held at the ...

  31. BACKBEAT: Band Of Horses Sell Out The Greek Theater LA

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Band of Horses Sold out the The Greek Theatre in LA on September 25 and celebrated the occasion beforehand with Nederlander Concerts staff. PHOTO: RANDALL MICHELSON From Left: Vanessa Kromer, senior director of publicity at Nederlander Concerts; B ...

  32. Man Leaps To Death At Swell Season Show

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of the Swell Season and their crew have issued a statement following a bizarre incident in which a man died at their show last night (Aug. 19) at Saratoga Mountain Winery, California. The audience watched in horror ...

  33. Business Matters: Live Nation, Terra Firma, eMusic and more

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Has Live Nation’s stock bottomed out? After closing at $8.43 on August 11, the company’s shares have inched upward and closed at $9.09 on Wednesday. Before last week, Live Nation had c ...

  34. Tower Records Founder Solomon To Get Retirement Send-off

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now that Russ Solomon's R5 outlet is in the hands of Dimple Records, the new owners are throwing a retirement party on Saturday (July 17) for the 84-year old music retailing legend, who founded Tower Records. In honor of the event, Dimple own ...

  35. Calif. Lawmaker Ponders Neverland As State Park

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The former home of the King of Pop could become California's latest state park under an idea being floated by a California state lawmaker. Assemblyman Mike Davis said that he believes it's worth studying whether the California Department ...

  36. AEG Live CEO: Talks With Labels Nothing New

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recent reports that AEG Live, the concert promotion division of Anschutz Entertainment Group, is seeking a major label to buy a minority stake in the company is “not a new story,” according to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips. “We’ve been approached by ...

  37. Folk Music Singer Susan Reed Dies At 84

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Susan Reed, the cabaret singer whom Life magazine saluted in a l955 cover story as the leading lady of the folk music era, has died. She was 84. The singer, who regularly performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los ...

  38. Live Nation Cuts 100 Staffers

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation cut about 100 people last week, mostly in "back office" personnel, including accounting, business operations, and other functions, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The layoffs were part of ongoing effort ...

  39. Source: Jackson's Doctor To Be Arraigned Friday

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST More than seven months after Michael Jackson's death from an anesthetic overdose - and following days of heightened speculation - the pop singer's doctor will be arraigned Friday on a charge connected to the death, according to a person ...

  40. City of Hope Honors AEG's Tim Leiweke

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke received the City of Hope 2009 Spirit of Life Award Wednesday night at a benefit that raised $9 million dollars for the cancer research center. Leiweke's accomplishments in philanthropy and in civic renewal - ...

  41. Drummer For Avenged Sevenfold Found Dead At Home

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Police say James Owen Sullivan, a drummer and backup vocalist for the Southern California band Avenged Sevenfold, has been found dead at his home in Southern California. Lt. John Domingo says the 28-year-old Sullivan, who went by the stage name Th ...

  42. Report: Key Club In Los Angeles Closes

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Key Club along the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles has reportedly closed its doors on Nov. 29. But the venue’s president Keith Pressman says that the venue could reopen in a couple of months. "As far as everyone is concerned we're dead a ...

  43. Keith Urban, Sugarland To Headline 2010 Stagecoach Festival

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland will headline the 2010 Stagecoach country music festival, to be held April 24-25 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. Additional performers on the country, folk and bluegrass-heavy lineu ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Drug Agents Raid Jackson Doctor's Office

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. drug enforcement agents and Los Angeles police raided a Houston clinic owned by Conrad Murray, the doctor who was with pop icon Michael Jackson when he died, looking for evidence of manslaughter. Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administ ...

  46. Jackson Family Seeks Delay In Naming Will Executor

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's family wants a judge to delay a hearing Monday (July 6) to designate two men listed in the pop superstar's will as temporary administrators of his estate so that they can look deeper into his affairs, a person close to ...

  47. DEA Joins Michael Jackson Death Probe

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star's doctors and possible drug use. Following Jackson's death, ...

  48. 100 Hours Of Jackson's Concert Rehearsals Filmed

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the company producing Michael Jackson's London shows, reportedly filmed all of the star's rehearsals. The promoter apparently has 100 hours of film on Jackson and his shows, including last Wednesday's rehearsal at the Stap ...

  49. AEG: Michael Jackson Ticket Refund Details Forthcoming

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the group behind a long series of concerts Michael Jackson was to perform in London from next month, expressed its condolences to the late singer's family on Friday and said tickets would be refunded. "On behalf of the entire A ...

  50. Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Cake Ready For Street Scene

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, the Dead Weather and Cake lead the lineup for the 2009 Street Scene festival, to be held Aug. 28-29 in downtown San Diego. The festival will be set up in San Diego's East Villag ...

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