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  1. BACKBEAT: Drake, Janelle Monae, Sid Bernstein, Rodrigo y Gabriela and many more!

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AT&T held its Launch Party for the new BlackBerry Torch on August 11th in Los Angeles. The attendees, including Glee’s Lea Michele and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, were entertained by a set from Young Money recording artist Drake. Drake (cent ...

  2. Fantasia Reportedly Hospitalized After 'Medication Overdose'

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized last night (Aug. 9) due to a "medication overdose," according to a report by North Carolina's NewsChannel 36 (WCNC). Barrino was reportedly taken to Carolinas Medica ...

  3. Machete Tour 2010 Announces First Seven Concerts

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The AEG Live-promoted Machete Tour 2010 has announced its first seven dates. The tour branded around the Universal-owned Latin urban label is headlined by Ivy Queen and Tego Calderon, with other artists on the bill including Cosculluela, Jowell y ...

  4. Business Matters: Sony, Jonas Bros, 'Idol,' HMV and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A LOOK AT SONY'S STRATEGY, REVENUE AND PROFIT -- The 360 deal is on a publicity tour. A week after Fast Company highlighted Warner Music Group ’s adaptation to a changed music industry through multi-rights deals, the New York Times does the s ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Pandora's Westergren Talks Facebook, Grilled On Colbert Report

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The issue of Facebook’s privacy settings isn’t going away, and now content partners like Pandora are facing questions about their use of the controversial data. Pandora founder Tim Westergren outlines his thoughts on the matter in this WSJ intervi ...

  7. Zakk Wylde Launching Black Label Berzerkus Tour This Fall

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metal guitarist Zakk Wylde will launch the Black Label Berzerkus this fall, headlined by Wylde's Black Label Society. The two-month North American tour will feature Clutch, Children Of Bodom and 2Cents, with the first two bands sharing the ma ...

  8. Starbooker Presents Links With Charlotte Venues

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starbooker Presents, LLC, has signed on to provide event booking and contract negotiation services for Bojangles Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, N.C., in a three-year deal with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Starbooker is t ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Charlotte Church Snags Finance Deal For Comeback

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Charlotte Church has agreed a £2 million ($3 million) investment deal with Power Amp Music, the London-based music fund manager, to support the recording of her new album and comeback. Church, a former child classical crossover artist who later mo ...

  11. Business Matters: EMI Music Pub, StubHub, Pandora, Camper Van Beethoven and More

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Music Row says a major Nashville label will soon annou ...

  12. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Announce New Album, Tour

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will release "Mojo," their first album in eight years, this spring, the band announced today. The venerable heartland rockers also unveiled dates for a North American summer tour, which kicks off May 6 in ...

  13. Black Eyed Peas Announce The E.N.D. World Tour Dates

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas announced an ambitious 100-dates world tour, including a series of 2010 shows in North America, the popular hip-hop group's first full-scale tour of the U.S. and Canada in nearly four years. The North American leg of " ...

  14. Bon Jovi Announces Meadowlands Concerts, World Tour

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, the enduring rock band with a name that's synonymous with its home state of New Jersey, today (Oct. 22) announced a two year 2010-11 world tour at a press conference and concert performance at the Meadowlands Entertainment Complex. ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Bug Music, Songfile, Muzak

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bug Music has hit the top 100 rankings of Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing privately-held companies. The company was acknowledged for its 1,564.5% three-year growth to $77 million in revenues in its most recent fiscal year. It was also the ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Lenny Kravitz To Bring 'Let Love Rule' Tour To U.S.

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz will continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his "Let Love Rule" album with a U.S. tour, the singer announced today (Sept. 8). Dubbed "LLR 20 (09)", the road trip kicks off Oct. 11 with a five-night stand at ...

  18. Maxwell Extends 'BLACKsummers'night' Tour

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following a sold-out summer tour, Maxwell will hit the road again this fall in support of his hit comeback album, "BLACKsummers'night." The Live Nation-produced trek, which upgrades from theaters to larger-capacity arenas, begins at ...

  19. Latin Briefs: Mobile Spending Dips, 'La Tremenda' Flips

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Cell phone users in Mexico spent less on mobile services in the first quarter of this year due to the economic crisis as well as a reduction in rates. Citing statistics from Mexico's federal telecommunications commission, Movilsur reports ...

  20. Rascal Flatts, Good Charlotte Cook Up Dishes For Denny's

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts, Good Charlotte and Sum 41 have created new dishes for Denny’s new Rockstar Menu. The new menu options, available starting June 23, target young diners that visit the restaurant chain late night. They are part of the Denny’s Allnight ...

  21. Briefs: Jammie Thomas Case, Imeem, Pirate Bay

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case, the judge will allow evidence collected by MediaSentry and barred Thomas from using fair use as a defense. Fair use is an affirmative defense, meaning there is acknowledgement of the facts of a plaintiff& ...

  22. M.I.A. Protege Rye Rye To Join A-Trak Tour

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A. protégé Rye Rye will go on tour for A-Trak's "Hamburger" tour, taking off in Shangai, China, on May 28 and capping off at Hard Festival in Los Angeles August 8. "I was out one day and [DJ] Blaqstarr called me saying I sh ...

  23. Colbie Caillat, UMPG Win Big At BMI Pop Awards

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The songwriter of the year award at the 57th annual BMI Pop Awards resulted in a record-breaking, eight-way tie between Colbie Caillat, Polow Da Don, T-Pain, Alan Chang, Matchbox Twenty's Paul Doucette and Brian Yale, Chris Brown, and Maroon ...

  24. Blink-182 Announces Nearly 50-Date Summer Tour

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT If it hadn't been for drummer Travis Barker's near-fatal airplane crash last year, Blink-182 might not be touring this summer. But after a five-year hiatus, Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge will embark on a ne ...

  25. UMPG Staffer Ryan Cain Dies

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ryan Cain, a senior mechanical licensing coordinator for Universal Music Publishing Group, died of complications from having an enlarged heart on April 30 in West Hollywood, Calif. He was 30. Cain was born on August 25, 1978 in Ridgewood, N.J., an ...

  26. Sugar Ray Returns With 'Music For Cougars'

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sugar Ray, the band formed in Newport Beach, Calif., and fronted by singer Mark McGrath that was responsible for a string of breezy, reggae-tinged mid-1990s radio hits including the ubiquitous "Fly," will release its first full album of ...

  27. Creed To Reunite For Tour, Album

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Creed has announced all four of the original band members - Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall - will reunite for a summer tour and new album. The tour, the band's first in seven years, begins Aug. 6 in Pittsburgh. ...

  28. What's Behind Baker & Taylor's 'Bottom Rung' Status?

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last week, when Moody’s put out its bottom rung report—which those in the blog world seem to see as a "dead companies walking" list—Baker & Taylor earned the dubious distinction of being named. That made plenty of vendors nervous. Ev ...

  29. The Fray Announces Summer Tour Dates

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Fray will headline a 35-city summer tour which kicks off June 12 in Atlanta and extends to August 7, when it wraps in Spokane, Wash. Jacks Mannequin is scheduled to open on all dates. The Fray's second album, "The Fray," was rel ...

  30. No Doubt Unveils Summer Tour

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt announced a 45-city summer tour, which begins May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., and runs through August 1 in Irvine, Calif. As previously reported, the band will be supported by Paramore, and joined on select dates ...

  31. Kings Of Leon Following MSG Sellout With Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Kings Of Leon will follow up their Jan. 29 sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden in New York with another run of North American arena shows, beginning April 19 at Agganis Arena in Boston and wrapping at the Bill Graham Civic Center on May ...

  32. Coldplay Hitting Amphitheatres On Summer Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coldplay will kick off a North American summer tour July 10 at the Amphitheater at Clark County in Portland, Ore. So far, 14 dates are set through early August, with more to be announced. Tickets for concerts in San Diego, Toronto, Charlotte, N.C. ...

  33. Game Music Titles Spark Record Sales Year

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four major video game franchise titles with music tie-ins sparked a record year for US video and computer game software, representing more than 5% of the total 297.6 million units sold in 2008, according to the NPD Group that tracks sales at retai ...

  34. Disturbed Drafts Killswitch, Lacuna Coil For Tour

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 2009 installment of Disturbed's Music As A Weapon trek has been expanded into a full-fledged festival tour. The 38-city Music As A Weapon IV Festival will feature two stages of hard rock and metal acts, traveling tattoo artists, extreme s ...

  35. Brad Paisley To Kick Off Tour In June

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brad Paisley will begin his 41-city American Saturday Night tour, with special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne, June 5 in Charlotte, N.C. Booked by Rob Beckham at the William Morris Agency, Paisley has become one of country's biggest to ...

  36. More Domestic Acts On Australian Radio

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST An "unprecedented" number of homegrown Australian acts have made an impression in an annual national airplay report. But it was American artists who ultimately were the biggest winners. U.S. artists dominated the top five spots of the Ph ...

  37. Elton John, Billy Joel Joint Tour A 'Smash'

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a positive sign for the 2009 touring season, sales for the upcoming Billy Joel/Elton John co-headlining tour are "through the roof," according to Wilson Howard, president, Live Nation Music Southeast, who calls the tour "a smash. ...

  38. Source Interlink Shrinks Staff Amid Restructuring

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Over the last few months, Source Interlink has let go several hundreds of employees as part of a merger of its magazine distribution operations and its Alliance Entertainment division into one business. The divisions merged under the leadership of ...

  39. PayPal Taps Celebs For Online Campaign

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Would you take a fruit cake from Fall Out Boy? The rockers are part of an online advertising campaign for PayPal from digital agency EVB San Francisco that is meant to raise money for charities. Fall Out Boy, along with musicians such as Joel Madd ...

  40. New Regional Mexican Station Heads To Charlotte

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The growing Latin market of Charlotte, N.C. is getting a new regional Mexican station, the Charlotte Observer reports . On Jan. 1, Norsan Media will move its "La Raza" regional Mexican format from WRML 102.3 FM to WOLS 106.1 FM. The latt ...

  41. Arbitron Moves PPM Deployment For Nine Markets

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced Tuesday (Nov. 4) that it was moving up the PPM commercialization date for four markets, Kansas City, San Antonio, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. These markets are now scheduled to commercialize with the December 2009 PPM survey r ...

  42. Legend Tour To Kickoff Next Month

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Legend is kicking off an international concert tour in support of his upcoming album, "Evolver," (Columbia) dropping Oct. 28. The tour begins Nov. 19 in Minneapolis and runs through Dec. 13 in Durham, N.C. Raphael Saadiq will open f ...

  43. AC/DC Adds Dates To North American Tour

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC has added three new concert dates to its North American tour in support of the forthcoming album "Black Ice," due Oct. 20 via Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores as well as ACDC.com . The newly added dates include performances at C ...

  44. Neil Diamond Extends North American Tour

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond has added 13 new dates to his North American tour in support of the album "Home Before Dark." The freshly added shows begin Nov. 22 in Grand Forks, N.D., and wrap Jan. 8 in Portland, Ore. As usual, Diamond is doing huge busi ...

  45. AC/DC Reveals Fall Tour Plans

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable A ...

  46. HDNET Unveils Concert Series Lineup

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Upcoming concerts by Death Cab For Cutie, O.A.R. and Melissa Etheridge at the approximately 2,3000-capacity House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J., will be the first of many performances through 2009 to be featured on high-definition cable network ...

  47. Carey Kicks Off Krush

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Surrounded by thousands of screaming fans, Mariah Carey helped launch the second annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush last night (July 31) with a five-song set at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Portions of Carey's brief c ...

  48. New Franz Ferdinand Track Leads 'Madden' Soundtrack

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here last month , a new Franz Ferdinand song, "Lucid Dreams," leads the in-game soundtrack to the EA Sports video game "Madden 09," which his stores Aug. 12. The cut is also expected to appear on the Scottish rock act ...

  49. Touring Briefs: Hard Drive, West Beach Music Fest

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Rock act Good Charlotte will help launch Hard Drive , a new concert series presented by AOL Music, HDnet and World Productions. The first episode of Hard Drive features Good Charlotte performing at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J. The ...

  50. Amazon Named NARM's Large Retailer Of The Year

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amazon, based in Seattle, has emerged as the top merchandiser to beat as it picked up its second consecutive retailer of the year award for the large-size division at the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The ...

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