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  1. Bad Boy, Mariah And Madonna: What A Week!

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy act Day26 replaces labelmate Danity Kane atop the Billboard 200, marking the first time Diddy's label has scored back-to-back No. 1 albums ... Panic at the Disco's new set, "Pretty. Odd.," settles for the runner-up slot ...

  2. Gridiron Bash Postponed Until Fall 2008

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Gridiron Bash -- which originally called for simultaneous concerts across 16 college stadiums nationwide on April 18 -- has been postponed until fall 2008, according to New York-based producer MSL Sports and Entertainment. The event ...

  3. Danity Kane Captures Second No. 1 Album

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV favorite Danity Kane scores its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its sophomore set enters with 236,000. It's the second-biggest sales week of the year and the best sales week for a female group since 2006 ... The Easter bunny� ...

  4. The Roots Head Stateside

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Roots' current trek behind their upcoming album "Rising Down" is in full swing and will carry the band through spots in the midwest, Canada, Texas, the East Coast and New Orleans, before wrapping in New Jersey in August. The ban ...

  5. Soulja Boy Hitting The Road With Lil' Mama

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Soulja Boy will hit the road this spring with his "21 & Under Tour," with help from Lil' Mama and rapper V.I.C., Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The trek begins April 11 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and runs through early May. & ...

  6. Ne-Yo, Jimmy Eat World Join Samsung Concert Series

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In its continuous effort to reach consumers via live music, Samsung has announced that Ne-Yo, Jimmy Eat World, Gym Class Heroes, Paramore and Sean Kingston will perform as part of the first Samsung Sound Check, a series of free private concerts to ...

  7. Radiohead Reveals North American Tour Dates

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead will embark on its first North American tour in two years May 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Eight shows have been confirmed for the first leg, which wraps May 18 in Dallas. Afterward, Radiohead will visit Europe for a month's worth of ...

  8. Kinky To Re-Issue 'Reina,' Tour North America

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mexican genre mashers Kinky are re-issuing their 2006 album "Reina" on Feb. 5 in advance of a 22-date North American tour. The re-issue on Kin-Kon/Nettwerk will contain two bonus tracks: a Brazilian Girls remix of "¿A Dónde Van Los ...

  9. Belize Musician Andy Palacio Dies, Aged 47

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Andy Palacio, the musician from Belize who generated unprecedented worldwide awareness about Garifuna culture and music, died in Belize on Saturday night (Jan. 19) from complications following a massive stroke a few days earlier. He was 47 years o ...

  10. Clarkson, Swift, Maroon 5 Suit Up For 'Gridiron Bash'

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST College football will get the ultimate hype this spring as Kelly Clarkson, ZZ Top, Maroon 5, Dwight Yoakam, Counting Crows, Taylor Swift and Montgomery Gentry, to name a few, perform simultaneously in college stadiums nationwide as part of the ina ...

  11. Eugster Named Chairman At Baker & Taylor

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Eugster, one of the most powerful U.S. music merchandisers when he headed Musicland, has been named chairman of wholesaler Baker & Taylor, replacing Richard Willis. Eugster had been serving on Baker & Taylor's board of directors ...

  12. Sony BMG Oz Buys Caplice Stake

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has become the first major label Down Under to invest in artist management and touring. The firm has taken a 50% share in Sydney-based Caplice Management and is negotiating with a second artist management fir ...

  13. Sony BMG Lifts Off With Airport Download Trial

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG is involved in a music campaign intended to make time fly for airline passengers waiting for their plane. Visitors to the Dixons electronic goods retailer at London Heathrow Terminal 1 can plug into a new service which powers-up and loads ...

  14. Value Music To Purchase Record & Tape Traders Chain

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Value Music has agreed to buy the nine-unit, Owing Mills, Md.-based Record & Tape Traders chain, in a deal expected to close on Nov. 16. "We will operate eight of the stores and they will close one," says Value Music president Rob Pe ...

  15. Muse, Chiefs, Cornell Confirmed For South Africa Fest

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, Good Charlotte, Chris Cornell and Korn have been announced as headliners for next year's two-date My Coke Fest, taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The 2008 incarnation of My Coke Fest will be held a ...

  16. Cafe Tacuba Lines Up U.S. Trek

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock legends Café Tacuba will kick off a 22-date U.S. tour of clubs, theaters and amphitheaters beginning Nov. 16 in Charlotte, N.C. Tickets for most dates go on sale Friday (Sept. 28). Fresh off a headlining slot this summer at Lollapaloo ...

  17. Q-Tip Joins Common For 2K Sports Tour

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip will hit the road this fall alongside Chicago rapper Common for the 2K Sports Bounce Tour. The trek, in support of the video game series, commences in Milwaukee, WI on Sept. 22 and wraps up on Oct. 14 in Los Angeles. Q-Tip, who is featured a ...

  18. Van Halen Tour Kicking Off In Late September

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first leg of Van Halen's long-awaited reunion tour with frontman David Lee Roth will kick off Sept. 27 in Charlotte, N.C., and run through Dec. 11 in Calgary, Alberta. Tickets for the trek, announced today at a Los Angeles media gathering ...

  19. The Cure Touring North America, Wrapping New CD

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With a new Suretone/Geffen album arriving sometime this fall, the Cure will hit the Road in North America for month-long tour beginning Sept. 13 in Tampa, Fla. Tickets begin going on sale June 28. 65 Days Of Static will open. The Cure's prese ...

  20. Music Collaboration Social Networking Site Launches

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT LightSpeed Audio launched a beta version of its Web-based music collaboration social networking site called JamNow today. The service provides a virtual studio for artists in different locations to play together in real time, sharing audio over th ...

  21. Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution Ready To Roll

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour with My Chemical Romance will get underway July 25 in a city to be announced, according to organizers. The trek will run through Sept. 3 in Englewood, Colo., and feature Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo a ...

  22. NARM Coverage: WMG Wins Big At NARM Awards

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, an online merchant won a retailer of the year award, while the Warner Music Group picked up three awards; and Twist & Shout and Electric Fetus kept their streaks alive winning in their categories respectively, for the seven ...

  23. Australian Gov't Blocks Snoop Dogg Visit

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg and MTV are working on a solution after the rapper was slapped with a ban preventing him from entering Australia. Snoop Dogg was to be a presenter at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, to be held at Sydney's Accer Stadium this S ...

  24. EA To Go Mainstream With Videogame Tunes

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts is mounting a new drive to integrate videogame music into the mainstream culture. The company is making music available for use in television, films and other media from many of its best-selling selling videogame franchises, includ ...

  25. IDJ To Revive Mercury Imprint

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam is reviving the Mercury imprint in the U.S. and has tapped veteran Sony Music A&R executive David Massey to serve as president of the division. Mercury -- which over the years has served as the U.S. home to acts like Bon Jovi, J ...

  26. 'Personal Issues' Upend Fall Out Boy Tour

    April 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fall Out Boy has postponed the start of its stint on the Honda Civic Tour due to undisclosed "personal issues." The trek was to begin April 18 in Charlotte, N.C., but has now been pushed back to May 11 in Denver. The lone date that has b ...

  27. McGraw Leads Seven Top 10 Debuts On The Billboard 200

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw's "Let It Go" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in a week with seven releases that debut in the top 10. The Curb effort sold 325,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the country superst ...

  28. Tim McGraw Leads Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw notches his fourth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Let It Go" bows with 325,000 ... He's just one of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart, which also greets new entries from Mims, Young Buck, Good Charlotte, Elton ...

  29. Furtado And Timberlake Dominate Euro Charts

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unchanged top two on European Top 100 Albums, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) is No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week ahead of Simply Red's "Stay" (simplyred.com). Justin Timberlake's "What G ...

  30. NARM Awards Nominees Revealed

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards, includes 14 first-time selections, according to NARM president Jim Donio. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention ...

  31. Daughtry Heads Back to No. 1

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry returns to No. 1 as a bland Feb. 27 release slate generates a sleepy Billboard 200 chart ... Nelly Furtado returns to the top 10 on the big chart for the first time since August ... Ciara makes a big jump ... We've got a look at the ...

  32. Ozzfest Offering Free Tickets For 2007 Tour

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tickets to the 2007 edition of Ozzfest will be free, organizers said today (Feb. 6). The 25-date tour will begin July 7 in Los Angeles; details have yet to be announced regarding distribution of tickets. The event, which will be headlined by Ozzy ...

  33. Incubus Lands First No. 1 Album

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, Incubus achieves its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as "Light Grenades" debuts ... the long-delayed second studio set from Clipse finally makes its entrance, starting at No. 14 on the big cha ...

  34. Gwen Stefani Unveils Solo Tour Dates

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST As expected, Gwen Stefani will embark on a two-month North American tour next spring, beginning April 21 in Phoenix. The vocalist will play arenas and outdoor amphitheatres through a June 22 finale in Irvine, Calif. Dates in Australia, Asia, Europ ...

  35. Jewel To Join Nashville Star

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The show is set to return January 11. Jewel will join the fifth season of USA Network’s country talent search show, Nashville Star, as co-host. Jewel, who replaces Wynonna Judd, will share hosting duties with country artist Cowboy Troy. The show i ...

  36. Pearl Jam, Reznor, DMB Help Bridge School Turn 20

    September 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and the Dave Matthews Band will perform alongside Neil Young at the 20th anniversary Bridge School Benefit, to be held Oct. 21-22 at Shoreline Amphitheatre out Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Re ...

  37. Tower Records Files For Bankruptcy

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records filed a Chapter 11 petition in federal bankruptcy court yesterday (Aug. 20). The owners want the court to facilitate a prompt sale of their business "as a going concern" so that a buyer MTS Inc. and all of its subsidiaries, ...

  38. Tower Wins At NARM Amidst Bankruptcy Fears

    August 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suppliers stop shipping to chain. In one of the most ironic moments ever at a National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers annual convention, Tower Records was named the large retailer of the year on the meeting's closing night (Aug. 5), after t ...

  39. Karaoke/Social Networking Site Launches

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Visitors can rate, comment for free. Investment interest is growing in user generated content sites that blend elements of karaoke and social networking. SingShot, a San Francisco-based startup from former RealNetworks business development executi ...

  40. NARM Noms Revealed

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Annual convention set for Aug. 2-5. The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has revealed the nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention, Aug. 2-5 in Kissimm ...

  41. Wholesaler Baker & Taylor To Be Sold For $455M

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Closing date on deal hasn't been set. Baker & Taylor, the books, video and music wholesaler based in Charlotte, N.C., will be sold for $455 million to Castle Harlan, a private equity firm. Willis Stein & Partners, which bought the com ...

  42. Wholesaler Baker & Taylor To Be Sold For $455M

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Closing date on deal hasn't been set. Baker & Taylor, the books, video and music wholesaler based in Charlotte, N.C., will be sold for $455 million to Castle Harlan, a private equity firm. Willis Stein & Partners, which bought the com ...

  43. Entercom's Alleged Dirty Dealings

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Documents reveal specific payments. New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer’s lawsuit charging Entercom Communications of illegally trading airtime for “secret” payments outlines numerous specific instances of alleged dirty dealings in the s ...

  44. Gov't Convicts 'Apocalypse Crew'

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Cracks down on pre-release piracy groups. The first federal criminal convictions of members from pre-release music piracy groups were announced today (Feb. 28) by the Department of Justice. The four individuals had been arrested as a result of Ope ...

  45. Leahy Splits With CCE

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Forms 409 Management & Consulting. Former Clear Channel Entertainment executive VP of music group venues Patrick Leahy has resigned from that position and formed a new company, 409 Management & Consulting. Through his new venture, the ...

  46. Major Music Wholesaler For Sale

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Baker & Taylor being shopped by Goldman Sachs. Baker & Taylor, the books, video and music wholesaler based in Charlotte, N.C., is up for sale, sources say. Nearly 30 months after Willis Stein & Partners acquired the wholesaler in J ...

  47. Network Live Prepares For Madonna, Urban

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Exclusive shows to be broadcast across AOL, XM. Network Live, a joint venture between America Online, XM Satellite Radio and AEG, is producing two exclusive concerts-Keith Urban Nov. 14 and Madonna Nov. 15-which will be broadcast across its multi- ...

  48. Hurricane Threatens Latin VMAs

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Show moved to Oct. 19. The 2005 MTV Latin America Video Music Awards have been moved up a day with the threat of Hurricane Wilma. The awards, taking place at Playa del Carmen in the Mexican Caribbean, will now be held and pre-taped on Oct. 19, and ...

  49. Sony BMG Readies UMD Titles

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Releases for PlayStation Portable. Sony BMG Music Entertainment is planning to release at least eight Universal Media Disc (UMD) titles for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) by the end of the year. Slated for distribution are music video compilations ...

  50. The Music Industry Reponds To Katrina

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Updated: Friday, Sept. 16. While the devastating impact from Hurricane Katrina is still being assessed, the music industry continues to respond with a variety of donations, charitable events and assistance. Here is a short list of Web sites where ...

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