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  1. Frankie Knuckles: A Look at the Dance Legend's Groundbreaking Career

    April 01, 2014 4:14 PM EDT The international dance music community is mourning the loss of one of its founders and most beloved figures today. Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Frankie Knuckles unexpectedly died last night due to complications from diabetes. Frankie Knuc ...

  2. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon & Arctic Monkeys to Headline Lollapalooza 2014 (Report)

    March 18, 2014 7:45 PM EDT The Lollapalooza lineup has not yet been officially announced, though the Chicago Tribune is convinced it's got the names of its 2014 headliners. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys will play this year's Lollapalooza (set ...

  3. The Replacements 'Respectfully Pass' on Your Media Request; Stanley Cup's Fall Out Boy Cameo at Riot Fest (Backbeat)

    September 16, 2013 5:55 PM EDT The Replacements played Chicago's Riot Fest this past weekend, marking just their second performance in 22 years. Western Promotions founder Heather West , who ran public and press relations for the fest, describes the media onslaught for ...

  4. Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion

    August 05, 2013 1:40 PM EDT “It’s rare that we’re ever in the same town, let alone the same place at one time,” Charlie Jones said as his C3 founding partners Charlie Walker and Charles Attal joined him backstage at Lollapalooza Sunday afternoon (Aug. 4). Sitting down wit ...

  5. Backbeat: Killer Mike & El-P's 'Run the Jewels Toothpaste,' Twinkie The Kid's Sweet Comeback; Secretly Label Group's Group Shot @P4K Fest

    July 26, 2013 4:30 PM EDT The eighth annual Pitchfork Music Festival celebrated what seemed its biggest year yet July 19-21 with attendance in excess of 54,000 across three days at Chicago's Union Park, bigger headliners in Bjork and R. Kelly  and a record roster ...

  6. Pitchfork Fest 2013: Bigger Headliners, More Sponsors, Elaborate Production, Killer Mike and El-P's New Beer

    July 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Now in its eighth year, the Pitchfork Music Festival has growing pains like any other festival. It's likely to sell out a capacity of 54,000 tickets across three days at Chicago's Union Park. It also has a record sponsor count that� ...

  7. How 20-Year Old Chance The Rapper Has Nearly Every Major Label Chasing Him

    May 01, 2013 1:40 PM EDT In high school, Chance the Rapper was the kid with the backpack full of CDs, hustling in hallways, foisting his latest mixtape on unsuspecting classmates. Now he plays coy in meetings with major labels, biding his time while big numbers and ...

  8. CBS Radio, Astralwerks Team Up For Talent Search Program 'She Can DJ'

    April 30, 2013 11:00 AM EDT CBS Radio is throwing its hat in the EDM ring, teaming with Astralwerks -- home to Swedish House Mafia, Empire of the Sun, and sister duo NERVO -- to launch a national talent search for the next great female DJ/producer, Billboard has learned. T ...

  9. Chicago’s Wavefront Fest Reveals Lineup, Citibank Partnership (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Jus†ice and Diplo lead a diverse slate Wavefront Music Festival , a three-day electronic music event on Chicago’s Montrose Beach July 5-7, will feature diverse headliners like Jus†ice, Diplo, and Nicolas Jaar, Billboard has learned. The music-fo ...

  10. Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup: Mumford & Sons, The Killers, The Cure Headlining

    April 01, 2013 1:55 PM EDT Following weeks of rumors , the 2013 Lollapalooza lineup was officially revealed on Monday (Apr. 1), with a lot of expected names at the top of the bill. The Cure, Mumford & Sons, the Killers, Nine Inch Nails and Phoenix will all perform at ...

  11. Born in Chicago Panel at SXSW

    March 16, 2013 3:36 PM EDT Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf stories told from their white students' perspective "Born in Chicago" screened at the SXSW Film Festival and a panel brought together the principal subjects in the film that explored how young white ...

  12. Graham Armstrong, Veteran Program Director and Journalist, Succumbs to Pneumonia

    March 04, 2013 5:12 PM EST Graham Armstrong, former program director at Chicago’s WGCI-FM and a veteran R&B journalist, died March 1 in Los Angeles of complications after a long bout with pneumonia. He was 60 years old. The Chicago native, born Dec. 21, 1952, graduated ...

  13. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  14. Exclusive: Gee Roberson Forms New Label, Blueprint, Through Interscope Geffen A&M

    December 21, 2012 8:41 AM EST Geffen Records chairman Gee Roberson will transition to create and own a full service record company called Blueprint to be distributed by Interscope Geffen A&M, it was announced today by Interscope Geffen A&M chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine and ...

  15. EDM Gets a Terrestrial-Radio Home on WHBA/Boston

    December 20, 2012 8:42 PM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment launched its first Electronic Dance Music (EDM) broadcast station today replacing the adult hits format on WHBA-FM with a new station called Evolution 101.7. Clear Channel purchased the signal, which had been ...

  16. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan, One Direction's 'Take Me Home' Next for 2012's Million-Sellers Club

    December 14, 2012 9:35 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" returned to No. 1, selling 167,000 (up 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the album's fourth non-consecutive week atop the list. The tally's high ...

  17. Five Hot Tours to Watch For in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:10 AM EST With Madonna's ongoing "MDNA" tour sweeping away all challengers to take the title of Top Tour of 2012, the gauntlet has been laid down for 2013's batch of headliners. Luckily, some of the world's biggest rock, pop and cou ...

  18. Dave Brubeck, Jazz Composer, Pianist, Dead At 91

    December 05, 2012 12:07 PM EST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91. Brubeck died Wednesday morning of hea ...

  19. Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy Honored By President Obama at White House

    December 02, 2012 9:28 PM EST From left: Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, President Barack Obama, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 2 at an event celebrating 2012's Kennedy Center honorees. (Photo: Brendan Smia ...

  20. Barbra Streisand Tops Hot Tours Chart Followed by Andre Rieu, Jennifer Lopez

    November 20, 2012 4:04 PM EST Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 mill ...

  21. Bon Jovi Announce 2013 Tour Dates, Fan-Friendly Ticket Prices

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" tour will hit the road in February with recession-friendly prices. The group's upcoming dates will feature seven price tiers in most markets, including more than 1,000 tickets priced at $19.50 before ...

  22. Road Work: George Jones, Sigur Ros, The Hives

    November 19, 2012 12:57 PM EST Timeless hearts: After a near six-decade career, country music legend George Jones has begun what he's terming a farewell tour. Dubbed the Grand Tour and booked by the Richard de la Font Agency, the run kicked off Nov. 11 at the Mansion The ...

  23. Freeway Hooks Up with Babygrande For Fourth LP

    November 19, 2012 12:49 PM EST With more than a decade in the rap game, Freeway still has a hustler's spirit. The Philadelphia native broke into music as one of the flagship members of Jay-Z's Roc-a-Fella Records, and his 2003 debut, Philadelphia Freeway, bowed at N ...

  24. Justin Bieber Nabs Third Hot Tours No. 1, Phish at No. 2

    November 07, 2012 6:14 PM EST Pop star Justin Bieber makes his third appearance at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours recap since launching the North American leg of the Believe Tour in late-September. This week's chart-topping performance is based on $11.8 million in reported ...

  25. How a Slew Of New Reporters Got To Top 40

    November 07, 2012 2:00 PM EST Format booms are often propelled by a hot body of music, but they don't always start that way. CBS launched Mike Joseph¹s Hot Hits format on WCAU-FM Philadelphia in September 1981--hardly a great time for top 40 music. WCAU¹s success prompted ...

  26. Back In Black: Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Celebrate Live Music's Comeback

    November 07, 2012 7:04 AM EST The artice below on this year's Billboard Touring Conference and Awards is from a Special Feature in the new issue of Billboard on the conference and the state of touring. You can buy this issue -- which also features a cover story on Alicia ...

  27. Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha to Perform on American Music Awards

    November 05, 2012 3:27 PM EST Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber and Ke$ha will perform at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, joining previously announced acts Pink, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Linkin Park. Mo ...

  28. Letter From The Editor: Publishing Billboard in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The letter below first appeared in the November 10 issue of Billboard, which features an in-depth package on Hurricane Sandy's enormous economic impact on the music business (see an article from that package here ). You can buy this issue -- ...

  29. Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen Top This Week's Hot Tours

    October 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Justin Bieber lands at No. 1 in this week's ranking of top-grossing tours with ticket sales reported from seven sold out performances on the Believe Tour's trek through the U.S. and Canada. The tour began in Phoenix at the end of Septemb ...

  30. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Finalists for the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards boast a diverse mix of genres, touring strategies, venue types, and positions on the career arc and their broad geographic footprint points to the increasingly global nature of the touring industry. ...

  31. Judd Apatow Talks Graham Parker's Acting, 'Freaks and Geeks,' His Neil Young Regret at Film TV Music Conf

    October 26, 2012 10:30 AM EDT (L-R): Mike Andrews, Musician, Graham Parker, Musician, Judd Apatow, Director/Writer/Producer, Manish Raval, Music Supervisor, Michael Penn (Photo: Arnold Turner) Judd Apatow is far better known for his comic chops than for his musical acumen - he ...

  32. From This Week's Billboard: How Taylor Swift's 'Red' Is Getting A Boost From Branding Mega-Deals

    October 22, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Below is the story "Seeing Red" from this week's BIllboard cover story package on Taylor Swift examining how the branding mega-deals surrounding her new album "Red" -- including Walgreens, Keds, Papa John's and many m ...

  33. Black Keys Top Hot Tours Chart, Followed by Jason Aldean, Eric Church

    October 22, 2012 10:04 AM EDT The Black Keys rise to No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours ranking with more than $2 million in box office grosses reported from three venues in California during its fall trek through western U.S. markets. Touring in support of the album "El Camin ...

  34. Backbeat: Death Grips, Flying Lotus, Ali Shaheed Muhammad Rock, Rattle and Spray NPR's CMJ Showcase

    October 19, 2012 11:33 AM EDT Buke and Gase's Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez get the audience warmed up (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown ) It was hard to believe this was a public radio show Wednesday night (Oct. 17) as noise-rap duo Death Grips flayed a moshing crowd with room-r ...

  35. 'Nashville' -- Rookie of the Year?

    October 15, 2012 9:39 AM EDT ABC's 'Nashville' pulls in viewers and sells a few songs in the process. The ABC show "Nashville" scored some of the highest ratings of any rookie program this fall season, but fans of the drama didn't instantly log ...

  36. The 'Origin' of Mika

    October 15, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Electro-pop act Mika enjoys global fame and solid record sales-now, if he could just get on the radio. ''I don't necessarily fit into a particular box," London-based singer/songwriter Mika says. "I stand in this weird bo ...

  37. Wixen Widens Its Scope

    October 15, 2012 6:15 AM EDT Family-run forensic publishing rights specialist is offering new services for its wide array of clients Wixen Music Publishing, known for its forensic ability to find monies due, now wants to be known for generating incremental income too. The c ...

  38. 'Nashville' Debuts to Strong Ratings

    October 11, 2012 6:41 PM EDT The ABC show "Nashville" scored some of the highest ratings of any rookie program this fall season, but fans of the drama didn't instantly log on to iTunes after the premiere's conclusion on Oct. 10. Big Machine released three ...

  39. Freelance Whales Ride The Wave

    October 09, 2012 6:08 AM EDT Brooklyn's Freelance Whales surface with a rich sophomore set ripe for more synchs. In Latin, "diluvian" refers to material or sentiment left behind after a flood. But in the case of Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Freelance Whales, it ...

  40. Merlin Sells WRXP/New York to CBS, Station Will Change From Alternative to News

    October 08, 2012 2:52 PM EDT Merlin Media has sold alternative WRXP (New Rock 101.9) New York to CBS Radio for $75 million. The new owners have already announced plans to launch a simulcast of sports WFAN-AM on the signal when they take over operating the station later this f ...

  41. Swedish House Mafia Sell Out U.S. Tour in 'Minutes'

    September 28, 2012 10:48 PM EDT Swedish House Mafia, among the most popular EDM (electronic dance music) acts, has sold out all announced tour dates for their upcoming U.S. tour in a matter of minutes, according to a release from the group. The trio has said this tour will be it ...

  42. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dead at 84

    September 26, 2012 10:12 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you wer ...

  43. Bubbling Under: Kacey Musgraves, Krewella, Blondfire, and Shane Dawson

    September 20, 2012 5:25 PM EDT >>>MUSGRAVES' 'MERRY' DEBUT Kacey Musgraves gains momentum with a 42-38 jump on Hot Country Songs with debut single "Merry Go 'Round" (Mercury). As a songwriter, the Texas native has placed cuts o ...

  44. Road Work: Kreayshawn, PVT, Frankie Rose and Lower Dens

    September 19, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Dream big: Indie electro-rockers Lower Dens just expanded their European and U.S. tours. The group kicks things off at Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival supporting Dirty Projectors (Sept. 27) before joining Grizzly Bear for dates in Chicag ...

  45. Backbeat: Michael Kiwanuka Wows a Packed Webster Hall With John Mayer, Martin Kierszenbaum, More

    September 19, 2012 4:50 PM EDT MIchael Kiwanuka with John Mayer, backstage at New York's Webster Hall after Kiwanuka's headlining set on Tuesday night (Photo: Jem Aswad) Fast-rising British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka kicked off his first headlining U.S. tour a ...

  46. Backbeat: The Great Bobby Womack Rocks NYC Apple Store With Damon Albarn, XL's Richard Russell

    September 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Rocking the tech emporium: From left: XL's Richard Russell, TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton, Bobby Womack, Remi Kabaka, Kwes (behind the piano) and Damon Albarn playing NYC's SoHo Apple Store. (Photo: Andy Gensler) 'It fired me ...

  47. C3 Presents Partnering In St. Lous' LouFest

    September 18, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Listen Live Entertainment, producers of the LouFest Music Festival in St. Louis, has joined forces with C3 Presents in a joint venture to grow the festival, which just completed it's third edition. The third annual LouFest took place Aug. 25- ...

  48. Backbeat: Thrill Jockey Celebrates 20th Anniversary In NYC With Future Islands, Liturgy, Tortoise, Matmos, Bettina Richards & Co.

    September 17, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Merch Peeps: (L - R) Thrill Jockey publicist Jonathan Williger, director of marketing and digital media Jamie Proctor, Shipping and Mail Order Manager Josh Koonce, Shipping, Mail Order Assistant Doug Kaplan, Director of Sales and Distribution Erik ...

  49. Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Marco Antonio Solis' GIGANTE3S Tops Billboard Hot Tours Chart

    September 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT The Latin music GIGANT3S Tour scores a No. 1 ranking on this week's lineup of Hot Tours with over $10 million in ticket sales reported from a late-summer trek. The show, which featured the major star power of Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco ...

  50. Spain's Sonar Festival Debuting 8-City North American Tour In October

    September 13, 2012 6:30 AM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's cutting-edge music and multimedia arts festival, today announced Sonar on Tour, the event's first-ever road trek. The festival is slated to come to eight North American cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto ...

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