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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Backbeat: Capitol Theatre Debuts With Sold-Out Bob Dylan Concert After Lavish Restoration

    September 05, 2012 3:32 PM EDT The renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on opening night. (Photo: Jem Aswad) One of the more welcome developments in the concert industry over the past several years has been the revival of many classic theaters, ranging from the U ...

  5. Investor Group Including Guggenheim, Mandalay, Mosaic Reaches Deal to Acquire Dick Clark Productions

    September 04, 2012 11:09 AM EDT An investor group including Guggenheim Partners, Mandalay Entertainment and Mosaic Media Investment Partners made things official on Tuesday, saying it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Dick Clark Productions from RedZone Capital Manag ...

  6. Streetlight Manifesto Flips Off Victory Records, To Release Acoustic Version of Final LP on Same Day

    August 30, 2012 5:52 PM EDT The same day Victory Records releases the last album in their contract with Streetlight Manifesto on November 6, the band will issue an album containing acoustic versions of the same songs on their own label. The Hand That Thieves , bearing the mo ...

  7. Lexus Puts Poetry In Motion

    August 30, 2012 1:30 PM EDT The luxury car brand looks to reach affluent African-Americans through music/spoken-word events and TV's 'Verses & Flow'. At a time when virtually every major automotive brand has its own music strategy -- even Fiat hired Jennif ...

  8. Road Work

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Converge, Aesop Rock, & the Weeknd Come together: Salem, Mass.–based hardcore/metal outfit Converge will trek across the United States in October alongside a rotating cast of heavy hitters like Torch ...

  9. Guggenheim Partners Nearing Deal to Buy Dick Clark Productions

    August 30, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Guggenheim Partners has entered final negotiations to acquire Dick Clark Productions for an amount that exceeds its hefty asking price, multiple sources have told The Hollywood Reporter. The deal for the storied production company behind the Golde ...

  10. Morning Fix: Pussy Riot Guilty, Twitter Limits API , Kim Dotcom, RIP Carl Davis

    August 17, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Pussy Riot Found Guilty By Russian Court The three members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band/art collective, today were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," according to reports. Prosecutors are seeking a three y ...

  11. Chart Moves: Testament Flies High, Carrie Underwood Gains, Aer Debuts, Elvis Is Back on Billboard 200

    August 10, 2012 7:25 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Rick Ross ruled the top of the Billboard 200 this week, as his "God Forgives, I Don't," bowed atop the tally with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is the hip-hop veteran's fourth No. 1 set. Ros ...

  12. King's Men Bring Gospel To Live Nation

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT BET's popular music competition show "Sunday Best" has signed on as the presenting sponsor for Live Nation's first major U.S. gospel tour, the King's Men. Last month, the tour's performers - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp ...

  13. Charts: Ross Is Boss, Whitney Houston 'Sparkles'

    August 08, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "God Forgives, I Don't" bows atop the list with 218,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach Music Group mogul his best sales week yet, t ...

  14. Backbeat: Of Monsters and Men, Jezabels Play Billboard's Packed Post Party At Chicago's Double Door

    August 07, 2012 2:26 PM EDT Iceland's Of Monster and Men performing at Billboard's Post Party at Chicago's Double Door. (Photo: Dana Loftus) Billboard capped off an eventful Lollapalooza weekend Sunday night with a Post Party at Chicago's Double Door , pr ...

  15. Backbeat: Hard Rock Records Hosts Lolla After Party, Details Label Plans

    August 07, 2012 11:56 AM EDT Rosco Bandana played a 20-minute set opening for Midnight Conspiracy and Chairlift. Hard Rock Hotel' s Saturday night After Party, held just blocks away from Lollapalooza at the Hard Rock in downtown Chicago, was more than just a chance to ca ...

  16. Lollapalooza Coming to Israel in 2013

    August 06, 2012 1:56 PM EDT Lollapalooza continues to broaden its international horizons. Festival organizers announced Saturday it would hold Lollapalooza Israel in Tel Aviv next year, in what will be the country's first large-scale international music festival. Israel ...

  17. Backbeat: Frank Ocean Plays Intimate After-Show, Co-Manager Kelly Clancy Reflects on Tour

    August 05, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Frank Ocean's co-manager Kelly Clancy of 4 Strikes Management (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Sometimes less is more. Frank Ocean spent the penultimate night of his headlining U.S. Tour Friday night at Chicago's Metro , an 1,100-capacity venue tha ...

  18. Lollapalooza Suspended Due To Weather

    August 04, 2012 6:12 PM EDT Lollapalooza has been shut down and the festival grounds evacuated as heavy storms roll into Chicago. Festival organizers decided to suspend the fest in light of National Weather Service reports of severe thunderstorms and began escorting attendee ...

  19. Dolla-palooza: Why More Brands Than Ever Are Flocking to Lolla

    August 04, 2012 12:15 PM EDT More than any U.S. festival, Lollapalooza brings the brands. From fully-branded stages by Sony, PlayStation, Bud Light, Google Play, BMI and Red Bull to a bag check from State Farm, free T-shirts from The Gap and two different activations from Toy ...

  20. Road Work: Good Old War and More

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Fun: Indie/folk trio Good Old War starts a U.S. tour at Philadelphia's Union Transfer (Aug. 6), then hits Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat (Aug. 7). In support of its 2012 release, "Come Back as Rain" (Sargent House), the group wil ...

  21. 40 Under 40: Tom Windish

    August 02, 2012 3:53 PM EDT Tom Windish President, The Windish Agency Website: windishagency.com Twitter: @tomwindishagent Fostering Live Success Tom Windish, 39, oversees one of the most progressive-thinking companies in concert booking today. With offices in Chicago, New Y ...

  22. 40 Under 40: Gabe McDonough

    August 02, 2012 3:09 PM EDT Gabe McDonough VP/Music Director, Leo Burnett Website: LeoBurnett.com Twitter: @gabemcdonough Selling With Synchs The Chicago Headquarters of Leo Burnett aren't just the largest single ad agency offices in the world, they're also among t ...

  23. 2 Chainz Takes The Throne

    August 02, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-s ...

  24. Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control Dead at 43

    July 31, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Bill Doss, a founding member of indie rock group the Olivia Tremor Control, has died at the age of 43 of as-yet-unannounced causes. After reports surfaced early Tuesday (July 31) of Doss' death, the official OTC web site confirmed the sad new ...

  25. Warner/Chappell Purchases Music Rights to All Miramax-Owned Films

    July 31, 2012 2:08 PM EDT Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Miramax film and television studios today announced an agreement under which Warner/Chappell will acquire the masters and publishing rights for all film music owned by Miramax. The agreement builds on the compa ...

  26. Backbeat: Gloriana Rocks Billboard-Pepsi Summer Beats Concert With John Huie, Matt Serletic, Scott McGhee, Many More in the House

    July 31, 2012 12:53 PM EDT (L-R): Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert of Gloriana; Warner Music Nashville SVP brand management and sales Peter Strickland; and Gloriana's Mike Gossin with their plaques celebrating the success of "(Kissed You) Good Night." (Photo: Fr ...

  27. Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden Top Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

    July 30, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Madonna's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out con ...

  28. Of Monsters and Men to Play Billboard Party in Chicago, Aug. 5

    July 27, 2012 3:51 PM EDT Billboard will rock Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5 with a little help from critical darlings Of Monsters and Men and The Jezabels. The groups will help close out Lollapalooza weekend when they perform at the Billboard Post Party, presented by Starbucks ...

  29. Firefly Director Talks Festival's Success, Looks Ahead to Next Year's Return to Delaware

    July 27, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Last weekend, the inaugural Firefly Festiva l put Delaware on the musical map, drawing an estimated audience of 30,000 people per day to the First State's first major music festival. Before the dust had completely settled on the Woodlands of ...

  30. Gloriana Transforms Into Trio With Chart Success

    July 26, 2012 5:35 PM EDT With the current chart success of Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it's a good time to be a country group. Now, Gloriana can be added to that list. As its latest single, "(Kissed You) Good Night," ...

  31. Lollapalooza Announces 2013 Dates

    July 25, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Photo courtest of the Lollapalooza message board . Lollapalooza's organizers sure are thinking ahead. While their 2012 iteration hasn't even kicked off yet -- the Chicago festival is set to take place over the weekend of August 3-5 -- ad ...

  32. Catalpa Festival's Dave Foran on Why NYC Is a 'Graveyard for Music Fests,' and Why His Will Be Different

    July 24, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Dave Foran, seen here at the Florianopolis leg of the recent Snoop Dogg Brazilian tour, is the founder and promoter of NYC's inaugural Catalpa festival and believes the event has staying power. Dave Foran, founder of this summer's inaugu ...

  33. Nelarusky Readies Sixth Annual Special Olympics Benefit

    July 23, 2012 2:00 PM EDT About five years ago, 16-year-old Lauren McClusky, daughter of radio promotions veteran Jeff McClusky of Jeff McClusky & Associates, was brainstorming with her friend from Chicago rock band the Days about staging a benefit concert to raise mon ...

  34. SAG-AFTRA, Advertising Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

    July 23, 2012 10:51 AM EDT SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union's commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013. T ...

  35. Nontraditional Sponsors Make Pop Stars Reach Beyond The Core

    July 19, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Pet food and other nontraditional sponsors finding love from music fans At the recent Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, the sponsors included a mix of beverages (Heineken, vitaminwater), automotive companies (Acura), technology firms (Intel) an ...

  36. Backbeat: A$AP Rocky (& Mob), 'Breaking Bad' Fan Oneohtrix Point Never, Indie Rock Elite Hit Pitchfork Fest

    July 19, 2012 12:40 PM EDT The Indie Nation Sea: The scene at Chicago's Union Park for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival. (Photo: Rebecca Smeyne) Held in Chicago's Union Park for the seventh straight year, the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival featured an eclectic mix ...

  37. Rock Docs Reach Beyond Theaters

    July 18, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Production chiefs at film studios have their eyes focused on the box-office results of "Katy Perry: Part of Me," which pulled in slightly more than $10 million on 2,700 screens in its first four days of release, according to Box Office M ...

  38. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  39. Merlin Media Abandons News for Music in New York and Chicago

    July 17, 2012 11:12 AM EDT Approximately a year after launching twin all-news stations on FM signals in New York and Chicago, Merlin Media has abandoned the format, changing to alternative-music programming for WEMP in New York - now "New Rock 101.9" - and adult h ...

  40. Rockie Fresh: Why He Joined Rick Ross' Maybach Music Instead of Diddy's Bad Boy Ent.

    July 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT It's been a quick ride to the top for Rockie Fresh, the latest artist to join Rick Ross' growing stable of top-flight talent with Maybach Music Group. After all, the young MC is only 21 years old and just signed his first major label dea ...

  41. Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar, Shaila Durcal To Play September Tour Dates

    July 13, 2012 5:28 PM EDT Promoters for a major Latin music co-headlining tour featuring Mexican stars Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar and Shaila Durcal say originally announced Sept. dates will take place despite the fact that the tour's initial eight summer dates have ...

  42. Red Hot Chili Peppers to Release 9 New Singles

    July 13, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers are about to lay a bunch of new music on their fans. Starting next month, the group will release nine singles, each with two songs, as digital downloads and seven-inch vinyl pressings. "Strange Man"/"Long P ...

  43. Too Pop For Comfort?

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Brown&# ...

  44. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  45. Gusttavo Lima's 'Balada' Follows Michel Teló's Soccer-Spurred Chart Success

    June 21, 2012 6:50 PM EDT From the looks of it, lightning can strike twice. Earlier this year, Michel Telo's "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" (loosely translated to "Oh, If I Catch You") topped European and South American airplay and digital charts. It was prope ...

  46. Road Work: June 30, 2012

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Jersey boys: In 2011, New Jersey's Real Estate released "Days," the band's second album and first for Domino. Returning from a European trek, the act will perform at Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival on July 15 and make i ...

  47. How Spotify, SoundCloud Changed the Way Blogs Talk About Music at New Music Seminar

    June 18, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Is Spotify killing the album review? That question and other issues like rights clearances and Mp3 hosting platforms were explored in a panel, "Music Blogs: Discovering The Best New Music," at the New Music Seminar Monday. "Music cr ...

  48. Fiona Apple Banked on Buzz to Build Anticipation for New Release

    June 14, 2012 8:15 PM EDT For her fourth album, "The Idler Wheel . . .," Fiona Apple wasn't willing to let her work be mishandled. Nearly seven years ago, the reclusive singer/songwriter released third album "Extraordinary Machine," a project that ...

  49. R. Kelly Owes Nearly $5M In Taxes: Documents

    June 14, 2012 8:11 PM EDT R&B star R. Kelly, who last year saw his suburban Chicago mansion fall into foreclosure, now has the Internal Revenue Service at his door. The Chicago Sun-Times reports documents held by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds show the recording art ...

  50. Album Reviews: Rush, Hot Chip, Eric Benet, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Rush Clockwork Angels Producers: Rush, Nick Raskulinecz Anthem/Roadrunner Records Release Date: June 12 It's not exactly a news flash when at the beginning of Rush's latest album, "Clockwork Angels," frontman Geddy Lee proclaim ...

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