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  1. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  2. Howlin' Wolf Guitarist Hubert Sumlin Dead at 80

    December 05, 2011 12:00 PM EST Revered blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who spent 23-plus years adding gritty leads to Howlin' Wolf's legendary voice and who inspired generations of axemen from Jimi Hendrix to Kenny Wayne Shepherd, died Sunday at a New Jersey hospital o ...

  3. Jonathon Brandmeier Returns to Chicago Radio on WGN

    December 02, 2011 5:24 PM EST Tribune talk WGN/Chicago has announced that Chicago radio legend Jonathon Brandmeier is joining the station to host morning drive. Brandmeier has had a storied career in Chicago that began in 1983 when he dominated the market as the morning host o ...

  4. 2012 Grammy Awards: Song Of The Year

    December 01, 2011 3:31 PM EST lyrical achievement the power and TRUTH of a beautiful song "All of the Lights" Songwriters: Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter, Kanye West Performers: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Fergie From: My Beautiful Dark ...

  5. Cyber Monday Forecast To Set $1.2 Billion Sales Record

    November 28, 2011 7:15 AM EST There's good news for online retailers this year: Black Friday Internet sales jumped 26 percent, while Cyber Monday spending is projected to reach a record $1.2 billion, according to data released Sunday by market research firm ComScore. Blac ...

  6. Avery*Sunshine Builds Her Social Network Base Onstage and Off

    November 21, 2011 7:25 AM EST "The days when the artist is a lone island are over," says soulful singer/pianist Avery*Sunshine. And she would know. Emerging from the Atlanta area over the past two years, following the 2010 release of her self-titled debut album, she ...

  7. Business Matters: U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services

    November 17, 2011 6:10 PM EST U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services -- Subscription services have so many millions of songs they are sure to satisfy most of the people most of the time. But for an avid music fan with underground tastes, the growing ...

  8. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to Reunite for 'Brothers of the Sun' Stadium Tour

    November 14, 2011 9:54 AM EST Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to Reunite for 'Real Special' Stadium Tour By Ray Waddell Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who famously toured together in the early 2000s, will reunite for the 19-date Brothers of the Sun stadium tour, beginning J ...

  9. Bushmills, Pitchfork & Bon Iver: The Do's and Don'ts of Touring Sponsorships Panel @ BB Touring Conf

    November 11, 2011 12:16 PM EST Brand Stand (from left): Sig Greenbaum, VP of Marketing/Sponsorships, Rehage Entertainment; Marcie Allen, President, MAC Presents; Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP Entertainment Marketing, Citi; Liana Huth, SVP Partnerships and Events, FUSE; Matt Frampton ...

  10. Perry Farrell Talks Lollapalooza, Jane's Addiction, Music's Future @ BB Touring Conference Keynote

    November 10, 2011 7:15 PM EST Perrry Farrell (left) the subject of the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards Keynote Q&A Session hosted by Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde. (Photo: Michael Seto). The NFL and NBA are at the root of Perry Farrell's vision for t ...

  11. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Kanye West Get Platinum Awards for 'Watch the Throne' at Madison Square Garden

    November 08, 2011 4:37 PM EST From left: Kanye West, Island Def Jam Group President & COO Steve Bartels, Jay-Z, Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Chairman & CEO Barry Weiss celebrating the worldwide success of "Watch the Throne" backstage at Madison Squ ...

  12. Groupon Raises $700 Million With IPO at $20 Per Share

    November 04, 2011 8:11 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Daily deals pioneer Groupon raised about $700 million with an initial public offering of stock priced well above expectations. The IPO was set late Thursday at $20 per share, above the anticipated range of $16 to $18. The high ...

  13. Clear Channel Announces New Brand Management Team

    November 03, 2011 11:47 AM EDT In the wake of last week's layoffs, Clear Channel continues to lay out its national programming strategy with the announcement of a new Brand Management Team, which includes a Brand Manager and Brand Coordinator who will serve as "in-hou ...

  14. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  15. Poison Responds to Song Theft Allegations

    October 27, 2011 4:53 PM EDT Poison, one of the most successful hair metal bands of the 1980s, is striking back in response to a new lawsuit that claims four hit songs were stolen a quarter century ago from another band. A lawyer for the group led by frontman-turned-reality-T ...

  16. More Layoffs at Cumulus: Ladd, Buchmann Leave KLOS

    October 26, 2011 5:50 PM EDT On the heels of today's layoffs at Clear Channel Radio comes news that Los Angeles is the latest major-market Cumulus cluster to be hit with cutbacks, as the company streamlines staffing in the wake of its acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting. ...

  17. Updated: Layoffs at Clear Channel

    October 26, 2011 3:00 PM EDT A new wave of personnel reductions has hit Clear Channel radio stations in small and medium sized markets. As of Wednesday afternoon (October 26) it was unclear just how many people are being cut as part of the reduction, but indications are the n ...

  18. Backbeat: Chicago Rocks Charity Concert @ The Saban Theatre In L.A.

    October 26, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Chicago, on the road since last October performing concerts in Australia, South America and Europe, rips through its fundraising set at Los Angeles' Saban Theatre. (Photo: Michael Pazmino/KABC) TalkRadio 790 KABC became RockRadio KABC when Ch ...

  19. Perry Farrell to Receive Inaugural Apple Award, Give Keynote Q&A At Billboard Touring Conference & Awards

    October 25, 2011 3:42 PM EDT In observance of the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary promoter Bill Graham, the inaugural Apple Award will be given to Jane's Addiction/Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell at the eighth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Aw ...

  20. Hair Band War! Did Poison Steal '80s Hits From Another Band?

    October 21, 2011 10:20 PM EDT Members of Poison, including frontman-turned-reality-TV-celebrity Bret Michaels, have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn't over ...

  21. Pitbull to Headline Inaugural Latin Music Race

    October 13, 2011 4:52 PM EDT Pitbull will be the headliner of the inaugural Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon, taking place Dec. 11. The Miami stop is part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series, which takes place both in the U.S. and abroad. The ongoing ser ...

  22. Pitchfork Announces Forms -- New York Music Festival Taking Place in February

    October 12, 2011 7:19 PM EDT With last year's #Offline showcase in Brooklyn and its upcoming music festival in Paris, Pitchfork has been expanding its live music events beyond its Chicago base. And now they're upping it another notch. The influential indie blog toda ...

  23. Weezer's Mikey Welsh: His Demons & Twitter-Predicted Death

    October 11, 2011 7:30 AM EDT When former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh -- who died at age 40 on Saturday (Oct. 8) at a Chicago hotel -- turned up at the band's show at Long Island's Jones Beach on July 29, the security guard struggled to locate his name on the guest li ...

  24. From The New Issue of Billboard: Wilco's Wild Merch: Coffee, Dog Collars and More

    October 07, 2011 12:17 PM EDT Weird Merch: Wilco's "Freaker" or colorful beverage cozy takes the band's merch concept to another level. (This excerpt is from an article appearing in the latest issue of Billboard -- see below for subscription and single-issu ...

  25. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day Two: It's Possible For Musicians To Thrive, But No Easy Answers

    October 05, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Rapper and community activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith talks about the Chicago music scene and his non-profit program Power of Purpose, which teaches young people civic engagement and community organizing through music-making. (Photo: Sarah ...

  26. Backbeat: Peter Bjorn and John Host L.A. Art Exhibition

    October 03, 2011 10:51 AM EDT This painting by Swedish artist Jonas Torvestig, who was tapped by Peter Bjorn and John to design the group's 2011 album, "Gimme Some," can be yours for a sweet $5,000. Here's a tip: Remember to arrive early the next time you a ...

  27. Lady Gaga Sues Company Trying to Trademark Her Name

    September 28, 2011 8:36 PM EDT Lady Gaga says a Nevada-based company is trying to horn in on her fame to market cosmetics and jewelry. She's suing in New York. The Grammy Award-winning pop star sued Excite Worldwide LLC on Monday. The lawsuit says the company applied witho ...

  28. Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, The Cure, Joan Jett Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    September 27, 2011 7:40 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Long ago, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts professed their love for rock 'n' roll. It's time to see if the feeling runs both ways. The iconic rock act is on the list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the 2012 c ...

  29. Jessy Dixon, Gospel Star & Pop Collaborator, Dies at 73

    September 26, 2011 8:07 PM EDT Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam Dixon said her brother died Monday morning at his Chi ...

  30. Guns N' Roses Announce First U.S. Tour in Five Years

    September 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Veteran rockers Guns N' Roses are heading back on the road for their first major U.S. tour in 5 years, the band announced on Wednesday. The Axl Rose-fronted group will play more than 30 concerts, starting Oct. 28 at Orlando's Amway Cente ...

  31. Verve Music Group, 20th Century Fox TV Partner for 'Playboy Club' Downloads

    September 21, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Following in the footsteps of the short-lived drama American Dreams (2002 - 2005) and looking to replicate the screen-to-iPod sales savvy of Glee, Universal Music's Verve Music Group has partnered with 20th Century Fox Television and iTunes t ...

  32. Warner Bros. Announces New Promotion Hires

    September 16, 2011 3:49 PM EDT In the wake of last week's layoffs in the Warner Bros. promotion department , today the company announced, via an internal email, three new hires in the department. All three had been colleagues at RCA with new Warner/Reprise Senior VP Peter ...

  33. Karen Wiessen, P.R. Executive, Joins The Door

    September 16, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Public Relations executive Karen Wiessen has joined the senior team at The Door and will help develop the company's music and entertainment division. Wiessen for the past 12 years has worked at both the Island Def Jam Group and Shore Fire Med ...

  34. Javier Colon, Raphael Saadiq, Colbie Caillat Join 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 6:37 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming epi ...

  35. Business Matters: Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series

    September 13, 2011 8:22 PM EDT Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series -- A new Eventbrite concert series will hold five simultaneous concerts in five different U.S. markets on Sept. 17. Called Concert Confidential, the shows will showcase popular artists and the Eventb ...

  36. Backbeats: Umphrey's McGee Bowls, Doro Dines, Misra's DeLuca Rocks Mercury Lounge

    September 09, 2011 10:30 PM EDT Backbeat: Umphrey's McGee Rolls Strikes At Text-Driven Jam Session @ Brooklyn Bowl Bowling, Texting & Jamming: (from left) Paul Dryden, product manager, ATO Records; Umphrey McGee manager Vincent Iwinski; guitarist Brendan Bayliss, drumme ...

  37. Blink-182 Stirs Social 50 Chart With 'Up All Night' Video Debut

    September 08, 2011 4:44 PM EDT Blink-182 debuts at No. 21 on Billboard's Social 50 due to the buzz generated by the release of the video for their latest single "Up All Night." Since debuting on Aug. 25, the video has accumulated 2.2 million YouTube views. The ne ...

  38. Business Matters: RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook

    September 02, 2011 3:41 PM EDT RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook -- RootMusic's BandPage is the top music app on Facebook, according to the AppData. With 32.5 million monthly average users (MAU) as of September 2, BandPage is far and away the mos ...

  39. Sync Powerhouse Glitch Mob Cultivates Adventuresome Music-And Complete Artistic Control

    September 01, 2011 9:24 AM EDT To know the Glitch Mob isn't necessarily knowing how to describe the Glitch Mob. "We get people calling us all kinds of different genres," band member Justin Boreta says. "Electro band, dubstep band, electronica, glitch-hop, ...

  40. Fresh Faces Lend Newfound Vitality to Regional Mexican

    September 01, 2011 7:50 AM EDT While mostly familiar faces continue to dominate Latin pop, tropical and urban music, regional Mexican has been a dynamic genre buoyed by new acts. Consider the finalists for Billboard's inaugural Regional Mexican Music Awards, who are led ...

  41. Pitchfork Site Gets Major Facelift

    August 31, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Though Hurricane Irene had most of New York hunkered down this weekend with a fifth and enough flashlights, batteries, and canned food to outlast the second coming, the folks at Pitchfork must have been hard at work; the Chicago-based music site r ...

  42. 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Last of the Delta Blues Legends, Dies at 96

    August 29, 2011 8:18 PM EDT David "Honeyboy" Edwards, a Delta blues guitarist and lifetime Grammy Award recipient who said he was there when iconic bluesman Robert Johnson took his last drink of poisoned whiskey, has died. He was 96. Edwards died of congestive hear ...

  43. Backbeat: Jody Watley's Surprise Appearance at the Comma Showcase

    August 19, 2011 3:06 PM EDT Jody Watley flanked by French Horn Rebellion members and siblings David Perlick-Molinari (left) and Robert Perlick-Molinari (right) during their rousing version of "Lookin' for a New Love." In the Green Room: Jody Watley (right) Chi ...

  44. Stage Collapses at Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, At Least Three Dead, Scores Injured (Update)

    August 18, 2011 1:00 PM EDT At least three people died and more than 70 others were injured today when a stage collapsed as a result of storms at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, according to the Associated Press . The head of emergency planning in the Belgian town of Hass ...

  45. Elaborate Outdoor Concerts Amp Up Safety Concerns, Calls For Regulation

    August 18, 2011 8:27 AM EDT CHICAGO (AP) - When thunderstorms slammed New York's Central Park before this summer's highly anticipated Black Eyed Peas concert, officials made the rare decision to call off the event. Tens of thousands of fans were livid, but safety e ...

  46. Victory Records Moves To RED For Digital Distribution, Re-Ups For Physical

    August 17, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Victory Records has re-upped its physical distribution agreement with RED. The deal marks the first time that the Sony-owned indie distributor will also handle the Chicago-based label's digital distribution. Digital distribution had been prev ...

  47. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part I)

    August 15, 2011 12:19 PM EDT Just Give Me Indie: Culling the list down to 50 American indie labels was no easy task... Trying to get signed? Universal and Sony laugh you out the door? In Billboard's second-annual DIY Manual, we listed 20 great indie labels along with str ...

  48. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part II)

    August 15, 2011 12:00 PM EDT This is part II of our 50 Best Indie Labels in America piece. To read part I, click here. Indie-tastic: Billboard Pro breaks down 50 American indie labels. 26. RVNG Intl. Pronounced "revenge," this boutique electronic label drops careful ...

  49. Indiana State Fair to Honor Dead Before Resuming

    August 15, 2011 8:30 AM EDT INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana State Fair was reopening Monday for the first time since a strong gust of wind caused a deadly stage collaps e, but was pausing first to honor and remember the five people killed in the accident. Gov. Mitch Daniels ...

  50. Indiana Governor: Wind That Caused State Fair Stage Collapse a 'Fluke'

    August 14, 2011 7:05 PM EDT The wind gust that toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night, killing five and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform, was a "fluke" that no one could have anticipated, the governor and o ...

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