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  1. 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 ...

  2. Touring Execs Discuss Secondary Markets (and Russian Billionaires in St. Tropez) at Billboard Touring Conf

    November 08, 2012 3:10 PM EST Talking Billionaires: The Agency Group's Ken Fermaglich (with Brock Jones looking on), speaks to moderator, Jordan Glazier (Photo: Michael Seto) Eventful President/CEO Jordan Glazier moderated the discussion of secondary and tertiary markets ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, George Strait, Cirque Du Soleil

    March 29, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Taylor Swift is at a familiar perch atop Hot Tours with box office grosses reported from the last leg of her Speak Now World Tour that wrapped on March 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour's final leg, a six-city trek through Australia and ...

  6. This Week In Billboard History: The Day The Music Died (& The Show Went On); Motown Goes Pat Boone

    February 06, 2012 5:29 PM EST : The Day The Music Died (And The Show Went On) How did Billboard cover the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper")? The headline on the page six story in the Feb. 9, 1959 issue reveals the angle: ...

  7. Roger Williams, Famed Pianist, Dies at 87

    October 10, 2011 6:42 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Roger Williams, the virtuoso pianist who topped the Billboard pop charts in the 1950s and played for nine U.S. presidents during a long career, died Saturday. He was 87. Williams died at his home in Los Angeles of complications ...

  8. Business Matters: Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke, by the Numbers

    September 29, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke 2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improveme ...

  9. Taylor Swift Says Broadway Inspired Her 'Speak Now' Tour

    June 01, 2011 7:15 AM EDT In another era, it was enough for artists from Hank Williams to Randy Travis to show up in a city, unpack their gear and play. Stage production for Willie Nelson was simply unfurling a Texas flag and launching into "Whiskey River." But a ...

  10. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    May 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance will lead the lineup of the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour, which is scheduled to visit North American amphitheaters this summer/fall. Support acts on the 40-plus-date trek include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and M ...

  11. Kenny Chesney Announces New Tour Dates

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- the singer announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal tour. These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium show ...

  12. Katy Perry Holds Off Eminem On Euro Album Chart

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry 's "Teenage Dream" (Capitol/EMI) may have had its Billboard 200 reign limited to one week, but it’s beginning a second week atop European Albums, as "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMT ...

  13. Slipknot Bassist Died Of 'Accidental' Overdose

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The bassist for the Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot died of an "accidental" overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute, police in Iowa said as autopsy results were released. Paul Gray, 38, was found dead on May ...

  14. Slipknot Pays Tribute To Bassist, But Who's Who?

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tearful members of Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot shocked fans by appearing in public without masks for the first time in their career to pay tribute to their deceased bass player. A brief news conference on Tuesday evening (May 25), carried l ...

  15. Police: Slipknot Bassist Found Dead In Iowa hotel

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paul Gray, the bassist for Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, was found dead Monday in an Iowa hotel room but foul play wasn't suspected, police said. A hotel employee found Gray, 38, dead in a room at the TownePlace Suites in Urbandale, a s ...

  16. 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 " ...

  17. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: DJ Premier, TINU, 'Unsung,' Ludacris

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- DJ Premier is the executive producer of the new album by Royce Da 5'9": "Street Hop." Out this week (Oct. 20), the rapper's fourth album release coincides with the recently launched "K.O.D. Tour 2009," whose l ...

  18. Taylor Swift Announces Second Leg Of 'Fearless' Tour

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's Fearless tour -- one of the year's most successful treks and another boost to the teen country star's rising profile -- will be extended through spring 2010, the singer announced today (Oct. 8). The new leg will take ...

  19. Ciara Replaced By Jordin Sparks In Britney Spears Tour

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jordin Sparks will be replacing Ciara on the second leg of Britney Spears' "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour, reps at Jive Records, both Sparks and Ciara's label, have confirmed. Although asked, Jive Records didn't ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Nickelback Plots 2009 Tour

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nickelback will begin a North American tour Feb. 25 in Nashville in support of its just-released Roadrunner album "Dark Horse." Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 via LiveNation.com, but Nickelback fan club members get first crack on Friday (Nov. ...

  22. Motley Crue Gears Up For North American Tour

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mötley Crüe will follow up this past summer's Crüe Fest amphitheater tour with a North American arena trek, beginning Feb. 2, 2009, at Cox Arena in San Diego and wrapping March 18 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Alon ...

  23. Billboard Q&A: Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When barber-cum-producer Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford left his native Des Moines, Iowa, he was only armed with a set of hair clippers. However, more than ten years and one beat machine later, he's crafted soundtracks for artists l ...

  24. Bravery, Carlton, Folds Tapped For Ovation TV Show

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Bravery, Vanessa Carlton, Ben Folds, Josh Kelley and Jason Mraz will perform during the inaugural season of "Bonefish Grill's Notes From The Road" on Ovation TV, Billboard.biz has learned. The one-hour series will combine live p ...

  25. Billy Joel Preps Last Shea Gig

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billy Joel will be the last artist to play at Shea Stadium in New York with a July 16 concert billed as the Last Play at Shea, From the Beatles to Billy. Live Nation is promoting the show in association with Mitch Slater. This year will be the fin ...

  26. Bon Jovi To Embark On World Tour

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will embark on a world tour of more than 10 countries, beginning with the United States and Canada this fall. "We're starting in New Jersey and then taking it to the world," lead singer Jon Bon Jovi announced at last night& ...

  27. Ozzy, Zombie Ready Fall Tour

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie will join forces for a North American fall tour, beginning Oct. 18 at the Key Arena in Seattle and wrapping Jan. 24, 2008, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 40-date trek finds Osbourne visiting U.S. arenas f ...

  28. McGraw Song Remains TV Moment For Now

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite the fact that it was the Hot Shot Debut on this week's Hot Country Songs Chart at No. 35, there are no immediate plans to release Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading This," the song that provided the most memorable mom ...

  29. Counting Crows Touring With Live, Collective Soul

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a bill straight out of 1995, Counting Crows will tour minor-league baseball stadiums this summer with support from Live and Collective Soul. Third Eye Blind will also join the lineup for a handful of shows. The trek begins July 22 in Wilmington ...

  30. Now Hear This: Your Guide To Unsigned Bands

    March 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST > > > The Envy Corps When the Envy Corps stopped by its nearby Clear Channel-owned radio station last year, the rock quartet had designs on hearing its music on a Sunday-evening local music show. The act didn't dream it would become ...

  31. RIAA Files New Round Of Lawsuits

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST targeted for illegally distributed copyrighted music. RIAA-member record companies filed a new round of "John Doe" copyright infringement lawsuits today (Jan. 31) against 750 individuals. These suits come less than a month after the ...

  32. Comcast To Offer Bon Jovi Tour Content

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Exclusive content accessible online or on demand. Cable operator Comcast is teaming with Bon Jovi to offer its subscribers exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the band’s “Sprint Presents Have a Nice Day Tour.” Available content includes backs ...

  33. SparkNet Loses Infringement Case

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal District Court ruled that broadcaster Bonneville International did not infringe the "playing what we want" trademark of SparkNet Communications. NEW YORK -- A federal District Court ruled that broadcaster Bonneville Internation ...

  34. Bonneville Prevails In Infringement Case

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Court rules against SparkNet. In a legal upset for the owners of the "playing what we want" trademark, a U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of Bonneville International in an infringement case brought against the broadcaster by SparkN ...

  35. Clear Channel Sued For Trademark Infringement

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT SparkNet Communications, owner of the "Jack FM" and "playing what we want" trademarks, filed a lawsuit against Clear Channel on Aug. 18 in San Diego federal district court. NEW YORK -- SparkNet Communications, owner of the &quo ...

  36. 'Idols' To Be Active This Summer

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Top 10 contestants from Fox series will perform. A 41-city tour of the top 10 contestants from the Fox television series "American Idol" has been planned for the summer. The trek will begin in Sunrise, Fla., at Office Depot Center on Jul ...

  37. McCartney Sets North American Tour

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here, Paul McCartney will tour North America this fall, beginning Sept. 16 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The 28-date "US" tour, in support of a new Capitol album, will wrap As first tipped here, Paul McCartney ...

  38. Bill Seeks To Promote Local News

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lawmakers' pique over the networks' incredible shrinking news hole is prompting legislation that will shorten the time broadcasters have between license renewals and require full commission review of WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Repor ...

  39. Global Spectrum Names Regional Directors

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Global Spectrum has promoted Brett Mitchell and Doug Higgons to regional directors. Global Spectrum has promoted Brett Mitchell and Doug Higgons to regional directors. Mitchell will expand his role as GM of the Overland Park Convention Center in O ...

  40. Global Spectrum's Long To Head Iowa Venue

    June 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Philadelphia-based facility management firm Global Spectrum has named Andy Long as GM for the new Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Long will report to Global Spectrum regional director Brett Mi Philadelphia-based facility management firm Gl ...