Disaster

  1. Jenni Rivera's Family, Fans Gather for Memorial Service

    December 19, 2012 12:03 PM EST Jenni Rivera's family, friends and legions of fans are gathering in Los Angeles today to celebrate the life and music of the late Banda singer, who died earlier this month in a plane crash. Jenni Rivera 1969-2012: All Our Coverage Here Leadin ...

  2. Jenni Rivera's Remains Positively Identified

    December 13, 2012 2:56 PM EST Four days after the private plane carrying Jenni Rivera and six others crashed in Northern Mexico, the remains of the bodies have been positively identified. The Forensic Medical Service of Monterrey, Mexico has confirmed that remains of one of th ...

  3. Jenni Rivera Crash Investigation Raises Startling Legal Questions Over Airplane, Owner and Pilot

    December 12, 2012 4:47 PM EST Jenni Rivera was "in the final stages" of buying the Lear Jet on which she and six others were killed Sunday when the plane crashed in Mexico, according to Christian E. Esquino Nuñez, who, the Los Angeles Times blog reported, identified ...

  4. Jenni Rivera's Pilot Did Not Have U.S. License to Carry Passengers

    December 12, 2012 1:34 PM EST The 78-year-old pilot of the Learjet that crashed in Mexico early Sunday morning with Regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera and her entourage onboard was not licensed in the United States to carry passengers on a commercial flight, according to the ...

  5. Businessman Connected to Plane Carrying Jenni Rivera Falsified Flight Logs

    December 12, 2012 7:40 AM EST A Mexican businessman with connections to the plane that crashed with Jenni Rivera and six others onboard Sunday has been convicted of falsifying aircraft records, counterfeiting government inspection stamps, and drug-trafficking charges, accordin ...

  6. Jenni Rivera's Plane Involved in 2005 Accident

    December 10, 2012 2:06 PM EST Jenni River's ID, found where her plane crashed in Mexico (Getty Images) The 43-year-old Learjet carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and six other people, including her publicist, stylist and makeup artist, had been in one previous ...

  7. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert to be Aired on 34 Outlets

    December 03, 2012 7:00 PM EST The 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert will be broadcast across 34 U.S. and international television, radio and Internet across six continents. Producers said in a Monday news release the concert will be available to 1 billion people across ...

  8. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi Join NJ Relief Fund Board For Hurricane Sandy

    November 20, 2012 1:58 PM EST MENDHAM, N.J. (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are among the New Jersey natives joining a special fund created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. After the Flood: Hurricane Sandy's Impact on the Music Business The musicians will serve ...

  9. Three Dead in Stampede Following Steve Aoki Concert in Spain

    November 01, 2012 5:15 PM EDT At least three young women were trampled to death Wednesday night at a festival in Madrid, Spain, headlined by DJ Steve Aoki. The fatal injuries occurred as the crowd rushed one of the exits. Two more people remain in critical condition. Register ...

  10. Hurricane Sandy Relief: iTunes, ebay, Other Ways to Donate

    November 01, 2012 3:55 PM EDT There are multiple ways you can donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts: As it did in the wake of the Haiti earthquake and the tsunami in Japan, iTunes has launched an easy-to-use donation page (just look for the Red Cross logo on the iTunes stor ...

  11. Bruce Springsteen Mocks London Concert Curfew; UK Official Says There Were 'No Safety Issues'

    July 18, 2012 8:09 AM EDT LONDON - Bruce Springsteen Tuesday night poked fun at the London concert organizers who had cut off the power during his Saturday night concert in Hyde Park due to a noise curfew. When he took to the stage in Dublin, "The Boss" flipped a ...

  12. Ottawa Bluesfest Cleared in 2011 Cheap Trick Concert Stage Collapse Probe

    July 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT TORONTO -- Organizers of the Ottawa Bluesfest have welcomed media reports that the main stage collapse during a Cheap Trick concert at its July 2011 edition was caused by a freak weather event. "While we have no direct knowledge of the findin ...

  13. Radiohead Postpones European Dates After Stage Collapse

    June 21, 2012 3:09 PM EDT Following the collapse of a Toronto stage and the subsequent death of crew member Scott Johnson, Radiohead has decided to postpone a slew of upcoming European tour dates. Radiohead 'Shattered' By Death of Drum Tech Scott Johnson in Stage ...

  14. Weight, Time Constraints May Have Contributed to Radiohead Stage Collapse

    June 21, 2012 12:24 PM EDT Weight and time constraints might have played a part in Saturday's stage collapse at Toronto's Downsview Park that killed Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson, 33, when the top of the structure came crashing down prior to the gates opening ...

  15. Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Denies Responsibility For Two Deaths

    June 18, 2012 5:44 PM EDT Organizers of a huge electronic music party in Las Vegas don't think the deaths of two revelers last week will threaten the event's future there. Erika Raney, spokeswoman for Electric Daisy Carnival producer Insomniac, said her company g ...

  16. Radiohead 'Shattered' By Death of Drum Tech Scott Johnson in Stage Collapse

    June 18, 2012 9:23 AM EDT Helicopter views of the collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday (Video: Associated Press) The repercussions from the stage collapse Saturday in Toronto before a Radiohead concert that injured three and killed the band's drum tec ...

  17. Updated: Radiohead Stage Collapse Under Investigation, Toronto Police Seek Witnesses

    June 17, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Helicopter views of the collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday (Video: Associated Press) Toronto Police and emergency personnel are working to determine the cause of the stage collapse that killed one person and injured three at Dow ...

  18. One Dead, Three Injured in Stage Collapse Before Radiohead Show in Toronto

    June 16, 2012 5:06 PM EDT Helicopter views of the collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday (Video: Associated Press) A stage at Toronto's Downsview Park collapsed hours before a scheduled Radiohead concert, killing one person and injuring at least three, ...

  19. Cyndi Lauper Back In Japan a Year After Devastating Earthquake

    March 12, 2012 7:11 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Cyndi Lauper is admired in Japan for not running away after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Now, the American singer is back to show the Japanese people that she hasn't forgotten them. Japan Earthquake Impact ...

  20. Super Bowl Goes Organic Thanks To Farm Aid

    February 03, 2012 8:41 PM EST Concessions at the Super Bowl Sunday, for the first time, will serve organic food, sourced through Farm Aid, the music-industry-backed group that supports American farmers. The chili on offer at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis "will be the ...

  21. How Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Trey Songz Helped USAID Raise Funds for Eastern Africa

    January 03, 2012 7:30 AM EST As a devastating famine rips its way across eastern Africa and America continues its economic slump, the U.S. government's development arm has teamed up with MTV this holiday season to try a new way to raise much-needed funds to help many of ...

  22. Farm Aid: Making a Difference Since 1985

    November 29, 2011 8:02 AM EST With Music Business Support, Farm Aid's Main Players: Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson Leave Impact This is what the music business has long known about Farm Aid: On one day, each year, since 1985, Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nel ...

  23. Songs for Japan Raises $10 Million For Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

    November 09, 2011 4:15 PM EST Meeting Nov. 8 in Tokyo to mark the $10 million raised by "Songs for Japan" were (from left) Adrian Cheesley, president, Asia Pacific/Latin America, EMI Music; Chris Ancliff, general counsel of Warner Music International; Yoshiharu Otsuk ...

  24. Pukkelpop Music Festival to Return Despite Stage Collapse

    October 18, 2011 1:06 PM EDT Pukkelpop, the Belgian music festival hit by tragedy this year when a sudden storm killed five people, will return in 2012. On the festival website organizers confirmed the 27th edition of the pop fest will be held August 16-18. This year, the thr ...

  25. Remembering Aaliyah

    September 01, 2011 10:02 AM EDT Ten years ago on Aug. 25, Aaliyah Haughton was killed in a plane crash after filming the video for her hit single "Rock the Boat" in the Bahamas. The R&B singer/dancer/actress was only 22 years old. A month prior to her death, Aali ...

  26. Patti Smith, Kronos Quartet Win Sweden's 2011 Polar Music Prize

    August 30, 2011 4:00 PM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) - American string quartet Kronos Quartet and rocker Patti Smith have received the prestigious 2011 Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf. The musicians accepted their awards at a glitzy ceremony in Stockholm on T ...

  27. Kenny Cheseney Reschedules Concert In Advance of Hurricane Irene

    August 25, 2011 8:00 AM EDT A Kenny Chesney concert scheduled for this weekend in New England has been rescheduled for safety reasons. Chesney was to perform Sunday at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium but will instead appear at the same venue on Friday. The U.S. National Hurr ...

  28. Pukkelpop Music Festival Fatalities Lowered To Four From Five Then Raised Again (Updated)

    August 24, 2011 8:17 AM EDT The Mayor and public prosecutor for the Belgian town of Hasselt yesterday announced that four people instead of five died as a result of severe storm that hit the Pukkelpop music festival on Aug. 18. ( Billboard.Biz ). Today (Aug. 24), however, it ...

  29. Pukkelpop Death Toll Rises to Five, Organizers Cancel Festival

    August 19, 2011 3:30 PM EDT BRUSSELS - The death toll rose to five and 75 injuries as a result of a fierce storm that hit the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium yesterday causing three stage tents to collapse. At 5.00 a.m. this morning, the organizers decided to cancel the ...

  30. Sugarland Stage Collapse: Indiana State Fair Organizers Thought They Had More Time

    August 15, 2011 1:43 PM EDT Organizers at the Indiana State Fair didn't think the storm that caused 60 to 70 mph winds resulting in the collapsed stage that killed five would roll in so quickly. "The information we had, with our meteorologist on site with constant ...

  31. Sugarland Cancels Concert as Investigation Opens in Deadly Stage Collapse

    August 14, 2011 7:03 PM EDT Sugarland has canceled their scheduled concert at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday (Aug. 14) because a state investigation prevented the band from salvaging any live equipment that may or may not have been ruined in Saturday's deadly stage colla ...

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  33. Video: Flaming Lips' Lighting Rig Collapses During Storm in Oklahoma, Show Canceled

    August 08, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Heavy wind and rain knocked over the Flaming Lips' lighting rig Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Brady District Block Party in Tulsa, Okla. No one was injured, but the collapse affected about $800,000 of equipment, Pitchfork reports . Frontman Wayne ...

  34. Cheap Trick Cancels Vancouver Show Due to Stage Concerns

    August 02, 2011 4:21 PM EDT As Ontario's Ministry of Labour continues its investigation of the stage collapse during Cheap Trick's performance at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest last month, the band is playing it safe and cancelling a Sept. 1 show because it was schedul ...

  35. Woman Dies in Accident at Roskilde Festival

    July 03, 2011 11:13 PM EDT ROSKILDE, Denmark (AP) -- A young woman died Sunday and another person was injured after they fell from a tower at the Roskilde music festival in Denmark, police said. Police spokesman Carsten Andersen said the woman, aged between 25 and 30, died ...

  36. Lady Gaga Vehemently Denies Japan Charity Bracelet Scam

    June 29, 2011 7:27 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Representatives of Lady Gaga on Tuesday (June 28) denied claims of a scam over sales of the singer's wristbands for Japan's earthquake relief efforts. They described a lawsuit targeting the pop star and other companies invo ...

  37. Lady Gaga Sued Over Japan Earthquake-Relief Charity Bracelets

    June 27, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Lady Gaga has been sued over sales of her wristbands for Japan's earthquake relief efforts in a class action that claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised. Michigan legal network 1800LAWFIRM also alleges that Gaga ...

  38. Bruce Springsteen Records New Song For Pete Seeger Album: Exclusive

    June 15, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen has recorded a new Pete Seeger song for a Seeger album that is penciled in for release this holiday season. Springsteen sings two verses and a chorus on "God is Counting on Us," a song Seeger wrote in response to the oi ...

  39. Phil Walden Jr. Killed in Auto Accident

    June 08, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Phil Walden Jr., son of the late Capricorn Records co-founder Phil Walden, died in a one-car accident on Tuesday night in Atlanta, police told Macon.com . Walden, 48, was apparently leaving an athletic club in his truck when the accident occurred. ...

  40. Hangout Festival With Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, Black Keys Helps Gulf Coast Tourism Recover

    May 20, 2011 7:32 AM EDT GULF SHORES, Ala. - A year ago bad vibes from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and fear over the future of Gulf Coast tourism hung like rain clouds over the inaugural Hangout Music Festival this resort destination. Flash forward 12 months and the f ...

  41. Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Others Urge Support at CMT Disaster Benefit

    May 13, 2011 7:00 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Help is on the way. That's the message celebrities and music stars sent to storm victims across the South on Thursday night during a star-studded benefit concert on CMT. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off "Music Builds: The ...

  42. Mississippi River Is Rising in Memphis, but Graceland, Music Landmarks Are Dry

    May 09, 2011 3:00 PM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi rose toward the highest level ever in the river city, flooding pockets of low-lying neighborhoods and forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes, though the water was not threatening the music heartland's ...

  43. Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum to Headline Tornado-Relief Concert

    May 06, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Country music stars Hank Williams Jr., Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and the band Lady Antebellum are to hold a concert to raise funds for victims of storms and tornadoes that struck Alabama and nearby states, organizers said on Thursday. Country Music ...

  44. Foo Fighters Raise $1 Million For Charity; Justin Bieber Egged: Australia Touring Bits

    May 03, 2011 8:05 AM EDT The Foo Fighters rocked out for a good cause when they recently played fundraisers for victims of the Australian floods and New Zealand earthquakes. Now, the concert promoters have announced those two March shows raised upwards of $1 million Micha ...

  45. Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton to Host Tornado Relief Concert in Oklahoma on May 26

    April 28, 2011 1:18 PM EDT This week's tornado disaster in Oklahoma hit unusually close to home for country stars Reba and Blake Shelton. For the Oklahoma natives, the news of Atoka County's recent tornado disaster prompted the stars to reach out to the affected a ...

  46. Lady Gaga to Appear at MTV Japan Charity Event

    April 15, 2011 9:50 AM EDT MTV Japan has announced that Lady Gaga is confirmed to perform at its charity show on June 25 in Makuhari Messe, just outside of Tokyo. This year MTV will hold a Video Music Aid Japan event instead of its annual Video Music Awards Japan. The event ...

  47. Sony Music Mexico Releases Double-Album To Benefit Japan Quake Victims

    April 05, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Sony Music Mexico has released a double-CD featuring tracks by nearly 40 artists to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. "Voces por Japón" was released March 29, with all proceeds to be donated to the Mexican Red Cross, w ...

  48. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  49. Gwen Stefani, Snoop, Fleet Foxes, Squarepusher: Artists of All Stripes Offer Support to Japan

    March 25, 2011 3:48 PM EDT Gwen Stefani certainly showed the depth of her generosity by pledging $1 million to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund earlier this week -- "The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to ...

  50. Gwen Stefani Donates $1 Million to Japan Relief

    March 23, 2011 4:12 PM EDT Gwen Stefani donated $1,000,000 today to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to help in the relief and recovery effort in Japan. "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, a ...

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