Disaster

  1. An Open Letter From Japan On Earthquake Relief: Make Donations To Red Cross

    March 22, 2011 5:51 PM EDT March 21st, 2011 Hello everybody, Never thought I'd have to open a letter like this, however: "Please excuse the mass-mailing"... As you will all be fully aware, a devastating tragedy has struck the North-East of Japan as a direct r ...

  2. Japanese Music Biz Continues Relief Efforts, HoriPro Launches Fundraising Campaign

    March 22, 2011 2:11 PM EDT Efforts to raise money and get relief supplies to the survivors of the massive 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and resultant tsunami and radiation leaks have been continuing in Japan with major management company and talent agency HoriPro, and others, leadi ...

  3. Love Parade Follow-Up: Why Little Has Changed in German Concert Industry

    March 21, 2011 11:41 AM EDT 's Love Parade: Many German concert promoters believe the industry is sufficiently regulated. (Photo: Getty Images) Very little has changed in Germany's concert industry since the tragic events of July 24, 2010 when 21 people died an ...

  4. Ke$ha Postpones Japanese Tour; Japanese Music Industry Continues Diaster Relief

    March 21, 2011 8:29 AM EDT While the fears of a nuclear catastrophe have substantially subsided in Japan, the death toll has risen to over 8,000 and tens of thousands more remain in need of help. The music industry in the country continues to step up to offer support. Tokyo ...

  5. Japanese Musicians, Industry At SXSW Focus On Relief, Rebuilding Efforts

    March 17, 2011 1:59 PM EDT Hidemi Tsuji of Ubiquitous Entertainment at South by Southwest on Thursday (photo: Evie Nagy) Less than a week after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Japanese musicians and representatives at South by Southwest are focusing their ...

  6. Japanese Music Industry Aiding Disaster Relief

    March 17, 2011 12:00 PM EDT As the depth of the Japan crisis becomes better known, the nation's music industry continues offering help . Johnny & Associates, the powerhouse Japanese music management company/agency, announced that they have canceled all domestic conc ...

  7. Foo Fighters To Play Benefit Gigs For Australian Floods, New Zealand Earthquake

    March 16, 2011 12:55 PM EDT The Foo Fighters are putting their shoulders into the cleanup efforts in the wake of the two major natural disasters that have hit Australia and New Zealand in recent months. On Wednesday the group confirmed they will play a pair of shows to raise ...

  8. Japanese Artists Band Together to Help; Slash Cancels Shows

    March 16, 2011 7:50 AM EDT In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast of Japan and the resultant radiation leaks, many Japanese artists are reaching out to offer help. Yoshiki from the legendary rock band X Japan has offered his favorite pi ...

  9. Sony's CD Manufacturing Plants in Japan Remain Closed

    March 14, 2011 12:18 PM EDT As a result of Friday's earthquake, operations have been suspended at Sony plants in Japan that manufacture CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. In addition, the Sony Corporation Sendai Technology Center has ceased work entirely due to earthquake damag ...

  10. Lady Gaga Donates Wristband Proceeds to Japan Relief Efforts

    March 14, 2011 11:07 AM EDT In response to the devastating tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan on Friday (Mar. 11), Lady Gaga has designed a "Japan Prayer Bracelet," with all proceeds for the wristband going to relief efforts. The pop star posted the announcement ...

  11. Beyonce Donated $1 Million From Gadhafi Performance To Haiti Relief

    March 02, 2011 6:16 PM EST Following in the footsteps of Nelly Furtado , Beyonce has announced that she has handed over the $1 million she earned performing for family members of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to charity. The singer -- who performed with Usher at a 2009 Ne ...

  12. Queens of the Stone Age Cancel New Zealand Concerts Following Earthquake

    February 22, 2011 10:48 AM EST Queens of the Stone Age have postponed one date and canceled another following Tuesday's deadly earthquake which struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch. The American alternative rock group played in Auckland on Monday night and were slat ...

  13. Sony Australia's Triple-CD Flood Relief Album Is No. 1

    February 01, 2011 11:25 AM EST The all-star "Flood Relief: Artists For The Flood Appeal" album was the best-selling album Down Under last week, and has shipped platinum (70,000) in less than seven days since it was rush-released on Jan. 24. The current leader on the A ...

  14. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  15. Katy Perry Towel, Autographed Coldplay Merch: EMI Australia Launches Online Auction To Benefit Flood Victims

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Australia has launched a "money can't buy" online auction of rarities, memorabilia and signed merchandise to raise funds for the flood-stricken state of Queensland. Some of the items posted on eBay site include signed bloc ...

  16. Australia Floods Take Toll on Brisbane Venues, Music Scene

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST The extraordinary floods that have swamped Brisbane have caused untold damage to some key live music venues and forced the cancellation of several shows. In recent weeks, U2, Jay-Z and Bon Jovi have performed to big crowds at the Suncorp Stadium. ...

  17. Powerderfinger to Reunite for Australian All-Star Flood-Relief Concert?

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Australia's music industry is playing its part in local flood-relief efforts, with an all-star concert said to be taking shape. A major benefit concert will be announced shortly, funds from which will support the flood-stricken state of Queen ...

  18. New Study Shows Popular Musicians' Tweets Have Increasing Impact On Current Events

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST News organizations had the most influence on the top Twitter topics in 2010 but some celebrities were not far behind, according to new research. Alok Choudhary, the chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department at Northwester ...

  19. 'Spider-Man' Set To Resume On Broadway With New Safety Measures

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The curtain was to rise again on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" after producers of the accident-plagued Broadway musical agreed to new safety precautions to prevent another fall such as the one that left a stuntman seriously injured. Le ...

  20. BBC Apologizes For Band Aid Story

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC apologized on Thursday (Nov. 4) for reports this year which gave the impression that millions of pounds raised for Ethiopian famine relief by the Band Aid music charity were used by rebel groups to buy weapons. Irish singer Bob Geldof comp ...

  21. CMA Donates $2.9 Million For Flood Relief, Music

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Association is donating more than $2.9 million to Nashville-area flood relief and music education programs. The record donation comes from the net proceeds of this year's CMA Music Festival held June 10-13 in Nashville. The ...

  22. 'Borat' Star To Play Freddie Mercury In Movie

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play flamboyant rocker Freddie Mercury in a dramatic feature focusing on his glory days as the frontman of Queen. The untitled film is being written by Peter Morgan, the British scribe behind &quo ...

  23. Metallica's New Zealand Shows Set To Go Ahead

    September 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's two sold-out shows next month in Christchurch should go ahead despite the earthquakes which struck New Zealand's second-biggest city over the weekend. The American heavy rock outfit is booked to play Sept. 21 and 22 at Christ ...

  24. Overheating iPod Delays Tokyo Rush-Hour Train

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An overheating Apple iPod music player forced delays to a busy Tokyo commuter train during the morning rush hour after passengers complained of a strong burning smell, the rail line operator said today (Aug. 16). The train came to a halt for eight ...

  25. Justin Bieber Contributes To Tenn. Flood Relief

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber is proving he's not the only one in his world. He brought his "My World" tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and donated a portion of every ticket sale to Middle Tennessee flood relief. Promoter AEG Live matched ...

  26. Japan Satisfied By Apple Moves On Overheating iPods

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japan's trade ministry said that Apple Inc's Japan unit has satisfied its demands for improved safety notifications about overheating iPod nano portable music players. The ministry in a statement confirmed that the U.S. company, which it ...

  27. De Luna Fest Donating Half Its Profits To Ecological Causes

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The organizers of the inaugural De Luna Fest in Pensacola Beach, Fla., aren’t going to let the Gulf of Mexico oil spill halt their plans to host the two-day music event in October. Despite a drop in summer tourism in Pensacola Beach as a result of ...

  28. Hill, McGraw-Led Flood Benefit Raises $2.2 Million

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Rising benefit concert led by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw has raised over $2.2 million for flood victims in middle Tennessee. The total came from sold-out ticket sales, donations and sponsorships. It will be distributed through the Com ...

  29. Over 100 People Hospitalized During LA Festival

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Authorities say more than 100 people were taken to local hospitals during a two-day electronic music festival and rave at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park. The LA Fire Department says some of the injuries occurred as people ru ...

  30. Free Buffett Concert Tickets Gone; eBay Bans Sale

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tickets to Jimmy Buffett's free concert to show support for the oil spill-stricken Gulf Coast were grabbed up quickly Wednesday (June 23) and began showing up for sale on eBay for more than $100 each - prompting the online service to ban the ...

  31. Buckcherry Re-records 'Our World' in Support of BP Disaster Relief

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hard rockers Buckcherry have released a new version of their track “Our World” from their forthcoming album “All Night Long” with lyrics reworked to reflect the tragedy of the BP oil spill. The download of the new track is available exclusively th ...

  32. Music Fans Brave Storm For Gulf Aid Concert

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music fans braved a torrential rainstorm in New Orleans for a benefit concert raising money for fishermen affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Ani DiFranco, Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , wit ...

  33. Grand Ole Opry Stage Was Under 2 Feet Of Water

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry House stage, where country music stars have performed for decades, was under 2 feet of water after it was hit by flooding that tore through Tennessee. That's according to Gaylord Entertainment CEO Colin ...

  34. Flooding Hits Grand Ole Opry

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Due to heavy flooding in middle Tennessee, with the Cumberland River reaching the Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Complex, this week's Grand Ole Opry performances have been moved from the Grand Ole Opry House to other Nashville venues. The Tuesd ...

  35. Judge OKs Settlement In Deadly Lear Jet Crash

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge approved a multimillion-dollar legal settlement Tuesday involving the wife and young son of former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker's assistant, who was killed in a 2008 plane crash in South Carolina. The settlement with Learjet Inc., ...

  36. Editorial: Don't Forget Chile

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Days after the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Latin music acts responded with an outpouring of generosity that the genre had never seen before. Artists pledged money to rebuild orphanages, schools, hospitals and homes. They recorded pub ...

  37. Ricky Martin PSA Aims To Help Rebuild Haiti, Chile

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin has produced a new PSA featuring multiple Latin acts and calling for donations and help in rebuilding Haiti and Chile. The PSA calls for viewers to join the Ricky Martin Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, and donat ...

  38. Nacional To Release Comp For Chile Victims

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Latin alternative label Nacional Records will release a compilation next week to benefit victims of Chile's 8.8-magnitude earthquake. "Fuerza Chile" will retail for $5.99 at all digital outlets and includes tracks by Chilean artists ...

  39. Bob Geldof Dismisses Live Aid Arms Claims

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Aid concert organizer Bob Geldof and the Ethiopian government have denied allegations that millions of dollars in aid for Ethiopian famine victims in the '80s went to buy arms. The BBC reported claims by former rebel leaders, who said th ...

  40. Fire Breaks Out At Manhattan Court House, Lil Wayne Sentencing Cancelled

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST A fire broke out just after 10:30 am this morning (March 2) at Manhattan's Criminal Court where Lil Wayne was set to be sentenced today. Now, rapper's court case for attempted criminal possession of a weapon has been canceled, along with ...

  41. John Mayer Donates 'Heart Of Life' Song To Haiti Efforts

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST John Mayer is once again throwing his support behind the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. The singer-songwriter has donated his song "The Heart of Life" -- from his 2006 album "Continuum" -- to a national TV and radi ...

  42. 'Hope for Haiti Now' Telethon Raises $57 Million

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, led by George Clooney and Haiti-born rapper Wyclef Jean, has raised more than $57 million for relief to the earthquake-ravaged country, organizers said on Saturday. They called the $57 million a record ...

  43. Haiti Relief Efforts

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Quincy Jones To Remake 'We Are The World' For Haiti January 21, 2010 Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are planning a massive 25th anniversary re-recording of "We Are the World." Simon Cowell To Produce Charity Single For Haiti Ja ...

  44. MTV Networks Reveals Haiti Relief Plans

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks on Friday revealed details about the Haiti relief telethon it is mounting with actor George Clooney. The two-hour telethon to support the victims of this week's devastating earthquake will be called "Hope for Haiti." It ...

  45. DJ AM's Estate Settles Plane Crash Lawsuit

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Court filings show DJ AM's estate has settled a lawsuit filed over a South Carolina plane crash that killed four and left the celebrity disc jockey seriously injured. DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, died in August in New York of an ...

  46. Miami Stations Plan Fundraising Drive For Haiti

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish Broadcasting System's four Miami radio stations and its Mega TV Channel 22 are launching a 12-hour fundraising and donation drive on Friday to assist victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday. SBS will accept donations of ...

  47. Bryan Adams To Be Honored For Humanitarian Efforts

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canadian star Bryan Adams will be given a special award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts when the Juno Awards are held in St. John's, Nfld in April. Adams will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the ceremony on April 18, ...

  48. Wyclef Jean Calls For Action On Haiti Disaster

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Wyclef Jean has called on the international community to offer emergency assistance to Haiti, which was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Thousands may have died as a result of the quake, which hit the Caribbean nation around 5pm ET on Tuesday (J ...

  49. Travis Barker Settles Plane Crash Lawsuit

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST An attorney says Travis Barker has settled his lawsuit against several companies over a fatal plane crash in South Carolina last year. Lawyer William L. Robinson, who represents some of the companies sued, says the terms of the settlement are conf ...

  50. Del-Fi Records Founder Bob Keane Dies At 87

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Del-Fi Records founder Bob Keane, who discovered rocker Ritchie Valens, has died in Los Angeles at age 87. Keane's son, Tom, tells the Los Angeles Times that his father died of renal failure Saturday at an assisted-living home in Hollywood. B ...

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