Environment

  1. EMI Sells To Typhoon In China And Taiwan

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hong Kong-based Typhoon has bought out EMI Music's stakes in two Hong Kong-based joint ventures and has bought EMI Music Taiwan, dramatically downsizing EMI’s physical Chinese presence. EMI has agreed to sell its stakes in joint venture compa ...

  2. Conniff To Exit Billboard; Named Executive At Front Line

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tamara Conniff, Billboard's group editorial director, will be leaving the magazine next month to become president of music services for Irving Azoff's Front Line Management Group. Conniff has been with Nielsen/VNU for 10 years, having jo ...

  3. REO Speedwagon Steps In For Iowa Flood Victims

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As natives of the Midwest, members of REO Speedwagon are doing their part to help aid victims of the ongoing floods in Iowa. The veteran rock act will donate time between tour stops to headline the Ridin' the Storm Out-Floods of 2008 Relief C ...

  4. Taiwan To End Mainland Live Ban

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan may lift its ban on live performances by acts from mainland China. Tseng I-hung, director of the Government Information Office's department of broadcasting affairs, tells Billboard the ban - which doesn't affect promo appearances ...

  5. Vans Warped Tour Cleans Up Louisiana

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT About two weeks into this year's 14th annual Vans Warped Tour, approximately 100 artists, crew members and sponsors will use a day off to help rebuild hurricane-torn communities in southwest Louisiana. Between Warped stops in Houston and Atla ...

  6. Capitol Gains: Perry, Coldplay Provide 1-2 Punch

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records will succeed itself at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow for the first time in 32 years, as Katy Perry's cheeky "I Kissed a Girl" replaces last week's leader, "Viva La Vida" by labelmate Col ...

  7. Live Earth Campus Seeks Re-Brand

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Earth Campus, the college focused version of Live Earth, is looking to establish its own brand identity separate from Live Earth's, Billboard.biz has learned. Live Earth Campus, which was announced last year, will feature four major conc ...

  8. HK Concert Raises $4M For Earthquake Victims

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Close to $4 million was raised at a June 1 Hong Kong benefit concert for victims of the devastating earthquake that struck China's Sichuan Province on May 12. According to media reports, about 10,000 people attended the eight-hour performance ...

  9. Bono Earns Honorary Doctorate

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 vocalist Bono has received an honorary doctorate from Tokyo's prestigious Keio University in recognition of his anti-poverty campaigning efforts. "We believe in taking people out of extreme poverty, and Japan is more successful (in th ...

  10. Billboard Japan Hot 100 Finds Global Audience

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recently launched Billboard Japan Hot 100 finds a global audience tomorrow (May 22) when the chart joins the menu at billboard.com and billboard.biz. Assembled by Billboard licensee Hanshin Contents Link Corp., the Japan Hot 100 anchors a set ...

  11. Wyclef Jean Launches New Initiative To Help Haiti

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean launched a new initiative to help his impoverished homeland on Tuesday following last month's deadly food riots. The initiative is aimed at raising $48 million over the next six months to fund expanded fo ...

  12. Sony BMG, EMI Back Amazon On Demand Option

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG and EMI Music will reissue out-of-print albums on CD through Amazon.com's on demand publishing subsidiary, CreateSpace, according to a statement. Formerly out-of-print albums now available to Amazon customers include "Hatari Sou ...

  13. Fussy Adds Allyn, Masterson To Team

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fussy International, a bio-diesel coordination and "green" initiatives consulting firm, has added Tim Allyn and Doug Masterson to its team. Allyn, a "green" consultant and activist, previously worked for the Sierra Club organiz ...

  14. Toyota, 'Nature' Team For Zoo Tour

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Toyota and PBS's 'Nature' are teaming up with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for a nine zoo national tour to raise awareness about the environment and promote Toyota's hybrid technology. The tour begins on Earth Day Week ...

  15. Willie's Place To Open July 1

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson's alternative fuel truck stop and entertainment hub, Willie's Place in Carl's Corner, Texas, will host a grand re-opening with a week of shows beginning July 1. The newly designed and renovated Earth Bio-Willie Theater ...

  16. Full Coverage: Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Full coverage from the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, which ran April 7 – 10, in Hollywood, Fla. Array Of Acts Score Big At Billboard Latin Music Awards April 10, 2008 Rare eclecticism marked the 19th annual Billboard Latin Music A ...

  17. Wiki Impact Further Revealed

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet traffic analysis firm Hitwise is running with a story that first appeared in Billboard about Wikipedia's rise as the top choice of destination for Web searches on music acts, and supporting it with some additional custom data. The fi ...

  18. The Green Index

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT You know green is good, you know you want to go green, but the question is: what’s the first step? As Reverb's Adam Gardner stated in his Q&A with Billboard for our Second Annual Green Issue, the short answer is: there are a lot of first ...

  19. Billboard Q&A: Serj Tankian

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A few days before the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, Serj Tankian is sitting in an Austin hotel room and ruminating on the costs of the endless battle. But Tankian isn't talking about dead soldiers or civilians; he's talking about th ...

  20. The Billboard Green 10

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Going green has become top of mind for artists big and small in the past few years, via everything from carbon offsets to philanthropy. Below, Billboard spotlights 10 acts that, through their actions in the past 12 months, are making a major diffe ...

  21. Billboard Q&A: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe recently spoke with Billboard about politics, touring, and the band's new album, "Accelerate." Long known for green activism and for making green music, Stipe also discussed the origins of his interest ...

  22. Billboard Q&A: Live Earth Executive Producer Kevin Wall

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last summer's global Live Earth megaconcerts were precedent-setting on many fronts, from the clarity of the cause and the mammoth logistical challenges faced, to the ambitiously green staging of the shows and the multiplatform mass-messaging. ...

  23. Billboard Q&A: Reverb's Adam Gardner

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Adam Gardner has come a long way since nicknaming his band's tour bus "the Earth Eater." Last October, the Guster guitarist/vocalist, who also co-founded environmental nonprofit Reverb, traveled from his home in Portland, Maine, to ...

  24. Billboard Q&A: Roger McGuinn

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Folk-rock mainstay Roger McGuinn, who co-founded the Byrds in 1964, has long been not only writing music about the environment, he's also been an activist. Now in his fifth decade in the business, McGuinn has seen the seed of environmentally ...

  25. Music Goes Green

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT From artists remaking their studios to promoters with an eye on changing the world, the (recycled) pages of our second annual Green issue showcase every sector of the music business, blazing trails for concertgoers, music diehards and casual fans ...

  26. Reverb: Dave Matthews Trek Hits Green High Note

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT More than 3.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide was eliminated as a result of the Dave Matthews Band's 2007 summer tour through use of biodiesel and carbon offsets, according to data revealed by environmental nonprofit Reverb. Portland, Maine- ...

  27. MTV Networks Argentina Ups Guerra

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paula Guerra has been promoted to senior VP and managing director of MTV Networks Argentina. She has served as general manager of the company since 2002. Guerra will continue to be based in Buenos Aires and report to Pierluigi Gazzolo, president o ...

  28. Appelbaum Named Publisher

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billboard Veteran Returns to Brand Howard Appelbaum has been named vice president and publisher of Billboard. Appelbaum first came to Billboard in 1998 as associate publisher of Marketing for Billboard, and was quickly promoted to vice president o ...

  29. CAA Signs Matisyahu

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST In advance of the release of his fourth album later this year, Grammy-nominated Matisyahu has signed with Creative Artists Agency for representation in all areas. The hybrid reggae-rap performer known for blending the tenets of his Orthodox Jewish ...

  30. Parallel Opens Nashville Office

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beverly Hills-based Parallel Entertainment, best known for managing Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, among others, is opening a Nashville office where it will expand into country artist management. Veteran manager John Dennis ...

  31. New Chart Parameters for Billboard, Nielsen SoundScan

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billboard starts the New Year off with new criteria for catalog albums on its sales charts. The first tracking week of 2008 also sees Nielsen SoundScan raising the profile of the Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands designated market area (DMA). Under Billb ...

  32. The Year In Charts 2007: An Early Peek

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that comprise Billboard's Year in Music & Touring issue, which is on newsstands today (Dec. 14) and online at Billboard.biz and Billboard.com . The Police earne ...

  33. Year-End Wrap: Akon Takes Top Pop Artist Honor

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three years ago he debuted on the charts with the single "Locked Up." This year, Akon locks up Billboard's top pop artist honor. The singer's "Konvicted" album (Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown/UMRG), released in ...

  34. Billboard, AEG Align For 2008 Awards Show

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard will unveil a new music awards show in 2008, produced in collaboration with AEG Live, the live entertainment division of Los Angeles-based promotion giant AEG. The partnership is a result of the recently formed exclusive strategic allian ...

  35. Billboard Live Partners With Mobile Firm Dwango

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard Live, a division of Hanshin Contents Link, has linked with mobile music download firm Dwango to exclusively power Billboard's mobile offering in that country. The mobile site is linked with three major carriers and offers an array o ...

  36. Revised Chart Policy Lands Eagles At No. 1

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Eagles' first new studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out of Eden," takes a short route to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after Billboard revised a significant chart policy today (Nov. 7). In consultation with Nielsen SoundScan, Bi ...

  37. EMI Canada Launches 'Green' CD Series

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Canada has unveiled its "platinum collection," a new brand of releases housed in environmentally-friendly packaging. The new series, launched on Tuesday, offers albums from the EMI, Capitol and Virgin labels. Artists such as Cr ...

  38. Fogel, Barsalona, Wall Join Touring Confab

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering agent Frank Barsalona and Live Earth/Control Room CEO Kevin Wall will be honored as this year's Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, set for Nov. 14-15 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Mega-tour producer Arthur Foge ...

  39. Wildfires Disrupt SoCal Concert Biz

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While more than a dozen wildfires burned from the Mexican border to Los Angeles today (Oct. 23), many concerts throughout the area have been canceled or postponed. At press time, Los Angeles-based concert promoters AEG Live (and subsidiary Goldenv ...

  40. 'This Business of Concert Promotion and Touring' Hits Stores

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Books, an imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications, released "This Business of Concert Promotion and Touring" by Ray Waddell, Rich Barnet and Jake Berry on Oct. 1. The book is billed as "A Practical Guide to Creating, Sellin ...

  41. 'Estudio Billboard' To Kick Off Oct. 16

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Top Latin artists will reveal their creative process via in-depth interviews and intimate live performances on "Estudio Billboard," the new series on Spanish-language television network V-me. Hosted by Leila Cobo, Billboard's execut ...

  42. MTV Tr3s Expands Reach

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A year after its launch, MTV Tr3s has expanded its distribution to 6.2 million Hispanic TV households and 31.9 million total homes according to Nielsen, the bilingual entertainment channel revealed. MTV Tr3s' previous incarnation, MTV Español ...

  43. Sony BMG Releases 'Green' CD Series

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Carbon offset and climate consulting business the CarbonNeutral Company has launched a U.K. series of album reissues in conjunction with Sony BMG, under the banner Carbon Neutral Entertainment. With effect from Aug. 27, 22 titles were released in ...

  44. Billboard Goes Live In Japan

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Live, the latest star venue in Tokyo's vibrant music scene, opened its doors with a launch party on Friday. The 330-capacity venue is situated in the Tokyo Midtown project in Roppongi, the Japanese capital's international sub-c ...

  45. Belgian Festivals Win 'Green' Awards

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Belgium's Rimpelrock and the Pukkelpop festivals have been honored with the Green 'n Clean Award in recognition of their environmental efforts. Yourope, the pan-European festival organization, bestowed the accolades after assigning the f ...

  46. GPG Courts Touring Artists

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Green Power Generators (GPG) is targeting the touring industry with a new line of biodiesel generators designed to reduce carbon emissions. In recent weeks, GPG inked a deal to provide generators for the Aug. 25 Warped Tour stop at Caroson, Calif. ...

  47. Genesis Preps Reissues Second Phase

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Genesis is about to embark on the second phase of its albums reissuing project. From Oct. 1, Virgin/EMI will release four of the recently-reunited group's best-selling titles: "Genesis" (1983), "Invisible Touch" (1986), &q ...

  48. 19 Million In U.S. Watch Live Earth

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nineteen million people tuned in to watch the Live Earth concerts on NBC and cable channels, according to Nielsen Media Research. The audience includes viewers who watched at least six minutes of the telecasts on NBC, CNBC, Telemundo, the Sundance ...

  49. Survey: Live Earth Concerts Had Positive Effect

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Live Earth global pop concerts did achieve some positive influence on its goal of changing people's attitudes on climate change, according to the results of a survey. However, several people interviewed for the "Live Earth - Was It W ...

  50. Stone, Maal Stand Out At Live Earth Johannesburg

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The South African leg of the Live Earth climate change concert series staged at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome today (July 7) featured sets from reggae stalwarts UB40, Soweto Gospel Choir, indie rockers the Parlotones, as well as a show-steali ...

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