Eric Clapton

  1. Eric Clapton Cancels Concert in Thailand Amid Escalating Political Violence

    February 26, 2014 3:27 PM EST As gun battles are now a near nightly occurrence on the streets of Bangkok, the rock legend decided to give the city a miss. Eric Clapton has canceled his concert in Bangkok, as political violence in the Thai capital continues to worsen. “Due to r ...

  2. Bob Dylan's Fender Strat From Famed Newport Show Fetches Nearly $1 Million

    December 07, 2013 8:08 AM EST Like Elvis' no-hips-allowed appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," or the Beatles' arrival in America, or Woodstock, it is considered one of the milestone moments in rock history: Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Fol ...

  3. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Spends Year on the Charts, Eric Clapton's 'Unplugged' Returns

    October 25, 2013 3:52 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Pearl Jam claimed its fifth No. 1 album with the arrival of "Lightning Bolt." The set logged the largest debut this year for a rock album, starting with 166,000 sold, according to Nielsen So ...

  4. Diarmuid Quinn, Former Top Exec at Warner Bros & Reprise, Joins Kobalt Label Services

    September 18, 2013 5:44 AM EDT Veteran music biz executive Diarmuid Quinn has joined Kobalt Label Services (KLS) in the role as president, North America. Quinn’s tasks include leading and staffing-up Kobalt’s expanding label services operations in the U.S., signing artists fo ...

  5. Live Nation, Lushington Form Touring Joint Venture For Singapore, Hong Kong

    May 20, 2013 2:48 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment is stepping-up its activities in Asia through a joint venture with Lushington Entertainments. The new Live Nation Lushington JV will promote live concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore, two of the most established touring ...

  6. Andy Johns, Producer/Engineer for Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, More, Dead at 61 (Updated)

    April 07, 2013 8:01 PM EDT 
Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61. The news was confirmed to Billboard.biz by guitarist Stacy B ...

  7. Bon Jovi, David Bowie Among Six Debuts To Hit Top 10 On Billboard 200

    March 20, 2013 11:37 AM EDT It's the most top 10 debuts appearing on the chart in four months. The last time there were more in a week was the Dec. 1, 2012, chart, when seven albums arrived in the region. That week, One Direction's Take Me Home led the debut pack ...

  8. '12-12-12' Digital Album Drops; Concert Producers Announce First $50 Million to Be Distributed to Sandy Victims

    December 18, 2012 9:44 PM EST The producers of the "12-12-12" concert announced in a statement today that the Robin Hood Foundation will distribute the first $50 million of initial proceeds for "12-12-12" to organizations helping to aid victims of Hurricane ...

  9. Ke$ha 'Was FORCED' to Sing 'Die Young' Lyrics, Singer Tweets

    December 18, 2012 9:15 PM EST With Ke$ha's "Die Young" pulled from a number of radio stations in the wake of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the RCA Records singer had her own criticism for the hit song on Tuesday. "i understand. I had my very own i ...

  10. Radio Reacts to Newtown, From Dropping Ke$ha's 'Die Young' to Providing Comfort

    December 18, 2012 3:34 PM EST Following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday (Dec. 14), radio is doing what it traditionally does best in the wake of such tragedy: providing listeners a forum to express ...

  11. '12-12-12' Album Sales at 40,000 in Pre-Orders

    December 13, 2012 4:17 PM EST The " 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief " benefit album is already off to a fast start -- even though it hasn't been released yet. Industry sources say that through last night (Dec. 12), pre-orders for iTunes' exclusive d ...

  12. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  13. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Rocks NYC With Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Nirvana; Raised $36 Million Before a Note Was Played

    December 13, 2012 8:14 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. 12- ...

  14. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Aims for 2 Billion Viewers Worldwide

    December 12, 2012 3:45 PM EST Wednesday evening's commercial-free "12-12-12" concert for Hurricane Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden in New York will be seen both around the world and around the World Wide Web. The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & ...

  15. Ravi Shankar - Idol of George Harrison, Estranged Father of Norah Jones - Dead at 92

    December 11, 2012 11:43 PM EST Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over an eight-decade career, has died. He was 92. The prime minister& ...

  16. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees: Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer

    December 11, 2012 2:25 PM EST After more than a decade of irate rants and enthusiastic lobbying from fans, Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall on April 18 along with Heart, singer-songwriter-pianist Randy Newman, ...

  17. Clear Channel's John Sykes on 12-12-12 Concert: 'You Never Know What's Gonna Happen'

    December 07, 2012 6:12 PM EST The last time John Sykes teamed up with James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein for a benefit concert it was 2001's Concert For New York City, which ultimately raised $50 million for the Robin Hood Relief Fund. But next week Sykes, former president ...

  18. Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

    December 07, 2012 1:46 PM EST The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a who's who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Ma ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Morning Fix: Rihanna's First No. 1 Album; Adele Hits 10 Million; Today's Congressional Internet-Royalty Hearing

    November 28, 2012 7:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other FREE music-business newsletters RIHANNA EARNS FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM WITH 'UNAPOLOGETIC' ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the ...

  21. Back In Black: Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Celebrate Live Music's Comeback

    November 07, 2012 7:04 AM EST The artice below on this year's Billboard Touring Conference and Awards is from a Special Feature in the new issue of Billboard on the conference and the state of touring. You can buy this issue -- which also features a cover story on Alicia ...

  22. BMI Releases Results, Revenue Down 3.5% Due to Radio Rate Settlement

    September 20, 2012 6:02 PM EDT In the year ended June 30, 2012, Broadcast Music, Inc. reported $898.8 million in revenue, a nearly 3.5% decline from the $931 million collected in the prior year. The organization attributed the decline to " settling a rate litigation" ...

  23. It's Official: Jon Platt Named Warner/Chappell's President, Creative for North America

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last week, Jon Platt has been named president creative - North America, it was officially announced today by Warner/Chappell Music's chairman/CEO Cameron Strang. In his new post, Platt will oversee the company ...

  24. Backbeat: Capitol Theatre Debuts With Sold-Out Bob Dylan Concert After Lavish Restoration

    September 05, 2012 3:32 PM EDT The renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on opening night. (Photo: Jem Aswad) One of the more welcome developments in the concert industry over the past several years has been the revival of many classic theaters, ranging from the U ...

  25. Exclusive: Shazam's 20 Most-Tagged Songs During the Olympics Opening Ceremonies

    August 01, 2012 10:25 PM EDT Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden's "Bonkers" was the most-tagged song during the Olympics' opening ceremonies broadcast on July 27, according to audio search company has shared with Billboard.biz. The list of the top 20 song ...

  26. Tuff Gong Signs Distribution Deal with Warner Music

    July 03, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Warner Music Group (WMG) and Tuff Gong International Caribbean Distributors, one of several entities comprising the Marley family's Tuff Gong group of companies, have struck an exclusive licensing agreement under which Tuff Gong will distribu ...

  27. Madison Square Garden Acquires L.A. Forum

    June 27, 2012 8:51 AM EDT The owners of New York's famed Madison Square Garden on Tuesday added the Los Angeles Lakers' old stomping grounds, the Fabulous Forum, to its stable of entertainment properties in a $23.5 million deal. The Madison Square Garden Co. will ...

  28. Fender Guitar Makers Prepare To Go Public

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT For Sergio Vallin of popular Mexican rock band Maná, Fender guitars are the only way to go. "It's the Rolls-Royce of guitars," Vallin says. "It's versatile, and so easy on the fingers." A fan of Fender products since ...

  29. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  30. Fintage House and Rights Agency Limited Joining Forces

    June 08, 2012 1:24 PM EDT Fintage House, a music publishing and digital rights management firm based in the Netherlands has made an investment in the U.K.-based Rights Agency Limited, which specializes in neighboring rights management. Terms of the deal weren't disclo ...

  31. Donald 'Duck' Dunn Remembered During Memphis' Beale Street Funeral March

    May 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The late bass player Donald "Duck" Dunn was honored Wednesday in the city where he performed on some of R&B's best-known hits, with musicians leading a lively funeral march down Memphis' Beale Street. ...

  32. Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Bassist With Booker T. and the MGs, Stax, Dead at 70

    May 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers as well as a studio musician for the legendary Stax studios who played with countless m ...

  33. Germany's ECHO Jazz Award Winners Announced

    April 18, 2012 12:57 PM EDT The 81 year-old German composer, orchestra chief and conductor Claus Ogermann will be awarded with the German ECHO Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award 2012. He worked with Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Diana Krall. Further internationally no ...

  34. Warner/Chappel Unites Production Companies, Launches New Website

    April 05, 2012 2:55 PM EDT A screenshot of Warner/Chappel Production Music's new website showing some of the music catalogs housed there. Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., has announced the launch of Warner/Chappell Pro ...

  35. Jim Marshall, Famed Founder of Marshall Amps, Dead at 88

    April 05, 2012 10:02 AM EDT Jimi Hendrix (left) with Noel Redding performing live onstage filming German TV Show 'Beat Club' in 1967 with Marshall amplifiers. ( Photo by Bob Baker/Redferns) LONDON (AP) -- Ears still ringing from the 1960s? Jim Marshall might be to ...

  36. Allman Brothers Band's Beacon Run Brings Out Susan Tedeschi, Ruthie Foster, Bernie Williams

    March 23, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Derek Trucks (left) and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band trading shots (Photo: Dan Rys) By now, catching the Allman Brothers Band during its annual Beacon Theatre run and NOT seeing a surprise guest or two waltz out on stage would be a bi ...

  37. Ginger Baker Film Wins Top Documentary Prize at SXSW

    March 14, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Ginger Baker documentary, "Beware of Mr. Baker" SXSW Preview from Jay Bulger on Vimeo . Jay Bulger's documentary on drummer Ginger Baker, "Beware of Mr. Baker," won the Documentary Grand Jury prize Tuesday night, but where ...

  38. 'Data Mining Music' SXSWi Panel Shows How Data Can Lead to Better Playlists, Recommendations -- With Hilarious Results

    March 12, 2012 11:37 AM EDT People have 10 million songs in the pockets: What happens next? Paul Lamere, director of developer platform at the Echo Nest, thinks "big data" is the solution to better listening experiences, recommendations and playlist creation. " ...

  39. Watch President Obama Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' With B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T

    February 22, 2012 7:40 AM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion ...

  40. Grammys 2012 Backstage: Adele 'Busy Being Happy,' Bon Iver Busy Chewing His Grammy

    February 13, 2012 12:05 PM EST Best New Artist Grammy winner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver biting the hand that...rather his trophy (Getty Images) On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the ...

  41. Rich Fitzgerald, Veteran Manager and Label Exec, Dies of Cancer

    August 16, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Billboard.biz is sad to report that Rich Fitzgerald has died Monday after a battle with esophageal cancer. A veteran label executive, he held posts at Reprise and Warner Bros. Records and played a large role in the success of the Bee Gees, Eric Cl ...

  42. What Does Eminem Have In Common With Donny Osmond?

    July 29, 2011 6:15 PM EDT What's in a name? For Eminem, when it comes to Billboard Hot 100 success, it hardly seems to matter. As Bad Meets Evil, the duo of Eminem and Da Royce da 5'9", soar into the top 10 (17-10) on the Hot 100 with "Lighters," f ...

  43. Joe D'Ambrosio Management Opens Paris Office

    June 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Manager Joe D'Ambrosio, whose stable of producers, mixers, engineers and composers include Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex), Hugh Padgham (Sting, Peter Gabriel, XTC), Elliot Scheiner (Eric Clapton, Band of Horses) and Mike Pela (Sade, Maxwe ...

  44. Phil Collins Holds On To Euro Albums No. 1

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For a second week, Phil Collins leads Billboard's European Albums chart with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), in a vintage-looking top ten that also includes Eric Clapton, Santana and Neil Young . Eminem 's "Love The ...

  45. Kenny Chesney Claims Sixth No. 1 Album with 'Hemingway's Whiskey'

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney easily grabs his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Hemingway's Whiskey" bows atop the list with 183,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer's last studio effort, 2008's "Luck ...

  46. Kenny Chesney Claims Sixth No. 1 Album With 'Whiskey'

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney earns his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his "Hemingway's Whiskey" bows atop the list with 183,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" bows at No. 2 ...

  47. T-Mobile Says Co-Branded Fender Entry Struck a Chord

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While others in the mobile category are fighting a never-ending battle over features, T-Mobile has taken a different approach. In January, the wireless service provider rolled out its myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition handset, which was based on a ...

  48. Sony Preps 'Supernatural' Re-issue

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST A decade after sweeping the Grammys, Santana's "Supernatural" will be re-issued as a two-volume set with unreleased tracks Feb. 16. "Supernatural: Legacy Edition" on Sony will contain a re-mastered version of the original ...

  49. Ailing Eric Clapton Pulls Out Of Rock Hall Of Fame Concerts

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eric Clapton has pulled out of this week's Rock and Roll Hall concert extravaganza in New York to have gallstones removed, organizers said on Monday. Bruce Springsteen's participation was up in the air, meanwhile, after the rocker abrupt ...

  50. Springsteen, U2, Metallica To Play Hall Of Fame Concerts

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music legends Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, U2, Paul Simon, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, Simon and Garfunkel will join together on October 29th and 30th at Madison Square ...

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