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  1. Jackson Fans Flood Digital Music Services

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's not unusual for artists to see digital sales and streams spike after being featured in the news. But like everything else he did in life, Michael Jackson took this to a new level in his death. As word of the pop superstar's passing ...

  2. Martin Scorsese To Direct Frank Sinatra Movie

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese will direct the big screen movie about the colorful life of entertainment legend Frank Sinatra, who legions of fans called Ol' Blue Eyes, Universal Pictures announced. Casting has yet to be announced for ...

  3. Michael Jackson Rehearsals Moving Forward

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is four weeks into rehearsals in Burbank, Calif., more than $85 million is in the bank from ticket sales, and the King of Pop's return to the stage for 50 shows at London's O2 Arena is looking increasingly like it will ha ...

  4. NARM To Honor Hall And Oates At Confab

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) will honor legendary musical artists Daryl Hall and John Oates with the chairman's award for sustained creative achievement at the organization's annual convention, to be held Ju ...

  5. SXSW Day 2: Buzz Bands, Quincy Jones, Kanye West

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While Austin is still full of the young, cool, and beautiful drinking their way through the hype machine, there are signs the recession has had an impact on the festival. Parties that offered lavish spreads last year have cut back to putting out b ...

  6. Michael Jackson To Announce Open-Ended London Concert Run

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson will start an open-ended run of performances at London's O2 Arena on July 9, according to a Billboard source. The shows, Jackson's first scheduled full concerts since 2001, will be announced at a press conference today at ...

  7. Paul Simon To Reopen NYC's Beacon Theatre

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul Simon will reopen Manhattan's historic Beacon Theatre with two concerts next month. The Feb. 13-14 concerts follow a seven-month, $15 million restoration. The 2,800-seat, landmark theater was built in 1928 in the art deco style. Then War ...

  8. Spirit Acquires 'Fats' Catalog

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spirit Music Group (Spirit) has acquired the complete publishing catalog of Ferdinand "Fats" Washington, a blues and R&B songwriter best known for his collaborations with B. B. King and Lowell Fulson. Acquisition price was not disclo ...

  9. Lloyd Webber Said To Be Prepping Music Video Games

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group is shopping around several video game titles based on the famed composer's musicals, according to paidcontent.org . Titles thought to be under consideration include "Cats" and "Jos ...

  10. Elton John, Billy Joel Joint Tour A 'Smash'

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a positive sign for the 2009 touring season, sales for the upcoming Billy Joel/Elton John co-headlining tour are "through the roof," according to Wilson Howard, president, Live Nation Music Southeast, who calls the tour "a smash. ...

  11. No-Show Queen Of Soul Pipes Up At Benefit Concert

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Organizers of a military benefit concert in New York say Aretha Franklin missed an award presentation but showed up for the main event hours later. The Queen of Soul was a no-show when she was to receive the Torch of Freedom Award on Sunday in Tim ...

  12. Kennedy Center Honors Streisand, The Who

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back. Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, was a guest Sunday at the White House just before one of Washington's few A-list ...

  13. Pavarotti Tribute Heads To Cinema Screens

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Luciano Pavarotti tribute concert staged in the world heritage site of Petra in Jordan, in front of just 500 people, will now be available to a much wider audience. A 90-minute filmed version of the Oct. 12 2008 show is being screened in 24 U. ...

  14. Billy Joel, Elton John Make Touring Team

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billy Joel and Elton John will reprise their wildly successful co-headlining concerts beginning in March of next year. John confirmed the duo would work again together yesterday (Nov. 11) on "The View," adding that they could be on the r ...

  15. Retailers Line Up Q4 Exclusives

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the fourth quarter holiday shopping season looming on the horizon retailers have been busy lining up exclusives. Borders will have an 11-track, holiday music album from Aretha Franklin, while Wal-Mart will have the exclusive on the "Hell ...

  16. Hot 100 Online Exclusive: Hitmakers On The Road

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A look at the Hot 100 since the 1950s shows a link between chart performance and touring muscle, although hits have been no guarantee of touring success. The artists with the most overall Hot 100 Number One hits are only infrequently among the wor ...

  17. Pavarotti To Be Remembered Around The World

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The world will mark the first anniversary of the death of Luciano Pavarotti with a series of concerts, an exhibit and other events, organizers and his family announced Friday. Among the tributes planned for the celebrated tenor, who died Sept. 6, ...

  18. R&B Briefs: Will Downing, Pioneer Awards, Aretha Franklin

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Singer/songwriter Will Downing will perform on the national broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. He will appear live via remote from New York. The performance marks a milestone for Downing. Bedridden for almost a year with the d ...

  19. Woodrow Wilson Award For Lloyd Webber

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Andrew Lloyd Webber will be presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award tonight, at a gala dinner in London's Guildhall. The British composer and impresario will receive the Public Service Award for his "many years of distinguished service t ...

  20. R&B Briefs: Mayfield, Winans

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -In honor of the 50th anniversary of his career, R&B legend Curtis Mayfield will be inducted posthumously into Hollywood’s RockWalk on May 20. Mayfield joins a circle of earlier honorees that includes Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley a ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Lieberberg Wins Big At Germany's LEA Event

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Marek Lieberberg has been awarded tour promoter of the year 2007 at the third annual Live Entertainment Awards (LEA), which took place Tuesday in Hamburg's Color Line Arena. Frankfurt-based Lieberberg, who promoted concerts during the year by ...

  23. MusiCares Names Aretha 'Person Of The Year'

    February 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to her as Re Re or Sister Re. Everyone calls her Aretha. And on Friday night, Aretha Franklin was known as the MusiCares Person of the Year in a benefit that raised a record $4.5 million for the musici ...

  24. WMG, Sinatra Family Form Partnership

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) and the family of Frank Sinatra have formed a partnership to manage 'the chairman's" music, film and TV assets. Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) and will manage Sinatra's recordings from the Reprise era, ...

  25. ICM Signs Aretha Franklin

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST After more than 30 years with the William Morris Agency, Aretha Franklin has signed with International Creative Management (ICM). Franklin's latest Arista release is "Jewel's in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen." In add ...

  26. Italian Tributes Flow For Pavarotti

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leaders of Italian government, business and the arts continued to pay homage today for opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, who passed away yesterday morning. Italy's head of state, President Giorgio Napolitano, said that Pavarotti "managed t ...

  27. Italian Biz Pays Tribute To Pavarotti

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Italian music industry has paid tribute to opera great Luciano Pavarotti, who died early Thursday morning at the age of 71. Enzo Mazza, president of labels body FIMI, commented, "Luciano Pavarotti wasn't only an extraordinary artist ...

  28. Opera Legend Luciano Pavarotti Dies At 71

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, beloved by millions of fans who heard him in venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to Dodger Stadium, died in the early hours of this morning (Sept. 6) at his home in Modena, Italy, after a year-plus battle ...

  29. Report: Pavarotti's Condition Worsens

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Luciano Pavarotti's health has deteriorated and and he's in serious condition, the Italian news agencies ANSA and AGI reported Wednesday. Citing medical sources, ANSA said the 71-year-old tenor, who has pancreatic cancer, was believed to ...

  30. BMI To Fete Peter Gabriel

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Gabriel is to be honored as a BMI Icon at the performing rights organization's London awards gala on Oct. 16. BMI's annual London awards, held at the Dorchester Hotel, recognizes the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of ...

  31. Jones Debuts Video Podcast Series

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Quincy Jones says the one thing he never wants to do is grow up. The legendary music man keeps himself young by embracing today's culture. This week, he debuted his new video podcast series, the first installment aptly called 'Episode 1. ...

  32. Quincy Jones Hits Branding High Note

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Quincy Jones is looking to leverage his status as a perennial icon of musical cool with his own lifestyle products and digital media. In a major branding initiative kicking off at this week’s Licensing International trade show in New York, the 27- ...

  33. Streisand's U.K. Shows Sell Out In Minutes

    May 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tickets for Barbra Streisand's first British shows in 13 years have sold out in minutes, despite the best seats costing £600 ($1,200), the star's representative said on Saturday. Streisand is playing London's O2 Arena, formerly know ...

  34. Streisand Strides Out To Europe

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand is to embark on her first-ever tour of Continental Europe this summer, and take in her first U.K. dates since 1994. The European tour, which will feature a 58-piece orchestra, begins June 21 at Vienna's Schloss Schonbrun, bef ...

  35. Johnny Cash's Tennessee House Burns Down

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Tennessee home of late country icon Johnny Cash burned down on Tuesday as renovations were under way for its new owner, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, a local newspaper reported. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived together in the three-st ...

  36. Exclusive: Quincy Jones Q&A

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Producing music for a production music library seems like an unusual gig for someone like Quincy Jones. After all, most composers and producers for this type of music are relatively unknown. But Jones inked a deal to produce a nine-CD series for F ...

  37. Streisand Live Album Chronicles Hit Tour

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's hit fall tour will be chronicled on the appropriately named album "Live in Concert 2006," due May 8 via Columbia. The double-disc, 23-track collection was recorded on the tour's Oct. 4 opening night at Philad ...

  38. Willie Nelson Partners To Launch Label

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson has partnered with longtime manager Mark Rothbaum and veteran producer/label exec James Stroud on Pedernales Records. The official announcement is expected Friday (March 16) at the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference. " ...

  39. Aretha Corrals Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar For New Album

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin says her new album, "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love," is "the real deal," and she has a guest list to back that up. Franklin is joined on the set by gospel greats Shirley Caesar, Karen Clark-Sheard and the ...

  40. Quincy Jones Moves Songs To Cherry Lane

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST The legendary Quincy Jones has moved his music publishing catalog of more than 1,600 copyrights from major publisher Warner/Chappell Music to indie publisher Cherry Lane Music Publishing. Jones and the New York-based Cherry Lane signed a multi-yea ...

  41. Piano Man Plays U.S. Dates Early 2007

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Billy Joel tickets will go on sale Saturday (Dec. 2) for a run of Southern U.S. dates in February and March. Joel will be singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Miami on Feb. 4, and the tour Billy Joel tickets will go on sale Saturday (D ...

  42. Streisand Puts Up Impressive Ticket Sales

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite initial talk of slow ticket sales, Barbra Streisand's first live performances in six years put up record-setting box office numbers. The 20 concerts grossed $92,457,062 and set house gross records in 14 of the 16 arenas played on the ...

  43. Streisand Puts Up Impressive Ticket Sales

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite initial talk of slow ticket sales, Barbra Streisand's first live performances in six years put up record-setting box office numbers. The 20 concerts grossed $92,457,062 and set house gross rec Despite initial talk of slow ticket sales ...

  44. RHYTHM & BLUES: WOMEN BENEATH THE RADAR

    November 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Where would R&B be today without the likes of such heart-stirring pioneers as Ruth Brown, Etta James, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin? This year has borne witness to an array of albums by a female Where would R&B be today without the l ...

  45. Michael Jackson's Partial Comeback Is No Thriller

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jackson made a musical comeback of sorts at the World Music Awards 2006 on Wednesday (Nov. 15), singing just the chorus line of charity single "We Are The World" before the sound cut out as he struggled fo ...

  46. Michael Jackson's Partial Comeback Is No thriller

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jackson gaffes at World Music Awards. Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jackson made a musical comeback of sorts at the World Music Awards 2006 on Wednesday (Nov. 15), singing just the chorus line of charity single "We Are The World" befor ...

  47. Michael Jackson's Partial Comeback Is No Thriller

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jackson made a musical comeback of sorts at the World Music Awards 2006 on Wednesday (Nov. 15), singing just the chorus line of charity single "We Are The World" before Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jack ...

  48. Michael Jackson's Partial Comeback Is No Thriller

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jackson made a musical comeback of sorts at the World Music Awards 2006 on Wednesday (Nov. 15), singing just the chorus line of charity single "We Are The World" before Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jack ...

  49. ON THE ROAD: STONES KEEP A-ROLLIN'

    October 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To cop a song title from the band to which he'll be forever linked, Michael Cohl is . . . happy. With the Rolling Stones on a record-shattering run with their Bigger Bang world tour, as well as hot to To cop a song title from the band to whic ...

  50. Streisand Sets Record In Philly

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Grabs high mark in Wachovia Center history. Barbra Streisand’s tour-opening performance at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 4 was the highest single event gross ever in the 10-year history of the arena. Streisand grossed $5,265,600 from 16, ...

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