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  1. Live Nation to Purchase 50% Stake in Insomniac Events (Report)

    May 02, 2013 10:03 PM EDT Live Nation is close to finalizing a deal to buy a 50% stake in EDM promoter Insomniac Events, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the deal. This information, including the speculative numbers (whic ...

  2. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  3. Backbeat: S.S. Coachella, With Sleigh Bells, Goldenvoice's Paul Tollett, KCRW's Jason Bentley, Many More -- Ahoy!

    December 19, 2012 12:40 PM EST The S.S. Coachella, the Goldenvoice-promoted music festival aboard Celebrity Cruise's Silhouette vessel, set sail from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas Dec 16-19 with bands that included Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Cloud Nothings, Sleig ...

  4. Rihanna Ties Janet Jackson For Second-Most Dance Club Songs No. 1s

    December 04, 2012 3:21 PM EST With 'Diamonds' topping the tally, Rihanna and Jackson trail only Madonna for the most No. 1s in the chart's 36-year history. With the rise of Rihanna's "Diamonds" to No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, ...

  5. Video: Deadmau5 on Highest-Paid DJs List, Mouse Head's Branding Power

    November 26, 2012 1:19 PM EST Deadmau5 sat down for a keynote Q&A at Billboard's FutureSound Conference and discussed the health of the EDM genre, the changes he's seen in dance music appreciationn, and the big business behind the craze. Check Out All Our Coverag ...

  6. Gary Richards on HARD's Future, Live Nation + EDM, New Year's Eve Blowout in Detroit

    November 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Gary Richards (A.K.A. Destructo) plays HARD's sold-out Day of the Dead event in full make-up on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Early this month, HARD -- the EDM-centric festival and promotions company that was purchased by Live ...

  7. Deadmau5 @FutureSound: EDM's Rise, 'Self-Fulfilling Hype' and the Branding Power of the Mouse Head

    November 17, 2012 11:37 AM EST Deadmau5 (left, sans mouse head) with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the FutureSound conference in San Francisco (Photo: Arnold Turner) SAN FRANCISCO--Deadmau5 says EDM is not an acronym for electronic dance music. It's for " ...

  8. Backbeat: Skrillex on Kill the Noise, Justice on New Record, Gary Richards Face Paints at HARD's Day of The Dead LA Fest

    November 06, 2012 2:22 PM EST Day of the EDM Dead: Some 35,000 fans turned out for Hard's Day of the Dead music fest in L.A. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Thirty-five thousand electronic dance music fans made their way to the Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday (Nov. 3) f ...

  9. Backbeat: Deadmau5 Rocks Intimate Party at Sonos Studios With Live Nation, EMI, KCRW Execs

    October 29, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Deadmau5 performs for a private crowd at the Sonos Studios in L.A. (Photo: Danny Mahoney) Last Friday, electronic music fans lined up outside of Hollywood's Sonos Studio for an intimate gig featuring Deadmau5 . Bouncers held tightly to the gu ...

  10. Ke$ha, Rihanna, Taylor Swift Set For Strong Hot 100 Debuts

    September 27, 2012 7:39 PM EDT As fourth quarter brings its annual bounty of superstar releases (just in time for the busy holiday shopping season), three songs help usher in this year's onslaught, as Taylor Swift, Ke$ha and Rihanna are set to enter next week's Billbo ...

  11. Backbeat: Hard's Gary Richards Talks Live Nation Acquisition, DJing With Roses In His Hair at EMI's Electrospective Party in Hollywood

    September 20, 2012 4:16 PM EDT POSSO DJing at Hollywood's AV Nightclub for the Electrospective launch and Magnetic Magazine's birthday celebration (Photo by Catie Laffoon) EMI launched their Electrospective campaign on Tuesday night at the AV Nightclub in Hollywood . ...

  12. How Green Day, Warner Bros., MAC, Nokia, AT&T Teamed Up for Social Campaign With Potential Audience of 144 Million

    September 18, 2012 12:17 PM EDT The Nokia-AT&T tab on Green Day's Facebook page that allowed fans to participate in the promotion. Green Day hit New York City's Irving Plaza to help Nokia and AT&T launch Nokia Music in the U.S. with a performance to a packed cr ...

  13. Backbeat: Skrillex Brings The Party; Datsik, Zedd, Dillon Francis Hang Backstage At HARD Summer

    August 06, 2012 11:48 AM EDT Skrillex, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots DJ Set (who covers his face in every photo), and Ellie Goulding. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Day two of L.A.'s HARD Summer brought larger crowds than the night before for mainly one reason - ...

  14. HARD Summer Kicks Off; Boys Noize Talks Label, A-Trak Praises Fool's Gold, Danny Brown

    August 05, 2012 11:28 AM EDT Arrabmuzik working the MPC on stage at HARD. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) HARD Summer kicked off on Friday as a sea of neon outfits, hipster sunglasses (proudly worn all night long), tutus, furry boots, and half naked ravers crammed onto the grounds of ...

  15. Skrillex Hits No. 1 on Billboard Social 50, Pitbull Rises Following Alaskan Walmart Exile

    July 20, 2012 7:30 AM EDT For the first time, Skrillex hits No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The tally ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, using a formula that blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along wit ...

  16. How iHome Became the Title Sponsor for Live Nation's Identity Fest

    July 11, 2012 4:10 PM EDT A screen shot of the iHome-sponsored Identity Festival website banner. After a respectable 2011 debut that sold 150,000 tickets over 19 dates behind headliners like Kaskade and Skrillex, Live Nation's touring Identity Festival is back for a s ...

  17. Live Nation Purchases Gary Richards' HARD Events

    June 27, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Live Nation has acquired Gary Richards' HARD Events, the EDM production company behind such music festivals as the multi-date HARD Festivals and Holy Ship! cruise. Video: Hard Festival's Gary Richards on Why EDM Is Hot, How He Keeps His ...

  18. Hollywood Palladium Put Up For Sale

    June 01, 2012 7:57 PM EDT The Hollywood Palladium, which has hosted musical acts ranging from U2 to Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z, is being listed for sale by owner LSREF 2 Clover Property 4 LLC, the entity of an undisclosed investment group. The historic live venue at 6215 Suns ...

  19. Ultra Music Fest 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    March 25, 2012 6:55 PM EDT The grounds at Bayfront Park were crowded and hard to navigate, and when night fell, it seemed like an impossible task to get from one stage to another. Ravers climbed trees to get better vantage points (no one stopped them), while others laid dow ...

  20. Ultra Music Fest 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    March 25, 2012 5:30 PM EDT After six years having the Ultra Music Festival at the larger-capacity Bicentennial Park, construction at that site sent the annual party back at its original downtown Miami home, Bayfront Park, this year. But thanks to some reconfiguring and reco ...

  21. Nike Turned a Building into a Music App at SXSW With Help From Diplo and Sleigh Bells

    March 14, 2012 5:05 PM EDT ] (Photo:Thomas Van Buskirk) AUSTIN, TEXAS -- The biggest app at this year's SXSW wasn't Highlight or Glancee , physically speaking. It was the building pictured above, which Nike essentially turned into a music app as part of its Diplo/ ...

  22. Dance Music's Most Influential Executives

    February 03, 2012 4:45 PM EST It's no secret that dance music is bigger than its ever been - as the seven Grammy nominations for this week's Billboard cover stars , Skrillex, A-Trak and Diplo demonstrate. Here's a look at nine of the biggest executives in the ga ...

  23. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  24. Adele's '21' - Biggest No. 1 Album Since 'Bodyguard'

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST It seems that every week, there is a new Adele -related accolade to tout. And this week is no different, as her "21" album hits its 17th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (95,000; down 9%). "21" has been No. 1 longer than any ...

  25. Morning Heds: If Adele Was On A Major, The EDM Cruise, Is Spotify's Ek Really That Important?

    January 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Would Adele have been as successful if she was signed to a major label? The Guardian Adele is an exceptional artist, but she has also been nurtured by her indie label, but would a major label have done the same? Del Rey strikes deal with Next Mode ...

  26. Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello to Headline New Insomniac NYE Event

    December 01, 2011 7:35 PM EST Insomniac Events, the Los Angeles-based company behind massive electronic music events such as Electric Daisy Carnival, is announcing a new two-day California-based New Year's dance music festival called "White Wonderland." The even ...

  27. Rihanna Still No. 1 on Hot 100; LMFAO, Maroon 5, Katy Perry Get AMA Bumps

    November 30, 2011 5:21 PM EST Rihanna notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris), while LMFAO is among a host of acts that benefit from performances on the American Music Awards, broadcast live Nov. 20 on ABC ...

  28. Rihanna, Jay-Z Reunite on 'Talk That Talk'

    November 08, 2011 11:16 AM EST Rihanna took to Facebook Monday night (Nov. 7) to inform her fans that she was "done" with her sixth studio album, "Talk That Talk." "DONE BITCHES!!!! #TTT Tracklist (EXCEPT "Answer" and NOT in sequence)," t ...

  29. Backbeat: Beats by Dre Launches New York Pop-Up Store With Will.I.Am, Freeway, Nero

    November 04, 2011 3:41 PM EDT Boom Boom Pow: Will.i.am. (left) with Dr. Dre atat the Beats By Dre pop-up store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Just yards away from the Apple Store in SoHo, a new, albeit temporary, boutique was making a splash with music fans in New ...

  30. Rihanna Snags 20th Top 10 on Hot 100, Breaks Madonna's Record

    October 05, 2011 3:11 PM EDT Rihanna roars to a 20th top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. She snags her 20th faster than any other solo artist, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, darts 16-9 in its second chart week. Having first graced the Hot ...

  31. Fool's Gold, G-Technology and Flavor Group: A Branding Partnership That Literally Rocks the House

    August 15, 2011 5:50 PM EDT On August 3, DJ/producer A-Trak did what he does best at his label's recently opened Fool's Gold retail store in Brooklyn, New York . He was rocking the 40 kids crammed into the small space with tracks like Duck Sauce's "Big Ba ...

  32. Australia's Soundwave Revolution Tour Canceled After Unnamed Headliner Pulls Out

    August 10, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Australia's inaugural Soundwave Revolution tour, featuring Van Halen, Alice Cooper and Bad Religion, was abruptly canceled this week. The brainchild of promoter AJ Maddah, the five-city tour was intended to kick off next month. However, news ...

  33. Indie Record Labels Saddle Creek, Fool's Gold Open Retail Stores

    July 26, 2011 5:11 PM EDT Brick and Mortar: Saddle Creek's new store in Omaha, Nebraska. This past weekend (July 23) Saddle Creek Records celebrated the grand opening of its new record store in its hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, with live performances by The Mynabirds a ...

  34. Girl Talk Releases New Album, 'All Day,' For Free Online

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Not only has mash-up mastermind Girl Talk announced the title and track list of "All Day," his fifth sample-heavy full-length, but the Pittsburgh DJ has already released the album in full. The follow-up to 2008's "Feed The Anim ...

  35. Rihanna Leaves Manager, Now Under Jay-Z's Umbrella

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna is now under Jay-Z's umbrella. The Grammy-winning pop singer has parted ways with manager Marc Jordan and is now being managed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Management. Rihanna told The Associated Press in a statement Wednesday that she& ...

  36. Update: Electronic Music Festival Hard L.A. Canceled

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hard L.A., the electronic music festival scheduled for July 17 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, has been canceled, a representative for the event has confirmed. Published reports suggest the event was called off due to security concerns. &q ...

  37. We Love Sounds Fest's Perth Leg Nixed

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Australia's We Love Sounds festival trek have dumped the Perth leg from the program due to slack ticket sales. Perth's Supreme Court Gardens was due to host the traveling dance and electronica-oriented show on June 6. But t ...

  38. Die Antwoord Announces Interscope Album Details

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Die Antwoord, South Africa's breakout digital rap-rave act, has confirmed a label deal with Interscope on its website. Although official reps for the band remain silent on the deal, a "guess what!?"" button on www.dieantwoord.c ...

  39. Rihanna And Jay-Z Team Up In London

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rihanna was joined on stage by Jay-Z as she launched her new album in London. The R&B star was joined by her mentor on "Run This Town" and "Umbrella" as she performed a short set at London's Brixton Academy last night ...

  40. Rihanna's 'Rated R' Set For November Release

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna fourth studio album, "Rated R," is set for release on Nov. 23, according to Def Jam Records. "Russian Roulette," the first single, will premiere today at 11:23 a.m. EST on Rihanna's official Web site, rihannannow.c ...

  41. M.I.A. Protege Rye Rye To Join A-Trak Tour

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A. protégé Rye Rye will go on tour for A-Trak's "Hamburger" tour, taking off in Shangai, China, on May 28 and capping off at Hard Festival in Los Angeles August 8. "I was out one day and [DJ] Blaqstarr called me saying I sh ...

  42. Spears Kicks Off MTV VMAs With New Song

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears kicked off the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Sept. 9) in Las Vegas with a performance of her new song, "Gimme More," decked out in a sparkly bra and briefs, with knee-high black boots. It was the embattled Spears� ...

  43. Live Nation Inks Hollywood Palladium Deal

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has signed a long-term lease to operate, manage and exclusively book the 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. In Southern California, Los Angeles-based Live Nation owns and/or operates venues including the House of Blues ...

  44. Billboard Awards Latin Superstars, Newcomers

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Staged April 27 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. Staged April 27 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. News ...