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  1. Mana Announce New North and South American Tour Dates

    January 17, 2012 10:26 AM EST With a concert at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX., April 3, Mexican rockers Maná will kick off the second leg of their "Drama y Luz" U.S. tour. The group (@manaoficial), which had one of the top five Latin tours of the year in 2011 and ...

  2. axs Goes Live in Kansas City

    January 13, 2012 6:06 PM EST Today was a milestone day for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and their new ticketing operation axs Ticketing, as the system went live at the arena level with on-sales by Lady Antebellum and Drake at AEG's Sprint Center in Kansas City. The ...

  3. Urban Power List: T.I. & Jason Geter

    January 10, 2012 6:30 PM EST T.I. & Jason Geter Grand Hustle Website: GrandHustle.com Twitter: @Tip Rubberband Men In April 2011, with its star rapper and co-CEO Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. still serving a 10-month prison stint for violating terms of his probatio ...

  4. Van Halen Is Back: Announce Nation-Wide Tour, New Album, Play NYC's Cafe Wha?

    January 06, 2012 8:52 AM EST They'll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including "Ju ...

  5. Bachata Star Romeo Santos Touring Arenas In Early 2012

    December 13, 2011 9:04 PM EST Bachata superstar Romeo Santos is going on a national arena tour in early 2012, according to a spokesperson. The Latin singer/songwriter, who is also the lead vocalist of Aventura, had a successful year as a solo artist in addition to being signed ...

  6. Exclusive: Bear in Heaven Cosigns to Dead Oceans, Hometapes

    December 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST Experimental indie trio Bear in Heaven have cosigned to Dead Oceans and their native label Hometapes, Billboard.biz has learned. The band will release their upcoming third LP ("I Love You, It's Cool," out April 3) through both impri ...

  7. Dobie Gray, Singer of 'Drift Away,' Dead at 71

    December 07, 2011 11:18 AM EST Singer and songwriter Dobie Gray, who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. Born near Houston in 1940 to a fa ...

  8. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Kanye West Get Platinum Awards for 'Watch the Throne' at Madison Square Garden

    November 08, 2011 4:37 PM EST From left: Kanye West, Island Def Jam Group President & COO Steve Bartels, Jay-Z, Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Chairman & CEO Barry Weiss celebrating the worldwide success of "Watch the Throne" backstage at Madison Squ ...

  9. Conrad Murray Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of Michael Jackson

    November 07, 2011 4:53 PM EST Conrad Murray sits stone-faced as the guilty verdict is read. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. A jury took less than nine hours to decide the verdict following a six-week trial i ...

  10. Radiohead Announces 2012 U.S. Tour Dates

    November 07, 2011 11:30 AM EST As expected, Radiohead will head out on an extensive U.S. tour next year in support of their eighth album, "The King of Limbs." The group announced the first dates of its 2012 North American trek on Monday (Nov. 7). The tour, which will ...

  11. Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Janet Jackson, CBS in Super Bowl 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Case

    November 02, 2011 3:47 PM EDT A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld its finding that the Federal Communications Commissions acted improperly in fining CBS over the fleeting exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. A three-judge pa ...

  12. Michael Jackson Doctor's Defense Case Drawing to a Close

    October 27, 2011 7:15 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - The defense of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death will shift away Thursday from personality to the science that his attorneys hope will prevent the physician from being convicted. The final witnesses testifying f ...

  13. First Responder: Conrad Murray's Story Didn't Add Up From the Start

    September 30, 2011 5:00 PM EDT After just a few moments in Michael Jackson's bedroom, the paramedic dispatched to save the singer's life knew things weren't adding up. There was the skinny man on the floor, eyes open and a surgical cap on his head. His skin was t ...

  14. Will Michael Jackson's Legacy Be On Trial At Conrad Murray Court Case?

    September 22, 2011 7:45 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inside the compact, wood-paneled courtroom that will soon host the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, many of the tabloid-worthy elements of the singer's life will go unspoken. Outside, however, many Jackso ...

  15. Guns N' Roses Announce First U.S. Tour in Five Years

    September 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Veteran rockers Guns N' Roses are heading back on the road for their first major U.S. tour in 5 years, the band announced on Wednesday. The Axl Rose-fronted group will play more than 30 concerts, starting Oct. 28 at Orlando's Amway Cente ...

  16. Production Team Stereotypes Joins Rapper Three As JON MCXRO

    September 09, 2011 5:00 PM EDT You can now add the Stereotypes (Far*East Movement, Chris Brown, Justin Beiber) to the growing list of songwriter/producers who aren't content to simply sit behind the studio boards. The Grammy Award-nominated production trio-Jonathan Yip, Je ...

  17. Fernando Perez Named Program Director At CBS Radio's Latin Pop Station KLOL-FM in Houston

    August 25, 2011 9:45 AM EDT Fernando Perez, program director at KLOL-FM in Houston. Fernando Perez has been named program director for Latin pop station KLOL-FM (Mega 101) in Houston, effective Sept. 6. KLOL , which belongs to CBS Radio, plays mostly contemporary pop and urb ...

  18. Chris Brown Tour Dates Revealed; T-Pain and Kelly Rowland on the Bill

    August 10, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Chris Brown will kick off his F.A.M.E. tour in Toronto on Sept. 12 and he's taking T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga along for the cross-country ride that will bring the R&B star to his native Virginia, as well as Los Angeles before ending i ...

  19. Ten Lessons From Louie: Advice From Messina Group Founder Louie Messina

    August 10, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Louie Messina, founder of The Messina Group. Photograph by Matt Furman for Billboard. Louis Messina is one of the nation's most successful concert promoters, and his storied career reflects the evolution of the live music industry over four d ...

  20. Jay-Z and Kanye West Reschedule 'Throne' Tour (Report)

    August 02, 2011 11:04 AM EDT The Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration 'Watch the Throne' hits iTunes in a week (Aug. 8) and brick-and-mortars a week after that, but fans eager to see them in person will have to wait until late October to take in their live show, according ...

  21. Latin Power Players: Raul Alarcon, Jr.

    August 01, 2011 9:55 PM EDT Raul Alarcón Jr. President/CEO/chairman, Spanish Broadcasting System Few heads of media conglomerates are as actively involved in day-to-day operations as Raul Alarcón Jr., the charismatic president/CEO/chairman of Spanish Broadcasting System. The ...

  22. Kings of Leon Cancel Entire U.S. Tour

    August 01, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kings of Leon announced the cancellation of their U.S. tour following an onstage meltdown at a performance in Dallas on Friday night (July 29). Frontman Caleb Followill walked offstage after claiming he was too hot to perform, and the band subsequ ...

  23. Zoe Announce Tour Dates

    July 27, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Mexican alternative rock band Zoé has landed Jack Daniel's as the official sponsor of their U.S. tour, which begins July 30 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. The band - vocalist Leon Larregui, guitarist Sergio Acosta, bassist Angel Mosqued ...

  24. Camila To Launch U.S. Tour

    July 26, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Mexican pop trio Camila will launch a 10-city U.S. tour beginning Sept. 8 at the Pharr Event Center in McAllen, TX. The tour, produced by Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) and presented by 5 Gum, will be the most ambitious to date in the U.S. for t ...

  25. Jay-Z and Kanye West, A.K.A. 'The Throne,' Announce Tour

    July 25, 2011 8:31 AM EDT A week after debuting their new single, "Otis," off "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West are joining forces to form the group 'The Throne' and announce their 'Watch the Throne Tour,' kicking off on Septe ...

  26. John Turturro Wants To Bring 'Passione' Concert Tour to U.S.

    July 21, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Taking a page out of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" history book, a concert tour featuring acts in John Turturro's film about Neapolitan music begins July 29 in Genoa and Turturro has begun exploring a way to bring the acts to the ...

  27. 50 Years of Adult Contemporary: From Johnny Mathis to Elton John, From Celine Dion to Bruno Mars

    July 19, 2011 2:29 PM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said Richard Marx , "flipping the dial. I was like, 'Awesome, it's the new single!'" At a June 23 performance at Clear Channel's P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York, M ...

  28. Legendary Songwriter, Producer Jerry Ragovoy Remembered by Al Kooper

    July 15, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Jerry Ragovoy (left) with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen in 2010. (Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy, who died Wednesday, is remembered here by his longtime friend, songwriter/producer/musician Al Kooper.) Jerry Ragovoy, composer of "Time Is On My Sid ...

  29. Mana Joins Britney Spears As Only Artists To Headline Eight Staples Center Shows

    June 21, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Maná, the biggest-selling or -touring Latin rock act in the world, joins Britney Spears as the only artists to headline eight concerts at Staples Center. The band, which sold out four shows in Los Angeles at Staples June 23-26, will also equal the ...

  30. Lindsey Buckingham Announces New Self-Released Album, Tour

    June 13, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Lindsey Buckingham will self-release his sixth solo album, "Seeds We Sow," on Sept. 6 and embark on 31-city North American tour in September and October. The album's first single is "In Our Own Time." Buckingham's las ...

  31. Cristian Castro Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    June 02, 2011 9:07 PM EDT Mexican star Cristian Castro, whose album "Viva El Príncipe" has been one of the year's biggest success stories, will launch the first leg of his U.S. tour, beginning July 28 at V Live in Chicago. Castro's "Viva El Príncip ...

  32. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    May 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance will lead the lineup of the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour, which is scheduled to visit North American amphitheaters this summer/fall. Support acts on the 40-plus-date trek include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and M ...

  33. Gentlemen Hall Win Billboard's Battle of the Bands

    May 19, 2011 12:23 PM EDT Gentlemen Hall drove to Billboard & Chevy's Battle of the Bands live showdown at Las Vegas' Freemont Street Experience on Wednesday (May 18) knowing they were up against tough competition from the five other finalists chosen by Billb ...

  34. Tego Calderon, Belanova, More Sign on for Pepsi Latin Concert Series

    May 16, 2011 3:11 PM EDT Pepsi will launch a 12-week summer concert series featuring performances by artists from different genres, including Belanova, Melina León and Tego Calderón. The "Sábados de Verano" (Summer Saturdays) concert series kicks off May 28 with ...

  35. Enrique Iglesias to Tour With Pitbull, Prince Royce This Fall

    May 12, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias announced at a press conference today that he will be touring U.S. arenas with special guests Pitbull and Prince Royce this Fall. Starting September 22 in Boston, the tour will travel to nearly 20 cities and culminate in an Octobe ...

  36. Marco Antonio Solis, Ana Gabriel Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    May 10, 2011 11:18 AM EDT Mexican artists Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel today (May 10) announced in Miami a co-headlining U.S. tour, dubbed "Haciendo Historia" (Making History). Both artists have long careers that straddle both pop and regional Mexican real ...

  37. Mana Sells Out Three L.A. Shows in Hours, Will They Break Their Own Touring Record?

    May 01, 2011 12:25 PM EDT In a matter of hours, Mexican rock band Mana sold out the three shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center which kick off their U.S. Tour. Mana's first show, slated for June 23, sold out less than an hour after tickets went on-sale at 10 a.m. ...

  38. 'American Idol' -- Reteamed With AEG -- Announces Season 10 Tour Dates

    April 28, 2011 9:53 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N. ...

  39. IEG: Marketers To Spend $1.17 Billion On Live Music This Year

    April 27, 2011 11:33 AM EDT A downturn in the concert business in 2010 did not have a negative impact on corporate dollars spent in the space, as North American-based companies will spend $1.17 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in 2011, a 7.3% increase fro ...

  40. A Tribe Called Quest Documentary by Michael Rapaport to Hit Theaters

    April 27, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Michael Rapaport will be hitting the road this summer with his documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest , "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest." The roll out across the country starts July 8 in New Yo ...

  41. Mana Announces Global Trek In Support of 'Drama y Luz'

    April 18, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Mexican rock act Maná has announced a world tour to coincide with the release of its latest album, "Drama y Luz." Several years since the group's last major tour, Maná returns with a new show that begins June 16 at Coliseo de Puerto ...

  42. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks To Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Nicki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour, as reported in Billboard.biz last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj befo ...

  43. Univision Radio Lays Off Several Key Programmers, Sources Say

    April 07, 2011 4:52 PM EDT Sources at Univision Radio confirmed that the company "streamlined" some of its radio operations Wednesday. As part of that process, programmers in key markets were let go in what may be the biggest, simultaneous lay-offs at a Spanish la ...

  44. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  45. Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow Announce Summer Tour

    March 31, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Kid Rock is taking Sheryl Crow -- his duet partner on the 2002 hit "Picture" and on "Collide," the new single from his 2010 "Born Free" album -- on the road this summer as a special tour guest, with a potential live a ...

  46. Trailblazing Tejano Music Manager Antonio 'Tony' Ambriz Garza Dies At 73

    March 29, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Antonio "Tony" Ambriz Garza, who helped launch his sons' musical careers in Tejano music, which in turn helped launch other well-known musicians, died March 27 of natural causes. He was 73. Garza, whose health had declined in recent ...

  47. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  48. Beyonce's Father, Mathew Knowles, Is No Longer Her Manager

    March 28, 2011 10:12 PM EDT Beyonce will no longer be managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, her publicist said Monday. The Grammy-winning singer and her father have parted ways "on a business level," the publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press in ...

  49. How Much Can A Top-Name Artist Make For Private Shows?

    March 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST Nelly Furtado and Beyonce proved this week that artists can bring in big bucks even when they aren't headlining a major world tour. Both singers have scored a cool $1 million for performing for family members of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddaf ...

  50. Biz Matters: Spain's Music Sales Dropped 21% In 2010

    January 31, 2011 1:52 PM EST Spain's Recorded Music Dropped 21% Last Year -- Spain's recorded music market dropped 21.1% to €167 million (U.S. $228 million), according to figures released by Promusicae, the country's recorded music industry trade group. The dec ...

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