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  1. Live Nation Reports $35 Million Q1 Loss

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has reported a net loss of $35.4 million, or 47 cents per share, in the first-quarter ended March 31. Driven by increased ticket sales and recent acquisitions, first-quarter revenue at the Los Angeles-based live entertainment company r ...

  2. Madonna Plots Upcoming 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna is set to embark on a world tour beginning Aug. 23 in Cardiff, Wales with dates through the end of the year. Billed as the Sticky & Sweet tour, the trek will span three continents and include between 50-60 shows total, Billboard.com ha ...

  3. Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd Team For Summer Run

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team up for a run of co-headlining dates in August, beginning Aug. 8 in Oklahoma City. The shed tour, under the "Rock and Rebels" banner, will feature an opening act to be announced. Additionally, Skynyrd ...

  4. New Orleans Sings Praise As Neville Brothers Reunite

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Neville Brothers, who traditionally help close out the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, returned to the big stage Sunday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina flooded and wrecked their homes, along with 80 percent of the city. Th ...

  5. Patterson Signs With Musicmind, Readies New Album

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson has signed with Chicago-based Musicmind Records. Her first single, “Temporary Life (Ordinary Girl),” is now available via iTunes. Patterson’s debut album, “Back to the Beginning,” is due Aug. 5. Distribution i ...

  6. Radio City Christmas Spectacular To Hit The Road

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) will launch a touring arena version of its Radio City Christmas Spectacular this holiday season, Billboard.biz has learned. The $25 million production will be geared specifically for arenas and play 18 ci ...

  7. RZA Returns To Bobby Digital For 'Digi Snax'

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wu-Tang founder RZA is returning for a third time to his Bobby Digital alter ego for the album "Digi Snax," due July 1 via Koch. The album's first single is "You Can't Stop Me now," featuring Inspectah Deck. "Thi ...

  8. Keys Brings 'As I Am' To North America

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys will begin a North American leg of her "As I Am" tour on April 19 in Hampton, Va. Ne-Yo and Jordin Sparks will join Keys on the trek, which is sponsored by Lexus and wraps on June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. New ...

  9. Latin Grammys Head To Houston

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 9th annual Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Toyota Center in Houston on Nov. 13. This will mark the first year the awards show is held in Houston. Previous Latin Grammy shows were held in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and Las ...

  10. BlackBerry Backs Mayer Trek

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Mayer's 2008 summer tour will begin July 2 at Milwaukee's Summerfest, Billboard.biz has learned. The tour is presented by BlackBerry and features Colbie Caillat and Brett Dennen as support. Tickets will be available to members of Ma ...

  11. George Michael Puts Faith In U.S. Tour

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a 17-year hiatus, George Michael is giving the U.S. touring market one more try. Tickets for his summer outing, which begins June 17 in San Diego, go on sale this weekend. Michael may also have a hit on his hands in the form of his retrospec ...

  12. Projekt Revolution Tour Line-Up Unveiled

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, the Bravery and Ashes Divide (featuring A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel) will perform on the main stage of the 2008 Projekt Revolution tour, set to begin July 16 at the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts in B ...

  13. Tejano Singer Navaira Hurt In Bus Crash

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tejano singer Emilio Navaira was critically injured when his band's bus crashed on a highway in Texas, officials said. Navaira and his band Rio had performed at a Houston nightclub on Saturday night. At about 5 a.m. Sunday, the band's bu ...

  14. ASCAP Sues 29 Establishments

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has filed 29 separate copyright infringement lawsuits against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 22 states and D.C. The defendants have publicly performed the songs of the performing rights organization's songwriter, composer and music ...

  15. Soulja Boy Hitting The Road With Lil' Mama

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Soulja Boy will hit the road this spring with his "21 & Under Tour," with help from Lil' Mama and rapper V.I.C., Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The trek begins April 11 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and runs through early May. & ...

  16. Ne-Yo, Jimmy Eat World Join Samsung Concert Series

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In its continuous effort to reach consumers via live music, Samsung has announced that Ne-Yo, Jimmy Eat World, Gym Class Heroes, Paramore and Sean Kingston will perform as part of the first Samsung Sound Check, a series of free private concerts to ...

  17. A Middle Ground For Performance Royalties?

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A pair of recording artists voiced centrist positions on the issue of proposed performance royalties for terrestrial radio stations March 7 at the Country Radio Seminar. John Rich, of duo Big & Rich, appeared to favor radio paying a sound reco ...

  18. Radiohead Reveals North American Tour Dates

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead will embark on its first North American tour in two years May 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Eight shows have been confirmed for the first leg, which wraps May 18 in Dallas. Afterward, Radiohead will visit Europe for a month's worth of ...

  19. Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Reveal Tour Plans

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige will tour this spring in what will be one of the most potent urban music bills in recent memory. The "Heart of the City" outing begins March 22 in Miami. And while a full itinerary is still coming together, the ar ...

  20. Devin The Dude Exits Rap-A-Lot

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Houston, Texas MC Devin the Dude decided not to renew his contract at long-time label, Rap-A-Lot Records. According to the MC, he was ready for a new label opportunity and is now exploring all of his options. Devin recorded three solo albums with ...

  21. Touring Briefs: Keys, Ultra Music Festival, Rooney

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- Lexus will present Alicia Keys ' upcoming 32-city U.S. tour, scheduled to begin April 18 in Hampton, Va., and wrap June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Keys will be on the road promoting her latest album, "As I Am," whic ...

  22. Kinky To Re-Issue 'Reina,' Tour North America

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mexican genre mashers Kinky are re-issuing their 2006 album "Reina" on Feb. 5 in advance of a 22-date North American tour. The re-issue on Kin-Kon/Nettwerk will contain two bonus tracks: a Brazilian Girls remix of "¿A Dónde Van Los ...

  23. Nickelodeon Preps 'The Backyardigans' Release, Tour

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nickelodeon's preschooler favorite, "The Backyardigans," will expand beyond the small screen with a third CD that drops Jan. 22 and a 50-city live theatrical tour starting March 28. On Jan. 14, Nickelodeon will premiere an hour-long ...

  24. Groban Ties Elvis With Third Week At No. 1

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST With the holiday season marching on, Josh Groban's "Noel" retains its lead on The Billboard 200 for a third week straight. With an 8% sales increase, the 143/Reprise set moved 581,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundSca ...

  25. Gonzalez Named WLEY Program Director

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jose Ezequiel "Cheque" González has been appointed the new programming director of Chicago’s 107.9, La Ley (WLEY-FM). He will report to Terry Harding, the station’s VP and GM. La Ley, owned by Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), programs ...

  26. Calle 13, Don Cheto Team For Banda Remix

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Calle 13 and Los Angeles regional Mexican radio host Don Cheto have teamed for a banda remix of "Pa'l Norte," winner of best urban song at last month’s Latin Grammys. The original Calle 13 pro-immigrant anthem featuring Orishas, pea ...

  27. Van Halen Beefs Up 2008 Itinerary

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Van Halen has added 23 new U.S. dates to its reunion tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth, extending the trek into April. Beyond the five shows added in mid-November , the Live Nation-produced trek featuring Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen ...

  28. Van Halen Adds 2008 Dates

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST As expected, Van Halen's tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth is moving forward with newly announced dates that will extend the run into 2008. The Live Nation produced trek - featuring David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Edd ...

  29. Juanes On Board With Ford’s Sync Campaign

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Coinciding with the Oct. 23 release of his new album, "LA Vida Es---Un Ratico" (Universal Latino), Colombian rocker Juanes has paired up with Ford Motor Company to launch its new Sync technology to the Latin market. Sync, a Ford-exclusiv ...

  30. RBD Postpones U.S. Concert Dates

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The remaining U.S. dates of Mexican pop group RBD's "Tour Celestial 2007" have been postponed until February. Among the to-be-rescheduled dates are stops in Phoenix; Tucson, Ariz.; Los Angeles; San Diego; Bakersfield, Calif.; Fresno ...

  31. Don Cheto Airs In Houston

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Liberman Broadcasting personality Don Cheto today (Oct. 10) launched his radio program on Houston’s regional Mexican 98.5/103.3 La Raza. Houston is the fourth Liberman station to begin airing the show, which tapes at La Que Buena (KBUE) 105.5. Don ...

  32. Cafe Tacuba Lines Up U.S. Trek

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock legends Café Tacuba will kick off a 22-date U.S. tour of clubs, theaters and amphitheaters beginning Nov. 16 in Charlotte, N.C. Tickets for most dates go on sale Friday (Sept. 28). Fresh off a headlining slot this summer at Lollapaloo ...

  33. Reba Outmuscles Kanye, 50 To Score First No. 1

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a week where six of the top 10 slots on The Billboard 200 are occupied by new releases, Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" reigns at No. 1. Moving 301,000 copies in the United States, the MCA Nashville album provides the country star&# ...

  34. Ludacris, Busta Rhymes On Board For Volunteer Concert

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Busta Rhymes and Angels & Airwaves will perform at this year's Boost Mobile RockCorps (BMRC) concert. The event will take place October 6 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The only way to get ...

  35. Kaiser Chiefs Cancel North American Dates

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based rock act Kaiser Chiefs has canceled a week's worth of U.S. and Canada concert dates in September to focus on the follow-up to its sophomore album, "Yours Truly, Angry Mob," according to a spokesperson for the group. The f ...

  36. UMG Targets Mixtape Distributor

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's UMG Recordings has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against BCD Music Group over the distribution of mixtapes. The suit, filed Sept. 6 in the federal District Court in Los Angeles, claims that BCD distributes mix ...

  37. Chamillionaire To Return With 'Ultimate Victory'

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It has been two years since Chamillionaire released his multiplatinum major label debut, "The Sound of Revenge," featuring the Grammy-winning single "Ridin'." But Houston's "Mixtape Messiah" will be back at ...

  38. Kerrang Honors For Enter Shikari, Machine Head

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With two trophies each, British alternative rock band Enter Shikari and veteran West Coast metal act Machine Head were the big winners tonight at the Kerrang Awards, held at the Brewery venue in East London. Enter Shikari converted two of their fo ...

  39. Corona, CMN Present Latin Concert Series

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Corona Extra has partnered with event promotion company CMN to present a series of Latin music concerts throughout the country. The 2007 "Corona Concert Series" will include 11 concerts in nine key Latin markets. They include four shows ...

  40. Ricky Martin Returns To States This Summer

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin's Black & White tour is returning Stateside this summer after a stint in Europe. Initial dates for the tour's second U.S. leg include Aug. 10-11 at San Juan, Puerto Rico's Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, where Martin ...

  41. The Cure Touring North America, Wrapping New CD

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With a new Suretone/Geffen album arriving sometime this fall, the Cure will hit the Road in North America for month-long tour beginning Sept. 13 in Tampa, Fla. Tickets begin going on sale June 28. 65 Days Of Static will open. The Cure's prese ...

  42. Exclusive: Trent Willmon Finds New Home At Compadre

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Trent Willmon, who recorded his first two albums for Columbia Nashville, has signed with Houston-based Compadre Records. Willmon is the first artist signed to the label since it was acquired by Mathew Knowles' Music World Enter ...

  43. Clear Channel Launches Social Networking Sites

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radio giant Clear Channel is getting into the social networking business. The company's online music and radio division is introducing a dozen station-branded social networks in the coming months. Each social network will function essentially ...

  44. Famed Hollywood Lobbyist Jack Valenti Dies

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jack Valenti, a former presidential aide who became Hollywood's emissary to Washington and developer of the U.S. movie rating system, died on Thursday at age 85, his longtime spokesman, Warren Cowan, said. Valenti served as an aide to Preside ...

  45. Rap-A-Lot's J. Prince Issued Restraining Order

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A temporary restraining order, requested by recording executive Ronnie Bookman, was issued against James Prince, aka J. Prince, following allegations that Prince arranged for Bookman to be beaten over a dispute involving Houston's hip-hop ind ...

  46. Rubio Readies U.S. Tour

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pop star Paulina Rubio will kick off the first U.S. leg of her "Amor, Luz y Sonido" ("Love, Light and Sound") tour May 17 at Houston's Escapade club. The tour is Rubio's most extensive stateside trek to date, with 27 ...

  47. Daddy Yankee To Hit The Road

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee will support his upcoming album "The Cartel: The Big Boss," due June 5 via El Cartel/Interscope, with a 40-city tour of the U.S. and Latin America, starting Aug. 31 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Billb ...

  48. Dinosaur Jr., Rapture Set For Free Yr Radio Tour

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Klaxons, Dinosaur Jr., the Rapture, Long Winters, Tapes 'N Tapes, the Ponys, Rogue Wave and Voxtrot, among others, will perform at various Urban Outfitters locations across the U.S. as part of the Free Yr Radio tour (Billboard.biz, April 10). ...

  49. MVS Radio Links With WhiteBlox

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexico City-based MVS Radio, which operates 54 EXA FM pop stations in Latin America and the U.S., is partnering with Internet TV provider WhiteBlox to broadcast online starting this month. Through the exafm.com portal, Houston-based WhiteBlox will ...

  50. Sounds Of The Underground Line-Up Revealed

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The third edition of the Sounds of the Underground tour will feature performances by GWAR, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, Necro and Job For A Cowboy, among others. The 25-city North American trek starts July 6 at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas and ...

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