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  1. Bruce Springsteen's 2014 High Hopes Closes, Tops Hot Tours with $14.3M

    May 22, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen has wrapped his 2014 High Hopes tour that included performances in 25 cities worldwide during a four-month span. Ticket sales totaling $14.3 million from the final nine markets give the legendary rocker this week’s No. 1 Hot Tour ...

  2. The Orchard Acquires BalconyTV (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J ...

  3. Bruce Springsteen Top Hot Tours, Grossing $5.2 Million From South African Shows

    February 07, 2014 6:01 PM EST Bruce Springsteen earns this week’s No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with the first box office stats reported from his new tour that launched on Jan. 26. On the road in support of his latest album "High Hopes," released in January, the Boss opene ...

  4. The Power of Music and Madiba: An 89th Birthday Party for Mandela and the History Books (Guest Post)

    December 10, 2013 10:25 AM EST By Ralph Simon as told to Florie Brizel Ralph Simon, a world-recognized leader in the fields of mobile entertainment and music, is a native South African living in London. Florie Brizel is a freelance writer in Los Angeles and co-author of “Words ...

  5. WMG Launches Warner Music South Africa (Exclusive)

    December 05, 2013 8:42 AM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the launch of Warner Music South Africa, following a buyout of Gallo Records’ share of the existing joint venture Warner Music Gallo Africa. Warner Music Gallo Africa was established in 2006 as a joint ventur ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  7. Bubbling Under: U.K. 'X Factor' Runner-Up Olly Murs

    June 15, 2012 8:14 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Olly Murs, the Parlotones, Katie Armiger and Tex James . Olly Murs One Direction, w ...

  8. Exclusive: Columbia and Neon Gold Co-Sign St. Lucia in First Joint Venture Deal

    January 12, 2012 6:30 AM EST In accordance with a label deal signed in December 2010, Columbia Records and independent specialty label Neon Gold have co-signed New York electro-pop artist St Lucia. The signing is first multi-album deal for Neon Gold, and the first co-signing ...

  9. Moshito Music Conference in Johannesburg: The New Mediums Are The Message

    September 02, 2011 9:18 AM EDT An opening address by Jim Griffin, Managing Director of Virginia-based digital music delivery consultancy, OneHouse LLC, on Aug. 31st set the tone for the three-day Moshito Music Conference in central Johannesburg. Now in its eighth year and due t ...

  10. Museke Online African Music Awards Slated For September

    August 23, 2011 12:30 PM EDT A third pan-African music awards event is flexing its muscles and acting as a platform for introducing music and artists from the continent to a broader audience. The Afrotainment Museke Online African Music Awards (Moamas) is currently in its sec ...

  11. Professor, Liquideep, Thandiswa Mazwai, Locnville Win South African Music Awards

    May 24, 2011 7:30 AM EDT South Africa's homegrown urban youth genre, kwaito, proved its enduring hold on the country's music scene at this weekend's 17th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (SAMAs) when Professor took home a show leading four awards. The ...

  12. Zim Ngqawana, Preeminent South African Jazz Musician, Dead at 52

    May 10, 2011 11:41 AM EDT Zim Ngqawana, widely considered one of South Africa's pre-eminent contemporary jazz composer and performer, has died. The saxophonist and flautist suffered a stroke May 9 and today the 52-year-old was taken off life support at a hospital in J ...

  13. Soweto Gospel Choir Win Sports Emmy; South African Kwesta Wins Grittiiest Rapper Title

    May 06, 2011 1:52 PM EDT JOHANNESBURG - It's been a good awards week for South African artists, starting with the Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir which shared an award with U2 and ESPN at the Annual Sports Emmy Awards held in New York on May 2nd. The 52-stro ...

  14. U2 Talk New Album, Huge South African Concert

    February 11, 2011 5:47 PM EST U2 will play FNB Stadium in South Africa this weekend (Photo: WireImage) U2 open the next leg of their massive 360° Tour this Sunday, Feb, 13, with what may be the biggest audience of the band's 30-year career. The band's manager Paul Mc ...

  15. U2's Upcoming South Africa Concert Marred by Copper Thieves

    February 04, 2011 7:00 AM EST Officials blame thieves for power problems at South Africa's main World Cup stadium, but the stadium manager promised Friday the lights will be on in time for a U2 concert. The theft of power cables in the area around Johannesburg's FNB ...

  16. Nokia Gives Jozi A Global Push

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Johannesburg-based hip-hop duo Jozi has become the first South African band to use Nokia's Ovi Music platform in multiple territories to promo its latest single. The two-week free giveaway (Dec. 6-19) of new single "Diva" takes plac ...

  17. R. Kelly Backs African Supergroup

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Just ahead of the Dec. 14 release of his new studio album, "Love Letter" (Jive), R. Kelly has thrown his weight behind an African supergroup going by the name One8. Launched in Johannesburg this week, One8's first release is the R. ...

  18. Fally Ipupa, P-Square Lead MAMA Nominations

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The home crowd is likely to show strong support for domestic artists at this year's 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards in Lagos: Nigerian acts have earned 13 nominations in total. Among these were three nominations for duo P-Square (artist of the y ...

  19. U2 To Wrap European Leg In Rome

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After postponing its second North American leg due to back surgery for frontman Bono, U2 is back in fine form and wraps the sold out second European leg of the record-breaking 360 tour tonight at Olympic Stadium in Rome. The band will take a break ...

  20. Lagos To Host MTV Africa Music Awards

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lagos in Nigeria has been selected as the host city of this year's MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs). It will be the second time in three years that the awards have taken place in Nigeria, following the inaugural MAMAs, which was held in Abuja ...

  21. Shakira To Headline World Cup Closing Ceremony

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT World Cup organizers promise a high-tech closing ceremony featuring Shakira, compared to the more traditionally African ceremony which opened the tournament. Organizing committee spokesman Jermaine Craig says Sunday's (July 11) show at Soccer ...

  22. Chart Moves: 'Glee,' Zac Brown Band, Journey, Green Day and more

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- "Glee" Cast : The cast of Fox TV's hit show capped its first season with a bang, scoring its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Glee: the Music, Journey to Regionals" starting with 154,000 sold according ...

  23. Shakira's World Cup Anthem Makes Global Impact

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following an explosive performance at the inaugural FIFA World Cup Kick-Off concert at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on June 10, Shakira 's "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" is making an impact on international charts. The official ...

  24. South African Artist Busi Mhlongo Dies

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On the day its national football team plays its second match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup being held here, South Africans awoke to news of the death of musician Busi Mhlongo . The artist from the Kwa-Zulu Natal region - whose track "We Baba Omn ...

  25. Kickoff Concert Opens 2010 FIFA World Cup

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT “South Africa, South Africa, are you ready?” Black Eyed Peas will.i.am shouted to the 30-000 strong crowd 12 minutes into the live broadcast – and from that moment, the first-ever FIFA World Cup Kick-Off concert hit its stride and the pace never l ...

  26. Black Eyed Peas, Juanes Set For World Cup Concert

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Juanes attended a South African media launch today (June 9) for the June 10 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert. Fergie from B.E.P. even managed to kick one of the official match balls despite wearing heels ...

  27. Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim To Play World Cup Shows

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With just over two weeks to go to the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, a slate of live music events have been announced as part of the entertainment taking place around the month-long tournament. Leading the charge is Cool Br ...

  28. South African Duo Scores Global Sony Deal

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT South African-based identical twins Andrew and Brian Chaplin have signed a worldwide deal as Locnville with Sony Music International. The New York-born 19-year-olds will see their debut electronic and hip-hop album, "Sun In My Pocket," r ...

  29. K'Naan, Freshlyground Added To World Cup Concert

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT South African band Freshlyground , Somali-Canadian rapper K'Naan and the Soweto Gospel Choir have joined the line-up for the World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert on June 10. South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and the Mzansi Youth Choir h ...

  30. Bocelli, Bryan Adams To Headline World Cup 'Grand Finale'

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams will perform at a FIFA-endorsed concert in South Africa to mark the end of the World Cup. Concert organizers said that Bocelli will take center stage at the "Celebrate Africa, ...

  31. Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas To Kick Off World Cup

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Alicia Keys will be joined by a host of South American and African music stars for the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert. Other acts include Colombian superstars Juanes and Shakira, Mali's acclaimed ...

  32. @MIDEM: South African Licensing Platform Unveiled

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Cape Town-based Keevision used the MIDEM trade fair and conference to announce the launch of Africori, a business-to-business platform for licensing of African music. The announcement was made in Cannes by Africori founder and CEO Yoel Kenan, a mu ...

  33. .Biz Exclusive: How Global Deals Get Done At MIDEM

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST MIDEM, the international music industry convention, and its digitally focused MidemNet Forum will open shop Jan. 23-27 in Cannes. The events will draw some 10,000 executives from nearly 100 countries, representing the recording, publishing, live, ...

  34. South African Line-Up Confirmed For MIDEM 2010

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST A line-up of contemporary South African artists has been announced for MIDEM 2010's opening showcase party on Jan. 24 at the Martinez in Cannes. The party also kicks off South Africa's "Country of Honour" status at the music in ...

  35. Nigerian, Kenyan Acts Dominate MTV Africa Awards

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nigerian and Kenyan artists proved the big winners at the second MTV Africa Music Awards - known as the MAMAs - held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Home country favourite Nameless saw his brand of Afro-flavoured hip-hop earn him the best male arti ...

  36. Control Room To Stage 2010 World Cup Concert

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Earth producer Kevin Wall and his company Control Room have been chosen to organize and produce a three-hour concert to kick off the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa on June 10, 2010. The concert at the newly renovated Orlando Stadium in J ...

  37. 'Commissioner' Gordon Unveils 360-Degree South African Label

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning producer and engineer 'Commissioner' Gordon Williams used the 2009 Moshito music conference at Museum Africa, Johannesburg to announce the formation of a South African-based label, studio and other elements. "The musi ...

  38. Killers To Play Debut South African Shows

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. rock act the Killers will play their first South African shows in December. The announcement of the band's two dates ends the international rock act drought that has marked South Africa since the April Coca-Cola Zero Fest, headlined by O ...

  39. Live Nation Expands Into South Africa

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has entered into a strategic alliance with South Africa's BIG Concerts. As part of the alliance, BIG Concerts will serve as the exclusive promotion partner for all Live Nation tours in South Africa. BIG Concerts sells more than 40 ...

  40. Lira Wins Big At South African Music Awards

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Afro-Soul artist Lira dominated the 15th MTN South African Music Awards, held in the Sun City resort outside of Johannesburg. The Sony Music Entertainment artist's third album, "Soul In Mind," took home the night's big award - ...

  41. Lucky Dube Family Welcomes Guilty Verdict

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The family of murdered South African reggae star Lucky Dube has welcomed the guilty verdict for his three killers. A close family member told Billboard.biz that they were hoping for the maximum sentence of life for Sfiso Mhlanga, Mbuti Mabe and Lu ...

  42. Goldfish Earns Eight SA Music Awards Nominations

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cape Town electronica act Goldfish is the leading nominee in this year's South African Music Awards. The duo scored a record-breaking eight nominations for the May 1 and 2 event at the Sun City entertainment complex in South Africa's Nor ...

  43. Nigerian Acts Win Big At MTV Africa Music Awards

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first-ever MTV Africa Music Awards held in Abuja, Nigeria delivered a heavily Afro-centric show and winners' list that has been welcomed by the continent's industry. "The fact that the performances that really stole the show wer ...

  44. South African Virgin Fest Pulled

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT South African music fans are reeling from news that Virgin Mobile South Africa has pulled the plug on the country's inaugural Virgin Festival. The announcement was made by CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa Peter Boyd, via a statement that sai ...

  45. SA, Nigerian Acts Dominate MAMAs Noms

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT South Africa and Nigerian artists dominate the nominees list for the first-ever MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs). The 10-category list of nominees revealed in Johannesburg last night (Oct. 7) saw South African acts take 18 nominations, followed by ...

  46. Live Earth Returns In India

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will join Bollywood stars for a one-off Live Earth concert in Mumbai, India, on Dec. 7. Live Earth India will take place at the 20,000-capacity Andheri Sports Complex. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is also on the bill. The event will be ...

  47. South African Collecting Society Sues Over Mobile Royalties

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A war of words between one of South Africa's biggest mobile phone content providers and the territory's leading publishers' association is setting the scene for a court battle over digital royalties. The Johannesburg-based National ...

  48. South African Jazz Giant Mseleku Dies

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The South African jazz scene is mourning the death of iconic artist, Bheki Mseleku following a long battle with diabetes. In statement, Minister of Arts & Culture in South Africa Pallo Jordan described Mseleku as a "supremely talented cre ...

  49. South African Broadcaster Ups Domestic Music Quota

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced plans to significantly increase its domestic music quota on radio in the lead-up to the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup. Speaking on day one of African music business conference Moshito, S ...

  50. MTV Aims To Raise African Promo Standards

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Africa is hoping to boost the standards of Africa's music-video industry with a new multi-country competition called "MTV Making The Video Challenge." The competition expands on a 2007 initiative, "MTV Making The V ...

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