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  1. Jenni Rivera's Memorial Services Scheduled For Wed. at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheater

    December 17, 2012 4:51 PM EST Singer Jenni Rivera's memorial service is scheduled to take place on Wed., Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheater in a ceremony led by the late entertainer's brother Pedro Rivera, Jr., according a spokesper ...

  2. Jenni Rivera's Remains Positively Identified

    December 13, 2012 2:56 PM EST Four days after the private plane carrying Jenni Rivera and six others crashed in Northern Mexico, the remains of the bodies have been positively identified. The Forensic Medical Service of Monterrey, Mexico has confirmed that remains of one of th ...

  3. Jenni Rivera's Family Holding On to '5 Percent' Chance that She Survived Plane Crash

    December 10, 2012 10:47 PM EST The family of regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera said they still believe their famous relative is alive. This comes after Mexican authorities confirmed the American-born artist died with seven others in a Learjet that crashed on Dec. 9 in the no ...

  4. Video: Jenni Rivera Sings 'Star Spangled Banner' at Dodger Stadium

    December 10, 2012 5:41 PM EST For Jenni Rivera, Dodgers Stadium felt "like home." In an interview at the stadium, where she sang the national anthem and "God Bless America" on the Latino-themed Viva Los Dodgers Day last summer, the L.A.-born and Long Beach- ...

  5. Jenni Rivera Reflects on Her Struggles & Triumphs in 2011 Billboard Interview

    December 10, 2012 1:26 PM EST In this candid interview with the late Jenni Rivera from Billboard's Dec 3, 2011 issue, the Mexican-American banda queen discusses the many challenges she faced -- including domestic violence, being a single-parent of three, and working in th ...

  6. Updated: Jenni Rivera Remembered by Regional Mexican Artists, Industry Execs

    December 09, 2012 11:25 PM EST Regional Mexican and Latin pop artists and members of the music industry reacted to news of singer Jenni Rivera's death with disbelief, prayers and memories of a woman they recalled as a true star, whose friendships were as strong as her reno ...

  7. Jenni Rivera, Big-Voiced Queen of Banda, Dead at 43

    December 09, 2012 10:58 PM EST Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexican female star of her generation was confirmed dead after the small private plane in which she was traveling in Mexico crashed . Rivera was 43 years o ...

  8. Business Matters: Pandora Adds 400,000 Listeners in July

    August 06, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Pandora Adds 400,000 In July Pandora increased its monthly active users to 54.9 million in July from 54.5 million in June. Listener hours increased to 1.12 billion -- up 76% year-over-year -- from 1.08 billion. Perhaps most importantly, Pandora re ...

  9. Comcast-Spectacor's Peter Luukko Talks Venue Management, the Booming Arena Market and What's Next

    July 23, 2012 2:26 PM EDT This is the extended version of an interview with Comcast Spectacor/Global Spectrum's Peter Luukko that appeared in this week's Billboard Magazine. You can subscribe to Billboard Magazine right here . Sitting in his corner office at the ...

  10. Philadelphia Freedom

    July 18, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Sitting in his corner office at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Peter Luukko is at home in the epicenter of Philly good times, with a view of the world. Luukko is president/COO of sports and entertainment giant Comcast-­Spectacor and chair ...

  11. Latin Music Festival is Among the Hottest Radio-Sponsored Events in the U.S.

    June 28, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Latin music festival is among the hottest radio-sponsored events in the U.S. Hours after tickets went on sale for this year's Reventon Super Estrella concert in Los Angeles, taking place Aug. 10 at the Staples Center, all were gone by the end ...

  12. Backbeat: Diamond Rugs Storm NYC With Partisan Records' Ian Wheeler, Playground Sound Producers, More

    June 25, 2012 10:57 AM EDT (L-R): Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Deer Tick's Robbie Cowell and John McCauley, Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite, and Black Lips' Ian Saint Pe. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Diamond Rugs , the lat ...

  13. Dick Clark Timeline: His Life & Business

    April 20, 2012 2:27 PM EDT NOV. 30, 1929 Richard Wagstaff Clark is born in Bronxville, N.Y. His father was a salesman and, later, the manager of a radio station in Utica, N.Y. 1947 Works as an office boy and then as an announcer at the station his father managed, WRUN. 1952 ...

  14. Record Store Day Co-Founder Eric Levin on In-Stores, Exclusive Releases, Iggy Pop's Ambassadorship

    April 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Eric Levin is a co-founder of Record Store Day (RSD), owner of Atlanta's Criminal Records and head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores. Though this year he's scaled back his involvement with RSD to focus on his retail business ( ...

  15. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  16. Backbeat: Jenni Rivera Talks New Album, mun2 Production Deal & Upcoming Edward James Olmos-Produced Film

    November 23, 2011 7:40 AM EST Regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera takes time to show members of the media and her fans the dress she donated to the Hard Rock Café at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles during a press conference to support the release of her two albums, "Jo ...

  17. Ear X-Tacy, Legendary Louisville Record Store, Closes Down

    November 01, 2011 5:17 PM EDT Ear X-Tacy, a popular independent record store that served Louisville, Kentucky, for 26 years, shut down over the weekend . Jim James, frontman of Louisville's My Morning Jacket, posted a testimonial for the store on the band's website: ...

  18. Backbeat: James Brown's Daughter Reveals Bio Pic, Tribute Album & Museum @ Grammy Exhibition

    September 23, 2011 8:21 AM EDT A bio pic, a tribute album and a museum. Plans for those three projects were revealed by Dr. Yamma Brown , the daughter of James Brown , during the Sept. 17 preview of the Grammy Museum's new exhibit showcasing the Godfather of Soul. "Sa ...

  19. Can Criminal and VIP Records Be Saved?

    September 15, 2011 1:38 PM EDT Last week, Criminal Records in Atlanta announced it would probably close its doors right after Christmas. This week, VIP Records in Long Beach California also said it would shutter, probably by November. Both announcements generated plenty of pres ...

  20. Backbeat BMI Urban Music Awards With Icon Snoop, Drake, Wiz, RZA, More (Gallery)

    August 27, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Iconography: Warren G, Daz Dillinger, The Game, BMI Icon Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Charlie Wilson and Bootsy Collins (Photo: Maury Phillips) Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's an ...

  21. Eric Levin, Record Store Day's Co-Founder: The .Biz Q&A

    April 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Eric Levin is a happy man, despite working in independent music retail for more than three decades. While his industry has faced immense challenges in the digital age, Levin has successfully navigated the prevailing ill winds and managed to help o ...

  22. Regina Spektor To Make Special In-Store Performance At New York's Other Music For Record Store Day

    April 08, 2011 2:23 PM EDT Regina Specktor will hold a special in-store performance at New York indie mecca Other Music on Record Store Day, April 16 -- and fittingly enough, the performance itself is limited edition. The first 100 customers who buy Spektor's special R ...

  23. Foo Fighters Announce Special Record Store Day Gig, Album

    April 04, 2011 4:39 PM EDT The Foo Fighters will be one of the artists making high-profile shows of support for Record Store Day on April 16 when the Rosewell/RCA recording act plays a set at Fingerprints in Long Beach, Calif. "I'm proud to be a part of Record Sto ...

  24. NATHANIEL 'NATE DOGG' HALE: 1969-2011

    March 28, 2011 10:44 AM EDT The death of Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, aka Nate Dogg, shocked those who work in hip-hop, and those who love good music in general. Hale died March 15 due to complications following strokes in 2007 and 2008. He was 41. The Long Beach, Calif.-born si ...

  25. Rapper Nate Dogg Dies at 41

    March 16, 2011 7:56 AM EDT Nate Dogg , the California rapper whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The news was first reported by Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press-Telegram , which did not specify the cause of death; TMZ has ...

  26. Julie Taymor 'Spider-Man' Director Out; U2's Bono, The Edge Write New Songs

    March 10, 2011 7:55 AM EST Julie Taymor, the Tony Award winning director of "The Lion King," will no longer direct Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man" musical as producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening to ...

  27. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  28. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  29. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  30. Briefs: Jazz Crusaders, Gerald Levert, Johnny Gill

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The reunion of three original Jazz Crusaders members—Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder—is among the highlights planned for the 23rd annual Long Beach (Calif.) Jazz Festival (Aug. 13-15). Also on tap: Melanie Fiona, Boney James, Geor ...

  31. 'Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento' Competition Returns To Estrella TV

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Liberman Broadcasting's Estrella TV network is bringing back its "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento" competition for a second 10-week season, beginning March 1. The show's two-part finale -- in which a winner is awarded $100,000 and ...

  32. Sublime To Reunite For Cypress Hill's Smokeout Fest

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sublime, the chart-topping Long Beach-based punk reggae group that split-up more than 13 years ago when its lead singer died of a drug overdose, will play its first official gig with a new vocalist as part of the Smokeout festival, to be held Oct. ...

  33. R&B Briefs: Aretha Franklin, Long Beach Jazz Fest

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Aretha Franklin has reunited with her longtime agent, Dick Alen, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. The legendary singer, due to release a new album in late summer, will also perform at the first annual Nelson Mandela Birthday concert ( ...

  34. Boom In Music Video Games Helps Original Artists

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST "This song is dedicated to Debbie Harry," flinty-eyed Lisa Hsuan purrs into a microphone on the red-lit stage of Hyperion Tavern. It's a cozy dive where patrons drink Coke and beer from bottles and a fading chandelier dangles overhe ...

  35. Snoop Dogg Granted Australian Visa

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian government has granted a full visa to Snoop Dogg, allowing the Long Beach-based rapper to go ahead with his Australian tour. The five-city "The West Coast Originals" arena tour also stars Ice Cube and Bone Thugs n Harmony ...

  36. Denny's Adopts Allison For Cross-Promotion

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican pop-punk group Allison has been “adopted” by Denny’s for the restaurant chain’s “Adopt-a-Band” program, in which acts can eat at Denny’s for free while on the road. As part of the program, acts have their tour dates posted and stream a son ...

  37. Kem, Whalum, Ayers Lead Lineup For 21st Long Beach Jazz Fest

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 21st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival will take place Aug. 8-10 at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, Calif. The lineup encompasses a wide range of noted R&B and jazz acts such as Kirk Whalum, Chrisette Michelle, Roy Ayers, Michael Franks, ...

  38. Fonseca To Kick Off Starbucks Concert Series

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Coffee Company is launching its first Latin-themed concert series. The Cafexpresion series kicks off in June 8 with a free show by Colombian singer/songwriter Fonseca at the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Calif. O ...

  39. Lachey To Host 'High School Musical: Summer Session'

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nick Lachey will host ABC's "High School Musical: Summer Session," the summer TV reality show spinoff of the Disney franchise. "Summer Session" is seeking contestants to audition for and then participate in a summer music ...

  40. My Bloody Valentine To Curate New York Festival

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunited My Bloody Valentine will headline and curate a new upstate New York branch of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival on Sept. 19-21. According to the Daily Swarm , MBV will also perform in six to eight additional U.S. cities. The AT ...

  41. Indie Briefs: Alive Records, Redeye, Razor and Tie, Militia Group

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Los Angeles-based Alive Records signed an exclusive distribution deal with Redeye Distribution. Under the terms of the new agreement, Redeye will serve as the exclusive physical and digital distribution arm for Alive Records, as well as the Bomp ...

  42. Snoop Pilot Set For Comedy Central

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg will be the subject of an animated pilot ordered by Comedy Central, the cable channel revealed on Wednesday as it unveiled its 2008-09 development slate. The still-unnamed half-hour show will be executive produced by Snoop and Tom Lynch ...

  43. The Sensible Seducer: Snoop Dogg

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST With Abundant Charm And A New Album Full Of Hooks, Snoop Dogg Extends His Reign As The Cuddliest Gangsta Rapper Of All Time When Snoop Dogg hit CNN's "Larry King Live" Feb. 1, the segment may have brought into focus all of what' ...

  44. Timbiriche Celebrates Anniversary With 12-City U.S. Tour

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Timbiriche's 25th anniversary tour is heading to the United States for a 12-city run, beginning March 5 at Club Rio in San Antonio. The reunited '80s teen act, whose rotating roster once included Thalia and Paulina Rubio, celebrated its ...

  45. Ironworks Signs With Universal For Canada

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Debut release scheduled for March 21. Ironworks Music, an independent Los Angeles-based record label owned by Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland and singer/songwriter/producer Jude Cole, has signed an exclusive licensing deal for Canada with Univers ...

  46. SMG Launches New System Of Regional Bookers

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New web-based booking system launched May 1. Philadelphia-based facility management firm SMG has launched a new system of regional booking managers to work with agents and promoters. Under the new system, SMG has five U.S. regional booking manager ...

  47. LeAnn Rimes To Host 'Nashville Star'

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New season set for early 2005. LeAnn Rimes has been tapped to host the third season of the USA Networks talent competition series "Nashville Star." She replaces "Access Hollywood" anchor Nancy O'Dell, who hosted the first ...

  48. Koz Plans Eighth Smooth Jazz Christmas

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Saxophonist Dave Koz will reprise his annual Smooth Jazz Christmas tour for the eighth consecutive year, beginning Nov. 26 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Saxophonist Dave Koz will reprise his annual Smooth J ...

  49. 'Now 16' Topples Simpson For Chart Lead

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 16th installment of the "NOW That's What I Call Music" series ends the three-week reign of Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" on The Billboard 200. Despite a 16% decline, the Universal/EMI/Sony Musi The 16th install ...

  50. 'Now 16' Topples Simpson For Chart Lead

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 16th installment of the "NOW That's What I Call Music" series ends the three-week reign of Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" on The Billboard 200. Despite a 16% decline, the Universal/EMI/Sony Musi The 16th install ...

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