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  1. James Murphy On His New (McIntosh) Sound System, Producing Arcade Fire, a Music Industry 'That Makes Zero Sense'

    July 24, 2013 12:41 AM EDT James Murphy finally has his own very own (LCD) sound system. The DFA Records co-founder has teamed up with home entertainment company McIntosh Laboratory for Despacio, a custom-built sound system that he debuted at the U.K.’s Manchester Inter ...

  2. Jack Johnson Fills Bonnaroo Headlining Set For Mumford & Sons

    June 16, 2013 10:28 AM EDT Nicely done, Jack Johnson. Johnson and his band overcame tough odds and thorny logistics to headline the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Saturday night, replacing late cancellation Mumford & Sons. The group overcame short notice and th ...

  3. Universal-Led Suppliers Liable for Up to $242 Million If HMV Folds: Report

    December 27, 2012 10:51 AM EST British music and DVD retailer HMV, which has said it faces a liquidity crunch early in the new year, has seen $65 million in benefits from financial support from product suppliers, led by Universal Music, the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Mu ...

  4. Justice Collective Wins UK's Xmas Single Title; Emeli Sande Has Top Album, 2012's Best Seller

    December 24, 2012 7:58 AM EST The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won yesterday (Sunday) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" (Metropolis). Emeli Sandé's "Our ...

  5. Apollo Global Management Invests In HMV, Eyes Possible Takeover: Report

    December 17, 2012 9:57 AM EST New York-based investment group Apollo Global Management has bought a 10% holding in struggling U.K. music retailer HMV, with a possible view to acquiring the company, according to reports. . Apollo Global Management -- commonly referred to as a v ...

  6. Road Work: Death Grips, Two Door Cinema Club, Alabama Shakes, Trey Songz

    October 15, 2012 7:19 AM EDT Trouble makers: Sacramento, Calif.-based rock group Death Grips will take controversial new album "NO LOVE DEEP WEB" on an international swing booked by Robert Frazer of William Morris Endeavor. Starting with a headlining gig for Pitch ...

  7. Business Matters: Topspin Media the Latest to Embrace APIs

    September 18, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Topspin Media has launched a product called ArtistLink that allows developers to tap into the metadata of Topspin GoDirect artists. GoDirect is TopSpin's direct-to-fan platform that's free for users of Artist.MTV or $9.99 for artists who ...

  8. Inside Blue Note Records' Dazzling Spotify App

    September 13, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Blue Note Records, the renowned American Jazz record label that since 1939 has developed and released the work of some of the genre's most important icons - including John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancoc ...

  9. 40 Under 40: Jonathan Mayers

    August 02, 2012 3:02 PM EDT Jonathan Mayers Co-Founder, Superfly Presents Website: superflypresents.com Twitter: @Bonnaroo Tastemaker On The Road The first Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in 2000 sold out 70,000 tickets in 11 days over the Internet. ...

  10. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  11. Summer Heat Takes Down Outdoor Music

    July 12, 2012 12:10 PM EDT It's freakin' hot outside, with more scorching temperatures than ever recorded before in many U.S. cities. Given that this is also the height of the outdoor-music season, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, the recent sweat-soaked heat ...

  12. Michael 'Mighty Mike' Jones, Jamaica's Beloved Irie-FM DJ, Dead at 52

    July 09, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The banner on Irie FM's homepage paid tribute to the passing of famed DJ Mighty Mike. Prominent Jamaican radio broadcaster Michael Jones, known professionally as Mighty Mike of the island's popular radio station Irie FM (107.5, broadcast ...

  13. Justin Bieber Graduates High School, Announces 2013 UK Tour Dates, Has No. 1 Album

    July 02, 2012 1:37 PM EDT For most high school graduates, the things generally top of mind during commencement ceremonies might be prom, college, and perhaps summer employment. But for teen pop superstar Justin Bieber, his graduation might seem almost tangential compared t ...

  14. Bonnaroo Still Looks to Improve Fan Experience for 2013

    June 13, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Just as thousands of eager music fans started streaming into the enormous Manchester, Tenn., site for Bonnaroo on June 7, the wildly popular event sold off the very last of its 80,000 tickets. Obviously, the capacity crowd was viewed as a great ac ...

  15. CMA Fest: Eric Church, Faith Hill Perform; Softball With Carrie Underwood; TNT Revives 'Dallas'

    June 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The CMA Music Festival continued at a frentic pace on Saturday, with music seemingly at every turn along the way in a very crowded downtown Nashville. At the Riverfront Stage, Big Machine recording trio Eden's Edge -- set to release their deb ...

  16. Backbeat: Bonnaroo Backstage With Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr., Big Hassle, Red Light, More

    June 09, 2012 8:27 PM EDT (L-R): Chip Hooper, Music Dept. Head, Paradigm, Coran Capshaw, founder, Red Light Management, Billboard's Ray Waddell. The second full day of the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was a hectic one in the VIP Area, with artists, journali ...

  17. London's Southbank Centre Wins Top UK Venue Honors

    May 29, 2012 3:05 PM EDT London's Southbank Centre located beside the River Thames . London's Southbank Centre has snatched the No. 1 spot in the 2011 top 100 U.K. music venues as compiled by PRS for Music, the U.K. authors' collecting society. The news, ba ...

  18. AEG Live Leads Bidding for UK's HMV Live (Report)

    May 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT AEG Live is leading the race to acquire HMV's profitable live division, according to British newspaper the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail reports that AEG Live has been granted preferred bidder status to purchase the HMV-owned Mama Group, which t ...

  19. Keane Holds Off Tenacious D Atop UK Album Charts; Rita Ora Has No. 1 Single

    May 21, 2012 7:53 AM EDT Sunday's new U.K. sales data from the Official Charts Company showed a second week atop the album chart for Keane's "Strangeland" (Universal Isand) and on the singles survey for "R.I.P." (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Musi ...

  20. Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees Dies

    May 20, 2012 7:07 PM EDT Robin Gibb once said that "an artist is an artist because he is not happy with the world, so he creates his own existence." And the singer and composer, who died today at the age of 62 after a series of health issues, certainly created a ...

  21. 10 Cool Things on Spotify's 'History of Music' Timeline

    March 30, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Spotify launched its new Facebook Timeline today, with the added wrinkle being that they have compiled a "History of Music," transporting users from the present all the way back to 1000 A.D. and the beginning of "popular music." ...

  22. Dell, YouTube Partner to Live-Stream Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Jazzfest

    March 16, 2012 2:59 PM EDT Today (March 16), Dell and YouTube announced an exclusive partnership to deliver live webcasts of this year's four major music festivals: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits (ACL). YouTube b ...

  23. Radiohead Sidesteps Secondary Ticket Market, Partners With Fan-to-Fan Ticket Trust for U.K. Tour

    February 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST Radiohead is looking to sidestep the thriving secondary ticketing market by partnering with the fan-to-fan orientated Ticket Trust for its forthcoming U.K. tour. The Ticket Trust was established in 2011 by the U.K. Association of Independent Festi ...

  24. Davy Jones, Lead Singer of The Monkees, Dead at 66

    February 29, 2012 1:26 PM EST Davy Jones of the The Monkees, who sang lead on many of the band's hits including "Daydream Believer," died in his sleep of a heart attack Wednesday morning in Florida, his rep Deborah Robicheau has confirmed. According to TMZ, the ...

  25. Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced: Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 14, 2012 12:26 PM EST Radiohead, Phish, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the reunited Beach Boys will head to Manchester, Tenn. this June for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The initial lineup for the annual festival, which takes place from June 7-10 this year, ...

  26. Backbeat: Light Artist Chris Levine Breaks Down Antony's 'Swanlights' NYC Spectacle

    January 27, 2012 4:12 PM EST Antony performs "Swanlights" at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo: Angela Cranford/MSG Photos) On Thursday night (Jan. 26), Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons unveiled "Swanlights," an operating, awe-inspiring one-time per ...

  27. Peter Hook Calls Disney's Controversial Joy Division-Inspired T-Shirt a 'Backhanded Compliment'

    January 24, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Disney Store's "Waves Mickey Mouse tee" references Joy Division's 1979 debut "Unknown Pleasures," an album designed by Peter Saville. (Photo: Screen Grab) It was never the most obvious of artist/brand tie-ups, whi ...

  28. Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band 'Wrecking Ball' U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    January 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launch the first US leg of the 2012 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta, the singer announced today. Springsteen's 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," will be released ...

  29. Business Matters: SoundExchange Royalties Smaller Than Downloads, Bigger Than Subscriptions

    January 18, 2012 6:26 PM EST Subscription Services Get All The Attention, Pay Artists Less Than Webcasts SoundExchange made 18,000 payments totaling $89.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. That brought its 2011 distributions to $292 million, an increase of 17 percent fro ...

  30. Skrillex on How He Got 5 Grammy Noms: 'We Don't Reach R.E.M. Sleep'

    December 01, 2011 8:30 PM EST Sonny Moore made history last night. As Skrillex, he became the first-ever dance artist to be nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. To boot, he raked in four additional awards at the nominations show: Best Dance Recording; Best Dance/Electronica ...

  31. Ting Tings To Preview Album at Inaugural Midem Concert

    November 30, 2011 8:53 AM EST More than three years after scoring an international hit with "That's Not My Name," U.K. alt.pop duo The Ting Tings are to preview their long-awaited sophomore set "Sounds From Nowheresville" at the inaugural Midem Festiva ...

  32. Bruce Springsteen Announces New Album, Tour for 2012

    November 21, 2011 8:09 AM EST Speculation about the future of Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band in the wake of the death of beloved sax player Clarence Clemon s was addressed on brucespringsteen.net last night: According to a brief post there will be both a new album and ...

  33. Kelly Clarkson Plots 'Stronger' 2012 Tour

    November 14, 2011 3:46 PM EST Kelly Clarkson will spend the first three months of 2012 on the road in the North America supporting her latest studio album, "Stronger." The pop star announced the first leg of her Stronger Tour 2012 on Monday (Nov. 14), with singer-son ...

  34. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  35. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  36. Moogfest Promoter Says Fest 'Predates Boom In Electronica'

    October 28, 2011 11:20 AM EDT Some might consider Asheville, N.C., an unlikely place to stage an electronic-themed niche music festival. They would be wrong. The second Moogfest is set to take place in Asheville Oct. 28-30, tapping into a burgeoning electronic/DJ music scene. ...

  37. UK's Manchester Halle Orchestra Battles Royal Liverpool Philharmonic For 'Oldest' Title

    October 21, 2011 12:35 PM EDT The classical music industry is often trying to prove it's not stuck in the past but this week two British orchestras have been dusting off their walkers in a bid to retain the title of oldest orchestra. The Hallé Orchestra has been forced to ...

  38. Stone Roses Reunite, Announce 2012 Concerts

    October 18, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Seminal U.K. rock band The Stone Roses is to reform for a series of highly lucrative live shows. Following days of speculation that a reunion was imminent, the announcement was made earlier today (Oct. 18) at a packed press conference in The Soho ...

  39. Universal Music Publishing Extends Joy Division Deal; Peter Hook Dismayed By New Order Reunion Shows

    October 04, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing has extended its worldwide administration deal with pioneering U.K. rock band Joy Division. The legendary Manchester band first formed in 1977 and achieved cult status with its two studio albums "Unknown Pleasures&q ...

  40. BBC Proms Has Banner Year With Over 300,000 Attendees

    September 12, 2011 3:32 PM EDT Not That Kind of Prom: The Proms, which held its finale last night at London's Royal Albert Hall (above), dates back to 1895. It was originally set-up to allow ordinary people to see live classical music. (Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou) The ...

  41. PJ Harvey Wins 2011 Mercury Prize

    September 06, 2011 6:10 PM EDT PJ Harvey is the winner of the 2011 Mercury Prize, making her the first ever artist to win the prestigious U.K. award twice. The Dorset-born singer took this year's title for her acclaimed eighth solo set "Let England Shake" (Island ...

  42. U.K. News Round-Up: Amy Winehouse Foundation Returns Checks; Liam Sues Noel; 'The X-Factor' Returns

    August 22, 2011 2:57 PM EDT Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, has been forced to postpone plans to set up a charity foundation in his late daughter's name because of a quarrel over the organisation's name. Mitch first announced that he was to establish The Amy Wi ...

  43. Indie Labels Calculate the Damage From Sony's London Warehouse Fire

    August 10, 2011 5:30 PM EDT The Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield, England, after Monday night's riots (Photo: David Goddard/Getty Images) As the United Kingdom endured another night of civil unrest and rioting yesterday, the country's music industry begins to access ...

  44. National Folk Festival Coming to Nashville

    August 03, 2011 7:40 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville has no theme park, no beach and no casinos. But it has music. Lots of it. The National Folk Festival, which is coming to Nashville Labor Day weekend, caps off several months of major events held here that validate ...

  45. Take That, Reunited British Boy Band With Robbie Williams, Beats Bruce Springsteen's Record

    July 18, 2011 11:07 AM EDT A reunited Take That - the British boy band featuring Robbie Williams -- has stormed through the U.K., shattering gross records, including Bruce Springsteen's eight-year title as the highest grossing concert stand ever, a mark it topped twice ...

  46. Bjork Debuts Live 'Biophilia' Project in Manchester

    July 01, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Björk gave fans a small glimpse into the future when she performed the world premiere of her heavily-hyped multi-media project "Biophilia" in the Northern U.K. city of Manchester last night (June 30). Hailed in some quarters as the world ...

  47. Second Person Dies at Bonnaroo Festival In Tennessee

    June 13, 2011 9:46 PM EDT MANCHESTER, Tenn. - Officials say a second person has died after attending the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Coffee County Sheriff Stephen M. Graves said Monday 24-year-old Christopher William Yoder of Raleigh, N.C., died o ...

  48. Bonnaroo Co-Producer Ashely Capps Calls Festival's Success an 'Affirmation'

    June 13, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Widespread Panic closed out the 10th anniversary of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., last night, wrapping one of the most successful runs in the event's history. With inspired performances and a logistically smooth ...

  49. Woman Found Dead At Bonnaroo

    June 10, 2011 4:34 PM EDT MANCHESTER, Tenn. - A woman attending the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee has been found dead. Coffee County Sheriff Stephen M. Graves said in a news release on Friday that the festival security staff was told by people camping at th ...

  50. Bonnaroo Comedy Acts To Be Streamed by Comedy Central

    May 27, 2011 7:32 AM EDT NEW YORK - Comedy Central says it will stream comedy acts from the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival next month. The network announced Thursday that it will webcast a three-hour show June 12 featuring performances from Bonnaroo's Comedy Tent ...

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