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  1. Spotify CEO Confident For 2010 U.S. Launch

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming platform Spotify, has said that he is confident that the service will launch in the U.S. in the first half of 2010. Speaking at U.K. industry confab the Media Festival, where he was interviewed by medi ...

  2. Slayer Reschedules U.K., European Tour

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Slayer has postponed its U.K. and European tour until spring 2010. The band announced the move with "immense disappointment" in a statement, blaming a back injury sustained by vocalist/bassist Tom Araya that has required specialist treat ...

  3. Green Day Announces European Stadium Dates

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fresh from completing a U.K. arena tour in support of its latest studio set "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Bros.), Green Day has announced two U.K. stadium shows to be held next summer. The Californian three-piece will play Man ...

  4. Miley Cyrus Sells Out U.K. Arena Tour

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus has added an extra date at London's 23,000-capacity O2 Arena to meet demand after selling out her 2009 U.K./Ireland tour. The new date takes place on Dec. 29 and will form the teenager's fifth and final London show of her tou ...

  5. Delegate Attendance Holds Steady At In The City

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the U.K.'s 18th annual In The City (ITC) claim attendance at the conference held steady this year, while declining to reveal official figures. They did state that the three-day conference and live music showcase (Oct. 18-20), wh ...

  6. In The City Day 2: Calls For Artist Support

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In order to thrive, the music industry needs to take greater care of its members and, more importantly, music consumers. Those were the two dominant themes at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct.19) - the U.K.'s biggest music ...

  7. In The City Day 1: Pirate Party Chairman Provokes Delegates

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Day one of Manchester's In The City conference - the U.K.'s biggest music confab - began in dramatic fashion with a heated debate on the issue of illegal file-sharing. Chaired by Jon Webster, chairman of the Music Manager's Forum (M ...

  8. Madonna, U2, AC/DC Among '09 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, U2 and AC/DC are among the top tours, venues and companies recognized as finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5. The finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw ...

  9. Business Matters: Rhino Records, Verizon, A2IM

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Rhino Records laid off 30-40 employees on Thursday, according to a report. Jobs were cut from all departments, according to the report. In a st ...

  10. In The City Unveils Digital Forum, Showcase Partners

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Manchester's 2009 In the City (ITC) music conference has added Anthony Volodkin, founder of the Hype Machine blog, and secondary ticket service Seatwave's CEO Joe Cohen to its list of speakers. The conference runs Oct. 18 to Oct. 20. The ...

  11. Pirate Party Founder To Open In The City 2009

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Falkvinge, founder and chairman of controversial Swedish political organization the Pirate Party, has been confirmed as the opening keynote speaker for this year's In the City (ITC) conference and festival. Held in Manchester, Oct. 18 to ...

  12. Orange U.K.'s 'Monkey' Promoted At Malls

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telco Orange U.K. will promote its new music streaming service, Monkey, with hologram screenings of performances at shopping malls across the U.K. The service operates in partnership with Universal Music. Commencing Sept. 19 and 20, the gigs will ...

  13. 'Bizarre' Tour Signs Up U.K. Hip-Hop Acts

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rising U.K. urban acts Master Shortie, Gracious K and McLean will join Chipmunk, Ironik and Kid British for the "Bizarre Presents the Brrrap Pack" tour, presented by U.K. tabloid the Sun next month. It is the first tour of its kind for t ...

  14. Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date On Twitter

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Kris Allen will release his debut album on Nov. 17, the singer announced Thursday night (Aug. 27). A rep for 19 Entertainment has also confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.biz: "It is a confirmed rel ...

  15. New Order Spin-Off Bad Lieutenant Confirms Tour, Album

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bad Lieutenant, the new band formed by New Order singer Bernard Sumner, has announced a three-date U.K. tour to coincide with its debut album in October. Bad Lieutenant's debut studio set "Never Cry Another Tear" is released Oct. 5 ...

  16. Ian Brown Announces U.K. Tour

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. solo artist/former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown will set out on a 16-date British winter tour to promote his sixth solo studio set "My Way." The tour was booked through Brighton-based 13 Artists and commences Nov.29 at Leicester De ...

  17. Tito Jackson To Honor Brother On U.K. Dates

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tito Jackson, founder member of the Jackson 5, will pay tribute to his late brother Michael when he embarks on his debut solo U.K. tour, beginning Oct. 6 in Manchester, England. Calling at seven U.K. cities supporting former Motown labelmate Glady ...

  18. In The City Demo Deadline Nears

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Demo applications to participate in this year's In the City (ITC) music conference and festival must be submitted by this coming Friday, July 31. Organizers for the three-day event - which centers around Manchester's Midland Hotel Oct. 1 ...

  19. In The City Unveils 2009 Speakers

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In the City (ITC), the U.K.'s international music convention held in Manchester on Oct. 18 to 20, has announced the first of its 2009 keynote speakers. So far, the speakers include Anthony Volodkin, founder of MP3 and music blog aggregator Hy ...

  20. Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Cancer, Tour And Album Postponed

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery, he announced in a video posting on the group's Web site this morning. The band has canceled its summer tour plans and delayed the relea ...

  21. CBS To Flip Format Of Influential Rock Station WBCN

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When iconic radio station WBCN (104.1 FM) flips formats Aug. 13 it will mark the first time since Lyndon Johnson's presidency that the station will be missing from the Boston rock radio landscape. For more than 40 years WBCN helped define loc ...

  22. London To Host 'Music Hack Day'

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Music Hack Day, an event for the international tech and digital music community, is to take place in London this weekend (July 11 to 12). Bringing together 200 delegates, the two-day event is believed to be the first 'hack' ...

  23. Historic U.K. Venue To Re-open

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Manchester music venue Band on the Wall is to re-open Sept. 25 following a £4 million ($6.4 million) investment. First opened in 1975 as a jazz venue, Band on the Wall was at the centre of Manchester's punk scene in the late 1970s and was hom ...

  24. Coldplay Extends Wembley Line-Up

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has bolstered the line-up on its forthcoming shows at Wembley Stadium, with Jay-Z and Girls Aloud now appearing on both nights and new U.K. rock act White Lies also added to the bill. Jay-Z is special guest for all remaining U.K. tour dat ...

  25. Briefs: Best Buy, Live Nation, CAA

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Over half of consumers surveyed for the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Survey said they have cut down on out-of-home entertainment. Only 20% said they planned on keeping that spending down. In October, 40% of respondents said they would del ...

  26. Global Rights Deal For BBC's 'Big Weekend'

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide Music, a division of the publicly funded U.K. broadcaster's commercial arm, has secured international television distribution rights for national Top 40 station Radio 1's 'Big Weekend' event. It will offer interna ...

  27. Elbow Aims For Late 2010 Album Comeback

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As it approaches the end of an extensive campaign for "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor), U.K. rock act Elbow is looking ahead to its follow-up to the award-winning album. After three well-received records, the Manchester, England-b ...

  28. 'Guitar Hero,' Ticket Bundle For Metallica Fest

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the inaugural Sonisphere Festival in the U.K. are offering a deal on a ticket and game bundle that will allow Metallica fans to pre-order "Guitar Hero: Metallica" at a discounted rate. An offer for free coach travel to the ...

  29. Britney Spears Tour May Head To Australia

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears may take her "Circus" act down under. Attorneys for the pop singer and Spears' father and conservator, James Spears, discussed the idea of expanding her current "Circus" tour to include dates in Australia an ...

  30. AC Entertainment Acquires Promoter Great Big Shows

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC Entertainment, co-creator of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., has acquired Nashville-based concert promotion company Great Big Shows. This move will strengthen AC Entertainment's Nashville presence and expand its ...

  31. U.K. Promoter Predicts Summer Ticketing Strife

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Summer stadium and arena shows by Take That, Madonna, Oasis and U2 are likely to be targeted by fraudulent ticket operations, according to one leading U.K. promoter. Rob Ballantine, director of Manchester-based SJM Concerts, tells Billboard.biz th ...

  32. Stone Roses Reunion Report Rebuffed

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following reports of Stone Roses reunion for a tour by a U.K. tabloid, a spokeswoman for singer Ian Brown says she has no knowledge about the band reforming. According to the Daily Mirror, the band has lined up dates in the U.K. and U.S. with at l ...

  33. Bonnaroo Producers Ready For New Investors?

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Is Superfly Productions, the innovative, independent co-producers of Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., ready to listen to new investors? Comments today at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium indicate that may be the case. "We're havin ...

  34. Blur, Oasis Steal The Show At NME Awards

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nearly 15 years after they first locked horns, British rock rivals Oasis and Blur once again stole the show at the 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards, held at London's O2 Academy Brixton in the U.K. Oasis was crowned best British band although the de ...

  35. Hard Rock Hosts Starsailor Listening Parties

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hard Rock International, the music memorabilia restaurant chain, will host a series of exclusive listening parties for U.K. indie rock outfit Starsailor's new album "All the Plans" (Virgin). The public events will be held at Hard Ro ...

  36. Festivals Return Despite Struggling Economy

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The international music festival market took a hit last week with the cancellation of the Langerado Music Festival in Miami and the Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, but other large-scale music festivals are returning for a second year despite a ...

  37. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will ...

  38. Madonna To Extend Sticky & Sweet Tour

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Madonna will return to the road with her Sticky & Sweet tour this summer for roughly 25 more shows in the U.K. and Europe, adding to the total of what's already the top-grossing tour ever by a female or solo artist. The final leg of the t ...

  39. Springsteen North American Tour Starts In April

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will tour North America this spring in support of their new album, "Working on a Dream," out today (Jan. 27) on Columbia. The trek begins April in San Jose, Calif. North American dat ...

  40. Counting Crows Announce U.K., Ireland Dates

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Counting Crows will return to the U.K. and Ireland for a 12-city tour, beginning May 7 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena. The Hold Steady will provide support on the majority of dates. Counting Crows last visited the U.K. to headline London's s ...

  41. Bonnaroo 365: More To Come

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Raconteurs feverish Bonnaroo 2008 set is currently streaming on bonnaroo.com, and Jonathan Mayers, president of Bonnaroo co-producer Superfly Presents, says there will be plenty more to come. Mayers says the Raconteurs set was a beta model for ...

  42. Phish Reveals Reunion Tour Details

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST On the heels of a three-night stand in early March in Hampton, Va., Phish has confirmed a host of additional tour dates this summer, its first since splitting in 2004. The tour begins June 4-5 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y.; tickets go on sale Ja ...

  43. Zavvi Stores To Close

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The joint administrators of U.K. entertainment retail chain Zavvi have announced the immediate closure of 22 stores. The store closures will result in the redundancy of 178 employees. The other 92 stores in the U.K. will continue to trade and ther ...

  44. Specials Add Dates, Responds To Dammers

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Specials' U.K. tour in April and May 2009 now has extra dates, with the band claiming to have sold 45,000 tickets for eight shows in just over 30 minutes. The U.K. act has reformed for the tour, although without founder member Jerry Damme ...

  45. Bon Jovi Scores 2008's Top-Grossing Tour

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi's Lost Highway tour tops the list of the biggest tours for 2008, based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 14, 2007, through Nov. 11, 2008. The trek, promoted in North America and Europe by AEG Live, grossed $210.6 milli ...

  46. Bonnaroo Sets Dates For 2009

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST The eighth Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be held June 11-14, 2009, on its usual site in Manchester, Tenn., an hour southeast of Nashville. The first round of ticket pre-sales begins Thursday (Dec. 4); a lineup announcement is expected earl ...

  47. Jay-Z Joins Coldplay For U.K. Stadium Dates

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Coldplay has announced three stadium shows in the U.K. for September 2009. The dates begin Sept. 12 at Manchester's Old Trafford Cricket Ground, continue on Sept. 16 at Glasgow's Hampden Park and finish Sept. 19 at London's Wembley ...

  48. Springsteen, Chesney Rule Billboard Touring Awards

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Kenny Chesney and Miley Cyrus were among the big winners at the fifth annual Billboard Touring Awards, held tonight (Nov. 20) at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York. Springsteen and his band picked u ...

  49. Motley Crue Gears Up For North American Tour

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mötley Crüe will follow up this past summer's Crüe Fest amphitheater tour with a North American arena trek, beginning Feb. 2, 2009, at Cox Arena in San Diego and wrapping March 18 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Alon ...

  50. Albarn's 'Monkey' Gets The Edge

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Edge Performance VCT is backing the opera production "Monkey: Journey to the West," created by Gorillaz collaborators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng, as it prepares for a 31-date run at London's O ...

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