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  1. Take That Plot 'Circus' Stadium Tour

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. boy band Take That will embark on its biggest U.K. tour yet, running June 6 to July 4 next year. "Take That Presents The Circus Live - Summer 2009" will take in five stadium venues around the United Kingdom. The tour will begin at S ...

  2. HMV Lets Customers Swap Pre-Played Games For CDs, iPods

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is entering the pre-played games market with its “Re/Play” service, which will launch Oct. 24. Re/Play will launch in 160 stores across the U.K. and Ireland, including flagships in London's Oxford Street, Birmi ...

  3. Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Police Lead Touring Award Finalists

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and the Police are among the finalists for the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. All three of those tours are finalists for the Top Tour and Top ...

  4. Attendance Up At In The City

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s 17th annual In The City (ITC) has been hailed a "huge success" by organisers with initial figures indicating a 22% rise in delegate attendance on last year. While the final delegate figures are not yet available, the thre ...

  5. In The City Day 2: Digital Will Deliver

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A bright future for artists, consumers and the music industry was the general prognosis at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct. 6) -- the U.K.'s biggest music conference -- but only after several more years of struggle and dw ...

  6. In The City Day 1: Cohen's Unity Message

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lyor Cohen, vice chairman of Warner Music Group and CEO, Recorded Music Americas and U.K., called for unity throughout the music industry at the opening day of Manchester's In The City - the U.K.'s biggest music conference. Sharing the s ...

  7. U.K. Artists Form Coalition To Protect Rights

    October 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dozens of U.K. artists including Radiohead, The Verve, Kaiser Chiefs and Kate Nash have signed up to a new representative body, the Featured Artists' Coalition. The London-based organization was officially launched at Manchester's In The ...

  8. Rock The Bells To Make European Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, the Pharcyde, EPMD, Supernatural and Scratch, among others. The European trek launches Oct. 31 at the T-Mobile Arena in ...

  9. Ting Tings Prepares For 'Carefree' Sophomore Set

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rising U.K. alternative act The Ting Tings will begin recording its second album in February next year, Billboard.biz has learned. According to singer Katie White, the group will return to its home studio in Salford, Greater Manchester to work on ...

  10. Mercury Winners Elbow Follows 'Kid' With Children’s Songs

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elbow, recently crowned victors of the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Music Prize, plans to follow their prize-winning set "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor) by working on an album of children's music and accompanying animated film, t ...

  11. Touring Briefs: AEG Facilities, StubHub, Wellmont Theatre

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- AEG Facilities , a division of Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG, has entered into a joint venture with Arena Group 2000 (AG 2000) to manage, book and operate the 14,400-capacity San Diego Sports Arena. The two parties wi ...

  12. Sire Founders Reunited For 'In The City'

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sire Records founders Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer will be among the keynote speakers at the U.K.'s In The City music conference, which is held in Manchester on Oct. 5-7. Gottehrer is also co-founder/chairman of digital aggregator The ...

  13. Madison Square Garden Ent. Plots Festival

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden Entertainment has made moves to purchase 910 acres in rural Springfield, N.Y., with plans to spend $15 million launching a three-day, multi-genre music festival in 2010. MSGE senior VP, business development Don Simpson tells ...

  14. Hook Sets Freebass Release Date

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Freebass, the alternative rock supergroup formed by former Joy Division/New Order bass player Peter Hook, Mani from the Stone Roses/Primal Scream and Andy Rourke of The Smiths, is planning to release their as-yet-untitled debut album in March 2009 ...

  15. In The City Confirms Keynotes

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Britain’s In The City music conference have signed up rock photographer Kevin Cummins and film-maker Dick Carruthers as keynote interviewees. The annual conference, which was established in 1992 by the late Factory Records founder To ...

  16. Wilson Feted With 24-Hour Party

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The life of Factory Records' legendary late founder Tony Wilson was remembered over the weekend with a 24-hour celebration featuring some of his best-known signings and friends. The likes of comedian Steve Coogan, New Order's Peter Hook, ...

  17. My Morning Jacket Plans New Year's At MSG

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, My Morning Jacket will play an "evening with" New Year's Eve concert on Dec. 31 at New York's Madison Square Garden, in what will be the band's biggest headlining show to date. Tickets for the event go on sale ...

  18. Burnham, Loog Oldham Confirmed For ITC

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fresh from delivering a keynote speech at the PPL annual general meeting this week, Britain's culture secretary Andy Burnham has confirmed his participation at this year's In The City music convention. Burnham joins former Rolling Stones ...

  19. Happy Mondays Get To Work On New Album

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British alternative rock band the Happy Mondays are recording a new album, which they hope to release early next year, Billboard.com can reveal. The set is earmarked for a possible early 2009 release. "It's sounding good," says sing ...

  20. Central Station Exhibition Opens In Manchester

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A who's who of local music stars turned out for an exhibition opening at Manchester's Richard Goodall Gallery, celebrating influential design studio Central Station, the team responsible for creating iconic cover art for groups such as H ...

  21. Touring Briefs: Carlos Mencia, Hot Chip, Bonnaroo

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Stand-up comedian Carlos Mencia will launch an 80-city tour, beginning July 26 at Morrison, Colo.'s Red Rocks Amphitheater. The trek -- dubbed Bud Light Presents Carlos Mencia: At Close Range -- is being produced by Live Nation and Icon Ent ...

  22. Metallica Tour To Begin In October

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed last night (May 14) during an intimate Los Angeles benefit concert that the band will follow the September release of its new, as-yet-untitled album with a tour in October. "That was the first show of th ...

  23. In The City Readies 2008 Confab

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's In The City music convention this year anchors its position on the industry calendar, returning with a new program of events which organizers hope will appeal to a broader media community. The annual event, now in its 17th year, wil ...

  24. My Morning Jacket Reveal Headlining Tour

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT My Morning Jacket will follow up its performance at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., with a headlining run, beginning June 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The route includes theaters, large clubs and amphitheaters, and almost all dates will ...

  25. Metallica, Offspring, Raconteurs In For Weanie Roast

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica, the Offspring, the Raconteurs, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Pennywise and the Bravey are among the acts confirmed for KROQ-Los Angeles' Weenie Roast, to be held May 17 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif. Also on t ...

  26. Vegoose Producers Pull Plug On This Year's Fest

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Las Vegas festival Vegoose will not happen in 2008, according to Jonathan Mayers, president of Superfly Presents, co-producer of Vegoose with A.C. Productions. "We're not going to do Vegoose this year," Mayers tells Billboard.biz. M ...

  27. Tunstall, The Charlatans For Hard Rock Calling Warm-Up

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT KT Tunstall and U.K. indie-rock acts the Charlatans and Starsailor are to play Hard Rock Cafes in the U.K. as a warm-up for the Hard Rock Calling festival in London's Hyde Park June 28 and 29. The Charlatans will play the first show of the Ro ...

  28. Bonnaroo Fest Wraps With Widespread Panic

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Widespread Panic has been named as the closing main stage act of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set for June 12-15 in Manchester, Tenn. The lineup was shuffled in the wake of a cancellation by the Allman Brothers Band due to health issues w ...

  29. Feeder Offers Support Slot Prizes

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Feeder has teamed up with download retailer 7digital to find artists who will support the band on tour next month. The 7digital indiestore service , which allows unsigned and independent artists to sell MP3s direct to fans, has launc ...

  30. Sponsorships Top $1 Billion In '07

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT North American-based companies will spend an estimated $1.04 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals, tours and concerts this year, a four percent increase from $1 billion in '07, according to research by Chicago-based IEG Sponsorship Repo ...

  31. Fatboy's Southern Fried Gets New Oz Deal

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. DJ and producer Norman Cook's label Southern Fried Records has found a new home Down Under. Liberator Music will distribute the label in Australia and New Zealand after striking a deal with Cook -- who records under various guises, the b ...

  32. Shoe Company Crocs Lines Up Music Festival Deals

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shoe company Crocs Inc. will have a presence at a number of U.S. music festivals and amphitheater concerts this summer. Crocs Inc. has signed or is finalizing contracts with approximately 30 non-sports properties, according to a recently published ...

  33. Stott Joins Manchester Chamber Concerts Society

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT World-renowned concert pianist Kathryn Stott has been appointed artistic director of the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society (MCCS). Lancashire-born Stott is a soloist with associations with the U.K.'s major orchestras. She has ongoing musica ...

  34. Pearl Jam Recharges For Summer Tour

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After playing just two shows in 2007, Pearl Jam will return to the road this summer for an 10-date tour beginning June 11 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The dates come in conjunction with the group's previously announced co-headlining appearance at ...

  35. Billboard Q&A: Reverb's Adam Gardner

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Adam Gardner has come a long way since nicknaming his band's tour bus "the Earth Eater." Last October, the Guster guitarist/vocalist, who also co-founded environmental nonprofit Reverb, traveled from his home in Portland, Maine, to ...

  36. Van Halen Reschedules Tour Dates

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Van Halen has rescheduled tour dates postponed earlier this month when guitarist Eddie Van Halen was undergoing tests for an unspecified medical condition. The band will proceed on April 19 in Las Vegas and play 20 shows in all, with the last date ...

  37. Leonard Cohen Set For First Tour In 15 Years

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Leonard Cohen is embarking on his first tour in 15 years this summer, beginning with a June 6-7 stand in Toronto. The 73-year-old artist, who was inducted last night (March 10) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be backed on th ...

  38. Xfm Brings Back DJs

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. radio network Xfm is bringing back DJs to its daytime schedule after experimenting with a policy that allowed daytime listeners to choose the music it broadcast between 10am and 4pm daily. The taste-making modern rock station, which is based ...

  39. Metallica, Pearl Jam, Kanye Lead Bonnaroo Line-Up

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The seventh annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival rolls out its most diverse lineup yet, with Metallica, Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and My Morning Jacket among the acts on the bill for the June 12-15 event in Manchester ...

  40. Starr Hill In Deal With Anheuser-Busch

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Charlottesville, Va.-based Starr Hill Brewery, whose primary owner is Red Light Management and MusicToday founder Coran Capshaw, has entered into a deal with Anheuser-Busch to become the master distributor of the beer. Under the new agreement, Sta ...

  41. Report: Led Zep, Metallica For Bonnaroo

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin will play its first U.S. show since July 24, 1977, this June at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., according to an email published in industry commentator Bob Lefsetz's newsletter. The report also says Metallica will hea ...

  42. Kylie Adds U.K. Dates

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue's U.K. tour has stretched by another seven shows after the Australian pop star's eight British arena dates sold out in less than two hours of going on sale, organizers say. More than 120,000 tickets sold this morning, trigg ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 'Viva La Diva' Dates Scale Up For Arenas

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST An upcoming 17-date U.K. touring production featuring opera star Katherine Jenkins and ballet great Darcey Bussell has sold out, and will be extended to visit a string of U.K. arena dates in the new year. The "Viva La Diva" show is the b ...

  45. Marr Signs To Chrysalis Music

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST British independent firm Chrysalis Music has signed Johnny Marr to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement, unveiled today, covers all future works and a wealth of earlier material, including efforts with Crowded House and Modest Mouse, his col ...

  46. Police, Timberlake Among Billboard Touring Award Finalists

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Police, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, and Genesis are among the finalists for the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards. The Awards, which will be presented on Nov. 15, honor the industry's top artists, venues and professi ...

  47. In The City 2007 Attendance Buoyant

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s largest music convention, In The City, drew to a close Monday evening with a final series of band showcases and unofficial fringe events taking place throughout the city of Manchester, in north England. According to the organizer&# ...

  48. U.K.'s ITC Conference Kicks Off

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yvette Livesey, co-founder and director of In The City, used her opening address on day one of Britain's largest music convention to herald the "beginning of a new era." Opening the Oct. 20-22 Manchester event with a moving speech, ...

  49. Joy Division Honored At Diesel Awards

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Joy Division and its sleeve designer Peter Saville were among the winners at the Diesel:U:Music Awards in London. On the eve of the national U.K. release of "Control," the biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, the Manchester post-pun ...

  50. Fopp Flag Flies Again In London

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Market-leading U.K. retailer HMV is to re-open the Covent Garden branch of shuttered record store Fopp in London on Saturday (Oct. 6), after persuading the landlord to reverse its decision over the lease. The 4,000 sq.ft. store will recommence tra ...

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