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  1. The Wanted: Is Another British Pop Invasion On The Way?

    January 13, 2012 3:08 PM EST Could the Wanted usher in a new wave of British pop to American shores? The five-piece male U.K. vocal group -- which has notched five top five singles on the Official U.K. Singles chart and a pair of top five albums -- is taking a serious stab at ...

  2. Universal Republic Appoints Jim Roppo as EVP of Marketing

    January 09, 2012 12:24 PM EST Universal Republic Records announced today that the label has appointed industry veteran Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President of Marketing. Roppo will report to Universal president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, both of whom ...

  3. Exclusive: Bear in Heaven Cosigns to Dead Oceans, Hometapes

    December 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST Experimental indie trio Bear in Heaven have cosigned to Dead Oceans and their native label Hometapes, Billboard.biz has learned. The band will release their upcoming third LP ("I Love You, It's Cool," out April 3) through both impri ...

  4. How Adele's 'Someone' Helped KTCZ's Charity Sampler Score a Top 15 Debut, Raise $800K

    November 28, 2011 1:26 PM EST Time was running out. Executives at adult alternative Minneapolis radio station KTCZ (Cities 97) were waiting on a phone call from Adele's management and it was down to the wire. KTCZ was hoping to secure permission to release one of her in-s ...

  5. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to Reunite for 'Brothers of the Sun' Stadium Tour

    November 14, 2011 9:54 AM EST Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to Reunite for 'Real Special' Stadium Tour By Ray Waddell Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who famously toured together in the early 2000s, will reunite for the 19-date Brothers of the Sun stadium tour, beginning J ...

  6. GWAR's Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, Found Dead on Tour Bus

    November 04, 2011 7:57 AM EDT MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The lead guitarist for the costumed heavy metal band GWAR has been found dead on their tour bus. Manager Jack Flanagan and record label Metal Blade say Cory Smoot was found early Thursday before crossing into Canada following a ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Guns N' Roses Announce First U.S. Tour in Five Years

    September 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Veteran rockers Guns N' Roses are heading back on the road for their first major U.S. tour in 5 years, the band announced on Wednesday. The Axl Rose-fronted group will play more than 30 concerts, starting Oct. 28 at Orlando's Amway Cente ...

  9. Black Eyed Peas' Minot Benefit Concert Raises Over $1 Million

    September 07, 2011 12:00 PM EDT MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Preliminary figures show a concert featuring The Black Eyed Peas as the headliner raised at least $1.3 million to help with flood recovery efforts in the North Dakota town of Minot. Minot Area Community Foundation president Ken ...

  10. Road Work: Schedule Of Tours

    September 01, 2011 11:41 AM EDT All acoustic everything: Before starting work on his second album, guitar guy Matt Hires?he of the thick and windswept bangs?is going out on a series with "pianist and beatboxer" Rachel Platten. He starts at Minneapolis' Bunkers ( ...

  11. AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster

    August 22, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, axs Ticketing . On Mon ...

  12. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part II)

    August 15, 2011 12:00 PM EDT This is part II of our 50 Best Indie Labels in America piece. To read part I, click here. Indie-tastic: Billboard Pro breaks down 50 American indie labels. 26. RVNG Intl. Pronounced "revenge," this boutique electronic label drops careful ...

  13. Jay-Z and Kanye West Reschedule 'Throne' Tour (Report)

    August 02, 2011 11:04 AM EDT The Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration 'Watch the Throne' hits iTunes in a week (Aug. 8) and brick-and-mortars a week after that, but fans eager to see them in person will have to wait until late October to take in their live show, according ...

  14. Jay-Z and Kanye West, A.K.A. 'The Throne,' Announce Tour

    July 25, 2011 8:31 AM EDT A week after debuting their new single, "Otis," off "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West are joining forces to form the group 'The Throne' and announce their 'Watch the Throne Tour,' kicking off on Septe ...

  15. The 10 Most Influential Clubs in North America

    June 24, 2011 12:24 PM EDT What makes a great club? Intelligent booking, great production values, the ability to raise an act's profile not only locally but regionally or even nationally-the latter entirely possible in this age of social networking. As Patterson Hood ...

  16. Shaquille O'Neal and AEG Announce First All-Star Comedy Jam Tour

    June 15, 2011 2:33 PM EDT O'Neal and AEG Partner for Comedy Tour In his first venture since retiring from the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, with partner AEG Live , will launch an All-Star Comedy Jam Tour of more than 20 cities, beginning in September. O'Neal is pre ...

  17. Lindsey Buckingham Announces New Self-Released Album, Tour

    June 13, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Lindsey Buckingham will self-release his sixth solo album, "Seeds We Sow," on Sept. 6 and embark on 31-city North American tour in September and October. The album's first single is "In Our Own Time." Buckingham's las ...

  18. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  19. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    May 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance will lead the lineup of the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour, which is scheduled to visit North American amphitheaters this summer/fall. Support acts on the 40-plus-date trek include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and M ...

  20. Marc Anthony Announces Tour Dates

    May 19, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Tickets for Marc Anthony's upcoming U.S. tour go on sale tomorrow (May 20) via Ticketmaster outlets. Anthony will kick off his nine-date U.S. stint Sept. 1 at the State Fair Grounds in Minneapolis and will continue an all-arena trek that ends ...

  21. Three Questions With Mike Martinovich, My Morning Jacket Manager

    May 19, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Mike Martinovich manages My Morning Jacket, known for its epic performances at rock festivals. With their newest studio record, the critically acclaimed "Circuital," coming at the end of this month on ATO Records, MMJ will be hitting the ...

  22. 'American Idol' -- Reteamed With AEG -- Announces Season 10 Tour Dates

    April 28, 2011 9:53 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N. ...

  23. A Tribe Called Quest Documentary by Michael Rapaport to Hit Theaters

    April 27, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Michael Rapaport will be hitting the road this summer with his documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest , "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest." The roll out across the country starts July 8 in New Yo ...

  24. TV On The Radio's Gerard Smith Dies of Lung Cancer

    April 20, 2011 4:33 PM EDT TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith has died of lung cancer, the band announced on its official website Wednesday (Apr. 20). "We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous figh ...

  25. 'Glee' Cast, Matthew Morrison Score First Radio Hits, Thanks To Original Songs

    April 05, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Despite the enormous popularity of the television show and the huge sales of its albums and singles, "Glee" couldn't catch a break at radio - until this week, when, courtesy of original songs, the show's cast and Matthew Morris ...

  26. Foo Fighters To Play Gigs In Eight Fans' Garages

    March 17, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Next month, the Foo Fighters will be playing songs from "Wasting Light," the new album they recorded in Dave Grohl's garage, in the garages of eight lucky fans in eight North American cities as part of a sponsorship with BlackBerry. ...

  27. iPhone Makes Surprisingly Subdued Verizon Debut

    February 10, 2011 5:01 PM EST Apple's iPhone made its debut in Verizon Wireless stores and other retail locations today, officially ending AT&T's exclusive rights to the popular smartphone. But unlike past iPhone unveilings, this didn't spark the kinds of li ...

  28. Ticketmaster Acquires ServiCaixa, Spain's Largest Ticket Retailer

    February 04, 2011 2:41 PM EST Ticketmaster, Live Nation's ticketing division, has entered into an agreement to acquire ServiCaixa, the largest ticket retailer in Spain. If approved by antitrust regulators, ServiCaixa will join Ticketmaster Spain, formerly known as TickTac ...

  29. AEG's Leiweke And Outbox's Rosen Talk to .Biz About Competing With The Ticketmaster Juggernaut

    February 04, 2011 12:13 PM EST The new AEG/Cirque du Soleil/Outbox joint venture is well positioned to make inroads in the volatile ticketing market through its combination of content, venues, credibility and innovative model. But that doesn't mean it will be easy, as Tick ...

  30. Lauryn Hill Announces 'Intimate' Winter Shows

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lauryn Hill will embark on an intimate North American tour, it was announced on Wednesday (Dec. 22). Kicking off at New York City's Highline Ballroom on Dec. 27 -- one of six local shows at multiple venues including legendary jazz club The Bl ...

  31. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Tammy Genovese, Pandora and more

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Much Could Terra Firma Be Awarded In Lawsuit? -- The Wall Street Journal humorously downplays the impact of huge – but reduced – potential damages in Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup. L ...

  32. Glastonbury 2011 Sells Out

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2011 Glastonbury festival has sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. Tickets for next year's U.K. event, due to be held June 22 to 26 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, went on sale 9am BST yesterday morning (Oct. 3) and sold out ...

  33. Thinking Un-Conventionally About Radio

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 35th Conclave Learning Conference took place July 15-17 in Minneapolis. Helmed by executive director Tom Kay, radio's longest-lasting summit affords those who've dedicated their careers to the art of radio the invaluable experience o ...

  34. U2 Tour Dates Rescheduled

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 16 U2 360° tour dates in the U.S. previously postponed due to Bono's back surgery have been rescheduled for Spring/Summer 2011, with all tickets being valid at the rescheduled performances. The 2010 European tour, which was not been affec ...

  35. Lilith Fair, WNBA Team For Summer Promotions

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two brands supporting women’s entertainment will join forces this summer as the 2010 Lilith Fair partners with the WNBA to provide special ticket promotions, appearances, and community activations. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the WNBA,” ...

  36. Tunecore By The Numbers

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore posted some revealing statistics on its blog on Wednesday. -- The top line numbers: In 2009, TuneCore artists grossed over $35 million from 26.2 million track downloads, 1.47 million album downloads and 37.5 million st ...

  37. Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed Set For Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Fest

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival will begin in late summer and feature headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, along with Halestorm and Stone Sour. Set for the Jägermeister second stage are headliners Hellyeah, as well as ...

  38. Country Briefs: EMI, CRB, Mark Chesnutt, Marty Stuart and more

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - EMI Records Nashville added three staffers: Chuck Swaney (director of promotion, mid/southwest), Trudie Daniell (director of promotion, southeast) and Ron Bradley (director of promotion, West Coast). They will report to both senior VP of promoti ...

  39. Prince Looks Like Pauper In Minnesota Tax Records

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Prince looks like a pauper in a list of delinquent taxpayers in Minnesota. Carver County tax records show the musician's PRN Music Corp. owes more than $227,000 for 2009 taxes to the state and other government bodies. The county is southwest ...

  40. Arbitron Reveals Reason for Skarzynski's Exit

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Arbitron introduced William Kerr, the ratings firm's new president and CEO during a noon conference call (Jan. 12), the company came clean on why Michael Skarzynski was forced to exit. News of Skarzynski's resignation for "violat ...

  41. Opinion: The Year of Augmented Reality

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST Just about everybody in the augmented reality (AR) community will agree on one thing: mobile AR will have the greatest impact in the AR field over the next 5-10 years. The focal point and anchor for any advertising and marketing campaign will like ...

  42. Taylor Swift Announces Second Leg Of 'Fearless' Tour

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's Fearless tour -- one of the year's most successful treks and another boost to the teen country star's rising profile -- will be extended through spring 2010, the singer announced today (Oct. 8). The new leg will take ...

  43. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. ...

  44. Jury Awards $675K In Boston Music Downloading Case

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Boston University student has been ordered to pay $675,000 to four record labels for illegally downloading and sharing music. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted he downloaded and distributed 30 songs. The only issue for the jury to de ...

  45. 'Glee' Cast Hits The Road With 'The Gleek Tour'

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This summer eight members of the "Glee" cast will be traveling the country on "The Gleek Tour" to meet fans, sign autographs and give a sneak peek of the new fall comedy on Fox. "Glee" actors Cory Monteith, Lea Michel ...

  46. Briefs: Polyphonic, FlyCast, WMG, Jack White

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Pakman, former CEO/COO of eMusic and now a partner with venture capital fund Venrock, on the Polyphonic article in yesterday's NY Times. After discussing some scenarios for return on investment, which are low by most VC standards, Pa ...

  47. 80s-Themed Fitness Chain Dials Up 867-5309

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For a good time, or at least a good work out, gym rats can now call 867-5309. The rapidly expanding health club chain Retrofitness, has acquired the rights to the phone number made famous by eighties one-hit wonder Tommy Tutone. It also recently i ...

  48. Sunny Day Real Estate Classic Lineup Reunites For Tour

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will return to the road with its four original members this fall and will reissue its first two Sub Pop albums on Sept. 15. These will be the band's first shows of any kind since November 200 ...

  49. Majors Welcome P2P Win, But $1.92M Award Could Make For Bad PR

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry secured a resounding victory when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sha ...

  50. Blink-182 Announces Nearly 50-Date Summer Tour

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT If it hadn't been for drummer Travis Barker's near-fatal airplane crash last year, Blink-182 might not be touring this summer. But after a five-year hiatus, Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge will embark on a ne ...

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