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  1. Live Nation Completes Theatrical Sale

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has sold the remainder of its North American theatrical business to Key Brand Entertainment for a gross sale price of $90.4 million. The divestiture is part of Live Nation's ongoing strategy to focus its core business on music ope ...

  2. Nickelodeon Preps 'The Backyardigans' Release, Tour

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nickelodeon's preschooler favorite, "The Backyardigans," will expand beyond the small screen with a third CD that drops Jan. 22 and a 50-city live theatrical tour starting March 28. On Jan. 14, Nickelodeon will premiere an hour-long ...

  3. Fontana Names Spaulding Exec VP and GM

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fontana Distribution, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group (UMGD), has appointed Ron Spaulding as executive VP and GM. Spaulding will report to Jim Urie, the President of UMGD, and will be based in Los Angeles. Prior to joinin ...

  4. Veteran Music Merchandiser Dosdall Dies

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran music merchandiser Kathy Dosdall passed away in Minneapolis Oct. 20 after a long illness with cancer. She was 56. Dosdall, who worked in the music industry for more than 30 years, was best known for her last job as a buyer for the powerful ...

  5. Garth Brooks Lines Up Kansas City Dates

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks' one scheduled performance Nov. 14 at the new Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., quickly spiraled into nine shows. On Saturday, the artist moved nearly 160,000 tickets in less than two hours via ticket outlets, online and telepho ...

  6. AEG Pacts With Conseco Fieldhouse, E-Center

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Facilities, a division of Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG, has inked venue service agreements with Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse and West Valley City, Utah's E-Center. As part of the deals, AEG Facilities ...

  7. AEG Live Opens Minneapolis Office

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the concert promotion arm of Los Angeles-based AEG, has announced the opening of a new regional office in Minneapolis, to be headed by former OCESA Presents senior talent buyer Brad Saks. He reports directly to Larry Vallon, senior VP of ...

  8. Ozzy, Zombie Ready Fall Tour

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie will join forces for a North American fall tour, beginning Oct. 18 at the Key Arena in Seattle and wrapping Jan. 24, 2008, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 40-date trek finds Osbourne visiting U.S. arenas f ...

  9. 'SNL' Taps Target For Exclusive Release

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first “Saturday Night Live” CD of live performances in nearly 10 years will be sold exclusively at Target retail stores, Billboard.biz has learned. Priced at $13.98, “Live From SNL! Music Performances From Saturday Night Live” will become avai ...

  10. Sugarland To Headline CMT Tour

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rising country duo Sugarland will headline CMT’s sixth annual fall tour, which kicks off Sept. 27 in Charleston, S.C. “CMT On Tour 2007: Sugarland Change for Change” will also feature Little Big Town and Jake Owen. The tour, executive-produced by ...

  11. The Bad-Ass Is Back: Kid Rock

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As "Rock'n'Roll Jesus," the first song—and potential title track—of his new album cranks over the speakers in his suburban Detroit studio, Kid Rock, sporting a plain white T-shirt, jeans, flip-flops and a Miller High Life baseb ...

  12. Van Halen Tour Kicking Off In Late September

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first leg of Van Halen's long-awaited reunion tour with frontman David Lee Roth will kick off Sept. 27 in Charlotte, N.C., and run through Dec. 11 in Calgary, Alberta. Tickets for the trek, announced today at a Los Angeles media gathering ...

  13. 6 Questions: Kork Agency's Christian Bernhardt

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When Christian Bernhardt moved to the United States to finish his law degree, the German-born owner of Emeryville, Calif.-based Kork Agency admits, "I didn't even know what a booking agency was." But with the help of a friend in 199 ...

  14. NARM Coverage: WMG Wins Big At NARM Awards

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, an online merchant won a retailer of the year award, while the Warner Music Group picked up three awards; and Twist & Shout and Electric Fetus kept their streaks alive winning in their categories respectively, for the seven ...

  15. Clear Channel Launches Social Networking Sites

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radio giant Clear Channel is getting into the social networking business. The company's online music and radio division is introducing a dozen station-branded social networks in the coming months. Each social network will function essentially ...

  16. GNR Cancels South Africa Concerts

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South Africa's biggest outdoor rock event of 2007 has been left without a major headlining act after Guns N' Roses pulled out of My Coke Fest. The group's planned appearances in Johannesburg on April 27 and Cape Town on May 1 were b ...

  17. Ticketmaster Files Suit Against StubHub

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster, the world's largest ticketing company, has fired a major shot over the bow against online ticket seller StubHub. Ticketmaster filed a suit yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Stubhub and its parent eBay, citing inten ...

  18. Dinosaur Jr., Rapture Set For Free Yr Radio Tour

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Klaxons, Dinosaur Jr., the Rapture, Long Winters, Tapes 'N Tapes, the Ponys, Rogue Wave and Voxtrot, among others, will perform at various Urban Outfitters locations across the U.S. as part of the Free Yr Radio tour (Billboard.biz, April 10). ...

  19. Sounds Of The Underground Line-Up Revealed

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The third edition of the Sounds of the Underground tour will feature performances by GWAR, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, Necro and Job For A Cowboy, among others. The 25-city North American trek starts July 6 at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas and ...

  20. Klaxons, Rapture Set For Urban Outfitters Shows

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped in the April 7 issue of Billboard, Klaxons and the Rapture are confirmed to participate in the Yaris/Toyota and Urban Outfitters Free YR Radio campaign--specifically its concert series platform. Klaxons kick off the Free YR Radio trek Ap ...

  21. Korn, Evanescence Team For Family Values Tour

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Korn and Evanescence will co-headline this year's Family Values tour, which will visit 31 North American cities starting July 16 in St. Louis. Sharing the main stage on this year's Live Nation-produced festival are Atreyu, Flyleaf, Helly ...

  22. NARM Awards Nominees Revealed

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards, includes 14 first-time selections, according to NARM president Jim Donio. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention ...

  23. Company Man

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If media moguls had to be screened by the judges of Fox's "American Idol," Simon Fuller wouldn't make it past the first stage. "Too dull. He's essentially nothing better than a karaoke performer," Simon Cowell wo ...

  24. B.B. King Blues Fest To Feature Green, James

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 14-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif., Billboard.biz has learned. ...

  25. Rhymesayers Jumps To WMG's ILG

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Minneapolis-based hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment has joined the Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group for North America distribution. The imprint, which has released albums from the likes of Atmosphere and Soul Position, among ...

  26. McKennitt Readies First Tour Since 1998

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Canadian singer/instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt will begin a North American tour April 15 in Toronto, her first since 1998. It follows a previously announced 21-date European tour that begins March 11 in Stuttgart, Germany, and finishes April 6 ...

  27. Hank Williams, Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd To Hit The Road

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hank Williams, Jr., and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd will co-headline the Rowdy Frynds arena tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The initial run of shows includes 20 dates, beginning April 11 at the VBCC Arena in Huntsville, Ala. Other ...

  28. Staind's Lewis Plans Solo Acoustic Tour

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Staind lead vocalist Aaron Lewis will begin a small venue solo acoustic tour on March 1 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Detroit. The first leg of the tour will include close to 30 dates, tentatively wrapping April 6 at the Hampton Beach (N.H.) C ...

  29. From The Magazine: Shop Talk

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Even though sales appear slightly off last year's pace in the first three weeks of the holiday selling season, music merchandisers say it still might outpace 2005. In particular, they cite a favorable calendar-which as H.L. Distributors owner ...

  30. Fall Out Boy Building Buzz With Small Venue Tour

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Two-week jaunt starts Jan. 4. Fall Out Boy will play two week's worth of club shows next month as it builds buzz for its next Fueled by Ramen/Island album, "Infinity on High." The Friends or Enemies trek begins Jan. 4 in San Francis ...

  31. UMGD Promotes Bakula

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Upped to VP of sales analysis. Universal Music Group Distribution has promoted Dave Bakula to VP of sales analysis. Bakula reports to Alan Voss, executive VP of sales and marketing, and is based the company's headquarters in Universal City, C ...

  32. Roppo Upped At Island Def Jam

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promoted to senior VP of sales. Jim Roppo has been promoted to senior VP of sales at Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). He is based in New York and reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records & COO of IDJMG. Most recently Roppo serv ...

  33. Klein Named GM Of Firm's Label

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Radio vet Wendy Ellis to handle promotion. The Firm has appointed Deb Klein GM of its record label Firm Music and has named radio veteran Wendy Ellis to handle radio promotion, marketing and tour marketing for the label and the Firm's client ...

  34. Bentley Is 'Locked & Loaded' For Fall Tour

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trek starts Oct. 4. Country artist Dierks Bentley will kick off his Bud Light-sponsored "Locked & Loaded" headlining tour on Oct. 4 in Auburn, Ala. Miranda Lambert and the Randy Rogers Band will also be on the bill. Tour dates includ ...

  35. Navarre Names Gleicher To VP Role

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Former Smash/Island exec to head DVD acquisition. Navarre Corp. has named Marvin Gleicher its VP of DVD content acquisition, effective immediately. A Navarre spokesperson says this is a newly created position. Gleicher will be responsible for acqu ...

  36. Tower Wins At NARM Amidst Bankruptcy Fears

    August 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suppliers stop shipping to chain. In one of the most ironic moments ever at a National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers annual convention, Tower Records was named the large retailer of the year on the meeting's closing night (Aug. 5), after t ...

  37. Payola Clarified At Conclave Radio Confab

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Minneapolis keynote held July 15. Minneapolis keynote held July 15. News ...

  38. Payola Clarified At Conclave Radio Confab

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT There was no more compelling sign of how times have changed in the radio and record businesses than the moment an attendee of last week's Conclave radio conference addressed one of the chief architect There was no more compelling sign of how ...

  39. UPDATED: Chicks' Ticket Sales Below Expectations

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT At least four shows cancelled. Out-of-the-gate ticket sales for the Dixie Chicks' upcoming Accidents & Accusations tour are far below expectations and several dates will likely be cancelled or postponed. Initial ticket counts for the 20-p ...

  40. NARM Noms Revealed

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Annual convention set for Aug. 2-5. The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has revealed the nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention, Aug. 2-5 in Kissimm ...

  41. Tunstall Teams With Origins

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Records artist KT Tunstall is on a roll. One week after her debut album, "Eye to the Telescope," experienced a 78% increase in sales, with an additional 9% gain this week, Tunstall has partnere Virgin Records artist KT Tunstall is ...

  42. Tunstall Teams With Origins

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Beauty company getting acoustic CD/DVD Virgin Records artist KT Tunstall is on a roll. One week after her debut album, "Eye to the Telescope," experienced a 78% increase in sales, with an additional 9% gain this week, Tunstall has partne ...

  43. Dixie Chicks Tour Dates Revealed

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The North American leg of the Dixie Chicks' Accidents & Accusations tour will begin July 21 in Detroit, and will run through early November. The North American leg of the Dixie Chicks' Accidents & Accusations tour will begin ...

  44. Koch Adds Good Charamel

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Label run by Goo Goo Doll Robby Takac Port Washington, N.Y.-based Koch Entertainment Distribution has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution deal with Good Charamel Records, the label co-owned by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac and Gregg Bell. Go ...

  45. Chilis Unveil North American Tour Plans

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed details for their 2006 North American tour, which will open Aug. 11 in Portland, Ore. As previously reported, the trek in support of the double album "Stadium Arcad Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed detai ...

  46. Day Two: Breaking Age-Old Perceptions

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Panel discussed moving brand forward. Breaking age-old perceptions and moving the brand forward were the goals of “Not Your Father’s Regional Mexican Music,” which opened the second day of the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards. ...

  47. Citadel Acquires ABC Radio

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST New company third largest radio group in U.S. The Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company and Citadel Broadcasting have approved a definitive agreement to combine ABC Radio with Citadel Broadcasting. The widely rumored merger, was finally un ...

  48. Nederlander Names Friedman New CEO

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Former HOB exec takes reins Jan. 19. Former House Of Blues executive VP Adam Friedman has been named CEO of Nederlander Concerts, effective Jan. 19. Friedman will report to James M. Nederlander, chairman of the Nederlander Organization, and will b ...

  49. Former Wiz Exec Joins Best Buy

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tasso Koken joins from Sears, Roebuck & Co. Tasso Koken, who spent many years at the now defunct Wiz chain, has joined Best Buy as senior VP of merchandising. Koken will report to Ron Boire, Best Buy's executive VP and general merchan ...

  50. Clear Channel VP Resigns, Starts New Company

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Frank LoPresti forms Clutch Entertainment Group. Frank LoPresti, former VP of Clear Channel Entertainment-Music Festivals, has resigned from CCE's Indianapolis office, Sunshine Promotions, and formed a new company, Clutch Entertainment Group. ...

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