MusiCares Person of the Year

  1. Neil Diamond Feted As MusiCares Person Of The Year

    February 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Good times never seemed so good for Neil Diamond as they did on Friday night, when the pop icon was named MusiCares Person of the Year at the annual fundraiser for the charity that helps musicians who have fallen on hard times. "This is a gre ...

  2. McCartney To Open New Joint In Las Vegas

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney has been tapped to open the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's new Joint in Las Vegas on April 19. Motley Crue will close the old Joint with back-to-back shows tonight and tomorrow night (Feb. 7). Tickets for McCartney's conce ...

  3. Paul Simon To Reopen NYC's Beacon Theatre

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul Simon will reopen Manhattan's historic Beacon Theatre with two concerts next month. The Feb. 13-14 concerts follow a seven-month, $15 million restoration. The 2,800-seat, landmark theater was built in 1928 in the art deco style. Then War ...

  4. Spirit Acquires 'Fats' Catalog

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spirit Music Group (Spirit) has acquired the complete publishing catalog of Ferdinand "Fats" Washington, a blues and R&B songwriter best known for his collaborations with B. B. King and Lowell Fulson. Acquisition price was not disclo ...

  5. Bono To Write Op-Ed Column For New York Times

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Can he type with those shades on? Bono will write an Op-Ed column for The New York Times. The paper announced that his first column will appear Sunday, for which he will also do a podcast. His column will appear occasionally. Bono called the gig & ...

  6. Elton John, Billy Joel Joint Tour A 'Smash'

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a positive sign for the 2009 touring season, sales for the upcoming Billy Joel/Elton John co-headlining tour are "through the roof," according to Wilson Howard, president, Live Nation Music Southeast, who calls the tour "a smash. ...

  7. No-Show Queen Of Soul Pipes Up At Benefit Concert

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Organizers of a military benefit concert in New York say Aretha Franklin missed an award presentation but showed up for the main event hours later. The Queen of Soul was a no-show when she was to receive the Torch of Freedom Award on Sunday in Tim ...

  8. Kennedy Center Honors Streisand, The Who

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back. Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, was a guest Sunday at the White House just before one of Washington's few A-list ...

  9. Pavarotti Tribute Heads To Cinema Screens

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Luciano Pavarotti tribute concert staged in the world heritage site of Petra in Jordan, in front of just 500 people, will now be available to a much wider audience. A 90-minute filmed version of the Oct. 12 2008 show is being screened in 24 U. ...

  10. McCartney: Beatles iTunes Negotiations 'Stalled'

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' back catalog won't be appearing on iTunes any time soon, according to Sir Paul McCartney. Speaking at a media launch in London for the new album by his alias the Fireman, "Electric Arguments," McCartney said Apple ...

  11. Latin Recording Academy Honors Estefan

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Superstar Gloria Estefan was honored as the Latin Recording Academy's Person of The Year at a star-studded gala dinner in Houston's Convention Center. Estefan, the first woman to receive the honor, spoke at the Nov. 12 event about music& ...

  12. Billy Joel, Elton John Make Touring Team

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billy Joel and Elton John will reprise their wildly successful co-headlining concerts beginning in March of next year. John confirmed the duo would work again together yesterday (Nov. 11) on "The View," adding that they could be on the r ...

  13. Young Pulls Show In Support Of Strikers

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Young's concert in Los Angeles at The Forum scheduled for tonight (Oct. 30) has been cancelled at the request of the artist. After the Bridge School Benefit Concert this past Sunday, Young was advised that the International Alliance of T ...

  14. Retailers Line Up Q4 Exclusives

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the fourth quarter holiday shopping season looming on the horizon retailers have been busy lining up exclusives. Borders will have an 11-track, holiday music album from Aretha Franklin, while Wal-Mart will have the exclusive on the "Hell ...

  15. Natalie Cole Hospitalized Due To Hepatitis C

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Natalie Cole, who recently revealed she had hepatitis C, has been hospitalized as a result of side effects from her medication and a heavy promotional schedule, her representative said Friday. The Grammy-winning singer has been in a New York City ...

  16. Hot 100 Online Exclusive: Hitmakers On The Road

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A look at the Hot 100 since the 1950s shows a link between chart performance and touring muscle, although hits have been no guarantee of touring success. The artists with the most overall Hot 100 Number One hits are only infrequently among the wor ...

  17. Pavarotti To Be Remembered Around The World

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The world will mark the first anniversary of the death of Luciano Pavarotti with a series of concerts, an exhibit and other events, organizers and his family announced Friday. Among the tributes planned for the celebrated tenor, who died Sept. 6, ...

  18. Stevie Wonder To Receive Gershwin Prize

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder has been chosen as the second recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award presentation will take place in the Library's Great Hall on Feb. 23, 2009. A concert celeb ...

  19. Raspy Neil Diamond Disappoints Ohio Fans

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Disappointed Neil Diamond fans will get a refund after attending a concert at Ohio State University in which the 67-year-old singer's voice sounded raspy. Some fans left the Monday concert early and others said Diamond completed the concert w ...

  20. R&B Briefs: Will Downing, Pioneer Awards, Aretha Franklin

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Singer/songwriter Will Downing will perform on the national broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. He will appear live via remote from New York. The performance marks a milestone for Downing. Bedridden for almost a year with the d ...

  21. Latin Recording Academy To Honor Estefan

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin pop superstar Gloria Estefan will be recognized as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, Billboard has learned. Estefan will be honored during a tribute dinner on Nov. 12 in Houston, one night before the Latin Grammy Awards. A ...

  22. Reprise Preps 'CSNY: Deja Vu'

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reprise Records will release CSNY: Déjà Vu Live on July 22; the release is the soundtrack to the new documentary film "CSNY: Déjà Vu" about Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 2006 North of America Freedom of Speech Tour. The album fea ...

  23. Wonder Reveals European Tour

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder is hitting the road late this summer for a rare European trek. The legendary artist today confirmed plans to play 12 dates, beginning Sept. 8 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. He will perform a handful of concerts ...

  24. Bono Earns Honorary Doctorate

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 vocalist Bono has received an honorary doctorate from Tokyo's prestigious Keio University in recognition of his anti-poverty campaigning efforts. "We believe in taking people out of extreme poverty, and Japan is more successful (in th ...

  25. Diamond Set For North American Summer Tour

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond will begin a 37-city North American tour, promoted nationally by AEG Live, on July 19 in St. Paul, Minn. Tickets go on sale in some markets beginning April 28, preceded by an American Express presale. Last Tuesday, Diamond announced h ...

  26. Lieberberg Wins Big At Germany's LEA Event

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Marek Lieberberg has been awarded tour promoter of the year 2007 at the third annual Live Entertainment Awards (LEA), which took place Tuesday in Hamburg's Color Line Arena. Frankfurt-based Lieberberg, who promoted concerts during the year by ...

  27. Beach Boy Wilson Lines Up U.K. Dates

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson has unveiled three "Greatest Hits" concerts for the United Kingdom this summer. Wilson, who premiered his highly acclaimed new work "That Lucky Old Sun (A Narrative)" last September at London' ...

  28. MusiCares Names Aretha 'Person Of The Year'

    February 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to her as Re Re or Sister Re. Everyone calls her Aretha. And on Friday night, Aretha Franklin was known as the MusiCares Person of the Year in a benefit that raised a record $4.5 million for the musici ...

  29. McCartney Backs Indie Retail Event

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney announced his support for Record Store Day, a nationwide effort by the The Alliance of Independent Media Stores to celebrate record shops on April 19 . "There's nothing as glamorous to me as a record store," said ...

  30. Four Warhorses On Living With War

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Death threats, loud catcalls and walkouts didn't stop rock legends Crosby Stills Nash & Young from completing their fiercely anti-Bush reunion tour in 2006. Two years later, the band has reunited again to unveil its Sundance Film Festival ...

  31. Stills Recovering From Cancer Surgery

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Stephen Stills had successful surgery yesterday (Jan. 3) in Los Angeles for prostate cancer. "Stephen's procedure went remarkably well and he couldn't be better," his wife Kristen said in a statement. Stills is scheduled to att ...

  32. ICM Signs Aretha Franklin

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST After more than 30 years with the William Morris Agency, Aretha Franklin has signed with International Creative Management (ICM). Franklin's latest Arista release is "Jewel's in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen." In add ...

  33. Simon Re-Ups With Universal Publishing

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary songwriter Paul Simon has renewed his worldwide publishing administration deal outside North America with Universal Music Publishing Group. Universal will be administering the catalog as well as future works of the 14-time Grammy Award w ...

  34. UMPG Renews Deal With Gloria Estefan

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its exclusive administration agreement for the music catalogs belonging to superstar Gloria Estefan and husband/producer Emilio Estefan. The Estefan catalogs are considered some of the most valuable Lat ...

  35. Italian Tributes Flow For Pavarotti

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leaders of Italian government, business and the arts continued to pay homage today for opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, who passed away yesterday morning. Italy's head of state, President Giorgio Napolitano, said that Pavarotti "managed t ...

  36. Italian Biz Pays Tribute To Pavarotti

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Italian music industry has paid tribute to opera great Luciano Pavarotti, who died early Thursday morning at the age of 71. Enzo Mazza, president of labels body FIMI, commented, "Luciano Pavarotti wasn't only an extraordinary artist ...

  37. Opera Legend Luciano Pavarotti Dies At 71

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, beloved by millions of fans who heard him in venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to Dodger Stadium, died in the early hours of this morning (Sept. 6) at his home in Modena, Italy, after a year-plus battle ...

  38. Report: Pavarotti's Condition Worsens

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Luciano Pavarotti's health has deteriorated and and he's in serious condition, the Italian news agencies ANSA and AGI reported Wednesday. Citing medical sources, ANSA said the 71-year-old tenor, who has pancreatic cancer, was believed to ...

  39. Estefan Runs With Madrid Bullring Promo Concert

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gloria Estefan will break new ground in Spain on Sept. 15 when she gives a free concert in Madrid's 15,000 capacity open-air Las Ventas bullring, the world's biggest such venue. Entry will be available only to customers of the Vodafone m ...

  40. Jones Debuts Video Podcast Series

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Quincy Jones says the one thing he never wants to do is grow up. The legendary music man keeps himself young by embracing today's culture. This week, he debuted his new video podcast series, the first installment aptly called 'Episode 1. ...

  41. Quincy Jones Hits Branding High Note

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Quincy Jones is looking to leverage his status as a perennial icon of musical cool with his own lifestyle products and digital media. In a major branding initiative kicking off at this week’s Licensing International trade show in New York, the 27- ...

  42. Estefan Appointed To Univision Board

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Singer Gloria Estefan has been appointed to Univision Communications' board of directors, the company confirmed. The board was re-formed under the Spanish-language media giant's new ownership, led by a group of private investors. Former ...

  43. Bono Lobbies Nations For Aid

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock icon Bono Tuesday urged rich nations to take the "smart and strategic" choice of fulfilling their aid promises and debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with European Commi ...

  44. McCartney Solo Career To Appear Online Through EMI Deal

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney's entire solo catalog will appear online for the first time as part of a "comprehensive re-launch" of the Beatles legend's repertoire, his record company EMI Music said today. EMI Music also confirmed its Parloph ...

  45. Streisand's U.K. Shows Sell Out In Minutes

    May 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tickets for Barbra Streisand's first British shows in 13 years have sold out in minutes, despite the best seats costing £600 ($1,200), the star's representative said on Saturday. Streisand is playing London's O2 Arena, formerly know ...

  46. Streisand Strides Out To Europe

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand is to embark on her first-ever tour of Continental Europe this summer, and take in her first U.K. dates since 1994. The European tour, which will feature a 58-piece orchestra, begins June 21 at Vienna's Schloss Schonbrun, bef ...

  47. U2's Bono Awarded British Knighthood

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Irish rock star and global humanitarian Bono became a knight of the British empire Thursday (March 29) — and joked that his youngest son thought he was about to become a Jedi instead. Bono, 46, was named a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Or ...

  48. Exclusive: Quincy Jones Q&A

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Producing music for a production music library seems like an unusual gig for someone like Quincy Jones. After all, most composers and producers for this type of music are relatively unknown. But Jones inked a deal to produce a nine-CD series for F ...

  49. Streisand Live Album Chronicles Hit Tour

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's hit fall tour will be chronicled on the appropriately named album "Live in Concert 2006," due May 8 via Columbia. The double-disc, 23-track collection was recorded on the tour's Oct. 4 opening night at Philad ...

  50. Veteran Tour Producer Bonafede Dies

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music industry veteran Sal Bonafede passed away late Wednesday (Feb. 14) night at his home in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, sons Jeff and Chris, and his four grandchildren. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Bonafede wo ...

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