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  1. Avant Returns With New Label, Album

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Having recently wrapped a performance tour for U.S. troops in Iraq, Avant is busy promoting his self-titled first album for Capitol Records. The album's lead single, "When It Hurts," moves 66-52 this week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop ...

  2. Scalping The Scalpers

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paperless ticketing is emerging as a potential weapon in the efforts of some touring acts to eliminate resellers from the ticket-buying equation. Tom Waits recently became the first recording artist to use Ticketmaster's paperless ticketing t ...

  3. Master P Takes On BET With New Cable Network

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, is launching a family- friendly cable network, Better Black Television. The network will provide "positive content for a black and brown culture," according to a company statement. BBTV ...

  4. Live Nation's Perez Bounces Into NBA Digital Role

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bryan Perez, former CEO of Live Global Digital at Live Nation, has left that post to head up NBA Digital for the National Basketball Assn. Perez will be reporting to David Levy, president of Turner Sports, and Adam Silver, Deputy Commissioner and ...

  5. Rich Soil Entertainment Readies Debut Album Release

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the midst of NBA championship fever, Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom is also gearing up for the first release on his indie label, Rich Soil Entertainment. Arriving this August is rapper Ali Vegas’ debut album, ”Generation Gap 2: The Prequ ...

  6. NBA Kicks Off Playoffs With Dayton, Faris Spots

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The National Basketball Association (NBA) is ramping up its playoff season marketing efforts with a new television ad campaign, "There Can Only Be One," directed by acclaimed music video directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The c ...

  7. Underwood Teams With VitaminWater

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood has signed an endorsement deal with Glaceau's VitaminWater, joining 50 Cent, NBA star LeBron James and Kelly Clarkson, among others, as an official partner of the brand. Underwood is co-creating a limited-edition label for Vi ...

  8. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: DMX, T.I., Wayman Tisdale

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Rapper DMX joined the cast of the upcoming horror film, "The Bleeding." The movie is produced by Michael Tadross Jr., executive producer Frank Capra III and co-producer Charbel Youssef. "The Bleeding" will begin shooting in No ...

  9. Ross Lines Up New Film, Converse Commercial

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross has new film and Converse partnership on the way this year. The MC composed the music for NBA player Dwayne Wade's last series of Converse commercials and now the pair is planning another collaboration. "We had the conve ...

  10. Satellite Radio In Limbo

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mel Karmazin, the charismatic CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, has more than just a stalled merger on his mind. He's also wondering what it's going to cost to keep his star talker, Howard Stern, on board. "Great content costs money,&q ...

  11. NBA Drafts Connick Jr., Marsalis For All-Star Game

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr. and classical saxophonist Branford Marsalis have been tapped to perform during the 57th NBA All-Star Game at the New Orleans Arena on Feb. 17. Marsalis will perform big band melodies with the Rebirth Brass Band dur ...

  12. Ferrell's 'Sexy' Hits The Web

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST New Line Cinema has put "Love Me Sexy," a single from Will Ferrell's upcoming movie "Semi-Pro," for sale online a month before the movie premieres and the soundtrack drops. Available on iTunes, "Love Me Sexy" fea ...

  13. Aussie Venue Operator To Manage Beijing Arena

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian venue operator AEG Ogden has reached an agreement to manage the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (BOBA) - the first NBA-style venue of its type in Asia. AEG Ogden has formed a strategic partnership with the Beijing Wukesong Culture & ...

  14. Publishing Vet Howard Launches New Firm

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Zomba Music Publishing U.K. managing director Steven Howard is returning to the sector with a new company, TCB Music Publishing. The publishing business, part of the TCB Group, has a global administration pact with Kobalt Music Publishing a ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Hip-Hop Hits Capitol Hill

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The banter between hip-hop artist David Banner and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., heated up this afternoon during a hearing on Capitol Hill about hip-hop and rap lyrics. Markey kept trying to get a commitment from Banner to start conveying a "s ...

  17. Q-Tip Joins Common For 2K Sports Tour

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip will hit the road this fall alongside Chicago rapper Common for the 2K Sports Bounce Tour. The trek, in support of the video game series, commences in Milwaukee, WI on Sept. 22 and wraps up on Oct. 14 in Los Angeles. Q-Tip, who is featured a ...

  18. AEG, Harrah's Partner For Las Vegas Arena

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based AEG and Harrah's Entertainment have entered into a partnership to develop an approximately 20,000-seat arena that will sit one block east of the Las Vegas Strip. Scheduled for a 2010 completion date, the privately financed a ...

  19. AEG Names Messick Exec VP

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG has named Andrew Messick executive VP of marketing and international. He will be based in the company's Los Angeles headquarters and report to AEG president/CEO Tim Leiweke. In his new role, Messick will manage a number of specific busine ...

  20. Ozzy, Timbaland, Daddy Yankee Power Madden 2008

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The increasingly important role music plays in videogames was evident as at last night’s Los Angeles premiere of Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 2008, one of this year’s most anticipated videogame releases. The Microsoft co-hosted event at L.A.’s ...

  21. Rick Ross Boosts Wade 2.0 Campaign

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Converse continues the product launch of NBA star Dwyane Wade's newest signature shoe, Wade 2.0, and apparel line with the debut of Converse's fully integrated All In ad campaign. The campaign kicks off March 3 and encompasses print, TV ...

  22. Sirius, XM Agree To Merger

    February 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST More than two years of merger rumors came to fruition Monday (Feb. 19) as Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced that the two FCC-licensed companies have entered into a definitive agreement, under which the companies will be combi ...

  23. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, dubbed "The Truth About Stardom," begin ...

  24. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will star in a series of eight 30-second spots. Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, d ...

  25. Famous Signs Powter To Admin Deal

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Named Best New Artist at 2006 Juno Awards. Famous Music has sealed a publishing administration deal with Daniel Powter, whose "Bad Day" has stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 15 weeks. The deal, which covers th ...

  26. Jay-Z Signs On With HP Campaign

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT -second spot debuting during NBA Finals. Shawn Carter, aka rapper Jay-Z and Def Jam Recordings president/CEO, has partnered with HP for its The Computer Is Personal Again ad campaign. Carter appears in a 60-second spot that debuts tonight (June ...

  27. Download Giant Arrives In China

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based digital entertainment network services company Orca Digital launched on Wednesday (Feb. 15) what it claims to be mainland China's biggest legitimate digital music store. Orca Digital is Beijing-based digital entertainment networ ...

  28. Download Giant Arrives In China

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based digital entertainment network services company Orca Digital launched on Wednesday (Feb. 15) what it claims to be mainland China's biggest legitimate digital music store. Orca Digital is Beijing-based digital entertainment networ ...

  29. VH1 Promotes Ficarra To Integrated Mktg VP

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST To oversee sponsor integration strategies. Chris Ficarra has been promoted to VP of integrated marketing for VH1, VH1.com, and VH1 Classic. Ficarra reports to Mark McIntire, senior VP of sponsorship development and integrated marketing at VH1. In ...

  30. Next Big Idea-west Set For Jan. 17

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Gene Simmons among special guests. The Next Big Idea-west Conference is to for Jan. 17 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles and will feature special guests including Gene Simmons of Simmons/Abramson Marketing and co-founding member of ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Pharrell, TNT Partner For NBA Promo

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grammy winner to appear in TV spots. Two-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams has partnered with TNT for a special 2006 NBA All-Star Game promotion. Williams appears in promo spots for the game, which airs on the network in February. The 2:45 spot ...

  33. Infinity Rebrands As CBS Radio

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST In anticipation of parent Viacom's split into two separate companies, CBS Corp. has unveiled plans to rebrand its radio division as CBS Radio. Included are the company's 179 radio stations. CBS Radio In anticipation of parent Viacom’s sp ...

  34. Nathan Moved Up At Universal Motown

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Promoted to senior VP role. David Nathan has been promoted to senior VP of video promotion for the Universal Motown Records Group. He will be based in New York City and reports jointly to Monte Lipman, president of Universal Records and Sylvia Rho ...

  35. BBC Radio 1 Joins Sirius Line-Up

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Continuing its aggressive licensing of media brand names, Sirius Satellite Radio has inked an agreement with BBC Radio International to broadcast the British network's modern music Radio 1 station. Continuing its aggressive licensing of media ...

  36. Deal Gives New Life To London's Millennium Dome

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The troubled Millennium Dome is to be resurrected with a new name and re-positioned as London's biggest indoor live-music destination. Following a deal unveiled today (May 25) between U.S.-based Ansch The troubled Millennium Dome is to be res ...

  37. Clear Channel Names Sales VPs

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Foy, McDonald, Peikon brought on board. Clear Channel Entertainment Properties has named three sales VPs as the market for branded live entertainment expands. Chris Foy, Jim McDonald and Andy Peikon have joined the division, and report to CCEP pre ...

  38. NBA Recruits Rob Thomas

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Playoff telecasts will feature 'Heart Breaks.' Beginning May 14, "This Is How a Heart Breaks," by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas, will be the anthem for ABC television network's coverage of the National Basket ...

  39. With New Crop Of Hot Acts, Country Is Cool Again

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While no one was looking, country music snuck up and caught us by surprise. Sure, we all noticed the ratings and attention that CMT was receiving, and every once in a while we'd see that a country alb Jeff Pollack is chairman/CEO of Pollack M ...

  40. KMZ Rosenman Adds Ent. Partner

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Hobel has joined Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman as a capital partner of the firm's entertainment and media practice in the Los Angeles office located in Century City. He joins KMZ Rosenman partn Michael Hobel has joined Katten Muchin Za ...

  41. ESPN, Electronic Arts Sign 15-year Game Deal

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Electronic Arts and ESPN have sealed a 15-year agreement for the development and integrated marketing of EA Sports games featuring ESPN content beginning in 2006. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Electronic Arts and ESPN have sealed a 15-year agreement ...

  42. Studios Planning Mini-DVD Releases

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Five more home-video companies are getting on board with Mini-DVD. HBO Video, New Line Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Five more home-video companies are getting on ...

  43. Cheaper Tickets, New Talent Needed To Boost Tour Biz

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Everybody talks about the high price of concert tickets, but nobody does anything about it. Not until the summer of 2004, anyway, when fans stayed away in droves. If the fans did not teach the concert Ray Waddell is senior writer/touring for Billb ...

  44. Cuban To Keynote At DECA Confab

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mark Cuban, the maverick entrepreneur who, appropriately enough, owns basketball's Dallas Mavericks, has joined the lineup of speakers at Billboard's inaugural Digital Entertainment Conference & A Mark Cuban, the maverick entrepr ...

  45. Atari, Epic Team For "DRIV3R" Soundtrack

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Iggy Pop, Phantom Planet, more on June 21 release. Santa Monica, Calif.-based Atari has teamed with Epic Records to create the soundtrack for "DRIV3R," the third installment in the "Driver" videogame franchise. The stand-alone ...

  46. Rhino Powers Its Way Into Games Market

    June 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rhino Records and Electronic Arts have entered into a partnership that will bring the leading catalog-music label together with the world's No. 1 interactive software company on an initiative called E Rhino Records and Electronic Arts have en ...

  47. OutKast Star To Key Element Music Drama

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT OutKast's Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000, has pacted with Element Films to topline an untitled feature for the company, with Emmy-winning TV helmer Paris Barclay in talks to direct, Element said yeste OutKast's Andre Benjamin, aka Andre ...

  48. Microsoft Showcases Ambitious Xbox Plans

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Four years ago, Microsoft merely wanted to be a player in the gaming industry. Today, it wants to be the leader. The company unveiled an agreement with Electronic Arts for online interactive games las Four years ago, Microsoft merely wanted to be ...

  49. Microsoft Showcases Ambitious Xbox Plans

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Four years ago, Microsoft merely wanted to be a player in the gaming industry. Today, it wants to be the leader. The company unveiled an agreement with Electronic Arts for online interactive games las Four years ago, Microsoft merely wanted to be ...

  50. On The Road

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the Nederlander Organization forms Midwest Entertainment to jointly manage, operate and book the city's Target Center. Read Ray Waddell's column. NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the Nederlander ...

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