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  1. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  2. Wardell Quezergue, 'Creole Beethoven' Composer, Arranger Dead at 81

    September 08, 2011 7:45 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Composer, arranger, bandleader, producer and teacher Wardell Quezergue (kuh-ZEHR), who arranged "Chapel of Love" for the Dixie Cups and was dubbed the "Creole Beethoven" by Allen Toussaint, has died. He was 8 ...

  3. How Miranda Lambert's Chart-Topping Pistol Annies Defied Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 8:17 AM EDT Amid significant roster and personnel restructuring at Sony Music Nashville last week, Miranda Lambert has been reassigned from Columbia to RCA, a detail that seems small in light of her historic No. 1 debut on Billboard's Top Country Albums ...

  4. Chris Brown Tour Dates Revealed; T-Pain and Kelly Rowland on the Bill

    August 10, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Chris Brown will kick off his F.A.M.E. tour in Toronto on Sept. 12 and he's taking T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga along for the cross-country ride that will bring the R&B star to his native Virginia, as well as Los Angeles before ending i ...

  5. Ten Lessons From Louie: Advice From Messina Group Founder Louie Messina

    August 10, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Louie Messina, founder of The Messina Group. Photograph by Matt Furman for Billboard. Louis Messina is one of the nation's most successful concert promoters, and his storied career reflects the evolution of the live music industry over four d ...

  6. ESPN Orders High School Makeover Show 'Rise Up' to Series

    July 25, 2011 7:22 PM EDT ESPN has ordered high school makeover show "Rise Up" to series and the network has enlisted country music star Kenny Chesney to write the theme song for the franchise. Hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and DIY televi ...

  7. Rock the Bells Teams With Live Nation for House of Blues Tour

    July 25, 2011 7:15 AM EDT In summer of 2010, concert ticket sales were so sluggish that several big-name acts, such as Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Lilith Fair, and the American Idol Live summer outing, were forced to cancel dates, downsize, or in the most dramatic of exam ...

  8. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182, Staind: Alt-Rock Vets Return To the Charts

    July 22, 2011 2:57 PM EDT Three of the most accomplished bands in the almost 23-year history of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart storm the survey with first singles from long-awaited forthcoming albums. Red Hot Chili Peppers bow at No. 24 with "The Adventures ...

  9. John Turturro Wants To Bring 'Passione' Concert Tour to U.S.

    July 21, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Taking a page out of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" history book, a concert tour featuring acts in John Turturro's film about Neapolitan music begins July 29 in Genoa and Turturro has begun exploring a way to bring the acts to the ...

  10. Essence Music Festival Draws More Than 422,000 Attendees

    July 06, 2011 8:06 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS- More than 422,000 people took part in the 2011 Essence Music Festival held over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans, festival organizers said Tuesday. For three days, thousands gathered for nightly concerts inside the Louisiana ...

  11. Tom Russell: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Tom Russell Partner, Founders Entertainment Tom Russell, 27, started out with New Orleans' Superfly Productions (the company behind Bonnaroo) in 2004 while still working toward his degree in marketing and management at Tulane University. He s ...

  12. Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Drake, Chaka Khan Light Up Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Garth Brooks (left) and Billy Joel teamed up for "Shameless" at the annual Songwriter Hall of Fame ceremony (Photo: Getty) NEW YORK -- The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony always makes for a remarkable evening. It's an unusu ...

  13. Roots Discuss New Album; Hefner Talks Music at Playboy Jazz Fest

    June 13, 2011 5:00 PM EDT "The Roots, the Roots, the Roots are on fire!" That one chant could be heard above the audience roar during the Roots' closing set on the opening night of the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11-12). Making their festival deb ...

  14. Goldenvoice's Paul Tollett Explains Coachella's Expansion to Two Weekends

    June 01, 2011 1:07 PM EDT The Coachella festival's producers shocked the live music business community yesterday when they announced that there will be two festivals next year : on back-to-back weekends, with the same lineup. Festival founder and producer Paul Tollett ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Madonna, Beyonce, Usher, Aretha Among Performers at Oprah's Star-Studded Final Shows

    May 18, 2011 9:32 AM EDT Maria Shriver, Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith among the celebrities who appeared during the four-hour taping Tuesday. More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winf ...

  17. HBO Renews 'Treme' for Third Season

    May 13, 2011 5:15 PM EDT HBO has renewed its New Orleans drama Treme for a third season. The Apr. 24 second season premiere of the David Simonand Eric Overmeyer series chronicling life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - tumbled nearly 50 percent compar ...

  18. Lil Wayne Tapped For MTV 'Unplugged,' Scheduled To Air June 12

    May 12, 2011 12:05 AM EDT Lil Wayne will be the first hip-hop artist to tape an episode of MTV's "Unplugged" in a decade when he takes the stage Thursday (May 12) in Los Angeles. The episode will be aired around the time of his next album release, "Tha ...

  19. Mississippi River Is Rising in Memphis, but Graceland, Music Landmarks Are Dry

    May 09, 2011 3:00 PM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi rose toward the highest level ever in the river city, flooding pockets of low-lying neighborhoods and forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes, though the water was not threatening the music heartland's ...

  20. New Orleans Jazz Fest Thrives Despite Competition

    May 04, 2011 7:36 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A sea of flowered shirts, colorful tank tops and straw hats sways to an infectious beat under a searing blue sky. Artists ranging from Bon Jovi to New Orleans jazz singer John Boutte pump tunes on multiple stages as an exub ...

  21. Chaz Fest Offers Freaky, Funky Alternative to New Orleans Jazz Fest

    May 03, 2011 2:50 PM EDT While hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe flock to the world-renowned 42nd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to catch national acts like Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi and Willie Nelson as well as local legends Allen Toussai ...

  22. Richie Sambora to Leave Bon Jovi Tour for Rehab

    April 29, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Who wants to play guitar in Bon Jovi? The rock band said on Thursday its upcoming tour of North America and Europe would proceed even though guitarist Richie Sambora has entered rehab for a drinking problem. A spokeswoman declined to say who would ...

  23. '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. ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks To Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Nicki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour, as reported in Billboard.biz last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj befo ...

  26. Nick Cannon, CBS Radio Launch Countdown Show

    April 05, 2011 8:25 AM EDT Nick Cannon, currently morning personality at WXRK (92.3 NOW) New York, has added new duties as host of a nationally syndicated weekly countdown show. Premiering the weekend of April 23, "Cannon's Countdown" will be broadcast on CBS ...

  27. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  28. Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow Announce Summer Tour

    March 31, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Kid Rock is taking Sheryl Crow -- his duet partner on the 2002 hit "Picture" and on "Collide," the new single from his 2010 "Born Free" album -- on the road this summer as a special tour guest, with a potential live a ...

  29. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  30. Exclusive: 'A Night in Treme' Tour, Featuring Artists From HBO Show, Launches In June

    March 24, 2011 4:07 PM EDT A tour of New Orleans musicians under the banner of the HBO show "Treme" has been booked for nine dates this summer, and the promoter is looking to extend its routing into the spring of 2012. So far, "A Night in Treme" is booke ...

  31. Rock Hall Inducts Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Others

    March 15, 2011 7:17 AM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony is the only place you'd find Bruce Springsteen as just one member of a 21-piece backup band. The rock hall's latest class brought together Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Wa ...

  32. 1000 No. 1s: Which Record Labels Have Ruled The Billboard Hot 100?

    February 18, 2011 7:30 AM EST A word cloud reflecting the percentage of songs in the Billboard Hot 100's first 1000 No. 1 songs -- click here for a larger version, and head here for a list of all labels with more than four No. 1 songs. This week, Billboard published " ...

  33. Kanye West, Mary J. Blige To Headline Essence Festival

    February 16, 2011 5:29 PM EST Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jill Scott and Kanye West are among the headliners for the 2011 Essence Music Festival. The 17th annual New Orleans festival will celebrate the roots of rhythm and blues. Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communicati ...

  34. Lenny Kravitz to Release 'Black and White' Album On Road Runner/Atlantic

    February 16, 2011 7:00 AM EST "It's my life," Kravitz -- the son of a black actress, Roxie Roker, and a white television producer, Sy Kravitz -- tells Billboard.biz. "I grew up in an environment where I was in between a so-called black and white world. My l ...

  35. Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Esperanza Spalding Were Least Likely Grammy Winners, Based On Chart History

    February 15, 2011 1:43 PM EST There's been a lot of talk about the surprises at Sunday's Grammy Awards , from Lady Gaga's egg-cellent adventure to the big wins for the Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding . While the charts obviously can't have foretold much ...

  36. Lil Wayne Announces 'I Am Music II' Tour Dates

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nearly three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne today (Jan. 24) announced an I Am Music II spring tour, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a h ...

  37. Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Sonny Rollins To Headline New Orleans Jazz Fest

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST The annual New Orleans Jazz & Music Heritage Festival today announced its 2011 line-up with a diverse slate of headliners that includes Arcade Fire, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, the ...

  38. Widespread Panic to Celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2011

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Widespread Panic is planning to keep "a pretty high profile" in 2011, as the Georgia jam band marks its 25th anniversary. "I plan to do a lot of celebrating," Dave Schools -- who will also be releasing an album by his other ban ...

  39. New R.E.M. Album, 'Collapse Into Now,' Out March 8

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. has announced a March 8, 2011 release date for "Collapse Into Now," their 15th studio album and follow-up to 2008's "Accelerate." The 12-track album was produced by Jacknife Lee, who recorded with the band in New Or ...

  40. Manager Johnny Wright Sounds Off On The State Of The Music Industry

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST If the name Johnny Wright has been synonymous with one thing, it's screaming girls. The Orlando-based music manager has played a key role in the careers of Britney Spears, Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake (and previously 'NSync), Backst ...

  41. What Do The Election Results Mean For The Music Biz?

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nov. 2 U.S. election brought Republicans more control in states and districts across the nation, but will the shift in power have an impact on the music industry? Daryl P. Friedman, VP of advocacy and government relations at the Recording Acad ...

  42. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out in New York on Nov. 4. The awards - which honor artists, tours, venues, and li ...

  43. Web Trends: Lady Gaga, Trent Reznor, 'American Idol' and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. 15 Fun & Bizarre Facts About Lady Gaga 2. Trent Reznor to Release Preview for “The Social Network” Soundtrack 3. DJ Pauly D's ...

  44. Web Trends: 'America's Got Talent,' Kanye West, Taylor Swift and more

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 10. Michael Grimm "America's Got Talent" Grimm won "America's Got Talent" last night (Sept. 15) with a performance of Michael Bolton's "When a Man Loves a Woman." 12. Jackie E ...

  45. Spike Lee to Direct John Legend, The Roots Live Webcast

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spike Lee will direct a live webcast of a concert featuring John Legend and the Roots. The concert, to be held in New York on Sept. 23, is the second part of "Unstaged," a live concert series presented by American Express Co. The first w ...

  46. Latin Recording Acadmey To Honor Tenor Placido Domingo

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tenor Placido Domingo will be honored as the 2010 Latin Recording academy Person of the Year at a tribute dinner and concert on Nov. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on the eve of the Latin Grammy Awards. Considered one of the ...

  47. Business Matters: Post-Katrina New Orleans, Cloud Hackers, 9:30 Club and more

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- A summary of New Orleans' music scene five years after Hurricane Katrina: 20% fewer musicians, 50% fewer gigs, 43% lower earnings, and a higher cost of living. The third annual st ...

  48. Faith Hill Plays Free Show For Katrina's Victims

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill says giving back just comes naturally for the Mississippi native, and she has a message for those still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. "We are here for you still and you are not forgotten," Hill said before headlining a fr ...

  49. Web Trends: Ceelo, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and more

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4PM) There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music Video 24 Hours There aren't any stories in this topic right now. Digg Music Video 7 Days 1. Ceelo Green's New Song is Incredible (Music Video) 2. " ...

  50. Elvis Week Hits Stride As Buyout Talks Heat Up

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the an ...

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