Nirvana

  1. Olympia's Music Scene Worth $88.3 Million a Year (Report)

    June 09, 2014 1:36 PM EDT Olympia, the capital city of Washington, the birthplace of riot grrl, K Records and a pit stop for Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, generates a pretty staggering amount of money via its historic and historically avant-garde music scene, according to a new ...

  2. Soundgarden's 20th Anniversary 'Superunknown' Concert to be Broadcast on Howard Stern

    June 02, 2014 9:01 AM EDT For the first time ever, Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel Howard 101 will exclusively broadcast a concert, and it's a big one: Soundgarden's June 2 Superunknown show presented by Citi at New York's Webster Hall, slated to air Ju ...

  3. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments (Plus Two)

    April 10, 2014 11:44 AM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, wit ...

  4. Morning Fix: U.S. Q1 Sees Sales Fall, Streams Rise; Inside Jann Wenner's Upcoming Biography; Tricked-Out Road Warriors

    April 08, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE TONY GERVINO NAMED BILLBOARD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Gervino was previously executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, where he oversaw the editorial direction of the international versions of maga ...

  5. Sub Pop and Seattle Rock to Conquer Sea-Tac Airport With Retail Store

    February 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Sub Pop Records, noted for hits by Nirvana, The Shins, and the Postal Service, will open a retail store in April 2014 at Sea-Tac International Airport. The location is auditioning managers for the store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (send ...

  6. Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing In April (Breaking)

    October 18, 2013 4:30 PM EDT .869 k 1.029 k 52 0 New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made. The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg an ...

  7. Chart Moves: Elton John's Top Five Feat, Nirvana's 'In Utero' Returns, 'Jon Stewart' Sends Atoms Flying

    October 04, 2013 9:07 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake led a party of debuts in the top 10, as his "Nothing Was the Same" started with 658,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His launch marked the second-largest sales week of ...

  8. Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ Turns 20: Ex-Geffen Execs' Remembrances, Anecdotes, Marketing Strategy (How 'Rape Me' Became 'Waif Me')

    September 24, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Nirvana had much to live up to following the release of its groundbreaking 1991 album, “Nevermind.” But, with the weight of the world on them, the grunge trio surprised (and perhaps alienated) many with its raucous and emotionally raw follow-u ...

  9. Exclusive: 'Spotify Landmark' Original Content Series Launches With Nirvana's 'In Utero' (Listen)

    September 18, 2013 4:12 PM EDT Spotify has launched its own original content series and dedicated website called Spotify Landmark, a multi-media documentary series focusing on classic moments in music history. The premiere episode (embed below), entitled “The Real Story of ...

  10. Sub Pop and Nirvana's First Record Contract: Simplicity Ahead of a Squall

    August 22, 2013 1:04 PM EDT Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time. That what Sub Pop had to say when it posted the first page of its original, starkly simple, contract between Nirvana and the still-fledgling Seattle label. The document dates to when N ...

  11. Dave Grohl's 'Sound City,' Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' to Air on VH1

    August 13, 2013 11:47 AM EDT VH1's Emmy-winning series "Rock Docs" returns with the stories of two Seattle institutions. "Sound City," directed by Dave Grohl, drummer for Nirvana, frontman for the Foo Fighters, and all-around good guy, is a solid d ...

  12. Sub Pop Co-Founder Jonathan Poneman Diagnosed with Parkinson's

    June 04, 2013 2:13 AM EDT Jonathan Poneman, the co-founder of Seattle's Sub Pop Records, who helped launch such seminal bands as Nirvana and Soundgarden, among others, announced May 31 that he has Parkinson's, the degenerative nervous system disease that also ...

  13. Dave Grohl on 'Sound City,' More Players Shows and Keeping Paul McCartney Secret

    January 24, 2013 5:06 PM EST The second Sound City Players concert is booked for Jan. 31 at the Hollywood Palladium. If Dave Grohl has his way, it won't be the last. "We plan to do shows all over the world," the Foo Fighters frontman told Billboard. "When ...

  14. 'Sound City' Review: Dave Grohl Shines His Light on a 'Dumpy' Mecca

    January 20, 2013 5:49 PM EST A must-see film for anyone who cares about recording techniques, equipment and studios, Dave Grohl's ode to a shabby studio in the San Fernando Valley is detailed and loving in its exposition and final chapter of resolution. The tech talk in ...

  15. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  16. '12-12-12' Concert Watched by 19 Million-Plus Americans

    December 15, 2012 3:22 AM EST More than 19 million Americans watched at least part of the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief on Wednesday. Nielsen said Friday that 19.3 million viewers in the U.S. tuned in to at least a portion of the concert, which aired on 15 channels ...

  17. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  18. '12-12-12' Producer John Sykes on Show's Boomer-riffic Lineup, Raising $36 Mil, McCartney Calling Grohl (Video)

    December 13, 2012 11:47 AM EST Sure, last night's " 12-12-12" concert featured one of the most impressive lineups in years, if not ever, between Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, The Who, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, ...

  19. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Rocks NYC With Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Nirvana; Raised $36 Million Before a Note Was Played

    December 13, 2012 8:14 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. 12- ...

  20. Paul McCartney, Nirvana Alums Rock 'Cut Me Some Slack' at Sandy Concert

    December 13, 2012 1:45 AM EST Judging from the veracity of Dave Grohl's whipping hair, Wednesday night's Nirvana jam session with Paul McCartney a the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief went over swimmingly. The promised marriage of the most important band ever (The B ...

  21. 12-12-12: Watch the Concert For Sandy Relief Here Tonight Live at 7:30

    December 12, 2012 1:13 PM EST Tonight, (Wed, Dec. 12), 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief brings a star-studded lineup to New York's Madison Square Garden to perform a once-in-a-lifetime concert for thousands of fans at the venue and millions -- if not billions -- bey ...

  22. Dave Grohl to Host New Show on SiriusXM

    November 27, 2012 3:08 PM EST Sirius XM Radio announced today that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will host an exclusive, limited-run show that will air on a number of SiriusXM music channels. "Dave Grohl Presents Sound City" will premiere this Thursday at 4:00 pm ...

  23. Backbeat: Deer Tick Curates Newport Folk Festival After-Parties With ATO, Partisan Execs And Jackson Browne

    July 30, 2012 2:10 PM EDT (L-R): Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neill, drummer Dennis Ryan, frontman John Macaulay, keyboardist Robbie Cowell, and bassist Chris Ryan try to relax after a job (or three) well done. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) The guys in Deer Tick might be ...

  24. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  25. Dave Grohl to Direct and Produce 'Sound City' Documentary

    May 01, 2012 7:42 PM EDT Sound City's visual legacy is in good hands. Dave Grohl will direct and produce "Sound City," a documentary about the historic San Fernando Valley recording studio, and he knows a thing or two about it: Nirvana made its watershed al ...

  26. Primary Wave Music Opens U.K. Office

    April 19, 2012 9:19 PM EDT Primary Wave Music is heading overseas. The publishing, marketing and talent management company announced Thursday it is expanding from offices in New York and Los Angeles and opening up shop in the United Kingdom. Industry veteran Clive Black wil ...

  27. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  28. Kid Cudi Slams Universal for Low Shipments of His 'WZRD' LP, Retail Experts Call Numbers Realistic

    February 28, 2012 6:53 PM EST Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off. - Scott Mescudi (@wizardcud) February 28, 2012 So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label.And I apologiz ...

  29. Caveman Sign to Fat Possum Records

    January 10, 2012 4:01 PM EST New York five-piece Caveman announced today that they've signed to Fat Possum Records. The signing includes the band themselves, in addition to their own label, Magic Man!. In concurrence with the signing announcement, Fat Possum rereleased C ...

  30. Mindless Behavior, Cody Simpson: Teenagers Hit the Charts

    September 29, 2011 2:01 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 as LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know it" roars 25-10 and Rihanna� ...

  31. Norah Jones Splits From Macklam Feldman Management, Signs With S.A.M.

    September 02, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Grammy-winning jazz singer Norah Jones has parted ways with her longtime management company Macklam Feldman, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She has joined S.A.M., or Silva Artist Management, which counts Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams, Beastie Bo ...

  32. MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry, Pregnant Beyonce Steal Show

    August 28, 2011 11:53 PM EDT The JayBey Spawn: Beyonce stole the 2011 VMAs announcing her pregnancy on the red carpet (above) and later striking a similar pose post-VMA performance (Getty Images) The MTV Video Music Awards returned to L.A.'s Nokia Theatre Sunday (Aug. 28 ...

  33. Jon Stewart To Interview Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Producer Butch Vig on SiriusXM

    August 25, 2011 1:37 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Comedy Central's Jon Stewart will host a Q&A session with the surviving members of rock band Nirvana to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its album "Nevermind." Stewart will host the event on SiriusXM for two ho ...

  34. Rhino Records Documentary Premieres in Los Angeles

    August 22, 2011 1:33 PM EDT Video: "Worst Customers" clip from "Rhino Resurrected." The Rhino Records store in Los Angeles already has its place in the history books, but a new documentary -- which received its world premiere Saturday with numerous former ...

  35. Nirvana's 'Nevermind' 20th Anniversary Editions Include Unreleased Recordings, Alternate Mixes, More

    July 26, 2011 1:57 PM EDT Nirvana's sophomore album and major label debut, "Nevermind," celebrates its 20th anniversary next month, and Universal Music Enterprises is re-releasing versions of the album with deluxe editions, exclusive content and more. Releas ...

  36. Video: Black Eyed Peas Team up With Ubisoft for New Dance Video Game

    June 27, 2011 5:24 PM EDT Although MTV Games and Activision have pulled the plug on music rhythm video game franchises "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero," Ubisoft continues to embrace the music genre from multiple angles. The French game publisher held a pre ...

  37. Guest Post: A Study in Music Purchasing: Jack Isquith Buys a Foo Fighters Album

    April 13, 2011 2:00 PM EDT (The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith that originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider and is reposted here with his permission. Isquith, a digital music industry veteran, has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and A ...

  38. Ubisoft Announces Rocksmith Game

    March 15, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Just weeks after Activision closed the book on Guitar Hero, rival videogame publisher Ubisoft announced plans to introduce a new band-based music game called Rocksmith. The new game hopes to set itself apart by using a real guitar as its controlle ...

  39. Foo Fighters' 'Rope' Debuts at No. 1 on Rock Chart

    February 28, 2011 4:12 PM EST Foo Fighters reflect the building anticipation for "Wasting Light," their first studio album since 2007, as the set's first single, "Rope," roars in at No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart. The song starts with 11.9 ...

  40. Web Trends: LeAnn Rimes, Nelly, Keith Richards and more

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 5. Monster Mash Song The Monster Mash song is considered one of the most popular Halloween songs of all times. 6. Halloween Free Music In preparation for the holiday, there are many sites that are providing free Hallowee ...

  41. Retail Briefs: NARM, Heavy Rotation Records, Alliance Entertainment

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers and the Country Music Assn. will produce an Entertainment Law Conference in Nashville on Nov. 9. The keynote will be an interview with U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters , who will discuss ...

  42. Sub Pop Signs Australian Deal

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music company Inertia has reached an exclusive arrangement with Sub Pop to distribute the iconic Seattle label's works down under. With immediate effect, Inertia will represent all Sub Pop's upcoming and catalog re ...

  43. Nirvana Lawsuit Settled Between Courtney Love, Management

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Court records show a management firm and Courtney Love have settled a $1 million lawsuit over the profits of the sale of Nirvana's publishing catalog. Love is the widow of former Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. London & Co. sued Love two year ...

  44. A Year Later: Michael Jackson's Massive Sales Impact

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After his death, not only did Michael Jackson’s albums sell more units than other recently deceased musicians, but the posthumous fervor for his recorded music catalog was unlike anything seen in recent years. Sales of his four studio albums and t ...

  45. Just Signed: UMPG, Emack, Warner/Chappell, John Paul Jones and Joshua Homme

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired the publishing assets of Emack Music, the publishing arm of Christian label Gotee Records. The catalog includes songs by Relient K, Luna Halo, Grits, Jennifer Knapp, Ayeisha, House of Heroes, an ...

  46. No Doubt Sues Activision Over 'Band Hero'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt has sued video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc over the use of their likeness on its new "Band Hero" product, accusing the company of turning the rockers into a virtual karaoke act. No Doubt and Activision had a contract ...

  47. Them Crooked Vultures Set Release Date For Debut

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures will release its debut album Nov. 17. Bandmates Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) will put the self-produced and self-titled release out on ...

  48. Nirvana Members Dismayed By 'Guitar Hero 5'

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kurt Cobain's appearance in the latest "Guitar Hero" video game is not hitting the right notes with the surviving members of Nirvana. Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said in a joint statement that they were "dismayed and very di ...

  49. Opinion: Spotify Succeeds On Simplicity, Not Discovery

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT P2P streaming music program Spotify is expected to launch in the US later this year - it is currently open to users in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain - but Billboard has been testing the service for the last few weeks. The servi ...

  50. Sony, Retailers Make Push On Jackson Inventory

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is the biggest star to die during the SoundScan era and it's expected that his physical catalog, much like his digital sales , will receive a huge boost from his untimely death. Retailers and Sony Music are anticipating the ru ...

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