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  1. Charts

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Matchbox 20 Heads 'North' With First No. 1. As expected, pop/rock band Matchbox 20 scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its new "North" album debuts with 95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (That's a lit ...

  2. Matchbox Twenty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    September 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As expected, pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its new "North" album debuts with 95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the group's first full-length studio album since 2002 ...

  3. Charts

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT TobyMac Brings Christian Music Back To No. 1 For the first time since 1997-and only the third time ever-a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200. TobyMac lands his first chart-topper, "Eye on It", as it bows with 69,000 copies, ac ...

  4. Return of the Matchbox Men

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT It's been a decade since Matchbox 20's last studio album and five years since its last tour. "It's almost like Rip Van Winkle," Rob Thomas says. "But we just want to do what comes naturally." To understand Matchb ...

  5. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Launches Label Named After 'Northern Exposure' Character

    June 12, 2012 9:09 PM EDT The inspiration behind Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon's new label Chigliak Records is a noble one: to bring to the world long lost treasures that never saw commercial release (let alone success) in hopes of exposing these recordings to a new ...

  6. Universal Music's EMI Acquisition Supported by SAG-AFTRA, AFM

    April 18, 2012 7:06 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Universal Music Group has won the qualified support of two North American artists' unions for its proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music division of the U.K.'s EMI Group Ltd. The unions gave their con ...

  7. C3's Charlie Walker on How Metallica's Orion Music + More Fest Was Curated

    February 17, 2012 7:49 PM EST When Metallica recently announced that its first North American music festival would feature appearances by indie-centric bands like Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse and Best Coast, some questioned how those artists would go over with dyed-in-the-wool ...

  8. Billboard Touring Conference & Awards 2011 Hub

    November 14, 2011 1:33 AM EST November 11, 2011 | Video Perry Farrell Talks Art, Commerce, Lollapalooza; Compares Himself With Axl Rose @ BB Touring Conf (Video) Shortly after Perry Farrell's Keynote Q&A with Billboard's Bill Werde at our Touring Conference on Th ...

  9. Brian Lambert Named EVP of Film & Television Music for Universal Music Publishing

    November 03, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Evan Lamberg, president of Universal Music Publishing Group , North America announced the promotion of Brian Lambert to Executive Vice President/Head of Film & Television Music. Lambert, who is based in the company's headquarters in Santa ...

  10. U.K. News Round-Up: Amy Winehouse Foundation Returns Checks; Liam Sues Noel; 'The X-Factor' Returns

    August 22, 2011 2:57 PM EDT Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, has been forced to postpone plans to set up a charity foundation in his late daughter's name because of a quarrel over the organisation's name. Mitch first announced that he was to establish The Amy Wi ...

  11. Nevada, D.C. and Missouri Have Most Live Music Per Capita, According to Ticket Startup

    June 28, 2011 6:09 PM EDT If you want a lot of live-music options, Las Vegas may be calling your name. According to statistics provided by secondary ticket search service SeatGeek , the state with the most concerts for the state's population is Nevada. Washington D.C. ...

  12. Prince To Play 21-Night Residency In Los Angeles

    April 08, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Prince will continue his residency-style "Welcome 2 America" tour with a whopping 21-date stand in Los Angeles, beginning on April 14 at the Forum. The artist made the announcement via a phone call on George Lopez's show last night ...

  13. Phish to Stage Super Ball IX in Upstate NY

    March 31, 2011 2:19 PM EDT Talk of an upcoming Phish fest for upstate New York has been swimming around the blogs for weeks, and today Phish confirms the band will host Super Ball IX at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York July 1-3. The shows will cap Phish's ...

  14. Foo Fighters To Play Gigs In Eight Fans' Garages

    March 17, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Next month, the Foo Fighters will be playing songs from "Wasting Light," the new album they recorded in Dave Grohl's garage, in the garages of eight lucky fans in eight North American cities as part of a sponsorship with BlackBerry. ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Primary Wave Music, Kobalt Music Group, The Harry Fox Agency and more

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST -- In separate deals, Primary Wave Music is partnering with artist/radio personality/online marketing exec Scott "DJ Skee" Keeney , and pop/urban producers Ryan & Smitty . Primary Wave has signed DJ Skee to a management contract and ...

  16. The Gracious Few, Postelles, Sick Puppies Among Acts Tapped For Billboard Touring Conference Showcase

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first Billboard Touring Conference Showcase, produced by Live Nation at New York's Gramercy Theatre, is set for Nov. 3 as part of the 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Nov. 3-4. On the bill are the Gracious Few, Sick Pu ...

  17. U2 To Wrap European Leg In Rome

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After postponing its second North American leg due to back surgery for frontman Bono, U2 is back in fine form and wraps the sold out second European leg of the record-breaking 360 tour tonight at Olympic Stadium in Rome. The band will take a break ...

  18. Lilith Tour Cancels 10 Summer Concerts

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Further proof that the 2010 summer concert season is taking a beating came late Thursday afternoon when the Nettwerk Music Group announced the cancellation of 10 upcoming Lilith concerts in North America. The cancellations include previously sched ...

  19. Aerosmith Lines Up North American Tour Dates

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Its drama with frontman Steven Tyler behind it, Aerosmith is bringing its Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock Tour to North America for 18 summer dates. The trek -- the group's first since Tyler's Aug. 5 fall in Sturgis, S.D., set off months o ...

  20. Bono’s Surgery: What's The Financial Hit?

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2’s 360 North American leg is now officially postponed, putting the brakes on the band’s march to claiming the highest-grossing tour in history. The eight-week minimum recovery/rehab time doctors say Bono needs for his recent back surgery meant s ...

  21. Black Eyed Peas At No. 1 On European Hot 100

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Green Day starts a third week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music), Lady Gaga's 15-week reign over European Hot 100 Singles with "Poker Face" (Intersco ...

  22. Buckcherry Tapped To Support Kiss Tour

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Buckcherry will support Kiss on all dates for the band's upcoming North American tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The tour, which begins in September, made headlines last month when it was announced that Kiss had partnered with live music soc ...

  23. Jazz Briefs: Return To Forever, Spyro Gyra

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Legendary jazz-rock fusion band Return to Forever is the focus of two upcoming Eagle Rock Entertainment releases. The two-CD live recording, “Return to Forever Returns,” drops March 17. Coming May 12 is “Live at Montreux” in both DVD and Blu-Ray ...

  24. Exclusive: U2 Readies '360' Global Tour

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 360°, U2's world tour in support of the band's new album "No Line on the Horizon," will play stadiums around the world, beginning June 30 in Barcelona, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Details of the tour will be announced ...

  25. Springsteen North American Tour Starts In April

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will tour North America this spring in support of their new album, "Working on a Dream," out today (Jan. 27) on Columbia. The trek begins April in San Jose, Calif. North American dat ...

  26. ADA Partners With Reggae Labels

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's Alternative Distribution Alliance (U.K.) has entered into exclusive international distribution agreements with VP Records and Greensleeves Records outside North America, Japan and the Caribbean. The agreement with the reg ...

  27. UMG, Qtrax Strike International Deal

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International and ad-funded legal P2P service Qtrax today announced a licensing deal covering Europe, Asia/Pacific, South America and Africa. Previously, Universal Music Group had a North American deal with Qtrax in place. Qt ...

  28. Sire Founders Reunited For 'In The City'

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sire Records founders Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer will be among the keynote speakers at the U.K.'s In The City music conference, which is held in Manchester on Oct. 5-7. Gottehrer is also co-founder/chairman of digital aggregator The ...

  29. Queen + Paul Rodgers Plan Int'l Trek

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Queen + Paul Rodgers will embark on a four-month European tour this fall in support of its new as-yet-untitled studio album, scheduled for release in Britain on Sept. 1 via EMI. The 28-date "Cosmos Rocks Over Europe" arena t ...

  30. Stones Sign With Universal For Soundtrack

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album deal with Universal Music as they approach the end of their current contract with EMI, which is understood to expire this year. The band's worldwide deal with Universal is just for the soundtrack alb ...

  31. Bon Jovi To Embark On World Tour

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will embark on a world tour of more than 10 countries, beginning with the United States and Canada this fall. "We're starting in New Jersey and then taking it to the world," lead singer Jon Bon Jovi announced at last night& ...

  32. Latin Acts To Play Apple Stores For Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Juan Luis Guerra, Pepe Aguilar, Xtreme and Jeremias are some of the Latin acts set to perform at Apple stores in five U.S. cities as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The series begins Sept. 15 with a performance by the B-Side Players at Apple' ...

  33. Ronson, Kaiser Chiefs Lord It Over Proms

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The BBC today revealed the first names among the 80 acts that will be performing at the second Electric Proms festival in London. DJ and remixer Mark Ronson and Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs have been confirmed for this year's Electric Proms, whic ...

  34. Springsteen Hitting North America, Europe This Fall

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will tour North America and Europe before the end of the year in support of their new album, "Magic." The trek begins on street date for the Columbia set (Oct. 2) in Hartford, Conn., w ...

  35. The Eagles Take Flight With Int'l 'Eden' Release

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out Of Eden", is to be distributed and marketed by Universal Music Group International outside North America. Their comeback album will be released in the rest of the world on O ...

  36. First Leg Of Police Tour Grosses $107 Million

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first leg of the Police reunion tour has been an overwhelming success, grossing $107,592,002 from 38 shows that drew 929,941 people. That does not include stops at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in June, or the V Fest in Bal ...

  37. Keyboardist Richard Bell Dies

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary Canadian keyboardist Richard Bell died June 15 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto following a long fight with cancer. He was 61. The son of Leslie Bell, a leading Canadian choir conductor/educator/ composer, Bell was best-known for being ...

  38. Sudden 'Switch': INXS Parts Ways With Epic

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Last album sold 375,000 copies in the United States. The reconstituted INXS has parted ways with Epic Records in North America, a source confirms to Billboard.biz. The group roared back onto the charts last year with the album "Switch," ...

  39. Sudden 'Switch': INXS Parts Ways With Epic

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The reconstituted INXS has parted ways with Epic Records in North America, a source confirms to Billboard.biz. The group roared back onto the charts last year with the album "Switch," which featured n The reconstituted INXS has parted wa ...

  40. Concert Business Up 28% In Q1

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Driven by artists like Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Coldplay. With nearly $375 million in grosses and 7.3 million in attendance for the first quarter, the North American concert business shows signs of emerging from a two-year slump, according to figures ...

  41. Choudhury Joins Universal U.K.

    February 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music U.K. has recruited Sony BMG executive Hassan Choudhury to the role as VP, international. Universal Music U.K. has recruited Sony BMG executive Hassan Choudhury to the role as VP, international. In his new role, Choudhury will be ta ...

  42. Staind Inks With Agency Group

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tour of North America begins Feb. The Agency Group VP Ken Fermaglich has signed Staind to an exclusive booking deal for most worldwide markets, Billboard.biz has learned. The band had been booked by the William Morris Agency. TAG will represent th ...

  43. Coldplay To Return To North America

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001022606">As first reported here</A> in August, Coldplay will return to North America for a spring 2006 tour, beginnin As first reported here i ...

  44. Vegoose Draws 40,000 To Vegas

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST First annual festival held Oct. 29-31. The first annual Vegoose festival, produced by Bonnaroo organizers A.C. Entertainment and Superfly Presents, drew roughly 40,000 people to concerts held Oct. 29-31 at Sam Boyd Stadium, Thomas & Mack Cente ...

  45. Cream Scores Big With MSG Shows

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Three nights grossed $10.6 million, drew 56,151. The Cream reunion at Madison Square Garden in New York last week was a monster box office hit. The Oct. 24-26 shows--the band's only North American appearances--grossed more than $10.6 million ...

  46. Voodoo Music Experience Returns To New Orleans

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Scheduled for Oct. 29 Riverview Park. After being moved to Memphis in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Voodoo Music Experience will return to its original home of New Orleans for the first of its two-night duration. The Oct. 29 show at New Orlea ...

  47. West Tops Chart For 2nd Week

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Strong second week sales of Kanye West's "Late Registration" and a resurgence by 50 Cent's "The Massacre" deny the latest album by the Rolling Stones the No. 1 slot on The Billboard 200 this week. But Strong second we ...

  48. Coldplay Enter 8th Week On Top In Europe

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's "X&amp;Y" (Parlophone) extends its reign on European Top 100 Albums to eight weeks. The British band's third studio set continues to enjoy robust European sales, climbing back 3-2 in the U Coldplay's "X ...

  49. Coldplay Enter 8th Week On Top In Europe

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Back to Bedlam' moves into second spot. Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) extends its reign on European Top 100 Albums to eight weeks. As the British band continues its North American tour, with shows last night in Montre ...

  50. Inaugural Vegoose Fest Solidifies Lineup

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here last month, Dave Matthews and Friends, Jack Johnson and Widespread Panic will head the lineup for the first Vegoose festival, assembled by A.C. Entertainment and Superfly Presents As first tipped here last month, Dave Matthe ...

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