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  1. The Boss Returns to No. 1 on Hot Tours

    June 28, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen claims the top slot on the weekly Hot Tours ranking, leading the top 10 tours list for the second time this year.  His Wrecking Ball World Tour with the E Street Band last took the top ranking during the first week of April whe ...

  2. Van Halen European Tour Not Happening: Irving Azoff

    March 12, 2013 6:10 PM EDT Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for group founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. In comments picke ...

  3. Summer Sonic, Japan's Biggest Int'l Fest, Kicks Off This Weekend With Rihanna, Green Day, Gotye, Mac Miller

    August 17, 2012 11:48 AM EDT Summer Sonic, Japan's biggest summer music fest that features international repertoire, is set to rock Tokyo bay once again. This year's line-up features first-timer Rihanna, regulars Green Day as well as Gotye, Mac Miller, Pitbull, Fran ...

  4. Opportunities for Western & Asian Tours Increase in Japan

    August 08, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Japanese fans couldn't get enough of Lady Gaga. During the American superstar's "Born This Way" tour of Japan, Gaga played the Saitama Super Arena in May and sold out one show. Then another. Then another. In all, Gaga moved 96, ...

  5. Japanese Music Biz Continues Relief Efforts, HoriPro Launches Fundraising Campaign

    March 22, 2011 2:11 PM EDT Efforts to raise money and get relief supplies to the survivors of the massive 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and resultant tsunami and radiation leaks have been continuing in Japan with major management company and talent agency HoriPro, and others, leadi ...

  6. Ke$ha Postpones Japanese Tour; Japanese Music Industry Continues Diaster Relief

    March 21, 2011 8:29 AM EDT While the fears of a nuclear catastrophe have substantially subsided in Japan, the death toll has risen to over 8,000 and tens of thousands more remain in need of help. The music industry in the country continues to step up to offer support. Tokyo ...

  7. Japanese Musicians, Industry At SXSW Focus On Relief, Rebuilding Efforts

    March 17, 2011 1:59 PM EDT Hidemi Tsuji of Ubiquitous Entertainment at South by Southwest on Thursday (photo: Evie Nagy) Less than a week after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Japanese musicians and representatives at South by Southwest are focusing their ...

  8. Japan Earthquake Impacts Music Industry; Jack Johnson, National, Iron Maiden Postpone Tours

    March 14, 2011 1:29 PM EDT The disastrous 8.9-magnitude earthquake that occurred Friday in northeastern Japan, as well as the resulting tsunami and nuclear reactor disruption, have profoundly affected every segment of Japanese society, including the music industry. While th ...

  9. Ayumi Hamasaki, Kumi Koda For Avex Touring Fest

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japan's powerhouse domestic label Avex Group Holdings announced the line-up for the ninth edition of its touring festival, a-nation. The festival once again features a mix of Avex's top acts and up-and-coming artists. In 2010 the event c ...

  10. Jay-Z, Smashing Pumpkins To Play Summer Sonic Fest

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Offspring are among the acts confirmed for Japan's 2010 Summer Sonic Festival. The festival, staged in Tokyo and Osaka on Aug. 7 to 8, will also feature the Pixies, Dream Theater, Nickelback, a-ha, Sum 41, ...

  11. Susan Boyle Breaks Japanese Market

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's international hit album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment) is also making an impact in Japan. "I Dreamed a Dream" reached No. 6 in Billboard's Japan Albums charts on Dec. 19, the highest ...

  12. London Goes Gaga

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has played what was billed by her label as her first headline London show, following Wembley Stadium support slots with Take That this month and appearances at Glastonbury Festival and T in the Park. The U.S. synth-pop artist played a 60 ...

  13. Tetsuya Komuro Gets Suspended Sentence For Fraud

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A court in Osaka, Japan sentenced producer Tetsuya Komuro to three years in prison, suspended for five years, in his fraud trial, which had been ongoing since late last year. Komuro, the legendary Avex 1990s J-pop producer, had pleaded guilty to t ...

  14. Japan's A-Nation Touring Fest Returns

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The a-nation festival of Avex artists is set to embark on a summer tour of Japan for the eighth time. J-pop chart-toppers Ayumi Hamasaki and Kumi Koda will once again headline the line-up, which will also include TRF, Every Little Thing, Do As Inf ...

  15. Linkin Park, NIN To Play Japan's Summer Sonic

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Creative Man Productions has announced the initial line-up for the 2009 edition of the Summer Sonic festival. Headliners include Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Nine Inch Nails, all veterans of the bash. This year is the 10th anniversary for ...

  16. Summer Sonic Fest Expands

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Creative Man Productions is expanding its music festival Summer Sonic from two days to three this year. Summer Sonic has been held simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka on the first weekend in August for the past nine years. It will retain ...

  17. J-pop Producer Komuro Arrested

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tetsuya Komuro, the J-pop producer and songwriter who ruled the Japanese pop scene in the 1990s, has been arrested on fraud charges. The man who produced million-seller hits for Namie Amuro, and a host of others, has been taken into custody by pol ...

  18. Billboard Japan Hot 100 Finds Global Audience

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recently launched Billboard Japan Hot 100 finds a global audience tomorrow (May 22) when the chart joins the menu at billboard.com and billboard.biz. Assembled by Billboard licensee Hanshin Contents Link Corp., the Japan Hot 100 anchors a set ...

  19. Coldplay Sets Dates for Extensive "Viva La Vida" Tour

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" world tour -- which will land in North America, Europe and Japan -- is set to begin at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center on June 29 and extend well into next year, Billboard.biz can reveal. Save for the P ...

  20. Coldplay, Pistols, Verve Set For Summer Sonic

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Coldplay has announced its first show of 2008 at Japan's Summer Sonic festival, to be held Aug. 9 in Tokyo and the following day in Osaka. The group will be flanked by the Verve, the Sex Pistols, the Prodigy, Alicia Keys and Fatboy Slim, amon ...

  21. Billboard Live Partners With Mobile Firm Dwango

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard Live, a division of Hanshin Contents Link, has linked with mobile music download firm Dwango to exclusively power Billboard's mobile offering in that country. The mobile site is linked with three major carriers and offers an array o ...

  22. Billboard Goes Live In Japan

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Live, the latest star venue in Tokyo's vibrant music scene, opened its doors with a launch party on Friday. The 330-capacity venue is situated in the Tokyo Midtown project in Roppongi, the Japanese capital's international sub-c ...

  23. Steely Dan To Open Billboard Live Tokyo Venue

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Steely Dan will be the first act to play the new Billboard Live Tokyo venue, which opens Aug. 18. Other acts scheduled to perform at Billboard Live Tokyo include Jill Scott, Joe, Aleksander With, Babyface and Amerie, according to Osaka-based Hansh ...

  24. Chili Peppers Postpone Tour Dates

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers have indefinitely postponed their scheduled shows in Tokyo and Osaka after lead singer Anthony Kiedis fell ill. Kiedis is under doctors' order not to fly for 10 days due to bronchial pneumonia, according to Tokyo-bas ...

  25. Japan's Summer Sonic Takes Shape

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Arctic Monkeys, Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani and Kasabian are among the acts scheduled to perform at this year's edition of Japanese rock festival Summer Sonic, according to Tokyo-based promoter Creativeman Productions. Summer Sonic will ...

  26. 'Billboard Live' Venues To Roll Out In Japan

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Billboard publisher VNU Business Media and Osaka-based Hanshin Contents Link (HCL) on Sept. 14 unveiled a master licensing agreement that will see "Billboard Live" venues open in three Japanese cities Billboard publisher VNU Business Med ...

  27. Global iPulse: Massive Attack, Public Symphony and Caparezza

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New Massive expected in early 2007. Fifteen years after its first album, pioneering U.K. “trip-hop” act Massive Attack is hitting the road to promote “Collected—The Best of Massive Attack” (Virgin). The act will play late-April U.S. dates in Seatt ...

  28. Massive Attack Hits Road For 'Collected'

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New album expected in early 2007. Fifteen years after its first album, pioneering U.K. "trip-hop" act Massive Attack is hitting the road to promote "Collected—The Best of Massive Attack" (Virgin). The act will play late-April U ...

  29. Japanese Prefecture Restricts Sales Of 'Violent' Videogame

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A state in Japan has decided to ban a U.S. videogame from being sold or rented to minors, after officials deemed it harmful and capable of inciting violence. TOKYO (AP) -- A state in Japan has decided to ban a U.S. videogame from being sold or ren ...

  30. Vai's Favored Nations Getting Into Publishing

    July 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jiboom, the publishing arm of Favored Nations Entertainment, is close to signing its first deals, according to Favored Nations GM Karen Hogan. Jiboom, the publishing arm of Favored Nations Entertainment, is close to signing its first deals, accord ...

  31. Vai's Favored Nations Getting Into Publishing

    July 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jiboom, the publishing arm of Favored Nations Entertainment, is close to signing its first deals, according to Favored Nations GM Karen Hogan. Jiboom, the publishing arm of Favored Nations Entertainment, is close to signing its first deals, accord ...