Philadelphia

  1. Done Deal: Comcast-Spectacor Buys Live Nation's Paciolan

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Comcast-Spectacor, the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm, has completed its acquisition of ticketing software provider Paciolan from Live Nation Entertainment. Terms were not disclosed. As a result of the acquisition, Comcast-Specta ...

  2. R&B Briefs: TV One, E-40, Donnis and More

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- TV One is ramping up four new episodes of its popular biography series, "Unsung." The next rollout of hour-long programs begins March 22 (9 p.m. ET) with a profile of Rose Royce. That episode will be followed by profiles of Sylvester ...

  3. Bob Geldof Dismisses Live Aid Arms Claims

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Aid concert organizer Bob Geldof and the Ethiopian government have denied allegations that millions of dollars in aid for Ethiopian famine victims in the '80s went to buy arms. The BBC reported claims by former rebel leaders, who said th ...

  4. Apple Sues HTC Over Phones With Google Software

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc sued Taiwan's HTC Corp, which makes touchscreen smartphones using Google software, accusing it of infringing 20 hardware and software patents related to the iPhone. Even though the suit did not name Google Inc as a defendant, Apple& ...

  5. Xerox, Starwood Hotels Back Upcoming Sting Tour

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sting’s world tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will feature Xerox as presenting sponsor and Starwood Hotels and Resorts as the official hotel partner. The tour will find Sting performing his most well-known songs re-tooled for sy ...

  6. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots. The event will be held June 5 at Philadelphia's Festival Pier; tickets go on sale Friday (March 5) via LiveNat ...

  7. Jason Derulo Scores First U.K. No. 1

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jason Derulo's "In My Head" (Warner Bros.) became the American singer's first U.K. No. 1 single, as Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) started a new stint atop the album chart, and the top ten welcomed ...

  8. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Announce New Album, Tour

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will release "Mojo," their first album in eight years, this spring, the band announced today. The venerable heartland rockers also unveiled dates for a North American summer tour, which kicks off May 6 in ...

  9. NARM Vet Granberg Dies At 83

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mickey Granberg, a driving force behind the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers for nearly three decades, died Wednesday night at her home in Pompano Beach, Fla. She was 83. Beginning in 1961, Granberg and her then husband, Jules Malamud, ov ...

  10. Shake-Up At Live Nation Philly

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Larry Magid has left his post as chairman of Live Nation Philadelphia, Billboard has learned. Geoff Gordon remains as president of Live Nation Philadelphia. The circumstances of Magid's departure are unclear, and Live Nation declined to comme ...

  11. Live Nation's Newest Challenges

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation and Ticketmaster may have breathed a deep sigh of relief when the Department of Justice finally approved its merger on Monday, but in accepting a number of significant mandates from the DOJ, Live Nation Entertainment is expected to fac ...

  12. Teddy Pendergrass Dead At 59

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Teddy Pendergrass, who became R&B's reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s with his forceful, masculine voice and passionate love ballads and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that lef ...

  13. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Trans World, Spotify and More

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Department of Justice is set to approve the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger as early as this month, according to M&A Web site The Daily ...

  14. Veteran KDKA Host Fred Honsberger Dies

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran KDKA Radio personality Fred Honsberger died this morning (Dec. 16) at his home in Monroeville, Penn. He was 58. Honsberger joined KDKA in Pittsburgh in 1979 after working as a news anchor at sister station KYW in his hometown of Philadelph ...

  15. Black Eyed Peas Announce The E.N.D. World Tour Dates

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas announced an ambitious 100-dates world tour, including a series of 2010 shows in North America, the popular hip-hop group's first full-scale tour of the U.S. and Canada in nearly four years. The North American leg of " ...

  16. Paper Sheds New Light On Music Listening Habits

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST A new paper by Council for Research Excellence (CRE) with support from the Nielsen Company dispels many of the myths about how people today listen to music. From broadcast radio to MP3 players, some popular notions about listening in the digital a ...

  17. Pearl Jam Closes Philly Spectrum With Epic Set

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam saved the best -- and rarest -- for last on Saturday night (Oct. 31) at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, the final concert that will ever be held at the storied venue. Playing the fourth of four shows this week at the arena, Pearl ...

  18. U2's Rose Bowl Show Breaks Attendance Record

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It took 22 years, but U2 has broken its own attendance record for the best-attended single concert performance at a U.S. venue by one headliner. The band's 360 Tour played Pasadena, Calif.’s Rose Bowl on Oct. 25 to a sellout crowd of 97,014 - ...

  19. Coors Light To Promote Daddy Yankee Single Release

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coors Light will sponsor a series of intimate appearances by reggaetón star Daddy Yankee promoting his new single “Grito Mundial” as a prelude to the release of his new album in 2010. Coors Light will present Yankee in six single release events th ...

  20. Bon Jovi Announces Meadowlands Concerts, World Tour

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, the enduring rock band with a name that's synonymous with its home state of New Jersey, today (Oct. 22) announced a two year 2010-11 world tour at a press conference and concert performance at the Meadowlands Entertainment Complex. ...

  21. Chris Brown Announces 'Fan Appreciation' Tour

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last month, New York radio station Power 105.1 (WWPR) announced Chris Brown would be headlining its Powerhouse concert this year, marking his first major promotional event since his February 8 altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Now, Jive Reco ...

  22. Singer Al Martino Dies At 82

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Al Martino, a crooner who had several pop hits spanning more than 20 years and played Johnny Fontane in the 1970s "Godfather" movies, died Tuesday at his childhood home in Springfield, Pa. He was 82. He was born Alfred Cini on Oct. 7, 19 ...

  23. Taylor Swift Announces Second Leg Of 'Fearless' Tour

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's Fearless tour -- one of the year's most successful treks and another boost to the teen country star's rising profile -- will be extended through spring 2010, the singer announced today (Oct. 8). The new leg will take ...

  24. Last Member Of Silhouettes Dies At 69

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rev. John "Bootsie" Wilson, a former lead singer and last surviving member of the soul group the Silhouettes, has died. He was 69. Wilson died Sept. 21 at his home in Spartanburg, S.C., after batting cancer and a kidney ailment, his ...

  25. Live Nation Expands Promotion Offers To Clubs

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation is expanding its already huge 2009 promotion schedule to its club venues, with the Live Nation Club Passport program. For $49.99 (all-in and no fees) purchasers can see every show at Live Nation clubs in their city for the rest of the ...

  26. Will Kanye West's VMAs Outburst Hurt His Upcoming Tour?

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After crashing the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and numerous apologies for his outburst - stating he would "take some time off" to reflect - Kanye West will instead join La ...

  27. FCC To Take Another Look At Janet Jackson Case

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said the agency will review the incident involving a fleeting glimpse of pop singer Jane Jackson's breast during the 2004 American football championship. Jackson's right breast was exposed to al ...

  28. Jay-Z Reveals Details Of Fall Arena Tour

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the eve of his charity concert in New York, Jay-Z has announced the dates for his upcoming fall tour, produced by Live Nation. With 21 shows confirmed -- including Philadelphia, Seattle, and Austin, Texas -- the tour will make stops at college ...

  29. Cable Vet Gavin Harvey Joins Fuse

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After a year-long hiatus, former Versus/OLN president Gavin Harvey has resurfaced in the cable network space, joining Cablevision's music network Fuse as executive VP and GM. Harvey left Versus last summer, when the New York-based sports chan ...

  30. Ciara Replaced By Jordin Sparks In Britney Spears Tour

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jordin Sparks will be replacing Ciara on the second leg of Britney Spears' "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour, reps at Jive Records, both Sparks and Ciara's label, have confirmed. Although asked, Jive Records didn't ...

  31. Analysis: WOXY Adds To Future Sounds' Growing Business Model

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With its acquisition of WOXY , an indie-rock leaning webcasting powerhouse, Los Angeles-based Future Sounds added an important piece to its growing company built on trend-spotting and independent music. The company purchased WOXY in January and re ...

  32. Briefs: U2, Sugarland, Radiohead

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Copyright attorneys William Patry and Ben Sheffner provide a point-counterpoint on Patry's new blog, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars . In the first post of the series, Patry addressed Sheffner's view that file sharers' court ...

  33. Maxwell Extends 'BLACKsummers'night' Tour

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following a sold-out summer tour, Maxwell will hit the road again this fall in support of his hit comeback album, "BLACKsummers'night." The Live Nation-produced trek, which upgrades from theaters to larger-capacity arenas, begins at ...

  34. 'Glee' Cast Hits The Road With 'The Gleek Tour'

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This summer eight members of the "Glee" cast will be traveling the country on "The Gleek Tour" to meet fans, sign autographs and give a sneak peek of the new fall comedy on Fox. "Glee" actors Cory Monteith, Lea Michel ...

  35. Leonard Cohen Announces Second U.S. Leg Of World Tour

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leonard Cohen will return to the United States this fall to perform in theaters and arenas, beginning Oct. 17 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and wrapping Nov. 13 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Select tickets for the 15-date U ...

  36. They Might Be Giants To Release Third Kids Album In September, Rock Album In 2010

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of its Best Childen's Album Grammy win for "Here Come the 123's," They Might Be Giants is readying the release of another kid-centric set, "Here Comes Science." The album and animated DVD is due Sept. 1 o ...

  37. Pearl Jam Debuts 'Fixer,' Reveals Track List

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam's new single, "The Fixer," made an abbreviated debut last night (July 14) during Fox's broadcast of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The track officially goes to U.S. radio and digital retailers on Monday. As ...

  38. Pearl Jam Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam will celebrate Halloween early with two concerts at Philadelphia's Wachovia Spectrum to be held Oct. 28 and 30. The shows are part of a brief North American tour which also includes stops in San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles. Ben H ...

  39. Editorial: Remembering Michael

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This is the second time in my life I've been heartbroken to miss a Michael Jackson concert. The first time was when I was in the sixth grade, and my 17-year-old sister came home and surprised us with the news that she had tickets to the Jacks ...

  40. Sunny Day Real Estate Classic Lineup Reunites For Tour

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will return to the road with its four original members this fall and will reissue its first two Sub Pop albums on Sept. 15. These will be the band's first shows of any kind since November 200 ...

  41. Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Drake Reveal 'Young Money' Tour

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy Tell'Em and Drake will go on an official tour this summer, and the dates have just been confirmed. The "Young Money Presents: Americas Most Wanted Music Festival" trek will start on July 27 at the ...

  42. M.I.A. Protege Rye Rye To Join A-Trak Tour

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A. protégé Rye Rye will go on tour for A-Trak's "Hamburger" tour, taking off in Shangai, China, on May 28 and capping off at Hard Festival in Los Angeles August 8. "I was out one day and [DJ] Blaqstarr called me saying I sh ...

  43. Staind, Shinedown Cut Ticket Prices

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rock acts Staind, Shinedown, Chevelle and Halestorm are doing their part to "stimulate" the summer concert season. The four bands are teaming up for a 40-date U.S. theater/amphitheater tour that aims to give concertgoers an affordable ti ...

  44. Creed To Reunite For Tour, Album

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Creed has announced all four of the original band members - Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall - will reunite for a summer tour and new album. The tour, the band's first in seven years, begins Aug. 6 in Pittsburgh. ...

  45. Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley Team For Summer Bill

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and Stephen Marley have teamed up for this summer's Blazed and Confused tour. The month-long trek will begin July 10 in Primm, N.V., and head across the country to Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City and Atlanta befo ...

  46. Green Day Announces Summer Tour

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Green Day has announced a slate of 38 summer dates that begins July 3 in Seattle and marks the chart-topping rock band's first full North American tour in more than three years. The summer trek, which will support the trio's May 15 album ...

  47. Beyonce Unveils Summer Tour Dates

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyoncé and her all-female band will kickoff a 22-date North American tour at New York's Madison Square Garden in June and will wrap with a four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2. Winners of her "Single Ladies& ...

  48. Randy Cain, Founding Member Of Delfonics, Dead

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Randy Cain, a founding member of the soul group the Delfonics, which had such hits as "La La Means I Love You," has died. He was 63. Cain's death Thursday at his home in Maple Shade, N.J., was confirmed by investigator Rob O'Ne ...

  49. ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman Steps Down

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Bergman, who has led the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for 15 years, is stepping down as president and chairman of the board. Her successor is expected to be elected at the next ASCAP board of directors meeting late ...

  50. Industry Vet Steve Blanck Dies

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dedicated talent agent and devoted Phillies fan, Steve Blanck, died February 10 in Hemet, Calif., at the age of 62. Blanck died while recovering from emergency surgery caused by his long battle with lung disease. Blanck was born in Philadelphia an ...

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