Philadelphia

  1. Diplo's Mad Decent Teams Up With Downtown Records

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Producer Diplo, best known for his work with M.I.A., has announced a joint venture between his label, Mad Decent, and Downtown Records. Upcoming releases from Mad Decent will include music from Philadelphia punk band Popo, London's dubstepers ...

  2. Neil Young Brings His Lincvolt To SXSW

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Though his participation at South By Southwest has not been announced, Neil Young was spotted strolling around the Four Seasons hotel and tooling around downtown Austin in his environmentally clean Lincvolt car. It makes sense: "Neil Young� ...

  3. TV On The Radio, Public Enemy Set For 'Roots Picnic'

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform th ...

  4. Jonas Brothers Roll Out Tour Plans

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two weeks after the premiere of Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert" film, the siblings have unveiled dates to their upcoming world tour. The 44-date North American leg begins June 20 at the Dallas Cowboys New Stadium i ...

  5. The Fray Announces Summer Tour Dates

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Fray will headline a 35-city summer tour which kicks off June 12 in Atlanta and extends to August 7, when it wraps in Spokane, Wash. Jacks Mannequin is scheduled to open on all dates. The Fray's second album, "The Fray," was rel ...

  6. Spinal Tap Trio Announce "Unwigged" Tour

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are leaving the costumes and wigs at home but will still play the music of their cinematic alter egos Spinal Tap, as well as the Folksmen from "A Mighty Wind" on a 30-date concert tour ...

  7. No Doubt Unveils Summer Tour

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt announced a 45-city summer tour, which begins May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., and runs through August 1 in Irvine, Calif. As previously reported, the band will be supported by Paramore, and joined on select dates ...

  8. The Roots Gear Up For 'Late Night'

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fans of The Roots can rest easy. The Philadelphia-based band has started work on a new album and still plans to tour. But the Grammy Award-winning group's primary focus right now is its new gig as the house band for "Late Night with Jimm ...

  9. Leonard Cohen Dazzles At New York Tour Warm-Up

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tuning up for a spring North American tour, Leonard Cohen played his first show on American soil in 15 years last night (Feb. 19) at New York's Beacon Theatre. The three-hour performance featured all of Cohen's classics, including " ...

  10. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger Confirmed

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The announcement the music industry has been waiting for has come: a definitive merger agreement between Live Nation and Ticketmaster to create Live Nation Entertainment. The move combines Live Nation, the world's largest concert promotion fi ...

  11. Kings Of Leon Following MSG Sellout With Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Kings Of Leon will follow up their Jan. 29 sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden in New York with another run of North American arena shows, beginning April 19 at Agganis Arena in Boston and wrapping at the Bill Graham Civic Center on May ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Lucky Seven For Swift While 'Notorious' Debuts

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . . . Can you name the last album to spend as many weeks at the top? . . . The first top 10 debut of the year comes in the form of the soundtrack to " ...

  14. Juana Molina To Kick Off Club Tour In February

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina embarks on a U.S. tour Feb. 9, accompanied for the first time by a full band. The club tour begins at the Nightlight Lounge in Bellingham, Wash., and continues to 15 more cities including Seattle, Los Angel ...

  15. Swift Makes It Six While GaGa Gains

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth week, the longest run at the top since 2005 . . . As the big chart continues to get back to a normal post-Christmas state, a bevy of albums make headway on th ...

  16. Springsteen, Rahman Win Golden Globes

    January 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen won the Golden Globe for best song for the title track from "The Wrestler," while A.R. Rahman won the Golden Globe for best score for for "Slumdog Millionaire," which becomes an odds-on favorite for Oscar reco ...

  17. Arbitron Settles With N.Y., N.J. AGs

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after attorneys general in New York and New Jersey filed lawsuits against Arbitron charging the radio ratings research company with "deceptively claiming that its Portable People Meter system is valid, fair, and representative of ...

  18. The Dead Returning To The Road In '09

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spurred on by two reunions at benefits for President-elect Barack Obama, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead will embark on their first tour in five years this spring. The Dead will hit the road beginning April 12 in Greensboro, N.C., and w ...

  19. Philadelphia Papers Launch Local Music Site

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Philly.com, the Web site of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer, has launched a new, local music site called phrequency.com , according to Philadelphia Media Holdings, which own both papers. "The site is dedicated to the loc ...

  20. Saadiq Hits The Road, Records With Fantasia

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Since the demise of Tony! Toni! Tone!, Raphael Saadiq has staked his reputation in the recording studio with myriad production and collaboration credits. But "The Way I See It," his fourth solo album, has rekindled the R&B auteur ...

  21. Morrissey Inks U.S. Deal, Plots Spring Tour

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Morrissey has inked a U.S. deal with Lost Highway for the release of his new album, "Years of Refusal," Billboard can reveal. Due Feb. 17, the project will be issued in conjunction with the former Smiths frontman's own Attack imprin ...

  22. Univision Taps 'Esta Navidad' For Holiday Theme

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Esta Navidad," a song written and performed by pianist Arthur Hanlon and sung by Puerto Rican pop artist Janina, is the Christmas theme song for several local Univision TV stations. A TV spot featuring both artists is airing in New York ...

  23. Fargo Dome Authority OKs Management Contract

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Fargo Dome Authority voted unanimously Dec. 9 to approve a new two-year contract with Philadelphia-based venue management firm Global Spectrum to manage the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Dome Authority President Ryn Pitts said the contract, which r ...

  24. Global Spectrum To Manage Virginia Venue

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The city of Roanoke, Va., has signed Philadelphia-based venue management firm Global Spectrum as the new operator and manager of the Roanoke Civic Center. Global named Chris Connolly, a 10-year company veteran, as the new GM of the Civic Center. G ...

  25. Kindred The Family Soul Plans Eastern Swing

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kindred the Family Soul is launching the eastern swing of its "House of Love" tour. The junket kicks off Dec. 5 at Atlanta's Center Stage, followed by stops in Washington, D.C. (Dec. 7), New York City (Dec. 8) and Philadelphia (Dec. ...

  26. Nickelback Plots 2009 Tour

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nickelback will begin a North American tour Feb. 25 in Nashville in support of its just-released Roadrunner album "Dark Horse." Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 via LiveNation.com, but Nickelback fan club members get first crack on Friday (Nov. ...

  27. R&B Briefs: NAACP, 'Love Train,' India.Arie

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The NAACP kicks off its year-long centennial celebration with the 40th annual "NAACP Image Awards," which will be televised live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT) on Fox. Nominations will be announce ...

  28. Janet Jackson Cancels Missed Shows

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Janet Jackson won't be rockin' any rescheduled tour dates. The 42-year-old singer is not choreographing any makeup dates for the seven "Rock Witchu" tour performances that were initially postponed because of her illness "d ...

  29. Global Spectrum Europe Wins Croatia Contract

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Global Spectrum Europe, the partnership recently established by Philadelphia-based venue management firm Global Spectrum and the British firm NEC Group Birmingham, has been awarded the management contract for the Spaladium, a new, 12,000-seat mult ...

  30. ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Set For Next Month

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A radio show, WRTI (Philadelphia); a book, "The End of Early Music: A period Performer's History Of Music For the Twenty-First Century;" and a deceased television star, Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood;" are amon ...

  31. Live Nation Signs Five Year Pact With SMG-Savor/Aramark

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has reached a five year agreement with SMG-Savor, the food service division of Philadelphia-based venue management firm SMG, and multi-service food concessionaire Aramark to provide food and beverage service at 34 of Live Nation's ...

  32. Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble to a Pearl'

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nikka Costa tells billboard.biz the music on her new album, "Pebble to a Pearl," is "the raw answer to the sweet, formulaic music of today." The singer/songwriter's third album was released Oct. 14 through Stax Records. &q ...

  33. Janet Resuming Tour After Battling Vertigo

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson is returning to her "Rock Witchu" tour and -- finally -- revealing the mystery illness that led her to cancel a string of concerts. Following two weeks of scrapped shows, Jackson was scheduled to resume her tour tonight (Oc ...

  34. Soul Empress Linda Jones Remembered On New Album

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the more distinctive voices in R&B/soul history is Linda Jones. Best known for her 1967 No. 4 R&B hit "Hypnotized" as well as subsequent hits "What've I Done (to Make You Mad)" and "Your Precious Love,& ...

  35. Legend Tour To Kickoff Next Month

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Legend is kicking off an international concert tour in support of his upcoming album, "Evolver," (Columbia) dropping Oct. 28. The tour begins Nov. 19 in Minneapolis and runs through Dec. 13 in Durham, N.C. Raphael Saadiq will open f ...

  36. Springsteen Wraps Obama Tour In Michigan

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen concluded his three-day barnstorming tour in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama last night (Oct. 6) with an eight-song, 50-minute acoustic set at Oestrike Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. ...

  37. Janet Delays Three More Shows Due To Illness

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson has postponed three more shows because of an undisclosed illness. Her publicist said in an e-mail late Saturday that Jackson was postponing a Saturday show in Greensboro, N.C., one on Sunday in Atlanta and a third on Tuesday in Fort ...

  38. GigMaven Launches In Beta

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT GigMaven.com , a free Web site that enables artists to find and book their own concerts dates, has launched in beta format. GigMaven allows artists to create profiles, where they can post music and search for opening slots at venues. In addition t ...

  39. Janet Out Of Hospital, Postpones Two Shows

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson was released from a Montreal hospital just two hours after she arrived, a spokeswoman for the facility said yesterday (Sept. 30), but it was still not clear why she was admitted. The 42-year-old singer became "suddenly ill" ...

  40. Springsteen, Joel Team Up For Obama

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are teaming up for their first joint concert to benefit Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Obama plans to attend the concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 16, the day af ...

  41. MSG To Consider Live Nation Ticketing Pact?

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cablevision CEO and Madison Square Garden chairman Jim Dolan commented during a Goldman Sachs conference in New York that MSG Entertainment's contract with Ticketmaster has expired and that the company would consider using Live Nation for fut ...

  42. Global Spectrum Expands Into Europe

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Philadelphia-based facility management firm Global Spectrum has entered into an agreement with British firm NEC Group Birmingham to launch a new international division. Global Spectrum Europe will aim to manage and operate venues across Europe, in ...

  43. Update: Live Nation Seals Ticketing Deal With SMG

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has cut an important deal with Philadelphia-based facility operator SMG for venues across North America that will provide a big boost to the launch of its ticketing service at third-party venues. The alliance allows Live Nation to ente ...

  44. AC/DC Reveals Fall Tour Plans

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable A ...

  45. New York AG Investigates PPM

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pressured by a group of Hispanic broadcasters and Inner City Broadcasting in New York City, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has initiated an investigation into Arbitron's portable people meter (PPM) system. Arbitron received a subpoena ...

  46. R&B Foundation Kicks Off Gala Weekend

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rhythm & Blues Foundation kicks off its 20th anniversary celebration this weekend with a series of events in Philadelphia. It all leads up to the foundation's annual Pioneer Awards on Sept. 9 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. ...

  47. Turner Adds New Concert Dates To Tour

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tina Turner has added eight concert dates to her upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The singer's 36-date arena trek wraps with a Dec. 12-13 stand at the Air Canada Centre ...

  48. Drive-By Truckers, Hold Steady Prep Trek

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Drive-By Truckers will begin a 23-date co-headlining tour with the Hold Steady on Oct. 30 in Louisville, Ky. The bands will alternate who closes the shows throughout the tour, which is being billed as the "Rock and Roll Means Well" t ...

  49. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Tom Joyner, Johnny Cash, Living Legends

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Jennifer Hudson and Al Green will headline concerts for the 2008 Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Among other performers set for the Labor Day weekend event at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center are Eri ...

  50. Songwriter Robert Hazard Dies

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Robert Hazard, a songwriter and musician from Philadelphia who wrote the 1983 Cyndi Lauper hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," has died. He was 59. Hazard died Tuesday after a brief illness, his record label, Rykodisc, said in a statement. ...

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