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  1. Arizona Student Charged in LulzSec Sony Hacking Case

    September 23, 2011 8:58 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Arizona college student was arrested and charged Thursday in a breach of computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment early this summer where more than 37,000 customers had their information stolen. An indictment unsealed in Los ...

  2. Backbeat: Alice Cooper Returns to the Whisky A Go-Go With Robbie Krieger, Kesha

    September 16, 2011 6:10 PM EDT I'm (Older Than) 18: Kesha (left) joined Alice Cooper on stage last night tour to perform for his song classic "School's Out." (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images) "We're a bar band tonight," Alice Cooper decla ...

  3. Backbeat: Glassnote Signing Oberhofer Plays Brooklyn's Music Hall

    September 09, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Wake-Up Middle Guy! Oberhofer with Billboard's Chris Payne (second from Left) and Glassnote's Daniel Glass (second from right). Freshly signed to Glassnote Records , the New York by-way-of Tacoma, WA rockers Oberhofer played a lively set ...

  4. Business Matters: Ticketfly Adds Venues Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix)

    August 10, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Ticketfly Adds Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix) -- Ticketmaster may be resigning its top ticketing clients, but other ticketing companies are actively picking up smaller venues and promoters. San Francisco-based Ticketfly has recentl ...

  5. Chris Brown Tour Dates Revealed; T-Pain and Kelly Rowland on the Bill

    August 10, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Chris Brown will kick off his F.A.M.E. tour in Toronto on Sept. 12 and he's taking T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga along for the cross-country ride that will bring the R&B star to his native Virginia, as well as Los Angeles before ending i ...

  6. How to Boost Bookings: A No-Holds-Barred IAVM Panel Spells it Out

    August 08, 2011 6:22 AM EDT Well, this one sure wasn't your granddaddy's talent panel. Called "Your Deal Sucks 101" and moderated by a manic Dan Steinberg, talent buyer at Auburn, Wash.-based Square Peg Presents, the annual "agency forum" at t ...

  7. Kings of Leon Cancel Entire U.S. Tour

    August 01, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kings of Leon announced the cancellation of their U.S. tour following an onstage meltdown at a performance in Dallas on Friday night (July 29). Frontman Caleb Followill walked offstage after claiming he was too hot to perform, and the band subsequ ...

  8. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  9. Zoe Announce Tour Dates

    July 27, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Mexican alternative rock band Zoé has landed Jack Daniel's as the official sponsor of their U.S. tour, which begins July 30 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. The band - vocalist Leon Larregui, guitarist Sergio Acosta, bassist Angel Mosqued ...

  10. Cooperative Music Launches in Australia

    June 14, 2011 10:07 AM EDT Cooperative Music, the international music marketing network, has launched an affiliate in Australia. Based in Melbourne, Cooperative Music Australia and its network of labels will be distributed by parent company Universal Music in Australia and ...

  11. Lindsey Buckingham Announces New Self-Released Album, Tour

    June 13, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Lindsey Buckingham will self-release his sixth solo album, "Seeds We Sow," on Sept. 6 and embark on 31-city North American tour in September and October. The album's first single is "In Our Own Time." Buckingham's las ...

  12. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    May 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance will lead the lineup of the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour, which is scheduled to visit North American amphitheaters this summer/fall. Support acts on the 40-plus-date trek include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and M ...

  13. Feds Seize Counterfeit CDs From Latin Music Distributor Angelica's Records

    May 10, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Federal investigators from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized more than 150,000 counterfeit CDs in April from Latin music distributor/one-stop Angelica's Records , one of the leading distributors of Latin music ...

  14. 'American Idol' -- Reteamed With AEG -- Announces Season 10 Tour Dates

    April 28, 2011 9:53 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N. ...

  15. A Tribe Called Quest Documentary by Michael Rapaport to Hit Theaters

    April 27, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Michael Rapaport will be hitting the road this summer with his documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest , "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest." The roll out across the country starts July 8 in New Yo ...

  16. Publishing Briefs: UMPG Signs a Smeethington, Kobalt Gets Neil Finn

    April 26, 2011 3:22 PM EDT UMPG Signs a Smeethington Universal Music Publishing has signed Ari Levine of the Smeezingtons songwriting and production team to an an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement. Levine's deal with UMPG commences upon the expiration the songwr ...

  17. Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Foo Fighters Headlining Lollapalooza 2011

    April 26, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Muse will help Lollapalooza ring in its 20th anniversary as the headliners of the annual U.S. music festival. The full lineup for Lollapalooza 2011, which will invade Chicago's Grant Park on August 5-7, was ...

  18. Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards 2011: The Hottest Concerts

    April 25, 2011 6:39 PM EDT Every sector of the Latin music industry will convene for the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm in association with AT&T, at the Eden Roc Renaissance in Miami Beach on April 25-28. Artist showcases are a hi ...

  19. Hostess Entertainment Partners With Warner Music South East Asia

    April 21, 2011 1:51 PM EDT The Tokyo-based music marketing indie Hostess Entertainment and Warner Music South East Asia announced a licensing agreement that will see Hostess gradually expand its footprint beyond Japan to South East Asian markets, which include Hong Kong, Ko ...

  20. MTV's Dermot McCormack Talks O Music Awards

    April 05, 2011 1:03 PM EDT MTV today revealed the full list of categories and nominees for its inaugural O Music Awards , a Web-based awards show dedicated to all things digital that will take place April 28. Nominees -- selected by MTV's internal committee following d ...

  21. Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow Announce Summer Tour

    March 31, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Kid Rock is taking Sheryl Crow -- his duet partner on the 2002 hit "Picture" and on "Collide," the new single from his 2010 "Born Free" album -- on the road this summer as a special tour guest, with a potential live a ...

  22. Label Titans Survey The Landscape At 'Flying The Indie Flag' SXSW Panel

    March 18, 2011 4:02 PM EDT After Arcade Fire sold out Madison Square Garden and won Album of the Year Grammy, the indie world seemed ready to take on the mainstream rock world in terms of above-ground cultural clout. This well-attended -- and instructive, if rather dry -- p ...

  23. Party Scene at SXSWi 2011: Who Needs Meet-Up Apps When You Have the Driskill?

    March 12, 2011 8:28 PM EST The Lobby Scene: At SXSWi NYC's Silicon Alley went to the Driskill Hotel Parties, may they be promotional events, drunken revelries or simply a group of people wandering down 6th Street, are an essential component of the SxSWi experience. If ...

  24. Glassnote Launches Four Song Night Publishing Company

    March 08, 2011 12:29 PM EST Indie label Glassnote , home of Grammy nominees Mumford & Sons and Madison Square Garden headliners Phoenix, has announced the launch of an in-house publishing company, Four Song Night . The venture will be led by Maureen Lloren, who has previ ...

  25. Danny Zelisko Exits Live Nation

    February 24, 2011 10:21 AM EST Longtime Arizona promoter Danny Zelisko has left his post as chairman of Phoenix-based Live Nation Southwest to launch his own concert-promotion firm Danny Zelisko Presents, the Arizona Republic reports. The move represents a return to the indepen ...

  26. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt, Harry Fox, Cooking Vinyl, Imagem, Fig, Eastbeach, BMG, Notable, Jimmy Webb, Primary Wave

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Grows Its Business In a move to expand its business platform beyond music publishing, the Kobalt Music Group has added new capabilities, including the administration and marketing of master recordings, synch rights and neighboring rights, a ...

  27. Lil Wayne Announces 'I Am Music II' Tour Dates

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nearly three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne today (Jan. 24) announced an I Am Music II spring tour, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a h ...

  28. Katy Perry to Kick Off 'California Dreams' U.S. Tour in June

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry announced the North American dates for her California Dreams 2011 world tour during a live chat on Facebook Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 19). The pop star will bring her "Teenage Dream" and "One of the Boys" hits to the ...

  29. Kenny Chesney Announces New Tour Dates

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- the singer announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal tour. These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium show ...

  30. Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks To Tour North American Arenas In March

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will come together for the upcoming the Heart and & Soul Tour, a series of North American arena performances scheduled to begin March 20 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Thirteen dates had been c ...

  31. The Power of NPR

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST With so many music options available to listeners at any given moment, breaking a new act is more challenging than ever. Even the perfect alignment of mainstream press and promo - say, a Rolling Stone feature, a performance on Conan or a video in ...

  32. Gorillaz Release New Album Recorded And Mixed Entirely On iPad

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Gorillaz have dropped a special Christmas present for fans -- "The Fall," an album mixed and recorded by frontman Damon Albarn using the iPad, is available on the band's website (thefall.gorillaz.com) as of Dec. 25. Over a dozen ...

  33. Rock Hall of Fame to Induct Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's official -- Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The class of 2011 will be formally feted on Mar. 14 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Al ...

  34. Univision Radio Signs PPM Deal

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish language radio giant Univision radio has finally signed a multi-year contract for Arbitron’s Portable People Meter in some of the nation’s biggest markets, including New York and Los Angeles. Although Univision had subscribed to Arbitron P ...

  35. BACKBEAT: Here's What You Missed on Day 1 of Billboard's Touring Conference and Awards

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , presented by ShowClix and in association with Music Networx, is taking place in NYC on November 3rd and 4th. This two-day event features informative panels, controversial discussions, inva ...

  36. Updated: Live Nation Shuffles Execs, Garner Exits Company

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment disclosed in an 8-K filing Wednesday that Jason Garner, the head of its concert business, has left the company . In light of the departure, Live Nation has promoted three of its key veteran executives. Longtime promoters ...

  37. Ticket Discounting, Social Marketing Worth Debated As Touring Confab Kicks Off

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Discounting is hurting the touring business, said the first panel at Billboard’s 7th Annual Touring Awards and Conference, and social media can be a helpful tool – even though its actual worth may be somewhat of a mystery. In a recession-plagued m ...

  38. Web Trends: Rod Stewart, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown and more

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4 p.m.): 19. Sarah Streeter Rod Stewart has reconnected with his eldest daughter Sarah Streeter whom he gave up for adoption when he was 17 years old. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Hip-Hop's 50 Greatest Animated GIF ...

  39. Web Trends: 'Glee,' Travie McCoy, Atomic Tom and more

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 11 a.m.): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Hip-Hop's 50 Greatest Animated GIFs Of All Time 2. 'Glee' 'Rocky Horror' Songs Leaked! [VIDEO] 3. 5 Creepi ...

  40. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Springboard's Hank Neuberger

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Hank Neuberger Title: President, Springboard Productions Panel: Sept. 16 3:30 roundtable: Putting Music Festivals Online: Lots of Eyeballs + Long Engagement = Impression Heaven. For more information or to register for our Music & Adverti ...

  41. BACKBEAT: Drake, Janelle Monae, Sid Bernstein, Rodrigo y Gabriela and many more!

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AT&T held its Launch Party for the new BlackBerry Torch on August 11th in Los Angeles. The attendees, including Glee’s Lea Michele and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, were entertained by a set from Young Money recording artist Drake. Drake (cent ...

  42. Web Trends: Kristy Lee Cook, Biggie Smalls, Newport Folk Fest and more

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 3. Kristy Lee Cook The former American Idol songstress has a reality TV show called “Kristy Lee Cook Goin’ Country” on Versus that follows her hunting trips. 9. T.I. and Tiny’s wedding T.I. married Tameka “Tiny” Cottle on ...

  43. Facebook Hits 500 Mil. Mark

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook officially has 500 million users across the globe. And to celebrate that stunning milestone, the social networking juggernaught is inviting its users to tell the world why they love the site. In conjunction with its 500 million-users-serv ...

  44. Ozomatli, Taboo Raise 'Voces Unidas' Against SB 1070

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Days before Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha joined Conor Oberst to announce a July 23 concert to support the fight against Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law, a Latin music concert protesting the same law drew several thousand p ...

  45. Business Matters: Sony, Jonas Bros, 'Idol,' HMV and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A LOOK AT SONY'S STRATEGY, REVENUE AND PROFIT -- The 360 deal is on a publicity tour. A week after Fast Company highlighted Warner Music Group ’s adaptation to a changed music industry through multi-rights deals, the New York Times does the s ...

  46. Conor Oberst Pens Open Letter To Arizona Promoter Charlie Levy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bright Eyes' mainman Conor Oberst has been an outspoken advocate for Zack de la Rocha's Sound Strike effort, joining fellow musicians and artists in a campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. R ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Camila To Tape Starburst Sponsored 'Unplugged'

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mexican pop band Camila will tape an "Unplugged" special for bilingual U.S. channel Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más at the Paris Theater in Miami Beach next Wednesday, June 23. The special will premiere July 12 on www.tr3s.com as part of the cha ...

  49. Zakk Wylde Launching Black Label Berzerkus Tour This Fall

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metal guitarist Zakk Wylde will launch the Black Label Berzerkus this fall, headlined by Wylde's Black Label Society. The two-month North American tour will feature Clutch, Children Of Bodom and 2Cents, with the first two bands sharing the ma ...

  50. Bonnaroo Producers: Ticket Sales, Corporate Sponsorship Up At 2010 Fest

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles on the 750-acre field in Manchester, Tenn., that days earlier hosted the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, producers and talent bookers should find satisfaction that they put together a talent lineup that not only moved ticke ...

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