Phoenix

  1. 'Rock Band 3': Keyboard Confirmed

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rumored keyboard controller for "Rock Band 3" is real. USA Today got the scoop , confirming the 25-key instrument will focus on the same five colored keys that correspond with on-screen prompts just like other instruments. Those othe ...

  2. Hall & Oates Join Arizona Boycott, Cancel Phoenix Gig

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rock duo Daryl Hall and John Oates announced Monday they will not be playing Phoenix next month following an Arizona Diamondbacks game. Their manager Jonathan Wolfson told The Associated Press from Los Angeles that Hall and Oates will not play ...

  3. Country Throwdown Cancels Four Shows Citing Low Ticket Sales

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Lyman, the co-producer of the Country Throwdown amphitheater tour, the country music venture from Warped Tour producers 4fini Production, has announced that four upcoming shows on the North American trek have been canceled because of low tic ...

  4. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Atlantic Records Branding and Sports Marketing VP Jonathan Feldman

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Jonathan Feldman Title: VP, brand partnerships & sports marketing, Atlantic Records Panel: Beyond The TV Commercial How Are Artists Striking New Deals With Brands? Tues., June 15, 9:00am – 9:50am. For more information, visit billboardeve ...

  5. Rage Against the Machine, Michael Moore Lead Arizona Boycott

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha has enlisted dozens of musicians and activists to join the Sound Strike, an open call by artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. The law passed by the ...

  6. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Whitesmith Entertainment Co-founder Emily White

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Larry Mills Title: Director, Music Products, Getty Images Panel: Hosting a roundtable on Options for Independent Artists to Get Placed in Advertisings (12:00pm – 12:45pm) ; for more information, visit billboardevents.com ) What's the la ...

  7. Arizona Immigration Law Stirs Fear, Loathing On The Road

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law isn't scheduled to take effect until late July. But fear and anger stirred by the law are already beginning to take a toll on concerts in the state, particularly on events featuring regiona ...

  8. National 'Glee' Tour Takes Show To Its Gleeks

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT School's out, but the "Glee" kids haven't stopped believin'. The cast making up the popular Fox show's band of singing teens launched its four-city tour Saturday in Phoenix, anxious to bring the theatrics of a major n ...

  9. Pitbull Cancels Phoenix Concert To Protest Arizona Law

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pitbull has canceled the May 31 stop of his AEG Live-promoted “Mr. Worldwide’s Carnaval” tour at Phoenix' Celebrity Theatre, as a protest against Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law. “I am canceling my concert in Phoenix on May 31... Ho ...

  10. Conjunto Primavera Cancels Arizona Show In Protest

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran chart-topper Conjunto Primavera has canceled a June 19 show at Phoenix' Dodge Theatre to protest Arizona's new immigration enforcement law. The romantic norteno group, which was to have performed on a double bill with Los Rielero ...

  11. Espinoza Paz To Visit 12 Cities On First U.S. Headlining Trek

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican artist Espinoza Paz will visit 12 U.S. cities on his “Nace Una Estrella” tour, promoted by AEG Live. The tour starts June 19 at Denver’s Wells Fargo Theatre and wraps Aug. 28 at New York’s Nokia Theatre. This is the first U.S. hea ...

  12. Ricky Martin Criticizes Arizona's Immigration Law

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin joined in the criticism of Arizona's new law that will allow police to stop anyone they think might be an illegal immigrant. Appearing at the Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony, Martin said the law "makes no sense," ...

  13. Thom Yorke, Pavement, Gorillaz Cap Coachella 2010

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 Coachella Music and Arts festival came to a close Sunday night (April 18) with strong sets by its mainstagers Gorillaz, Thom Yorke and Pavement, and surprises by more than a few artists on the field. While the name of Thom Yorke's ne ...

  14. SBS Starts Encoding Again

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System began encoding its radio station signals for Arbitron's portable people meter ratings service last Thursday evening (April 8), putting its nine stations back in the ratings. The change of heart followed a meeting w ...

  15. Lady Gaga, Soundgarden, Arcade Fire Top Lollapalooza 2010 Lineup

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga, Green Day, a reunited Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, the Strokes and Phoenix will headline this year's Lollapalooza, festival organizers confirmed today (Apr. 6). The National, Spoon, Devo, Cypress Hill, Cut Copy, the New Pornographers, ...

  16. Univision Plugs PPM Back In

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Spanish Broadcasting System has pulled the encoders from Arbitron's portable people meter system, Univision Communications is finally plugging back in. As of 5 a.m. Thursday (April 1), Univision's stations in Miami, San Diego, Phoe ...

  17. SBS Pulls PPM Encoders Again

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System has pulled the encoders from its stations again, leaving its ratings performance in the dark for advertisers. The broadcaster disconnected from Arbitron's portable people meter system soon after a New York Supreme ...

  18. Guns N' Roses, Arcade Fire, Blink 182 For Reading/Leeds

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT North American rock acts occupy all three top-of-the-bill slots at this summer's twinned Reading and Leeds festivals with Guns N' Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink 182 set to headline the long-running U.K. events. Other acts confirmed to appe ...

  19. DMX Ordered To Serve 6 Months In Phoenix Jail

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge has ordered DMX to spend six months in a Phoenix jail for violating probation and to undergo a mental health evaluation. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, admitted in court Tuesday (March 16) to a single violation of probation for fail ...

  20. DMX Arrested For Violating Probation

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Troubled rapper DMX was arrested in Arizona on Tuesday (March 9) for violating his probation by regularly using illegal drugs during the last nine months, authorities said. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, told a probation officer that ...

  21. Op-Ed: A Cultural Gateway

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Latin music is currently enjoying a greater level of popularity in the United States than at any other time in its long history. Spanish radio has become a leading format in major markets like Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Houston, while growin ...

  22. 'Glee' Cast Plans U.S. Tour

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The "Glee" cast is taking its show on the road. Fox's Golden Globe award-winning high school musical has announced a seven-date U.S. "Glee Live! In Concert!" tour, kicking off in Phoenix, Ariz. on May 18 -- just over a mon ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Updated: N.Y. Court Orders SBS to Encode

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish Broadcasting System must continue to encode its signals for Arbitron's portable people meter service in five markets. The ruling came Tuesday (Feb. 16) in the New York Supreme Court for the County of New York, which let stand the temp ...

  25. Arbitron Wins Restraining Order Against Spanish Broadcasting System

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced late Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York issued a temporary restraining order requiring Spanish Broadcasting System to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitr ...

  26. Arbitron Wins Restraining Order Against Spanish Broadcasting System

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced late Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York issued a temporary restraining order requiring Spanish Broadcasting System to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitr ...

  27. Heavenly, Cooperative Music Sign Licensing Deal

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. indie Heavenly Recordings has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Cooperative Music, the international independent label group that operates under Universal Music Group ownership. Heavenly's previous deal with EMI expired in 2008 ...

  28. Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Top Bonnaroo Fest Lineup

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 2010 edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is taking an unusual route to its lineup announcement today (Feb. 9), rolling out the bill one artist at a time on its website. Billboard sources, however, have confirmed that the festival ...

  29. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem, Faith No More, Thom Yorke, Pavement and the Special ...

  30. U.K. iTunes Store Unveils 2009 Albums, Songs Shortlist

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. iTunes store is urging music fans to vote for their favorite song and album of 2009 from a shortlist published today (Nov. 13). The 10 songs and 10 albums were chosen by the iTunes U.K. editorial team in London from the year's releas ...

  31. Lala, MySpace Land Exclusives

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fresh off their new streaming partnership with Google, digital music providers Lala and MySpace have scored exclusive access to several tracks from a variety of labels and artists as part of a bid to help promote the new Google music search featur ...

  32. Business Matters: Google, ReverbNation, BlueBeat.com

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- TThe news on Google 's music search partnerships continues with five free tracks at Lala.com, MySpace and iLike by Tim McGraw, Phoenix, Ma ...

  33. Lala Scores Exclusive Tracks For New Google Feature

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fresh off a new streaming partnership with Google, digital music provider Lala has scored exclusive access to several tracks from a variety of labels and artists as part of a bid to help promote the new Google music search feature. Artists includi ...

  34. 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. ...

  35. Kanye West And Lady Gaga Tour Canceled

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Lady Gaga's highly anticipated tour is over before it even began. Just days after announcing dates for an ambitious joint show that was to kick off next month, the tour was canceled. Live Nation announced the news in a brief st ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. KTZR/Phoenix 'La Preciosa' Flips To Spanish AC

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel station KTZR-FM in Phoenix, which was carrying Mexican hits format “La Preciosa,” has now shifted to Latin adult contemporary. The new Mia 97.1 FM will play hits by the likes of Shakira, Alejandro Fernandez and Paulina Rubio. The sta ...

  38. Univision Revenues Dip 4% In Q2

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Univision Communications' financial results for the second quarter and for the first six months ending June 30, 2009, showed the company had slowed down the revenue decline it registered for the first quarter. Net revenue declined 4% for the ...

  39. Latin Briefs: Pitbull, Fey

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Cuban-American rapper Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is burning up the charts not only in the U.S., but in Europe and Mexico. The Ultra Records single with a Spanish-English chorus peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot ...

  40. Amie Street Partners With RED

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online music retailer Amie Street has announced a deal with RED Distribution. Starting today (Aug. 18), the site, which uses a variable pricing model based on the popularity of a track, will stock music from the RED Distribution catalog. Some of t ...

  41. GAO Joins Crowd Looking Into Arbitron's PPM

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Will Arbitron's headache over the rollout of its portable people meter service ever end? The latest regulatory body to scrutinize the PPM service for its affect on minority radio stations is the Government Accountability Office. Earlier this ...

  42. News Briefs: 101 Distribution, theBizmo

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Rick Williams, a veteran distribution executive, has joined the Phoenix-based indie distributor 101 Distribution as GM. "Rick is an industry expert who possesses the knowledge and expertise in building, growing and managing a multi-million ...

  43. Florida A.G. Files Suit Against Arbitron

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's problems with the rollout of its portable people meter service just won't go away. The Florida Attorney General Tuesday (July 14) filed suit against Arbitron in an attempt to prevent the ratings company from releasing its port ...

  44. AHAA Links Up With MRC

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, a strong critic of Arbitron's portable people meter ratings service, announced Tuesday (July 7) it has joined the Media Rating Council, giving the organization a voice in the accreditation of ...

  45. Doherty Added To U.K. V Fest Line-Up

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peter Doherty heads a raft of newly announced acts to appear on the Virgin Media Union stage at this year's U.K. V Festival, which takes place simultaneously in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire on Aug. 22 to 23. British ...

  46. Univision Refuses to Encode Signals in New PPM Areas

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT What will happen to the Miami radio market when as much as 20 percent of the audience simply disappears from the ratings? That’s the scenario advertisers face July 16 when Arbitron publishes its first portable people meter ratings in Miami, San Di ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Asher Roth, Kid Cudi Team For Summer Tour

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Newcomers Asher Roth and Kid Cudi are setting off on their first headlining tour this summer. The two Universal Motown artists will hit 19 cities around the U.S. as part of "the Great Hangover Tour" with support from B.O.B., an Atlanta-b ...

  50. Eminem's 'Relapse' Blasts In At No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's fifth straight No. 1 debut, "Relapse," roars at the top of the Billboard 200 with 608,000—the biggest sales week of the year for any album and the best since AC/DC's "Black Ice" began with 784,000 copies last ...

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