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  1. Blink-182 Announces Nearly 50-Date Summer Tour

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT If it hadn't been for drummer Travis Barker's near-fatal airplane crash last year, Blink-182 might not be touring this summer. But after a five-year hiatus, Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge will embark on a ne ...

  2. Hostess Strikes Digital Deal with Avex

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japan's Hostess Entertainment has signed an agreement on a digital support-based strategic partnership with Avex Marketing Inc. The deal means that the division of the Avex Group will provide back end support services and, together with the i ...

  3. Sugar Ray Returns With 'Music For Cougars'

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sugar Ray, the band formed in Newport Beach, Calif., and fronted by singer Mark McGrath that was responsible for a string of breezy, reggae-tinged mid-1990s radio hits including the ubiquitous "Fly," will release its first full album of ...

  4. Pearl Jam, Beasties, Dave Matthews To Headline Austin City Limits Fest

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and the Beastie Boys will make their Austin City Limits Music Festival debuts as headliners of the eighth edition of the event in Austin's Zilker Park, Oct. 2-4. Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Thieve ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Record Store Day Preview: Events, Releases

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT From an exclusive Queen EP and performance by Talib Kweli to Wilco's advance of its new concert DVD, there will be plenty to celebrate during the second annual Record Store Day (April 18). Over 1,000 indie retail stores worldwide are playing ...

  7. 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& ...

  8. Latin Briefs: Internet Usage Growth, Telemundo, Televisa

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet use by Hispanics between 2004 and 2008 grew by 43% in Phoenix, Ariz., according to a study by Scarborough Research . The study looked at rates of Hispanic Internet use in 13 markets, of which Phoenix had experienced the highest growth, fo ...

  9. Camp Bestival Launches Installment Plan

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. festival Camp Bestival has introduced an installment ticket scheme similar to Coachella's layaway plan in response to the recession. Alt-rock singer P.J. Harvey will headline the second annual Camp Bestival, held July 24 to 26 at Lulwort ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. U2 Unveils 18 Stadium Shows

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and Live Nation have confirmed the first tranche of stadium dates on the band's global "360°" tour. As first revealed on Billboard.biz on Friday (March 6), the tour, produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored by "s ...

  12. Liberman Broadcasting Buys New York TV Station

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST On the heels of signing an affiliate deal in four Texas markets, Liberman Broadcasting has bought New York television station WASA Channel 25 as part of its bid to launch its Spanish-language network Estrella TV. The network is slated to launch in ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Radio Legend Harvey Dies At Age 90

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Radio legend Paul Harvey died on Saturday morning (Feb. 28) at a hopsital near his winter home in Phoenix surrounded by family. No cause of death was immediately available. He was 90. Harvey's death follows that of his wife and business partn ...

  16. Obituary: Mike McGeever

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former Billboard writer Mike McGeever died Feb. 19 after suffering a heart attack at home in Pottsville, PA. He was 48. An experienced trade journalist and occasional radio presenter, McGeever was a key staffer as radio editor during the launch of ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Honda Partners With Telemundo For Sweeps

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Telemundo is teaming up with Honda for a sweepstakes promotion for the latter’s 2009 Civic dangling the chance to go behind the scenes of its show Descontrol for a live performance by reggaeton duo Alexis & Fido in Miami. The promo, which laun ...

  19. 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 " ...

  20. Depeche Mode Unveils Summer Tour Plans

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, Depeche Mode will tour North America this summer, beginning July 24 in Toronto. Venues have yet to be announced for the trek, which runs through Sept. 5 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The band will be out in support of its new album, Sounds ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. R&B Briefs: Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Electrik Red

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Chris Brown is the latest addition to this year's NBA All-Star weekend line-up, taking place from Friday, Feb. 13th to Sunday, Feb. 15th, in Phoenix, Az. According to a release, the three-time Grammy nominee will open the pre-game festiviti ...

  23. Brad Paisley To Kick Off Tour In June

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brad Paisley will begin his 41-city American Saturday Night tour, with special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne, June 5 in Charlotte, N.C. Booked by Rob Beckham at the William Morris Agency, Paisley has become one of country's biggest to ...

  24. Juanes, John Legend Set For NBA All-Star Game

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Reprising their collaboration at November's Latin Grammys, Colombian pop star Juanes and R&B artist John Legend will perform together during the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 15. The two will sing Legend's "If You& ...

  25. Latin Urban Summit Set For February

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Latin Urban Summit, a two-day industry event, takes place Feb. 12 - 13 at Jacksons on 3rd in Phoenix, Ariz. Confirmed panelists include artist and Latino 96.3 FM/Los Angeles radio host David Rolas, artists Brown Boy and La La, producers Ace 1 ...

  26. Latin News Briefs: La Chokolata, Enrique Iglesias

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Entravision Radio Latin CHR KSSE (Súper Estrella)/Los Angeles has dropped the morning show "La Regadera de la Chokolata," hosted by Oswaldo Diaz and Ysaac Alvarez. As of Tuesday (Jan. 6), Alvarez is the sole host in the mornings with th ...

  27. BMG Music Service Stops Taking New Members

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Service stopped accepting new members this week, marking the end of the once-ubiquitous "12 for the price of one" offers that the mail-order CD club was known for. A spokesperson for BMG Music Service parent Direct Brands confi ...

  28. Elton John, Billy Joel Joint Tour A 'Smash'

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a positive sign for the 2009 touring season, sales for the upcoming Billy Joel/Elton John co-headlining tour are "through the roof," according to Wilson Howard, president, Live Nation Music Southeast, who calls the tour "a smash. ...

  29. Update: 'American Idol' Changing Its Tune

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fox today (Dec. 15) outlined the schedule for the eighth season of "American Idol," which reworks the elimination process to extend the Hollywood round and gives judges the opportunity to send some of their overlooked favorite contestant ...

  30. Rapper DMX Arrested In Miami On Warrant

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper DMX is back behind bars again in Miami after he was arrested by federal authorities for allegedly skipping out on a court appearance. The 37-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested Tuesday (Dec. 9) afternoon on a warrant iss ...

  31. Circuit City Files For Bankruptcy Protection

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Circuit City Stores Inc., the nation's second-biggest electronics retailer, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday (Nov. 10) but plans to stay open for business as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. It filed under Chapter 11 of t ...

  32. Circuit City To Shut 155 Stores

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Circuit City Stores Inc said it would close 155 U.S. stores and was considering all options to restructure in the face of a deteriorating cash position and tighter credit terms from vendors. The store closures will help to give the No. 2 U.S. cons ...

  33. Verizon Backs Toby Love

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Romantic urban bachata singer Toby Love is in the midst of a five-date, West Coast tour sponsored by Verizon as part of the release of his sophomore album, “Love Is Back” (Sony). Love kicked off his “Love Is Back” tour with a show at San Diego’s B ...

  34. Studio One Set to Open Recording Studio

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Next Monday, Studio One Media is launching the first of what it hopes will be many stand alone recording studios at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in Phoenix. Dubbed mystudio.net , the studio lets people create their own music videos as well a ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Calle 13 Ready For MTV Tr3s Run

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Tr3s is kicking off its "Tr3s Pass" tour franchise with a six-city run by groundbreaking urban duo Calle 13. The channel is also supporting the tour and the release of Calle 13's newest album with a special promo campaign and ad ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Ha ...

  39. Cheech & Chong Plan First Tour In 25 Years

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Comedy duo Cheech and Chong will reunite for their first tour in more than 25 years, beginning Sept. 12 at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia. More than 20 dates have been confirmed for the Live Nation-produced U.S. trek, with more to be announced ...

  40. Latin Stations Up For Sale

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish news/talkers KNRV-AM (La Buena Onda)/Denver and KNUV-AM (La Buena Onda)/Phoenix are up for sale, HM Communications president Heberto Limas-Villers told R&R. With the sale, HM Communications is also disappearing, he added. In addition, ...

  41. Bertelsmann Sells Music Club Unit

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even as Bertelsmann A.G. considers selling its stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the media giant has agreed to sell its Direct Group North America unit to Najafi Cos., a Phoenix-based private equity firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, ...

  42. 'Idol' Sets Auditions For New Season

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Auditions for the eighth season of "American Idol" begin Thursday, July 17 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The other audition cities are: Louisville, Ken. on July 21; Phoenix, Ariz. on July 25; Salt Lake City, Utah on July 29; San Ju ...

  43. Touring Briefs: Slow Food Rocks, SoCo Music Experience, All Points West

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Gnarls Barkley, Ozomatli, the New Pornographers, Medeski Martin & Wood, G. Love & Special Sauce and the John Butler Trio, among others, will perform at the Slow Food Rocks music festival, to be held Aug. 30-31 at the Great Meadow at For ...

  44. Ticketmaster Goes Paperless For Waits' Tour

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster is introducing its new paperless ticketing service in conjunction with the May 16 on-sale for Tom Waits' 13-date "Glitter And Doom" tour, which begins June 17 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. Fans who order concert ti ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. DMX Arrested For Speeding, Reckless Driving

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT DMX was arrested after speed-enforcement cameras captured him in his bright yellow 1966 Chevrolet going 114 mph on a suburban Phoenix freeway. The rapper/actor was taken into custody Tuesday at his north Phoenix home without incident, the Arizona ...

  47. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only Barbra Streisand, wit ...

  48. Madonna's the Queen of Charts

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "Hard Candy" album makes a sweet entrance at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 280,000, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper and the third biggest sales week of the year. A whopping 26% of the album's first we ...

  49. Hippiefest Unveils Summer Plans

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The third installment of Hippiefest will feature '60s acts Jack Bruce of Cream, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie leading the lineup. The traveling festival begins July 11 at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, and ...

  50. The Billboard Q&A: Vince Power

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The former Mean Fiddler man refashioned the British festival business. Now he's talking about his comeback.Vince Power's new mantra, "Back to basics," should be enough to make the touring biz sit up and take notice. Power, afte ...

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