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  1. RZA Returns To Bobby Digital For 'Digi Snax'

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wu-Tang founder RZA is returning for a third time to his Bobby Digital alter ego for the album "Digi Snax," due July 1 via Koch. The album's first single is "You Can't Stop Me now," featuring Inspectah Deck. "Thi ...

  2. The Billboard Q&A: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After spending the past two months touring Europe and the United Kingdom, the third annual traveling heavy metal festival Gigantour launches Stateside tomorrow (April 12) at the Fillmore in Denver. The 29-date trek -- featuring Megadeth, In Flames ...

  3. '80s-Themed Regeneration Tour Set For Summer Run

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Dead Or Alive, A Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes will tour this summer as part of the inaugural '80s-themed Regeneration Tour, scheduled to begin Aug. 1 at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix. Ticket prices ...

  4. George Michael Puts Faith In U.S. Tour

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a 17-year hiatus, George Michael is giving the U.S. touring market one more try. Tickets for his summer outing, which begins June 17 in San Diego, go on sale this weekend. Michael may also have a hit on his hands in the form of his retrospec ...

  5. T-Pain Readies First National Headlining Trek

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain has announced his first national headlining tour, "T-Pain and Family Playlist." T-Pain will use the tour to introduce his fans to his record label, Nappy Boy, and it's artists; singer Jay Lyriq, rapper Tay Dizm and the female ...

  6. VH1 To Air 'Station Fire' Special

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT VH1 and VH1 Classic will air a one-hour concert benefit special on March 23 to remember the five-year anniversary of the tragic fire that killed 100 people during a Great White concert at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. The television ...

  7. 'Once' Duo Set For U.S. Tour

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Recent Oscar-winning duo Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova will embark on a 27-date U.S. tour this spring, beginning April 23 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. Performances will feature the duo's backing band, The Swell Season. The upco ...

  8. 'American Idol' Whittles Down To Final 12

    March 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top 12 "American Idol" finalists include an actress, a "Star Search" champion, an Australian, a male stripper and someone who already recorded a debut album. The popular Fox singing contest cut four contestants from the c ...

  9. Koch Ent. Bolsters Video Staff

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Koch Entertainment has expanded its video sales staff. New additions include Nashville-based James McCachern, who has been named regional sales manager for areas below North Carolina. He most recently held the same position for Showtime Networks. ...

  10. Kinky To Re-Issue 'Reina,' Tour North America

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mexican genre mashers Kinky are re-issuing their 2006 album "Reina" on Feb. 5 in advance of a 22-date North American tour. The re-issue on Kin-Kon/Nettwerk will contain two bonus tracks: a Brazilian Girls remix of "¿A Dónde Van Los ...

  11. Punk Veterans Line Up For Charity Gig, DVD

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST London-based concert promoter Peafish Promotions has finalized the line-up for a charity event in London this Friday (Jan. 25) which will see a string of punk rock veterans from 1977-1978 back on stage to celebrate the 30th anniversary of U.K. qua ...

  12. Chesney Plots Summer Stadium Run

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kenny Chesney will play 14 stadiums this summer on his 2008 Poets & Pirates tour, the most yet for country's top touring artist. Chesney grossed more than $71 million in 2007, most among country acts and fourth among all touring artists, ...

  13. Burger King To Kick Off Super Bowl Singing Contest

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Burger King is sponsoring a new online contest,"My Song, My Way," in league with the ninth annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC). Slated for Feb. 1 at Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona, the celebration will feature such con ...

  14. Super Estrella To Launch New Morning Show

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST On Monday (Jan. 7), Entravision Radio pop KSSE (Super Estrella)/Los Angeles will launch a new morning show called "La Regadera con La Chokolata," which will be hosted by Ysaac Alvarez and Oswaldo Diaz. Alvarez is the host of Super Estrel ...

  15. Josh Groban Grabs a Second Week at No. 1

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week with "Noel" as the Eagles surge to No. 2 with a 70% increase following the band's interview on "60 Minutes" ... Mannheim Steamroller collects its third top ...

  16. Petty To Play Super Bowl Halftime Show

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will play the coveted halftime slot at the Super Bowl in Arizona on February 3, organizers of the year's No. 1 television event said Sunday. This year, nearly 140 million Americans watched Prince play at the fo ...

  17. Bluebird Café To Change Hands

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nashville’s legendary songwriter venue, the Bluebird Café, will have a new owner come Jan. 1. Founder Amy Kurland, who opened the venue in 1982, is transferring ownership to the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). While financi ...

  18. Bon Jovi To Embark On World Tour

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will embark on a world tour of more than 10 countries, beginning with the United States and Canada this fall. "We're starting in New Jersey and then taking it to the world," lead singer Jon Bon Jovi announced at last night& ...

  19. RBD Postpones U.S. Concert Dates

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The remaining U.S. dates of Mexican pop group RBD's "Tour Celestial 2007" have been postponed until February. Among the to-be-rescheduled dates are stops in Phoenix; Tucson, Ariz.; Los Angeles; San Diego; Bakersfield, Calif.; Fresno ...

  20. Cafe Tacuba Lines Up U.S. Trek

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock legends Café Tacuba will kick off a 22-date U.S. tour of clubs, theaters and amphitheaters beginning Nov. 16 in Charlotte, N.C. Tickets for most dates go on sale Friday (Sept. 28). Fresh off a headlining slot this summer at Lollapaloo ...

  21. Patrick Watson Takes Polaris Music Prize

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Montreal's Patrick Watson beat out higher profile contenders like Arcade Fire and Feist on Monday night to take the second annual Polaris Music Prize at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. "Close to Paradise," the album by Patrick Watson, ...

  22. Ozzy, Zombie Ready Fall Tour

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie will join forces for a North American fall tour, beginning Oct. 18 at the Key Arena in Seattle and wrapping Jan. 24, 2008, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 40-date trek finds Osbourne visiting U.S. arenas f ...

  23. Sugarland To Headline CMT Tour

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rising country duo Sugarland will headline CMT’s sixth annual fall tour, which kicks off Sept. 27 in Charleston, S.C. “CMT On Tour 2007: Sugarland Change for Change” will also feature Little Big Town and Jake Owen. The tour, executive-produced by ...

  24. Virgin Megastores To Host In-Store Latin Tour

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Megastores will host its first series of in-store performances by emerging Latin artists with its "Musica y Pasion" tour in November. The Pinker Tones, an electronic group from Spain on Nacional Records, will headline the trek, wh ...

  25. Mexican Supergroup RBD Plans U.S. Trek

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following dates in Europe and Latin America, Mexican pop supergroup RBD is bringing its "Tour Celestial 2007" to arenas stateside. A 24-hour presale will be held Aug. 3 on a dedicated page at Univision.com for dates beginning Oct. 5 at S ...

  26. Even Dozen: 12th No. 1 for 'Now'

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Now" is not the time to be surprised that the "Now 25" collection debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. After all, it's the 12th No. 1 in the series ... Thanks to a hefty opening weekend, the soundtrack to the new movie m ...

  27. Super Estrella Mirrors KSSE/L.A.

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A week after Entravision Radio's pop KSSE (Super Estrella)/Los Angeles took the plunge and added English music to its programming to become "La Nueva Super Estrella," the company's Super Estrella Network has adopted the bilingu ...

  28. T.I. Holds Off Pumpkins, Interpol To Remain No. 1

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P." maintains its lead on The Billboard 200 for a second week after moving 175,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a 63% drop from the album's debut week total of 46 ...

  29. Something For Everyone!

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT There's a little something for everyone this week in the top half of The Billboard 200. While T.I. continues to reign atop The Billboard 200 for a second week, the Smashing Pumpkins return with their first studio album in more than seven year ...

  30. Update: AEG Live Opens San Diego Office

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live is setting up shop in San Diego, opening a regional office that will be led by Steve Redfearn and John Wojas, formerly of San Diego-based independent promoter Viejas Entertainment. With its new presence in San Diego, AEG Live will book sh ...

  31. IODA, MultiMusic Expand Reach Via Partnership

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) and Mexican indie licensor MultiMusic have inked a reciprocal deal to make each other's content available on digital and mobile platforms. Under the partnership, revealed at the Latin Altern ...

  32. Fernandez To Visit U.S. Arenas

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pop and mariachi star Alejandro Fernandez has announced the first U.S. leg of his "Viento a Favor" tour. The Live Nation-produced trek starts Aug. 31 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Fernandez will hit the San Jose Events Center S ...

  33. Miley Cyrus Doubles Up at No. 1

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It was a showdown between two of America's sweethearts for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. In one corner, Disney Channel's Miley Cyrus and in the other, "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson ... In the end, Cyrus came out ...

  34. It's Good To Be B.B. King

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Three months. That was the longest stretch B.B. King ever took off from the road. Six weeks in, however, that old antsy feeling came knocking. "I was married then, and I'd promised my wife I would take off for a while," King says. & ...

  35. Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution Ready To Roll

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour with My Chemical Romance will get underway July 25 in a city to be announced, according to organizers. The trek will run through Sept. 3 in Englewood, Colo., and feature Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo a ...

  36. Verizon Pulls Out Of Stefani Tour Over Akon

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless is no longer the presenting sponsor of the current Gwen Stefani Sweet Escape tour. Stefani can thank the trek's opening act, Akon, for Verizon's abrupt decision to sever its multi-platform ties to the tour. Last month, d ...

  37. Kumbia All-Starz Prep Tour

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Urban/Tejano pop fusionists the Kumbia All-Starz will kick off their US tour in Odessa, Texas May 4, to be followed by dates in Arizona, Colorado and Minnesota. Venue information was unavailable as of press time, but the band led by former Kumbia ...

  38. Daddy Yankee To Hit The Road

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee will support his upcoming album "The Cartel: The Big Boss," due June 5 via El Cartel/Interscope, with a 40-city tour of the U.S. and Latin America, starting Aug. 31 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Billb ...

  39. Live Nation Ups Smith, Zelisko

    April 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation, the world's largest promoter and venue operator, has announced the promotion of several executives in its San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix offices. Lee Smith has been named chairman of Live Nation San Francisco and Denver. He wi ...

  40. Korn, Evanescence Team For Family Values Tour

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Korn and Evanescence will co-headline this year's Family Values tour, which will visit 31 North American cities starting July 16 in St. Louis. Sharing the main stage on this year's Live Nation-produced festival are Atreyu, Flyleaf, Helly ...

  41. Ascoli Named Virgin France MD

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Philippe Ascoli has returned to Virgin Music France. Ascoli has been appointed managing director of Virgin France, succeeding Laurent Chapeau, who has been upped to VP of international marketing for Continental Europe, parent company EMI Group sai ...

  42. Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson To Hit The Road

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Country superstars Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson are teaming for a 30 date co-headlining tour that will run from May through October. The trek kicks off in Virginia Beach, Va., on May 10. Arista Nashville labelmates Jackson, who came on the c ...

  43. The Police Quickly Sell Out Stadium Shows

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST The parade of Police sellouts continues, with shows in Denver, Seattle and Oakland selling out over the weekend, and Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., selling out today (Feb. 26). On Saturday, Pepsi Center in Denver sold out, with a second ...

  44. Police Dates Sell Out, More Shows Added

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST As expected, initial on-sales for the upcoming Police reunion tour sold out in minutes and more shows were added. The band will also announce soon shows for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for June 23, and McAfee Stadium in Oakland for June 13. On S ...

  45. Ozzfest Offering Free Tickets For 2007 Tour

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tickets to the 2007 edition of Ozzfest will be free, organizers said today (Feb. 6). The 25-date tour will begin July 7 in Los Angeles; details have yet to be announced regarding distribution of tickets. The event, which will be headlined by Ozzy ...

  46. Live Nation To Operate Dodge Theatre

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation, the world's leading live entertainment company, announced today (Jan. 11) that it has entered into a long-term lease agreement to operate, manage and book the Dodge Theatre in downtown Phoenix. Bruce Eskowitz, Live Nation's ...

  47. ASCAP Files Suits In Eight States

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed copyright infringement suits against 10 nightclubs, bars and restaurants in eight states. Although all establishments licensed rights from the performing rights organizati ...

  48. Gwen Stefani Unveils Solo Tour Dates

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST As expected, Gwen Stefani will embark on a two-month North American tour next spring, beginning April 21 in Phoenix. The vocalist will play arenas and outdoor amphitheatres through a June 22 finale in Irvine, Calif. Dates in Australia, Asia, Europ ...

  49. Rich, James, Rutherford Top ASCAP Country Honors

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, John Rich, Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and SONY/ATV Music Publishing were among the top honorees at the 2006 ASCAP Country Music Awards, held Oct. 23 in Nashville. Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, John Rich, Bre ...

  50. French Constantin Prize Shortlist Revealed

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Constantin Prize, France's equivalent of the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize, unveiled today the shortlist of its fifth edition, to be held at Paris Olympia on Nov. 15. Organizers of the Constantin Prize, France's equiv ...

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