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  1. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  2. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  3. The Wanted's 'Glad You Came' Tops Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    April 09, 2012 12:24 PM EDT U.K. vocal group the Wanted becomes the first boy band to rule Mainstream Top 40 with a debut single since Hanson spent eight weeks at No. 1 with "MMMBop" in 1997, as "Glad You Came" (Island Def Jam) rises 2-1. The Wanted is th ...

  4. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness On Spotify, Piracy & Tech: His Five Best @MIDEM Quotes

    January 29, 2012 9:11 AM EST Lightning Rod: U2 manager Paul McGuinness (right), pictured next to entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery, made his first speaking appearance at MIDEM since his famous rant against ISPs in 2008. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The last time U2 manager P ...

  5. Little Mix's Mixed Record: Can the UK's X Factor Winners Find Success?

    December 22, 2011 8:32 AM EST When girlband Little Mix aced this year's UK X Factor they were the first group to scoop the title. But that wasn't the only first for the show. For a start it was the first series not to feature its maestro Simon Cowell (who was replace ...

  6. Debut Single From Brit 'X Factor' Finalist One Direction Lands Biggest First-Week Sales of the Year

    September 23, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Antonio "L.A." Reid, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul: Take note. On the same week that she made her judging debut (Sept. 21) on Fox's "The X Factor," Nicole Scher­zinger has proved to be an equally shrewd hitmaker on the ot ...

  7. U2's '360' Tour Gross: $736,137,344!

    July 29, 2011 4:15 PM EDT The Claw from U2's all-time record-setting 360 Tour (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImang.com) Tomorrow night in Moncton, N.B., U2 will perform the 110th and final show of its monster 360 tour, wrapping up not only epic technological and musical achi ...

  8. U2's Record-Breaking 360 Tour Is Culmination of 'Under-Play' Strategy, Says Live Nation's Arthur Fogel

    July 05, 2011 3:36 PM EDT U2's 100th show on the record shattering 360 tour came and went Saturday night in at Vanderbilt University's Memorial Stadium, leaving the town buzzing in its wake. This was the band's first visit to Nashville proper since playing V ...

  9. Watch: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Calls on Tech 'Geniuses' to Boost Online Music

    April 13, 2011 2:33 PM EDT Longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness has reiterated his belief that tech companies should do more to help artists. "I really wish those geniuses who bring us Google, Facebook, Amazon and Spotify would get their act together," he said via ...

  10. U2 To Set Record For Highest-Grossing Tour This Weekend

    April 08, 2011 8:19 AM EDT When the doors open Sunday night for U2's second show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the band's "360" tour will become the highest grossing tour in history. In Sao Paulo, U2 "360" will pass the $558 million ...

  11. U2 Talk New Album, Huge South African Concert

    February 11, 2011 5:47 PM EST U2 will play FNB Stadium in South Africa this weekend (Photo: WireImage) U2 open the next leg of their massive 360° Tour this Sunday, Feb, 13, with what may be the biggest audience of the band's 30-year career. The band's manager Paul Mc ...

  12. U2 To Play South African Soccer Stadiums

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 will become the first international act to make use of two stadiums built especially for the 2010 FIFA World Cup when its 360 Tour lands in South Africa next year. An announcement made today by Live Nation Global Touring and Big Concerts confir ...

  13. U2 To Wrap European Leg In Rome

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After postponing its second North American leg due to back surgery for frontman Bono, U2 is back in fine form and wraps the sold out second European leg of the record-breaking 360 tour tonight at Olympic Stadium in Rome. The band will take a break ...

  14. Live Nation Launching In Australia With U2, Jay-Z

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Australia's hugely anticipated first assignment will feature the biggest band in the world and the No. 1 hip-hop artist on the planet, Billboard.biz can reveal. The promoter giant's newly formed Australian affiliate is behind ...

  15. Susan Boyle Scores Huge Day 1 Sales In U.K.

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Scottish singer Susan Boyle moved more than 130,000 copies of her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco/Sony Music) on its first day on sale in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The sales success follows a Nov. 22 guest ...

  16. THE BILLBOARD Q&A: PAUL MCGUINNESS

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As U2 wraps the 2009 dates of its groundbreaking 360 world stadium tour, the band is expected to gross about $300 million and sell about 3 million tickets to fewer than 50 shows. Rather than a massive, high-end ticket price, the big numbers are mo ...

  17. U2 Equals Global BBC TV Sales Push

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide Music, part of the commercial arm of U.K. broadcaster the BBC, has unveiled two major new U2 shows that it is making available for sale to international broadcasters. The programs include the Irish band's roof-top performance on ...

  18. U2 Opens World Tour With A Bang In Barcelona

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 kicked off their first tour in three years, rocking a raucous Barcelona crowd of around 90,000 and reaching for the stars with a live link-up to the International Space Station. Featuring one of the biggest concert stages ever built, the U2 360 ...

  19. Live Nation: Stateside U2 Sales Strong

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With sales this morning (March 30) of more than 82,000 tickets sold in New York, 72,000 in Boston and 65,000 in Chicago, the U2 360° Tour will set the largest single-day attendance record in each city, according to tour producer Live Nation. In Lo ...

  20. U2 Scores Seventh No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 scores its seventh No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "No Line on the Horizon" bows in the top slot. The Interscope album moved 484,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the best sales week for an artist since Britney Spe ...

  21. Duffy Tops U.K. 2008 Album Sales

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Duffy has scored the biggest-selling album of 2008 in the U.K. with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), according to the Official Charts Company. The pop vocalist's debut set moved 1,685,000 copies, beating off a late challenge from re ...

  22. 'Hallelujah' Double On U.K. Chart

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alexandra Burke, winner of TV music talent show "The X Factor," has scored the U.K. Christmas No. 1 with "Hallelujah" (Syco) while Jeff Buckley's version of the Leonard Cohen song is at No. 2. Burke sold 576,000 copies acc ...

  23. The Countdown Winds Down For MTV's 'TRL'

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Carson Daly chatted with Eminem, Beyonce gave a show-stopping performance, girls shrieked at the sight of Justin Timberlake and hundreds of fans lined up outside in Times Square for a glimpse at superstars. For few hours, it seemed like old times ...

  24. Superstars Sign On For 'TRL' Finale

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some of the biggest names in pop music will be on hand Sunday (Nov. 16) for the final episode of MTV's "Total Request Live," including Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Nelly in a one-off performance. Other performances will be turned in by ...

  25. Leona Lewis Distances Herself From Old Demo

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SyCo Entertainment has publicly distanced itself from "Times have Changed," the remixed version of a demo recording by reality-TV sensation Leona Lewis long before she was famous. Lewis, currently signed to SyCo Music, which is part of S ...

  26. Mariah Carey Remains Atop Billboard 200

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 61% decline in sales, Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam set "E=MC2" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. The album, the diva's sixth No. 1, moved 182,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soun ...

  27. JC Chasez Cuts Ties With Jive

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former 'N Sync member JC Chasez has cut ties with longtime label Jive Records, which released his lone solo album, 2004's "Schizophrenic." Its follow-up, tentatively titled "Kate," was intended for release by Jive ear ...

  28. 'Top of the Pops' Crossing the Atlantic

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s longest-running pop music show, "Top of the Pops," is coming to the U.S. "Making the Band" impresario Louis J. Pearlman -- also known for developing 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys -- is re The U.K.’s longe ...

  29. OutKast, Jay-Z Lead MTV VMA Winners

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop acts grab four awards each. With four awards each, OutKast's "Hey Ya!" And Jay-Z's "99 Problems" were the top winners at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, presented last night (Aug. 29) at the American Airlines ...