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  1. Business Matters: Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke, by the Numbers

    September 29, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke 2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improveme ...

  2. Elaborate Outdoor Concerts Amp Up Safety Concerns, Calls For Regulation

    August 18, 2011 8:27 AM EDT CHICAGO (AP) - When thunderstorms slammed New York's Central Park before this summer's highly anticipated Black Eyed Peas concert, officials made the rare decision to call off the event. Tens of thousands of fans were livid, but safety e ...

  3. Gene McDaniels, 'Hundred Pounds of Clay' Singer, Dead at 76

    August 04, 2011 7:00 AM EDT PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Gene McDaniels, who recorded the 1961 hit "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" and later wrote Roberta Flack's chart-topping single "Feel Like Makin' Love," has died. He was 76. McDaniels died Friday at h ...

  4. Tired Yet of Turntable.fm? Here Are Some Alternatives

    August 03, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Console.fm, with its emphasis on electronic music, might be a better fit for some people's social music experience. Social music site Turntable.fm came out of nowhere this summer to become one of the year's most talked about music servic ...

  5. Google Acquires 15-Month-Old Daily Deal Startup

    August 03, 2011 7:02 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google Inc.'s latest deal aims to help people find the best daily deals on the Web. In its latest acquisition of talent and technology, Google has bought Dealmap. It's a 15-month-old startup that compiles discount of ...

  6. Inside Turntable.fm: Social Networking Meets Internet Radio

    July 15, 2011 4:30 PM EDT A strange thing happened on the way to the latest digital music revolution. As U.S. consumers and recording industry executives wait to see if Spotify and Apple can usher in a new era of cloud-based music streaming, Turntable.fm has become the m ...

  7. JDub Records Shutting Down

    July 14, 2011 2:27 PM EDT JDub Records, a Jewish non-profit record label started nine years ago in New York City announced Tuesday (July 12) it is shuttering operations due to financial pressures. "The decision to close was entirely financial," said JDub Presiden ...

  8. Hot Chelle Rae: The Story Behind the Success of 'Tonight Tonight'

    July 05, 2011 2:26 PM EDT They formed in Nashville in 2005, signed with Jive in the fall of 2008 and are having their breakthrough moment with their infectious pop/rock single, "Tonight Tonight." That song has climbed steadily on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching N ...

  9. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  10. Bustos Media Rebuilding, Purchases Four Stations

    June 20, 2011 11:03 AM EDT As part of its plan to grow to 20-owned radio stations in the next five years, Latin media company Bustos Media has purchased four stations in Portland, Oregon from Adelante Media. The stations are regional Mexican KGDD-AM (1520 AM); Latin pop KXE ...

  11. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman: 'I Screwed Up' on Facebook

    June 01, 2011 7:37 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - If he had another chance, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt would have pressed the Internet search leader to focus more on mounting a challenge to Facebook while he was still running the company. "I screwed up," Schmidt said ...

  12. '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. ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Business Matters: TicketBiscuit Acquires Dais Limited

    April 15, 2011 7:57 PM EDT TicketBiscuit Acquires Dais Limited -- TicketBiscuit added more heat to an already hot ticketing market by acquiring Portland, Ore.-based Dais Limited , the company announced on Friday. Dais founder Jason Mastrine will become TicketBiscuit's ...

  15. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks To Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Nicki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour, as reported in Billboard.biz last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj befo ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  18. Business Matters: If Labels Don't Like Amazon's Cloud, They Won't Like Tunesbag Either

    March 31, 2011 4:55 PM EDT If Labels Hate Amazon's Cloud, They'll Won't Like Tunesbag Either -- If labels hate Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, they might as well hate Tunesbag, too. Just days after the launch of Amazon's cloud storage service ...

  19. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  20. Exclusive: 'A Night in Treme' Tour, Featuring Artists From HBO Show, Launches In June

    March 24, 2011 4:07 PM EDT A tour of New Orleans musicians under the banner of the HBO show "Treme" has been booked for nine dates this summer, and the promoter is looking to extend its routing into the spring of 2012. So far, "A Night in Treme" is booke ...

  21. The Muscle Behind Decemberists' No. 1? NPR And Amazon

    January 27, 2011 11:44 AM EST Decemberists Top The 200 With Help From NPR & Amazon.com (Photo: Autumn DeWilde) The Billboard 200: -- The Decemberists: As previously noted , the band's new album "The King Is Dead" arrives atop the Billboard 200 with their fir ...

  22. Ticketfly Adds Outback, Monqui to Client Roster

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Ticketfly has added two significant independent promoters to its growing client base in Portland-based Monqui and Nashville-based Outback Concerts. "These are long term, exclusive deals, and we're going to do a few things for these guys, ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Dispute Between Time Warner & Sinclair Broadcast Group May Jeopardize Broadcast of Bowl Games And 'Glee' (Gasp!)

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Time Warner Cable Inc. customers from Portland, Maine, to Pensacola, Fla., could lose access to one of their network TV stations because of a contract dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group. The dust-up between Sinclair and Time Warner is one of a ...

  26. Widespread Panic to Celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2011

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Widespread Panic is planning to keep "a pretty high profile" in 2011, as the Georgia jam band marks its 25th anniversary. "I plan to do a lot of celebrating," Dave Schools -- who will also be releasing an album by his other ban ...

  27. Promoter Darin Lashinsky Leaves Outback Concerts To Form National Shows 2

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Darin Lashinsky, formerly a senior VP at Outback Concerts, is leaving that company to form National Shows 2 (NS2), a Nashville-based, full-service concert promotion company. Lashinsky, a third generation concert promoter, will be CEO of NS2 and wi ...

  28. Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil Tour Will Be 'A Celebration,' Says Director

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is going on the road in 2011 -- even if the late Jackson isn't there to be part of it. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a Cirque du Soleil production based on Jackson's music and career, begins its North American ...

  29. Business Matters: Spotify Says No Truth To Apple Rumor

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Spotify: No Truth To Apple Rumor -- Spotify tells Billboard there is no truth in the rumor posted at TechCrunch that Apple is in very early, “on-again, off-again discussions” with the company. “We ...

  30. Billions Corporation, Constant Artists Touring Merge

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Boutique booking agencies the Billions Corporation and Constant Artists Touring have merged. Beginning Sept. 13, Los Angeles-based Constant Artists founder Ben Dickey will begin working as a booking agent for Billions. Dickey brings with him an ei ...

  31. Joan Sebastian Takes Rodeo On The Road

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following an earlier tour this year alongside Marco Antonio Solís and Alejandro Fernández, regional Mexican singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian kicks off a tour that blends music and rodeo. Called "Jaripeo de Oro: Tres a Caballo" (Golden Ja ...

  32. Five for Fighting, Melissa Etheridge Among Acts Set For The Bing Lounge

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is hoping to draw more attention to its Bing search engine by sponsoring live performances at a newly-branded venue in Portland called the Bing Lounge. The venue is a partnership with Alpha Broadcasting, which owns several local radio st ...

  33. Business Matters: Freemium, 'Idol,' Twitter, MySpace and more

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT THE FREEMIUM DEBATE -- Writer/educator/consultant Clay Shirkey says sites with paywalls will underperform. Plus, he’s worried that content behind paywalls will not be part of public discourse. “When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them bei ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Business Matters: DOJ, Paperless Ticketing, Bowery Presents and More

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- While the press descends on the news that the Department of Justice is investigating Apple for possible anti-competitive behavior, only eMusic has confirmed on the reco ...

  36. Search Traffic Points To A Growing Record Store Day

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Judging from frequency of "record store" as a search term at Google, as viewed at Google Analytics, the only exception to the record store's waning popularity is the annual Record Store Day event held at indie retailers around the c ...

  37. Confirmed Dates For 2010 Lilith Tour

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dates and venues have been confirmed for eight of the 2010 Lilith Tour shows in North America this summer. The Live Nation produced touring festival will reach a total of 36 North American cities. Las Vegas, Cleveland and Kansas City have been con ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Xerox, Starwood Hotels Back Upcoming Sting Tour

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sting’s world tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will feature Xerox as presenting sponsor and Starwood Hotels and Resorts as the official hotel partner. The tour will find Sting performing his most well-known songs re-tooled for sy ...

  40. 'Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento' Competition Returns To Estrella TV

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Liberman Broadcasting's Estrella TV network is bringing back its "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento" competition for a second 10-week season, beginning March 1. The show's two-part finale -- in which a winner is awarded $100,000 and ...

  41. Grammy 2010 Sales Boost Off To Slow Start

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST While online stores are claiming the majority of the sales pop as a result of the Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, brick and mortar merchants are observing rising sales from winners and performers -- but the results so far are not as high as last year. & ...

  42. Business Matters: KKBox, Andersen v. Atlantic Recording Corp., Spotify, Imogen Heap and More

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- KKBox , a Taiwan-based music service akin to Spotify , ...

  43. Latin Briefs: Mega TV, Churchill Media, Eastlan Ratings

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST - Spanish Broadcasting System's Mega TV is launching in Chicago, Dallas, Fresno and Palm Springs, Calif. on Jan. 11. The entertainment channel will be broadcast on Chicago's WOCK Channel 13, Comcast Channel 599 and AT&T U-Verse Chann ...

  44. Business Matters: Nokia, Spotify, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to Visible Measures, nine of the ten top Internet videos of 2009 were music videos. The trailer for Twilight Saga: New Moon was the # ...

  45. Carrie Underwood Tour To Kick Off In March

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Carrie Underwood will hit the road next March for a 45-date headlining tour that kicks off Mar. 11 in Reading, Pa. and wraps May 30 in Spokane, Wash. Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan and sibling trio Sons of Sylvia will open for Underwood's ...

  46. N.Y. Accreditation Deadline Looms For Arbitron's PPM

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More fireworks could be in store for Arbitron’s portable people meter service. This Thursday (Oct. 15) is the deadline for Arbitron to get Media Rating Council accreditation for its service in New York or face the possibility of renewed action by ...

  47. Analysis: Weighing Fair Trade As It Hits Portland Music Scene

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fair trade music has come to Portland, Oregon. A group of musicians has organized to establish guidelines for paying live musicians and has received some local coverage at the Willamette Week (seen via Nashville Cream , which has a lively comments ...

  48. PIAS U.K. Picks Up Sub Pop

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PIAS U.K. has signed a digital and physical distribution deal with Seattle record label Sub Pop. The deal becomes effective on Sept. 15 and will see PIAS distribute all future Sub Pop releases in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including forthcomi ...

  49. Analysis: WOXY Adds To Future Sounds' Growing Business Model

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With its acquisition of WOXY , an indie-rock leaning webcasting powerhouse, Los Angeles-based Future Sounds added an important piece to its growing company built on trend-spotting and independent music. The company purchased WOXY in January and re ...

  50. Sunny Day Real Estate Classic Lineup Reunites For Tour

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will return to the road with its four original members this fall and will reissue its first two Sub Pop albums on Sept. 15. These will be the band's first shows of any kind since November 200 ...

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