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  1. Morning Fix: Others Who Died on Jenni Rivera Flight; Pepsi's Label-Like Plans; 12-12-12 Benefit Album

    December 11, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters WHO WAS WITH JENNI RIVERA ABOARD THE PLANE THAT CRASHED? There have been few details about the people who were aboard the private plane with ...

  2. Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young, Jack White Announced for 2012 Outside Lands Fest

    April 17, 2012 11:05 AM EDT (Photo: Robert Hooman) Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park fr ...

  3. Backbeat: Dry The River at New York's Bowery Ballroon

    March 28, 2012 4:05 PM EDT From left to right: drummer Jon Warren, lead vocalist and guitar player Peter Liddle, bassist Scott Miller, guitarist Matt Taylor and violinist Will Harvey (Photo:Jamie Abzug). From from their buzzed-about appearances at SXSW, British band Dry the ...

  4. Glastonbury, Paolo Nutini Among Winners At U.K. Festival Awards; Festival Republic CEO Melvin Benn Delivers Conference Keynote And Talks Exclusivity

    November 16, 2011 11:45 AM EST Headline performances from Beyonce, U2 and Coldplay helped Glastonbury win the best major festival award at the eight annual U.K. Festival Awards, held in London last night (Nov. 15). The title of best medium sized festival went to Secret Garden P ...

  5. Stone Roses Reunite, Announce 2012 Concerts

    October 18, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Seminal U.K. rock band The Stone Roses is to reform for a series of highly lucrative live shows. Following days of speculation that a reunion was imminent, the announcement was made earlier today (Oct. 18) at a packed press conference in The Soho ...

  6. Exclusive: Muse Manager Anthony Addis Talks New Album, Touring and the Challenges of Conquering America

    October 17, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Often praised as one of the greatest live acts in the world today, Muse's latest touring run was its most successful yet. Beginning in October 2009 and wrapping this summer with a headline slot at the U.K. dual-site Reading and Leeds festival ...

  7. Jessy Dixon, Gospel Star & Pop Collaborator, Dies at 73

    September 26, 2011 8:07 PM EDT Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam Dixon said her brother died Monday morning at his Chi ...

  8. Guns N' Roses Announce First U.S. Tour in Five Years

    September 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Veteran rockers Guns N' Roses are heading back on the road for their first major U.S. tour in 5 years, the band announced on Wednesday. The Axl Rose-fronted group will play more than 30 concerts, starting Oct. 28 at Orlando's Amway Cente ...

  9. Vivendi Buys UK-Based See Tickets

    September 06, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Vivendi, parent company of Universal Music Group, has acquired UK-based ticketing company See Tickets. Its €96 million ($135 million) winning bid, announced Monday , beat out the likes of ticketing giant CTS Eventim and promoter Anschutz Entertain ...

  10. Business Matters: As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers?

    July 01, 2011 1:03 PM EDT As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers? -- Pandora Media's turbulent stock market ride continues this week as shares of the newly public company have risen over 50% primarily on speculation the compa ...

  11. A&R Exec Steve McDonald Exits Warner Bros. Records

    June 10, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Warner Bros. Records A&R executive Steve McDonald has left the company, THR has learned. Hired a year ago, McDonald is perhaps better known as the bassist for beloved power pop band Redd Kross, which he started with his brother in 1978, and, m ...

  12. Business Matters: Is the Groupon Model Sustainable?

    May 27, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Is the Groupon Model Sustainable? -- Group buying site Groupon has its share of believers and nonbelievers. Live Nation believes in the company enough to start a partnership called GrouponLive , a service that offers bargains on tickets to concert ...

  13. Author Dean Budnick Talks 'Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry'

    May 18, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Author Dean Budnick Talks 'Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry' The blurb on the back cover pretty much says it all: "Reading this book won't make you any happier about spending four hundred bucks to go to a rock s ...

  14. '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. ...

  15. Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Foo Fighters Headlining Lollapalooza 2011

    April 26, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Muse will help Lollapalooza ring in its 20th anniversary as the headliners of the annual U.S. music festival. The full lineup for Lollapalooza 2011, which will invade Chicago's Grant Park on August 5-7, was ...

  16. The XX, Paul Weller Lead Mercury Betting

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The XX are back as favorites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in London tonight (Sept. 7) with their debut "XX" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). Their betting odds with bookmaker William Hill are evens. The £20,000 ($31,000) prize goes t ...

  17. Reading/Leeds Boss: GNR Must Pay Any Curfew Breach Fine

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Festival Republic managing director Melvin Benn tells Billboard.biz "it's been another good year" for his events. As he looks back over a strong U.K. festival season, he makes Axl Rose 's antics at Reading and Leeds Festivals s ...

  18. Guns N' Roses Add London Date

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guns N' Roses has added an extra date at London's O2 Arena to its U.K. tour. The new date, which takes place Oct. 14, accompanies previously announced shows at the London O2 Arena (Oct.13), Birmingham LG Arena (Oct. 17) and Manchester ME ...

  19. Axl Rose's Twitter Account Hacked, Tour Still On

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If you believed Axl Rose’s Twitter account last night, the Guns N' Roses frontman had unilaterally canceled the band's upcoming European tour. The message posted on Sunday evening (Aug. 15) stated: "All upcoming Guns N' Roses d ...

  20. Power Amp Invests In Libertine

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music investment specialist Power Amp Music has signed a £500,000 ($787,000) deal with former Libertines frontman Carl Barat. London-based Power Amp's investment will support the recording and release of Barat's new solo album, which is ...

  21. Guns 'N' Roses Announce U.K. Arena Tour

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guns 'N' Roses has announced a three-date U.K. arena tour, the band's first U.K. indoor shows since 2006. The AEG Live-promoted tour begins at the London O2 Arena on Oct. 13. The Other dates are Birmingham LG Arena (Oct. 17) and the ...

  22. HMV Heads To High Voltage Fest

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV will operating a festival shop - branded as the 'hmvfestival shop' - at the High Voltage festival in London at the weekend (July 24-25). It follows the shop's first outing at the Lovebox festival last ...

  23. Hip-hop To Punk Will Share Stage At Rock En Seine

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rock En Seine , one of France's main music festivals, earned a spot in rock history last year when Oasis split after the volatile Gallagher brothers had a fight minutes before going on stage. This was an achievement festival director and foun ...

  24. Reformed Libertines Play Brief Acoustic Set

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt. rock band the Libertines marked its official comeback earlier today (Mar. 31) with a characteristically shambolic press conference, which saw singer Pete Doherty chastise a member of the assembled press for "ruining people's li ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian Head NME Noms

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian head the list of nominees for the Shockwaves NME Awards, due to be held Feb. 24 at London venue the O2 Academy Brixton. Both acts picked up six nominations apiece for the weekly U.K. music magazine' ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Business Matters: Great American Music Hall, Vinylmania

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco beat a year-old legal challenge by state regulators that the venue was violating the terms of it ...

  29. Festival Republic Takes Control Of Big Chill Fest

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. festival and event promoter Festival Republic has taken majority ownership of the Big Chill Festival. The festival, which marked its 15th year this summer, is staged at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. It takes place next year on Aug. 5-8. The ...

  30. Whitney Houston Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston mirrors her Billboard 200 success with a No. 1 debut on European Top 100 Albums with her comeback set "I Look To You" (Arista/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment). There's also a new champion on European Hot 100 Singles, wh ...

  31. Jay-Z, Arctic Monkeys Run The Top Of U.K. Charts

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "Run This Town" (Roc Nation/Universal), featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, powered straight to the top of the new U.K. singles chart Sunday (Sept. 7), while Arctic Monkeys' "Humbug" (Domino) retained leadership ...

  32. 6 Questions: All Tomorrow's Parties Founder Barry Hogan

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While big, splashy festivals struggle and fold, All Tomorrow's Parties has continued to build momentum by staying small and focusing on left-of-center artists. Attending the festivals, which have been held in the United Kingdom, Australia and ...

  33. Ian Brown Announces U.K. Tour

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. solo artist/former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown will set out on a 16-date British winter tour to promote his sixth solo studio set "My Way." The tour was booked through Brighton-based 13 Artists and commences Nov.29 at Leicester De ...

  34. Daughtry Arena Tour Dates Unveiled

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chris Daughtry and the rock band that bears his name are only halfway through a string of summer club dates celebrating the chart-topping album "Leave This Town," but the next extended jaunt through North American arenas is already set. ...

  35. 'Slumdog' Leads Soundtrack Noms

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With three nominations, one for best score and two for its songs, "Slumdog Millionaire," leads the competition for the ninth annual World Soundtrack Awards. Winners will be announced Oct. 17 at the closing night of the 36th Ghent Interna ...

  36. Reading Fest Increases Capacity, Sound Levels

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reading Borough Council has allowed the Reading Festival to increase its capacity each year until 2011, starting with an extra 3,500 for the 2009 event. This brings the total capacity to 84,000. A further 3,500 will be available in 2010 and anothe ...

  37. Who's Who On The Mercury Prize 2009 Shortlist

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bat for Lashes - "Two Suns" (Parlophone/EMI) "Two Suns" is the second album from alt-folk act Bat for Lashes, the brainchild of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan. According to the Official Charts Co (OCC) ...

  38. Briefs: Live Nation, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation has teamed up with 7-11 for a Slurpee promotion. Slurpee buyers who enter the promotional code, found on the side of the cup, at the Slurpee website are eligible to buy select lawn tickets to Live Nation concerts for $7.11. ( Tallah ...

  39. Placebo Announces Arena Tour, Album Premiere

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock outfit Placebo has announced an exclusive online playback of its forthcoming album "Battle for the Sun" from 9am GMT this Friday (May 29). To participate in the playback, fans need to register at www.placeboworld.co.uk to receiv ...

  40. Fiasco For Infectious Records

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Northern Irish three-piece General Fiasco has become the second signing to Infectious Records, the London-based independent recently re-launched by Warner Music U.K. managing director, Korda Marshall. The band formed in early 2007 and has since sc ...

  41. Composer Carter Burwell To Receive ASCAP Honor

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Composer Carter Burwell will receive the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for Career Achievement at the 24th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, which will be held May 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Burwell has scored more than ...

  42. Festival Season Starts With Optimism Despite Economic Challenges

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the summer music festival season just around the corner, leading international festival producers insist that the difficult economic climate isn't putting a serious crimp on business, with key promoters reporting that ticket sales are on ...

  43. Reading, Leeds Fests Sell Out

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Headliners Radiohead, Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys have helped the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds Festivals sell out within 24 hours. The festivals, organized by Festival Republic, are held Aug. 28 to 30. All weekend tickets, priced £175 ($251. ...

  44. Secondary Ticket Deal For Isle Of Wight Fest

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following its deal with Festival Republic for Latitude and Reading and Leeds Festivals , London-based Viagogo has now become the official secondary ticketing partner for the Isle Of Wight Festival, held June 12 to 14. The 50,000-capacity Isle Of W ...

  45. Radio 1 Rapped Over Coldplay Tour

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has upheld a complaint from the U.K. commercial radio sector that the publicly financed national top 40 station Radio 1 appeared to be endorsing the Coldplay tour. It comes as Radio 1 unveils its live music and events program for 2009, inc ...

  46. Radiohead, Monkeys, Kings To Headline Reading/Leeds

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon have been confirmed as the headline acts at the U.K.'s twinned Reading and Leeds Festivals. The festivals will held at Little Johns Farm, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds, over England’s August Bank ...

  47. U.K. Promoter Predicts Summer Ticketing Strife

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Summer stadium and arena shows by Take That, Madonna, Oasis and U2 are likely to be targeted by fraudulent ticket operations, according to one leading U.K. promoter. Rob Ballantine, director of Manchester-based SJM Concerts, tells Billboard.biz th ...

  48. Heavenly Planet Fest Canceled

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s inaugural Heavenly Planet Festival, scheduled for July 10 and 11 in Reading, has been canceled because of the impact of the recession. Reading Borough Council and promoter Festival Republic announced today (March 17) that the world ...

  49. U.K. Govt Calls For Ticket Touting Clampdown

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has called on the ticketing and events industry to reduce the number of tickets that end up in the hands of touts. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe launched a consultation to find solutions on how to improve the ticketing market ...

  50. LN, TM Merger: European Regulatory Challenges Ahead

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation/Ticketmaster declined to comment on its specific merger approval strategy for Europe, but the deal is likely to require clearance by the European Commission. Both companies are operational in multiple European Union member states and a ...

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