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  1. Soul Asylum Signs With 429 Records, Releasing First Album in Six Years

    March 26, 2012 7:20 AM EDT Soul Asylum has signed with 429 Records, which will release the band's first album in six years, "Delayed Reaction," on July 17. Exclusive: Macy Gray Covers Album on 429 to Feature Songs by Kanye West, Metallica and Radiohead Founde ...

  2. L'Arc-en-Ciel, Japanese Visual Rock Band, To Play Madison Square Garden This Weekend

    March 23, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Leading Japanese 'visual rock' band L'Arc-en-Ciel is amidst an 11-country world tour and are slated to thrash Madison Square Garden on Sunday March 25, becoming the first Japanese band to headline the storied NYC arena. The group or ...

  3. Allman Brothers Band's Beacon Run Brings Out Susan Tedeschi, Ruthie Foster, Bernie Williams

    March 23, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Derek Trucks (left) and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band trading shots (Photo: Dan Rys) By now, catching the Allman Brothers Band during its annual Beacon Theatre run and NOT seeing a surprise guest or two waltz out on stage would be a bi ...

  4. Jack White Rocks Career Retrospective at Third Man Records SXSW Show

    March 17, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Karen Elson surely knew the answer when she asked her audience Friday night at the Stage on Sixth: "Are you ready for Jack?" The night was dedicated to Jack White's Third Man Records label, but as his ex-wife plainly knew, he was th ...

  5. Kyuss Live! Members 'Shocked' By Josh Homme's Lawsuit

    March 16, 2012 8:36 AM EDT Kyuss Lives!, the current reincarnation of seminal stoner rock band Kyuss, has responded to the lawsuit filed by former member Josh Homme, frontman of Queens of the Stone Age. Homme, who started QOTSA after the original 1995 breakup of Kyuss, file ...

  6. Ronnie Montrose, Rock guitarist, Dead at 64

    March 05, 2012 5:50 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed the band that bore his name and performed with some of rock's heavy hitters, has died. His booking agent, Jim Douglas, says Montrose died Saturday at his home in Millbrae, Calif ...

  7. Dee Cernile, Guitarist From Canadian Rockers Sven Gali, Dies at 46

    February 27, 2012 12:28 PM EST Dee Cernile, guitarist for gold-selling 90s hard rock band Sven Gali, died Feb. 25 after battling lung cancer. He was 46. On his personal Facebook page - now filled with messages of memories and condolences from many members of the Canadian music ...

  8. Hank 3 Announces Free Show in New York City

    February 24, 2012 2:45 PM EST As part of its multiple campaigns targeting metal fans, RED Distribution has announced a free show by Hank 3 and his Attention Deficit Domination and 3 Bar Ranch at New York's Gramercy Theatre on March 17. The show is part of the launch of Me ...

  9. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot To Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    February 21, 2012 12:17 PM EST WireImage The men behind "Against the Wind," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" are heading into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Steinman, as w ...

  10. Adam Lambert to Perform With Queen at U.K. Festival

    February 21, 2012 8:10 AM EST Adam Lambert will sing with Queen at Europe's Sonisphere Festival, the singer announced on Twitter on Monday. "As many suspected, I can finally confirm: I have been invited by Queen to sing one very special concert! Sonisphere at Knebwor ...

  11. Michael Davis, MC5 Bassist, Dead at 68

    February 19, 2012 4:56 PM EST Michael Davis, the bassist of legendary rock band the MC5, has died of liver failure, his wife said Saturday. He was 68. Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., on Friday afternoon after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease, ...

  12. C3's Charlie Walker on How Metallica's Orion Music + More Fest Was Curated

    February 17, 2012 7:49 PM EST When Metallica recently announced that its first North American music festival would feature appearances by indie-centric bands like Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse and Best Coast, some questioned how those artists would go over with dyed-in-the-wool ...

  13. Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced: Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 14, 2012 12:26 PM EST Radiohead, Phish, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the reunited Beach Boys will head to Manchester, Tenn. this June for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The initial lineup for the annual festival, which takes place from June 7-10 this year, ...

  14. Van Halen Vs. Adele For No. 1 on Billboard 200 Next Week

    February 08, 2012 6:03 PM EST Van Halen might be on its way to a sixth career No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- unless Adele's 21 stands in the veteran band's way. Industry sources suggest that Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth may sell about 180,000 ...

  15. Metallica Announce (Surprisingly Indie-Centric) Orion Fest With Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Gary Clark Jr.

    February 07, 2012 5:59 PM EST After decades spent headlining the biggest festivals around the world, Metallica will finally be headlining one that they can call their own. On June 23, the band will launch a two-day music and arts extravaganza at Bader Field in Atlantic City, N ...

  16. Backbeat: Cloud Nothings Play Record Release Show, Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber Parties Like It's His Birthday

    January 27, 2012 3:15 PM EST Last night Cleveland-based indie rock act Cloud Nothings performed in front of a sold out, press-heavy crowd at tiny basement venue The Studio at Webster Hall alongside local NYC act Jump Into the Gospel and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow . The co ...

  17. Andrew MacNaughtan, Award-Winning Rock Photographer, Dies

    January 27, 2012 9:47 AM EST Award-winning Toronto photographer and video director Andrew MacNaughtan died suddenly Wednesday night of a reported heart attack while in Los Angeles on assignment for rock trio Rush. MacNaughtan shot a who's-who of Canadian talent since he ...

  18. Billboard Power 100: Dennis Arfa

    January 26, 2012 11:09 PM EST No. 57 Dennis Arfa President/CEO Artist Group International Consummate Showman... Need a concert tour gift-wrapped as a special event? Call Dennis Arfa. The president/CEO of Artist Group International has a knack for packaging. Long before multipl ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: Cliff Burnstein & Peter Mensch

    January 26, 2012 10:56 PM EST No. 46 Cliff Burnstein & Peter Mensch Owners Q Prime Twitter: @maindepowr (Mensch) Kings Of Rock... Q Prime owners Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch are the powerhouse management team behind the success of many acts through the decades, includi ...

  20. Billboard Power 100 - Jon Bon Jovi

    January 26, 2012 8:05 PM EST No. 50 Jon Bon Jovi Frontman Bon Jovi Twitter: @BonJovi Rock & Roll CEO... Jon Bon Jovi's frontman duties extend well beyond the demands of writing songs, singing powerfully and channeling charisma. Not only does Bon Jovi lead onstage, bu ...

  21. Billboard Power 100: Coran Capshaw

    January 26, 2012 5:50 PM EST No. 2 Coran Capshaw Founder Partner Red Light Management, Star Hill Presents; ATO Records, TBD Records Twitter: @atorecords The Quiet Revolution... Coran Capshaw founded Red Light Management in 1991 with the Dave Matthews Band and a plan to connec ...

  22. Spirit Music Signs Deal With Pete Townshend, The Who to Acquire Catalog

    January 24, 2012 6:35 PM EST Pete Townshend has struck a deal with Spirit Music Group that gives the publishing company Townshend entire interest in his solo material and his material with The Who, including mega-tracks "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Behind Bl ...

  23. Lookout! Records, Former Label of Green Day, Rancid, Ted Leo, Calling It Quits

    January 17, 2012 4:39 PM EST Last week Lookout! Records President Chris Appelgren announced on the label's website that the seminal Berkeley, Calif.-based punk rock label had completely closed shop and will no longer keep their catalog in print or have it available on di ...

  24. Caveman Sign to Fat Possum Records

    January 10, 2012 4:01 PM EST New York five-piece Caveman announced today that they've signed to Fat Possum Records. The signing includes the band themselves, in addition to their own label, Magic Man!. In concurrence with the signing announcement, Fat Possum rereleased C ...

  25. Why Rock Still Rules the Road

    January 06, 2012 12:48 PM EST These days it's rare to see any musical artist make the jump from playing large clubs and theaters to arenas. But after 10 years of development in the touring space, the Black Keys will support their latest album, El Camino, with a North Amer ...

  26. Santa Barbara Festival Books My Morning Jacket, Cowsills, Rhino Records Films

    January 05, 2012 7:13 PM EST Films about the Cowsills, the collaboration between My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and two Los Angeles record stores -- Rhino Records and Music Man Murray -- will be screened at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Fest ...

  27. David Williams, CEO & Founder of Australia's Shock Ent., Stepping Down

    December 21, 2011 4:50 PM EST David Williams, founder of the once-great independent Australian music company Shock Entertainment, is stepping aside as CEO after 24 years. The void left by Williams departure will be filled by executive GM Scot Crawford. Crawford was promoted to ...

  28. Backbeat: A Latin Alternative Christmas At Nacional Records

    December 19, 2011 7:36 AM EST Billboard's Judy Cantor-Navas with Nacional Records President Tomas Cookman and drummer Clem Burke of Blondie fame. The Latin Alternative crowd toasted the holidays with tequila and tacos at Nacional Records' annual gathering at the labe ...

  29. Backbeat: Vagrant Founder Likens Country Music to Punk Rock at Dashboard Confessional Show

    December 14, 2011 11:20 PM EST Thursday's (Dec. 1) Dashboard Confessional show at NYC's Irving Plaza brought out an old-school "emotional" crowd, who belted along to every word of hits like "Vindicated" and "Screaming Infidelities" along ...

  30. The Year in Rock: Who's the New Kid?

    December 09, 2011 10:20 AM EST The fragmented genre of rock has morphed into one side of a hyphenate, paired with every other genre under the sun as to say, "this music has guitars." The industry, too, plays its hand in the over-categorization of rock, from the Grammy ...

  31. Exclusive: Frenchkiss Leaves RED, Takes Physical Distribution to Orchard

    December 08, 2011 2:10 PM EST Frenchkiss Records, the independent label founded by Les Savy Fav bassist Syd Butler, told Billboard.biz that they have left Sony distribution arm RED in favor of diving in 100% with digital-leaning outlet the Orchard. The label has worked with bo ...

  32. The Year In Branding: Top Tours And Festivals Got Closer With Sponsors This Year

    December 08, 2011 8:40 AM EST The Foo Fighters playing fans' personal garages on behalf of BlackBerry. Weezer rerecording the jingle of State Farm, its Memories tour sponsor. Lady Gaga calling a fan every night from the stage through Virgin Mobile. The abundance of such c ...

  33. The Year In Touring

    December 08, 2011 8:10 AM EST Surprising no one, the final leg of U2's record-shattering 360 tour was enough to make U2 the top touring act of 2011, with $293.3 million in box office and nearly 3 million in ticket sales generated in the time frame of Nov. 1, 2010-Nov. 8, ...

  34. Motley Crue Heads to Las Vegas With 'Lots of Naked Girls'

    December 02, 2011 5:10 PM EST Dr. Feelgood, the Theatre of Pain and, of course, plenty of Girls, Girls, Girls are taking up residency in Las Vegas during February. "Motley Crue in Sin City" will hunker down from Feb. 3-19 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Cas ...

  35. Black Keys Announce First Headlining Arena Tour, Arctic Monkeys Opening

    December 02, 2011 3:33 PM EST Blues-rockers the Black Keys are moving on up, announcing their very first headlining arena tour today. The duo will headline the 15-city North American arena tour alongside opening act Arctic Monkeys . The tour kicks off on March 2 in their homes ...

  36. Charlie Brusco, Alliance Artists Join Red Light Family

    December 02, 2011 11:55 AM EST Atlanta-based artist management firm Alliance Artists has joined Red Light Management and is now operating as Red Light Management's Atlanta office, Billboard.biz has learned. Working directly with RLM founder Coran Capshaw, COO Bruce Eskowit ...

  37. Heartless Bastards Sign With Partisan Records

    November 17, 2011 12:35 PM EST Heartless Bastards are shooting for a fresh start with "Arrow." The band's new album, their fourth studio set, will be their first release for Brooklyn's Partisan Records after three albums on Mississippi indie Fat Possum. Afte ...

  38. Video: Journey's Neal Schon Talks About His Band's Longevity, Touring Successes, Future

    November 17, 2011 7:00 AM EST Journey's worldwide touring success over the past 38 years earned them the Billboard Touring Conference's Legend of the Live Award, and co-founding guitarist Neal Schon was on hand to accept the award alongside longtime bassist Ross Valo ...

  39. Billboard Touring Conference & Awards 2011 Hub

    November 14, 2011 1:33 AM EST November 11, 2011 | Video Perry Farrell Talks Art, Commerce, Lollapalooza; Compares Himself With Axl Rose @ BB Touring Conf (Video) Shortly after Perry Farrell's Keynote Q&A with Billboard's Bill Werde at our Touring Conference on Th ...

  40. Web Trends: Listen To Rihanna's New Single

    November 11, 2011 3:00 PM EST Google Trends: 12. nigel tufnel day : People are celebrating 11/11/11 in homage to the Spinal Tap guitarist's famous "It goes to 11" line in "This Is Spinal Tap" Twitter Music Trends: No new music trends Digg Music News/Vi ...

  41. Backbeat: Phish's Trey Anastasio, Jason Aldean, Neal Schon & Michaele Salahi Rock Billboard's 2011 Touring Awards

    November 11, 2011 10:00 AM EST Left to Right: Michaele Salahi, Journey's Neal Schon, Phish's Trey Anastasio, Jason Aldean and Billboard's Ray Waddell (Photo: Michael Seto) After two days of heady panel discussions at the Billboard Touring Conference on such topic ...

  42. Journey's Road to Billboard Legend of Live Award: A Candid Q&A With Neal Schon

    November 08, 2011 4:28 PM EST Lay It Down: Neal Schon (above) and his band will receive this year's Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Touring Conference. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) As we gear up for the 2011 Billboard Touring Conference and Awards -- which kick of ...

  43. GWAR's Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, Found Dead on Tour Bus

    November 04, 2011 7:57 AM EDT MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The lead guitarist for the costumed heavy metal band GWAR has been found dead on their tour bus. Manager Jack Flanagan and record label Metal Blade say Cory Smoot was found early Thursday before crossing into Canada following a ...

  44. Gwar Guitarist Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, Dead

    November 03, 2011 4:08 PM EDT GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot -- known by the stage name Flattus Maximus -- was found dead by his bandmates this morning (Nov. 3), as GWAR prepared to cross the Canadian border for a stretch of tour dates. He was 34. In a statement first released to t ...

  45. Selah Sue receives France's 10th Constantin Prize

    November 02, 2011 1:03 PM EDT Belgium female artist Selah Sue has won France's Prix Constantin music prize with self-titled debut album (Because Music). The award was presented during a ceremony at the Olympia venue in Paris. The prize jury was comprised of media and reta ...

  46. Red Light's Coran Capshaw to Receive Humanitarian Award at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 01, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw will be the first artist manager to ever receive the Humanitarian Award when he is recognized for his good works at the Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Previ ...

  47. Retail Briefs: NARM Sets 2012 Confab Dates, Redeye Adds !K7 and Mylene Sheath

    October 31, 2011 7:13 PM EDT NARM Confab Set For May 7-10 In L.A. -- The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) will hold its next annual convention May 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and took advantage of the scheduling announcement t ...

  48. Metallica's India Concert Cancelled After Fans Damage Equipment, Promoters Arrested

    October 31, 2011 1:49 PM EDT If anyone doubts there are challenges doing business in emerging economies, they should examine Metallica's experience during the heavy-metal band's much anticipated first gig in India this weekend. The Oct. 28 show, part of the F1 Rocks ...

  49. Backbeat: Score to Johnny Depp's 'Rum Diary' Makes Live Debut @ L.A.'s Catalina Bar & Grill

    October 28, 2011 1:06 PM EDT Band of Brothers: Composer Christopher Young, center, is flanked by his agent Vasi Vangelos, left, and Brian McNeils of Lakeshore Entertainment, which released the soundtrack to "The Rum Diary." The band assembled to perform Christopher ...

  50. Poison Responds to Song Theft Allegations

    October 27, 2011 4:53 PM EDT Poison, one of the most successful hair metal bands of the 1980s, is striking back in response to a new lawsuit that claims four hit songs were stolen a quarter century ago from another band. A lawyer for the group led by frontman-turned-reality-T ...

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