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  1. Jim Ladd 'Stunned' at Being Let Go From KLOS; Freeform DJ Inspired Tom Petty's 'Last DJ'

    October 27, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Layoffs hit the radio industry hard on Wednesday as reports emerged that Clear Channel was letting go hundreds of employees in small to mid-sized markets in favor of "Premium Choice" content; format-specific programming syndicated to sta ...

  2. Maggie Vail Leaves Kill Rock Stars for Nonprofit CASH Music

    October 26, 2011 4:42 PM EDT Maggie Vail, whose name has been virtually synonymous with the Kill Rock Stars label for more than 17 years, has left the company and will be focusing fulltime on CASH Music , a nonprofit "that builds open source digital tools for artists and ...

  3. Hair Band War! Did Poison Steal '80s Hits From Another Band?

    October 21, 2011 10:20 PM EDT Members of Poison, including frontman-turned-reality-TV-celebrity Bret Michaels, have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn't over ...

  4. Backbeat: Bebe Buell's NYC Release Party -- Cycle Slut From Hell Offers Profanity-Laced Kudos

    October 19, 2011 7:31 AM EDT From left: Niji Entertainment Group sales and marketing manager Dean Schachtel, Red senior VP of product development Alan Becker, Buell and Red label manager Luis Alvarenga. Former Cycle Sluts From Hell singer Goddess Mary Raffaele gave model-turn ...

  5. Backbeat: Steel Panther Packs NYC's Gramercy For Night of Hair Metal Spoofing

    October 17, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Back row (L-R): John Dimaio, Frank Arigo, Brent Porche, Stix Zadinia, Sean "the Rabbi" Tyszler, Glen Parrish and Ken Fermaglich. Front (L-R): Satchel, Starr and Lexxi Foxx. (Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage) Comedy rockers Steel Panther packe ...

  6. Grateful Dead Debut 'Steal Your Face' Red Wine

    October 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Grateful Dead Debut 'Steal Your Face' Red Wine The band is the latest to partner with Wines That Rock, makers of The Rolling Stones "Forty Licks Merlot" and Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon.& ...

  7. Exclusive: Flaming Lips Plan Record Store Day Release

    October 06, 2011 3:43 PM EDT Ardent Record Store Day supporters the Flaming Lips have started to plan next year's release. Wayne Coyne says he intends to create a compilation of tracks the Lips have done with other artists such as Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt and Prefuse ...

  8. Jeff Mangum Plays Surprise Performance at Occupy Wall Street (Video)

    October 05, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com Known these days for his more reclusive nature, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum made a surprise appearance last night (Oct. 4), performing for onlookers and activists at Occu ...

  9. EMI Reissues Compelte Pink Floyd Catalog

    September 30, 2011 8:14 AM EDT EMI's new Pink Floyd boxed set and its planned release of additional multiple-disc sets devoted to individual titles will no doubt attract a lot of attention in this fall's reissue market. It has the splashiest launch (including the re ...

  10. J. Cole's 'World' Album Headed for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 28, 2011 8:40 PM EDT Watch for J. Cole to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week with his first album "Cole World: the Sideline Story," which could move as many as 240,000 to 250,000 copies by week's end on Oct. 2, so say industry prognosticators. If th ...

  11. Life Is Good Festival -- with Ray Lamontagne, Raphael Saadiq and more -- Hopes to Raise $1 Million for Kids This Weekend

    September 23, 2011 9:45 AM EDT Combining great music with an excellent cause, the Life is Good Music Festival is set to take place this weekend, September 24-25 at Prowse Farms in Canton, Mass. Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Ray Lamontagne, Brandi Carlile, Raphael Saadi ...

  12. Backbeat: Kentucky Headhunters, Black Stone Cherry @ Legendary Practice House in Metcalfe, KY

    September 23, 2011 7:43 AM EDT The Kentucky HeadHunters and Black Stone Cherry hung out at the legendary Practice House in Metcalfe County, Ky., with Billboard's Ray Waddell yesterday. At rear, from left, are Richard Young with the HeadHunters , Waddell , and Blackstone Ch ...

  13. Alice Cooper Scares Up His Highest-Charting Album Since 1989

    September 23, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Iconic rocker Alice Cooper returns to the Billboard 200 this week with his highest-charting album since 1989 as Welcome 2 My Nightmare bows at No. 22 with 18,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He last rose higher on the list with the Epic ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Rondor Signs Alice Cooper, Imagem Signs Lil Wayne Collaborator Angel Aponte

    September 20, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Rondor Inks Alice Cooper - Rondor Music Publishing has signed Alice Cooper to a worldwide publishing agreement and re-upped the company's publishing agreement with producer Bob Ezrin, who has worked with Cooper as a producer, co-writer, arran ...

  16. Metallica To Play First-Ever Gig In India For F1 Grand Prix Concert

    September 20, 2011 7:00 AM EDT F1 Rocks CEO Robert Montague and Metallica. The tradition-steeped elegance of India's Bollywood music and the rough, rattle and roll of heavy metal might make them apparent incompatible genres, but Metallica are set to disprove that conceptio ...

  17. How Three Indie Labels Took Over A Failing Independent Record Collective's Distribution

    September 19, 2011 8:26 AM EDT When the owner of their indie distributor turned out to be missing in action, three indie labels took the unprecedented steps of taking over the company. As part of that move, boutique distributor, Independent Record Collective in Richmond, VA., w ...

  18. Backbeat: Alice Cooper Returns to the Whisky A Go-Go With Robbie Krieger, Kesha

    September 16, 2011 6:10 PM EDT I'm (Older Than) 18: Kesha (left) joined Alice Cooper on stage last night tour to perform for his song classic "School's Out." (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images) "We're a bar band tonight," Alice Cooper decla ...

  19. Bob Seger Ends iTunes Holdout

    September 12, 2011 12:00 PM EDT It's hard to believe that in this day and age there are still artists who refuse to sell their music on iTunes. I mean even the Beatles have made the jump. But today there's one less such holdout: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. ...

  20. Backbeats: Umphrey's McGee Bowls, Doro Dines, Misra's DeLuca Rocks Mercury Lounge

    September 09, 2011 10:30 PM EDT Backbeat: Umphrey's McGee Rolls Strikes At Text-Driven Jam Session @ Brooklyn Bowl Bowling, Texting & Jamming: (from left) Paul Dryden, product manager, ATO Records; Umphrey McGee manager Vincent Iwinski; guitarist Brendan Bayliss, drumme ...

  21. Backbeat: Glassnote Signing Oberhofer Plays Brooklyn's Music Hall

    September 09, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Wake-Up Middle Guy! Oberhofer with Billboard's Chris Payne (second from Left) and Glassnote's Daniel Glass (second from right). Freshly signed to Glassnote Records , the New York by-way-of Tacoma, WA rockers Oberhofer played a lively set ...

  22. This Week In Music: Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Dangerbird Records' CEO Jeff Castelaz (Video)

    September 06, 2011 5:33 PM EDT On This Week in Music, Topspin Media Ian Rogers sits down with Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and Jeff Castelaz, the band's manager as well the CEO of Dangerbird Records. Here Casey discusses how his band managed to sell four million recor ...

  23. My Chemical Romance Drummer Michael Pedicone Booted From Band for Allegedly Stealing

    September 06, 2011 7:46 AM EDT My Chemical Romance booted drummer Michael Pedicone from the band late last week because of his alleged stealing. The band said on its website Friday, "The relationship between My Chemical Romance and Michael Pedicone is over. He was caught r ...

  24. Rush Signs With Roadrunner, Preps New Album for 2012: Exclusive

    August 31, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Rush is on the move. The prog rock legends behind "Tom Sawyer," "Fly By Night" and "The Spirit of Radio" have partnered up with Roadrunner Records after being doggedly pursued by the rock-heavy imprint. "After ye ...

  25. Stage Collapses at Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, At Least Three Dead, Scores Injured (Update)

    August 18, 2011 1:00 PM EDT At least three people died and more than 70 others were injured today when a stage collapsed as a result of storms at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, according to the Associated Press . The head of emergency planning in the Belgian town of Hass ...

  26. Michael Jackson Concert Promoters Remove Kiss From Lineup

    August 16, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Organizers of a Michael Jackson tribute concert dropped Kiss from the lineup after receiving widespread criticism for booking the band despite critical comments toward the late pop singer by bassist Gene Simmons. The announcement Tuesday came a da ...

  27. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part I)

    August 15, 2011 12:19 PM EDT Just Give Me Indie: Culling the list down to 50 American indie labels was no easy task... Trying to get signed? Universal and Sony laugh you out the door? In Billboard's second-annual DIY Manual, we listed 20 great indie labels along with str ...

  28. Rock in Rio 2011's Sellout, by the Numbers

    August 15, 2011 10:19 AM EDT Rock in Rio 2011's Sellout, by the Numbers Brazil's renowned music festival has come back to its homeland for the first time since 2001 and has done so in a big way. Rock In Rio Returns Home Rock in Rio 2011 edition will be held over sev ...

  29. Ex-Warrant Singer Jani Lane Dead at 47

    August 12, 2011 7:55 AM EDT Jani Lane, who fronted the glossy rock band Warrant during the salad days of hair metal, was found dead in a motel room in Woodland Hills, Calif. Thursday evening of undetermined at press time, according to multiple media reports. He was 47. Detai ...

  30. Australia's Live Music Industry Soars With $1.4 Billion in 2010 Ticketing Revenue

    August 09, 2011 7:42 AM EDT A new report published Down Under confirms what many observers had already figured - Australia's live music sector is officially booming. In a frenetic year which saw the likes of AC/DC, U2, Bon Jovi, Metallica and the Eagles tour these shore ...

  31. Gregg Allman Cancels Tour Dates on Doctor's Orders

    August 08, 2011 1:25 PM EDT A lingering upper respiratory condition that cut short a European tour has forced Gregg Allman off the road. On doctor's orders, the legendary artist will cancel his concert dates scheduled between Aug. 26 through Sept. 15. According to a rep ...

  32. Ottawa Bluesfest's Mark Monahan on Cheap Trick Stage Collapse: 'We Want to Know What Happened'

    August 05, 2011 11:44 AM EDT There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the dramatic stage collapse during the Ottawa Bluefest on July 17 while the band Cheap Trick was on stage. The Ontario Ministry of Labour is currently conducting an investigation, but it will b ...

  33. Cheap Trick Cancels Vancouver Show Due to Stage Concerns

    August 02, 2011 4:21 PM EDT As Ontario's Ministry of Labour continues its investigation of the stage collapse during Cheap Trick's performance at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest last month, the band is playing it safe and cancelling a Sept. 1 show because it was schedul ...

  34. Was Cheap Trick Stage Collapse Preceded By Mishandling of Black Keys Concert?

    August 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT The Ontario Ministry of Labor says it is continuing to investigate how the Ottawa Bluesfest stage crumpled during Cheap Trick's July 17 performance . While the Ministry released the scene on Wednesday July 28, earlier in the week it also issu ...

  35. Cheap Trick Demands Answers in Ottawa Stage Collapse

    July 29, 2011 6:50 AM EDT Following the scary set collapse during a performance in Ottawa, Ontario on July 17, Cheap Trick is still looking for answers. "We simply want to know: what are the companies and organizers doing to protect the next act and the next audience? ...

  36. Dan Peek, Co-Founder of America, Dead at 60

    July 26, 2011 12:59 PM EDT Little is known at this point about the death on Sunday (July 24) of Dan Peek, co-founder of the band America , who left the group in 1977 and then continued on as a somewhat reclusive Christian pop artist. The home page of Peek's official we ...

  37. Coheed and Cambria's Michael Todd Arrested for Armed Robbery

    July 11, 2011 10:32 AM EDT Police have arrested Coheed and Cambria bass player Michael Todd for allegedly robbing a pharmacy. The Attleboro, Mass., police department said they responded to a report of a robbery around 1 p.m. Sunday at a Walgreens. "Upon arrival, it was ...

  38. Randy Shefer: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Randy Shefer Director, Videogames, Film and TV Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing At Sony/ATV, Randy Shefer, 28, has helped ramp up the firm's presence in videogame soundtracks. Sony/ATV co-president Jody Gerson says Shefer "has built stro ...

  39. Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock to Score 'Queens of Country'

    June 27, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Modest Mouse front man and songwriter Isaac Brock will compose his first feature film score for a movie based on an obsessive country music fan. "Queens of Country" stars Lizzy Caplan ("Mean Girls") and Ron Livingston ("Ba ...

  40. Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman Talks This Year's Lineup, Ticket Prices and How It's Changed Over the Years

    June 17, 2011 5:25 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour has grown from just over 25,000 attendees in its debut year of 1995 to an estimated 580,000 this summer, and the one thing that tour founder Kevin Lyman says he never stops thinking about is how to give fans the most for their ...

  41. Record Label Responds to Joan Jett Lawsuit

    June 12, 2011 1:36 PM EDT A record label that singer-guitarist Joan Jett and 1970s bandmate Cherie Currie are suing to stop the release of a tribute album in homage to their early punk band says the recording was made "with the best of intentions" to raise funds ...

  42. Joan Jett, Cherie Currie Sue To Stop Runaways Tribute Album

    June 10, 2011 7:46 AM EDT NEW YORK - Joan Jett loves rock and roll, but not on a tribute album she says an ex-employee put together without her permission. The "I Love Rock N' Roll" singer-guitarist and 1970s bandmate Cherie Currie sued Thursday to try to st ...

  43. Lynyrd Skynyrd-Themed Restaurant to Open in Las Vegas

    June 08, 2011 6:15 AM EDT In the never-ending search for licensing opportunities to exploit, iconic southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd will serve as the theme of a new restaurant set to open in Las Vegas at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer is du ...

  44. 'Lonely Boy' singer Andrew Gold dead at 59

    June 06, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Versatile singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, who enjoyed chart success in the 1970s with the songs "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You For Being a Friend," died in his sleep. He was 59. The Los Angeles Times said he died at his home on Fri ...

  45. Kaiser Chiefs' New Album Fan Created, Promoted and Sold at a Profit

    June 03, 2011 9:30 AM EDT U.K. guitar group Kaiser Chiefs is taking an innovative approach to the release of its new studio album, "The Future is Medieval" (Fiction/B-Unique Records), by allowing fans to choose their own track listing and album artwork. From toda ...

  46. Gregg Allman Is Latest Rocker to Announce Memoir

    May 20, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Gregg Allman, frontman for the legendary Allman Brothers Band, has signed with William Morrow to bring his untitled memoir to print in spring 2012. Rock memoirs have been a hot category for publishers the last several years. The announcement comes ...

  47. Hangout Festival With Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, Black Keys Helps Gulf Coast Tourism Recover

    May 20, 2011 7:32 AM EDT GULF SHORES, Ala. - A year ago bad vibes from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and fear over the future of Gulf Coast tourism hung like rain clouds over the inaugural Hangout Music Festival this resort destination. Flash forward 12 months and the f ...

  48. Record Producer, Engineer Marty Lewis Dies at 60

    May 16, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Marty Lewis, a veteran record producer, engineer and mixer whom Jimmy Buffett referred to as the "Sound Sculptor," died April 27 while swimming in the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He was 60. Lewis enjoyed a fruitful collabora ...

  49. Exclusive: Story of CBGBs, Hilly Kristal, Birth of Punk Rock To Be Made Into Film

    May 16, 2011 2:35 PM EDT The birth of punk rock in New York City will be chronicled in a film about the club CBGB and its owner, the late Hilly Kristal, according to the film's producers. Brad Rosenberger, Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Kristal's daughter Lisa K ...

  50. 'Carter,' Veteran Producer and A&R Exec, Dead at 65

    May 12, 2011 2:06 PM EDT John Carter, the A&R exec, producer, songwriter and manager known as simply "Carter," died on May 10 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 65. Born John S. Carter in East St. Louis, Illinois, his career began in 1967, when he wrote the lyri ...

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