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  1. Goldenvoice Releases Record-Breaking Numbers for Coachella, Big 4, Stagecoach Festivals

    May 06, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Three mega-events in the California desert represent a remarkable accomplishment for California promoter Goldenvoice, the AEG subsidiary headed by Paul Tollett that, over the course of two weeks, produced three major festivals at the Empire Polo G ...

  2. INXS, Universal Strike Long-Term Reissue Deal

    May 06, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and INXS struck a new, long-term agreement that will see the famed Australian rock group's catalog revamped and re-released, with the first titles to drop next month. The new arrangement covers the world outside North an ...

  3. Arthur Lee's Love, the Byrds' Gene Clark Get Deluxe Reissues, Release Party

    May 02, 2011 11:47 AM EDT High Moon Records , a specialty label focusing on the music of the 1960s and '70s. held a record release party and concert April 29 recalling two Sunset Strip legends, Arthur Lee's Love and the Byrds' Gene Clark. Music from the labe ...

  4. Richie Sambora to Leave Bon Jovi Tour for Rehab

    April 29, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Who wants to play guitar in Bon Jovi? The rock band said on Thursday its upcoming tour of North America and Europe would proceed even though guitarist Richie Sambora has entered rehab for a drinking problem. A spokeswoman declined to say who would ...

  5. Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex Singer, Dies at 53

    April 26, 2011 11:30 AM EDT P oly Styrene , the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the band X-Ray Spex , has died at the age of 53. Styrene, whose real name was Marion Elliott-Said, had been suffering from cancer. A statement on the s ...

  6. Dave Matthews Band Caravan Reveals Final Fest Sites: NYC's Governors Island, Washington's Gorge

    April 21, 2011 9:26 AM EDT The Dave Matthews Band revealed the final two Caravan festival sites and dates today: New York City's Governors Island August 26-28, and the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., Sept. 2-4. As with the previously announced events in New Jersey ...

  7. Iggy Pop on Tonight's Ron Asheton Tribute Concert, 'American Idol'

    April 19, 2011 7:45 AM EDT If it wasn't already clear to those who have seen or heard Iggy Pop during the past four decades, his latest moves confirm he's not one to back down from a challenge. The punk pioneer and sonic provocateur returns to the Michigan town th ...

  8. Iggy Pop: 'American Idol' Contacted Me About Being A Judge

    April 11, 2011 3:48 PM EDT The world is still buzzing about his performance of Johnny O'Keefe's "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" on "American Idol" last week, but Iggy Pop says "it was just a gig" to him -- albeit a good one. "I enjo ...

  9. Dave Matthews Band Announces Second Caravan Festival Dates

    April 07, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Dates for the second of four Dave Matthews Band Caravan festivals this summer have been announced: July 8-10 at Chicago's Lakeside on the south shore of Lake Michigan. The lineup for the shows -- DMB's only Midwest concert performances o ...

  10. Rebecca Black Spoofs 'Friday' Success in Funny or Die Clip

    April 01, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Since today is April Fool's Day -- and, of course, Friday -- humor website Funny or Die is celebrating by letting "Friday" phenom Rebecca Black take over their site. In this clip for "Friday or Die," the singer spoofs her ...

  11. P.O.D. Files Lawsuit Against Record Label

    April 01, 2011 12:24 PM EDT Christian headbangers P.O.D. have filed suit against their record label, Tennessee-based INO Records, claiming that the company breached its contract by refusing to pay the band an advance for its next album. The suit, filed in Nashville, states t ...

  12. Smash Announces Benefit for Nippon; Superfly Releases Charity Single

    March 28, 2011 12:22 PM EDT One of Japan's leading promoters, Smash Corporation announced today that they would initiate a wide-ranging Japan charity relief project called Benefit for Nippon . The concert promoter has started the efforts with a website of the same name ...

  13. Exclusive: Tom Morello Signs With New West Records

    March 28, 2011 11:48 AM EDT Guitarist-singer Tom Morello has signed with New West Records, setting a late summer release for his third folk music-oriented album under the Nightwatchman name. The former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist has titled the album &q ...

  14. GroupMe Launches Brand Engagement Effort With Bon Jovi, Bonnaroo

    March 28, 2011 11:05 AM EDT GroupMe , the group messaging and conference calling service riding a wave of buzz after the South by Southwest festivcal, today unveiled a brand-engagement initiative with such names as Bon Jovi and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. GroupMe ...

  15. A WALK IN THE COUNTRY

    March 28, 2011 10:58 AM EDT Styx's Tommy Shaw Goes Bluegrass; Mobilizes Band Fan Base From classic hits with Styx to his work with Damn Yankees and Shaw/Blades, guitarist Tommy Shaw has crafted a diverse résumé. But never has the veteran rocker taken a more adventurou ...

  16. Tommy Lee Developing Travel Series for Syfy Network

    March 22, 2011 7:14 AM EDT The former Motley Crue drummer will attempt to uncover rituals, symbols and other mysteries of secret societies in "Culture Shock With Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee has gone from studying in college to studying the world. The former Motley Crue drumme ...

  17. Label Titans Survey The Landscape At 'Flying The Indie Flag' SXSW Panel

    March 18, 2011 4:02 PM EDT After Arcade Fire sold out Madison Square Garden and won Album of the Year Grammy, the indie world seemed ready to take on the mainstream rock world in terms of above-ground cultural clout. This well-attended -- and instructive, if rather dry -- p ...

  18. John Fogerty Signs With Paradigm Agency

    March 18, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty has signed with Paradigm for representation in all categories, with Dan Weiner as responsible agent. Fogerty was previously signed to CAA. In addition to touring, Paradigm will represent Fogerty in his ende ...

  19. Duff McKagan Shares Investment Do's And Don'ts During SXSW Financial-Advisor Keynote

    March 17, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Duff McKagan at South by Southwest on Thursday (photo: Jeff Miller) Even at SXSW, it was an unusual scene: a tattooed, shades-sporting, leather-clad former bassist for one of the world's biggest rock bands talking to a nearly-packed room abou ...

  20. Jack White Plays Surprise SXSW Set At Third Man Rolling Record Store -- Watch The Video!

    March 16, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Stationed in the middle of a downtown Austin parking lot is a large yellow vehicle with a menu listing and side window for servers that looks like it's equipped to dispense lunchtime meals. Check out all of our 2011 South by Southwest coverag ...

  21. Jon Bon Jovi And Jack White: Are They Really That Different, When It Comes To Loving Vinyl And Hating Steve Jobs?

    March 15, 2011 1:58 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi has drawn the ire of technologists, the tech media and Apple customers around the world -- all for giving a nostalgic opinion in an. Really, can't we all get along? Digital music is great for music fans and consumers: There' ...

  22. Dave Matthews Band's Caravan Festival: Details Announced

    March 09, 2011 9:47 AM EST As reported on Billboard.biz last month , Dave Matthews Band will stage four regional destination festivals this summer under the Dave Matthews Band Caravan banner, the first of which is set for June 24-26 at Bader Field, former site of the Atlant ...

  23. Alice in Chains Co-Founder Mike Starr Dies at 44

    March 08, 2011 7:05 PM EST Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr - who has publicly struggled with drug addiction and appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab last year - has died. He was 44. He was found dead in a Salt Lake City house Tuesday. "It's a terrible ...

  24. Dave Matthews Band Playing Four Caravan Shows Despite 'Year Off From Touring'

    February 22, 2011 5:27 PM EST Dave Matthews Band said they were going to take the year off from touring, but nobody said the band wouldn't be playing live. It looks like DMB will stage four "mini-festivals" billed as the Dave Matthews Band Caravan this year, as ...

  25. 'Who The Hell Is That?' Will Sheff Of Okkervil River's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 12:43 PM EST Will Sheff, foreground, with his band Okkervil River (Photo: Alexandra Valenti) Much to his surprise, Will Sheff of the independent rock band Okkervil River was nominated for a Grammy for his liner notes to the Roky Erickson album "True Love ...

  26. Guitar Zero: Activision Kills Guitar Hero Franchise

    February 09, 2011 6:49 PM EST The game that created the modern music game as we know it is no more: During its quarterly earnings conference call today. Activision revealed that it has cancelled the planned 2011 installment of the "Guitar Hero" franchise and the enti ...

  27. PJ Harvey Signs Publishing Deal With EMI, New Album On Vagrant Records

    January 31, 2011 10:37 AM EST EMI Music Publishing today announced it signed a global co-publishing deal with British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. The announcement comes two weeks before Harvey's eighth studio album, "Let England Shake," comes out on February 14 ...

  28. Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Killers Headlining Lollapalooza Chile

    January 28, 2011 1:40 PM EST Kanye West, Jane's Addiction and the Killers will help Lollapalooza make its overseas debut this spring, as the U.S. festival heads to Chile on April 2 and 3. The full lineup for the festival, which will be held in O'Higgins Park in Sant ...

  29. Wilco Leaves Nonesuch Records, Start Own Label With Anti-

    January 26, 2011 8:14 PM EST Wilco, the Chicago-based experimental rock band led by Jeff Tweedy, has announced they are leaving their long-time label Nonesuch Records to start their own record company, dBpm Records. The band's longtime manager, Tony Margherita, will run ...

  30. Goldenvoice's Paul Tollett On Metallica's 'Big 4' Concert

    January 26, 2011 5:55 PM EST Metallica Leads The Big 4 Having conquered indie rock with Coachella (April 15-17) and country with Stagecoach (April 30-May 1) at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., Goldenvoice will take on metal with the Big 4, featuring Metallica, Anthra ...

  31. Portishead Curating ATP 2011 In Asbury Park, NJ

    January 26, 2011 8:07 AM EST Portishead's Beth Gibbons (Photo: Mark Venema/WireImage) All Tomorrow's Parties announced its fourth annual New-York-area show will be curated by British trip-hop band Portishead. The music festival will be held for first time in Asbury ...

  32. Grateful Dead 3.0: Curious Sense Developing Gaming, Social Media Platform For Band

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After today, the long strange trip that is the Grateful Dead's career may just get longer and stranger. Thanks to Curious Sense Inc ., a digital-entertainment company that today announced it had obtained exclusive rights to the group's l ...

  33. U.K.-Based [Pias] Recordings Relaunches Play It Again Sam Label

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based [PIAS] Recordings announced today it is re-launching its Play It Again Sam label. The imprint, originally established in 1983 by Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot, will join Wall of Sound and Different Recordings under the [PIAS] umbrella. ...

  34. Phil Kennemore, Y&T Bassist, Dies at 57

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Phil Kennemore, the bassist of veteran hard-rock group Y&T, died early Friday morning (Jan. 7) of lung cancer, the group's frontman confirmed. Kennemore, 57, passed away at Stanford Hospital in California while surrounded by family member ...

  35. Publishing Briefs: Jamie Foxx, Universal, Imagem, 5 Alarm, Bicycle, EMI

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST -- Universal Music Publishing Group has signed Jamie Foxx to an exclusive worldwide music publishing agreement. Under the terms, UMPG will administer Foxx's platinum-selling "Intuition" LP as well as his new studio album, "Best ...

  36. Pink Floyd Signs Five-Year Deal With EMI Despite Past Lawsuits

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd has signed a new five-year global partnership with EMI Music, the company announced on Tuesday. The deal allows Pink Floyd's long-time record label to continue marketing and distributing the band's catalog. The deal is a high- ...

  37. Dispatch Offers Fans Entire Back Catalog In Exchange For Promoting New Tour on Social Media

    January 01, 2011 12:00 AM EST Dispatch, the Boston-based independent rock band, today announced their first summer tour in over a decade and a unique promotion: The group is offering its fans their entire back catalog in exchange for spreading the word about the new tour on so ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Paramore Split Gets Ugly: Farro Brothers Blog Airs the Platinum-Selling Band's Dirty Laundry

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST It took Paramore's guitarist and drummer Josh and Zac Farro 1,442 words to explain their reasons for leaving the band they founded in 2004, and they paint a dramatically different picture than the one remaining members Hayley Williams, Jeremy ...

  40. Captain Beefheart Dies at Age 69

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Visual artist, singer, musician, composer and American iconoclast Don Van Vliet, known throughout the world as Captain Beefheart, has died at the age of 69 from complications related to multiple sclerosis, an artist representative stated on Friday ...

  41. Pink Floyd Wins EMI Royalties Battle

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd has prevailed over EMI at the UK High Court in an appeal of a lower court's decision that EMI must stop selling individual downloads of the group's songs without permission. Pink Floyd argued that its 1999 contract with EMI re ...

  42. Rock Hall of Fame to Induct Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's official -- Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The class of 2011 will be formally feted on Mar. 14 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Al ...

  43. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to Join 'American Idiot' for 50 Shows

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billie Joe Armstrong apparently liked his Broadway debut in "American Idiot" - he's signed on to return for 50 performances. Producers said Tuesday the Green Day frontman will reprise the role of St. Jimmy in the punk rock musical t ...

  44. SOCAN Honors Canadian Songwriters In Toronto

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) honored Guess Who's Burton Cummings, Chilliwack's Bill Henderson, Theory of a Deadman and Karl Wolf at the 21st annual SOCAN Awards. Hosted in three separate segment ...

  45. Manager Sues The Agency Group, Seeks $20 Million

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Todd Meagher and TODD Entertainment, former manager of Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd, have sued The Agency Group and TKO President Andrew Goodfriend for “fraud, negligence, false representations, breach of fiduciary duty, unconscionability and bre ...

  46. EMI Label Services Launches Metal Crew Retail Program

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI Label Services has started a new retail program known as the Metal Crew, which will have online, retail and consumer components aimed at highlighting the metal acts distributed by EMI and Caroline. The campaign will work with retail to create ...

  47. Journey Rep: Steve Perry Not Rejoining Band

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Journey spokesperson Larry Solters says reports that Steve Perry may rejoin Journey are inaccurate. "The British news reporters are confused," Solters tell Billboard.biz. "Just like we don't understand cricket, they don't ...

  48. AC/DC, Stones, Slash Win At Classic Rock Awards

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Classic Rock magazine held its annual awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, with the big winners including AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin . The Nov. 10 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour event kicked off with a pe ...

  49. Motorhead To Issue Album With Classic Rock

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. hard rock veterans Motorhead will issue its new album, "The World is Yours," with a special edition of Classic Rock magazine in the U.K. The partnership between Motörhead Music/UDR, EMI Label Services and Future Publishing follows t ...

  50. Kings Of Leon Debut New Album At Tiny London Show

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon swapped vast indoor arenas and festival headline slots for the more intimate confines of London's Rivoli Ballroom when the Tennessee rock band played an exclusive gig for national Top 40 station BBC Radio 1 last night (Oct.27). ...

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