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  1. Videogame Sales Slump

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The holiday sales cycle just became more important than ever for the videogame industry. Already coping with a rather lackluster year so far, September sales figures--compiled by the NPD Group—didn’t bring any good news. Overall industry revenues ...

  2. Bon Jovi Heads To European, U.S. Cinemas

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The concert film "Bon Jovi - The Circle Tour" will be screened at cinemas across Europe and the U.S. next month. Omniverse Vision and AEG Network Live will present the film in Europe. It is comprised of footage from the band's four- ...

  3. Rare Jimi Hendrix Song Tangled In Dispute

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Jimi Hendrix estate, Martin Scorsese and an old saxophone player named Lonnie Youngblood are among those battling over a 40-year-old song entitled "Georgia Blues" that was recently featured on a Scorsese-directed PBS special on blues ...

  4. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out in New York on Nov. 4. The awards - which honor artists, tours, venues, and li ...

  5. Lil' Wayne To Bundle New Album With 'DefJam Rapstar'

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Everyone knows CD sales are down. The solution? Bundle it with a videogame. That seems to be the trend these days, the latest one coming from Lil' Wayne, who has partnered with the makers of "DefJam Rapstar" and Best Buy to give awa ...

  6. Retail Briefs: NARM, Heavy Rotation Records, Alliance Entertainment

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers and the Country Music Assn. will produce an Entertainment Law Conference in Nashville on Nov. 9. The keynote will be an interview with U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters , who will discuss ...

  7. Rush, Jack Johnson To Receive Billboard Touring Honors

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Powerhouse rock trio Rush will be named this year's Legend of Live at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York on Nov. 4. The Legend of Live honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music a ...

  8. Zac Brown Band, Maroon 5 In Race For Billboard 200 Top Spot

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the U.S. music industry awaits this week's The Billboard 200 chart to be compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, the Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" and Maroon 5's "Hands All Over" were in a dead heat vying fo ...

  9. Soundgarden-'Guitar Hero' Bundle Earns Platinum Status

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Soundgarden’s decision to bundle its “Telephantasm” greatest hits album with 1 million copies of the new “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” videogame has garnered it platinum record status by the RIAA, thanks to new rules created as a result of the p ...

  10. Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper Up for Rock Hall of Fame

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It could be a blaze of glory for Bon Jovi at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Jersey boys are up for possible induction in the hallowed hall, along with first-timers Donovan, Dr. John, Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fa ...

  11. Big Day Out Touring Fest's Line-Up Unveiled

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tool, Rammstein, Iggy and the Stooges, M.I.A and LCD Soundsystem lead a formidable line-up for the 2011 Australasian Big Day Out touring festival, details for which were announced today (Sept. 28). Among the big-name domestic contingent will be Gr ...

  12. Green Day Singer Joins Broadway's 'American Idiot'

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong is briefly joining the cast of "American Idiot," the Broadway musical he helped create based on the band's 2004 Grammy Award-winning album. The show's producers announced that Armstrong ...

  13. Web Trends: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bruno Mars, Robert Plant and more

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 19. Lynyrd Skynyrd Leonard Skinner, the man rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd named their band after, died in his sleep last night. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. The 15 Best Songs Performed on 'Glee' YouTube: Toda ...

  14. Gardel Music Awards Nominations Unveiled

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nominations to Argentina's annual Gardel Music Awards (Premios Gardel) had a touch of nostalgia. Rocker Gustavo Cerati, who is in a coma, leads with seven nominations. Cerati's nominations are on the strength of his album "Fuerza Na ...

  15. Daily Variety Sues Vandals Over Logo

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood trade newspaper Daily Variety is embroiled in heated litigation with California punk rock band the Vandals, whose bass player happens to be an attorney. The dispute began in 2004, when the Vandals released their 10th album, "Hollywo ...

  16. Americana Awards Celebrate Legacy Of Wanda Jackson

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wanda Jackson had no idea the influence she would have on future rock 'n' roll women when she carved a sharp, distinctive line across the heartwood of the new genre back in the 1950s and '60s. The rockabilly queen with the knockout ...

  17. WATCH: New 'Rock Band' Trailers

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New "Rock Band" trailers are in and they show off the new keyboard and keyboard gameplay. Clips include Ida Maria’s “Oh My God,” Them Crooked Vultures’ “Dead End Friends,” Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and Huey Lew ...

  18. Ex-Guns N' Roses Bassist Leaves Jane's Addiction

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jane's Addiction has parted ways with its latest bass player, former Guns N' Roses member Duff McKagan, five months after announcing his addition to the oft-vacated post. McKagan performed a few concerts with the band, and worked on new ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Australia's Homebake Fest Off In 2010

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's best-recognized festival brands Homebake will skip a year, the apparent victim of a headliner shortage. Australia's super-competitive festivals market is experiencing a dearth of top-shelf international and domestic ta ...

  21. Exhibition Looks At Jimi Hendrix's London Years

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The London home of composer George Frideric Handel is holding an exhibition about its other famous resident - Jimi Hendrix. The groundbreaking guitarist lived during the late 1960s in an apartment in the city's Mayfair area, honing his sound ...

  22. Kings Of Leon Reject 'Glee' Request

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With everybody from Paul McCartney to Madonna clamoring to get their music on "Glee," at least one act is refusing to license its music to the TV show. Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill told U.K. music newspaper NME that he's r ...

  23. Sonisphere Festivals Draw More Than 700,000

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sonisphere Festival, which visited 11 countries across Europe this summer, had a total attendance of more than 700,000 across 19 dates, according to the organizers. The rock festival benefited from a line-up that included the big four of metal - M ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Richie Hayward, Co-founder of Little Feat, Dies

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Richie Hayward, co-founder of the Little Feat, an eclectic jamband that maintained a strong cult following throughout the decades, has died. He was 64. The drummer had been suffering from liver cancer and died Thursday at a hospital near Vancouver ...

  26. Van Halen Album, Tour In 2011?

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Welcome news for Van Halen fans: The clearest indications that a new album and tour are in the works for 2011 have emerged. While the webosphere has bantered rumors and various reports about a possible album with original frontman David Lee Roth s ...

  27. Avenged Sevenfold Gunning For A Possible No. 1 Debut

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, rock band Avenged Sevenfold is gunning for a possible No. 1 debut with its new album, "Nightmare." Initial sales projections from industry prognosticators suggest that the album could sell in ...

  28. 'Guitar Hero' Gets Rush Treatment

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The upcoming “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” will incorporate Rush’s classic “2112” in full as part of the story mode for the game when released this fall. While past music-based games were pretty straightforward, the new installment of the Guitar ...

  29. Jon Bon Jovi Injures Leg At New Jersey Concert

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Maybe he had "Something For The Pain," but rocker Jon Bon Jovi was able to finish a concert in his home state of New Jersey despite tearing a calf muscle toward the end of the show. Bon Jovi injured himself during the band's 2 1/2-h ...

  30. Aucoin, Manager Who Discovered Kiss, Dies At 66

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bill Aucoin, who discovered the rock group Kiss and helped build them into a musical and merchandising juggernaut, died Monday in Florida. He was 66. Aucoin died at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura of surgical complications from pr ...

  31. Vince Neil Arrested On DUI Charge In Las Vegas

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, who last week had declared his sobriety, was arrested on drunken driving charges after getting pulled over by police in his Lamborghini near the Las Vegas Strip. The 49-year-old rocker was taken into custody about 11 ...

  32. Zack de la Rocha Ups the Rage Against Arizona Immigration Law

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha is stepping up his campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. In addition to adding Ry Cooder, Nine Inch Nails, and comedian Chris Rock to the growing lis ...

  33. Metallica Sonisphere Cinecast Seen By 100,000

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the touring rock festival was seen by more than 100,000 fans, according to promoter Stuart Galbraith . The global June 22 cinecast featured the 'Big Four' of metal - Metallica, Slay ...

  34. Bon Jovi To Play Stadiums Down Under

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will play stadiums across Australia this December when "The Circle" world tour visits these parts. Dainty Consolidated Entertainment will promote the Australian tour, which begins Dec. 8 at Perth's Subiaco Oval, then moves ...

  35. BMG Snags Scorpions

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German rock veterans the Scorpions has signed an exclusive publishing deal with BMG Rights Management in Berlin. This agreement includes the rights to the current album "Sting in the Tail" (Columbia/Sony) which has already gone gold in s ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Attendance Down At Rock In Rio Madrid

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Attendance at the five-day Rock In Rio Madrid festival fell to 250,000 from the 290,000 who attended the five shows at the 2008 festival. Rock in Rio founder and director Roberto Medina blamed the drop in numbers on bad weather on June 11 and the ...

  38. Usher, Jane's Addiction, Eminem Join Activision At E3

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While other game publishers held press conferences featuring big-screen game trailers of their fall titles, Activision put the action all on the stage. In a multi-artist extravaganza usually reserved for awards shows like the Grammys, Activision w ...

  39. Rammstein Album Ban Reversed

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The original version of "Liebe ist Für Alle Da" ("Love is For All") by the German hard rock group Rammstein is no longer banned from public display in German stores. The 11-track Universal album may again be advertised and sold ...

  40. @E3: Activision Not Backing Down from Music

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre may have struggled last year, but Activision is not showing any signs of walking back from a music-based strategy. In the hours before its big E3 party in L.A. tonight, the company announced a full lineup of games that will fe ...

  41. Metallica Heading To Cinemas

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Heavy metal's 'Big Four' will be heading to international cinema screens when the bands - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax - all perform on the same bill for the first time. The performances from the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia ...

  42. Rocker Gustavo Cerati Hospitalized In Argentina

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rocker Gustavo Cerati was flown to his native Argentina June 7 and is currently hospitalized in the intensive care unit of FLENI, a center that specializes in neurological disorders. The 50-year-old Cerati, who was long the frontman of Soda Stereo ...

  43. Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul With Special Club Gig

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeff Beck honored his late friend and mentor, Les Paul , with an intimate performance at his favorite haunt, the Iridium Jazz Club. The legendary Paul played there every Monday night until his death last August, so it was an appropriate place for ...

  44. A Look At The Next Wave Of Music-Based Videogames

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre is not dead. While Activision may have scaled back it’s "Guitar Hero" strategy (mercifully so, say some), a number of smaller developers are coming out with a new twist on the category that leans heavily on teaching ...

  45. Rihanna, Shakira Draw Huge Rock In Rio Madrid Audience

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rock in Rio Madrid broke its own attendance record on Saturday (June 5) with 87,000 fans turning out for Rihanna and Shakira. It was Rihanna's first ever concert in Spain and her only Spanish date scheduled for this year. And Shakira is an ol ...

  46. Activision Unveils 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock'

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision unveiled its next entry for the Guitar Hero franchise, called “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” due out this fall. The company has seriously scaled back its music game strategy, now offering only this one installment after two years of f ...

  47. Aerosmith Lines Up North American Tour Dates

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Its drama with frontman Steven Tyler behind it, Aerosmith is bringing its Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock Tour to North America for 18 summer dates. The trek -- the group's first since Tyler's Aug. 5 fall in Sturgis, S.D., set off months o ...

  48. The Dirty Heads Partners With Five Seven

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alternative rockers the Dirty Heads have partnered with Five Seven Music, the alternative label under The Eleven Seven Music Group, for global releases. The band is planning releases for territories such as the UK and Europe, Japan and Southeast A ...

  49. Roger Waters Taking 'The Wall' Across Europe

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Roger Waters is taking a new production of "The Wall" on the road in 2011, with 28 European dates confirmed. U.S. arena dates, running September to December 2010, were confirmed last month and sold out within hours according to a stateme ...

  50. Bret Michaels Hospitalized After 'Warning Stroke'

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bret Michaels is back in the hospital. The rocker and reality TV star suffered what doctors call a "warning stroke" and has been diagnosed with a patent forum ovale, or hole in the heart, according to a report Thursday (May 20) on his we ...

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