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  1. Morning Fix: Gee Roberson's New Label; BMG Gets Rosetta Catalog; Wiesenthal to WMG

    December 21, 2012 8:54 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's FREE Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters HERE EXCLUSIVE: GEE ROBERSON FORMS NEW LABEL, BLUEPRINT, THROUGH INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M: Geffen Records chairman Gee Roberson will transition to ...

  2. Owner of Jenni Rivera Plane Denies Drug Connections

    December 15, 2012 5:45 PM EST The man who runs the business that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera says he has never been involved in drug trafficking and that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has dogged him for more than two decad ...

  3. Owner of Jenni Rivera Plane Under Investigation by DEA

    December 14, 2012 1:26 PM EST The company that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Mexican pop superstar Jenni Rivera is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the agency seized two of its planes earlier this year as part of the ongoing prob ...

  4. Justin Bieber Nabs Third Hot Tours No. 1, Phish at No. 2

    November 07, 2012 6:14 PM EST Pop star Justin Bieber makes his third appearance at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours recap since launching the North American leg of the Believe Tour in late-September. This week's chart-topping performance is based on $11.8 million in reported ...

  5. How a Slew Of New Reporters Got To Top 40

    November 07, 2012 2:00 PM EST Format booms are often propelled by a hot body of music, but they don't always start that way. CBS launched Mike Joseph¹s Hot Hits format on WCAU-FM Philadelphia in September 1981--hardly a great time for top 40 music. WCAU¹s success prompted ...

  6. Business Matters: Loudbytes Brings the Short Tail Model to Digital Music

    October 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT An innovative technology is bringing digital distribution to brick-and-mortar retailers in a way that works seamlessly with brands and promotions. If you're thinking of kiosks that burn files to CDs or download them to thumb drives, you' ...

  7. Road Work: Kreayshawn, PVT, Frankie Rose and Lower Dens

    September 19, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Dream big: Indie electro-rockers Lower Dens just expanded their European and U.S. tours. The group kicks things off at Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival supporting Dirty Projectors (Sept. 27) before joining Grizzly Bear for dates in Chicag ...

  8. Tapia Plays To A Different Beat

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican star Roberto Tapia releases 11th album, moving from drug tales to more positive tunes. Performing since the age of 9, regional Mexican singer/songwriter Roberto Tapia was born to be an entertainer. It's quite literally in his ...

  9. Hot Tours: Roger Waters On Top, Bruce Springsteen On His Tail

    August 09, 2012 11:52 AM EDT Roger Waters, featured in a recent Billboard cover story , closes out his highly successful The Wall Live Tour with a final No. 1 placement on the Hot Tours chart. Ticket sales totals from the tour's final eight North American dates, that wra ...

  10. Marvin Hamlisch Remembrance: How His Landmark Music Penetrated The American Consciousness

    August 07, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Scott Joplin was a footnote in American musical history before Marvin Hamlisch got ahold of his ragtime music from the 1890s and early 20th century. Hamlisch arranged Joplin piano rags for "The Sting" to create a song-based score that co ...

  11. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  12. P.O.D. Resurrects with Sixth Album

    June 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT When you're a member of a '90s/early '00s hard-rock band like P.O.D., finding your footing in 2012 can be tricky. But the San Diego-based group, which exploded into mainstream consciousness through radio hits and caller vote-in show ...

  13. Exclusive: VH1 Classic, Rob Zombie To Host First-Ever Comic-Con Opening Party

    June 19, 2012 7:38 PM EDT Comic-Con International has played host to many a zombie in its 40-plus-year history, but Rob Zombie will make a special musical appearance when he hosts the first-ever official Comic-Con opening night attendee welcome party, "Dawn of the Con ...

  14. Van Halen Postpone Over 30 Tour Dates without Explanation

    May 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT Van Halen's 2012 reunion has hit a snag -- the final three months and 31 dates of the group's North American reunion run have been abruptly postponed. The Van Halen tour will continue as regularly scheduled through the group's May 2 ...

  15. MP3tunes.com Files for Bankruptcy

    May 11, 2012 12:44 AM EDT MP3tunes.com announced Thursday that it filed for bankruptcy in San Diego, according to multiple media reports. The company, founded by former MP3.com founder Michael Robertson in 2005, had been battered with lawsuits from EMI since 2007. "Fo ...

  16. IDENTITY Fest Announces Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Nero For Traveling EDM Event's Second Year

    April 24, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Traveling EDM dance-a-thon IDENTITY Festival will be returning for its second year with a 15-date nationwide tour this summer. The Live Nation event will feature such names as Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Nero, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner and more. Thir ...

  17. Business Matters: AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas

    March 21, 2012 8:03 PM EDT AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas -- AEG's deal to kick in $59 million for the construction of a new arena in Sacramento, Calif., will not only help keep the Sacramento Kings from bolting for Anaheim, but it could bolster AEG Live ...

  18. House of Blues CEO Ron Bension on Santana's 2-Year Vegas Residency: 'Not Something You Get at a Big Box Theater'

    February 29, 2012 9:15 AM EST On May 2, Carlos Santana will begin a two-year residency at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It will be the House of Blues' first-ever residency in its nearly 13 years of operation and could open doors for other performers ...

  19. News Corp Announces MundoFox, US Spanish-Language TV Network

    January 24, 2012 8:08 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is launching a Spanish-language broadcast TV network that aims to bring the flavor of the Fox network to Hispanic audiences in the U.S. The move is touted as a bold entry into a market dominated ...

  20. Sundance 2012: 'I Am Not A Hipster' Has Musician's Touch

    January 23, 2012 8:00 AM EST Destin Daniel Cretton's "I Am Not A Hipster" is a drama about a singer-songwriter uncomfortable with the trappings of success in the indie rock scene he presides over in San Diego. It's also a story about loss and coping with d ...

  21. Mana Announce New North and South American Tour Dates

    January 17, 2012 10:26 AM EST With a concert at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX., April 3, Mexican rockers Maná will kick off the second leg of their "Drama y Luz" U.S. tour. The group (@manaoficial), which had one of the top five Latin tours of the year in 2011 and ...

  22. The Wanted: Is Another British Pop Invasion On The Way?

    January 13, 2012 3:08 PM EST Could the Wanted usher in a new wave of British pop to American shores? The five-piece male U.K. vocal group -- which has notched five top five singles on the Official U.K. Singles chart and a pair of top five albums -- is taking a serious stab at ...

  23. Van Halen Is Back: Announce Nation-Wide Tour, New Album, Play NYC's Cafe Wha?

    January 06, 2012 8:52 AM EST They'll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including "Ju ...

  24. Bachata Star Romeo Santos Touring Arenas In Early 2012

    December 13, 2011 9:04 PM EST Bachata superstar Romeo Santos is going on a national arena tour in early 2012, according to a spokesperson. The Latin singer/songwriter, who is also the lead vocalist of Aventura, had a successful year as a solo artist in addition to being signed ...

  25. Exclusive: Bear in Heaven Cosigns to Dead Oceans, Hometapes

    December 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST Experimental indie trio Bear in Heaven have cosigned to Dead Oceans and their native label Hometapes, Billboard.biz has learned. The band will release their upcoming third LP ("I Love You, It's Cool," out April 3) through both impri ...

  26. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  27. How An All-Christmas-Music Format Doubles Radio Ratings

    December 06, 2011 9:05 AM EST More and more radio channels have been switching their formats to all Christmas, all the time -- a consistent winner for radio even during a brutal 2008-2009 revenue downturn, which ended last year when the U.S. radio industry took in $20.1 billio ...

  28. Slacker Announces Canadian Music Week Title Sponsorship

    December 01, 2011 5:00 PM EST Canadian Music Week (CMW) has a new title sponsor, America's Slacker Radio, an interactive internet radio service available in the U.S. and Canada. The country's biggest music business event, held next year from March 21 to 25 in Toronto ...

  29. Kelly Clarkson Plots 'Stronger' 2012 Tour

    November 14, 2011 3:46 PM EST Kelly Clarkson will spend the first three months of 2012 on the road in the North America supporting her latest studio album, "Stronger." The pop star announced the first leg of her Stronger Tour 2012 on Monday (Nov. 14), with singer-son ...

  30. Live Nation Muscles Up in Southern California: Joins Forces With Promoters Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva

    October 25, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment today announced an agreement with Los Angeles-based concert promoters Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva covering Southern California and Las Vegas, two of the largest music markets in North America. The move significantly stre ...

  31. Believe Digital Partners With Absolute Marketing & Distribution

    October 18, 2011 4:04 PM EDT European digital distributor and services provider Believe Digital has teamed up with London-based Absolute Marketing & Distribution to form a new strategic partnership. Effective immediately, the deal will provide Absolute with access to Beli ...

  32. Exclusive: Bandsintown Acquired By Cellfish

    September 15, 2011 9:45 AM EDT Bandsintown , a popular service for tracking and discovering concerts, has been acquired by mobile developer and publisher Cellfish Media for an undisclosed sum. The deal will help Bandsintown acquire a larger audience by taking advantage of Cellf ...

  33. Marc Anthony Officially Launches Kohl's Clothing Line, Kicks off Tour Friday

    September 07, 2011 12:36 PM EDT Marc Anthony officially unveiled his new clothing collection for Kohl's Department store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kohl's in Jersey City today. The Marc Anthony Collection includes outerwear, sportswear, suit separates, sport coa ...

  34. Exclusive: Wavves to Score MTV's 'I Just Want My Pants Back,' Debuts Post VMAs

    August 25, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Nathan Williams, who leads the band Wavves, will compose songs and write the score for MTV's new scripted series "I Just Want My Pants Back" and in turn, MTV will virally promote the San Diego, Calif., indie rock band. The pilot of ...

  35. Can Katy Perry Beat Michael Jackson's Hot 100 Record With A Sixth No. 1 Single?

    August 22, 2011 6:42 PM EDT After joining the King of Pop in making Billboard Hot 100 history , can Katy Perry do him one better? Perry last week became the first woman, and second artist overall after Jackson, in the 53-year history of the chart to send five songs from one ...

  36. Spotify 'Strongly Contesting' PacketVideo's Patent Infringement Lawsuit

    August 05, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Fewer than two weeks after launching in the US, Spotify is being sued for patent infringement by PacketVideo Corporation, a San Diego-based provider of multimedia communications software. PacketVideo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese teleco ...

  37. Ticketmaster Now Selling Tickets at Walmart

    August 04, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Ticketmaster has partnered with Walmart to sell tickets through kiosks at hundreds of the retailer's locations around the country. Live Nation, parent company of Ticketmaster, first revealed details of a partnership with Walmart back in Febru ...

  38. Latin Power Players: Rebeca Leon

    August 01, 2011 11:05 PM EDT Rebeca Leon VP of Latin talent, AEG Live/Goldenvoice From the four Maná sellouts at Los Angeles' Staples Center -- a record for a Latin act -- to the newly announced Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull/ Prince Royce tour, Rebeca Leon has run the gamut f ...

  39. Kings of Leon Cancel Entire U.S. Tour

    August 01, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kings of Leon announced the cancellation of their U.S. tour following an onstage meltdown at a performance in Dallas on Friday night (July 29). Frontman Caleb Followill walked offstage after claiming he was too hot to perform, and the band subsequ ...

  40. Spotify 'Strongly Contesting' PacketVideo's Lawsuit for Patent Infringement

    July 28, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Less than two weeks after launching in the U.S., Spotify is being sued for patent infringement by PacketVideo Corporation, a San Diego-based provider of multimedia communications software. PacketVideo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese telec ...

  41. Heineken-Sponsored Conectate Tour Launches New Website

    July 28, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Heineken and MX Live Entertainment have launched a new website featuring music acts from the Conéctate Con Heineken tour. Included in the concert series is the Mexican rock band Zoe, who performs July 30 at Los Angeles' Club Nokia. The band i ...

  42. Zoe Announce Tour Dates

    July 27, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Mexican alternative rock band Zoé has landed Jack Daniel's as the official sponsor of their U.S. tour, which begins July 30 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. The band - vocalist Leon Larregui, guitarist Sergio Acosta, bassist Angel Mosqued ...

  43. Sir Patrick Stewart Makes First Comic-Con Appearance...For 'Dorothy Of Oz'

    July 25, 2011 8:00 AM EDT SAN DIEGO - Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center holds 6,000 people and is usually reserved for major motion picture franchises or the hottest hit television series. On Saturday afternoon, it was the setting for "Further Over the Rainbow ...

  44. 'Glee' Producer Says Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Corey Monteith Returning

    July 25, 2011 7:11 AM EDT SAN DIEGO (AP) - "Glee" stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will appear in future seasons of the hit show. Co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk told thousands of so-called "Gleeks" gathered at Comic-Con ...

  45. 'Last Airbender,' 'Dexter,' 'Falling Skies' TV Composers Talk Shop at BMI Comic-Con Panel

    July 22, 2011 5:04 PM EDT Panelists Sara Colleton (executive producer, "Dexter"), Daniel Licht (composer, "Dexter"), Michael Dante DiMartino (executive producer, "Avatar: The Last Airbender"), Bryan Konietzko (executive producer, "The Las ...

  46. 'Beavis and Butthead' To Return To MTV in Fall

    July 22, 2011 7:05 AM EDT Get More: Beavis and Butt-Head , MTV Shows SAN DIEGO (AP) - Nearly two decades after their heyday, Beavis and Butthead are coming back. Creator Mike Judge says the ever adolescent, trash-talking duo will return to MTV in the fall. Judge came to Co ...

  47. Sony to Release 'Dorothy of Oz' Soundtrack, Starring Lea Michele -- Special Preview at Comic-Con

    July 20, 2011 2:02 PM EDT Next, year, Sony will release the soundtrack to the 3D animated musical "Dorothy of Oz," but the film's songs will be unveiled this Saturday (July 23) at Comic-Con in San Diego. The film, which features "Glee" star Lea Mic ...

  48. Adele's '21' Surpasses 1 Million Downloads, Is Best Selling Digital Album of All-Time

    July 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Just a week after Eminem's "Recovery" became the first album to sell 1 million digital downloads in the U.S., now Adele's "21" has hit the milestone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, "21" goes further -- ...

  49. Shaquille O'Neal and AEG Announce First All-Star Comedy Jam Tour

    June 15, 2011 2:33 PM EDT O'Neal and AEG Partner for Comedy Tour In his first venture since retiring from the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, with partner AEG Live , will launch an All-Star Comedy Jam Tour of more than 20 cities, beginning in September. O'Neal is pre ...

  50. Cristian Castro Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    June 02, 2011 9:07 PM EDT Mexican star Cristian Castro, whose album "Viva El Príncipe" has been one of the year's biggest success stories, will launch the first leg of his U.S. tour, beginning July 28 at V Live in Chicago. Castro's "Viva El Príncip ...

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