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  1. Apple Introduces Online Movie Rentals

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, Apple introduced a movie rental service for iTunes at the annual MacWorld confab in San Francisco, part of a broader upgrade to the Apple TV device that also has implications on how iTunes buyers can access music. In addition to the n ...

  2. Chesney Plots Summer Stadium Run

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kenny Chesney will play 14 stadiums this summer on his 2008 Poets & Pirates tour, the most yet for country's top touring artist. Chesney grossed more than $71 million in 2007, most among country acts and fourth among all touring artists, ...

  3. Panic! To Headline Honda Civic Tour

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Panic! At The Disco will headline this year's eighth annual Honda Civic Tour, scheduled to visit approximately 45 cities in North America this spring/summer. The trek will support the Las Vegas four-piece's sophomore album, "Pretty. ...

  4. SBS Launches Miami Regional Mexican Station

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a nod to the changing Latin demographic of the East Coast, the Miami airwaves will welcome the strains of regional Mexican music on Jan. 5. The imminent launch of La Raza 106.3 FM was previously announced in Billboard (Billboard.biz, Oct. 24), ...

  5. Report: Apple Readies HD Radio Push

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to a story at iLounge.com, an independent provider of information about all things iPod- and iPhone-related, Apple plans a push during the Macworld Expo event in San Francisco next month for HD Radio-equipped boom boxes that have iPod do ...

  6. Jimenez Returns To N.Y.

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Radio & Records has confirmed that Luis Jiménez will return to New York mornings on Jan. 17 on Univision Radio's Latin rhythm WCAA (La Kalle) with "The Luis Jiménez Show." Jiménez was last heard in the Big Apple as host of the m ...

  7. Pumpkins Go Acoustic For New iTunes EP

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST In between heavy touring schedules, the Smashing Pumpkins have found time to create a four-song acoustic EP, "American Gothic," to be released Jan. 2 exclusively via iTunes in the U.S. The set includes the tracks "The Rose March,&qu ...

  8. Return To Forever Heading Back On Tour

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return To Forever is reuniting for the first time in 25 years for a summer tour of North America and Europe. Beginning this June, the classic lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al ...

  9. MyStrands Raises $24M In BBVA Funding

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Spanish-U.S. social music recommendation service MyStrands today said it has raised an additional $24 million from Spanish bank and financial service group BBVA in the second half of their B round of funding. This sum comes on top of the $25 milli ...

  10. The Festival Frenzy

    December 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Taking respite from the midday heat on a tour bus behind the scenes at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music Festival in June, the three principles of C3 Presents were asked why they came to Tennessee for this event, not one of their own. Was it a fact- ...

  11. Pandora Expands Catalog

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Personalized Internet radio service Pandora is adding classical music to its catalog, allowing users to build a custom playlist based off of just one song. The company has added "tens of thousands" of recordings by some 500 composers spa ...

  12. Police, Timberlake Among Billboard Touring Award Finalists

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Police, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, and Genesis are among the finalists for the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards. The Awards, which will be presented on Nov. 15, honor the industry's top artists, venues and professi ...

  13. Mobile Social Networks Hailed As Growth Area

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The early buzz at a rather subdued CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment conference in San Francisco is not over music, video or games, but rather social networking. With these other areas of content now struggling to grow past the hype stage of pr ...

  14. RealNetworks Unveils Multimedia Ringbacks

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks unveiled a new ringback tone format for the U.S. called Multimedia Ringbacks at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment conference in San Francisco today (Oct. 23). Already live in South Korea, format allows users to prompt a music v ...

  15. Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally. The interference, which The Associated Pr ...

  16. MySpace Expected To Open Dev Platform

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reports suggest that MySpace may announce an open application development platform similar to Facebook's at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco next week. According to the blog TechCrunch , several developers say the move -- rumored since ...

  17. Loud Launches Beverage Line

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Loud Records, founded by music mogul Steve Rifkind, has partnered with industry veteran Ron Urban for the launch of Loud Beverage Corp. A line of energy drinks will be the first to hit the market. "This company's rich musical history has ...

  18. IODA Unveils Aussie Office During Indie Summit

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based digital distribution, marketing and technology company Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) will open an office in Sydney on Oct. 15. Its managing director will be Nathan McLay, head of digital at Inertia Distributio ...

  19. Tankian Taps Fair To Midland, Morello As Openers

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock act Fair To Midland and Tom Morello have been tapped to support Serj Tankian on select fall concert dates in support of the System Of A Down frontman's debut solo album, "Elect the Dead," which drops Oct. 23 via Serjical Strike ...

  20. Cafe Tacuba Lines Up U.S. Trek

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock legends Café Tacuba will kick off a 22-date U.S. tour of clubs, theaters and amphitheaters beginning Nov. 16 in Charlotte, N.C. Tickets for most dates go on sale Friday (Sept. 28). Fresh off a headlining slot this summer at Lollapaloo ...

  21. EMI Teams With Fairmont Hotels

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Fairmont Hotel & Resorts have partnered to bring new music initiatives this fall to Fairmont's portfolio of North American hotels. As part of the deal, such hotels as the Fairmont San Francisco, Toronto's Fairmont Royal ...

  22. Starbucks To Give Away Free iTunes Songs

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Corp. plans to give away 50 million free digital songs to customers in all of its domestic coffee houses to promote a new wireless iTunes music service that's about to debut in select markets. From Oct. 2 to Nov. 7, baristas in the ...

  23. Q-Tip Joins Common For 2K Sports Tour

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip will hit the road this fall alongside Chicago rapper Common for the 2K Sports Bounce Tour. The trek, in support of the video game series, commences in Milwaukee, WI on Sept. 22 and wraps up on Oct. 14 in Los Angeles. Q-Tip, who is featured a ...

  24. Analysis: Apple's Product Upgrades, Starbucks Pact

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles on Apple's press event today in San Francisco , let's dive in and take a closer look at what the product upgrades, the new partnership and product launches -- highlighted by a touch-screen, WiFi-enabled iPod -- all me ...

  25. Apple Unveils New iPods, Ringtone Service

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In preparation for the upcoming fourth-quarter sales cycle, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs made a number of product updates and announcements today in San Francisco, including a ringtone service, a partnership with Starbucks and a touch-screen, WiFi-en ...

  26. Pubs, Bertie Reach $130M Settlement Over Napster

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing affiliates of the Harry Fox Agency have settled their lawsuit against Bertelsmann AG over the media conglomerate's early investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Billboard.biz has learned that Bertelsmann agre ...

  27. The Cure Postpones Fall North American Tour

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Having already pushed back the release of its next album from fall until spring 2008, the Cure has now scrapped its planned fall North American tour as well. The dates will be made up in April and May of next year, according to a post on the band& ...

  28. Bands To Battle At Virgin Megastores

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Virgin Megastore chain will host its first annual Battle of the Bands contest. Submissions can be made at all 11 Virgin Megastores from Aug. 20 - Aug. 31, and the chosen bands will battle it out with live performances in seven of the stores, i ...

  29. QOTSA Nixes Samsung/AT&T Concert Appearance

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Queens Of The Stone Age will not be playing the inaugural Samsung/AT&T Summer Krush concert series. Organizers tell Billboard.biz that the rock act, which was scheduled to play the free series' Aug. 13 opener at the Music Box at the Fonda ...

  30. Virgin Megastores To Host In-Store Latin Tour

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Megastores will host its first series of in-store performances by emerging Latin artists with its "Musica y Pasion" tour in November. The Pinker Tones, an electronic group from Spain on Nacional Records, will headline the trek, wh ...

  31. Samsung, AT&T Partner For Summer Concerts

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Queens of the Stone Age, Ludacris, the Bravery, Kinky, Big & Rich, the All-American Rejects and Plain White T's will perform as part of the inaugural Samsung/AT&T Summer Krush, a free summer concert series designed to highlight a line ...

  32. WaMu Partners With Venues Nationwide

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Seattle-based banking company WaMu (formerly Washington Mutual) is expanding its presence in the live music business with WaMu Live!, a new program that gives customers exclusive benefits to concerts at venues in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and ...

  33. Satriani To Play Intimate Gigs

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his album “Surfing With the Alien” by performing a handful of club and theater dates in August. The concerts will coincide with an expanded reissue of the album, due Aug. 7 via Le ...

  34. The Roots, Brandi Carlile To Headline VH1 Tours

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT VH1 is preparing to announce two multi-artist tours, Billboard.biz has learned. The first is based on the cable music channel's annual Hip Hop Honors awards show, which debuted in 2004. The inaugural edition of the Hip Hop Honors tour will fe ...

  35. Bicycle Acquires Rock Icon Balin's Rights

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Bicycle Music Co. has acquired an interest in more than 70 songs written or performed by rock music legend Marty Balin, including hits from his days with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. Bicycle President Allan Tepper tells Billboard ...

  36. Live Nation S.F. Goes Green

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation San Francisco, in consultation with the California Environmental Association, has implemented several new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and waste generated by six of its Bay Area venues. As part of its over ...

  37. Rain Postpones Arena Dates

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South Korean pop singer Rain has postponed most of his remaining U.S. arena summer concerts due to production scheduling conflicts, a spokesperson tells Billboard.biz. An official statement from Rain's (real name: Jung Ji-hoon) management is ...

  38. Z-Trip In The Mix For 'All-Pro Football'

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A DJ Z-Trip-produced soundtrack with all original tracks, remixes and mash-ups highlights the new Take-Two/2K Sports "All-Pro Football 2K8" video game due in July for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Cross-marketing includes a 2K Sports/Decon ...

  39. Live Nation Expands Fillmore To Miami

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 2,700-capacity Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami is the latest venue to join Live Nation's rejuvenated Fillmore brand. Live Nation has finalized a 10-year pact (with a five-year extension) with the Miami Beach City Commission, to operate, m ...

  40. Fergie To Help Launch Fillmore Detroit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks into her upcoming Verizon VIP Tour, on June 13, Fergie will be the first artist to perform in concert at the newly branded Fillmore Detroit, previously known as State Theatre. As previously reported , Fergie's upcoming 20-city solo ...

  41. Anúna Preps North American Push

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Irish vocal group Anúna, led by twin brothers Michael and John McGlynn, is gearing up for a fall tour that will hit 1,800- to 3,000 capacity theaters and performing arts centers across North America. The approximately 35-city outing supports the a ...

  42. IODA, iMagine Forge Partnership

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hong Kong-based music production/distribution company iMagine has signed a deal whereby it will distribute San Francisco-based Independent Online Distribution Alliance's one million-track catalog to retailers and "promotional partners&qu ...

  43. It's 'Digital First' For One Little Indian

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based indie One Little Indian has launched a new online marketing division dubbed Digital First, in which albums will receive a heavy online marketing push before being released to physical retailers. Digital First releases will be s ...

  44. Pumpkins Line Up Residency Gigs

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins will set up camp in Asheville, N.C., and San Francisco for multiple-night stands this summer, during which they will draw from a different set list each night. The Billy Corgan-led group will visit the Orange Peel in Ashevill ...

  45. Sage Francis Readies Tour

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Underground spoken-word rapper Sage Francis, a self-declared "road warrior," will embark on a seven-week U.S. club/theater trek later this month in support of his latest album, "Human the Death Dance," which hits stores today v ...

  46. Against Me! Optimistic But Defiant On Sire Debut

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel is "tired of battling it out with what's punk and what's not punk," so for the act's upcoming release "New Wave," due July 10 via Sire Records, he's sticking with the basics. & ...

  47. Clear Channel Launches Social Networking Sites

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radio giant Clear Channel is getting into the social networking business. The company's online music and radio division is introducing a dozen station-branded social networks in the coming months. Each social network will function essentially ...

  48. Tower.com Rebirth, Are Stores Next?

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online merchant Caiman Inc., which acquired the Tower.com, the Tower logo and the company's intellectual property for $4.2 million in a March auction, has big plans for the brand. That's the word from Caiman Inc. CEO Didier Pilon, who sa ...

  49. Live Nation Ups Venue Execs

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation, the world's largest promoter and venue operator, has announced the promotion of three executives in its venue divisions. Karl Adams has been promoted to senior VP of venues for the company's Chicago region. In his new role, ...

  50. EMI, Atlantic Team With ShoZu

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Records and Atlantic Records U.K. are opening up new digital channels for their artists through mobile media service ShoZu. The record companies have struck separate European content pacts with San Francisco-based ShoZu, which will allow artis ...

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