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  1. Daddy Yankee To Hit The Road

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee will support his upcoming album "The Cartel: The Big Boss," due June 5 via El Cartel/Interscope, with a 40-city tour of the U.S. and Latin America, starting Aug. 31 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Billb ...

  2. Live Nation Ups Smith, Zelisko

    April 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation, the world's largest promoter and venue operator, has announced the promotion of several executives in its San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix offices. Lee Smith has been named chairman of Live Nation San Francisco and Denver. He wi ...

  3. U.K. News Group Launches Music Division

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ITN On, the digital-distribution unit of ITN, one of the U.K.’s oldest news-gathering organizations, is to launch a music division. ITN On currently packages news, documentaries, entertainment and music-video content for mobile and broadband distr ...

  4. Sony BMG U.K. Launches Online A&R, Blog Service

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG U.K. is getting closer to the unsigned artist community through a new interactive Web initiative. The music major is encouraging musicians to become members of its RCA or Columbia labels' A&R "virtual neighbourhood," wh ...

  5. Live Nation Expands Fillmore Franchise

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation will greatly expand its Fillmore franchise with new Fillmore venues in New York, Philadelphia and Detroit, with others to follow. They join Fillmore venues in San Francisco and Denver. In New York that concept will debut on April 11 wi ...

  6. Korn, Evanescence Team For Family Values Tour

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Korn and Evanescence will co-headline this year's Family Values tour, which will visit 31 North American cities starting July 16 in St. Louis. Sharing the main stage on this year's Live Nation-produced festival are Atreyu, Flyleaf, Helly ...

  7. Rodrigo Y Gabriela Tour Back On After Visa Flap

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After recently canceling several U.S. shows because of visa difficulties, Rodrigo Sanchez of Latin rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriela today (March 23) obtained his entertainment working visa from the American Embassy in Mexico City. The duo, which missed ...

  8. Amoeba To Release Live TV On the Radio Disc

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based retailer Amoeba Records will exclusively release a live TV On the Radio EP on March 27. The four-track disc will be exclusive to Amoeba's three California stores -- San Francisco, Berkeley and Los Angeles -- for 30 days af ...

  9. Jamster Owner Wins Domain-Name Case

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has ruled in favor of VeriSign Inc. after the company took legal action against E-Promote for using a similar domain name to host a "link farm." VeriSign, owners of mobile ...

  10. Labels, Publishers Hit Setback In Bertelsmann, Napster Suit

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann won a partial victory yesterday (March 14) in its ongoing battle with labels and publishers over the German company's financial contribution to the original Napster. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal held that Bertelsmann does not ...

  11. B.B. King Blues Fest To Feature Green, James

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 14-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif., Billboard.biz has learned. ...

  12. Wolfgang's Vault Files Countersuit Over Archives

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST A rock archive Web site is fighting back against a copyright lawsuit brought by some of music's most notable classic rock acts, dragging two major record labels into the battle. In December, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Santana and the Do ...

  13. Interscope's Cherrytree Snags The Pipettes

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. buzz act and modern girl group the Pipettes have linked with Interscope Records imprint Cherrytree in the United States. The act released its debut, "We Are the Pipettes," in July of last year on London-based indie Memphis Industr ...

  14. Cisco, Apple Settle 'iPhone' Dispute

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Cisco Systems Inc. and Apple Inc. have agreed to share the "iPhone" name, but both companies are staying tightlipped about what future products might come from the resulting deal to collaborate on "interoperability" between the ...

  15. Jimenez Univison Debut Set

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Popular radio host Luis Jimenez will debut "The Luis Jimenez Show" via Univision Radio in five markets Feb. 22. Jiménez starts anew at Univision, after having hosted NY's No. 1 morning show "El Vacilon de la Manana" at SBS ...

  16. Jackson Takes Senior A&R Role At RCA

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Larry Jackson has been promoted to senior VP of A&R for the RCA Music Group. He was previously VP of A&R for J Records. Larry continues to report to Clive Davis, chairman and CEO BMG U.S. and is based in New York. Jackson joined J Records ...

  17. The Sword Plot Stateside Stint

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Heavy metal act the Sword will embark on a brief tour starting March 9 at the Launchpad in Albuquerque, N.M. Kemado Recoords labelmates Priestbird, formerly known as Tarantula AD, will support on the stint, which wraps March 23 at Double-Wide in D ...

  18. M. Ward To Discover New Audience Through Jones

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Opening for such acts as the White Stripes, Cat Power, Bright Eyes and My Morning Jacket is nothing new for indie rock singer/songwriter M. Ward. But being handpicked to warm the stage for Grammy-winner Norah Jones is something different. This spr ...

  19. Ozzfest Offering Free Tickets For 2007 Tour

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tickets to the 2007 edition of Ozzfest will be free, organizers said today (Feb. 6). The 25-date tour will begin July 7 in Los Angeles; details have yet to be announced regarding distribution of tickets. The event, which will be headlined by Ozzy ...

  20. IODA Finalizes Uploader Buy

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST San Francisco-based digital technology firm Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) has completed the acquisition of London-based digital music distributor Uploader. The newly-formed firm, IODA U.K, will handle all of Uploader's busin ...

  21. MTV, Allen Prep Tour

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST British singer Lily Allen will be kicking-off MTV's first ever "Discover and Download" tour. The seven-city club trek begins Feb. 5 in L.A. Allen -- the network's artist of the month for January -- will be featured on multiple ...

  22. Little-Known Dispatch Sells Out The Garden

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST The last time Dispatch stood in front of thousands of concertgoers was three years ago at a free farewell concert in Boston. But the jam-friendly trio obviously hasn't lost its live following since throwing in the towel. After announcing earl ...

  23. Jazz Performer Alice Coltrane Dies

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane, has died. She was 69. Coltrane died Friday of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said her sister, Marilyn McLeod. For ne ...

  24. Ebay To Buy StubHub For $310 Million

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ebay has agreed to acquire privately held StubHub, a leading online secondary ticketing site, for an estimated aggregate value of about $310 million. The acquisition will enable eBay to expand its presence in the online ticketing world, while allo ...

  25. Cisco Sues Apple Over Use Of iPhone Name

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Cisco Systems sued Apple Inc. in federal court Wednesday (Jan. 10), saying the computer maker's new iPhone violates its trademark. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, came just a day after Apple ...

  26. Indie Label Six Degrees Launches Digital Series

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Want to hear the latest emerging artists breaking into the music scene? Better have an MP3 player. Both major labels and independents alike are increasingly issuing digital-only releases for their baby bands as a way to test the waters in an inexp ...

  27. Fontana, Six Degrees Sign Distro Pact

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fontana has extended its reach and signed an distribution deal with San Francisco-based Six Degrees Records. As part of the exclusive agreement, Fontana will distribute Six Degrees' product in the US, including the label's back catalog a ...

  28. Caroline Adds One Little Indian

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.K-based indie opened an office in San Francisco three years ago, and has released efforts from the Twilight Singers and Bjork, among others. EMI-owned Caroline Distribution will soon handle upcoming releases from San Francisco-based label One Li ...

  29. Fall Out Boy Building Buzz With Small Venue Tour

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Two-week jaunt starts Jan. 4. Fall Out Boy will play two week's worth of club shows next month as it builds buzz for its next Fueled by Ramen/Island album, "Infinity on High." The Friends or Enemies trek begins Jan. 4 in San Francis ...

  30. Control Room, UMG Team For Live Programming

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg footage available from Nov. 20. Live digital content provider Control Room and Universal Music Group (UMG) have put together a master framework that will streamline the process for live performances by UMG artists transmitted by Control ...

  31. IODA Taps Weitzner For Biz Role

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exec had been with AAIM. The Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) has named Rob Weitzner its VP of business development. Weitzner is taking over for the business responsibilities from VP of marketing Tim Mitchell, who will now focus exc ...

  32. IODA Taps Weitzner For Biz Role

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Weitzner was formerly with AAIM. The Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) has named Rob Weitzner its VP of business development. Weitzner is taking over for the business responsibilities from VP of marketing Tim Mitchell, who will now f ...

  33. Hochwald Joins MSG Entertainment

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Most recently founded, owned Madstone. Touring industry veteran Jonathan Hochwald has joined Madison Square Garden Entertainment as executive VP, productions. In this role, Hochwald will serve as the COO and GM of the Radio City Christmas Spectacu ...

  34. Bullard Upped At Viacom Japan

    October 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Peter Bullard has been promoted to the new position of president of Tokyo-based Viacom Japan, MTV Networks International said today (Oct. 27). Peter Bullard has been promoted to the new position of president of Tokyo-based Viacom Japan, MTV Networ ...

  35. Irvin Named XM's Chief Marketing Officer

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vernon Irvin, a 20-year marketing executive who, since 2003, served as executive VP/GM of the communications services group VeriSign, will join XM Satellite Radio as chief marketing officer, effective Vernon Irvin, a 20-year marketing executive wh ...

  36. MySpace Hosting Concerts For Sudan Relief

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site will organize 20 concerts. The online hangout MySpace.com will organize 20 concerts featuring bands promoted on its site as part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for humanitarian relief in Sudan. The site, which grew in popularity t ...

  37. Ludacris Scores Third No. 1 With 'Release Therapy'

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In a week featuring debuts in the first four slots of The Billboard 200, Ludacris' "Release Therapy" bows at No. 1 with 309,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The DTP/Def Jam effort is the ra In a week featuring debuts in t ...

  38. Wippit Inks Deals, Grabs 2.4 Million New Tracks

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Signs agreements with five digital content providers. Wippit, the U.K. digital download music and entertainment service, will unveil new agreements with five major digital music content providers tomorrow (Oct. 3), Billboard.Biz has learned. The a ...

  39. Ecast Closes $20 Million Financing Round

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company operates a network of digital jukeboxes. Ecast, Inc. closed a $20 million financing round Sept. 25. The San Francisco-based company operates a network of digital jukeboxes. The financing was led by new investor, Focus Ventures, and include ...

  40. Wippit, Sonific Deal Offers Music To Social Networks

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Allows users to stream from personal pages. Wippit, the U.K.-based digital-entertainment service, has linked up with San Francisco-based Sonific to offer subscribers of social networking Web sites access to music, for use on personal pages. Using ...

  41. IODA To Buy Uploader

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based digital technology firm Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) said today (Sept. 20) that it has signed a "Letter of Intent" to acquire pan-European digital music distribu San Francisco-based digital technolo ...

  42. Sonific's SongSpots Launches In Beta

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Sonific pressed the button today (Sept. 19) on a public beta version of its SongSpots service. Online music service Sonific pressed the button today (Sept. 19) on a public beta version of its SongSpots service. The new functio ...

  43. Sonific's SongSpots Launches In Beta

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Sonific pressed the button today (Sept. 19) on a public beta version of its SongSpots service. Online music service Sonific pressed the button today (Sept. 19) on a public beta version of its SongSpots service. The new functio ...

  44. iTunes To Start Selling Movies

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer Inc. said on Tuesday (Sept. 12) its iTunes online music store would begin selling movies from Disney, Pixar, and Touchstone as the company makes its most aggressive move yet into the di Apple Computer Inc. said on Tuesday (Sept. 12) ...

  45. Pearl Jam, DMB Help Bridge School Turn 20

    September 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Benefit held Oct. 21-22 outside San Francisco. Benefit held Oct. 21-22 outside San Francisco. News ...

  46. Pearl Jam, Reznor, DMB Help Bridge School Turn 20

    September 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and the Dave Matthews Band will perform alongside Neil Young at the 20th anniversary Bridge School Benefit, to be held Oct. 21-22 at Shoreline Amphitheatre out Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Re ...

  47. Bertelsmann Pays UMG $60m In Napster Settlement

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group have settled litigation over the German media company's $85 million investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Bertelsmann will pay UMG $60 milli Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group ...

  48. MySpace To Sell Downloads

    September 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Social networking giant MySpace is developing an ecommerce solution that will allow artists and labels to sell music through its site, as well as through other websites and blogs. Social networking giant MySpace is developing an ecommerce solution ...

  49. MTV Networks Buys-Out MTV Japan

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks said Tuesday (Aug. 29) that it is acquiring San Francisco-based private equity firm H&Q Asia Pacific's 68.1% equity stake in their MTV Japan joint venture. Following the transaction, MTV Networks said Tuesday (Aug. 29) th ...

  50. Razorlight To Shine On In U.S. Despite Canceled Tour

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT British rock group was supporting Keane. The recent cancellation of the North American tour by U.K. band Keane has also forced its support act, British rock group Razorlight, to postpone its own current U.S. shows. Razorlight was ready to kick-sta ...

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