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  1. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert to Kick Off New Watershed Festival This August

    April 27, 2012 10:52 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and promoter Brian O'Connell are leading the charge for a new country festival where the music and atmosphere will rival the serene, natural beauty of the landscape. Watershed Music Festival will take place August 3, ...

  2. Record Store Day 2012: Useful Apps, In-Store Performances, More

    April 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Record Store Day is right around the corner (this Saturday April 21, but you already knew that), so here's a few updates and miscellaneous pieces of information that will help you manage your weekend and make it as enjoyable as possible. Reco ...

  3. Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced, Kevin Puts' 'Silent Night: Opera In Two Acts' Wins Music Award

    April 17, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW YORK -- The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, with comments from judges: ARTS Music: "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts" by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on Nov. 12, 2011, a stirr ...

  4. Copyright Royalty Board Appoints Suzanne M. Barnett to Chief Copyright Judge

    April 13, 2012 4:06 PM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board will be led by a new chief copyright judge with the appointment of Suzanne M. Barnett to that position. She was picked by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington to replace outgoing Chief Copyright Royalty James S ...

  5. Axl Rose Writes Letter To Rock Hall, Says He's Not Attending Induction

    April 11, 2012 6:03 PM EDT Fed up with "reunion lies" and looking to avoid awkward situations with ex-bandmates, Axl Rose has decided to not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Guns N' Roses this Saturday (Apr. 14), and has asked to ha ...

  6. Fiona Apple Announces 27-Date North American Summer Tour

    April 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT To support her long-awaited fourth album, The Idler Wheel… , Fiona Apple has plotted a 27-date headlining trek that kicks off on June 19, the same date as her album release. The reclusive singer's upcoming run will include a stop at Randall&# ...

  7. Backbeat: Dry The River at New York's Bowery Ballroon

    March 28, 2012 4:05 PM EDT From left to right: drummer Jon Warren, lead vocalist and guitar player Peter Liddle, bassist Scott Miller, guitarist Matt Taylor and violinist Will Harvey (Photo:Jamie Abzug). From from their buzzed-about appearances at SXSW, British band Dry the ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. How Woody Guthrie's Lyrics With Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker and Will Johnson Topped Billboard's Heatseekers Chart

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers' chart, they hit Santa Monica radio station KCRW for a performance and interv ...

  10. Dee Cernile, Guitarist From Canadian Rockers Sven Gali, Dies at 46

    February 27, 2012 12:28 PM EST Dee Cernile, guitarist for gold-selling 90s hard rock band Sven Gali, died Feb. 25 after battling lung cancer. He was 46. On his personal Facebook page - now filled with messages of memories and condolences from many members of the Canadian music ...

  11. Madonna Announces 2012 World Tour Dates -- Her Biggest Tour Yet

    February 07, 2012 3:00 AM EST Fresh of her halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI (which was viewed by 114 million people) comes details of the Madonna 2012 World Tour. The trek will begin May 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and will be her most extensive tour ever in terms of number ...

  12. Billboard Power 100: Mark Campana & Bob Roux

    January 27, 2012 12:04 AM EST No. 39 Mark Campana & Bob Roux Co-Presidents Live Nation Twitter: @LiveNation Locally Sourced... When Live Nation Entertainment global music chief executive Jason Garner exited the company in November 2010, it signaled a shift toward placing m ...

  13. This Week in Billboard History: First Openly Gay Comedy Album Released; Is Rock Dead?

    January 24, 2012 2:30 PM EST Even before the Beatles backlash, radio programmers were resistant to "raucous" rock and roll preferring to play anodyne "sweeter, swinging sounds." - 1960: Will Rock & Roll Be Replaced by "Sensible Programming"? ...

  14. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  15. Alabama Shakes Announce Details of Debut Full-Length 'Boys and Girls'

    January 17, 2012 3:30 PM EST The Alabama Shakes, who were named one of Billboard's Best Bets for 2012 last week, have released the details of their forthcoming debut full-length, titled "Boys & Girls." The record will drop April 10 via ATO stateside and Rou ...

  16. axs Goes Live in Kansas City

    January 13, 2012 6:06 PM EST Today was a milestone day for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and their new ticketing operation axs Ticketing, as the system went live at the arena level with on-sales by Lady Antebellum and Drake at AEG's Sprint Center in Kansas City. The ...

  17. Morning Heds: Frampton Sues A&M, Sony Sells LCD TV Biz, Cee-Lo Goes Gold Without An Album

    December 27, 2011 6:41 AM EST Royalty suits filed vs. labels Variety On Friday, singer-guitarist Peter Frampton sued A&M Records, a unit of Universal Music Group , claiming he was paid a fraction of what he was due for downloads of his '70s hits. Sony Sells LCD Ventur ...

  18. Exclusive: Theophilus London's Remix Album To Be Sponsored By Microsoft Bing

    December 14, 2011 4:20 PM EST Microsoft's Bing and Warner Bros. Records rapper/singer Theophilus London are teaming up for an upcoming remix album, due in April and sponsored by Bing. The team-up began Tuesday with an online contest that will let aspiring beatmasters remi ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Napster Laid To Rest...Inside Rhapsody

    December 01, 2011 5:30 PM EST Digital music's most disruptive brand, Napster, closed down yesterday, swallowed up by nine-year-old, music subscription service Rhapsody. It marks a symbolic end to the notorious file-sharing brand, which tried but failed to turn into a legi ...

  21. The Green Bring Hawaii to the Top of Reggae Chart

    November 15, 2011 7:00 AM EST Incorporating drum and bass driven grooves, nuanced harmonies and the positive vibrations that have made Jamaican reggae an internationally embraced music since the early 1970s, Hawaiian band The Green's sophomore album "Ways & Means ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Backbeat: Barsuk Prez Josh Rosenfeld Reminisces @ This Busy Monster, Touring With Elliott Smith @ Phantogram's L.A. Show

    November 09, 2011 7:00 AM EST From left to right: The Windish Agency's Mike Mori (Phantogram booking agent), Doug Kallmeyer (band crew), Jim Petosa (tour manager, wearing hat), Tim Oakley (drummer), Shay Roth (band crew), Barsuk president Josh Rosenfeld (also co-manages P ...

  24. Backbeat: Queensryche Rock Halloween, Discuss Joys of Grandparenting, Theatre Scores, Decorative Drum Wraps

    November 03, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, flanked by former R&R online editor Alexandra Cahill (left) and Prometheus Global Media campaign manager Donna Delmas (right) during the pre-show meet-and-greet. (Photo: Christa Titus) Demonic nurses, devils and ...

  25. Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard Split

    November 02, 2011 10:51 AM EDT The indie-rock romance to rule them all has ended: She & Him singer and actress Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard have separated after two years of marriage. A representative for Death Cab has confirmed the split to ...

  26. Backbeat: Stumbling Upon Real Estate's Release Party @ The Bohemian Hall Beer Garden In Astoria, Queens

    October 20, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Beer Gardening: Real Estate played a release party at the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens in honor of their new album "Days" which came out this week on Domino Records. They used only social media and the label's websit ...

  27. Iceland Airwaves Festival Draws With Big Indie Names but Keeps the Focus Local

    October 19, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Over the past week, Iceland's capital city of Reykjavík was taken over for five days by the 13th annual Iceland Airwaves festival, with Americans like Beach House, John Grant, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Tuneyards playing alongsid ...

  28. Amazon Expected to Launch Tablet Today

    September 28, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon's could be different - it has a chance to be more than a wannabe. A ...

  29. Backbeat: Nappy Roots Stop By Billboard, Talk 'Nappy Dot Org'

    September 16, 2011 11:31 AM EDT An Array of Dome Coverings: From Left: Nappy Roots members Fishscales, B. Stille, Big V (aka Vito), Skinny DeVille and Ron Clutch get reacquainted with Billboard's Gail Mitchell (second from left) and the gold plaque they autographed in 2002. ...

  30. 'X Factor' Has World Premiere Screening With Epic CEO L.A. Reid

    September 15, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Grinning Judges: Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio 'L.A.' Reid and Steve Jones attend 'The X Factor' world premiere screening in Hollywood (Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage ) A group of 10 Epic Records execut ...

  31. 9/11: The Music Business Remembers

    September 09, 2011 1:10 PM EDT It was a magnificent, late-summer morning in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. The Yankees were atop the American League East with a 13-game lead over the second-place Boston Red Sox. The top box-office draws were P ...

  32. Was Pearl Jam's Soundtrack Scavenger Hunt Successful? 5.9 Million Twitter Mentions Say Yes

    August 22, 2011 4:30 PM EDT "I don't think we all realized what an undertaking this was until we got into the nitty-gritty of it," Columbia Records Senior Vice President of Marketing Scott Greer told Billboard.biz of Pearl Jam's Aug. 17 worldwide scavenge ...

  33. Swedish Label X5 Hires Ex-Amazon Employee Griff Morris For U.S. Operation

    August 17, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Stockholm, Sweden-based label X5, which was created in 2005 to take advantage of digital distribution, has further beefed up its U.S. presence by hiring former Amazon employee Griff Morris. In his new role at X5, Morris will be in charge content d ...

  34. Pearl Jam Unveils Elaborate Scavenger Hunt for Documentary Tracklist

    August 17, 2011 7:10 PM EDT Announcing a tracklist usually involves slapping the songs on the band's website, sending out a press release or two, and calling it a day. But Pearl Jam has opted for an elaborate real-world and online scavenger hunt to reveal the Cameron Cr ...

  35. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part II)

    August 15, 2011 12:00 PM EDT This is part II of our 50 Best Indie Labels in America piece. To read part I, click here. Indie-tastic: Billboard Pro breaks down 50 American indie labels. 26. RVNG Intl. Pronounced "revenge," this boutique electronic label drops careful ...

  36. Business Matters: Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells Its Tickets, Too

    August 03, 2011 4:58 PM EDT Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells its Tickets, Too - Live Nation has backed online rewards company Lockerz . Other investors in the $36 million Series C funding round include DAG Ventures, Liberty Media, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Dave Matthews to Play Acoustic Set for Charity of Ticket-Buyers' Choosing

    July 28, 2011 2:36 PM EDT Matthews is returning to Dave Matthews Band birthplace, Charlottesville, Virginia on August 20 with frequent Dave Matthews Band collaborator Tim Reynolds and the Warren Haynes Band to play two acoustic sets for charity…or charities, more accuratel ...

  39. Amazon Q2 Profits Fall But Surpass Wall St. Expectations As Shares Rise

    July 27, 2011 6:00 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell despite a 51 percent jump in revenue as the leading online retailer spent heavily to expand its business. The results easily beat analyst expectations, as did Am ...

  40. Nirvana's 'Nevermind' 20th Anniversary Editions Include Unreleased Recordings, Alternate Mixes, More

    July 26, 2011 1:57 PM EDT Nirvana's sophomore album and major label debut, "Nevermind," celebrates its 20th anniversary next month, and Universal Music Enterprises is re-releasing versions of the album with deluxe editions, exclusive content and more. Releas ...

  41. ESPN Orders High School Makeover Show 'Rise Up' to Series

    July 25, 2011 7:22 PM EDT ESPN has ordered high school makeover show "Rise Up" to series and the network has enlisted country music star Kenny Chesney to write the theme song for the franchise. Hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and DIY televi ...

  42. John Turturro Wants To Bring 'Passione' Concert Tour to U.S.

    July 21, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Taking a page out of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" history book, a concert tour featuring acts in John Turturro's film about Neapolitan music begins July 29 in Genoa and Turturro has begun exploring a way to bring the acts to the ...

  43. Business Matters: Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate

    July 20, 2011 5:58 PM EDT Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate -- Internet radio startup Earbits has found a clever way to get its product to market. SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, launched the Earbits-powered SFGate Radio on Wednesday ...

  44. 50 Years of Adult Contemporary: From Johnny Mathis to Elton John, From Celine Dion to Bruno Mars

    July 19, 2011 2:29 PM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said Richard Marx , "flipping the dial. I was like, 'Awesome, it's the new single!'" At a June 23 performance at Clear Channel's P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York, M ...

  45. Amazon Gets Go Ahead For Calif Sales Tax Referendum

    July 19, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Amazon says gets OK for Calif sales tax referendum SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. says the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that f ...

  46. Foster the People's 'Pumped up Kicks' Charges up Hot 100, 'Unique' Vocals and All

    July 15, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Kicking its way into the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart this week is Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks," which soars 14 spots up the tally, rising 60-46. The breezy "Pumped" is the first single from the Los ...

  47. Coldplay Launching Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Concert Series

    July 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Coldplay will perform in Los Angeles later this summer to help launch the fourth annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free concert series designed to showcase the capabilities of the newly released Samsung Infuse 4G, available exclusively throu ...

  48. Hot Chelle Rae: The Story Behind the Success of 'Tonight Tonight'

    July 05, 2011 2:26 PM EDT They formed in Nashville in 2005, signed with Jive in the fall of 2008 and are having their breakthrough moment with their infectious pop/rock single, "Tonight Tonight." That song has climbed steadily on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching N ...

  49. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  50. The 10 Most Influential Clubs in North America

    June 24, 2011 12:24 PM EDT What makes a great club? Intelligent booking, great production values, the ability to raise an act's profile not only locally but regionally or even nationally-the latter entirely possible in this age of social networking. As Patterson Hood ...

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