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  1. 2013 Grammy Week Parties: All The Sights, Sounds, Hotspots

    February 05, 2013 2:50 PM EST Pre-parties, afterparties, brunches, dinners, galas galore -- it's the music industry's week to shine. Here's a roundup of everything we know about that's going on (that we're allowed to write about, anyway). Caveat empt ...

  2. How Did Al Walser Score a Grammy Nomination?

    December 07, 2012 5:35 PM EST Al Walser is a Grammy nominee. And it's because of social media. The Lichtenstein native and near-total unknown - to the public, at least - submitted his self-produced and self-released track, "I Can't Live Without You" (above) ...

  3. Morning Fix: Tupac Hologram Company Goes Broke, More Coachellas? J.Lo's Cable Channel, iPhone 5!

    September 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters: Breaking News, Touring, Top 40, Country and many more. AEG ATTORNEY FIRES BACK OVER MICHAEL JACKSON EMAILS: 'NOBODY IS TELLING THE STORY PROPERLY': A series of c ...

  4. Irving Azoff and Coachella Founders Headline Billboard Touring Conference in November

    July 19, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Touring Conference To Feature Azoff Q&A, Coachella FoundersMega-manager Irving Azoff will be the keynote Q&A at the ninth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, set for Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Addi ...

  5. Coachella Festival to Remain in Indio

    July 06, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Despite fears that new tax regulations were set to push the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival out of its Indio, Calif. home, reports have stated that the lawmaker who introduced the new ticket tax has backed down from the proposed legislati ...

  6. Coachella, Stagecoach Promoter Goldenvoice Threatens To Move Festivals Over Proposed Tax (Report)

    July 03, 2012 8:12 PM EDT AEG Live subsidiary Goldenvoice, which produces the annual Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals at Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., is reportedly threatening to move the events out of Coachella Valley after 2013 if the city goes forward with ...

  7. Coachella 2013 Returning For Two Weekends With Increased Ticket Prices

    May 14, 2012 3:02 PM EDT The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will once again dip into two separate weekends in 2013, after successfully debuting the six-day model -- with the same lineup for each weekend -- in 2012. The festival's official website announced ...

  8. Goldenvoice Buys Acreage of Coachella Festival Site

    March 25, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Goldenvoice, promoter of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, last week completed the purchase of 280 acres of land comprised of Eldorado Polo Club, Triangle Bar Farms, Fish Creek and Ambassador Gle ...

  9. Bret Michaels, Mavis Staples Headline Grammy Foundation Show; Newcomer L.P. Wows the Crowd

    February 10, 2012 7:45 AM EST A Star is Born: L.P., a.k.a. Laura Pergolizzi (left) with Tamzin Brown, an actress and filmmaker. L.P. is best known for the song "Into the Wild" featured in a CitiBank commercial, blew away attendees at the Grammy week event One Night O ...

  10. Coachella Sells Out

    January 13, 2012 4:24 PM EST This year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held consecutive weekends on April 13-15 and April 20-22 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., has sold out in just under three hours, according to the festival's Twitter acc ...

  11. Backbeat: Jenni Rivera Talks New Album, mun2 Production Deal & Upcoming Edward James Olmos-Produced Film

    November 23, 2011 7:40 AM EST Regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera takes time to show members of the media and her fans the dress she donated to the Hard Rock Café at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles during a press conference to support the release of her two albums, "Jo ...

  12. Coachella, Stagecoach Approved for Two More Years by Indio City Council

    October 24, 2011 12:33 PM EDT The three-day-long Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is expanding to two back-to-back weekends in 2012 in an effort to meet the "overwhelming" demand for tickets (the 2010 fest sold out in a week). Crucial in that equation for pro ...

  13. Vivendi Buys UK-Based See Tickets

    September 06, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Vivendi, parent company of Universal Music Group, has acquired UK-based ticketing company See Tickets. Its €96 million ($135 million) winning bid, announced Monday , beat out the likes of ticketing giant CTS Eventim and promoter Anschutz Entertain ...

  14. Entertainment Attorney Frederick Brown Dies at 56

    September 01, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Entertainment attorney Frederick Brown passed away on Monday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer at age 56, according to an announcement from his family. Brown was a key member of the Warner Bros. Records business affairs department for ...

  15. Cee Lo Green To Christen L.A.'s Universal CityWalk 5 Towers Venue

    June 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Having wrapped the first season of NBC's "The Voice" last evening, Cee Lo Green is set to celebrate the opening of Universal CityWalk's 5 Towers outdoor concert arena. He will take the stage at the high-tech venue on Thursday, ...

  16. Game Robbed Of $75K And Jewelry On Xmas Eve, Takes To Twitter

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST While shopping on Friday (Dec. 24) at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park, Calif., rapper Game discovered that jewelry and $75,000 were stolen from his friend's vehicle. He later went on twitter to vent about it. "So, heres my day: ...

  17. Ronni Chasen Memorial Planned In NYC

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST A memorial for native New Yorker Ronni Chasen will be held Wednesday night (Nov. 17) at Michael's in Manhattan, a restaurant staffer tells the Hollywood Reporter. On Tuesday night (Nov. 16), a small gathering of close friends was held at the ...

  18. Universal Music Group Revenue Up In Q3

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a time when flat is the new up, Universal Music Group is having a pretty good year. In the third quarter of 2010, the UMG's revenue was up 6% (down 3% at constant currency) to 1.03 billion euros ($1.39 billion). Earnings before interest, t ...

  19. Canciones Nacionales, Rondor Music Ink Administration Deal

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canciones Nacionales, the publishing arm of Latin alternative label Nacional Records, has reached an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Rondor Music. Rondor is a division of Universal Music Publishing Group. Canciones Nacionales was prev ...

  20. Keith Urban, Sugarland To Headline 2010 Stagecoach Festival

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland will headline the 2010 Stagecoach country music festival, to be held April 24-25 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. Additional performers on the country, folk and bluegrass-heavy lineu ...

  21. Business Briefs: NARM, Clear Channel, Echo Nest

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The San Diego Union-Tribune has a preview of this year's NARM conference , being held in San Diego from June 7-9. "Today, with CD sales plummeting, NARM faces challenges that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago, with or with ...

  22. Coachella Fest Posts Second Biggest Year Ever

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 2009 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival rang up its second biggest year ever, with an aggregate attendance of 160,000, according to producer Paul Tollett, president of Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. The event was held April 17-19 ...

  23. Stagecoach Snags Kid Rock, Reba, Paisley, Chesney

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kid Rock, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney will headline the third Stagecoach Country Music Festival, to be held April 25-26 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Tickets for the event, which is produced by Goldenvoice, the Messina Gr ...

  24. Exa San Diego Welcomes 'El Pacorro'

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MVS Radio Latin pop XGLX (Exa)/San Diego has a new morning show, "El Pacorro en la Mañana," which replaces "La Papaya con El Gonzo." Francisco Galvez "El Pacorro" was previously on Univision Radio Spanish oldies KRCD ...

  25. Don Cheto Leads L.A. Station To Top Spot

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radio host Don Cheto has closed the gap with uber-popular Piolín among Hispanic listeners in the flagship Los Angeles market, according to Arbitron's Winter 2008 book. "El Show de Don Cheto" on Liberman Broadcasting's KBUE and ...

  26. Portishead Relaunching At Coachella

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Out in the California desert, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is fast becoming an oasis for high-profile reunions. The Jesus and Mary Chain, the Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, Gang of Four and Bauhaus are just a handful of the ac ...

  27. Lewis To Play Grammys

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! Jerry Lee Lewis will perform at the 50th Grammy Awards this Sunday. The announcement was made by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow after Lewis' performance Wednesday night at "Sounds of ...

  28. The Judds, Rascal Flatts Set For 2008 Stagecoach

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The second annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival, to be held May 3-4 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., will feature a one-off performance from mother/daughter duo the Judds, according to Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett. The appearance i ...

  29. Wildfires Disrupt SoCal Concert Biz

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While more than a dozen wildfires burned from the Mexican border to Los Angeles today (Oct. 23), many concerts throughout the area have been canceled or postponed. At press time, Los Angeles-based concert promoters AEG Live (and subsidiary Goldenv ...

  30. L.A. Detour Fest On Track For Year Two

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After drawing approximately 12,000 concertgoers to last year's inaugural LA Weekly Detour Music Festival, held in the streets of downtown Los Angeles, this year's Oct. 6 event on Main and 1st Streets is expected to draw similar numbers, ...

  31. Bloc Party, Justice Anchor Second Detour Fest

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bloc Party, red hot dance act Justice, Satellite Party, Kinky, the Comedians of Comedy, Turbonegro, Teddybears, Moving Units, the Raveonettes, Shout Out Louds and Autolux are among the acts confirmed for the second LA Weekly Detour Music Festival, ...

  32. L.A. Philharmonic Assn. Ups Manocha

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has promoted Arvind Manocha to COO, effective immediately. Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Deborah Borda, president and CEO of the Association. Manocha will continue his responsibilities as VP and G ...

  33. Live Nation To Book Spotlight 29 Casino

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has inked a deal to become the exclusive booker for Coachella, Calif.'s Spotlight 29 Casino, which houses the 2,200-capacity Spotlight Showroom theater. Prior to its booking agreement with Los Angeles-based Live Nation, entertainm ...

  34. mun2, Telemundo Launch Free Summer Concert Series

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move that gives mun2 a higher profile in its new home market, the Latino youth entertainment channel is partnering with Los Angeles' flagship Telemundo affiliate for a summer concert series. The free concerts by emerging Latin artists, d ...

  35. The Billboard Q&A: Paul Tollett

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul Tollett has always been a concert promoter with vision. After taking an $800,000 hit on the inaugural Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 1999, the president of Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice never lost hope. "It seemed like $8 mi ...

  36. Country Descending On Desert For Stagecoach Fest

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The lineup is set for the inaugural Stagecoach festival, which will be held May 5-6 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., the site of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival the prior weekend. The bill is headed by George Strait, Kenny Che ...

  37. Coachella Expands To Three Days, Country Fest To Follow

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will expand to a three-day event for the first time in 2007 when it overtakes the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. on April 27-29. The following weekend (May 5-6), Coachella promoters Goldenvoice wi ...

  38. Coachella Expands, Country Fest To Follow

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will expand to a three-day event for the first time in 2007 when it overtakes the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. on April 27-29. The following weeken The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Fest ...

  39. Mana Plans U.S. Jaunt

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mexican pop rock band Mana has revealed the dates of its 2007 tour, its first U.S. trek in three years. The group will kick-off its 19-show stint Feb. 10 at the San Diego Sports Arena, and will play a total of 12 U.S. cities including Los Angeles, ...

  40. Mana Plans U.S. Jaunt

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST -show stint starts Feb. 10 in San Diego. 19-show stint starts Feb. 10 in San Diego. News ...

  41. New York Dolls Book First Major Tour In 30 Years

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kicks off Nov. 6 in San Diego. Kicks off Nov. 6 in San Diego. News ...

  42. Clear Channel Sued For Trademark Infringement

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT SparkNet Communications, owner of the "Jack FM" and "playing what we want" trademarks, filed a lawsuit against Clear Channel on Aug. 18 in San Diego federal district court. NEW YORK -- SparkNet Communications, owner of the &quo ...

  43. Retail Track

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention held Aug. 11-14 in San Diego was deemed a success by most participants Retail Track came across, even though it lacked a dominant issue or them The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers ...

  44. Retail Track

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention held Aug. 11-14 in San Diego was deemed a success by most participants Retail Track came across, even though it lacked a dominant issue or them The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers ...

  45. Retail Track

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention held Aug. 11-14 in San Diego was deemed a success by most participants Retail Track came across, even though it lacked a dominant issue or them The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers ...

  46. Retail Track

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT this year's NARM convention, Aug. 11-14 in San Diego, could take on a different tone, as first-half 2005 album sales were down 7.6 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Read Ed Christman's column. this year's NARM convention, Aug ...

  47. Retail Track

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT this year's NARM convention, Aug. 11-14 in San Diego, could take on a different tone, as first-half 2005 album sales were down 7.6 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Read Ed Christman's column. this year's NARM convention, Aug ...

  48. Retail Track

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT this year's NARM convention, Aug. 11-14 in San Diego, could take on a different tone, as first-half 2005 album sales were down 7.6 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Read Ed Christman's column. this year's NARM convention, Aug ...

  49. BVHE Names Senior Operations VP

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Buena Vista Home Entertainment has named Steven Dahl senior VP of operations. Dahl, who will be based in Burbank, Calif., will be in charge of BVHE supply chain functions including shipping and distri Buena Vista Home Entertainment has named Steve ...

  50. Gibson Nabs Universal Amphitheatre Naming Rights

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based Gibson Guitar Corp. has locked up a 10-year naming-rights deal for Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif. The venue will now be known as the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal NASHVILLE -- Nashville-based Gibson Guitar Corp ...

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