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  1. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  2. Bruce Springsteen to Unveil Songs From New LP Daily

    February 21, 2012 8:30 AM EST Bruce Springsteen is giving fans an early listen to his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball. Each track can be heard in its entirety through a series of streaming previews, kicking off Monday with "Easy Money" on Backstreets.com . The Ameri ...

  3. Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull Performing at NBA All-Star Game

    February 16, 2012 7:00 AM EST The NBA All-Star Game has long been a music star-studded affair, and this year, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and Will.i.am will be among the artists heading to Orlando for the big game. The showdown between basketball all-star teams ...

  4. Super Bowl Seen Online Via Live Stream By 2.1 Million

    February 08, 2012 8:15 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The first live stream of the Super Bowl drew 2.1 million unique viewers, NBC said Tuesday. That's a small fraction of the record 111.3 million viewers that watched NBC's broadcast of the big game. But it was still enough ...

  5. Nicki Minaj to Preview New Song at Grammys, Perform at NBA All-Star Game

    February 07, 2012 6:44 PM EST Ballers want to be rappers, and rappers want to be ballers. With her second studio album set for this April, hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj has announced a wave of news, including her next single, Grammy plans, and a performance at the 2012 NBA All-Star ...

  6. Madonna's Super Bowl Performance Caused 10,245 Tweets Per Second

    February 06, 2012 2:35 PM EST The world's most powerful promotional event met the leading real-time social media tool during the Super Bowl Sunday evening. Records were set and a pop icon's upcoming album and tour got off to a fantastic start. Madonna's performa ...

  7. How Eric Church Battled Scalpers Head-On

    February 06, 2012 8:38 AM EST Eric Church, at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards, has found both success and ticket resellers. (photo: ericchurch.com) Eric Church has a song called "Springsteen" on his current album Chief , but the country rocker discovered he ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: James L. Dolan

    January 26, 2012 8:48 PM EST No. 81 James L. Dolan Executive chairman; president/CEO Madison Square Garden Co. Cablevision Systems The Big Show... In a city full of power players, few loom larger than James (Jim) Dolan, the man who runs Madison Square Garden and its affiliate ...

  9. Billboard Power 100: Peter Luukko

    January 26, 2012 7:25 PM EST No. 71 Peter Luukko President/COO Global Spectrum chairman Comcast-Spectacor Live and Direct Peter Luukko is like James Dolan (see No. 81 ) -- except on a national level. Twenty million tickets sold is a lot of tickets, by anyone's count. And ...

  10. Drake to Perform at NHL All-Star Game

    January 24, 2012 11:47 AM EST Drake, the hip-hop pride of Toronto, will toast the Canadian pastime of choice when he performs at the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday (Jan. 29). The rapper will be joined by New York singer-rapp ...

  11. Phish, Elton John Lead Hot Tours With Biggest Box Office Numbers

    January 23, 2012 2:00 PM EST Legendary jam band Phish tops Hot Tours with ticket sales totals reported from its traditional year ending run of concerts at the partially refurbished Madison Square Garden in New York City. The band played the arena to close out 2011 with sellou ...

  12. Exclusive: Brock Jones To Comcast-Spectacor

    January 13, 2012 5:00 AM EST In a move with national touring industry implications, Brock Jones, formerly VP of Bookings at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, has joined Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor in the newly-created role of VP of Boo ...

  13. 'The Voice' Nabs Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, Miranda Lambert, 5 More As Advisers

    January 06, 2012 8:18 PM EST "The Voice" is ramping up for battle. Lionel Richie, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke will chime in as advisers during the battle rounds in Season 2 of ...

  14. Elton John To Perform For Peace In Mexico

    January 04, 2012 4:00 PM EST Elton John is scheduled to travel to Mexico to perform in a "concert for peace" at the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara on Feb. 24, according to a spokesperson for the event. The artist will perform at the modern stadium with reports indi ...

  15. Phish Selling Live Webcasts Of New Years MSG Concerts

    December 19, 2011 7:30 AM EST Fans who couldn't score a ticket to Phish's upcoming four-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden may have another option to see the show: the band will webcast all of the sold out shows on livephish.com from Dec. 28 to 31. ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. UK's International Festival of Country Music Adds Charley Pride, Asleep at the Wheel

    December 09, 2011 12:47 PM EST The International Festival of Country Music, which will return to U.K. stages in February, has announced the addition of Charley Pride and Asleep At The Wheel to the Wembley Arena bill. Pride, now 73, will play only the Wembley show Feb. 26, but A ...

  18. Video: Amos Lee Talks No. 1 Success, Fans, Writing Style, Plans For Future Music

    November 18, 2011 6:55 AM EST Amos Lee has had a big year, with an album hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and a number of tours that saw him performing alongside Calexico and Adele and at major festivals like Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo. After his panel titled Road ...

  19. Joe Frazier the Singer: Boxing Great's Soul-Funk Knockouts

    November 08, 2011 9:00 AM EST Joe Frazier, boxing champion, died Monday following a brief battle with liver cancer. The man who clashed with Muhammad Ali three thrilling times -- winning once -- had only just begun his fight with the disease a month ago, but his manager says t ...

  20. Radiohead Announces 2012 U.S. Tour Dates

    November 07, 2011 11:30 AM EST As expected, Radiohead will head out on an extensive U.S. tour next year in support of their eighth album, "The King of Limbs." The group announced the first dates of its 2012 North American trek on Monday (Nov. 7). The tour, which will ...

  21. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  22. Liana Huth Farnham Named SVP, Partnerships and Events at Fuse

    October 19, 2011 11:08 AM EDT Fuse has named Liana Huth Farnham senior vice president, partnerships and events. She will report to the company's Executive Vice President and General Manager David Clark. In this role, Huth will work closely with all Fuse departments and pl ...

  23. Aussie Touring Bits: Eminem Playing Down Under, First Time in Ten Years; Lil Wayne Opening

    September 07, 2011 1:58 PM EDT Eminem Going Down Under For The First Time in Ten Years Slim Shady is returning Down Under for the first time in 10 years to play a handful of stadium shows. Eminem, who last played in these parts in 2001, will play Melbourne Etihad Stadium on Dec ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Take That, Reunited British Boy Band With Robbie Williams, Beats Bruce Springsteen's Record

    July 18, 2011 11:07 AM EDT A reunited Take That - the British boy band featuring Robbie Williams -- has stormed through the U.K., shattering gross records, including Bruce Springsteen's eight-year title as the highest grossing concert stand ever, a mark it topped twice ...

  26. Matt Ferrigno: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Matt Ferrigno Director, Strategic Marketing, Island Def Jam Matt Ferrigno, 27, has used savvy promotional tactics and a good ear to rise from manager of strategic marketing to director of strategic marketing after five years at Island Def Jam. Fer ...

  27. James Dolan, Cablevision President and CEO, Joins Live Nation Board

    July 01, 2011 8:32 AM EDT James Dolan, president and chief executive officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation was elected to the Live Nation board of directors on Tuesday, according to documents filed with the SEC Thursday. The addition adds substantial media heft to the ...

  28. Mana Joins Britney Spears As Only Artists To Headline Eight Staples Center Shows

    June 21, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Maná, the biggest-selling or -touring Latin rock act in the world, joins Britney Spears as the only artists to headline eight concerts at Staples Center. The band, which sold out four shows in Los Angeles at Staples June 23-26, will also equal the ...

  29. Larry Magid, Concert Biz Veteran, Promoting Tennis Legends Like Rock Stars

    May 16, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Famous tennis stars over the age of 30 have a lot in common with rock stars. So says Larry Magid, who has promoted and produced more than 16,000 concerts and live events with the likes of Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams ...

  30. 'American Idol' -- Reteamed With AEG -- Announces Season 10 Tour Dates

    April 28, 2011 9:53 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N. ...

  31. Universal Music Group, Billabong Form Global Branding Partnership

    April 28, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Music and surf culture ride well together, and it's this mix that has brought together Universal Music Group and Australian-based sports apparel firm Billabong for a global brand partnership. Through the arrangement, announced Wednesday (Apri ...

  32. Prince's 21 L.A. Shows: 17 To Go, But No One Knows When or Where

    April 22, 2011 2:52 PM EDT Even though Prince is amidst a 21 shows-stand in L.A. that began on April 14 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., it's not at all clear where future shows will be held or where the tour will wrap-up. All Live Nation knows is that there will be ...

  33. Las Vegas Embraces Electric Daisy Rave Shunned by Los Angeles

    April 22, 2011 7:33 AM EDT The Electric Daisy Carnival - with its towering Ferris wheel, celebrity disc jockeys and pulsating lights - is the largest electronic music party in the United States. The wildly popular multi-day festival is relocating this year from Los Angeles ...

  34. Prince To Play 21-Night Residency In Los Angeles

    April 08, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Prince will continue his residency-style "Welcome 2 America" tour with a whopping 21-date stand in Los Angeles, beginning on April 14 at the Forum. The artist made the announcement via a phone call on George Lopez's show last night ...

  35. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks To Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Nicki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour, as reported in Billboard.biz last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj befo ...

  36. Cameo Carlson Guest Post: The Music Vs. Tech Divide: A Third Way

    April 05, 2011 2:35 PM EDT (Cameo Carlson is the former executive VP of Universal Motown Republic Group who last week left the label to take on a new role as head of digital business development for management firm Borman Entertainment.) There is a moment when the game chan ...

  37. Jay-Z's Visit to Kentucky Wildcats Locker Room Elicits NBA Investigation

    March 31, 2011 7:57 AM EDT An NBA spokesman confirms that the league is investigating Jay-Z's presence in Kentucky's locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth. The rapper visited the players after their victory over North Carolina on Sunday at the ...

  38. MSGE President Jay Marciano Resigns, Moving To AEG Europe

    March 28, 2011 1:13 PM EDT Madison Square Garden Entertainment President Jay Marciano has resigned from that position and will be named CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) Europe, sources told Billboard.biz. He will replace David Campbell, who left that position at AE ...

  39. 'John Wall Dance' Rapper Kenzo Sues CBS Over College Basketball Coverage

    March 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT What's the definition of "March Madness"? For most, it's the annual NCAA Men's Basketball tournament where 68 teams will compete for championship glory. In the legal sphere, it may be a lawsuit filed against CBS Broadcasti ...

  40. Chris Brown Ramps Up 'Team Breezy' For Album Release

    March 14, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Chris Brown will treat fans to a series of secret listening sessions -- as well as an exclusive bonus track and video -- during the week leading up to the March 22 release of his fourth Jive Records album, "F.A.M.E." (Forgiving All My En ...

  41. Usher, Black Eyed Peas, Slash Dominate Super Bowl Tweets, 4,000 Per Second

    February 10, 2011 4:38 PM EST It's no surprise that the Super Bowl generated no shortage of Tweets during what turned out to be the most-watched television event ever. But what is surprising is what Twitter users talked about. According to information revealed on its blog ...

  42. Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, Cee-Lo Lined Up for NBA All-Star Game Performances

    February 09, 2011 7:26 AM EST Rihanna , Lenny Kravitz , Josh Groban and Cee Lo Green have been tapped as the main musical attractions for the NBA All-Star Game, set for Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. Rihanna will perform her "Loud" hits "What's My Name?" and ...

  43. Bruno Mars, Keri Hilson To Perform On T-Mobile Carpet During NBA All-Star Pregame Show

    February 08, 2011 10:50 AM EST Bruno Mars and Keri Hilson will perform at the NBA All-Star Pregame show on Sunday, February 20. The performances will take place - and stars will arrive - on a special T-Mobile Magenta Carpet before the game, which celebrates its 60th anniversary ...

  44. U2's Upcoming South Africa Concert Marred by Copper Thieves

    February 04, 2011 7:00 AM EST Officials blame thieves for power problems at South Africa's main World Cup stadium, but the stadium manager promised Friday the lights will be on in time for a U2 concert. The theft of power cables in the area around Johannesburg's FNB ...

  45. Proposed L.A. Stadium to Be Named Farmers Field

    February 01, 2011 2:00 PM EST A proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles would be called Farmers Field under a 30-year naming-rights deal between developer AEG and Farmers Insurance Exchange. The companies announced the agreement in a joint statement Tuesday in advance of ...

  46. Lil Wayne Announces 'I Am Music II' Tour Dates

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nearly three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne today (Jan. 24) announced an I Am Music II spring tour, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a h ...

  47. Watch Lupe Fiasco's Pepsi Ad for the Packers-Bears Game

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST After five long months of agony, ecstasy and couch potato-dom, the matchup for Super Bowl XLV will finally be decided this weekend, as the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears for the NFC Championship and the New York Jets square off against t ...

  48. The Pretenders & Faith Hill Team up for Live 'CMT Crossroads' During Super Bowl Fan Jam

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Pretenders and Faith Hill are teaming up for live episode of "CMT Crossroads." The show will take place during the NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam on Feb. 5 from Grand Prairie, Texas, the night before the Super Bowl. This will be just t ...

  49. Satellite Radio Sirius XM To Carry English Soccer Giant Manchester United Games Live

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sirius XM Radio is betting on the U.S. fan base of British soccer club Manchester United. The satellite radio firm on Monday unveiled a multi-year deal to be the official radio broadcaster of the 18-time champions of the English Premier League. Fi ...

  50. U.K. Freeze Disrupts Touring

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Snow and freezing temperatures are disrupting road, rail and air services in the U.K., with a knock-on effect on the U.K. touring business. Paul Weller is the most high-profile casualty. His 3A-promoted show at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena tonight ...

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