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  1. Dutch Rock Fans Snap Up Tickets To Avoid New Tax

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tickets for a Dutch rock festival sold out in hours, even though it's nearly nine months away and not a single act has yet been announced. The lure? Buy now, sock it to the man, and avoid higher ticket taxes. Lowlands Festival organizers put ...

  2. Black Eyed Peas To Perform Super Bowl Halftime

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas will be the featured halftime performer at the Super Bowl. The Grammy award-winning group will perform Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium. The announcement was made Thursday (Nov. 25) during the Dallas Cowboys' game against the New ...

  3. Metallica Breaks Arena Record Down Under

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Metallica's 20-date Australasian tour is now history, and the record books prove it. The American metal veterans smashed the ticket sales record at Sydney's Acer Arena, shifting 74,244 tickets over four sell-out dates in September and No ...

  4. AMAs Hit All-Time Ratings Low

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST ABC's telecast of the American Music Awards dropped in the ratings Sunday night as NBC's football coverage surged. The AMAs drew 11.6 million viewers and a 4.3 preliminary adults 18-49 rating, down 22% from 2009. Moreover, the telecast s ...

  5. Justin Bieber To Play First U.K. Arena Tour

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Justin Bieber's march to global domination shows no sign of slowing with the 16-year-old singer set to bring his "My World Tour" to U.K. arenas next year. The 10-date tour, which is promoted by AEG live, begins March 4 with a two-ni ...

  6. Journey Rep: Steve Perry Not Rejoining Band

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Journey spokesperson Larry Solters says reports that Steve Perry may rejoin Journey are inaccurate. "The British news reporters are confused," Solters tell Billboard.biz. "Just like we don't understand cricket, they don't ...

  7. Iron Maiden To Play U.K. Arena Shows

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Iron Maiden has confirmed a U.K. arena tour for next summer, which will be the culmination of its Final Frontier World Tour. The Live Nation tour kicks off at Glasgow SECC on July 20, and also calls at Aberdeen AECC P&J Arena, Newcastle Metro ...

  8. MSG Entertainment Revenue Up, Operating Losses Persist

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Madison Square Garden Entertainment, the live events division of Madison Square Garden, Inc., raised its top line revenue but the bottom line continued to suffer in their recent earnings report. In the quarter ended September 30, MSG Entertainment ...

  9. Ticketing Sites Tumble As Take That Goes On Sale

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Massive demand for Take That's 2011 tour saw several U.K. ticketing sites crashing today as fans clamored for the chance to see the re-formed pop group. Tickets for the band's 14-date U.K. summer tour went on sale this morning at 9am GMT ...

  10. Kings Of Leon Announce U.K. Outdoor Shows

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon has announced a five-date run of U.K. outdoor shows, to take place next summer. Beginning May 30 at the Coventry Ricoh Arena, the tour also calls at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light (June 17), Manchester Lancashire County Cricket Ground ...

  11. Bon Jovi Announce U.K. Outdoor Shows

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi have announced that they will play three massive outdoor shows in the U.K. next summer. The veteran rock band will play Edinburgh's Murrayfield stadium June 22, Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground June 24 and the "Hard Rock C ...

  12. Machete Music Tour 2010 To Launch With Sold Out NY Concert

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Machete Music Tour 2010, organized by Latin urban label Machete Music as part of its five-year anniversary celebration, starts Friday night with a sold-out show at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York. The tour broke ground in the ...

  13. U2 To Play South African Soccer Stadiums

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 will become the first international act to make use of two stadiums built especially for the 2010 FIFA World Cup when its 360 Tour lands in South Africa next year. An announcement made today by Live Nation Global Touring and Big Concerts confir ...

  14. AEG President Pursuing NFL Stadium Deal In L.A.

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The head of AEG says he is pursuing a deal for the company to manage the Los Angeles Convention Center as part of a plan to bring an NFL team to downtown. AEG President Tim Leiweke said Tuesday that he and City Councilwoman Jan Perry have discusse ...

  15. Dusseldorf To Host Eurovision 2011

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 14, 2011 in Düsseldorf at the Esprit Arena football stadium. The location was confirmed today (Oct. 12) by German broadcasting organization ARD. The venue has a 50,000-capacity. German entran ...

  16. Usher Adds Four UK Arena Shows

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It may be Tinie Tempah's time on the U.K. charts, but the announcement of a new batch of live shows by Usher confirms that British fans's enthusiasm for all things urban isn't confined to home-grown talent. The U.S. vocalist has add ...

  17. U2 To Wrap European Leg In Rome

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After postponing its second North American leg due to back surgery for frontman Bono, U2 is back in fine form and wraps the sold out second European leg of the record-breaking 360 tour tonight at Olympic Stadium in Rome. The band will take a break ...

  18. The Script Books First U.K. Arena Tour

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Script has confirmed details of its first headline U.K. arena tour. The Irish pop act will play 11 venues commencing at Liverpool Echo Arena (March 14) and closing at Cardiff Arena (March 29). The SJM-promoted tour calls at London's O2 Ar ...

  19. Andre Rieu Postpones Tour

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Multi-million selling Dutch violinist Andre Rieu has postponed his concerts in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand because of illness. He will resume the tour on Nov. 18 at Belgium's Antwerp Sportpaleis. The sold-out tour was due to ...

  20. Marc Anthony In Gucci Deal

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony, always a dapper performer, is taking things a notch higher. The singer has announced that Gucci will dress him for the U.S. leg of his 2010 tour, which kicks off tonight (Sept. 10) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony will s ...

  21. Kings Of Leon Books U.K. Arena Dates

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon will return to the U.K. for arena dates in December. The band will tour its new album "Come Around Sundown" (Columbia), released in Britain on Oct. 18. The latest dates follow Kings of Leon's sold-out 65,000-capacity s ...

  22. BRIT Awards Moves To O2 Arena

    September 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BRIT Awards has confirmed its move to London's O2 Arena. The annual awards ceremony, organized by U.K. trade body the BPI, will take place on Feb. 15. It is sponsored by MasterCard. The move to the O2 had been expected. Earls Court confir ...

  23. Atlantic Records, ESPN Team For Coverage

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records and ESPN will team to feature the label's artists in promotions surrounding the 2010 college football season. Artists including T.I., Janelle Monae, Shinedown, Zac Brown Band and B.O.B. will have their music featured during g ...

  24. Pendulum To Feature On World Rally Videogame

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pendulum has teamed up with Black Bean Games to provide the official soundtrack to the forthcoming FIA World Rally Championship videogame. The game, as well as its online trailer, will feature the band's latest single "Witchcraft," ...

  25. The Billboard Q&A: Forum GM Gene Felling

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concert business veteran Gene Felling, who served as GM of Inglewood, Calif.'s Forum from 2005-2007 is returning to his old post at the legendary arena. Facility management company VenuWorks has signed a memo of understanding with the 18,000- ...

  26. Yankees, Jay-Z Team Up On Co-branded Merchandise

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Get your New York Yankees hats here - with a Jay-Z logo. The hip-hop mogul is teaming up with his favorite baseball squad on co-branded clothes that will be sold exclusively at Yankee Stadium beginning next week. All the items, from baseball caps ...

  27. Guns N' Roses Add London Date

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guns N' Roses has added an extra date at London's O2 Arena to its U.K. tour. The new date, which takes place Oct. 14, accompanies previously announced shows at the London O2 Arena (Oct.13), Birmingham LG Arena (Oct. 17) and Manchester ME ...

  28. Brad Paisley Moves 51,000 Tickets In First Stadium Show

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley moved 51,000 tickets for Saturday’s show at Gillette Stadium near Boston. The date was Paisley’s first headlining stadium show and the only stadium date on the route of the country artist’s 2010 H2O tour. Sources tell Billboard.biz th ...

  29. Green Day Teams With Gang Green In Jets' Opener

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gang Green and Green Day are ready to play together. The New York Jets said Friday the band will play during their regular-season opener Sept. 13. The Jets face the Baltimore Ravens in the Monday night game at New Meadowlands Stadium. Green Day wi ...

  30. Guns 'N' Roses Announce U.K. Arena Tour

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guns 'N' Roses has announced a three-date U.K. arena tour, the band's first U.K. indoor shows since 2006. The AEG Live-promoted tour begins at the London O2 Arena on Oct. 13. The Other dates are Birmingham LG Arena (Oct. 17) and the ...

  31. BRIT Awards To Move From Earls Court

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BRIT Awards looks set to take place at the O2 Arena in London from 2011 after Earls Court representatives confirmed it was moving. The annual awards bash for the music industry, which is televised live on ITV 1, has been at Earls Court in West ...

  32. U2 Tour Dates Rescheduled

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 16 U2 360° tour dates in the U.S. previously postponed due to Bono's back surgery have been rescheduled for Spring/Summer 2011, with all tickets being valid at the rescheduled performances. The 2010 European tour, which was not been affec ...

  33. Belly Up Aspen Links With C3

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Austin-based C3 Presents will book the Belly Up Aspen in partnership with its owner Michael Goldberg and the Belly Up staff. C3 talent buyer Brooke Wirth will be the primary C3 booker working with the 450 capacity room. “It’s a great venue in an a ...

  34. Shakira To Headline World Cup Closing Ceremony

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT World Cup organizers promise a high-tech closing ceremony featuring Shakira, compared to the more traditionally African ceremony which opened the tournament. Organizing committee spokesman Jermaine Craig says Sunday's (July 11) show at Soccer ...

  35. Fuse To Air Live Broadcast Of Maroon 5 Show In July

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Maroon 5's July 27 performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York will be broadcast live on the Fuse cable network as part of its "Fuse Presents" concert series. Tickets to the show won't be sold to public. Instead, they will be ...

  36. Bon Jovi To Play Stadiums Down Under

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will play stadiums across Australia this December when "The Circle" world tour visits these parts. Dainty Consolidated Entertainment will promote the Australian tour, which begins Dec. 8 at Perth's Subiaco Oval, then moves ...

  37. World Cup Boots Up Ratings

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Even the B-flat drone of the vuvuzelas hasn’t tempered America’s enthusiasm for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and as the tournament heads into the third round of the group stage, ratings are at a 16-year high. Through the first 14 matches of the World ...

  38. Christina Aguilera Set For NBA Game 7

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As she did just prior to game six of the NBA Finals, Christina Aguilera will again perform the U.S. national anthem, this time for game seven between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angele's Lakers. The winner-takes-all game is tonight (June 1 ...

  39. 'Slumdog's' Boyle To Direct 2012 Olympic Ceremony

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle will direct the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, organizers said on Thursday (June 17), and he immediately promised a "thrilling welcome" for both athletes and the world. Boyle, whose work include ...

  40. Black Eyed Peas, Juanes Set For World Cup Concert

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Juanes attended a South African media launch today (June 9) for the June 10 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert. Fergie from B.E.P. even managed to kick one of the official match balls despite wearing heels ...

  41. Rihanna, Shakira Draw Huge Rock In Rio Madrid Audience

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rock in Rio Madrid broke its own attendance record on Saturday (June 5) with 87,000 fans turning out for Rihanna and Shakira. It was Rihanna's first ever concert in Spain and her only Spanish date scheduled for this year. And Shakira is an ol ...

  42. Monica Games Up For NBA Finals

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B star Monica will perform the national anthem at game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday (June 8) between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The performance will be televised live on ABC in the U.S. ...

  43. Jeffrey Osborne To Perform At Game 1 of NBA Finals

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B veteran Jeffrey Osborne will perform the national anthem at game 1 of the NBA Finals—pitting the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics—tomorrow (June 3) at the Staples Center in L.A. The game kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Osborne ...

  44. DJ Steve Porter Helps NBA Roll Out Finals Mashups

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the NBA conference finals wind down and the 2010 championship finals take shape, the league has rolled out the last piece of its "Amazing Is..." postseason campaign which was pulled together with the help of DJ Steve Porter and the NB ...

  45. Shakira's 'Waka Waka' Chosen As Univision World Cup Theme

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish version of Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa/Esto es África)" has been chosen as the theme for the Univision network's World Cup promo campaign and pre-game coverage. The song, a collaboration with South Af ...

  46. Starbooker Presents Links With Charlotte Venues

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starbooker Presents, LLC, has signed on to provide event booking and contract negotiation services for Bojangles Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, N.C., in a three-year deal with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Starbooker is t ...

  47. Eminem, Jay-Z Teaming Up For Pair Of Stadium Shows

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What could be better than New York's own Jay-Z playing the first concert at the new Yankee Stadium? How about fellow rap superstar Eminem alongside him? The two titans of the hip-hop world attended Wednesday night's New York-Detroit game ...

  48. Julie Andrews' Comeback Disappoints

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The promoters for Julie Andrews ' London comeback are considering demands for refunds after she sang just two solo songs. Andrews' return to the London stage after 30 years prompted complaints from fans. Some tickets cost more than £100 ...

  49. Metallica Extends Australian Arena Tour

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's Australian tour is shaping up as some kind of monster. Four arena concerts have been added to the Australian leg of Metallica's World Magnet Tour in a response to "overwhelming demand" for tickets, promoter Michael ...

  50. Bocelli, Bryan Adams To Headline World Cup 'Grand Finale'

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams will perform at a FIFA-endorsed concert in South Africa to mark the end of the World Cup. Concert organizers said that Bocelli will take center stage at the "Celebrate Africa, ...

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