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  1. Depeche Mode Announces Euro Tour

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. synth-pop act Depeche Mode presented its plans for the “Tour of the Universe 2009" during an announcement at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. In front of over 350 media representatives from all over Europe and about 1,000 fans today (Oct. 6 ...

  2. Coachella Moves 2009 Dates Up Two Weeks

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is moving its 2009 dates up two weeks to April 17-19, Billboard has learned. The event will take place as usual at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., with a lineup to be confirmed early next year. Go ...

  3. The Cool Kids Set To Headline Video Game Tour

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie hip-hop duo the Cool Kids will headline the fourth annual Bounce Tour, a promotional tour for video game maker 2K Sports' basketball franchise "NBA 2K9." Dates and other participants have yet to be announced but previous tours ...

  4. Bruce Springsteen To Rock Super Bowl Halftime

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play the halftime slot at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., snagging the spot at the most-watched musical event of the year, according to the organizers. This year, more than 148 million viewers in the U.S ...

  5. Smashing Pumpkins Ready 20th Anniversary Tour

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, the Smashing Pumpkins will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a fall tour featuring unique set lists. The trek begins Nov. 1 in Cleveland and wraps Dec. 2-3 in Los Angeles. During multiple-night engagements, for which special ticke ...

  6. Def Leppard To Kickoff NHL Season

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Def Leppard will help kickoff the upcoming National Hockey League (NHL) 2008-09 season on Thursday, Oct. 9. The band is the headlining act for the league's opening night bash, dubbed "NHL Face-Off Rocks 2008," and will perform their ...

  7. MSG To Consider Live Nation Ticketing Pact?

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cablevision CEO and Madison Square Garden chairman Jim Dolan commented during a Goldman Sachs conference in New York that MSG Entertainment's contract with Ticketmaster has expired and that the company would consider using Live Nation for fut ...

  8. Metallica Debuts At No. 1 In Europe

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two official days of opening sales are enough to drive Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal) to the top of European Top 100 Albums, while "I Kissed a Girl" (Virgin/EMI) gives Katy Perry a sixth week at No. 1 on ...

  9. Global Spectrum Expands Into Europe

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Philadelphia-based facility management firm Global Spectrum has entered into an agreement with British firm NEC Group Birmingham to launch a new international division. Global Spectrum Europe will aim to manage and operate venues across Europe, in ...

  10. Ticketmaster Responds To Live Nation/SMG Deal

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster president/CEO Sean Moriarty has responded to the recently announced ticketing deal between Live Nation and facility operator SMG for venues across North America, saying the agreement will have little effect on Ticketmaster's futu ...

  11. AC/DC Reveals Fall Tour Plans

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable A ...

  12. Madonna's Buenos Aires Stop Sells Out In Three Hours

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three hours and one day of presale was all it took for Madonna's Dec. 6 stop in Buenos Aires, at the River Plate Stadium, to sell-out 70,000 tickets. The show is part of her "Sticky & Sweet Tour." The one-day presale, offered to ...

  13. BRITs Set 2009 Date

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 2009 BRIT Awards will take place Feb. 18 at London's Earls Court Arena. The flagship event -- the U.K. equivalent of the Grammy Awards -- will again be broadcast live on ITV1, the country's No. 1 commercial TV channel. The list of no ...

  14. Warner Scores With Brazilian Soccer Club

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International (WMI) has teamed up with leading Brazilian soccer club Sport Club Corinthians Paulista to create and distribute Corinthians-branded content and market WMI's catalog to the club's fans worldwide. The Corinthians ...

  15. Majors Ink O2 Concert Distribution Deal

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital content provider New Stream Media (NSM) has inked licensing deals with the four majors, allowing it to record and distribute concerts at London's O2 and indigo2 venues. NSM -- the venues' digital content partner -- has signed dea ...

  16. iTunes China Back Online

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Users can once again access iTunes in mainland China. Apple's US-based online music store was fully blocked last week after it emerged that Olympic athletes in Beijing had used the store to download the compilation "Songs for Tibet." ...

  17. Going For The Gold

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the 2008 Summer Olympics came to a close Aug. 24 in Beijing, the world's top athletes weren't the only ones celebrating victory. Such artists as Taylor Swift, Chris Brown and Brandi Carlile enjoyed a significant lift in sales thanks t ...

  18. Jimmy Page, Leona Lewis Help Wrap Olympics

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Page, Leona Lewis and Placido Domingo joined Chinese performers including Wei Wei, Andy Lau and Karen Mok in the 2008 Beijing Olympics' closing ceremony Aug. 24. The ceremony was held before a capacity crowd of 91,000 and hundreds of Ol ...

  19. Mobos Moves To Wembley

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards is moving to the Live Nation-managed Wembley Arena for its Oct. 15 2008 ceremony, after being staged at London's O2 Arena last year. The awards were launched in 1996 and last year's winners include ...

  20. Metallica To Launch Berlin O2 World

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica is to play two budget-priced shows in London and Berlin to launch its album "Death Magnetic," including the opening show at the new 17,000-capacity O2 World arena in Berlin. Tickets will be available to registered users of the ...

  21. Banda El Recodo Line Up NASCAR Concert

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Banda el Recodo will play a show at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Aug. 31 before NASCAR's Pepsi 500 race. The race and show will be previewed tonight (Aug. 14) at another Southern California venue, the Home Depot Center, where ban ...

  22. Beijing Ceremony Introduces Olympic Theme Song

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. soprano vocalist Sarah Brightman and Chinese singer Liu Huan unveiled the official 2008 Beijing Olympics theme song “You And Me” at the National Stadium (aka the Bird's Nest) during the opening ceremony in front of a crowd of 91,000. The ...

  23. Cohen Adds O2 Date

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leonard Cohen is extending his U.K. tour in November by adding a second night at at the O2 Arena. The veteran Canadian singer songwriter will now play an 18,000-capacity show on Nov. 14 in addition to the Nov. 13 performance, which the promoter sa ...

  24. Linkin Park Confirm Post-Olympics China Shows

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park is to return to China for two concerts, Ticketmaster's Shanghai office confirms. The act will perform on Oct. 12 at the 80,000-seat Shanghai Stadium and Oct 19. at the 72,000-seat Beijing Workers' Stadium as part of their Mus ...

  25. Brightman, Huan To Duet On Olympic Theme

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. soprano vocalist Sarah Brightman is to partner with Chinese singer Liu Huan for the official Olympic Theme at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. The duet for the ceremony on Friday (Aug. 8) at the National Stadium was announced at ...

  26. Weezer Plots First Tour In Three Years

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Weezer will embark on its first North American tour in three years, beginning Sept. 23 at the Tsongas Arena in Boston, and wrapping Oct. 25 at the Gwinnett Arena in Atlanta. Rock acts Tokyo Police Club and Angels & Airwaves have been tapped as ...

  27. Virgin Mobile Onboard With Free Bon Jovi Concert

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile USA will sponsor a free Bon Jovi concert designed to celebrate the Philadelphia Soul's ArenaBowl XXII win earlier this month. Jon Bon Jovi is a majority owner of the Philadelphia arena football team. Along with the sponsorship, ...

  28. Nelly To Be Sean John Underwear Spokesmodel

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nelly has been named the first spokesmodel for the recently launched Sean John Underwear line. The rapper will be featured in the fall campaign promoting the new collection. "I have been a big fan of Diddy and the Sean John clothing line for ...

  29. Garden Party For Former Sony BMG Exec Farnham

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden will officially announce today what many have known for a while: former Sony BMG exec Liana Farnham has been named vice president, concert marketing, for Madison Square Garden Entertainment. Farnham will be responsible for th ...

  30. MSG Entertainment Restructures Executive Team

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As New York-based MSG Entertainment continues to grow its brand beyond the New York metro area, the live entertainment company has reorganized its operations with a newly expanded executive team of music industry veterans. - Melissa Ormond has bee ...

  31. Touring Briefs: AEG Live, McCartney, Honda Center

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- AEG Live has partnered with global presenter ThemeSTAR to develop and secure intellectual property rights to produce and present family entertainment events in arenas around the world. Financial terms of the new venture, dubbed AEG ThemeSTAR, w ...

  32. Top Acts Offer Exclusive Olympic Songs Via AT&T

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Several major artists have teamed up with AT&T to provide exclusive motivational songs for the U.S. Olympic Team as it gears up to compete in Beijing. 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum and Nelly are among the artists who will contribu ...

  33. Live Nation's Perez Bounces Into NBA Digital Role

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bryan Perez, former CEO of Live Global Digital at Live Nation, has left that post to head up NBA Digital for the National Basketball Assn. Perez will be reporting to David Levy, president of Turner Sports, and Adam Silver, Deputy Commissioner and ...

  34. MLB Links With Projekt Revolution

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Through an ongoing partnership with Major League Baseball Properties, some concertgoers attending the 2008 Projekt Revolution tour could walk away with access to exclusive, unreleased by tracks by Linkin Park and other acts on the 24-date summer t ...

  35. Halbert Rises At Comcast-Spectacor

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor has elevated Jay Halbert to executive VP of finance and CFO. Based in Philadelphia, Halbert replaces Sandy Lipstein, who recently retired after 20-plus years with the company. In h ...

  36. Bon Jovi Playing Free Central Park Show

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York officials say Bon Jovi will play at a free concert in Central Park on July 12. The concert is billed as a prelude to the July 15 Major League Baseball All-Star game, which will highlight the final season at Yankee Stadium. Bon Jovi wraps ...

  37. O2 Arena Helms PRS London Venue List

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The O2 Arena has come out tops on a poll which ranks the top 10 live music venues in London licensed by the Performing Right Society. The 2007 figures, published today, were calculated using the royalty payments to PRS members arising from live pe ...

  38. Euro Premiere For James Brown Film

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A little known fact that the late, great James Brown averted a riot following the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the foundation of a new film, which gets its European premiere in London on June 16. "The Night James Brown ...

  39. Madison Square Garden Aligns With Azoff-led Front Line

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden has acquired a minority equity interest in Front Line Management, the Irving Azoff-led management firm held by IAC and Warner Music Group. Front Line represents a wide range of major artists, including the Eagles, Jimmy Buffe ...

  40. Nike, A-Trak Team For 'Running' Album

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nike has joined forces with DJ/producer A-Trak for "Running Man: Nike + Original Run," the fourth installment of the "Nike + Original Run Series." The set is June 24 via Nike Sport Music. The debut single from the album, which ...

  41. Cablevision CEO's Band Benefits Kidney Foundation

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT By day, Jim Dolan keeps busy as president/CEO of Cablevision and chairman of Madison Square Garden. And by night he lets loose as guitarist/vocalist for blues-rock band JD & the Straight Shot. On June 24, in conjunction with the release of its ...

  42. Madonna's Upcoming Tour Garners Strong On-Sales

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On-sales for Madonna's upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour continue to sizzle in many markets. In Europe, high demand for tickets in Paris for Madonna's scheduled Sept. 20 performance led to a second show added the following night. The Zuri ...

  43. Russia Claims 2008 Eurovision Song Contest

    May 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Russian singer Dima Bilan won the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade on Saturday night (May 24) with his pop ballad "Believe." Bilan, who was one of the favorites heading into the 53rd annual competition, soundly beat out 24 contestants ...

  44. EAA Names New Board

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Arenas Association has voted-in a new board. Jos van der Vegt, managing director of the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, continues as president of the trade body. Vice presidents elected during the association's May 15 m ...

  45. Madonna Sticky & Sweet Sales Off To Strong Start

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Initial onsales for Madonna's upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour are off to a strong start, with weekend sell-outs reported in Paris (Sept. 20), Boston (Oct. 15) and Chicago (Oct. 26), followed by sell-outs in New York this morning. Performance ...

  46. Disney Sports Complex To Be Rebranded

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., which hosts concerts by Disney Channel stars like Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and The Cheetah Girls during the Disney Channel Games, is being rebranded in the name of corporate sibli ...

  47. AEG Forms New Division, Promotes Execs

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG has formed a new division, AEG Global Partnerships, designed to expand the company's presence in sponsorships and naming rights sales. The new division is expected to generate $250 mill ...

  48. Live Nation Reports $35 Million Q1 Loss

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has reported a net loss of $35.4 million, or 47 cents per share, in the first-quarter ended March 31. Driven by increased ticket sales and recent acquisitions, first-quarter revenue at the Los Angeles-based live entertainment company r ...

  49. Coldplay To Help ESPN Market European Soccer

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay and ESPN are teaming up on a soccer marketing campaign. The rock band's music will be featured in promotions for ESPN's coverage next month of the European Championship soccer tournament, the sports network announced Wednesday. ...

  50. Madonna Plots Upcoming 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna is set to embark on a world tour beginning Aug. 23 in Cardiff, Wales with dates through the end of the year. Billed as the Sticky & Sweet tour, the trek will span three continents and include between 50-60 shows total, Billboard.com ha ...

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