Summer Olympics

  1. Spice Girls, George Michael The Who Rock Olympics Closing Ceremonies; Digital Album Released

    August 13, 2012 8:03 AM EDT T he reunited Spice Girls playing the London Olympics' closing ceremony. (Getty Images) With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor p ...

  2. Are Adele, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Madness, George Michael, One Direction, Kate Bush and/or Muse Playing Olympics Closing Ceremony?

    August 09, 2012 8:31 AM EDT LONDON -- Kate Bush is one of the biggest music names mentioned here as a potential performer at Sunday's star-studded closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The singer's name is being bandied about in the British media alon ...

  3. Beats by Dre Causes Marketing Controversy at Olympics With Free Headphones for Athletes

    July 31, 2012 1:50 PM EDT LONDON - Dr. Dre and his Beats headphones are at the center of a marketing controversy here at the Summer Olympics. London Olympics organizers and the International Olympic Committee have strict rules to protect official sponsors who have struck m ...

  4. Dispute Between London Olympics and Musicians Union Heats Up

    July 27, 2012 7:35 PM EDT As the final preparations are being made for tonight's London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony - which is expected to be watched by a global audience of close to 1 billion people - an ongoing dispute between the Olympic organizing committee LOCO ...

  5. Danny Boyle Details London Olympics Opening Ceremony Plans With Two New Underworld Songs

    June 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT LONDON - Oscar winning director Danny Boyle plans to transform the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012 into a surreal vista of a "green and pleasant land" at the newly-built host stadium in Eastern London. Boyle, wearing his hat ...

  6. Paul McCartney: He'll Close Olympic Opening Ceremony

    June 04, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Paul McCartney has confirmed an Olympic-sized rumor, saying he'll be the closing act at the London 2012 opening ceremony. Earlier this year the former Beatle disclosed that he was in talks to play a role in the celebrations. On Monday, he con ...

  7. Will the 2012 London Olympics Really Boost The U.K. Music Industry?

    February 23, 2012 7:50 AM EST The London 2012 Festival, the UK's biggest-ever nationwide festival, falls under the auspicies of the Cultural Olympiad and will include music events. Though much of the musical contents of the opening and closing ceremonies are still shroude ...

  8. AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster

    August 22, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, axs Ticketing . On Mon ...

  9. Will Bob Dylan's China Shows Be Censored?

    March 09, 2011 7:14 AM EST Despite the threat of censorship, American music legend Bob Dylan will try to scale the musical Great Wall of China in April, a year after he scrapped planned concerts here for reasons still unexplained. Overnight Tuesday, popular online ticket ag ...

  10. '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 ...

  11. Big Ratings For Olympics Finale, Performers Benefit

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canadian acts involved in the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver have received a big boost in sales. "Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Opening Ceremony," an album by EMI Music Canada that featured the music from the opening ceremony ...

  12. Chart Beat: Going For The Gold (and Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics, "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red ...

  13. 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." ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. U.K. Acts Set For Handover Celebration

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live performances by major U.K. acts The Feeling, Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and McFly will form the core music element of the Aug. 24 Handover Celebration, an event marking the end of the Beijing Olympic Games and the start of Lon ...

  18. Olympics Force Beijing Venues Into Second Place

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Several Beijing live music venues have had to cancel their summer live-music events due to "security concerns" ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which start on Aug. 8. A notice sent out on July 7 by club D-22, located in Beijing&# ...

  19. China Confirms Extra Scrutiny For Int'l Artists

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT China is tightening the screws on political expression, saying it will ban foreign artists and entertainers who have ever engaged in activities deemed to "threaten national sovereignty." The notice, posted Thursday on the Ministry of Cul ...

  20. Beijing Pop Festival Nixed

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT China's biggest international rock music festival, the Beijing Pop Festival, has been canceled, organizers said today (May 30). The festival has been held in Beijing's Chaoyang Park each September since 2005. "We're not going t ...

  21. Aussie Venue Operator To Manage Beijing Arena

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian venue operator AEG Ogden has reached an agreement to manage the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (BOBA) - the first NBA-style venue of its type in Asia. AEG Ogden has formed a strategic partnership with the Beijing Wukesong Culture & ...

  22. Celine Dion To Make China Debut

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Celine Dion will make her mainland China debut on April 13 at a Beijing concert marking the start of official celebrations leading up to the 2008 summer Olympics, which are being held in the Chinese capital. The concert will take place at Beijing& ...

  23. Ticketmaster Enters China

    October 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT JV the exclusive ticketing provider for Beijing Olympics. JV the exclusive ticketing provider for Beijing Olympics. News ...

  24. China Censorship In Spotlight At Global Conference

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The plot of award-winning Chinese film "Nuan" was front and center Nov. 15 at the 2005 China Global Conference in Los Angeles. Except that one of the filmmakers, Dong Fan, president of Beijing Aureape LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  25. Beat Box

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT DJ Tiësto, fresh from performing at the Olympics' opening ceremony in Athens, will take part in the 11th annual Billboard Dance Music Summit. Read Michael Paoletta's column. DJ Tiësto, fresh from performing at the Olympics' ...

  26. High-Profile Duets Stud Olympics Album

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Duets by Earth Wind & Fire and Roots Manuva, Sting and Mariza, and Moby and Public Enemy will be featured on the official Athens 2004 Olympics pop album, details of which were announced this week. Duets by Earth Wind & Fire and Roots M ...

  27. High-Profile Duets Stud Olympics Album

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Duets by Earth Wind & Fire and Roots Manuva, Sting and Mariza, and Moby and Public Enemy will be featured on the official Athens 2004 Olympics pop album, details of which were announced this week. Duets by Earth Wind & Fire and Roots M ...