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  1. Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Marco Antonio Solis' GIGANTE3S Tops Billboard Hot Tours Chart

    September 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT The Latin music GIGANT3S Tour scores a No. 1 ranking on this week's lineup of Hot Tours with over $10 million in ticket sales reported from a late-summer trek. The show, which featured the major star power of Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco ...

  2. Call Nelly Furtado 'Indestructible'

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT After selling 10 million singles, Nelly Furtado reinvents herself again. In the spring, Interscope picked a release date of June 19 for Nelly Furtado's long-awaited fourth English album, "The Spirit Indestructible". However, with an ...

  3. Spain's Sonar Festival Debuting 8-City North American Tour In October

    September 13, 2012 6:30 AM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's cutting-edge music and multimedia arts festival, today announced Sonar on Tour, the event's first-ever road trek. The festival is slated to come to eight North American cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto ...

  4. Taylor Swift, Dean Brody Take Home Canadian Country Music Association Honors

    September 10, 2012 10:33 AM EDT While Toronto has been buzzing with the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and music stars from Selena Gomez to Rob Zombie and Natalie Maines descending on the city to help promote certain films, two provinces west in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ...

  5. Venues Raising Their Profile

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT ArenaNetwork, Venue Coaltion help venues get on agents, promoters and artist managers' radar. There's some good news for the North American arena business. "The volume of things we're working on has never been greater," Ve ...

  6. Road Work

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT R. Kelly, Das Racist, Woods, and new supergroup Divine Fits hit the road. Sounds divine: Divine Fits -- a new supergroup comprising Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) and repped by Willia ...

  7. 'System' Looks to Go Worldwide

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 'Cuban soul rock' artist Alex Cuba looks to Europe, U.S. after bringing Latin sounds to his home in Canada. Alex Cuba isn't a fan of labeling-especially when it comes to describing his own music. His influences range from Jimi Hendr ...

  8. Backbeat: Afropunk Festival Roars Back With Erykah Badu, Mos Def, TV On The Radio

    August 27, 2012 2:03 PM EDT TV On the Radio closes out the eighth Afro-punk Festival. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Around this time last year, Matthew Morgan , managing director of Afropunk LLC , thought the Afropunk Festival he dreamed up eight years ago was over for good. ...

  9. Hot Tours: Roger Waters On Top, Bruce Springsteen On His Tail

    August 09, 2012 11:52 AM EDT Roger Waters, featured in a recent Billboard cover story , closes out his highly successful The Wall Live Tour with a final No. 1 placement on the Hot Tours chart. Ticket sales totals from the tour's final eight North American dates, that wra ...

  10. Hot Tours: Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean

    August 07, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 on the most recent tally of Hot Tours with $39.5 million in ticket sales totals reported from the European leg of his Wrecking Ball World Tour with the E Street Band. This week's chart includes 11 perf ...

  11. 40 Under 40: Tom Windish

    August 02, 2012 3:53 PM EDT Tom Windish President, The Windish Agency Website: windishagency.com Twitter: @tomwindishagent Fostering Live Success Tom Windish, 39, oversees one of the most progressive-thinking companies in concert booking today. With offices in Chicago, New Y ...

  12. Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden Top Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

    July 30, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Madonna's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out con ...

  13. Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen Makes Canada Proud on Hot 100 Chart

    July 27, 2012 1:45 PM EDT As previously reported, Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week with "Call Me Maybe." With its latest frame in charge, the song tallies the longest reign for a song by a woman signed to Interscope Records, passing ...

  14. Carly Rae Jepsen Breaks Records With "Call Me Maybe"

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT As Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Mission, British Columbia, native calls two pieces of Hot 100 history her own. With its continued reign, "Maybe" becomes th ...

  15. El Mocambo, Iconic Toronto Venue Where Rolling Stones, U2, Performed, Sold for $3 Million

    July 24, 2012 7:58 AM EDT The El Mocambo nightclub, an iconic Toronto venue for decades, was sold Monday for $3 million. The El Mocambo, affectionately known as the Elmo, which erected its famous palm tree sign in 1946, has seen the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello (both of ...

  16. Johnny Reid Leads Canadian Country Music Awards; Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean to Perform

    July 20, 2012 12:52 PM EDT The 30th annual Canadian Country Music Awards nominations were announced yesterday with Johnny Reid, Dean Brody, Gord Bamford and Jason Blaine leading the pack. The awards will be handed out on Sept. 9 which cap-off Canada's Country Music Wee ...

  17. Skrillex Hits No. 1 on Billboard Social 50, Pitbull Rises Following Alaskan Walmart Exile

    July 20, 2012 7:30 AM EDT For the first time, Skrillex hits No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The tally ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, using a formula that blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along wit ...

  18. Roadwork: This Week in Tours

    July 19, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Smooth sailing: With a show at the Mann Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra (July 19), American trumpeter Chris Botti embarks on a U.S. summer tour supporting his 2012 release, "Impressions" ( ...

  19. Roger Waters, The 'Wall' Tour: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT In stark contrast to the wildly successful tour he began in September 2010, Roger Waters today is a man who has transcended walls, or boundaries of any type. Calling on a travel day before the June 19 Nashville show of The Wall Live, Waters is, as ...

  20. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  21. Drake, Grimes, Japandroids, Feist Among 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List

    July 17, 2012 3:58 PM EDT Drake, Grimes, Japandroids, Feist, Handsome Furs and Kathleen Edwards were among the ten artists short-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which recognizes "the best" Canadian album of the year as determined by more 200 members of t ...

  22. Woman Dead After Collapsing at Vans Warped Tour in Toronto

    July 15, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A young woman died after collapsing today at the Toronto stop of Vans Warped Tour, held at The Flats @ Molson Amphitheatre. News reports estimate she collapsed near the stage at around 12:40 p.m. Doors had opened at 12 p.m. The Toronto Star says t ...

  23. Skrillex Contributing Music for Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph'

    July 13, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Skrillex is on a roll: the superstar DJ will contribute music to Disney Animation's forthcoming film, Wreck-It Ralph. His new gig, announced at Comic-Con on Thursday, comes on the heels of the news that he'll also compose new material fo ...

  24. Owl City's 'Good Time' Attracts Carly Rae Jepsen for a Summer Duet

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT After each artist's debut entry topped the Billboard Hot 100, Adam Young's electronica project Owl City and pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen have now netted their second top 20 hit - with the same song. "Good Time," the pair's ...

  25. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  26. Louis C.K. Launches E-Tickets Into Forefront Of Online Sales

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Upon first glimpse, comedian Louis C.K. doesn't seem to have much in common with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. But the independent way that C.K. approached his ticket sales for a new tour spanning October to February-charging just $45, all-i ...

  27. Exclusive: Martin Bandier Names New Sony/ATV-EMI Executive Team

    July 10, 2012 5:59 PM EDT In the second week of its ownership stake in EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV has begun integrating the EMI staff into the Sony/ATV structure. As part of that, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman & CEO Martin Bandier announced his executive team ...

  28. Ottawa Bluesfest Cleared in 2011 Cheap Trick Concert Stage Collapse Probe

    July 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT TORONTO -- Organizers of the Ottawa Bluesfest have welcomed media reports that the main stage collapse during a Cheap Trick concert at its July 2011 edition was caused by a freak weather event. "While we have no direct knowledge of the findin ...

  29. Skrillex Composing Music For Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

    July 02, 2012 7:00 AM EDT @ museproductions it's more or less traditional scoring...dont expect dance floor bangers ! - Skrillex(@Skrillex) June 28, 2012 Sonny Moore, the superstar DJ better known as Skrillex, is taking a quick break from concocting rave bangers to co ...

  30. Backbeat: Ed Sheeran, Cody Simpson, Conor Maynard Backstage at MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 25, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Ed Sheeran takes the stage with nothing but his guitar at the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards. Even though they are too new to Canada to have received nominations for the 2012 MuchMusic Awards, Billboard got a few minutes with the next crop of young p ...

  31. Anatomy of a Synch: How Caveman's 'My Time' Landed in the 'I Love New York' Campaign (and 6,000 Taxis)

    June 22, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Licensing songs for commercials, or synchs, is a decades-old trend that has grown to become a meaningful part of the industry's revenue (over $342 million globally in 2011, according to the IFPI's 2012 report) and even more meaningful pa ...

  32. SiriusXM Canada Requests Reduction In Financial Contribution For National Content

    June 22, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Toronto-based satellite radio service SiriusXM Canada Inc. is asking The Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) to significantly reduce its financial contribution to the development of Canadian content. The hearings, held this week in Gatinea ...

  33. Radiohead Postpones European Dates After Stage Collapse

    June 21, 2012 3:09 PM EDT Following the collapse of a Toronto stage and the subsequent death of crew member Scott Johnson, Radiohead has decided to postpone a slew of upcoming European tour dates. Radiohead 'Shattered' By Death of Drum Tech Scott Johnson in Stage ...

  34. Weight, Time Constraints May Have Contributed to Radiohead Stage Collapse

    June 21, 2012 12:24 PM EDT Weight and time constraints might have played a part in Saturday's stage collapse at Toronto's Downsview Park that killed Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson, 33, when the top of the structure came crashing down prior to the gates opening ...

  35. Album Reviews: The Smashing Pumpkins, The dB's, Metric, Brian Culbertson

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT ROCK The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania Producers: Billy Corgan, Bjorn Thorsrud Martha's Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution Release Date: June 19 When Billy Corgan sings he's "wasted along the way to reach you," one can& ...

  36. Radiohead's Ticker Tape Touring One of Four Companies Under Investigation In Stage Collapse

    June 19, 2012 9:40 AM EDT The Ontario Ministry of Labour , the Canadian government department that develops and enforces workplace health and safety standards, is looking at the roles of at least four companies involved in the staging and staffing of Saturday's stage ...

  37. Radiohead 'Shattered' By Death of Drum Tech Scott Johnson in Stage Collapse

    June 18, 2012 9:23 AM EDT Helicopter views of the collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday (Video: Associated Press) The repercussions from the stage collapse Saturday in Toronto before a Radiohead concert that injured three and killed the band's drum tec ...

  38. Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench Win Big at MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 18, 2012 6:04 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen may be the new Sheepdogs -- the Canadian artist on the lips of everyone this year. The newly crowned U.S. chart-topper who signed with Scooter Braun's School Boy Records after Justin Bieber heard "Call Me Maybe" dur ...

  39. Updated: Radiohead Stage Collapse Under Investigation, Toronto Police Seek Witnesses

    June 17, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Helicopter views of the collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday (Video: Associated Press) Toronto Police and emergency personnel are working to determine the cause of the stage collapse that killed one person and injured three at Dow ...

  40. One Dead, Three Injured in Stage Collapse Before Radiohead Show in Toronto

    June 16, 2012 5:06 PM EDT Helicopter views of the collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday (Video: Associated Press) A stage at Toronto's Downsview Park collapsed hours before a scheduled Radiohead concert, killing one person and injuring at least three, ...

  41. Zulu Winter Reboots

    June 14, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Zulu Winter has been working full-time for only six months, but that hasn't stopped the U.K. rock band from making a rapid impact on the indie scene. The London-based five-piece, all former childhood friends from Oxfordshire, England, last ye ...

  42. Drake, Grimes, Feist Among Polaris Music Prize Best Album Nominees

    June 14, 2012 3:22 PM EDT As Toronto has been buzzing with performances by 780 bands throughout the city for North By Northeast (NXNE), on the quieter west coast, for the first time in the Polaris Music Award's seven-year history, the 2012 Long List was announced live ...

  43. Linkin Park Use New Marketing Techniques to Connect with Fans

    June 13, 2012 5:10 PM EDT A 38-second video posted May 26 on YouTube features Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda congratulating the winner of a scavenger hunt that included clues on five continents, lasted 16 days and concluded at BBC Radio 1 during Zane Lowe's show. Whe ...

  44. NXNE Co-Founder Andy McLean On 2012's Interdisciplinary Fest: From Raekwon to Irvine Welsh to Rocket Hub

    June 11, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The interdisciplinary-minded NXNE co-founder Andy McLean on the pitch. Since its start 18 years ago in Toronto, North By Northeast (NXNE) has developed into a fully-integrated music, film and interactive conference that works as a platform for the ...

  45. Mystery Jets, Childish Gambino, Soul Rebels, Los Campesinos! and Nero Tour Information

    June 07, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Jet sets: Despite the recent departure of bassist Kai Fish, English psychedelic rockers Mystery Jets are ­flying high in support of fourth album "Radlands" (Rough Trade). Following several dates in Europe, the band will touch down states ...

  46. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  47. Beatles Musical Books L.A. Date Prior to Broadway

    May 30, 2012 5:41 PM EDT "Backbeat," the musical that details the birth of the Beatles, will make its final pre-Broadway stop in Los Angeles early next year. An adaptation of 1994 Universal Pictures film, "Backbeat" will play L.A.'s Ahmanson Theat ...

  48. Marianas Trench Leads Drake, Justin Bieber With Seven Noms in Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    May 15, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pop band Marianas Trench has emerged with seven nominations for the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards, topping other nominees such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Nickelback and Simple Plan. The annual awards will be broadcast live June 17 at MuchMusic, housed ...

  49. Jamaica's Reggae Film Festival Tells Island's Rich Music Story

    May 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT While it's unlikely any of the movies presented at the recently concluded 5th Annual Reggae Film Festival (RFF) will attract the widespread interest generated by director Kevin McDonald's "Marley" documentary, many are just as ...

  50. Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Announce Summer Tour

    April 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, two Latin pop stars undergoing impressive career revivals, have joined forces to co-headline a summer tour. The initial 16 dates of the North America trek were announced on Monday (April 30), with more dates to ...

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