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  1. Backbeat: Stars Play Brooklyn: Talk New Album, Regrets At Not Investing in Starbucks

    October 13, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Canadian alternative/pop quintet Stars returned to their roots Tuesday night (Oct. 11), performing at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y. Originally formed in Toronto by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman ...

  2. Emo's Owner on Famed Austin Club's Closure: 'What Makes a Venue Is Not Four Walls'

    September 29, 2011 1:22 PM EDT Posters at Emos, Austin, TX from MightiestofGuns.com on Vimeo . Last Saturday, during the Official Austin City Limits after-show, Toronto dance-punk band Death from Above 1979 took the stage at Emo's main room, becoming the last band to ever ...

  3. Canadian Independent Music Association Elects Board Of Directors

    September 29, 2011 7:50 AM EDT The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), which represents about 180 Canadian-owned independent companies from the English-language Canadian sound recording industry, has filled 10 new positions on the 2011-12 Board of Directors. Elected ...

  4. Beverley McKee Stepping Down as Executive Director of Canada's MuchFACT

    September 27, 2011 12:08 PM EDT After overseeing the production of more than 3,700 music videos and new media projects, MuchFACT executive director Beverley McKee is leaving the music business to concentrate on a career in fitness. Her last day at the company will be October 29. ...

  5. Arcade Fire Wins 2011 Polaris Prize (Video)

    September 20, 2011 7:20 AM EDT After taking home the Grammy award and Juno award for Album of the Year, Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" has been named the best Canadian album of the past 12 months by earning the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, it was announced on Monday (S ...

  6. 2013 Juno Awards To Be Held in Regina, Saskatchewan

    September 15, 2011 12:57 PM EDT Canada's Juno Awards, now heading into its 41st year, have been moving city to city each year since 2002, and even with the next one scheduled for Ottawa, ON, on April 1, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announc ...

  7. Johnny Reid, Dean Brody, Terri Clark Big Winners at 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards

    September 14, 2011 1:24 PM EDT Toronto has been abuzz with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which ends Sept. 18, but over the weekend a 45-minute drive west in Hamilton, ON, the Canadian country music industry was having a hoot for the four-day Canadian Country Mu ...

  8. Ex-Geffen Chairman Ron Fair on Judging 'Cover Me Canada' TV Show

    September 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Former Geffen chairman Ron Fair has been recruited to judge a Canadian TV show. Former Geffen chairman Ron Fair has been recruited for a Canadian television show "Cover Me Canada" in which eight artists perform classic Canadian cover son ...

  9. Ron Fair, Former Geffen Chairman, To Judge 'Cover Me Canada' TV Music Competition

    September 01, 2011 8:37 AM EDT Veteran music executive and former Geffen Chairman Ron Fair knows all about hit cover songs. He co-produced the three-million-seller "Lady Marmalade" for Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim and he will put those skills to use ...

  10. Backbeat BMI Urban Music Awards With Icon Snoop, Drake, Wiz, RZA, More (Gallery)

    August 27, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Iconography: Warren G, Daz Dillinger, The Game, BMI Icon Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Charlie Wilson and Bootsy Collins (Photo: Maury Phillips) Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's an ...

  11. Backbeat: Melanie Fiona Launches First Grammys @ Canada House Showcase In L.A.

    August 26, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Branden Chapman, the Recording Academy's executive in charge of production/chief business officer, and Consul General of Canada David Fransen (L-R) flank Melanie Fiona following her performance. Melanie Fiona launched the first Grammys @ Cana ...

  12. Backbeat: Amy Lee Attends EMI Canada's Evanescence Listening Party

    August 25, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Amy Lee was on hand for an invitation-only playback of five new Evanescence songs at Toronto's Liberty Studios on August 22. Hosted by EMI Music Canada, and attended by about 30 people, mainly label staff and media, radio and retail, Paul Sha ...

  13. Was Pearl Jam's Soundtrack Scavenger Hunt Successful? 5.9 Million Twitter Mentions Say Yes

    August 22, 2011 4:30 PM EDT "I don't think we all realized what an undertaking this was until we got into the nitty-gritty of it," Columbia Records Senior Vice President of Marketing Scott Greer told Billboard.biz of Pearl Jam's Aug. 17 worldwide scavenge ...

  14. Chris Brown Tour Dates Revealed; T-Pain and Kelly Rowland on the Bill

    August 10, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Chris Brown will kick off his F.A.M.E. tour in Toronto on Sept. 12 and he's taking T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga along for the cross-country ride that will bring the R&B star to his native Virginia, as well as Los Angeles before ending i ...

  15. Steven Propas, Canadian Music Industry Veteran, Dead at 63

    August 04, 2011 2:50 PM EDT The music industry is mourning the loss of colorful character and ace negotiator Steven Propas, who died suddenly of heart failure on August 2 at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital. He was 63. By all accounts, Propas, who operated Propas Internati ...

  16. Jay-Z and Kanye West Reschedule 'Throne' Tour (Report)

    August 02, 2011 11:04 AM EDT The Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration 'Watch the Throne' hits iTunes in a week (Aug. 8) and brick-and-mortars a week after that, but fans eager to see them in person will have to wait until late October to take in their live show, according ...

  17. U2's '360' Tour Gross: $736,137,344!

    July 29, 2011 4:15 PM EDT The Claw from U2's all-time record-setting 360 Tour (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImang.com) Tomorrow night in Moncton, N.B., U2 will perform the 110th and final show of its monster 360 tour, wrapping up not only epic technological and musical achi ...

  18. Jay-Z and Kanye West, A.K.A. 'The Throne,' Announce Tour

    July 25, 2011 8:31 AM EDT A week after debuting their new single, "Otis," off "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West are joining forces to form the group 'The Throne' and announce their 'Watch the Throne Tour,' kicking off on Septe ...

  19. John Turturro Wants To Bring 'Passione' Concert Tour to U.S.

    July 21, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Taking a page out of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" history book, a concert tour featuring acts in John Turturro's film about Neapolitan music begins July 29 in Genoa and Turturro has begun exploring a way to bring the acts to the ...

  20. Stage Collapses During Cheap Trick Set in Ottawa, 8 injured (Watch Video)

    July 18, 2011 7:37 AM EDT TORONTO (AP) - The main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed Sunday night during a Cheap Trick concert as a severe thunderstorm sent the musicians and thousands of fans running for cover. At least five people were injured, one seriously. Cheap Tric ...

  21. Music Canada, Slaight Music Pledge to Unison, a Music Industry Benevolent Fund

    July 15, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Music Canada and Slaight Music have each pledged $250,000 (CAD) to the newly created Unison Benevolent Fund , which will become operational once $1 million (CAD) has been raised. Music Canada (until recently called the Canadian Recording Industry ...

  22. Juno Awards To Be Held in Ottawa

    July 13, 2011 3:07 PM EDT Canada's Juno Music Awards and Juno Week events are returning to Ottawa, March 26-April 1, 2012, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced. 

 The country's premiere music awards show, honoring a ...

  23. Canadian Recording Industry Association Changes Name

    July 08, 2011 1:49 PM EDT The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), which formed in 1964, has officially changed its name to Music Canada. The non-profit trade organization based in Toronto will continue to represent the interests of Canada's major labels, E ...

  24. Polaris Music Prize Short List Announced; .Biz Interviews Award Founder Steve Jordan

    July 06, 2011 4:54 PM EDT Canada's juried Polaris Music Prize Short List nominees were announced today in Toronto. 213 members of the Canadian music media vote on the ten albums, up for the $30,000 (CAD) grand prize. On September 19th in Toronto, a small sequestered j ...

  25. Drake Slams Universal for Taking New Songs Off the Internet

    June 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Drake, who recently unleashed two new songs onto the Internet, slammed his label's parent company, Universal, for ordering that the songs be removed from his blog and other sites that have posted them. "Universal needs to stop taking my ...

  26. The 25 Hottest Clubs in North America

    June 24, 2011 12:32 PM EDT These are the top-ranked clubs in North America based on box-office data reported to Billboard Boxscore by concert promoters or venue representatives for events that occurred this year from Jan. 1 through June 1. Some are booked and promoted by ...

  27. House of Blues CEO Ron Benison Brings 30 Years of Experience to Live Nation

    June 24, 2011 12:27 PM EDT The House of Blues/clubs and theaters division of Live Nation is the largest collection of small-capacity venues in the world. Ron Bension, CEO of the business since November 2010, hopes to bring the sort of national touring activity to small ve ...

  28. Canadian Music Week Announces Dates, Programming, Expanded Fest for 30th Anniversary

    June 22, 2011 1:33 PM EDT Toronto's Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced the dates and programming details for its 30th anniversary next year March 21-25, 2012, as well as the broadening of its entertainment brand. The convention, which added a film and digital com ...

  29. Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Colin Stetson Among Polaris Prize Nominees

    June 16, 2011 3:56 PM EDT Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Sloan, Stars, Ron Sexsmith and Black Mountain are among the 40 artists that made the 2011 Polaris Music Prize long-list, revealed today at a press conference in Toronto hosted by CBC Radio's Grant Lawrence. The winner ...

  30. The .Biz Q&A: NXNE's Managing Director Andy McLean

    June 16, 2011 12:57 PM EDT Three months after the music industry converged on Toronto for the business-heavy Canadian Music Week (CMW), the city is hosting another music festival and conference, North By Northeast (NXNE). Now in its 17th year, the confab has grown to includ ...

  31. A&R Exec Steve McDonald Exits Warner Bros. Records

    June 10, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Warner Bros. Records A&R executive Steve McDonald has left the company, THR has learned. Hired a year ago, McDonald is perhaps better known as the bassist for beloved power pop band Redd Kross, which he started with his brother in 1978, and, m ...

  32. Biopic Report Card: The Status of Films on Tupac, Queen, James Brown, Jeff Buckley and 21 More

    May 31, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Biographical films about music icons often go through lengthy development periods. Changes in directors, writers and stars are common - witness projects involving the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Brian Wilson and the Mamas & ...

  33. Ed Glinert, Founder of Canada's Casablanca Media Publishing, Dead at 63

    May 25, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Ed Glinert, founder of Toronto-based Casablanca Media Publishing and a 40-year veteran of the Canadian music business, died suddenly May 21 after suffering a stroke. He was 63. "Unfortunately the extent of the damage from his stroke was too s ...

  34. Enrique Iglesias to Tour With Pitbull, Prince Royce This Fall

    May 12, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias announced at a press conference today that he will be touring U.S. arenas with special guests Pitbull and Prince Royce this Fall. Starting September 22 in Boston, the tour will travel to nearly 20 cities and culminate in an Octobe ...

  35. Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Is the Biggest Ever Debut Arena Headlining Tour

    May 05, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Lady Gaga wraps her lengthy Monster Ball tour tomorrow night in Mexico City, bringing to a close the highest-grossing tour ever by an artist making their first global run through arenas and stadiums. Dating back to November of 2009, Lada Gaga' ...

  36. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Re-Elected, Arts Groups Concerned About Funding

    May 03, 2011 2:39 PM EDT When the results of Canada's federal election were in last night, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative party won a majority government and history was made when the New Democrat Party (NDP) became Official Opposition for the fir ...

  37. '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. ...

  38. Business Matters: Facebook Posts Have an 80-Minute Half Life (and Other Facebook Factoids)

    April 26, 2011 4:54 PM EDT The Half-Life of A Facebook Post: 80 Minutes -- A study by Toronto-based startup Visibli found that 50% of Facebook likes occur within 1 hour 20 minutes of the item being posted. Sixty percent of likes happen within 2:15, 70% occur within 4:00, 80 ...

  39. It's Official: Nicki Minaj Joins Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Tour

    April 12, 2011 10:39 AM EDT Femme Fatales: Nicki Minaj is the special guest on Britney Spears' summer tour (Photo: Getty Images) After several days of rumors and being "in talks," Nicki Minaj today was officially confirmed as the special guest on Britney Spear ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. U2 To Set Record For Highest-Grossing Tour This Weekend

    April 08, 2011 8:19 AM EDT When the doors open Sunday night for U2's second show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the band's "360" tour will become the highest grossing tour in history. In Sao Paulo, U2 "360" will pass the $558 million ...

  42. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  43. Phish to Stage Super Ball IX in Upstate NY

    March 31, 2011 2:19 PM EDT Talk of an upcoming Phish fest for upstate New York has been swimming around the blogs for weeks, and today Phish confirms the band will host Super Ball IX at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York July 1-3. The shows will cap Phish's ...

  44. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  45. Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber Win at Canada's Junos, But Not Drake

    March 28, 2011 7:45 AM EDT As expected after their Grammy win and banner year, Arcade Fire took home the most Juno Awards in Toronto over the weekend, in part of a 40th anniversary celebration of the Canadian awards show that included Shania Twain, Neil Young and many other ...

  46. Muzak To Be Acquired By Mood Media For $345 Million

    March 25, 2011 11:26 AM EDT Mood Media , a Toronto-based in-store media provider, will acquire South Caroline-based Muzak for $345 million, the company announced Thursday . Muzak, often dismissed as the company behind elevator music, and Mood Media are leaders in the use of ...

  47. Foo Fighters To Play Gigs In Eight Fans' Garages

    March 17, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Next month, the Foo Fighters will be playing songs from "Wasting Light," the new album they recorded in Dave Grohl's garage, in the garages of eight lucky fans in eight North American cities as part of a sponsorship with BlackBerry. ...

  48. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Winners List

    March 11, 2011 11:15 AM EST Canadian Music Week held its 29th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards in Toronto Thursday. The dinner and awards ceremony, honoring every sector of the Canadian music business, included performances by Bachman & Turner and Sa ...

  49. Phil Ochs Documentary, 'There But For Fortune,' Marches Across U.S.

    March 03, 2011 3:36 PM EST A documentary on '60s folksinger Phil Ochs that had a schedule of eight cities in January has expanded its run to 70 playdates and may eventually be booked into 100 theaters. For a film that took 20 years to come together despite the interest ...

  50. Irving Azoff Talks Ticketmaster's Future

    February 09, 2011 2:27 PM EST One year after its completion, newly named Live Music Entertainment Chairman Irving Azoff says overall he is pleased with how the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger has progressed in just over a year. "At this point last year we'd just comp ...

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