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  1. Pearl Jam Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam will celebrate Halloween early with two concerts at Philadelphia's Wachovia Spectrum to be held Oct. 28 and 30. The shows are part of a brief North American tour which also includes stops in San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles. Ben H ...

  2. Polaris Prize Nominations Unveiled

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The shortlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize was announced today, with a broad selection of artists represented, including Newfoundland epic rockers Hey Rosetta! and Somalian-Canadian rapper K'Naan. Other acts making the list include a ...

  3. Drake Signs To Young Money, Distribution Through Universal Republic

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Looks like Universal was the victor in the bidding war for Drake afterall. While sources close to the deal predicted Universal Motown was the closest to snagging him , the Toronto-born rapper officially signed to Young Money with distribution thro ...

  4. Black Eyed Peas Manager Charged With Assault On Perez Hilton

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Toronto police have charged Black Eyed Peas manager Liborio Molina with assault after an alleged confrontation with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. Molina, 36, was charged by the Toronto police's 52 Di ...

  5. Nickelback Wins Big At MuchMusic Awards

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canadian rockers Nickelback took home three awards at the MuchMusic Video Awards at a splashy show in downtown Toronto. Nickelback's three awards last night included best video, best rock video and best post-production." The show, which ...

  6. Five Million 'Dirty Dancing' In Theaters Worldwide

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musical "Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage" has now surpassed five million ticket sales around the world, according to the producers. Since opening in Sydney in 2004, the show has toured 13 cities across three continents, in ...

  7. Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Drake Reveal 'Young Money' Tour

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy Tell'Em and Drake will go on an official tour this summer, and the dates have just been confirmed. The "Young Money Presents: Americas Most Wanted Music Festival" trek will start on July 27 at the ...

  8. Rogers Wireless Links With Live Nation

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telecommunications giant Rogers Wireless has entered into an agreement that allows customers of its "wireless box office," to purchase tickets through Live Nation without service charges. The deal with Live Nation, which was announced th ...

  9. Exclusive: Fake Drake Album Sold On iTunes

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Drake is such a hot artist that one of his albums is selling even though he didn't release it. An unauthorized album, "The Girls Love Drake," which features selections from the Toronto rapper's mixtape "So Far Gone" a ...

  10. M.I.A. Protege Rye Rye To Join A-Trak Tour

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A. protégé Rye Rye will go on tour for A-Trak's "Hamburger" tour, taking off in Shangai, China, on May 28 and capping off at Hard Festival in Los Angeles August 8. "I was out one day and [DJ] Blaqstarr called me saying I sh ...

  11. Sirius Sponsors Polaris Music Prize

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Satellite radio company Sirius has stepped up today as the new presenting sponsor for the Polaris Music Prize, an award recognizing the best Canadian album. Rogers Communications had been the previous presenting sponsor from the award's incep ...

  12. Collection Societies' Success On El Salvador Appeal

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Collection societies from 24 countries appear to have made ground in their calls for the president of El Salvador, Elias Antonio Saca, to repeal a proposed law that would prevent artists and producers getting paid public performance revenue from r ...

  13. Blink-182 Announces Nearly 50-Date Summer Tour

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT If it hadn't been for drummer Travis Barker's near-fatal airplane crash last year, Blink-182 might not be touring this summer. But after a five-year hiatus, Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge will embark on a ne ...

  14. Corus Stations Segue With iTunes

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Toronto-based radio giant Corus Entertainment has announced that 11 of its radio stations will integrate iTunes into their Web sites. Stations including 102.1 the Edge and Q107 in Toronto, and 99.3 the Fox in Vancouver will integrate Apple Compute ...

  15. Virgin Music Fest To Hit Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, B.C.

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Virgin Music Festival will hit five Canadian cities this summer, including Montreal, the event’s organizers announced today. The festival, which launched in 2006, is sponsored by Virgin Mobile Canada, which was fully acquired by Canadian telec ...

  16. Kylie Minogue Plans First North American Tour

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue will tour North America for the first time with a six-date trek that will begin Sept. 30 in Oakland, Calif., before ending in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 11. Bill Silva Presents will produce the ...

  17. Secondary Ticketing Law For Ontario

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The province of Ontario has introduced a law aimed at limiting a company's ability to profit from concert ticket sales in both the primary and secondary markets. "We've heard in our communities, we've heard in the line for coff ...

  18. K-os Embraces 'Name-Your-Price' Strategy For Tour

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Toronto-based hip hop artist k-os will do for live concerts what Radiohead did for recorded music sales. Backed by an idea developed by his manager, Nettwerk Music Group chief executive Terry McBride, k-os will start a 10-date Canadian tour kickin ...

  19. Festival Season Starts With Optimism Despite Economic Challenges

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the summer music festival season just around the corner, leading international festival producers insist that the difficult economic climate isn't putting a serious crimp on business, with key promoters reporting that ticket sales are on ...

  20. Numbers Down At Canadian Music Week

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canadian Music Week has announced a significant year-on-year drop in attendance at its conference and music festival, which ran March 11-14 in Toronto. Attendance figures for delegates were well down, with the current difficult economic climate pl ...

  21. Business Briefs: EMI, Bob Dylan, Death Row And More

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - EMI is cutting back operations at its Jacksonville, Illinois, distribution center. ( Journal-Courier ) - Lala's new iPhone app previewed with text and video. "Unfortunately, it still may be a while before everyone can get their hands o ...

  22. Live Nation: Stateside U2 Sales Strong

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With sales this morning (March 30) of more than 82,000 tickets sold in New York, 72,000 in Boston and 65,000 in Chicago, the U2 360° Tour will set the largest single-day attendance record in each city, according to tour producer Live Nation. In Lo ...

  23. Nickelback Triumphs At Junos

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nickelback has reigned over Canada's charts in recent years and last night the Vancouver rock band ruled the Juno Awards, winning in three categories at the Canadian record industry's annual gala. The band, whose album "Dark Horse&q ...

  24. Terry McBride Denies Nettwerk Is For Sale

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group CEO, tells Billboard.biz that there is no truth to rumors that Nettwerk is for sale, although he says he's always looking for partners that can help it expand. As for recent speculation that he might quit t ...

  25. Poll: 45% Say P2P OK

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Forty-five percent of Canadians believe that those using peer-to-peer services to freely download music and movies are "doing what people should be able to do on the Internet," according to a poll by Canadian firm Angus Reid Strategies. ...

  26. IFPI's Kennedy: Canadian Gov't Not Interested In IP

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canada’s continued development of world-class musicians is in jeopardy as the country is mired in sky-high piracy rates and lack of cooperation between Internet service providers and music companies, John Kennedy, chairman of the International Fed ...

  27. Simmons, Lefsetz To Debate At Canadian Music Week

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and outlandish Kiss bassist/gadfly Gene Simmons were poised to square off in a battle royale of massive egos at Canadian Music Week after the pair exchanged e-mail insults on the first day of the conference. Both Simmon ...

  28. Danniels' 38-Year Rush Job

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rush manager Ray Danniels was inducted into the Music Managers Forum Canada honour roll at a ceremony in downtown Toronto during Canadian Music Week. The outstanding contribution award was previously won by Bryan Adams' manager Bruce Allen an ...

  29. Jonas Brothers Roll Out Tour Plans

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two weeks after the premiere of Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert" film, the siblings have unveiled dates to their upcoming world tour. The 44-date North American leg begins June 20 at the Dallas Cowboys New Stadium i ...

  30. U2 Unveils 18 Stadium Shows

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and Live Nation have confirmed the first tranche of stadium dates on the band's global "360°" tour. As first revealed on Billboard.biz on Friday (March 6), the tour, produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored by "s ...

  31. Exclusive: U2 Readies '360' Global Tour

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 360°, U2's world tour in support of the band's new album "No Line on the Horizon," will play stadiums around the world, beginning June 30 in Barcelona, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Details of the tour will be announced ...

  32. Latin Briefs: El Tigrillo Palma, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Zizek Club

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST -El Tigrillo Palma scores his best sales week and highest position on the Top Latin Albums chart this week. "Al Cien Por Millon" on Fonovisa debuts at No. 2 with 4,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. -Jose Luis Gonzalez, host of ...

  33. The Fray Announces Summer Tour Dates

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Fray will headline a 35-city summer tour which kicks off June 12 in Atlanta and extends to August 7, when it wraps in Spokane, Wash. Jacks Mannequin is scheduled to open on all dates. The Fray's second album, "The Fray," was rel ...

  34. Spinal Tap Trio Announce "Unwigged" Tour

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are leaving the costumes and wigs at home but will still play the music of their cinematic alter egos Spinal Tap, as well as the Folksmen from "A Mighty Wind" on a 30-date concert tour ...

  35. No Doubt Unveils Summer Tour

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt announced a 45-city summer tour, which begins May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., and runs through August 1 in Irvine, Calif. As previously reported, the band will be supported by Paramore, and joined on select dates ...

  36. 2009 Edgefest Unveils Lineup

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billy Talent, AFI, Alexisonfire, Metric, K-OS, the Stills and Arkells, among others, will head the bill for the 2009 Edgefest, to be held June 20 at Downsview Park in Toronto. The Goldenvoice-produced festival will also include Beast, Clothes Make ...

  37. Shiloh Debut Set For Spring

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shiloh, the 15-year old Toronto-based singer and songwriter who recently signed to the ole/Tanjola co-venture, will release here debut album in the Spring on Universal Republic. The as-yet untitled album will contain nine-songs co-written by Shilo ...

  38. Depeche Mode Unveils Summer Tour Plans

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, Depeche Mode will tour North America this summer, beginning July 24 in Toronto. Venues have yet to be announced for the trek, which runs through Sept. 5 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The band will be out in support of its new album, Sounds ...

  39. E1 Entertainment Eyes Survival Tactics

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canadian producer/distributor E1 Entertainment has launched a strategic review of its business but plans to keep it intact. Toronto-based E1 said poor U.S. music sales have prompted a restructuring of Koch Entertainment, the New York-based CD dist ...

  40. Kings Of Leon Following MSG Sellout With Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Kings Of Leon will follow up their Jan. 29 sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden in New York with another run of North American arena shows, beginning April 19 at Agganis Arena in Boston and wrapping at the Bill Graham Civic Center on May ...

  41. Coldplay Hitting Amphitheatres On Summer Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coldplay will kick off a North American summer tour July 10 at the Amphitheater at Clark County in Portland, Ore. So far, 14 dates are set through early August, with more to be announced. Tickets for concerts in San Diego, Toronto, Charlotte, N.C. ...

  42. Springsteen North American Tour Starts In April

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will tour North America this spring in support of their new album, "Working on a Dream," out today (Jan. 27) on Columbia. The trek begins April in San Jose, Calif. North American dat ...

  43. Brad Paisley To Kick Off Tour In June

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brad Paisley will begin his 41-city American Saturday Night tour, with special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne, June 5 in Charlotte, N.C. Booked by Rob Beckham at the William Morris Agency, Paisley has become one of country's biggest to ...

  44. Music Publisher Ole Inks Deal With CCI

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Toronto-based music publisher ole has entered into an agreement with Canadian film and television producer CCI Entertainment for co-ownership of music rights. The deal covers CCI's current and future compositions. Financial terms of the deal ...

  45. Death Row Assets Auctioned For $18 Million

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST The assets of Death Row Records, said to include master recordings of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, were auctioned off today (Jan. 15) for $18 million to WIDEawake Entertainment Group, a development company out of Canada. Because of the le ...

  46. Alan Cross To Host AUX Show

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former 102.1 the Edge program director Alan Cross is to host a show on start-up Internet video channel AUX. Cross left the Toronto alt-rock station last June to become senior program director at parent company Corus Entertainment's Splice Int ...

  47. Mountain, Foreigner Manager Prager Dies

    December 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bud Prager, a longtime label executive and manager who fostered the rock bands Mountain, Foreigner and Damn Yankees, died Dec. 22 of esophageal cancer at his home in Montauk, N.Y. He was 79. In the 1960s, the native New Yorker formed independent l ...

  48. Bankruptcy Protection For Canada’s Fusion III

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Montreal-based Fusion Distribution III has been placed into bankruptcy protection and slashed its staffing levels as the company, which distributes several hundred labels, fights to survive. Founded almost three decades ago by Jim West, Fusion dis ...

  49. Warner Music Canada Locks In Merch Deal

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Canada has inked a deal with music merchandising company Philcos Enterpriser Ltd. that will see it offer sales, manufacturing and distribution for a variety of clothing and other items relating to the record label's artists. The ...

  50. Fleetwood Mac Returning To The Road In '09

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, Fleetwood Mac will embark on its first tour in five years next spring, beginning March 1 in Pittsburgh. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced "Unleashed" tour begin going on sale Dec. 15. So far, 16 dates are on tap through M ...

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