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  1. 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 ...

  2. American Folk Legend Odetta Dies At 77

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77. Odetta died Tuesday (Dec. 2) of heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, said her manager of 12 years, Doug ...

  3. Mogul Ted Rogers Dies In Toronto

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ted Rogers, who transformed a single Toronto FM radio station into the North American broadcasting, publishing and telecoms conglomerate Rogers Communications, died Tuesday at his home in Toronto. He was 75. He was hospitalized in late October for ...

  4. Britney Spears Plots 'Circus' Tour

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST As first tipped here in October, Britney Spears will embark on her first arena tour in five years next spring. The "Circus Starring Britney Spears" jaunt begins March 3 in New Orleans, with support from the Pussycat Dolls. Spears will st ...

  5. Simmons Plots Revival of His Canadian Label

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kiss bassist and entrepreneur Gene Simmons is relaunching his label Simmons Records with Universal Music Canada and auto-parts baroness Belinda Stronach with the goal to sign, develop and merchandise three Canadian acts per year. "This is goi ...

  6. Nickelback Plots 2009 Tour

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nickelback will begin a North American tour Feb. 25 in Nashville in support of its just-released Roadrunner album "Dark Horse." Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 via LiveNation.com, but Nickelback fan club members get first crack on Friday (Nov. ...

  7. Nickelback, Peterson, Lavigne Honored At SOCAN Awards

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada has presented Canadian rockers Nickelback with its International Achievement Award, while also honoring jazz legend Oscar Peterson. Peterson, who died last year, was given a special ...

  8. Highnote Seeks Investment For Streaming Model

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Key executives from Internet startup Highnote pitched investors in Toronto on a service the company says could do for music what Google did for the Internet search. The Nashville-based company, which is currently running beta tests at www.gethighn ...

  9. Polaris Music Prize Hits The Small Screen

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canada's album of the year award, the Polaris Music Prize, is to be screened on TV. The Sept. 29 award ceremony will hit Canadian television tomorrow (Nov. 8) courtesy of the Citytv channels. The show, a condensed version of the awards event ...

  10. The Killers Unveil 2009 Tour Plans

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Killers will begin an early 2009 tour Jan. 17 in Denver in support of their third Island album, "Day and Age," due Nov. 25. First single "Human" is No. 58 this week on the Billboard Hot 100. Before the year is out, the Kill ...

  11. Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble to a Pearl'

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nikka Costa tells billboard.biz the music on her new album, "Pebble to a Pearl," is "the raw answer to the sweet, formulaic music of today." The singer/songwriter's third album was released Oct. 14 through Stax Records. &q ...

  12. Legend Tour To Kickoff Next Month

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Legend is kicking off an international concert tour in support of his upcoming album, "Evolver," (Columbia) dropping Oct. 28. The tour begins Nov. 19 in Minneapolis and runs through Dec. 13 in Durham, N.C. Raphael Saadiq will open f ...

  13. Kines Steps Down At Canada's Much MTV Group

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT David Kines, senior VP in charge of Canada's Much MTV Group, has confirmed his resignation. Kines, who was based in Toronto, said he will step down effective Oct. 3. Kines took over both MuchMusic and MTV Canada following CTVglobemedia Inc.&# ...

  14. Lupe Fiasco Readies Tour

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lupe Fiasco will kick off a US tour Friday. The MC also recently released a remix of his last single, "Paris, Tokyo" featuring Q-Tip, Sarah Green and Pharrell along with a jazz remix, crafted by Chris Paultre, via his Myspace page . Here ...

  15. AC/DC Extends Tour, Heads To 'Rock Band'

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC has extended its Black Ice tour of North America into early 2009. New dates begin Dec. 20 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and run through Jan. 31 in Nashville. Tickets begin going on sale Saturday (Oct. 4). Eighteen previously announced shows have ...

  16. Caribou's 'Bedroom' Set Wins Polaris Prize

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Caribou's "Andorra," an album creator Dan Snaith said he made "at home in a bedroom," has won the third Canadian Polaris Music Prize. The gala, which was held in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theatre last night (Sept. 29) ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Neil Diamond Extends North American Tour

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond has added 13 new dates to his North American tour in support of the album "Home Before Dark." The freshly added shows begin Nov. 22 in Grand Forks, N.D., and wrap Jan. 8 in Portland, Ore. As usual, Diamond is doing huge busi ...

  19. Gallagher Ailing, Oasis Postpones More Shows

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis has postponed three additional shows in the wake of injuries suffered by guitarist Noel Gallagher during a Sept. 7 onstage attack in Toronto. According to the band's Web site, Gallagher has three broken and dislodged ribs and has been a ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Young Jeezy Jumps In With Second No. 1 Album

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Young Jeezy claims his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "The Recession" starts in the penthouse with 260,000 . . . His last studio set, 2006's "The Inspiration," also began atop the list, but with 352,000 . . . A ...

  22. Oasis Ontario Date Postponed

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock band Oasis has been forced to postpone tonight's (Sept. 9) gig at the Canadian venue John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, after guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher was attacked by a stage invader two days ago at the Virgin Festiva ...

  23. Turner Adds New Concert Dates To Tour

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tina Turner has added eight concert dates to her upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The singer's 36-date arena trek wraps with a Dec. 12-13 stand at the Air Canada Centre ...

  24. Black Mountain, Kathleen Edwards To Play Polaris Gala

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The gala for the Polaris Music Prize, an annual award presented to the best Canadian album, will take place on Sept. 29 with live performances by nominees including Vancouver psych rockers Black Mountain and Ottawa alt-country singer Kathleen Edwa ...

  25. Drive-By Truckers, Hold Steady Prep Trek

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Drive-By Truckers will begin a 23-date co-headlining tour with the Hold Steady on Oct. 30 in Louisville, Ky. The bands will alternate who closes the shows throughout the tour, which is being billed as the "Rock and Roll Means Well" t ...

  26. Canadian Indies Voice Concern Over Govt Cuts

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuts to a federal Canadian government funding program will hurt the ability of Canadian musicians to make contacts outside of the country, according to the head of the country's independent labels. "More and more, Canadian musicians and ...

  27. Iggy & The Stooges Robbed

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Iggy & the Stooges had their gear stolen on Aug. 4 outside the Embassy Suites hotel in Montreal. The band had played the Osheaga Festival in Montreal the night before. The truck and all backline equipment were stolen. The band has a show Wedne ...

  28. Barenaked Ladies' Page Arrested

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Steven Page, 37, lead singer of Toronto's Barenaked Ladies, has been arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after New York State police allegedly found him with cocaine and marijuana. According to police repor ...

  29. Canada's Polaris Prize Shortlist Revealed

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The shortlist for the third annual Polaris Music Prize has been unveiled. The prestigious award, designed to recognize the best Canadian albums each year, will be contested by 10 albums, with the winner taking home a $20,000 check. The nominations ...

  30. EMI Canada, Fusion Strike Deal

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Canada has inked a deal with Montreal-based Distribution Fusion III Inc. that both companies say will target "growth, customer service and enhancement to artist and label services." The deal will see EMI assume fulfilment respo ...

  31. Indies Issue: Arts & Crafts Beefs Up After Scoring Hit

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian indie Arts & Crafts may be enjoying the biggest hit of its six-year existence, but label co-founder/president Jeffrey Remedios says he'll never change his "quality over quantity" business mantra. The Toronto-based label ...

  32. The Indies Issue: The Visionaries

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Here, Billboard presents 10 indie innovators who are taking risks and reaping the rewards. Click here to read more information about each innovator. Pennywise Take one venerable punk band, add a pioneering social networking site, throw cash from a ...

  33. Stage And Screen Launches In India

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian entertainment travel brand Stage and Screen has formally launched operations in India, after opening an office in Los Angeles last October. The new affiliate will provide travel and logistics management to India's film and televisi ...

  34. Study: Average Canadian Musician Earns $16,500 Per Year

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The average Canadian musician makes only $16,500 ($16,000 US) per year from their craft and is largely against free file sharing, according to a survey of 700 musicians conducted by Pollara, a Toronto-based research firm. The survey was released a ...

  35. Audio Network On Expansion Path

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Audio Network, the U.K.-based music licensing company that recently nabbed the Queen's Award for Enterprise, is expanding internationally, Billboard.biz has learned. The company is understood to be opening a U.S. office in New York during the ...

  36. The Agency Group Acquires Kork Agency

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Emeryville, Calif.-based boutique booking firm the Kork Agency has merged with the Agency Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kork Agency owner Christian Bernhardt and his team -- Ryan Craven, Andrew Skikne, Avery McTaggart and ...

  37. BNL, TMBG To Rock Disney 'Block Party' Tour

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, Ralph's World, Imagination Movers, Dan Zanes and Choo Choo Soul, among others, will perform in select cities as part of the Disney Music Block Party tour, set to begin July 25 in Toms River, N.J. The 23 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Hedley, Belly, IllScarlett Lead MuchMusic Nods

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Hedley, rapper Belly, and punksters illScarlett are among the leading Canadian nominees for the 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards, the station has announced. The award show, which usually features a host of international acts and live performa ...

  40. Coldplay Sets Dates for Extensive "Viva La Vida" Tour

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" world tour -- which will land in North America, Europe and Japan -- is set to begin at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center on June 29 and extend well into next year, Billboard.biz can reveal. Save for the P ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd Team For Summer Run

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team up for a run of co-headlining dates in August, beginning Aug. 8 in Oklahoma City. The shed tour, under the "Rock and Rebels" banner, will feature an opening act to be announced. Additionally, Skynyrd ...

  43. My Bloody Valentine Sets U.S. Dates

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, My Bloody Valentine will perform a handful of U.S. concerts in the days following its appearance at upstate New York's All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Sept. 19-21 at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, about 100 ...

  44. Morissette Kicks Off NARM Conventon

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers annual convention kicked off in fine fashion in San Francisco on May 3 with a WEA showcase featuring Alanis Morissette, a sign that NARM still has star power as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Also ...

  45. Ludacris Juggling Film Projects, New Album

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In between shooting the upcoming film "Max Payne," Ludacris is prepping his sixth album, "Theater of the Mind," slated for September. Though a first single hasn’t been chosen, Ludacris says to expect it to drop by June or July. ...

  46. Tribe, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul Lead Rock The Bells

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After breaking out last year with a handful of large-scale festival performances from the reunited Rage Against the Machine, this summer's Rock the Bells tour will feature appearances by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim a ...

  47. Keys Brings 'As I Am' To North America

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys will begin a North American leg of her "As I Am" tour on April 19 in Hampton, Va. Ne-Yo and Jordin Sparks will join Keys on the trek, which is sponsored by Lexus and wraps on June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. New ...

  48. STP, Tragically Hip Lead Virgin Fest Calgary

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Stone Temple Pilots and the Tragically Hip will headline this year's first Virgin Festival in Calgary, to be held June 21-22 at Fort Calgary. Other acts on the bill include the Flaming Lips, Three Days Grace, Corb Lund, Face to Face, the Dude ...

  49. Jay-Z, Blige 'Heart' Trek Going Strong

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige's "Heart of the City" tour has grossed more than $9.1 million, according to Live Nation. The tour, which began on March 22, has sold out seven of the first eight dates on its North American trek and is averag ...

  50. Feist Bags 5 Juno Awards

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Feist, the eclectic singer who rose to fame through exposure from an iTunes commercial, led the field with five Juno awards, including three last night (April 6) during a televised event in Calgary, Alberta. Taking single of the year for "1 2 ...

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