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  1. George Michael Puts Faith In U.S. Tour

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a 17-year hiatus, George Michael is giving the U.S. touring market one more try. Tickets for his summer outing, which begins June 17 in San Diego, go on sale this weekend. Michael may also have a hit on his hands in the form of his retrospec ...

  2. Costello To Host 'Spectacle'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer Elvis Costello is teaming up with Elton John to create a television program that will provide a forum for discussions and performances by "the most interesting and influential artists and personalities of our time." The show, call ...

  3. Foos, Kanye, NIN, STP Set For Virgin Fest

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the Virgin Mobile Festival, set for Aug. 9-10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The festival is produced for the third year by I.M.P. Virgin Group ...

  4. Stone Temple Pilots Plotting Extensive Tour

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recently reunited Stone Temple Pilots can add a full-fledged summer amphitheater tour to its previously announced U.S. festival dates, Billboard.biz has learned. Details are still coming together, but a source close to the alt-rock band says S ...

  5. Live Nation, Rogers Offer Mobile Ticketing Option

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Rogers Wireless have teamed up to offer Canadian concertgoers the opportunity to purchase tickets through their cell phones. Through the newly launched Wireless Box Office initiative, Canadian music fans can search for upcoming Liv ...

  6. T-Pain Readies First National Headlining Trek

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain has announced his first national headlining tour, "T-Pain and Family Playlist." T-Pain will use the tour to introduce his fans to his record label, Nappy Boy, and it's artists; singer Jay Lyriq, rapper Tay Dizm and the female ...

  7. Touring Briefs: Virgin Fest, Grammy Tour, Movement '08

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- The Foo Fighters and Oasis will headline Toronto's third annual Virgin Festival , to be held Sept. 6-7 on Toronto Island. Other artists scheduled to perform are Bloc Party, Wintersleep, Constantines, Spiritualized, Paul Weller, Stereophoni ...

  8. Robyn Returns To North America For Tour

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After teasing American audiences with three club shows in February, Swedish pop singer Robyn will return stateside for a three-week club and theater tour to promote her forthcoming self-titled album, due April 29 via Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscop ...

  9. Touring Briefs: Steely Dan, George Michael Ready Summer Tours

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Once known as "the band that does not tour," Steely Dan is touring again. Founders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will embark on the Think Fast, Steely Dan summer tour, beginning June 8 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The first 14 concert dat ...

  10. The Roots Head Stateside

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Roots' current trek behind their upcoming album "Rising Down" is in full swing and will carry the band through spots in the midwest, Canada, Texas, the East Coast and New Orleans, before wrapping in New Jersey in August. The ban ...

  11. Soulja Boy Hitting The Road With Lil' Mama

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Soulja Boy will hit the road this spring with his "21 & Under Tour," with help from Lil' Mama and rapper V.I.C., Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The trek begins April 11 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and runs through early May. & ...

  12. Leonard Cohen Set For First Tour In 15 Years

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Leonard Cohen is embarking on his first tour in 15 years this summer, beginning with a June 6-7 stand in Toronto. The 73-year-old artist, who was inducted last night (March 10) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be backed on th ...

  13. Royalty Discussions To The Fore At CMW

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The value of music and the rate radio in Canada should pay for it have been among the hot topics at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. "It is allegedly 2008 and we're still discussing whether radio gathers value from music," says David ...

  14. NME Plans U.S. Awards

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two days prior to the launch of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, British music magazine NME will hold its first U.S.-based awards ceremony at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre on April 23. The announcement arrives on the ...

  15. Canada's Touring Market Remains Strong From Coast To Coast

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian touring market is still on fire. "Maybe you need to talk also to some of my colleagues in the other provinces as well, but by current accounts, Canada is still selling tickets and the traffic is still on the road," says Patt ...

  16. Canadian Music Industry Perseveres In Challenging Times

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST With CD sales falling faster than digital sales rise and with layoffs at Canada's major labels, many executives in the country's music business are worried about the implications of a continued decline in the music industry. Much of the ...

  17. Canadian Music Week Takes On Challenges Of Changing Industry

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian Music Week (CMW) will focus on new concepts and alternative revenue streams that artists and labels can pursue, event founder/ president says Neill Dixon, while speakers like Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie will discuss the possib ...

  18. STP, Linkin Park Set For Revived Edgefest

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park will head the bill for the 2008 Edgefest in Toronto, which is returning after a one-year hiatus. The event will be held July 12 at Downsview Park. Rounding out the bill are Sam Roberts Band, the Bravery, Ashes D ...

  19. Billboard Special: Canada

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST As the Canadian music industry gathers in Toronto for Canadian Music Week events March 3-8, Billboard looks at the market's challenging sales climate, its robust touring circuit, and its promising new acts. Canadian Music Industry Perseveres ...

  20. Spice Girls Tour Likely Their Last

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Don't hold your breath waiting for the next Spice Girls reunion. Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, tells Billboard.biz that she doesn't expect a sequel to the quintet's Return of the Spice Girls World Tour, which wraps up Feb. 26 in ...

  21. Radiohead Reveals North American Tour Dates

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead will embark on its first North American tour in two years May 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Eight shows have been confirmed for the first leg, which wraps May 18 in Dallas. Afterward, Radiohead will visit Europe for a month's worth of ...

  22. Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Reveal Tour Plans

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige will tour this spring in what will be one of the most potent urban music bills in recent memory. The "Heart of the City" outing begins March 22 in Miami. And while a full itinerary is still coming together, the ar ...

  23. Dion Leads Juno Nods

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Céline Dion led all artists by receiving six Juno Award nominations today, while punk pop queen Avril Lavigne, crooner Michael Bublé and the eclectic Feist all received five shots at awards. "Each year we continue to see more artists raising ...

  24. Canada's Ole In Deal With Five K

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian music publisher ole has inked a deal with Victor Murgatroyd's newly launched Five K Entertainment Group. Murgatroyd's Five K Entertainment Group will find and develop artists under a new agreement with J Records. Murgatroyd will ...

  25. Canadian Indie Award Noms Announced

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST The nominees for the 2008 Indie Awards taking place during Canadian Music Week have been announced and include rising stars like Tokyo Police Club, critical darlings Besnard Lakes and a hall of fame induction for veteran rockers Lowest of the Low. ...

  26. Spice Girls Cut Reunion Tour Short

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Spice Girls are cutting back their reunion tour "due to family and personal commitments." Summer concerts in China, South Africa, Australia and Argentina have been canceled; the trek will now end Feb. 26 in Toronto. "Sadly the t ...

  27. Modest Mouse, The National Opening R.E.M. Tour

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. has drafted Modest Mouse and the National as support acts for its upcoming tour of North American theaters and arenas, which begins May 23 in Vancouver. The outing comes on the heels of the April 1 release of R.E.M.'s new Warner Bros. ...

  28. Kinky To Re-Issue 'Reina,' Tour North America

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mexican genre mashers Kinky are re-issuing their 2006 album "Reina" on Feb. 5 in advance of a 22-date North American tour. The re-issue on Kin-Kon/Nettwerk will contain two bonus tracks: a Brazilian Girls remix of "¿A Dónde Van Los ...

  29. Live Nation Completes Theatrical Sale

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has sold the remainder of its North American theatrical business to Key Brand Entertainment for a gross sale price of $90.4 million. The divestiture is part of Live Nation's ongoing strategy to focus its core business on music ope ...

  30. Radiohead Gives MapleMusic 1st Canadian No. 1

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Independent distributor and label MapleMusic has scored its first No. 1 album in Canada with Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (ATO). The album tops the current chart, dated Jan. 19. "We're thrilled to have our first ever number N ...

  31. Oscar Peterson Mourned By Jazz Colleagues

    December 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. His death brought forth tributes from jazz pianists spanning the generation ...

  32. Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies

    December 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy fingers and musical genius made him one of the world's best known jazz pianists, has died. He was 82. Peterson died at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Sunday, said Oliver Jones, a fa ...

  33. Horseshoe Tavern Kick-Starts 60th B'day Festivities

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Horseshoe Tavern, arguably Canada's most famous concert venue, has kicked off celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Toronto club's opening. Beginning Dec. 9, the club is hosting a month-long period of celebration, featuring pe ...

  34. Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Horseshoe Tavern, arguably Canada's most famous concert venue, kicked off celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Toronto club's opening on Tuesday. "This is a very historic venue and we wanted to do something special to ce ...

  35. Songwriters Assn. Pushes For 'Piracy' Fee

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Songwriters Association of Canada is pushing forward with a proposal to charge Canadian Internet and wireless users $5 per month to compensate for losses due to file sharing. "We propose an amendment to the Copyright Act which would estab ...

  36. Morissette To Enter Canadian Hall Of Fame

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alanis Morissette will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame during next year's Canadian Music Week (March 5-8, 2008). Morissette will be honored for her lifetime contribution March 8 at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, wh ...

  37. Sonic Unyon Links With MapleCorp

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hamilton-based Sonic Unyon Distribution has signed a deal with MapleCore Ltd. of Toronto to utilize the company's backroom services and infrastructure. Sonic Unyon will continue shipping directly to its independent retail account base via the ...

  38. Police, Timberlake Among Billboard Touring Award Finalists

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Police, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, and Genesis are among the finalists for the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards. The Awards, which will be presented on Nov. 15, honor the industry's top artists, venues and professi ...

  39. Bon Jovi To Embark On World Tour

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will embark on a world tour of more than 10 countries, beginning with the United States and Canada this fall. "We're starting in New Jersey and then taking it to the world," lead singer Jon Bon Jovi announced at last night& ...

  40. Patrick Watson Takes Polaris Music Prize

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Montreal's Patrick Watson beat out higher profile contenders like Arcade Fire and Feist on Monday night to take the second annual Polaris Music Prize at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. "Close to Paradise," the album by Patrick Watson, ...

  41. EMI Teams With Fairmont Hotels

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Fairmont Hotel & Resorts have partnered to bring new music initiatives this fall to Fairmont's portfolio of North American hotels. As part of the deal, such hotels as the Fairmont San Francisco, Toronto's Fairmont Royal ...

  42. Q-Tip Joins Common For 2K Sports Tour

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Q-Tip will hit the road this fall alongside Chicago rapper Common for the 2K Sports Bounce Tour. The trek, in support of the video game series, commences in Milwaukee, WI on Sept. 22 and wraps up on Oct. 14 in Los Angeles. Q-Tip, who is featured a ...

  43. Canadian Music Cafe Kicks Off

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Music Café, a concert series designed to showcase top Canadian musical talent and coincide with the Toronto International Film Festival, kicked off yesterday. The showcase, which is tagged as "where film meets music," has af ...

  44. Kaiser Chiefs Cancel North American Dates

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based rock act Kaiser Chiefs has canceled a week's worth of U.S. and Canada concert dates in September to focus on the follow-up to its sophomore album, "Yours Truly, Angry Mob," according to a spokesperson for the group. The f ...

  45. Ozzy, Zombie Ready Fall Tour

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie will join forces for a North American fall tour, beginning Oct. 18 at the Key Arena in Seattle and wrapping Jan. 24, 2008, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 40-date trek finds Osbourne visiting U.S. arenas f ...

  46. Canadian Biz Looks East With Japan Trade Mission

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Canada's independent recording companies are heading to Japan in November for a trade mission that will see some of the country's top acts play for Japanese industry leaders. The trade mission, which is being undertaken in association wi ...

  47. Springsteen Hitting North America, Europe This Fall

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will tour North America and Europe before the end of the year in support of their new album, "Magic." The trek begins on street date for the Columbia set (Oct. 2) in Hartford, Conn., w ...

  48. Winehouse Postpones Fall North American Tour

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of recent personal issues, Amy Winehouse has postponed her fall North American tour dates. The move is being chalked up to "the rigors involved in touring," according to a statement from her American label, Universal. "A ...

  49. Winehouse Pulls Out Of V Fest

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse has canceled her planned appearance at this weekend's V Festival in the U.K., with her record label blaming ongoing "health issues". The singer has pulled a run of shows in recent days, including dates in Norway and De ...

  50. Van Halen Tour Kicking Off In Late September

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first leg of Van Halen's long-awaited reunion tour with frontman David Lee Roth will kick off Sept. 27 in Charlotte, N.C., and run through Dec. 11 in Calgary, Alberta. Tickets for the trek, announced today at a Los Angeles media gathering ...

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