U2

  1. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  2. Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, George Jones, Allman Brothers, More Honored at Grammy Special Merit Awards

    February 12, 2012 5:30 PM EST Lifetime Achievement Award winners (from left) George Jones, Gregg Allman, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. (Photo: WireImage) LOS ANGELES -- Glen ...

  3. Seymour Stein Honored With Billboard's Icon Award @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST From left: Billboard Associate Publisher (and former Sire recording artist) Tommy Page, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot (Photo: MIDEM) CANNES -- Billboard honored Sire Rec ...

  4. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness On Spotify, Piracy & Tech: His Five Best @MIDEM Quotes

    January 29, 2012 9:11 AM EST Lightning Rod: U2 manager Paul McGuinness (right), pictured next to entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery, made his first speaking appearance at MIDEM since his famous rant against ISPs in 2008. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The last time U2 manager P ...

  5. Tom Petty, U2, Coldplay, Jack Johnson Lend Support to Los Angeles' KCSN-FM

    October 12, 2011 8:26 PM EDT Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Mumford & Sons and Sheryl Crow, among others, are pitching in to support public radio station KCSN/Los Angeles' upcoming benefit concert and pledge drive, which runs from Oct. 1 ...

  6. Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

    October 07, 2011 10:36 PM EDT The Kitchen Debate: (From left) Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, U2's Bono, Apple founder and CEO the-late Steve Jobs and U2 guitarist The Edge holdeing the black-and-red U2-branded iPod, the plan for which was first negotiate ...

  7. Steve Jobs & Apple: 10 Pitch-Perfect Music Ads

    October 06, 2011 12:23 PM EDT When Steve Jobs died on Wednesday, the Apple co-founder left behind a major mark on the music industry. Since the launch of iTunes and the iPod a decade ago, Jobs and Apple's impact cannot be overestimated -- and his legacy goes beyond techno ...

  8. MIDEM 2011: Billboard.biz Will Be All Over It!

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST This weekend, the annual MIDEM conference gets underway, bringing the music industry together in Cannes, France, to assess the current state of the business and set the stage for the year to come. Billboard's team -- including Editorial Direc ...

  9. The Early Look: Black Friday Music Sales Recap

    November 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music business was hopeful for robust shopping on Black Friday, and why not? Overall consumer interest was up from last year, indie retail rolled out special exclusives from artists like U2, Metallica, and the Gaslight Anthem, and a full roste ...

  10. U2 To Play South African Soccer Stadiums

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 will become the first international act to make use of two stadiums built especially for the 2010 FIFA World Cup when its 360 Tour lands in South Africa next year. An announcement made today by Live Nation Global Touring and Big Concerts confir ...

  11. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  12. Business Matters: Qtrax, Slowtrain Music, Live Nation and more

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Qtrax has appointed Lance. J.O. Ford as co-president and chief marketing officer. He previously held those same positions at Rebel Digital, one of Qtrax’s advertising advisors. Little ...

  13. U2 Set To Resume 360 Tour In Italy

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT All indications are that Bono is ready to rock and fully recovered after back surgery that sidelined him for two months. Now, U2 is set to crank up its massive, record-setting 360 tour tomorrow night in Turin, Italy. “Things have gone very, very w ...

  14. U2 Tour Dates Rescheduled

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 16 U2 360° tour dates in the U.S. previously postponed due to Bono's back surgery have been rescheduled for Spring/Summer 2011, with all tickets being valid at the rescheduled performances. The 2010 European tour, which was not been affec ...

  15. Business Matters: Bono, Google, Lala, Three-Strikes Law

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- France's three-strikes law was to be implemented on January 1, but a report says the country's commission on computer science and fre ...

  16. U2 To Play Free Concert For MTV Europe Awards

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 will play a free concert in front of Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate as part of a star-studded bill for the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. Other acts confirmed to perform at the EMAs include Jay-Z, Green Day, Robbie Williams, Tokio Hotel, ...

  17. Stations Boycott Artists Supporting Performance Royalty?

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Music First Coalition has asked the FCC to investigate whether radio stations have violated their public interest obligation by allegedly boycotting artists who support a performance royalty for terrestrial radio. Without naming stations or co ...

  18. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Beautiful Day One Sale For U2

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 has scored strong early sales for its new set "No Line On The Horizon" (Mercury/Universal), which is almost certain to get the Irish rock band its tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. according to the Official Charts Co. The OCC says that, b ...

  21. Billboard Q&A: MIDEM Director Dominique Leguern Talks Charles Aznavour, Attendance Figures

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 43rd edition of the MIDEM international music market and conference gets under way this weekend in Cannes, starting with MidemNet, the international forum focusing on the music business in the digital age, on Saturday, Jan. 17. Dominique Legue ...

  22. Nokia's Ojanpera Set For MidemNet Day 1 Keynote

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST MidemNet delegates can expect a hard-hitting keynote from Tero Ojanpera, Nokia's executive VP of entertainment and communities, on Saturday, Jan. 17. MidemNet, which runs Jan. 17-18 in Cannes, is the international forum that focuses on the mu ...

  23. U2 Honors Grainge At MITs

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2 was among the artists saluting Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge at the Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Universal-signed pop acts Mika and Take That performed at t ...

  24. U2 Receives 1.56 Million Live Nation Shares For Deal

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 will receive an estimated $19 million worth of Live Nation shares as part of a 12-year deal the rock band signed with the concert promotion company earlier this year. Los Angeles-based Live Nation yesterday (Oct. 16) registered 1.56 million sha ...

  25. Live Nation, Jay-Z Deal Imminent

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Jay-Z are on the verge of closing a major partnership that involves the rapper and entrepreneur's future touring and recordings. The roughly $150 million deal will include financing for his new entertainment venture, Roc Natio ...

  26. Sharkey Circles ISPs To Collaborate With Music Biz

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Internet service providers have been urged to solve their differences with the music industry, instead of waiting for the full force of government legislation. Speaking at the annual industry awards for U.K. ISPs, Feargal Sharkey, c ...

  27. U.K. Govt To Unveil ISP Strategy

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K. Government is set to publish its proposals for tackling illegal file-sharing on Feb. 22. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says that is the provisional date for the strategy document on the Creative Economy Programme. As p ...

  28. ISPs Facing U.K. Piracy Legislation

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BPI has urged ISPs to work with the music industry as the U.K. government prepares to announce proposals to deal with illegal file-sharing. The trade body today said it applauded the government's willingness to tackle the issue. It follow ...

  29. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  30. Midem Quotes Of The Day

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top soundbites from Monday's Midem panels and debates. "Mr Plant emailed me and said, 'Who's going to prostitute himself first?’" - Peter Gabriel on the Genesis/Led Zep reunion game "I've always been of the a ...

  31. Gabriel Honored As Personality Of The Year

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Peter Gabriel has picked up Midem's Personality of the Year award at a glittering gala dinner in Cannes, France. A range of top executives, including U2 manager Paul McGuinness, the IFPI's John Kennedy and veteran promoter Harvey Goldsmi ...

  32. Apple Unveils New U2 iPod

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Model based on fifth generation 30 GB video iPod. Apple introduced an new version of the iPod U2 Special Edition as a continuation of the partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group (UMG). The new U2 model is based on the fifth generat ...

  33. On The Road

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST U2's manager Paul McGuinness books stadiums in Europe instead of arenas on the band's upcoming Vertigo tour because European arenas are not generally on par with those in North America. Read Ray Wadde U2's manager Paul McGuinness bo ...

  34. U2 Start Date Moved Back

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST The start date for the upcoming U2 world tour has been pushed back by at least a couple of weeks, sources tell Billboard.biz. The new date and location have yet to be determined. The start date for the upcoming U2 world tour has been pushed back b ...