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  1. Cyrus, Swift Teaming Up At Grammys

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Teen superstars Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift will perform together at the 51st Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 8) in Los Angeles. Also new to the lineup are Estelle and Kanye West, Adele, Chris Brown, Sugarland and a Four Tops tribute featuring surv ...

  2. U2, Kid Rock, Plant/Krauss Added To Grammys

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2, Kid Rock, Rihanna and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have joined the performance lineup for the 51st Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS. They join previously announced performers Kenn ...

  3. Romance And Indie Rock Hit The Billboard 200

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey's "Ballads" is the Billboard 200's highest debut, arriving at No. 10, while another romantic effort, Frank Sinatra's "Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love," also makes a good start . . . It's a grea ...

  4. Obama Inauguration Festivities Lead To Sales Jumps

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST How big was the audience for President Barack Obama's inauguration? Big -- 2 million-people-on-the-National-Mall kind of big. About 37.8 million U.S. TV viewers watched Obama take the oath of office Jan. 20, making it the second-most-watched ...

  5. Coldplay, Duffy Lead BRIT Awards Nominations

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST With four nominations each, Coldplay and Duffy lead the field for the BRIT Awards 2009, announced today (Jan. 20) at London's Roundhouse. Adele, Elbow and Scouting For Girls scored three nominations apiece. The latter British trio was one of ...

  6. New U2 Single Hits Radio, iTunes

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2's new single, "Get on Your Boots," has hit radio all over the world this morning (Jan. 19) and is also available for sale from Apple's iTunes Music Store. In addition, U2's official Web site is streaming the song. " ...

  7. Top Stars Celebrate Obama At Lincoln Memorial

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two days from the White House, President-elect Barack Obama joined a vast throng today (Jan. 18) at a roaring, rollicking pre-inauguration celebration staged before marble monuments to past heroes. "Anything is possible in America," decl ...

  8. Bono To Write Op-Ed Column For New York Times

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Can he type with those shades on? Bono will write an Op-Ed column for The New York Times. The paper announced that his first column will appear Sunday, for which he will also do a podcast. His column will appear occasionally. Bono called the gig & ...

  9. U2 Looks Toward New 'Horizon'

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2's twelfth studio album, "No Line on the Horizon," will arrive March 3 from Interscope. A track list for the set, which was produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, has not been announced. Following sessions in F ...

  10. Live Nation Takes $19 Million Hit On U2 Buyback Deal

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Inc bought back 1.6 million of its shares from Irish rock band U2 for $25 million, a company executive said, backing up a report the concert promoter would make a $19 million loss on the deal. The purchase was part of a financial commi ...

  11. Satriani Accuses Coldplay Of Plagiarism

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs. Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song ...

  12. Britney Spears' 'Circus' Act Caught On Web

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST One week ahead of its release in stores, "Circus," the new album from Britney Spears has been posted on the Web at imeem.com where fans can listen to it for free. The album features 13 tracks by the pop star, including the now familiar & ...

  13. BBC Doc Rocks Latin America

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Five Latin American territories will screen the BBC/VH1 Classic (U.S.) co-production "Seven Ages of Rock," following its successful inclusion at this year's BBC Showcase Latin America. Globo in Brazil, Hispanoamerica TV in Paraguay, ...

  14. American Acts Win Big At MTV EMAs

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.S. pop artists dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards held at Liverpool Echo Arena in the U.K., while the performers and winners were also keen to bask in President-elect Barack Obama’s election victory. Britney Spears sent a video acceptance for ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. James Blunt Set To Guest Edit Paper

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British singer-songwriter James Blunt will guest edit the global section of Metro, a free newspaper, on Nov. 17. On that day, Blunt will work out of the paper's Rome office, under the tutelage of global editor Sakari Pitkänen. The artist will ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Exclusive Billboard Q&A: UMG's Chairman/CEO Doug Morris

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What's impressive about Doug Morris' midtown Manhattan office presents itself in modest statements. In one corner is a giant white canvas with a charcoal scrawl of a little boy; it turns out to be a self-portrait by Universal Music Group ...

  19. Metallica Scores Fifth Straight No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In just a three-day sales window, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Warner Bros.) sold nearly half a million copies and tops The Billboard 200. The band's first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sou ...

  20. 'Death' Has Arrived: Metallica Nets Fifth No. 1 Album

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's "Death Magnetic" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 490,000 -- after only three full days of sales. The set -- the band's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 -- was released last Fri ...

  21. 'Now' Compilation Celebrates Silver Anniversary

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI will celebrate the 25th U.K. anniversary of the "Now That's What I Call Music" compilation series with the release of a special edition, triple-CD set. "Now 25 Years" (EMI TV), will be released Oct. 27 in the U.K., wil ...

  22. Next U2 Album Pushed To Early 2009

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Initially expected this fall as a fourth-quarter blockbuster, U2's next album has been pushed to early 2009 while the band continues to write and record material. "I thought a while back we might have the album wrapped by now, but why co ...

  23. 6 Questions: Steve Lillywhite

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Next month, superstar producer Steve Lillywhite will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first hit record (Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Hong Kong Garden") from a studio in Texas, where he'll be producing the next effort from ...

  24. Funeral For Irish Folk Legend Ronnie Drew

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The funeral has taken place for Ronnie Drew, former singer with legendary Irish balladeers The Dubliners. Drew was buried yesterday (Aug. 19) in his adopted home of Greystones, Co Wicklow, after losing a two-year battle with cancer on Saturday. He ...

  25. Spain's Oreja Reveals New Singer

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain's most successful pop group of the past decade, Latin Grammy winner La Oreja de Van Gogh, has a new lead singer. Leire Martínez, 29, was presented to the media in Madrid on Monday. She joins the four male founder-members of LOVG ahead o ...

  26. 'Viva La' Coldplay!

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Coldplay rocks the top of the Billboard 200 as its "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" bows atop the list with 721,000. It's the second No. 1 for the British band, following the chart-topping start of 2005' ...

  27. Bono Earns Honorary Doctorate

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 vocalist Bono has received an honorary doctorate from Tokyo's prestigious Keio University in recognition of his anti-poverty campaigning efforts. "We believe in taking people out of extreme poverty, and Japan is more successful (in th ...

  28. UMGD Displays Video, Live Performances At NARM

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At the 50th anniversary convention of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers, the Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) kept alive the product presentation, an extravaganza that was well attended by conventioneers. Kicking off the secon ...

  29. Live Nation Inks 12-Year Pact With U2

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2's deal with Live Nation puts the promoter in business with one of the highest earning bands in the world for more than a decade. It's a 12-year deal with Live Nation Artists that includes worldwide touring, merchandising, and the band ...

  30. Edge Invests In Dorrell's Hear No Evil

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Edge Group's Performance Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is investing £1 million ($2 million) in a new live promotion company headed by David Dorrell, the veteran music producer and manager. Edge Performance is acquiring a 50% stake in Dorrel ...

  31. Supreme Court To Hear Broadcast Indecency Case

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court will hear a challenge from America's major broadcast networks that questions the FCC's ability to fine broadcasters for so-called "fleeting expletives" heard during live broadcasts. The highest court said this ...

  32. London's Marquee Club Closes

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST The latest incarnation of London's Marquee Club has been forced to shutter, just six months after opening for business. The famous club, now sited at 14 Upper Saint Martin's Lane, on the edge of central London's Soho district, has b ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Memory Lives On For Led Zep Comeback

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Monday night's Led Zeppelin comeback concert has now moved into memory for the chosen few who attended. But as the dust settles on the gig at London's O2 Arena, a Billboard round-up of executive attendees suggests the performance certain ...

  35. Live Nation Artists Acquires Merch Company Signatures

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Artists acquired merchandiser Signatures Network, Inc. for approximately $79 million in cash, stock and repayment of debt, before working capital adjustments. The transaction is expected to close later this year. Signatures Network ...

  36. Fogel, Barsalona, Wall Join Touring Confab

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering agent Frank Barsalona and Live Earth/Control Room CEO Kevin Wall will be honored as this year's Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, set for Nov. 14-15 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Mega-tour producer Arthur Foge ...

  37. U.K.'s ITC Conference Kicks Off

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yvette Livesey, co-founder and director of In The City, used her opening address on day one of Britain's largest music convention to herald the "beginning of a new era." Opening the Oct. 20-22 Manchester event with a moving speech, ...

  38. Stewart Launches Music Consultancy

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A&R veteran Nick Stewart has opened his own music consultancy, Nick Stewart & Associates. Based in London, the new firm offers its clients such services as music marketing, management and music publishing. Current projects include supervis ...

  39. London's Marquee Goes Live

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London's Marquee Club was relaunched as a live music venue last night with a private party featuring performances by Australian alternative rock band the Basics and local indie act Marner Brown. The central London venue will host an official ...

  40. Opera Legend Luciano Pavarotti Dies At 71

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, beloved by millions of fans who heard him in venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to Dodger Stadium, died in the early hours of this morning (Sept. 6) at his home in Modena, Italy, after a year-plus battle ...

  41. Geldof, Bono Fight On For Africa Aid

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Geldof, U2 frontman Bono and German rock singer Herbert Groenemeyer fronted a rock concert in Rostock, North Germany yesterday as part of an appeal for world leaders to ramp-up support for the people of Africa. More than 70,000 people attended ...

  42. Bono Lobbies Nations For Aid

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock icon Bono Tuesday urged rich nations to take the "smart and strategic" choice of fulfilling their aid promises and debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with European Commi ...

  43. Live Nation, Blender Re-Launch Venue

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In yet another investment in the small venue space, Live Nation has now formed an alliance with Blender magazine with the new New York club to be known as the Blender Theatre at Gramercy. Formerly known as the Gramercy Theatre, the 600-capacity Bl ...

  44. U2's Bono Awarded British Knighthood

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Irish rock star and global humanitarian Bono became a knight of the British empire Thursday (March 29) — and joked that his youngest son thought he was about to become a Jedi instead. Bono, 46, was named a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Or ...

  45. Two Arrested In Aussie Piracy Raid

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two people were charged with copyright infringement offences after a raid this morning on a video rental store in Sydney. Police seized 5,000 pirated music and movie DVDs imported from China. The illicit product was selling for between A$7 ($5.40) ...

  46. Review: Bloc Party's 'A Weekend In The City'

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bloc Party: "A Weekend in the City" Producers: Jacknife Lee Vice/Atlantic Release Date: Feb. 6 U.K. rock act Bloc Party follow up its buzzy 2005 debut by scaling back the nervous guitar riffs and enlisting the help of U2 producer Jacknif ...

  47. Universal Music CEO Hawkish On Licensing Deals

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris resents that MTV and other cable music channels built multibillion-dollar businesses around videos given away by record companies anxious to promote their artists. So when he saw his own grandson watching 50 C ...

  48. Pearl Jam Goes Covers Crazy For Holiday Single

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam's annual holiday single for members of its Ten Club fan organization will feature a pair of classic rock covers: the Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" and Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," th ...

  49. Bono Itching To Take U2 To The 'Next Level'

    December 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST With its monster-selling Vertigo tour complete, U2 is ready to reinvent itself, frontman Bono said during a BBC Radio interview earlier this week. "Our band has certainly reached the end of where we've been at for the last couple of albu ...

  50. Bono Receives Honorary British Knighthood

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST U2 lead singer and rights campaigner Bono, has been awarded an honorary British knighthood, the British Embassy in Dublin said Saturday (Dec. 23). "Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Bono to be an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excell ...

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