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  1. Next New, Verizon Launch Music Video Site

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online TV firm Next New Networks and Verizon FiOS are launching an online network Thursday called $99 Music Videos to showcase the talents of emerging musicians and filmmakers. The companies say they are looking to create an MTV for the digital an ...

  2. The Fray Partner With Rhapsody

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Fray star in the latest campaign from online music service Rhapsody that launches this week. Timed to coincide with the release of the group's new album, "The Fray," (Epic) the campaign includes two TV spots, free album streamin ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. C3 On Producing President Obama's Inauguration

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST What does it feel like to be part of the team that produced President Barack Obama's inaugural activities? "It was an overwhelming experience," said Charlie Jones, partner in the Austin-based promoter/production company C3 Presents. ...

  5. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonc ...

  6. Billboard Extended Q&A, Part 2: Don Ienner

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Ienner, IMO president/owner and the former Sony Music chief, recently sat down with Billboard for his first extensive, on-the-record talk in more than a decade. In this second part of the two-part interview ( first part is here ), Ienner and b ...

  7. HBO To Broadcast Star-Packed Inaugural Concert

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bono and more than a dozen other music stars will kick off Barack Obama's presidential inaugural festivities by performing at the opening celebration at Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. The free ...

  8. The Dead Returning To The Road In '09

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spurred on by two reunions at benefits for President-elect Barack Obama, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead will embark on their first tour in five years this spring. The Dead will hit the road beginning April 12 in Greensboro, N.C., and w ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Verizon Backs Toby Love

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Romantic urban bachata singer Toby Love is in the midst of a five-date, West Coast tour sponsored by Verizon as part of the release of his sophomore album, “Love Is Back” (Sony). Love kicked off his “Love Is Back” tour with a show at San Diego’s B ...

  12. Janet Resuming Tour After Battling Vertigo

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson is returning to her "Rock Witchu" tour and -- finally -- revealing the mystery illness that led her to cancel a string of concerts. Following two weeks of scrapped shows, Jackson was scheduled to resume her tour tonight (Oc ...

  13. Regional Mexican Summit: Challenges On The Road

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican acts' heavy touring schedules -- where top acts perform about 80 dates per year -- are both a challenge and an opportunity in terms of getting sponsorships and the involvement of major promoters, panelists noted today (Oct. 7 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Rhapsody Launches New Campaign at VMAs

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. online music store Rhapsody launched its latest advertising campaign at this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards. The campaign, consisting of four 30-second spots, uses the theme "music without limits." Rhapsody was also promoted ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Shwayze Continues Brand Friendly Approach

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shwayze, the up and coming rapper with a reality show on MTV and a Pontiac commercial, all before his debut has been released on Suretone Records, has made another move in the branding world. On July 15 his second single, "Corona and Lime&quo ...

  18. T.I. Hits The Road

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. has embarked on a sporadic tour with his Grand Hustle Entertainment roster including Young Dro, DJ Drama and newcomer rapper, Alfamega. The series of dates kicked off earlier this month and will end on August 31 in Seattle. The run coincides ...

  19. Plugged & Unplugged: Pearl Jam And Verizon, Promo CDs

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged : How cool is this? Go to a concert and immediately get to download the live versions of songs performed that night? Not just any live song, but the song you just heard. That's what Pearl Jam and Verizon partnered up to do this week, ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Digital Briefs: Verizon, Madonna, IDJ

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Verizon hopes to bring more innovation to mobile music through its Producer in Residence program, currently featuring Timbaland. He's produced new edits of Madonna's "4 Minutes" and currently is working with Keri Hilson. Read ...

  22. Plugged and Unplugged: erockster, Madonna, Verizon

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged I have to admit, when I first read the details about Clear Channel's new erockster initiative I was skeptical. But after actually checking it out, I have to give props to what looks to be an excellent music resource. To be sure, it� ...

  23. Verizon Links With Bedingfield

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Verizon is hitching its cart to the Natasha Bedingfield bandwagon by not only sponsoring the U.K. artists' U.S. tour, but using it as a venue to promote its various music initiatives. First off, Verizon customers who download any Bedingfield ...

  24. 'Comes With' Some Advice For Raking In More Revenue

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sometimes the future flashes before your eyes. But at the MIPTV confab last week, the next couple of years of mobile film and video landed in my ear. A well-informed mobile industry executive who wishes to remain anonymous told me on the hush that ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Madonna Plots NYC Webcast, Social Network

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna will celebrate her new album, "Hard Candy," with an intimate April 30 show at New York's Roseland Ballroom. The performance will be cybercast live on MSN Music in Concert in the U.S. and on May 15 internationally. Verizon cu ...

  27. Babasonicos Goes Mobile

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in Latin America, a major act -- Argentine rock group Babasónicos -- has released its new album exclusively in mobile format prior to its brick and mortar release. The mobile release of "Mucho" was made posible via a d ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Mariah, Madonna Make Billboard Chart History

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading ladies, Mariah Carey and Madonna, leapfrog over Elvis Presley in the Billboard charts record book this week. As expected, Mariah Carey moves past Elvis Presley and into sole possession of second place for most No. 1s in the rock era, a ...

  30. Bad Boy, Mariah And Madonna: What A Week!

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bad Boy act Day26 replaces labelmate Danity Kane atop the Billboard 200, marking the first time Diddy's label has scored back-to-back No. 1 albums ... Panic at the Disco's new set, "Pretty. Odd.," settles for the runner-up slot ...

  31. Viva Vision, Univision Movil Sign U.S. Deal

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile entertainment provider Viva Vision and Univision Movil are partnering to develop content for U.S. consumers. The companies' first initiative uses Viva Vision's slideshow application to display still images from Univision's li ...

  32. House Subcommittee Passes IP Bill

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A House Judiciary Subcommittee late last week passed a bill intended to strengthen the government's intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others had int ...

  33. Florida AG Cracks Down On Ringtone Companies

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it usually is. AT&T Mobility is just the first of several wireless operators fined by the Florida Attorney General's office as part of a massive crackdown on fraudulent ringtone compan ...

  34. Will.i.am: Mobile Music Is The Future

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The mobile industry, not the record business, will create the next wave of music superstars, according to Black Eyed Peas founder Will.i.am. Speaking at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen production for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, powere ...

  35. MWC Debates DRM

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digital rights management debate moved to the mobile space today, as delegates at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona heard Larry Moores, senior VP global product management for Real Networks, call for DRM-free music to be made more wi ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Touring Briefs: Def Leppard, Live Nation, Spice Girls

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- As part of its upcoming world tour, British rock act Def Leppard will perform 19 dates in North America, beginning March 27 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C., and wrapping April 26 at the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, ...

  38. Live365 Goes Mobile

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Internet radio outfit Live365 is now streaming on mobile phones. The service is limited to Internet-connected handsets running Windows Mobile. Several models of such smartphones are available on operators like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizo ...

  39. Sponsorships Take Center Stage At Touring Confab

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sponsorship deals have become an increasingly important revenue source for touring artists, a group of panelists agreed today (Nov. 15) at the Billboard Touring Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. When Blackberry linked with John Mayer ...

  40. Plugged And Unplugged

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Plugged: Google's Android operating system plan for mobile phones is a much-needed step to opening up the mobile environment. Not saying it's gonna be successful, but I applaud both the idea and the effort. Details are still pretty thin ...

  41. 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& ...

  42. Beyonce-Phone Among New Devices Hitting The Market

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A host of new multimedia mobile phones are poised to hit retail shelves, just in time for the holiday sales season. Just a week after Verizon unveiled a touch-screen iPhone competitor as part of its fall device lineup, Sprint pulled the curtain ba ...

  43. Conjunto Primavera Reveals Secret During Mexican Summit

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The secret to Conjunto Primavera's 30-year career was revealed today during a Q&A with Billboard's Leila Cobo at the Billboard Regional Mexican Summit, held at Los Angeles' Universal Hilton. The answer? A commitment to live perf ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. AT&T, eMusic Partner On Full-Song Mobile Downloads

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Wireless unveiled its first over-the-air, full-song music download service today (July 31) through a partnership with eMusic. Unlike rival wireless operators Sprint and Verizon, AT&T is not launching its own branded services, keeping ...

  47. Amp'd Shutting Service, Virgin Mobile Preps IPO

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two wireless operators shared a similar business plan. One is preparing for a lucrative IPO, the other has gone bankrupt and is selling off assets. Bad news first. Amp'd Mobile is planning to shut down its service Tuesday. The company, which ...

  48. 'Hairspray' Primping For Second Movie Date

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT I love "Hairspray." I loved John Waters' 1988 film. I loved the Broadway show. So I couldn't be happier that the first movie, which inspired the musical, has inspired another movie. The stage play and the upcoming film musical ...

  49. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Anybody read Doonesbury this week? The comic strip is taking on the music industry's problems. If you're behind on the plot, check it out from the beginning at the main Doonesbury site on Slate.com . In it, occasional character ...

  50. Akon Apologizes For Dirty Dance Onstage

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Akon, under fire for doing a sexually explicit dance onstage with a 14-year-old girl, has offered an apology to the teen and anyone else who was offended by the display. Akon, whose hits include "Don't Matter," "I Wanna Love Yo ...

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