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  1. Ask The Pros: CAA's Cara Lewis, Clear Channel's Tom Poleman, Virgin Mobile FreeFest/9:30 Club's Seth Hurwitz on Robin Thicke’s Touring Prospects

    September 06, 2013 8:06 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s monster summer hit “Blurred Lines” may finally be  slowing down at radio , but its success has created numerous live performance opportunities that probably wouldn’t have existed if the single hadn’t dominated airwaves in recent m ...

  2. Virgin Mobile FreeFest Announce Line-Up with Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Robin Thicke

    July 29, 2013 5:08 AM EDT Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Robin Thicke are among the big names confirmed to perform at the Sept. 21 Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the telecoms group’s charitable initiative focused on ending youth homelessness. Other artists confirmed to the multi-sta ...

  3. Backbeat: The Warner Sound's Third Night at SXSW, No Slow Down in Sight

    March 15, 2013 5:54 PM EDT Wayne Coyne was perhaps even more excited about seeing Justin Timberlake on Saturday than he was playing his own showcase. The lead Flaming Lip sat down for an interview with Billboard before playing 2002’s Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots in it ...

  4. The Bizarre Dance of the Unlimited iPhone Data Plan Gets Even Weirder

    September 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT Apple and every cellphone provider that sells the iPhone 5 are over the moon this Monday morning, as the new iPhone set new sales records -- even as its ship date gets pushed back to accommodate the flood of interest from consumers. People simply ...

  5. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  6. Virgin Mobile FreeFest Charity Concert With Jack White, Skrillex, Nas Sells Out In Record Time

    August 28, 2012 1:24 PM EDT Tickets to Virgin Mobile's FreeFest, Virgin Mobile's charitable initiative focused on ending youth homelessness, has sold-out in a record two minutes. In order to obtain free concert tickets fans have to volunteer time at homeless youth ...

  7. Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench Win Big at MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 18, 2012 6:04 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen may be the new Sheepdogs -- the Canadian artist on the lips of everyone this year. The newly crowned U.S. chart-topper who signed with Scooter Braun's School Boy Records after Justin Bieber heard "Call Me Maybe" dur ...

  8. Spotify to Launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday

    May 21, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Spotify will launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday, giving the leading on-demand music service its first presence outside Europe and the United States and its 14th and 15th overall markets. The service's catalog will have 16 million tra ...

  9. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: Lady Gaga

    January 26, 2012 9:18 PM EST No. 84 Lady Gaga Artist Twitter: @ladygaga Social's Mother Monster... As her record 18.4 million Twitter followers can attest, Lady Gaga has turned the idea of social marketing on its head. The provocateur/innovator isn't simply a pop ar ...

  11. The Year In Branding: Top Tours And Festivals Got Closer With Sponsors This Year

    December 08, 2011 8:40 AM EST The Foo Fighters playing fans' personal garages on behalf of BlackBerry. Weezer rerecording the jingle of State Farm, its Memories tour sponsor. Lady Gaga calling a fan every night from the stage through Virgin Mobile. The abundance of such c ...

  12. Twitter, SoundTracking, Ticketfly, Slacker, Shazam and More on the Socialization of Music @ Billboard FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 7:37 PM EST Left to right: CEO of Ticketfly Andrew Dreskin, SVP of Strategic Development at Slacker Jack Isquith, Director of Consumer Marketing at Shazam Jeff Roberto, COO at RevrbNation, Jed Carlson and VP of Client Services at Moontoast, Tim Putnam at the ...

  13. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  14. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  15. Backbeat: Cee-Lo Green, Richard Branson Tend Bar @ Virgin Mobile FreeFest

    September 12, 2011 5:26 PM EDT Virgin Mobile FreeFest attracted some 50,000 fans to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on Saturday, September 10. This year's line-up featured 20 bands on three stages including, Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green, TV on th ...

  16. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  17. The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green Lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest Bill

    July 11, 2011 12:08 AM EDT The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green, TV on the Radio, Patti Smith, Empire of the Sun, and Cut Copy are among the acts booked for the third annual Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a free music festival set for Sept. 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion i ...

  18. Google Acquires Pushlife Streaming Service, A Sign of Momentum or Struggle?

    April 11, 2011 12:09 PM EDT Google last week acquired another mobile content streaming service, this time in the form of Pushlife. The company's service allows users to stream their iTunes libraries to mobile devices. It also allows mobile operators to give their subscr ...

  19. U2, Lady Gaga, Metallica, Swift Take Top Honors At Billboard Touring Awards

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2, Lady Gaga, Metallica and Taylor Swift capped off huge touring years by taking home the major awards at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, held tonight (Nov. 4) at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Rush and Jack Johnson were also honore ...

  20. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out in New York on Nov. 4. The awards - which honor artists, tours, venues, and li ...

  21. M.I.A., LCD, Pavement, Ludacris Lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest Bill

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Pavement, T.I., and Ludacris are among the acts booked at this year’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a free music festival set for Sept. 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The announcement was made this morning by ...

  22. Live Nation Merger Effect: Ticketfly Signs Largest Deal To Date

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., has inked an online ticketing and marketing deal with Ticketfly. The deal marks the largest venue contract to date for the upstart ticketing company, which also handles ticketing for 9:30 Club in Washin ...

  23. Reaction To Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Anschutz Entertainment Group CEO Tim Leiweke said the concessions attached to the DOJ approval of the merger will "enhance our ability to compete effectively in the ticketing, venue operation and live event promotion businesses,” in a prepare ...

  24. Promoter Exits V Fest Down Under

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The future of Australia's V Festival is unclear after Australian promoter Michael Coppel Presents (MCP) severed its ties with the annual music event. MCP had worked with Virgin Group on the previous three editions. However, the Melbourne-base ...

  25. Virgin Mobile Sponsors Sydney Metro Theatre

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile is bolstering its brand within Australia's live space through a headline sponsorship agreement for the Sydney Metro Theatre. The central Sydney venue will now become the Virgin Mobile Metro, its owners Century Venues revealed to ...

  26. Comscore Ranks Sony Music Web Properties At No. 10

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment's Web properties now rank at No. 10 among worldwide online music destinations, according to from Web traffic monitoring firm Comscore. In June of this year, the combined network of artist Web sites collectively gained ...

  27. Infante Classics Offered As Ringtones

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Songs from legendary singer-actor Pedro Infante's classic Mexican movies are now available as ringtones via publisher CDA Group and Agave Mobile. Fifteen movie song clips by Infante are distributed by Mexican carrier TelCel, whose Ideas TelCe ...

  28. Blink-182, Weezer To Headline Free Virgin Fest

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After months of speculation about the fate of the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival, organizers have made an announcement that should please music fans who've felt the economic pinch of the recession: this year's event is free. With headliners ...

  29. Study: Music Sponsorships To Hit New High In 2009

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT North American-based companies will spend $1.08 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in 2009, a 3.8% increase from the $1.04 billion spent last year, according to IEG Sponsorship Report, which tracks money spent on sponsorships. In ...

  30. Festival Season Starts With Optimism Despite Economic Challenges

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the summer music festival season just around the corner, leading international festival producers insist that the difficult economic climate isn't putting a serious crimp on business, with key promoters reporting that ticket sales are on ...

  31. Virgin Media Announces Massive Job Cuts

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. ISP and cable TV provider Virgin Media is to cut over 2,200 employees by 2012 to "significantly improve the efficiency of the business," according to a company statement. The Hampshire-based company, which supplies broadband, cable ...

  32. Dell Wraps Festival Promo Ahead Of Possible Player Launch

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival at the end of September, sandwiched between a stage and a small recycling center, stood a white dome decorated with colorful cloud patterns. Inside the air-conditioned structure, visitors could get cu ...

  33. V Festival Launches South African Edition

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Group has confirmed the launch of the V Festival brand in South Africa, as originally revealed in Billboard's July 12 issue. Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic will all appear. Known as Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, the event wil ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Virgin Mobile Fest Lets Fans 'Book the Band'

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Virgin Mobile Festival, a 40-act two-day event set for August 9 and 10 in Baltimore, will for the second year in a row have fans vote for which of five up and coming bands should have a slot during the show. The five bands are: Automatic Lovel ...

  36. Burger King Gets Into the Ringtone Business

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Burger King is subsidizing ringtones of Warner Music Group artists on Virgin Mobile phones in an effort to reach more tech savvy consumers, the company said. Ringtones will be priced at $1.00, substantially less than the $2.50 most Virgin Mobile r ...

  37. Roger Waters, MMJ Close Coachella 2008

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the help of pyrotechnic blasts and a large inflatable pig, Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters closed the ninth annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival last night (April 27), with a set that included Pink Floyd classics "Mother,& ...

  38. Dylan, Iggy, Berry Join Virgin Fest

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Iggy & The Stooges, Paramore, Chuck Berry (backed by the Silver Beats), the Black Keys and Wilco will join previously announced headliners Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots for the 3rd A ...

  39. Roger Waters, MMJ Close Coachella 2008

    April 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the help of pyrotechnic blasts and a large inflatable pig, Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters closed the ninth annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival last night (April 27), with a set that included Pink Floyd classics "Mother,& ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Virgin Mobile Enters India

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Indian music industry is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Virgin Mobile, which launched here on March 2. "It's still early to say what impact Virgin Mobile will have on mobile music here," comments Savio D'Souza, gener ...

  43. IDJ, Flycell Partner For Mobile Service

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has launched the first-ever label-centric mobile subscription service in a deal with mobile and online media company Flycell. IDJ Mobile will offer subscribers exclusive online and mobile content, including ringtones, gr ...

  44. Muse To Headline U.K.'s V Fest

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Muse will give their sole European festival performance this summer at Britain's V Festival, organizers said today. The alternative rock trio is the first act confirmed to the line-up for this year's Virgin Mobile-sponsored fest, which w ...

  45. Aiden Wins Virgin Mobile's 'Book The Band' Contest

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock act Aiden has been selected by MTV2 "Book the Band" viewers to perform at Baltimore's Virgin Festival, set for Aug. 4-5 at Pimlico Race Course. The Seattle-based band will open day two of the festival. Aiden received nearly 420 ...

  46. Amp'd Mobile files For Chapter 11

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Startup wireless operator Amp'd Mobile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Friday, unable to meet payments due on almost $100 million of debt. The company, which launched service in December of 2005, does not own its own network but instead ...

  47. Festival Money

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The relationship between agents and talent buyers is a bit of a chess game, with the fact that talent is the commodity in question bringing its own dynamic to the traditional sales equation. Call it the favor factor. "In our business everybod ...

  48. Virgin Fest Beefs-Up Bill

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile in Baltimore, Md., has added a string of performers. Modest Mouse, Velvet Revolver, Wu Tang Clan, Cheap Trick, the Fratellis, Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini, the Crystal Method, 311, Incubus, Chris Cornell, Ben Ha ...

  49. Deftones, Zero 7, Lil' Boosie Back Virgin Initiative

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Virgin Mobile's RE*Generation social initiative focusing on at-risk youth and homeless teens gained the support of artists the Deftones, Lil' Boosie and Zero 7, who have agreed to donate the royalties of their ringtone sales on the Virgi ...

  50. Killer Bill Revealed For U.K.'s V Fest

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Double Brit Award-winners The Killers, crowd-favorites the Foo Fighters and Snow Patrol, the band behind last year's biggest-selling album title in Britain, are among the heavyweight performers booked for this year's V Festival. The 12th ...

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