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  1. Who Tickets From Canceled 1979 Show Are Valid for Current Tour

    July 19, 2012 4:52 PM EDT Fans still holding tickets for a canceled 1979 show in Rhode Island by British rock band The Who can finally use them. The Who's 1979 concert in Providence was canceled by then-Mayor Buddy Cianci, who cited safety concerns after a stampede be ...

  2. Philadelphia Freedom

    July 18, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Sitting in his corner office at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Peter Luukko is at home in the epicenter of Philly good times, with a view of the world. Luukko is president/COO of sports and entertainment giant Comcast-­Spectacor and chair ...

  3. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' (Plus Hits) Tour

    July 18, 2012 4:30 PM EDT The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date romp through North Amer ...

  4. Grooveshark Wins DMCA Argument in Universal Dispute

    July 11, 2012 12:52 PM EDT It's not a secret that Universal Music isn't much of a fan of Grooveshark, the music discovery service that streams over a billion songs every month. The record giant has been pursuing several court actions against the company, including ...

  5. Howie Richmond, Co-Founder of Songwriters Hall of Fame, Dies

    June 01, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Howie Richmond, a giant in music publishing since the 1940s, died May 20 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 94. Richmond began his career in the music industry in 1935, working in publicity, before founding publishing company Cromwell Music in 1949 a ...

  6. Devo's Gerald Casale Talks Licensing, 360 Deals and Syncs: 'The System Has to Get Better'

    May 10, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Gerald V. Casale, co-founder and chief strategist of the seminal new wave band Devo, has more experience than most when it comes to the ins and outs of the music rights licensing market. As co-writer of many of Devo's songs - including consis ...

  7. Universal U.K Partners With Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green Clothing Label To Open Virtual 'Shop-Front' Record Stores

    May 08, 2012 11:02 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is taking an innovative approach to boosting its sales of vinyl product. Launching May 24, the label is to partner with British fashion company Pretty Green - the clothing label and retail chain set up by former Oasis, now Bea ...

  8. How Train Came to Bottle a Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah

    May 03, 2012 6:30 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Backstage with the rock band Train before a performance at San Francisco's hallowed Great American Music Hall may not be quite what you expect from a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum group. What's missing from the dre ...

  9. British Pubs To Rock Even Harder: Why the U.K. Live Music Act Matters

    April 19, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Victory Lap: Musician Bernard Butler, Lord Tim Clement-Jones, UK Music Chairman Andy Heath, singer Martina Topley-Bird, UK Music CEO Jo Dipple and MU General Secretary John Smith at a reception to celebrate the passing of the UK's Live Music ...

  10. Grammy Museum Opens First Ever Heavy Metal Exhibit

    April 12, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Slayer's Marshall stacks greet visitors coming up form the ground floor. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Prior to the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show yesterday (April 12), the Grammy Museum opened its first-ever heavy metal exhibit, "Golden Gods: Th ...

  11. Jim Marshall, Famed Founder of Marshall Amps, Dead at 88

    April 05, 2012 10:02 AM EDT Jimi Hendrix (left) with Noel Redding performing live onstage filming German TV Show 'Beat Club' in 1967 with Marshall amplifiers. ( Photo by Bob Baker/Redferns) LONDON (AP) -- Ears still ringing from the 1960s? Jim Marshall might be to ...

  12. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  13. Sugarland Attorneys: Injured Ind. Fans Share Blame

    February 21, 2012 8:00 PM EST Attorneys for country duo Sugarland said concertgoers were at least partly to blame for injuries suffered in a stage collapse, drawing a sharp reaction from fans Tuesday and prompting the band's manager to issue a statement criticizing the fi ...

  14. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

  15. Roger Daltrey Cancels Australian Tour, Sherbert's Clive Shakespeare Dies

    February 16, 2012 3:00 PM EST Sherbet Guitarist Clive Shakespeare Dies Clive Shakespeare, lead guitarist and founding member of Australian '70s glam-rockers Sherbet, has lost his battle with cancer. Shakespeare passed away Feb. 15, aged 62. Shakespeare originally formed t ...

  16. Billboard Power 100: Lucian Grainge

    January 26, 2012 10:28 PM EST No. 3 Lucian Grainge Chairman/CEO Universal Music Group Chieftain of the Largest Major-Label Group... After flattening the competition in Europe, then-Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge was anointed in 2010 by Vivendi ...

  17. Publishing Briefs: Pete Townshend Signs Over Interest in Songs, TuneSat Tracks Unlicensed Multimedia Content

    January 25, 2012 10:15 AM EST Spirit Music Acquires Pete Townshend Catalog Spirit Music Group has purchased Pete Townshend's interest in his entire song catalog, and will partner with the legendary rocker in strengthening Townshend's/The Who's brand on a global ...

  18. Spirit Music Signs Deal With Pete Townshend, The Who to Acquire Catalog

    January 24, 2012 6:35 PM EST Pete Townshend has struck a deal with Spirit Music Group that gives the publishing company Townshend entire interest in his solo material and his material with The Who, including mega-tracks "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Behind Bl ...

  19. Sire's Top 100 Hits

    January 21, 2012 11:35 PM EST Sire's Top 100 Hits ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ens ...

  20. Business Matters: SoundExchange Royalties Smaller Than Downloads, Bigger Than Subscriptions

    January 18, 2012 6:26 PM EST Subscription Services Get All The Attention, Pay Artists Less Than Webcasts SoundExchange made 18,000 payments totaling $89.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. That brought its 2011 distributions to $292 million, an increase of 17 percent fro ...

  21. This Week in Music History: Bing Crosby Got Runover By A Grandma; Virgin Megastore's 10-Year Plan

    December 19, 2011 12:13 PM EST : Bing Crosby Got Run Over By A Grandma Billboard, Dec. 21, 1985, page 57 Which holiday favorite tops the Billboard Christmas singles chart in the Dec. 19, 1985 issue? In a shocking turn of events, it isn't Bing Crosby's traditional ...

  22. Ethan Johns, Kings of Leon Producer, Joins Atlantic Records UK A&R

    December 09, 2011 10:07 AM EST Ethan Johns, the acclaimed producer of Kings of Leon's first three albums, has joined the U.K. team of Atlantic Records in an A&R capacity. Effective immediately, the partnership will see Johns source and nurture artists that will be sign ...

  23. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  24. Don DeVito, Grammy-Winning Producer and Longtime Columbia A&R Exec, Dead at 72

    November 28, 2011 4:55 PM EST Don DeVito clowning with Johnny Cash in an undated photo (Photo courtesy Columbia Records) Don DeVito, a Grammy-winning producer and A&R exec whose 40-year career was astonishingly spent at the same label, Columbia Records, died in New York on ...

  25. Ken Russell, 'Tommy' Director, Dead at 84

    November 28, 2011 11:51 AM EST LONDON (AP) -- Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The ico ...

  26. Adele, Keith Urban, John Mayer: Why Are So Many Singers Having Surgery?

    November 09, 2011 6:55 PM EST It seems every week brings word of another music star going in for throat surgery. In early October, Adele said she was canceling all appearances through 2011 to undergo laser microsurgery to repair a hemorrhaged vocal cord. Two weeks later, John ...

  27. Chart Moves: Flo Rida Feeling 'Good' on Hot 100; She & Him Debuts Christmas Album

    November 03, 2011 2:07 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported, Rihanna rises to her 11th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, ascends 2-1. Rihanna is just the seventh artist in the Hot 100's 53-year history t ...

  28. Backbeat: AraabMUZIK Talks Electro Aspirations While Working with 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes Amidst SBTRKT Masks

    November 02, 2011 8:00 AM EDT The costumed crowd awaits AraabMUZIK's arrival. (Photo: Jason Lipshutz) Costumed concertgoers predictably filled New York's Bowery Ballroom at the Halloween SBTRKT/AraabMUZIK show on Monday night (Oct. 31), as techno fans dressed as conv ...

  29. Pete Townshend Calls iTunes 'a Digital Vampire'

    November 01, 2011 8:45 AM EDT In remarks that seemed oddly timed for Halloween, the Who's Pete Townshend said iTunes "bleeds [artists' works] like a digital vampire" at the inaugural BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture. The rocker argued that Apple, whose iTunes ...

  30. John Legend Headlining Australia's 'End of Polio Concert'

    October 28, 2011 3:11 PM EDT Superstar American soul singer John Legend is heading Down Under to show his support for a global campaign that hopes to help wipe-out polio for good. Legend and chart-topping Australian hip hoppers Bliss N Eso will headline this Friday's &qu ...

  31. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives To Go On Sale

    October 17, 2011 8:00 PM EDT The day before it reveals its 27th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011, Rock Hall and Time Life announced that they have partnered together on two new DVD sets. The first, The Best of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Live,&q ...

  32. Roger Williams, Famed Pianist, Dies at 87

    October 10, 2011 6:42 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Roger Williams, the virtuoso pianist who topped the Billboard pop charts in the 1950s and played for nine U.S. presidents during a long career, died Saturday. He was 87. Williams died at his home in Los Angeles of complications ...

  33. Bert Jansch, British Folk Legend, Dies at 67

    October 05, 2011 11:46 AM EDT He was quiet, modest, uncomfortable in the spotlight - not looking for No. 1 hits or commercial ditties. But when Bert Jansch picked up an acoustic guitar, people listened, often spellbound by his subtle innovation and mastery. Jansch, who died of ...

  34. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Debra Rathwell

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 12 Debra Rathwell Senior VP, AEG Live Website: Aeglive.com Twitter: @aeglivenyc In her role as senior VP for AEG Live, the second-largest promoter in the world, Debra Rathwell acts as both a regional and local promoter in New York and New Jers ...

  35. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Melissa Lonner

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 10 Melissa Lonner NBC News senior entertainment producer, NBCUniversal Website: today.msnbc.msn.com Twitter: @Studio1AMelissa After six-plus years as the music maven at NBC's "Today," Melissa Lonner still gets a rush when she ta ...

  36. Backbeat: Manny's Auctioning Michael Jackson Self-Portrait, Elvis's First Guitar, Rare Beatles Pix

    September 19, 2011 7:20 AM EDT "To Manny, keep one eye closed at all cost," scrawled Bob Dylan on well-known mid-'60s publicity photo in which the squinting singer had one fist pushed up on his smiling face. "Manny" was Manny Goldrich, whose music instr ...

  37. Elaborate Outdoor Concerts Amp Up Safety Concerns, Calls For Regulation

    August 18, 2011 8:27 AM EDT CHICAGO (AP) - When thunderstorms slammed New York's Central Park before this summer's highly anticipated Black Eyed Peas concert, officials made the rare decision to call off the event. Tens of thousands of fans were livid, but safety e ...

  38. Willie Robertson, Music Biz Insurance Pioneer, Remembered

    July 21, 2011 11:16 AM EDT The life of music industry insurance innovator Willie Robertson (67), who died of cancer in London on July 9, is to be celebrated at a London thanksgiving service Oct. 5 Robertson pioneered insurance for touring acts, building a former pariah sect ...

  39. Jane Scott, Legendary Cleveland Rock Critic, Dead at 92

    July 05, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Jane Scott, a rock music critic who followed everyone from the Beatles to Britney Spears during a long career that continued into her 80s, has died. She was 92. The Plain Dealer, where Scott worked for a half-century, reported that a niece, Linda ...

  40. Carole King To Write 'Natural Woman' Memoir

    June 14, 2011 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK - Rock `n' roll songwriter Carole King has a book deal. The 69-year-old King has signed with Grand Central Publishing for a memoir named after one of her most famous songs, "Natural Woman." The publisher announced Monday th ...

  41. Gregg Allman Is Latest Rocker to Announce Memoir

    May 20, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Gregg Allman, frontman for the legendary Allman Brothers Band, has signed with William Morrow to bring his untitled memoir to print in spring 2012. Rock memoirs have been a hot category for publishers the last several years. The announcement comes ...

  42. Music Industry Responds to Steve Stoute's NYT Ad Critical of Grammys

    February 23, 2011 7:28 AM EST Steve Stoute's open letter attacking the Grammy Awards took five days for him to write but had music industry pundits debating within hours of its publication -- and even several days later. Here, a few reactions to his New York Times missive ...

  43. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Tinie Tempah Win Big at Brit Awards

    February 16, 2011 8:47 AM EST Dapper London lads Plan B and Tinie Tempah were popular local winners at the Brit music awards Tuesday, while Arcade Fire followed their surprise Grammys victory with two prizes at the British ceremony. Tempah, a 22-year-old product of London' ...

  44. Bieber and The Who? UMG In Talks With Tommy Hilfiger To Develop Musician Clothing Lines

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger are reportedly in negotiations to develop fashion collections for UMG's artist roster. Hilfiger's Music and Entertainment and Sports Holdings (MESH), formed last year, is planning ...

  45. Disney Denied Appeal of $319 Million In 'Millionaire' Verdict

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST We broke the news on Dec. 8 that the federal judge overseeing the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire trial had tentatively denied Disney's appeal of the massive $319 million jury verdict in favor of producer Celador Intl. Federal judges don't ...

  46. MTV Allegedly Programming More Rock & Roll In 2011

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock is dead? Long live rock. The Who sang it in 1974, but they might have been talking about 2011, at least according to MTV. The cable TV music channel on Monday releases its "2011 Artists to Watch" list of the next big acts in music, ...

  47. Black Eyed Peas To Perform Super Bowl Halftime

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas will be the featured halftime performer at the Super Bowl. The Grammy award-winning group will perform Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium. The announcement was made Thursday (Nov. 25) during the Dallas Cowboys' game against the New ...

  48. U2's Bono, The Edge Talk About Making 'Spider-Man'

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Creating a megamusical is no easy feat, even in the hands of U2 megastars Bono and The Edge. "Easier than we could ever have imagined. Harder than we ever thought," says Bono, resting on a Times Square hotel bed near where "Spider-M ...

  49. Full Coverage: The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Film and TV Music Conference

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have joined forces for the two-day Film and TV Music Conference which runs Oct. 27- 28 in L.A. The event explores the role of music in film and television through roundtable discussions, real time critiques, li ...

  50. Online's Ad Challenge

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the ad world descends on New York for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is "digital." Yet despite the belief that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet, after 15-plus years, has not yet proven it ...

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