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  1. Add Hip-Hop To 'Rock Band' Thanks To Snoop Dogg

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rap and rock will collide once again - this time in a video game. Fans of the hit game "Rock Band" will get a chance to jam to some hip-hop, thanks to Snoop Dogg. He's the first rap artist to be featured in the video game, which alr ...

  2. Business Matters: Android Vs. iPhone, Radiohead, DMCA Takedowns and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHO'S WINNING THE SMARTPHONE WARS -- Google’s Android operating system has 27% of recent smartphone owners and now accounts for 13% of all smartphones. In the last six months, however, Android has accounted for 33% of new smartphones. And Nie ...

  3. 'Glee' Leads Emmy Nominations with 19 Bids

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Fox's "Glee" leads the Emmy nominations for primetime series on Thursday morning with 19, music from "Lost" and "Saturday Night Live" also earned nods, while "American Idol" and "The 25th A ...

  4. The Who Eying Spring 2011 'Quadrophenia' Tour

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Who are hoping to hit the road again in 2011, with "a new show," according to singer Roger Daltrey, or possibly a retooled stage presentation of the group's 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia." "We're just working ...

  5. Stars Turn Out For Lucian Grainge Farewell

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music biz said goodbye to Universal Music Group kingpin Lucian Grainge last night (June 16) at a star-studded "bon voyage" party in London. Executives and artists gathered at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in West London to see off ...

  6. Veteran Booking Agent Barbara Skydel Dies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Barbara Skydel, a veteran New York booking agent has died, Billboard has confirmed. The cause of her death and age were unknown at press time. Skydel began her career in the music business in 1968 as the assistant to pioneering agent Frank Barsalo ...

  7. Rock Photographer Jim Marshall Dies

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music photographer Jim Marshall, who spent more than a half-century capturing rock-and-roll legends including the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin at work and in repose, has died. He was 74. Marshall's death in New York City was confirmed ...

  8. Eddie Vedder Guests At Who London Show

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder made a surprise guest appearance at The Who's concert in London, last night (Mar. 30). Vedder joined the legendary British band onstage at London's Royal Albert Hall venue as they performed their 1973 conc ...

  9. TiVo: Super Bowl Plays Trumped Ads

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The five biggest Super Bowl moments outscored the five biggest ads Sunday, when measured by audience spikes and how many folks using TiVo rewound the action to watch it again. TiVo said Monday that the top moment of Super Bowl XLIV was Tracy Porte ...

  10. The Who Rock Super Bowl Halftime With Hits Medley

    February 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Iconic British rock act the Who took the stage for the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show in Miami and delivered a solid if expected medley classic rock hits. Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, the two surviving members of the original ...

  11. Carrie Underwood Set For The Super Bowl

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Carrie Underwood is going to the Super Bowl - and she'll be singing the national anthem. The country superstar from Checotah, Okla., won't be alone in singing America's praises. Queen Latifah will perform "America the Beautiful ...

  12. The Who Reveals Super Bowl Set List

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Who's Pete Townshend, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, has revealed that the band's upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance will feature a "compact medley" of their signature classic-rock anthems. "We're ...

  13. Suede To Reform For Charity Show

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. rock act Suede is to reform for what is described as a one-off performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, as part of the annual series of concerts in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The show will take place in March, with the date to be ...

  14. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax To Tour Together

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Heavy metal's Big Four -- Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax -- will ride together in 2010. In Europe, at least. After weeks of rumors, the four bands have announced they'll take part in the traveling Sonisphere festival, starting J ...

  15. The Who Confirmed For Super Bowl

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Who will perform at half-time of the Super Bowl this season. The NFL confirmed during Thursday's (Nov. 26) game between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys that the veteran rock band will play Feb. 7 at Landshark Stadium in Miami, form ...

  16. Wines That Rock Launches First Three Varietals

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Wines That Rock, a partnership between rock business managers RZO and the Mendocino Wine Company, has launched its first three rock'n'roll varietals: Forty Licks Merlot, Woodstock Chardonnay and The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvign ...

  17. Report: The Who To Perform At Super Bowl

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST According to a report, the Who will perform at Super Bowl XLIV, marking their first performance in North America since 2008. SI.com reports that the veteran U.K. band will take the stage during the halftime show of the 2010 National Football Leagu ...

  18. Wolfgang's Vault Opening Entire Concert Catalog

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Wolfgang's Vault, which has amassed the largest collection of licensed streaming live recordings on the Internet, is about to make a treasure trove of those concerts available for downloading. Beginning Nov. 3, the site will add more than 1,0 ...

  19. Robbie Williams To Open BBC Electric Proms

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Robbie Williams will open the BBC Electric Proms event at London's Roundhouse on Oct. 20. Williams will be accompanied by a string section, horn section and full band as he performs songs from his back catalog and comeback alb ...

  20. Smokey Robinson To Play BBC Electric Proms

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soul legend Smokey Robinson will perform at the BBC's five-day Electric Proms festival in London next month, along with U.K. indie-rock act Doves and rapper Dizzee Rascal. The event runs Oct. 20-24. Now in its fourth year, the festival return ...

  21. Concert Industry Vet Sean LaRoche Dies

    July 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sean LaRoche, concert industry veteran, died July 15 in Ocala, Fla., after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 71. LaRoche grew up in New York and attended Yale University before dropping out to pursue a career in the entertainment business. H ...

  22. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a ...

  23. New National Recording Registry Entries Announced

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Twenty five culturally significant recordings — including a radio broadcast of Marian Anderson's recital at the Lincoln Memorial, Dylan Thomas reading of "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and Winston Churchill'a speech that ...

  24. BBC Worldwide Bolsters Music Portfolio

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide has increased its catalog of BBC rock and pop output and archive programming, a move which the broadcaster's commercial arm says has led to a "surge" in international music program sales. According to a statement, a &q ...

  25. Woodstock Co-founder Seeking Sponsors For 2009 Festival

    March 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Lang said plans for a 40th anniversary Woodstock concert are "all speculative ideas" for now, but he hopes to bring them to reality this summer. The Woodstock co-founder told Billboard.biz that his vision is "a free event... ...

  26. The Who Backs Australian Bushfire Relief Effort

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Who and Australian promoter Andrew McManus Presents are throwing financial support behind the bushfire relief efforts in Victoria. AMP has issued a special new $125 Australian ($82) ticket for the veteran British rock act's closing concer ...

  27. Legendary Rock Opera To Have Theatre Debut

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rock opera Quadrophenia, created by the Who's Pete Townshend, has been adapted into a stage production for the first time and will hit theatres in the U.K. from May 9. Staged in association with Industrial Language Ltd, the production has bee ...

  28. Nederlander To Exclusively Book San Jose Venue

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nederlander Concerts has struck a deal with Team San Jose for the former to be the exclusive talent booker for the 3,000-seat Civic Auditorium in San Jose, Calif. "I've always had an interest in [San Jose] because of the lack of attentio ...

  29. Hewitt, Silva Extend Hollywood Bowl Deal Through 2011

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Longtime concert promoters Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva Presents have negotiated a deal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to continue producing summer concerts at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl through 2011. Financial terms of the ag ...

  30. Industry Vet Gary Kurfirst Dies At 61

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Gary Kurfirst, who managed such acts as the Ramones, B-52's, Eurythmics, Jane's Addiction and the Talking Heads, died Jan. 13 while on vacation in the Bahamas. He was 61. The cause of his death was unknown at deadline. Kurfirst began his ...

  31. Kennedy Center Honors Streisand, The Who

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back. Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, was a guest Sunday at the White House just before one of Washington's few A-list ...

  32. Australian Live Biz Booms

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australia's live sector has enjoyed boom times of late, according to the annual report issued this week by Live Performance Australia, the national trade association for live entertainment and the performing arts industry. The live business, ...

  33. Booker T. And The MGs Join Musicians Hall Of Fame

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Duane Eddy picked his rumbling "Peter Gunn" instrumental and Rolling Stone Keith Richards jammed with The Crickets on "Not Fade Away" as a host of musicians and producers were honored during the Musicians Hall of Fame ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Coldplay Win At Q Awards

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay won a pair of Q awards at the London ceremony, while there were also honors for veteran artists John Mellencamp and Glen Campbell. The U.K. melodic rock band won best album this afternoon (Oct. 6) at the Grosvenor House Hotel for “Viva La ...

  36. Oasis To Close Electric Proms Fest

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Oasis has been confirmed to play the final night of the BBC Electric Proms at London Roundhouse on Oct. 26. The band will be accompanied by the 50-piece Crouch End Festival Chorus for the closing show of the five-day festival, which ...

  37. Jones, Streisand, Townshend, Daltrey Nab Kennedy Honors

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT George Jones and Barbra Streisand, as well as Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who, will receive the Kennedy Center Honors for 2008. Actor Morgan Freeman and choreographer Twyla Tharp will also be honored. "With their extraordinary gen ...

  38. Jay-Z To Open Renovated Hollywood Palladium

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After undergoing renovations for more than a year, the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles will open its doors Oct. 15 with a concert by Jay-Z. The rapper will be backed by a 12-piece band. The 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium has been shuttered ...

  39. Alicia Keys Snubs Out Cigarette Branding

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Philip Morris International has pulled down billboards and posters promoting an Alicia Keys concert Thursday in Indonesia's capital after the singer protested the cigarette company's sponsorship. The logo and slogans of A Mild cigarettes ...

  40. Top Rock Acts Gear Up For VH1's Who Tribute

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Learning covers for VH1's "Rock Honors" tribute to the Who has been a labor of love for many of the participants, including Pearl Jam, the Flaming Lips and Incubus. The event, which tapes tomorrow (July 12) at UCLA's Pauley Pav ...

  41. In The City Confirms Keynotes

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Britain’s In The City music conference have signed up rock photographer Kevin Cummins and film-maker Dick Carruthers as keynote interviewees. The annual conference, which was established in 1992 by the late Factory Records founder To ...

  42. Pearl Jam, Foos, Lips To Salute The Who On VH1

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Flaming Lips have signed on to perform at VH1's third annual "Rock Honors," which this year will salute the Who. The event will be held July 12 at Los Angeles' Pauley Pavilion and air five days later ...

  43. Bill Graham Foundation To Host N.Y. Benefit

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In memory of the legendary concert promoter who helped revolutionize the modern day live entertainment business, the San Francisco-based Bill Graham Memorial Foundation is holding its first East Coast benefit concert May 27 at the Fillmore New Yor ...

  44. Wombats Burrow Into Royal Albert Hall

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall is canvassing new and breaking artists to perform on its famous stage. The distinctive venue in west London is launching an initiative this week, entitled the Albert Sessions, which enables bands to perf ...

  45. CBS Outlines Programming, Online Strategy

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Britney Spears first guest starred on CBS's "How I Met Your Mother" on March 24, 9.7 million viewers watched her live. Thanks to the efforts of CBS Interactive - as detailed at the network's Upfront presentation at Carnegi ...

  46. Fuller In Frame For MMF Award

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Simon Fuller will be the recipient of the prestigious Peter Grant Award when the Music Managers Forum hosts its annual Roll of Honour dinner this Wednesday at the Intercontinental Hotel in London. The British entrepreneur who created the "Ido ...

  47. Ticketmaster Acquires SLO Limited, Inc.

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster has acquired the assets of SLO Limited, Inc., a company that provides VIP ticketing services for concerts and special events. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. SLO Limited delivers premium seats on behalf of its touring ...

  48. Sony BMG U.K. Names Curran COO

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing veteran Paul Curran has been appointed COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. and Ireland, with effect from May 1. In his new role, Curran will report to the music major's U.K. chairman and CEO Ged Doherty. Until now, Curra ...

  49. Touring Biz Veteran Kapp Dies

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Kapp, who spent nearly 40 years working in the concert industry, died yesterday (April 21) of a suspected heart attack at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57. Prior to his death, Kapp, who is credited for helping develop the concept of nation ...

  50. VH1 To Honor The Who

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" event will celebrate The Who, with the airing of a tribute concert taped at Pauley Pavilion on UCLA's campus. Those participating in the concert have yet to be revealed by VH1; however, the cable n ...

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