1. Huka Begins Layoffs as Pemberton Festival Crisis Continues to Unfold

    May 26, 2017 2:38 PM EDT Huka Entertainment has begun laying off staff as the Pemberton Festival crisis enters its second week, company officials have confirmed to Billboard . "We had layoffs to scale down appropriately," CEO Evan Harrison tells Billboard , addi ...

  2. Billboard's 53 International Power Players Revealed: XL's Richard Russell, the Man Who Signed Adele, Takes the Top Spot

    May 26, 2017 1:17 PM EDT As the $16 billion global music business sees its greatest growth in decades, these 53 executives are driving industry success outside the United States, led by the man who signed Adele , DJ-producer Richard Russell of XL Recordings.   EXECUTIVE O ...

  3. The Oral History of Monterey Pop, Where Jimi Torched His Ax & Janis Became a Star: Art Garfunkel, Steve Miller, Lou Adler & More

    May 26, 2017 11:22 AM EDT The first rock festival happened on June 10 and 11, 1967, on a mountain in Marin County, Calif. The Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival had some great bands ( The Doors , Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band ) and some duff ones ( The ...

  4. Kiss' Manchester Arena Show Canceled in Wake of Bombing

    May 26, 2017 11:06 AM EDT Kiss' May 30 show at Manchester Arena has been canceled in the wake of the suicide bombing of the building after an Ariana Grande concert on May 22. The legendary greasepaint rockers were slated to play the 21,000-seat building as part of the ...

  5. Aerosmith to Continue European Tour After Manchester Attack

    May 25, 2017 4:30 PM EDT Aerosmith 's Joe Perry says the band's European dates will not be canceled in the wake of Monday's deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Perry said he initially thought the band should postpone the tour, ...

  6. BBC Radio Festival Tightens Security After Manchester Bombing

    May 25, 2017 8:48 AM EDT The weekend event in Hull will feature such music stars as Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Rag'n'Bone Man, Rita Ora and The Chainsmokers. The BBC said Thursday (May 25) that Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival will take place "as planned" ...

  7. Live Nation Reportedly Offering Refunds on UK Concerts in Wake of Manchester Attack

    May 25, 2017 8:36 AM EDT Concert-promoter behemoth Live Nation is offering refunds to ticketholders fearful of attending upcoming shows in the UK. Following the  terrorist attack  in Manchester, England at an Ariana Grande show that left 22 dead and dozens more wounded, t ...

  8. Ariana Grande Postpones European Concerts Through June 5

    May 24, 2017 2:12 PM EDT Ariana Grande has postponed her tour through June 5 following the terrorist attack on her concert in Manchester, England on Monday. Her label Republic Records, which is a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group, issued a brief statement to the pre ...

  9. Jenny Hval, Xiu Xiu, Devendra Banhart Announced For Summer Happenings at L.A.'s Broad Museum

    May 23, 2017 5:00 PM EDT The Broad Museum, downtown Los Angeles' contemporary art museum, today announced the line-up for its second annual Summer Happenings performance series which this year will include performances by Jenny Hval, Vaginal Davis, Kembra Pfahler, Xi ...

  10. Take That Concerts at Manchester Arena Postponed Following Attack

    May 23, 2017 2:09 PM EDT Take That 's upcoming three-night stand at the scene of Monday's deadly attack in Manchester has been postponed until further notice. The legendary boy band had been scheduled to play the Manchester Arena on May 25-27. In a statement, ar ...

  11. 'Cash Me Outside' Girl Playing Texas, Florida on Test Tour: 'She's True to Her Brand'

    May 23, 2017 10:45 AM EDT The Florida teen famous for her catchphrase "Cash me outside, how bow dah?" is going on tour, testing the boundaries of her viral fame with two shows that could net the 14-year-old a cool $100,000. Danielle Bregoli is the misbehaving tee ...

  12. Manchester's Parklife Festival to Go On as Planned, With Locals The 1975 Headlining

    May 23, 2017 9:52 AM EDT Parklife, a music festival due to take place in Manchester's Heaton Park on June 10-11, has announced it will carry on as planned despite the deadly explosion Monday night at nearby Manchester Arena. The festival released a statement, saying ...

  13. Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Explosion: Shock, Chaos on the Ground During Aftermath

    May 22, 2017 11:25 PM EDT Immediately following Ariana Grande 's Monday (May 22) night concert in Manchester, England, an explosion in the foyer of the Manchester Arena killed at least 22 and injured 59 around 10:30pm local time. Shortly after that, armed police offic ...

  14. Ariana Grande's Management Team After Manchester Concert: 'Our Hearts Are Broken'

    May 22, 2017 11:24 PM EDT Ariana Grande just broke her silence about the post-concert explosion that left 22 dead and at least 50 injured outside the U.K.'s Manchester Arena, and now her management team has issued a statement to Billboard about the "senseless att ...

  15. Manchester Arena, Site of Deadly Ariana Grande Concert, Is One of the Busiest Venues in the World

    May 22, 2017 10:30 PM EDT The venue at the heart of an explosion outside an Ariana Grande concert that left at least 22 dead and more than 50 injured is one of the top-grossing venues in Europe and host to dozens of major pop concerts annually. Manchester Arena is managed ...

  16. Manchester Arena & Live Nation Respond to 'Senseless Tragedy' at Ariana Grande Concert

    May 22, 2017 8:57 PM EDT Update: The official death toll has risen since this article was first published. Live Nation, Manchester Arena and the British Transport Police have all issued statements after explosions killed at least 22 people and injured 59 at Manchester Are ...

  17. 22 Dead, 59 Injured After Ariana Grande Concert at Manchester Arena

    May 22, 2017 8:14 PM EDT Officials report 22 are dead and 59 injured following explosions at Manchester Arena where an Ariana Grande concert was held on Monday night (May 22).  Greater Manchester Police initially reported 19 deaths less than three hours after explosions w ...

  18. Curtain Falls on Ringling Bros.' 'Greatest Show on Earth' After 146 Years

    May 22, 2017 12:39 PM EDT With laughter, hugs and tears - and the requisite death-defying stunts - the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. "We are, forevermore, the Greatest Show ...

  19. Geiger to Pemberton Organizers: I'm Coming After You

    May 19, 2017 8:29 PM EDT Marc Geiger, a partner and head of music at WME, did not mince words when describing his feelings about the organizers of the now defunct Pemberton festival, which declared bankruptcy Thursday night without issuing refunds to fans. "I want ea ...

  20. MLS Kicks Off Summer Beat Concerts With Mike WiLL Made-It, Robert DeLong

    May 19, 2017 5:41 PM EDT Major League Soccer is unveiling a new platform over Memorial Day Weekend called MLS Summer Beat, celebrating the close connection between soccer fans' passion for music and sports. "We're excited to experiment with this new platfor ...

  21. Canada's Pemberton Festival Files for Bankruptcy With No Refunds for Fans

    May 19, 2017 3:57 PM EDT One of North America's most high-profile music festivals has gone bust and it's not offering refunds to fans who spent hundreds of dollars to buy tickets for the annual event in British Columbia. Visitors to the festival's website w ...

  22. WayHome Festival Offers Free Tickets to Jilted Pemberton, Fyre Attendees

    May 19, 2017 1:54 PM EDT The organizers of Canada's WayHome Music & Arts Festival are offering fans of the just-canceled Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia, as well as the  shambolic Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, one free 2017 full weekend general admis ...

  23. Live Nation Announces $799 Festival Passport

    May 19, 2017 12:19 PM EDT Can you name every festival operated by concert promotion giant/Ticketmaster conglomerate Live Nation? It's most of them. Our live music overlords just announced a new kind of all-access ticket: the "Festival Passport," which grants ...

  24. After Rocky Start, U2 Sorts Out Paperless Ticket Issues on Joshua Tree Tour

    May 18, 2017 6:05 PM EDT Irish rockers U2 seemed to have fixed the ticketing issues that caused confusion and long lines at the first two shows on their Joshua Tree Tour -- problems that stemmed from the band’s efforts to thwart ticket scalpers. In what is one of the bigg ...

  25. Remainder of Soundgarden's Tour Canceled After Chris Cornell's Death, Organizers Pay Tribute

    May 18, 2017 5:42 PM EDT The six dates left on Soundgarden ’s North American tour have been canceled following the death of singer Chris Cornell Wednesday night. The Soundgarden and Audioslave singer is believed to have committed suicide in a hotel room in Detroit, accord ...

  26. Farm Aid Co-Founder John Mellencamp Hosts Premiere of 'Homeplace Under Fire,' Film Profiles Farming Activists

    May 18, 2017 1:05 PM EDT John Mellencamp is taking a brief break from his current Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour to focus on cause he has championed for more than three decades, the fight to save America's family farms. Amid a farm foreclosure crisis in 1985, Mell ...

  27. Urban Outfitters Goes Gaga: Fashion Retailer Will Sell Joanne Tour Merch

    May 18, 2017 11:29 AM EDT Urban Outfitters will be selling merch from Lady Gaga 's upcoming Joanne Tour. The fashion retailer -- who is already selling some  Joanne collectibles including long sleeve sketches of the album's iconic cover  ($38) and "Perfect I ...

  28. Heads Carolina, Tails Taste Of Country: CMA Music Festival Has Competition

    May 17, 2017 1:23 PM EDT When promoters called the booking agents for Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line about headlining the last two days of the Carolina Country Music Festival in 2016, both reps gave a definitive "no" -- then decided that maybe they would ch ...

  29. Pandora Looking to Sell Ticketfly: Report

    May 16, 2017 11:23 AM EDT Pandora is said to be shopping for a buyer of Ticketfly, the online ticketing service it acquired less than two years ago for nearly half a billion dollars. According to Bloomberg , a sale of its ticketing unit is seen as a backup plan in case att ...

  30. Khalid Announces 25-Date American Teen Tour

    May 15, 2017 5:05 PM EDT Khalid , the 19-year-old Texas-bred alt-R&B singer and breakout RCA signee, announced a 25-date North American tour set to run through the end of the summer. The American Teen Tour, named for his debut album released March 3, will be his secon ...

  31. Fyre Festival Mannequin Challenge: Watch Ja Rule, Bella Hadid and Others Strike (and Break) a Pose

    May 15, 2017 3:14 PM EDT Before the luxury-free amenities, the nonexistent fun, the bread-and-lettuce sandwiches and, of course, those seven ( so far ) lawsuits, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland 's notorious Fyre Festival was just a dream. A big, high-end dream in touch w ...

  32. Paramore Announce North American Fall Tour, 2018 Parahoy! Concert Cruise

    May 15, 2017 11:36 AM EDT Paramore is heading out on the road this fall, bringing their European Tour One stateside for the North American Tour Two. The trek is in support of the band's new album,  After Laughter , which just dropped on May 12. The 23-date tour kicks ...

  33. Katy Perry Unveils New Album Title, 'Witness,' Announces Fall Tour Dates

    May 15, 2017 7:38 AM EDT Katy Perry revealed the name of her upcoming fourth major label album on Monday morning (May 15), Witness , which will drop on Capitol Records on June 9. The release has already been preceded by the hit single "Chained to the Rhythm" wit ...

  34. Veikko Fuhrmann Launches Concert Promotion Company in Canada

    May 12, 2017 5:57 PM EDT Veikko Fuhrmann, who currently manages La Ley and Beto Cuevas and until recently co-managed Ricky Martin , has launched a concert promotion company that will serve Canada, Billboard has learned.  The first shows presented by We Are Live will be Ni ...

  35. Chris Monaco Joins EDM Company LiveStyle

    May 12, 2017 12:27 PM EDT LiveStyle, the reorganized EDM company previously known as SFX, has hired Chris Monaco as chief revenue officer – brand partnerships and sponsorships. Prior to working for LiveStyle, which is emerging from bankruptcy in federal court, Monaco worke ...

  36. Fyre Fest's Billy McFarland to Employees on Leaked Call: 'We Are Not Able to Proceed With Payroll'

    May 12, 2017 12:15 PM EDT The latest news in the disastrous tropical saga that is  Fyre Festival  comes via audio of  a phone call between co-founder Billy McFarland and their employees  that was provided to Vice News . McFarland’s partner,  Ja Rule  (born Jeffrey Atkins), ...

  37. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Bring World Tour to the Forum in Los Angeles

    May 11, 2017 7:29 PM EDT Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are bringing their critically acclaimed world tour to the Forum in Los Angeles on July 29. The country superstar is warning fans that this will be the last stop in California, Nevada and Arizona of the Garth Brooks ...

  38. Desert Trip Not Returning in 2017: Exclusive

    May 11, 2017 6:49 PM EDT Desert Trip, last year's epic classic rock festival headlined by The Rolling Stones , Paul McCartney and Roger Waters , will not be making a return in 2017, Goldenvoice's Paul Tollett has confirmed to Billboard . "We're not doi ...

  39. Pitbull Signs With WME

    May 11, 2017 5:36 PM EDT Pitbull has signed with WME in all areas. He previously was with CAA. The Miami rapper known as Mr. Worldwide has notched No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries, including "Give Me Everything" and "Timber," which both topped the ...

  40. Jay Z, Live Nation Sign New 10-Year, $200 Million Touring Deal

    May 11, 2017 3:15 PM EDT Jay Z and Live Nation are continuing their long-standing touring partnership with a new 10-year deal that will cover worldwide touring, with Live Nation as producer and promoter. While financial details were not revealed in the announcement, sourc ...

  41. Ticket Brokers Pay $4.2 Million to Settle Case With New York's Attorney General

    May 11, 2017 12:37 PM EDT Five companies from New York and two more from nearby states have agreed to pay nearly $4.2 million to New York state to settle allegations that they illegally sold tickets to concerts and other events. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced ...

  42. Catching a Dopamine High With WMG Creative Officer Mike Caren In Charlie Puth's 'Attention Room'

    May 11, 2017 11:40 AM EDT The APG CEO takes the experiential music marketing to a whole other level. It started with plucked pizzicato strings and a soulful, unarticulated vocalized glissando that sounds something like 'Whoa-ooah, mmm-mmm." This while what seemed ...

  43. Live Nation Launches Front Gate Tickets In The UK

    May 10, 2017 5:24 PM EDT Live Nation is targeting further growth of its European festival business with the U.K. launch of its white-label ticketing solution company Front Gate Tickets.  Acquired by Ticketmaster in June 2015 —alongside the acquisition of DIY ticketing and ...

  44. Music Tastes Good Festival Returns to Long Beach One Year After Founder's Death

    May 10, 2017 12:22 PM EDT It was always Josh Fischel ’s dream to create a musical homage to the bustling port city of Long Beach, California, a mini-metropolis of a half-million residents on the southern edge of Los Angeles County. Now, one year after his death, Fischel� ...

  45. The Rolling Stones Hitting the Road Again in Europe

    May 09, 2017 11:27 PM EDT The Rolling Stones are going back on the road, this time staying a bit closer to home with a European tour. The rock stalwarts said Tuesday they will play 13 gigs in nine countries starting in September. The European sojourn will include stadium p ...

  46. Olivia Newton-John Postpones Midwest Tour Dates Due to Health Issues

    May 09, 2017 9:53 PM EDT Olivia Newton-John has postponed her May concerts due to what her management is calling "a bad issue" with her sciatica.  The announcement was made Tuesday (May 9) on the singer and Grease star's Facebook page.  "Once the dates ...

  47. Brandy, Chromeo, Aaron Carter & More to Perform at L.A. Pride Festival

    May 09, 2017 7:05 PM EDT Chromeo and Brandy will headline this year's LA Pride Festival on June 10 and 11 in West Hollywood, California.  Other performers include Aaron Carter ,  ILOVEMAKONNEN ,  Young M.A , Erika Jayne , Brooke Candy , Kat Dahlia , Spencer Ludwig, S ...

  48. Amazon Primed to Launch Concert Series in U.K.

    May 09, 2017 10:07 AM EDT Amazon's push into the live music business, which includes a ticketing unit in the U.K. and plans for expansion in the U.S., now includes a series of concerts reserved exclusively for Prime members. Prime Live Events will focus on bringing no ...

  49. Snoop Dogg Joins Linkin Park West Coast Tour Dates

    May 08, 2017 9:07 PM EDT Snoop Dogg and Linkin Park will be joining forces this fall for a run of West Coast tour dates starting Oct. 14 in Seattle.  The Doggfather will jump on the rock band's upcoming One More Light tour as a special guest for six shows.  The One M ...

  50. John Densmore on 'King of the Sunset Strip' Mario Maglieri's Passing: 'The Doors Loved Mario'

    May 06, 2017 12:52 PM EDT On Thursday (May 4), fans of Los Angeles' storied Sunset Strip were saddened to find out that Mario Maglieri, the "King of the Sunset Strip" and owner of the Whisky a Go Go and the Rainbow Room, had passed away at the age of 96. The ...

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